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Holyoke City Counselors Apologize to Community for Controversial Comments


HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) –An emotional Todd McGee started to break down while apologizing to his fellow city council members.

Holyoke’s City Hall was packed with community members waiting to hear explanations from both he and Daniel Bresnahan. After making comments about then pregnant council member Rebecca Lisi two weeks ago, before doing their cable broadcast.

They thought the conversation would remain between the two, but their microphones were open and the whole thing was caught on tape. “I was taken aback and really offended by the comments, especially in a professional setting. I just think that as leaders, they should be held accountable for their actions,” said Jessica Montanga. “I think this is the first time that women have come together against something that is harmful to us in the long term,” Lauren Helm added.

Speakers expressed their feelings. Lisi, who wasn’t present due to the birth of her baby sent in a statement, calling for officials to receive sensitivity training.

The body voted to receive a petition of 66 signatures calling for McGee and Bresnahan’s resignation. From there, it goes to a rules committee.

Even with the decision, some folks think it’s still not enough, and want to see more action taken. “To a certain degree it’s better than not doing anything. They are acknowledging the behavior was very inappropriate and unprofessional.

Lisi recommends that voters be the ones to have the final say when they head to the polls in two weeks.

Tomorrow is the last day to register to vote in Holyoke for the November 5th election.

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