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HERE’S THE PLATFORM AND PERSONA FOR THE DREAM CANDIDATE FOR PITTSFIELD MAYOR, 2013 (COULD IT POSSIBLY BE ‘YOU KNOW WHO’?)… GOVERNMENT WASTE ON MANY LEVELS, EVEN MENUS FOR MARS … plus … QUICK HITS AND HOT LICKS TAKES ON A SLEW OF TOPICS (PARKING, CROWNE VICS, & MORE)

By DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, FRIDAY, OCT. 19, 2012) — The next mayor of Pittsfield can and should run on the following platform and should possess the following qualities:

(1) Taxes: The tax rate in the city shall be lowered — not raised, not frozen — for both households and businesses. It can be done. It is not only doable but also easily doable. Tax relief is one of the best way to stimulate a local economy. Giving people and companies back more of their hard-earned money brings that money into better circulation. Moreover, a tax decrease will do wonders for the morale of a town that finds itself ever-more forsaken by its so-called “leadership.” The mayor should insist on departmental budgets with 5%-10%-15%-20% less funding. Spreadsheets allow for this. Department heads would then list where they would make cuts. The mayor would have the ultimate call. Why shouldn’t the government tighten its belt when ordinary people have to do it, year after year?

(2) Public Schools: Big changes. The mayor controls the bottom line of a bloated department that draws big money, produces poor results, and burns 70% of the city budget. The mayor is a member of the school department. He thus is poised for action in this sacred-cow department. There are many details to school reform, but the first and most important is one of the most inexpensive, practical, dramatic, and most influential in giving back to the adults control of the classroom: Uniforms. It is beyond debate: Public school systems that have implemented schools uniforms as the dress code show undeniable academic gains. The gains spill over into behavior and have a gratuitous affect on pupil behavior. The mayor would also order a top-to-bottom review of all school department cost centers with the purpose of driving down costs, raising academic performance, and increasing productivity. The mayor would also make PHS a closed campus during lunch time.

(3) The Economy: Creation of high-pay, high-benefit high-tech manufacturing jobs. Each year, tired, suit-and-tie-bound, unimaginative, ho-hum candidates conceived out of the same inbred and over-farmed gene pool spout nonsense about “jobs.” Not one of them does a thing about it. This mayor would be a visionary. He would have run a successful business in the Dreaded Private Sector for 20-30 years. He would be a maverick and an artist. He would not be afraid to pursue the hidden and less obvious. He would refashion the Office of Community Development and make it the lead jobs agency in city government. He would then send the OCD director on the road, hitting up every major and minor trade show that draws leading companies in growing industries. The OCD director would make appointments in the hospitality suites of these companies. Contacts would be made, business pursued. Waiting to be “discovered” on a stool at the soda fountain of Schwabb’s Drug Store doesn’t work any more. You have to get out there and hustle. The mayor would have so much confidence in this process that he would guarantee its success.

(4) Insurance: He would drive health insurance reform through home rule. The result of this process would be a movement from the 85-15 split between public employees and taxpayers to a more equitable rate between 75-25 and 60-40. Result: A savings of millions.

(5) Non-Profits: This dream candidate would require an audit of every non-profit agency and business now escaping the burden of taxes. Every business that cannot justify its non-profit status will either have to change that or negotiate equitable “payment-in-lieu-of-taxes” fees that would approach what the commercial tax rate would otherwise have harvested for the city budget. The end of the Non-Profit Scam would be one of the goals of this administration. Result: More millions for the budget.

(6) Parks: There would be greater investment in the parks, including the rehabilitation of the most neglected, under-used gem in the city: Springside Park.

(7) Pension Reform: In the mid-80s, the Pittsfield mayor and council did a stupid thing, great for the GOBs, public employees, and politicians. It uncapped pensions. Instead of maxing out at $30,000, the city asked for and received home rule. It now determines pensions on an average of the three highest years of pay. The unfunded liabilities, which are in the hundreds of millions of dollars, must be addressed. Pensions will be capped again. Gain to taxpayers: Millions.

