PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012) — There’s an old saying in politics that we just made up: “As Guam goes, so goes the nation.”

This bodes well for Mitt Romney, candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. He won an overwhelming victory in Guam. He also took the Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands.

Da islanders, man, dem like Mr. Mitt. He hot.

Before you laugh, the three wins in recent GOP primaries added 23 delegates to his growing count. Yes, he wins the postage stamp states, but Romney has also scored in the majors with wins in Ohio, Florida, and Michigan. Mitt’s on a slow, methodical roll that has an inexorable, inevitable feel to it.

True, Rick Santorum scored the biggest prize last week by pasting Romney in Kansas and taking its 33 delegates, but Mitt’s little wins garnered 39 delegates over the weekend. The national press tried to make something out of Santorum’s Kansas victory, but bottom line is: He lost ground over the weekend. When all the counting was done, Romney, with Guam etc., won 39 delegates to Santorum’s 33. This is happening again and again, at a time when the campaign has reached a point where the Rickster needs to do more than tread water.

National Media: A Vested Interest in Santorum at This Point

The national media, particularly in this age of twitter, cable, and the relentless 27/7 news cycle, desperately has it in their self-interest to create of presidential politics a horse race. Right now, they need to make it seem like Santorum is holding his own when he’s not. The blatant need of the national press stems from rating. Their numbers draw or deflect advertisers, depending, which explains why too many outlets write for their commercial masters and not for We The People.

We see this phenomenon played out locally daily, of course, with the Boring Broadsheet, except that they will stay away from hot stories and cover non-stories because of the shrinking number of advertisers. The BB has made the editorially inexplicable news judgment to placate a handful of influential advertisers by running white bread, cotton candy, and linseed oil stories.

One thing you don’t have to worry about on THE PLANET is the undue influence of any outside force on our deliberations. We talk to a lot of people, listen to everybody, and seek as much information as we can get in covering the issues of the day, but when it comes time to take our stance, we take it. You may love us or not, but you have to admit that what you see is what you get. Our byline at the top attests to that fact. We don’t run anonymous editorials or un-bylined news articles, as the BB regularly does.

In Delegates, Romney had Doubled Santorum

Romney’s got both the math and the momentum. It takes 1,144 delegates to secure the GOP nod. As of today, the delegate count reads this way:

ROMNEY — 454



PAUL — 47


Romney more than doubles Santorum, which is why you can take all the national hype about Kansas and use it as a flame starter in the fireplace tonight. Most of the remaining states yet to vote award delegates proportionately to the vote totals, which means that Santorum is unlikely to score an dramatic electoral knockout punch.

Coming up today, Alabama and Mississippi have the primary vote. Romney likely won’t win either, but he doesn’t need to. Those states apportion delegates, meaning that Romney will not be shut out of the 90 delegates there. Add to that the other “small” primaries today — Hawaii and American Samoa. Romney has those in his back pocket and most of their 29 delegates.

ABC News calls it winning ugly. THE PLANET calls it plain, old winning.


BB’s Hatchet Job on Nuciforo Not Rare, Not Well Done

Wow, has Andy Nuciforo ever got the GOB and the Boring Broadsheet quivering. THE PLANET doesn’t know all of the ins and outs as to why, although we have out thoughts on this.

Of BB scribe Ned Oliver‘s double-barrelled hatchet job in the Boring Broadsheet about Democratic congressional candidate Andy Nuciforo, there’s little to be said. Nuff Ced Ned’s piece, no doubt written on Orders from Above and as a result lacking in its ability to convince and communicate, pretends to be a profile of the candidate with an assessment of his underdog status to incumbent congressman Richie Neal. The piece, however, does a poor job of acting, unless there is an Oscar for bad acting. … and bad writing.

Of course, smear campaigns don’t care about winning Pulitzers. The assumption is that enough people will read enough of the stories to create a subliminal message that Nuciforo is, as Jonathan Melle has infamously called Andy for years, Luciforo. Oliver’s one-sided hack job advertised to the world, once and for all, that the once proud Berkshire Eagle has descended into irrelevancy due to unprofessional conduct and dereliction of duty. We sympathize with our good friend and colleague Nuff Ced Ned. He’s got to write that kind of crap because the Bosses have ordered his bosses to do so. His best defense is the one Borman, Goering, Col. Klink, and the others used at Nuremberg: “I was only following orders.”

