City Councilor Jesse Lederman on The Issues

Combating COVID-19 & Planning for a Strong Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives and community. Councilor Lederman remains focused on fighting to ensure Springfield receives our fair share of resources to combat the pandemic and ensure our neighbors are not left behind.

  • Fought to ensure Springfield received local access to testing and vaccines, and relief funds to enable a strong recovery. 

  • Advocated for protections and relief funds for homeowners and renters financially impacted by COVID-19. 

  • Held Virtual Town Halls & Live Q&As giving residents access to up to date information throughout the pandemic. 

  • Chairman of the City Council COVID-19 Response Committee & Committee on Health and Human Services. 

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Protecting Your Tax Dollars & Holding Utilities Accountable

Councilor Lederman understands the importance of safe guarding our taxpayer dollars and holding public utilities accountable to the rate-payers. 

  • Passed legislation ensuring municipal contractors properly pay workers and comply with state and federal labor laws to make sure no one cheats workers with our tax dollars.

  • Organized against implementation of internet data caps during the pandemic.

  • Advocated for the repair of hundreds of streetlights and still planning for conversion to more durable and efficient LED streetlights to improve lighting and save energy and money. 

  • Fought for the repair of hundreds of gas leaks across Springfield, and drew attention to the cost of lost gas being passed on to customers. 

Constituent Services & Neighborhood Quality of Life

Councilor Lederman knows that our neighborhoods are the backbone of our city, and assisting residents in maintaining and improving their quality of life is one of his top priorities.

  • Spearheaded the creation of a special fund to specifically designate projected new revenue to support neighborhood infrastructure, quality of life, and economic initiatives. 

  • Organized and hosted Town Hall style meetings across Springfield engaging hundreds of residents with elected officials to address neighborhood issues.

  • Passed legislation limiting short term hotel style rental companies in residential areas to protect neighborhoods from commercialization and ensure the availability of housing stock for homeowners and renters. 

  • Advocated for the creation of the Online Snow Map to allow residents to track plowing progress after snow storms. 

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Public Safety

As our City Councilor, Jesse Lederman has worked to go beyond the empty "tough on crime" rhetoric that has failed us in the past and instead focused on real solutions to keep our city safe. 

  • Supporting the creation of a Police Commission to increase transparency, accountability, and community relationships.

  • Co-Sponsored legislation to increase penalties for illegal dirt bikes and fireworks.

  • Maintaining funding for the Hub & COR Initiative to target the root causes of crime and violence by connecting at-risk individuals with resources.

  • Advocated to upgrade our emergency dispatch system directly to 911 calls from cell phone when possible in an effort to save time in emergency situations. 

  • Advocated for the Springfield Police Department to pursue state and national independent accreditation to ensure our city follows best practices in public safety.

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Public Health & The Environment

Jesse realizes the importance of standing up to protect our public health and our environment in Springfield and beyond. 

  • Led the fight to stop construction of a biomass waste incinerator in Springfield to protect the health of our children, seniors, and all residents. 

  • Advocated for the creation of the first Sustainability Coordinator position in Springfield to implement the Springfield Climate Action Plan, reduce pollution, and increase air quality. 

  • Working together with public health organizations, medical facilities, community members, and law enforcement to confront the opioid epidemic by advocating for great availability of treatment resources for those struggling with addiction. 

  • Chairman of the City Council Sustainability and Environment Committee.

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