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PLANET OBTAINS PAPERWORK OF CITY’S INVOLVEMENT WITH e-SCOOTERS; LIES, LIES, AND MORE LIES

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MAY 11, 2022) — Despite Pittsfield’s attempts to hide the paperwork associated with its disastrous rollout of the e-scooter program, THE PLANET‘s Z-Agents managed to get a key piece of the paper trail.

We obtained the “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOA) between the city and Bird Rides Inc. of Santa Monica, CA.

THE PLANET can accurately sum up the city’s claims about this boondoggle in four words: Lies, lies, and more lies.

The document is labeled “MOA.” It’s not a contract. What’s the difference? We went to a well-known local barrister, “Perry Mason.” (S)he explained that, unlike an actual contract, a MOU is not legally binding. Only contracts legally bind parties to an agreement.

This is a big deal.  All those safeguards that Flat Tyer and Ricky’s Rumpus indemnifying the city have no legal standing. After reading the MOU, Mason said the city is exposed to lawsuits connected with the scooters: “This [MOU] leaves the city wide open to actions that might occur with the use of these machines.”

“Does that include financial liability?” we asked.

“Yes,” Mason answered. “Legally, [the MOU] is worthless.”

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Join THE PLANET now as we lead you through some of the specifics. The fine print is that none of it is legally binding. In legalese, Bird Rides Inc. has flipped the Bird on the rubes in the corner office and roundabout.

The preamble states: “This agreement shall remain in effect until November 1, 2024 (not more than 36 months from agreement’s effective date) unless terminated as set forth below.” You’ll recall that when the city introduced this program, it said one year, not three years. Flat Lie #1.

Clause 1 states: “No person shall deploy a Stand-up electric scooter sharing system in the City in violation of this Agreement.” Actually, violations are all we’ve seen since the Birds began flying.” Flat Lie #2.

In clause 2, after stating the rules of use, we find this whopper: “Users of Stand-up electric scooters shall be 18 or older.” Reality: probably 95% of the use has come from children. Flat Lie #3.

Clause four states the scooters’ hours of operation as 5 a.m. to midnight. When the city announced the program, it said 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Flat Lie #4.

Clause five states that Bird “shall provide a minimum of 50-75 vehicles at launch.” THE PLANET doesn’t know the exact number, but the number of scooters was between 20 and 30. Flat Lie #5. Included in clause seven isn’t a lie but a beaut of another sort. It states that Bird Rides will provide materials that “educate riders on rider responsibilities and encourage safe and courteous riding and parking.” Apparently, the 12- and 14-year olds who have been using the Birds to play chicken haven’t read these materials. Of course, if they are PPS students, they don’t know how to read.

Clause 10 is THE PLANET‘s favorite, the indemnification clause. You’ll recall Flat and Rumpus made a big deal about how the city would not be on the hook for any legal issues. Clause 10 speaks otherwise. Cluase 10 states: “The City expressly acknowledges that in no event shall Bird Rides Inc. be liable for any special, indirect, consequential[,] or punitive damages.” Translation: If lawsuits ensue, Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski will be footing the bill. Flat Lie #6.

Clause 14: “In carrying out their responsibilities, the parties remain independent contractors, and nothing herein shall be interpreted or intended to create a partnership, joint venture, employment, agency, franchise[,] or other form of agreement or relationship.” Mason laughed when (s)he read this. It lets Bird walk away from everything and anything if problems arise. So much for the strongly implied joint venture that Flat and Rumpus triumphed. Flat Lie #7.

Clause 15 says Bird may use “independent business logistics providers to facilitate local operations.” Bingo! Here’s where the parties made provision for sneaking in the services of “Pocket Trucking LLC.” Pocket operates out of an 800-sq.-ft. apartment (305) at 81 Dartmouth Ave. CEO is Timothy Lanfair, self-described “Bad ass tech guy … to make it all look dope.” No one has yet to come forward to explain Lanfair’s arrangement with the city or to reveal the rumored connection he has “someone” in city hall. Flat Lie #8. THE PLANET wonder if there’s any paperwork connecting Bird, the city, Pocket Trucking LLC, and/or Timothy Lanfair.

Finally and most curiously,  nowhere on the MOU do we see an effective date. As you recall, the MOA’s preamble refers to the arrangement not to last more than 36 months (Flat Lie #1) from “the effective date.” Well, if there is no “effective date,” then we are dealing with infinities. It’s SO Pittsfield.

The MOA is signed by Linda M. Tyer and Austin Marshburn, Head of City and University Partnerships. Hmmmm. What about Clause 14 (Flat Lie #7), which states there shall be no “partnerships?” Another Flat Lie?

Other than these small discrepancies, the Bird-Pittsfield e-scooter program has been delivered in truthful, honest, and transparent fashion.

And that’s the biggest lie of all.

As for the MOU, THE PLANET recalls the wisdom of MGM’s Louis B. Mayer: “An oral contract isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.”

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“The idea that things must have a beginning is really due to the poverty of our imagination”Bertrand Russell.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Uh oh
Uh oh
12 days ago

Was on north street tonight.
Watched kids ride against traffic heading north in the southbound lane by Berkshire bank. Drove right towards a PPD SUV, made it stop in the middle of north street, kids turned down Depot street. Cop went on his merry way onto Fenn St.
Cop didn’t do a damn thing.

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider
Reply to  Uh oh
12 days ago

Tyer has emasculated Mike Wynn into a testicle deprived tiger. And he, in effect, has pulled the teeth on road patrol. So sad. But the die was cast years ago when Riello handed him a Chief’s badge and said “You’re going to need this someday.”
WTF?

Thugs Agree
Thugs Agree
Reply to  Ghost Rider
12 days ago

Riello and Massimiano came from the same mold. To put it mildly. And you know the hundreds of skunks that have run this city.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Ghost Rider
12 days ago

That really does seem to be the case. Not a good look for a macho police chief but probably too late for him to change lanes. She seems to have gotten a hold on most of the city leadership and it shows. The city has become an embarrassment and no spin from local media is going to fix that. The main guy who was suppose to provide oversight (Peter Marchetti) sold out every city resident by aiding and abetting the negative forces. So he holds a ton of thhe blame for what has happened in Pittsfield. He could have given the city hope, but for whatever reason chose not to.

If you are on the fence about leaving today is a good day to start the process.

(sure hope this post does not get any thumbs down cuz it hurts my feelings)

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  fizzlehead
12 days ago

It makes you wonder if Marchetti is getting even with the taxpayers now for not voting him the mayor a few years ago? He really seems to have it in for them. And not in a good way either.

As far as Mike Wynn goes, as I’ve stated before on the Planet. When it comes to policing, Mike talks the talk, but he never walked the walk. Tony Riello took care of Mike back in the day. Ask any officer with over 25 years on or recently retired officers. They’ll tell you.

Back in the day, when the summer months hit and patrol was very short, Mike was off attending training in Boston. When the majority of PPD were getting tasked with the 4th of July parade, Mike was off in training in Springfield. When PPD had to hold officers over shift (basically forced OT, but union approved) because of sick call-outs, Mike was teaching at (fill in the blank) police academy. Get the idea?

