SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Dignitaries, supporters, and city residents filled the Old First Church in downtown Springfield for Mayor Domenic Sarno’s fourth inaugural ceremony. Among those in attendance were Congressman Richard Neal and Springfield Catholic Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, as well as local legislators and city council members.
The mayor told 22News that he will work during the next four years to combat the drug crisis facing Springfield and other local communities. He said that city police will continue conducting drug raids and traffic stops, like the ones that led to four arrests this past weekend.
The mayor said that they need to continue making arrests to get to the core of where these drugs are coming from.
“We work with our federal task force and our state task force constantly, communicating so we can stop this flow. I think the biggest thing here on the street is our continued attack on the street,” Sarno said.
Mayor Sarno also said the city has $2.7 billion invested in ongoing projects that will continue over the next few years. Some of those projects include the Union Station revitalization, market rate housing in neighborhoods, and MGM Springfield.
Mayor Sarno is beginning his second four-year term (his first two terms in office were two-year terms). He defeated Salvatore Circosta in the November election.