Michael Knapik http://wamc.org en Humason, Bartley To Face Off For Mass. Senate Seat http://wamc.org/post/humason-bartley-face-mass-senate-seat <p>Massachusetts Republican State Representative David Humason Jr. and Democratic City Councilor David Bartley of Holyoke will face off in the November 5 election to succeed longtime western Massachusetts state Senator Michael Knapik.</p><p>The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that Bartley defeated Easthampton Mayor Michael Tautznik in Tuesday&#39;s preliminary election in the 2nd Hampden-Hampshire District. Humason defeated Michael Franco, Holyoke veterans&#39; services officer.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:44:27 +0000 Jaired Crofut 75219 at http://wamc.org Humason, Bartley To Face Off For Mass. Senate Seat Special Election Date Set As Field Of Candidates Takes Shape http://wamc.org/post/special-election-date-set-field-candidates-takes-shape <p>A state Senate seat in western Massachusetts will become vacant at the end of today.&nbsp; Republican Michael Knapik’s surprise decision to resign from the Senate after nearly 20 years opens an opportunity for Democrats to pick up a seat in the chamber where they already hold an overwhelming majority.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 16:25:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 71106 at http://wamc.org Special Election Date Set As Field Of Candidates Takes Shape Republican Minority Shrinks As State Senator Departs http://wamc.org/post/republican-minority-shrinks-state-senator-departs <p>A 22-year veteran of the Massachusetts Legislature is stepping down to take a post in the administration at Westfield State University.&nbsp; It will mean the Republican minority on Beacon Hill will become even smaller.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; Republican State Senator Michael Knapik of Westfield is going to resign this Friday and begin work next Monday in a newly created position at Westfield State University.&nbsp;&nbsp; Knapik said he will work closely with the university president and the Westfield State Foundation board in advancing the university’s mission.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 70764 at http://wamc.org Republican Minority Shrinks As State Senator Departs Veteran State Senator Resigning To Take University Post http://wamc.org/post/veteran-state-senator-resigning-take-university-post <p>A veteran state legislator from western Massachusetts is leaving office.&nbsp; Republican State Senator Michael Knapik of Westfield confirms he will resign Friday to take a new post in the administration at Westfield State University.&nbsp; Knapik is in his 10<sup>th</sup> term. His departure will leave only 3 Republicans in the 40 member senate.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Knapik this morning.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 16:20:26 +0000 Paul Tuthill 70741 at http://wamc.org Veteran State Senator Resigning To Take University Post Hearing On State Budget To Be Held In Western Massachusetts http://wamc.org/post/hearing-state-budget-be-held-western-massachusetts <p>Massachusetts legislators will be in Greenfield&nbsp; &nbsp;Tuesday for a hearing on Governor Patrick’s $34.8&nbsp; billion dollar state budget.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Republican State Senator Michael Knapik, a member of the joint Committee on Ways and Means says he agrees with targeted spending increases for transportation infrastructure and education, but the revenues are problematic.</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 09:49:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 58552 at http://wamc.org Hearing On State Budget To Be Held In Western Massachusetts