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PLANET OBTAINS COPY OF KUFFLINKS’ TO COUNCILORS … FINANCE DIRECTOR CLAIMS KEEPING ARPA REPORT SECRET FOR 7 MONTHS WAS SIMPLY A mere ‘OVERSIGHT’

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY OCT. 18, 2023) — The error was one thing, and we won’t know more about it until a proper A-Z audit scours and scrubs the ARPA books — as well as every ledger kept since Matt “Kufflinks” Kerwood has been Picklefield finance director.

The delay of the ARPA “audit” is another matter altogether. Audit is in quotes because, as The Man from Mensa Chuck Vincelette observed in these pages, it wasn’t an audit but more like a math reconciliation. Even that the city’s money brains couldn’t report correctly.

Scanlon and Co. delivered the report to Kufflinks March 28, 2023. He kept it hidden until THE PLANET dug it up last week. For nearly seven months, Kufflinks sat on the report. Councilors didn’t know about it, We The People didn’t know about it. One can only wonder. If it hadn’t been for THE PLANET, would this report have ever surfaced?

That’s not the only thing we unearthed. Our Z-agents obtained a copy of the email Kufflinks sent to councilors Wednesday Oct. 11 at 10:01 a.m. He was in Jackie Gleason “homina homina” mode after this site was about to expose the ruse.

Here’s the text of that email:

———- ooo ———-

Councilors:

It was brought to my attention that there was discussion last evening about both the FY22 general audit and the FY22 federal single audit which is an audit of all the City’s federal grants including ARPA. Attached please find the documents which are also available on the city’s website. In my mind I thought that I had already sent them to you given that we posted them on the website, but in reviewing my email it appears that I did not. I apologize for this oversight on my part.

I am also aware that there was discussion about a “Significant Finding: relative to the audit of the ARPA funds. This is correct. The finding stems from the over reporting of expenses in Treasury in two consecutive quarterly reports. Once this issue was identified steps were put into place to ensure that before a report is filed the expenses included in the report reconcile back to the general ledger for that reporting period. Also the expenses were backed out of a subsequent quarterly report. These actions have satisfied both our external auditor and Treasury.

As always I welcome any discussion on these documents and any other questions you may have about the operation of the city’s finances.

———- ooo ———-

We’ll let you pick apart this note, but allow THE PLANET a parsing.

Please reread the sectioned THE PLANET highlighted in bold. Here’s the city’s chief finance officer, charged with a fiduciary role in all aspects of “managing” public funds. Compliance is one of this officer’s most important jobs, and yet we catch him in gross negligence of duty.

Why did he hide the report? He says he didn’t. He says he simply forgot.

Ridiculous.

Even if the hidden report was simply a mistake, you have to wonder

  • what else wasn’t done that should’ve been done?
  • what else was done that shouldn’t have been done?
  • what else is not getting done now?
  • what else is getting done that should not be done?

We don’t know because in Picklefield, secrecy abounds. Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski are kept forever in the dark.

———- ooo ———-

After all this, one wonder how the new mayor, be it John Krol or Peter Marchetti, can keep Kerwood on board.

Krol promises to fire Kufflinks. Marchetti told THE PLANET “I have concerns with the internal controls.” Not good enough.

Marchetti must declare on Kerwood: Thumbs up or thumbs down. Nothing less will suffice.

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How can anyone forget to remember that he forgot to remember?” — Sir Donald Turpentine, Knight of the Bath.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Double Trubull
Double Trubull
7 months ago

What about the DPW Director? Get their opinion on him.

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
7 months ago

A real man says “I’m sorry” when he is wrong. “I apologize” is a cop out. I once knew a plumber who is a great guy but was never on time, like many contractors. His catch phrase was “I apologize”, as he walked through the door, late as usual. And no, he’s not in business for himself anymore.

Red Zone
Red Zone
Reply to  Tax&Spend
7 months ago

He’s known for,…..its in my office.

