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MAYOR’S STATE OF CITY ADDRESS: THE FULL TEXT

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BY DAN VALENTI

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY FEB. 3, 2021) — Here is the full text of the mayor’s 2021 “State of the City” address, presented without comment. THE PLANET reserves comments to you, our readers. We have taken it unedited and as presented from the city’s website.

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“Staying in the fight, building a stronger city

INTRODUCTION/REFLECTIONS

Good afternoon. Honorable members of the City Council, School Committee, State Delegation, and fellow citizens – thank you for tuning in. It is my sincere pleasure to deliver the 2021 State of the City address – the first-ever virtual State of the City, just one of the many changes and adjustments brought about by the pandemic.

It’s hard to believe that next month marks one year of dealing with this global public health crisis. In looking back at the past year, it is easy to become fixated on all of the things that we have done to mitigate COVID-19. Our attention and energy was focused, and rightly so, on doing all that we could to keep our community safe. Circumstances are constantly evolving. It requires us to monitor, assess, and adjust. We are still very much in the midst of protecting ourselves and each other while, at the same time, finding ways to sustain our economy, keep people employed, and reopen our schools.

Last year was a tough one. After four years of disciplined work to stabilize the city’s fiscal situation, we were ready to kick off 2020 with a full and robust agenda of targeted investments to enhance our city and community. Then, the local and global landscape completely shifted. We quickly pivoted to what was absolutely critical to lead our city through COVID-19. Everything else was put on pause.

Looking back, optimism around anticipated funding from the

Student Opportunity Act to advance teaching and learning in our schools eroded with growing apprehension that these funds may not be provided. A wave of concern soon flooded over our school community with the possibility of insufficient Chapter 70 educational funding and the devastating impact this would have on our schools. While other communities entered into monthly municipal operating budgets, thankfully the Pittsfield City Council approved our fiscal year 2021 budget. We promised that if state funding for schools didn’t come through, we’d go back to the City Council for budget amendments. Fortunately, school funding was sustained and we were able to maintain critical services for you – our residents.

In the midst of great uncertainty, we zeroed in on high-impact

ways to keep our city going. Adjusting to the fast-changing climate by establishing the COVID-19 Economic Relief and Recovery Program, a comprehensive economic package to support small businesses, non-profits, and our residents; by providing easy access to food and supplying Chromebooks to our students after our schools were closed; and creating 13 ‘grab-and-go’ zones to support our restaurants with take-out and delivery services are a few examples of the many ways we came together to support each other.

The challenge of COVID-19, and our subsequent responses, are reminiscent of 2016. It was the first year of my administration and we faced multiple hardships, including a host of complex fiscal challenges that resulted in very difficult decisions. The path ahead was unsure and discouraging at times. But we got busy, became hyper-focused on finding solutions, and kept pressing forward. When I delivered Pittsfield’s first-ever State of the City address in January of 2017, I acknowledged these difficulties, but also made sure to recognize the progress and gains that came along the way. We navigated this unchartered territory by staying true to our core principles: shared responsibility, asking ‘how can we,’ planning for the long-term, and strengthening our communications with each other all of you. These simple, but powerful, tenets serve as a guiding compass when the future is uncertain. Their effectiveness holds true now more than ever, laying the foundation for deeper collaborations that strengthen and protect our city. A team of dedicated, seasoned professionals are truly committed to the work they do and the city they love. They show up every day ready to make tough decisions and to deliver what’s needed to serve the people of Pittsfield.

In March, when we learned of our first COVID positive case, I acted quickly to establish Pittsfield’s COVID-19 Task Force, a group of highly experienced professionals including city and school officials, law enforcement, first responders, leadership from the Sheriff’s Office, Berkshire Health Systems, and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. For nearly 100 days, we convened daily. Now, we meet weekly or in cases of emergency. For the past year, this group has come together for multiple conference calls and zoom meetings to review public health data and hash out immediate plans of action. In the beginning, the work was intense and fast-moving, but at no

time did this affect our commitment. It is my sincere privilege to be a part of this amazing team.

