I Go To City Council Meetings #21

Northampton Public School Teachers reject Mayor Narkewicz’ Budget A Note Hello passionate readers of municipal government happenings. Jules, here. Five meetings have taken place since my last update. Though I have attended them, this column focuses on a recent city council meeting in which teachers from the Northampton Association of School Employees gathered en masse … Continue reading I Go To City Council Meetings #21

I Go To City Council Meetings # 19

The council gets shamed for requesting more information from the NPD and Walmart by Jules Marsh On Thursday January 3, the Northampton City Council held its first meeting of the year. Approximately ten people attended. For Context Though very little was on the meeting agenda, a number of people showed up to speak at public … Continue reading I Go To City Council Meetings # 19

I Go To City Council Meetings #18

The Council debates a gift of ammunition from Walmart, upsetting the Mayor by Jules Marsh Public Comment Five people asked the council to reject a donation from Walmart that consisted of an estimated  $13,000 worth of ammunition. Dana Goldblatt shared that she understood why the council might find it rational to accept the gift, “Once … Continue reading I Go To City Council Meetings #18

I Go To Northampton City Council Meetings #17

Democracy Hypocrisy, Bathtubs, and Taxes JULES MARSH Here is a brief rundown of three recent city council meetings that took place on Nov 1, Nov 15, and Dec 6, 2019. Democracy Hypocrisy While Councilor president Ryan O’Donnell sponsored what was originally titled, “an order to strengthen democratic representation in the Northampton Housing Authority,” in its … Continue reading I Go To Northampton City Council Meetings #17