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TYLER STREET SCAM REDUX: MORE MONSTERS RISING FROM THEIR SLABS

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JAN. 13, 2020) — What in Tippiecanoe is going on with Tyler, too?

Tyler Street, that is. Crystal gold. Meth tea. You’ll recall THE PLANET‘s most recent expose — TYLER STREET LAB: A MONSTER FROM ITS SLAB BEGINNING TO RISE (posted Nov. 17). As most of you know, there’s more mad science being conducted there. It will be the same old story: When you create a monster, it will eventually turn and destroy you. In this case, however, we wonder which party will be destroyed, the monster makers (a.k.a. The Suits) or the villagers (a.k.a. Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski’s)

This street has followed a familiar Pittsfield pattern: Let an asset sink into the grime, then let the vultures swoop in at rock bottom, do the cosmetics with taxpayers footing the bill, only to sell high.

THE PLANET presents a couple of thoughtful takes from our Z-Agents and correspondents. The first is from the esteemed Police Report, who explains what s/he calls “the current scam:”

https://www.iberkshires.com/story/61379/Pittsfield-Community-Development-Sees-Tyler-Zoning-Amendment-.html

He bought up the properties knowing that Community Dev would rubberstamp the rezoning of Tyler street.
The next phase of this is to get community preservation money to help do the redevelopment as well as state grants to fund it. This was why the Tyler Street lab (which still has no legal structure, is not a not-for-profit, has an open ended and illegal “contract” with the city positioned itself there.

“ David Carver purchased the property at the end of 2017 with plans to transform the historic property into 29 market-rate housing units.”

In the process, Carver found a new partner in the project in Mill Town Capital. The investment firm is matching Carver’s equity to secure funding from Berkshire Bank.

“This could have a potentially big impact on the city,” Mill Town Managing Director Tim Burke said of what attracted the company to the project.

MillTown and Carver are cut from the same cloth, get projects going that have no chance of success without taxpayer dollars, milk those taxes breaks and hard dollars, make their profit and walk away leaving the city on the hook for failing housing and over developed mixed use with empty store fronts.
People refer to this as the Richard “Dick” Stanley maneuver.

From iberkshires
“Large-scale multi-family housing is really not an option in the area because the parcels are smaller, he said, and the city would promote smaller multi-family housing units that would diversify the city’s housing stock.

The change in the northwest corner is quite smaller: the zoning of a single plot will go from Multi-Family Residential to General Business. Hoss said it makes the zoning more consistent and really affects a small parcel currently used for housing and that this use will be allowed to continue.

The amendment also would change parking regulations and reduce mandated parking regulations to one spot per unit.”

Isn’t it strange that they’ve already determined large scale multi family living won’t work but Carver has the city already paying for portions of his redevelopment?

t would be very telling if they investigated where all this money is going. Dick Stanley didn’t get that loan forgiveness “just because”. That overspending in the DPW is just a shell game to move money around for other projects.
Kerwood knows exactly how to hide money and to move it around. Spend the DPW money on pet projects, then claim overruns on winter roads to cover the deficits.
Clapp Park is a perfect example: there was no money in the DPW budget for Clapp Park materials in the 2019/2020 budgets. Yet they’ve spent over $200k out of that budget for materials because all the bids came in high. NOT ONE city councilor asked how they plan on making up that deficit. The answer is winter roads. When the DPW budget is in a deficit, everything is because of winter roads. The reality is, the money was spent on unbudgeted items prior to winter roads.

Here’s another question, how much money do you think Barry and Linda make? Does their lifestyle seem appropriate for that level of income?

Kerwood has used Scanlon in every town and city he’s worked in. What’s concerning is best practices would dictate that cities and towns use different auditors ever three or four years, so that one person or group of people can’t compromise the audits.
Know that these are just yearly audits, not deep look forensic audits.
The other problem is that the treasurer is the primary contact for the audit. I would suggest that the city council immediately request a forensic audit of Kerwood office, the DPW, and PEDA along with any contracts issued to not for profits.

