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ARE THREATS AND INTIMIDATION NOW ON THE COUNCIL AGENDA? THREE COUNCILORS ALLEGE ‘YES’

By DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014) — When the bartender calls the cops in to break up a riot at one of the many dives in town, THE PLANET excuses the yawns that follow. It’s like seeing a Level III sex offender walking free in the downtown, as we did yesterday afternoon on North Street. Ho hum, it’s not news.

There’s also no newsworthiness in how “bottomed out” the bottom-of-the-barrell has gotten in Pittsfield. The city might just as well add some mustard and mayo to its new crime database and eat it as a snack for all the good it will do.

As we’ve seen in our recent explorations of non-profits and the wave of riff-raff immigration into the town (“Give us your druggies, your welfare cheats, and your sex offenders” — words carved into the base of the Pittsfield Statue of Constraint) — and as anyone can see who ventures into the city’s downtown or driven its roads — decency has given way to depravity, responsibility has lost to receivership, hard work has been knocked out by heroin, and hard work has been kayoed by handouts.

Even in the best of times, say Pittsfield in 1958, when the social good finds itself in order and the streets luxuriate in their respectability, good government is hard to come by. However, the cancer that has eaten away dignity and good form in, for, and of the city of Pittsfield makes good government nearly impossible.

A Question: Are Members of the City Council Being Threatened?

Now add to that an additional complicating factor. What if, in addition to all the pressures and difficulties our lawmakers face just day-to-day, they had to put up with threats and intimidation? If so, you could take the word “nearly” out of the previous sentence.

Is that happening now in Pittsfield? It’s unbelievable that we even have to ask this question.

Has the spouse of a city councilor threatened another councilor?

THE PLANET doesn’t allege so. The allegation has been made by Ward 6 councilor John Krol. He says it has happened to him. In fairness to Krol, he did not contact THE PLANET with the charge. We heard about it from councilor-at-large Barry Clairmont, who says that after the Feb. 25 council meeting, Tony Mazzeo — husband of councilor-at-large and city council president Melissa Mazzeo — issued a loud, ominous threat to Krol to “lay off my wife or else.” Ward 5 councilor Jonathan Lothrop and Krol himself confirmed to THE PLANET Clairmont’s account. Krol says Tony made the threat immediately following the meeting, in a corridor leading to back door of city hall.

THE PLANET contacted Tony Mazzeo through his wife to get his reaction to the claim. As of press time, he had not responded. Melissa Mazzeo told us, “I find this whole conversation disturbing.”

Here’s what Clairmont told THE PLANET, on the record, on March 12:

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CLAIRMONT: The first time Tony Mazzeo threatened councilors was at Mayor Bianchi’s first victory party [ED. NOTE: THAT WAS IN NOVEMBER 2011].  I arrived before the other three councilors that were accosted.  I went inside and went upstairs to the Mayor’s party.  Councilor Mazzeo was having her victory party downstairs at Mazzeo’s.  I sought out the Mayor, congratulated him, and told him I was looking forward to working with him. 

The next thing I know, a friend of mine came inside quickly and told me I had to get out of there as Tony Mazzeo was outside accosting councilors Krol and Lothrop.  Before I could even react to what he was telling me, Tony was right behind him [the friend] saying, “No need to warn him. I’m right here.”

Tony got in my face and told me I had better respect his wife.  He said, “You can disagree with her all you want. Hell, I do all the time, but you better respect her or else.”  He had his finger in my face and chest bumped me twice.  He was yelling very loudly and kept repeating himself.  Don Davis and Pam Malumphy stood next to us and watched.  I think Don wanted to make sure no one threw a punch.  Pam asked us to take it outside.  Tony said, “I’ll do what I want in my restaurant.”  The Mayor and Sheriff Bowler watched from a distance.  I made eye contact with both during the exchange.  This went on for several minutes.

After Tony’s rant, I noticed councilor’s Krol and Lothrop in the room.  They told me a similar exchange had just happened to them outside in the parking lot.  A few days later I learned from President Sherman that Tony came running after him as he was leaving.  President Sherman told me that he could tell Tony was angry and turned to Tony and said, “Tony, have you met my wife?”  That apparently stopped Tony from doing the same to President Sherman.  However, the following day Tony called President Sherman to relay the same message to him.  President Sherman decided to meet Tony at his restaurant, where Tony read him the riot act as well.

