PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014) — THE PLANET has written many a “Fix Is In” columns, with the hard evidence to support it. For example, did we not predict, before anyone knew who she was, that Julia “No Relation to David” Berkowitz Sabourin would become The Empty Suit‘s choice for “director of administrative services,” a $50K position? This despite her lack of experience and relevant knowledge. Her sole qualification for the job was that she served TES as the chief back-stabber in the Scopes Monkey Trial, a kangaroo proceeding that put Terry Kinnas on trial for the crime of fighting for We The People.

It mattered not that the Attorney General’s office sided with Kinnas and found Sabourin had broken the law. Such perverse loyalty was enough for The Empty Suit, who, after the usual nationwide search, gave the do-nothing plum to Lady Goo Goo Ga Ga.

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NICK CACCAMO: Quit his $50K school post to work on his gold game. Must be nice. (Photo: iBerkshires)

It appears that we have two more “Fixes” working their way through the system.

THE PLANET predicts that both will proceed through channels “proper” in only the most technical of senses. Then, after two more “nationwide searches,” Ward 3 councilor Nick “Golf Game” Caccamo and the next TES appointment to head Berkshire Works shall be anointed and appointed.

These are predictions, and even THE PLANET’s resident soothsayer, Sir Tiberius Fruitjuice, has been know to err. Fact is, we don’t know how the two situations will turn out, but we know how similar situation have been fixed in the past. This would give any thinking person reasonable pause and suspicion.

Let’s take these two up before gravity pulls the bowling ball and the feather to earth at the same exact time.

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Caccamo: A Suck Up?

Caccamo has been sucking up to the adults among The Suits since he “ran for mayor” in 2009, an exercise done merely to “get his name out there.” After inhaling enough of Their fumes and eating enough of the table scraps the Adults gave him for his loyalty, Caccmo won election in Ward 3, despite serious concerns about the legality of his campaign, given that he was a city employee.

The Suits had already given young Nick his first political plum, a $50,000-a-year job (plus bennies) as a “technical coach” for the Pittsfield School Department. It depends on who you ask, of course, but those who contacted THE PLANET about Caccamo’s tenure with PSD say he was a “coach” less like Bill Belichick and more along the lines of Richie Kotite. For the uninitiated, Belichick is considered among the greatest coaches in NFL history (Vince Lombardi and Coach B jockey it out in the writers’ polls for first and second). Kotite is in the discussion as worst coach of all time (career record 41-57, versus Belichick’s mark of 199-105). Caccamo appears to be a tool of The Suits, willing to prostitute himself for future advancement. Is that true? Time will tell.

Is Cacacmo’s next job “all teed up?” We don’t know, but we do know citizens are “all teed off” at the odd coincidences that abound in Bianchiville.

When THE PLANET asked Caccamo about his resignation, he replied: “Yes, I did resign from PPS. My last day of compensated contractual work was June 6. I have a few things in the hopper. For the immediate future I will be able to put addition hours into being a ward councilor and maybe a few more afternoons on the golf course.”

His comment about golf struck a lot of people as out-of-touch, entitled, and arrogant.

Remember, Pittsfield is a blue collar town with hardly any blue collar positions. These words will likely come to define Caccamo’s flirtation with politics — and doom him, politically.

Not satisfied with this answer, we asked him the following:


You must realize there’s lots of talk going on right now, including speculations about the true reason behind your “resignation.” Do you wish to comment further on the circumstances of your leaving? It does strike some as odd that you would give up a $50K school post without something else lined up. 

Let me ask you straight out: Has anyone promised you a position if you resigned? That’s one school of thought that’s circulating.

Another one is that you were given the choice by the schools: resign or get fired. 

Any comment on the veracity (or lack thereof) of these theories?

CACCAMOSince none of those comments have any merit of truth I don’t see a need to comment further.

Cute, isn’t it? How he does not directly respond to the specific rumors.The avoidance of an opportunity to refute such allegations only give credence to the charges. Of course, they don’t prove the charges, and no one here is suggesting that.

Nick, son, you have much to learn. Here’s the crying towel, to dab behind your ears.

Sure, THE PLANET admits that these are speculations, but, unlike other news outlets, we aren’t afraid to acknowledge the tenor of discussion surrounding Caccamo’s sudden resignation from the schools — which is to say, we aren’t hesitant to cover the truth of topics on the minds of Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski. They don’t trust Caccamo. The resignation seems too pat to them. Not too many people are buying it on its face. Can’t blame them, given what’s been going on in the city under Mayor Bianchi.

