PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEEKEND EDITION, JULY 18-20, 2014) — Mid-July in The Berkshires, when the air is sweet, the brooks are babbling, and tourists of the more obnoxious sort think everyone else is deaf, dumb, and blind. You know the type. Just because they bought their daughter Capezio shoes for her dance lessons, they are experts in the Arts. OH, and the little girl is also a genius, don’t you know.

Outside Guidos. It’s “Them.” And “They” know better than you, because you’re a (ugh!) a local.

When these hordes descend in July and August, THE PLANET zips into THE FORTRESS and zones out all the rest.

It works out well for us, although we wonder whether the politicians can admit that while a “recreation and resort economy” can provide fine augmentation to a true economy (built on manufacturing, high-tech, and white-collar service jobs), it fails when it has to pull all the cash-genearting load by its lonesome, low-paying self.

Politicians and public officials, though, rarely admit to their mistakes. They simply raise taxes to cover up their sins.

Speaking of public officials, THE PLANET shares the response we received from Pittsfield personnel director John DeAngelo, a.k.a. “The Sheffield Shuffler,” based on our request to see how many Pittsfield department heads, managers, and exempts actually live in Pittsfield. It was a straightforward request … so we thought.

First we will present DeAngelo’s letter. Then we will provide our commentary:

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July 7, 2014

Mr. Daniel Valenti

Re: Public Records Request

Dear Mr. Valenti:

Please know that this office is writing to you in response to your public records request to M.G.L. c. 66, sec. 10. In your letter you request a “copy of the home addresses of all city department heads, managers[,] and exempt personnel.” [NOTE: THE PLANET always inserts the serial comma].

Pleased be advised that there is no such document in existence addressing the information you have requested, and please be advised further that the above referenced statute does not require the City of Pittsfield to create such a list. Also, even if such a list existed, Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 4, Section 7, cl. 26 paragraph (o) exempts the City from such disclosure.

To be more specific, the City is exempted from disclosing:

“the home addresses and home telephone number of an employee of the judicial branch, an unelected employee of the general court, an agency, exeutive office, department, board, commission, bureau, division or authority of the commonwealth, or of a political subdivision thereof or of an authority established by the general court [the Legislature] to serve a public purpose, in the custody of a government agency which maintains records identifying persons as falling within those categories; provided that the information may be disclosed to an employee organization under chapter 15oE, a nonprofit organization for retired public employees under chapter 180, or a criminal justice agency as defined in section 167 of chapter 6”. (emphasis added)

In the event that you disagree with the action taken herein, please be advised that you may seek redress through the administrative process provided by the Office of the Supervisor of Public Records.

Very Truly Yours,


John DeAngelo

Personnel Director

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* The first point to raise is “damn straight”  that we shall “seek redress.”

* Damn straight that we “disagree with the action taken herein.” Before we go to the state, however, there are local avenues to pursue, the exact nature of which shall remain internal for the moment.

* DeAngelo’s assertion that such a list doesn’t exist is preposterous, of course, given that the city HR department, personnel department, and the office of the treasurer must have the current addresses of all employees. The database is there. That is certain. So did DeAngelo lie? Technically, likely not. The list of all employee addresses outside of Pittsfield may not exist, but in two or three keystrokes from a computer keyboard, the list magically comes into being. “It’s moving … it’s alive it’s alive!!”

* That would explain DeAngelo’s comment that “even if such a list existed” the city doesn’t have to provide it. Is that so? We shall see.

* THE PLANET points out that in our many dealings over the years with unimaginative bureaucrats, of which DeAngelo serves as a fine representative, we often have to read in between the lines of such CYS letters. This type of public service, in the end, has as his or her ultimate defense, “I was only following orders.”

* The city does indeed have the right, and the duty, to withhold addresses of employees “of the judicial branch.” THE PLANET has no quarrel with that. It would include police officers and any employees of the courts, and we should have made it clear in our initial request we weren’t looking for those. By not specifying, we likely gave DeAngelo the technical grounds for his non-compliance.

