Michael Fenton

New England News
6:15 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Local Casino Ethics Ordinance Nears Final Approval

Credit Triin Q's photostream Flickr

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts is poised to approve a casino ethics ordinance, but the city’s mayor has been silent so far on the issue.

The Springfield City Council is expected to give final approval at its next regular meeting to an ordinance that would put restrictions on public officials obtaining jobs at the new MGM casino being built in the city.  Supporters say it is intended to foster public trust in the municipal decision making surrounding the casino project.

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New England News
12:09 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Five-Year Ban On Casino Jobs Proposed For Springfield Elected Officials

MGM plans to start construction this year on an $800 million casino and hotel in downtown Springfield.
Credit MGM Springfield

The Springfield, Massachusetts city council is considering an ordinance that would put restrictions on public officials obtaining jobs at the new MGM casino being built in the city.

Under a proposed municipal ethics ordinance, the city’s elected officials—the mayor and 11 city councilors – would be barred for at least five years from obtaining a job at the MGM casino after leaving the city’s employment.  Non-elected officials who are considered “major policymakers” would face a two-year ban.

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New England News
12:29 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Mayor's Budget Reflects Hopeful Outlook After Years Of Cuts

Copies of Mayor Domenic Sarno's recommended budget for distribution to the city council.
Credit WAMC

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. 

" I'm in a good mood," said Sarno.

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New England News
2:14 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Return Of Police Commission Considered

Sprringfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet is planning to retire later this year. Some city councilors see it as an opportunity to return control of the police department back to a civilian body
Credit SPD

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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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
12:24 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

City Councilor Announces Colleagues Support To Be Next President

Michael A. Fenton, at the age of 26, would be the youngest person elected City Council President in Springfield, MA.

When a new city council is seated in Springfield, Massachusetts this January a majority of its 13 members will be black or Hispanic.  It is the first time in Springfield history voters elected minorities to a majority of the seats on both the city council and school committee.  City councilor Michael Fenton said he has commitments from his colleagues to be elected council president in January.  At 26 , he would be the youngest council president in the city’s history. He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill

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