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DOWNTOWN ISN’T UPSTREET ANYMORE, THAT’S FOR SURE, BUT TELL THAT TO DPI … or … THE PASSION OF JESSE COOK-DUBIN

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MAY 24-26, 2019) — You missed it.

You missed it because Downtown Pittsfield Inc. — that useless, vampiric drain of public money — has for Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski all the relevance of Shandoff’s, the Bridge Street Lunch, England’s, Rosenfeld’s, or any of the other city institutions when downtown was “Upstreet,” all gone now.

“Upstreet.”

You went Upstreet with your mom. She wore a dress and heels. You wore your “good clothes.” Why? Because, man, you were stepping out, in public. You had to be presentable.

Liggett’s had the best lime rickeys on THE PLANET, Mark Belanger could sell you a “Clete Boyer” model Rawlings X-PG8 baseball glove at Besse-Clarke’s,  and you might be forgiven if, in a memory lapse, you thought you were standing on 43rd and Broadway for the crowds, the bustle, and the ordinary swoons of tolerant hope, the kind of benevolence that the ’50s and early-to-mid ’60s produced as a cash crop. Carr hardware was there then. It’s there today. The rest of the street, though, has lost its constants, devolving into a depressing, nightmarish still life, maybe “Mystery and Madness of a Street.”

The Kapanskis don’t go there anymore. There is no “there” there, as Dot Parker once observed. Parking’s a hassle. Safety’s a concern. Trash is everywhere. They can’t afford it. Downtown Pittsfield misses the Kapanskis. North Street now has the crowded emptiness of, at best, a personified, vile, gangsta lyric boomboxing about “hoes” and rape — this, where gilded chariots and two-tone Ramblers once paved the way and waylaid the pavement, especially on Thursday nights.

———- ooo ———-

For two months of the year, July and August, North Street “enjoys” the counterfeit of a revival thanks mostly to South County’s leftovers, the bored, rich Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Sheckner from North Bellmore or Wantaugh who, as Lenny Bruce might say, think show business is a pair of Capezio shoes and the projectionist at the Beacon. They attend shows at the Barrington Stage. Mrs. S sits on its board, bored and actually believing she knows theater. They room at Hotel on North. They spit on the Kapanskis.

The dead are alive in downtown Pittsfield, and the survivors daily march like zombies to the Tower before their summary executions. And that’s on a good day, where at Persip Park you can sleaze forever. Ah, but downtown Pittsfield has Downtown Pittsfield Inc., whose best eyes never see but weep. The tears are covered with pasted on smiles and an insular agreement to fake belief in a fable that defies all evidence, the fairy tale that business is booming, the daisies are blooming, and the traffic is zooming.

No trophies, however, get raised over the triumph of dead memory.

DPI, you see, just had its awards night.

You missed it because you were up late worrying about your rising taxes. The water-and-sewer bill you can’t pay split your cocoanut. You were trying to decide what bills not to pay this month. You decided in this cold spring that the heating bill could wait and maybe a prescription that, while it makes your life less painful, won’t kill you if you have to suffer for a month without it. The Kapanskis don’t pay 85% of your health insurance. You suck it up, alone.

You missed the DPI awards night. Let THE PLANET fill you in.

———- ooo ———-

DPI executive director Cheryl Miller gathered the DPI staff together to hand out awards. In the audience, the usual assortment of Suits, “Players,” “See and Be Seens,” office holders, suck-ups, wannabes, and bums hoping for free eats. THE PLANET attended disguised as an empty seat.

Berkshire Pride Festival came in for the biggest kudos. That speaks tomes about the state of “pride” in the city among ordinary citizens, who prefer it straight.

Pride. One of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Miller called the BP Festival “a touchstone of the community … that has ignited a fire of inspiration.” Fortunately, the Pittsfield Fire Department was on hand to contain the blaze. Later in the evening, the “touchstone” led many stones to be touched. We shall spare the details of the “inspiration.”

It seems the event began when some 10-year-old kid wondered in 2010 why he wasn’t a lady in a cape and why, for that matter, there wasn’t a Queer Fest in Pittsfield. Apparently, he grew up before there was free skating all winter long at the Common. Now, they hold  their once-a-year hoedown where there be no more skating. The gays and queens from the Isle of Lesbos got their award from Adam “Man of the Future” Hinds. As Adam knows, all entries are through the back door, except for the ladies. They can come and go from the front or the back, as they wish. As for the transgenders, it depends on the plumbing. For games, the BPF on the Common features cornhole.

