HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - Holyoke's City Council is taking its opposition to a needle exchange program in the city to court.
Former City Councilor, Attorney John O'Neill, is handling the complaint, which alleges that Mayor Alex Morse overstepped his authority by approving a needle exchange program in the city, despite a no vote from the Council.
The City Council has voted down the idea twice in the past decade, and voters rejected the program in 2001. Still, some voters told 22News that they are happy the plan was put in place.
"I see a lot of them (needles) around, especially in the Flats," Christian Cabrera of Holyoke said. "Some kid picking it up, not knowing what it is, so they could pick it up and stab themself with it."
O'Neill told 22News that the legal definition of local authority includes approval from the City Council.
The case will be heard in Superior Court Wednesday at 2:00 P.M.