Our next input is from Auto Phil. He writes:

Sally, if I recall from the tax rate council meeting, the assessor claimed that assessments were due to rise this year (in Dec 2019 for FY20) because of the rise of values in the housing market. I think the term used was “slightly” increased.

Next year’s tax bills (released Dec 2020 for FY21) will reflect the big reassessment project done every ten years.

The whole thing seems quite arbitrary. This year it’s worth XYZ based on the market (according to what qualifiers?). Next year it’s based on an assessment (a formula? in a market that may have changed in a years time?)

Like PR mentioned, your best bet may be to file for an abatement and see where the chips fall.

THE PLANET goes back to Mark Tully’s look at the assessment con. Proposition 2.5 has come meaningless in that it provides loopholes that cities such as Pittsfield use to gouge — and we mean gouge — homeowners and small businesses. Your thoughts, as always, are coin of the realm.

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Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

Here is Mayor Linda Tyer’s financial formula:

Pittsfield politics = Scammers shaking down Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski via Matt Kerwood’s creative accounting

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

January 13, 2020 Hello, blogger Dan Valenti, I was wondering what you think about Pittsfield City Council Prez Peter Marchetti giving the shaft to Melissa Mazzeo supporters on his new subcommittee appointments for City Councilors? Ward 4 City Councilor Chris Connell was ousted from his long-standing post as chairman of the Public Works committee (i.e., the costly water and sewer plant project & planned rate increases), and Connell was also removed from his seat on the Finance Committee (i.e., Matt Kerwood’s creative accounting), where Connell served for several years. Also, Ward 2 Kevin Morandi City Councilor, who, like Connell, supported Melissa Mazzeo, lost his role as chairman of the Public Health and Safety committee. Eagle city reporter Amanda Drane wrote: “The appointments are already producing some grumblings from the city’s dissenting voices, and Connell says his appointments amount to political payback. They hark back… Read more »

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

This reaffirms the belief that Marchetti is a special interest agent and a violator of the oath he took. He will go down in the annals of shamed Pittsfield politicians with Doyle, Bianchi and many other hacks who were in the game for their own personal gain. Shame on you Peter. No hiding now what your game is.

Merry & Bright
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Merry & Bright

I am sure that PeePee Petie was advised by Lovely Dynamic Vibrant Linda to remove Connell and Morandi. These two councilors have worked tirelessly for years to vote to benefit the hardworking taxpayers might as well stay home during the City Council meetings for the next two years at least. No matter how hard they try to do the right and proper thing to help the taxpayers, the rest of the Council is there to kiss Lovely Dynamic Vibrant Linda’s butt, and we all know Lovely Dynamic Vibrant Linda finds a way whether legal or not to get her way. I would like to thank Connell and and Morandi for trying to help us and wish them the best of luck surviving the next two years possibly four years.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

I would think Mr. White would speak up and tell Pete not to be such a, uh, douche. Surely Mr. White and the other councilors see what is going on and feel badly that their new term is going to start off with such partisan bullying.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
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Jumpin Joe Curtis

you spelled “anal” wrong

GuinPallay
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GuinPallay

Tyred has no clue that benefits the taxpayer,or just plain ignores it. Connell and Morandi are going to have a loooong two years.

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

The Lovely Linda is the best ever?

Jonathan Melle
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Jonathan Melle

January 13, 2020 Re: Mayor Linda Tyer I support the lovely Linda Tyer in Pittsfield politics because she stands for nearly everything I believe in when it comes to government and politics. That does not mean that I agree with all of her decisions. Also, that does not mean that I agree with her all of her political bedfellows. I do, indeed, believe the lovely Linda Tyer is the best Mayor of Pittsfield (Mass.) – my native hometown – EVER! She is progressive, fair, and cares about all of Pittsfield’s residents. She shows interest in Pittsfield’s poorest neighborhoods, attends diversity events throughout the community, and has shown compassion when violent crime, gangs, and drugs has hit Pittsfield’s inner city. She speaks at progressive rallies like the “Four Freedoms” marches, and she speaks out for Human Rights for homosexuals. My heart warms when I think… Read more »

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

So would it surprise you if you found out that it was HER idea to take Connell and Morandi off committees where they might be able to question dubious projects she might be pushing? And that Marchetti was just being a good little sheep totally ignoring his oath to work for the common good of the people and not to get in bed with special interests?

