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MORANDI, CONNELL ‘KAPANSKI’ PETITIONS WOULD RESTRUCTURE CITY GOVERNMENT BY SETTING TERM LIMITS AND HIRING A CITY MANAGER

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY OCT. 25, 2021) — Later this week, THE PLANET will share what we’ve learned about the developing situation with the “houseless” shelter at the First Methodist Church on Fenn Street and Renne Avenue in Pittsfield. Looks like we might have another case of Pittsfield governmental “botch-ulism.”

As THE PLANET exclusively reported, the project is now on indefinite hold because the shelter’s cost has exceeded 30% of the church’s value. This triggered a state regulation requiring that the entire building must now be brought up to code. Who will pay?

Be sure to catch this two-part series, with revelations you’ll get nowhere else.

Meanwhile, the only two councilors in the 11-member group who give a Ford Frick about Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski have submitted three vital petitions pertaining to the structure of city government.

———- ooo ———-

Chris Connell, left, and Kevin Morandi

Tomorrow night (Oct. 26) the council will consider the legislation cosponsored by Ward 2 councilor Kevin Morandi and Ward 4’s Chris Connell.

Here are the petitions:

  • 1. Requesting that a term limit for the mayor be set at a maximum of two consecutive terms (8 years total) be placed  on the charter review committee’s agenda.
  • 2. Requesting that a term limit for city councilors be set at four consecutive terms (8 years total) be placed on the charter review committee’s agenda.
  • 3. Requesting that a change in city government to Plan D be placed on the charter review committee’s agenda.

The first two are self-explanatory.

  • Petition #1: Term limits are to good government what Vitamin C is to the human body. Lack of term limits produces political scurvy, resulting in endless terms of crud-crusted officials going through the motions to “earn” their fat rewards at We The People’s expense. Those against term limits make the tired argument that we already have term limits in elections. Technically, they have a point, but in corrupt regions with politics similar to Pittsfield’s, elections are a joke. Bad government has created an apathy so deep, it keeps good citizens away from the polls. They don’t want to be complicit in fraud. This allows special interests and public employee unions to hijack the electoral process. How else does a city keep electing incompetents and political narcissists?
  • Petition #2: Same case as #1
  • Petition #3: This is the big one. Expect a referral to committee, where it will die a slow death. Councilors have their marching orders from Bosses Ruffer and Tyer they had better not even consider this one. Plan D type government consists of a city council of seven or nine members (one of whom shall have the ceremonial title of mayor) and a chief administrative officer called the city manager.

City manager form of government has many advantages, and THE PLANET won’t go into them here. A city manager is the chief administrative officer, handling the day-to-day running of government. Their greatest strategic responsibility is managing finances. It’s crucial that this position be filled with someone who is politically neutral. The greatest challenge in Pittsfield would be to find such a person and not allow the hiring committee to provide a candidate who seems neutral but will have the backs and butts of The Suits v. The Kapanskis.

THE PLANET asked Connell why these petitions.

“Because it’s what residents wanted,” he said.

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It’s far different from what Tyer and the rubber-stamp council just did in creating yet another useless, redundant position, a business manager for DPW and DPS.

“Given the fact that the city has a finance department with a director and a purchasing department, why is a business manager needed?” Connell said. He and Morandi were the only councilors to vote against this unneeded position.
“This position will pay close to 100 grand per year for five years,” Connell said. “I argued at Tuesday’s meeting that using half a million dollars for this position was wasteful. … It’s just like hiring another consultant. Unfortunately, this administration can’t or won’t make any important decisions without spending taxpayer funds for consultants.”

Morandi and Connell, the only two councilor’s that have proven by their actions that they stand with and for The Kapanskis, will be sorely missed. Each will not be running for re-election.

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Life under a good government is rarely dramatic; life under a bad government is always so” — Oscar Wilde.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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The school committee
The school committee
1 month ago

Everyone in the city knows after upgrades in old buildings hit 30% you must upgrade it.Quite sure it was done purposely in secret.Now they will want 3 million.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

I bet they have the contractors already lined up from the GOB list

Korner Offiss
Korner Offiss
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

And a year from now some lucky real estate guy will buy it cheap and turn it into condos. You know it. Like the fire station guy huh?

