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

Michael Scarlett
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 | Community Outreach Manager | Contact via email

Subandha Karmacharya (she/her) is the Community Outreach Manager in the Mayor's office, where she is responsible for community engagement and outreach 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 | Director of Constituent Services | 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

Elizabeth Pierre 
Elizabeth Pierr | Communications Manager | Contact via email

Elizabeth Pierre (she/her) is Mayor Siddiqui’s Communications Manager. Born to Haitian parents, Elizabeth is a first generation American citizen who is proud to call Cambridge home. After graduating from Prospect Hill Academy Charter School, she went on to receive a Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University in Human Development. She has spent the last few years developing social justice initiatives with the Greater Boston Area non-profit organization "The Center for Teen Empowerment."

Prior to joining the Mayor's Office, she had the unique opportunity of representing both the City of Cambridge and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a representative in the Miss America Organization. She used this platform to be a fierce advocate for empowering youth-led social change and amplifying marginalized voices both in person and online. In her spare time, she can be found at The Dance Complex or enjoying a chimichanga at Felipe's.

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Abina Nepal | Executive Assistant | Contact via email

Abina Nepal (she/her) is the Executive Assistant to Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Abina assisted the Cambridge Department of Public Works for many years developing community-based educational programs and events promoting sustainability. She led environmental education programming and extensively promoted policy awareness through outreach. As a Barnard College graduate, Abina has focused her career on educational wellness, forward-thinking policy, and community-first activism. During university she also worked briefly with the Columbia University School of Social Work assisting with media and information technology. Cambridge has been Abina’s home since childhood, and she is passionate about her work for the City. In her free time she refines her photography skills, studies spiritual philosophy, and travels with friends around the world.

Additional languages spoken: Spanish, Nepalese, and Arabic

Ammarah Rehman  
Ammarah Rehman | Education Liaison | Contact via email

Ammarah Rehman (she/her) is the Mayor's Education Liaison. Prior to working in the Mayor’s office, Ammarah worked at the Aspen Institute and developed workshops for executive leaders at community colleges in order to improve student outcomes in the workforce and reduce achievement gaps. She also worked in Bukittinggi, Indonesia, where she taught English as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant.

Ammarah is passionate about addressing the needs of Cambridge residents and hopes to create initiatives that will result in equitable access to opportunities and outcomes for all students. In her free time, you can find her volunteering at the Harvard Museum of Natural History or teaching English at a local community center. Ammarah holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in International Studies from American University.

Additional languages spoken: Urdu, Hindi, and Spanish 

Shubhan Nagendra  
Shubhan Nagendra | Fellow

Shubhan Nagendra (he/him) is a Fellow at Mayor Siddiqui’s office. Prior to joining Mayor Siddiqui’s office, Shubhan worked as an intern in the Office of Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he studied history, focusing on the areas of migration, South Asia, and the Middle East to understand ways in which historical events influence present policy decisions. He has worked as a research assistant on several projects at Harvard University.

Originally from India, Shubhan has lived in Cambridge for nearly 14 years and is a graduate of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Outside his work, he volunteers to teach English and spends his time writing and reading fiction.

Additional languages spoken: Hindi, Urdu, and Farsi

Sarah Berhanu  
Sarah Berhanu | Intern

Sarah Berhanu (she/her). Sarah is doing an internship right now in the Mayor's office, where she works directly with residents and helps to plan events for the community and Cambridge residents. Sarah is currently a Senior at CRLS and is graduating in June 2022. She is planning to attend college next fall and major in political science/international relations. She is a part of Sisters on the Runway at CRLS, which is a club that works to address Domestic violence.

Sarah enjoys spending time with others and having conversations about others' passions, and interests. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, and finding new coffee spots.

 

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What do I need to know about waste collection in Cambridge?

The City’s "Get Rid of it Right" tool and Zero Waste Cambridge app (iOS |Android ) allow you to find your waste collection and street sweeping schedule, search for how to dispose of items, or play a waste sorting game.

Overview of City Waste Services:

Weekly curbside collection

Schedule a curbside collection

Drop-off locations/ events

Useful Links:

To request recycling carts, compost supplies, flyers and other items visit CambridgeMA.Gov/RecycleSupplies.
To subscribe to DPW’s Recycling monthly Newsletter click here.
To contact the Recycling Division click here.

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
gbls.org
(617) 603-2700 

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

Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
23 Everett St., 1st floor, Cambridge, MA 02138
harvardlegalaid.org
(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.

Visitors

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.

Consideration

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.



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

If your curbside collection was missed, please submit a report at CambridgeMA.gov/311 after 4 p.m. on your 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. Learn more at Cambridgema.gov/curbsidecollections.

 

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
www.cambridge-housing.org

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 www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/housing


Rats

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

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