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Late BRA appointments could extend Mayor Menino’s influence after he leaves City Hall

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2013, file photo, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino speaks at Faneuil Hall in Boston. Menino is retiring after serving for two decades, and a preliminary election scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, will whittle the field of 12 candidates down to two for the Nov. 5 final. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
Mayor Thomas M. Menino is naming two people to the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s board. AP

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With just months left in office, Mayor Thomas M. Menino is making key appointments to the Boston Redevelopment Authority board of directors that could allow him to influence major building projects long after he leaves City Hall.

Menino recently appointed Michael Monahan, head of a local electrical workers union, to a five-year term on the BRA board. The mayor has said he will soon name a replacement for chairman Clarence “Jeep” Jones, who announced his retirement last week after 32 years as a board member.

The appointments will allow Menino to influence the direction of one the city’s most powerful bodies for the next several years. The five-member BRA board controls decision making on all significant development projects in Boston and is currently presiding over one of the most active periods of construction in the city’s history.

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