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'Green Corps' proposed to pick up litter in Springfield

skyline of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts
Paul Tuthill
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WAMC
The skyline of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts as seen from Riverfront Park.

City Council President Lederman wants to give youth summer jobs cleaning up city

The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is considering a program to provide summer jobs to teenagers who would clean up “high litter areas” of the city.

The pitch to create a so-called “Springfield Green Corps” comes from City Council President Jesse Lederman.

Mayor Domenic Sarno said his administration will look into creating a pilot program this summer.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Council President Lederman.

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.