Springfield elected officials slate 'Town Hall-style' meeting at North End library, intended

Read the original MassLive article by Peter Goonan here.

SPRINGFIELD -- City councilors and School Committee members will meet with residents on Thursday in a Town Hall-style meeting at the Brightwood Library Community Room at 359 Plainfield St., in the North End.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 6, to hear from from the community. At-large Councilor Jesse Lederman and Ward 1 Councilor Adam Gomez are hosting the meeting.

The event is open to residents from across the city.

Other elected officials expected to participate in the meeting include Council President Orlando Ramos, Ward 3 Councilor Melvin Edwards, At-Large School Committee member Latonia Monroe Naylor, and state Rep. Carlos Gonzalez.

The event will be moderated by Zulma Rivera-Delgado, a city resident and activist who is the Community Organizer for the Springfield chapter of Massachusetts Neighbor to Neighbor.

Residents will have the opportunity to share thoughts, concerns, questions, and ideas with their elected officials and receive responses, councilors said.

The event is part of a series of Town Hall meetings that Lederman is organizing at various locations. The first meeting took place in Mason Square in February.

"I believe that it is critical to a well-functioning local government to engage our residents regularly, to hear and respond to their questions, concerns, and ideas, and to be present in the community," Lederman said. "Our first Town Hall style meeting allowed a number of constituent concerns to be addressed, and we hope for this one to bring the same results. We welcome conversation on any and all topics."

"I look forward to hearing from our constituents," Gomez said. "Listening and following up with these types of events should be a consistent practice, giving our constituents access to their representatives at all levels of Government. I plan to support all stops of these Town halls to hear constituents in all corners of our great city. Ward 1 has a lot going on and partnering with my colleagues to guarantee success should be important to us all."

The event will also be live-streamed for residents who can not attend to watch online at Councilor Lederman's Facebook Page seen here.

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