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!! VOTE TODAY !! … IT ALL COMES DOWN TO TOMORROW … THE PLANET’S FINAL CAMPAIGN REMARKS plus ENDORSEMENTS

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

ADD 1 TUESDAY Election Day — It’s been a long, tiring campaign for both candidates. It culminates today.

THE PLANET hopes that if you have the vote, you exercise that precious franchise. We won’t get into the rah-rah about how men and women have given their lives. You already know that. At the same time, don’t take lightly this constitutional privilege.

Vote. That’s all you can do. After that it’s out of your hands.

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY NOV. 6, 2023) — It all comes down to tomorrow, Election Day, in the dirtiest campaign in muni memory. We shall all need long, hot showers after this one.

Team Marchetti, with a healthy assist from the local daily, began the slimefest with the hit piece against John Krol, published Sept. 20, the day after the primary.

Victoria May filing her sexual harassment lawsuit Sept. 11 naming Peter Marchetti on several counts, along with Pittsfield Cooperative Bank CEO “Jay” Anderson and senior VP “Chip” Moore, made it important for the Marchetti people to publish the Animal Dreams story ASAP.

They couldn’t risk being preempted by news of the lawsuit. Give them credit. They managed to keep news of the suit quiet until late in the game, when THE PLANET spoiled the no-hitter.

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Despite Peter Marchetti’s personal pledge in our March sit-down together (available on THE PLANET‘s YouTube Channel, PLANET VALENTI VIDEO), his team didn’t campaign that way.  The Machiavelli in THE PLANET musters an understanding of the tactic bordering on admiration. It shows a win at all costs mentality. Isn’t that the point of an election? You can’t govern if you don’t win.

The Voice of the Little Guy in us, however, decries the shunting aside of “what’s right” that winning can foment in the desirous heart. Such behavior automatically shifts our enthusiasms for the underdog. That’s John Krol.

And what of Peter Marchetti’s job status? Currently, he says he’s “on leave” from his six-figure job at Pittsfield Cooperative Bank (he’ll have to take a pay cut, he says, if he becomes mayor, meaning he’ll have to scrape by on $105,698 + bennies). Sources claiming Anderson as a source says yes he’s been fired and no he hasn’t.

No one, though, has answered the only relevant question: Does Marchetti have his job waiting for him at the Co-Op should he lose tomorrow to Krol? Likely the only way we’ll know for sure is if Marchetti loses.

Since our revelation about the lawsuit, Marchetti’s advisers have told Peter to avoid contacting THE PLANET or responding to our queries. This signals that they see their boy to be in the lead. They’re playing the free-vent defense.

THE PLANET gets that, as well. If we were advising him, we would tell him the same thing. The message: “Don’t you dare say anything to THE PLANET. You are in the lead. Valenti’s not afraid to probe, and you rattle easily. You have nothing to gain and everything to lose.” The journalist in us, though, loathes that type of backing in, that running away from accountability and transparency.

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Will Marchetti win? Let’s put it this way: It’s his to lose. Of course, that’s how it was in his first bid for mayor. It was his to lose, and he lost.

Will he do so again? The answer depends on how successfully Krol has energized his core and how effective that base was at evangelization. Team Krol relied a lot on door-to-door, person-to-person canvassing, banking on word of mouth: 1 tells 2, 2 tells 4, 4 tells 8 and so on.

If they bring new voters to the polls tomorrow in sufficient quantity, Krol scores an upset. If turnout hovers in the usual dismal range, practice saying “Mayor Marchetti.”

THE PLANET wishes both men good luck.

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THE PLANET’s ENDORSEMENTS 

MAYOR

We endorse Krol. He has offered specific, pragmatic solutions to the city’s ulcerations. The two most important are his promise of audits for the general ledgers and the suspicious (and capricious) ARPA freebies. Marchetti has avoided specifics, choosing to play it safe with boilerplate, cliches, and gobbledygook.

ENDORSEMENT: KROL FOR MAYOR.

CITY COUNCIL, WARD RACES

The incumbents in Wards 1, 4, and 5 are running unopposed. Warren, Conant, and Kavey will vote for themselves and win in a landslide.

WARD 2: Alex Blumin v. Brittany Bandini. Blumin has been active in city politics, earning the role of super citizen. He immigrated from the Ukraine legally, learned the language, and became an entrepreneur. What’s not to like? Bandini is a lawyer. Insert your own joke.

ENDORSEMENT: BLUMIN IN WARD 2

WARD 3: Matt Wrinn vs. Bill Tyer. Wrinn has shown the right amount of “tin tin” by at least campaigning. Tyer has been a no-show. No one deserves to win that way.

