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ARPAGATE: WHO HID THE ARPA AUDIT? PLANET’S INVESTIGATION POINTS TO CITY FINANCE DIRECTOR KERWOOD

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENT

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY OCT. 16, 2023) — Here’s a crucial question that needs definitive answering: To whom was the report of the March 28 Scanlon ARPA audit first delivered?

It’s only because THE PLANET dug it up and published news of the report’s existence that you know about it. The Administration hid for nearly seven months until we unearthed it from The Mummy’s Tomb. That’s the difference a fearless press can make.

Scanlon found what many feared from the get-go, “serious deficiency” in the ARPA books. The ledgers showed a $255,ooo+ discrepancy in the initial $1.8 million outlay, a real confidence booster in Picklefield’s financial shell game.

Who was the receiving officer?

That person should be fired.

———- ooo ———-

That person is key in ARPAgate: Covering up either financial carelessness or deliberate graft. With more than $40 million left to giveaway, this now becomes a momentous issue and one that MUST be addressed in the campaign, by ALL on the ballot, not just for mayoral candidates.

Voters must demand that each candidate reveal their position on two things: first, the quarter-million-dollar “error,” and second, the city’s hiding the report, called out only by the relentless efforts of THE PLANET and a timely petition filed by Ward 2 councilor Charles Kronick. Once more, Sir Chaz delivered big time.

So who was it?

  • Picklefield finance director Matt Kerwood, the person responsible for the movement of public money?
  • Mayor Linda Tyer, to whom the ARPA advisory council reported?
  • Peter Marchetti, council president, chair of its finance committee, and ARPA advisory committee member?
  • Deanna Ruffer, former community development director, named by Tyer to oversee the ARPA handouts?

Each would have reason to be the one.

What’s clear is that whichever of these Col. Mustards first got the report, they stuffed it inside O.B. Joyful’s mattress either of their own initiative or under orders. Our guess in this game of Picklefield Clue! is Kufflinks. Kerwood heads the money.

What say, Kufflinks? When the phone doesn’t ring, we’ll know it’s Kufflinks not getting back to us.

———- ooo ———-

From the get-go, the Administration shrouded Picklefield’s ARPA in secrecy.

Tyer named the members of the ARPA Advisory Council: A.J. Enchill, the Rev. Joel Huntington, Sheila Irvin, Dr. Alan Kulberg, Council President Peter Marchetti, Ellen Spear, Kamaar Taliaferro, Dubois Thomas, and Brett Westbrook.

Tyer decided the meetings would be held in secret, not open to the public or press. Her rationale was to provide “a safe space for members to openly express their opinions.”

”I think that it’s essential that that experience of serving on the advisory council is honored in a way that allows them to be honest and forthright with us about what they see and observe without being worried that they’re being watched and questioned,” Tyer said.

Yes. God forbid the panel responsible for giving away $45 million in public money should face questioning.

What gunk.

———- ooo ———-

THE PLANET‘s revelations come on the heels of mayoral candidate John Krol calling for stronger, independent oversight of city finances, including the ARPA funds.

“There are serious red flags in all of this,” said Krol. “It is worrying that an external auditor found errors in our internal process in the accounting of ARPA funds. … But what’s far more disturbing is that city leadership has not done the very basics to bring this to light. First and foremost, the administration did not share this audit with the city council back in March when the report was completed. If that’s not bad enough, the city then failed to follow the simple mandate of the city charter and hold the annual joint meeting to review this audit. This shows a serious lack of transparency, which is exactly the concern so many residents in our city have with the status quo in city hall.”

“I would say this about the audit,” Marchetti told THE PLANET. “It proves that the audit process works – The most important aspect of an audit is to ensure that recommendations are put into place when a deficiency occurs. When the FY 23 audit is completed we should be looking at the reports to verify the situation has been rectified and not a systemic issue.”

