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TYER ANNOUNCES RE-ELECTION BID: READ THE FULL TEXT HERE, THEN COMMENT

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY APRIL 1, 2019) — This is no April Fool’s Joke, though it be April with the city abounding in fools of both garden and weed variety.

Hard to believe, it’s campaign season again, not quite full swing but getting there soon. Today, we present the press release from Linda Tyer as she announced her re-election bid. We’ve no doubt Melissa Mazzeo, among others, will find it of interest. THE PLANET presents the material as is, unedited, and without comment. For that, we shall invite you, our dear readers.

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***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

March 28, 2019

CONTACT:
Tom Sakshaug
Campaign Manager
413.446.2807
doctom1977@gmail.com

Mayor Linda M. Tyer Announces Re-Election Bid
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – On Thursday, March 28, Mayor Linda M. Tyer, joined by supporters, officially declared her plans to run for a second term during a press conference inside Framework on North Street. Tyer is the city’s first four-year term mayor.
The mayor, who will be taking out nomination papers at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, said her decision to seek reelection reflects her mission and commitment to keep the City of Pittsfield moving forward in the right direction.

“In my first term as Mayor of the City of Pittsfield, we have made great strides. I am deeply proud of the work that my administration has done to position our city for continued success. In year one, we understood that the city’s future growth required a solid foundation of smart investments, initiatives, and programs in order to become a modern, thriving city,” said Tyer.

This thinking set us on a path to boldly embrace change and innovation, enhance our relationships with community organizations, and strengthen our collaborations with state and federal partners to keep Pittsfield at the forefront. We revitalized our economic development strategy to support the many dedicated businesses that are the heart of our community and to create a pathway for new companies like Wayfair to join our city. “I look forward to building upon this foundation of progress to ensure that Pittsfield will be a place that today’s residents, as well as future generations, will be proud to call home.”

In 2017, Mayor Tyer established Pittsfield’s first-ever State of the City Address to share highlights of the previous year’s work; two other addresses followed in 2018 and 2019.

The following list reflects a few notable highlights from the start of the mayor’s administration through the present:

· Preserved Covanta through strategic collaboration and saved 25 jobs, ensured operations of two manufacturing facilities, and prevented an additional cost of $462,000 per year which would have been needed to transport the city’s waste and recycling to Springfield and New York in the event of Covanta’s closing.
· Garnered continued, robust support from MassDevelopment for the Tyler Street Transformative Development Initiative focusing attention on rebuilding that neighborhood which resulted in the:
o Creation of the Tyler Street Storefront Improvement Program.
o Initiation of the Tyler Street Streetscape Design Project.
· Secured a total of $16, 963,186 in grants and awards
(2016- 2019).
· Resurfaced a total of 41.27 miles of road in the city (2016-2019).
· Ongoing response to criminal activity included a $1 million investment in the 2017 municipal budget to hire more police officers to the department and the implementation of ShotSpotter, a state-of-the art gunshot detection technology.
· Streamlined the city’s economic development strategy by forming the “Red Carpet Team” and created the new position, Business Development Manager, to promote and foster Pittsfield’s economic future, job growth, and private investments.
· City incentives supported the creation of 113 new jobs added to a variety of Pittsfield businesses (2016-2019).
· Enhanced market-rate housing through the redevelopment of historic properties such as the Holy Family/Powerhouse Lofts and the former St. Mary the Morningstar Church on Tyler Street.
· Advocated successfully for a $1,000,000 allocation, approved by the City Council, to leverage the $12 million from the Mass Life Sciences Center for the construction of the Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC) at the William Stanley Business Park.
· Implemented the municipal aggregation program, giving residents an option for saving energy costs. At the end of 2018, the city’s program was on track to deliver a total of personal savings of $565,000 for the nearly 16,000 residents and business owners. The total projected 2019 winter savings, from January through June, will be $1.3 million.
· Advanced 11 Community Preservation projects in Pittsfield with an emphasis on historic resources and open space and recreation.
· Successfully decreased the FY19 tax bill for the average single-family homeowner in the city – a change that last happened in 1993. Along with the lowered residential tax bill, the FY19 residential and commercial tax rates are down as well – reductions which last occurred for both rates 11 years ago.
· Joint advocacy with partners successfully secured $150,000 in winter overflow sheltering this past winter to assist homeless shelters and service providers.
· LED streetlight conversion is underway and will replace an estimated 5,300 street lights by the end of spring this year, resulting in brighter streets and lower utility costs.
· Created At-Home in Pittsfield, an exterior renovation loan program designed to help homeowners citywide with renovation projects.
· The City of Pittsfield is pleased to welcome Wayfair. The company, which will add 300 new jobs in the city, will open a sales and service center this fall in the Clock Tower building on Eagle Street.