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Is there anyway a breathalyzer can be connected to the Planet? It would benefit TSC and and all of us.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Tyer gives new meaning to this song.

https://youtu.be/O3iEFfA4TmI

Scam Alert
Scam Alert
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

And everyone knows if you’re with the Mayor it doesn’t apply.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Hello blogger Dan Valenti, readers and posters,

I have followed corrupt Pittsfield politics for decades – I am now 46 years old – and it is always predictable. Ward 4, which is mostly middle class and upper middle class, decides each and every state and local citywide election in Pittsfield Massachusetts. That means that the other 6 city Wards don’t really matter to the City Council and School Committee, as well as to State Representative “Trippy Country Buffet” and Paul “Marx”, despite his Labor Union background. Ward 4, which is mostly white, does not have Level 5 public schools like inner city Pittsfield public schools, which is mostly non-white. In municipal elections, voter turnout is almost never more than 20% of registered voters. Pittsfield politicians only represent the city’s vested interests, which are public employees’ public school, police and fire department labor unions. The Mayor of Pittsfield raises municipal spending by 5% each and every fiscal year, along with raising fees, public debts and other liabilities that total in the hundreds of millions of dollars that the city knows damn well it will never pay back in our lifetimes. The Mayor and the wealthy Ward 4 backed City Council give millions of municipal tax dollars and breaks to out-of-town millionaires and other special interests, which means that they have no business raising operating budget spending by 5% each and every fiscal year for decades on end. Mayor Linda Tyer is still literally sitting on tens of millions of dollars in Biden Bucks plus Matt Kerwood’s multimillion dollar Slush Funds for no good reason at all. For over 20 years now, GE has made Pittsfield into its toxic waste dump, including Hill 78’s capped industrial chemical PCBs-filled leaky landfill that abuts Allendale Elementary School. 23 year old PEDA is heavily indebted with millions of dollars in liabilities that are as bad as its mostly vacant and polluted moonscape-like acres of land and polluted Silver Lake. Mayor Linda Tyer and the lousy Berkshire legislative delegation to Boston support making Lee and Lenoxdale into GE’s dump they did to Pittsfield over the objections of thousands of voiceless local residents. GE bribed Pittsfield with an $8 million sweetener to close the deal to sellout Lee and Lenoxdale. The “Almighty Dollar” is all that matters to Mayor Linda Tyer and her wealthy CPA husband Barry Clairmont who live together in a millionaires only gated community in far west Pittsfield near the Hancock border. Dangerous downtown Pittsfield is called “Social Services Alley” and the underclass neighborhoods around North Street are called Pittsfield’s “Ring of Poverty”. Pittsfield is always in the top 10 cities in Massachusetts for violent crime, according to the FBI’s annual data. Pittsfield is one of the most economically unequal areas in the state of Massachusetts, as well as in the nation, because there are little to no living wage job there for the average working class family. When one writes and/or speaks out about Pittsfield politics like I do, they lose their job faster than “a New York minute”, but I had to speak out about state and local politics because my dad was a Pittsfield area politician over 2 decades ago. In closing, Pittsfield politics rules by strong-arm tactics in a distressed economy where the odds of winning the big lottery jackpot are greater than finding a living wage job for the average working class and underclass family – slim to none – and slim has left Pittsfield over 30 years ago with decades of population and job loss in Pittsfield – just ask or read Smitty Pignatelli’s endless, hypocritical, redundant and annoying op-eds in the Dirty Bird (Berkshire Eagle) newspaper.

Jonathan Alan Melle

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Ain’t “social justice” wonderful?
Until you become a victim of it.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Get your facts straight Jon – PPS student body is 69% white.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Getting his facts straight would screw up his narrative on what things really are and look like.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

Thanks. Sarcasm: I rely on far right conspiracy news for all of my facts so I must have been in error about my narrative.

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

There is no far right media talking about the Pitts…obviously you are quite a confused about who created your mindset

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Get rid of At large councilors

Last edited 1 month ago by The school committee
Earl Parsnip
Earl Parsnip
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Is Earl a councilor at xxl?

Korner Offiss
Korner Offiss
1 month ago

It looks like outside of Mr Morandi and Mr Connell none of the other councilors was given permission to respond to your previous question about the mayors “sacred” (secret) discussions of how to spend covid money. How telling is that with regard to their utter fear of the mayor and her handlers? How telling is that regarding as to what they feel their responsibility is to their constituents? How telling is that they are shameless tools of the greedy grabby class?
I hope that some how any children spawned by these waste products are able to develop better character as they move through adolescents.

Chris Connell
Chris Connell
Reply to  Korner Offiss
1 month ago

Hi Dan, thanks for posting this on the planet. I just wanted to mention that there’s two newly created positions. One is for DPS, DPW business manager and the second is the five year position for an administrator for the ARPA funds.

