domenic sarno http://wamc.org en Springfield Mayor Renews Call For Moratorium On Refugee Resettlements http://wamc.org/post/springfield-mayor-renews-call-moratorium-refugee-resettlements <p>The Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts has renewed a call for an end to new refugee resettlements in Springfield.&nbsp; Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal said the mayor has raised concerns that need to be addressed.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mayor Domenic Sarno first called for a moratorium on refugee resettlements in Springfield 10 months ago, but then backed off amid criticism from social service providers and advocates for immigrants. Sarno said his office recently learned that up to 70 refugees will be settled in Springfield in the coming year.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:21:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 93259 at http://wamc.org Springfield Mayor Renews Call For Moratorium On Refugee Resettlements Springfield Police Commissioner Set To Retire http://wamc.org/post/springfield-police-commissioner-set-retire <p>A new police commissioner takes charge of law enforcement in Springfield, Massachusetts this weekend.&nbsp; Next to the mayor, it is the highest profile job in a city where public safety consistently ranks as a top issue.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 16:13:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 91626 at http://wamc.org Springfield Police Commissioner Set To Retire Mayor's Budget Reflects Hopeful Outlook After Years Of Cuts http://wamc.org/post/mayors-budget-reflects-hopeful-outlook-after-years-cuts <p>The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is proposing a city budget that he says leaves him in a good mood after years of belt tightening.&nbsp; The president of the city council is promising a speedy, but thorough review of the spending plans.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is recommending a $582 million budget for the new fiscal year that he says will maintain essential services, result in no layoffs of municipal workers, and fund public safety academies to fill vacancies in both the police and fire departments.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 90867 at http://wamc.org Mayor's Budget Reflects Hopeful Outlook After Years Of Cuts Mayor Sarno Defends Process For Picking New Police Commissioner http://wamc.org/post/mayor-sarno-defends-process-picking-new-police-commissioner <p>A 26-year veteran of the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts has been picked to be the next police commissioner.&nbsp; It is a high-profile post in a city where public safety has consistently ranked as the number one issue.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:17:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 86216 at http://wamc.org Mayor Sarno Defends Process For Picking New Police Commissioner Debate In Springfield Over Police Commission http://wamc.org/post/debate-springfield-over-police-commission <p>A debate rages in Springfield, Massachusetts over who should run the police department – a five-member part-time commission, or a single all-powerful police commissioner.&nbsp; A showdown vote between the city council and the mayor looms next month.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:51:25 +0000 Paul Tuthill 84363 at http://wamc.org Debate In Springfield Over Police Commission Return Of Police Commission Considered http://wamc.org/post/return-police-commission-considered <p>The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts and the city council appear to be on a collision course over control of the police department. Councilors are looking into putting a civilian board in charge of the police, while the mayor wants the department run by a law enforcement professional.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:14:14 +0000 Paul Tuthill 83912 at http://wamc.org Return Of Police Commission Considered A Large Pay Raise For Springfield's Mayor Appears Likely http://wamc.org/post/large-pay-raise-springfields-mayor-appears-likely <p>City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts have voted for a big pay raise for the mayor after years of on-again off-again discussion.&nbsp; They&rsquo;ve also given initial approval to raise their own pay, with little prior notice.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 75171 at http://wamc.org A Large Pay Raise For Springfield's Mayor Appears Likely Coalition Of Groups, Springfield Mayor Agree To Meet About Refugee Resettlement http://wamc.org/post/coalition-groups-springfield-mayor-agree-meet-about-refugee-resettlement <p>Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s call for an end to refugee resettlement in the city has drawn a strong rebuttal from several social service agencies, faith- based groups, and anti-poverty activists.</p><p></p><p></p><p> A coalition including representatives of Catholic Charities, Council of Churches of Western Massachusetts, Jobs with Justice and several more groups that work with immigrants met in Springfield Friday and later held a news conference to call for a meeting with Mayor Sarno to discuss his claims that refugee resettlement had become a crisis in Springfield.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 19:39:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 71602 at http://wamc.org Coalition Of Groups, Springfield Mayor Agree To Meet About Refugee Resettlement Mass. Mayor Wants Delay On Med Marijuana Centers http://wamc.org/post/mass-mayor-wants-delay-med-marijuana-centers <p>The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is recommending a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries until the city has time to plan how they'll operate.</p><p>Mayor Domenic Sarno said Tuesday he's instructed officials to study the zoning, public health and public safety issues. He's also asked a city planning official to begin seeking a moratorium with Springfield's planning board.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:05:37 +0000 Jaired Crofut 69883 at http://wamc.org Mass. Mayor Wants Delay On Med Marijuana Centers I-91 upgrade seen affecting western Mass. casino http://wamc.org/post/i-91-upgrade-seen-affecting-western-mass-casino <p>A planned overhaul of an elevated section of Interstate 91 in Springfield Massachusetts is raising questions about access to two proposed downtown casinos.</p><p>MGM is planning an estimated $800 million downtown casino that would front the highway. Penn National Gaming, which is planning an $807 million casino, estimates that 40 percent of its traffic would come from the elevated section of I- 91.</p><p>The Republican reports that Stephen P. Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said traffic plans will be a major factor when awarding licenses.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 09:51:05 +0000 Jaired Crofut 61136 at http://wamc.org I-91 upgrade seen affecting western Mass. casino