I am in a complete awe of all the hospital staff and everyone on the frontlines of this pandemic. In the face of long hours, great uncertainty, and personal risk, you continue to serve our community in ways great and small. I truly appreciate all that you do to support the health and well-being of our friends, family, and neighbors. Thank you.

We must also take a moment to remember and cherish those we have lost to this unrelenting virus. My heartfelt condolences to the families who are grieving. May you find comfort and peace in the quiet moments of remembrance.

MANAGING COVID-19

As we head into the second month of 2021, our fight to end COVID-19 continues with a sustained emphasis on getting transmission under control. At the start of the New Year, we saw just how much a post-holiday spike in case counts and positive clusters throughout long-term care facilities, ravaged our community, impacting the lives of our colleagues, friends, and loved ones. Behind every number, behind every data point, is a person who is loved and cherished. We must never lose sight of this.

Very early on in the pandemic, the COVID task force developed a community impact dashboard to track a variety of data points and to make the information easily accessible and transparent. From the beginning of the pandemic through January 29, there have been 2,201 confirmed cases in Pittsfield; 59,643 tests have been administered; and 49 Pittsfielders have passed away. Today, with cautious optimism, I can report that the public health data is beginning to look promising. The 14 day positivity rate is 3.5 percent which takes Pittsfield out of red and into the yellow category. Data from recent sewage testing used to detect virus concentration in wastewater, further supports a potential downward trend. It’s going to take everything in our collective and growing toolbox – continued adherence to safety protocols, testing, contact tracing, quarantining, and vaccinations – to stay in the fight and bring back the joys of life.

Phase 2 of the state’s vaccination plan begins today, with a focus on our senior citizens aged 75 and older. I am so grateful that our seniors, especially those without online skills or internet access, were able to get much needed assistance with registration. Between the Council on Aging, the health department, my office, and citizens pitching in to help, our seniors secured appointments. This week, at the Berkshire Community College vaccination clinic, 1,400 senior citizens will receive their first dose of the vaccine. This is a long-awaited milestone in the winding road to recovery.

But we also saw the effect of the limited vaccine supply. Within hours of registration opening, slots for Pittsfield’s vaccine clinics filled up quickly. Success for some, frustration for others.

It shouldn’t be this way, but this is where we are for now. Production is underway to boost the federal supply, and when it’s available, Pittsfield and the Berkshires are primed to handle what comes our way. Because of our strong partnerships, we have a solid infrastructure in place, proven efficiencies, and an army of vaccinators and volunteers ready to deploy at our local clinics. Our hard work has not gone unnoticed. State officials are recognizing that we have implemented best practices and a model that could be replicated in other communities.

I know many of you are anxious to get vaccinated. The Berkshire County Vaccine Team will continue to add new clinic dates and appointments as more vaccine becomes available from the state and federal government. We are doing

everything in our power to ensure that Pittsfield and the Berkshires gets what it deserves. To stay abreast of updated information and for ease in scheduling appointments as they open up, please visit the newly launched website getvaccinatedberkshires.org.

REOPENING OUR SCHOOLS

Getting our kids back in the classroom is at the heart of everything that we do. Through the many changes, disappointments, and transitions, our entire Pittsfield Public school community – students, families, teachers, administrators, school nurses, cafeteria staff, custodians, and bus drivers – have all adjusted as best they could. And it’s been hard. That’s why today marks a significant turning point toward better days. This morning CTE students at Taconic High School, and a small group at Pittsfield High School, returned to school for hybrid learning, and will be followed up by some special education students next week. It is our hope that all students will return for in-person hybrid learning after the winter break.

