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BIC: EXPENSIVE, UNRELIABLE, AND MESSY

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY DEC. 18, 2017) — In our earliest grades of grammar school, THE PLANET wrote in ink with a fountain pen. Long about fifth grade, ballpoints became popular, and the best were the pens by BIC. They were inexpensive and never failed. Moreover, for a lefty, the ink didn’t smudge as our hand dragged from left to right on the paper. This alone might have been responsible for preventing our conversion to Judaism and the right-to-left scripts of the Hassidics.

In Pittsfield, BIC is anything but inexpensive and reliable. It’s also been tortuously messy. BIC stands for the Berkshire Innovation Center. BIC is what the 52 PEDA acres have come to after 20 years of guff following the infamous consent agreement involving Pittsfield, General Electric, and regulatory officials. OnEast Street, where’s GET used to be, there’s a sign saying the BIC is “coming soon.” The sign has been there since 1791, about the time young men invented America’s national pastime — pocket pool — in Park Square.

When the PEDA BIC was first a gleam in The Suits’ eyes, they fed the public a $3 million fairy-tale estimate. Once PEDA coughed up initial “seed” money (somed damned expensive germinators there), the price magically rose, to $7 million then $9.7 million. It got so bad that the state, not exactly a primrose when it comes to these shady “public-private” partnerships, identified a funding gap of $3 million based on the project’s actual plan. And the dumbasses in city office wonder why the general public doesn’t buy into these construction numbers.

Determined as it always is the throw good money after baddest money, Pittsfield “leaders,” led by mayor Linda “Beacon Lounge Recliner” Tyer, ok’d $1 million to the albatross. Linda the Lounger is really getting the hang of this  $100-grand-per mayor’s gig, having become adept at wasting taxpayer money. One would think a million bucks would be enough for the urinal, right?

Wrong, Chauncey.

Last week, BIC officials came to PEDA with their hands out once more. Get a load of THIS crock. BICkers told Corydon and Company they had a “verbal agreement” from the Massachusetts Life Center, whatever the heck that is, for $2.3 million. Linda the Lounger made an impassioned canned yak, telling board members that if they didn’t give BIC more money, she was going to the Beacon Cinema, accompanied by a Tyler Street Trashcan and a Kufflinks’ Toter, and lounge the remainder of her away whilst holding her breath. Never have so few asked for so much from so fewer. Linda the Lounger is to oratory what a hippo is to ballet lessons.

At this point, a reasonable person applying common sense and a bit of honesty would ask: “Why, then, are you putting the bum’s rush on us (PEDA) again?” The BICksters headed that off at the pass. During their kangaroo presentation to the marsupials on the PEDA board, they said they were good for the building costs but were a tad light on “operating costs.” How light? Some $750,000.

You know how this game works. You actually want $200,000, so you ask for $750,000. When the accomplices at PEDA grant $300,000 (remember, in addition to the million already handed out this year), everyone pretends to be disappointed and gets all martyr-like,  as if they made a huge sacrifice for the common good. Once the press leaves, everyone goes over to Remo’s bar on Newell Street or the East Side Cafe, downs a million beers, and laughs at the suckers known as “We The People.”

With all this, it’s still not clear how the BIC will operate as the “economic engine” its backers tout. Given the 20-year inability of PEDA to successfully market a business park, plus the recent pull back by Walmart and the pullout by Waterstone, the BIC more resembles fakery than actual business. It will start more than $10 million in the hole, not counting the issues of the pollution still in the ground. You will recall that Waterstone estimated the Walmart plot would require $12 million in remediation before actual construction could begin. Funny how the BICksters have deftly avoided any mention of the toxicity still under ground.

Bad money thrown at badder money chasing worst — that’s not an economic engine. That’s the old monkey business once more, where the beknighted Special Interests make out and the bedraggled citizenry pay for it.

BIC schmick. You may sleep well, though, knowing The Lovely Linda, Corydon, and TheDreaded Others will enjoy an extra “bountiful” Christmas.


“If every day were holiday, to sport would be as tedious as to work” — William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Pt. 1, I, ii.205.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

The Usual Disclaimer.

