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PLANET, SECRET SQUADRON FORCE TYER’S HAND ON KOVID-KASH LIST … DENTIST SAKSHAUG(& TYER INSIDER) GOT SIX LARGE

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BY DANVALENTI

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE LU, THE WEEKEND EDITION SEPT. 11-13, 202) — Who got the Kovid Kash? THE PLANET and others interested in honest government have been asking that question since Peter Arols was knee-high to Zeus. Mayor Linda Tyer, for reasons unknown, kept the list hidden as if Barry Clairmont’s business depended on it. Speaking of Our Right Honorable Good Friend, he sent THE PLANET this comment yesterday:

CLAIRMONT: “Come on Dan, the list is included on the city council agenda pages 15-18. Its on the city’s website. She can’t make the Eagle publish it.

The mayor’s husband, who does her talking for her on this site since, he claims, she doesn’t read THE PLANET, tried to throw a spitball past us. We were standing deep in the box, however, and ready for it. So were our readers, some of whom pointed out the ridiculousness of Barry’s pretense, the attitude of “Come on Dan, the list” and so on, as if it’s been drying in public since Day 1 of COVID. In fact, the only reason why Tyer decided to publish is that THE PLANET and the Secret Squadron forced her hand. Once more, we made a difference for Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski. The triumph won’t square the circle or change the corrupt nature of local government, but it will add to a growing discontent that is coalescing into the movement. That, too, may fade away, or … or it might be a landmine that the mayor and company have just stepped on. We hear the mechanism has a delayed-action fuse, and if it goes off, it won’t be until October.

That’s next month, by the way. We don’t know a whole lot more than that, but … we hear stuff.

On Aug. 14, a citizen made a request for the list of Kovid Kash receivers. City Clerk Michelle Benjamin ignored the request. That’s what happens when a citizen makes a request the Administration deems uncomfortable. Our intrepid and determined citizen then notified the state of the stonewalling, and the state let the Administration and Benjamin know that the state would be essentially umpiring, making the call at the plate. Since Tyer & Co. knew they would get thrown out and it wouldn’t be close, they came up with the brilliant plan to save face by burying the list in a nearly 500-page city council agenda, pretending, “See, we have nothing to hide. We published it.”

No one knew except the policy wonks who went through the monumental (and monumentally stultifying) council agenda.

As THE PLANET said, our readers, the ever-on-the-ball, called Barry out. Merry & Bright, for one, jumped all over Clairmont’s ploy. Here’s a sampling:

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MERRY & BRIGHT: Come on Barry, so the list is located in the City Council agenda. An agenda that consists of 427 pages. How is the average taxpayer to know this is in the agenda? You and the Mayor really do live in the Land of Make Believe. When many taxpayers are working two, three even four jobs to make ends meet, plus trying to home school their children do you really think they have time to wander through a 427 page document to find this information? Many taxpayers are just trying to pay for food and rent, many can’t afford to pay for WiFi. It is time that the Mayor realizes after 5 years in office that Pittsfield is NOT a wealthy community. Pittsfield taxpayers don’t live in a mansion in a gated community. I also find it hard to believe that the Berkshire Eagle would not publish this list, especially since they are hurting for funds. It would be a selling point. Did the Mayor even ask? Also, why did not one City Councilor share this information to the taxpayers that elected them? Were they advised not to?

Barry, not knowing when he’s in a lost position in the end game, continued his self-slaughter:

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CLAIRMONT: Above is the link for those of you who don’t know how to find it. Pages 15 through 18 list of the businesses. For my friend Mary and bright, I would think you would have the time to find this information since you spent an enormous amount of time bitching on this website. Maybe if you actually worked on things instead of bitching on things you might have more information. I don’t know why they would have to “Lander“ through the 427 pages since I specifically said it was pages 15 through 18, are you not able to comprehend what that means? None of the counselors were advised to either share or not share the information, as far as I am aware. It’s published it’s out there it’s easy to find.

Not to be topped, M&B delivered the punchline:

MARRY AND BRIGHT: In reply to B. clairmont.Such a gentleman. I apologize to you Barry because I like to keep track of local politics. Sorry to upset you. I am not “bitching” I am just wondering where my tax monies are going. Remember us taxpayers pay your wife’s salary. Need I remind you that I would not know this list was on the agenda if you had not told folks on this blog! Thank you for sharing. Not everyone in the City is on this blog and believe it or not (sorry Dan) there are other ways to communicate to the taxpayers!

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M&B, no appy-polly-loggies necessary. We know everyone in the city “is not in on this blog” — just a number well in excess of anything The Berkshire Eagle, aka The Boring Broadsheet, draws.

The irony is that for the most part, the list of Kovid Kash receptors seems not startling or, in itself, newsworthy. The news value here is the length to which Tyer went to keep the list out of the public view. THE PLANET‘s conclusion is that she kept the list in Al Gore’s lock box to protect The Fifth Dentist, tooth-driller Tom Shaukshag, he of the innermost circle’s innermost circle and Tyer’s campaign manager. Braintrust? We will not employ the word. Also, we do not know if he recommends sugared gum to his patients who chew gum.

