A newspaper reports that federal inspectors found more than 7,100 defects and deficiencies in the Metro-North Railroad over the last decade, but records show regulators launched an investigation only after two high-profile accidents last year.
Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit that works to preserve affordable housing, has announced a multi-year effort in Springfield, Massachusetts to repair hundreds of homes in one of the poorest neighborhoods in America. The work in the Old Hill Neighborhood started with the successful rehab of 25 homes on a single day last year. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Rebuilding Together Springfield Executive Director Colleen Loveless.
The incoming police commissioner in Springfield, Massachusetts is going to unveil a crime-fighting plan.
Incoming Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri says he has a five point strategic plan, that he will detail at a public forum Monday evening at the Van Sickle Middle School. Barbieri says it includes more pro-active police patrols and a real time response to crime trends
"If my vision is successful it will involve mutual collaboration to improve the conditions in this city to affect fear of crime, crime and the conditions that foster crime."
Municipal officials in Massachusetts are beginning to put together budgets with one annual uncertainty—how much state aid to expect.
Governor Deval Patrick has proposed to level fund un-restricted local aid to the state’s cities and towns. House Speaker Robert Deleo said his chamber’s version of the next state budget will contain an increase in state aid. Patrick points out he has proposed record levels of spending on local schools and increased state funding for municipal streets and sidewalk work.