Alex Morse

Alex Morse
Paul Tuthill

Holyoke, Mass. Mayor Alex Morse won reelection Tuesday to a fourth term.  It is the first four-year term in Holyoke history after voters approved the change two years ago. Morse was greeted by cheers from 200 people at his election night headquarters at Gateway City Arts.


The owners of apartment buildings in Holyoke that are deemed to be “hot spots” for criminal activity will receive letters warning they must develop a security plan in collaboration with the local police or risk losing the building to receivership and possibly face criminal charges.

At a Holyoke City Hall press conference Monday, Mayor Alex Morse and Police Chief James Neiswanger held up a letter printed on red paper stock that was sent to the owner of a 40-unit apartment building where police were called more than 250 times in a six- month period last year. 

The Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, Mitchell Chester, is in Holyoke today.  It is his first visit since a state education board voted earlier this week to put the city’s public schools under state control.


A regional substance abuse treatment center that must move to make way for the MGM Springfield casino will lease space in a closed nursing home in Holyoke.  The announcement Thursday ended months of uncertainty about the future of the successful program operated by the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Michael Ashe said the relocation of the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center to the closed Holyoke Geriatric Authority means the program will remain community based and can operate within the confines of his department’s budget.

The mayors of two western Massachusetts cities are calling for reform of the state’s bail laws when it comes to detaining people accused of violent crimes.   The Hampden District Attorney’s office plans to use more so-called dangerousness hearings in gun cases in a bid to hold defendants without bail.

Mayoral Preliminaries To Be Held In Mass. Cities

Sep 17, 2013
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Voters in several Massachusetts cities are heading to the polls to whittle down the number of candidates running for mayor.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, the state's youngest mayor at age 24, has four challengers in his bid for a second term.

In Lawrence, Mayor William Lantigua faces five challengers in today’s preliminary election, with the two top-vote getters advancing to the general election in November.

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Alex Morse, who at the age of 22, was the youngest mayor in the history of Holyoke Massachusetts when he was elected in 2011 is seeking a second two-year term.  It appears he will face at least five challengers.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Morse about the young mayor’s first term.

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The mayor of Holyoke Massachusetts has changed his mind, again, on the casino issue. Mayor Alex Morse’s surprise decision  cuts the competition for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley News Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

   In another stunning switch, Mayor Alex Morse announced Thursday that he once again opposes any casino development in Holyoke.  The change came less than three weeks after Morse had angered many of his political supporters by announcing he would open the door to casino developers.

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The mayor of  Holyoke Massachusetts earlier this week, shockingly, opened the door to a casino development in his city.  Now a plan to build a resort casino on a golf course is being revived.  But is Holyoke too late in the casino game in western Massachusetts?     WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

Almost ten months after newly elected Mayor Alex Morse almost literally slammed the door of his city hall office  on their casino proposal, Paper City Development Company managing partner Joe Lashinger has asked for another meeting with the mayor.

The future is in doubt for one of just two remaining coal powered electricity generating plants in Massachusetts.  Municipal officials and environmentalists believe age and the current economics of burning coal will bring an end to the Mount Tom Power Plant in Holyoke.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.


      An advisory committee made up of Holyoke residents and appointed officials including  members of the Conservation Commission and Redevelopment Authority will explore alternative uses for the Mount Tom Power Plant.


The mayor of Holyoke Massachusetts has made the first major appointment
of his new administration. Mayor Alex Morse, Wednesday, appointed a new
director of economic development. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief
Paul Tuthill reports.

        Mayor Morse has hired Marcos Marrero, a young urban planner and
policy professional with experience in energy and sustainability
projects to implement the young mayor's vision for revitalizing one of
the state's poorest cities.