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Veto Override Vote Scheduled On Residency Law


The city council in Springfield , Massachusetts Monday will take up the mayor’s veto of a residency requirement for employees of  the city.

The ordinance approved by a 9 to 3 vote would ban city department heads and their deputies , hired after January 1, 2014 from living outside the city. The mayor would be able to waive the residency requirement for other new hires in a limited set of circumstances.  The bill was sponsored by City Councilor Mike Fenton who said he wrestled with the thorny issue for years.

But Mayor  Domenic Sarno vetoed the ordinance on the advice of  legal counsel who warned it infringes on the powers granted the mayor in the city’s charter.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.