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Berkshire Works Charade Seems About to Repeat Itself 

After former Berkshire Works executive William Monterosso, Bianchi’s fair-haired boy from Kentucky, “resigned” from BW after soiling the bed, the mayor had an opportunity to admit a mistake and begin a search for a successor, this time doing the job right and conducting a legitimate job search.

Ah, but this is Pittsfield.

Yesterday, THE PLANET received this comment from Matt:

Hey.. anybody want a job?? Ex-councilman, used mayors.. ??
Check the city web site employment page!!!!

The Berkshire Works Executive Director national search is underway.. Of course .. it will take time for the word to get out and for people to send in their resumes from around the country.. No problem.. they have 168 hours (including the weekend).. before the deadline… next tuesday June 17.

After months without an ED, and months of paid administrative leave, a carefully considered national search will now be conducted.. taking a total of 168 hours.. before the deadline.

$86,000 – $94,000 should draw at least 3 candidates if nobody tells anyone except the insiders.. so let’s keep it among ourselves…

Anybody think the fix is in? Here we go again!!!

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Let THE PLANET be the first media outlet to tell you that Berkshire Works is looking for Monterosso’s replacement. We should say Bianchi is doing the looking, since, as Pittsfield mayor, he is the appointing authority. He came up smelling crap-ola with Monterosso, and now, TES is proving what a political goon he is.

Our sources tell us that Bianchi has ordered the BW executive director position to be posted only internally, on the BW website and the spill-over state site, which hardly anyone visits. He wants no listing on Craig’s List,, or in the other legitimate avenues that one would employ for a post like this if the talent search was in earnest (trade journals, chamber associations, municipal sites, and the like). This looks like another “bum’s rush national search” wherein the anointed one has already been named. Watch: Two others will be brought in for “interviews” to make it look legit.

Folks: THE PLANET provides the link to this job offering, below. We ask you to post this on Craig’s List,, and any other nationwide jobs listing service. This will be a way to defeat Bianchi’s cynical ploy.

As Matt says, the closing date for applications is Tuesday, one week before the near-invivible job posting!

According to a city hall source, the mayor, in issuing direction (we think to city personnel director John DeAngelo) gave orders that the job be posted as quietly and surreptitiously as possible. Guess he didn’t want “that Valenti” getting wind of it.

Well, tis was a foul and chilling wind that blew, and we found out. That’s why you’re reading about it today. Unlike official Pittsfield, THE PLANET believes in honesty, openness, and transparency.

Here is the listing from The State Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development:

The job is in fact posted on “06/10/2014” with a close date of “06/17/2014.”

If anyone ever needed proof that Dan Bianchi, the politician, is a fake, a phony, and a fraud, the “invisible” job posting with one week’s duration would serve as supporting evidence, if not proof.

But, hey, while we’re at it, let THE PLANET outline the perfect ending for this job search (pays $86,000-$94,000 per, plus bennies):

“Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the new Executive Director of Berkshire Works, Mr. Nick Caccamo.”


“Speaking indifferently to him, / who had driven out the cold / and polished my good shoes as well. / What did I know what did I know / of love’s austere and lonely offices?” Robert Hayden, final verse of his poem, “Those Winter Sundays,” (1975).





  1. dusty
    June 11, 2014 at 1:37 am #

    I wonder if people of color are being encouraged to apply for this job. If I were the mayor of Pittsfield right now I might want to make sure any job openings got a fair and open distribution.

    Bianchi is doing a pretty good job of chewing up and spitting out the taxpayers of Pittsfield but he might want to be careful with the equal opportunity laws.

    • Johnny2Shoes
      June 11, 2014 at 6:19 am #


      Excellent point. Not one peep out of the local chapter of the NAACP as of late. I thought there was a rebirth of this local group because of the current climate in city hall?

    • levitan
      June 11, 2014 at 11:08 am #

      If no African Americans apply, they have no basis for complaint.

  2. Magic
    June 11, 2014 at 5:46 am #


    My hope is that your prediction of the Berkshire Works newest employee is wrong. My gut is telling me that you are correct. I guess we will know soon.

    Since I don’t have cable is it possible to be in attendence while your show is beng taped. I do watch on YouTube so I don’t miss it.

  3. Dick Delphia
    June 11, 2014 at 5:50 am #


    If Caccamo gets that job it will defnately prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that this is single handedly thee most corrupt and unethical mayor this city had ever had.

    This mayor should be removed from office by recall and everything he has passed should be recinded.

    It is truly mind boggling, the corruption that exsits in the city of Pittsfield.

