With a population of approximately 100,000, the City of New Bedford is the world’s most famous whaling era seaport and the number one fishing port in America. This city is a wonderfully diverse, culturally rich community with a proud present, past and future.

Children can obtain a high-quality education in the New Bedford Public Schools System. Individuals pursuing higher education can do so at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth or Bristol Community College, both conveniently offer a downtown New Bedford campus.

New Bedford is dotted with beautifully maintained parks and public beaches. Our neighborhood restaurants, cafés, and bistros feature delicious ethnic cuisines. Visit the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park, Whaling Museum, unique shops and galleries in our downtown historic district. New Bedford offers an unbeatable quality of life and is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

Email: Mayor.Mitchell@newbedford-ma.gov

Mayor’s Office News


New Bedford announces early voting schedule for 2020 state primary election

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Election Commission has announced that Early Voting for the 2020 state primary election will be held at the New Bedford Main Library, 613 Pleasant Street, from Saturday August, 22 through Friday, August 28. Any voter who wishes to cast their ballot in person prior […]

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City Hall to reopen three offices for in-person transactions beginning Monday, August 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Masks and social distancing required City Hall open 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday starting August 10 New Bedford, Massachusetts– New Bedford City Hall will reopen on a limited basis beginning Monday, August 10, 2020, in order to provide in-person services at the Treasurer’s Office, City Clerk’s Office, […]

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New Bedford to honor life and legacy of Congressman John Lewis

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford will honor the life and legacy of the late Congressman John Lewis, the noted civil rights advocate and longtime member of Congress who died on July 17, having dedicated his life to the fight for equality and justice. The Human Relations Commission […]

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Mayor Jon Mitchell to deliver annual State of the City address virtually

New Bedford, Massachusetts– On Thursday, August 6, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., Mayor Jon Mitchell will deliver the annual State of the City address virtually via Facebook Live. The address, hosted by the One Southcoast Chamber, was scheduled for a luncheon event in March at New Bedford High School, but was […]

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Free mask distribution continues with more ward-based drive-through events

‘Pop-up’ neighborhood events also announced New Bedford, Massachusetts–MaskNB, an initiative announced earlier this year by Mayor Jon Mitchell in partnership with the Southeastern Massachusetts chapter of the American Red Cross and Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corporation, announces additional mask distribution in July and August with more drive-through distribution events at the […]

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Mayor Jon Mitchell presents Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal

Mayor Jon Mitchell presented his Fiscal Year 2021 City Budget before the New Bedford City Council on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, via virtual meeting due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In his accompanying letter to the Council presenting the $365 million general fund budget, Mayor Mitchell wrote: “The situation facing […]

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Reminder: metered parking enforcement resumes Monday, June 29 in New Bedford

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Traffic Commission reminds motorists using metered parking spaces that enforcement of parking meters resumes Monday, June 29. Metered parking enforcement was suspended when restaurants and retail stores closed in-person dining and shopping due to the COVID-19 pandemic, until the reopening of indoor dining in New Bedford. […]

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New Bedford parks remind residents of designated grilling areas and social distancing

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Department of Parks, Recreation & Beaches reminds residents that certain areas at city parks are marked as designated grilling areas, and that grilling is not allowed in other sections of the parks. Social distancing is encouraged as New Bedford continues to combat the coronavirus. […]

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Mayor Mitchell appoints members of Commission on Police Use of Force Policies

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell has appointed members of the Commission on Police Use of Force Policies that was announced last week after his signing of the Obama Foundation’s “Mayor’s Pledge,” which included the formation of the commission to review the police department’s policies on the use of force. […]

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Distribution of masks continues with Ward 5 and 6 residents this weekend, June 13 and 14 at NBHS

Through MaskNB initiative, City of New Bedford offers free masks to all city residents who want them New Bedford, Massachusetts– MaskNB, an initiative announced by Mayor Jon Mitchell in partnership with the Southeastern Massachuestts chapter of the American Red Cross and Joseph Abboud Manufacturing Corporation, will continue mask distribution this […]

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New Bedford residents invited to attend public meeting via Zoom on federal funding for COVID response

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing and Community Development will hold a community forum to discuss the best use of federal funding to improve the quality of life for New Bedford residents specifically related to preventing, preparing for and responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The […]

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Targeted ground spraying for mosquitoes planned on Thursdays in New Bedford through September

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Health Department, working closely with the Bristol County Mosquito Control Project and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, is again this year conducting an annual monitoring program to track the potential threat from EEE and WNV carrying mosquitoes.  Under the program, mosquito traps are […]

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