This decision wasn’t made lightly and I understand the concerns that many of you have. To ease your fears, we are seeing positive trends in lower case counts and positivity rates, vaccines are on the horizon, and a significant amount of planning and investment has been undertaken to ensure that our schools are safe for in-person hybrid learning. Air filtration systems have been repaired and upgraded. Daily air quality is measured. Safety protocols such as masking, social distancing, extensive cleaning procedures, and monitoring students and staff for symptoms are in place. Testing remains a key component of our overall public health strategy. Work is underway to expand testing for staff and students within our schools. We are hopeful that our partner, County Ambulance, will soon be engaged to conduct surveillance testing for staff and students.

Simultaneous to this critical work is the current search for the next superintendent of the Pittsfield Public Schools. A search committee has been selected and their work is underway. Focus groups representing various constituencies from teachers to parents to business leaders and others are being conducted.

Community input is critical to selecting the next leader for our schools.

ADVANCING BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Admittedly, much of our attention was focused on COVID-19. However, throughout the pandemic, the city’s support of local businesses has not wavered. By the end of 2020, through our Economic Relief and Recovery grant program and the Restaurant Rapid Response program, we awarded a total of 90 grants to small businesses and restaurants in Pittsfield, resulting in nearly $700,000 in financial support, put to work, right here in our city, helping Pittsfield businesses as they confront the financial strain of this very challenging economy.

While we provided COVID-19 economic relief, we didn’t stop there. This past year, we supported one of Pittsfield’s long- standing, generational businesses by providing tax increment financing for the expansion of John’s Building Supply. On the horizon is the construction of a new hotel also supported by tax increment financing. And, an innovative new business joined us last year. Pittsfield was proud to welcome United Aircraft Technologies to the business landscape. United Aircraft Technologies is a veteran-owned, minority-owned, female led business that has created a new class of sensing clamps for aircraft wiring, which are found by the thousands in each aircraft. The innovative clamp is designed to reduce weight, improve safety, and simplify maintenance while incorporating augmented reality and artificial intelligence. The military-grade thermoplastic clamps are interconnecting, ergonomic and do

not require the use of other hardware such as screws or bolts, resulting in a clamp that is up to 65% lighter than existing products. United Aircraft Technologies teamed up with two other local, long-standing businesses. Sinicon Plastics, will produce the clamps, and SABIC, is their materials provider.

If your business is in need of assistance, please take a look at the available resources by visiting businesspittsfield.com. Whether you have an existing business or dream of starting one, this website can help remove some of the guess work.

In 2021, we have several key items on our business development agenda. Here’s what you can expect to see this year. We will be issuing a request for proposals for the redevelopment of the former Arace’s property on outer West Housatonic Street. For years, this commercial property, which covers about 10 acres and is situated at the western gateway of our city, has sat empty and been left to deteriorate. I am looking forward to seeing creative proposals for redevelopment of this property. Also, I have proposed an appropriation from the Pittsfield Economic Development Fund for the construction of new water and sewer lines on Dan Fox Drive. This infrastructure project will support the redevelopment and expansion of Bousquet and Berkshire West. In addition, these new water and sewer lines will set us up for future growth along the Dan Fox Drive corridor. I have also proposed a tax increment financing package to support Fresh Powder and Blue Chair Properties, the new owners of Bousquet. They project a capital investment of $11,315,000. Keeping Bousquet open and successful will offer year-round outdoor recreation for people of all ages and abilities.

And speaking of outdoor recreation, construction of the Ashuwillticook bike trail extension begins this year. After many years of planning, designing, engineering, and funding, Pittsfield will finally have a bike trail extending from the Berkshire Mall to Crane Avenue. With the completion of Bike Facilities Master Plan later this fall we should be well positioned to advance biking in and around the City of Pittsfield.

When it comes to our downtown, we keep investing. We are working very closely with a possible new tenant for our downtown. I can’t reveal any details at this time, if we are

successful, this new establishment will add a very unique and significant amenity to downtown community life. We also anticipate the redevelopment of the Wright Building for new market-rate downtown rental units. Down on East Street, just a couple of blocks from downtown, construction is underway for 27 affordable rental housing units at the former Reigning Love church.

