AIC alum, United States Congressman Richard Neal celebrated 40 years of public service during the grand opening weekend of Union Station, a local historical landmark that had spent nearly half its life closed.
Congressman Neal, a longtime advocate for Union Station’s resurrection, announced his first candidacy for public office — the Springfield City Council — at the station in 1977.
Union Station’s grand reopening in late June follows a $94 million renovation and rehabilitation years in the making, a renovation championed by Congressman Neal. Neal’s vision is to have Union Station once again be a focal point for the city.
Congressman Neal graduated from AIC in 1972. He served as president of the Springfield City Council from 1979 to 1983, mayor of Springfield from 1983 to 1989, and was elected to the House of Representatives in 1988.
For a complete look at the festivities, please click on the link to Fred Gore’s photographs on MassLive
A heartfelt congratulations and sincere thank you for your service to Springfield and western Massachusetts, Congressman Neal!
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