Mayor's Office

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Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui serves as the Chairperson for both the City Council and the School Committee. As the official leader of the City, the Mayor fulfills political, ceremonial and community leadership functions on behalf of the City and serves as the City's official receiver for visiting dignitaries and distinguished visitors. The Mayor's Office serves as a conduit for members of the public seeking information or seeking to address concerns regarding City government and municipal services. The Office of the Mayor has a broad range of duties and responsibilities. These include the implementation of diverse citywide public events and celebrations throughout the year, conducting public policy research, drafting legislation and serving as the City liaison between federal and state agencies, as well as community groups and citizens.

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Mayor's Team

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Michael Scarlett | Chief of Staff | Contact via email

Michael (he/him) is Mayor Siddiqui’s Chief of Staff. Michael maintains the external and internal communication framework for the Mayor's Office. Born and raised in Cambridge, Michael graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and received his Bachelor of Arts in urban studies and public policy from Vassar College.

Prior to working in the Mayor’s office, Michael worked on two presidential campaigns and as a City Council aide. He also ran the youth outreach program at Cambridge Community Development, working directly with the climate, economic development, and transportation divisions. He is passionate about working for the residents of Cambridge and pursuing economic and racial justice in the city and beyond. In his spare time, he can be found running on the Charles and eating fresh sourdough at La Saison.

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Subu Karmacharya | Executive Assistant | Contact via email

Subandha Karmacharya (she/her) is the Executive Assistant in the Mayor's office, where she is responsible for administrative duties and providing guidance to Cambridge residents. Prior to joining the Mayor's office, she worked for the Community Development Department for the City of Cambridge as an administrative assistant and helped residents with housing questions and needs. As a Cambridge Works graduate, she also worked in the record unit of the Cambridge Police Department. Originally from Nepal, Subandha has been a Cambridge resident for the past fifteen years and graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. As an immigrant herself, she hopes to use her knowledge and experiences to aid and better the underserved immigrant community of Cambridge.

Additional languages spoken: Hindi and Nepali

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Adrienne Klein | Constituent Support Manager | Contact via email

Adrienne Klein (she/her) is Mayor Siddiqui’s Constituent Support Manager, serving as the primary point of contact for constituents in need of direct case management services.

Adrienne is an advocate for access to resources and justice. She began her career locally with Project Bread and Cambridge Community Services, before starting an international human rights career. In recent years, she has returned to focus her skill-set on issues closer to home. Most recently, Adrienne has been supporting public health services in New York City as part of the frontline COVID-19 response, advising law enforcement agencies both nationally and internationally on strategies to lower homicide rates, and translating asylum applications.

Adrienne received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology from Smith College, and her Master of Arts Degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. During her spare time, Adrienne enjoys swimming, eating anything her chef partner leaves in the fridge, and volunteering with local immigrant rights groups.

Additional languages spoken: Spanish


Tips and FAQs

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How can low-income individuals or families access legal services?

The following organizations based in Cambridge offer civil (non-criminal) legal aid to low income individuals and families: 

Cambridge/Somerville Legal Services
60 Gore St., Ste. 203, Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 603-2700 

Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
One West Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 661-1010 

Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
23 Everett St., 1st floor, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-4408

How to I pay for a parking ticket or dispute a parking ticket

A Parking ticket must be paid within 21 days of receiving it to avoid any additional fees.  If you feel that the ticket was received in error, you may dispute the ticket.

Options for paying a parking ticket:

  • Pay by Web:
  • Pay by Phone: 617 491-7277
  • Pay by Mail: P. O. Box 399113, Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Pay in Person: 
        344 Broadway
         Monday 8:30am - 8:00pm 
         Tuesday - Thursday,  8:30am - 5:00pm
         Friday 8:30am - Noon

Forms of Payment Accepted

MC/Visa accepted.
Cash, credit card or money order accepted for booted vehicles.
Cash, credit card or money order accepted for immediate clearance at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. If you pay by check, there is a 30 day waiting period before clearance.

