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Jesse Lederman

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        A virtual town hall, originating in the largest city in western Massachusetts, discussed resources and responses in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.  

    The coronavirus is impacting politics-as-usual in Massachusetts.

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Regulations have been drafted in the largest city in western Massachusetts to govern short-term housing rentals like those offered through online booking agents.

    The largest city in western Massachusetts is making a change in its recycling program. It could have a ripple effect in other municipalities in the region. 

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  Legislation has been proposed to regulate short-term room rentals in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

  Alarmed by a sharp rise in opioid deaths last year in the third largest city in Massachusetts, officials have taken steps to try to lower the fatality rate.

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An initiative by the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts intended to improve turnout for this year’s municipal election has hit a snag.  There is no money to pay for it. 

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    Hoping to boost voter turnout in the largest city in western Massachusetts, an election notification law has been adopted. 

     Alarmed by a stunning increase in opioid fatalities last year, officials in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts are trying to come up with strategies to bring down the death rate. 

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    A recent report from MassPIRG and Environment Massachusetts gave the state a “D” for its efforts to get lead out of school’s drinking water.    But officials say the Springfield Public Schools deserve a much higher grade. 

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    A dangerous consequence of the ongoing opioid epidemic is discarded hypodermic needles littering city streets, playgrounds, and parks.   What was supposed to be a safe route for children to walk to an elementary school in Springfield, Massachusetts was found littered with discarded syringes.

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A required public notification about contamination in the drinking water for Springfield, Massachusetts has officials stressing there is no emergency.

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      For the first time in many years, the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has voted to create a new permanent committee.

      The largest city in western Massachusetts is again considering a ban on single use plastic bags by retailers.   This as a growing number of cities and towns in Massachusetts have enacted plastic bag regulations, but movement toward a statewide ban stalled.

Massachusetts lawmakers have decided once again not to enact a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags by retail stores.

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Environmental activists in western Massachusetts are hailing an announcement from the office of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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    Additional taxpayers’ money will be used to cover the costs to operate Springfield’s Union Station in the first year since it reopened. 

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     A key committee of the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has endorsed spending taxpayers’ dollars on a marketing campaign intended to highlight the city’s assets.

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Two new city council committees have been created to look at quality of life issues in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

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The city of Boston has become the latest and by far the largest community in Massachusetts to move toward banning single-use plastic bags in retail stores.

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   The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts will have two new members in January after an election Tuesday that saw a very low voter turnout.

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Public input is being sought for a climate action plan for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.  The Springfield Climate Justice Coalition is holding a series of community meetings.

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      Opponents of a proposed wood-burning power plant in Springfield, Massachusetts are weighing their options now that the city’s top health official has opted not to hold a site assignment hearing on the project. 

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A first time candidate in Springfield’s municipal election has won a rare endorsement from a veteran Massachusetts politician. 

State Rep. Benjamin Swan, dean of the city’s legislative delegation, Wednesday announced his support for Jesse Lederman’s bid to win an at-large seat on the Springfield City Council in the November 3rd election.

" He's a young man. He's energetic, " Swan said of Lederman. " He'll be a very positive addition to the council."