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Nothing good happens with public money in secret” — Sir Donald Turpentine, Knight of the Bath.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
7 months ago

Number 10 pro-Krol column.
Disgusting.
Krol has been accused of allegedly embezzling money from a cat charity – 10 separate times – and so now your mission is to throw shade at Marchetti.
Ask Krol how many refugees he will assist in moving to Pittsfield, like he did under Tyer’s administration before Trump shut down the Syrian migrant pipeline.
Ask Krol why he has trouble holding down a steady job.
Has he paid his taxes on his 180 biz?
Lots more questions…….maybe the Eagle will sniff around some more.

Marlon Brandnews
Marlon Brandnews
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
7 months ago

First of all Krol is a candidate for Mayor. He has nothing to do with a r p a or what and who miss managed fund o formation allegedly. It just goes to show you how weak both of these candidates are. As far as Valenti. It’s Strickly Business.

Joe Mac
Joe Mac
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
7 months ago

Marchetti isn’t perfect either, of course. But the stories you hear about him aren’t going to find their way onto the front page.

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  Joe Mac
7 months ago

because they are covering for him?

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

Excellently said.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
7 months ago

What’s a ‘cat charity’? Who ran one?

Last edited 7 months ago by Charles Kronick
Errrkerrrdd
Errrkerrrdd
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

The Kayy

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Errrkerrrdd
7 months ago

That’s craa-craa

Last edited 7 months ago by Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Empty Set
7 months ago

Doesn’t look legit.

Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  Empty Set
7 months ago

I think you are confusing Feliz with Fritz the cat

Marlon Brandnews
Marlon Brandnews
Reply to  Outfox
7 months ago

I used to have a cat named Charlie. Pissed on everything.

Ben Dover
Ben Dover
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

Run by Top Cat. Keeps felines from panhandling.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Ben Dover
7 months ago

But how is that a charity?

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

2023 Pittsfield politics presents:
Kufflinks Kerwood’s cooked books and Mayor Linda Tyer’s financial secrecy:
* A quarter of a million dollar discrepancy in the city’s Biden Buck$
* Kufflinks’ secretive multi-million dollar Slush Funds (Excessive Taxation!)
* The city’s multi-million dollar Marijuana Slush Fund$ (Excessive Taxation!)
* Over $17 million in “FREE Cash” (Excessive Taxation!)
* The $205.6 million municipal budget in return for Level 5 public schools….a SHIT sandwich
* Hundreds of millions of dollars in municipal debts plus OPEB unfunded liabilities (that will never be paid off)
* The 25-year-old polluted PEDA debacle with millions of dollars in always increasing unfunded liabilities (PCBs-DEBTS)
* Tens of millions of taxpayer dollars spent on dangerous downtown Pittsfield over the past 20 years in return for 15 empty storefronts on North Street, which is sarcastically called “Social Services Alley” (due to teen pregnancies doubling the statewide average in Pittsfield, Massachusetts….)
* Large spending increases to the Police Department budget, but Pittsfield is always listed in the top 10 cities for violent crime in Massachusetts (Over 1,000 gang members call inner-city Pittsfield home)
* Matt Kerwood’s over $114,000 city public pay and Linda Tyer’s $115,725 city public pay, which will spill over to their future 6-figure city public pensions plus perks for life
* Rubber Stamp Peter Marchetti saying he would take a pay cut as the next would-be Mayor of Pittsfield, but after one to two terms, he, too, would collect a 6-figure city public pension plus perks for life
* John Krol crying foul, but when he worked for Mayor Rolodex many years ago now, as well as when he served on the City Council years ago, he was singing a happy song about Pittsfield politics
* Ward 2 City Councilor Charles Ivar Kronick delivering victories for the fictional Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski hard working family who wants to know why they are always being treated like a doormat by Pittsfield politics
* Blogger Dan Valenti writing about Pittsfield politics crushing city taxpayers with record level city spending and revenues that will cause a future financial crisis for the City of Pittsfield if/when a recession hits
* Jon Melle’s nicknames for Pittsfield’s Mayors: Barstool (passed away), Aberration turned Level 5 Schoolmarm, Rolodex-Renaissance, Montello-Bust, Gated Community, and the would-be Mayors: either Gavel Marchetti or the Financial Wizard Krol