Auntie
Auntie
1 month ago

Sell her up the river.

Scam Alert
Scam Alert
1 month ago

I have not read anything confirming, but wouldn’t it make sense to believe Shay’s Rebellion was an effort to secure the Limestone discovered on Lime Kiln Road. There’s an old quarry there. That’s how it worked when a mineral was discovered battle ensued. I don’t think this is how the history is told – please lemme kno

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
1 month ago

How come the city is still meeting virtually? This mosquito control should continue, don’t the good liberals know with immigration the diseases come with the immigrants? We have many mosquitoe diseases now that can be life threatening. How is this different then getting the vaccine for the Wuhan Flu? Let’s try and protect the people that live here. BTW any form of government in Pittsfield will be corrupt, it doesn’t matter what form it takes on. I do like the petition just so we can watch the councilors who should be voted out squirm with their answers. Read where the next attack on the CPA funds will be taking place. Of course none of these meetings will be open to the public so we can continue to work our several jobs to pay for their corruption

Scam Alert
Scam Alert
1 month ago
Pat
Pat
1 month ago

Pittsfield needs competent leadership that doesn’t answer to the far left agenda of big government because, as we see here in Pittsfield, more government doesn’t translate into more efficiency. More do nothing jobs are created, but the city continues to go downhill. The bigger government gets, the less responsive it is to citizens. Big government only cares about getting even bigger and more powerful while the people are seen as serfs.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Pat,there is no Republican party.Trumpers have no agenda except spread virus ,don’t vaccine and no mask…..all done to keep billionaires from paying taxes……Fly the confederate flag high Trumper

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

The city council voted to allow political signs on city property but I agree that democrat symbols like the confederate flag shouldn’t be on city property

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  12 Gauge
1 month ago

Agree,nobody should fly it.Trumper or democrat.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

But the city council says it’s free speech. Write to the councilors who voted for it and see what they have to say.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Pittsfield has needed competent leadership for a long time. Competent and ethical. Neither are in sight for the future. Get out if you can. Join in those who want hope for their children.

The school committee
The school committee
1 month ago

Secret government by Trump and conservative radical republican is spreading to cities towns and school boards.They are in control of the silent ignorance produced by injecting FOX entertainment into their brains.Republicans are the walking dead looking for for truth to kill it with lies

Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

I thought we agreed you would lay off the sauce until after 5pm….

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Sean Sullivan
1 month ago

He should eat more fiber

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Fixed it for ya TSC!

Secret government by the radical left and globalists is spreading to cities towns and school boards.They are in control of the misinformation and ignorance, produced by MSM/CNN/NBC/ABC/CBS. This indoctrination has stripped free will and thought from their brains. Democrats are the brain dead , spewing and frothing lies, tolerant of only their own views and agendas.

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

du bist n rkhmnus

Shirleyknuts
Shirleyknuts
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Try focusing on the topic at hand…local city government….read this over and over TDS… Trump has nothing to do with Pittsfield….Trump has nothing to do with Pittsfield…keep repeating…I hope this helps

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

I guess the planet breathalyzer isn’t up and running yet.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

It’s good that democrats run the level 5 fight club schools in Pittsfield.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Agent 86
1 month ago

Great description. Reid is famous for its fights and bullying and YET, it miraculously pumps out honor roll student after honor roll student. Imagine that. Wow. The people making out the honor rolls must be doing it from “sacred” meeting spaces.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Fizzlehead
1 month ago

You read about the fights and the honor roll are achieved quietly by the majority of your students.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Agent 86
1 month ago

Public Schools are the product of Ed reform which was a complete republican failure.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

You have Ted Kennedy to thank for the “no child left behind” legislation.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

The teachers are in a national democrat controlled union .

Lenny
Lenny
1 month ago

Well done councillors Connell & Morandi!
I fully support all 3 petitions!
Please people – at the very least, email or call ALL members of the city council and ask them to support these petitions!
Is tomorrow night’s meeting in-person at city hall?

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
1 month ago

Want to commend both Chris and Kevin for making an attempt at changing the Charter. Already seeing other Tyer Puppets putting this attempt down, not surprised at all. These puppets don’t want to lose their almost free health insurance.

