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Springfield City Council To Elect New Leadership At First Meeting Of The Year

The legislative body for the largest city in western Massachusetts meets Monday to organize for 2019.

The Springfield City Council will vote to elect new leadership and adopt some new rules. The 13-member council is expected to formally ratify the nominations of Justin Hurst to be council president and Marcus Williams as vice president.

"You have two good leaders who are getting ready to lead the City Council and hopefully we'll be doing what is in the best interests of the citizens," Hurst said in an interview last month.

Hurst said his top priority is to ensure the city gets the full benefits its entitled to from the newly-opened MGM casino.

The council is also expected to set an earlier starting time for regular meetings at 6:30 p.m. rather than 7 p.m., and create a new permanent committee on Sustainability and Environment.      

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