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NEW GARBAGE PLAN FACING MOUNTING OPPOSITION … COUNCILORS HAVE QUESTIONS … CITIZENS HAVE OUTRAGE

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION DEC. 15-17, 2017) — Last month, THE PLANET‘s Right Honorable Goods Friends on the Pittsfield City Council met (Committee of the Whole, a special gathering to discuss an issue out of formal, regularly scheduled session) to take out the garbage. Even then, citizen outrage spilled through enough to prevent any chance of a rubber stamping to mayor Linda Tyer’s curious proposal to implement a money-devouring toter trash system.

In an attempt to head this dissent off at the pass, the council’s first December meeting featured a “charter objection” by at-large Kathy Amuso (a charter objection is a procedure put into the “new” charter to immediately halt discussion of an issue or idea). Amuso, clearly acting on the mayor’s behalf, sought to stifle any more dissension. Her move worked — until this week’s council meeting (Tuesday, Dec. 12). The suppressed guyser showed more signs of blowing, as councilors, fueled in large part by the comments of THE PLANET and its readers, pushed back harder against this bad idea. Good for them. Let’s hope they keep their sea legs about them when the Administration begins to strong-arm opponents with the upcoming change in the horses (next month, two new councilors join the club). Word is that mayor Linda Tyer has got her hooks into Ward 1 newbie Helen Moon. Earl Persip, incoming for an at-large seat, will reveal his intentions shortly. Persip wanted the hot seat, and he’s going to get it.

At its Tuesday meeting, councilors wanted more answers about the cost from city finance director Matt Kerwood. Kerwood brought out his best imitation of the Nicholas Brothers‘ flying splits (you young’uns can look them up), Michael Jackson‘s moon walk, and Mr. Bojangles‘ soft shoe across the cell. He danced, but he wasn’t Dancing with the Stars. It was more like Beaver Cleaver‘s first lesson at dance school with a (yuk!) girl. Kerwood isn’t even clear how much the 36,000 45- and 95-gallon toter tanks will cost. The Boring Broadsheet reports $1.4 million. To the rest of the media and to councilors, Kerwood uses $1.3 million. Ah, but what’s a hundred grand among friends?

The $1.whatever million will be a capital cost. That’s a fancy accounting term to say the money isn’t included in the mayor’s already exorbitant, all-time record budget , one that will continue to pulverize both homeowners and businesses with ruinous taxes. Kerwood’s first story when launching the trial balloons for this daft toter plan had it that the cost of the 36,000 Sherman tanks  (actually, 36,760 counting the “mid-sized” 64-gallon vehicles) would be covered by the state.

Right.

Truth in advertising, again prompted by THE PLANET inquiries, forced Kerwood to admit the state’s only going to cough up $150,000 of the dough. Under normal conditions, a discrepancy of $1.15 million would be a concern to an Adminstration, perhaps getting it to willingly admit that the proposal hasn’t been clearly conceived.

But this is Pittsfield.

Caught in this numerical discrepancy, Kerwood resorted to a solution that will drive the city even closer to receivership. He told Our Right Honorable Good Friends he intended to borrow $1.1 million over 10 years at 4% interest. This would:

(a) Add $247,000 in interest

(b) Increase Pittsfield’s debt

(c) Guarantee even more taxes to what residents and businesses now pay

(d) Fail to account for $50,000, using Kerwood’s new figure of $1.3 million, or $150,000 assuming The BB‘s numbers are correct. Does anyone else get the feeling that the finance director conceives of the numbers indicating dollars and cents as nothing more than abstractions written on a piece of paper or as photons on a computer screen? Does he realize, which is to say, does Tyer realize, that these easily bandied about numbers represents REAL dollars and REAL cents that come out of the hides of a bedraggled, beaten-down citizenry that can’t afford one cent more, let alone the extravagence championed by the mayor?