For more information, please contact Tom Sakshaug, campaign manager, at 413-446-2807.

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107 Responses to “TYER ANNOUNCES RE-ELECTION BID: READ THE FULL TEXT HERE, THEN COMMENT”

  1. JoePesci
    March 31, 2019 at 8:41 pm #

    Landslide Linda left out a few things in her announcement for re-election; She is raising your water and sewer fee 300 percent.
    Although property taxes went down slightly, or hardly went up, last fiscal year, they went up around 7% the year before that, so who’s fooling who? She has risen your taxes each year except one, but they went down? How stupid does she think us Kapnaskis are?
    She gave over half a million to a private company. She gave, or forgave over a million more to another private company. Covanta Cash, Beacon Bomb???? How about your tax money for free home improvements for the elite victim class????
    She campaigned on crime, yet supported a progressive DA that said she wouldn’t jail people for non-violent crimes, and gave millions more to the police department, and spent thousands on a shot spotter. Crime is now worse, and they still spent over a million on overtime this year. How’s that for progress? How many homicides Linda? How come it’s not a top priority this time around? Because you are a failure on crime and can’t fix it even with the extra 3 million?
    She campaigned on blight, standing in front of KFC on East, and said that eyesore wouldn’t be tolerated when she was mayor. It is worse now than it was then. Now, it is slated to become a marijuana distribution facility. How is that for progress??? Next thing you know, she’ll be supporting shooting galleries and homeless encampments like Seattle.
    She has failed to have the fiscal reckoning with the school department, that this city so desperately deserves, and continues to cow tow to them.
    And where exactly are the 113 jobs she claims to have created? And at what cost did they come? And what is going to actually go into the mysterious and illustrious BIC that is part and parcel of the Pathetic Economic Development Authority (PEDA) scam? Or will it be just another waste or the Kapanskis’ cash?????
    At least I got my street light replaced, 12 years after I complained about it. And as one of my compadres said over the weekend, she wanted to import more needle folk to our once fine city. She also supported the community preservation tax. She’s nice and she’s sweet and I knew her compete when I wore a younger mans clothes but she’s still a progressive tax and spender.

    • Thomas More
      April 1, 2019 at 6:18 am #

      She’s going to roll up her sleeves.

    • Sojourner Truth
      April 2, 2019 at 4:44 am #

      She also wore a younger woman’s clothes back when she was a Casey, a Romeo, a Tyer, and now a fashionable Clairmont. That’s progressive !

      • Shakes
        April 2, 2019 at 11:07 am #

        Wow, good thing the personal attacks are cleaned up on the Planet.

    • Ben Weldon
      April 2, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

      Will she even have an opponent?

  2. dusty
    April 1, 2019 at 1:50 am #

    I am not sure whether this reading is an SNL script or just an excerpt from every politicians handbook of smoke and mirrors but it is obvious that the author was straining to be creative. Sometimes you have to work with what you have and sometimes you just don’t have enough reality and have to use a lot of lipstick.

  3. dusty
    April 1, 2019 at 2:31 am #

    Must read article in todays iBerkshires. Apparently Pittsfield has bragging rights as far as low sexually transmitted diseases and we are not doing “too poorly” on education. And “not too poorly” is a bar we should all strive for in Pittsfield. I mean it sounds like we are doing poorly but “not too poorly.”

    (look for a fast edit on iBerkshires)

    • Kermit Frog
      April 1, 2019 at 6:26 am #

      First for getting run over by a truck apparently too!!

      I spit out my coffee reading this. I would not feel proud of any of this.

      First is ‘preserved Corvanta to save 25 jobs’ – at what cost? Seriously … and it goes down hill.

      “…. enhance our relationships with community organizations, (dole out money for votes to orgs that provide no return to anyone but the administrators.)

      and strengthen our collaborations with state and federal partners to keep Pittsfield at the forefront. (the forefront of being last in everything except getting run over by trucks and poverty)

      We revitalized our economic development strategy (belly laugh – Beacon) to support the many dedicated businesses (grifters and hand out recipients) that are the heart of our community”

      Sweet Jesus you can’t make this up.

  4. Ron Kitterman
    April 1, 2019 at 2:58 am #

    For more information please contact Tom Sakshaug, campaign manager. What is this an April fools joke or something. This is better announcement than I thought it would be, however the lovely Linda has been basically invisible the past 4 years. Hopefully we can see a well spirited campaign for the corner office.

    • Already Tyred
      April 1, 2019 at 8:48 am #

      You can’t go wrong with Suksausage.