Mike is what’s known as a “paper dragon.” A resume to dazzle, but when you probe a bit about the actual job, the stories are always of someone else’s arrest or incident. Or about a scenario in training he covered, but not actual handling dangerous offenders.

Plus, Mike was a big advocate to get rid of civil service protection for the police chief’s position. Civil service protection for the chief kept a meddling mayor, NAACP Denny Powell, Shirley Edgerton, and others at arms length from the chief. Not anymore. This is the result.

Pittsfield has a murder’s row of do-nothings: Flat Tyer, “chief” Wynn, Ricky’s Rumpus, Jumpin’ Joe Curtis, DA Wrong Way, Pete Marchetti, food critic Pete White, and the creme de la creme of do-nothings: Tricia Farley-Country Buffet (D)

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
11 days ago

The thing wynn despises the most about himself is the thing that secured for wynn the role of play-acting chief. But he’ll always be that mongrel waiting for YT to throw him some more scrapes.

Amandwell
Amandwell
Reply to  Uh oh
12 days ago

They’re short staffed. And seem to be short tempered lately. Sort of like the City
Council President tonight trying to get out of Dodge. His pets must be hungryCouncil Grades. Kronick is like Mele on here at the City Council. Meeting.Pete White Glamorizy Hinds,Mark and the Attorney General. And Mayor.

COUNCIL GRADES

Kavey F
Persip F
Warren A
Conant F
Marchetti D
White F-
Kalinowsky C
Sherman D
Kronick A+
Guiel Lampiasi M T
Maffuccio L M

Thugs Agree
Thugs Agree
Reply to  Amandwell
12 days ago

A new book coming out. Tuesdays without Dina

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  danvalenti
12 days ago

I had asked the question months ago on how much maternity leave a City Councilor receives. Never got an answer. Believe she is on maternity leave after having a daughter in late March.

Thugs Agree
Thugs Agree
Reply to  Merry & Bright
11 days ago

A complication would give her another six months,so if you’re in ward six be thankful she’s back. I think?

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Merry & Bright
11 days ago

Who’s your daddy! Is dingo the mommy or the daddy?

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  danvalenti
12 days ago
  1. I hope that the corrupt career politicians who ran Pittsfield into the proverbial ditch will all have their proverbial photos on display in the would-be Pittsfield politics Hall of Shame. PITTSFIELD: Level 5 public schools, always being in the top 10 cities by population for violent crime in Massachusetts each and every year going back decades, North Street sarcastically called “Social Services Alley” and the distressed inner-city neighborhoods that surround North Street are sarcastically called “The Ring of Poverty”, teen pregnancies doubling the statewide average and high welfare and disability caseloads, PPD shooting to death young men with histories of severe mental illness while justifying their deadly uses of force by interviewing only themselves with no other evidence such as 911 calls and/or witness statements to CYA against insurance claims/liabilities and lawsuits, severe economic inequality due to little to no living wage jobs, multigenerational interrelated Good Old Boys (& Girls)’s incestuous-like families running the provincial show through insider politics that dishes out retribution against anyone who stands up to them, GE’s con pseudo so-called cleanup of their industrial chemical toxic waste pollution through useless caps and leaky landfills, the PEDA debacle that will be 24 years old this Summer of 2022 with its millions of dollars in ever growing debts and other liabilities, Matt Kerwood’s Creative Accounting schemes and record high municipal spending in return for substandard public services, Mayor Linda Tyer sitting on tens of millions of Biden Bucks and Kufflink’s excessive Slush Funds while shutting out the public from input and oversight of her city cash, Nuciforo’s pot growing buildings on Dalton Avenue stinking up abutting neighborhoods with skunk-like odor smells with no help from Mayor Linda Tyer while she happily takes their hard-earned tax dollars, Trippy Country Buffet doing nothing in Boston for a little over one decade, Chrome Dome Adam Hinds leaving Pittsfield for Amherst (MA) after marrying a wealthy woman who is a professor at the prestigious Amherst College, which is a sister school to the prestigious Williams College, PAC Man Richie Neal only representing K Street corporate lobbyist firms, which bragged about their record earnings in the Swamp in 2021, Governor Charlie Baker never apologizing to the families of dozens upon dozens of Veterans who were killed by Covid-19 and systemic failed state government management in the Holyoke and Chelsea Soldiers Homes because he has no decency, and the list goes on and on. I hope that Pittsfield will never happen again, but Pittsfield’s downward spiral has no bottom so Pittsfield will probably go from bad to worse over the 2020s’ decade.
Uh oh
Uh oh
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
12 days ago

Can someone muzzle this moron?

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  danvalenti
12 days ago

Sham, Scam, thank you Mamn!

Ron Kitterman
Ron Kitterman
Reply to  Uh oh
12 days ago

If you consider that the cops don’t enforce mostly peaceful protesting outside of Supreme Court Justices’ homes then why should PPD enforce a group of kids riding a scooter on the sidewalk ?

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Ron Kitterman
11 days ago

You’re right Ron. It’s like the broken window……..
If you don’t take care of the small crimes it leads to bigger crimes.

Dug Dopndor
Dug Dopndor
Reply to  Paul
10 days ago

That is exactly right Paul. And add traffic enforcement. Drivers get worse when there’s no enforcement.

My name is Earl
My name is Earl
Reply to  Uh oh
12 days ago

I was in traffic on North St and I am pretty sure I Witnessed the kids and the cops

next time I’m going to run them over. FOFO

Dug Dopndor
Dug Dopndor
Reply to  My name is Earl
10 days ago

Again at nauseum.some poor kid will either cause an accident or be a victim. It’s inevitable.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Uh oh
12 days ago

Just following the mayors orders

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
12 days ago

Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski- F U

Signed,

Scooter Linda

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
12 days ago

Bianchi lookin’ better all the time.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  danvalenti
12 days ago

And the sad thing about that if you remember, Bianchi hooked up his buddies by having departments from city hall moved to his buddies office space on North Street.

If memory serves me correctly, this abomination only cost the city $500,000.

At least Dan somewhat cared about the city. Flat Tyer doesn’t give a damn. Potholes, garbage decorates the streets, bums and junkies on every corner.

Just sad.

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
11 days ago

I am thinking Tyers friends got a shit ton more than $500.000. And that money train is just leaving the station.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
11 days ago

You would be correct. Warren Dews, Shirley Edgerton, and company just got $700,000, to help start up black owned businesses.

Seems good in theory, until you realize that Warren’s wife works in the mayor’s office, Shirley is a paid (charlatan) city employee, and they aren’t even a current business to help show and lay the groundwork for new start-up businesses.

Oh, and the beneficiary of the gift, Warren, is opening up the first “black owned” business with Harmony Persip (sister of city councilor), in an area not zoned for commercial use.

Nothing to see here, move along.

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Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  danvalenti
10 days ago

Very true. And if you even dare speak up about it, you’re deemed a “racist.”

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
12 days ago

What is it about Pittsfield that for my whole life they have never had any business sense. All they do is take, take, take and never consider the real heroes who work, pay taxes and keep their domiciles neat and in shape. What do the Kapanski’s get? A shaft up the you know what, time and time again!