ENDORSEMENT: WRINN IN WARD 3

WARD 6: Craig Gaetani vs. Dina Lampiasi (I). Gaetani needs no introduction. No private citizens attends more meetings or dares to question city policy than Craig Gaetani. Moreover, he brings acute scientific know-how to the show, and he will use that to help straighten out the mess the city has made of water and sewer. Lampiasi has a track record. Nuff Ced. It’s the citizens and taxpayers who will lose if she wins another term.

ENDORSEMENT: GAETANI IN WARD 6

WARD 7: Rhonda Serre vs. Tony Maffuccio. Spunky Serre wears the pants in the race. She’s got a loud personality and won’t be afraid to speak out and speak up. On what side of the issues? Who knows, but anything’s better than the “no show” lame effort put inky Maffuccio, whose political shelf life expired about two years ago.

ENDORSEMENT: SERRE IN WRD 7

AT-LARGE: Pete White, Craig Benoit, Kathy Amuso, Dan Miraglia, Alisa Costa, Earl Persip, Lucas Marion. Vote for four.

ENDORSEMENT: BULLET VOTE FOR BENOIT AND MIRAGLIA.

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Every vote will count. Some will be counted twice. Some will be counted that should be not counted because of ballot improprieties. Of course, who are we to question election miracles, where for one day every four years, the dead come back to life to cast ballots?

Happy voting!

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The process of voting contains with it moral certainty” — Sir Donald Turpentine, Knight of the Bath.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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DB
DB
7 months ago

Bill Tyer didn’t wimp out of the debate. He was recovering from serious surgery when his recovery slowed and he had to be readmitted to the hospital. He’s doing well now.

Last edited 7 months ago by DB
Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  DB
7 months ago

The man is still a Putz.

If he ran for school committee he most surely would have won. He is so dumb he didn’t realize that and ran for Ward 3 where he stood no chance.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

Putz? He is a good man who has been through some difficult life trials and still has raised a beautiful family. I know.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Optimus Prime
7 months ago

When one putz calls his brother a putz, we know for a fact that one is.

North Street Nomad
North Street Nomad
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

You are the PUTZ PRINCE!

Alfalfa
Alfalfa
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

Why does Wrinn exclude the fact that he tends bar at a seedy joint from his resume?

Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
Reply to  Alfalfa
7 months ago

I mean Capitanio did, Sherman did, Tyer probably lived in a seedy bar to some extent while Ward 3 counselor. Which establishment can I find him in?

Bill Tyer
Bill Tyer
Reply to  Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
7 months ago

A) I was not elected to a ward councilor (yet).

Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
Reply to  Bill Tyer
7 months ago

Sorry Bill, I meant Linda. Glad you are on the mend and best of luck in the election

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Alfalfa
7 months ago

Not relevant for the job. (I’m guessing that’s what he thinks)

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

It was his choice to mention his work and exclude some of it. Makes it look like he’s not soproud of it.

Bill Tyer
Bill Tyer
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

Mr. World, i look forward to seeing your name, real name on a ballot soon.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  Bill Tyer
7 months ago

I’m not that dumb.

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

Nope. You chose a simpler path.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

October surgery. He did what he could.

Last edited 7 months ago by Charles Kronick
Bill Tyer
Bill Tyer
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

Thank You Charles, In my defense, Yes, I wasn’t physically on the “trail” for the last month. I was having and recovering from Lung surgeries. What I had hoped would have been a simple in and out procedure, turned into complications, more trips to the operating room, and a month of in hospital treatment. After coming home Oct 27th, I was taken back to BMC with Pneumonia. During this time, I was not totally absent, I was always informed about issues within ward 3 and the city as a whole. I was able to still get neighborhood drainage problems looked at, pot holes filled in a timely manor, made sure streets were paved and worked with others on the future paving schedule for next year. I talked with many about the needs relative to the good, bad and the ugliest involving the city budget and how the process can improve in the future. I also managed to do a meet and greet, raised little, but some campaign funds, and put out a small mailing. I would have loved to have campaigned harder, more physically, but it wasn’t in the cards this election cycle. This is not an excuse, just an explanation. I have never ever in the 40 years of public service experience cared thing one about a publications endorsement, nor have I out right avoided questions from the press or voters. I ask the voters, for their endorsement and consideration when they vote.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Bill Tyer
7 months ago

Hope for a good recovery, Bill. Good luck.