  5. The school committee
    April 1, 2019 at 3:02 am #

    She avoided talking about crime and drugs and a entire gang takeover of a city neighbor hood where people won’t take their children to the Halloween Parade down from 20,000 at Park Square to 1500 on blood street Tyler.My taxes are up,she lied,My water and sewar went up 100%.She had zero to do with Wayfair.She avoided talking about school department failure and violence in schools.She did not speak about losing 250 kids every year to anyplace but here.Vote for Linda Tyer if you want to have your 5000 k taxes go to 7500 in 4 years.School will be empty and you will have to leave town to survive.Tyer should have had a real plan for the next 4 years.Consolidation of schools and hiring police not math coaches.Tyer and McCandless should be working from Herberg school instead of working in denial.Not one politician except Mazzeo and Morandi have any idea of saving millions from school consolidation.PHS was built for 1500 kids and has 650 it is now a big empty dome.Its the equivolent of having a 2nd home you can’t afford.It must be closed and sold for condos.Im surprised at how little she has done beyond transferring ownership of the Beacon.The Berkshires are known for drugs,poverty,suicide and violence.Tyers vision is to keep the status quo.Taxes have got to be cut in a very significant way.Just look to Dalto and see your future budgets.

    • Mad Trapper
      April 2, 2019 at 4:49 am #

      Pssssttttt……..she’s a democRAT!!!!

  6. Dave
    April 1, 2019 at 3:37 am #

    Since giving up cable 2 years ago and stopped paying attention to the city meetings I didn’t realize how good it has gotten in Pittsfield! LinBarry in 2019 cannot be beaten.

  7. Brian C. Marquis
    April 1, 2019 at 4:52 am #

    Good luck, Madam Mayor (Linda M. Tyer).

    If any of you naysayers think you can do a better job – feel free to jump into the contest. Exactly!!

    And that’s the bottom-line.

    • dusty
      April 1, 2019 at 8:24 am #

      and good luck to the stomped on citizenry. They are going to need it no matter which special interest candidate wins.

  8. Beladora
    April 1, 2019 at 5:10 am #

    We don’t need a Mayor, the School Committee runs the show.

  9. The school committee
    April 1, 2019 at 5:20 am #

    So if your desire to be Mayor gets you elected it means your beyond critique because the critic did not run for mayor.Is that true for Congress and Presidential elections?

  10. LW
    April 1, 2019 at 5:24 am #

    This complete lie jumps off the page right away. No way on earth they add 300 jobs and she knows it.

    The City of Pittsfield is pleased to welcome Wayfair. The company, which will add 300 new jobs in the city

    • Johnny Absurd
      April 1, 2019 at 6:07 am #

      May have forgot factor in jobs lost…?? Politicians do that sometimes…..and it works cuz there is a boatload of very ignorant people out there. A tanker size boatload I might add.

  11. Shakes
    April 1, 2019 at 5:28 am #

    I couldn’t get past the poor writing and grammar. I have no opinion on the content.

  12. LW
    April 1, 2019 at 5:29 am #

    All her ‘accomplishments’, except for resurfacing the roads, are handing tax payer dollars over to GOBSIGs or creating useless committees or programs.

    • Brian C. Marquis
      April 1, 2019 at 5:49 am #

      Since when is a Human Rights Commission or Police Advisory and Review Committee “useless”?

      I’m guessing there’s not much to gripe about other than taxes? Taxes in Pittsfield have been on the uptick since Ed Reilly’s administration. Mayor Tyer’s not the first one to raise them.

      If you have issues with the water & sewer tax increase,particularly, contact you local EPA regional office; I’m sure experts in their office can break down federal regulations requiring Pittsfield to upgrade its facility.

      And that’s the bottom-line!!

      • Johnny Absurd
        April 1, 2019 at 6:09 am #

        To answer your first question. If you stack committees or commissions they may be useful to yourself but not the actual people who need them.

      • Kermit Frog
        April 1, 2019 at 6:34 am #

        Didn’t this admin try and hide the police malfeasance that involved beating up an elderly woman at her home? I though I read that in the Eagle. They were forced by the State to disclose information they didn’t want to disclose. Sounds very transparent …

        • Johnny Absurd
          April 1, 2019 at 8:27 am #

          Thought I read that the woman’s lawyer said it was like pulling teeth try to get any information out of the mayor or her people. And that was information he was entitled to, so this mayor is even more like Trump than I thought.

          • LW
            April 1, 2019 at 10:28 am #

            All politicians are just like Trump in many ways. Too many to count.

        • Brian C. Marquis
          April 2, 2019 at 5:10 am #

          Why are y’all giving “Andrew” Harrington a free ride?

          Let’s call it like it is . . . Crime: assign “Andrew” a higher degree of blame here?

          She promised to be our saviour! All she’s delivered is twisted sentencing recommendations and unskilled prosecutors.

          Last I heard, Mayor Tyer is not statutorily charged with filing criminal charges, nor is she charged with post-conviction (using that term loosely) and/ or plea bargain recommendations. That burden falls within the purview of your new DA, “Andrew” Harrington.