In the interests of fully informing Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski of the charade — dangerous business, that, in a city whose “leaders” so strongly believe in Commonwealth-liberal-progressive neo-fascism — THE PLANET might also add that there would be $280,000 required (source: iBerkshires) for assembly, distribution, and frieght. Kerwood’s magic solution for this little problem: Raid free cash (from the nearly $4.5 million the city overtaxed you this fiscal year).

The most egregious wink-wink/nudge-nudge came from the mayor. Tyer called out taxpayers for being cheapskates, referring to 68 teachers who were “laid off” in last year’s budget. Ward 6’s John Krol, while correctly questioning the cost of the toters, nonetheless repeated the mayor’s bogus claim that taxpayers were once again short-changing the school department.

NEWS FLASH!! No teachers were laid off. None. Zero. Nada. Zilch (naturally, if THE PLANET is incorrect, we expect to hear from school superintendent JIV or the mayor to give us the facts). Some 68 employees were furloughed, nearly all of them paraprofessionals. These are people with no teaching experience put in classrooms to help teachers with baby-sitting. Most of those 68 people were quietly brought back for the school year. Funny how you didn’t hear about that.

Tyer still holds on to the dubious assertion that the new garbage plan would SAVE — save — the city $89,000. THE PLANET has already blown that figure out of the water (see PLANET Archives, Nov. 14, Nov. 28).

Chris Connell (Ward 4) and Kevin Morandi (2) led the council charge against the proposal, citing cost concerns and priorities. Others rode the fence but seemed to be tilting the right way. Let’s hope the tilting isn’t at windmills.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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109 Responses to “NEW GARBAGE PLAN FACING MOUNTING OPPOSITION … COUNCILORS HAVE QUESTIONS … CITIZENS HAVE OUTRAGE”

  1. Pat
    December 14, 2017 at 8:27 pm #

    Not only did they bring back the paraprofessionals, but they hired more. No teachers let go. More deception from this school department and the politicians supporting the huge tax increases for the school department each year. This is how Progressives operate….shaming and telling lies.

    • Thomas More
      December 15, 2017 at 7:07 am #

      Those dirty Progressives.

      • Pat
        December 15, 2017 at 7:22 am #

        The school money isn’t going to the kids or we wouldn’t need collections taken up in Walmart for school supplies for the kids Money is going toward big salaries.

        • LoneGunMan
          December 15, 2017 at 7:28 am #

          You can throw all the money you want at those fools. You can’t put sprinkles on a turd and call it a cupcake

          • dusty
            December 15, 2017 at 9:18 am #

            unless you are a politician

    • The school committee
      December 15, 2017 at 10:56 am #

      Trump is deceptive says one thing does the other .Most every guy I know voted Trump so what does progressive mean?

      • Joe Blow
        December 17, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

        What does President Trump have to do with the price of toters in pittsfield? This poster is a insider shill…everyone should do a search for shill tactics and you will see how these people operate.

  2. Jonathan Melle
    December 14, 2017 at 10:50 pm #

    It is myopic to focus on a proposed toter trash system when Mayor Linda Tyer inherited a mess with Pittsfield politics’ public record of high taxes, huge debts, insider political hacks, vested interests, and downright corruption?

    The Doyle debacle saw millions of dollars unaccounted for since 2001 through present day, a flawed Consent Decree that left Pittsfield polluted with GE’s PCBs, a now nearly 20-year-old PEDA site with 0 private tenants, and a failed Civic Authority deal.

    The Hathaway hack saw Nuciforo put his puppet in power to increase Nuciforo’s political control of Pittsfield politics. It didn’t work out on all levels!

    The Ruberto regime saw in-your-face Good Old Boys Pittsfield politics starring Angelo Stracuzzi and Carmen Massimiano. Ruberto touted his so-called “rolodex”, but he saw hundreds of lost jobs and thousands of people move out of Pittsfield over his 8 year tenure as Mayor. Ruberto spent a couple million from GE’s economic fund on downtown Pittsfield projects, including the Colonial Theater. Ruberto oversaw tens of millions of dollars spent on Pittsfield’s so-called downtown renaissance.

