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Murphy Elected New Boston City Council President

Bagpipes and a fife and drum corps heralded the start of this year's Boston City Council session.

The first order of business Monday was to select a new council president, and as expected, the members unanimously elected longtime Councilor Stephen Murphy to lead the body.

The 53-year-old said the city is going to have to learn to do more with less.

"So we're going to have to retool completely, all of us in government — make sure we provide the basic services that people are entitled to, on less dime," Murphy said. "And it's going to be tricky.

"We've got a tough economy and we're gonna get right to it here at the city council, working with our partner, Mayor (Thomas) Menino."

Murphy succeeds Michael Ross, who had to step down because of term limits. He is now the first in the line of succession if Menino leaves office.

The council is still short one member, following the ouster of convicted City Councilor Chuck Turner on bribery charges. A special election will be held in a few weeks to pick Turner's successor.

This program aired on January 3, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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Steve Brown is a veteran broadcast journalist who serves as WBUR's State House reporter.

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