Over at the William Stanley Business Park, you will begin to see planning and activity at Site 9. This is the parcel that Walmart considered for a new superstore. We have been working very closely with our local and state partners to move towards significant improvements to make the parcel ready for redevelopment. Stay tuned for more details.

The revitalization of Tyler Street continues to move forward. Last month, I toured the Morningstar Apartments, formerly St. Mary’s Church, and it is absolutely spectacular. The developer, David Carver and CT Management, did a magnificent job preserving the architectural elements of this historic campus. So many in our community came together to save this beautiful church from the wrecking ball. I am not surprised that these market-rate apartments are already 80 percent occupied.

By the end of 2021, Tyler Street will have 36 new market-rate housing units, thanks to a development project led by Mill Town Capital. We’re doubling down on our efforts to assume ownership of the Hess Station and while the future of the Tyler Street Fire Station looked grim, with demolition on the horizon,

I’m thrilled to report that there is promising new interest for this historic gem.

We look forward to the Tyler Street Streetscape project getting underway this year. MassWorks had awarded Pittsfield $3,000,000 toward this project. Street improvements include a roundabout, upgrades to sidewalks and crosswalks, and other amenities along the corridor.

COVID set back our planning, but we’re refocusing our attention on a new police station which will serve the needs of a modern law enforcement agency. This is a top priority for public safety.

NEIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATION

As you know, the neighborhoods in our city have been a key element of the work that I’ve wanted to do as mayor. This is an all-encompassing effort. It includes the demolition of buildings that no longer have value, pose a danger to public safety, and impact the quality of life in a neighborhood. Another key component for neighborhood stability is the At Home in Pittsfield program. This program will assist our neighbors who may be living in homes that need exterior renovation and repairs in order to interrupt further decline. Most importantly, this program provides a viable pathway for residents who do not have access to traditional financing for this kind of work. At Home’s true success will reflect in its ability to decrease the wealth gap by increasing personal wealth and asset value for homeowners that participate in this program. I thank the Pittsfield City Council for supporting our $500,000 request from the Pittsfield Economic Development fund. We are looking forward to getting these funds into the neighborhoods in time for the spring construction season.

This past year, I was heartbroken by the trauma that our homeless brothers and sisters experienced when the St. Joe’s emergency COVID shelter closed. I acted quickly to ensure that the city, along with our community partners, provided as much care as possible. I am deeply grateful for the sustained response provided by our community partners, for the volunteers who helped in countless ways, and for all the donations given by a generous community. I have learned a great deal about the struggles of homelessness and the many agencies and advocates that work in this field. This year, the city’s housing work will prioritize expanding and improving crisis sheltering with an emphasis on the development of new supportive housing. If all goes well, we will see a new crisis shelter open at the First United Methodist Church with room for 40 guests after COVID regulations have been lifted. The newly formed Homeless Advisory Committee has begun their work to help us advance our number one housing goal for 2021 – securing safe, stable housing for those experiencing homelessness.

ADVANCING DEI

Last year, people from all walks of life, backgrounds and ages came together in solidarity against social injustice and to advocate for systemic change. In Pittsfield, we remain firmly committed to this transformative work. As a government organization, the City of Pittsfield will lead the way by continuing to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion. I commissioned a study group, led by the city’s Human Resource Office, to undertake a comprehensive review of DEI best practices. I’m looking forward to their recommendations later this month. This input will help us formalize initiatives around advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

When I think about DEI, I can’t help but think about Pittsfield’s very own Rev. Samuel Harrison, for whom I have deep respect and admiration. During the Civil War, as chaplain of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, an all-black unit of soldiers, he petitioned all the way up to President Lincoln for equal pay for the soldiers of the Massachusetts 54th. Because of Rev. Harrison’s steadfast advocacy on behalf of the soldiers of the 54th , they received the compensation they earned and deserved. As we navigate our modern day pandemic, there’s an intriguing intersection of time associated with the legacy of Rev. Samuel Harrison. His granddaughter, Florence Jacobs, was the graduating valedictorian for the class of 1908 at Pittsfield High School. Ms. Jacobs went on to earn a nursing degree and after marrying William Edmonds, she returned to Pittsfield and had a successful career in nursing, teaching, and healthcare administration. In 1962, Mrs. Edmonds was named “Mother of the Year” by the Women’s Club in Pittsfield.

