In the wake of recent grand jury decisions in the killings of two unarmed black men by police, Swan has called for the creation of a new commission on police-community relations in Springfield.
Baker is replacing a governor, Deval Patrick, who spent a lot of time in the region because he lived part-time in the Berkshires.
There was much interest in Springfield as the city has maintained a long-standing agreement with MGM to build a resort-casino downtown. Now the project is that much closer to reality.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says he reached out to Menino last week upon learning of his failing health. He says he left a brief voicemail message in Italian.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says he is not surprised by a statement from the leaders of the four Roman Catholic dioceses in Massachusetts, calling for repeal of the state’s casino law.
A spokesperson for Mayor Sarno offered no comment on Johnnie Ray McKnight’s announcement, but says Sarno has said he intends to run for re-election in 2015.
The much-awaited Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision concerning casinos came down Tuesday morning. The court ruled unanimously to allow a question on the November ballot, asking voters if they want to repeal the state’s casino law.
The subpoena is regarding contracts with the Agawam-based construction company Zielinski Brothers.
Springfield’s incoming police commissioner on Monday night unveiled his top priorities as the city’s top cop. It was Deputy Chief John Barbieri’s first public presentation sine his appointment.
On Monday, John Barbieri will show off his PowerPoint skills in a half-hour or more public presentation at Van Sickle Middle School, then answer pre-submitted questions that have been screened by Mayor Domenic Sarno’s staff.
Eventually this good will is going be tested, when union leaders and Barbieri will find themselves on opposite sides of a negotiating table.
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Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Wednesday that John Barbieri will take over upon the retirement of current Commissioner William Fitchet in May.
Michael Fenton, the council president, says the meeting will include the first two of three votes needed to reinstate a board with hiring and firing authority that is currently held by the police commissioner.
A spokesperson for Sarno is declining to give details, but confirms the mayor interviewed three of the city’s deputy chiefs last week. He says Sarno will appoint a new commissioner in the near future.
Despite a request from Springfield’s mayor request, refugees from places like Bhutan, Somalia, and Iraq keep arriving. The differences they face in food, laws, and language can be dizzying. In addition, they often have to adapt to a very different work culture.