Oliver’s Piece a Journalistic ‘Still Birth’

As we say, we will leave the post mortum of this journalistic still birth to the coroners of public opinion, but we will present a taste of the new and embarrassing lows Pittsfield’s only daily newspaper has sunk. Take the headline … please. We read: “Nuciforo Says Spending Above Board.”

We read that Nuciforo is “no stranger to corporate money,” as if he’s the first person ever to run for Congress who has realized that it takes a scandalous amount of money, bucks that Neal no doubt has been securing during his long, tired tenure.

Oliver  accuses Nuciforo of “hypocrisy.” Keep in mind that the BB ran Oliver’s pieces screaming on page one as a news story. There’s no “commentary” label on them and no other indication that the rag is doing anything but preaching. Notice at the top of this post: Our tag line reads: “PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary.” Of course, that’s an unfair comparison. THE PLANET cares about its readers. We’ll leave it at that.

THE PLANET has endorsed Nuciforo for Congress, and the BB’s shameful Sunday only reinforces out view that he is the right choice in the upcoming Democratic primary.



Tonight, the city council has another light agenda. A flea could put tonight’s agenda on its back and rip off 50 push ups, easy.

Click here to check out the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting.

You’ll notice item 2. Mayor Dan Bianchi will be requesting the city council for $238,636.21 from free cash (right, as if it’s “free”) to pay for the demolition of the old Grossman’s at 1277 East Street.

THE PLANET has a simple question: Why are Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski paying this ridiculous amount to tear down the building owned privately by a capitalist?

When you ask that question of city officials, you get a litany of excuses why they can’t get the building’s owner to pay for the razing, to which we reply: “bull spit.” We have a simple way to get the money: Put the owner of the property in the Iron Maiden, close the door slowly, and don’t stop until he agrees to foot the bill.

It’s Ridiculous to Ask Taxpayers to Fund the Demolition of a Privately Owned Building

We will not accept that taxpayers must pay for this action. We simply do not accept it.

If the owner of the property has even one nickel to his name, the city must take it. In fact, it must seize the first $238,636.21 of this creep’s net worth. Now we’re sure that our Right Honorable Good Friends, including the mayor, will get into a long speech about why this can’t be done, but we don’t accept that without first hearing a detailed explanation of how hard the city tried to get after the deadbeat owner. How hard hard it tried to get this deadbeat to pay up?

The efforts had better be exhausting, including throwing the clown in the Iron Maiden. If not, THE PLANET recommends that our Right Honorable Good Friends on the council throw this back to the mayor, advising him to get the angry villagers with torches after the owner.

Another Round of Character Checks, J-Lo and Dancing Barry?

Notice also the series of appointments in items 4 through 9. We wonder if the resumes of the individuals have been fully vetted to check for that elusive thing called, “character.” Perhaps our Rt. Hon. Good Friends Jonathan Lothrop and Barry Clairmont can clarify, since they apparently have the ability to look into people’s souls and determine then fit or not. It was J-Lo and Dancing Barry, you’ll recall, who coughed at appointed EMT Jeff Ferrin to the Ambulance Review Board.



Speaking of Berkshire Young Professionals, which we weren’t, you don’t want to miss their next Networking Social, slated for Kelly’s Package Store, this Thursday, March 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. The store is located at 635 Main St., Dalton.

THE PLANET has never been to Kelly’s Package Store, but we’re sure it’s a fine place that sells good hooch. We wish tKelly’s  nothing but success. You sense a “however” coming, don’t you?


It’s a package store, a.k.a., a liquor store. We find the irony almost too much, since it was Chamber head Mike Supranowicz who issued the order to the BYP cubbies (the Beepers) that no one could be photographed holding a drink at one of these “socials.” Iron Mike’s order came in response to the little episode that Beeper officer Meredith Nilan got herself into on the evening of Dec. 8, after one such “social” at a restaurant in Great Barrington. Miss Meredith got her hair mussed a little bit that night and tried to hide it.

Naughty, naughty, naughty.

Anyways, fair warning all your  Beepers who clammed up, again on orders from above, about anything you maybe have seen, witnessed, overheard, or observed at the “social” on Dec. 8 (where, we were told, a lot of glasses were drained and elbows bent) — THE PLANET will be attending. We may attend incognito or wearing our Sunday best. We shall be there, though, so everyone, please, be on your best behavior.

