City Councilor Jesse Lederman on The Issues

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. 

  • Fought to secure funding for the first time for the new and innovative Hub & COR Initiative to target the root causes of crime and violence through connecting at-risk individuals with human service agencies to divert them away from situations that lead to crime and violence. 

  • Advocated to upgrade our emergency dispatch system to directly connect 911 calls from cell phones when possible in an effort to save precious seconds in emergency situations. 

  • Advocated for the Springfield Police Department to pursue state and national accreditation through independent agencies to ensure we are following international best practices in law enforcement and public safety.


Public Health & The Environment

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

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

  • 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. 

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Protecting Your Tax Dollars

Councilor Lederman understands the importance of safe guarding our taxpayer dollars. 

  • Supported the revamped Springfield Responsible Employer Ordinance to ensure municipal construction projects utilize contractors who hire local residents and veterans and follow all state and federal wage and labor laws. 

  • Co-Sponsored legislation to ensure that developers who receive tax breaks from the City of Springfield follow guidelines similar to the Responsible Employer Ordinance, including hiring local residents and veterans for their projects, and complying with state and federal labor laws, to ensure developers are not cheating with our tax dollars.

  • Voted NO on the proposal to raise salaries for elected officials in Springfield.

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.

  • Advocated for the repair of hundreds of streetlights across Springfield, and continuing to push for conversation to more durable and efficient LED lights to improve lighting and save energy and money.