A Better Holyoke for All Political Action Committee





Upcoming Events


Thursday, October 28th, 5:30 p.m.
Dave Bartley, Esq.

Election Party, Candidate Night
Pic's Pub, 910 Hampden St.
Donations Welcome


Thursday, October 28th, 5:30 p.m.
Mayoral Debate

Holyoke High School
Debate begins at 6:30 p.m.
This debate is a volunteer effort by the Holyoke Taxpayers Association board of directors as we continue to support our philosophy that "An informed taxpayer and voter is a more effective citizen.”

Tuesday, November 2nd, 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Election Day!
Polling Locations [PDF]

In the News


Former Mayor Elaine Pluta Endorses Mike Sullivan

Final Mayoral Debate,
Sullivan vs. Garcia [PDF]

Holyoke City Councilor Candidates Pt. 1

Holyoke City Councilor Candidates Pt. 2

Mike Sullivan - Joshua Garcia
Debate Video on WWLP Ch. 22

Mayoral Debate, Oct. 18, 2021

Mayoral, City Council races top ballot
Story as PDF


Video of League of Women Voters
Candidate Debate, Oct. 14, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette:
Two PACs square off over Holyoke election [PDF]

Past Events


Monday, October 25th, 5:30 p.m.



Monday, October 18th, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Linda Vacon

Fund Raiser, Meet & Greet
Pilsudski Park, County Road
View or Print Flyer

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 7:00 p.m.Cable Access
Video of League of Women Voters


Candidate Debate, Oct. 14, 2021



Better Holyoke for All Committee Standouts




Thursday, October 7th, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Better Holyoke for All Committee invites you to join us at Pic's Pub,
910 Hampden street, to meet some great candidates for local offices
Get Event Flyer and Details Here

Meet these candidates:
  • Mike Sullivan - Mayor of Holyoke
  • Kevin Jourdain - City Councilor at large
  • Howie Greaney - City Councilor at large
  • Mark Chatel - City Councilor at large
  • Dave Bartley - Ward 3 City Councilor
  • Preston Macy –Ward 6 City Councilor
  • Marc Hickey - School Committee at large
  • Colleen Chesmore - Ward 7 School Committee

Better Holyoke for All Committee Activity

Literature Drops to homes throughout Holyoke. Thanks to the teams getting our Endorsed Candidates' information out to ALL Wards!
Ward 7, August 7th
Ward 6, August 14th
Ward 5, August 21st
Ward 4, August 28th
Ward 3, September 11th
Wards 1 & 2, September 19th

Better Holyoke for All Committee Standouts




Thursday, September 9th, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Mayoral Debate, Holyoke High School

Standout to support Mike Sullivan at the high School, Starting 5:00 p.m.
Let mike know you can attend

Thursday, September 16th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Jourdain Committee Fundraiser

Pic's Pub, 910 Hampden Street
Refreshments, cash bar, suggested donation $20.00
If you cannot attend but would like to make a contribution, donations may be made by personal check to the Jourdain Committee at:
The Jourdain Committee
c/o Richard Berrena, Treasurer
307 Linden Street
Holyoke, MA 01040

Thursday, September 23rd, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Howie Greaney Kickoff Party

Pic's Pub, 910 Hampden Street
Refreshments, cash bar, donations accepted
See flyer here

Monday August 30th, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Better Holyoke for All Committee invites you to join us at Pilsudski Park on County Road to meet some great candidates for local offices
Get Event Flyer and Details Here

Meet these candidates:
  • Mike Sullivan - for Mayor
  • Kevin Jourdain - for City Councilor at large
  • Howie Greaney - for City Councilor at large
  • Mark Chatel - for City Councilor at large
  • Linda Vacon - for Ward 5 City Councilor
  • Marc Hickey - for School Committee at large
Great event. Standing room only!

Saturday July 31st, meeting at 9:30 a.m.
Corner of Northampton & Hampden Sts. in the parking lot the old Rite Aid.
We will split up and deliver Candidates' material door-to-door.


Holyoke natural gas moratorium stays in place; capacity remains top issue

HOLYOKE — With no end to its natural gas moratorium in sight, Holyoke Gas & Electric is “aggressively” pursuing energy alternatives to stay ahead of demand.

James Lavelle, HG&E’s general manager, provided an update on the moratorium to the City Council’s Development and Government Relations Committee on Monday. Councilor at Large Rebecca Lisi previously filed orders seeking to understand the suspension and the utility’s renewable energy portfolio.
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HG&E imposed the moratorium on new commercial and residential natural gas services in 2019 because of capacity limitations.

“It’s a top priority to do everything we can to lift the moratorium,” Lavelle said. “The best solution would be for us to get access to more natural gas supply to the city to be able to lift that.” But Lavelle told the committee he does not foresee an “imminent solution.”

“We have a moratorium because there isn’t enough gas supply to meet the demand on a peak winter day safely,” he said.

The current pipeline capacity is around 12,000 dekatherms a winter day, while HG&E’s system demands 20,000 dekatherms. The goal is to increase capacity by 5,000 dekatherms on peak days.

One dekatherm equals 1,000 cubic feet of natural gas, and is about what an average home uses on a cold winter day.

“The solution again is getting more capacity either in a pipeline or some other way,” Lavelle said. “You’re talking about 5,000 homes converting to electrification, which we’re pushing, but it’s going to take a long time to get that number.”

Lavelle said HG&E will look at energy conversation and efficiency upgrades for commercial users, including municipal buildings, as a way to reduce natural gas demand.

An earlier deal with Columbia Gas that would have increased the diameter of the main pipeline, increasing the city’s natural gas supply, fell through.

Eversource recently bought Columbia Gas. But Lavelle said it remains “occupied” with its Greater Springfield Reliability Project, a proposal to construct new infrastructure off the Tennessee Gas Pipeline in Longmeadow and route it into Springfield.

“It’s a very difficult permitting process as well,” he said. “They are fully committing their resources right now to getting it done before they can take on any additional work.”

Besides Holyoke’s one-mile pipeline that skirts West Holyoke, Lavelle added that segments in Agawam and West Springfield are affected by any expansion effort. A second supply route called the Northampton Lateral is owned by Tennessee Natural Gas.

Lavelle added that expanding the Northampton Lateral, with Holyoke footing the bill, was “cost-prohibitive.” A recent project estimate came in at $80 million.

“We’re going to continue to push the conservation, energy efficiency,” he said.

Since the moratorium’s start, Lavelle said, HG&E has denied 200 requests for new natural gas connections. “We lost some business opportunities that never knocked on our door,” Lavelle said. He said customers either stayed with oil or switched to propane, dirtier energy sources than natural gas.

Story source: MassLive.com

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