Feel Free to Say Hello to THE PLANET

Feel free to talk to us, say hello, and make small talk. Do not, under any circumstances, say anything — ANYTHING — about what you may have seen on the night of Dec. 8. It could cost your your professional life.

You’ve been warned by Iron Mike. You’ve been told if you speak to THE PLANET, “certain people” will see you never have a career in Berkshire County. About 64 Beepers were at Allium’s restaurant on Dec. 8 for the “social,” and no one saw nuttin’. Amazing.

To make the point clear about not saying anything, you remember what Iron Mike did to his underling, Chamber PR head Ashley Sulock, when she began to speak to us. He threw her under the bus. Don’t believe us? Ask those in the know about what happened following our conversation.

What Supranowicz did to Sulock was reprehensible. He ordered her off the phone and horned in on our conversation with her. He basically said in his actions that he had no faith in her, that he did not trust her, and that he had to follow orders from above (what, you don’t think someone like Iron Mike is capable of an independent action, do you?).

Ashley Sulock is a capable your professional. We have talked to some of here friends and colleagues. They won’t publicly come out in here defense, but they all attest to her character, her integrity, her ability, and her good intentions. We have crossed paths with Ashley a bit through our appearances on “Good Morning, Pittsfield,” especially when she was guest hosting when John Krol was in campaign mode.

We were every bit impressed with Ms. Sulock, from a personal and a professional standpoint. It’s a shame she has such a disloyal boss.







  1. Shakes His Head
    March 13, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    The City racheted up efforts to tear down the Grossman’s building HOWEVER, in order to recoup funds they have to be spent first. Government can’t attach a cost to a property or sue a private party in court because you “may have to somehow, sometime, someway” spend money in the future. Damamges have to be shown!!! The City has to pay the contractor’s bill for demolishing the structure. Council SHOULD HAVE ASKED how the costs would be recouped when the building was ordered demolished, not after the fact.

    The Mayor is operating the City, not legislating, that is the Council’s job.

    • danvalenti
      March 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

      Good point, Shakes. Our guess is that the council hasn’t asked about recoupment of the money because it will come out of “free” cash.

      • Jim Gleason
        March 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

        This situation was left on Mayor Bianchi by former mayor squiggy ruberto. All arrangements were made under ruberto and the demolition company bid $120,000 to tear it down.Now suddenly it cost nearly $400,000 to do. How can a company which is reputable under bid by $280,000? Sounds like the companies dealt with by ruberto and Ernie Fortini in their time in Pittsfield, not reputable and full of kickbacks to the aforementioned.

        • dusty
          March 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

          well if there was any paper work on the whole process you ain;t gonna find it now

          • danvalenti
            March 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

            GOB paperwork in Pittsfield = Now you see it, now you don’t

        • Molly
          March 13, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

          Where are you seeing close to $400,000? The mayor is asking the council to approve close to $240,000 — was there other money paid for this??

          • Jim Gleason
            March 14, 2012 at 8:44 am #

            $200,000 was already allocated for this during the ruberto administration. The agreement was signed on Nov. 15, 2011, according to Melissa Mazzeo today on the Sturgeon show.$156, 000 was for the Grossmans building and the rest for another property out of the initial sum, so it’s closer to $400,000 total.

  2. Richard Arnold
    March 13, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    It’s Ridiculous to Ask Taxpayers to Fund the Demolition of a Privately Owned Building
    I so agree.

  3. Dee
    March 13, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Regarding the demolition on East Street. The city has already filed and recorded a lien in the total amount of $454,095.60 against this property. Since one cannot torture the money out of a person, this is the only way one can recoup funds.

    Not quite sure what you, DV would like the City to do about this. Everyone and their brother complained that the building had to be taken down, and it was. Since contractors don’t work for free, the funds had to come from somewhere. Now, the hope is that this property will be sold either by K&K Realty and the lien satisfied, or through a tax taking the property is sold and the lien satisfied. There are very few grants available for demolition.

    • Silence Dogood
      March 13, 2012 at 8:26 am #

      This building was a terrible eyesore. Now that it’s gone every time I go by I marvel at the beautiful rusty old GE buildings. Truly beautiful.