 

 

96 Responses to “BIC: EXPENSIVE, UNRELIABLE, AND MESSY”

  1. n
    December 17, 2017 at 9:06 pm #

    I believe the new PE D A guy is Rodney Dangerfield.

  2. Spagirl
    December 18, 2017 at 2:13 am #

    The road to nowhere. This is the City with the dumbest officials ever. Ever!!!

    • Pat
      December 18, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

      They are dumb except when it comes to loading lots of money into their own bank accounts.

  3. dusty
    December 18, 2017 at 3:47 am #

    Was there another MURDER??

    • NIB
      December 18, 2017 at 8:54 am #

      We taxpayers are being murdered by these tax and waste extreme left progressives ever year.

  4. Spagirl
    December 18, 2017 at 4:29 am #

    There was a crime scene on McIntosh Drive. Don’t know details. There also were shots fired into a house again…. on Pleasant Street.

    • Spagirl
      December 18, 2017 at 4:39 am #

      I need to correct that. There was Police Tape around a car with blood on it. May not be a crime scene.

      • n
        December 18, 2017 at 4:42 am #

        That means overtime in progress.

  5. Spagirl
    December 18, 2017 at 4:34 am #

    There also was a Robbery at Hot Harry’s on North Street.

  6. Trisha Trasha
    December 18, 2017 at 5:14 am #

    Springside Ave roads are starting to pothole up.

  7. Col. Angus
    December 18, 2017 at 5:32 am #

    OFF TOPIC: Pittsburgh got robbed!

    • Spagirl
      December 18, 2017 at 7:29 am #

      You may not like the outcome, but blame the rule.

    • NIB
      December 18, 2017 at 8:56 am #

      Nope. Overturning it was the correct call. It’s a stupid rule. Just ask Dez Bryant.

  8. Shakes His Head
    December 18, 2017 at 6:46 am #

    Does anybody know why the BIC costs escalated? What is actually going into this building?

    Jargon, unicorn farts, and Dustin’s bad breath surely can’t cost $10M.

    • Dustin
      December 18, 2017 at 7:53 am #

      Wow such impressive banter. Go away

      • Shakes His Head
        December 18, 2017 at 9:11 am #

        Go sit at the children’s table, little boy. Only adults here.

        • 12 Gauge
          December 18, 2017 at 10:13 am #

          Yeah, this blog is adulterated by your posts.

        • Dustin
          December 18, 2017 at 10:28 am #

          You are the child Shakes. Nobody loves a crying liberal

          • Shakes His Head
            December 18, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

            You two retards get a room.

          • Dustin
            December 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

            You are the retard crybaby

          • Shakes His Head
            December 18, 2017 at 9:40 pm #

            You’re the democrat jack wagon Buffoon.

          • Dustin
            December 19, 2017 at 6:15 am #

            I believe you are the liberal. Proven

          • Shakes His Head
            December 19, 2017 at 7:10 am #

            You also believe in Santa Claus, go prove to someone you don’t live a meaningless, petty existence.

          • Dustin
            December 19, 2017 at 8:28 am #

            You mean like you crybaby?

          • Shakes His Head
            December 19, 2017 at 10:08 am #

            I know you are but what am I?

          • Dustin
            December 19, 2017 at 10:09 am #

            I own you and exposed you

          • Shakes His Head
            December 19, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

            what are you even talking about? still think I am somebody I am not?

          • Dustin
            December 19, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

            You are so ignorant i dont know where to start.

    • May Hemm
      December 18, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

      Because they blew most of the money on salary for goofy Don.

  9. UAlbany
    December 18, 2017 at 10:00 am #

    Rod Jane must hired Pat Muraca as a consultant years ago – maybe someday they will share a cell…

    “An opportunity like this $10 million grant does not come along often,” Jané said and noted how the BIC will influence the economic future of the Berkshires. “It is vitally important that everybody be in the same boat and rowing in the same direction, to make sure that the Berkshire Innovation Center is successful and sustainable and makes a difference in the future of the Berkshires and its residents.”