Craig C Gaetani
Craig C Gaetani
Reply to  Tax&Spend
7 months ago

This whole administration and council has been cloaked in secrecy since the beginning of this fiasco. There is massive lack of fiduciary responsibility that falls squarely on the poor handling and administration by the secretary and certain council members who are complicit in keeping information from the city’s owners, the tax and ratepayers of our beloved pittsfield. This is what happens when the checks and balances method of governance is not exhibited in any way what so ever. I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg and soon we may find even more damaging examples of a runaway administration and council. In the coming election we must hope thaT there is a thorough cleansing of anyone who may be complicit in this run away train that is ready to go off the rails.we must hope for new blood in the administration and on the council in order to save our beloved pittsfield

Tony B
Tony B
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

Zero chance

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  Tax&Spend
7 months ago

Prolly works for the city of Pittsfield.

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.

In The know
In The know
7 months ago

Another big nothing burger. It was on the city website for 7 months! Anyone that wanted to see it just had to go on the city website.

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

Just yet more Valenti b.s. There will be a mountain bike track. Krol and Gaetani will lose. Trump will always be a moron.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
7 months ago

Healy is moving Criminal Aliens into your place, who got deported from Migrants, er Martha’s Vineyard.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

Is the City of Pittsfield better than it was 4 or 8 years ago? The answer is that Pittsfield is in an endless downward spiral of….a shit sandwich.

Does Matt Kerwood aka Kufflinks Cook the Books in Pittsfield politics? The answer is that he secretly shuffles money around various city accounts to continue Pittsfield politics’ 40 year tradition of always increasing municipal spending by 5 percent per fiscal year since Proposition 2.5 became state law in the early-1980s.

Will Peter Marchetti build on Mayor Linda Tyer’s public record in Pittsfield politics? The answer is he would continue predictable Pittsfield politics’ business as usual that treats the fictional Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski working family like a doormat.

Will John Krol change course in Pittsfield politics? The answer is that he will always make utopia-like promises to voters and use banal taglines such as “AUDIT” to criticize his opposition.

How will Pittsfield politics go from the shit show that we all know and hate all too well to a functioning democracy? The answer is NOT Nuciforo’s pot lawsuit against the city that basically argues that Mayor Linda Tyer acted in BAD FAITH on the HCAs with Berkshire Roots. The answer is NOT Barry Clairmont’s recently settled lawsuit against Melissa Mazzeo over FREE SPEECH in a FREE COUNTRY. The answer is NOT 20 percent voter turnout in municipal elections whereby Ward 4 always decides who the next Mayor will be. The answer is NOT Pittsfield politics other name: RETRIBUTION!

Jon Melle

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Letter: “Krol can bring needed change to Pittsfield as mayor”
The Berkshire Eagle, October 17, 2023

To the editor: Pittsfield does not need more of the same.

I hear Peter Marchetti talking about 35 years of experience as a banker and 16 years on the City Council, the last eight as council president. But I wonder: Is the city better than it was four years ago, eight years ago?

He has promised to build on the foundation of what has been done in the previous administration. What exactly is that legacy? Taxes are out of control. We’re not seeing better services. Our schools are struggling. Our downtown is in shambles. Clearly, building on a “foundation” of this record is not going to lead to better results.

John Krol is the choice to bring change, and he has my vote. I ask you to join me in doing the same.

Sue Halpin, Pittsfield

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Holden Caulfield
Holden Caulfield
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

she’s krol’s aunt

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
7 months ago

Why do Pittsfield treasurers have a history of misfeasance, malfeasance, and or obfuscation, from Kiley, to Ruberto and Doyle’s boy Tricky Dick Bordeau, to Eddie Munster, AKA Cufflinks Kerwood?

Follow the money.

Jon Melle
Jon Melle
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

Pittsfield’s Hall of Shame! That is what voter apathy looks like in Palookaville.

Terringup Springside
Terringup Springside
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

Who knew? When we had the bunch in our own back yard?