Disputing a parking ticket:

Fill out the Parking Ticket Dispute form and submit either online, by mail or in person. You will need the ticket number and plate number when filling out the form. Completed forms can be mailed or delivered to:

Traffic, Parking & Transportation
City of Cambridge
344 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
Attn: Hearing Officer

You will receive a communication regarding the disposition of the dispute.  If you feel the decision is not correct you may request a hearing.

How do I get a parking permit or a visitors parking permit?

Resident’s car

A resident parking permit is required to park on most residential streets in Cambridge Monday through Saturday. The resident parking permit program was created to ease parking problems in residential areas by making it illegal for non-resident commuters to park on residential streets.


Each residential household can obtain one visitor parking permit good in the area in which they live whether or not that household has a car.  If you own multiple Cambridge properties, you must declare one as your primary residence.  Only one visitor permit will be issued in your name.


If you are having an event with multiple visitors you can submit a request for consideration to prevent your visitors from receiving a ticket.

Eligibility requirements

To purchase a resident parking permit you must:

1. Submit  proof of residency as a Cambridge resident.

2. Have your car registered in your name at your Cambridge address

3. Principally garaged at your Cambridge address.

4. Pay all outstanding parking tickets and excise tax.


To purchase a visitor parking permit you must:

1. Submit proof of residency as a Cambridge resident.


Company Vehicle

To purchase a resident parking permit you must:

1. Submit a letter on company letter head stating that the vehicle is in your custody

2. Vehicle must be registered in MA and principally garaged in Cambridge through RMV.

3. Pay all outstanding parking tickets and excise tax.


You may apply for a resident and/or visitor parking permit by mail or by going to the Office of Traffic and Parking located at 344 Broadway -

Monday, 8:30am to 8:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday, 8:30am - 5:00pm, Friday, 8:30am - Noon.

For more information visit the Traffic and Parking Webpage

How do I report an unshoveled or icy sidewalk?

You can use this direct link to report a specific address or intersection that has not been shoveled or cleared of ice after a storm. You may also contact the Department of Public Works Snow Hotline at (617) 349-4903. Once this request is submitted the address will be inspected and if the property owner is found to be in violation of the ordinance they will be ticketed and fined.

What are the City's parking procedures during a snow storm?

In the event of a snow storm, remember these general on-street parking guidelines:

  • Always park at least 20 feet from the street corner. Parking this far away from the corner improves visibility and safety year-round and ensures compliance with Cambridge Traffic Regulations. In the winter, it also allows plows to push snow away from crosswalks.
  • Think safety! Please do your part and dig out fire hydrants and street drains while digging out your car.
  • When digging out your car, think about how you pile snow; don't create new problems in the street or on sidewalks.
  • Please don't take it personally if Public Works plows accidentally push snow back into your driveway or parked car. It’s sometimes unavoidable in order to keep streets as passable as possible during all stages of the storm.

    During substantial storms, the City may declare a Snow Emergency Parking Ban which prohibits parking on streets signed “No Parking during Snow Emergency.”  When a snow emergency is declared, information is available on the City’s Snow Center website and on 22-CityView. Information can also be found by calling 617-349-4700 (Traffic Department during regular hours or recorded snow information line after hours) To receive notifications about snow emergencies via e-mail, text message, and/or phone call (for any landline or cell phone in the city or elsewhere), sign up for Code Red through the Cambridge Alert Network. Every effort is made to give residents as much advance notice as possible of an impending snow emergency.

Do Property Owners need to clear sidewalks of snow?

Ice needs to be removed within 6 hours from the time it forms, per City Ordinance. Snow needs to be removed within 12 hours after snow stops falling during the day and before 1pm if it snowed during the night, per City Ordinance.

Public Works and the Traffic Department work together to enforce this Ordinance. Parking Control Officers in the Traffic Department conduct enforcement on priority pedestrian routes throughout the winter, and Public Works Compliance Officers investigate all complaints received of uncleared sidewalks.