(8) Consolidation: There is no reason why city and school side should duplicate maintenance, procurement, and a host of other jobs, except to create more unneeded workers at taxpayer expense. Duplication out, productivity in. City services would be audited for performance. Do we need all the fire department substations? Why should school committee members not receive pay while councilors do? Should all be volunteers or should all be paid?

(9) Communication: The mayor would conduct a weekly press conference, at a set time. He would be available to all the media, even the outlets that bash him or her.

LOOKING SUFFICIENTLY MAYORAL

(10) The Unexpected: This mayor would not govern like a politician but like a human being. He might never wear a suit and tie, except at funerals. He might take the door off his office. He might say “yes” to the most unlikely supplicants and “no” to the usual suspects. He would be self-deprecating, laugh a lot, and have fun. He would be a great speaker and a dynamic presence. He would have been born in Pittsfield but lives in other towns. He would have a vast and eclectic background socially and culturally. He would work not for the Special Interests but for Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski. He would not be afraid of Big Ideas. He would not have the mentality of a timid bean counter or the recklessness of a dumb buffoon. He would get GE back to the bargaining table and re-open the Consent Decree. He would clean up Silver Lake. He would have many college degrees. He would be independently funded, with his own money. $20,000 ought to be enough. He would be a lover and a fighter. He would be a people person. He would do things differently. He would be a great speaker and formidable in debate. He would decorate his office with his own art work. He would pay visits to ordinary citizens, in their homes. He would, in short, oppose any grossness, and powerfully display his support for goodness and light. He would stand for truth, justice, and The American Way.

11.) Most important of all, he would pledge to run for just one term. That would free him from the cesspool of politics. This freedom would provide him the ability not to spend the second year of his term on re-election.

Love would be the first merit he’d befriend. Their praise would be lost, who stays, until all commend.

Sounds like we just announced our intention to run in 2013, doesn’t it? And yes, for what it’s worth, we have the residency problem licked!

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GOT WASTE: ROBOT SQUIRRELS, MARS MENUS, AND MORE

Speaking of government waste, check this out, taken from Yahoo! News.

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Think Congress does not have much to show for itself this year? Think again. A new report from Senator Tom Coburn‘s office highlights dozens of examples of government waste in 2012. Included for the first time on this list: Congress. The very people looking into government waste find they themselves are wasteful. Coburn‘s report estimates $132 million of taxpayers’ money was wasted on “the most unproductive and unpopular Congress in modern history.”

“The waste is unbelievable,” says Coburn. “We’re bankrupt, this country is bankrupt, and people just don’t want to admit it.”

Loopholes are part of the problem. The National Football League, for example, pulled in more than $9 billion last year, yet is technically a “non-profit” organization, costing the federal government tens of millions of dollars every year in lost revenue.

“We have some of the biggest corporations in America paying no taxes whatsoever, you know something is wrong with the code,” says the Republican senator.

Millions of dollars have also been spent on questionable items, like $325,000 on a squirrel robot, realistic enough to fool a rattlesnake, and developed with a National Science Foundation grant; $40,000 to produce a video game where players can virtually enjoy a pond in Massachusetts; and $516,000 to create a video game called “Prom Week,” which simulates the interaction of teenagers surrounding the biggest social night in high school.

The spending approaches intergalactic proportions — sort of. NASA has no plans for a manned mission to Mars, but is spending nearly a $1 million a year researching what kind of food astronauts could eat if they ever get there.

“What was once a great country has been mortgaged and bankrupted by the egos and ethics of career politicians,” says Coburn, who adds the only way to change the system is to vote out all the incumbents.

“If you want to change the trajectory of our country, if you want to get rid of the hundreds of billions of dollars of waste every year, you have to change who is there.”

For more examples of government waste, including another highly-subsidized, yet rarely-used airport, check out this week’s Spinners and Winners.