EddieP
EddieP
12 days ago

There was an abandoned scooter leaning against the guardrail by the dam at pontoosuc lake this weekend.

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  EddieP
12 days ago

Just waiting for the tipping point. Going to wind up in the drink

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
12 days ago

facebook…Bitching in the Berkshires has a great scooter thread….pictures .15 kids scooting all over in and out of traffic….and the mayor apparently is sitting back OK with this…are we on some other planet right now with this mayor?

5G Funtime
5G Funtime
12 days ago

The city just screwed the taxpayers again!
The board of health is now locked in a lawsuit in Federal Court, being sued by Verizon.
The Telecommunications Act is pretty damn clear, local and state governments can’t restrict sighting based on RF output, only the Feds can and ONLY if it’s violating RF output levels.

That’s gonna be a million dollar plus lawsuit, Verizon will get all its legal fees back, prolly get punitive damages all because a bunch of idiot BOH members couldn’t stay in their lane.

Also the eagle doesn’t seem to have any editors, it’s a 5G tower, not 4G tower. That’s the whole point, 5G kooks complaining about nothing.

My name is Earl
My name is Earl
Reply to  5G Funtime
12 days ago

I see one kook non-stop and their poor children’s picture everywhere. I won’t name them

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  My name is Earl
11 days ago

Is it the peace guy on park square? I always wondered if he is really a troll living under the fountain in the park

Chuck Garivaltis
Chuck Garivaltis
12 days ago

What prompted Mr. Worldwide’s response on May 9 to my posting of a problem our so-called downtown business district has? North Street, our former business district is dead, and to give parking tickets to customers visiting the few businesses we have makes no sense. Take a look at what we have done to ourselves. At one time downtown had 6 movie houses. Football games were held at Wahconah Park. A marvelous train station was located at the bottom of West Street hill. Advertising posters were not allowed on the grass at Park Square. I know time marches on and changes are inevitable; however, many of these downtown changes that destroyed Pittsfield were made with approval from elected officials, and before GE and all mills left us. Is it any wonder why corporate officials washed their hands of us? Now we’re fortunate to have someone come here to make a few hot dogs for us.No one should be afraid of facing and honestly discussing our problems.

Dan, I’m feeling much better and will soon be in touch for lunch. Looking forward to it.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
12 days ago

What prompted it? Your arrogance promoted it. You admitted you were illegally parked and were surprised you got a ticket. Yes, Pittsfield is a shadow of itself from the hey days. So that gives you the right to break the law? Come on Chuck, you are smarter that that. At least I hope you are.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  danvalenti
11 days ago

I don’t think I misread anything. If downtown is as dead as he says it is, why did he have to illegally park? There should have been many open spaces within a few 100 feet of his destination. Is he that lazy that he can’t walk 100 feet?

Maybe Chuck is wrong and downtown isn’t as dead as he would leave you to believe. All the spaces were taken and he had to park illegally, and therefore was entitled to do it without consequences. That or walk a long way from a parking garage (oh the agony of it all).

His parking was an attitude of entitlement and arrogance, period. If you still think it wasn’t I ask you this…was he entitled to park in a handicapped spot? If not, why not?

What is the difference between parking in a handicapped spot illegally and a no parking zone illegally? Both are illegal, right?

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  danvalenti
11 days ago

i’m not making that argument. I’m arguing you can’t have it both ways…no where to park and downtown is dead. You say Pittsfield hasn’t cracked down on parking, yet Chuck gets a “crack down” ticket. Do you see how ridiculous that sounds. You are talking out of both sides of your mouth, just like Chuck.

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
11 days ago

Mr W, parking on North St is ridiculous. The foolish meter system that doesn’t except cash forcing people to use credit cards. Then some nameless company collects your personal information and turns around and sells it.
Only place I would go is Carr Hardware.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Paul
11 days ago

No way I’d use a card for parking. Another bad idea from the asshats infesting Allen St.

I’ll make the walk from the free Melville St lot to go to Maria’s and George’s shoes. Good people both of them.

Carr’s also gets my business

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Mad Trapper
11 days ago

BTW has the city ever let us see how much they are collecting on these parking meters and if they are spending it on the McKay street garage? I also want to know where are the NON greenhouses? I want to eat at a restaurant on NON but I want to be safe…put them back!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
11 days ago

Probably in Flat Tyer’s friends backyards.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
11 days ago

My question to you would be how much over the line makes a vehicle illegally parked? If he was half in the spot was the car behind him double parked and did they also get a ticket? Many questions about this high crime on NON! I want photographs and fingerprints, where is Arlo? I think I see a song in the making!

Priorities
Priorities
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
11 days ago

There are severe public safety infractions that which go ignored, this double parking however, will not be tolerated. It’s so easy baby.

The City I Hate
The City I Hate
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
11 days ago

Downtown UPSTREET, along with the rest of this shitty city, is a dangerous SHITHOLE of unenforced rules and crime! This shitty city bends over backwards to accommodate the houseless unwashed vagabonds. The unwashed houseless, with the blessing of shitty city officials have turned public parks into tent city encampments. Shitty city officials have made traveling on NOTHING ON NORTH dangerous with all sorts of obstacles littering the ROADWAY. Drivers are confronted with subsidized kids on scooters riding in the middle of traffic, scooter riders are riding these free rides on both sides of the ROADWAY, on the wrong side of the ROADWAY, and directly at oncoming traffic. Two days ago, a young male on a skateboard, in the middle of the roadway, came directly at my vehicle, forcing me stop. I don’t know how he managed to do it, but to his credit, he flipped his skateboard not two feet from the front of my vehicle and caught it in air. Running into the bank for a few minutes seems the lesser of offenses. I’ve actually reported bums outside that bank begging for money as I left that bank. Apparently, the bank can’t do anything to stop city welcomed houseless bums from panhandling on shitty city property outside the bank.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
11 days ago

I see lots of open spaces in front of the vacant stores, because people don’t like to be extorted for walking to the few open ones, and bothered with going to asinine kiosk.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Chuck Garivaltis
12 days ago

Chuck, I too remember when North Street was “vibrant and dynamic”.

Free parking, no asinine curbs to impede snow removal , four lane traffic without unused bike paths. The street lined with open rather than vacant stores/buildings, England Brothers, Thursday nights when ALL the stores were open late………as a tyke I saw some of the future 67 Sox play at Wahconah…….the roads were well maintained and not similar to the current moonscape…….

Parking tickets are one of Flat Tyer’s “economic engines”, just like the meters (where is Cool Hand Luke when you need him) that are a PITA and another “economic engine” that drives shoppers to the malls. Does that loot cover the “meter maids” and their cars?

Carr Hardware is fortunate to still have it’s own free private parking.

Maybe they could put up some new signs, at the city limits: “Entering vibrant and dynamic Pittsfield, please donate to the bums at each traffic light”

And Mr Worldwide’s are part of the problem too.

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Thugs Agree
Thugs Agree
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

As far as I know the only I know using the north st bike path is Ricky rumpus himself,no lie.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Thugs Agree
12 days ago

What about Flat Tyer and deadbeat Lanfair’s scooter squadrons? Seems roads, sidewalks, bike paths, parking lots, they been inside buildings yet?………..are all scooter right of ways with no restrictions on direction, or rules.

