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Springfield Mayor To Talk With Trump Aides About City's Infrastructure Needs

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno on stage

The Democratic mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is working to cultivate a good relationship with the Trump White House.

Mayor Domenic Sarno and about a dozen officials with his administration had a 45 minute conference call Wednesday with two special assistants to President Trump.

Sarno said he stressed his support for Trump campaign pledges to rebuild infrastructure and create jobs, but complained about the proposed elimination of some federal programs, specifically Community Development Block Grants.

" I'm not going to thumb by nose at an administration that reaches out to me,"  he told reporters after the White House conference call.  " I told them how they can help me. I also told them where I have concerns."

Sarno said he was invited to join about 50 other mayors for a White House conference call next week to discuss infrastructure needs.