PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

TONIGHT: EPISODE 11, PLANET VALENTI TELEVISION. ON THE SLATE: l’affaire gaetani, Doreen in Wonderland, The Generalissimo, and a cryptographic challenge! Tune in, tune on, and drop in beginning at 7 p.m. on Time Warner’s Access Pittsfield, channel 16. PV-TV: You won’t believe your eyes and ears.

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014) — Yesterday at 10 a.m. Craig Gaetani stood at the gates of Pittsfield’s water treatment plant in Hinsdale seeking entrance. In response, a plant worker padlocked the gates with a heavy chain. The police-state actions extend the bizarre behavior of Mayor Dan Bianchi. For some reason, Bianchi fears letting Gaetani — who co-designed the facility and its proprietary technology — into the plant.

Gaetani says he and Dr. Lawrence Wang, one of the country’s pre-eminent water treatment authorities, can save the city at least $40 million on upcoming federally mandated upgrades to the plant. Why wouldn’t the mayor welcome the Gaetani-Wang proposal? Why did Bianchi threaten Gaetani with arrest if he showed up at the plant unannounced and without insurance, as he did via letter sent by DPU chief Bruce Collingwood, a document THE PLANET obtained and published yesterday?

Why did The Empty Suit order the gates locked Wednesday morning?


If there’s a good reason, the public wants it.

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Gaetani says he notified the city earlier this week that he would be coming to the plant. The first three calls were to the mayor’s office, he says. They (1) hung up on him, (2) didn’t answer, and (3) referred him to the Department of Public Utilities. To be safe, yesterday morning at 9 a.m., Gaetani says he called the city again. Upon his arrival in a powder blue Mercedes, a worker dutifully chained the gates.

“I’m not going to take this guff from the mayor and Collingwood,” Gaetani said at while we stood outside the locked gates. The only other media person there was Tammy Daniels, editor of

The Cleveland facility stands about 30-feet high and runs three and a half football fields long. Despite the monolithic outer appearance, it’s an impressive sight. Gaetani knows his water, apparent as we questioned him on the plant workings. He says as large as the facility is, the footprint came in at one-seventh the size of the design the city originally entertained. The rejected design would have required enormous storage tanks, which the Krofta “flotation” system doesn’t need, and an additional $100 million.

Gaetani said the last time he entered the facility was October 2013 with Melissa Mazzeo, when he gave the council president a tour. Gaetani says when Bianchi learned of the tour, the mayor “exploded” and ordered Gaetani barred from future visits — quite an exclusion for a man who has over the years escorted hundreds of engineers from all over the world through the plant.

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Gaetani says he is “absolutely not going away.” He says he will redouble his efforts on behalf of Pittsfield citizens out of his “love for the city,” where he has lived all his life. To that point, THE PLANET has learned that this morning (Thursday) Gaetani will be visiting two offices at city hall. First he will go to the clerk’s office to ask for the paperwork needed to file an age discrimination case against the mayor. Second, he will go to the mayor’s office and ask for the notes and minutes taken during Gaetani’s controversial meeting with Bianchi.

The plot, as they say, thickens.


That Man Again, This Time Siding with Doreen Wade

Gaetani also made news Tuesday night at the meeting in council chambers of the Human Rights Commission, when he supported Medford businesswoman Doreen Wade in the latter’s civil rights case against the mayor. Wade claims Bianchi treated her in a racist manner. In addition to her claims before the HRC, Wade says she has filed charges against Bianchi at the state and federal levels.

 Knowledgable sources say that should Bianchi be found guilty of these charges, his municipal bonding will not indemnify him. State bonds do not provide indemnity for civil rights violations. Bianchi, personally, and not taxpayers, would be on the hook for any fines or penalties.

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The commission, meeting for the third time since its reactivation, once again topped itself in maladroit blundering. As if the city and the mayor don’t have enough to worry about, the HRC may have given Wade more ammo with its latest blundering. One would be tempted to blame chairman Josh Cutler, a young man appointed by the mayor to exploit the lad’s lack of experience. Cutler’s a sitting duck for Bianchi’s go-to gal, Pummelin’ Pam Malumphy, as later actions illustrate.

The most serious error occurred when the HRC voted in its rules of procedure. In other words, the HRC went two-plus meetings without rules of order! Wade pounced on it as a violation of her civil rights.  The mistake could be costly.

Gaetani made a forceful statement from the open mic on Wade’s behalf, noting the similarity in how  Bianchi allegedly treated both of them. He also made a valid point in noting that none of the commissioners had name tags. Perfect: An anonymous set of politically appointed judges presiding without public rules over the interests of private citizens — something right out of Kafka‘s The Trial.