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Waste is afoot.

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QUICK HITS AND HOT LICKS

— Parking: The Eternal Downtown Problem, this. When the city of Pittsfield installed “Streetscape” in downtown North Street, it lost a bunch of parking spaces. This came despite Deanna Ruffer‘s bald-faced assurance that the wider sidewalks and awkward, space-eating curbs would somehow actually increase parking availability — an Orwellian “War is Peace” approach. Proof of lost spaces is now in: To make up for the lack of parking, someone in the city ordered the handicapped spaces removed. When asked why the handicapped spots vanished, public works commissioner Bruce Collingwood has this informative answer: “I don’t know why. It wasn’t shown [in the plans].” Who was responsible? Is the action legal? Will the city find itself in court soon?

— Car Talk: Taxpayers, you just got hit for $109,773. The sum pays for four new police cruisers. Crowne Vics, of course. Not that THE PLANET is saying cops are rough on cars. Are the cars needed? Minor detail, true, but only our Right Honorable Good Friend Barry Clairmont dared ask that question: “We actually need these vehicles, correct?” Clairmont asked acting police chief Mike Wynn. “Absolutely,” Wynn answered. Based on that detailed response, the council unanimously OKd the expense.

“Mr. Tan Man, send me a dream …”

— Emergency: The city of Pittsfield now belongs to CodeRED. Sounds impressive, doesn’t it? CodeRED is a web-based firm that has a system that can contact thousands of people within minutes, in the event of an emergency. CodeRED would only be used in extreme cases, for example, if Sherpa guides are spotted in a base camp on Hill 78 or if Gary Grunin is spotted in a tanning booth. Cost to taxpayers: Unknown. Remember, though, that Workshop Live was a web-based company. Cost to taxpayers for that boondoggle has yet to be calculated.

— ‘The Children’: Before the state will send Pittsfield beaucoup bucks ($$) to build a new high school, it must develop a set of goals for the vocational program. Amazing. The school building needs commission has a million members, has been in operation since Peter Arlos was knee-high to Zeus, and it still has not defined its vision for vocational schools. A recent state audit found the vocational department at Taconic High School deficient. That department is run by assistant superintendent Frank “Contractgate” Cote. The audit revealed glaring weaknesses in the vocational program. Even acting superintendent Gordon Noseworthy admitted that. Rather than get all Harry Truman on us, Cote blamed the faults on the lack of staffing on advisory boards: “We need to beef up our advisory boards. People need to reach out and help and we need to open our doors to make that happen.” Oh, really? Which means exactly what? Gibberish. Don’t look for “The Buck” in Cote’s office, because it didn’t (and doesn’t) stop there. Looks like we got another Profiles in Courage on our hands, taxpayers.

— Private-Public Quasimodo: Allegrone Construction Co., a privately held,

Taxpayers, assume the position.

for-profit business, has a plan to renovate the Howard Building on the corner of First and Fenn streets in Pittsfield.  Great, eh? However, this is Pittsfield. Instead of putting up all of its own money, the way capitalism should work, Allegrone is being subsidized by Pittsfield taxpayers through generous tax credits. That was not enough public welfare for Allegrone, however. A few days ago, the community development board tore up the old building permit and gave Allegrone one that waives the zoning requirement for parking. “The city is acting [as our] partner,” chirped songbird Ian Rasch, Allegrone‘s development director, speaking the words of doom. Assume the position, taxpayers. You’ve got another quasi-private-public monster on your hands.

— Feel-Good: A new state report tells us that 39% of the state’s third graders do not read up to grave level. That may be an optimistic assessment. Naturally, instead of examining why public schools aren’t working, despite countless billions poured into it, government’s response is to create another program and throw more more into the sinkhole. The state wants to create an Literacy Expert Panel to study the problem. Great. They’ve called in the “experts.” Pittsfield has also created a feel-good program aimed to enable the failure of public schools in third grade reading. Ah, it’s only money.