    The Bianchi bust saw more of the same 5% annual tax hikes, tens of millions of dollars in increased municipal debts, a new Taconic High School project, secretive office space leases, and multiple respective employees suing him and the city/taxpayers.

    The Tyer trickery is about the lovely Linda inheriting a mess and changing Pittsfield politics into a vibrant and dynamic community that will shed its GE legacy and build a new identity that will attract small businesses and families.

  3. dusty
    December 15, 2017 at 2:12 am #

    Seriously? 4% interest? 1/4 million in interest on the purchase of garbage cans? Are they borrowing from Marchettis bank or Greylock?

    Bad idea more and more. Can someone post all the councilors emails so we can more easily tell them our thoughts? They have probably all been told how to vote by now but we could give it a chance.

  4. Pat
    December 15, 2017 at 5:36 am #

    All day yesterday on local news 1420 we had to suffer through Tricia Farley Bouvier being bothered by calls to her office regarding making this area a sanctuary for illegal immigrants. Other local politicians support this same idea so why should TFB be singled out was the whining coming from the local news station. Duh! Could it have anything to do with Tricia being a local rep for this area? Progressive politicians play this area for being a bunch of fools.

    Making an area a sanctuary for illegals only encourages bad people to come to your community because they know they will be protected. Trump voters are holding it off for now, but Hillary would have poured in dangerous refugees. Thank you Trump voters!!

    • dusty
      December 15, 2017 at 9:20 am #

      You are just going to love Trumps tax cut and health care Pat.

      • Pat
        December 15, 2017 at 10:54 am #

        If it stimulates the economy, we should all love it.

      • Joe Blow
        December 17, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

        “55 years ago, President John F. Kennedy – a Democrat – launched a historic effort to pass sweeping, top-to-bottom tax cuts. A half-century later, we are reminded that lowering taxes is neither a Republican or Democrat idea – but an American principle.”

    • The school committee
      December 15, 2017 at 11:03 am #

      Tricia like most democrats in ma.very conservative and supports school choice which she usedfor the Lenox schools because they are the worst schools in western ma.Pittsfield school s are far more demanding than the softballs they throw at their students.Pittsfields only problem is planning and incompetent leaders.

      • 12 Gauge
        December 15, 2017 at 8:20 pm #

        TFB conserative? Did you hit your head?

    • 12 Gauge
      December 15, 2017 at 6:26 pm #

      Without Howie Carr I have no reason to listen to local lake radio.

      • Fritz
        December 15, 2017 at 7:01 pm #

        I’m with you 12 Gauge

  5. Shakes His Head
    December 15, 2017 at 10:27 am #

    The term sanctuary city is misleading. Believe it or not, legal immigrants are your neighbors, coworkers, friends and family. If you want your local and state tax dollars to be sent back to the Federal government to enforce immigration laws, then go for it, but to make local police responsible for holding someone until ICE can come get them is ridiculous.

    Here come the personal insults from Dusty and 12 Gauge.

    • Fritz
      December 15, 2017 at 11:04 am #

      Shakes – legal immigrants have no need for a sanctuary city. Illegal immigrants do – because they are here ILLEGALLY according to our nation’s immigration laws. Just as murder is illegal and enforced by the police…..being in the country ILLEGALLY should also be part of the local police mission. If you get hit by an illegal immigrant driving a car …..not only should they be arrested by the local police force, they should be turned over to ICE for deportation. Trisha seems to think that each state has the right to ignore federal laws – that is the issue and she is wrong.

      • Dustin
        December 15, 2017 at 11:19 am #

        Agreed Fritz. Shakes is not that bright when it comes to critical thinking about incorrect liberal policies

      • Village Knight
        December 19, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

        Reply to Fritz–Bravo! I agree 100%!

