SPRINGFIELD – Approximately 50 residents joined elected officials in Springfield Thursday night for a Town Hall style meeting that aimed to increase community engagement and provide an opportunity for residents to ask questions as well as share concerns and ideas.
“We were glad to have the opportunity to address such a broad range of questions,” said At-Large City Councilor Jesse Lederman who organized the event, “This was our first time hosting an event like this while in office, and I am looking forward to continuing meetings of this nature across the city.”
Participating in the event with Lederman were City Councilors E. Henry Twiggs, Justin Hurst, Kateri Walsh, Orlando Ramos, Marcus Williams, and Adam Gomez, School Committeewomen Denise Hurst and LaTonia Monroe Naylor, and Senator Jim Welch. State Representative Bud Williams was represented by Legislative Aid Malo Brown.
Residents from the Mason Square area and across the city posed questions to the elected officials regarding streets and sidewalk maintenance, public safety, immigrant’s rights, park improvements, youth development, the municipal budget, mental health programming, and school safety.
“It is important for the community to have access to their elected officials on a regular basis,” said Lederman “They shouldn’t just see us during election season or within the setting of the Council or Legislative chamber. We were glad to bring such a broad cross section of government together.”
The event was live-streamed at www.Facebook.com/JLLederman and recorded by Focus Springfield. It will be available to view at www.YouTube.com/FocusSpringfield .
Additional Town Hall style meetings will be announced throughout the year.