There is so much more happening in the city, the county, the state, and the country, but we only have time for these.

Be of good cheer, possess a strong heart, and go your own way as your own person!

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WHAT UNDILUTION IS SO ABSOLUTE, THAT SOME IMPURITY DOTH NOT POLLUTE? HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYBODY!

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

 

72 Responses to “HERE’S THE PLATFORM AND PERSONA FOR THE DREAM CANDIDATE FOR PITTSFIELD MAYOR, 2013 (COULD IT POSSIBLY BE ‘YOU KNOW WHO’?)… GOVERNMENT WASTE ON MANY LEVELS, EVEN MENUS FOR MARS … plus … QUICK HITS AND HOT LICKS TAKES ON A SLEW OF TOPICS (PARKING, CROWNE VICS, & MORE)”

  1. Deb S
    October 19, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    well said Dan!!! I would vote for you and even help out!!

  2. tito
    October 19, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    Yes, me too, where and how can I support?

  3. tito
    October 19, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    Thought people like Mazzeo and Bianchi was the answer, boy was I wrong.

  4. joetaxpayer
    October 19, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    Dan that is a great platform. I would like to add one more item. I would like to see a board of citizens who sole porpose is to find ways to save tax dollars. We have so many silly boards in this City, this one would be a asset to the Mayor. The budget should be discussed year round. Lets have a pro-active approach not reactive.

  5. Ole Jack
    October 19, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Your description of an ideal mayor sounded like Paul Ryan. Are you really going to run? The last two mayors were also short men with Italian last names, so you never know. . .

    • danvalenti
      October 19, 2012 at 10:50 am #

      Ryan would make a great mayor.

  6. Tim Bartini
    October 19, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    Dan going to move in with Mom and Dad ?

    • AMBROSE
      October 19, 2012 at 10:32 am #

      Nah. Rinaldo’s looking for a new roommate.

      • Tim Bartini
        October 19, 2012 at 10:34 am #

        Too funny!

  7. dusty
    October 19, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    If this miracle mayor only had two years I do not think he could do all this stuff. Besides, he undoubtedly would have to fight with an unwilling council….they are not all going away and if they do the GOB has candidates in training to take their place

    but the goals are certainly laudible

    • Debbie
      October 20, 2012 at 6:55 am #

      GOB’s are going down! just have to get rid of the wanna bees…..As far as a new Mayor, just need one that has a big set of B—’s………………….and we know that shouldn’t be hard to find!

      • danvalenti
        October 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

        DEBBIE
        They ARE going down. I think my track record shows I have a mighty big pair.

  8. Gene
    October 19, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Great platform. Sign me up, I would definitely rally behind such a man or wpoman.

  9. Ron Kitterman
    October 19, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    Not since mayor P J Moore has Pittsfield seen such a platform, nominations from the floor please.

    • danvalenti
      October 19, 2012 at 10:50 am #

      RON
      Peter Arlos got started as PJ’s show-shine boy.

      • ambrose
        October 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

        and he ran pace vending which he “aquired” from nick dahlagin and owned all of the poker machines that you so roundly criticized a couple of weeks ago wink wink nudge nudge

  10. Ole Jack
    October 19, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Austerity in bad fiscal times is a fool’s game when applied nationally. Locally, it has more merit, but it has to be done very carefully.

    • danvalenti
      October 19, 2012 at 11:50 am #

      JACK
      Great post. Locally, when done well, austerity can allow a community to (a) regain control of economic factors that otherwise would derail it (sky-high taxes, unfunded liabilities, etc.) and (b) establish a sense of equity among all residents. Taxes, perhaps the most important single issue, have to be considered in relation to a community’s discretionary income. The actual number for residential and commercial — as high as it is — doesn’t matter as much as the community’s ability to pay those taxes. Pittsfield has little discretionary income compared to most other communities in the state. It is not only possible but doable for a mayor to REDUCE taxes and still retain essential services. It CAN be done.