Tt2
Tt2
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

He had live saving lung surgery and spent almost a month in the hospital.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

Hello blogger Dan Valenti,

Things got UGLY – even F*ugly – in Pittsfield politics in 2023. The Berkshire Eagle lived up to its yellow rag status by dropping a half-truth filled bombshell on John Krol, who was never charged with a crime in his life. Peter Marchetti plays the sweetheart gay man card, but the sex discrimination hostile workplace violations complaints in Federal Court, along with the named and unnamed people alleging John Krol is an EMBEZZLER, showed his dark side. If a would-be Mayor Peter Marchetti calls women city employees “BITCH”, then it will be the taxpayers will be paying for his temper tantrums. I cannot endorse either John Krol or Peter Marchetti for Mayor of Pittsfield politics. It is “A Tale of Two Weasels”!

Every citywide election going back decades is always decided by Ward 4, which is Pittsfield’s wealthiest Ward. Ward 3 is also a solid voting block. The other 5 city Wards focus more on their respective City Councilors’ elections. There are usually one or two dissenting voices and votes on the City Council, but the fix is always in.

The Pittsfield School Committee is Exhibit A in FAILURE! They oversee Level 5 public schools – the WORST rating – and they see over 650 students per academic school year choice out to neighboring public school districts. They charge taxpayers top dollar – well over $100 million per fiscal year by some estimates – in return for rock bottom results. They choose insider-only public school district administrators who go along with the Mayor and School Committee members instead of improving the academic performance of the public school system.

I disliked Josh Landes of WAMC’s radio news hit piece on Alex Blumin. He portrayed Alex Blumin as an intimidating and threatening person in Pittsfield politics. Unlike Peter Marchetti allegedly calling bank employees: “BITCH”, I haven’t heard of Alex Blumin calling city employees; “BITCH”. Alex Blumin is eccentric and passionate about municipal government matters. He is a conservative voice in a liberal city and state. A while back, Josh Landes of WAMC also unfavorably covered Charles Ivar Kronick. All three good men are Jewish.

Jimmy Ruberto’s letter endorsing John Krol for Mayor seemed to call out Mayor Linda Tyer for leading the city is the wrong direction, but claiming that a would-be John Krol could right the ship like he did in the mid-2000s. Jimmy Ruberto was a failure as Mayor of Pittsfield, but to be fair the 2008 economic recession was the worst downturn since the Great Depression in the 1930s. After Jimmy Ruberto’s 8 years as Mayor of Pittsfield, it is clear that he did not deliver on most of his campaign promises. Jimmy Ruberto was a Linda Tyer for Mayor supporter in 2015 and 2019. I wonder what happened between them over the past couple of years. Jimmy Ruberto signs his letters from Lenox (Mass.) and Naples, Florida, NOT from Pittsfield!

Lastly, the real winners in Pittsfield politics will be Mayor Linda Tyer and Matt Kerwood after they both retire in early-January 2024 and then collect their 6-figure city public pensions plus perks for life. Sarcasm: Congratulations to those two weasels for cashing in!

Jon Melle

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

Jon, you need to update your sources. JR lives in Punta Gorda, not Naples.

WTF
WTF
Reply to  Kindergarden
7 months ago

But does he have investments in Pittsfield? Is he still on the museum board for instance? Why would he want Krol so bad??

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

Thank you JM for words of Truth. Eccentric and passionate are spot on.

Last edited 7 months ago by Charles Kronick
Susan
Susan
7 months ago

Ty Dan. You are appreciated by the people that like the truth. See you soon. Have a great day.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
7 months ago

My vote will go to the people who state they will investigate the 2 ladies who oversaw the ARPA money and what they did to deserve $100,000. Also who will push for an audit of all the city finances, who will work to consolidate the schools and sell some of their buildings. I will also vote for the people who will invigorate the city to get businesses to move/start here, lower taxes and BE TRANSPARENT!! Also the people who I will vote for will allow citizens to talk before the city council meeting and they will pay attention and show respect.
I guess that means I will be voting for people not on the ballot!!

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
7 months ago

Dan is a very good scribe.

tax slayer
tax slayer
7 months ago

Krol. Gaetani. Blumin.

Birds of a feather.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  tax slayer
7 months ago

Win or loose Marchetti has vowed to share his secret dealing with bitches, with the dog officer

North Street Nomad
North Street Nomad
Reply to  tax slayer
7 months ago

Marchetti is a pigeon who shits on your hood

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  North Street Nomad
7 months ago

Maybe that’s why The Parrot likes him so much.

Birds of a feather……..

That girl
That girl
7 months ago

This is the most exciting race Pittsfield has had in decades. Real change needs to take place or all good families will end up leaving, leaving a cesspool of government funded bottom dwellers, and that’s exactly what the Marchetti team is striving for. They don’t care about the people here, they care about their bank accounts and they all know it.