    Since innovation happens in little steps, as Boyd said, one of the first steps toward growing the awareness of the BIC was a speaking event held at the end of January.

    On January 29, 2015, at the Berkshire Community College, 40 attendees participated – including representatives of eight BIC member companies – in the BIC event, despite the heavy snowstorm the day before. The event was co-hosted by MassMEDIC. Bruce Stanley, former Becton Dickinson supply chain executive, was the guest speaker. The main topic of the evening’s discussion was the MedTech program, which will connect BIC member companies to major medical device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

    As the BIC moves forward, Clark added, he will be focusing on building a capacity for resilience into the economy of both the city and the region.

    “In the face of technological change and global competition, I am interested in seeing how we can be resilient,” he said. “The BIC will allow us to innovate, develop our workforce, and stay competitive as we face an uncertain and challenging future.”

    • Village Knight
      December 19, 2017 at 5:18 pm #

      Recently I called our Best and Dearest Tricia Farley-B and asked her secretary to write a message asking to withdraw Tricia’s support for State Bill for making Mass Sanctuary State.
      Secretary simply hanged up on me…
      So, next morning I came to Tricia’s Pittsfield Office near City Hall.
      Secretary looked at me like I was walking dead or Alien from planet Mars. She did not say a single word to me–not a word!
      Pittsfield is a deep Village in Socialist State of Dictatorship.

      • 12 Gauge
        December 19, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

        Some would say Fascist

  10. h
    December 18, 2017 at 10:21 am #

    Cory Thirsty was the worst hire ever in the history of the City.

    • Spagirl
      December 18, 2017 at 10:41 am #

      You are certainly correct on that one.

  11. h
    December 18, 2017 at 11:16 am #

    Nod to ya Spa, and that is hired and served, not elected or hired and fired. How this man was able to last for the time he did is beyond comprehension.

  12. Two Cents
    December 18, 2017 at 11:56 am #

    Imagine if someone hired you, gave you a salary and paid your expenses to build them a new house and 20 years later not a nail had been hammered. Almost unimaginable right?
    Not in Pittsfield!!!

    • Dilly Dilly
      December 18, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

      Nice one and thank you for you’re two cents.

  13. H
    December 18, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

    Man, if you’re connected you don’t worry about having a high paying job in this Ity. That ballon will eventually burst. Who the hell is that on the Berkshire Brigade Show,Doris Day?

    • 12 Gauge
      December 18, 2017 at 3:19 pm #

      The lady with the straw hair?

  14. A
    December 18, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

    Landing m a o. The guest keeps winking at her.

  15. Trisha Trasha
    December 18, 2017 at 1:02 pm #

    Anyone see the latest News Hour and the tiny bubbles segment. The host said he is going after Krol, then Turocy and a couple others. Guess Krol made the mistake of calling him a Jerk. Turocy is just inept. Talk about derailments.

    • Village Knight
      December 18, 2017 at 5:33 pm #

      Yes, Trica–I saw new hour show. Everyone in the city needs to see this show.The host is the city’s most able and technically intelligent person.

    • Col. Angus
      December 18, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

      There are secret plans to put him away for a long time.

      • Already Tyred
        December 18, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

        Frau Tyer and Heir Krol have the plans.

  16. H
    December 18, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

    I know they have black boxes on thes trains. But I thought they also put cameras in years ago.

  17. mi
    December 18, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

    Im going to tell you what happened in the train crash, the cars dislodged on the turn, disconnected somehow. A Planet exclusive prediction. It wasn’t the tracks.

  18. May Hemm
    December 18, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

    Simce Trump has been in office there has been more mayhem in the United Syates in the History of tragedies and murders.

  19. Cos
    December 18, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

    I can predict one former official who will be going straight to hell, won’t say his name, but this joker has done much damage in his years in Berkshire County.

  20. mi
    December 18, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

    Watching the Pittsfield License Board, lawyer Campoli is the Chair, where does he live?Anyone?

    • 12 Gauge
      December 18, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

      What’s his first name?

      • AlaskanUshClowns
        December 18, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

        John?