The mayor rose at dawn to compose a speech raving about all the new business flocking to the downtown. It’s proof, you see, of “a strong local economy.” It’s so strong, she pledged to send more money to DPI. The little dog laughed to hear such a thing, and the dish ran away with the spoon. Tyer failed to mention to flood of downtown businesses that have gone bust in the past year, for example, Tyler Street’s millennial bakery with its $4 coffee and $3 donuts.

After more awards, Miller noted the work of the Downtown Ambassadors. She called these kids a “welcoming, information-sharing resource.” They are trained, she said, by the Pittsfield Police Department, who gave beyond the call retraining the kids’ thumbs from texting to getting adept at pressing the “squelch” button on their walkie talkies.

Observing all of this, Jesse Cook-Dubin, as fine a lad as you would meet on a sunny May morning. He is Miller’s boss. JC-D is a lawyer, a good one. He’s a decent, clean-cut family man, the kind who provides the city with enough glue to keep the parts from exploding and enough hope to entertain other associated and capricious rays of hope. Over the years, he and THE PLANET have shared more than one cuppa Joe and many syllables of advice. Jesse’s a good man, in other words, the kind you would want with you in an embattled foxhole.

How he got into fronting, or is it backing, DPI, remains for the scholars and future Ph.D. students. Other “messiahs” preceded him, all good friends: Peter Lafayette, Kate McGuire. They, too, died for urban renewal’s sins and had to play the part of The Great Pretender. Now, Jesse Cook-Dubin carries the cross. If you see him, allow the general vogue to lend him a hand on the march to Calvary.

Better yet, send in the cavalry.

Have a great weekend, everybody.


“I look into my glass, / And view my wasting skin, And say, ‘Would God it came to pass / My heart had shrunk as thin” Thomas Hardy, first stanza, “I Look Into My Glass.”

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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107 Responses to “DOWNTOWN ISN’T UPSTREET ANYMORE, THAT’S FOR SURE, BUT TELL THAT TO DPI … or … THE PASSION OF JESSE COOK-DUBIN”

  1. Jonathan Melle
    May 23, 2019 at 8:18 pm #

    Downtown Pittsfield is surrounded by poor neighborhoods. North Street is known as “Social Services Alley”. There is even a Juvenile Court to attract Pittsfield’s youthful offenders. After hours, North Street is a scary place full of social ills. It was even the scene of a mass shooting a couple of years ago.

    For decades, Pittsfield politics shot itself in the feet by nixing the proposed downtown mall, and then the proposed downtown ballpark. Berkshire Community College used to be downtown before it was moved to outer West Street.

    Former Mayor Jimmy Ruberto spent a couple million dollars from GE’s settlement fund on the so-called downtown renaissance. The politically connected go their dough, while many living wage jobs were lost.

    Sarcasm: Downtown Pittsfield is a cultural mecca that rivals London, Paris, Manhattan (NYC), and L.A.

    – Jonathan Melle

    P.S. Please review the lovely Linda Tyer’s 3.9 percent tax hike in her proposed municipal budget.

    https://www.cityofpittsfield.org/city_hall/finance_and_treasurer/uploads/Pittsfield%20FY2020%20Budget%20FINAL-web%20version.pdf

    • danvalenti
      May 24, 2019 at 1:35 pm #

      JON
      It’s a fat budget. Thanks for posting.

      • Billy Zorn
        May 28, 2019 at 12:12 pm #

        You are exactly correct. Question: If Pittsfield continues to lose residents would it then become a town?

  2. dusty
    May 24, 2019 at 2:20 am #

    The blind are leading the blind but even those who can see shadows are bumping into trees.

    Power corrupts and selfishness reigns as it always has through time eternal. Is it innate to all humans or is it a learned behavior?

  3. Johnny99
    May 24, 2019 at 4:30 am #

    Another ribbon cutting, another waste of city time and money.

    http://www.iberkshires.com/story/60011/Pittsfield-Habitat-Cuts-Ribbon-on-New-Police-Substation.html

    • Lenny
      May 24, 2019 at 5:14 am #

      A desk, a chair, a computer and a volunteer. Another crime fighting initiative by the Tyer administration.

      • Johnny Absurdo
        May 24, 2019 at 12:20 pm #

        They really should provide donuts for that volunteer

        • danvalenti
          May 24, 2019 at 1:36 pm #

          JA
          Donuts … or at least donut holes.

      • Sojourner Truth
        May 26, 2019 at 6:17 am #

        Crime in Pittsfield is under control thanks to its coronated Club Med police chief who regularly takes his crime fighting prowess to Cape Cod, Florida, and beyond, Having a city vehicle and city credit card must rock!

