Mayor Sarno stated, “I want to thank Senator Adam Gomez, Representatives Carlos Gonzalez, Orlando Ramos and Jacob Oliveira, and Senator Eric Lesser’s Deputy Chief of Staff Joel McAuliffe for attending today’s meeting. We had a great discussion on how the state Legislature plans to review and implement the distribution of the $5.2 billion ARPA monies. Through my Administrations citywide listening sessions, hearing from our neighborhood councils, non-profits, business groups and other agencies and organizations, we have a solid framework on the needs and wants of our city and neighborhoods. CAFO TJ Plante and I shared what we have been hearing from our neighborhood councils, non-profits and businesses, and what projects and initiatives would be most beneficial for our residents and business community. It is positive to hear that the state, after they hold their own hearings and caucuses, may follow a similar design in where the states $5.2 billion in federal ARPA funding would be allocated. My Administration is looking forward to coordinating with our state delegation so that the City of Springfield is in the best possible position to receive the full amount of assistance from the states $5.2 billion ARPA monies in support of our local projects and initiatives, for the betterment of all in our City.”
In addition to today’s meetings, Mayor Sarno and city officials have now met with 21 organizations, agencies, non-profits and the following neighborhood councils; Hungry Hill, East Springfield, Maple High Six Corners, McKnight, Old Hill, Upper Hill, Indian Orchard Citizens Council, New North Citizens Council and Sixteen Acres Civic Association. Additional neighborhood council and nonprofit meetings are scheduled.