Last edited 12 days ago by Mad Trapper
Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan
Reply to  Mad Trapper
12 days ago

Is there a pan handling law in Pittsfield? If so can it be enforced and if not can we make one up to stop the constant begging?

Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan
Reply to  danvalenti
12 days ago

Maybe if they posted the help me sign, and instead of standing there, went to work pulling weeds out of the sidewalk they might get some donations.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Sean Sullivan
12 days ago

I believe MGL has them still on the books (MGL Part IV Title 1 CH 272 Sec 63-69), but the the “woke” DAs would never enforce them, and the far left Ma Judges have curtailed much of the means of implementing them.

Kind of like what DA Harrington/Soros preaches……

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Scooter Libby
Scooter Libby
Reply to  Sean Sullivan
12 days ago

No and no you can’t.

https://commonwealthmagazine.org/courts/sjc-pans-state-panhandling-law/#:~:text=THE%20SUPREME%20JUDICIAL%20COURT%20on,soliciting%20charity%20or%20selling%20merchandise.

But really what’s the point if it’s going to be handled by the currrnt DA? She lets drug dealers and gang members walk.

joetaxpayer
joetaxpayer
Reply to  Sean Sullivan
11 days ago

Just for there own safety they should not be allowed to loiter on the islands. Signs should be placed in the island directing people not to give any money to them, but donate to local food pantry’s or other social services.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  joetaxpayer
11 days ago

Begging on/from the islands creates a safety hazard for both the bums and the motorists. If they want “free speech” to beg/panhandle fine, do it from the sidewalk.

The mASS SJC is a den of liberal inequity.

Herb Pease
Herb Pease
Reply to  Mad Trapper
11 days ago

They’re not bums. They’re hobosexuals.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Herb Pease
11 days ago

ROFL!!!!!!!!

Good one!

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
12 days ago

Does Pittsfield have a city solicitor anymore and if so is he or she a political appointment by the mayor? Does this person have any credibility. and I asked cuz this city seems way out on a limb right now.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
12 days ago

Thanks Dan for the very informative article today. Totally unbelievable that Liar Tyer has put the City in this position. In reading your article, one thought came to mind. Did Liar Tyer even check with our illustrious City Attorney Pagnotta before signing on the dotted line? Although in all the times I have watched Pagnotta at CC meetings he seems to be uninformed and lacks answers on every issue. Definitely he is not the sharpest tool in the tool shed. Probably why his law office sent him to Pittsfield, he seems like an embarrassment. I am sure the City pays him well. Not only has Liar Tyer opened the door to lawsuits, City is now being sued by Verizon Wireless. Was Pagnotta involved in this upcoming potential mess. Also, did Liar Tyer consult Pagnotta before her signing of the Coventa contract? At this pace, City of Pittsfield will be broke by the time Liar Tyer’s term is up. Can anyone name one positive thing this woman has done for Pittsfield?

As I was typing this was listening to a “low” speed police chase of someone on a scooter from the Allendale area to the Elm Street area. Scooter was in and out of traffic, chase was called off because scooter rider did not have a helmet on, the City was fearful the rider would fall. Wynn is probably afraid of a lawsuit if they fell. Great, so I guess another issue that the honest law abiding taxpayers have to deal with. It is down right scary driving in Pittsfield with the lack of traffic enforcement. Thanks Liar Tyer.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  danvalenti
11 days ago

Dan, isn’t it funny how the Liar Tyer trolls immediately thumb down the truth. LOL

Scooter Libby
Scooter Libby
12 days ago

Welfare kids riding up and down the street these are the same kids driving into traffic and kicking cars from earlier.

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Scooters are the new government cheese

Thugs Agree
Thugs Agree
Reply to  Scooter Libby
12 days ago

And Chuck gets acthirty dollar ticket?

acheshirecat
acheshirecat
Reply to  Scooter Libby
12 days ago

I saw the same crew turn onto Fenn St. at about 6:40 pm. tues.. No Scooter Libby, they were headed towards city Hall to make the Mayor smile. You know like she said in her scooter roll out speech:
“That is the real goal of what we’re doing here in the city of Pittsfield, is creating multiple modes of transportation whether you’re a pedestrian where you’re riding a bike, or you’re on a scooter or you’re driving your car, we now have a way for people to move around our city in multiple ways and I don’t know about you, but every time I see someone on a scooter, or I see one of them parked it makes me smile.”

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  acheshirecat
11 days ago

She won’t be smiling if she sees someone on a scooter that is under a bus

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
11 days ago

You don’t know that for sure

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Scooter Libby
12 days ago

The republican states are the welfare states.Republican states are poor and really stupid.

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  the school committee
11 days ago

That may be the dumbest thing you ever said

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Hated Taxpayer
11 days ago

Picking out the dumbest TSC rant would be hard to do, as there is more than grains of salt in a full shaker.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  the school committee
11 days ago

They hope you genius liberals stay away.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Scooter Libby
11 days ago

Ramming speed!

Thugs Agree
Thugs Agree
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
11 days ago

I’m surprised no one has broken their neck yet. What will happen if they hit a pothole and get injured?Thats real. I visually saw a young lady hit one and was doing all she could to hang on.

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  Scooter Libby
11 days ago

Wonder how many of them are packing

But the thing is, that having been able to do this right in the face of the police, and watching the police back down or disappear, emboldens them to no end. Even the chief knows that they will now up the challenge to see what else they can get away with. Just setting up the city for more assured failure.
Any chance the city council president can invoke article 25 and bounce that mayors clueless ass to the vicinity of the Denver airport? Or is she already out there hanging new drapes and oblivious to the mess she left behind?

My name is Earl
My name is Earl
Reply to  Scooter Libby
11 days ago

Be careful what you post online. You have losers like the owner of Sandbox Kings and his cronies doxxing people online for speaking up about the scooters. Hopefully he lands on his face next time he jumps a staircase.

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Scooter Libby
11 days ago

Guess who is paying for them to ride? Yup, you and all the other tax payers are.

the school committee
the school committee
12 days ago

Pittsfield public school children can read.Public schools run in red states are as dumb as the red state govenors.The majority of people going to a Trump rally can’t read.I will go out on a limb and say PP school students dumbest kid is smarter than the smartest kid in a red state.Republicans are elected by the dumbest people in America.

Make Orwell Fiction Again
Make Orwell Fiction Again
Reply to  the school committee
11 days ago

You’re the last one who should comment on anyone’s level of literacy.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  the school committee
11 days ago

How is Mr Potato head You voted for doing TSC?

Paul
Paul
Reply to  the school committee
11 days ago

You really are foolish.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
12 days ago

Who has seen 2000 Mules?

https://tv.gab.com/channel/nppatterson40/view/2000-mules-full-movie-627792f81dd57aa3c7ca966b

The fake news MSM is stepping up for damage control

https://redstate.com/jenvanlaar/2022/05/10/fact-checking-the-fact-checkers-2000-mules-n561941

“Not surprisingly, by the afternoon of May 4, before “2000 Mules” premiered at Mar-a-Lago that evening, the so-called fact-checkers were out in force attempting to debunk its claims. PolitiFact and Associated Press are the most prominent, and many local rags have run AP’s, magnifying its reach. Of course, the PolitiFact and AP pieces are nearly identical, almost as if they were coordinated. The “facts” or data they use to attempt to discredit D’Souza, True the Vote, and the film are laughably thin — and some are simply not true.”