Seems that I. Yankum Tom, painless dentist, received $6,000, or the cost of, what?, one cap. Question is “WHY?”

There are how many other dentists in town, who received squat?

Yet Sakshaug received Six Large. Not chump change, after all. Do you think the 33-year-old homeless man who killed himself in Springside Park a few days ago could have been helped by those Six Bills, Dr. Tom and Linda? And why was he homeless in the first place? Is it because the mayor and ServiceNet, for whatever reasons financial or otherwise, decided to suddenly shut down the SJHS facility and throw these human beings into the damp and dark without giving the proverbial rat’s ass?

Dr. Tom, why did you need Six Grand? THE PLANET would be glad to make this space available to you for your explanation. When the phone doesn’t ring, we’ll know it’s you not getting back to us.

For those keeping score at home, here’s the list. And yes, Dotties received $10,000. Was Tyer trying to keep the lid on that one, too?

COVID-19 Recovery Program Small Business Awards 8-5-10

In any case, THE PLANET has seen lots of lists in our time, and we have to admit, this one is vibrant and dynamic, to say nothing of inclusive and diverse.

Bring out the dancing girls!! Happy days are here again!! And John Kiley, start with a few bars of “The Night They Invented Champagne.”

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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“Do not bite the bait of pleasure until you know there is no hook beneath it”Thomas Jefferson.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

I only want 1% of Matt Kerwood’s +$10 million slush fund. Please let Barry Clairmont and the lovely Linda Tyer that I would be happy if they cut me a check for +$100,000.00. I could be listed as a consultant on how to profit off of Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski.

General Gerevince
General Gerevince
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

You seem to want a lot of handouts?

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  General Gerevince
2 months ago

That’s his m.o.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
2 months ago

I didn’t know I was part of the 2020 airline industry bailouts.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

Your not. They provide thousands of decent paying jobs and contribute millions into the economy. I disagree with bailout money being used for huge CEO salaries and bonus’s . Most of all using the money on the golden parachutes. I’m not a bailout fan , but I am for thousands of people not having to collect off the government if we do nothing.

Sarge Paltune
Sarge Paltune
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

see how you like it if you stubb your toe in basic training, and your set for life. Makes all the vets who were actually hurt and in harms way demeaning.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Sarge Paltune
2 months ago

That is not what happened to me. You are unfair and mean-spirited to mock my honorable military service.

UnderCheeaf
UnderCheeaf
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

Get a set Soldier. Then get a job.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Sarge Paltune
2 months ago

or claim bone spurs right?

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
2 months ago

Or Asthma right?

Kernull Lullabie
Kernull Lullabie
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

Dizziness works.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

I did not receive 5 deferments (4 for college & 1 for bone spurs) like Donald Trump.

Hoyt Clagwell
Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

Did you get 6 for asthma like Dementia Joe?

Bev E Bahyouty
Bev E Bahyouty
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

Trump did have bones spurs. Ask the Doctors?

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

Wasn’t referring to you JM. Don’t know your circumstances, but, thanks for your service. Every 2 weeks I meet with a young combat veteran from Iraq .He served honorably for 3 tours. The wife has 2 homemade breads for him when he comes . Sent him baby wipes, powder, note pads etc. once every 2 months while he was over there. He hasn’t forgotten us and we him. Turned in to a great friendship.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
2 months ago

So us Kapanskis gave all these business thousands of dollars, as part of The Great COVID Scam? At least they are local businesses versus airlines, etc. The questions I want answers to are where’s the rest of the money? Who decided who got what? What was the criteria? Who was rejected? Why did some get 10k and some only 6? If the city gives you 10,000 and you give the mayor a 500 campaign donation, you just made 9,500. Bingo!

The Mayor Lies
The Mayor Lies
Reply to  JoeKapanski
2 months ago

Part of the request included all emails, correspondence, applications, notifications – The actual meat behind the potatoes.

That request was not fulfilled. The clerk actually sent just the list. There is a second appeal pending on the initial request for the yet unprovided information.

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  JoeKapanski
2 months ago

How many are in Tyers personal rolodex as business she frequents? Like hair and nail spas?

And by what legal authorization could she have done this in the first place? If she can just declare that she wants to give taxpayer money out to organizations for every perceived calamity where are the boundaries?

Hendrix
Hendrix
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
2 months ago

Well we know Dottie’s was an active campaigner for her with signs all over the business and through food contributions. Funny when you read through that list and see many of the businesses, they have already received so much taxpayer funding already. I would recommend everyone support the businesses not on this list, they gutted it through a really hard time with perseverance and hard work, not sitting at home with their hand out looking for taxpayer funding.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  JoeKapanski
2 months ago

THE current pesident will be recieving all the domestic terrorist white supremacist vote.He also gets the other terrorist domestic threat vote of white militia. The A annon undergrount pedophiles vote.Trump will receive 70% of males who vote.Trump wanted and will get that stupid voter vote he requested in 2016 as they are all in on cutting Social Security and Medicare….America has changed.We are now the morons angry uneducated race hating powerful military in the world.This is what Trump voters want for their childrin.I think you guys will quickly usher in the end for cult love of Trump.Trump has even ruined Sports and schools.You guys think he cares about your homes and retirements?Who ruins sports….we are morons.Hows the virus?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
2 months ago

I can say I’ve never patronized anyplace on that list, and most are far from essential services.