        • danvalenti
          May 26, 2019 at 6:43 am #

          SJ
          It’s called floating in the pool, doing the backstroke, not a care in the world.

  4. Mr. Fritz
    May 24, 2019 at 4:32 am #

    I’m standing & cheering you after reading The Planet! A brutally honest critique of DPI which I totally agree with.
    Downtown is a continual sideshow of layabouts, druggies and perverts. For the Pride Festival to take high honors is a testament to how far we have fallen as a society. Marking my calendar to make sure that I am out of town during the “festival.” This city used to be a family friendly place to raise kids – so glad mine are grown and outta here!

    On a side note, we now have a police substation without police, open 3 days a week for your report filing needs. Manned by volunteers. Waat?!

  5. Pat
    May 24, 2019 at 4:36 am #

    The part about appearance when going out in public is important to everyone. Even very rich people often go around in torn jeans with holes in them thinking they look hip and cool. Apparently nobody has told them that they just look like bums. Also sweaty gym clothes on North Street and other places in the city is very common from the rich and the poor.

    Also, I thought it was illegal to use pot in public even with the new laws, but walking past someone using skunk pot especially or even driving behind them in a car is not an experience I would wish on anyone. Please have concern for your fellow citizens.

    If you go out in public and present your best self then it makes everybody, including yourself, happier and hopeful.

    • Johnny99
      May 24, 2019 at 8:54 am #

      Right on Man. Women wearing jeans with all kinds of holes in them is right up there with men walking around with their pants falling down,and their underwear showing. Both disgust me to no end. Throw is some facial piercings and a boat load of tattoos, and North Street is a freak show. North Street is the front porch for Riff and Raff, and all the other street urchkins with nothing better to do, sprinkled in with some real good people that have no where else to go. You can put lipstick on a pig as they say, but it’s still a pig. And the intermodal transportation center is a bum magnet, just like Sotille Park. In fact, wasn’t it Sottile Park where Ruberto announced his run for mayor and stated he would bring tax relief? Ha Ha Ha. How’d that work out for ya all that elected him and all the WHEN broads?

      • Gigi
        May 24, 2019 at 11:01 am #

        I agree Johnny.
        I hope incoming Mayor Mazzeo will dissolve the DPI.
        North St. has long been the “business district” with Allendale the “shopping district.” Allendale is easily accessible with abundant free parking. North St. is scary after dark and difficult to navigate in the winter months with snow piles along the curbs. Trying to force North St. into being something that it’s not is a losing game. More theaters (Beacon, Colonial), museums, restaurants (Spice) supported by tax dollars have not brought back the Kapanskis. A gay pride festival, marijuana shops and needle exchange depots will not bring them back, either. The force has moved to Allendale and ain’t returning!
        This Kapanski is moving out while she can still sell her house!

        • danvalenti
          May 24, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

          The Kapanskis cannot afford the faux-theatrics, and they are sensibly too wary to venture there otherwise. Good luck with the sale and move.

        • Canem Bonum
          May 24, 2019 at 1:39 pm #

          Well, Gigi, good luck in selling your house. Recently sold family member’s house on desirable parkway -very low sum of money. Not surprising as there are no more middle class jobs. The hospital is the largest employer. I would advise getting out asap. Lack of jobs and the public schools do not have sufficient numbers of kids from stable homes with respect for education and ambition.

          • Gigi
            May 24, 2019 at 6:08 pm #

            Thank you Canem. At least your relative got out before the boatload of taxes hit. Seems like the pool of buyers has dried up – even in the lower priced homes like mine.

        • Harrison
          May 24, 2019 at 3:16 pm #

          Good luck on your new venture Gigi! With both you and Fritz moving on to greener pastures, looks like Pat will have to fend for herself.

    • Harrison
      May 24, 2019 at 3:41 pm #

      Sounds like a letter to the editor from 1970.

  6. Edward R. Murrow
    May 24, 2019 at 4:56 am #

    No water in a fire hydrant on Tyler St. PFD doesn’t know.

    This is a problem.

    But, hey, as long as the moonbats who don’t live in Pittsfield are happy.

    No need to worry about the things that affect the lives of city residents and taxpayers.

    Time for a new mayor, one who will straighten out these dysfunctional city departments, for a start.

    • danvalenti
      May 24, 2019 at 1:41 pm #

      The story of malfunctioning fire hydrants is a serious one that needs to be examined. Perhaps the fearless investigative team of The Boring Broadsheet can get on it. … Then again. That’s a MAJOR deal. The issue needs to be publicly aired. Perhaps the council, or a couple three councilors, can demand a hearing.