 * DeAngelo advises us that “no such document [exists],” that the city does not need to “create such a list,” and, moreover, “even if such a list existed” the city doesn’t have to disclose it. The latter tells us that such a list DOES exist. The city obviously is trying to head that off at the pass.
*It isn’t for nothing that our sources within city hall tell us that when the personnel office received our request, that office immediately informed the mayor. The Empty Suit, if first-hand accounts can be believed, ordered non-compliance via simply ignoring the request. Sources say that when the mayor was advised that doing so would create legal issues, The Empty Suit turned into The Screamer. Isn’t it interesting. We mean the prevailing evidence, from person after person who has had dealings with Bianchi, that he’s a Screamer. Anywho, after calming down, sources say the mayor ordered N-C -VBS — “non-compliance via bullshit” as its formally known.

* Another common trick of the bureaucracy in trying to keep We The People‘s business hidden is to tell you that so-and-so law, followed by an exact citation, “does not require” compliance. And that generally will be the case. However, The Suits usually fail to mention other provisions of the law (local, state, and federal) that will trump the passages they cite. THE PLANET’s researchers are looking into this.

* Notice the bold face highlighted words inserted by DeAngelo. They rest upon the question: Is the city of Pittsfield “a political subdivision thereof” of the state? The city is incorporated and chartered by the state. THE PLANET contends, however, that it is not a “political subdivision.” As a state-chartered corporation, We The People are the owners of government at all levels. “We” own the largest number of shares. We remind DeAngelo that We The People cannot, by the constitutional powers extended by the federal government, be considered “a political subdivision” of the state. Initial legal advice tells us that our interpretation is correct and could win in court, all things being equal (quite an important provision, that).

* It’s funny, actually, the way the city has handled this simple, straightforward request, as if THE PLANET is both Julian Assange and Edward Snowden rolled into one and “They” are the NSA. Makes you wonder what, if anything, they are trying to hide? Hmmmm? D’ya think?

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THE PLANET has our operatives researching other more exotic (but perhaps more legally relevant) aspects of this denial of our simple request. We shall keep those to ourselves for the moment. Be sure, however, that, unlike the mayor of Pittsfield and his scared-to-death hostages who nominally are public employees (Bianchi seems to think they are recruits in his private army, sworn to undying loyalty to HIM first, The People de damned), THE PLANET shall share the developments in this story as they occur.

Meantime, as Plan 9, we have the state Office of the Supervisor of Public Records on speed dial.

This may get interesting, because THE PLANET, speaking out for the bedraggled citizens and taxpayers of Pittsfield, should like to know how many of the most highly paid city workers actually live in the town the profess to love.

Have a great weekend, everybody. And if you run into “tourists,” please, feel free run them down. Tell them THE PLANET sent you.


“Art both predicts and reflects. / The first is cause, the second effect.”Dan Valenti, (2014).





  1. EddieP
    July 18, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    Quite an interesting letter to the editor in the BB this morning.
    Kinda sums it all up and doesn’t stop there.

    • DowagerHat
      July 18, 2014 at 11:22 am #

      Very Interesting!

    • dusty
      July 18, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

      I read that letter. Perhaps the mayor would share his version of events. but probably not. So my imagination wanders and wonders if perhaps there just in not enough graft and kickback potential in a mere 5-8 million dollar treatment upgrade. Or is this another case of unwelcome citizen involvement.

      • Jonathan Melle
        July 19, 2014 at 8:52 am #

        “Spiteful City Hall missing major opportunity”
        The Berkshire Eagle, Letter to the Editor, 7/18/2014

        To the editor of THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE:

        My name is Craig C. Gaetani, and older residents will certainly remember what I did for the city of Pittsfield in the mid-1980s. Younger people probably don’t know a thing about me, but read on.

        Over the past few years, I have been advancing some ideas I and my colleague Dr. Lawrence K. Wang have about making minor changes to the city’s two drinking water filtration plants that could save maybe $100,000 to $200,000 per year in operating costs. More importantly, the city is under decree from state and federal environmental agencies to add additional treatment stages at the Pittsfield sewage treatment plant for removal of certain chemicals before the water is released back to the environment following treatment. I have been told by Mayor Daniel Bianchi that, according to figures given him by Public Works Commissioner Bruce Collingwood, these upgrades could cost between $70 and $80 million.