    • Dustin
      December 15, 2017 at 11:04 am #

      As usual, your comment is ignorant and false. Sanctuary cities house ILLEGAL ALIENS, and law enforcement officials MUST notify ICE of these criminals.

    • 12 Gauge
      December 15, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

      No need for an insult. Your statement says enough about you.

      • Shakes His Head
        December 17, 2017 at 8:58 am #

        the city is responsible for enforcing certain laws. In essence you want to federalize the PPD to take orders from DC on your dime? In the majority of places ICE is notified, however they don’t show up or take so long that the locals release the perp because the incident is minor.

        Where exactly. Do you want to cut other expenses so the city can pay for federal law enforcement?

        • Dustin
          December 17, 2017 at 9:36 am #

          You are quite ignorant. Use whatever means necessary to enforce laws. But you don’t get that

          • Shakes His Head
            December 18, 2017 at 6:42 am #

            Let me know when the FBI is out ticketing people for Jaywalking on North Street.

          • Dustin
            December 19, 2017 at 6:14 am #

            You really dont have a clue

  6. Madame Du Barry
    December 15, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

    What a crazy day for driving accidents at south street again, east street,crazy crazy driving, just insanity drivers and jaywalkers, I guess they on’t give a crap. Ticket time.what was going on at center and West Housy this morning?someone lose a plow?

    • dusty
      December 15, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

      It does seem true. You can drive like a madman through the city weaving in and out of traffic and running red lights and as long as you do not cause enough damage to get a cop on the scene you may keep on trucking.

      However, if you PARK you car in the wrong place or for one second over the allotted time limit KABAMMM!!!! you will be fined or maybe even towed away. You may even wind up in court.

      How is that for a mayor having her priorities in the right priority.

  7. Dean Youngblood
    December 15, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

    Same people all the time? Someone’s dropping the ball.

  8. H
    December 15, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

    This heck guy is a fruit.

    • Benigno Numine
      December 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm #

      Heck and his sidekick Persip acted like a couple of 12 year olds at the last City Council meeting. Talk about buffoons.

      • Village Knight
        December 19, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

        Reply to Benigno Numine–I seen that too:)) They were laughing and pushing each other–just had fun time:))

  9. Harrison
    December 15, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

    Geez this blog gets off track in no time. 11% recycling is abysmal. Something will have to be done to offset the laziness of the general population.

  10. The school committee
    December 15, 2017 at 6:10 pm #

    Im told that the recycling goes on at home only to hsbe it all burned anyway….apparently paper is anout worthless and most people are using almost no canned food .

    • Dean Youmgblood
      December 15, 2017 at 7:15 pm #

      I’ll be eating dog food with the taxes I pay, that comes in a big bag.

      • 12 Gauge
        December 15, 2017 at 10:07 pm #

        Remember to recycle the bag. It will save Pittsfield.

        • Dean Youmgblood
          December 16, 2017 at 7:14 am #

          No, I’ll use the Town Bag.

  11. GhostRider
    December 15, 2017 at 6:15 pm #

    “Something will have to be done to offset the laziness of the general population.” quothe Harrison & he/she is right. There is a local event here where an entire City neighborhood decks the halls with music, lights, free coffee chocolate and sweets. It is NOT funded by the City! The generosity of the neighborhood fuels the event. Toters are virtually recreating themselves there are so many. Guess what the problem is? As Harrison said, “Laziness of the general population.” They toss their trash all over and daily, the good people who allow off street parking in their lots, for free, have to pick up after them. Slobs! Residents who provide WONDERFUL electric lighting displays, have bottles, cups, DIAPERS, and other trash depositied in their neighborhood while providing a free display to the public!
    AND, the same thing occurred at a $12 per head Holiday display @ a local garden! Cups, bags, snot tickets and other junk just left upon an artifact or display.
    Harken back to the 4th of July parades in the Pitts when BFI provided trash boxes…..what happened? People are slobs! They left their crap at the curb and went home.
    Do nothing for people, anymore, they don’t give a shit!!

