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Alex Morse will not run for another term as mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts next year.

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Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse will not seek another term next year. Morse made the announcement in an email to supporters Tuesday, saying he never planned to serve more than 10 years. In 2012, Morse became the youngest chief executive in the history of the old impoverished mill city at age 22. The openly gay Brown University graduate lost to Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal of the 1st House district in a bruising Democratic primary this year.

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Voters have been voting early and mailing in ballots ahead of the Massachusetts primary Tuesday. WAMC has this recap of the contentious Democratic race in the 1st House district.

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Five more Pittsfield, Massachusetts city councilors have endorsed Alex Morse in his bid to unseat Congressman Richard Neal in the Democratic primary.

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Will Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse be able to knock off Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal in next month’s Democratic primary?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Neal continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This interview was recorded August 6.

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Will Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse be able to knock off Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal in next month’s Democratic primary?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Neal continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This interview was recorded August 6.

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Alex Morse is vowing to stay in the race for Congress in western Massachusetts as he defends himself against allegations of sexual misconduct with college students.

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      The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, UAlbany Lecturer in Africana Studies Jennifer Burns, Publisher Emeritus of The Daily Freeman Ira Fusfeld, and political consultant and lobbyist Libby Post.

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In today’s Congressional Corner, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse wraps up his interview with WAMC’s Alan Chartock. Morse is running in the Democratic primary for the 1st House district seat held by Rep. Richard Neal.

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Will Congressman Richard Neal avoid the fate of Congressman Eliot Engel?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse continues his interview with WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his campaign for the 1st House district seat.

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We’re in the final days of the Democratic primary in Western Massachusetts.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his campaign for the 1st House district seat.

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Alex Morse is the mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts. He’s also challenging Congressman Richard Neal in this year’s Democratic primary in the 1st Congressional district. This week, Morse sat down with WAMC while campaigning in Pittsfield. He discussed taking on a senior member of his own party, his fundraising, and how he plans to win a district easily carried by Neal in 2018.

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Impeachment could be a litmus test in the next election.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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Some House Democrats have chafed against the conference’s leaders.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock

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A Democratic primary battle is developing in Western Massachusetts.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse continues to get a lukewarm reaction from fellow elected officials as he challenges longtime Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal.

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Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse says he is running for Congress in Massachusetts’ first district, setting up a possible Democratic primary challenge against 30-year incumbent Richard Neal. Morse became Holyoke’s youngest and first openly gay mayor in 2011 at the age of 22. In a video announcing his campaign, Morse accused Neal of complacency.

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Holyoke, Mass. Mayor Alex Morse won reelection Tuesday to a fourth term.  It is the first four-year term in Holyoke history after voters approved the change two years ago. Morse was greeted by cheers from 200 people at his election night headquarters at Gateway City Arts.

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The owners of apartment buildings in Holyoke that are deemed to be “hot spots” for criminal activity will receive letters warning they must develop a security plan in collaboration with the local police or risk losing the building to receivership and possibly face criminal charges.

At a Holyoke City Hall press conference Monday, Mayor Alex Morse and Police Chief James Neiswanger held up a letter printed on red paper stock that was sent to the owner of a 40-unit apartment building where police were called more than 250 times in a six- month period last year. 

The Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, Mitchell Chester, is in Holyoke today.  It is his first visit since a state education board voted earlier this week to put the city’s public schools under state control.

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A regional substance abuse treatment center that must move to make way for the MGM Springfield casino will lease space in a closed nursing home in Holyoke.  The announcement Thursday ended months of uncertainty about the future of the successful program operated by the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Michael Ashe said the relocation of the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center to the closed Holyoke Geriatric Authority means the program will remain community based and can operate within the confines of his department’s budget.

The mayors of two western Massachusetts cities are calling for reform of the state’s bail laws when it comes to detaining people accused of violent crimes.   The Hampden District Attorney’s office plans to use more so-called dangerousness hearings in gun cases in a bid to hold defendants without bail.

Mayoral Preliminaries To Be Held In Mass. Cities

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Voters in several Massachusetts cities are heading to the polls to whittle down the number of candidates running for mayor.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, the state's youngest mayor at age 24, has four challengers in his bid for a second term.

In Lawrence, Mayor William Lantigua faces five challengers in today’s preliminary election, with the two top-vote getters advancing to the general election in November.

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Alex Morse, who at the age of 22, was the youngest mayor in the history of Holyoke Massachusetts when he was elected in 2011 is seeking a second two-year term.  It appears he will face at least five challengers.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Morse about the young mayor’s first term.

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The mayor of Holyoke Massachusetts has changed his mind, again, on the casino issue. Mayor Alex Morse’s surprise decision  cuts the competition for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley News Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

   In another stunning switch, Mayor Alex Morse announced Thursday that he once again opposes any casino development in Holyoke.  The change came less than three weeks after Morse had angered many of his political supporters by announcing he would open the door to casino developers.

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The mayor of  Holyoke Massachusetts earlier this week, shockingly, opened the door to a casino development in his city.  Now a plan to build a resort casino on a golf course is being revived.  But is Holyoke too late in the casino game in western Massachusetts?     WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

Almost ten months after newly elected Mayor Alex Morse almost literally slammed the door of his city hall office  on their casino proposal, Paper City Development Company managing partner Joe Lashinger has asked for another meeting with the mayor.

The future is in doubt for one of just two remaining coal powered electricity generating plants in Massachusetts.  Municipal officials and environmentalists believe age and the current economics of burning coal will bring an end to the Mount Tom Power Plant in Holyoke.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

      An advisory committee made up of Holyoke residents and appointed officials including  members of the Conservation Commission and Redevelopment Authority will explore alternative uses for the Mount Tom Power Plant.

The mayor of Holyoke Massachusetts has made the first major appointment
of his new administration. Mayor Alex Morse, Wednesday, appointed a new
director of economic development. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief
Paul Tuthill reports.

        Mayor Morse has hired Marcos Marrero, a young urban planner and
policy professional with experience in energy and sustainability
projects to implement the young mayor's vision for revitalizing one of
the state's poorest cities.