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Mad Trapper
11 days ago

Great movie, shocking the coordination of it all.
Didn’t even get into the corrupt counting process (ballots in suitcases rolled out after some counters sent home) and Dominion involvement with the machines.
It truly was, as Joe Biden stated, “the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in history.” Sometimes he does speak the truth!

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
11 days ago

Great report Dan. This is really concerning. Especially clause #10 and clause #14.

Clause #10 clears The Bird Company of any liability of an punitive damages. Think about that for a second. A driver hits and seriously injures/kills a person on a scooter, Pittsfield is going to write a gigantic check. Especially, if the person on the scooter is under 18 years-old.

And for those who don’t know, insurance companies will spare no expense investigating any incident that has potential liability attached. The ultimate goal of insurance companies, pay as little as possible.

What happens when a Bird get’s tossed through a storefront window? The Kapanski’s are going to have to pay for that too?

Clause #14 allows The Bird Company to just pull up their stakes and leave town. This just happens to be the “catch-all clause.” This clause kicks in when either Bird is losing money in Pittsfield or a civil lawsuit is pending and much like GE, Bird will put the vibrant, dynamic, and inclusive city, in its rearview mirror.

This has Charles Kronick, Kenny Warren, and Karen Kalinowski’s, name written all over it. Help us, please? Kenny, you’re an attorney, you can answer these questions.

Menchins Penchen
Menchins Penchen
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
11 days ago

Dump the arts,dump the scooters,dump the tif,dump the pic pocket tax,dump the excise tax,dump the new water rates and home assessment increases,dump pot growing outdoors, dump pay as you throw,dump the millions at the water plant, dump the current entrances at city hall, dump parking tickets especially a first infraction,dump parking fees,dump the new bike lanes,dump Dan Casey, or fix it, dump the old ball yard parking lot,dump he Burger King building or fix it,dump white terrace,the the rotary on Tyler st, dump the speed readers and enforce speeding laws, dump the four year mayor contract,dump the time limit for city council meeting, dump any moneys from taxpayer fighting verizon.

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  Menchins Penchen
11 days ago

This is just a partial but quite accurate list of Pittsfield problems, almost all of which have come about as the result of corrupt government. If a real mayor was to take over tomorrow, one that intended to try to make a serious course correction, it would take him or her ten years to undo the damage. And that would start with immediate hacking away at wasteful spending and chopping taxes.

But the reality is that, that scenario is unlikely in a burg with stage four cronyism and a very short life expectancy. And if you, as a middle income taxpayer in Pittsfield, Ma. think that you can survive this spiral, or outlast it in hopes of better times, you will find out the hard way. That new deck, that new car or that child’s college education will either be out of your reach or bury you in credit debt. I keep repeating this because it is true and I hope to save at least one family from the Pittsfield smother. And that is what Pittsfield does, it smothers you slowly and you do not even know it is happening until you find yourself unable to pay your bills without running up more credit debt.

Duh
Duh
11 days ago

The moron that is the sitting DA screwed victims again. In her desire to get a win, she pleaded out some fraud cases and “got restitution” for some victims. The only mistake, these guys raked in over $3million dollars and people are only getting back $200k. Also she pleaded them to a very very low charge and it’s not going to matter because they will swap passports and names and be on their merry way.

Teedoff
Teedoff
Reply to  Duh
11 days ago

DA Allows Criminals to pay 200k to get away with $3M theft. How is this not page one everywhere? History will not be kind to this disaster of a DA.

Al A. Bye
Al A. Bye
Reply to  Teedoff
11 days ago

Don’t hold your breath. No one covers the courts on the daily so they have no sense of what is going on. Harrington’s clowns have greatly benefited from that.

Duh
Duh
Reply to  Al A. Bye
11 days ago

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/crime/nationwide-fraud-adams-restitution-made/article_a74d05a4-d16a-11ec-8c77-8386ab1c9a39.html

Front page of the Eagle. Idiot reporter just copied and pasted the press release.

Larceny over $1,200, what a travesty. Wire Fraud, ID Fraud, impersonating an police officer. Plus she did this based on 5-7 “known” victims. There were dozens!!!! She let these guys skate and ignored a majority of their crimes. At least the local FedEx place was paying attention. They triggered the investigation, one employee stated there were “easily 200 deliveries” to the address.

Parth “Peter” Chaudhari of Adams pleads guilty to charges of larceny over $1,200 and attempt to commit larceny over $1,200 at Berkshire Superior Court in Pittsfield in December.
Two cousins, Ajaykumar Chaudhari, 26, of Pownal, Vt., and Jitendra Chaudhari, 29, of Williamstown, pled guilty Monday to single counts of larceny over $1,200 by single scheme and to an attempt to commit a crime – larceny over $1,200, Harrington’s office said.

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
Reply to  danvalenti
11 days ago

Some news source business models seem to advocate putting as little work into the business as possible but taking out as much as it can squeeze. I do not view the all papers as real news outlets in any but the flimsiest fashion. What they print seems incredibly selective and leave huge gaps in coverage but also often with a heavy one sided slant. Hard to take serious.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
11 days ago

You describe local The Left Winged Parrot well.

Teedoff
Teedoff
Reply to  Al A. Bye
11 days ago

Dumb as dirt voters are the real problem. They voted her in.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Teedoff
11 days ago

It is not always easy to tell which candidates are lying the most. Sometimes you are choosing between two very good liars so your vote was meaningless no matter which way you voted.

EricaG
EricaG
Reply to  fizzlehead
11 days ago

Nope, not in this case. The other candidate was Paul Caccaviello, 30 years as a prosecutor and never once caught in a lie. How many lies did Andrea Harrington the death row attorney tell even before she was elected? It’s her manipulation of messages that should be so disturbing to anyone paying attention.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  EricaG
11 days ago

I was actually referring to city council and mayoral colk

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
11 days ago

Fizze, it’s when their lips move.

Al A. Bye
Al A. Bye
Reply to  Duh
11 days ago

“The two men’s guilty convictions were filed by the court for two years, sparing them jail time.” Because that is the number one goal of the progressive DA. Not even a suspended sentence. PATHETIC.

EricaG
EricaG
Reply to  Al A. Bye
11 days ago

It’s not worth the threat of losing another trial or incarcerating criminals to save other people from having their life savings bilked. Another great job brought to you by Andrea Harrington.

North Street Hobo
North Street Hobo
11 days ago

Kids at the intersection of center and west street slaying down the hill. Screeching scooter brakes, hit a car at the intersection, bounces off and takes off. Rode over behind big Y and ditched the scooter and took off. Can’t they track that thing via an app and who used it last?

You can’t even get gas at that BigY without getting hit up for cash. Pittsfield has gone down the tubes.