    • smh
      March 13, 2012 at 8:58 am #

      Sure, I totally get that, about the building being an eyesore, needing to come down. I don’t recall what the prior administration projected as demo cost, and also have no idea about the actual land value. “Hope” it’s somewhere close to the lien amount.

  4. Shakes His Head
    March 13, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    There is the slight issue of the FIFTH amendment that precludes government from seizing property for public use without compensation.

  5. spectator
    March 13, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    Re: BYP at Kelly’s – wouldn’t it be awesome if the DPD took vehicle models of attendees and set up a sobriety check point afterwards?

  6. ambrose
    March 13, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    The city has at least two buildings that it has footed the bill for.
    0ne, Grossman’s, two, 13 Melville St. for over 100 K. Melville also has a lien against it but the owner has countersued the city for tearing down her building that shouldn’t have been condemned. – Hopefully, Dorchester is next.

  7. Still wondering
    March 13, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Ol’ Mike is the simplest tool of the GOBs. His nickname should be “wedge”.

    • Dawn
      March 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm #


  8. Yaz
    March 13, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    No one has answered DV’s question: What actions have the city taken, prior and up to the lien, to get the deadbeat to take care of his own mess? and Why was the owner allowed to let the property get so bad when it was still functioning as a business? Taxpayers get scrwed again. Welcome to the Pitts. Mr Businessman out there, looking to expand or relocate, consider The Pitts. PEDA maybe where you will deal with the most anti-business bunch of incompetents, to The Pitts, where everything is politics including the school dept which is about to blow it again (superintendent).

    • danvalenti
      March 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

      We’re hoping that comes out in the discussion tonight.

    • Steve wade
      March 14, 2012 at 5:19 am #

      The city has been after this scumbag owner for years. It was used as a dumping ground for this guy Pennell. This has been written in The Eagle for years. Just call the building inspector,Fire Dept, or beter yet call Councilor Capitanio Im sure he will give you the whole history of this scumbag owner.

  9. Molly
    March 13, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    I agree that what the BB did to Andy Nuciforo was truly sleazy and unbelievable, even for them. They are becoming more and more blatant — in the past, they would do something like this but not in such a blatant way. This was TWO articles and both were meant to bury his campaign. All in favor of an “experienced incumbant” who has been in Congress for 24 years! Yeah – just what we need, someone who’s done nothing else in his life but be a politician and has been in Congress for TWENTY FOUR YEARS! Take a look around people – he is to blame for where we are today!

    The BB states: “in perhaps the most overtly political move” he spent $75 to attend the inaugural ball for the new mayor of Holyoke.” OMG – please don’t let it be so!!! How could Andy Nuciforo do something that horrible??!! Really? Come on BB – if that’s his most overtly political move, then I don’t think anyone needs to worry about the political moves of Andy Nuciforo!!! I also noticed that the only “political observers” that were actually quoted was Barrett and Ruberto!! Give me a break! (This in the other, even worse attack article on him titled, “Nuciforo faces rough road for Congress seat”, also written by Ned Oliver).

    Did you read the Comments for this article? Poster “berkvoter1” states: “they failed to mention that the Office Of Campaign and Political Finance found no wrong-doing.” And for the first time that I’ve ever seen, the reporter – Ned Oliver – posted a reply (it sure doesn’t look like he was forced to write this article, Dan…). Here’s the text of his reply:
    “berkvoter1 You’re right that the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance has found no wrong doing, but they also wouldn’t investigate or rule on a potential federal violation, which is what is described in this article. The Federal Election Commission is the relevant body in this case, but they only look into a candidate’s filings and spending after a complaint is filed, which so far, hasn’t happened.” He also further goes on addressing the difference between Downing doing the same thing that Nuciforo is being accused of.

    They wouldn’t investigate or rule on a potential federal violation because it’s the Federal Election Commission in charge but they will only investigate after a complaint is filed, which it hasn’t. Yet this sleaze piece of newspaper can report on something that doesn’t exist and hasn’t happened?? As I said, they are becoming more and more blatant – it’s like they know that we hate them and why and instead of changing their ways, they are planting their feet into their sleazy ground and being more adament and more openly and blatantly sleazy!