      • Cos
        December 19, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

        They used to have tat game at the boys club.

  21. Master Cylinder
    December 18, 2017 at 1:58 pm #

    We are lucky to have this blog site, thanks Dan,and Merry Christmas to All.

  22. dusty
    December 18, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

    Raids online suggesting murder on Lincoln st Sunday…not seeing it in Eagle so it did not happen.

  23. Dick Flimsy
    December 18, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    This just in. Krol and Tyer are insisting of first class recliners and trash cans.

    • Roberto Del Halitoso
      December 18, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

      And Muraca will raise the funds.

  24. Dean Youngblood
    December 18, 2017 at 9:07 pm #

    Is Muraca still on the Police Advisory Committee.

    • Col. Angus
      December 19, 2017 at 5:15 am #

      He must be presumed innocent!

  25. Jonathan Melle
    December 18, 2017 at 9:47 pm #

    PEDA is going to be 20 years old next summer of 2018. In all of this time, it has zero private tenants and is still too polluted with PCBs for new buildings.

    Why is PEDA still an entity? It has failed! No one is stupid enough to build on a toxic waste site no one wants in the first place!

    • dusty
      December 19, 2017 at 2:17 am #

      I do not think it is a money laundering entity.

      • Spagirl
        December 19, 2017 at 4:15 am #

        I have never seen a bigger cesspool than all those who have had a hand in this fraud.

  26. Spagirl
    December 19, 2017 at 4:02 am #

    Drain the Trump Family Swamp

    Trump tries to give a lifetime Federal Judge appointment to a Fake crony who never served on the bench in ANY Courtroom. Nice try moron.

    • Village Knight
      December 19, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

      Long Live President, Donald Trump!
      Trump is Decent and Honest man–at least compare to Dems/Hillary and Bill Clinton. He is not an angel–but who is?
      We need him–this country otherwise might be destroyed by Socialist-Communist agendas they secretly pushing.

  27. Pat
    December 19, 2017 at 5:13 am #

    Thank you President Trump for your upcoming tax plan to jump start the economy which will help struggling middle class workers. Thank you for putting AMERICA FIRST unlike the previous eight years of the former president whose political philosophy was turning America into a third world country.

    • Village Knight
      December 19, 2017 at 5:04 pm #

      Pat, Bravo! I agree–Trump is doing what America needs!

  28. Pat
    December 19, 2017 at 5:21 am #

    As a conservative woman my beliefs would not be respected on college campuses in this country or by the Democratic/Progressive party. I would be thrown out of many college campuses amid violent protests. Progressives can’t claim themselves as the champion of women when the only women they tolerate are those who have their liberal views.

    • dusty
      December 19, 2017 at 5:42 am #

      Kinda thinking you have never spent much time on college campuses Pat.

      • Harrison
        December 19, 2017 at 6:05 am #

        Trump U maybe.

      • Pat
        December 19, 2017 at 11:16 am #

        Read the news Dusty. Liberal colleges are downright nasty to conservatives including conservative women and African Americans.

        • dusty
          December 19, 2017 at 1:04 pm #

          It probably was not true Pat but there was a rumor that about 20 girls and woman accused Trump of sexual harassment. And some damn fool dressed up like
          Trump and got off a bus saying nasty things about how he could touch woman anywhere he wanted because he was special. It was a great costume because he really did look like Trump.

          • Pat
            December 19, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

            Were they connected with money from Lisa Bloom?

          • Pat
            December 19, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

            Bill Clinton wasn’t exactly a choir boy when it comes to sexual misconduct, but Dusty you and many other Progressive women were fine with putting him and co-dependent Hillary back in the White House. Hillary treated her husband’s accusers as less than human.

          • 12 Gauge
            December 19, 2017 at 6:09 pm #

            And when he got off the bus how did he treat the woman who was there waiting?

    • Village Knight
      December 19, 2017 at 5:09 pm #

      Pat! I agree completely with you!
      I am a Conservative Republican man–I can’t stand Dem/Liberal/Progressive/LGBT-Q nonsense and their Socialist ideas for US without borders, without Fed Immigration law.
      Moreover, main stream Media unleashed lies and propaganda machine against Trump and GOP attacking every single day.

