BW-MONTEROSSO MESS, MAYOR’S CREEPY GIFT, BIANCHI’S 40% PAYHIKE FOR HIMSELF, COUNCIL, SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING: ONLY THE PLANET HAS THE STORY OF ALL OF IT
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014) — Welcome to May Day, everyone, and that would seem to be an appropriate message for taxpayers and ordinary citizens to send as The Suits and Special Interests continue to team up against them. Only one outlet stands for The Little Guy in this unfair fight, and it’s THE PLANET.
We shall cover several issues today and tomorrow. First is the outcome of the meeting yesterday involving state and local job officials, as they gathered in the mayor’s office in a hush-hush over Dan Bianchi’s fair-haired boy, embattled Berkshire Works director William Monterosso. Second will be the unsettling, bizarre gift the mayor made to city council president Melissa Mazzeo at the most recent council meeting. Third will be additional information on the egregious retroactive pay raise Bianchi has put in for himself and his cronies — city department heads, managers, and exempt employees. Finally, we give you exclusive coverage of a procedurally inept joint meeting last night between the city council and the school committee. Subject: The finances. Hold on to your wallets.
Each of these items shall be taken up in greater detail later in the day. Only THE PLANET is on top of this information. Without us, you wouldn’t have the story on any of these four items.
Berkshire Works Mess — THE PLANET broke this story. You wouldn’t have known about it if not for our coverage. The mayor desperately wanted to keep this quiet. He thinks ducking us prevents us from accessing information. What a dope. Actually, it makes it easier.
Bat Happy — The bullying mayor presented the council president with an inappropriate gift that seems to contain a threat.
Pay Hikes — Truly? The mayor doesn’t realize it, but his blatant grab at a near-40% pay hike for himself may have planted the seeds of his own political demise.
School Committee and council Meet — You won’t believe the procedural violations that occurred last night. Only THE PLANET will dare tell you about it.
Bottom line, ladies and gentlemen: Under the failure of the worst mayor in city history, the wheels have come off the body politick, stopping the city dead in its claw tracks. These are desperate times. At stake: the literal survival of the city. The only action that can address the situation will have to exceed the desperation — triggered by the inept mayor — that has the city fighting for its economic life. Citizens unite: You may soon be called upon to roll up your sleeves and take back your government.
Be sure to check back later today as we present more information on each of these four issues.
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PLANET BACK AGAIN WITH UPDATES, AS PROMISED, ON THE FOUR ISSUES:
Monterosso Mess: Just as THE PLANET told you, the mayor met with local and state jobs officials. They concluded their deliberations without a disposal. As of this writing, the embattled William Monterosso is still drawing his $94,000+bennies per-annum salary while on “administrative leave.” Notable and new from yesterday, though, is the presence in the meeting of Tim Dooling, state general council to the Department of Career Services. Having the lawyer there could mean any number of things, but his presence, along with that of Career Services chief Alice Sweeney, is notable. State officials hate having to travel west of Route 128 if there isn’t a free junket to Tanglewood involved.
Meanwhile, our moles at Berkshire tells us the office is “in a of suspended animation. Silence from city hall on William Monterosso. The Boston contingent (Sweeney, Dooling) apparently came and went with no outcome announced.” Sources tells us that the fear and uncertainty has all but crippled the local jobs office — just what the many out-of-work folks need.
You can thank Dan Bianchi for that one.
Bianchi Goes Bats for MM: No, “MM” isn’t Maris and Mantle. It’s Melissa Mazzeo. At the most recent city council meeting, the mayor presented a customized baseball bat to the council president, joking around that it would help her keep the council in line. That’s pretty funny, considering the controversy and chills generated by credible allegations that Mazzeo’s husband Tony threatened at least one councilor (John Krol).
THE PLANET has heard from several sources who were more than upset at this tacit threat by Bianchi to councilors, a threat to “play ball or else.” As one source put it, “The mayor gave [Mazzeo] a baseball bat with her campaign emblem on it and insinuated strongly that it was to keep the council in line, you know, if case some kneecaps need to be busted.”
“It was weird and creepy,” said a council insider, “but what’s clear is Bianchi’s mentality regarding the council and the relationship. This is strange, because he’s supposed to have seven of them in his pocket. Clearly, some (Amuso, Connell, and Cotton in particular) seem to be getting sick of this pathetic mayor.”
That’s all for now, folks. That leaves two topic with which to deal: (a) The 40% pay hike Bianchi wants for himself and (b) the procedural disaster that was last night’s joint meeting of the city council and the school committee. THE PLANET shall be dealing with these in detail on tomorrow’s post, because they are related. Only we, apparently, among all local media, have spotted the connection.
In the meantime, be seriously thinking: Recall. Specifically, the initiation of a recall of Mayor Daniel Bianchi for Podunk’s version of high crimes and misdemeanors. Who’s up for the recall effort? Who’s willing to “got to bat” for The Little Guy?
“Ah wella everybody’s heard about the Bird, ba ba ba bird bird bird, bird is the word.” — “The Trashmen,” (1963).
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.