Ben Dover
Ben Dover
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

❤️

Eric Swansin
Eric Swansin
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

Halloween is around the corner. Jonathan can’t wait to debut his Barbie costume to the Pittsfield parade.
Pink dress, pink undies, pink jewelry, and a wicked hot pink lipstick, will make Jonathan simply stunning. He better win first place in the costume contest. Alot of baking, sweat, and tears went into this.

Jon Melle
Jon Melle
Reply to  Eric Swansin
7 months ago

That would be the Provincetown Halloween Parade. For the Pittsfield Halloween Parade, I March dressed up as a Demon alongside Luciforo!

Ben Dover
Ben Dover
Reply to  Jon Melle
7 months ago

go for it

Empty Set
Empty Set
7 months ago

I imagine each and every one of these people knew about the audits concerns. Is it not their jobs? But certainly the mayor and Marchetti and Kerwood knew.

The local paper has had its crack investigative team chasing down details of the Sandisfield fire truck accident but once they are done they will probably be assigned to this audit conundrum. Looking forward to it.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
7 months ago

I would start with Tyer and then work through Marchetti, Armstrong, Ruffer and then Munster man. Embezzlement charges should be brought up against Armstrong and Ruffer who were paid nicely for a no show and no read position. They probably were working from home in Florida.

Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
7 months ago

I agree. What’s the real story with Ruffer?
Is she the female version of JK?

Ben Dover
Ben Dover
Reply to  Outfox
7 months ago

She’s female?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Outfox
7 months ago

Ruffer has been on Pittsfield Welfare for 20 years

Double Trubull
Double Trubull
Reply to  Outfox
7 months ago

She gives tifs to millionaires then forgives the debt after their done laundering it.

Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly
7 months ago

Dan,
How long have you been on Krol’s election committee? Are you paid to promote his campaign? How can you claim to be unbiased when you are obviously stumping for a mayoral candidate?
Finally, show us on the doll where Matt Kerwood touched you wrong.

Double Trubull
Double Trubull
Reply to  Flogging Molly
7 months ago

Where. Have you been. He’s been with both of them since last year.

The school committee
The school committee
7 months ago

The irresponsible handling of money by what appears to be Tyer Kerwood Marchetti City Council Joe Curtis and the School Committee and John Krol is amazing….Pick your poison in the election.Honesty is the number for me as Mayor.I heard even ex Mayor Ruberto left town for Florida.Does anyone know how Krol and Marchetti stand on building the new stadium for 50 million.How does Fenway still stand and not be condemned?
.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  The school committee
7 months ago

Don’t touch my Green Monster!

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  The school committee
7 months ago

Where’s Karen??

In The know
In The know
7 months ago

Another Pro-Krol article, shocking not shocking.

We forget the TIFs that Krol was part of.

The Ghost of Evan Dobelle
The Ghost of Evan Dobelle
7 months ago

It is impossible to believe that thick as thieves Marchetti, MKUltra and the corner office were not ALL aware of the audit. They were all interested in making sure that this audit never saw the light of day…and hell, they wouldn’t have to be concerned with any opposition to keep the gravy train going with the hit piece against Krol and all. So, the real question is, what else is in the audit that they don’t want anyone to see. Sure there’s the screw up on the reporting, but that’s probably the tip of the iceberg – especially with the hand-outs to most of the members of the secret committee, and the 500K for suddenly-Marchetti-supporting Edgerton. Nothing to see here.