Seems more like Tyer set up the hog trough for her political porcine friends

Last edited 2 months ago by Mad Trapper
BlackLiesMatter
BlackLiesMatter
2 months ago

So this is how it’s going to be??? NFl opening day – NFL = BLM. A bunch of over overpaid pussies get their panties in a bunch over a another black and armed felon fleeing the police, who justifiably got shot, and so they won’t stand for the flag of this nation, that their very own forefathers fought, bled, and died for. A black national anthemn? Gee, how about a white national anthem? We are one country you stupid overpaid babies. If you really care about justice, and equality, you should be paid a low salary like police officers, and since blacks are way overrepresented in football and basketball as a percentage of the population, we should have way less black players, and way more white players, using your stupid logic. Any what about justice for all the victims of all the black on black crime? Where is the outrage? Oh, I fogot, you don’t care about black lives taken by other blacks. The NFL can kiss my ass. I’ll never watch another game.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  BlackLiesMatter
2 months ago

I agree. The last thing I want to see before a game is all this “social justice” crap by the NFL players. Yet Tebow taking a knee and praying got him attacked by the press and made him “unemployable.” Give me 1,000 Tebows any day over these pussies disrespecting their country and their flag. Boycotting the NFL this season!

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  BlackLiesMatter
2 months ago

The whole thing has gone nuts. They are going to destroy their own golden goose.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  BlackLiesMatter
2 months ago

I am not watching anymore “sports”. If the overpaid sissies want to kneel and grovel, they can fi d new “jobs”!

The MSM full of this BS, and promoting it. I boycott their “NEWS”, JUST LIKE their SPORTS!!!

Now New England has: the redsux, creitins, and Patsy’s. I will not watch, but I hear no Bruins took a knee?

the school committee
the school committee
2 months ago

Trump has been compromised by Putin.If your a Trump lover then you will scream something about how 50 year Senator Biden and Attorneys General of Californias 40 million polulation are Marxists….Again,Trump has been compromised by Putin to create chaos in America….You really will give Putin 4 more years.Smart inteligent Russians are winnind the war of brains in America

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
Reply to  the school committee
2 months ago

PUTIN! Pissing on the bed. Russian agent.

Be sure to take your meds every day.

Duh,der, duh, dum, dum, dumber, Doorie doo, la-la-land.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
2 months ago

When the final chapter is written on the Trump/Russian saga I think you will find that the orgianl story about girls peeing was accurate and that Trump was not the only republican that Putin enticed with such a thing. Just look at those guys who follow him around terrified that he might expose them and will do his bidding like puppy dogs. They do not want their families to know they have even been to Russia never mind what they did in Russia.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
2 months ago

You are one sick puppy

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
2 months ago

You can’t fix stupid.

Come On Man
Come On Man
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
2 months ago

especially remember your x-lax.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  the school committee
2 months ago

It is obvious you have no problem reading the teleprompter answers given you. Maybe you could help Joe along?

Chuck Vincelette
Chuck Vincelette
Reply to  the school committee
2 months ago

Misinformation repeated 100 times is not truth. Just a mountain of misinformation.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Chuck Vincelette
2 months ago

Are you talking about like the Mexicans paying for the wall? Or that the Covid virus is just a hoax?

Kernull Lullabie
Kernull Lullabie
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
2 months ago

Think it’s a flu or Covid misinfo. Don’t panic though.

Tom Betit
Tom Betit
Reply to  Chuck Vincelette
2 months ago

Chuck
Who profited from Pittsfield politics is the
Typical career politician, create a crisis, Obtain no work no show jobs for friends & family, who then donate the maximum to the preferred political campaigns.

Be The Change
Be The Change
2 months ago

Wayfair/Vote/Melissa Mazzeo

Pat
Pat
2 months ago

Since local politicians and even our local district attorney are telling us that the increase in homeless is due to the virus, shouldn’t some of the COVID cash have gone toward housing for the homeless? $50,000 would have been a great start towards a homeless shelter. Now that there has been a suicide of one of the homeless in Springside Park, this is even more urgency to help these people who are facing even worse conditions in the park once the weather turns colder.

RNtoo
RNtoo
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

Instead our local so called newspaper ran the DA’s press release. Why didn’t they ask her what follow up she’s done from her political press tour? Why can’t they get people into a shelter on an emergency basis? What’s today’s photo op? Maybe you could pay homeless to wear red shoes?

