Peter Spadafore

Peter Spadafore At-large representative on the Lansing City Council.

Peter Spadafore was elected to the Lansing School District Board of Education in November of 2011. Mr. Spadafore is a graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University where he studied social relations and policy with an emphasis on education policy and homeland security. He was also a fellow in the prestigious Michigan Political Leadership Program. Currently, Mr. Spadafore serves as the associate executive director for government relations for the Michigan Association of School Administrators. Mr. Spadafore spent three years with the Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities as Vice President. Previously he served four years at the Michigan Association of School Boards as assistant director for government relations, where he worked with board members and legislators to help improve public education for every child in our state. He also served on the Michigan Parent Teacher Association's Committee for Children Advocacy and was co-chair of the Save Our Students, Schools and State (SOS) coalition; a broad group of education supporters whose mission is to "help students, schools and our state create a better future by mobilizing school communities to promote needed changes in how students are taught, and how schools and state services are funded and operate." Dedicated to public service, Mr. Spadafore has worked with Ingham County chapters of the Relay for Life and AIDS Walk Michigan and volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House as well as the YMCA. He currently serves as the President of the James Madison College Alumni Association Board of Directors. As a lifelong resident of the Capital region, Mr. Spadafore believes that the key to a successful Lansing is a successful Lansing School District where every child receives a top notch education to succeed in the 21st century economy. That success begins with good board leadership and a vision for the district. To learn more or meet with Peter, contact him at [email protected] or 517.325.3898.

I rode my bike over to the South Lansing Farmers Market to pick up some fresh produce and to Fresh Fish - Crack Chicken ...
08/06/2020

I rode my bike over to the South Lansing Farmers Market to pick up some fresh produce and to Fresh Fish - Crack Chicken for some seasoning for this weekend. Now I’m hungry...

If you haven’t already submitted your absentee ballot, head to the polls! They’re open until 8:00 PM tonight. For inform...
08/04/2020

If you haven’t already submitted your absentee ballot, head to the polls! They’re open until 8:00 PM tonight. For information on your voting options, visit LansingMI.gov/clerk or contact Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope.

Join the Lansing City Council Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for a community conversation on Racial Equit...
07/30/2020

Join the Lansing City Council Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for a community conversation on Racial Equity in the City of Lansing.

Monday, August 3, 2020
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88097021187
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

While a difficult choice, I just want to say that I 100% support the Lansing School District’s decision to go virtual fo...
07/22/2020
Lansing School District will be online only in the fall due to teacher health risks

While a difficult choice, I just want to say that I 100% support the Lansing School District’s decision to go virtual for the first marking period. Announcing now allows families and our community time to plan. This effort will take our village to be a success and I stand ready to help whenever and however I can.

Some school districts are in the thick of work devising a plan to return students to the classroom for face-to-face instruction in the fall. Many of the

Wearing a mask can greatly reduce the chance of spreading the coronavirus AND it's required when you're out in public. D...
07/20/2020

Wearing a mask can greatly reduce the chance of spreading the coronavirus AND it's required when you're out in public. Do your part and help stop the spread.

Want to get a better view of City Government? Apply for the City of Lansing, Michigan - Government Citizens AcademyThe C...
07/13/2020

Want to get a better view of City Government? Apply for the City of Lansing, Michigan - Government Citizens Academy

The Citizens Academy is an 11 week civic engagement course. Participants will meet weekly for 2 1/2 hours on Tuesday evenings beginning Tuesday September 8, 2020, from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

Citizens Academy provides an opportunity for City of Lansing residents to engage and learn more about the role the City plays in their everyday lives with a specified course schedule focused on the process of City Government and how residents can impact the decisions made within each department.

For more information, visit: https://lansingneighborhoods.info/518/Citizens-Academy

I’ve been having a little trouble catching my breath, as someone with asthma, this isn’t a new phenomenon for me, but gi...
07/10/2020

I’ve been having a little trouble catching my breath, as someone with asthma, this isn’t a new phenomenon for me, but given the current pandemic, I want to be sure I’m healthy.

