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Retiring Springfield Housing Authority Head Says Public Trust Is Restored


    The head of the second-largest public housing authority in Massachusetts is going to retire on August 1st. after almost a decade of leading an agency back to respectability following a corruption scandal.

           William Abrashkin left the bench of the Western District Housing Court after 22 years as a judge to take charge of the Springfield Housing Authority in 2008. 

   Earlier, a federal investigation found that millions of dollars had been stolen from the authority. Former administrators received long federal prison sentences.

   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Abrashkin about his decision to retire.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.
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