          In case you missed it the first time around: Increase in crime falls on Harrington, not Tyer!!

      • LW
        April 1, 2019 at 7:35 am #

        You’re too funny! Thinking HRC and PARC actually do anything.
        And it’s been much publicized that Tyer had other avenues to pursue, some suggested by sitting councilors who were purposely left out of the meetings with the EPA, to avoid the Obama clean water regulations.
        Thank you for the good laugh today.

        • Shakes
          April 2, 2019 at 11:14 am #

          Unless Obama was suddenly elected prior to September 2008 when Pittsfield applied for the final NPDES permit, then it wasn’t Obama clean water regulations. You’re a good laugh everyday:

          FROM –

          United States Court of Appeals,First Circuit.
          CITY OF PITTSFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, Petitioner, v. UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, Respondent.

          No. 09-1879.
          Decided: July 16, 2010

          II. Factual and Procedural Background

          The Pittsfield Water Treatment Plant discharges treated wastewater into the Housatonic River. Until 2005, Pittsfield operated the plant under an NPDES permit that the EPA had issued in 2000. In June 2005, six months before its existing permit was set to expire, Pittsfield timely filed an application for renewal of its permit. In December 2007, the EPA sent Pittsfield a copy of its draft permit, accompanied by a fact sheet explaining the permit limits and conditions.3

          The city submitted several comments during the comment period. Among them, it expressed concerns about the new permit’s stricter phosphorous, aluminum, E. coli and copper limits and noted that the permit appeared to place responsibility on Pittsfield to ensure that other towns contributing flow to the plant properly reported and managed their collection systems. The city also questioned new testing and reporting requirements.

          On August 22, 2008, the EPA issued a final permit to Pittsfield and its co-permittees, along with a 37-page document addressing the comments the agency had received. The EPA explained that Section 301(b)(1)(C) of the CWA and federal regulations require it to limit any pollutant that it has determined “[is] or may be discharged at a level which will cause, have the reasonable potential to cause, or contribute to any excursion above any State water quality standard, including State narrative criteria for water quality.” 40 C.F.R. § 122.44(d)(1)(v). Based on the Housatonic River’s designation as a Class B water, a classification signifying suitability for habitation by fish and other wildlife and for swimming and boating, the EPA concluded that the new strict limits on the discharge of pollutants were correct, and it provided Pittsfield with a detailed explanation of its data sources and calculations.4

          The agency did make some changes to the draft permit based on the city’s comments, however. Noting Pittsfield’s history of compliance with discharge limits, the EPA granted the city’s request for a reduction in routine testing requirements. It also added new language clarifying that Pittsfield would not be responsible for the implementation of any of the permit’s terms and conditions to the extent that they applied to co-permittees.

          On September 29, 2008, the city sought review of the final permit by the EAB, pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 124.19(a). The city’s petition consisted of a one-page letter and a copy of the comments it had submitted during the public comment period on the draft permit. In its letter, Pittsfield asserted that the EPA had issued the draft permit as final “without any significant modification to address the City’s previously stated concerns,” and that the new permit’s limits and requirements were “unachievable by the City.”

          The EAB denied Pittsfield’s petition for review. The EAB interpreted the regulation governing Board review, 40 C.F.R. § 124.19(a), to require that a petition for review demonstrate either that the EPA’s decision involved a clearly erroneous finding of fact or conclusion of law, or that the petitioner’s appeal raised an important policy consideration that the Board, in its discretion, should review. The Board concluded that Pittsfield had not met this burden and therefore had procedurally defaulted on its claim. The Board noted that the city had not specified which permit conditions it was challenging before the Board,5 nor had it explained why these limits were “unachievable,” let alone “clearly erroneous.” Pittsfield had also failed to identify any important policy consideration, the Board observed, that would “spur the Board to assume jurisdiction ․ and review a 115-page record.”

          The EPA’s permit decision became final when Pittsfield received notice that the Board had denied review. 40 C.F.R. § 124.19(f)(1)(I). The city then filed this appeal.

        • Shakes
          April 2, 2019 at 11:15 am #

          They were not Obama Clean Water regulations, they were GWB clean water regulations.

      • Gobsig
        April 1, 2019 at 8:52 am #

        Both commisions have True Drew Herzig as a member. That’s where the uselessness comes in.

        • Hell Toupee
          April 1, 2019 at 12:56 pm #

          Ah yes, good ole screwy Drewy.

      • Mad Trapper
        April 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm #

        Does PITTSfield still have Youth Commission?

        The one with the turkey baster inseminating Lesbian?

    • Thomas More
      April 1, 2019 at 6:21 am #

      greedy GOBSIGS

  13. Auto Phil
    April 1, 2019 at 6:05 am #

    Disclaimer – did not read other comments. Forgive me for duplication….