Tom Betit
Tom Betit
Reply to  RNtoo
2 months ago

Fake news propaganda pivot

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

I agree Pat, and for the people who are at risk of becoming homeless. I would love to see the Mayor and the banks make a public statement about forbearance for residential rent/mortgage arrears. When I look at these grants it looks essentially like payday to the landlords on North St, which I am sure is essentially what it was. I doubt the acupuncturist makes 10k in 6 months on a good year.
The real estate market is booming – try and look out for the lawn guys and the unaffiliated maintenance guys who may be dropped in owner transitions. Winter is expensive in the Berkshires.

Auto Phil
Auto Phil
2 months ago

Can anyone add to the discussion with answers to the following questions:

Where did this money come from? Was it part of a federal relief grant?

What are the two different awards? CDBG and SBF?

Was any local taxpayer money distributed as part of the awards?

What was the criteria or requirements for receiving a grant?

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It looks like the maximum grant was $10,000. Was it merely a case of free federal money to distribute (and had to be spent?), requiring just an application and no need to demonstrate need?

It would appear so, looking at this list.

You have the likes of Ben and Jerry’s (locally owned?) receiving $10,000. They provide ice cream delight year round to locals and tourists alike. You can imagine the pandemic being quite troubling financially for their business.

And then you have DJ BFG, a local DJ who averages one party a month (often attended by Pittsfield’s “in-crowd”) who also received $10,000. That’s probably more revenue than the guy/business takes in all year.

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  Auto Phil
2 months ago

Where did this money come from? Great question Auto Phil. Follow the MONEY.

Kraftee Dentistree
Kraftee Dentistree
Reply to  juicylucy
2 months ago

So I have this dentist where now they make you pay all up front and then submit the claim to the insurer. When there is a coverage-credit you only get the money that was credited by filing a form at the dentist office. Turns out my bill would have been cheaper to begin with Without’ the insurance.

EddieP
EddieP
Reply to  Kraftee Dentistree
2 months ago

When I was working, now retired, our union told us to never pay a provider up front. Let them submit the form to indurance.

The Mayor Lies
The Mayor Lies
Reply to  Auto Phil
2 months ago

If it was based on economic impact, DJ BFG would have received $50.
It’s solely based on who you know. I know of businesses that were told by the mayors office the application process had not started. Then a week later were told it was “too late”.
One would have hoped the criteria would have included a requirement to help the most people possible.

CDBG HUD community development block grant

SBF Small Business Funding via SBA

Kraftee Dentistree
Kraftee Dentistree
Reply to  Auto Phil
2 months ago

And the ‘beat’ goes on.

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  Auto Phil
2 months ago

As a senior citizen on a fixed income I resent having my money being used to subsidize a nail salon. (to name one) When, as a citizen and long long time taxpayer in Pittsfield, did I sign up for this? Is this in the charter? Where can I go to find out what other giveaways I am obligated to fund for this mayor and her cronies?
There has always been grabby hands grasping greedily for taxpayer dollars and a certain amount people probably accept. But city officials and their shadow handlers have gone way overboard and this needs to stop NOW. This is probably just the tip of the iceberg and only got exposed because of the sheer brazeness of it.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Auto Phil
2 months ago
Thomas More
Thomas More
2 months ago

Does anyone know if they ever have to pay any of this money back?

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Thomas More
2 months ago

Good question TM. I’m not sure if the monies are to be paid back, but in the end, I feel taxpayers might be on the hook for that also. Bailout at taxpayers expense and reimbursement at the taxpayers expense? Double taxation? Taxpayers always get the short end of the stick one way or another.

The Mayor Lies
The Mayor Lies
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

The money is a grant, not a loan. It never gets paid back.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  The Mayor Lies
2 months ago

Thanks for clarifying. So taxpayers provide the grant money and the government gives it away to those who they pick and choose. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a choice with what to do with our tax dollars?

Spider
Spider
2 months ago

In my opinion the list is certainly questionable. But the biggest red flag is for a “tatoo parlour”. I never knew that a tatoo was considered essential during a pandemic!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Spider
2 months ago

Maybe Tyer has some tats we can’t see?

I guess Clairmont could answer that one! ROFL!!!

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  Spider
2 months ago

Who’s the LL ?

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
2 months ago

Agree with above comments, this list is very strange indeed. First, I have to say, if I presented a spreadsheet like this to my employer I would not be in my job long especially if it was to be presented to the public. Looks like it was created in about 10 minutes. Does anyone know what “CDBG” and “SBF” means and what is the difference in the funding? Between the typo error on Dina’s waiver letter and now this spreadsheet I suggest there be some administrative/clerical training for workers in City Hall. I can guess what it means but not sure where the money is coming from. Many of the businesses that were given monies had no reason to not still be in operating during the pandemic. Builders, Consulting Firms, Muffler and Car Service, Radio Stations, cleaning service and motels were all still operating. Yet you hear of very reputable businesses closing in Pittsfield such as Over the Rainbow, Friends,Hot Tomatoes, just to list a few. Did the City ever reach out to these businesses? Communication has never been a high point of this Administration. Since they gave WBRK monies (why we will never know) how about putting a small informational piece on the radio or in the Berkshire Eagle offering this assistance to local business. Just another eye opening strange day in Pittsfield, what will tomorrow bring?

