The mayor of Springfield is calling on the administration of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to end a practice by the past administration of placing homeless families in congregate housing.
An angry Mayor Domenic Sarno said de-facto group homes for homeless families have been created in apartment buildings concentrated in a handful of city neighborhoods since last fall with city inspectors finding in some cases 3-4 families living in a single apartment.
" This is absolute BS," said Sarno at a city hall news conference.
Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker, just three days removed from his close election victory, visited western Massachusetts today. He met privately with the mayor of the region’s largest city, and also with a suburban mayor who had endorsed Baker’s candidacy.
The Republican governor-elect and the Democratic mayor of Springfield dismissed their political differences and stressed their mutual interests in economic development and finding innovative ways to improve the state’s public schools.
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.
The Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts has renewed a call for an end to new refugee resettlements in Springfield. Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal said the mayor has raised concerns that need to be addressed.
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.
A retirement ceremony was held in Springfield City Hall for outgoing police commissioner William Fitchet. Pictured ( l to r) are Deputy Chief John Barbieri, who will succeed Fitchet, City Councilor Tim Allen, Fitchet, City Councilor Kateri Walsh, and City Council President Michael Fenton
A new police commissioner takes charge of law enforcement in Springfield, Massachusetts this weekend. Next to the mayor, it is the highest profile job in a city where public safety consistently ranks as a top issue.
The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is proposing a city budget that he says leaves him in a good mood after years of belt tightening. The president of the city council is promising a speedy, but thorough review of the spending plans.
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.
A 26-year veteran of the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts has been picked to be the next police commissioner. It is a high-profile post in a city where public safety has consistently ranked as the number one issue.
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. A showdown vote between the city council and the mayor looms next month.
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.
City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts have voted for a big pay raise for the mayor after years of on-again off-again discussion. They’ve also given initial approval to raise their own pay, with little prior notice.
The Springfield City Council gave first-step approval Monday night via voice vote for a $40,000 pay raise for the mayor. If final approval occurs at the council’s October 21st meeting, the annual salary for the mayor will be $135,000 effective in January 2014. It would be the first change in the mayor’s salary in 16 years.