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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Mass. Mayor Wants Delay On Med Marijuana Centers

Jul 24, 2013
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The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is recommending a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries until the city has time to plan how they'll operate.

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.

I-91 upgrade seen affecting western Mass. casino

Apr 1, 2013
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A planned overhaul of an elevated section of Interstate 91 in Springfield Massachusetts is raising questions about access to two proposed downtown casinos.

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.

The Republican reports that Stephen P. Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said traffic plans will be a major factor when awarding licenses.

Very little is being said about a federal investigation involving city hall in Springfield, Mass. On Sunday, the Springfield Republican reported that the investigation was under way, and the likely focus is a man who has been part of city hall for decades, political consultant Charles "Charlie" Kingston. Stephanie Barry is a reporter with the Republican, and has been following the story.

Earlier today, WAMC's Paul Tuthill asked Springfield Domenic Sarno about a published report that the FBI is investigating a political consultant's ties to the mayor's office. Tuthill asked if he was aware of an FBI investigation.

The state law that legalized casino gambling in Massachusetts requires voters in a host community to approve the casino development in a referendum.  The law permits cities , such as Springfield, to hold either an at-large  vote or limit it to just the ward where the casino would be built.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

      

       Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is adamant the voter referendum on whether there should be a casino built in Springfield will be held city-wide.

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