Orlando Ramos

Candidate for Ward 8 Springfield City Council

Quality Of Life

Springfield is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. Unfortunately-for some living outside of Springfield-there is a negative perception of our city. In order to be successful in moving this city forward, we have to make sure that all of our residents have a voice in government. I believe that if we work together, we can provide a better quality of life for our youth, our seniors, and all of our residents.

Absentee Landlords:

The City of Springfield has a major problem in regards to absentee landlords. One of the most frequent complaints that I heard from the residents-as I walked the neighborhood going door to door-was “absentee landlords.” The city does not currently have legislation to address the issue. If elected, I will make it a priority to address the problem by proposing a “Landlord Registration Ordinance” – a piece of legislation that will require all landlords living outside of the city to register with the city-as a way to keep track of property owners and making sure that they are keeping up with the proper inspections.

Seniors:

Even though Ward 8 has the highest concentration of senior citizens in the City, Indian Orchard-which makes up a large part of ward 8-does not have a senior center. As your City Councilor, I vow to do my best to bring the necessary resources to our ward in order to bring a senior center to our section of the City. I have supported and will continue to support the Greater New Life Church (on Worcester Street) – as well as the Pine Point Senior Center-in their efforts to provide services for the elderly; and I intend to help them expand. In addition, I propose a Youth and Family Center to be located at John F. Kennedy Middle School which will also be a place with activities for the whole family. This location-which would be open in the evenings and weekends-would be funded through a combination of local and state and federal grants.

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