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
7 months ago

Doyle gave one of his treasurers a $50,000 golden handshake on his way out. Many people thought is was incentive to keep his mouth shut. If so it seems to have worked. Kiley ring a bell?

Mo Money
Mo Money
7 months ago

Is the ARPA money actually spent, or is it merely a line item discrepancy.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

2026.

Guess what?
Guess what?
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

How about a list of recipient of the ARPA funds. Is that list public?

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Guess what?
7 months ago

Not to the fina distribution. They list organizations, but do not indicate which individuals within get the money and tell the story how the funds start with a bag of dollars and become spent.

In The know
In The know
Reply to  Guess what?
7 months ago

Yes

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Guess what?
7 months ago

The information isn’t for anyone who doesn’t have the secret decoder ring and special clearance….you have to be able to find the bunker and be there and the scheduled time for the 5 minute meeting doling out millions to their friends….are you a friend?

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

Dan, Krol and Gaetani are going down in flames. Why do you support these dolts?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
7 months ago

And Trump

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  The school committee
7 months ago

How did You enjoy the Hamas rally/celebration?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
7 months ago

I back the safety and security of Israel against the Hamas terrorists attack.A small mind will not understand the powerless Palestinians are just shield for the terrorist attack and some people want to bring attention to the innocent victims of this on going hell.Democracy must prevail around the world .Israel Ukraine Taiwan Hungary and America are vulnerable.Conservative are leaning Authoritarian in America

Mustard Seed
Mustard Seed
7 months ago

Second grade curriculum includes the ancestor piece, this is where They separate the wheat from the chaff.

Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly
7 months ago

The big question is did he get the router number correct ?

tax slayer
tax slayer
7 months ago

It does not matter that the document was not directly e-mailed to the councilors.

The document is posted to a public website at regular intervals and was again this time.

I get it that the councilors would appreciate the courtesy of a notice, but do they really have to be spoon-fed the exact date of the delivery when the councilors know roughly when it will be delivered? That’s not a slight on the councilors; but if they needed it for their work, they could have asked for it or looked on the public website.

The author is trying to make a mountain out of a molehill and mischaracterizing a public posting of a document. Five stars for instigating the proletariat. Zero stars for journalistic integrity.

ChattyCathy
ChattyCathy
Reply to  tax slayer
7 months ago

I agree Tax Slayer with that assessment. To me this is not a story at all but yet another political ploy by Dan to support his chosen candidate.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  tax slayer
7 months ago

Incorrect.

In The know
In The know
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

Not a claim, the truth. You can look it up and see the date it was posted. You are almost 8 months late.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  In The know
7 months ago

So you are saying the current councilors and mayor knew of financial malfeasance for 7 months and did nothing?????

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  In The know
7 months ago

What’s your date for posting the reports?

Word
Word
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

Metadata

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

Can we review the data from the website to prove it was posted when he stated he posted it…has to have a time stamp in the code…not that I don’t take them at their word because they wouldn’t lie to the taxpayer

Tony B
Tony B
Reply to  tax slayer
7 months ago

We all know there’s a few councilors who need to be spoon fed, and even then they can’t digest it. One of them is a Kronic poster here.

SNARK SHARK
SNARK SHARK
7 months ago

What about the mayor? Did SHE know? And if SHE knew would it not be her ethical responsibility to at the very least share it with the city council president?

There is no way Kerwood would NOT share this with the mayor who may have actually known about it even before he did.

Whatever is going on or not going on I find it remarkable that the people investigating fire truck repairs and police misdeeds in OTHER Berkshire towns seem to be completely ignoring this seemedly important issue. Perhaps I should have looked under the headline NOTHING TO SEE HERE IN THE TYER ADMISTRATION.

Dopplegangers anonymous
Dopplegangers anonymous
7 months ago

Which mayoral candidate most resembles Otis Cambell?