Well it did not surprise me. At all. I would fully expect her to behave like Trump and remove anyone in her way. And she did.

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

JM : a study in hypocrisy

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

Sounds like she inherited this new formula?

SallySays
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SallySays

I wouldn’t call a 7.5 percent increase in property taxes slight. And assessors clerk told me that the FY2020 assessments were based on the 10 year door to door re-evaluation just done.

CC The Maze Sun
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CC The Maze Sun

“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead…….”
– Rod Serling

“You see a long time ago life had begun
Everyone went to the Sun

Eyes full of sorrow, never wet
Hands full of money, all in debt
Sun coming out in the middle of June
Everyone’s gone to the moon“
– Kenneth King

Police Report
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Police Report

And they scam deepens: https://www.iberkshires.com/story/61479/Four-Berkshire-Co-Working-Centers-Get-MassDevelopment-Grants.html As you will see, Tyler Street Lab is not on the list of organizations that received grants. That’s because since it’s inception, Tyler Street Lab has had no legal structure, it was using the NFP structure of Goodwill and goodwill was its fiscal agent…of course it wouldn’t want to continue. Tyler Street lab didn’t have an EIN for an NFP, wasn’t registered with the city or the state as a not for profit, didn’t do FASB accounting nor did it follow any ASUs. Would you want your legitimate NFP acting as a “Fiscal agent” for a structure that borders on criminal and fraud? There are very strict guidelines on how a NFP disburses funds and does accounting. Tyler Street Lab did none of these things. Feel free to try and find Tyler Street Lab anywhere in any of the… Read more »

TellitLikeitIs
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TellitLikeitIs

It all sounds like a big fat efffin waste of our tax dollars.

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

Just wondering, is there a legal means to force pittsfield to open the books and expose graft? FOIA comes to mind.

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

A FOIA might save the city $$$ as the crooks scramble (payroll), or get some of the stolen $$$ back.

Shakes
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Shakes

What specific records would you request?

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

Detailed school and DPW budgets and expenditures, bidding process records.

Overtime payments, time sheets for hourly work.

Perks like personal vehicles.

Details of finances for things like the cinema, the topic of this column, and other pork given out.

The building of the unneeded high school.

The process of selecting contractors/consultants for the above, and water/sewer projects.

That would be enough to have those in city hall a case of the runs.

Shakes
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Shakes

Do it, just be prepared to pay the charges to obtain the records

Jumpin Joe Curtis
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Jumpin Joe Curtis

not even monetary, probably political repercussions when word gets out you did it.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Repercussions for sure. Look what happened to Morandi and Connell. Don’t cross this mayor.

Shakes
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Shakes

Oh please, you don’t think Mazzeo, with the Bianchis in her ear, is as vindictive as they come?

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Spoils is one thing. But she is weakening the council to the detriment of the taxpayers. What seems to be totally forgotten in Pittsfield is that the city council is SUPPOSED to be and independent watchdog over the mayor. Pete did not get that memo and has attached himself to the teat.

SallySays
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SallySays

Nope

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

Seems all you have to do is make a request with city clerk, they have 10 days to come up with the goods. From town of Malden website Public Records Requests Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Every record that is made or received by a government entity or employee is presumed to be a public record unless a specific statutory exemption permits or requires it to be withheld in whole or in part. A list of exemptions may be found in Chapter 4, Section 7(26) of the Massachusetts General Laws. The City of Malden’s “Records Access Officer” is our City Clerk, Greg Lucey. Submit Public Records Requests A public records request is a request to either inspect, copy or both, public records. There is no requirement that the request be made in person or in writing, or be in any particular form. The person… Read more »

dusty
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dusty

Back when Doyle was mayor he tried to discourage people from asking for public information by charging them outrageous prices for using their copy machine and paper. I believe none of the people at city hall today will be very helpful. Prepare for a Trump like stonewalling but I do wish you well.