    Nearly half of these highlights reference things that haven’t actually happened. In four years, there should have been more actual things.

    The other half boasts about creation/investment in programs, initiatives, and strategic plans, etc…no where does that equal tangible Economic Development.

    The economy of Pittsfield has not grown. Citizens are not enjoying greater wealth and quality of living. The murder rate has skyrocketed. Domestic violence, drug addiction, and overdose deaths have risen. These are not signs of progress.

    And the $&@damn streets are a flipping mess.

    Vote her out. She has failed miserably.

    • Johnny Absurd
      April 1, 2019 at 6:09 am #

      Read the iBerkshires article…there is lots more.

    • Brian C. Marquis
      April 1, 2019 at 6:13 am #

      How do you known for sure if “[t]he economy of Pittsfield has not grown”?

      Are you a social science researcher or economic data collector on social & economic inequalities? Where is your research data to support your claim?

      Show us something other than pure conjecture and unscientific demagoguery.

      Where the beef?

      • LW
        April 1, 2019 at 7:39 am #

        Show us the proof it has grown. It works both ways.

        • Brian C. Marquis
          April 1, 2019 at 8:09 am #

          Perfect rebuttal LW; from someone tossing around claims with no support mechanism to hold it up – to close scrutiny.

          The burden’s on you to produce . . .. .

          My last response:

          Pittsfield, from where I’m seated, is an open-ended project that has created a heterogeneous and transit community; kept alive in the diaspora.

          And that’s the bottom-line!!!

          • Johnny Absurd
            April 1, 2019 at 8:29 am #

            and are you seated at Jones 2?

          • LW
            April 1, 2019 at 10:26 am #

            Kept alive in a diaper? Perfect description.

      • Auto Phil
        April 1, 2019 at 10:53 am #

        Pure conjecture. Mere observation.
        I don’t have proof. If I had time I could probably research statistics and data to back up my point. But who needs that?

        Areas of economic growth and prosperity don’t see a murder rate increase exponentially during a mayor’s “successful” three years in term. They don’t see violent crime and drug abuse continue to rise. They don’t see a new breed of pan handlers at city intersections and outside convenience stores begging for money.

        We also don’t see any new large scale employer in town. No digital or technological companies coming to set up shop and employ dozens or hundreds of people. It’s 2019 man. All that “arts and culture” crap is for the birds. Arts and culture industries employ poor people and entertain the already rich. That is not growth.

        According to Trulia, in the last three months 42 houses went on the market in Pittsfield. 17 were sold. That is not growth.

        • Brian C. Marquis
          April 2, 2019 at 4:56 am #

          If you’re the cure-all to our social, economic, and infrastructure ills, y’all know where the City Clerk’s Office is located; go take out papers so we can examine your many (political and managerial) talents.

          You’re all pretty sad commentators, hiding comfortably behind your pseudonyms.

          Go take out papers. Exactly!!!

      • acheshirecat
        April 2, 2019 at 8:14 pm #

        Actually it should be where’s the weed? I think most of the economic development is related to the marijuana trade.

  14. Kermit Frog
    April 1, 2019 at 6:46 am #

    Lovely Linda should hire Jon Melle to be a copy editor or to proof this kind of stuff before it hits the presses. He is a way more persuasive writer, much more articulate. All I can think is that they are very confident if the campaign are putting out this sort of material.

    • LW
      April 1, 2019 at 10:25 am #

      Loads of money and support from GOBSIGs makes one very confident.

  15. Already Tyered
    April 1, 2019 at 7:08 am #

    Tyer speaks in cliches. Anyone who does this is not very smart.

    • LW
      April 1, 2019 at 7:37 am #

      She’s smart to use cliches because she knows the sheeple actually believe them.

  16. The school committee
    April 1, 2019 at 7:12 am #

    New jobs and economic growth broaden the base and lowers taxes.This has not happened.Taxes have gone up ,water and sewar hike is off the charts.Fact is when cities show signs of failing their realestate goes down in value and taxes go up.One home bought in 2010 for 380k is under water in 2019 and cant get buyers at 339k but taxes are out of sight.Facts kill false statements.Pittsfield does not need a cheerleader it need a leader.

  17. Spider
    April 1, 2019 at 7:51 am #

    I had my first laugh of the day reading the letter to the editor from a New Marlborough gentleman.

    He had nothing but praise for the kiosks on North St. even mentioning that the business he went to also praised them.

    If all that is true, why have some businesses left since the kiosks were installed and people are avoiding North whenever possible.

    Strange letter…..makes me wonder!

    • Johnny Absurd
      April 1, 2019 at 8:31 am #

      interesting that he is asked to write this letter to the editor as the campaign season opens. Look for similar puffery in the Eagle for the next several months. And you can be the judge if it is real or prompted by city hall.

