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 city government reopens to the public Tuesday, June 15

City facilities to return to normal business hours New Bedford, Massachusetts– As part of the ongoing reopening process across the city and state, New Bedford City Hall and other city buildings will return to normal business hours beginning Tuesday, June 15, in conjunction with the lifting of the state emergency […]

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Waterfront Vaccination Center to end vaccinations, with vaccines distributed to other sites

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The Waterfront Vaccination Center located at Hervey Tichon Avenue and operated by CIC Health will end its walk-up vaccination clinics and close this weekend, the operator announced. Its final day of walk-up operation will be Sunday, May 30. Vaccines will be available this weekend including Saturday, May […]

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City, Zeiterion present Summer Sound Series 2021, free outdoor concerts in Custom House Square

New Bedford, Massachusetts–Downtown New Bedford is ready to provide the soundtrack to the summer with the launch of a weekly outdoor live music series on Thursday, July 8, 2021. The Summer Sound Series will welcome folks to Custom House Square Park for eight concerts from early July through late August. […]

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New Bedford residents of any age will receive $20 Dunkin’ gift card with vaccine starting May 29

New Bedford, Massachusetts– New Bedford residents of any age who receive their COVID-19 vaccine at specified clinic sites in the city will receive a $20 Dunkin’ gift card with their first dose beginning Saturday, May 29 through June 30, Mayor Jon Mitchell announced Thursday. Eligibility was previously limited to residents […]

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Mayor Mitchell announces appointment of Paul Oliveira as Chief of Police

New Bedford, Massachusetts– At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Jon Mitchell announced that he will appoint Paul J. Oliveira to serve as the next Chief of Police. Oliveira has served as Acting Chief of Police since April 24, after the retirement of former Chief Joseph Cordeiro was announced. A […]

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Michael Gagne appointed City of New Bedford Interim Chief Financial Officer

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell has appointed Michael J. Gagne as Interim Chief Financial Officer beginning June 1, 2021. Mr. Gagne is an experienced municipal executive who most recently served as Town Administrator for the Town of Mattapoisett, where the role also includes responsibilities as chief financial officer for […]

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Vaccines available this weekend at Seabra, Madeira Field, and Buttonwood Park, no appointment needed

New Bedford, Massachusetts– COVID-19 vaccination clinics are planned for this weekend in New Bedford. No appointment is needed at the walk-up clinics. All New Bedford residents receiving their first dose will receive a $20 Dunkin’ gift card. – Seabra Foods, 41 Rockdale Avenue – Saturday, June 5 from 9:00 a.m. […]

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Vaccines available this week in New Bedford, with no appointment needed

New Bedford, Massachusetts– COVID-19 vaccination clinics are planned for this week and weekend in New Bedford. No appointment is needed at the walk-up clinics. All New Bedford residents receiving their first dose will receive a $20 Dunkin’ gift card. – Coast New England Federal Credit Union Parking Lot, 93 Union […]

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City offices and facilities closed Friday, June 18 as New Bedford observes Juneteenth

New Bedford, Massachusetts– City offices will be closed to the public on Friday, June 18, as New Bedford observes the Juneteenth holiday. This includes the public libraries. The Buttonwood Park Zoo will remain open. Last year, Juneteenth was designated an official state holiday in Massachusetts. Juneteenth commemorates the end of […]

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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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Appointment-based COVID-19 testing relocates to New Bedford Regional Airport starting May 1

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Project Beacon’s appointment-based COVID-19 testing, part of the state’s Stop the Spread, will relocate to the New Bedford Regional Airport, 1569 Airport Road, beginning May 1. The site is in the process of relocating from its former location at the Whale’s Tooth Parking Lot. Anyone interested in […]

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City and Police Department will adopt recommendations of Commission on Police Use of Force Policies

New Bedford, Massachusetts– Mayor Jon Mitchell today announced that the City and New Bedford Police Department will implement the recommendations of the Commission on the New Bedford Police Department’s Use of Force Policies, consistent with state law and the NBPD’s collective bargaining agreement. The members of the Commission were drawn […]

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