The fine for failing to comply with the City’s sidewalk clearance ordinances is $50/day for each day of non-compliance. Even if you aren’t around, it is your responsibility to ensure someone clears sidewalks and ramps next to your property.

We all have a shared responsibility for keeping our community safe and accessible during winter weather. For you, your neighbors, people with strollers or using wheelchairs, and the many people in Cambridge who walk, please do your part.

What is single stream recycling?

Single stream recycling means no more sorting! With single stream, or "zero-sort" recycling, residents can mix clean bottles, cans, papers, cardboard together in the same recycling bin. All cardboard will be accepted.  More recycling saves energy and curbs climate change because recycled products use less energy during manufacturing. It also helps the City save money by controlling disposal costs.

New materials accepted include empty pizza boxes (oil stains OK), large plastics (toys, buckets, laundry baskets), spiral cans (potato chip, nut cans), empty paper coffee cups, frozen food boxes (if it rips) and shredded paper in a clear plastic or paper bag. 

Remember to recycle the right materials to ensure a clean, high quality stream.  No plastic bags, no Styrofoam, no liquids, no food waste, no VCR tapes, no light bulbs, no clothing hangers, no pots and pans and no electronics. These items damage equipment and contaminate other recyclables.

The City expects to see 10-25% more tons of recycling with single stream recycling! With the big toters, recycling is easier than ever.  The toters fit more, are easy to move to the curb, help reduce litter and clutter of bins on the sidewalk.  The new recycling trucks accept cardboard of all sizes and are safer because the truck empties toters at ground level. 

New Toters

Nearly all residences now have recycling toters.  The large toter is 95 gallons, the equivalent of 5 bins and measures 47"H x 27"W x 34"D.  The small toter is 65 gallons, the equivalent of 3.5 bins and measures  44"H x 26"W x 28"D.

Toters are easy to move and make recycling more convenient. If your toter is not full, you do not need to set it at the curb every week.  You may use your old bins indoors and empty into the toters when full. You may also drop them off at Public Works during business hours or when the Recycling Center is open.  Click here for requests on toters, bins, stickers.

My trash and/or recycling was not picked up, what do I do?

All material must be set at the curb by 7am on collection day or after 6pm the night before. If you think your recycling, trash or yard waste was missed, please call the Department of Public Works at 617-349-4800 with your address, a return phone number and what was missed.

If you have reported missed recycling, yard waste or trash by 12 noon the day following collection, you can expect pickup no later than the next collection day. Typically, collection trucks go back for missed pickups after completing the current day’s route. Please leave the missed items at the curb to ensure collection. 

How often does the city sweep the streets?

Public Works mechanically sweeps each street in Cambridge once per month, April through December (weather permitting). Signs are posted on each residential street indicating the schedule. In order to ensure that streets are properly cleaned, cars must move off the side of the street being swept to avoid being ticketed and towed.

Citywide street sweeping includes twice yearly vacuum sweeping to improve stormwater quality

In addition to neighborhood sweeping, City squares are cleaned daily: on weekdays from 7 am to 3 pm, weekends and holidays from 4 am to 8 am (street sweeping) and 6 am to 10 am (hand-cleaning crew).  Litter barrels in squares are emptied twice daily on weekdays and three times daily on weekends.

The Division also has a power washer which is used to clean public trash and recycling receptacles, and to operate a graffiti removal program on both public and private property (with owner's permission). 

How do I apply for Public Housing or get in touch with Cambridge Housing Authority?

For more information about applying for Public Housing, contact the Cambridge Housing Authority:

Cambridge Housing Authority
362 Green Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Phone: 617.864.3020

Fax: 617.868.5372

TDD: 800.545.1833 x112

Please note, the CHA's waiting lists are currently CLOSED due to ongoing renovation across all CHA properties. Only emergency applications are currently being considered.

To learn about the City's Inclusionary Housing, how to apply, and for information about other affordable housing options in the City, please visit the City's Community Development Department page at


To report a sighting of rodents you can call the rodent hotline (617) 349-4899 or email

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