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Red Zone
Red Zone
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

So a picture that supposedly reflects an image of obesity and or a drunk is to compare it to which candidate it most resembles? That’s what it comes down to ?

Both parties must be proud of the two candidates we have for mayor. Especially if it takes making fun of either candidate. Taxpayers on the edge and homeowners especially are F….. period.

Isn’t anyone aware the current mayor raised taxes 8 plus percent?

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Red Zone
7 months ago

Which mayor lives like this girl

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RaymondNorman
RaymondNorman
7 months ago

Since homosapien had its very beginnings in Africa, I’d like to go and explore my roots. Can’t wait for my ARPA check!

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  RaymondNorman
7 months ago

Cool your jets Ray. Unless you’re a connected black male or female in Picklefield, you’re not getting a penny.

And if you’re a white male, as Alex Blumin found out when he applied for a “Vibe it up” North Street business loan from the BBEC, your told where you can shove your ROPES. And it’s certainty not the way you want to “explore your roots” either.

Sunflower
Sunflower
7 months ago

The past 3 or 4 days there has been big chunks (hours) of information cut out of the Pittsfield Police Department Daily Log. So, wonder what is the Tyer/Marchetti Administration is trying to hide from the taxpayers now?

Red Zone
Red Zone
Reply to  Sunflower
7 months ago

Maybe the I t guy-f upped again.

Red Zone
Red Zone
Reply to  Sunflower
7 months ago

I remember when they used to put it in the Berkshire Eagle the accounts the dates times the judgments.

Red Zone
Red Zone
Reply to  Red Zone
7 months ago

The debate last night at Kate’s Colonial was a joke.

Red Zone
Red Zone
Reply to  Sunflower
7 months ago

The Governor and Lt.Governor have endorsed Marchetti.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Red Zone
7 months ago

Two more good reason NOT to vote for him. They have a couple thousand extra immigrants they need housing, food and medical for don’t they?
My guess is that he made a deal with them and the newcomers will be arriving by the busload the day after the election if he gets in. Just like Chicago, just like New York City, just like Boston. Overwhelming resources, food pantry s, Emergency rooms any available housing, motels and maybe even senior housing which is now available to anyone of any age.

Am I joking this time? Un uh, I am not. Quite a plausible if not likely scenario. In fact that is exactly the way politics works.

Go, Figure!
Go, Figure!
Reply to  snark shark
7 months ago

Justin had a horse.

Joe Mac
Joe Mac
Reply to  snark shark
7 months ago

100% What’s the Governor’s biggest headache right now? All the migrants in eastern MA. She definitely put it on the table.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Red Zone
7 months ago

Crooked politicians endorse crooked politicians.

John Dutton
John Dutton
7 months ago

If the City can scrape together 12,000 voters in the general election ..

The Results : Book it!

Beer Gut Pete 7,400

Sticky fingers Krol 4,600

Nobody really wins unfortunately.

Terringup Springside
Terringup Springside
Reply to  John Dutton
7 months ago

I don’t give a crap who are you guys elect I’m out of here.

Confusion and Delay-Knee
Confusion and Delay-Knee
Reply to  Terringup Springside
7 months ago

That tears ittt !!!

Terringup Springside
Terringup Springside
Reply to  John Dutton
7 months ago

Bottom line those 13000 will e voting for Higher Taxes and Higher everything. Like the post above taxes were raised eight percent and water rates don’t even talk about. You are now Officially screwed with either candidate. UnFortunately for Krol he’s damaged goods and persona non grata going forward.

Terringup Springside
Terringup Springside
Reply to  John Dutton
7 months ago

I don’t think Krol gives a crap

4,600
4,600
Reply to  John Dutton
7 months ago

W/ some Puerto Rican girls that’s just dyin’ to meet you
We’re gonna bring a case of wine
Hey, let’s go mess and fool around
You know, like we used to”

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

Mayor Linda Tyer and Governor Maura Healey both endorse Peter Marchetti for Mayor of Pittsfield politics 2023.

https://www.wamc.org/news/2023-10-18/healey-endorses-marchetti-over-krol-in-pittsfield-mayoral-election-hell-make-a-terrific-mayor

Terringup Springside
Terringup Springside
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

That’s more than once you’ve said this Dan. We means you’re usually right.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

Hopefully-if not, you know Pete was just promised a nice chunk of “grant money,” to ease the states burden of where to house illegal aliens.