Today, Rev. Harrison’s restored home stands at 82 Third Street. It is one of our city’s most prized African-American landmarks. The principles that Rev. Harrison held true to during some of the darkest chapters of our history are relevant today. Very soon, I will announce an initiative to honor his legacy for generations to come.

CONCLUSION

In closing – the challenges and uncertainties of this unrelenting global pandemic will be with us for quite some. In some ways, circumstances may even intensify. Our mettle will be tested. All of the priorities of my agenda are intended to ensure that, as we emerge from this public health crisis, we will be stronger than ever before and ready for good things to happen. Our resolve and tenacity to rebound will prevail. Despite these troubling times, my greatest hope is that you have discovered new traditions, found creative ways to enjoy the company others, explored the outdoors, and that you, your family, and your friends are healthy and in good spirits.

As your mayor, I am honored to serve you. Thank you.

 

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Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
3 months ago

My comment on the lovely Linda’s speech, which I watched on YouTube, is that she made Pittsfield politics very expensive for Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski, while public services diminished. Matt Kerwood’s creative accounting schemes include his +$10 million slush fund, moving tax dollars around various accounts, and hiding the true sum of Pittsfield’s hundreds of millions of dollars in municipal debts and other liabilities. In short, Matt Kerwood “cooks the books” to make Mayor Linda Tyer look like she is fiscally responsible. If President Biden and U.S. Congress give Pittsfield bailout money, I hope Mayor Linda Tyer and Matt Kerwood wont add to the +$10 million slush fund that should belong in the pockets of the Kapanskis.

Paul
Paul
3 months ago

Whoever wrote this for her must be a makeup artist because they sure know how to put lipstick on a pig.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Paul
3 months ago

Makeup artist wouldn’t do, for the Pitt, or even a plastic surgeon. More like Dr Frankenstein, and the dead parts they put together are scary.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
3 months ago

Seriously? Wealth gap? Diversity? Equity? Inclusion? Free home improvements?

How about just lowering crime and taxes?
Or did I miss that part.

This mayor is despicable.

pothole
pothole
Reply to  JoeKapanski
3 months ago

without growth that exceeds spending there will never be lower taxes. This cannot be blamed on the mayor. Years and years of a mismanaged or non existent city plan has led to the position we are now faced with. Increasing insurance costs, increasing wage costs, increasing maintenance costs, new projects are going to be insanely expensive in material increases.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  pothole
3 months ago

More mismanagement and DENIAL won’t change things.

Mayor could have saved a bundle on the sewer project, that project is, “insanely expensive”.

Last edited 3 months ago by Mad Trapper
Carl Naftzger
Carl Naftzger
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

That’s done with let’s try to bury her water project. The Wizard is waiting in the wings. Let’s see what he’s got!

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Yes Dan all true but the council can’t add to the budget so if a mayor didn’t propose a ginormous budget to begin with taxes could be lowered.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  pothole
3 months ago

Bullshit pothole! Tyer hired more employees and gave away way too much Kapanski cash. She could have cut 10 percent across the board and held to that these last 5 years. Instead she raised budget by millions. That’s over a 70 million dollar swing across 5 years that could have lowered taxes. And if she had any balls whatsoever, she would have closed schools. This city is a joke.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  JoeKapanski
3 months ago

You didn’t miss it Joe. She campaigned on crime, crucified Bianchi on crime, campaigned second time around on crime, yet utterly failed to even mention the work in her speech. And lower taxes? You must be high on some of that weed she supports selling, because it ain’t happening.