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

Mt Doyle sits behind Allendale School

dusty
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dusty

We are hearing the term forensic audit more and more. It might be helpful to educate the taxpayers on just what this is and why it might benefit them and the city as a whole going forward. More and more it seems like regular folk trying to maintain a homestead are funding business enterprises for politically connected adventurers.
My simple question is why are so many taxpayer dollars going towards redeveloping Tyler street when we apparently cannot even afford to fix our roads. Who sets the priorities and can we replace this person immediately?

Gert N Zi
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Gert N Zi

Krol stated before he left roads aren’t that important priotity wise.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

They were important to him cuz he got on one and got the hell out of here.

The school committee
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The school committee

To save the poverty stricken taxpayers money we must first get rid of the republican right wing conservative idea of school choice.Why should Pittsfield subsidize the Elite town of Lenox Ma.who take our white flight students and suck those state dollars to their system.School choice is a racist/class law ruining public education by seperating those of means from those without those means. Where are the educators and administrators on this racist law.Where is Bouvier Smitty and the others who CARE so much for children.Education is a joke politically and the politicians are so ignorant about this issue.Class education is upon us and the winner is the wealthy again and again.With the new sports tournament structure will also have the unintended consequences of poor school systems probably not able to afford sports expenses and drop programs.Where is Mccandless Yon Tyer Marchetti Yuki Moon White Elias… Read more »

Pat
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Pat

Until the political indoctrination of the young in the schools is stopped, the public school system will continue to be a terrible place. The far left has taken over the public school system to guarantee that when this harvest of youth heads to the polls, they will believe in big government taking care of them, have no knowledge of the history of the failure of socialist governments and no knowledge of what happens when government is given too much power over the people. They are intentionally not being taught all of history to guarantee that this next generation is in real danger of repeating the failures of the past. Some young people were interviewed recently who insisted on calling President Trump a dictator. When asked if they thought President Trump was worse than the Nazi regime, they stared blankly at the interviewer and said… Read more »

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Maybe it is not the young in schools you should be worried about being indoctrinated Pat. Hannity and Fox news get all the trophies for indoctrination. Hands down. Perhaps you should check yourself against who you were 3 years ago and see if you recognize yourself in the mirror.

Rocks 4 Jocks
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Rocks 4 Jocks

Funny how several of the investigators that are on Fox News that actually research and present facts are accused by you of indoctrination. Yet main stream old line media make up information and you buy it wholesale.
Even when they are exposed, they double down on lies, and people like yourself are to lazy to read well researched books with well documented information.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
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Jumpin Joe Curtis

Wouldn’t that basically make either Lady Boots Yon, or Jivin’ Jake the American versions of Baldur von Schirach

She does have blonde hair and probably blue eyes…

The school committee
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The school committee

Pat we are not cavemen and we do learn things that educate us.Progressive is a ugly word for you but most people see it as inteligently moving forward not backwards to another time. Regressive party wants to move back in time.

Gobsig
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Gobsig

Eugenics and prohibition were Progressive programs. They have been trying to progressively destroy the Constitution step by step.

The school committee
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The school committee

Ridiculous

Gobsig
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Gobsig

true

Rocks 4 Jocks
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Rocks 4 Jocks

Progressive is the new polite company word for socialism or communism. Remember the ultimate version of national socialism. It was implemented in Germany, and the US and allies fought against it, and its murderous philosophy.
And those that accuse President Trump of being a dictator…
dictators do not support the second amendment, they want an unarmed population…easier to subdue.
Dictators do not reduce taxes, they want more money taken away from the people and put in their control.
Wake up!

Thomas More
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Thomas More

You hit it right on the head TSC. The choice law was passed to help city kids escape their neighborhoods for a few hours but never made any provisions for them to get to the suburban schools. Those with the where-with-all jumped all over it. In 2018 Lenox’s valedictorian and salutatorian were choice students. If your looking for help from Bouvier forget it. She sent her kids to Lenox causing Pittsfield to lose $10,000 a year. Seven years=$70,000 x at least two = $140,000 from our coffers.She’ll be reelected unopposed in November.