  12. GhostRider
    December 15, 2017 at 6:57 pm #

    ………………..and I forgot….TOTERS are the answer!!!

  13. 12 Gauge
    December 15, 2017 at 10:06 pm #

    So, it seems that lisa Bloom was paying women to make up claims about Trump.

    • The school committee
      December 16, 2017 at 2:35 am #

      I read about Trump in the NY Post for 40 years,he was an ahole celeb then and is still a egomaniac now.Yhe Russians have been following Trump behavior and wanted him President as they describe Trump as immature with a ego that can be stroked by saying good things to him….They have seduced the President and he has seduced his worshippers.

      • dusty
        December 16, 2017 at 5:02 am #

        hit nail on head

        • Spagirl
          December 16, 2017 at 5:58 am #

          To a tee!!

      • Pat
        December 16, 2017 at 11:25 am #

        Dusty, what explains Obama letting Russia get away with whatever they wanted? Russia was running wild during the Obama years and the liberal media and all Progressives thought Obama was a genius who was doing nothing wrong in his handling of Russia. We now find out about secret uranium deals with Russia during those years covered up by the Progressive loving media.

        • The school committee
          December 16, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

          Pat,when you research the so called uranium deal it wont be a story for you to tell.Bengazi,uranium deal,Fox news phtases out for the information challenge….research this deal Pat and if you read what happened in this deal you will then understand the Sean Hannity uranium deal which is a Canadian deal…look it up do some diligence

        • Mr. G
          December 17, 2017 at 7:13 am #

          Fake news Pat. Wow that velt good. Trump says it every dayabout every criticalthi g said about him. I jhst wanted to see how it felt. Now all my followerscan parrot ” fake news” whenever this comes up and itwill be over.

        • Village Knight
          December 19, 2017 at 5:55 pm #

          Reply to Pat–I agree. moreover–please, read web site –Communist Party USA—all 100% the same stuff like a mirror–from Democratic Party and Boston boys.
          Please, check it out –seriously.
          My point is modern Democrats are pushing Commies agenda—they got the same goals–just read Communist Party USA on line—find it on google, pls.

    • Gigi
      December 16, 2017 at 9:10 am #

      Yeah 12 Gauge,
      I was listening to Hannity yesterday afternoon, and watching his show on Fox last night – he’s really been on the story. It’s HUGE! So much corruption going on. It seems like ever since Trump took office, a lot of the corruption in all areas of government is being exposed for what it is. Hopefully Trump will be able to clean up the FBI. And hopefully Obama’s evils will be exposed as well.

      • Pat
        December 16, 2017 at 11:21 am #

        Go Hannity!!!! So many in government are fighting against Trump because they do not want him to expose the dirty underbelly of government corruption.

        • The school committee
          December 16, 2017 at 2:39 pm #

          Trump is a corupt business man…..read read read

          • Mr. G
            December 17, 2017 at 7:16 am #

            Dear LORD Pat..Trump is exposing corruption?!?! Name one instance. His appointees are the most corrupt, self-enriching people ever appointed!

        • Joe Blow
          December 17, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

          I knew the FED GOV had big problems but the depth of the corruption is just staggering. Remember when President Trump teased the press a few months ago with The calm before the storm……well I believe we are in the middle of it right now. It’s all coming to a head……the D’s have no idea what’s about to hit them…..BIG news tomorrow…..get the Liquid Drano ready!

  14. Spagirl
    December 16, 2017 at 6:06 am #

    The biggest standout performance in Pittsfield in 2017 is the cleanup and construction of UHaul Storage units on West Housatonic Street. Ironically, there was no gratuitous money, ribbon cutting, or chest pounding gratification from City Hall. Not even a mention. Thankyou to this Private owner for improving a segment of our City!! You get my vote!