BlueLivesMatter
BlueLivesMatter
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
3 months ago

Yea but she did mention the word “police” one time. But it wasn’t about crime, it was about a new police station. With all the money pissed away on the new high school we couldn’t afford and didn’t need, could’ve had a dozen police stations.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
3 months ago

So she is “honored” to serve us! Bull crap! Evidently her speech writer was not aware of how she closed down all the restaurants causing financial problems for hardworking restaurant owners, quite a few of them unable to recover. No mention of the clusterfruck on North Street, wonder how much Nick Russo was paid by her Administration to “create” this mess? What happened to the great Space Capsule that we all paid for, how many new hires this past year? Why are the schools leaving all their windows open during a Berkshire winter, is this her version of air filtering for Covid19? She sends kids into this unsafe condition yet City Hall and the CC are locked away on ZOOM, unreachable to taxpayers. She created the new drop box, great, takes over two weeks to process a dog license. Good job. She brags about fiscal, sure Linda, that’s because all you did was raise the assessments of our homes so you can charge us more for real estate taxes. What about the upcoming hikes in water taxes, did she forget about that? What about the personal attacks caused by her puppets on the City Council against each other all year. Real productive for the City. Can anyone name one thing the CC did for taxpayers this past year? She seems to have forgotten how many taxpayers have TRIED to contact her pertaining to her cell-tower debacle, or how about the residents of Allendate and the stench from her buddy Nuciforo’s pot campus. Proves she does NOT listen to taxpayers, she ignores them. Speaking of pot, where is all the pot money? Is she secretly stashing it away so she can buy her boyfriend Wynn a new police station? Speaking of police, any reason that traffic stops were down well over 1,000 stops from 2019 which has created an unsafe Nascar track on Pittsfield streets? What about crime, no mention of this? She boasts about her COVID task force, sure that is why there were so many deaths at Hillcrest Commons, it is known all around Pittsfield that the tracking of Covid was a disaster by the Health Department. But, the best yet, how dare she say she cares about the homeless of Pittsfield! Remember almost a year ago she brought in homeless folks from across the state to house them in a brand new hotel on South Street, only to kick them to the curb. How much money did she receive for that maneuver? How she can blatantly lie about caring for the homeless folks is beyond me. My only hope is that some great folks come out and run for election, win and knock her puppets out of office this year. New elects that will fight against her to turn Pittsfield around. New elects that will make her last two years as miserable as she has made the taxpayers of Pittsfield. She is out for herself and her clique, NOT the taxpayers.

The Downtown Umbrella guy
The Downtown Umbrella guy
Reply to  Merry & Bright
3 months ago

Honestly I think Nick didn’t get paid for his work and he genuinely thought it was a good and progressive idea. But after overwhelming negative public feedback he deactivated his facebook. Poor lil’ guy fucked up north street and now he’s in the wind.

Tony Barry
Tony Barry
Reply to  The Downtown Umbrella guy
3 months ago

He did get paid. He made $2800 on that little screw up via a consulting gig with the consulting company. They should find him and make him fix that Tom screwery.

ShirlYNuts
ShirlYNuts
Reply to  Tony Barry
3 months ago

Just get Kramer from Seinfeld and give him some black paint so he can get rid of all the confusing lines. I almost got rear ended when I parked on North St! I couldn’t even be mad at the person because I knew they were as confused as I was about what to do. The car in front of me was parked in the old spot which is now the bike lane!!

Two Cents
Two Cents
Reply to  Merry & Bright
3 months ago

Now that’s a rebuttal….Amen!!!

It’s Long Gone
It’s Long Gone
Reply to  Two Cents
3 months ago

Great post Merry.Weary and Blight best describes the current tenure.

Hell'n Moon
Hell'n Moon
Reply to  Merry & Bright
3 months ago

Bravo!

In terms of crime, I’ve lived in this city for over 50 years and have NEVER heard of so many shootings within the city boundaries. Ridiculous.

