EMPTY SUIT’s PROPOSED DEAL FOR 100 N St. RENTAL LOADED WITH CONFLICT OF INTEREST, WOULD COST TAXPAYERS $126K/YR FOR WHAT IS NOW RENT-FREE
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, JULY 29-30, 2014) — THE PLANET smoked them out again! As The Empty Suit again finds out the hard way, there is no escape from a relentless reporter with truth on his side.
The deal now in the works for 100 North Street hits new lows for sleaze, and that’s saying something given the “s-ball” occupying the corner office at 70 Allen St. in Pittsfield. Consider:
(1) The mayor wants to take the following departments out of city hall: building, police and fire inspectors, health, engineering, and public utilities. Together, they now stay rent-free at 70 Allen St., occupying about 40% of the space.
(2) He wants to move these departments to 100 North Street, where The Empty Suit has his offices at Larry Global Mondello, a.k.a., Global Montello energy group. The mayor admits he still works at Global, (only after THE PLANET exposed his double dipping).
(3) The landlord at 100 North Street is Scarafoni Associates (SA). The building has lots of empty space. Prospective renters aren’t breaking down the hatchways to locate there.
(4) Gary Scarafoni, SA’s principal, is Dave Carver‘s brother-in-law. Carver is SA’s manger of “Real Estate Development.” He also is the agent handling 100 North. He also is buddies with the mayor, sources say. See, we’re playing “connect the dots.”
(5) Bianchi wants to pay Scarafoni Associates $126,000 a year in rent for the above-mentioned city offices. Again, remember that those offices are all under one roof at 70 Allen rent free. We would assume Carver earns commision on sales such as this. Neat.
(6) The Boring Broadsheet ran a story about this deal Monday, three days after we broke it. It mentioned none of these connections.
(7) In an amazing coincidence, Scarafoni Associates handles renting of space at the Clocktower Building, The BB‘s home, where it’s been trying for more than 20 years to unload empty office and living space.
(8) In another amazing coincidence, as BB reporter Jim Therrien dutifully notes, TES magically “finds funds” to pay for this sham, “despite rejection by the [c]ity [c]ouncil of a $100,000 request for office renovation work.” From Therrien’s masterpiece of political propaganda: “Bianchi said he is utilizing existing funds in the city budget and won’t have to put in another request for renovation funding. He said the changes won’t have to go before the council for further approvals.”
(9) In addition to not mentioning the connection of Scarafoni with The BB, of Scarafoni with Global Mondello, or the Carver-Bianchi bud-dom, Therrien didn’t think to ask: “Mr. Mayor, ‘existing funds’ from what specific accounts? Name them.” How does one suddenly “find” $126,000, all your tax dollars, ladies and gents.
(10) Therrien doesn’t press for details on what will fill the empty 40% of space at 70 Allen Street. The mayor says “storage.” “Storage” of what? Kickbacks paid in $1 bills? Spools of ribbon for all the openings that Bianchi attends when he isn’t working at Global?
(11) The Empty Suit claims the move is necessitated “by requests from contractors and others who complained about having to visit several offices concerning various types of inspections and permits. Bianchi hopes to combine building, public utilities, fire and safety and other city inspectors in one office.” What contractors? Name them. When did they complain? To whom did they complain?
(11a) KEY QUESTION! — Exactly how revenue does the city bring in from permits granted to contractors? Does it exceed $126,000 a year?
(12) The solution to the permitting problem is not to cut a sweetheart deal with a buddy in a building where you have a private office but to streamline the permitting process.
(14) That could be done by reducing the number of sign-offs, putting the process online, and having a point-person to help permitters. Isn’t that why we have an Office of Community Development?
(15) Fortunately, the deal requires council approval. This will be the opportunity for specific answers and stop this deal in its tracks.
(16) Unfortunately, the deal requires council approval. This will be a chance for the mayor’s butt kissers to shove another one between the taxpayer’s gluteus maximus.
In other words, with 15 and 16, taxpayers and citizens will learn where this council stands. Is it a “roll over and play dead” council ready to commit a traitorous compromise or is will it be a co-governor of the city and the local protector of the rights of every citizen? Will the council fight for justice for We The People or will it favor the rights of The Suits and “connected few” among the Special Interests?
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As you know, THE PLANET broke the story of 100 North Street on Friday. On Sunday night just past midnight, we sent the mayor the following e-mail:
As you may be aware, THE PLANET has been reporting on your alleged dealings with 100 North Street (along with your actions in other matters). I would welcome any comments you have regarding our reports. I also, again, invite you on my TV show … OR, if you prefer … a “print” interview … OR, if you prefer … a more informal gathering over coffee. On the record, natch. Thanks,
THE PLANET sent it both to his city hall account and where he would most likely see it first, his inbox at Global. Naturally, the mayor did not respond, again taking the coward’s way.
Remember, all of this would have been hidden under cloak of darkness unless …
* civic-minded sources tipped us off …
* THE PLANET investigated …
* we confirmed …
* and we published.
That forced some combination of Bianchi, Scarafoni Associates, and The BB to produce the latter’s work of fiction to try to contain the damage caused by the only free press outlet in the county. THE PLANET’s story, once again, smoked Bianchi out of the woodpile — an apt reference. Bianchi stands accused before the city Human Rights Commission of being a racist.
“The future still looks good, and you’ve got time to rectify all the things that you should.” — The Beatles, from “Think for Yourself,” Rubber Soul album, (1965).
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.