Thanks to Sparrow Health System for serving our community and providing several options for quick and relatively painless testing from the front seat of my car.

07/10/2020

Today in the City Council’s Committee on Ways and Means, Chairperson Wood and I initiated an analysis of the Police Department budget to begin to unwind the funding sources and obligations to get a better understanding of what financial paths exist for a reimagining of public safety in Lansing. This is a very necessary step when engaging in the policy discussion. The new Chief Strategy Officer will begin this work immediately and we hope will report back to the committee in two weeks. Chairperson Wood will announce this Monday evening at our meeting, but the work has begun on this report.

Last month the Lansing City Council voted on a resolution to reduce our pay by 10% through payroll deduction to help wit...
07/07/2020

Last month the Lansing City Council voted on a resolution to reduce our pay by 10% through payroll deduction to help with budget reductions that may be necessary as part of the impact of COVID-19 on our revenue. That reduction took effect on July 1 and my paperwork was submitted in June to the HR department.

While I hope the federal government will step up to the plate and offer local governments like Lansing stimulus dollars to ensure continuity of services, it's important that Council lead by example.

07/01/2020

Statement Regarding Continued Virtual Meetings in Response to COVID19

06/23/2020

City Council Passed Resolution Declaring Racism as a Public Health Crisis

06/21/2020

Fireworks

06/19/2020

Juneteenth marks 155 years since the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas, freeing the last enslaved people in America more than two years after it was signed.

Today we celebrate freedom, and will not stop fighting until we all have it.

06/13/2020
mvic.sos.state.mi.us

Michigan has launched an online platform to allow registered voters another means of digitally requesting an absentee ballot. The platform is available at Michigan.gov/vote.

To apply for an absentee ballot, registered voters must use their driver’s license or state ID, and the last four digits of their Social Security number. They must also use the online tool to send the handwritten signature they provided for their driver’s license or state ID card.

Today I joined hundreds of Lansing Branch NAACP  members and others for a peaceful march for justice and systemic change...
06/10/2020

Today I joined hundreds of Lansing Branch NAACP members and others for a peaceful march for justice and systemic change.

I stand with the protestors and the Black Lives Matter movement and will use my position to help tear down systematic barriers to equality in our community. #blacklivesmatter

See an important update regarding yard waste collection from Capital Area Recycling and Trash. Yard waste will now be co...
06/09/2020

See an important update regarding yard waste collection from Capital Area Recycling and Trash. Yard waste will now be collected alongside recycling in your neighborhood. For questions, please contact CARTS or the City of Lansing Public Service Department.

YARD WASTE UPDATE: Beginning on Monday, June 15, 2020, CART will be transitioning yard waste collection from weekly to every other week.

This means that residents’ yard waste collection day will be the same as their recycling collection day. In the fall, collection will transition back to weekly collection through the end of the season.

Every other week yard waste collection will reduce the size of the collection area, stabilizing the overall collection process and reducing truck-related costs (fuel, maintenance, impacts on neighborhood streets, etc.).

To minimize impacts of every other week collection on residents, the City recommends residents mulch their grass clippings as opposed to bagging them, and compost leaves and other yard clippings if feasible.

A map that shows the day and date of the first collection round for every other week yard waste collection can be found on the City of Lansing’s website at https://bit.ly/2MJbRBp.
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To locate your recycling/yard waste collection day, download the Recycle Coach app on a smart device or view the CART Schedule Calendar at https://bit.ly/2BQAR7D.

See full release to read all details: https://bit.ly/2XNaTKB.

06/09/2020

Tonight’s meeting lasted until almost 11:00, so I won’t have time to post a video. One will be forthcoming soon. Thanks, and have a good night.

While I tend to shy away from this type of post, I do feel the need to address a message that has been shared on social ...
06/03/2020
Peter Spadafore

While I tend to shy away from this type of post, I do feel the need to address a message that has been shared on social media regarding censure of one of the City Council members for expressing a viewpoint that sparked many constituents to reach out to members of the City Council—a message with which many people agreed and disagreed.