  4. Johnny2Shoes
    June 11, 2014 at 6:13 am #

    Sounds like this covers this whole fiasco!

    A mulligan, most simply put, is a “do-over.” Hit a bad shot? Take a mulligan and replay that stroke.

    So as you’ve probably guessed, a mulligan is never “legal” under the Rules of Golf. Mulligans are most often employed during friendly rounds by golf buddies; or during charity or playday tournaments where mulligans are sometimes sold. If mulligans are for sale, that means the golfer can buy, say, three mulligans for a set price each. The sale of mulligans is sometimes used as an additional fund-raiser at charitable events.

    Are there rules governing the use of mulligans? No – whatever a group of golfers agrees upon is what counts (unless you are using mulligans in something like a charity tournament or association outing setting – then do what the organizers tell you).

  5. Teecha teecha
    June 11, 2014 at 6:34 am #

    Caccamo reminds me of nuciforo. The kind of career politician you’d like to punch in the throat . The picture you posted says it all.

    • Scott
      June 11, 2014 at 8:54 am #

      Threatening or suggesting violence is uncalled for you’re better than that.

      • Teecha teecha
        June 11, 2014 at 9:10 am #

        It was a generalized emotion towards politicians based on his seeming pomposity. I have met nick. Good guy, albeit conceited and rather stuck up. No direct violent intentions

    • Mad Trapper
      June 11, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

      No kick in the balls as well as the punch.

      As Mr Melle calls him: LUCIFORO!!!!

  6. El politico
    June 11, 2014 at 6:41 am #

    All bets are on that Ashley Sulock is in the running for BW.

  7. CJ
    June 11, 2014 at 6:41 am #

    Has anyone saying vile things about Caccamo ever met him or know him?

    • C. J.
      June 11, 2014 at 10:07 am #

      This C.J. isn’t embroiled in a Caccamo controvery, but it is readily apparent that the new “CJ” has some sort of connection or vested interest in Mr. Caccamo’s public perception.
      If Caccamo is indeed the leading candidate for the Berkshire Work’s top post, one would hope he meets all stated requirements, including experience ( hopefully within the dreaded private sector) and is an obvious standout over any and all candidates for the job.
      This appointment will definitely be a benchmark for the mayor’s integrity and ability/

      • CJ
        June 11, 2014 at 11:16 am #

        Yeah he’s a friend of mine and he’s a great guy. I feel bad he is being thrown through the mud. By the way, Golf Game is a great nick name. That’s sticking for sure.

  8. Phillips Exeter
    June 11, 2014 at 6:42 am #

    DV Johnny25shoes above has suggested the perfect name for Caccamo. How about Nick “Mulligan” Caccamo? Hes not my ward councilor but I’m calling him “mulligan” from now on!!

  9. lakeside
    June 11, 2014 at 6:43 am #

    there is only three things growing in Pittsfield, my lawn , the mayors pocketbook and Caccamo’s nose !!

    • CJ
      June 11, 2014 at 6:50 am #

      Please explain. What lies have been said? Where’s your evidence. Please someone supply evidence of what Dan is saying about Nick. If you can I’ll give you $1000.00

      • Kate Dempsey
        June 11, 2014 at 8:52 am #

        Nick…..errr, CJ I mean, who in this day and age quits a $50k a year, plus damn good bennies, just so you (I mean he) can vote on the school budget? Not all of us are living in public housing and eating the horse-shit you guys are trying to shove down our throats.

        On a side note Nick, darn it, I mean CJ, if “Nick” is such an honest guy. How about he come right out and tell us he’s not in the giving….errr, sorry, I mean “running” for the BW job.

        • CJ
          June 11, 2014 at 9:56 am #

          Someone like Nick does because the guy really cares. I know it’s tough to fathom that someone is that unselfish. I still can’t believe he did it.

          Why would he come out and say that its a joke, that was just made up by Dan. No chance he’s getting that job.

          $1000.00 Dan Valenti or anyone else on this blog that can provide proof of what these accusations are.

      • Johnny2Shoes
        June 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

        DV has not promoted lies about Nick, just questions that would have put much to rest about the issue at hand.It is reasonable to ask such questions of a person who is in the role he is in. The good,bad and ugly questions are what you get ,when you ask the public for their support and receive a political position you were seeking, that is funded by the taxpayers.

    • Mad Trapper
      June 11, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

      Well, there is more PCBs growing in GEs “cleaned up” river.

      We still have “cleaned up” Silver lake, the entire GE complex, and unkamet brook , spewing GEs “good things” to life.

  10. CJ
    June 11, 2014 at 6:46 am #

    I would like to invite Teecha Teecha to meet me for coffee and explain her vile comment.