        Dr. Wang and I are scientific and engineering consultants and educators in physics, chemistry, biology and environmental engineering. We both worked for many years for world-renowned scientist Dr. Milos Kroftka, our colleague and mentor who was recognized as the world’s leader in flotation technology.

        Dr. Kroftka, with significant input from Dr. Wang and myself, created the Kroftka-patented sandfloats which are at the heart of the two Kroftka-designed plants sold to the city in 1983. We designed everything in the project, including all of the electrical and plumbing work. This saved taxpayers $100 million in upfront costs for the two plants and $15 million in water rates that were significantly lowered over the past 30 years because of the lower operating costs of the plants we built.

        In recent months, I have contacted the mayor, Mr. Collingwood, City Council President Melissa Mazzeo and all the members of the council through written submissions of information and appearances in person about the water filtration plant changes and
        the sewage treatment plant decrees. The figure of $70 to $80 million for what will be nothing more than the design and construction of a third stage of treatment is preposterous. The present sewage treatment plant is predominantly a primary and secondary stage facility, and it should cost no more than $5 to $8 million to build a third stage. Dr. Wang and I are willing to show them how, at a savings to ratepayers of between $40 and $50 million.

        We have tried to communicate with the mayor, Mr. Collingwood and the council to inform them that they must look into any and all technologies that meet the regulatory standards at a dollar amount that taxpayers can afford. Are ratepayers ready to watch their sewer and water rates rise by four to eight times what they are now or do they think city officials should listen to what Dr. Wang and I have to say?

        This administration has stopped me from going to the water plants to get further information. This was conveyed to me in a letter from Mr. Collingwood and by the mayor himself in a meeting in his office where I found him to be unprofessional and a bully. Wagging his finger at me, he said I should put on my “best scientific hat, as in the future I would be dealing with Mr. Collingwood.” I asked him to set up a meeting with Collingwood. He said he would, but it never occurred.

        This incident took place in mid-October of 2013. Recently, I read an article about Doreen Wade, who said she was treated badly by the mayor, and it sounded to me exactly the way I was treated. I believe I was discriminated against by Bianchi based on age, as he told me what I did for the city was in the past, some 30 years ago, as though that meant what I had to say today was unimportant.

        To help our clients, we are able to explain complex scientific concepts in ways they will understand. My goal is to save big bucks for the taxpayers and water rate payers of Pittsfield. I have tried to communicate this to the mayor but could never get a word in edgewise.

        To Mayor Bianchi and the City Council, I promise that I will expose to the public that you do not have the city’s residents and their pocketbooks at heart. To Council President Melissa Mazzeo, I took you to the larger of the two treatment plants I built and gave you a full tour of the facility, educating you as to why floatation facilities are much less costly to purchase and operate than any other technology presently available for building drinking water and sewage treatment facilities. All you seemed to
        get out of this tour was that I hadn’t given the city 24 hours notice that I was going to appear there. I have not seen you since.

        To Mr. Collingwood, I firmly believe that the mayor and City Council are in the dark about what I am trying to do for the city because of you. In 2011, former Mayor Charles Smith and I came to visit you at your office. We tried to help you and you pretty much showed us the door. Thanks to Mayor Smith’s steadfast faith in me, he allowed me to move Kroftka Engineering forward and the result was two world class drinking water filtration plants for the city of Pittsfield at a cost residents could afford.

        To my fellow city residents, taxpayers and ratepayers, you must get involved with city politics and vote in local elections. If you don’t vote, individuals like those I am dealing with now will be back again. If my efforts in these matters fail, so be it, I will know that I have tried to help my fellow residents. If I do fail, I may set my sites elsewhere, perhaps on running for mayor. If I do, Mr. Bianchi had better get on his best hat, the one he told me to wear in dealing with Collingwood. I can guarantee that if I run against the mayor he will face an opponent who is not like anyone he has ever dealt with.

        Pittsfield, Massachusetts

        • In my Opinion
          July 19, 2014 at 11:34 am #

          Thanks for posting this here. The Eagle has a history of removing articles from their online servers all the time. No doubt Mayor Bee Yank-ee is busy calling in a few markers right now to get this one yanked from the internet. I doubt he’d be successful in getting Dan Valenti to remove it.