Let me be clear, there is no effort to censure or silence a member. As you can imagine, we as a body and as individual Councilmembers receive a lot of input and emails from constituents with many different viewpoints. Sometimes they are about simple issues like yard waste, and other times they are about the most complex issues with which our society grapples. We received a lot of feedback about the post in question some positive, and some negative. Some calling for censure and other forms of recognition and others calling for action related to the post.

As president, I did have conversations about this topic to understand the process and to understand the mood of my colleagues. But no attempt was made, nor will one be made for censure. As president, I do believe it is my responsibility to listen to many viewpoints because sometimes I will be in the majority and sometimes I will not.

I, as many of colleagues alike, do not believe Censure to be a productive use of our time as I believe it divides our body and makes it more difficult to address the challenges before us.

I shared with my colleague that in these times of great turmoil, it’s important that we try to work together and tone down the rhetoric. This was the context under which I shared the information above with councilmembers.

It is unfortunate that this has spilled out into the type of fissure on Council I despise and ran against. Today, I feel like I have failed as a leader to unite my colleagues to tackle the bigger issues.

If wish to discuss this further with me, please email me at [email protected].

At-large representative on the Lansing City Council.

‪Today is Tuesday, June 2, there is not currently a curfew in place for this evening in the City of Lansing. I’ve seen m...
06/02/2020

‪Today is Tuesday, June 2, there is not currently a curfew in place for this evening in the City of Lansing. I’ve seen many questions about this, and wanted to provide clarity. ‬

Mayor Andy Schor has placed the City of Lansing under curfew this evening. People must return to their homes in order to...
06/02/2020

Mayor Andy Schor has placed the City of Lansing under curfew this evening. People must return to their homes in order to stay safe. The curfew will be in place immediately on Monday, June 1, 2020, and last through Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 5:00 a.m.

This morning I joined many residents, business owners, and non-residents in Downtown Lansing to assist with clean up eff...
06/01/2020

This morning I joined many residents, business owners, and non-residents in Downtown Lansing to assist with clean up efforts. I was blown away by the number of people who came out and how quickly cleanup went.

But while there, I kept thinking, "What's next?"

I’m the first to admit I do not have all the answers or maybe even know what all the right questions are. But often times we don’t follow through when we tell folks that we “hear them.” I’d like this not to be one of those times.

To that end, I will be proposing a series of listening sessions to be held with the City Council's Committee of the Whole. I would also like to partner with other organizations in our community as I believe simply holding meetings at City Hall won’t be as productive, but working with outside groups to actually hear from a broad group of people and stakeholders will better inform us to respond.

Obviously, social distancing and stay home orders present challenges, so this work might have to be on hold until we can safely assemble crowds. This is what I feel I can do as the leader of the City Council and I encourage input on the next steps and partnerships.

06/01/2020

Mayor Andy Schor Declares Curfew for City of Lansing on May 31, 2020

A curfew for the City of Lansing is now in effect until further notice (as of 9:00 pm). Stay off all City streets.
06/01/2020

A curfew for the City of Lansing is now in effect until further notice (as of 9:00 pm). Stay off all City streets.

05/31/2020

Lansing City Council Statement on Peaceful Protests

05/28/2020
Andy Schor

The mayor has articulated the loss our community feels today. Jack was a role model for me. A person who never forgot his roots. A public servant who always thought about those around him. A friend to so many.

We’ve sustained losses before and it is a fact of life that we’ll sustain more as we journey through life, but the sun shines a little less today. Jack was a friend; not only to both Erin and I but to the entire City of Lansing. His near constant giving of his time, talent, and treasure, left an indelible mark on this city; one that has and will continue to help shape Lansing in ways that we may never fully appreciate.

His service on my Arts and Culture Commission, as Chair of the Lansing Sister Cities Commission, as a Lansing School Board member, and as a member of the Lansing Promise Foundation Board are only the most recent examples of his spirit of selfless giving. His passion for the outdoors was evident with his fervent biking, and the generous donation to Fenner Nature Center to create the Susan and Jack Davis pavilion. Jack, like so many others, believed that Lansing’s best days are ahead, and he was working to ensure that this was the case until his last day.