I agree on Nick Russo, he’s as asinine as Caccamo. We all know the bike lane on Elm st is a complete joke too and was a personal project for Nick C. Russo is a sham artist and nothing less than a do nothing hipster.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Merry & Bright
3 months ago

W H E N – Women Helping Empower Nobody but themselves. That’s where she came from, same as Far Away Farley

Big Lots
Big Lots
3 months ago

What about that white privilege obstacle course on North Street?

It’s Long Gone
It’s Long Gone
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

Good tag Dan. As good as the your infamous WOG.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  danvalenti
3 months ago

As in Pete White?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Big Lots
3 months ago

The morons/idiots who approved of, and designed that boondoggle (a project that is considered a waste of both time and money, yet is often continued due to extraneous policy or political motivations), should be sentenced to shoveling it out every snowstorm.

Go to Carr’s and get Linda et al, some shovels.

UAlbany
UAlbany
3 months ago

I think Tyer is doing the best she can with what we have to offer here, but even after 5 years in office her hatred of the Bianchi people is palpable. Nationally and locally we have to be better people and grow up – you can’t get every vote and should respect those that differ with you – Trump administered hatred and was voted out because of his ugliness and yet even here locally there is so much hate for those that don’t agree – just read some of these posts on this blog. It’s really sad as we are in the end all on the same boat……

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  UAlbany
3 months ago

IMPOTUS Xiden was installed, not elected.

The Left and the Establishment Republicans hated Trump as soon as he announced his election campaign. They spent 4 years trying to frame him, without success nor evidence, and they are still at it.

UAlbany
UAlbany
Reply to  Mad Trapper
3 months ago

Get off the hate go round – we are going no where with that

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  UAlbany
3 months ago

Trapper speaks the truth. Going nowhere?
So much for “unity” as the Dems are still unconstitutionally trying to impeach a former president. Yes, the hate continues from the Dems.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  UAlbany
3 months ago

D-Rats hate anyone/thing that does not agree with them.

Burning Looting and Murders, everyday in cities nationwide, from spring into late summer 2020, was fine with them.

People angered, by a scam election they created, has them with their panties in a bunch.

ShirlYNuts
ShirlYNuts
Reply to  UAlbany
3 months ago

She has been involved with local politics longer than 5 years. I was hopeful for better but I guess not

Rosaura
Rosaura
Reply to  UAlbany
3 months ago

Time for everyone to move forward…….

Last edited 3 months ago by Rosaura
J2S
J2S
3 months ago

The Rapid Response term is used often about issues that arise. I would like to hear more often, the Rapid Results were completed because of more action done than just words about it being done.

The school committee
The school committee
3 months ago

Hiring Joe Curtis as Superintendent will be a huge mistake. Education needs professionals with great intelligence and people skills.The number one question of a Superintendent should be how important he feels pilot programs are to success in the Pittsfield public school.If they answer very important do not hire them.Ask about consolidation of schools to have more services in one building.Health and safety officer needs to answer many questions before schools open

Last edited 3 months ago by The school committee
J2S
J2S
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

Like I’ve said before, Having a couple degrees and having no common sense to go along with them, is the real detriment to being successful many times.

Last edited 3 months ago by J2S
Hell'n Moon
Hell'n Moon
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

School Committee actually made a great post! 100% agree on Curtis. The PPS staff is mostly NOT behind him and can’t stand him

Ham Anex
Ham Anex
Reply to  Hell'n Moon
3 months ago

Maybe they changed his meds.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Ham Anex
3 months ago

Yup,Everyone cant deny that President Biden has given America hope tha Trump fascist with the support from Q and white supremacist are now on the run.Oopps sorry wrong board.Got to take more meds….who loves that they are being hunted down?Anyone,anyone……hello

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

Qanumnutz

Ron Kitterman
Ron Kitterman
3 months ago

 Our mettle is being tested ? I fluked that test long time ago.  

AmandaWell
AmandaWell
Reply to  Ron Kitterman
3 months ago

Planites! Have you seen the flying car? So cool. Wonder what that baby costs.