  7. Kermit Frog
    May 24, 2019 at 5:18 am #

    The firemen’s lives are at risk too. As well as the people, animals and property they are trying to save. That is awful.
    Pittsfield is like a cardboard facade of a ‘vibrant’ community where if you touch the cardboard it collapses.
    The BB can’t not write an honest story to save their lives. Iberkshires – is that an arm of downtown Pittsfield? Who pays to run that website, the city? We can expect that is no honest reporting. You have a weight Dan to be fair and decent as there is no one else.
    I am not bigoted – as long as people are decent and respect other people we can all live together in harmony. Let’s welcome all who contribute to society and don’t need the government to pay for their lifestyle.

    • Two Cents
      May 24, 2019 at 9:16 am #

      A contractor shuts off the water to hydrants without proper permission or notification putting the lives of citizens and firefighters in danger. You would think there would be severe consequences for such actions. But being that the developer that hired the contractor is none other than Mayor Tyer supporter and campaign headquarters provider, David Carver, we shall hear no more of this.

      • Edward R. Murrow
        May 24, 2019 at 10:11 am #

        Airbrush it out of the picture, Stalin-style.

      • Johnny Absurdo
        May 24, 2019 at 10:21 am #

        Oh my! Just forget everything you heard cause none of it ever happened. Can we move on now? Can we talk about the parade or…anything else but the lack of water in fire hydrants near the church or why this might have happened? If it ever did.

      • danvalenti
        May 24, 2019 at 1:42 pm #

        Woah. If that information is true, “severe consequences” would not be enough.

        • AA
          May 28, 2019 at 8:42 am #

          Unlikely it was Carver/Salco/etc – it was more likely JSRae who was replacing water lines up and down Tyler (including in front of St. Mary’s)

          More concerning is why on earth does the City only need a telephone call from the Contractor as notice that they are taking hydrants out of commission? Seems it would be pretty easy to “forget” you got that call if the hydrants are still non functional (they were during the last fire on Tyler also, same area)

  8. The school committee
    May 24, 2019 at 5:26 am #

    There really are restaurants,retail,theaters, bars and entertainment,hotels,banking and housing .Pittsfields North Street was vacant.

    • doomiedodger
      May 24, 2019 at 7:22 am #

      How many of them are there because we are subsidizing their taxes?? Nobody wants to talk about it. I wonder why. Would it be bigly embarrassing to city hall before the election?

  9. Kermit Frog
    May 24, 2019 at 5:31 am #

    How much government money needs to keep pumping in to keep the businesses afloat?
    30 million for a theater is an example, money thrown away.
    If we compare to Hudson, NY do the businesses their all get the kind of handouts Pittsfield gives.

  10. Auto Phil
    May 24, 2019 at 7:23 am #

    If North Street catches a fire and there are no working hydrants, would it make sense to just let it burn…

    Like a do-over…

    Someone ask Mayor Tyer.

    Tyer rhymes with fire.
    (Best comment on this blog in forever)

  11. Truthsayer
    May 24, 2019 at 7:27 am #

    Downtown retailers were working hard to stay alive. The Berkshire Mall helped kill them off, and now it too is dead. Downtown and the off streets collapsed and with it came the thugs.

    Unfortunately, retail is pretty much dead as well these days thanks to Amazon and online selling, but it is possible to still survive in retail by offering services not available to the online shopper.

    How do you revive downtown? I’d say that you have to first make it a SAFE destination. That means cleaning up the thugs, but the old do the crime, pay the time isn’t in play under the current DA. Without fear of punishment, there’s no need for anyone to change their criminal ways is there?

    Until the downtown becomes a safe place to walk whether it’s day or night, you can’t generate the traffic needed to survive whether it’s retail, restaurant, or entertainment.

    If the police are working to catch but the DA is just playing Progressive and releasing, why bother? The hoods are back on the street before the cops have the paperwork done.

    It’s a mess. Like Dan, I remember the days of going downtown and shopping at England Brothers, Besse-Clark. I remember seeing “Jaws” at the Showcase, taking my kids to see a movie at what is now the senior center.

    Downtown could experience a Renaissance. The only problem is that we have stupid politicians who create bigger problems as they slap water looking for solutions.

    • Harrison
      May 24, 2019 at 4:20 pm #

      I would argue that the demise of retail on North St. happened long before the Berkshire Mall. The Kapanskis liked going to all the new suburban shopping centers, first Allendale, then Zayre’s Plaza, then the Big N Plaza, then the Bradlees Plaza. Seems like the Kapanskis put an end to downtown shopping. Hell, even England Bros moved to Allendale.

    • Pat
      May 25, 2019 at 6:26 am #

      Shopping for clothing on Amazon is very boring. Very few styles and the prices are extremely high. No thank you.