    • CJ
      June 11, 2014 at 6:47 am #

      Or him. If they have the courage.

      • Shakes His Head
        June 11, 2014 at 7:08 am #

        internet testosterone at its finest.

      • Teecha teecha
        June 11, 2014 at 9:13 am #

        So I can’t bad mouth politicians? It’s nothing personal. Just a generalized observation on his demeanor and actions as a councilor. However, nuciforo would deserve it. I’ll meet. I have nothing to hide.

        • Teecha teecha
          June 11, 2014 at 9:14 am #

          And it’s her, respectfully

  11. Greg
    June 11, 2014 at 7:20 am #

    CJ, I am sure you do not have the guts to actually show for a meeting. Internet cowardice at its best

  12. Heads Up
    June 11, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    Teecha don’t fall for this.
    Its Allen Harris again.
    Its a tactic he uses in his political shilling.
    To meet for coffee – he has used this plenty of times on topix.

    His goal is find out who you are.
    He will cause tremendous trouble for you.
    Ask Glenn Heller.

    If you don’t meet him, he will call you a coward.
    He has brought his tactics to Planet Valenti as he can’t shill anymore on

    • Teecha teecha
      June 11, 2014 at 9:35 am #

      Dually noted.

      • maxwell edison
        June 11, 2014 at 11:45 am #

        you’re a teacher?

  13. Spider
    June 11, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    If Caccamo gets the job, the s— will hit the fan. And then nothing will change. It’s the Pittsfield way.

    Does that appointment have to be confirmed by the City Council?

  14. Teecha's Helper
    June 11, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    Sure CJ, when and where

  15. Dave Nash
    June 11, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    There is a familiarity to all this, wonder wher I have seen it before?

  16. Scott
    June 11, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    Spider, good point before we go getting our panties in a bunch isn’t Berkshire works a public job thus rendering nick back into the same type of conflict of interest? Maybe his wife has a good job so that’s why he can afford to take time off and work on perfecting his tiger woods swing.

  17. Denise
    June 11, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    Is it possible that the fix is in for another run at such a critical job with a one week posting (when a nurse job at the same time is posted for three weeks?

    How badly do the people of Pittsfield need to be treated before they react in protest. Here is a fix for the leader of an important service for yet another political appointee and people are so jaded, hopeless, and trampled that there is no sense of outrage.

    People who won’t protest their mistreatment deserve the treatment they receive..

  18. The Eyes are the window to the soul
    June 11, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    When you look into Dan Valenti’s eyes you see an honest man.
    One who genuinely cares for the people.
    A warm feeling.

    When you look into Nick Caccamo’s eyes you see the absence of a soul.
    A stooge with missing morals.
    Not just an empty suit but and empty head.

    A disturbed feeling.
    A cold feeling.

    • maxwell edison
      June 11, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

      Have another beer.

  19. outfox
    June 11, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    Going off today’s topic, but BB police log shows Dottie’s being burglarized again? What are we up to now, about five times in the last few weeks? Not saying the there are corrupt citizens in Pittsfield or anything, but if you had a good business on North St. and wanted more police presence, would you keep calling in burglaries? Just wondering what’s really going on here>

  20. Foxy Lady
    June 11, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    Dotties, again? Dotties five breaksins, Mission Tappas at least four, the Colonial Theater at the other end of the street and too many more to list.

    Mayor Bianchi, right, there’s no drug or safety problem downtown! We can all feel safe and secure when we go there.

    Just waiting for the wrong tourist to be robbed after a night of theater or a meal. Hopw I am wrong. I am so sad at what has happened to the city I love under this mayor.

    • ed shepardson
      June 11, 2014 at 10:40 am #

      Foxy, this crime spree has been going on during the terms of many of our mayors. You’re just noticing it now because the Eagle has started to publish the police reports. iberkshires publishes a more complete list. It’s much scarier.

  21. Foxy Lady
    June 11, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    Oops. meant “Hope” ..

  22. Jonathan Melle
    June 11, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    Berkshire County is the #1 place in Massachusetts for population and job loss. The Executive Director of BerkshireWorks is a sad position because Pittsfield represents one of the worst local economies in the nation.
    Pittsfield politics sucks! Mayor Dan Bianchi hasn’t changed anything for the better in Pittsfield over the past 2.5-years.

    • joetaxpayer
      June 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

      John every been to Detroit?