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
Reply to  The Ghost of Evan Dobelle
7 months ago

Marchetti lost my vote with the ARPA mess. I refuse to allow more of my tax money to go to grifting, special interest groups while our roads deteriorate, our schools deteriorate, etc.

I trust neither candidate at this point, at least Krol is dipping on his own behalf.

Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly
7 months ago

Dan’s candidate Krol has a meet & greet at Methuselah’s tonight. I wonder if Yuki will dance on the tables or give John a handi in the men’s room. Hey Dan you going to stump for your boi?

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Flogging Molly
7 months ago

Man, that truly is a ridiculous place for a mayoral ‘meet and greet.’

Two Cents
Two Cents
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

On the contrary, Methuselah’s play a vital role in Pittsfield bar room politics and carnal pleasures of same. It just you’ve never been invited to those gatherings.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Two Cents
7 months ago

Oh, I didn’t say business doesn’t happen there. But you make a relevant point; it’s a ridiculous choice for a public fundraising event.

It just you’ve never been invited to those gatherings.”

So you say, one gets an invite. Pay to play?

Too bad we can’t stretch this election out until December like we do national elections. So much to see.

Last edited 7 months ago by Charles Kronick
Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

For those who don’t know the back door of Methuselah opens into the alley and the back door of a porno pad, which is furnished with an aftermarket bidet, a padded Ben ch in the living room in which the pads can be flipped over to look like a regular coffee table, and a king size bed with a padded headboard that goes almost all the way up to the ceiling.
So all the swingers have to do is slip out the back Jack.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Outfox
7 months ago

Gotta explain the ‘after market bidet.’ Whatsit? I live a sheltered life.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Outfox
7 months ago

What I really want to know is what an aftermarket bidet is. What does it do?

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

An aftermarket bidet is one you install yourself, rather than it being wired and plumbed in as part of the original construction.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Kindergarden
7 months ago

Odd – a wired bidet. I have two bidets. One is outside in the deep 40. The other is plumbed. Neither have wiring.

Aren’t you describing all bidets? I’m certain my home has seen at least three bidets, no one would call any of them ‘aftermarket’. Other names, such as, “loo”, “john”, “bathroom”, “little girl’s room”, “powder room”, “toilet” have been used to my personal memory.

I think that Outfox is talking about something different.

Is it a bidet with angel wings for flush handle? Chrome seat? A giant gold harp or heart stretching high up to the ceiling? One that plays music depending on function? Does it perform a magic trick? Laser show? Multi-jet cleansing nozzles?

Outfox: This is a very important question. What did you see?

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

Those in Japan are wired. My brother just got an ‘aftermarket’ one that he plugged in and fitted the water nozzle to.

Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

By aftermarket bidet I mean it wasn’t a separate bathroom fixture, it was quite clearly not a part of the original throne. It was a couple of tubes under the original toilet seat that shoot water on to a person’s naughty bits. Really appeared to be from something like a DIY kit and it was the most inelegant thing I’ve ever seen.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Kindergarden
7 months ago

DAN – PLEASE POST MY RESPONSE!!

K’s answer is absolutely requiring a rejoinder, and the public good is not served by delay.

Your robots are horribly destructive to rational discourse.

Last edited 7 months ago by Charles Kronick
H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

Dan is a wannabe Howie Carr. And Carr, though a blowhard and an idiot, has more talent than Dan. Valenti likes to pretend he wasn’t paid for years by the taxpayers to teach idiots at BCC. His entire act is a fraudulent one.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

That plopped out from a guy calling himself mencken.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
7 months ago

If BCC doesn’t pay the professors, who would?

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

I resemble that remark.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Kindergarden
7 months ago

K: I met an exceptional carpenter from Georgia. Big man with beard, a mountainous sort.

He sold works of carpentry at the Sugarloaf craft shows I used to do many years back. Walnut rockers, spalted mirrors, live edge tables.

“Wood will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no wood.”

