Not quite five years ago, with then Council-President Kateri Walsh looking on, Judge William Boyle swore in at-large councilor James Ferrera, III as the city’s newest councilor. His effective predecessor, Angelo Puppolo, had resigned his seat in order to join the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Sorry for the delayed post of this week’s Take My Council, Please. If it make you feel any better, part of the reason was due to the relatively minor items that were before the council. (WMassP&I) The Springfield City Council pulled out a quick meeting
(WMassP&I) The Springfield City Council meant to bring some measure of finality to the budget process and a provide a measure closure to the acrimony that has bedeviled the City Council and the Mayor’s office. Between a canny move by at-large Councilor Jimmy Ferrera and
(WMassP&I) The jockeying to preserve the city’s reserve fund reached a critical vote yesterday leaving the confrontation between the mayor and the council at a standstill. The items in question that reflected the mayor’s policies took up precious little on the council’s agenda, which as
The Springfield City Council held the equivalent of a double feature Monday night. A regularly scheduled Hearings meeting, during which the council approves or denies permits, followed a special meeting where numerous items were debated. City Council President Jose Tosado had scheduled the meeting to
**This post has been updated to reflect new information obtained from the governor’s office.** Councilor Rivera (Facebook) It is always hard to measure what impact scandals will have on a politician. Nobody seemed to care that Rick Perry received a $25,000 donation from Ken Lay
(WMassP&I) In a rare display of expediency (or small agendas) the Springfield City Council breezed through its appointed task Monday night and in the process actually did a few useful things other than the typical housekeeping. Items on the agenda included resolves opposed to the
(WMassP&I) Today we debut a new series, “The Great Experiment,” a look at the transition that has begun at City Hall since the switch to Ward Representation in the City of Springfield. In the coming weeks and months, it is our goal to investigate the
Internet Cafe elsewhere in the Valley (Spfld Intruder) The Internet Cafe phenomenon in Springfield (and the region) continues to intrigue and test the limits of state and local law. The trouble started when Attorney General Martha Coakley ordered Internet Cafes that were alleged to engage
(WMassP&I) It may be hard to believe, but it is only twenty weeks until the next municipal election in Springfield. July 26th marks the point at which the door closes for political aspirants to join the field to be a part of our humble democracy.