When Gaetani piped up from the gallery not having been recognized by the chair, Pummelin’ Pam made a motion to adjourn the meeting. The motion was approved. Instead of allowing the chairman to restore order, for the third time in as many meetings, the HRC humiliated Wade, leaving her standing there without answers or any sense of resolution.

Incidentally, the HRC commissioners are Cutler, Malumphy, Bob Sykes, Mark Miller, Susan O’Leary, Alfred Johnson, Louis Perez, and Church Cotton. Brewster, make a note of it and order nameplates for these folks.

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THE PLANET finds it amusing that Malumphy’s delicate constitution found the discussions too much to take. How Victorian. THE PLANET reminds her that the Founders set up free speech so that public debate could be passionate, hot, and full of emotion. Malumphy thus added another notch to her hatchet, the one that cuts off a nose to spite the face, the one that unjustly gives women in politics a bad name. Little wonder she’s 0-for-5 in her last five runs for office.

Count it a good week for Gaetani and Wade and a bad one for TES and the HRC.


“Been so long since I found out what people mean by down and out.”Led Zeppelin, “Black Dog,” from the album Zeppelin IV.




  1. Ron Kitterman
    July 23, 2014 at 11:16 pm #

    Judge Tucker, ” Let us cry with Loud acclaim, ‘ Long Live the City of Pittsfield’”

  2. Nota
    July 24, 2014 at 12:53 am #

    The City has reached a new low.

  3. Tito
    July 24, 2014 at 3:35 am #

    Mr. Gaetani has a robust personality, so what? If he has ideas that can save the city of Pittsdield money, let’s see what he can do. PVTV should have him on the show.

  4. Pat
    July 24, 2014 at 3:45 am #

    Malumphy is the type of person who if any male raises his voice, she thinks its agressive behavior.

    • YOMomma
      July 24, 2014 at 7:58 am #

      She does seem to have a problem with men in the public arena.

      • Dave
        July 24, 2014 at 2:10 pm #


        Did you mean public arena or pubic area?

  5. Tim
    July 24, 2014 at 4:53 am #

    What is Bianchi’s problem ? Just relax and enjoy the krofta kickbacks like Charlie Smith did.

  6. Black Dog
    July 24, 2014 at 6:07 am #

    Could it be that dirty backroom deals and arrangement of kickbacks are already in the works? Any attempt to save the taxpayers money will be treated harshly.

    Lock-down all in information from city hall. Lock-down the water treatment plant. Make sure the citizens of Pittsfield are in the dark.

    Heil Hitler!

    The new high school will have high fences topped with circular razor wire and a state of the art surveillance system. Students will be equipped with “smart Ids” so their whereabouts can be monitored at all times.

    All public information will be released on a need to know basis.
    We have ways around the freedom of information.

    The Bianchi administration has risen to power.

  7. Scott
    July 24, 2014 at 6:12 am #

    It’s time for more people to back up Craig and demand answers open govt and transparency. Come on BiYANKi!

  8. Spider
    July 24, 2014 at 6:21 am #

    Although Pam is one of the better and stronger members of the HRC, she was wrong in halting the meeting.

    The police should have been called to escort Gaetani from the bldg. And the meeting could go on.

    Wade is overwhelming the HRC with her mounting accusations and they remain scared and frustrated.

  9. acheshirecat
    July 24, 2014 at 6:22 am #

    Mr. Gaetani may have inadvertently help save the Mayors’ bacon with the HRC and racism charges.

    “Gaetani made a forceful statement from the open mic on Wade’s behalf, noting the similarity in how Bianchi allegedly treated both of them”

    If the Mayor treated them in the same manner then it could be inferred that he is not a racist, but just a real jerk that acts like a spoiled brat and Pittsfield is his toy box and only he has the key.

    • Scott
      July 25, 2014 at 2:54 am #

      Or he’s a bigot who abuses minorities and the elderly.

  10. levitan
    July 24, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    The plot, as they say, thickens.

    Except, without damages to report nor even causal link between a decision and race to discern, there will be no happy ending for Wade. Just claiming the Mayor is racist does not translate to a damage award, and Wade had no reasonable expectation of gaining a material consideration from the Mayor’s office.

    Achesirecat is correct, and if the Mayor, however unlikely, actually needs to defend himself in court he will be strongly tempted to present Gaetani’s account as evidence that he frequently wags his finger at those whom he respects professionally.

    Sure, alll the ingredients are in the pot, but there’s no heat to cook it.

  11. Silence Dogood
    July 24, 2014 at 8:05 am #

    Now I know why the Generalissimo couldn’t get a permit to dictate…..Bianchi got the last one!

  12. Mad Trapper
    July 24, 2014 at 8:15 am #

    It seems the Editor of The Left Winged Parrot went to a different meeting?

    Have you seen the editorial?

    Pummeling Pam was just trying to bring order and stop the abuse heaped upon the “Human Rights Commission” (sic).

