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Springfield Mayor Discusses Infrastructure Needs With White House


   The Democratic mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts said he spoke with White House officials Thursday about federal plans for infrastructure projects. 

      Mayor Domenic Sarno said the conference call with two special assistants to President Donald Trump did not reveal any specifics about the $ 1 trillion investment the Republican president has vowed to make to repair the nation’s infrastructure.

     "I am happy they invited me to be on this call," Sarno said.  " It was a candid conversation."

    Sarno reached out to the Trump administration earlier this month in an email exchange, and a follow-up phone call with William Kirkland, the White House Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.

     Sarno said while pledging to work with the administration on programs that create jobs, he said he objected to Trump’s plan to eliminate Community Development Block Grants.

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Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.

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