Menchins Penchen
Menchins Penchen
Reply to  North Street Hobo
11 days ago

The G-man made A respectable appearance at the last city Council meeting on behalf of the kapanski’s. He had predicted the water rates would sore and sure enough they have started to go through the stratosphere. He predicted these rates will cause many to leave the city and this is starting to occur.

He claims that these rates are just the beginning and will rise to 9 to 10 times what they are today. G-man was the first to bring up arming the police with body cameras. He said he had contacted Axon who Would put a camera on every police officer in the city. Gaetani as an individual, who always thinks of the Kapanski’s and would demolish tire as he did at the debates in 2017.

The Kapanski’s missed the boat. G Man Saved the city more money than all the benefactors combined,and I know he can save more money for us. Who do you want more G Man Or Flat Tyer?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
11 days ago

Make gasoline $2/gal again, FJB!!!

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Mad Trapper
11 days ago

Gasoline in Europe is now between $8-$10 a gallon. More in Hong Kong. It is worldwide. Not everything is Bidens fault despite what Hannity wants you to believe. Palleeezz diversify your news sources so that you don’t come across as such a tool.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  fizzlehead
11 days ago

Wow Fizz, I’d say you’re the one drinking the Kool-Aid. Wake up you fool!
Just a year and a half ago the U.S. was energy independent. Now we can’t find enough suppliers. O’Biden is releasing the oil reserves to FOREIGN countries. Giving bazillions of aid to Ukraine instead of defending OUR own borders and repairing infrastructure.
IMPEACH the Demented BIDEN! He’s destroying our country.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
11 days ago

I’m suspicious of where all of this Ukraine money is really going. Biden should be sending them weapons not money. Since Democrats couldn’t get the Build Back Better bill passed, they could be taking this money for their globalist friends and climate change. Who is keeping track of where all of these billions of dollars is really going? With Pelosi in charge of this, it can’t be trusted.

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Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Pat
11 days ago

I agree Pat. Could also be 1) blackmail over Bidens’ involvement in Ukraine, 2) funds to restart/rebuild bioweapons labs located in Ukraine.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
11 days ago

The MSM is hush hush on the bioweapons, just like Hunter + Burisma along with the contents of his laptop

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
11 days ago

Turns out our State Department is in charge of sending this money to Ukraine. That’s not good since our State Department is so politicized that they could be doing anything with that money. Supposedly these billions are partially going for food for Ukrainians, but why can’t we just send them food?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pat
11 days ago

It’s going from our treasury into Traitor Joseph Stolen’s friends pockets. There is NO ACCOUNTING for ANY of the aid.

Zelensky is an installed crook by the Sotero regime 2014, and a great friend of Hunter and Traitor Joe, along with the Pelousey Kerry and Romney families, who also had crooked energy dealings in Ukraine.

We have given out 54 BILLION, so far.

Pelousey just made a suspicious unannounced trip to Ukraine to ensure she gets her cut of the loot.

Remember, it’s “10% for THE BIG GUY”/Quid Pro Joe, the democrats voted for.

Meanwhile, our borders are open to criminal aliens terrorists and drug cartels, gas/diesel/food prices doubling, America can’t seem to produce infant formula, DOJ/FBI allowing liberals to flaunt laws and persecute all others,……….

NOTHING, is built back or better for Americans.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
11 days ago

So are you denying that gas prices are high worldwide or are you just changing the subject? (as usual)

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
11 days ago

Are You denying America is flush with energy resources and the Biden administration/his puppeteers caused prices to double?

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  fizzlehead
11 days ago

I think you need to take your own advice fuzzy! Stop watching the View, CNN,NPR, MSNBC,….Illegitimate came in and wrote 100 executive orders in less than 100 days after which the once vibrant USA is in a downward spiral resembling a third world country! I think the whole country understands who is to blame except for the few delusional blue fanatics who are so brainwashed they can’t think for themselves. This may be the reason his poll numbers are tanking lower than the peanut farmer!

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
10 days ago

but Shirel, Biden did not lead the charge for even one insurrection. Not even one. So he has to get points for that don’t cha think?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
10 days ago

I’ll give Biden points for treason.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  fizzlehead
10 days ago

But he is friends who planned and orchestrated it, the DON Pelosi! How did 80 FBI operatives help and on whose orders? Has anyone besides those involved, aka FBI, Congress Democrats, interview Mr. Epps and megaphone man? Who cut down the blockade fence while Trump was still speaking 20 minutes away? Illegitimate is now leading another insurrection, this one against the Supreme Court

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  fizzlehead
11 days ago

Most other news sources parrot democrat talking points. The democrat party issues fake news and the lefty media repeats identical BS.

Hated Taxpayer
Hated Taxpayer
Reply to  12 Gauge
11 days ago

I miss the montauges Rush used to do of different left wing networks saying the exact same thing

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Hated Taxpayer
10 days ago

Rush does deserve a ton of credit for dividing America and turning it on itself. Trump gave him a special medal but the one Rush cherished the most was the one he got from Putin for helping him drag America to its knees.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
10 days ago

You’re mixed up, it was Barry Sotero who fermented the racial divisions with help of his henchman Eric the gun runner Holder.

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Hated Taxpayer
10 days ago

There is no such word as “montauges” in the English language. The word you’re searching for is “montages.”

Berkshire County public schooling strikes again.

Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
10 days ago

Spelling error while typing on a blog. I bet you have zero friends and were bullied a lot in school.

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Sean Sullivan
8 days ago

It’s “I’ll bet,” genius.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  fizzlehead
11 days ago

No baby formula? What the hell is going on in the Biden administration?!

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2022/05/11/pollak-joe-biden-is-letting-babies-go-hungry-in-america/

EricaG
EricaG
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
11 days ago

You know there was a major product recall?

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  EricaG
11 days ago

By Abbott. They are not the only manufacturer!

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  EricaG
11 days ago

According to Katie Pavlich, formula is being sent to the border for the incoming migrant surge.

The Squadron
The Squadron
Reply to  EricaG
10 days ago

It was 3 recalls, they have 43% of the market. Plus people stockpiled during Covid. Plus there’s a labor shortage everywhere.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
11 days ago

It’s amazing that this has happened and Mr Potato head don’t care and/or is oblivious.

There is a simple solution, humans survived infancy for thousands of years before “formula” suckling Mom’s teats. In fact it’s more healthy for mother and child.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
11 days ago

I forgot, that’s not going to work for Mrs Mom Pete Buttigieg.

He’s got dadaries, not mamaries…………

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fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Mad Trapper
11 days ago

That is true. Same with diapers. Why are all these Karens using diapers? If a baby chimp can shit in the bush your kid can too. Get over it…

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
11 days ago

Time to change Your depends. What are you going to when there is a shortage of diapers ?

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 days ago

I just assumed you would give me some from your own personal supply MT. Just like usual

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
10 days ago

I was potty trained as soon as I could walk and I’m not a leaker/squirter now like yourself.

Educated Cur
Educated Cur
Reply to  fizzlehead
11 days ago

You do realize the US sets prices for the world based on our demand.

