State Rep. Jay Livingstone resigned from the Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) board of directors and his role as clerk of BHCA Zoning and Licensing Committee last week.
“I have been honored to serve as a board member of this organization and clerk of the Zoning and Licensing Committee and will always appreciate the opportunity that both presented to me,” Livingstone wrote in an Oct. 15 letter to BHCA Chairman Steve Young that was obtained by the Times. “I do not, however, feel that I can fulfill the obligations of either position in light of my new role in the community as the state representative.”
Livingstone assumed the clerk position in January of 2010 and was named to the board in March of 2012. He was elected on June 25 as the state representative for the 8th Suffolk District, which includes the Back Bay and portions of Beacon Hill, the West End and Cambridge.
“Jay was a dedicated and valuable member of the Beacon Hill Civic Association’s board of directors and was and remains a committed and hard working resident of the Beacon Hill neighborhood,” Young wrote in e-mail to the Times. “We will miss him as a board member but are fortunate to have him representing our neighborhood’s interests in the Massachusetts legislature.”
BHCA Executive Director MaryLee Halpin echoed these sentiments, saying, “We appreciate the contribution that Jay made to the board and to the Zoning and Licensing Committee. While we will miss having him as a board member, we value his continued involvement in the neighborhood as our state representative.”
Russ Gaudreau, co-chair of the Zoning and Licensing Committee, said, “Jay made a great contribution to the Zoning and Licensing Committee. He could always be counted on to attend important meetings and assist with securing important good-neighbor agreements.”
Meanwhile, Livingstone said he intends to remain actively involved with the BHCA in his new role as an elected official.
“My predecessors worked closely with the neighborhood associations in the community, including ours, and I look forward to continuing that tradition,” Livingstone said.