    Ruberto says that he will have a hard time proving to the voters that he’s a better candidate than Neal. Welllll, that sentence alone just proved it! Ruberto? Really?? Then they go on to say that Neal has almost 18 times more cash than Nuciforo – 2.4 million vs. $136,000. And Neal didn’t get this 2.4 million from big business?? WHAT?? WHY AREN’T THEY GOING AFTER WHERE NEAL GOT ALL OF THAT MONEY FROM???

    • SaraD
      March 13, 2012 at 11:43 am #

      Have you noticed the eagle got really sleazy with the addition of that hack you mention, Ned Oliver? Almost everything he writes is somehow twisted so it never accurately reflects the truth. The inclusion of his joke of a drinking buddy, Bill Stein — the not even a tiny bit funny comedian — in that particular article was especially transparent. I’m sure the paper is watching him carefully while trying not to reign him in too much, after they lost Conor Berry. But this guy is no Conor Berry — not even close. They ought to cut him loose before he gets them in real trouble.

    • danvalenti
      March 13, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

      Excellent points all around, Molly. Glad you pointed out the $$ discrepancy between the two. Even with that, the GOB wants to make sure there’s NO chance of an upset. Why? Why? We wonder. It couldn’t have anything to do with corruption, graft, sleaze, manipulation, malfeasance, or plain old bum kissing, would it?

      • Steve wade
        March 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

        Gee Dan I wonder if it has to do with Nuciforo not telling anyone that he was not going to run again until after his Big. Money fundraiser? Or how about screwing over the other candidates for Register of Deeds. What goes around comes around!

        • danvalenti
          March 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

          Perhaps, but we seriously doubt it. To raise that scenario as a realistic explanation, you would have to offer evidence.

      • Steve wade
        March 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

        Prediction Neal 70# Nuciforo 25%. Stien 5#

    • Steve wade
      March 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      Molly. What did the Eagle say that was false?

      • Molly
        March 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

        For one, it was worded to make us believe that he had violated the rules regarding political contributions, but the Office of Campaign and Political Finance found NO WRONG DOING. And there has NOT been any claims filed with the Federal Elections Commission. As I said earlier, they’re going after his measly $136,000 when Neal has 2.1 MILLION!!! Why don’t they look into where all those donations came from? All the sleazy “Good Ol’ Boys”!!!! And I’m sure he has LOTS of them with being in Congress for 24 years! Well, he obviously does — look at the TWO articles in the BB to help him out!!! And we KNOW that the BB doesn’t do anything without being told to by the GOB’s, now right???

        • Steve wade
          March 14, 2012 at 5:22 am #

          Sorry I don’t agree with your view. Andy played dirty politics and now its biteing him in his ass.

          • Molly
            March 14, 2012 at 8:42 am #

            Andy obviously didn’t go along with something for the Good Ol Boys and now they’re flexing their muscles. THAT is what this is all about!!!!

        • danvalenti
          March 14, 2012 at 6:44 am #

          That is beyond any double, reasonable or otherwise, now: The BB exists to fetch water for the GOB. That is its only purpose.

  10. Swen
    March 13, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Question? Didn’t the city put out for bids to take down the old Grossman’s building and then the job turned out to be more than the contractor thought once they started the work inside? Maxy took down his own buildings in the back.
    If so, those bids went out during the past administration and now it looks like Mayor Bianchi is trying to get this matter settled in the books.

  11. Sandy
    March 13, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    It is very simply where Neal got all his money. How many years has he run for Congress unoppossed? He spends next to nothing on a campaign but brings in the bucks every two years. All those $ add up over the years. How much money do you think Olver has left in his campaign chest?

  12. Molly
    March 13, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    “Beepers” — Is this the 2nd tiime that they’ve been to Kelly’s Package Store as we’ve had this discussion a while ago. I still say that since we don’t yet know if any or all of them talked with the police as part of the police investigation, then we need to give them a break until we do know that. If it were me, I would not talk to the media either! If I did that once (for instance to the planet), then all of the sleaze media (for instance the BB) would do nothing but hound me! And try to write sleaze articles about me and would make my life hell. So I wouldn’t do it, either!

    However, if it comes out that they all said to the Police, “I saw nothing, I heard nothing”, then that’s a different story and we should put them down.

    • danvalenti
      March 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

      No, we are talking about the same “social” at Kelly’s.

  13. Molly
    March 13, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    I found it interesting that Melissa Mazzeo is being appointed to the Ambulance Review Commission. What do you think that’s about? Some sort of deal made?