We use 4x the amount of gas that china does in one day. So if prices are going up for us, they go up for everyone (except the oil/OPEC states). They are tracking lower both on percentage increase and their prices are dropping while ours are rising.

Europe has always been more expensive because they don’t have massive oil fields.

https://www.indexmundi.com/energy/?product=gasoline&graph=consumption&display=rank

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Educated Cur
10 days ago

Does the U.S. EXPORT any of its own oil? Yes they do. Why?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
11 days ago

America was energy independent 2 years ago. Does news of the truth boggle your amebic brain cell (singular here) so much?

You and Biden want to make America a third world craphole.

I don’t care what Europe or Chi-Coms pay for fuel. America has energy resources that should be used, FOR AMERICANS.

Biden has tapped the strategic oil reserves, that Trump filled up when oil was cheap, and he’s shipping it to Europe. Those reserves should not be touched except in times of dire emergency/war. The USA at war, not someplace we should not be involved.

Tapping those reserves has not helped Americans, gasoline/diesel prices continue to rise unabated. Highest prices EVER!!! That’s today’s news Fizze.

FJB!!!

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Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
11 days ago

5/12/2022

Highest recorded USA average prices:

gasoline $4.42/gal

diesel $5.56

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 days ago

Ivanka got 2 billion from Saudi Arabia

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  the school committee
10 days ago

How much did Hunter and “the big guy” get from Ukraine and the Chi-Coms?

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Mad Trapper
11 days ago

Too funny. All I said was maybe you might check out OTHER news sources to verify your own and you and your Trump chumps go beserko. I did not mention any particular news sources. But it goes to show just how trigger sensitive Tucker has you guys. This is how Jan 6th happened. You guys were all primed to react at the drop of a hat and you did. Like I said….Too Funny to watch.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
11 days ago

I don’t have cable and Fox 23 don’t come in on antenna TV Fizze. You keep on watching The View CNN MSNC and PBS.

Jan 6th was a peaceful protest, the “insurrection” as leftists call it, was organized by leftist plants.

There are still Americans in the DNC gulag for 17 months, no charges or trials. Those who have had trials face biased Kangaroo courts.

https://americangulag.org/

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 days ago

You fell hook line sinker into corporate bullshit.The planet is the Alabama board in Mass.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
11 days ago

Go to the gas station Fizze, how much is regular?

Are the posted prices “biased”?

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 days ago

They will suck every dime out of your hide like all good hearted corporations do.You don’t get it yet.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  the school committee
10 days ago

“The Democrats will suck every dime out of your hide like all blood sucking leeches do.You don’t get it yet.”

Fixed for ya TSC

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
11 days ago

More “good news” from Mr Potato head, Fizze.

5/12/2022

“With Gas Prices at All-Time Highs, Biden Decides to Cancel Oil and Gas Lease Sales in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico”

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 days ago

And yet, with the prices at all time highs, AAA is predicting record auto travel in the USA this summer. Go figger

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  fizzlehead
10 days ago

Electric cars turn wheels

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
10 days ago

I don’t watch CNN for the same reason I don’t drink out of toilets.

Outfox
Outfox
11 days ago

Do we know yet which nonprofits received the scooter gift cards?
Would love to know if they are going to peope who have income barriers to access to other forms and transportation or if they’re just being given away to the kids.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Outfox
11 days ago

What about Flat Tyer’s gibberish about being used for 18 and older?

I’d like to see the logs for who has rented these devices? Since we are funding it with tax dollars it should be public record.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  danvalenti
10 days ago

I’ll guess a month, when some unsuspecting tourist smacks into a rider.

the 5th Dentist
the 5th Dentist
Reply to  danvalenti
10 days ago

I’m going with the first Thursday night thing they do downtown. I heard a group of kids talking about how much “fun they were going to have” Mentioned something about Bag grabbing. Not certain what that means I can only assume its going to be rolling by on the scooter grabbing a bag or purse then scooting away. $10.00 to your charity if it isn’t a scooter mess that night.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  danvalenti
10 days ago

No way. The mayor has been lucky so far but if it has not already happened and been covered up I will pick 3 days. You can play Russian roulette for just so long before the inevitable happens. And Russian roulette is exactly what this cooter, I mean scooter, debacle is.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Outfox
11 days ago

Good question but most of the people who would know the answer to that question have been sworn to secrecy. But once they have spent the first $2500 worth is there another batch in the wings?

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
11 days ago

Tyer Proposes $189M Pittsfield Budget, Up $10MBy Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
05:38AM / Thursday, May 12, 2022Print Story | Email Story
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The mayor is proposing a nearly $189 million budget for fiscal 2023 that is about $10 million higher than the this year’s $179 million budget.
Mayor Linda Tyer’s request to raise and appropriate $188,589,144 for the FY23 operating budget was referred to the Committee of the Whole on Tuesday.

Departmental deliberations will begin next week on Tuesday, May 17, with a public hearing on the budget and five-year Capital Improvement Plan, which was made available to the public on Tuesday.

The budget proposal includes $242,784 for the mayor’s office, $109,262 for the City Council, $9,138,800 for the Fire Department, $11,927,437 for the Police Department, and $56,686,954 for unclassified spending.

The proposed school department budget is $72,398,262, which is a 7.56 percent, or $5,086,562, increase from this year. Most of the increase is in contractual obligations, which increased by about $4.7 million.

Within the school budget is $1,895,347 for administration, $55,822,847 for instructional, $4,526,341 for other school services, $6,372,746 for operations and maintenance, $472,358 for fixed costs, $68,074 for adult learning, $234,047 for acquisition of fixed assets, and $3,626,502 for tuition payments.

With $570,000 in school choice revenues and $50,000 in Richmond tuition revenues, the total budget amounts to $73,018,262.

Three orders related to the Community Preservation Fund were also referred to the Committee of the Whole: to Amend Order 45 of the 2021 Series, appropriating $974,480.93 for the FY22 Community Preservation Fund budget; to appropriate $670,317.00 from the FY22 Community Preservation Fund budget; and to appropriate $818,435.44 for the FY23 Community Preservation Fund budget.

Last summer, the council adopted an overall budget of $743,451.75 for the fiscal 2022 administration of the CPA. Eleven of the 13 applications received were deemed eligible and funded for a total request of $716,782, with a further reduction after two projects were further refined the costs of their projects.
Tags: fiscal 2023,  pittsfield_budget,  

J2S
J2S
Reply to  danvalenti
10 days ago

Everyone but yourself is afraid to talk about OPEB. The local media outlets and especially the Beagle won’t dig into those numbers and report on the front page. They are worried that the few remaining subscribers (public workers,Unions) and anyone else benefiting from her budget) will cancel.

My name is Earl
My name is Earl
Reply to  fizzlehead
10 days ago

Overpaid teachers who whine about their jobs are screwing the city both fiscally and by indoctrinating kids into voting democrat

teachers aren’t fleeing this dump fast enough. Everyone is aware.

Joe Curtis and his online degree are shining brightly

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  danvalenti
10 days ago

A ten million dollar increase for ONE YEAR. Get out now or you will die broke and feeling the fool.