Hypocrites like Kindergarden and snark will talk about the “respect” Joe Xiden brought back to the US.

Yet, they won’t take in an illegal alien or three into their homes. Why not?

NIMBY the true liberal mantra.

I make ZERO bones about it. I DON’T want them in my neighborhood or country.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
7 months ago

Well, Markus, I’m glad the country didn’t feel that way when YOUR immigrant ancestors wanted to come here to escape their economic and political travail.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Kindergarden
7 months ago

Until you take an illegal alien in your home, your words and statements are empty.

You’re just a typical older, white liberal, who certainly doesn’t preach what he practices.

Translation: hypocrite.

NIMBY the liberal mantra.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Kindergarden
7 months ago

MY immigrant ancestors came over to the United States, LEGALLY Professor.

I’m fully aware that the line between LEGAL and ILLEGAL blurs when it doesn’t support your progressive, liberal, agenda.

That’s called a two-tiered system of justice usually found in a banana republic, South American country.

That is until Joe Xiden stole the election. Now we are THAT banana republic.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
7 months ago

Well, Markus and Dan, anyone who believes Trump beat Biden doesn’t have full control of their faculties.

As for the immigrants, I’m for only legal immigration, just like for our ancestors. Your presumption that you only accept immigrants if they can live in your own house is ridiculous. Under that thinking, I guess you’d never be in favor of any immigrants, right Markus?

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Kindergarden
7 months ago

Not until they are properly vetted and go through the LEGAL process. Until then, they can stay in Mexico or anywhere else for that matter. But not in the US.

The liberal colleges all seem to back Hamas and their attack on Israel. So much so, that Victoria’s Secret is pulling their funding from Harvard’s Kennedy Business School.

Wexner billionaires pull funding for Harvard University after student groups blame Israel – YouTube

Where do you stand Professor? Do you stand with your fellow liberal professor’s and their stance for Hamas terrorists? Or are you a rebel?

NIMBY the liberal mantra.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
7 months ago

So, you will let them stay in your house if they are legal?

Like you, Markus, I believe Hamas is the provocateur and needs to be eliminated. No college or university I know supports Hamas. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the university takes the position of some of their student and teacher protesters.

Last edited 7 months ago by Kindergarden
Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
7 months ago

BS

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Kindergarden
7 months ago

CRIMINAL ALIENS, not migrants nor refugees

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

The far leftists have chosen their anointed one who will do their bidding.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Pat
7 months ago

Not to worry. If far right Jordan gets the speakers job he will be in an even better position to do another insurrection and, well, practice makes perfect. Not sure if you are on his mailing list or not but one of the MAGA folk will probably send you an invite when they settle on a date.
Hang in there.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  snark shark
7 months ago

There was an insurrection yesterday at the Capitol. Congressmen were warned to stay in office before policed cleaned it up.

Fortunately, it was not as serious an event that burned down the US Consulate in Beirut yesterday. As I say, Americans suck at insurrections.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Linda R.
7 months ago

Ok, wrong verb form. Was burning down, as in, they were burning down the consulate in Bengazi.

Good thing they didn’t rely on the State Dept. and had water canons. Also good they chose a spot with a French embassy nearby.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

Haaa! To be continued…

“I’m always struck when I drive through here at the beautiful bones of so many buildings that need a little TLC — in some instances, some serious investment,” she said”

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

Some serious “taxpayer investment”?

The kind of investment Stanley got? THAT kind of investment? Milltown investment?

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Empty Set
7 months ago

“Cutting Taxes – Saving Residents Money”

How does one get those six people in a room? Answer: $4,100,000,000.