Hendrix
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Hendrix

You took the words out of my mouth, why would politicians want to change a law that has benefit them. I don’t think school choice should be completely off the table. Some students would benefit more from a vocational education provided by a McCann or Taconic.

Shakes
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Shakes

What about Pittsfield schools not being good enough for Mazzeo?

The school committee
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The school committee

She chose a private school like fhousands of Pittsfield residents chose St Joe High which does not cost Pittsfield money. Bouvier chose Lenox elite white flight public school choice and redirected cash to lenox.Hinds Smitty and Bouvier are costing Pittsfield tens of millions in the racist school choice law.You are what you support if your a lawmaker.

Shakes
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Shakes

I mean, I wouldn’t send my kids to Pittsfield Schools either.

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

I’ll agree with you on that one, Shakes.

Rocks 4 Jocks
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Rocks 4 Jocks

She is obviously smarter than you on this.

Gobsig
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Gobsig

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts allows the school committees of public school districts to have open enrollment policies. Towns in Massachusetts represented by the “School Choice Receiving District Status” (open enrollment ……This is left wing MOONBAT Massachusetts.

The school committee
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The school committee

School choice was supported and promoted by right wing racist so whites could flee urban districts.Lenox is 40% out of district students or Southeast Pittsfields high school.Yon and Mccandless need to be part of this change.We need that money.This law is destroying urban schools.

Jumpin Joe Curtis.
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Jumpin Joe Curtis.

Remember when the state voted down charter school funding? There was specific language to give choice first to the kids in crowded, underfunded urban schools.

Our progressive loyalists voted against it because the teachers union fed them bullshit like the sheep they are

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

There was a New Yorker article a few years back about how school choice (or magnet schools I forget) was hurting a famously competitive experience high school in Queens, NY. I had never looked at it like that before – but don’t I think parents want to wait around (or should have to) for a district to get their act together. Our best districts probably survive due to choice and the bad ones have been bad a really long time so school choice is not really the cause. I can understand wanting to invest locally. I am fond of Pittsfield High, less so Taconic.

The school committee
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The school committee

Its pure racist.Lets get 50 minorities to go to Lenox and try it for 40 years.Lenox wont let it happen

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

Is school choice racist? I thought it gave kids from less good districts the option to get into better schools. Maybe locally that opportunity is taken advantage of by largely white middle class people who don’t want to buy a house in the better district? I thought it was supposed to create more diversity in schools. I also think the idea that a school with black kids should be expected to be terrible is a pretty racist idea. I do get your point about self selection – Lenox doesn’t take the special needs kids. Williamstown has lots of kids from North Adams. SATs from Lenox – they seem to not be off the charts amazing, maybe equivalent to a good capital district school, which do seem better integrated. The New Yorker article I talked about mentioned the cream of the class moving to magnet… Read more »

The school committee
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The school committee

For institutions to work everyone needs to participate.For goverment programs to work Jeff Bezos needs to pay his real taxes.The reality is who can go to Lenox if you cant get a ride everyday and night from a available adult.School choice benefits who?It was a right wing think tank idea to destroy or weaken Americas greatest asset of Public Education.

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

Elizabeth Warren was famously for school choice. Democrats have short memories? I agree with the point poor kids in Berkshire Co can’t get to the other schools that are far away. Bussing is a problem for everyone. But in cities kids can get to Magnet schools. A dysfunctional system like Pittsfield is not going to get any better by forcing the choice families to stay – that is propaganda. The Pittsfield schools get more money per pupil than they should already. It is a complete snow job that lack of money is the problem, an absolute boondoggle. They should start with structure and dress codes and better leadership. Have the balls to expel the discipline problems and make their parents pay a money fine. Re electing the same failed leadership shows there is not real thought to improvement. Our society has no expectations for… Read more »

Truthsayer
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Truthsayer

If anyone needs to know how successful David Carver is, just take a look at the north side of Main Street in North Adams. He bought up everything. Startups that he suckered into renting space from him and had finally started to make a buck were given the choice of rents that were so high that closing was their only option. Buildings that if it weren’t for Mountain One would be crumbling. 85 Main Street had its fifth and sixth floors gutted for apartments that never came to be, and the space was left exposed becoming an indoor pigeon farm. Projects launched but never completed. I know all of this because I once rented from Carver. My lease called for A/C, heat, hot water. I got no A/C in summer and had temperatures running in the 90s. Couldn’t open the windows because they were… Read more »

dusty
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dusty

Speaking of Mountain One, do they get tax breaks from the city of Pittsfield?