      • Spider
        April 1, 2019 at 9:50 am #

        Exactly, Johnny A. There has been so much criticism about the kiosks and suddenly this letter of praise.

        And you are also right about more letters like this one to come. Let’s see…..the tin cans on Tyler St. and of course the infamous “toters”, etc.

        It’s going to be fun to watch!

    • Mr. Fritz
      April 1, 2019 at 10:07 am #

      For more information, contact Tom Sakshaug!

    • LW
      April 1, 2019 at 10:24 am #

      Sounds like that gentleman is part of a Democrat PAC.

  18. Truthsayer
    April 1, 2019 at 9:16 am #

    The one thing about an opinion is that everyone has one. Tyer has the right to run for reelection. In my personal opinion, Pittsfield needs to go to a city manager and away from a mayoral system.

    • Spagirl
      April 1, 2019 at 4:29 pm #

      Without question, and it is a good way to stop the decades of inner circle politics.

  19. Jonathan Melle
    April 1, 2019 at 10:13 am #

    When I was a young man, it used to be “Blame GE”. Now, as a middle age man, it is now “Blame Linda”.

    Every problem or issue her critics point out, the lovely Linda Tyer inherited in early-2016 when she assumed the role as Mayor of Pittsfield. In short, she inherited a mess!

    While I disagree with some of her decisions, including her loyalty to Jimmy Ruberto, her re-appointment of Carmen Massimiano as Chairman of the Licensing Board, and her tax breaks for out of town millionaires, I support her campaign for re-election.

    I look at it this way. If she can’t change things for the better during her 2nd term as Mayor, then she should retire from Pittsfield politics.

    – Jonathan Melle

    • Goodbye Krol World
      April 1, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

      Correct me if I’m wrong but she wanted the job. She’s a failure. Obtuse, obdurate and out of touch. Someone said she speaks in cliches. This is true. A true sign of a weak mind.

    • doomiedodger
      April 1, 2019 at 12:44 pm #

      She inherited a city with roads that had been poorly taken care of. And even though this was obvious when she ran for office she did not think it was important enough to make it a priority. Many very expensive feel good projects however, did and are getting priority.

      Was there someone in the highway dept. or engineering dept. warning her that the roads were coming apart faster than they were being fixed? If so did she ignore them? And if no one was telling her then do we have people with proper experience working for the city? And if we don’t is it because we are hiring friends and family who do not necessarily have the credentials?

      Someone screwed up and we are being asked to be patient as if it is our fault. Are we asking too much for basic infrastructure while large sums of money are being tossed about? Is the Tyler street renaissance necessary right now? Are we spending money we do not have? Borrowing or raising taxes to pay for it?

    • Mr. Fritz
      April 1, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

      She’s had over 3 years to make an impact, Jon, and she has very little to show in the way of accomplishments. New Tyler St. trashcans aren’t enough of a reason to re-elect her.

  20. The school committee
    April 1, 2019 at 10:15 am #

    Pittsfield is the only city or town that glosses over it budgets.All others just speak to the facts of living in western ma Berkshire hills of drugs and poverty.Yes there are some beautiful homes and small little towns but those homes and towns are older and dying.We must make taxes reasonable not low just reasonable.I see home paying 10k per year for a school system they won’t use.Tyer really is without being mean only looking down from 1 % income point of view as are most on the council.Begging just 1 councilor just one to say we are cutting real estate taxes 5% and putting schools department head on notice to cut this years budget .Do not hire 1 new position.Nothing this guy McCandless or Curtis has made things better.You can easily argue spending more money aimlessly has made it worse.If you think they will come back for more next year then dont bother giving it to them this year.Spending in that school department solves nothing.Imagine him asking for 25 new positions……Mccandless is smooth and desperate and believes everyone makes 50k a year.He will sell it.A great salesmen.

  21. Johnny2Shoes
    April 1, 2019 at 11:12 am #

    I don’t know if people expect the mayor to just wave a magic wand and bring back jobs that have gone away. They aren’t coming back.

    • Jonathan Melle
      April 1, 2019 at 11:59 am #

      It is called “Post-Industrial” Pittsfield/America! We live in a new economy where the rich reap all of the economic benefits, while the rest of use fight over the table scraps to cut even.

      But, let Pittsfield’s complainers unfairly “Blame Linda” instead of looking at the new and more inequitable economic reality!

  22. Chuck Vincelette
    April 1, 2019 at 1:17 pm #

    I’ve been away from the site for some time. I’m wondering what happened to Art Seller. Didn’t agree with him/her much but admired her/his passion.

    • Lenny
      April 1, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

      Are you nuts?