All this prior to a single council meeting where I was on the council.

I was expecting an apology from at least Tony and hopefully from Councilor Mazzeo for her husband’s behavior.  None ever came.

After that, Tony started showing up at all the council meetings (which is his right, but he hadn’t done that in the past) and would sit in the back and stare at the four of us with threatening looks.  Eventually (about a year and a half later) he stopped coming regularly.

However, Tony was present at the February 25th meeting.  After the meeting, I noticed him running out the side door in a hurry.  He usually waits for President Mazzeo.  About five minutes later, Councilor Krol left me a voice message telling me that Tony ran after him and told him he better watch it.  John apparently asked Tony what he did he do.  Tony’s reply was that he “better stop talking about my wife.”  John didn’t know what Tony was talking about and asked him to explain.  Tony said, “You know that computer stuff.  Stop saying that stuff on the computer.”  The only thing John did was to answer your questions that you posed to him, Councilor Lothrop, and myself.

I’m not sure the electorate would appreciate the council president’s husband going around threating city councilors when they disagree with her.

I had hoped that the first incident was going to be the last.  Apparently I was wrong.  The real question now is: How many more threats will be coming our way?

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When we asked Lothrop about the incident, he said, “It’s true. Krol called me immediately after it happened to warn me about it and inform me of it. I had lingered in the council chambers longer than he did, so by the time I left, both Tony and Krol were both gone. I do have a contemporaneous voicemail from John, who left it within a few minutes of the incident.”

When we asked Krol about the alleged incident, he confirmed that it took place. He told THE PLANET that Tony Mazzeo’s manner was loud and menacing,  with finger pointing and aggressive body language. THE PLANET issued multiple requests to Tony through Melissa for comment prior to publication. As of press time, we hadn’t heard from him. Of course, we will remain open to the Mazzeos as well as anyone else with information or a point of view, should we do a follow-up story.

THE PLANET would argue that an allegation of intimidation of a councilor that is confirmed by two other councilors is a serious issue, one that needs to be raised, explored, exposed, and confronted. For anyone who cares about the possibility of goodness in politics — as we said earlier, always difficult even under the best of conditions — we don’t have to say why.

Bullying Cannot Be Tolerated if It is Occurring

There are many things that aren’t good enough about the way politics is handled in Pittsfield. There are too many secret alliances and turf wars,  too much protectionism for the favored few. Certainly, the low standards by which Podunk plays its little political games has sickened the vast majority of the electorate to the extent that it doesn’t bother to participate (three out of every four voters didn’t vote in most recent election). Along the way to such a corrupt, closed, “It’s who you know not what you know” system, We The People are forced to stomach a lot. Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski draw the line at bullying, however. If that’s happening, it needs to stop.

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“It’s such a happy day. I’m glad I spent it with you. Such a happy day. You just keep me hanging on.”Lou Reed, from his “Berlin” album, 1973.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

78 Responses to “ARE THREATS AND INTIMIDATION NOW ON THE COUNCIL AGENDA? THREE COUNCILORS ALLEGE ‘YES’”

  1. Joe Blow
    March 17, 2014 at 8:49 pm #

    Sounds like a terroristic threat and should be reported to the police or F.B.I. This behavior is unacceptable and if Mazzeo is so thin skinned she should resign!

  2. billy
    March 17, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    When you can’t run on ideas then you run on fear and intimidation. Don Davis with the Mayor and Missy and their loyal herd of sheep when the solicitor got called on the carpet over spectrum. The recent letters in the Eagle trying to make Barry out as a bully for asking the solicitor to explain herself on the flipping more than a pancake on the charter objection. I guess it’s hard for these guys going from professional critics with no alternative solutions to actually having to do something and explain it.
    Tony’s behavior only reflects badly on his wife,having a different opinion is democracy,and someone tell him this isn’t Goodfellas .

    If there was one person who has never stopped trash talking those who don’t share her or Danny do Little is his wife so I would tell Tony to get a full length mirror and both of them can take a long hard look in it

    • billy
      March 17, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

      Share their views

  3. Pemetina
    March 17, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    Report the incidence to the police and get a restraining order. The civil thing to do.

  4. JB
    March 17, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

    Dan, I’m surprised. of course there is a professional courtesy to asking MM to relay but you of all people should know, and insist on first person contact. Call Tony directly. Mazzeos number(s) is/are in the book I’m certain.

    how else would I make a reservation?