    Those poor Volunteers can’t: take questions, critisium, yield the floor for discussion, listen to comments, or do much of anything USEFUL.

    The Parrot did get ONE thing right, the totally disfinctional rights commission will do nothing to upset the Crook in the corner office, and it will cost PITTSfield when this goes to a State and Federal level.

    • levitan
      July 24, 2014 at 8:22 am #

      I’d prefer it if Wade insisted on Federal and State folk waste their time on her business. Given that she has taken her complaint out of the HRC’s hands, they should take the summer off and resume when the next person claims his Human Rights have been undermined.

      Tito, how can you call someone ‘robust’ if they call ‘the finger’ a human rights violation? Sounds thin-skinned and wimpish to me.

      • Tim
        July 24, 2014 at 9:03 am #

        Bully wimp. The worst kind

  13. Franz Kafka
    July 24, 2014 at 8:33 am #

    So, the Krofta floatation system which once saved the city of Pittsfield in excess of $100 million dollars is no longer good enough?

    It needs to be dismantled and replaced with a far more expensive but inferior new one?

    The two high schools that indoctrinate our children and once educated almost everyone in Pittsfield are no longer good enough?

    They need to be dismantled and replaced with a far more expensive but inferior new one?

    The freedom of press policy that once existed in city government is no longer good enough?

    It needed to be replaced with one of full control of the mayor’s office?

    School buses that have not been paid for, no longer good enough?

    Fire trucks, no longer enough?

    Taxes are no longer high enough. Free Cash is not enough.

    “Out of college, money spent
    See no future, pay no rent
    All the money’s gone, nowhere to go
    Any jobber got the sack
    Monday morning, turning back
    Yellow lorry slow, nowhere to go
    But oh, that magic feeling, nowhere to go
    Oh, that magic feeling, nowhere to go
    Nowhere to go


    One sweet dream
    Pick up the bags and get in the limousine
    Soon we’ll be away from here
    Step on the gas and wipe that tear away
    One sweet dream………..”
    – Abbey Road

    • Donald
      July 24, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

      Wahconah park isn’t good anymore either, now look what you’ve got…D2-D3 quality baseball at best?

  14. levitan
    July 24, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    Interesting to me is that with such weight given here to Gaetani’s unverified claims, how come Dr. Lawrence Wang has not been approached?

    Wouldn’t the Doctor described here as “one of the country’s pre-eminent water treatment authorities” be a more logical choice to assess Gaetani’s proposal?

  15. levitan
    July 24, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    Who is Craig C. Gaetani? As far as I can tell, he has no resume nor professional credentials to be found online.

  16. Mad Trapper
    July 24, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    I thank God that most of my relatives and family have left Pittsfield.

    They sold their properties (when they were still worth something), and no longer contribute money to the corrupted Monster that is Pittsfield GOOBERment and Municipal departments.

    The criminal influx (not just the ones on City payrolls), that they have brought in, is infecting nearby towns with crime and drugs.

    The future is worse than bleak. Bankruptcy looms in the NEAR future.

    Maybe Pittsfield can get an infusion of “Federal cash”? Fill up the vacant houses/apartments with Obams/Patricks CRIMINAL ALIENS.

    That will keep the PPD busy and lead to more well paying City jobs. “Federally funded” of course, as Pittsfield is broke(n).

    • Greener Pastures
      July 24, 2014 at 10:52 am #

      If you have not left Pittsfield by now, it may be too late.
      Boy, did Bianchi ever fool everyone. Worst Mayor the city has ever had by far.

  17. amadaWell
    July 24, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Can we get a ride on the Loon Raft at Cleveland Resevoir? Or do I need insurance?

    • YOMomma
      July 24, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

      BIanchi cornered the market on loon rafts. You’ll have to pay his price!

  18. Nota
    July 24, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    Looks like Jim (don’t pig out at the all you can eat Willutz) has now help put a ban on smokers in Pittsfield. Looks like I’ll be smoking my gerbs in Lee or somewhere more friendly, like the dump.

    • Dave
      July 24, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

      Thank you Nota for bringing this up.


      Funny thing is, nothing that they passed makes a fu@@ing “Bucky ” Dent in curbing youth smoking!

      #1 Ban on tobacco products in city owned parks and playgrounds

      That does nothing about SNUFFING OUT YOUTH SMOKING because the regulations about selling to “yutes” under 18 have not changed so if the “yutes” were breaking the rules and smoking before, and having someone buy the product for them before why would we think that this new regulation would keep them from smoking in the parks?

      I don’t smoke and if when I was at the park with my grandson and someone was smoking by the play area, I would ask him to go somewhere away from the play area. Most responsible people will do so, and if they won’t, do you really think this stupid regulation will change their mind??? Before quoting said ordinance I will probably rip the cigarette from said mouth.