AmandaWell
AmandaWell
Reply to  Ron Kitterman
3 months ago

Flunked? The mayors a fluke.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Ron Kitterman
3 months ago

Maybe she meant our Melle is being tested.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  12 Gauge
3 months ago

funny!

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
3 months ago

Glad you can take a joke JM

ShirlYNuts
ShirlYNuts
3 months ago

Did anyone see her agenda for the coming year

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
Reply to  ShirlYNuts
3 months ago

Don’t worry you still have time to buy KY

Mag Gwiz
Mag Gwiz
Reply to  Acute Angina
3 months ago

When the water rates start kicking in you’ll wish for K Y

ShirlYNuts
ShirlYNuts
3 months ago

Just read the Eagle again and more hate speech but not as much. There were kudos for the vaccination roll out but no Thank You’s to Trump for getting it out so fast

Pat
Pat
3 months ago

The Biden administration promises that “you will own nothing, and you WILL be happy”. On the other hand, the elites will own everything and keep all of their properties and possessions and they WILL be happy with your money. We will all be sacrificing for climate change and living simply. The elites (Oligarchs) will be partying down will all the money and power. If taxes aren’t enough, they will find another way to get your money.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGIOVWI_C8Y

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

Stop lying pat

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

Watch and learn

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Agent 86
3 months ago

Fox Media is your watch and learn channel.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  The school committee
3 months ago

Not only do you have TDS. You also have Fox Derangement Syndrome. You’re a mess.

PJMH
PJMH
Reply to  Pat
3 months ago

LOL. After the last 4 years, lack of a strategic response to a pandemic and an est, 22M jobs lost… I’ll roll with the new admin for now.

Be The Change
Be The Change
3 months ago

Same breathalyzer story, what, for the fourth year in a row ? How to fix official misconduct scandal. Keep selling the same lie, still aint buying it.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
3 months ago

Hello Patrick Fennell,

Thank you for sending me two emails this morning (February 4th, 2021) about (a) President Biden stopping the Keystone Pipeline and the alternative transportation of oil being more costly and polluting, and (b) Hunter Biden’s sexual deviancy and substance abuse.

The U.S.A. is the #2 polluter of greenhouse gases in the World. Between China and U.S.A., the two countries account for nearly 50 percent of all greenhouse gas pollution in the World. China and U.S.A. should come together to stop polluting the World with greenhouse gases.

Hunter Biden is a troubled middle-aged man who has a sordid history of sexual deviancy, promiscuity, crack cocaine, and alcoholism. He has at least 5 children with at least 3 women. He slept with his late-brother’s widow. He lied to a Judge about not fathering a child with a young college student who worked as a stripper. After a court-ordered paternity test, Hunter Biden was the father of the young woman’s baby. He allegedly had sex with Russian prostitutes who may have been sex trafficked. His foreign business dealings with adversarial countries such as Russia and China are under federal law enforcement investigation, along with his alleged money laundering. Joe Biden’s family is sarcastically called “The Biden Crime Family” because they are all worth tens of millions of dollars each without any reasonable explanation. Critics question if Joe Biden should even be U.S. President given all of these issues.

As we are both Veterans, what do you think of the new Secretary of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs being the first person to head the VA who is not a Veteran? Will he understand the needs of Veterans who have been screwed over by the VA for many years on end? Why hasn’t Governor Charlie Baker made needed changes to Holyoke Soldiers Home after 78 Veterans from around the Northeast died of COVID-19 there? Why are politicians always for War and Soldiers, but when it comes to the VA, they fail Veterans?

Best wishes,

Jonathan A. Melle

Earl Parnsip
Earl Parnsip
3 months ago

Yuki running again according to WAMCs Josh Landes.

Auto Phil
Auto Phil
3 months ago

Did she really compare the dire consequences of the worldwide pandemic to the challenges she faced as a new mayor in 2016?

Hmmmm… one does not seem to be like the other. In any way, shape, or form.

I didn’t realize the homeless population in Pittsfield were her brothers and sisters though. That’s interesting.