Northampton City Council Passes Budget in First Reading

The heavily criticized budget faces a second reading on June 17th By Brian Zayatz On June 3rd, City Council passed in first reading the FY2022 budget proposed by Mayor Narkewicz, which has faced criticism for its level-services funding of the NPD and underfunding of the new Department of Community Care, which receives $424,000 (the NPD … Continue reading Northampton City Council Passes Budget in First Reading

One Year Later, Community Still Demands Alternatives to Policing at Budget Hearings

Northampton City Council heard (or didn’t) department heads and the public in two special meetings By Brian Zayatz On Tuesday, May 25th—the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police—and Wednesday, May 26th, Northampton City Council held its annual budget hearings, spread out over two days to give ample time for … Continue reading One Year Later, Community Still Demands Alternatives to Policing at Budget Hearings

Northampton City Council Endorses Wage Theft Bill, Postpones Zero Lot Line Vote

The latest zoning change is the densest yet By Brian Zayatz On Thursday, May 20th, Northampton City Council held their last regular meeting before budget hearings begin, and as has become the norm over the last few weeks, heard over two hours of public comment at the start of the meeting. Twenty-one speakers spoke in … Continue reading Northampton City Council Endorses Wage Theft Bill, Postpones Zero Lot Line Vote

Northampton City Council endorses Gazette union and Department of Community Care

In the last meeting before budget hearings begin, Councilors expressed tepid support for NPRC recommendations By Brian Zayatz Despite the short agenda, Northampton City Council again lasted until nearly 1am during their May 6th meeting, in part thanks to three and a half hours of public comment. The few items on the agenda had been … Continue reading Northampton City Council endorses Gazette union and Department of Community Care