Northampton to name roadway in honor of former mayor

Hampshire County

Former Northampton Mayor Sean Dunphy’s name will soon appear on a street sign in the city.

The Northampton City Council passed an ordinance on Thursday that will rename the entrance leading to city hall’s parking lot.

The previous entrance had no name, but Northampton City Council President Ryan O’Donnell told 22News that it’s a way to recognize the late mayor for his accomplishments.

While in office, he allowed people to rent apartments above downtown businesses and introduced the city’s first recycling center.  

“Sean Dunphy was a great mayor,” O’Donnell explained. “He was progressive, he was a reformative, he modernized city government, I like the idea of having a road named after him right next to city hall. It reminds us of what great government should be.”

Sean Dunphy became the first full-time mayor in 1969 and, at the age of 28, the youngest Northampton mayor to be elected.

He died in 2015 at the age of 74.

A formal unveiling will be held September 29 at 10 a.m.

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