WTF
WTF
Reply to  That girl
7 months ago

It is pretty much a foregone conclusion that either of these guys will disappoint in a big way. We know it and they know it. We are concerned, they are not. We have different goals. Sadly, there is no longer any way to stop this ill fated train wreck. Therefore.
What taxpayers really need at this moment is someone, preferably with some legal experience, to take the reins and so some research on a recall effort. Do the legwork and prep. Wave it in the face of whomever becomes mayor AND CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT. And at the first sign of things going sideways start the goddamn process. Some of you will want to comment that this thinking is premature. It is not. Again. It is not.

Side Muntkins
Side Muntkins
Reply to  That girl
7 months ago

Gaetani is for ward six. She has done absolutely nothing but street signs for out of towners. That’s it.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
7 months ago

It has been one big Wanker Palooza of an election year in Pittsfield for sure this year!

Side Muntkins
Side Muntkins
Reply to  Optimus Prime
7 months ago

So where is the ethics commission or the electoral policy laws? Where are they exactly as far as letting two questionable and possible future court decisions concerning these accusations of impropriety against the two candidates? These are serious charges if convicted. And more serious considering either could be your Mayor? Doesn’t the voter have the right to know?

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Side Muntkins
7 months ago

Ethics went out the window long ago and no one can find them again.

Side Muntkins,
Side Muntkins,
Reply to  Optimus Prime
7 months ago

You gotta Laugh at that question and answers in the at-large debate, you pick a number supposedly you don’t know what the questions gonna be? Think about? if you know the question by the number that’s it’s inside the envelope you pick the number. Heres my point,iwhy don’t they just have 10 blank envelopes in a hat and have the moderator just pick out an envelope after shuffling them. That would relieve all doubt. Seemed at least two council candidates were really prepared to answer after choosing their numbers.

RaymondNorman
RaymondNorman
Reply to  Side Muntkins,
7 months ago

Imagine if one of the candidates who wasn’t Yelp crybaby Luke randomly chose the “”how did you manage to wiggle out of those multiple dissemination charges” question. Oh wait, no-one is asking about that…

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Side Muntkins,
Side Muntkins,
Reply to  Optimus Prime
7 months ago

Lampiasi stated at a debate that it doesn’t matter to her how frequently we have a death? Concerning the west street traffic. Are the same Dina west street lawn sign supporters actually agree with that statement? Are you aware she even said that. Ludicrous at best.

Furu Whunu
Furu Whunu
Reply to  Side Muntkins,
7 months ago

Yeah heard that? A Rolodex, or aberration moment? Dan?

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Optimus Prime
7 months ago

You were able to foresee the future!! Yes Pittsfield did get the shaft this year…I guess the voters like being little “b”s

Pat
Pat
7 months ago

I have no doubt that Marchetti will win now since all we have learned in the last few weeks. The Pittsfield School Department is all excited about Marchetti so something happened in that meeting held privately between the candidates and the school personnel and then what was going on with nursing home ballots.

Last edited 7 months ago by Pat
Sunflower
Sunflower
7 months ago

Thought you stated you were going to have breaking news today about Marchetti? Noticed you removed that statement sometime over the weekend. Did someone from his camp threaten you also?

Side Muntkins,
Side Muntkins,
Reply to  Sunflower
7 months ago

Let’s all understand that all of the mayors inniatives weren’t invented by herself. The city council votes Favorably no matter what they are. But how many of these gobsig initiatives are also brought forward by the city councilors themselves. Take a survey and you’ll be suprised at how many ideas we’re also ratified by these six,and how many were shot down that the minority of five.wanted. That’s why it’s critical to get someone on the city Council to balance the vote by changing it,.the council. Vote newcomers.

Both White and Persip were against forensic audit. All at-large are for that.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Sunflower
7 months ago

Dan already broke the news on the second story on Marchetti on Friday. That was the nursing home ballot controversy that he is under investigation now.

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Sunflower
Sunflower
Reply to  Pat
7 months ago

Thanks Pat, I must have mis-read his earlier heading. I thought there was one more story to come, which wouldn’t surprise me. My apologies Dan, just looking out for you.

Lenny
Lenny
7 months ago

Bullet vote Beloit for at large councilor. Miraglia wants to tax use of city lakes!

Krol is unemployed, owns no property in the city, and allegedly made TEN withdrawals from a charity to cover his personal & business debts. Did he ever pay his business taxes? Why did he haul out of the city back in 2019? He has a history of making empty promises.

And remember Dan’s words – “lies win elections.” Consider the facts and not Dan’s opinions.

Get out and vote! Can’t wait for this election to be over!

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Lenny
7 months ago

Are you voting for bitch boy?

