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Take My Council, Please: Pass Me the Buck…

UPDATED 10/10/13 3:32PM: Comments from the Council’s Public Safety Committee Chair Thomas Ashe added; clarification between last month’s defeated pawnbroker ordinance and the one referred to committee; and confirmation as to when the old holding period was shortened to the current 10 days. SPRINGFIELD—With elections

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Briefings: Survivor, Pioneer Valley Edition 2013…

With today’s results, the field is set for November in most of Western Massachusetts’s biggest cities.  Holyoke’s mayoral contest is set.  That city’s Ward 4 race was more or less over before voting began as one of the three candidates running had disclaimed interest in

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Analysis: Holyoke & Springfield, Know Your Pre-limits…

UPDATED 9:07PM: As originally published, this post failed to note WMassP&I Editor Matt Szafranski served as moderator/part of the media panel for the Holyoke candidate debate referenced below. Note: WMassP&I will not be making ANY endorsements for the preliminary this year. There is no election

Springfield

Take My Council, Please: When the Opposition is Resi-dense…

SPRINGFIELD—The Springfield City Council opened its meeting on a high note with effusive praise of the tornado-damaged Cathedral High School, but quickly descended into acrimony and a display of dysfunctional government. Councilor Tim Rooke was absent from the meeting. The meeting was technically two. The

Take My Council, Please: Amended Complaints…

SPRINGFIELD—Reversing itself fully from a meeting just two weeks ago, the City Council killed an amendment to its historic foreclosure ordinance and with it a settlement to a lawsuit launched shortly after its passage.  The rejection on Monday was arguably the most significant actions taken

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Campaign Dollars/Common Cents Predictions…

For the first time since Springfield abolished its old system of government and ushered in a strong mayor-council government, and possibly ever, the city will hold a municipal election without the mayor on the ballot. Boston is the only other city in Massachusetts with more

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Take My Council, Please: The Conception of Priorities…

UPDATED 3/8/13 12:56PM: Photograph of current Springfield Senior Center added. SPRINGFIELD—During a particularly policy-heavy evening, taking form in both ordinance and other measure, the City Council confronted a host of issue from finance to foreclosures to bonding.  However, while some of the more substantive debate

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Take My Council, Please: That’s Out of Order!…

SPRINGFIELD—The order of items on the City Council’s agenda is defined by the Council’s rules.  Items that fall under certain categories are grouped together and then listed in a certain order, each item assigned a number.  The Council may, by unanimous consent take things out