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About the City Council
The City Council is elected by Northampton voters. The city is divided into seven wards comprised of an equal number of voters in each. Ward Councilors are elected by their respective wards. There are two at-large members who are voted on by the entire Northampton electorate. The term of office for City Councilors is two years.
The City Council is the legislative body for the city and exercises its powers in accordance with Article 2 of the City Charter. The City Council is responsible for adopting the budget, adopting city ordinances, approving non-scheduled appropriations, approving appointments to multi-member boards, and approving city tax rates. The City Council is also responsible for retaining an independent auditor to examine the city’s financial documents on an annual basis.
The City Council elects a Council President who serves as the presiding officer at all City Council meetings. The City Council conducts normal business on the first and third Thursday of each month, except in July and August when only one meeting is scheduled per month. In the absence of the Council President, the Council Vice-President (also elected by the City Council) will serve as the presiding officer.
The City Council also has four standing committees consisting of four city councilors on each committee: Committee on Finance, Committee on Legislative Matters, Committee on City Services and the Committee on Community Resources. Each committee elects a Chair and Vice-Chair. Most committees meet once per month, with the exception of the Committee on Finance which meets more frequently.
The City Council employs an Administrative Assistant to the City Council to provide support and record keeping for all City Council activities.
Gina-Louise SciarraCouncil President/Councilor At LargePhone: 413-570-3133
William H. DwightCouncilor At LargePhone: 413-262-6710
Michael Quinlan, Jr.Ward 1Phone: 413-575-0454
Karen FosterWard 2Phone: 413-341-0503
James NashCouncil Vice President/Ward 3Phone: (413) 582-0637
John ThorpeWard 4Phone: 413-270-6033
Alex JarrettWard 5Phone: 413-320-4700
Marianne L. LaBargeWard 6Phone: 413-584-7937
Rachel MaioreWard 7Phone: 413-923-4318
Laura KrutzlerAdministrative AssistantPhone: 413-587-1210
Northampton City Council
The Northampton City Council meets regularly on the first and third Thursday of each month with the exception of July and August. During July and August the City Council meets once per month. The dates of the City Council meetings for 2020 and 2021 are below. All regularly scheduled meetings are held in City Council Chambers, 212 Main Street.
Regularly scheduled City Council meetings begin at 7:00 pm.
Special City Council meetings are held as needed. Please view the City Calendar for the exact date, time and location of special meetings.
We invite you to share your feedback. Each regularly scheduled meeting begins with a Public Comment period. Members of the public can address the Council on any matter for a three minute period. Please note that the City Council is not able to respond to Public Comment during regularly scheduled meetings.
- January 7, 2020 (Organizational Meeting - begins at 4 p.m.)
- January 16, 2020
- January 30, 2020 (Joint Meeting with School Committee - JFK Community Room)
- February 6, 2020
- February 20, 2020
- March 5. 2020
- March 19, 2020
- April 2, 2020
- April 16, 2020
- May 7, 2020
- May 21, 2020
- June 4, 2020
- June 18, 2020
- July 9, 2020
- August 20, 2020
- September 3, 2020
- September 17, 2020
- October 1, 2020
- October 15, 2020
- November 5, 2020
- November 19, 2020
- December 3, 2020
- December 17, 2020
- January 7, 2021
- January 21, 2021
- February 4, 2021
- February 18, 2021
- March 4, 2021
- March 18, 2021
- April 1, 2021
- April 15, 2021
- May 6, 2021
- May 20, 2021
- June 3, 2021
- June 17, 2021
- July 15, 2021
- August 19, 2021
- September 2, 2021
- September 16, 2021
- October 7, 2021
- October 21, 2021
- November 4, 2021
- November 18, 2021
- December 2, 2021
- December 16, 2021
As approved in City Council on January 7, 2020
|Committee on Finance||Committee on City Services||Committee on Legislative Matters||Committee on Community Resources|
*Officers not yet elected.
General Meeting Day/Time
|As announced during City Council Meetings & 4th Tuesday monthly||4:00 pm on 1st Monday monthly (exceptions noted on city calendar)||5:00 pm on 2nd Monday monthly (exceptions noted on city calendar)||5:00 or 5:30 pm on 3rd Monday monthly (exceptions noted on city calendar)|
|8/25/2020||8/6/2018||8/10/2020||No Aug. meeting|
|No Dec Meeting||12/3/2018||12/14/2020||12/17/2018|
No Aug Meeting