Sojourner Truth
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Sojourner Truth

Mountain One got a very discounted land lease from Corey Thurston and Mickey C. for their building on the PEDA property and never met their employment promise and/or projections. Good deal for somebody.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Yeppers. Joe blue collar subsidizing the business community. Most of the business s hardly need the tax breaks but it sure hurts the little guy whose pockets it comes out of to make up for them. In some places it is called corporate welfare. Sad.

Kermit Frog
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Kermit Frog

i think you are right.

Teecha Teecha
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Teecha Teecha

Helen Moon is hosting a birthday fundraiser with all proceeds going to her favorite charity and cause… herself

January 15 Tavern at the A (5:30-7:30). Donations up to $250 accepted

The school committee
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The school committee

Get your kids out of the chemical swamp at Allendale school Moon fund.

Gobsig
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Gobsig

She’s building up money so she can run when TFB moves on.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
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Jumpin Joe Curtis

Wouldn’t be surprised. She’s the leader of the womens caucus for a reason. scissoring in those votes one at a time.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

I was actually thinking she might be the pioneer to lead the charge for the forensic audit. She is high energy and says she loves the city. And anybody who really loves this city should realize that we need to take a step back and regroup instead of being part of a headlong spending debacle. I think she does realize how much it is hurting the people in her ward and all the city. Hope she steps forward and maybe others will follow.

Gobsig
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Gobsig

That would be great but I think the gobsigs got to her.

Johnny Absurd
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Johnny Absurd

Awww…not her toooo? Another soul sold for trinkets and baubles? So sad to hear.

The school committee
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The school committee

Shes pretty nieve except for spenfing poor people taxes

Thomas More
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Thomas More

MOBY Properties LLC/aka Mill Town Capital will own the Melville Block by Friday. MOBY has itts offices at 45 Woodlawn Ave. (BIC)

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

TM,
Don’t know if you or others caught this . Interesting.

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/mill-town-capital-sows-seeds-along-tyler-street,582419

Johnny2Shoes
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Johnny2Shoes

Repost:
Tom not sure if you or others have seen this article about Milltown.

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/mill-town-capital-sows-seeds-along-tyler-street,582419

The school committee
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The school committee

How much rent do they charge at BIC for heat snd square footage parking electric …..somebody knows somebody in our crooked city

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

more on the crooks in Basstun:

https://www.projectveritas.com/2020/01/07/project-veritas-action-fund-challenges-massachusetts-restrictions-on-the-first-amendment/

“(Boston, MA) Project Veritas Action Fund made First Amendment history in December of 2018 when the Massachusetts law prohibiting undercover recording of public officials was ruled unconstitutional: “[T]he Court holds that [Massachusetts law] may not constitutionally prohibit the secret audio recording of government officials…”

At issue was Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 272, § 99 (“Section 99”), which criminalizes the willful “interception”* of any “communication.”…………

Dundee Donnie
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Dundee Donnie

Dan,everyone should run over to Schenectady and pay for your property tax. Solution? Tonight’s College football has L S U favored by Five to beat Clemson. Dan, L S U will win by at least Twenty. I’m at Caesars,L S U taking the serious dough.

Munkee Renche
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Munkee Renche

We don’t uphold the laws here.

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

Well Warren likes terrorists more than Americans, so do the rest of the D-s running for POTUS.

It seems James O’Keefe has some dirt on the communist Senator from Vt he’s about to release. O’keefe of Project Veritas Brought down Obama’s Acorn for helping to set up Brothels using taxpayer money.

https://www.redstate.com/nick-arama/2020/01/13/james-okeefe-teases-in-tweet-to-trump-something-big-about-to-drop-on-bernie-sanders/

“…..Then O’Keefe responded, teasing that something big was about to come out on Sanders.