    • Trump Train
      April 2, 2019 at 1:42 am #

      Ditto the…”are you nuts?” from Lenny

    • Johnny2Shoes
      April 2, 2019 at 5:04 am #

      Chuck,

      I believe Art is busy at work on helping to get a political campaign off the ground and rolling. I’m just wondering if it is for councilor or mayor. I’m sure we will find out soon enough.

      • LW
        April 2, 2019 at 8:34 am #

        Or he got kicked off this site for his constant insults and threats. Don’t know how someone whose entire mayoral campaign spending was a 5 dollar t shirt could be busy with anything.

  23. Pat
    April 1, 2019 at 1:24 pm #

    All Tyer needs to do is give more money to the greedy far left indoctrinating schools and she will definitely win.

    • Thomas More
      April 1, 2019 at 4:12 pm #

      That nasty far left, they’ll stop at nothing.

  24. The school committee
    April 1, 2019 at 2:10 pm #

    Pat,how’s that Fox brainwashing working out.

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      April 1, 2019 at 3:38 pm #

      CNN & PMSNBC are the brainwashing apparatus of the Democrat party. Many fools on this board fell for it hook line and sinker. Sorry collusion delusion clingers.

  25. EddieP
    April 1, 2019 at 2:20 pm #

    Keep in mind that with all these tax increases for new schools, water and sewer projects, Tyler St. housing giveaways and the rest, if you cannot pay the super high tax rate on your property, in the end THEY WILL TAKE YOUR HOUSE.
    And that is the BOTTOM LINE.

  26. Mr. Fritz
    April 1, 2019 at 4:28 pm #

    I disagree. He’s belligerent, has no management experience and no people skills. He doesn’t know how to debate an opponent. His resume has been blown out of proportion. A true narcissist.

    • Barbados
      April 1, 2019 at 7:19 pm #

      Right on Mr Fritz he’s a blow hard, tone deaf, no social filters, inflated sense of self-mportance and terribly insecure. Your right about debating too. He doesn’t know how to do it. Loses every time.

  27. Pat
    April 1, 2019 at 4:52 pm #

    I agree with previous comments that the Pittsfield roads are a disaster area and there is just no excuse for them being so bad. Tyer did run on being tough on crime and even hired more police, but then she put her support toward a District Attorney who isn’t that tough on crime especially drugs crimes. Just for those two reasons alone, I will not vote for Tyer. Mazzeo would also be a disaster for Mayor. We need new faces with a practical political agenda for Pittsfield, not more extremists.

    • Barbados
      April 1, 2019 at 7:20 pm #

      Roads are terrible. Mayor doesn’nt get it or doesn’t care. DPW is a mess, a department mismanaged.

  28. Non Essere Uno Stronzo
    April 1, 2019 at 7:14 pm #

    No comments about Creepy Joe?

    • dusty
      April 2, 2019 at 1:47 am #

      Joe was not given permission to grab pussys like Trump said he was. Apparently Joe was not even given permission to kiss the back of a woman’s head. But he did it anyway. What an awful man.

    • LW
      April 2, 2019 at 8:35 am #

      Maybe because no one cares about yet another made up MeToo smear campaign.

  29. The school committee
    April 2, 2019 at 5:06 am #

    As Trump stated because he is a TV reality show celebrity he could target your mom,sister,or daughter and just walk up and grab your daughters pussy as they were in shock from a sexual assault.Trump is a molester in chief.

    • Trump Train
      April 2, 2019 at 7:27 am #

      He may have joked about it, but Biden actually did it. Locker room talk versus criminal behavior.

  30. The school committee
    April 2, 2019 at 5:13 am #

    Today on Fox news 40 million Trump followers learned about the 3 countries that make up the continent of Mexico. Also Trump will not be delivering a Healthcare plan.He will not be making the Continent of Mexico’s 3 countries pay for a solid fence.He did let his supporter get less tax refunds.Trump is that dopey Cindy Adams celeb.

    • Acute Angina
      April 2, 2019 at 5:10 pm #

      Now Mexico is a continent? You must be talking with AOC.

      • X-Lachs Lounge
        April 2, 2019 at 6:52 pm #

        Not only is it a continent it has three countries. Who knew?

  31. The school committee
    April 2, 2019 at 8:13 am #

    Got to love God fearing Regressive Glenn Beck and his God fearing sidekick describe Senator Biden as a creepy democratic candidate that may have this perversion to make women feel creepy.Trump has never once been talked about by these two as not being a known pervert in fact.The sidekick said Biden was a terrible vice president and will be a horrible president based on nothing but their description which is a planting of a seed as they describe in good detail that Biden has a molesting problem.Glenn Beck is a very wishy washy christian.

    • Pat
      April 2, 2019 at 5:41 pm #

      Glen Beck is a Christian who gives lots of money to help so many causes including helping victims of ISIS. He is such a nice and good man not to mention extremely intelligent. He would make a great president.