      I really miss our Berkshire Mall. Very sad what has happened to the retail stores. Online shopping is so dull in comparison. Shopping in stores is not only great physical exercise, but gets everyone away from the computer screen.

  12. EddieP
    May 24, 2019 at 7:31 am #

    To go back a few days..the Eagle has published the Town of Lanesboro tax taking list.
    If you don’t, or can’t pay, they will take your home.

    • Johnny Absurdo
      May 24, 2019 at 8:09 am #

      Conversely Pittsfield has or had one out on Rte. 20 for 20 years or better that did not pay taxes. But he has connections and so gets a mulligan. Joe blue collar is not eligible for mulligans

  13. UAlbany
    May 24, 2019 at 8:08 am #

    great stuff DV ! Waiting for the rebuff and spin from our City’s first man Bar Bar…please tell us how Dan is wrong…please spin this into a Bianchi issue or a Ruberto issue – -please please please, I need to sleep well tonight my good friend !!

    • danvalenti
      May 24, 2019 at 1:45 pm #

      I appreciate the nod, UA. I would also welcome any rebuff and spin from any city apologist.

  14. Mad Trapper
    May 24, 2019 at 8:52 am #

    Hi Dan,

    A great column/commentary. I remember the elevators and sliding down the escalators, at England Bros. as a child

    I’ll add some but will take a while to compose it.

    I have seen the slow painful demise of Pittsfield.

    The current Highway to Hell elected officials , State and Local Politicians/Crooks, have paved; it is disgusting, or should I say “deplorable”?

    Goobermet/taxpayer funded Interstate to Hell: pothole filled , garbage lined, thug/gang infested , superfund toxic contaminated, …..

    Have a good Memorial Day Dan.

    Best regards,

    Mad Trapper

  15. Kermit Frog
    May 24, 2019 at 8:59 am #

    Wasn’t J D-C big in helping Stanley escape responsibility? Isn’t he Stanley’s lawyer? Also, I believe he is representing those Fire Cider people – people who are legally tormenting old ladies at the Pittsfield tax payer expense. That group got a bunch of development money no?

    • Kermit Frog
      May 24, 2019 at 9:02 am #

      Correct – J D-C not Stanley’s lawyer. But still involved in Beacon debacle sweep up.

  16. CC The Maze Sun
    May 24, 2019 at 9:03 am #

    Of honorary mentions was Sammy Vincents. Displaying the latest Beatles Album release. You could go in and listen with headphones on in one of the booths he had set up. It was an exciting experience.

    Buy the album and take it home and play the shit out of it. Not even worry about paying the water bill. Know why? Because there wasn’t one.

  17. Mad Trapper
    May 24, 2019 at 9:09 am #

    Hi Dan,

    Since my last post has been “held up” by Your rotobot screener,……….

    I’ll say thanks to our fallen Veterans this Memorial Day

    MT

    • danvalenti
      May 24, 2019 at 1:46 pm #

      TRAPPER
      Thank you. We shall get the post freed up.

  18. The school committee
    May 24, 2019 at 10:09 am #

    Now back to trying to hold taxes down for the veterans of Wars and here we have the perfect solution to the Crazy Spending by Ex Mayor Tyer.The next Mayor Mazzeo will lock up our election in the fall with just 1 change.
    All home owners who reach age 65 on that date have their realestate,water and sewer tax frozen .That will then pressure the School and CC to consolidate the spend every dollar with consideration like never before.A one time lock up as long as you stay in your current house.

    • Johnny Absurdo
      May 24, 2019 at 10:25 am #

      If the seniors stop paying taxes who is going to subsidize the millionaires who get tax breaks? Cuz these are the guys who are generous donors during campaign time ya know.

      • The school committee
        May 24, 2019 at 11:03 am #

        You still pay your taxes as they just get frozen at age 66.All senior citizens will vote Mazzeo as soon as she assnnounces it.It will be the biggest turnout for a mayor’s election in Pittsfield history….it will put Yon,Marchetti,and CC on notice to start spending smart money…
        It’s a winner.I will vote for ex mayor Tyer if she does it.

  19. The school committee
    May 24, 2019 at 10:12 am #

    A reminder that your president is melting,just a matter of time now.Do not impeach just watch him sweat.

  20. Gigi
    May 24, 2019 at 11:04 am #

    Nancy Pelosi should retire – she’s got some major issues!

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/05/24/donald-trump-shares-video-of-stammering-speaker-nancy-pelosi/

    • Harrison
      May 24, 2019 at 1:08 pm #

      Giuliani has already tweeted out an apology for re-tweeting this doctored video. Ironically his tweet is incoherent. Thanks Gigi for trying to spread fake news.