Stay tuned everyone. Something very big is going to happen.

The first bombshell tape is going to drop this week. https://t.co/BFGnoCeJE7 https://t.co/fJzoguHplM

— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) January 12, 2020

It looks like there are going to be multiple drops. Pass the popcorn!…”

The school committee
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The school committee

Fox news Sean Hannity is now repeating this for the brainwashed

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow

If you want brainwashed, see the link I provide in my post below.

Dundee Donnie
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Dundee Donnie

Ask stanley

Stooge Neckbulgered
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Stooge Neckbulgered

The welfare of the Law is always more important than the welfare of the people

Police Report
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Police Report

It only gets worse: Letter: Mayor Tyer seeks refugees for city Posted Monday, January 13, 2020 4:30 pm To the editor: My opinion piece that appeared on Jan. 11 in The Eagle urged Pittsfield to sign up for refugee resettlement (“In fact, we do want to help refugees”). Just hours after The Eagle landed on doorsteps, I received a very nice phone call right from Mayor Linda Tyer. She informed me that she had already written Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to join other states and localities around the country willing to host refugees in need of resettlement. The bad news is I was wrong. The much, much better news is that the mayor and the city are on board in offering to accept refugees. We certainly have the resources and social service organizations that could support this effort. And now we have the… Read more »

Jumpin Joe Curtis
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Jumpin Joe Curtis

Hawaii shirt Barry can house about 300 of them in his mansion. Doubt that will happen.

Johnny Absurdo
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Johnny Absurdo

I think the mindset is that since she is driving a good portion of the population away she needs warm bodies to fill the void. I know for sure that the school teachers are looking forward to having more kids that cannot speak English and may have never been in a disciplined environment before.

Maggie May
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Maggie May

This is Fantastic news to all the small and large business owners. People that want to work be on time, not have a doctors appt at noon on a Friday stoned drunk or hungover. YES PLEASE!!

Mr. Fritz
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Mr. Fritz

Your Governor & Mayor have signed on to request that more refugees be sent here – brace yourself, Berkshire County!

Dawes Ducked
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Dawes Ducked

Connell kicked off finance and relegated to just a member on public works,also loses chair on public works.

Shakes
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Shakes

Looking forward to the Pittsfield average IQ increasing all because of the refugees.

The school committee
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The school committee

And how did your family get here.Its nice to know the reason.Most fled war and famine.Or you had wealth.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
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Jumpin Joe Curtis

I personally think it’s time Dan did an expose on Amanda Brain Drane. She’s as much of a political shill as McKeever, yet somehow gets taken as a serious, non-biased journalist. You know, one with integrity…

Where’s Jen Smith when you need her. She was the best they had for a long time

Edward R. Murrow
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Edward R. Murrow
Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

project veritas with Sanders campaign worker #Expose2020: Sanders Campaign Part 1; Field Organizer “F**king Cities Burn” if Trump Re-Elected https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsUAvh_PCWA&feature=emb_title GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES: http://Expose2020.com • Kyle Jurek, Iowa Field Organizer, Sanders Campaign: “I’m Ready to Throw Down Now…The Billionaire Class. The F***ing Media, Pundits. Walk into MSNBC Studios, Drag Those M*****F***ers Out by Their Hair and Light Them on Fire in the Streets.” • Kyle Jurek Suggests That Liberal Democrats Should be Placed in Gulags or be Put to Death: “Liberals Get the F***ing Wall First.” • Jurek: “Well, I’ll Tell You What in Cuba, What did They do to Reactionaries? You Want to Fight Against the Revolution, You’re Going to Die for it, M*****F***er.” • Jurek Affirms That “Free Speech Has Repercussions…There Are Consequences for Your F***ing Actions…You Should Expect a Violent Reaction. And You Deserve a Violent Reaction.” • Jurek Lambasts Elizabeth… Read more »

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Edward R. Murrow

Fuller presentation by O’Keefe with the same lovely content here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsUAvh_PCWA&feature=emb_title

