At-Large Springfield City Councilor Jesse Lederman will hold a virtual Town Hall style meting on Tuesday, April 14th at 6:00 PM to discuss resources and response in the wake of the COVID-19 health pandemic, and answer submitted questions from the public.
“During this difficult time it is more important than ever for local government to be accessible and transparent. We know that many of our neighbors are experiencing uncertainty and hardship as a result of this pandemic, and we know it can be overwhelming to navigate the system. We want our community to know that there is help out there, and it is also important for us to hear directly from our community about the challenges they are facing,” said Councilor Lederman “As a City Councilor I’ve used Town Hall style meetings to update and engage with our constituents and neighbors – since right now staying at home is the best way to stay safe, we are bringing the town hall experience to the people in their homes.”
The panel will take place via videoconference and will be broadcast by Focus Springfield Community TV. Those interested in watching may watch it streamed live on Councilor Lederman’s Facebook Page, or visit www.FocusSpringfield.com/TownHall . Those with Comcast/Xfinity may watch the event live on their television on Channel 17.
Joining Councilor Lederman for the Town Hall will be:
Helen Caulton-Harris – Springfield Commissioner of Health and Human Services
Jessica Collins – Executive Director of the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts
Timothy Sheehan – Springfield Director of Planning and Economic Development
Attorney Mary Johnson – Central West Justice Center / Community Legal Aid
Andrew Morehouse – Executive Director of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
Rose Webster-Smith – Springfield No One Leaves
Guests will share information on the municipal response to COVID-19, best practices to stay safe and healthy, access to medical care, resources available to support workers and businesses, information on food security and access to nutrition, details on benefits for those financially impacted by the pandemic including unemployment, and information for homeowners and renters who have been financially impacted by the pandemic. Councilor Lederman and guests will also answer submitted questions live.
“I am thankful to our guests for taking the time during these extraordinary circumstances to share this information with our community,” said Councilor Lederman “Thank you also to Focus Springfield Community TV for providing a platform to reach our constituents.”
Springfield residents may RSVP and submit questions, concerns, and ideas in advance of the event. To submit a question, visit www.jesseforspringfield.com/virtualtownhall .
Live captioning and Simultaneous spanish language interpretation will be provided for those who need it. To access the event with spanish language interpretation visit focusspringfield.com/townhall .
For more information contact City Councilor Jesse Lederman at (413) 285-3041.