    • dusty
      December 16, 2017 at 6:33 am #

      Yes would like to know more about that story. And are they going to activate the traffic light the city put up? (hope not)

      Interestingly there is now a fluff story on ibershires about Stanleys new theater seats and how the taxpayers of the city paid for them. Tyer took the opportunity to do a photo op.

      Since the city booted Uhaul out of their original home so they could make a parking lot for the Colonial theater you would have thought they would throw them a bone. Flood insurance for the place must be ginormous.

    • Gigi
      December 16, 2017 at 9:13 am #

      I agree Spagirl,
      The UHaul storage units on West Housy are a huge improvement to what used to be a huge eyesore. And better yet, the taxpayers didn’t have to pay for it in a TIF, as far as I know.

    • The school committee
      December 16, 2017 at 2:41 pm #

      They wanted him to not usr company colors…that the council

    • Paul
      December 17, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

      Spagirl, they give outstanding service. Very glad to see them here. Hi

  15. Pat
    December 16, 2017 at 11:15 am #

    NEW YORK — Women’s rights lawyer Lisa Bloom sought paydays for women willing to accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct at the tail end of the 2016 presidential race, according to an explosive report.

    Bloom offered to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets, and arrange compensation from donors for those who came forward with allegations against President Trump, The Hill reported Friday, citing documents, emails and text messages between Bloom and the women.

    She arranged for a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage, and offered as much as $750,000 to another woman, who ultimately decided not to come forward, according to the report.

    • Thomas More
      December 16, 2017 at 11:52 am #

      You should read her side of the story and tell us that. You Progressives only tell us what you want.

      • 12 Gauge
        December 17, 2017 at 11:28 am #

        A well-known women’s rights lawyer sought to arrange compensation from donors and tabloid media outlets for women who made or considered making sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump during the final months of the 2016 election, according to documents and interviews.

        California lawyer Lisa Bloom’s efforts included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000, the clients told The Hill.

        The women’s accounts were chronicled in contemporaneous contractual documents, emails and text messages reviewed by The Hill, including an exchange of texts between one woman and Bloom that suggested political action committees supporting Hillary Clinton were contacted during the effort.

    • 12 Gauge
      December 16, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

      Anytime Bloom or Allred get involved it starts to stink.

    • The school committee
      December 16, 2017 at 2:42 pm #

      Name the news company

      • Pat
        December 16, 2017 at 10:11 pm #

        You can look it up School Committee very easily. It’s all over the news.

    • Joe Blow
      December 17, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

      Bloom was also Harvey Wienstien’s lawyer and her mother is Gloria Allred….they are funded by the DNC/Soros and are the female version of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton…….shakedown artists and frauds!

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

    Soon we will not be able to believe our eyes or our ears. Technology has been created that you can take the image of anyone and make it look like they are doing something when the whole thing has been artificially created just to destroy someone you don’t like. Think about how this will be abused in politics. Someone could take the image of a politician they do not like and make it look like he or she is doing something wrong. Don’t think this technology will not be used to wage some dirty political fights.

    • Thomas More
      December 16, 2017 at 12:01 pm #

      You mean like what The Hill is doing to Lisa Bloom?

      • Pat
        December 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

        You will give the benefit of the doubt to the Democrats, but not to the Republicans? That shows your political bias, but also that you would ignore any possible corruption coming from the Democrats.

        • N
          December 16, 2017 at 2:29 pm #

          Wasn’t that your President that said he can assault woman because he’s a rock star?

    • The school committee
      December 16, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

      Trump is planting the seeds ahead of time,you are getting prepared for his version of the FBI REPORT….I still dont understand why you dont expect him to be ok

      • Joe Blow
        December 17, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

        The report is from Michael E. Horowitz USDOj/OIG….Shit will hit the fan….wait and see!