      • Pat
        December 19, 2017 at 6:46 pm #

        I have never seen a president attacked like Trump has been. Many were not happy with Obama, but Republicans never treated Obama the way the Dems and liberal media disrespect Trump with the name calling, but Obama was the darling of the media and they loved everything he did even when Obama was clearly wrong and the Progressive agenda was and is clearly BAD for this country.

        • The school committee
          December 20, 2017 at 4:12 pm #

          Pat,never has a president acted so immature and attacked so many because he pouts and cries and his stupid handshakes,so feminine

  29. Madame Du Barry
    December 19, 2017 at 8:52 am #

    I went to Trump U and am currently flipping the raw side of a hamburger at a local restaurant chain.

    • NIB
      December 19, 2017 at 9:29 am #

      Make Burgers Great Again.

    • Pat
      December 19, 2017 at 11:14 am #

      Because Progressives have all the answers for creating a healthy economy…..NOT.

      • 12 Gauge
        December 19, 2017 at 9:18 pm #

        Progressives have been running the show in Pittsfield for the last 50 years. That’s why we have a liberal paradise here.

  30. Jonathan Melle
    December 19, 2017 at 9:23 am #

    Thank you Trump and hypocritical Republicans in U.S. Congress for hugely increasing our national debt by trillions of dollars to give the wealthy even more money than ever before!

    • Pat
      December 19, 2017 at 11:14 am #

      Progressives have no idea what job creation means.

      • Madame Du Barry
        December 19, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

        And trumps only legislation is to give billionaires and millionaires a tax break, which Pat, you will be paying for, for the restv of you’re life, hope you get a job.

        • Pat
          December 19, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

          The Berkshires only give jobs to friends and relatives and those who are politically correct. You know that Madame Du Barry.

          • Madame Du Narry
            December 19, 2017 at 8:41 pm #

            U got me Pat.

  31. Fritz
    December 19, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    How long will the taxpayers be asked to shell out for BIC operating expenses? My guess is FOREVER and a day. It’s a giant black hole.

    • H
      December 19, 2017 at 12:11 pm #

      I thought the Mayor said we have 1700 jobs out there? Why do we need BIlk?

  32. Two Cents
    December 19, 2017 at 12:48 pm #

    BTW….I found the source of the administration’s 1700 job claim (linkedin) and it is for the greater Pittsfield market area which is anywhere between Franklin County and Albany New York.

    • acheshirecat
      December 19, 2017 at 8:07 pm #

      The casino opening in Springfield next year is hiring over 2000 people alone. That allows municipalities to bloat job claims for their area if they are within an hour drive.

  33. H
    December 19, 2017 at 12:54 pm #

    No Toters you idiots. we don’t need them.

    • RobEM
      December 19, 2017 at 4:06 pm #

      Toters are already being used. Saw one being emptied at the credit union in William St Plaza. Looked simple to me.

      • Shelly Liver
        December 19, 2017 at 8:46 pm #

        Yeah, said the same thing myself as I put my garbage out today. In a regular garbage can and superset container..

  34. H
    December 19, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

    If you have any, any problems, call you’re City Councilor,names will be on here,if the
    Toter Program passes. Storing them,lugging them, aninmals getting into them,the overflow bags purchase,stolen totes, overflow,recycle system, stickers for other trash and household items, all questions you might ask the C C ,numbers for the C C have already been posted on here.

  35. H
    December 19, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

    Check out the clowns on channel 18 PEDA Board, what.
    nonsense.How do we know there
    Arent plants from G E running the show?

  36. Spider
    December 19, 2017 at 4:55 pm #

    The tin cans ($600 each) on Tyler St. are gone. Have they been removed for the winter and will we ever see them again in the Spring?

    • mi
      December 19, 2017 at 8:50 pm #

      How can homes be assessed more when property taxes go up. How does an increase in property tax Increase the value? It should be decreasing, we have less money to spend on Upgrades, no?