    • Joe Blow
      March 17, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

      He did try to contact them,it was in the article…..”THE PLANET contacted Tony Mazzeo through his wife to get his reaction to the claim. As of press time, he had not responded. Melissa Mazzeo told us, “I find this whole conversation disturbing.”

      • JB
        March 18, 2014 at 8:42 am #

        Joe Blow that was my point…go directly…especially now that no repsonse came from the indirect approach.

  5. dusty
    March 18, 2014 at 1:22 am #

    I do think councilors should respect each other. I do not think it is right for any councilor to try to embarrass another either. Lothrup seems to enjoy it too much when Mazzeo messes up procedure.

    • GeoSims
      March 18, 2014 at 3:07 am #

      “… When Mazzeo messes up procedure.”
      She shouldn’t be “messing” up.

      I don’t think anyone would dispute this is a vindictive administration but physical threats are a new low. And that the mayor and the sheriff watched the incident?

    • billy
      March 18, 2014 at 3:14 am #

      This is politics Dusty,If ya can handle the heat, give her a job at Mazzeo ‘s. MM was as critical and as venomous as they come just read the Eagle or watch PCTV. And let her own words do all the talking. Then suddenly she and other ladies our too delicate to answer legitimate questions about issues , not personal attacks that seem to be Bianchi & Co. Just look back and see how their own words and actions are as different as night and day.

  6. billy
    March 18, 2014 at 3:19 am #

    There is a great saying out there ” Show me who your friends our and I’ll tell ya a little about myself” I think that speaks volumes..

  7. B. Clairmont
    March 18, 2014 at 3:21 am #

    Dan,

    The questions I have are these…

    Is President Mazzeo disturbed because the incidents have been brought to light, or is she disturbed at her husbands behavior?

    And, will more threats now be coming our way for bringing these incidents to light?

    I wouldn’t have even mentioned this to you if it hadn’t happened a second time.

    Barry

  8. amandaWell
    March 18, 2014 at 4:37 am #

    Probably the latter Councilor. heard through the grapevine you three are ITW…in the way.

  9. Sparkie
    March 18, 2014 at 4:48 am #

    Hey Danny V what’s a matter for you spillin da beans on your old pal Tony Maz. Dees guys was disrespected my wife. They deserve a little shake up. Looks like I’m gunna have to send down Donnie ”the sandbox” to have a little sit down with ya…

  10. Rafael
    March 18, 2014 at 5:42 am #

    If these allegations of threats are true, then those threatened can pursue legal action to protect themselves (report the threats to the police, maybe get a restraining order, etc.). But – again only if these allegations are true – Councilor Mazzeo should make it clear to her husband that his behavior must stop or she will resign her position as councilor.

    • GeoSims
      March 18, 2014 at 7:40 am #

      Report to who? The sheriff and the mayor witnessed one event and did nothing.

    • Nana
      March 19, 2014 at 8:31 am #

      Why does Clairmont feel like he needs to protect himself? If he didn’t disrespect others (especially females) he would not have to worry and be “afraid”. Personally, I have much respect for Mr Mazzeo who protected his wife from a man disrespecting her. As you can see when Clairmont is held accountable for his cowardous acts, he portrays himself as the victim.

      The City of Pittsfield would be better served if Counselors Clairmont, Lothrup and Krol would get onboard and work together with the rest of the people who work so hard to serve this community. One can disagree, but it should be done with respect and without a deliberate attempt to destroy or publically humiliate another person.

      Why should President Mazzeo resign? Perhaps the one who should resign is Barry Clairmont!

  11. C.J.
    March 18, 2014 at 5:53 am #

    AS THE WORLD TURNS (a different Planet) would also argue that an allegation of intimidation of a councilor that is confirmed by two other councilors is a serious issue, IF it was confirmed by any other councilors except the Three Joined at the Hip, Amigos, aka The Opposition Party who are usually stirring the pot together to advance a shared and surreptititious agenda.
    How intimidated were Councilors Clairmont, Krol, and Lothrop by their drill instructor when serving their country in the military or training as a first responder ? What ? No Service ?
    Dan Valenti; How would you react if you even perceived that Mrs. Planet was being disrespected ? Be honest,we know the culture and neighborhood you grew up in. Remember any Italian importing markets ?

    • GI Joe
      March 18, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

      If the 3 amigos had served, they’d have discovered the meaning of “blanket party” first hand.