          So, we now have TWO sworn public testimonies of the finger shaking arrogant attitude of the Mayor in the corner office meetings. I believer every single word Mr. Gaetani wrote. It give much credibility to Ms. Wade’s accusations.

          This Mayor has publicly demonstrated his angry temper at city council meetings and other places.
          He has now been publicly accused by two unrelated citizens of the exact same thing.
          He has publicly stated that he wants full control over what information leaves city hall to the press and uses intimidation on city employees to comply.
          His unrestrained spending of the people’s money and the coming tax increases shows he does not care one bit about the people of Pittsfield.
          He has hired proven incompetent people to run city departments.
          He has given himself a retroactive raise for his part-time job, padding his retirement funds at the expense of the taxpayers of Pittsfield. Also getting all his buddies raises at the same time while all the people who actually do the work get nothing more.

          This track record and these qualities are not befitting of a Mayor of the city of Pittsfield.

          He should be recalled and his pay should be stopped and he should be replaced with a city manager until the next Mayoral election. In my opinion.

          The beaten down good citizens of Pittsfield deserve better than this.

          • Linda
            July 19, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

            I never thought I would say this but I agree. Mayor BIanchi has let the city down. He has taken us down a number of notches.

            I am not an activist. I don’t like the limelight. I take care of my family. We pay our taxes and you know what? I would support a recall of the mayor.

          • levitan
            July 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

            It give much credibility to Ms. Wade’s accusations.

            I haven’t heard anyone deny Mr. Bianchi was rude to Ms Wade, just don’t buy he was racist. If anything, Dr. Gaetani lends weight to Bianchi’s defense that he is an equal opportunity finger-wagger.

        • Gatos
          July 21, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

          Having had interactions with Mr. Gaetani in the past, I can assure everyone of two things:
          1. He is a bully.
          2. He thinks that he knows everything and everyone important, and enjoys bragging about it.
          Now, everything in his letter may be true, and regarding bullies, keep in mind that it may take one to know one. I have very little confidence in any of his assertions. They may all be imaginary.
          I would never allow him on my property, and I can understand the city doing the same thing.
          In case anyone is wondering, I do not support this mayor. I would have voted for a box of rocks in the last election before I voted for him. But fair is fair.

          • levitan
            July 22, 2014 at 6:58 am #



  2. Ferd
    July 18, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    This is a simple exercise; publish the names of the people involved and the people of the planet valenti will contribute content to the cause and voila.. a list (heretofore prohibited by Bianchi mandate) will be called into existence for perusal by an interested public. ..

  3. Ed McClelland
    July 18, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    At the top of this classified Pittsfield personnel list is: Personnel Director John DeAngelo, a city commuter ftom Sheffield, MA. Where does his Real Estate, Water and Sewer, Personal Property ,Taxes go ? Not to the city that pays his salary, benefits, pension, perks, etc. And doesn’t he use Pittsfield utilities, public safety, etc. while in city hall or does he carry a bottle with him ?

    • DowagerHat
      July 18, 2014 at 11:21 am #

      Doug Clark “The OVER THE MOUNTAIN MOTORIST” and our Director of Community and Economic Development lives “over the mountain” in NEW YORK STATE. Oh my, and he has a reserved parking space behind OUR CITY HALL proudly displaying his NEW YORK STATE license plate. So lets see, when I am going to CITY HALL to pay my CITY taxes and water and sewer bill I can’t find a place to park. He on the other hand doesn’t even have to walk across the street from the First St. parking lot and shuffle for a parking space. He has reserved and preferred parking right behind our CITY HALL. Not only that he pays no excise tax to the State of Massachusetts. Tell me why a supposed entrepreneur with an engineering business “over the mountain” in New York State needs a “low paying” job with benefits in the City of Pittsfield as our Director of Economic Development. It seems that the only thing he has developed in this community is his salary and a pension. And low and behold, under the Bianchi administration he will be receiving a retro active pay raise on the backs of the Karpenski’s.