      • Gigi
        May 24, 2019 at 5:09 pm #

        Harrison,
        Nothing fake about her spasms and incoherence.
        I especially love the part when Nancy says “three” and holds up two fingers.

        You know Pelosi needs help. Her stuttering, brain freeze moments are all over youtube. Perhaps a member of her family will intervene on her behalf.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1od_K2AEf4

  21. The school committee
    May 24, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

    Too late,you guys doctored the video and Trump,Kellyanne and Rudi got caught sending this fake vis across the world. Trump,Kellyanne and Rudi are our National Bullies

    • Fake News
      May 24, 2019 at 1:44 pm #

      And you are our local buffoon. Stop spreading fakeness.

  22. The school committee
    May 24, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

    How old does Trump act? I’m saying a very immature spoiled 11

    • Fake News
      May 24, 2019 at 1:42 pm #

      fake info.

  23. Fake News
    May 24, 2019 at 1:54 pm #

    And you are our local buffoon. Stop spreading fakeness.

    • Johnny Absurdo
      May 25, 2019 at 12:41 am #

      I think I can guarantee that there will now be dozens more videos of this nature coming forth. Now that the white house has condoned doctored videos they may get to see what it looks like when they are the victim. The pendulum swings both ways.
      Do unto others as you would yourselves?

      • Brody Hooper
        May 26, 2019 at 1:38 pm #

        Matt here you again the Trump Derangement Syndrome

  24. Dave
    May 24, 2019 at 3:38 pm #

    Downtown Pittsfield Inc. is a perfect example of how Pittsfield government works and why we are in the financial shape that we are. When it was born DPI asked for and received $50,000 from the city as seed money to help it get started. When questions from the skeptics raised some questions the usual suspects assured us all that this was a one time entry in the budget and DPI would be self sustaining from all the businesses on North St that would come aboard and pay up. That obviously didn’t pan out so the next year it miraculously stayed in the budget. I recall one year that everyone was patting themselves on the back because they reduced the amount to $35,000 if I remember correctly. It’s like the positions in the PPS that are first funded by grants so the school committee can’t say no, but when the grants stop paying for the position it is entrenched and we can’t possibly do without it because it is so critical and it’s “for the children”. It is so easy to vote in these “free” positions and to plant a seed with a mere $50,000 but getting the infection out is impossible in Pittsfield.

  25. Hung Wang
    May 24, 2019 at 7:15 pm #

    Perosi drunk again. Too bad lach’s lounge closed.

  26. The school committee
    May 25, 2019 at 4:01 am #

    Trump is a very stable genius.Who believes Trump is a genius?

  27. The school committee
    May 25, 2019 at 4:03 am #

    Who believes Trump is stable?

    • Pat
      May 25, 2019 at 6:38 am #

      President Trump has an extremely high IQ and seeing as how he is in his 70’s, he is extremely energetic and stable.

      So many of the far left radicals in the liberal media are definitely not stable. They have serious issues with accepting reality. They think as one giant mind meld which explains why they all talk and act alike and even say the same phrases over and over. Just in the past few days every liberal channel has used the term “getting under his skin” when referring to Nancy Pelosi’s effect on President Trump. This happens all the time. It’s like they are all programmed and have very little individual thought.

      • Ed Setera
        May 26, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

        Pat, the DNC sends out a memo and syncophant media take action.

    • Gigi
      May 25, 2019 at 7:41 am #

      Trump is a genius. Look at all the Democratic lunatics running for the presidential nod- Mayor Pete, Bezo Bozo, Biden, Crazy Bernie, Kamala, Kirsten, DeBlasio…..all leftist loonies who want to give away the store to illegal immigrants. All of them are people who are interested in destroying our country. Chuck & Nancy are obstructionists who have no new ideas on how to move our country forward. The only focus they have, is on removing Trump from office. Globalists/socialists, every one of them. If Trump doesn’t win the next election….kiss your country, as you know it, goodbye!

  28. Bill DeWahl
    May 25, 2019 at 7:10 am #

    Who thinks Nancy Pelosi will get loaded tonight?

    • Harrison
      May 25, 2019 at 1:38 pm #

      Who thinks you’re already there?

      • Bill DeWahl
        May 25, 2019 at 5:48 pm #

        Pelosi’s flying into Pittsfield for a big night at the Madison.

        • Thomas More
          May 26, 2019 at 8:33 am #

          She can be sure that you’ll be there to greet her.

        • Bill DeWahl
          May 26, 2019 at 4:43 pm #

          She loves her medical merlot.