A lot of old bones are going to get a lot of kitchens, bathrooms, and TLC. In turn, their values will rise and the owners will get to pay a greater sum in taxes, which they shall pass on to their tenants.

Last edited 7 months ago by Charles Kronick
Jon Doe
Jon Doe
7 months ago

Hey Dan,

Your writing style is what I would have expected of you when the Krol fiasco unraveled. In fact, you could change a few words in each of your sentences and apply them to Krol.

Why did he hide the report? He says he didn’t. He says he simply forgot.
Ridiculous.
Even if the hidden report was simply a mistake, you have to wonder

  • what else wasn’t done that should’ve been done?
  • what else was done that shouldn’t have been done?
  • what else is not getting done now?
  • what else is getting done that should not be done?
In The know
In The know
Reply to  Jon Doe
7 months ago

Of course Dan is a Krol buddy. He thinks it’s going to get him something, like legitimacy.

Not once did Dan get a scoop from Krol, it was just press releases.

Terringup Springside
Terringup Springside
Reply to  Jon Doe
7 months ago

Yup and (hiding) reports? Is your name really Jon Doe?

Tony B
Tony B
7 months ago

So it has been on the website but not emailed to councilors. Big whoop. Move on..

Really
Really
7 months ago

Dan
Just watched debate at colonial. Buried in there is Marchetti is talking about adding a city meal tax.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Really
7 months ago

Do you remember when Jimmy Ruberto debated Mayor Sara Hathaway 20 years ago and he said he had a Rolodex? Nothing has topped it yet.

Terringup Springside
Terringup Springside
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

You did and a good job. The old goat on t b r isn’t interviewing candidates but talking how great this Lew Markham was as a councilor and what he wants in a candidate? I like this Wrinn in ward three seems very honest and forthright. He had to interrupt Stooge a couple times to politely shut up.

snar shark
snar shark
Reply to  Really
7 months ago

Seriously? He is not even mayor yet and he is proposing new taxes? Aren’t restaurants struggling enough as it is? New ones closing every day?

If a guy tries to tell you who is he…. BELIEVE HIM and Pete likes taxes…lots and lots of taxes.

Benigno Numine
Benigno Numine
Reply to  Really
7 months ago

is it available online?

Last edited 7 months ago by Benigno Numine
snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Benigno Numine
7 months ago

You can get a redacted copy from the mayor

Pitt Romney
Pitt Romney
Reply to  Really
7 months ago

The city already has a meal tax. You would think Marchetti, in all of his financial expertise, knows this already.

https://ecode360.com/15967400

Cry baby
Cry baby
7 months ago

The next Mayor has been picked, Peter Marchetti. Choosen by the States most elite. 4.1 billion dollars and the housing crisis will be solved says the Governor. Peter Marchetti will welcome all the illegal aliens we can’t handle. Time to move from this sanctuary, right to shelter state.

The school committee
The school committee
7 months ago

We need to stop subsidizing North Street.Wr need to understand there are only 12 cars at the 16 million biotechnology building and Milltown gets free rent to occupy it.The weeds around the GE development and Woodlawn Ave are depressing……Does anyone know which candidate supports a new stadium?

Last edited 7 months ago by The school committee
Terringup Springside
Terringup Springside
Reply to  The school committee
7 months ago

No stadium. No toters.

The school committee
The school committee
7 months ago

Marchetti is for crazy high taxes.Krol said he will do a deep audit.I will vote for Krol at this point.If Krol is for the new Stadium I will vote Marchetti

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
7 months ago

The Eagle running the Flat Tyer/Pete Marchetti interference piece, so the missing ARPA money doesn’t haunt Pete.

The best line of this whole article comes from Flat Tyer. It’s the paragraph just above the “What the audit found” header.

Speaking about the missing ARPA money, Flat Tyer states, “It’s ironic that it’s become an issue quite, frankly……making every substantial claim that they know nothing about.”