      • Mike Ward
        July 18, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

        A lot of my coworkers at GD drive in from NY, VT, or the Springfield area. I’m always trying to get them to buy a house in Pittsfield but there’s usually a reason they’re making that long commute. Typically it’s something like the spouse has a good job in their area and can’t find a similar one in Pittsfield.

        • C. J.
          July 18, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

          Are they on a municipal, local governmental entity’s payroll paid solely by tax revenue or is GD a multi state, publically traded private sector government contractor ? Aren’t you comparing apples with oranges /

          • Mike Ward
            July 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm #

            There’s no point in arguing whether City Hall *should* have a residency requirement when, for certain skills, it’s just not feasible.

          • danvalenti
            July 19, 2014 at 9:10 am #

            Correct, MIKE, and we are not arguing that point. The city does NOT have a residency requirement. Fine. All we’re asking to see is where the managers etc. live — in or out of the city. While we’re at it, why does the mayor’s office require a Pittsfield resident if positions as equally or near-as important (school super, dept heads) do not require this. It is neither logical or consistent.

          • C. J.
            July 19, 2014 at 7:41 am #

            Mike; You appear to self knowing as to what you call feasible. Please defend your position with facts and opposing objective examples. In other words why isn’t a Residency Requirement feasible ? No offense intended but your say so simplly isn’t the end all. FYI, I worked in a governmental agency with a resdency requirement and it worked. I suppose you think a MA state trooper can live in North Dakota. We all know your family’s engrained political roots and Pittsfield needs clear thinking new blood. How’s the bike path coming on the Robbins Ave. greenway ?

          • New Airport was needed
            July 19, 2014 at 9:42 am #

            Actually there is a point in arguing whether the city should have a residency requirement. Out of a city of 40,000 people you mean to tell me there are not people who can qualify for these jobs? That is absurd.

            Most people once hired to ANY job, no matter where it is, have to step up. Some training and orientation is involved.

            Was Obama qualified to be President? or even is he now? Is Bianchi qualified to be mayor? or even is he now? Was Mr. Monteroso qualified? Is DeAngelo qualified? Is Mellisa qualified to be council president? I bet you can take an average Joe Kapanski out of residential Pittsfield and do a better job than these department asskissing heads are doing right now.

            Even technical skills such as water treatment can be learned by anyone whose job requires such knowledge.

            There SHOULD be a residency requirement and only outside sources should be used to train and educate those are appointed to these jobs.

            To say that a residency requirement is not feasible is an arrogant condescending elitist attitude.

          • Mike Ward
            July 19, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

            C.J., I did specify “for certain skills”.

          • Mike Ward
            July 19, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

            Airport — I think you are overlooking the fact that many jobs require advanced training. Solicitors tend to be attorneys, engineers tend to be, well, engineers, etc. And I think that even you would have to agree that a residency requirement would limit the field of candidates for a position. No private business would impose such a hiring handicap on itself so why do you think the city should do so? As a taxpayer I want the best employees possible working for the city.

          • Silence Dogood
            July 20, 2014 at 6:34 am #

            Is Mike Ward saying that Pittsfield has the best and brightest working for the city now? Maybe we should let the geniuses from out of town and out of state run for city council and mayor too.

          • Mike Ward
            July 20, 2014 at 6:55 am #

            You elected them.

          • levitan
            July 20, 2014 at 1:16 pm #


            In response to your question regarding if even 1 qualified applicant lives in Pittsfield:

            Is City Hall required to dig up and solicit each resident in filling jobs? What if all the qualified applicants are already employed?

  4. acheshirecat
    July 18, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    A little off topic but here is a link to a story about Pittsfield’s hiring practice that aired on new England public radio. Also on the page is a link to an article in Commonwealth Magazine that doesn’t put Pittsfield in a good light.

    • acheshirecat
      July 18, 2014 at 10:40 am #

      Oh! Here is the link:

      • Luke
        July 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

        What an embarsassment that media on a state wide level are calling the Mayor out for his hiring practices.

        For the citizens of PIttsfield it’s not just his violation of human rights in hiring, it’s the results of his hiring less than competent people for jobs.