    I’d like to see Melissa, or someone on the Council, bring in Collingwood to answer how it is that we spent a half million dollars on plowing this year and I don’t want to hear that “that’s the way it works – you don’t ever give back unused money” because that’s the crap that has to change!!! Collingwood really needs to be fired.

  14. Bull Durham
    March 13, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    It’s unfortunate, but this state’s legal system just crawls when it comes to dealing with property owners who don’t pay their taxes. I have a neighbor who owns five pieces of property in North Adams, hasn’t paid property taxes on any of them in three years. The city has placed liens on all, and when they go to Housing Court, they are told to ‘give him a chance to pay.’ Years go by, they go back, the guy files appeal after appeal, and each time the housing judge won’t enforce the tax code and keeps pushing it out. Then this guy sues the city, repeatedly, filing lawsuits that will never be heard before a jury as they are all eventually kicked out of court… but in the meantime, the city won’t be allowed to take the properties because a judge tells them, “it would appear that you’re acting vindictively against this man.” I kid you not. This guy also is a massive hoarder, and loads each property with piles of junk, inside and out. And the housing court protects him every time.

    Meanwhile, you, me and the Kapanskis pay their tax bills, on time, every time, while people like my neighbor laugh at us.

    • danvalenti
      March 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

      It was those three snowflakes that fell last month. They broke the budget’s back.

    • danvalenti
      March 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

      BULL has raised an important point. The process gets nowhere because of the stinkin’ law. These are laws created by lawyers and enacted by creep politicians. Complicate everything so as to need a fat bureaucracy to maintain it. The Kapanskis and other like them are played for suckers by the deadbeats.

      • Bull Durham
        March 13, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

        Amen to that, Dan.

  15. JLook
    March 13, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    No deal was made for Melissa Mazzeo on the Ambulance Review Commission. She is taking the place of Councilman Ward who did not seek re-election. This board ask to have a council member on it. She can handle working with “People who have questionable work ethics and character”, she does it every week on the council!

    • Molly
      March 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

      HAHAHAHA Good one! And very true!!!

  16. Molly
    March 13, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I agree, Bull – this does happen and much too often, too! Even when they finally do pay, they for some reason don’t have to pay any late charges, interest or fees, thereby getting away with keeping that money for YEARS and presumably getting interest on it. If I tried that, I’d get socked with having to pay a ton more money – and well I should! I don’t know how they get away it… Probably know something about the judge that the judge doesn’t want made public. That seems to be how everything else works around here.

    • Bull Durham
      March 13, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

      Unfortunately, I think it’s even simpler, Molly. It’s called our legal system. Anyone can file a lawsuit, anyone can appeal everything, and the courts are so jammed right now, nothing gets done for years. And by the time it gets before a judge, they just want it over with and they don’t punish anyone. There are people who legitimately struggle with payment of their taxes – and those people reach settlements with the city or pay something at least. Others just bilk the system and get away with it because they know the city doesn’t want their properties in the end. As usual, the middle class gets the screws put to it.

  17. dusty
    March 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Kudos to whomever initiated the litter cleanup out in Coltsville. The whole city is disgusting with trash from years of neglect but it is great to see somebody with clout cares enough to get things started.

    • danvalenti
      March 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

      We weren’t aware of this effort but we certainly support it. Like you, we offer our thanks to the good people who did this. Now, how about a volunteer crew to clearn up the pig sty on the Wendell Street extension, a stone’s throw from city hall?

  18. tito
    March 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm #


    ATTENTION PLANET SPORTS….Syracuse will be without Fab Melo, star player……

    • danvalenti
      March 13, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

      Yes. That changes everything, in a right big hurry. Fab Melo was only the Big East Defensive Player of the Year. Nonetheless, we’re sticking with our pick!

  19. tito
    March 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Reason….eligibility issues.

  20. Joetaxpayer
    March 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Congrates Jeff Ferin,and thanks for taking the time to serve.Shame on the 4 Councilors who just don’t get it.Yoney,Cappy ,Loathu and windy Clairmont take the polotics out of it and let the Mayor do his job.

    • dusty
      March 14, 2012 at 1:30 am #

      So it appears that you have four dyed in the wool GOB councilors who are petrified to go against their masters. Perhaps they are somehow indebted and could not change their minds if they wanted to. Looks that way. It is probably predictable as to what you will get from these indentured servants for the rest of their terms.

