Ignoring a veto threat from the mayor, the City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts plans to take final votes tonight on an ordinance to ban city employees from asking people about their immigration status.
In the wake of the death of a Massachusetts police officer on Cape Cod last week there are calls for changing the state’s judicial system. Those calls are being echoed by the mayor of Springfield, who has repeatedly called out judges he says are putting dangerous criminals back on the streets.
The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts voted earlier this week to authorize the city to borrow more than $12.5 million to pay for construction projects and equipment purchases. But a delay in authorizing city funds to improve a park drew the ire of the mayor.
For nearly three decades, the largest city in western Massachusetts has held a flag raising ceremony on the first Monday in November to celebrate Puerto Rican heritage and the cultural contributions of the people from the Caribbean island. Today’s Puerto Rican flag raising at Springfield City Hall was especially poignant.
The largest city in western Massachusetts has a new budget in place for the fiscal year that begins July 1st. After years of stress over deficits, layoffs, and service cuts this budget season was a relative breeze.