Paul Tuthill

Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston.  He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester.  Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011.  Born and raised in western New York , Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester. 

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New England News
6:25 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Springfield Casino Committee Dissolved As Licensing Decision Nears

City Council President Mike Fenton, who created three new ad hoc committees for 2014, and dissolved the Casino Site Committee

The city council in Springfield Massachusetts will have three new ad hoc committees this year. A special committee created two years ago to advise the council on casino issues has been dissolved

Springfield City Council President Mike Fenton announced appointments to 15 standing committees and assigned councilors to chair three new special committees that will be tasked with identifying new revenue sources for the city, examining workforce development efforts, and attracting young professionals to live in Springfield.

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New England News
12:17 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Report Blames Pensions,Debts For Squeezing Municipal Budgets

Credit Tax Credits, flickr

15,000 municipal jobs have been eliminated in Massachusetts since 2007. The state’s cities and towns have cut the total workforce by 6 percent. In a new report released this morning, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says municipalities are in a financial squeeze because of rising pension costs and increased debt.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with taxpayer’s foundation president Michael Widmer.

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New England News
5:20 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

New Mayors Take Office In Massachusetts

Marty Walsh

It was inauguration day Monday for mayors in several Massachusetts cities

The biggest change was in Boston, where former state legislator Marty Walsh became that city’s 48th mayor, succeeding Tom Menino who retired after 20 years as mayor of the state’s largest city.  In Chicopee, Richard Kos was sworn in as mayor.  It’s his second time in the office having served a decade ago.

"Like most urban communities in the northeast we have infrastructure, job creation, public safety and education as the primary focus."

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New England News
3:46 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

New City Council President Sees Busy Year Of Legislating

Springfield City Council President Mike Fenton delivers his inaugural speech shortly after his 12 colleagues elected him unanimously to lead the council in 2014
Credit WAMC

A new year in municipal government began in Springfield, Massachusetts today with an historic ceremony at city hall.  The new city council and the new city council president are both “ firsts” for  Springfield

The city council sworn in Monday morning is the first in Springfield’s history where a majority of the councilors are black or Hispanic—a makeup that mirrors the city’s population which is 61 percent non-white.  The new president of the city council Mike Fenton turned 27 yesterday and is the youngest council president in the city’s history.

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New England News
4:36 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Inauguration For New Chicopee, Mass. Mayor Set

The city of Chicopee, Massachusetts will get a new, yet familiar, mayor on Monday.

Richard Kos, who served as mayor of Chicopee a decade ago, will be sworn in for a two-year term at an inauguration ceremony Monday morning at Elms College.  Kos said his priorities are public safety improvements, infrastructure needs, education and job creation.

"You want a community that provides an educated workforce that attracts business and those businesses and employees want to locate in a community that is safe. So, they are all interconnected."

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New England News
12:55 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Inauguration Of Chicopee Mayor Is Monday

Richard J. Kos

The city of Chicopee, Massachusetts will get a new, yet familiar, mayor on Monday when an inauguration ceremony is held for Richard Kos.  Kos, who served as mayor of Chicopee a decade ago, will be sworn in to a two-year term. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Kos about his priorities.

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New England News
5:31 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Homeless At Risk As Record Low Temperatures Are Expected

The Friends of the Homeless resource center in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

As record cold sets in to western Massachusetts officials are concerned about the homeless.

   The city of Springfield activated a cold weather emergency response plan and encouraged people to call 911 to report the location of anyone who may need shelter.  Bill Miller, executive director of Friends of the Homeless says the agency’s Springfield shelter is open round the clock and serves three hot meals a day.

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New England News
2:40 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Massachusetts Assesses Damage From Winter Storm

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, flanked by public safety officials, speaks at a news briefing on the storm.
Credit Massachusetts State Police

It has stopped snowing in most of Massachusetts where the storm hit the eastern part of the state the hardest

   Governor Deval Patrick said damage assessment teams are inspecting coastal communities where up to 30 inches of snow fell in some spots and there was flooding caused by high tides and fierce ocean waves.  Patrick said travel conditions in the rest of the state have rapidly improved, and he thanked businesses who let employees stay home Friday

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Public Scrutiny Of Casino License Applications Invited

Files containing the casino license application filed by MGM Resorts at the offices of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission
Credit Massgaming.com

Gaming industry regulators in Massachusetts are set to embark on a lengthy public review process that is expected to end with the awarding of the state’s first casino licenses by the end of May. Several criteria will be examined to determine the final winners of the high-stakes competition

Three casino companies submitted final license applications—each consisting of thousands of pages—by the New Year’s Eve deadline to satisfy the requirements of  the  two-phase  application process established by the Massachusetts  Gaming Commission.

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New England News
4:41 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Report On Chicopee Police Dept. Review Released

Michael Bissonnette, mayor of Chicopee,MA
Credit WAMC

An independent review of the police department in Chicopee, Massachusetts blames divided loyalties for inconsistent disciplinary policies.

The review of several internal affairs cases by a retired Massachusetts State Police Lt. found the investigations convoluted and complicated by personal relationships and loyalties between police officers and their superiors.  Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette called for the probe of the police department last June after complaining that cops who took and shared cellphone photos of a bloody murder scene had been simply reprimanded.

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