A new year in municipal government began in Springfield, Massachusetts today with an historic ceremony at city hall. The new city council and the new city council president are both “ firsts” for Springfield
The city council sworn in Monday morning is the first in Springfield’s history where a majority of the councilors are black or Hispanic—a makeup that mirrors the city’s population which is 61 percent non-white. The new president of the city council Mike Fenton turned 27 yesterday and is the youngest council president in the city’s history.
The University of Massachusetts is about to establish a long-awaited physical presence in the city of Springfield.
Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to join UMass President Robert Caret and several other officials to announce the location of a satellite center that will open next fall in the state's third-largest city.
The facility will house academic programs affiliated with the university's flagship campus in Amherst, as well as other UMass campuses.
More details are expected to be released at a late morning news conference.
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
Tolls will soon return for motorists traveling on the western end of the Massachusetts Turnpike.
The first of two informational hearings is scheduled for tonight on implementation of tolls between Exit 1 in West Stockbridge and Exit 6, which leads to Interstate 291 and Springfield. The meeting will be held at Lee High School.
A decade-old Massachusetts program that allows a property tax break for senior citizens may be introduced in the state’s third largest city. Springfield would join several smaller cities in the region that already offer the popular program.
The Senior Tax Work-Off Program allows homeowners over the age of 60 to perform tasks for a municipality in exchange for a one-time abatement of a portion of their property tax bill. It is offered in more than 100 cities and towns in Massachusetts including Westfield, Chicopee and Holyoke.
The city of Springfield, Massachusetts will begin a new fiscal year on Monday July 1st with a balanced budget. The conclusion this week of the annual budget debate in city hall left unresolved several issues that resonate beyond Springfield.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno praised the city council’s 12 to 2 vote to adopt a $572 million budget. He said it will maintain current municipal employment levels and keep core city services intact.
Non-unionized municipal employees for the city of Springfield,Massachusetts who do not live in the city could soon face an ultimatum-- move to the city or lose their jobs.
Springfield City Council President James Ferrera, backed up by at least six of his colleagues on the 13- member council, is proposing to use the city budget as leverage in the latest attempt to put a new residency ordinance on the books.
The proposed budget for the coming fiscal year in Springfield Massachusetts is balanced with the help of $5 million from casino developer MGM. The money was included in the budget presented by the city’s mayor even though a Springfield casino is not guaranteed. Casino opponents are crying foul.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno describes his proposed $571.8 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st as a “ hold the line” budget.
City councilors in Springfield Massachusetts appear ready to act quickly on the proposed casino development agreement with MGM Resorts International. The casino operator wants the citywide voter referendum to take place in mid-July. Casino opponents have little time to mount an effective campaign.