Speaking of puppets, received a campaign letter yesterday from Ward 2 candidate Matt Kudlate. The one thing that stuck out to me in his letter was that he stated that he was not going to campaign door to door due to Covid 19, even though he is fully vaccinated. This comment is just another reason to vote for Kronick, Kudlate’s attitude will fit in perfectly with the rest of the do nothing current city councilors that have been hiding from the taxpayers their whole two year term, due to Covid. We need councilors that are willing to speak openly with taxpayers.

Lastly, I would like to respond to a late poster against my post yesterday pertaining to the broken City Administration. This poster “Chesty Puller” calling me a Karen/Kevin and suggesting that I get some pot and get stoned to stop my anger. Excuse me for caring about the city. Actually, there is such a thing as healthy anger for voicing the rights and wrongs of a situation. This very attitude by “Chesty Puller” is why Pittsfield is steadily going down the toilet. Get high so you don’t have to face life or even attempt to try to better the City, basically showing no emotions at all. Many of these folks are most likely not even registered to vote and could care less what the condition of the City is as long as they can purchase their pot, most likely with a government handout check.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Merry & Bright
1 month ago

Kudlate, I think is being pimped out by the establishment for his run. The establishment is afraid of Kronick and what he might bring to the table which sounds good, if he does what he has stated he will do if elected.

Korner Offiss
Korner Offiss
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

Even though a 9-2 rubber stamping council can shoot down anything they want they don’t want to be embarrassed by some wise guy asking questions about where the money went or why was there no open bidding on a certain city contract.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Korner Offiss
1 month ago

Exactly! Nothing like having enough rubber stampers to make it look like everything is running smoothly and on the up and up .Having any interference from even one person might bring unwanted attention to any given issue that citizens might become interested in.

Thus Balldwinz
Thus Balldwinz
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

Serves Baldwin right for making fun of the President. Clown.

Charles Ivar Kronick
Charles Ivar Kronick
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

My real work will be bringing The People, Ward 2 folk anyway to City Hall. We have expertise in all areas: municipal mechanics, engineers, water & waste, social services, and business. There will be no excuse for not leveraging this knowledge and experience and there is no excuse for not implementing long term solutions. Our issues are not unique. And no, I will not be dragging anyone out of their homes and putting them to work. They’ve done enough already.. That’s my job.

I have one vote, but I also have a path to giving people a reason and a means to act. Just wait – it’ll be a hell of a lot of work, but I expect this to be a creative and productive time! And it will reflect Ward 2 voices.

The councilor does not advocate from personal experience and opinions (“I feel electric parking vehicles will be good idea because I want an electric car too”) or flimsy professional experience, (“my brother who is an engineer approves this bike plan”). The Councilor discovers, researches, uses Common Sense to dismiss fallacy and fancy and follows MGL, the Charter, and professional ethics. I’m sure I missed a few.

Also, I am confident that this will be a good election for the others wanting to get in, unless people actually do vote for robots making phone calls on their behalf.

Regarding Kudlate – he is selectively campaigning in person.

[sarcasm alert!!!!!!]
I conclude from his statement that he must have COVID or why else would he be afraid of endangering people. Logic doesn’t support any other conclusion. To further support this fear: he posts a picture of him and someone in a uniform self-isolating. I wish him a full and speedy recovery!
[/sarcasm alert!!!!!!]

Strange and stranger things happen. I found a sign posted up in the sky. I thought it was a heavenly sign – my name printed black and white! Closer inspection and I found it was my sign lodged on a phone line. It ain’t even Friday.

I apologize for the potential verbosity! Editing takes time.

Last edited 1 month ago by Charles Ivar Kronick
Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Charles Ivar Kronick
1 month ago

I hope you will get elected and change Pittsfield politics back to a real democracy that serves the people, including in the economically distressed Ward 2 neighborhoods and business districts. Good luck!

Thus Balldwinz
Thus Balldwinz
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Charles you will be one man on an island. And it will always be that way. Good luck. Prime example was te Greek God Peter G. Could not get a thing done in his last years on the Council.

ABSOLUT Truth
ABSOLUT Truth
Reply to  Thus Balldwinz
1 month ago

Clean Sweep – it requires more than just the councilors. One person does not fix a democracy.

Last edited 1 month ago by ABSOLUT Truth
Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  Thus Balldwinz
1 month ago

But Pete did rattle some cages and did embarrass his shit for brain colleagues. Not that they really care about that stuff anymore.