  11. Randy Savage
    October 19, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Well we can exclude Mayor Methadone and Councilor “Mazzie the Lap Dog” from any of the above. There too busy giving the taxpayers money away to Methadone clinics and telling us it is a good deal

    • Scott
      October 21, 2012 at 6:11 am #

      Well considering our “lawyer” misrepresented us in court it is a good deal!

  12. tito
    October 19, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    if not the Planet, then name some people that would be good for the mayor and city council positions, well?

    • danvalenti
      October 19, 2012 at 11:45 am #

      Here’s one: Ken Ramsdell. Smart, incisive, persistent, strong character, and a man of integrity. He’s the one whose research led to the uncovering of the health insurance/budget crisis in the Doyle years (remember “Ed Caveny”?). He’s a good man in every sense.

  13. Scott
    October 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Sounds like what every candidate offers to get in then they raise tax and say oh well you’re still the lowest in the nation look at new jersey.

  14. Richard
    October 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    When I see city vehicles and trucks that have got bang up and they are not that old I get upset because I see it so often that it makes me wonder if there are ever investigated to find out if it was the operator fault. I know for a fact that one of the new trucks was backed into by another city truck just a short time after the city got them. I feel like there is a lot of neglect when operating city cars and trucks and no accountability. .

    • danvalenti
      October 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

      Godo point, RICHARD. It addresses the twin (and related) issues of oversight and accountability. I’m sure some of the wear and tear is legitimate with some negligence and abuse thrown in for good measure.

  15. chuck garivaltis
    October 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Dan

    There’s a lot about that I like. Number 6 is my favorite because we are losing the parks. Springside Park is a major concern. I worry the Miller legacy at Springside Park is a target for a 9 hole golf course. This will surface when Pittsfield gives up on its history and says ” I don’t give a damn any longer”.

    Here’s a good one. How about a city manager and a 5 member at-large city council? Think about it. I have and see nothing wrong the concept.

    • ambrose
      October 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

      chuck,
      their ain’t gonna be any mor golf courses built – they can’t fill those that are here – springside will be wildlife forever

      • chuck garivaltis
        October 20, 2012 at 10:13 am #

        Ambrose,

        I hope you are 100% correct.

        Let’s give a nod here to Royal Hardigan who annually organizes a local group of Springside supporters to dispose of trash and junk that slobs throw away in the park.

        • Scott
          October 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

          No matter where you go people are slobs I like to fish and go when they stock trout at least they’re not in our water that long before I catch them. You’d think the people there benefiting from the resource would take care of it but they don’t they throw cigarette butts, trash and all sorts of crap even on the causeway (onota) where they have trash barrels it’s terrible. One time up at Windsor lake in NA the sheriffs dept showed up with inmate workers and they cleaned up a lot of crap I’d like to see that more frequently it’s a good use of the inmates labor.

          • danvalenti
            October 20, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

            It’s disgusting. And it’s local. I have been to many cities in the last several months. One thing that stands out in most of them is the cleanliness. Pittsfield streets are notorious for trash. Thanks, SCOTT, for this important message.

          • Joe Blow
            October 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

            I agree, the inmates should be working and not sitting around playing cards or whatever they do up there. We need a sheriff like Joe Arpaio! He doesn’t coddle the inmates and has great programs like the chain gang and tent city.

        • danvalenti
          October 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

          CHUCK
          I, too, hope AMBROSE is correct in his assessment.

    • danvalenti
      October 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

      CHUCK
      Parks would be a priority. Staffed and maintained. No reason why it can’t be done.

  16. FPR
    October 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Hey Dan,

    You got my vote — I am 100% behind you. You would probably be the greatest Mayor the city of Pittsfield has ever had.

    I fully trust you and I know you would make the right decision in every matter in favor of the citizens and taxpayers of Pittsfield.

    You would have a fight on your hands with GOB network but it may just be what’s needed to break it up. I can just see the Eagle now printing stories to discredit you.