        • Hoyt Clagwell
          May 26, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

          Good thing we have those airport upgrades. Maybe she can stop by Shakesausage’s office and get her false teeth adjusted.

  29. The school committee
    May 25, 2019 at 7:19 am #

    Speaker of The people’s House will not be drinking or golfing or pigging out on cuisine
    The Speaker will be working.The Speaker wont be insulting anyone.

    • Bill DeWahl
      May 25, 2019 at 5:46 pm #

      She needs to go to AA.

      • Thomas More
        May 26, 2019 at 10:16 am #

        So do you.

        • Bill DeWahl
          May 26, 2019 at 4:42 pm #

          Her favorite is Bourbon & Botox. She gets tight two ways.

          • Norm Fernordner
            May 26, 2019 at 4:47 pm #

            She has quite the rack for an old girl, bet she had them lifted.

  30. Kermit Frog
    May 25, 2019 at 7:40 am #

    Don’t be mean about the speaker. She is 79 years old. You just can’t tell as she has had 1/2 a million in plastic surgery. All the Botox might be effecting her nerves, poor woman. But she’s down with the common person’s struggle.

    • danvalenti
      May 25, 2019 at 4:50 pm #

      KF
      We might advise the speaker, “Act your age.”

      • Kermit Frog
        May 25, 2019 at 6:32 pm #

        To be fair, Joe Biden and Trump might be pushing some serious money in this area too.
        I don’t like the whole gang. It’s funny as Pelosi is much more combative than Warren but Warren gets more heat for this. Warren seems like a better person, if I don’t like her policies either.

  31. Jonathan Melle
    May 25, 2019 at 12:08 pm #

    Is Donald Trump mentally unfit to serve as U.S. President? Should Trump be removed from office by the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution?

    I also wonder if the Democrats in U.S. Congress should Impeach Trump?

    I believe the voters should decide in November of 2020.

    • doomiedodger
      May 25, 2019 at 2:05 pm #

      Whatever it takes and the sooner the better because it is going to take years to put the country back together and regain any respect from the rest of the world.

    • Pat
      May 25, 2019 at 3:31 pm #

      The voters will decide in 2020 to reject a system of government that would enslave us all. No thank you to giving government the power to lord it over us by giving them all the money and all the power in exchange for some freebies. Do people value their freedom so little that they would make such a stupid decision with the example of Venezuela in our faces everyday of just what happens when socialists take over a country.

      President Trump for president in 2020!!!

  32. Merry & Bright
    May 25, 2019 at 3:56 pm #

    Dan, enjoyed your post, brought back a lot of happy memories.

    Just re-read the Vibrant Dynamic Mayor’s press release regarding the turned off hydrants on Tyler Street. Seems like the blame game has started. Blaming the contractor, yet for over two weeks I have seen the City Water Dept. working on that corner and also there has been a huge puddle of water on Tyler Street by the hydrant. Wondering how many City trucks traveled up and down Tyler Street and passed by this water leak?! Turocy always seems to have a dumb explanation and what is even more pathetic is our Vibrant Dynamic Mayor believes him! The City streets are filthy dirty, grass is not mowed, lines aren’t painted, pot holes still exist everywhere, cross walks are basically no longer visible. Can’t help but wonder what kind of hold Turocy has on her? Or, is it she can’t admit that she made a mistake hiring him?

    Hope everyone has a safe holiday weekend.

    • danvalenti
      May 25, 2019 at 4:49 pm #

      M&B
      Glad you enjoyed the piece. Hydrantgate gets more and more interesting, eh?

  33. Jonathan Melle
    May 25, 2019 at 7:16 pm #

    I support the lovely Linda Tyer for Mayor of Pittsfield, but the one area I disagree with her administration is its financial management.

    Pittsfield politics can’t afford a 3.9% tax hike in her proposed municipal budget for fiscal year 2020, which begins on July 1st, 2019. No one’s personal income will rise by nearly 4 percent.

    The reality is that Pittsfield’s tax base is shrinking! A majority of residents are at or near poverty. Tax increases drive away small businesses and lead to job loss.

    In closing, Pittsfield politics has raised taxes by around 5% each fiscal year for decades. The lovely Linda Tyer is following the trend of tax and spend.

    – Jonathan Melle

    • The school committee
      May 26, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

      That’s why shes the ex mayor of Pittsfield and if you are getting 120k to just raise taxes then anybody can do that… NEXT. Mayor Mazzeo Wil win in a landslide

  34. Joe Blow
    May 25, 2019 at 10:39 pm #

    God rest the souls of the brave patriots who gave their lives in the name of God and country. There is no greater love. ~ Dan Bongino (former Secret Service/NYPD)

  35. Johnny99
    May 26, 2019 at 12:06 am #

    A press release filled with more smoke and mirrors than a Tyler Street fire in a fun house.