Korner Offiss
Korner Offiss
Reply to  Charles Ivar Kronick
1 month ago

My approach to the voting booth this time will be this. If you are an incumbent in Pittsfield, Ma. I have already seen how useless you are. Nothing you say now just before the election means anything if you did nothing while you had a real chance. I have been around long enough to recognize political horseshit as soon as it comes out of one of their mouths.
Bottom line. You do not need to vote for four AT LARGE councilors. You can vote for one or two. Voting four just because they are there may actually hurt the one or two you may really like. And if they are incumbents they have already exposed their lack of concern for you by doing what the mayor wants and not you.
Crime is bad, drug overdoses are an every day occurrence, the streets are still shit (many sunken manholes) North Street is cartoonish and the mayor is still operating behind closed doors. The city council could have called her out on these things but they chose not to. Why??
No incumbent running again deserves one vote. Give them even more power by reelecting them allows them to shit down your throat for another two years. Just say NO!

Jar Jar
Jar Jar
Reply to  Korner Offiss
1 month ago

Agree. Challengers only. Not sure what I’m doing in ward 2. We would like to keep Morandi.

Mr. X
Mr. X
Reply to  Jar Jar
1 month ago

By far the closet thing to Kevin of the 2 choices is Charles Kronick. Kevin is supporting him as well

Mr. X
Mr. X
Reply to  Korner Offiss
1 month ago

Correct-a-mundo. Gerry Doyle’s camp was the inventor/king of the “bullett” vote mentality when he ran as an at large councilor. And it worked as he was always the top vote getter. Great strategy.

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Korner Offiss
1 month ago

I respectfully disagree on your voting strategy. Its not enough to just not vote for the scoundrels on the ballot. No matter how you look at it, its a miserable choice, if we choose to vote. They’re scoundrels, all of them! Taxpayers are going to get stuck with 4 at large scoundrels. I can’t even say, lets vote for the lesser of the evils, because there is no such thing. So I plan to throw away my votes on the dumb as a box of rocks retarded, strike that, retired cop, supplementing her taxpayer funded pension with foster kids, the beer and a hot dog guy, the almost houseless bar top twerkulator habitual offender Kumchi yuki Puki, and the short bus simpleton pee pee gimpy white. Certainly I’m not happy about any of this. But my voting strategy knocks off the gavel thumping obnoxious contemptible gasbag pee pee marchetti and his equally offensive twin THE BIG DUMP persip. Of course, it won’t surprise me if creeper Barry is caught, again, creeping around the clerk’s office on election night if the obnoxious contemptible twins look like the losers they are.

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

But did, quite possibly willingly pimped out, ghoul Lemons Kudlate, at the age of 29, retire from the PFD on a disability pension? On the subject of Connell’s and Morandi’s petitions, too little, too late. Nothing will come of their petitions. Also all 4 At large parasitic slots should have been abolished decades ago.

Tony B
Tony B
1 month ago

Sure wish those term limits occurred during their ten year run on the council.

Ben Dover
Ben Dover
1 month ago

Warren probably is the best choice in 1, Kronock in 2, Carmel in 6 are both ward 4 candidates in Tyer’s pocket? Forget the at large incumbents. Four gobsigs.

wallowinthemire
wallowinthemire
Reply to  Ben Dover
1 month ago

Vote! If they’re not doing the job, vote!!!

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Hello GREEDY Lobbyist Daniel Bosley,

I read your letter to the editor [on iBerkshires.com] endorsing Lynette Bond for mayor of North Adams on Nov. 2, 2021. I have questions for you. You wrote: “She understands the delicate balance that small municipalities face to meet the needs of their communities while addressing tough revenue realities.” What about the fact that Beacon Hill lawmakers are still sitting on $10 billion in cash for months on end? What about the fact that the Boston Globe reported that due to GREEDY Beacon Hill Lobbyists like yourself, Massachusetts lawmakers are giving away a whopping $17.8 billion per fiscal year in state tax breaks to politically-connected big businesses that don’t exist in most of Western Massachusetts?

Dan Bosley is said to collect up to two state pensions and all of his other very generous public perks that are funded by state taxpayers, and he goes back to Beacon Hill and makes a 6-figure lobbyist salary on top of all of his other taxpayer-funded benefits, and he wants us common folk to believe that he cares about us in places such as the poorest municipality in all of Massachusetts: North Adams. Give me a break, GREEDY Lobbyist Daniel E. Bosley! You are playing a Shell Game by writing these disingenuous letters to the Editors of Western Massachusetts newspapers, Daniel Bosley. The next time you write a letter to the Editor of a Western Massachusetts newspaper, please answer my questions first; thank you.

