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Municipal Law News

New CSTCA Website Goes Live!

As of today, this website has moved to a new platform at Social Law Library, our “website host.” Designed as a more contemporary website interface than its predecessor, our experts at Social Law Libary – Stephanie Bahl and Brian Flynn – have guided us through the transitional phase. At yesterday’s CSTCA half-day seminar in Sturbridge, Stephanie and Brian walked those attending the program on how to log-on and navigate the new site. Subtantively, much of the content of our old site have been continued, and new features have been added intended to make the website more user friendly and subtantively up to date.  The User ID and PW for the new site is the same as the old site;  but the “forgot your password link” on the new site will cause your password to be emailed to you.  Any member needing assistance can send an email to:  Website Administrator  Finally, members are now able to update their own member profile and add a photo by clicking on “Edit Your Profile” on the member’s area landing page. 

At the CSTCA half-day program in Sturbridge, Social Law Library website consultant Stephanie Bahl walked the members present through the log-on and navigations procedures.

Save the Date for the Annual Meeting!

Please join us for CSTCA’s Annual Meeting on October 14-16th in New Bedford.  The Annual Meeting will feature retired Supreme Judicial Court Justice John Greaney speaking on appellate advocacy; a panel on current issues in municipal collective bargaining; a presentation by New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang on collective bargaining from the mayoral perspective; and Attorney Dan Crean will be speaking on government speech and constitutional law; educational law updates; and Senator Jamie Eldridge speaking on the proposed overhaul of the state’s land use laws.  The Annual Meeting is a can’t miss event each year and we hope to see you there.  Stay tuned for additional details, including registration and accommodations

Save the Date for the Annual Meeting!

Please join us for CSTCA’s Annual Meeting on October 14-16th in New Bedford.  The Annual Meeting will feature former Supreme Judicial Court Justice John Greaney speaking on trends in tort law; a panel on current issues in municipal collective bargaining; a presentation on collective bargaining from a mayoral perspective by Mayor Scott Land of New Bedford; and Dan Crean speaking on government speech and constitutional law; educational law updates; and Senator Jamie Eldridge speaking on the current zoning reform legislation.  The Annual Meeting is a can’t miss event each year and we hope to see you there.  Stay tuned for additional details, including registration and accommodations

Save the Date for the Annual Meeting!

Please join us for CSTCA’s Annual Meeting on October 14-16th in New Bedford.  The Annual Meeting will feature retired Supreme Judicial Court Justice John Greaney speaking on appellate advocacy; a panel on current issues in municipal collective bargaining; a presentation by New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang on collective bargaining from the mayoral perspective; and Attorney Dan Crean will be speaking on government speech and constitutional law; educational law updates; and Senator Jamie Eldridge speaking on the proposed overhaul of the state’s land use laws.  The Annual Meeting is a can’t miss event each year and we hope to see you there.  Stay tuned for additional details, including registration and accommodations.

Hearing on Municipal Enforcement Bill

 A hearing has been scheduled for July 19th on a bill filed by Representative Steve Kulik that would increase the amount cities and towns may assess as fines for violation of ordinances and by-laws from $300 to $1,000.  The hearing will be held at State House Room A-1 at 11:00 AM on July 19th.  The full text of the bill follows: 

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Hearing Set for Municipal Enforcement Bill

 A hearing has been scheduled for July 19th on a bill filed by Representative Steve Kulik that would increase the amount cities and towns may assess as fines for violation of ordinances and by-laws from $300 to $1,000.  The hearing will be held at State House Room A-1 at 11:00 AM on July 19th.  The full text of the bill follows: 

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City of Westfield Seeks Assistant City Solicitor

The City of Westfield Law Department is seeking a qualified attorney for the position of Assistant City Solicitor.  Under the general direction of City Solicitor, the Assistant City Solicitor will be responsible for varied professional legal work such as drafting of legal documents, advising municipal appointed and elected officials, and representing City’s interests in a variety of legal forums.

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Richard Chmielinski Nominated by Governor Patrick to Appellate Tax Board

Rich Chmielinski, long time member of this Association, was nominated to the Massachusets Appellate Tax Board.  Chmielinski has had a long and distinguished career in municipal having served in the City of Newton Law Department since 1986.  He was recently honored by the Association for special achievement in the advancement of municiapl law in Massachusetts.  For additional information visit Boston Herald.