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Take My Council Please: Experiencing Gerena Tunnel Vision…

SPRINGFIELD—Echoing demands from North End community leaders, the City Council made a dramatic call for upgrades to the German Gerena tunnel that many consider a public health risk to the vulnerable population that attends the school. The Council implored Gov. Charlie Baker to issue $3 million

Your attention please: Platform C is running late. (via Springfield City Hall)

UPDATED: One Late Arrival Expected at Springfield’s Union Station…

UPDATED 7/1/2016 8:36AM: To include comments from Amtrak about the platform delay and station renovations. SPRINGFIELD—Less than a year out from its anticipated opening, one part of Union Station will not go online alongside the rest of the terminal. A new rail platform fully compliant

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Take My Council, Please: Financing and Informing a Democratic Society…

SPRINGFIELD—Amid the City Council’s adoption of Mayor Domenic Sarno’s $616.6 million budget was a short, typical, but potentially significant regular meeting earlier Monday night. Financial measures awaiting approval for weeks passed as did legal changes that could impact direct democracy in the city. The Council

Not meeting Tuesday. (WMassP&I)

Briefings: Springfield City Council Cancels Budget Meeting…

Less than twelve hours before it was scheduled to take up Mayor Domenic Sarno fiscal year 2017, the Springfield City Council cancelled its budget meeting scheduled for Tuesday night. The cancellation, while last-minute, was not unexpected. Several councilors had expressed concerns about where resources had

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Take My Council, Please: An Appeal for a Troubled Paradise…

SPRINGFIELD—With its annual review of the city budget looming ahead, the City Council flexed its muscles Monday night turning back or sending to committee several financial orders. It may be too early to assume the Council will cut Mayor Domenic Sarno’s $616 million budget, but

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Take My Council, Please: A Little Something on the Sidewalk…

SPRINGFIELD—In a somewhat wonky meeting on a dreary May Monday, the City Council considered a host of financial measures from grants to appropriations to bonding. While most sailed through the body, there were speed bumps, which may presage a rockier path for Mayor Domenic Sarno’s

Likewise in the City of Homes (WMassP&I)

Briefings: Gray Fiscal Skies Continue to Clear in Springfield…

Budget release day in Springfield has been less of a somber affair in recent years. During five years of Control Board rule followed by the economic crisis beginning in 2008, doing more with far less was a constant and self-defeating, if unavoidable refrain in the

The courts may have the final word on residency...and perhaps much more in Springfield. (created via wikipedia, Spfld City Hall & WMassP&I images)

Editorial: Agnosticism on Residency, Zeal for the Rule of Law…

When Springfield at-large City Council Justin Hurst released his General Government Committee’s Thursday agenda, there were signs that the Council was inching toward a Rubicon. The meeting will discuss compliance with the city’s residency’s ordinance, expiration of waivers and the applicability to the fire chiefs,