    The only real problem I foresee for you is Levitan.

    • Scott
      October 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

      It’s “levitan”.

      • FPR
        October 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

        ok scott not Scott

        • Scott
          October 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

          I’m just saying get the anonymous name right I don’t know why he/she chose to not capitalize the first letter.

          • Demitrius T. Gladiator
            October 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

            “levitan” is an anagram for “valenti’ ever notice that.

    • danvalenti
      October 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

      FPR
      Thanks. I would be the GOBs worst nightmare. As the “levitan” she would post no more of a problem than she does now, from her position close to the seat of … I can say no more!

  17. Joe Blow
    October 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    There is a huge item missing from your platform, the crime and drug problem. We really need a zero tolerance approach like they have in a lot of places out west.

    • Scott
      October 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

      That’s easy stop catering and enabling them and they will clean up or go away.

      • joetaxpayer
        October 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

        We need judges that are williing to be tough, stop the weak sentencing and make people pay for there stupidity.3

        • Scott
          October 20, 2012 at 4:27 am #

          I like how Vrabel gave that drunk 9 months for breaking and entering even though the DA’s office and his attorney were looking for a whole lot less. I can see going easy on non violent offenders but people who break and enter and have violent cases should get the book thrown at them.

        • Debbie
          October 20, 2012 at 7:09 am #

          That will never happen in this City. Judges are told by certain people that the stats are low and they need numbers to keep certain offices open. This is called job security! its all about the money that keeps the circle going. Word of advice, don’t get caught up in this corrupt circle unless your a relative to those connected.

    • danvalenti
      October 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

      JOE
      No question. The platform shall be amended to include this vital issue. The original list wasn’t meant to be exhaustive. Thanks, JB. The first approach to this issue would be to secure downtown. This would be achieved by the resumption of foot patrols.

  18. GMHeller
    October 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Mr. Valenti:
    Did you see this headline in today’s BB?
    ‘Pittsfield to auction tax liens in bid to recoup $3 million’

    There is potential here for the usual Palookaville-GOB antics.
    So who are going to be getting kicked out of their homes as a result of auctioning off these tax liens, and who amongst the GOB’s are going to become the new owners of some prime pieces of Pittsfield real estate?

    SEE:
    http://www.berkshireeagle.com/ci_21801878/pittsfield-auction-tax-liens-bid-recoup-3-million?nstrack=sid:36770|met:300|cat:0|order:3

  19. Wilson
    October 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Wait, isn’t Bianchi revising the charter to give himself a 10-year term?

  20. tito
    October 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    Does anyone know how deep Wahconah Lake is?

  21. Jonathan Melle
    October 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    I would like to see Rinaldo Del Gallo, III run for Mayor of Pittsfield in 2013. Rinaldo has a lot of good ideas on economic development. I was impressed with Rinaldo when he ran for political office in Pittsfield in 2003 & 2005.

    My feeling is that Pittsfield has a dead downtown that is unsafe at night. In terms of economics, Pittsfield has a very high rate of teen pregnancies and welfare caseloads. That doesn’t attract new residents to the area.

    • Magic
      October 20, 2012 at 5:16 am #

      You can’t be serious

  22. Stevo
    October 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    Go for it Dan. I believe there is an opportunity for you or someone of like mind to tap into the frustration of the Kapinskis. You can count me as an enthusiastic supporter. When do we start ?

    • danvalenti
      October 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

      STEVO
      Appreciate it, my good friend.

  23. Mark Smith
    October 20, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    Excellent platform Dan!
    Unfortunately, you’ll never get elected on such a platform. It’s not just the GOB network that would oppose you. Look at the demographics. Do you have any idea what percentage of voters (slightly over 12k voted in the last election, only 43% of those registered) work or have a husband, wife, friend, son or daughter who works; or is retired; or contracts to the City of Pittsfield, including the school department? This group will vehemently oppose any candidate who publicly calls for cost reductions. You would not make it past the primaries. (I would vote for you though)

    • danvalenti
      October 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

      MARK
      Many great points here. But all of these obstacles could be met, overcome, and used in our favor.