    Who knew what and when did they know it?????

    And where did the city get the fake photo with trees that look like Trumps’s hair?

    And now, holy moly Batman and Robin, what a coincidence- Trucy just so happens to be retiring.

    Dan, have at it.

    https://www.cityofpittsfield.org/press_detail_T32_R353.php

    https://www.iberkshires.com/story/60023/Pittsfield-s-Commissioner-of-Public-Services-Retiring.html

    • danvalenti
      May 26, 2019 at 6:44 am #

      J-99
      Thanks for posting the information. It shows, at the least, that Mayor Tyer needs a better writer for those press releases. And we SHALL have at it.

      • Johnny99
        May 26, 2019 at 8:18 am #

        Dan,

        You are most welcome. I so appreciate this blog to enlighten the Kapanskis.

        • Thomas More
          May 26, 2019 at 8:29 am #

          We are so lucky to have you.

    • The school committee
      May 26, 2019 at 12:54 pm #

      Thought they started a hydrant replacement plan under Bianchi.And they just flushed all the hydrants so if they aren’t working they told someone to fix it.

  36. Johnny99
    May 26, 2019 at 4:32 am #

    And now attendance is optional because too many people of color weren’t going to school in this county. Wonder what Pittsfield policy is, or is it smoke and mirrors like so much else?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/can-you-skip-47-days-of-english-class-and-still-graduate-from-high-school/2019/05/25/be3318ca-1b84-11e9-88fe-f9f77a3bcb6c_story.html

  37. Dynamic Vibrator
    May 26, 2019 at 7:47 am #

    What do you call a hydrant that doesn’t work?

    A Tyer Hydrant!

    • Johnny99
      May 26, 2019 at 8:23 am #

      Wow that’s a good one right there!

    • Johnny Absurdo
      May 26, 2019 at 9:20 am #

      or maybe a Tiredrant…tired out…sleeping right now..unavailable…come back when the apartments are ready to rent

      lawyers are already doing interviews and looking for video…buckle up corner office

    • Merry & Bright
      May 26, 2019 at 9:57 am #

      Good one! Thanks for the laugh!

  38. Backer
    May 26, 2019 at 8:03 am #

    Could this Administration not only be worse than previous, but of all time. Turocy is retiring and it’s rumored to be a tremor amongst all ranks and divisions,especially in that department

  39. doomiedodger
    May 26, 2019 at 9:46 am #

    iBerkshires has a story on the hydrantgate that gives more info regarding who owns apts and who the construction company was etc.

    read it quickly as these stories seem to have a short shelf life

  40. Paris
    May 26, 2019 at 12:18 pm #

    Not Mazzeo’s idea to freeze property tax at age 66. Presented tp the city council by Greg Caetani.

  41. The school committee
    May 26, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

    Mazzeo needs to support a realestate tax freeze on SS recipients at age 66 as long as they stay in that residence.

    • Johnny99
      May 26, 2019 at 4:23 pm #

      I don’t see Mazzeo, another WHENer, supporting any kind of tax or spending freeze. Her entire time on Council she has only picked at small budget amounts and got nowhere with it, just like Mr. Clairmont but at least they tried. Point being we need a mayor with an axe, not a scalpel, and neither Tyer nor Mazzeo will be axing much of anything. And the other candidates are going nowhere in a hurry.

      Get out while you still can.

  42. The school committee
    May 26, 2019 at 1:01 pm #

    How old does Don seem?Who on this blog thinks he’s a unstable moron?I think most here believe him to be a stable genius.

    • Johnny99
      May 26, 2019 at 5:21 pm #

      As I have said before, many of us voted for Trump knowing full well he was an idiot, a moron, a con man, or whatever. He is nonetheless the duly elected POTUS. Deal with it, just like we dealt with Clinton the rapist, and Obama, who was a phony just like Trump, as well as many other things. Elections are often about who you dislike the most, and voting accordingly.

  43. Agent 86
    May 26, 2019 at 4:37 pm #

    I do remember him presenting this idea to the council. I would go with 65 with an income less than say 65 or 70 grand.

  44. ProxyDate
    May 27, 2019 at 2:22 pm #

    Just so you know the City water department TOLD the contractors to turn the water off because there was a leak and the leak was starting to erode under the street and sidewalk.

    The city KNEW it happened because they told them to do it. Also look for the trenching permits, everyone of them back dated.