Mayor’s appointment will bring statewide attention to Greenfield

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin has accepted the governor’s appointment to join seven other mayors on the advisory board of the Massachusetts Mayors’ Association, and that means Greenfield will have a “seat at the table” when dealing with pressing issues with state agencies and legislators.

Patricia Mikes, communications director for the Massachusetts Municipal Association, said Martin’s one-year appointment will give Greenfield a boost, because it will gain statewide media attention, as well as the attention of lawmakers and other Massachusetts leaders throughout.

Martin, who will represent District 1, said he will fill the seat left vacant by former Easthampton Mayor Mike Tautznik and will represent most towns in Franklin County, as well as other communities in the western part of the state.

“I’ll be exchanging ideas and concerns with other mayors and that will benefit Greenfield,” said Martin. “It’s always nice to have other mayors to talk with about issues and maybe even work some of them out. I’ll also have opportunities to talk with secretaries and legislators and state agencies and will be working with the Mass. Municipal Association even more closely.”

The advisory board meets regularly throughout the year so that mayors can discuss and develop strategies for major issues facing all towns and cities throughout the state, including local aid, transportation, education, economic development and job creation.

Mikes said that is true, but there’s much more. She said Martin will also have the opportunity to bring up issues Greenfield faces, but that other towns or cities might also be facing.

“This is a great honor and opportunity for the mayor,” said Mikes. “These entities look at broad issues, sure, but they also look at much more specific issues, like flood insurance, for instance.”

Mikes said Martin was chosen by other mayors because of his remarkable leadership and the Massachusetts Mayors’ Association made its recommendation to the governor, who appointed him.

Mikes said Martin will also serve on the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s 35-member board of directors, by virtue of being appointed to the eight-member Massachusetts Mayors’ Association, and will serve on the Local Government Advisory Commission, which consists of the eight mayors on the Massachusetts Mayors’ Association advisory board, as well as selectmen, town councilors, town managers and town administrators from across the state.

“He will be one of the first involved in dealing with key issues, both across the state and in his town,” said Mikes. “This is going to be of enormous value to Greenfield. The town will have someone there, at the table, advocating for it.”

The Mayors’ Association is a member group of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization for all Massachusetts cities and towns.

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