  17. Pat
    December 16, 2017 at 11:32 am #

    http://www.iberkshires.com/story/56252/Beacon-Cinema-Cuts-Ribbon-On-Cushy-New-Seats.html

    Taxpayer money going down the drain. Notice how Mayor Tyer and Krol have cushy relationship with the Beacon Cinema.

    • Benigno Numine
      December 16, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

      Where is Marchetti? Look for Krol to stab Marchetti in the back in January.

    • SisterGoldenHair
      December 16, 2017 at 3:58 pm #

      OMG,

      I just saw the picture of the mayor sitting in The Beacons’ new recliner the Kapanskis paid for. I have a funny feeling this photo is going to be right up there with the garbage can ribbon cutting.

    • LoneGunMan
      December 16, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

      What does Krol do for a living? He never is too busy for a photo op

      • 12 Gauge
        December 16, 2017 at 8:24 pm #

        He has a fake media company.

  18. LoneGunMan
    December 16, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

    Anyone see the mounds of salt/dirt put out for residents every year? Williams St plaza has nil

    • dusty
      December 17, 2017 at 2:36 am #

      For every 3 citizens that cannot grab sand for their walkways one of them will slip and fall and wind up at the emergency room. But why in the hell would you think the mayor should put tax payer funded sand out for them? She is trying to balance a budget and lounge about in the tax payer funded cushioned reclining seats. It is ridiculous to think a city should have to pay for reclining seats AND sand for its residents.

      • LoneGunMan
        December 18, 2017 at 6:01 am #

        There is no sand. Crisis averted

  19. The school committee
    December 16, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

    Fred Gardner park,Kirvin Park,Brattlebore Park,Elm Street car wash,PEDA…..PITTSFIELD has many places to drop it

    • LoneGunMan
      December 18, 2017 at 6:01 am #

      Glad you mentioned mostly the southeast part of the city. It’s the only one that isn’t a dump yet

      Don’t forget the pipeline and the woodlands off Williams st.

  20. Fritz
    December 17, 2017 at 6:38 am #

    Pat Muraca indicted! Story in the Beagle.

    • h
      December 17, 2017 at 7:16 am #

      He’s no worse than Trump.

  21. mi
    December 17, 2017 at 7:26 am #

    Muraca better hire Super Ti may.

    • Spagirl
      December 17, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

      Hes going to get cuffed and stuffed. Lying to the Feds. His b.s. has run out.

  22. Pat
    December 17, 2017 at 7:36 am #

    Walking through the Berkshire Mall this weekend saw many of the local Progressive elites walking around (yes they hate malls, but they still shop in malls, go figure). Shouldn’t they only be giving their money to small local businesses? Isn’t that breaking the Progressive code of never shopping at a mall or in a Walmart? Anyway I knew they were Progressives because they were going on about how they attended the Beacon Cinema on Friday night and sat in the cushy new seats. It was Mayor Tyer this and Mayor Tyer that…all good things about Mayor Tyer It seems like all the elites attended the Beacon on Friday night to soak up the waste of taxpayer money.

    • dusty
      December 17, 2017 at 8:17 am #

      Pat, maybe you could get Jeff Sessions to help you round up all those filthy, disgusting progressives and ship them the hell out of Trumps America. And make sure they take their snot nosed kids with them because as we all know they will grow up just like their scumbag parents.

      I don’t know if I qualify as a progressive or not but I feel so dirty that I might have tendencies that I am going to self deport so that I can live with myself.

      • Pat
        December 17, 2017 at 10:22 am #

        Trouble is Dusty that what Progressives think of the average American such as Peter Strzok’s comments about Trump supporters:

        Strzok – “Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart. I could SMELL the Trump support….”

        Frighteningly this man was investigating Trump until he was fired from the team. I’ve heard many commenters on this site put down not only Walmart, but people who shop at Walmart. They want everyone to shop at the expensive small businesses locally which the average person can’t afford.

        • Joe Blow
          December 17, 2017 at 2:44 pm #

          Military Intelligence v FBI CIA NSA

          No approval or congressional oversight

          State Secrets upheld under SC

          Who is the Commander and Chief of the military?

