Congressman Neal's Staff Holding Office Hours in North Adams

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A staff member from the office of U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal will hold office hours at North Adams City Hall on Thursday, July 27. 
 
The public is welcome and encouraged to meet with the congressman's representative from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Law Library on the first floor. Constituents will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns they have on federal issues. No appointment is necessary. 
 
Questions and comments may also be directed to Neal's Springfield office at 413-785-0325 or by email through the website.

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