Jonathan A. Melle

The school committee
The school committee
1 month ago

With 40 million dollars we need to fix what we have.Do not add what we cant take of.Im reporting 7 cars at the innovation center last week.They want to hire a 70k coordinator at that center.What in God’s name will he do?Can we get results of the Areospace company there with 6 employees.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Could we use that money for Hunter Biden to paint a masterpiece on a electrical box in town. That would draw stupid rich democrats into town who could shop at Circa and sip coffee with Pete White at Dotties.

laughingstock
laughingstock
1 month ago

Wrong Way Weasel strikes again. I hope someone gets elected to the district attorney job who isn’t afraid to go to trial and hold child rapists accountable rather than weasle to a lesser charge. When you see “plea” read weasel.

Man receives state prison sentence in 2015 sexual assaults on teen in Florida Mountain home

A Berkshire Superior Court judge on Monday ordered Ronald L. Vachon to serve between four and six years in state prison after the defendant pleaded guilty to six sexual assault charges.
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PITTSFIELD — A 38-year-old Holyoke man was sentenced to state prison Monday after pleading guilty to six sexual assault charges.
Berkshire Superior Court Judge John A. Agostini adopted the state’s sentencing recommendation and ordered Ronald L. Vachon to serve between four and six years in state prison. Vachon’s attorney, public defender Katherine K. Grubbs, had asked the court to sentence Vachon to two to four years in state prison in connection with an incident that occurred six years ago.
Agostini said he found the commonwealth’s recommendation reasonable, considering that the mandatory minimum sentence for two of the charges, aggravated rape of a child with a 10-year age difference, is 10 years.
“I think it’s very fair considering the seriousness of the charge,” Agostini said.
According to Assistant District Attorney Andrew P. Giarolo, Vachon sexually assaulted a girl at a residence on Florida Mountain on Sept. 13, 2015. An amateur tattoo artist, Vachon had gone to the residence to give the girl’s mother a tattoo.
As it got late, the girl’s mother told Vachon he could stay overnight in a spare bed in her daughter’s room. Vachon and the girl, who was 12 or 13 at the time, talked for awhile before the sexual assault took place, Giarolo said. Vachon then began sending the girl explicit messages and images, according to the police report.
The last message was sent in 2016. Vachon wasn’t arrested until Sept. 28, 2017, when he was picked up on a warrant in Northampton. A former Greenfield resident, Vachon cooperated with state troopers who interviewed him at the Northampton barracks, Giarolo said.
The victim did not appear in court. Giarolo said she is still traumatized by the incident. Reading from a written statement provided by the victim, Giarolo said she has been suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and bouts of depression, almost didn’t graduate from high school and has yet to attend college.
“I’ve put my life on hold countless times trying to deal with this,” Giarolo said the victim wrote.
Grubbs asked the court for a lighter sentence for Vachon, citing his minimal previous criminal history, and his cooperation with police.
“He understands the seriousness of the situation,” Grubbs said. “He’ll be living with this decision for the rest of his life.”
Vachon’s sister, mother and grandmother were all in court Monday. Following sentencing, one of his relatives said, “I love you,” to Vachon as he was led to a holding cell in the back of the courtroom.
Besides the aggravated rape charges, Vachon was charged with four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14. One count of disseminating obscene material to a minor was dismissed at the commonwealth’s request.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  laughingstock
1 month ago

Gee, what mother wouldn’t let a weirdo stranger sleep in her 12 year old daughter’s bedroom?

wallowinthemire
wallowinthemire
Reply to  Agent 86
1 month ago

Benny Mardonis’s.

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Agent 86
1 month ago

The mother should have been arrested and prosecuted on felony Reckless Endangerment of a Child charges. If allowing an amateur tattoo child rapist stranger into her 12-year-old daughter’s bedroom isn’t Wonton or reckless behavior creating a risk of serious bodily injury or SEXUAL ABUSE TO A CHILD, WHAT IS! The mother should be in prison too.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
1 month ago

Lessons to be learned on how to get along

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff1LHIZA8Qs

Two Cents
Two Cents
1 month ago

I feel that the city’s best hope for the future, regardless of who is elected next month, comes down to a single factor: Voting out Peter Marchetti. There is no hope for the Kapanskis as long as he continues to obstruct any semblance of honest debate, public input or opposition to mayoral policy. As long as Pee Pee is in office, there are no checks and balances in Pittsfield and corruption will continue to reign supreme.

Jar Jar
Jar Jar
Reply to  Two Cents
1 month ago

Vote for Kalinowsky and Benoit ONLY.