WEST SPRINGFIELD/EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Two Western Massachusetts communities held swearing in ceremonies on Thursday for new mayors.
Easthampton’s new mayor Karen Cadieux is congratulated by outgoing mayor Michael Tautznik.
Easthampton City Hall was filled with supporters of the new mayor during this historic swearing in.
“I’m honored and I’m humbled to be the next mayor of Easthampton, but I’m also very excited and proud to be the first woman mayor of Easthampton,” says Cadieux.
Cadieux is only Easthampton’s second mayor with Tautznik serving as the first mayor since the city charter changed in 1996.
Besides Easthampton, West Springfield swore in its new mayor on Thursday morning.
Former City Council President Edward Sullivan takes over the reigns from Greg Neffinger.
Sullivan says his priorities are public safety and education. Another immediate priority concerns the MGM casino proposal across the river in Springfield.
“MGM, in their phase two application, did not designate West Springfield as a surrounding community. Not sure why, since a lot of reports indicate we’d be the number one impacted community by a casino,” says Sullivan.
Sullivan says he’ll be meeting with his team to make sure that West Springfield does get surrounding community status and related benefits.
“We have to file the paperwork to get ourselves the label of a surrounding community within the next 10 days, we have until Jan. 10th,” says Sullivan.
Sullivan is also extending hours of the mayor’s office to allow people to come in before work and he’s also working to put the city’s checkbook on line so taxpayers can see where their money is being spent.