He was able, by his means of engineering, to divert the progress of logs shipped down by logging firms the big river to divert them off a tributary that went through his ample acreage. That which sinks into the briny deep belongs to he who finds it!

He explained all you need to know about bidets. “If you need to do it standing up, use the outside bidet.”

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

There was a woodworker from Georgia.
Who picked up his pants when he saw ya.
His zipper got caught…
In Dan’s stingy bot…

Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

Nice homage to the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers!

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Flogging Molly
7 months ago

Methuselah, the infamous wife-swapping bar? Family man Krol, how appropriate. Oh the irony….

Joe Mac
Joe Mac
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
7 months ago

Do you have to register up for the wife swap or do you just show up?

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  Joe Mac
7 months ago

You have to get a proclamation from the mayor or one of her puppets that frequent the joint

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Joe Mac
7 months ago

Two Cents?

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Joe Mac
7 months ago

Ask Family Man Krol – it’s his gig.

Hey Hey
Hey Hey
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
7 months ago

Oh then it must be a spot that well-known swingers Lovely Linda and the actual mayor frequent. Petey, not so much, he’s into boys

Ben Dover
Ben Dover
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
7 months ago

I hear Tyer got swapped for a mule and a sack of flour. It was a good deal.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
7 months ago

Mr. Fritz: how would you know that Meth’s is a wife swapping bar?

Tell me: how?

Marlon Brandnews
Marlon Brandnews
Reply to  Flogging Molly
7 months ago

Really?

John Dutton
John Dutton
Reply to  Flogging Molly
7 months ago

Krol has become a punch line.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

Dan, we will all be laughing at the end of this election.

Cry baby
Cry baby
7 months ago

Kufflink Kerwoods is as Corrupt as they come. Independent audit of everything he oversees.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
7 months ago

Jets beat Eagles – who needs Rodgers???

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

I nominate Daniel E. Bosley for the top lobbyist in 2023 because he is one big ball of GREED!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe2A3IlNrU5mADAGzuwW1RCF0D9sDnjhyngchv9tELHVV5SZg/viewform

Dan Bosley writes countless letters and op-eds that are published in Western Massachusetts newspapers praising PAC Man Richie Neal, who is the darling of K Street corporate lobbyists, especially INSURANCE companies. Daniel Bosley writes letters and op-eds that opposed North Adams taking in homeless migrant families when they are facing a humanitarian crisis in Massachusetts (and beyond). Dan Bosley wrote a letter that opposed then Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington’s reelection campaign for her restorative justice approach to crime, but Dan Bosley did not include that he voted for Speakers of the Massachusetts State House of Representatives who later became Convicted Felons. When Dan Bosley was a North Adams State Representative many years ago now, he put a secretive rider on a piece of state legislation to give multinational corporations the would-be single largest state tax cut in the history of Massachusetts, but it was quickly defeated. Dan Bosley is a big supporter of the multi-billion dollar (voluntary) regressive taxation scheme called the Massachusetts State Lottery SCAM because the more lottery profits equals the more state tax breaks he is able to lobby for on Beacon Hill for his wealthy big business clients in Boston. Registered greedy lobbyist Dan Bosley deserves the TOP LOBBYIST AWARD for being a symbol of big government being all about the almighty dollar and snobbish and elitist power for life, while the rest of pound sand with a system of big government that we do not want, nor do we deserve.

https://thehill.com/lobbying/4241934-nominations-for-the-hills-2023-top-lobbyists-now-open/

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
7 months ago

Take a look at two names on the E-Board of the Berkshire Black Economic Council (BBEC): AJ Enchill and Shirley Edgerton.

About – Berkshire Black Economic Council (berkshirebec.org)

These two were the combined recipients of $1,250,000 of our ARPA tax money.

Why do I point this out?

Take a look at the name of one of the members of the secret ARPA Star Chamber: none other than AJ Enchill. It must be nice to decide on his own “company’s” financial fate. No conflict of interest here. Move along….