  32. The school committee
    April 2, 2019 at 8:20 am #

    Dalton is having a very inteligent conversation about what people can afford got taxes there.Its a conversation that no councilor ever had.Yon of the school committee never talked about what we can afford.The Mayor never once said we can’t afford something.Chris Connell,Rivers Moon ,White has never asked if we can truly afford something,Why?because they can.They don’t get it.Not one leader of taxpayers money has ever emerged

  33. Pat
    April 2, 2019 at 9:19 am #

    We have a humanitarian crisis on the border. Former Obama staffers agree. The New York Times is only worried about us running out of avocado if President Trump closes the border. The thinking from the far left is so ridiculous. We have a crisis on the border and they are worried about avocado.

  34. The school committee
    April 2, 2019 at 10:55 am #

    Pat you a correct and your president wants to erect a 25billion dollar wall.Lets shelve the wall crap and get this thing corrected.This block head has nothing but wall that wont solve the problem of human beings showing up to beg the or way into what you luckily were born into.There but for the grace of God goes Pat and Don Trump

    • Pat
      April 2, 2019 at 1:43 pm #

      Then why don’t Democrats in Congress work to solve the problem with Republicans? Compassion for the immigrants doesn’t mean allowing them to just walk into the country in such massive numbers.

      • Johnny Absurd
        April 2, 2019 at 2:22 pm #

        Pat, as you well recall, the republicans blocked EVERYTHING the democrats tried to do when Obama was president. And they did it just for spite. They even hamstrung things that were good for themselves. How petty is that?

        And you are right about the immigrants and compassion. The Trump family sees cages as compassion and that seems to be working great. Don’t change a thing.

        • Pat
          April 2, 2019 at 5:13 pm #

          Obama saw cages as compassion too apparently since he did the same thing. Hundreds of thousands entering the country each month is unsustainable. It is a crisis. The far left knows it and doesn’t care.

      • The school committee
        April 2, 2019 at 4:25 pm #

        Not one person in our country who has any interest outside of Trump solid wall believe democrats are letting people walk across a border.I know you believe that as propaganda but lying about this is silly

  35. Pat
    April 2, 2019 at 2:33 pm #

    I believe in God too and I believe he has blessed our country which is why so many people want to come here in massive numbers….one hundred thousand per month. They are fleeing the type of country that the far left wants to turn this country into….countries where government has all the money and power. We give money to these countries, but it doesn’t go to the people. The corrupt government officials take it and live luxurious lifestyles while the people live in poverty. We need to send more money to these countries say the far left. Really? Why doesn’t any of the money we do send make it to the people?!?

  36. Pat
    April 2, 2019 at 2:40 pm #

    The far left wants to encourage Americans to have abortions and limit the number of children they have out of fears of climate change and to save the environment from too many people, while at the same time large families with tons of children who are not worried about climate change and/or who don’t even believe in abortions, are pouring into the country in massive numbers. It’s so easy to see that this is all about future voters for the far left while our country is being destabilized.

    • Rule 27
      April 2, 2019 at 5:05 pm #

      If democrats can convince other democrats not to have children that’s a good thing. If you have traditional American values keep having as many kids as you can afford.

  37. Ted
    April 2, 2019 at 3:32 pm #

    No matter what topic a Planet post begins with it always ends the same way. Pat and TSC in their endless mindless waltz of the ideologies.

    • Thomas More
      April 2, 2019 at 4:19 pm #

      BINGO TED. Why bother to even participate.

    • Bill DeWahl
      April 2, 2019 at 5:07 pm #

      At .least pat makes sense…..?tsc is just very lost.

    • Pat
      April 2, 2019 at 5:08 pm #

      I left lots of messages above about Linda Tyer….Ted and Thomas More, I didn’t any messages about the subject from you.

  38. The school committee
    April 2, 2019 at 4:31 pm #

    Back to Linda announcing for Mayor.Hope she has a competitor.

  39. Gigi
    April 2, 2019 at 5:25 pm #

    Joe Biden; flasher, hair sniffer and groper…..the Dems best chance to beat Trump??? This story is too amusing!

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/02/nolte-dont-forget-joe-biden-exposed-himself-female-secret-service-agents/

    • Mr. Fritz
      April 2, 2019 at 7:12 pm #

      Biden’s done. Enter……drum roll please…..John Hickenlooper!

  40. Bill DeWahl
    April 2, 2019 at 6:15 pm #

    Trump should build the wall out of Russian collusion. Nobody can get over it.

  41. Already Tyered
    April 2, 2019 at 6:17 pm #

    Who took out nomination papers in Pittsfield today?

  42. Andy
    April 7, 2019 at 11:03 am #

    I’m so glad I don’t live there anymore or own property there anymore. #TaxesAndFeesToDeath Tyer is nuts. How much money does she think most working people in Pittsfield make?