          Under what article can the President impose MI take over investigations for the 3 letter agencies? What conditions must present itself? Why is this so VERY important? Who surrounds POTUS? They lost this very important power _ the one area of the govt not corrupt and directly serves POTUS.

          • Joe Blow
            December 17, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

            Hmmm…….antifa,soros,dnc

            SEDITION

            Sedition is overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that tends toward insurrection against the established order. Sedition often includes subversion of a constitution and incitement of discontention to lawful authority. Sedition may include any commotion, though not aimed at direct and open violence against the laws. Seditious words in writing are seditious libel. A seditionist is one who engages in or promotes the interests of sedition.

            U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 115 › § 2384

            18 U.S. Code § 2384 – Seditious conspiracy

            If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

            (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, § 1, 70 Stat. 623; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)

            http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2384

            U.S. Code › Title 18 › Part I › Chapter 115 › § 2385

            18 U.S. Code § 2385 – Advocating overthrow of Government

            Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or

            Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or

            Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—

            Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

            If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

            As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.

            (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, § 2, 70 Stat. 623; Pub. L. 87–486, June 19, 1962, 76 Stat. 103; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)

            http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2385

  23. Shakes His Head
    December 17, 2017 at 9:01 am #

    Start a go fund me campaign sign and I’ll send you money to leave.

    • dusty
      December 17, 2017 at 9:39 am #

      appreciate your concern for me….I just can’t look myself in the mirror anymore……

  24. Dustin
    December 17, 2017 at 9:38 am #

    Figures you can’t earn money yourself. Typical liberal crybaby response

  25. The school committee
    December 17, 2017 at 10:13 am #

    The regressive human rights republican party want 3rd world wages paid to walmart .Now walmart is recognizing employees are the strength of the company and not because republicans support human labor

  26. The school committee
    December 17, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    Take away all tax payer funded jobs Pat and tell me what private sector jobs exist within 25 miles of the capitalist part of the country

    • Pat
      December 17, 2017 at 10:26 am #

      Progressives have no interest in creating jobs. They want everyone beholden to and dependent on big government because it gives government more power.

      • mi
        December 17, 2017 at 12:25 pm #

        If you talk about Pittsdield it should be clarified, The People that vote want…

      • dusty
        December 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

        Pat I would guess that there are about 150 million men woman and children in this country that you would categorize as “progressives”. And many of them serve honorably in the military, work in hospitals and donate some of their hard earned money to charity. So perhaps, just for the Christmas season, you could pull back on your loathing of people who hearts you do not even know. Take off your green Grinch outfit for the rest of this week and join in the festive pretensions like the rest of us.

        • Trisha Trasha
          December 17, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

          Every human should be given respect, except Trump.Has anyone seen Barry Lately, Way grey. Way grey.

          • Fritz
            December 17, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

            Everyone except your President? He’s not human?Sounds like TDS to me.

        • 12 Gauge
          December 17, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

          Progressives are notorious cheapskates when it comes to charity. And the ones who join the military are looking for taxpayer funded sex changes.

  27. CosbiesLadies
    December 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

    These Toter presentations are really funny, there have been a number of shows on PcTV. Currently known as Tyered of Trash Selloff, starring Kufflinks. I like the overflow bag idea, at a cost of two or three dollars a bag? What’s a buck between friends.
    Two or Three, ya don’t know? Then,you have stickers and bag issues,which was brought up by Gina the Health Board Guru. Sal Manila and rabies was offered. So, if we go to toters, the City Council will feel the heat if it doesn’t work, and Kufflinks will say we told you so if we don’t. Go with told you so. NO TOTERS!

    • Dilly Dally
      December 17, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

      Kck a Buck.

  28. Bill Q
    December 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

    The more he talks the worst the presentation gets.

  29. The school committee
    December 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm #

    Please name private job’s