Another city employee, the Picklefield Public Scohol’s (PPS) Cultural Competency Coach, Shirley Edgerton, not only received ARPA money, but used it to take family and friends on an African vacation to “explore her roots.” No conflict of interest here. Move along….

As Chico Esquela once said, “ARPA money been berry, berry, good to AJ and Shirl.”

Joe Mac
Joe Mac
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
7 months ago

It’s no secret that it was fashionable in liberal cities to use ARPA money to fund reparations. Look up Providence for example.

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  Joe Mac
7 months ago

I wunner how those two feel about a forensic audit…I mean just clear things up and stuff

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Joe Mac
7 months ago

Wasn’t what it was legally set up to do, tell the AG

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

Maybe a list of all committees and who is on them would be a thing the local rag would run weekly as they should the councilors and their contact information

Marlon Brandnews
Marlon Brandnews
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
7 months ago

I prefer this infamous quote from a famous movie. We don’t need no stinking accountant.

Ozias Vincelette
Ozias Vincelette
7 months ago

Is that ARPA audit available to the public?
I ask that because I doubt it was an audit in the sense most people think of an audit.
Most likely it was a reconciliation request meaning someone found an imbalance between bank statement and the ARPA general ledger account. Not being able to find the root cause of the imbalance someone requested help from Scanlon who found the errors and identified the general ledger entries that needed to be made to reconcile the account. It happens (but not often).
The mayor and the CC needed to be notified prior to requesting Scanlons help and the letter from Scanlon to the requesting person/entity should have been shared with the mayor and CC.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Ozias Vincelette
7 months ago

It was not an audit. It was a very general review of accounting. Not intended for functional use, per Scanlon’s fine print; just for Treasury processing.

ChattyCathy
ChattyCathy
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

So why is this a “story?”

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  ChattyCathy
7 months ago

It is pertinent regarding the large fee we spend on administration of the Grant. My read on it is that they reported twice the same allotment of $235K to the Ashley Water. That is an outlier sum in context to the 2 million reported – it pops out on paper.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
7 months ago

We must face the fact that there are local swamp rats who are willing to kill off what good is left of this city for “30 pieces of silver” on the cheap.Like the current active cabal or the so called “retired” swamp rats. They have and still immerse themselves in the swamp ooze and cuddle up with the special interests. All is still well in the rats nest aka the local swamp.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Optimus Prime
7 months ago

Smart money is bullish on and invests in Pittsfield.

ComeOnMan!
ComeOnMan!
Reply to  Kindergarden
7 months ago

Seriously? You are nuts man.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  ComeOnMan!
7 months ago

Buy low sell high.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Kindergarden
7 months ago

Now’s the time.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

…to sell for safe harbors.

Marlon Brandnews
Marlon Brandnews
Reply to  Kindergarden
7 months ago

Not with super tots running the show.

Double Trubull
Double Trubull
Reply to  Marlon Brandnews
7 months ago

Yes I’ve seen her.

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  Kindergarden
7 months ago

It is, especially if it comes with juicy tax abatement s which conveniently roll over after their expiration dates even if you did not hold up your end of the bargain.

(and no worries about an audit that might detail any of it)

Whoopieeee!!!!!

Marlon Brandnews
Marlon Brandnews
Reply to  Kindergarden
7 months ago

The red carpet has been passed on.

Marlon Brandnews
Marlon Brandnews
Reply to  Kindergarden
7 months ago

Smart money leaves Pittsfield.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Kindergarden
7 months ago

The vultures with the dough are circling! I know.

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  Optimus Prime
7 months ago

Which reminds me…who is paying for all the museums expensive new stuff?

Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  Empty Set
7 months ago

Not Norman

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Outfox
7 months ago

Norman R. probably did purchase a lot of sheetrock and latex paint. He’d be so proud of Berkshire Museum.

Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

Come on man

Ozias Vincelette
Ozias Vincelette
7 months ago

Dan could you check and see if your folks received my post from early today?

Marlon Brandnews
Marlon Brandnews
Reply to  Ozias Vincelette
7 months ago

I doubt Dan would subject you to review Oz. He has been very fair lately even with my posts which sometime differ in opinion. Let’s put it this way,Heeeez Baaaaack. When Dan tells it like it is he’s the best and I hope John bri G’s this arpa coat to fruition. We smell a rat Linda!!!

Marlon Brandnews
Marlon Brandnews
Reply to  Marlon Brandnews
7 months ago

How long as long Jon been telling us Kufflinks has cooked the books? Even a squirrel gets a nut once in awhile.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Marlon Brandnews
7 months ago

Something is wrong with that metaphor. Squirrels are exceptional nutters.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

Blind squirrel.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Kindergarden
7 months ago

They don’t last long. Not long at all….

John Dutton
John Dutton
7 months ago

I will give Krol some credit. He is still out there with his stupid guilty grin. His political career is over toast! I’m sure his wife is cracking the whip telling him she didn’t sign up for second place. One foot out the door

In The know
In The know
Reply to  John Dutton
7 months ago

He’s going to be at Meth bar for a “fundraiser” aka key exchange.
I guess that “old news” is not as old as Dan talks about. He’s still slumming it with the likes of Yuki.

Ben Dover
Ben Dover
Reply to  In The know
7 months ago

Marchetti should go. Maybe someone can give him a key to the gym in the city hall basement.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Ben Dover
7 months ago

Saw a picture of the two in the local rag and they both looked the same….was looking for the banjo’s

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  John Dutton
7 months ago

….John Krol’s 2 wives, Linda Tyer’s 3 husbands, Barry Clairmont’s 2 wives….

Ben Dover
Ben Dover
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

What about the woman Marchetti married and divorced?

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Ben Dover
7 months ago

….Peter Marchetti’s 1 wife, & 1 husband who passed away….

Ben Dover
Ben Dover
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago
Latest Produce
Latest Produce
Reply to  Ben Dover
7 months ago

Trump set the standard. It’s ok.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Latest Produce
7 months ago

Trump is a solid believer in marraige.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

Marry and divorce as many women as he can.

Ben Dover
Ben Dover
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

You tell ‘em

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

Is there a problem with trading in wives for a younger model? Some people do that with cars, if they can afford it. Trump does it with wifes, so what?

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

He marries every woman he meets.

Latest Produce
Latest Produce
Reply to  John Dutton
7 months ago

You’ve been watching to many parades.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago
Latest Produce
Latest Produce
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

Yukie told Krol On his Facebook page she has friends in Lenox and Great Barrington and they don’t come to the restaurant because they don’t feel safe.

Ben Dover
Ben Dover
Reply to  Latest Produce
7 months ago

The people from Lenox would try to pay with crypto currency. Pittsfield pays her bills with cleptocurrency.

Latest Produce
Latest Produce
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

But she is expanding. The grant went through ?

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Latest Produce
7 months ago

Did you see Linda at the last council meeting? Talk about expanding!

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  Latest Produce
7 months ago

Yah she seems to have come into a wad of free money. God it must be nice to have political connections. And on top of the ARPA coins she fell into

Double Trubull
Double Trubull
Reply to  Latest Produce
7 months ago

Yet Another accident 800 block west street this morning.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Double Trubull
7 months ago

I suppose the road calming measures are working then.

Sunflower
Sunflower
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

Wait until all these streets with road calming measures turn to ice, talk about accidents.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

Everytime there’s a wreck, traffic calms down for a bit.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
7 months ago

To think the easiest and best thing for the Kapanski’s would have to use the whole amount to pay for the water/sewer upgrade. It would have kept expenses down(no salaried employees to make sure everything is accounted for) and the taxes down for the downtrodden taxpayer, There would be no investigations needed and no discrepencies!!

