A federal court ruling clears the way for the city of Springfield Massachusetts to implement a foreclosure ordinance. Housing rights advocates predict the local law will become a model for other cities and states struggling with the blight caused by foreclosed vacant property. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The city of Springfield Massachusetts will enter a new fiscal year this Sunday, July 1st, with a budget that officials describe as “ austere” and “ bare-bones”. It is also a budget that remains out of balance, as we hear from WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief, Paul Tuthill..
The $551.8 million dollar budget will cut more than 100 city jobs, cause three library branches to close, take a fire department ladder truck out of service, and result in reduced repairs and maintenance of streets, sidewalks and parks.
Three branch libraries are scheduled to close at the end of this week in Springfield Massachusetts because of budget cuts. Library advocates have mobilized to try to stop the closures. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
About 50 people held a rally outside the East Forest Park library branch to protest plans to close it.
A new superintendent has been selected to lead the second largest public school system in Massachusetts. The next superintendent of schools in Springfield Massachusetts is a home grown product, as we hear from WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.
Daniel Warwick, who started his career in education in 1976 as a teacher in the Springfield Public Schools, became a principal, a special education supervisor, and eventually deputy superintendent, has been picked to be the troubled urban school districts new chief administrator.
The second largest public school district in Massachusetts will have a new superintendent of schools by July 1st. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.
Daniel Warwick, who began his career in education as a teacher in the public schools in Springfield Mass in 1976, and is currently deputy superintendent, has been picked to be the troubled school systems next chief administrator.
The YMCA of greater Springfield Massachusetts is marking its 160th anniversary. It is the second oldest “Y” in the United States and the 4th oldest in the world. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Kirk Smith, the president and C-E-O of the Springfield “Y” about programs planned for the summer and an upcoming anniversary gala.
With just two weeks until the new fiscal year, the City Council in Springfield Massachusetts will start holding hearings on a proposed budget that cuts municipal services while calling for higher fees and taxes. WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.
Springfield City Councilor Timothy Rooke, who chairs the finance committee, says the administration has not squeezed enough savings from city government.
The city of Springfield Massachusetts will reduce its municipal workforce and cut some city services under a budget recommended by the mayor. At the same time, the city council is being asked to raise almost $3 million in fees and taxes to avoid even deeper cuts. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.