Mad Trapper
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Mad Trapper

https://www.redstate.com/brandon_morse/2020/01/14/project-veritas-releases-the-first-expose-of-its-footage-inside-the-sanders-campaign/ Project Veritas Releases the First Expose of Its Footage Inside the Sanders Campaign and It’s Disturbing “So the only way you can confront them is with violence,” he adds to the undercover reporter. Violence seems to be a common go-to for Jurek. For instance, in the video, Jurek claims that it’s time for a very real revolution, and not just a political one, and that all those who resist should be killed. “Well, I’ll tell you what in Cuba, what did they do to reactionaries? You want to fight against the revolution, you’re going to die for it, mother f***er,” said Jurek. https://www.wnd.com/2020/01/gulags-good-way-de-nazify-trump-supporters-says-bernie-sanders-organizer/ Gulags good way to ‘de-Nazify’ Trump supporters, says Bernie Sanders organizer ‘Re-education’ necessary if Vermont socialist wins White House “If Bernie doesn’t get the nomination or it goes to a second round at the DNC convention, f***ing Milwaukee will burn,”… Read more »

Dawes Ducked
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Dawes Ducked

You can bank on it,every Mayor initiative will be voted throughly this Council. Nine to two for real.

Dawes Ducked
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Dawes Ducked

Thanks to the L S U info, but it was posted to late by Planet.

The school committee
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The school committee

Its time White and Caccamo grow up about elderly people finances.What I mean by this is they h ac ve to find compassion for people.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
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Jumpin Joe Curtis

Caccamo probably lives in his parents basement and doesn’t pay rent.

Falippe Saudre Contreros
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Falippe Saudre Contreros

Connell and Morandi are reduced to Chumps. They are no more effective than TEs was at this point. Sad. That would be the day I’d let someone downgrade longevity and experience for partisanship. It’s going to be sad watching those two squirm.

Thaddeus Bladeous
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Thaddeus Bladeous

Remember in two years that former Councilor Lothrop was walloped by five hundred votes for a reason. This should not reflect on how his successor evaluates. Never let Low in again. There is a reason for his demise. Hopefully he knows his political career is over.

Dawes Ducked
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Dawes Ducked

And that Hess Gas Station plight has been in peril for more than The four year promise or term. Blight program,what a joke.

The school committee
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The school committee

Pittsfield Councilors are allowing the Schools to spend irresponsibly.They got an extra 5 million from the state but no tax relief for people over 66 years old.Educators and courthouse workers all retire on 50k to 100k per year and John Doe is paying them on his 1300 a month SS check.White and Caccamo are representing the elite.Tyer is a lost cause.The spending tells me there is as crime somewhere in this city….Audit needed at the schools business offices

Thaddeus Bladeous
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Thaddeus Bladeous

Sc I can remember recently the questioning of the Beacon debacle,when a suggested forensic audit was brought forth, Ruffer said that an appropriation would be needed to fund that. It was dropped like a led fart,no more discussion. What is needed on this current c c is someone who will challenge the status quo,just like Pete Arlos did when he was a lone wolf. The thing about Pete was,he was right,he was for the taxpayer. Don’t be shy Councilors,take em on at every turn. Get some balls for the next twenty four months. There’s a lot of crap going on here. Morandi and Connell should be embarrassed. At Machettis assignments. Because their support of Mazzeo,or better yet the Water Wizard water suggestions?

Groton Stanslsonabich
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Groton Stanslsonabich

Stanley trumps school spending. Council voted for School Spending following hagcindeeand boots lead

Supp Lips Covochich
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Supp Lips Covochich

Maffucio has a ton of petitions. Maybe Fooch’ Will be the one’… with the balls?

Bacdoor Deliberaidor
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Bacdoor Deliberaidor

Connell and a Morandi will have No Say… at real time votes….sad…

Gigi
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Gigi

And the Democrats continue to eat their own.
One of the craziest, Michael Bloomberg, states that “California is a blueprint for the rest of the country.” Really?? What a nutjob!
https://www.breitbart.com/2020-election/2020/01/14/the-nuclear-option-the-democrat-field-gets-a-little-whiter-a-little-crazier/

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