Furu Whunu
Furu Whunu
Reply to  Lenny
7 months ago

Your not giving us a choice for mayor,why vote? Lampiasi actually said this. I don’t care how frequently people die? You can’t take that one back.

Sonny
Sonny
7 months ago

Gaetani-Miraglia-Benoit-Blumin-Wrin or leave things the same listening to the Whites+Persips who love to spend your money while pushing an agenda that has destroyed this City Can’t change the mayor but you can assure no Rubber Stamping Council

Das Prost
Das Prost
7 months ago

This race is the equivalent of Andrea Harrington and Ronaldo Del Gallo running for DA, both suck in their own unique ways!

John Dutton
John Dutton
Reply to  Das Prost
7 months ago

The Current DA gets a D so far

The Senator D

The state rep F

The Sheriff C doesn’t really do anything

The Mayor C-

City Council D

Police Chief C

This city is an absolute Mess! Now one of these two clowns will take over.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  John Dutton
7 months ago

Nobody will respect your grading if you give Tyer anything but an F,,,she will go down as the worse mayor ever,,,she out did Doyle by a mile, as you even said by saying the city is a mess

Cry baby
Cry baby
7 months ago

Change is what is needed. So vote Krol, Blumin,Wrinn,Gautani, Serra, vote Benoit, marigilia, marion. I beleive we should go back to 2 year mayor term. Term limits for councilors. Replace city finance director and audit books.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Cry baby
7 months ago

I agree. 2 year term for mayor in case we get stuck with a dud. My family is voting Krol and the ones that Dan mentioned for At-Large seats.

Last edited 7 months ago by Pat
WTF
WTF
Reply to  Cry baby
7 months ago

Change is what is needed. But not like when you change a babies diaper and he proceeds to immediately shit in the new one. Marchetti is Tyer. And diapers are expensive. We need a mayor who is potty trained and won’t shit all over us again.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
7 months ago

Think before you vote! At this point in his life, Krol is looking to build equity!

Ray Ovac
Ray Ovac
Reply to  Kindergarden
7 months ago

Marchetti can serve one term and he’ll earn a six figure pension because of the way the pension system works. He’ll be living large on the Kapanski’s dime for the next 30 years. Benigno Numine indeed.

Benigno Numine
Benigno Numine
Reply to  Ray Ovac
7 months ago

Huh?

John Dutton
John Dutton
7 months ago

Horrific turnout

Beer Gut Pete : 5,325

Sticky fingers Krol: 3,950

Nobody really wins

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

It is The Gavel Pete versus The Embezzler Krol.

Side Muntkins,
Side Muntkins,
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

Backed by the Heavy Weights Trish Tax and Linda Spend.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Side Muntkins,
7 months ago

You can’t credit Linda Spend without paying tribute to Dirty Barry.

Pittsfield’s top vigilante not only rids parking lots of the local miscreants and ladies of the night, but he also gets unfettered access to restricted areas in the city clerks office on election night to get running vote tallies.

The three-headed heavyweights of Picklefield politics: Trish Tax, Linda Spend, and Dirty Barry.

Last edited 7 months ago by Markus Aurelius
Furu Whunu
Furu Whunu
Reply to  John Dutton
7 months ago

Krol wins in a very close race. Benoit loses as does Miraglia.

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
Reply to  Furu Whunu
7 months ago

Krol will be clobbered, 2-1, or worse!

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Tax&Spend
7 months ago

Krol’s gonna get trounced in Ward 4.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Furu Whunu
7 months ago

You’re never right with your predictions.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

In 9 days on November 15th, 2023, Tricia, Smitty, John & Paul will begin their over 6-weeks-long taxpayer-funded vacation from the Beacon Hill Statehouse. When they go back to Boston in the New Year 2024, they will meet from January to the end of July, and then they will go on a 5-months-long taxpayer funded vacation from August 1st, 2024 – December 31st, 2024. It must be nice to be the three State Representatives and one State Senator from Berkshire County when they get weeks and months off at a time.

Smitty Pignatelli has been in Boston for almost 21 years now. Tricia Farley Bouvier has been in Boston for a little over 12 years now. John Barrett III has been in Boston for 6 years now, along with decades in other elected offices. Paul Mark has been in Boston for almost 13 years now; he is in his first year as a State Senator.

The sum total years in Boston = 52 combined years in Boston. They are career politicians in Boston for life. They earn 6-figures in state public pay plus perks per fiscal year. In return, the common people have to pay state taxes and pound sand.

On the Federal level, when is the U.S. Congress going to pass the late fiscal year 2024 federal budget, which began on October 1st, 2023? In 11 days, the federal government could shutdown on November 17th, 2023. We have to wait to see what will happen in the Swamp.