Pat
Pat
11 days ago

A big reason why Americans are short on baby food is because the illegal migrants are being given pallets of hard-to-find baby formula.
https://www.foxnews.com/us/gop-rep-illegal-migrants-pallets-baby-formula

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Pat
10 days ago

One more reason not to ban abortions. Less babies means the less need for scarce baby food. Common sense. Less need for scarce diapers. Less need for welfare, food stamps and homeless camps. The easy solution is right in front of us if we would only open our eyes Pat.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  fizzlehead
10 days ago

Why? So Biden can give all those to criminal aliens?

Killing babies is not a solution Fizze.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 days ago

Biden created a baby formula shortage so babies grow up with underdeveloped brains and become democrats.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  fizzlehead
10 days ago

More abortions = fewer democrats.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  12 Gauge
10 days ago

Love it!

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  12 Gauge
10 days ago

Laws are made for poor people.Rich people don’t give 2 shits about any abortion law.

Nipple Thoughts
Nipple Thoughts
11 days ago

DA Andrea Harrington is beating a dead baby.
Her office just filed an appeal to the dismissal in the Tucker case.

Lady, get your head out of your ass, you should refile but with the correct charges. Your appeal had zero support for why you were appealing.
Please gtfo of office. You are going to lose the appeal and never get Justice for that child.

The Squadron
The Squadron
Reply to  Nipple Thoughts
11 days ago

She doesn’t care. She figures it makes her look good and nothing will happen with the case until long after the election. It’s all about her image.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
11 days ago

Governor Charlie should finally take responsibility and apologize to the Veterans and their families for his administration’s mismanagement of the Holyoke and Chelsea Soldiers Homes during the Covid-19 outbreak that claimed dozens upon dozens of lives there. Massachusetts state taxpayers will be paying for the state’s proposed $56 million settlement. When my dad, Bob Melle, was a Berkshire County Commissioner (1997 – mid-2000), I went along with him to Beacon Hill whereby he testified that Boston’s “Big Dig” was costing state taxpayers well over $10 billion back then. Guess who managed Boston’s “Big Dig’s” public financing back then? The answer is then bureaucrat Charlie Baker. How much state taxpayer dollars have Charlie Baker cost state taxpayers due to his failures in public management and leadership? Moreover, the corrupt career politicians on Beacon Hill are still sitting on billions of dollars in surplus state cash and “Biden Bucks”, while they recently rejected all state legislative proposals to provide tax relief, including for Veterans, Senior Citizens and working-class commuters. Beacon Hill lawmakers are proposing a $50 billion fiscal year 2023 state budget that will cause even more economic and financial pain for state taxpayers while our country will soon be dealing with an upcoming brutal economic recession by the end of the year of 2022. I believe that the Solons in Boston don’t care about the people and taxpayers who they are taxing and spending to death. Massachusetts is among the top property tax states in the nation, while Boston area big businesses receive nearly $18 billion per fiscal year in state tax breaks from the corrupt state lawmakers in Boston. To put the proverbial cherry on top of the proverbial cupcake, Beacon Hill lawmakers will soon go on their 5-month long taxpayer-funded vacation from August 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022. Charlie Baker should resign in disgrace, along with the entire Massachusetts State Legislature!

Jonathan A. Melle

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
11 days ago

Charlie Baker is a “Transpublican”, identifies as a conservative but is a liberal.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Mad Trapper
10 days ago

Charlie Baker is sure a Republican when one looks at the tens of billions of supply side economics state tax breaks that he has given away over the years to his politically connected big business buddies in the Boston area. I am still impressed by Mayor Linda Tyer for calling him out for shortchanging municipalities and public-school districts with state-administered federal/state aid dollars for municipalities and public-school districts. What really impressed me is that Linda Tyer understands public management and financial policies, which means she is nobody’s fool, unlike so many past Pittsfield politics’ failed Mayors. The next Governor of Massachusetts would be wise to hire Linda Tyer to manage their state government administration and finance office. If I were a would-be Governor, I would ask Linda Tyer to work for my administration.

Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
10 days ago

I thought we all had a gentleman’s agreement you are limited to one post a day

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
10 days ago

Let her handle your monthly government check if your impressed with her financial expertise! You bitch everyday about her spending like a drunken sailor and raising taxes, fee’s budgets etc.. While she is living in a gated community, And after spending the night with your Linda blow up she’s the greatest the next day. The only sense you make is none.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
10 days ago

Flip flop, flip flop, flip flop……..

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
10 days ago

Scam artist.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
10 days ago

The democrat state house signs off on every penny.

the school committee
the school committee
10 days ago

Red state public schools are the worst.They are terrible.Red states are welfare states with low income and guns.They get drunk and go to church and their lack of money and smarts makes them vulnerable to snake oil sales and dumb Trump rallies

My name is Earl
My name is Earl
Reply to  the school committee
10 days ago

you were clearly educated at one then… psycho

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  My name is Earl
10 days ago

Red states are high crime,uneducated with low income and red state politicians are some of the dumbest people on earth.Absolute fact.Red states are failed states.Blue states support them.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  the school committee
10 days ago

Red states have something millions of people and companies want because they are populating those areas. Hopefully those moving there from blue states leave their nonsense behind.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  J2S
10 days ago

Weather and that is all.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  J2S
10 days ago

They always bring blue state cash.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  the school committee
10 days ago

Time for your meds THC. Hey, tell us the wonderful things that dementia Joe is doing and how democrat cities are gang murder paradise.

Pittsfield Plummett
Pittsfield Plummett
10 days ago

BITCHING IN THE BERKSHIRESToby Myers  · e
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walking to work and 3 seperate kids probably 15 or 16 stopped their rented electric scooters to ask me.for money to help them rent their scooters and when i told the 2nd one i didmt have any money for him he immediately started cussing at me lol def aint getting my money that way

Two Cents
Two Cents
Reply to  Pittsfield Plummett
10 days ago

It’s not like the scooters have coin or dollar bill slots…Things that make you go hmmmm

Uh Oh
Uh Oh
Reply to  Two Cents
10 days ago

Yeah you can. If the kids have an android phone, you can go to a “pay it there” location and they will convert your cash to digital currency.

UPS store, CVS, Walgreens, and Family Dollar.

https://map.payithere.com/biller/c62313f658af81023119dfdb92a68e45

https://help.bird.co/hc/en-us/articles/360035767872

Raze The Rent
Raze The Rent
Reply to  Two Cents
10 days ago

I left the cit when Donna Todd rivers shot down by vote the chance for the water rate against advocate to try and scale down the water rate work which I believed has doubled,yes doubled in the latest may bills. No wonder Connell got out of dodge.

Dug Dopndor
Dug Dopndor
Reply to  Two Cents
10 days ago

Hundred Eighty dollars for a one toilet water quarterly bill.Thanks flat.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
10 days ago

Hats off to Sen. Rand Paul for insisting on adding an amendment which would track spending of the 40 billion by the Ukrainian military.

Pittsfield needs a Rand Paul on its City Council.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/breaking-senator-rand-paul-stalls-uniparty-bill-giving-40-billion-ukraine/

Ultra MAGA
Ultra MAGA
10 days ago

Democrats starving American babies so illegal alien and Afghanistanian babies can eat.