Hendrix
Hendrix
Reply to  Merry & Bright
2 months ago

Tomorrow is Saturday, in case you didn’t know that is a busy day for the bums working the intersections asking for money.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Hendrix
2 months ago

F the bums. Nobody should give em a nickel. There are tons of freebees and dogooder programs out there now for anybody down on their luck and plenty of job openings. It’s like enabling a drunk

J2S
J2S
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
2 months ago

I’ve heard of folks coming from the Home Depot and stopping and offering some of panhandlers a chance to make a few bucks for some labor help for the day and being turned down. I guess, if true they would rather panhandle.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

None of these people actually want a job or have the wherewithal to hold one. There is already free apartments, phones, groceries, heat, etc, plus month cash from government. They actually are better if not working and as long as the dogooders are stupid enough to give them money, they will pan handle.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Hendrix
2 months ago

Very true. Just heard that someone put bubble bath in the Park Square fountain. Maybe it is bath day for panhandlers in that area. On the positive side, at least the streets around the park will finally get cleaned.

Slim Jim pickins
Slim Jim pickins
Reply to  Merry & Bright
2 months ago

Who is DJ BFG and who is he friends with?

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Slim Jim pickins
2 months ago

Gabby Squailia, aka DJBFG.
Just type it in and take a look see. Unreal. Wedding DJ service up there. $2800 the top package.

Edward R. Muirrow
Edward R. Muirrow
2 months ago

Limbaugh reporting that Atlantic’s Goldberg now walking it WAY back: “May not be true,” the “journalist” says.

CNNMSNBCNYTWAPO probably won’t even mention it.

Lamestream media =Left= Liar

Horace Hasenfeffer
Horace Hasenfeffer
Reply to  Edward R. Muirrow
2 months ago

The Atlantic, the new Atlantis, a fictional publication on its way to extinction

The Mayor Lies
The Mayor Lies
2 months ago

I put in the requests and there is another appeal.

A couple reasons for all this

I have two friends, one who asked about the grants and was told it was too early to apply, then about a week later was told it was too late.

I have another friend who applied much later than my first friend and she received money. More than what she thought she would get.

Also this is an “integrity check”. Having a number of emails that were sent to the mayor’s office, I will be able to check if they’ve included them in dump.
If they are not and since this is an appeal of an appeal due to inaction, I will request that the city, clerk, and mayor’s office be sanctioned for their deception.

As it stands now I know they’ve applied to very different standards to like businesses on the application side.

Johnny Absurds Accountant
Johnny Absurds Accountant
Reply to  The Mayor Lies
2 months ago

There is another list that the Eagle WAS OK with printing. It involved the PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM, a federally funded payout. It was printed on page A3 of the Sunday July 12 issue. Probably too big to ever print out here but involves monies from hundreds of thousands of dollars up to millions.
For instance Guidos got between 1-2 million dollars. Carr Hardware got 350,000-1 million dollars. Petricca got 2-5 million. There are literally hundreds of these including some that seem to be Pittsfield govt. agencies or tools. i.e. Downtown North Inc. $150,000-350,000. Pittsfield, Inc. $150,000-350,000.
All perfectly legal but still eye popping to reade over. Not sure why The Eagle chose to print the federal one but NOT the local one involving our mayors handouts of our own tax money.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Accountant
2 months ago

The Left Winged Parrot only reports what the puppeteers want. It has gotten much worse under Rutberg.

I have been disgusted when I picked up a discarded “newspaper” to read, all far left trash and fluff. I have not touched one since covid 19 hit. Are they still in business?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

True. It’s just one article after another putting down President Trump. The far left is good and anybody else is bad is all you need to know about the articles in the Berkshire Eagle, one of the most far left, if not the most far left newspaper in the country.

forcsakeslet
forcsakeslet
Reply to  The Mayor Lies
2 months ago

You just can’t reopen schools or colleges. U Albany has a spike thirty one Covid Cases.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  The Mayor Lies
2 months ago

This whole thing screams out loud for the need of a forensic audit in Pittsfield, Ma. Can we get this on the ballot for the citizens to vote for this election? I see it as the only possible way to turn this city around financially. Is there a legal type out there who could advise or initiate such a thing? One that is not affiliated with the cabal?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
2 months ago

Johnny, the democrats pay no attention to laws or rules. You got what You voted for……

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
2 months ago

Audit would sure help to expose what has been going on for sometime and should be done. Those who don’t want it done are just fine with taxpayers dollars being used and abused.

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
2 months ago

Maybe, just maybe, the Feds need to step in. She won all 7 Wards and all 14 precincts when elected as mayor. At the time she was City Clerk, not elected the first time she held the position, but appointed by Ruberto. She needed to step down as the city clerk WHEN running for mayor so that the integrity of her position in one of the city’s most significant offices held could not be questioned.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  The Mayor Lies
2 months ago

Sounds like purposeful mistakes going on ?