Why don’t our elected politicians do their jobs? What do they really do other than raise campaign money?

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

Smithy has not brought 1 job to Lenox.Trishia has not brought 1 job to Pittsfield.

Alfalfa
Alfalfa
Reply to  The school committee
7 months ago

Democrats in action…. Just like crooked joe

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

Imagine if the politicians were paid hourly and required to punch in on a time clock to earn their taxpayers paycheck.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Optimus Prime
7 months ago

More damage would be done.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

Maybe they will open their hearts, purse strings and houses to house the houseless…that would reinforce your belief in What a Wonderful Life and the Democrat party…keep voting D JM and you will continue to have plenty of complaining writing material for the rest of your life

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

Here is my election eve predictions:

Voter turnout will be heaver than I originally thought. I put it between 39 and 41%

Marchetti wins by 55 to 57% of votes cast for either gentlemen. This will be the biggest blank race for Mayor in recent history.

Krol loses almost as bad as Bianchi against Tyer. He is going to have to leave the county to get a job, with the whole embezzlement controversy.

Ward 2 – Bandini takes it in a close race. But there is a real chance Blumin wins.

Ward 3 – Wrinn by at least 62%, I’ll go with 65%

Ward 6 – Dina beats Craig 61% to 39%

Ward 7 – Sorry Tony, you lose 62% to 38%

At large, White, Persip, Amuso and Costa are the winners. Luke and Craig come in close for 5th and 6th and its possible one of the two could actually beat Costa for 4th, while Danny boy finished a distant 7th.

You heard it here first.

Furu Whunu
Furu Whunu
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

Thanks W. I won’t go bother to vote then

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

Will you posting live voting updates when you make the trip to the city clerks office Barry?

Furu Whunu
Furu Whunu
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
7 months ago

Are you buying at Cumbies after the election? Cream no sugar,hostess cupcake.

Bill Tyer
Bill Tyer
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

Mr. World, you lost me at the size of the turnout 40% is delusional to say the least. I may lose ward 3, but by closer to 5-10%, if i don’t pull off a win.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  Bill Tyer
7 months ago

What do you think the city-wide turnout will be?

Grilled Cheese
Grilled Cheese
Reply to  Bill Tyer
7 months ago

Bill you lost by almost 100 percent.. do yourself a favor and stop commenting. He won by a complete landslide..
get well and give the politics a rest..

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

Is that how you stuffed (er see) the counts

Sunflower
Sunflower
7 months ago

Heard so many people say today that they will be so glad when tomorrow’s mayoral election is over. Willing to bet it won’t be over tomorrow. Envision someone calling a recount, or an investigation into the mail in votes. Now adays elections are not a given. There has been too much crookedness during this mayoral campaign. Alot of unanswered issues from both candidates. The whole campaign has many taxpayers saying they don’t trust both candidates. Whomever gets elected is going to have a very rough time earning the trust of taxpayers as the city is so split on who taxpayers want for mayor.

Bill Tyer
Bill Tyer
7 months ago

In my defense, Yes, I wasn’t physically on the “trail” for the last month. I was having and recovering from Lung surgeries. What I had hoped would have been a simple in and out procedure, turned into complications, more trips to the operating room, and a month of in hospital treatment. After coming home Oct 27th, I was taken back to BMC with Pneumonia. During this time, I was not totally absent, I was always informed about issues within ward 3 and the city as a whole. I was able to still get neighborhood drainage problems looked at, pot holes filled in a timely manor, made sure streets were paved and worked with others on the future paving schedule for next year. I talked with many about the needs relative to the good, bad and the ugliest involving the city budget and how the process can improve in the future. I also managed to do a meet and greet, raised little, but some campaign funds, and put out a small mailing. I would have loved to have campaigned harder, more physically, but it wasn’t in the cards this election cycle. This is not an excuse, just an explanation. I have never ever in the 40 years of public service experience cared thing one about a publications endorsement, nor have I out right avoided questions from the press or voters. I ask the voters, for their endorsement and consideration when they vote.

Grilled Cheese
Grilled Cheese
Reply to  Bill Tyer
7 months ago

You still didn’t follow through with anything you said before your illness and surgery, many promises and “business tours “‘that we’re never done.. well before you got sick… stop saying you paved the roads! The city does that…
Take care and get off the grid! Let this Wrinn Fellow do the job..

I was wondering
I was wondering
7 months ago

Why is it that “Mr. Worldwide” thinks it is okay to speak of and denigrate a former client? Very unprofessional (and unethical) to reveal information between a client (also former client) and his CPA.
Also makes the CPA complicit with any alleged wrongdoing on the client’s tax filings.
Mr. Worldwide should discontinue his adolescent commentary re: John Krol…and worry about the mess his spouse is leaving the city in.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  I was wondering
7 months ago

You guys make me laugh. I’ve never claimed to be Barry Clairmont. Yet for some reason you think I am.