  12. Sparkie
    March 18, 2014 at 6:02 am #

    Actually Rafael Mazzeo should issue an apology to all parties involved that were victims of these threats, the citizens of Pittsfield, and then do the right thing and resign her position.

    Trust me these are not allegations. They are all true stories..

  13. womanagainstbullying
    March 18, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    Melissa is well aware of her husband’s tactics. The question is why has she not put an end to them ?????? She should be ashamed of herself. Bullying is a serious offense that requires consequences. MM SHOULD RESIGN

    • Nana
      March 19, 2014 at 8:45 am #

      Are you serious??? Her husband is not the bully here. The culprit in this situation is Clairmont!! Did you go to or watch the Council meeting and listen and observe the constant badgering and disrespect displayed by Barry? He is the one who should resign before he is recalled!!

  14. joe
    March 18, 2014 at 7:07 am #

    I agree mazzeo should step down oh no what would lisa( way over my head) tully do then

  15. GMHeller
    March 18, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    Sounds as well like it would be a good idea for the council members who were threatened to go as a group of plaintiffs before one of the local judges for the purpose of seeking a restraining order against Mr. Mazzeo, one that would require him to stay at least 500 feet away from any of those councillors.
    That would by definition mean Mr. Mazzeo would be in violation of the RO should he attend any Council meeting where any of the threatened councillors were present.
    That should make a great headline for the BB: City Councillors Seek RO Against Husband of Council Prez.

    • Mad Trapper
      March 18, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

      I 2nd the motion.

      • B
        March 19, 2014 at 4:46 pm #

        Mad Trapper , I say what you say.

  16. amandaWell
    March 18, 2014 at 8:05 am #

    Don’t see where Mellissa has done anything to violate her Council position. If this bothers these gentlemen that much, then why don’t they raise a Charter Objection.

    • GeoSims
      March 18, 2014 at 10:01 am #

      She didn’t control her husband after the initial threat. That’s reason enough to demand her resignation.

    • Nana
      March 19, 2014 at 8:46 am #

      Well said!!

  17. Clark
    March 18, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    Cheer-up Pittsfield residents better days are ahead.Mafia style intimidation of our city council members by Tony M,and a mayor whose motto is”Its my way or the highway”is a sure fire recipe for failure.Give this administration a long enough rope and it will hang itself.

  18. Teecha teecha
    March 18, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    The question i have is, can we punish MM for the wrong doings of her husband? Unless she sent out a verbal “hit” shes basically innocent. The councilors should take up a restraining order and ban him from the meetings, like the north adams council did with Bob “everyones a racist” Cardamino

  19. Teecha teecha
    March 18, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    I recommend everyone eat at The Highland Restaurant. Family owned since 1936. the Arace family are classy in every sense of the word and were very kind to my family

  20. Nota
    March 18, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    The Planet once got me a free meal on a wager years ago at da Highland. Never wager with the Planet!

  21. Eric V
    March 18, 2014 at 10:55 am #

    I have a simple question for the 3 Amigos 2.0

    If you felt your wife was constantly being belittled, spoken down to and insulted at just about every turn, by 3 men, in a workplace environment, and in the case of of the Council Meetings, in full public view, would you demand that it stop or let it slide?

    Cause I for one would demand that the offending parties stop and I bet you 3 would too..

    Now I don’t know if Mr Mazzeo asked that the shenanigans stop or not but you can’t watch or hear about these Council meetings and not pick up on the snarky, condescending, passive aggressive and pompus attitudes these councilors display towards Melissa Mazzeo on a weekly basis..

    And then they have to run to the press claiming that they were threatened? C’mon who is really being skinned here boys?

    A word of advice to the 3 Amigos 2.0, you can disagree without being disagreeable or disrespectful…

    Stop the BS will ya…Don’t cause no problems and there won’t be no problems…Capeesh??

    C’mon Dan, don’t tell me your gonna get all politically correct on this issue? Is Chivalry dead Dan?

    And yes it’s me boys, while I respect the time you have put in for service for the City of Pittsfield, I disagree with your methodology, let’s clean it up

    • Gatos
      March 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

      Respect is a two-way street. Melmaz needs to show some to others. She was endlessly and rudely haranguing Jim Ruberto while he was mayor, now does the same with those that she perceives have ever been associated with him.
      Would she have been any clearer in this past election if she had simply said, “Don’t vote for Clairmont or Krol; they are not on my side. We need a Council that will walk in lockstep with the Mayor and me.”