EWendt
EWendt
2 months ago

In a city where the local government spends the summer of a deadly worldwide epidemic arguing over whether to provide aid to desperate homeless, First Gentleman Tyer’s relentless focus on his personal petty grievances should surprise no one. https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/mayor-tyers-husband-sues-election-rival-over-vote-tampering-allegation,613343

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  EWendt
2 months ago

Barry seems to be a real POS. Too bad the bums do not march/camp out at the Tyer/Clairmont castle

Kernull Lullabie
Kernull Lullabie
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

That bannister she has could hold at least five campouts.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Barry is a real schmuck. If ever there was a time for a Pittsfield forensic audit – it’s now.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  EWendt
2 months ago

Pathetic.

James
James
Reply to  EWendt
2 months ago

Don’t forget the DA. She used the desperate homeless people to boost her Kennedy candidate. I wonder how any of them sleep knowing that young man sent a clear message to Pittsfield. We need to sweep them all out.

Kernull Lullabie
Kernull Lullabie
Reply to  James
2 months ago

aDo you know where DA was the time of the Sheffield mass murders. The Stooge Show.

Hoyt Clagwell
Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  Kernull Lullabie
2 months ago

Was she driving the wrong way with no license ?

Stacey Rossi
Stacey Rossi
Reply to  EWendt
2 months ago

Defamation claims are extremely difficult to prove as financial damages need to be supported by substantial evidence. Plaintiffs usually need to hire expert witnesses to calculate damages and defendants may have to hire experts themselves in defense. Thus, the litigation costs can be exorbitant. Clairmont inserted himself into the election and public eye during the campaign such that a possible defense could include his status as a quasi public figure. He has hired David Rich of Todd & Weld to represent him. The case was filed on Sept 8th and the most recent item on the docket sheet is a Sept 10th allowance of a motion by Clairmont to appoint a special process server.

Last edited 2 months ago by Stacey Rossi
Stacey Rossi
Stacey Rossi
Reply to  EWendt
2 months ago

I must add that I find it highly ironic that Mr. Clairmont has viciously attacked me on social media with personal insults that may be reputationally damaging.

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  Stacey Rossi
2 months ago

He’s snake.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Stacey Rossi
2 months ago

Definitely agree. He has attacked many posters on this site. Also, if he is so concerned about his professional ethics, why did he decide to hang out at Cumby’s at three o’clock in the morning and feed it to to the press? I don’t believe Melissa made him do it. Most folks seeking out an accountant, would most certainly look beyond him after reading about his stunt. He is the only one at fault for that one.

J2S
J2S
2 months ago

Documentary on Mark Belanger on Channel 306 MLB Spectrum 11am today for those who wish to watch. When sports mattered.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

SPORTS DO NOT MATTER!!!

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

I agree they don’t matter now at all. I like millions of other sports junkies have tuned sports out. I was referring to a time when it was enjoyable , like when Mark was playing. These clown owners and athletes who make millions now and think I need to hear the SPUNK of what they believe ain’t happening for me .

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Hunting and fishing are my sports, Dan.

Trapping left mASSachusetts when liberals infested the DFW.

How is the beaver problems now?

Kernull Lullabie
Kernull Lullabie
Reply to  J2S
2 months ago

No. Belanger never gave back here. He once wanted air fair to come for a ceremony honoring his former coach Frank Moynihan.

Spider
Spider
2 months ago

Regarding mayor’s husband suing Mazzeo. Rumors abound that the mayor need not complete this term in office to be eligible for her pension. And when this occurs, she and hubby will move to their other home in Denver along, of course, with any compensation he may collect from his case.

What a legacy they will both leave behind.

UnderCheeaf
UnderCheeaf
Reply to  Spider
2 months ago

Sounds like a hit and run to me spider. But that’s today’s me me me world.

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  Spider
2 months ago

Her pension is based on age and years of service. Then she will collect a percentage of her three highest paid years. Her time as mayor, city council and all the years as a school clerk in Lenox will add up to a large number. Pension dollars will probably be around 100 K.

underdabed
underdabed
Reply to  Thomas More
2 months ago

That’s good sleeping around money.

underdabed
underdabed
Reply to  Thomas More
2 months ago

The Veteran who blogs on here gets 100 percent dusablity he’s making more than the mayor. With benefits including dental.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  underdabed
2 months ago

I do not make nearly as much as the lovely Linda Tyer, as I am a disabled Veteran. I am single, while the lovely Linda is married to a millionaire named Barry Clairmont. If the lovely Linda and Barry retire wealthy, I wish them both well. I long supported the lovely Linda Tyer in Pittsfield politics, including when I lived in Pittsfield (Mass.) when she first ran for Ward 3 City Council. Mayor Linda Tyer is a good person who cares about people like me. I always thought she was cool. Also, it wasn’t because I liked her romantically. I am happy for Linda and Barry, and I wish them both well.

Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
2 months ago

Mentally disabled? Just asking.

underdabed
underdabed
Reply to  Thomas More
2 months ago

Good for her.

John Kerry
John Kerry
Reply to  Spider
2 months ago

The Eagle knew about it before Mazzeo? Did that seem unusual to anyone else?

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  John Kerry
2 months ago

Totally unusual. Strange the Eagle “supposedly” would not print the list of businesses receiving money from the City, but they jump on this. Very strange indeed.

John Kerry
John Kerry
Reply to  Merry & Bright
2 months ago

We know the Eagle reads this blog. Maybe someone over there could confirm that City Hall issued a press release but the paper decided not to run the story as Barry suggested.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  John Kerry
2 months ago

JK,
Eagle definitely reads the Planet! They know where to get the stories first and not a watered down version as they print. It is funny that a newspaper can’t beat a one man wrecking crew . I love it.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  danvalenti
2 months ago

Calling it as I see and many others see it Planet.

Be The Change
Be The Change
Reply to  Merry & Bright
2 months ago

Improper service is often grounds for dismissal.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  John Kerry
2 months ago

It’s Rutberg’s dirty left wing

Bev E Bahyouty
Bev E Bahyouty
Reply to  John Kerry
2 months ago

Good catch Senator. Post of Day!

John Kerry
John Kerry
Reply to  Spider
2 months ago

Why did Barry run to the press first?
== Let’s see if the planet censor deletes this message again ==

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Spider
2 months ago

Hopefully the mayor will hang around long enough to oversee the forensic audit. I am sure she has valuable input as to why certain monies were distributed where they were.
New Pittsfied logo….GODSPEED THE FORENSIC AUDIT
By this time the mayor is right up there with Trump as far as trustworthyness. I think she may see the Donald when she looks in the mirror. And is that Pence standing behind her?

Pat
Pat
2 months ago

Kamala Harris is trying to scare everybody about taking any COVID-19 vaccine because she hates President Trump. “I wouldn’t trust any vaccine from President Trump”, she says in a nasty manner. Yeah, these people are really concerned about the health of Americans. She knows, or she should know, that many Americans are afraid of taking vaccines as it is and then she says something stupid like this. Sounds like the Democrats need this virus to keep scaring Americans for a long time so they can completely tank the economy and they can establish total government control over us.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

Pee-pads and Knee-pads

Biden/Harris 2020

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

Does Kamala really think that President Trump is in the medical labs creating the vaccine? The same vaccine will be given to all Americans no matter who is elected in November so Kamala is deviously spreading more fear.

Johnny Absurds Doctor
Johnny Absurds Doctor
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

No way in hell I would take, or let anyone I cared about take, any medication or medical advice from Trump, his family or anyone associated with him. Instead of letting the medical professionals handle this thing he has interfered and tampered with professional information to protect his special interests.
He and his family have finanacial investments in everything he is promoting and he could care less what happens to you if you take it as long as the money gets into his pockets.
In fact there will so few people risking his vaccine, including many of his base, that it will not help with the pandemic at all. I am personally going to fly to Austraila where the governement allows the medical people to handle medical issues and actually give a shit about their people.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurds Doctor
2 months ago

That is ridiculous. President Trump doesn’t need money. If he did, he would be taking a presidential salary every year. The medical groups will decide when the vaccine is safe, NOT President Trump. This so-called Trump vaccine is the same one that would be given during a Joe Biden presidency and you know it. Flying to Australia because you don’t trust this country? That’s just more of America is evil as being promoted by the far left.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

Your buddy is planning to rush a vaccine out before the election. A vaccine that will not have gone through the normal testing protocols. A vaccine that may have hidden dangers lurking within it. Why do you believe that Trump knows more about medicine than people who have studied it for years and years?
I will tell you why you believe it. Because in a cult like manner he has taken over your ability to rationalize and think independantly. He has convinced you he has super powers and knows more than anyone else in the world about everything in the world.
You take his vaccine. And if you still have not developed tumors or grown another head after two years then I will accept it as possibly safe.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
2 months ago

Mark was the greatest. The Omaha team was one one the best – ever. There was Joey Costanzo, Tommy McCartney, Ray Woitkowski, and the rest of the guys I forgot their names. To be Pittsfield’s best ever is extraordinary because Pittsfield has had many great teams and great ball players. There was Larry Bossidy, Tony Ferdyn, Itch McMahon, Billy McMahon, Chad Shade, Tony Gibson, Ray Woitkowski,of course, Fred Broderick, Donnie Anderson, Pat Grady, Bobo Denno, Where do I stop? There was no end to Pittsfield great athletes. How about my friend, Frank Reid? Yes, Mark was outstanding. We know that. Other players were great, too.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
2 months ago

I’m continuing – I have to add Dick DiOrio, Ray Meandro, Denny Cohen, Don Morehead – one of the best. I quit, forgive me if I missed you. There were so many good ones.

Bruno Hakalugi
Bruno Hakalugi
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
2 months ago

Too bad Belanger’s personality was worse than his batting average.

