Linda Tyer, other mayors-to-be meet with Sen. Elizabeth Warren

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PITTSFIELD — Mayor-elect Linda M. Tyer was among a group of newly elected mayors in four Massachusetts Gateway Cities to meet Monday with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Tyer said the hourlong midday session in Warren's Boston office included discussion of the problems and issues facing each of the cities.

"There were some common themes," Tyer said, mentioning energy costs and how that relates to the economy, economic development, poverty and rising crime rates.

Those attending included Fall River mayor-elect Jasiel Correia II, Revere mayor-elect Brian Arrigo and Fitchburg mayor-elect Stephen L. DiNatale, currently a state representative from Fitchburg.

"It was an honor," Tyer said of the invitation she received Friday from the senator's Springfield office.

"My general impression is that Senator Warren is committed to Massachusetts cities and interested in knowing about the unique needs of our cities," Tyer said.

The four cities are among 26 in the state meeting the Gateway Cities criteria, with populations from 35,000 to 250,000 and median household income below the state average. The state program provides funding for planning and other assistance to boost and coordinate economic development.

Contact Jim Therrien at 413-496-6247.


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