        .. Not only doesn’t the mayor hire minorities, he doesn’t hire based on competence… How long will people let this travesty continue?

        More pay for the mayor and his friends and cronies in office. Taxpayers are sponsoring an exclusive club of the mayor and his friends.

  5. Linda
    July 18, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Great column today DV. And retroactive pay raises to all city managers etc. those who live not just out of town but out of state.

  6. levitan
    July 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Curious about the ‘classified’ Ad. The true name of G-d, as centered in the image, remains classified information indeed, but where do you expect to discover it in City Hall?

    Does Dan Bianchi hold the key to the mystery that dates back to Moses’ encounter on Mount Sinai?

    • levitan
      July 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

      Not sure if it’s such a good idea to stamp something profane on the holy words, either come to think of it. Something just doesn’t sit right with me on that, but that just may be my imagination at work.

    • levitan
      July 18, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

      Oops, made an error. The name is simply alluded to in the second line. Wouldn’t want anyone to think they can learn the name on Dan’s site.

  7. Jonathan Melle
    July 18, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    Dan Valenti should ask for Pittsfield’s financial records, including its unfunded liabilities or future debts that are not paid for.
    I wonder what the total unpaid financial obligation is for the taxpayers of Pittsfield?
    What is being done about Pittsfield’s unfunded future debts?

  8. Frogger
    July 18, 2014 at 2:16 pm #


    When you get elected to your first 4 year term in the corner office, you can simply tell Mr. DeAngelo that even if he could keep his job, you are under no obligation to let him.

    The Generalissimo can escort him out the door. Just make sure it doesn’t hit him in the butt on the way out.

  9. whose your daddy?
    July 19, 2014 at 5:47 am #

    When Mayor Bianchi says “jump”, DeAngelo says “how high?”

    This is all part of the mayor’s new Nazi regime.

    The mayor drops the soap and DeAngelo bends over to pick it up.
    His brown nose is showing for all of Pittsfield to see.

  10. dusty
    July 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    The only way this city government comes around and works for the people as it is supposed to, is to get rid of a very powerful network which encompasses almost all sears of power.

    Does anyone seriously see this happening in their lifetime? I do not unless their is a plague and we start over from scratch.

    Maybe I am just a pessimist huh?

  11. Luke
    July 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    Forget where people come from… I’m not proud, I’ll settle for having competent people wherever they’re from.. When the hiring pool for any job is the Mayor’s friends it’s a small group to be sure.

  12. Lenny
    July 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    To all you brainiacs out there, Pittsfield does have a residency requirement. We should me it mandatory, not “preferred”. Copied and pasted from ecode. I’m surprised Mike Ward missed this.

    § 16-23.1 Management residency requirement.

    Preferred but not required. It is preferred but not required that appointees to management positions live within the City of Pittsfield, with the exception of public safety managers listed in Subsection (b) below.
    Residency required for public safety managers. The following public safety managers employed by the City of Pittsfield must establish a residence in the City within 90 days of appointment.
    Fire Chief;
    Police Chief; and
    Public Works Commissioner.
    Residence defined. “Residence” means the principal place of domicile of the manager. “Principal place of domicile” means a manager’s true, fixed and permanent home. In determining principal place of domicile, the Mayor and the City Council may consider any and all records and documents which identify or purport to identify a manager’s residence or which otherwise provide evidence of such residence.
    Certification of residency.
    Annually, on July 1, every manager subject to this section shall file with the Personnel Department a certificate on a form prescribed, signed under the pains and penalties of perjury, stating such manager’s name and place of residence.
    If upon certification of residency of a place not within the City, or failure to file such certification within the time prescribed, a hearing shall be held by the Mayor on such matter. Any manager subject to such hearing shall receive notice at least 10 calendar days before such hearing containing a general statement of its purpose and the disciplinary action that may result.
    Interaction with City Charter. This section shall not apply to positions that require residency in accordance with the City Charter.
    Validity. In the event that this section shall be deemed to be in conflict with a provision of any general or special law, the provision of that general or special law shall govern and shall not defeat the application of this section with respect to any manager not governed by the law. Any action of a court of competent jurisdiction declaring this section invalid with respect to any manager shall not be held to apply to any other manager.
    The Building Commissioner must establish a residence within 10 miles of the perimeter of the City within 90 days of appointment.