I could always count on Jack and I’ll miss him dearly. Rest easy my friend. We’ve got it from here.

Shalom, Jack.

My heart is heavy today. Jack was a giant in this community. Whether you knew the philanthropist, the volunteer, or the ...
05/28/2020
Lansing attorney, philanthropist Jack Davis dies

My heart is heavy today. Jack was a giant in this community. Whether you knew the philanthropist, the volunteer, or the friend, his love for people and his city was unmatched. I’ll miss his commitment to his fellow humans, his smile and his passion for the Eastern Quakers. I join his wife Sue, the rest of his family, and the residents of the City of Lansing in mourning his loss.

THURSDAY, May 28 —Jack C. Davis, a local attorney and celebrated community and business leader in Lansing died earlier this morning in the hospital from unknown health complications, sources …

The City of Lansing, Michigan - Government offices will be closed and remote office workers will be off on Monday, May 2...
05/25/2020

The City of Lansing, Michigan - Government offices will be closed and remote office workers will be off on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day. They will re-open with normal business hours on Tuesday, May 26th. Capital Area Recycling and Trash collection will be delayed by one day all week.

05/19/2020
Council Update - May 18, 2020

The budget has passed and it's on its way to Mayor Schor. Tune in to learn about Council changes as well as all the other action that took place at Virtual City Hall this week.

05/19/2020

The budget has passed and it's on its way to Mayor Schor. Tune in to learn about Council changes as well as all the other action that took place at Virtual City Hall this week.

I believe that this is the right decision and I thank Lansing Community College, neighborhood leaders, the Mayor, and al...
05/15/2020
Pandemic scores another victim: LCC’s proposed parking ramp

I believe that this is the right decision and I thank Lansing Community College, neighborhood leaders, the Mayor, and all involved for rethinking this plan. I believe it's what's best for the College and for our community.

Opponents to the proposed parking ramp on Capitol Avenue that Lansing Community College wanted to build had an unexpected ally in their successful fight to stop it: COVID-19.

Just another sensationalized headline from WLNS-TV that asks a nonsense question that isn’t fact. Disappointing but not ...
05/12/2020
Presidential election vote-by-mail: recipe for cheating or safeguard against COVID-19?

Just another sensationalized headline from WLNS-TV that asks a nonsense question that isn’t fact. Disappointing but not unexpected.

Clerk Swope has pushed for more voter access through mail and it’s been very successful without any fraud, but don’t let the facts interfere with click bait.

Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn says mail-in voting could overwhelm our election system.

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Hello Council President Spadafore, I see communities around the state and beyond are starting to close public parks. I hope the city isn’t also considering this. If you are please also enforce the no golfing too then. This comes down to social equity. If the city closes parks you are saying the common folk can’t enjoy public spaces, but if you have enough money you can go to the country club and golf.
Pete Spadafore, are the Monday COW and Council meetings for 3-23 canceled??? I have not heard and didn't get an agenda email from the clerk's office.
Congratulations!!!
Scanner ~ dispatcher says she does not have any backup units available and has 3 priorities holding. #CrimeInTheCity and underfunded understaffed police department. Carol Wood, Jody Washington, Jeremy Garza, Adam Hussain, Patricia Spitzley, Peter Spadafore, Andy Schor.
Wanted to share this pic I snapped today...enjoy!
For Lansing residents with burning permits
This new position that Mayor Schor wants to create and has vetoed the Council’s budget plan for—what powers does that position hold and what are the checks to those powers? What would prevent the respective wards from only increased competition with each other with this new position? There is already a funding and development disparity in the respective areas of town and I am concerned that this could exacerbate that disparity. Thank you.
Trash is out of control along Waverly between Tecumseh River & Delta River Dr. on both East & West side. Can you please help?
He stands for the right thing.
Thank you for the help, Peter!
Thank you for voting against the Red Cedar Project!
Happy Birthday Peter! Enjoy your special day!