  23. Ted
    June 11, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    Just a thought for affirmative action – the City of Pittsfield Affirmative Action policy says

    “The City is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action and will use a variety of methods of recruiting applicants for employment in order to meet its commitment to equal
    opportunity and affirmative action, and to maintain and encourage a diverse workforce.”

    Does a behind the curtain one week posting where no one is likely to look consitute affirmative action..?? What methods is the city using for this position? Can appointments made absent any outreach be challenged?

  24. Ted
    June 11, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    Is the Berkshire Eagle going to do it’s usual “See No Evil..” on this outrageous perversion of the civil service/merit system?

    Machine politics, old boy networks triumph and the people of Pittsfield get another political hack.

  25. Ron Kitterman
    June 11, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    I heard the rumors too that they were bringing back Dumb and Dumber, but don’t even think these two moorons would be that stupid!!

  26. Spider
    June 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    Can someone help me with this? On The Eagle facebook, a gal gave the following info:

    New raises just voted on…5 % (1 % for each 5 years)
    January 2009 – COLA – 5.8%
    January 2010 – COLA – 0%
    January 2011 – COLA – 0%
    January 2012 – COLA – 3.6%
    January 2013 – COLA – 1.7%

    My math shows a total of 16.1 % over a 5 year period….or just over 3 % a year (for 5 years). Sounds pretty good to me!
    We were led to believe that they didn’t get any raises…what do you call COLA?

    Is this info correct? How many workers get cost of living let alone raises. Social Security also didn’t give COLA in years 2010 and 2011.

    Again, please correct anything here.

    • Baby baby
      June 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

      Your info is not correct. The exempts and managers each got 1.5% in 2011, nothing in 2013, 2012, 2010 and 2009.

      I stand by those FACTS.


      • Spider
        June 11, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

        Are you confirming that they did NOT receive COLAS during those years? And was the 1.5% in 2011 a COLA or a pay raise?

    • Silence Dogood
      June 11, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

      It’s actually more than 16% because the 3.6% is factored on the 5.8 and then the 1.7 is factored on a salary that.s been increased by 5.8 and 3.6…..try it on a salary of 50 grand and you’ll see that it’s well above 16.1

  27. Mr. X
    June 11, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    Koto and Zucco’s were broken into last night.

    I believe COLA is cost of living allowance.

    • Spider
      June 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

      Mr. X: Call it what you’d like….it’s still an increase in pay!

  28. If You Seek Amy
    June 11, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    What a great idea! Someone should let Nick know about this job posting.

  29. C. J.
    June 11, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    Mayor Bianchi is holding a major fund raiser with a suggested $100 donation next week.
    This implies he is filling his political coffers for another run at a 4 year term.
    Is anyone listing and retaining his actual fiscal and administrative actions/ record for public scrutiny come election time ?

  30. Bill Sturgeon
    June 11, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    While I know that this may not be popular, but I believe I must say it. I know Nick Caccamo and I think he is a good citizen and person. That’s my opinion.

    Like him or nor Barrett was doing a great job at BW, it just mayor dan didn’t like him because of his relationship with Jim Ruberto.

    • ed shepardson
      June 11, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

      Sorry, off topic but, Bill, as a vet, I’d be interested to know your thoughts on the hostilities in Iraq. Vietnam fell after our withdrawal and it appears Iraq will suffer the same fate.

      • Mad Trapper
        June 11, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

        Barry Sotero as a child:

        I have a Carl Yastermski, Mickey Mantle, Sonny Koufax, Ted Williams, and Joe Dimmagio Hall of Fame cards.

        I will trade You a used, ripped, stained, PokeMan card for them All?


        • Mad Trapper
          June 11, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

          Spelled Yastrzemski wrong, sorry!

  31. Mr. X
    June 11, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    Spider…it absolutely is and I am not happy that the new raises with retro got approved.

  32. Mr. X
    June 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    I swear that at last night’s meeting the Mayor said 2004 instead of 2014 when presenting that lovely young lady with a scholarship award. Anyone else catch it?

    • downtown dweller
      June 11, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

      Yeah, I heard it too.

  33. Nota
    June 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    What the hades is a Member of the General Community. heard that at the PSC meeting tonight. I report to Generaal ‘Harry Vegas’ and that’s it!

  34. Foxy Lady
    June 11, 2014 at 6:43 pm #

    I report to the Generalsimo.

  35. Giacometti
    June 11, 2014 at 7:21 pm #

    You’re talking Red Sox…I’m talking Braves

    Pittsfield is not the Mecca Jim Ruberto sold

  36. Silence Dogood
    June 11, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

    What’s Affirmative Biaction?

  37. Nota
    June 12, 2014 at 7:37 am #