LOL

Alfalfa
Alfalfa
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

Maybe you’re Barri’s half wit companion Shanksausage.

Furu Whunu
Furu Whunu
Reply to  Alfalfa
7 months ago

Did he take Covid cash? Business that bad?

John Dutton
John Dutton
Reply to  Alfalfa
7 months ago

Or the Sausages Crazy, delusional, Mut of a wife

Naughty Pumpkin
Naughty Pumpkin
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

I didn’t think so your smarter than he.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

Same reason they think I’m a professor.

snark shark
snark shark
7 months ago

Could be icy roads on the way to work Thursday morn. Is Tyer up to the task or will she just watch 40 cars smash up and then deny there was ever an ice storm? Is her DPW guy done painting bike lanes? Does Marchetti even know what “sanding the roads” means? Has he finished setting up his new work from home office already?

John Dutton
John Dutton
Reply to  snark shark
7 months ago

Krol, will be having a hot chocolate stand to pay for 10 new trucks by Wednesday if elected. They will park next to the new school of plumbing he intends to build at Taconic HS. With the proceeds from his fuzzy math or his Amex card ….oh wait

Naughty Pumpkin
Naughty Pumpkin
Reply to  John Dutton
7 months ago

We had no choice. I flipped a coin.

Paul Rich Dumpster
Paul Rich Dumpster
Reply to  Naughty Pumpkin
7 months ago

I early voted for Marchetti before #bitchgate.

In The Know
In The Know
7 months ago

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Krol in a picture

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

And this will be his downfall well, besides Kittygate
Mazzeo is political dynamite.

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
Reply to  In The Know
7 months ago

Holy Moly! Politicians make strange bedfellows.

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
Reply to  In The Know
7 months ago

Ruberto needs a haircut. Krol needs a real Job. Mazzeo needs to stop betting on losing horses.

Master Beitz
Master Beitz
Reply to  Tax&Spend
7 months ago

The hair, Grasshopper, is the eyes and ears of touch.

Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly
Reply to  Tax&Spend
7 months ago

Ruberto needs to go away, far away. He’s a leech just hanging around for whatever freebies he can just like his buddy Gerry the drunk did.

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

Yea, well ,but he moved to Lenox!

Naughty Pumpkin
Naughty Pumpkin
Reply to  danvalenti
7 months ago

If he loved it so much why couldn’t he help his alma mater high school get turned into a pisshole.

Naughty Pumpkin
Naughty Pumpkin
Reply to  Flogging Molly
7 months ago

I think your talking about Stooge at pctv.

The school committee
The school committee
7 months ago

John Krol opened a credit card for the charity,Why?The credit card was paying Jon Krols bills. John Krol never noticed he had 8700 bucks on a very very slim budget.John got caught and thought he would smile and say he was sorry.Clearly desperate to not have charges brought he went to another friend to bail out the charity.It is a mini Ponzi scheme that was made public because he is running to be our Mayor.I can not support a white collar serious crime.The crime part went away but his buddy was stuck with the loan.John simply can not be Mayor after this.Im fed up with these guys taking money from taxpayers who can’t afford their nonsense to take everyone down that road.There is no proof that these two candidates care about a serious effort to save our budgets from irresponsible spending.Pete has the best chance to show an efficient budget in 4 years.It will start day one when Marchetti announces we will fix the grandstands at Wahconah and not build a new Stadium on the King Street dump and wetland.Wahconah park is the key to where this city is going.If they build a Stadium we must recall Marchetti.

Naughty Pumpkin
Naughty Pumpkin
Reply to  The school committee
7 months ago

These are not necessarily my choices but here are my results:
Mayor Marchetti
Ward 2 Bandini
Ward 3 Wrinn
Ward Six Lampiasi
Ward Seven Serre
At Large White..Costa..Persip. Benoit

Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
Reply to  Naughty Pumpkin
7 months ago

I think Amuso has a strong chance over Benoit or Costa

Naughty Pumpkin
Naughty Pumpkin
Reply to  Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
7 months ago

GOBIGS WIN ! Thank you Stacy!

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Naughty Pumpkin
7 months ago

Yeah, and what exactly is it that you do to effect change? Nothing. Whining on a blog is stupid and lazy.

Naughty Pumpkin
Naughty Pumpkin
Reply to  Ghost of Pearl Bergoff
7 months ago

Yup. Not suprised at all.