    • Lenny
      July 19, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

      I meant to say:
      “We should MAKE it mandatory, not “preferred”.”

    • Mike Ward
      July 20, 2014 at 6:21 am #

      Lenny – I’m fine with the policy as is. I wouldn’t even care if the police or fire chief lived in Dalton or Lanesborough but I wouldn’t want to see them driving in from Albany. What matters is having good people in the position.

    • MrG1188
      July 20, 2014 at 7:26 am #

      Soooo…by charter the list to which Dan refers HAS to exist or the mayor is out of compliance…and of course Mr. de Angelo is lying.

    • levitan
      July 20, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

      ‘preferred but not required’ means that if two equal candidates present, the resident gets preference.

      Doesn’t apply if no residents apply or a lesser qualified resident applies.

  13. Scott
    July 20, 2014 at 4:01 am #

    This mayor is a f’n POS.

  14. Ron Kitterman
    July 20, 2014 at 4:28 am #
    Caught in a time warp
    ″ The NAACP’s Will Singleton says Pittsfield’s municipal government doesn’t reflect the community’s changing demographics″
    ″To Singleton, seeing the city with fresh eyes, the problems with minority representation were easy to spot. ″
    ″ The committee wanted an independent receiver, but the mayor rejected that approach and took on the job himself. ″
    ″ City Council president Melissa Mazzeo gives Mayor Bianchi credit. ‘No one before him did anything,’ she says. ″ “

    • levitan
      July 20, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

      Should City Hall start hiring teenage mothers, heroin addicts, and gangsters to keep up with demographics?

  15. Spider
    July 20, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    Thanks, Lenny, for that important info. It appears that “preferred” has long been ignored from our hiring practices. And when non-Pittsfield people are hired, the vetting process stinks, in spite of having a “screening” committee. Former Berkshire Works head is a good example. The average man on the street could do a better job.

  16. Spider
    July 20, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    While I would prefer hiring “locals”, I still want the most qualified and skilled….wherever they come from……this city deserves the best.

    Unfortunately, you won’t see this happening The GOB’s do not put the city “first”, but rather take care of their cronies.

  17. Ronnie
    July 20, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Pittsfield under Bianchi has a new name, Cronyfield. “Who you know” comes before competence. Its gotta end.

  18. Johnny2Shoes
    July 20, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    This might help. Go to If you know the first and last name of the person you,can search the deeds. This will give address etc. of said persons. 1970 through current.

  19. Johnny2Shoes
    July 20, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    The only John DeAngelo I could find in Sheffield,Ma is on 24 Parsley Ln. These records are all public info.BK 01519 PG. 329

    Southern Berk.

  20. levitan
    July 20, 2014 at 1:21 pm #


    Why the Holiest Name in center of this article? Let’s get to the bottom of this artistic mystery.

  21. tito
    July 20, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    This former KrofTa employee Dr. Gaetani seems to know his water.

  22. dusty
    July 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    I seem to remember during the civic authority debacle that good people were trying to get info out of city hall that they did not want released. So mayor Doyle decided to start charging a ridiculous amount per page for it. Maybe that is what Bianchi should do because he is afraid that if he releases this info that the Planet will be coming for more. Don’t want this onion peeled too much I don’t imagine.

  23. Tom Sakshaug
    July 21, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    Dan: why not ask for city or town of residence of the managers rather than their home addresses? It would be far less intimidating.

    • Silence Dogood
      July 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

      yes, at this point we don’t need to know streets, just towns

      • levitan
        July 22, 2014 at 7:00 am #

        “at this point”?????

    • danvalenti
      July 21, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

      Thanks. I may amend the wording, since that is what I wanted in the first place.

    • levitan
      July 22, 2014 at 7:01 am #

      I wondered about that, but I assumed that he or his readers were considered hiring a cab.

  24. john dow
    July 27, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    the real point is not relationships between personalities but whats the better outcome for the city and its citizens if it works better and is less costly its a no brainer wake up mr mayor