      • Steve wade
        March 14, 2012 at 5:25 am #

        Dusty Perhaps they just think Ferrin should not be on the committee?

        • Molly
          March 14, 2012 at 8:47 am #

          He’s qualified. It’s a volunteer appointment. It is NOT the most important committee in the world – in fact, far from it. Come on, Steve – we are not that stupid!!! And if this is about “Character” as the GOB’s were insisting, then let’s see Cliffy step down from the committees that he serves on or perhaps we should start petitions for that? Based on poor character?

          • Steve wade
            March 14, 2012 at 11:50 am #

            Nancy. I agree Cliff should resign. Character matters

      • danvalenti
        March 14, 2012 at 6:43 am #

        It’s an interesting read of the tea leaves, one which many observers share. Now roughly two months into the two-year term, many think the GOB plants on the council are Yon, Cappy, J-Lo, and Dancing Barry. THE PLANET will reserve judgment on that a bit longer. Certainly, judging by their actions in the Ferrin matter, the facts do fit the theory.

  21. Sandy
    March 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    I would also like to add my heartfelf congratulations to Jeff Ferrin on his appointment tonight to the ambulance review commission. He will serve the city well. That is more than I can say for the way the 4 councilors have acted and spoken about Jeff. Pittsfield is fortunate to have people like Jeff to serve on a committee that pays nothing that is so qualified.

    • danvalenti
      March 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

      THE PLANET adds to the congrats. The Gang of Four — J-Lo, Yon, Cappy, and Dancing Barry — apparently still retain their ability to read into the souls of other people. They can spot the sliver in someone else’s eyes but fail to see the crossbeam in their own.

      Kudos to Morandi, Krol, Simonelli, Mazzeo, Sherman, Cotton, and Connell for their sense of fair play and reason. Finally, we congratulate Jeff Ferrin and Mayor Dan Bianchi. The Ambulance Review Board will be stronger for Ferrin’s input and presence. The board is stronger because of Bianchi’s faith in a good man.

    • Molly
      March 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

      I would also like to add my congratulations to Jeff!! Thanks so much for hanging in there — I feel so badly for all that they put you through. Thank you for volunteering to serve our city – it is appreciated very much by majority of the people!!!

      And thanks to Melissa Mazzeo for her help in righting a wrong as well.

      What was Christine Yon’s vote?

      • Molly
        March 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

        Never mind – missed her name above. Figures…

  22. Nomad
    March 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm #


    Peter Bruneau was/is the one responsible for snow removal this winter…not Bruce Collingwood! This was one of the changes recommended by da Wunder Barrett.

    • danvalenti
      March 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

      Yes, NOMAD is correct. Der Wunderbarrett put Bruneau in as Snow Man.

    • Molly
      March 13, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

      Since Collingwood is the Commissioner Of Public Works And Utilities and Peter Bruneau heads up Public Works And Utilities DPW Highway, I “assumed” that he still reports to Collingwood. But we all know what happens when one “assumes”. But if this isn’t the way it is, and we have SIX DPW department heads in addition to Collingwood, then what is it that Collingwood does now? Or is that a really stupid question?

  23. Sandy
    March 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Does anyone know what Bruce Collingwood’s job is in the city? What is his salary?

    • Molly
      March 13, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

      LOL – I didn’t see this post until after I basically asked the same thing above!!!

  24. tito
    March 14, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    Congrats to the department that retrieved the dead skunk from the Eighty block of Onota St. After five days, a job well done. This will be the year of neighborhood unrest.

    • Steve wade
      March 14, 2012 at 5:28 am #

      Just wondering Did you call them to let them know that the skunk was there?

  25. Yaz
    March 14, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    Ned Oliver Twist and Andrew Myxyzptlk of the berk eagle boring broadsheet are Conor Berry/Dan Valenti wannabes.
    Glad Jeff Ferrin got on ambulacne board.
    Collingwood is a holdover from Hathaway admin. If he survived Ruberto, he’s got no worries with Bianchi.

    March 14, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    Oh, so Angelo has been hiding on Onota St. Was wondering were he has been hiding!!!!!!

    • danvalenti
      March 14, 2012 at 6:42 am #

      Touche, CONCERNED!!