springfield http://wamc.org en New City Council President Sees Busy Year Of Legislating http://wamc.org/post/new-city-council-president-sees-busy-year-legislating <p>A new year in municipal government began in Springfield, Massachusetts today with an historic ceremony at city hall.&nbsp; The new city council and the new city council president are both “ firsts” for&nbsp; Springfield</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 20:46:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 81289 at http://wamc.org New City Council President Sees Busy Year Of Legislating UMass To Detail Satellite Center In Springfield http://wamc.org/post/umass-detail-satellite-center-springfield <p></p><p></p><p>The University of Massachusetts is about to establish a long-awaited physical presence in the city of Springfield.</p><p>Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to join UMass President Robert&nbsp;Caret and several other officials to announce the location of a satellite center that will open next fall in the state's third-largest city.</p><p>The facility will house academic programs affiliated with the university's flagship campus in Amherst, as well as other UMass campuses.</p><p>More details are expected to be released at a late morning news conference.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 13:21:21 +0000 Jaired Crofut 78593 at http://wamc.org UMass To Detail Satellite Center In Springfield City Councilor Announces Colleagues Support To Be Next President http://wamc.org/post/city-councilor-announces-colleagues-support-be-next-president <p>When a new city council is seated in Springfield, Massachusetts this January a majority of its 13 members will be black or Hispanic.&nbsp; It is the first time in Springfield history voters elected minorities to a majority of the seats on both the city council and school committee.&nbsp; City councilor Michael Fenton said he has commitments from his colleagues to be elected council president in January.&nbsp; At 26 , he would be the youngest council president in the city’s history. He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:24:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 77490 at http://wamc.org City Councilor Announces Colleagues Support To Be Next President Congressional Corner with Richard Neal http://wamc.org/post/congressional-corner-richard-neal-3 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Before he was in Congress, Richard Neal was mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts.</p><p>In today’s Congressional Corner, Neal discusses the legacy of a fellow mayor of Springfield with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.</p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:50:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 73382 at http://wamc.org Western Mass. Turnpike Tolls Set To Be Restored http://wamc.org/post/western-mass-turnpike-tolls-set-be-restored <div style="margin:14pt 0;"><br><p><span lang="en-US"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><font size="4"><span style="font-size:16pt;">Tolls will soon return for motorists traveling on the western end of the Massachusetts Turnpike.</span></font></span></font></span></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:02:04 +0000 Jaired Crofut 73241 at http://wamc.org Western Mass. Turnpike Tolls Set To Be Restored Tax Relief Program For Senior Citizens May Expand To Springfield http://wamc.org/post/tax-relief-program-senior-citizens-may-expand-springfield <p>A decade-old Massachusetts program that allows a property tax break for senior citizens may be introduced in the state’s third largest city.&nbsp; Springfield would join several smaller cities in the region that already offer the popular program.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> The Senior Tax Work-Off Program allows homeowners over the age of 60 to perform tasks for a municipality in exchange for a one-time abatement of a portion of their property tax bill.&nbsp; It is offered in more than 100 cities and towns in Massachusetts including Westfield, Chicopee and Holyoke.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:18:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 71244 at http://wamc.org Tax Relief Program For Senior Citizens May Expand To Springfield City Budget Is Final, But Debate Continues http://wamc.org/post/city-budget-final-debate-continues <p>The &nbsp;city of Springfield, Massachusetts will begin a new fiscal year on Monday July 1<sup>st</sup> with a balanced budget.&nbsp; The conclusion this week of the annual budget debate in city hall left unresolved several issues that resonate beyond Springfield.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno praised the city council’s &nbsp;12 to 2 vote to adopt a $572 million budget. He said it will maintain current municipal employment levels and keep core city services intact.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:15:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 68079 at http://wamc.org City Budget Is Final, But Debate Continues City Councilors Make New Push To Enforce Residency Rule http://wamc.org/post/city-councilors-make-new-push-enforce-residency-rule <p>Non-unionized municipal employees for the city of Springfield,Massachusetts who do not live in the city could soon face an ultimatum-- move to the city or lose their jobs.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; Springfield City Council President James Ferrera, backed up by at least six of his colleagues on the 13- member council, is proposing to use the city budget as leverage in the latest attempt to put a new residency ordinance on the books.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:42:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 67944 at http://wamc.org City Councilors Make New Push To Enforce Residency Rule Springfield Budget Bets On Casino Development http://wamc.org/post/springfield-budget-bets-casino-development <p>The proposed budget for the coming fiscal year in Springfield Massachusetts is balanced with the help of $5 million from casino developer MGM.&nbsp; The money was included in the budget presented by the city’s mayor even though a&nbsp; Springfield casino is not guaranteed.&nbsp; Casino opponents are crying foul.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno describes his proposed $571.8 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1<sup>st</sup> as a “ hold the line” budget.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:15:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 67291 at http://wamc.org Springfield Budget Bets On Casino Development Springfield City Council To Review MGM Casino Deal http://wamc.org/post/springfield-city-council-review-mgm-casino-deal <p>City councilors in Springfield Massachusetts &nbsp;appear ready to act quickly on the proposed casino development agreement with MGM Resorts International.&nbsp;&nbsp; The casino operator wants the citywide voter referendum to take place in mid-July.&nbsp; Casino opponents have little time to mount an effective campaign.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 16:15:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 63799 at http://wamc.org Springfield City Council To Review MGM Casino Deal