Pat
Pat
2 months ago

Lots of arsonists being arrested for setting fires in California and Oregon. One woman intentionally setting the California fires has ties to Antifa, but the far left District Attorney in that state is hiding that information. Nancy Pelosi has been trying to blame the fires on Mother Nature being really ticked off due to climate change. No, Nancy, there seems to be human involvement in some of these fires.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

One arrested rioter, in Oregon, is an aide to head democrat in Oregon.

Maybe she should resign?

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mad Trapper
2 months ago

One of the major wildfires in California was started from fireworks set off during a gender reveal party. Not intentional, but setting of fireworks with very dry conditions is very stupid. Fireworks are being used as weapons by groups like Antifa. Doing too much of that in California would have the whole state on fire.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Pat
2 months ago

To that point, it is actually very dry around here as well. These big fires could pop up anywhere so hopefully people will back off on their stupid when playing with sparks.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
2 months ago

I agree with you on that point. It didn’t stop people shooting off fireworks in Pittsfield during 4th of July though when it was very dry.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
2 months ago

Is Barry suing Melissa Mazzeo for slander? I can’t believe that as he was actually in wrong place and should have known better. Wow. It’s like the Ukraine with the waring factions.

Bev E Bahyouty
Bev E Bahyouty
Reply to  Kermit Frog
2 months ago

Good luck with the suit Barry. But if there were witnesses stating you were behind the counter,you’ve got a problem. Aside…….Rumor has it Big Pharma is coming up with a THC pill that will be regulated and put marijuana shops out of business. So be careful what you invest in.

Hoyt Clagwell
Hoyt Clagwell
Reply to  Kermit Frog
2 months ago

Makes him look like a jerk.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
2 months ago

He is. Why would anyone want to do business with him now?

The Mayor Lies
The Mayor Lies
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
2 months ago

Because it will ease regulation and it will get you city, state, and federal money.

Come On Man
Come On Man
2 months ago
Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Come On Man
2 months ago

Great stuff!
Every time I pass a house with a Biden sign in their yard – they might as well have a sign that reads “Stupid Person Lives Here.”

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
2 months ago

Sunday, 1:15 pm, NOT watching football. I did turn it on but saw BLM POS on the back of a helmet. Bye.

Some people shocked that the unity display was booed in KC the other night.

Some might be shocked by result on Nov. 3, too.

No mention of that other viewpoint on their Tweezer and Fakebook feeds.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
2 months ago

Just watched Cam Newton score his first touchdown for the Patriots. And they piped in phony crowd noises and cheering. This is where we are at people. They think we are so gullible that we will actually beleive there are people in the stands if they make crowd noises.
So why don’t we just watch an animated football game with phony players too? Come to think of it, why don’t we just watch Bugs Bunny if we want to be in the land of make believe?

Behind The Cowntet
Behind The Cowntet
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
2 months ago

Did you the-sign that the fan had on his cap?White Cops Matter?

Save your Teckston
Save your Teckston
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
2 months ago

Now there have been disturbances at Ray Crow Park on winter st. Isn’t anything sacred anymore?

Behind The Cowntet
Behind The Cowntet
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
2 months ago

The N F L means well. Blame Chiner. And I don’t like Goo-dell. Aside…My water bill is starting to scare me. Why are these rates so burdensome. Because like Service Net,the Water Consultants have their control over fixing something that doesn’t need fixing to the extent of the millions of cost to our taxpayers. Do you trust the City Clowncil? And this (cost) includes the ELDERLY,Mayor.

Save your Teckston
Save your Teckston
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
2 months ago

Not going to the tempull.

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
2 months ago

I saw the Patriot’s game and Newton is being praised as the second coming – maybe the first. I’m not impressed. The Dolphins stunk and the Pats were mediocre, as was Newton. Patriot fans will be suffering before this year is over. I’ll remind you of this prediction in January.

Save your Teckston
Save your Teckston
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
2 months ago

What game were you watching? Cam Newton matters and Brady is losing and blaming the wide receiver again for his interceptions
Go Cam,and Go Pats!

Greechi Santabalonio
Greechi Santabalonio
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
2 months ago

Planet Bulletin …..two cops shot while in squad car. Suspect on the run. Condition of Cops not known.

Milt Plum
Milt Plum
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
2 months ago

FLICK the NFL.

Jharvis Calhuin
Jharvis Calhuin
Reply to  Milt Plum
2 months ago

The police are aware that b l m is against them,don’t they?

Come On Man
Come On Man
2 months ago

Democrats in the lab racing to create a vaccine;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF8Hk6ShthM

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Come On Man
2 months ago

Two thumbs up!

Sgt. Bazooka
Sgt. Bazooka
2 months ago

Will any of the NFL Buffoons wear something about how many black kids were murdered in Chicago or Baltimore last weekend?

Kammie Nudetun
Kammie Nudetun
Reply to  Sgt. Bazooka
2 months ago

Cam managed the game nicely today. Come on give him some love Chuck Brady threw two picks that cost Bucs the game. Cowboys win big tonight.