      • Gatos
        March 18, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

        Oh, I missed Yon in that group.

        • B
          March 19, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

          Jan was an excellent Councilwoman I would love to see her go back to that position.

          • B
            March 19, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

            I said Yon but my computer automatically typed in Jan, sorry.

  22. GMHeller
    March 18, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Eric V:

    You write:
    “If you felt your wife was constantly being belittled, spoken down to and insulted at just about every turn, by 3 men, in a workplace environment, and in the case of of the Council Meetings, in full public view, would you demand that it stop or let it slide?”

    Please provide specific examples of the belittlement and insults which you allege.
    Since these are all recorded on video by Pittsfield Cable TV, it would also help for you to provide the date of each incident and the relevant video time check so we can examine the video record to verify your allegations.

    • GeoSims
      March 18, 2014 at 11:17 am #

      Yes, please. I’d be interested in the links Eric V.

      • Jamie
        March 18, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

        Me too. Eric come on now you’ve made a change. Give us details to back it up. Any incidence or allaegation of incidence of this sort of behavior on elected officials is a huge story.

        What the bb missed got scooped again?? What a schock.

        • Jamie
          March 18, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

          opps mean allegation … and shocked

    • Crystal Clear
      March 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

      Really Eric, your post is condescending to both woman and men. It sounds like you have not watched any council meetings since Mazzeo has been on the council. Mazzeo had no problem disrespecting her colleagues, department heads and the previous mayor, now you’re playing the female card? Women have to earn respect, the same way men do by showing respect, they just don’t get it, because they are female. We are not living in the stone age.

  23. amandaWell
    March 18, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    TO GMH. The Great One! One on the disrespect issue is when One of the Councilors refers to Melissa as Madame Chair. Although, last meeting he did say Madame President. To me calling the Council President a Chair is inappropriate, and quite frankly somewhat disrespectful, only because, in my opinion, he’s doing it on purpose. GMH weren’t you known to cause a ruckus at town meeting, or two!

    • b_ball8
      March 18, 2014 at 11:41 am #

      The term “through the chair” is used often during the course of any council meeting, regardless of who is in it. It’s a term of art, has nothing to do with who is sitting in it or disrespect.

      • shakes his head
        March 18, 2014 at 11:48 am #

        Not as disrespectful as calling her the CLOWNCIL president!

    • B. Clairmont
      March 18, 2014 at 11:51 am #

      Amanda,

      What you are missing is that the threats to Councilor Lothrop and myself happened two years six months ago, long before she became the council president.

      Barry

    • B
      March 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

      When MM switches chairs to go off as president and the vice president fills in for her it should be considered that she is not acting as the president of the Council, therefore calling her madame chair is perfectly fine. If she is not seated in the president’s chair and she is not acting as the president of the Council call her just like you call all other councilmen. She can’t have it both ways she just always wants it her way!

    • GMHeller
      March 18, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

      Didn’t Gloria Steinem and the other FemiNazis march on Washington seeking a right to be called “Madame Chair” (or Chairwoman) just as men are called Mr. Chairman?

  24. amandaWell
    March 18, 2014 at 11:55 am #

    I think Lowthrup should resign, on principal alone.

    • GeoSims
      March 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

      What principal?

      • Teecha teecha
        March 19, 2014 at 5:46 am #

        Probably Aaron dean or Morgan Williams since principal is a person.

  25. Joe Pinhead
    March 18, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    All this as we watched the school committee discuss and adopt an anti bullying program awhile back.
    No room for it unacceptable and speaks to the level on intellect. The issue isn’t she failed to rein in her husband the issue is she didn’t treat him like anyone else. Precedent has been established

    Just sayin

  26. Nota
    March 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    Charter Objection!

  27. DowagerHat
    March 18, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    This is fallout from the lack of democratic leadership in the corner office. This administration reminds me of the laissez faire leadership of the Doyle administration, the only ones who are the victims are “WE THE PEOPLE”.
    DOWAGER MOTHER says, “all you little boys need to go out and play nice together” and get the work of OUR CITY done for the public good of its citizens……period…..