  24. tito
    October 20, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    If we take the power out of the goboyz thecity will fall, no one in power can run a Kapanski government, the dynamics just aren’t attainable.

  25. Jonathan Melle
    October 20, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    If everyone had a mutli-million dollar trust fund like Willard Mitt Romney, we would all live in a utopia.

    • joetaxpayer
      October 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

      Poor Obama he’s so poor, Michelle must spend alot of time clipping couplons.

      • danvalenti
        October 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

        Yeah, he’s crying all the way to Fort Knox.
        Mitt OWNS Fort Knox.
        THE PLANET has his deposits in Fort Know.

        • joetaxpayer
          October 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

          Yes Dan, and he did not build that Fort Knox.

          • danvalenti
            October 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

            And remember, JOE, that Goldfinger’s big plan in the Bond flick of the same name was to knock off Fort Know. Fortunately for us, we had Sean Connery on the job, and not the current faux Bond. PErsonally, I’d rather knock off Fort Know, as I have done.

  26. Four in one
    October 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    I will vote for Dan, work for him, and contribute money. Disagree with Mark Smith analysis. Yes GOD network is insidious throughout the city. with so many on the public payroll with families friends and other loyalists. Dan can win though because theres never been a candidate like him. Have you seen him speak. Hes electric. He would drive a huge voter turnout because this would be the first time in memory that the Kapinsies had someone to vote for.

    • danvalenti
      October 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

      FOUR
      Many thanks. We have been tremendously surprised by the reaction to our column. It COULD be done. No one has ever seen a campaign like the one WE would conduct. We would run. We would win. Then the fun would begin.

  27. Ron Kitterman
    October 20, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    Wouldn’t the springside house make a better project for the Taconic Student to take on instead of the Brick House Road one? One would benefit a private citizen the other would benefit we the people. One is new construction the other is rehabilitation so we know the answer from the administration, oh that is just not feasible to do, which I say is a lame excuse. But politics is power and the administration has the power. Power should shift back to we the people, but this may take a long time coming for that to happen.

    • danvalenti
      October 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

      RON
      A capital idea. No question. When are people going to get sick and tired of hearing what “can’t” be done. A few years ago, I toured the Springside House, top to creepy bottom, with Jim McGrath. Jim seemed to “get it” when I spoke of rehab. You’re absolutely right about power shifting back to We the People, and that’s what would happen should The Right One be elected mayor.

  28. FPR
    October 21, 2012 at 5:21 am #

    Say you want a revolution
    We better get on right away
    Well you get on your feet
    And out on the street

    Singing power to the people
    Power to the people
    Power to the people
    Power to the people, right on

    - John Lennon

    • danvalenti
      October 21, 2012 at 8:46 am #

      FPR
      The power is there. The constitutional framework is there for us to grab it and wrest it from perverted control.

  29. Ron Kitterman
    October 21, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    If you get the walking beats back let me know and I’ll re open my old shoe shine business I had when I was 12 on Plastics Ave.

  30. AMBROSE
    October 21, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    Four in one
    October 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm#

    I will vote for Dan, work for him, and contribute money.

    Will he take money? Hope so – then we’d own him because he’d be bought

    • danvalenti
      October 21, 2012 at 9:18 am #

      Solly, AMBY. Unbought. Unbossed. Regardless of how I would manage campaign funds.

      • ambrose
        October 21, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

        if ya take one dime danvy you gotta say thank you, how can i help you – nobody gives $ away

        • danvalenti
          October 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

          Yes, of course. I would say thank you, but that’s where it would end. I would have to think about the advantages and disadvantages of private financing versus raising funds or a combination of the two.

  31. Demitrius T. Gladiator
    October 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    DV if you run for mayor you will win. You can’t believe how much the people would respond. Please do it for us.