      Ban on “cheap, single sale cigars” – no cigars costing $2.50 or less will be allowed in the city, and at least 2 be sold at a time!?!?!??!??!?!?!?!??!??!?!?!?!?!? Time for honesty, I am what I like to think as a functioning alcoholic, and I buy a single beer on the way home from work most days. If they didn’t sell single beers, I wouldn’t stop drinking, I would buy a 6 pack, and, knowing myself, I would drink 6 instead of 1 every day. And how does this policy “SNUFF OUT YOUTH SMOKING”?? It actually promotes extra use from people who are trying to regulate their consumption.

      My last and probably most important point deals with the reduction of the licenses from 49-25 “THROUGH ATTRITION”
      over time. WOW- through attrition- so basically the PITTSFIELD BOARD OF HEALTH is hoping so many businesses that happen to sell tobacco(a legal product) go out of business to reach their goal!!!!!! So, just say the owners of Dawes Ave Variety want to sell… The buyer’s look at the financial report, see (VERY VERY CONSERVATIVE) that they sell 40 packs of cigarettes a day(profit maybe $1.25 a pack)
      $50 a day= $1500 a month revenue that isn’t coming in, and they cannot sell cigarettes if they buy? Good Bye mom and pop variety stores.

      I have been selling cigarettes to people for over 20 years. I have heard ” I am going to quit when they get over $5, $6, $8
      It’s $10 now and they are still coming in, so the banning of the cheap cigars, along with the banning of smoking in city parks is a feel good measure that makes the board members feel like they are making a difference, when in reality it means nothing

  19. Nota
    July 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    Craig Gaetani is now known as the Water Wizard. he knows water. Dr. Wing is an expert on water also.

  20. Nota
    July 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    The Loon Raft is one of Bianchi’s favorites. n between ribbon cuttings, he has mentioned the importance of the Loon and the ecological significance it plays at the Resevoir.

  21. amandaWell
    July 24, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    Nota, the Raft is to ensure that Loons have mating and intercourse, if you will, uninterrupted, by predators and alike. Don’t Really like the idea of a breeding den on the Resevoir, to tell you the truth. Considering all that is going on at City Hall and accusations against the Mayor, the Loon Raft was proposed by a woman who suggested it to the Mayor, and Bruuuuuce Collingwood.

  22. Ron Kitterman
    July 24, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to – The Outer Limits.

    • Jamie
      July 24, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

      Good one Ron cept for the end, should read: ‘from the inner mind to Planet Valenti Television’. Cant wait for tonights show.

  23. amandaWell
    July 24, 2014 at 2:16 pm #

    Let’s hope the audio laughter catches up with the punch line tonight!

  24. T
    July 24, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    I can remember the boys at the ol schoolyard climbing the trees to smoke a cigarette, mainly Marlboro’s. The key was to pack the cigs against your palm.

  25. PopKornSutton
    July 24, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    I think All this power has gone to Mr. Wildernutz head.

  26. winchester 73
    July 24, 2014 at 5:18 pm #

    How low can Pittsfield go? That’s the one things Bianchi will do. Show us that.

  27. PopKornSutton
    July 24, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    Let us not forget, the budget process includes the Coty Council who is as culpable as the Mayor concerning any bloat actions.

  28. Pat
    July 24, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

    “Government is corrupt” That was shouted out today at the conviction of John O’Brien in Boston. It was highly emotional and pretty much sums up Massachusetts right now whether we are talking local or state politics. Corruption is out of control. O’Brien was convicted of course of patronage in the Probation Department. Will we even read any of this in the Berkshire Eagle?

    • levitan
      July 25, 2014 at 5:26 am #

      Thank you for the update. I hoped he would go down – but will the rest of those floating that boat ever get theirs too?

  29. Gatos
    July 25, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    Something to keep in mind here, as I stated a few days ago:
    I have had dealings with Mr. Gaetani in the past. He claims to know a lot about a lot of things, though many simple concepts seem to elude him. He also claims to know or have known many famous and influential people.
    Further, he is a classic bully. He jumps to threats immediately when he perceives anything that is against his desires or will.
    I can understand locking gates, cutting off discussion, and finger-wagging at him.
    If I were Josh Cutler I would have told him to sit down and be quiet immediately or the police would be called. Then followed up. But Josh is not very experienced at chairing a commission.
    As for the mayor, who the heck knows what goes on in his office? Two bullies going at each other in this case I suppose. Would Bianchi vs. Gaetani be a main event or on the undercard?
    As for Ms. Wade, if you were to sneeze in her presence she would probably consider it a violation of her civil rights.

    • levitan
      July 25, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

      Nicely put, Gatos. Reading between the lines or prior experience not reported, I see the story leading to the same conclusion.

      Glad you have the last word.