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Mass to hold campaign event at Pushkin tonight

GREENFIELD — The town’s first and present mayors and an assortment of former town officials will attend a fundraising event for at-large Town Council candidate Isaac Mass at the Pushkin tonight from 6 to 8.

The Pushkin is at the corner of Main and Federal streets.

Mass, a 37-year-old lawyer and former town councilor, said the event is open to the public, so anyone who would like to meet him and learn more about his candidacy may attend. No donation is required.

In addition to inviting Mayor William Martin and former Mayor Christine Forgey, who will deliver the keynote address, Mass has invited numerous former selectmen and councilors, including Peter Ruggeri, John Mackin, Timothy Farrell, William Allen, Joe Laurie, James Fotopoulos and George Brosky, as well as Mary McGarrah and Mary Poirier, wives of former selectmen who have died, Bernie McGarrah and Robert Poirier.

“I am honored to have the public support of so many people who have served in Greenfield’s executive branch,” said Mass. “I think they know that I will be the kind of partner that the executive branch needs to make Greenfield better.”

Mass said the recent controversy over appointments — the Council rejected the re-appointment of James Allen to the Planning Board and tried to block the appointment of Thomas DeHoyos to the Conservation Commission — and over an update of the town’s wetlands law, and noise and biomass ordinances that were drafted without input from the town’s Board of Health, are examples of how the current Council does not work well with the executive branch of government.

Mass, who previously served on the Town Council, is challenging current Town Council President Mark Wisnewski for the three-year seat in the June 10 election.

He served as Precinct 9 councilor for six years and another six as an at-large councilor. He left for personal reasons and then returned to school and got his degree in law.

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