The school committee
The school committee
7 months ago

I heard Kroll wants to spend 50 million on the new Stadium. Marchetti promised to read Allendale school updates for years and then never reported them.Which one will promise to come clean from this day on…..Why can’t the city make the utilities fix the cuts in the roads they are all sinking ruining our streets.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

I was looking at Krol’s personal Facebook page this morning. His meet and greet at Methuselah was a complete disaster. Despite him calling it a success it looked like there was one ONE person there (beside Yuki) that wasn’t part of his campaign team or the band. Does he think we can’t see things with our own eyes?

Since Kitty Gate, he has raised $1,550. $500 from his aunt, $500 from Tony Mazzeo, $500 from Melissa Mazzeo and $50 from some poor unsuspecting person. That is over 27 days when candidates should be racking in the cash. Marchetti has raised $17,200.

Krol appears to be done.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

Where’s my violin.
I’m sure Dan will fork over a few bucks.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

I liked the part about ‘some poor unsuspecting person.’ Ha!

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

MelMaz’s lawyers did you a HUGE favor settling with you Dirty Barry.

It’s interesting this report seemed to be “buried” after that fact.

You and Ms Mayor Flat Tyer’s finances would have been under scrutiny. It was up to you to prove your loss by MelMaz.

John Dutton
John Dutton
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

The Mazzeo’s are political dynamite.Krol fell hook,line and sinker for the Melissa Mazzeo BS.Now he goes and has a Campaign meet and greet with Yuki?? John who the F is advising you? fire them stat!

In The know
In The know
Reply to  John Dutton
7 months ago

Remember when Dan said all those issues were in the past? Krol advocating for Yuki and hanging out at Meth bar?
I guess Dan isn’t in the loop.

Person on bike hit on North Street. Cut across traffic.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
7 months ago

Dan please say you’re not going to torture us with another (11th) pro-Krol column. Even your treasured Orangemen of Syracuse haven’t racked up that many literary gems.

Cry baby
Cry baby
7 months ago

Kufflinks definitely needs to go, and a independent audit needs to be done. Kufflinks thinks he is God and can do whatever he wants. The Retirement board that he oversees has also had its problems the last few years. Independent Audit everything Kufflinks has touched. Than he can get a brand new set of kufflinks and a 10 by 10 cell.

Double Trubull
Double Trubull
Reply to  Cry baby
7 months ago

Is this the guy Mele says is cooking the books?

Double Trubull
Double Trubull
Reply to  Cry baby
7 months ago

I have to laugh at these Covid and a r p a giveaways Many of businesses were before dying way before Covid and we’re going out of business, a lot of them sold and or reopened, came back a lot of them didn’t do any during the winter months,some got hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Double Trubull
Double Trubull
Reply to  Cry baby
7 months ago

Kufflinks is an outstanding citizen.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Double Trubull
7 months ago

Where are his kufflinks?

Double Trubull
Double Trubull
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

Debate on. Krol kicking ass.

Double Trubull
Double Trubull
Reply to  Double Trubull
7 months ago

Just my opinion.And the opinions expressed to not reflect the bike lane idiot,the pctv stooge, Vice President White on the city clowncil or the surgeon that gave the secretary her new bodacious tatas.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

Noted. So, where did his bowtie go?

Last edited 7 months ago by Charles Kronick
Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

I’ve got to laugh.

Turns out that “poor unsuspecting person” who gave Krol $50.00 put a stop payment on her donation. John has only raised $1,500 since Kitty Gate came out, a $1,000 from his best buds the Mazzeo’s and $500 from his aunt. Even his wife’s family closed their wallets.

Double Trubull
Double Trubull
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

What ever happened to the arpa influencer money project. That one was total bullshit.

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

Why would Mazzeo’s supprt Krol, let alone financially suppor him? Does anyone know?