Naughty Pumpkin
Naughty Pumpkin
Reply to  The school committee
7 months ago

Absolutely must remediate the water problem. Which Isn’t possible.I agree with a grandstand only fix

Naughty Pumpkin
Naughty Pumpkin
Reply to  Naughty Pumpkin
7 months ago

Two things going forward. The garbage and the Wahconah Park restore. What is the exact price tag for both a hauler type vs toter system. On the Park, get the up front money first for either a scaled down model or a full restoration.

Don’t invest anything unless the damn thing is even touched by the flood plain. I tell you the water remediation guaranteed, will be more that both the restoration, scaled down or not.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Naughty Pumpkin
7 months ago

Ha!

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Naughty Pumpkin
7 months ago

Bring back the trash to energy station that we let the new company tear down…lots of land and grants at PEDA, could make alot of money charging other towns to bring their garbage to us and then charge for the electricity we sell to the utilities. It would be right on the train line so easy in easy out…screw the other ideas they are costly and mob owned

Mississippi Jack Crock
Mississippi Jack Crock
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
7 months ago

Trash isn’t mob owned?

Jon Doe
Jon Doe
7 months ago

Marchetti trounces Krol 68% to 32%. Let’s hope he can rise to the occasion.

Last edited 7 months ago by Jon Doe
Please
Please
Reply to  Jon Doe
7 months ago

Karma is a bitch.

Benigno Numine
Benigno Numine
Reply to  Please
7 months ago

Does Karma work at the bank?

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Benigno Numine
7 months ago

Kept in a very secure vault.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Jon Doe
7 months ago

Let us hope that Mayor Peter Marchetti is able to get through his 4-year term as the next Mayor of Pittsfield politics without anymore controversy so that he will retire with the coveted 6-figure mayoral city public pension plus perks for life, which will be on top of his 35 years bank pension, plus his future monthly Social Security checks. This man will hit the lottery in his Golden Years!

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Jon Doe
7 months ago

Let us hope for consolidation with great maintenance of what we have and very tight budgets for 4 years.Lets have a hiring freeze .

Naughty Pumpkin
Naughty Pumpkin
Reply to  Jon Doe
7 months ago

Well, he has a half billion dollar opeb bill. Then he has a nasty ballpark and building repairs and blight everywhere, a police station in disrepair,a blown out of proportion budget, continual panhandling and trafific bike lane confusion. His schools are level 5,continues pot hole problems,sky high water rates and a failng sewer plant. He has a Baron downtown,no housing,homeless living in parks.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Naughty Pumpkin
7 months ago

A perfect playing field for social workers.

Jimmy A Voyce
Jimmy A Voyce
Reply to  Jon Doe
7 months ago

Okay Morey

Voytek Gobsigski
Voytek Gobsigski
Reply to  Jimmy A Voyce
7 months ago

You no worry. Mr. Marchetti straighten bitch right out. He no fool around

Jasper
Jasper
Reply to  Jon Doe
7 months ago

Dan ,

You should get out of politics , the only person more ignorant , selfish , and deceitful is Melissa Mazzeo . Good company voice of little guy . It should be voice of ignorance, self promotion, and vindictive . The PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN . The ignorant lose again …

Benigno Numine
Benigno Numine
Reply to  Jon Doe
7 months ago

Sure, he won the election

Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly
7 months ago

Well Dan your biy got his azz trounced. What say you? Mayor Marchetti itvis.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
7 months ago

The election results are in:

https://pittsfieldtv.org/electioncentral/

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
7 months ago

“”I think we have an excellent council and I think we have a lot of work to do,” she said. “And I think the work starts tomorrow.”

Why not? Who needs elections anyway?

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  Charles Kronick
7 months ago

Too bad they did not start a coupla years ago

Gob Hammering
Gob Hammering
Reply to  Empty Set
7 months ago

It’s official. Full gobsig slate.

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
7 months ago

Some of my percentages were off, but I called every winner.

Bill Tyer, I was off the most % wise on you. I said you would get 35% of the vote, you only got 21%. Will you go away now? This city isn’t interested in you crap.

Alexander, you only received 26% of the vote. Are you still up for being embarrassed?

Then there is Craig the GOBSIG, only 24% of the vote. Pathetic! I know you are crazy enough to stick around for more punishment.

There you have it folks. Your pride and joy at the bottom of the barrel.

If you hate it here so much, move.

Mississippi Jack Crock
Mississippi Jack Crock
7 months ago

So now we have, save a few loose ends in Ward 1 and 3, the final City Council. Next year, it will be certain to cement the Charter to make sure no one ever messes with it again. They will sit there forever, occasionally handing seats to their friends. Mayor Marchetti will serve a term, and then Mayor Pete White might do two.