Could it be that the ARPA committee and their vetting process is kept in secret Flat is why we know NOTHING about it? Why is that?

Oh yeah, remember when Flat Tyer created a “safe space” for the ARPA committee so they could work in collaboration with each other and feel safe?

Translation: SECRET COMMITTEE-NO PUBLIC IMPUT.

How about asking how AJ Enchill was on the ARPA committee and awarded himself and his fake “company,” the BBEC $750,000.

By the end of the article, Flat Tyer blames it on a “bookkeeping error.” Isn’t it always with the Flat Tyer administration? Wasn’t that the same excuse Ricky Rumpus used during the snowstorm/plowing debacle awhile back too? A “bookkeeping error.”

A vote for Pete Marchetti will continue the Flat Tyer nonsense.

An audit of Pittsfield’s ARPA funds revealed a ‘significant deficiency’ in its reporting. Here’s what city leaders said about the report | Central Berkshires | berkshireeagle.com

Last edited 7 months ago by Markus Aurelius
Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
7 months ago

The news that the Eagle did not report is that it took an irregular audit that was prompted by the ARPA grants to discover this error: the admins reported twice a major spending project. It was not caught internally. In accounting, the longer you wait to correct an error, the more difficult and costly it becomes to fix it.

Scanlon certainly earned their keep.

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

And her input on the subject screams out for a forensic audit. Everything about this administration screams out for a forensic audit.

Krol says he will do one if elected. I do not believe him BUT if he was serious he should have been shopping around for far away independent deep dive audit firms by now. Has he done this and if so what companies is he looking at and how soon will they be available?

I need meat on the bones Mr Krol. Just saying you will do one does not carry a whole lot of weight with me. Just before you said you would do one Dan came on here and suggested it was OK and pretty much expected for politicians to lie. Lord knows Marchetti is doing his share.

Terringup Springside
Terringup Springside
Reply to  Empty Set
7 months ago

You buffoons wanted her as mayor. You got her.

Terringup Springside
Terringup Springside
Reply to  Empty Set
7 months ago

Debate tonight teachers forum. If you can’t make it physical you can twittle your thumbs cuz they ain’t showing it live anywhere.

Terringup Springside
Terringup Springside
Reply to  Terringup Springside
7 months ago

Your worried about a few hundred grand to send trash elsewhere? But ok to give a cool million for dancing in another continent?

Terringup Springside
Terringup Springside
Reply to  Terringup Springside
7 months ago

By the way state policy discourages tax reduction.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

Sidney Powell pleads guilty in GA election interference case.

They are starting to fall.

Sidney Powell pleads guilty in Georgia election interference case (msn.com)

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

If only Biden would fall with them.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Pat
7 months ago

Biden falls wherever he hobbles. Stairs are almost an insurmountable obstacle.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Mad Trapper
7 months ago

Trump never got his combover wet

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Pat
7 months ago

Of course, he won’t fall with them because he is not one of them.

The school committee
The school committee
7 months ago

Sidney Powell plead guilty in GEORGIA

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

Sarcasm: I wish to thank Jerome Powell for telling us that U.S. inflation is still too high!

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

he’s on the ball

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

5 corporate food monopolies,3 oil companies, and 1 running refinery

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

He thinks making poor people lose their job is the only answer to inflation.Price gouging and Monopoly laws being enforced will do the job.

Holden Caulfield
Holden Caulfield
7 months ago

This entire conversation would never have taken place had the applicants name been Jennifer Smith rather that Jenifer Kerwood,

The school committee
The school committee
7 months ago

Krol wants a 40 million dollar new Stadium I am told and there are sewer line repairs in the road that are not put back in like new condition.Sidewaks on Deborah Dan Donna are unsafe and overgrown by weeds. Pick ball courts for 4 million.Sidewalks for safety ….no money

The school committee
The school committee
7 months ago

Krol wins with audits and no new stadium.Allendale school is in a poison wetland of cancer