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Special City Council Committee Created On COVID-19 Response

Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman
Jesse Lederman

         The newly-installed president of the City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts has announced a special committee to address COVID-19 issues. 

       Springfield City Council President Marcus Williams said the new ad hoc COVID-19 Response Committee will look into issues exacerbated by the pandemic including housing instability and food insecurity.

      "It will also provide a public forum for residents to provide input and feedback, " explained Williams.

       Williams appointed City Councilor Jesse Lederman to chair the special committee.

       "I am very greatful to our new president Marcus Williams for the opportunity to lead the newly-created COVID-19 Response Committee of the City Council," said Lederman.  "What we are looking to do is insure the City Council is actively involved in the continuing effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and alsol in the proactive effort around what a recovery strategy would look like."

       In an interview, Lederman went on to say the committee will look to assure Springfield gets resources from the state to combat the pandemic including enough vaccine to meet local demand.   He said the committee will hold a virtual town hall.

       Additional members of the committee have not been named.  Typically, special Springfield City Council committees include a mix of councilors and non-elected people who can offer expertise.

      Lederman said he scheduled a meeting with Springfield Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris to discuss how the new committee might help the city’s efforts to combat the pandemic.

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.
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