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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North Adams Committee Tweaking Solicitor Ordinance

By Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff
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Chairwoman Lisa Blackmer said the wording in the ordinance had raised questions as to whether any single councilor has "unfettered access to the city solicitor." 
 
"I think, we thought that was not particularly good," she said. "So I'd like to take a shot at rewriting that ordinance."
 
The council had objected back in 2018 when the city switched over to KP Law as city solicitor, limiting council members' access to the Boston law firm. The council members had been used to contacting former City Solicitor John B. DeRosa, who'd been kept on retainer for 35 years before stepping down in March 2018.
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