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BOSTON-The battle over a proposed new runway here at Logan International Airport is heating up with Mayor Thomas M. Menino throwing the full weight of his office behind the opposition. “The mayor is very, very opposed to the proposed runway,” Lisa Pollack, a spokesperson for the mayor, tells GlobeSt.com. Pollack confirms that the city has hired the well-known local law firm of Brown Rudnick Freed & Gesmer to block the runway.

In a released statement, Menino notes that among the legal options being pursued is an effort to defend the 1976 injunction that had barred the runway from being constructed. The legal team may also seek a new injunction to stop the completion or operation of the proposed runway.

“I won’t sit back and let Massport, Secretary Durand, and the FAA put Boston’s future at risk,” writes Menino in his weekly address. “A new runway at Logan Airport would do three things. It would create more noise, more air pollution, and more traffic, and I’ve hired Mr. Joel Reck and his colleagues to make sure that never happens.”

The city, the state secretary of environmental affairs and the state secretary of transportation obtained an injunction against the runway 25 years ago. Recently, the state secretary of environmental affairs Robert Durand and the state secretary of transportation agreed to the runway proposal and requested that the injunction be lifted. The city is not completely alone in its fight. A number of suburban towns have retained counsel to join in the city’s legal battle.

Reportedly, the area’s high-tech business community will also insert itself into the fray by hiring lawyers to argue on behalf of Massport. The Massachusetts High Technology Council is interested in seeing better service for those entering and leaving the airport.

Menino is primed for a fight. “Secretary Robert Durand’s decision was a sham. Secretary Durand and the entire administration don’t understand the needs and concerns of the people who live in the city of Boston, in Revere, in Winthrop, in Somerville, in Hingham, in Cohasset, and in Hull,” adds Menino in his address. “I still need the people in Boston and our neighboring towns and cities to contact the FAA, call the governor’s office, and tell them that you don’t want them to build that runway. Not now, not in 2003, and not in a million years.”

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