  28. Tony
    March 18, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

    Since Missy, Tony and Co. has yet to respond, here are some of the possible options being provided by their Cracker Jack crisis communications team…
    A.) Deny that any of these incidents took place. It’s all a conspiracy to discredit Prez Maz and Co. – (i.e. Barry is being mean to me, again, boo-hoo-hoo!)
    B.) Acknowledge that these events took place, but they’ve been simply taken out of context. Tony was simply pointing out to these councilors how they can improve the dialogue with his wife. And when Krol was told with a finger in his face, “you better watch your step!” it was simply because the steps to city hall were icy and it was Tony’s truly compassionate nature shining through.
    C.) Acknowledgement that these events took place accompanied by a sincere apology and assurance that it won’t happen again and resign from the council (oh, whoops….ummmm, that won’t be happening – what was I thinking??!!)
    D.) Do nothing and wait for it to blow over, or Do nothing now, and wait for the next opportunity to “make an example” of Krol, Clairmont and Lothrop (done so successfully in the past to Christine Yon). — (ding, me thinks we have a winner!!!)

  29. amandaWell
    March 18, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

    @Barry…esteemed Councilor. Thank you for your input, always enjoy your opinion.

  30. Thomas More
    March 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    Tony’s a piece of cake. Krol’s got 15 years and 5 inches on him. He should flatten the little s**t and that would end it.

  31. dusty
    March 18, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    Bianchi stood by when Terry Kinnas was bullied as well. I see a trend.

    • Jamie
      March 18, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

      Didn’t Bianchi initiate the bullying, I think you’re referring to the ‘monkey trial’?

      Not good not good. No wonder why the city is tanking. It’s taken the current administration all of 2 years and 3 months. Ought to go into the demolition business

  32. Nota
    March 18, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    I would take tKo Krol also. Have you ever seen him run with those snow shoes, he’s fast man!

  33. amandaWell
    March 18, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    How about the other two NOTa?

  34. Nota
    March 18, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    Pie eating contest, maybe.

  35. Scott
    March 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    People just don’t understand talking civilly solves more. If harder doesn’t work, try softer.

  36. GMHeller
    March 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    What was the name of the movie where the kitchen staff spat into the take-out sandwiches being made for the cops?

    If certain members of the City Council eat at Mazzeo’s, do they need to worry about what’s in the food?

  37. GMHeller
    March 18, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

    It might have been a Martin Scorsese picture.

    • edconnect
      March 18, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

      you are thinking of the brilliant “Casino” Joe Pesci’s little brother

  38. amandaWell
    March 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    GONE with the Wind?

  39. amandaWell
    March 18, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Scarface! Manny Ribero.

  40. Carolyn Barry
    March 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm #

    WOW! I had to do a double take to see if I was on topix.

  41. UAlbany
    March 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    B. Clairmont spends 2 years trying to destroy Ms. Degnan personally and professionally, but he and his partner Krol get an unkind word from a guy and he goes running to the press ? Sad.

    • b_ball8
      March 18, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

      With all due respect, what has been going on goes beyond an “unkind word”, and regardless if you are a fan of Clairmont, Krol, Lothrop, or any other public official, no one should be subject to what has gone on over the past 2+ years (what amounts to “bullying”). From what I have heard, this has been going on quite a while, and the story is quite true, unfortunately.

    • billy
      March 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

      You confuse her not being able to explain her ruling for being threatened .apples and oranges. The solicitor can’t litigate at all .

  42. UAlbany
    March 18, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    I don’t have an allegiance either way. The old saying, “you can dish it out bit you cannot take it”‘ applies here. Clairmont is aggressive and rude. Krol is arrogant and condescending. A couple comments over the last 2 years whether appropriate or not between grown men is not bullying. Bullied children may commit suicide. Calling this bullying is an insult to those who have bullied in the real world. It’s politics, thick skin is required.

    • billy
      March 19, 2014 at 9:43 am #

      Barry didn’t bring a mob to the council Chambers and threaten officials on tv.watch the solicor no confidence vote.I think your misinformed.tough questions and vagu.e answers is not bullying

  43. Mad Trapper
    March 18, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    A couple of Goons should take Tony over to Silver Lake and make him drink, drink DEEPLY, until wifey Miz-Maz comes CLEAN on her PROMISE to re-open the bad deal the county and city got from GE.

  44. Evian
    March 18, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    Well if this happened (sounds like it did) its another black eye for the city.

  45. Jonathan Melle
    March 18, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    With all of the issues Pittsfield faces, we are going into coalitions fighting each other instead of working for the common good.