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MAY LAWSUIT, SNOW GRADE, PORKCHOP’s GAVEL, and SLOUCHY FAUCI

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY JAN. 10, 2024) — Today some deliberately random news and updates.

The May Lawsuit — THE PLANET talked with Attorney Janet Ruggieri, representing former Pittsfield Co-Op VP Victoria May, who has filed suit in federal court against the bank, its president Jay Anderson, senior VP Chip Moore, and former VP and now Pittsfield mayor Pete Marchetti. As you may know, May has made serious accusations against the defendants including gross mistreatment and sexual harassment, among others. A trial date has not been set, the court has not marked the matter to be heard on the defendants’ motion to strike, and no further dates have been set. Attorney Ruggieri estimates about two years from filing date (Sept. 11, 2023) to trial.

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May Lawsuit II — May has claimed a jury trial, and Ruggieri says there will be depositions under oath. We shall continue to monitor the progress of the case. One wonders what effect the case will have on the mayor, if any, as it nears trial. Some wise guys predict an out-of-court settlement. Could be, but THE PLANET thinks not. Reading court materials plus talking to sources on both sides, May seems bent on pursuing justice more than chasing money, serious charges from someone who seems to be a stable, serious woman. Only the courts can decide on guilt, which is a legal concept. Outside the courts, we peers decide on innocence, which is a moral matter.

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Let It Snow — How did Marchetti do with his first snowstorm? Depends on who you ask. Supporters say they’ve never seen the job done so well. Detractors tell us it was a blizzard of incompetence. Holmes Road seem to epitomize the mix. Plows did a decent job on the upper hill, but the lower part got the brush. THE PLANET received three evaluations, two down and one up. A couple of our spies drove through Pittsfield Sunday and reported the main streets were in “good not great” shape but, as usual, the side streets were spotty. Some got plowed while others were barely touched. Consensus: Too early to tell. Grade: Incomplete.

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The New Council’s First — Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski got a chance to see new council president Porkchop Pete White pound the gavel for the first time. Onlookers were puzzled when White took out salt and pepper tried to eat the wood. Porkchop thought the gavel was a T-bone steak. Actually, Pete did OK for his first solo.

— Notable quotes from the first meeting:

  • Councilor Persip is still out of his seat” — Porkchop Pete.
  • The interest rate on zero is zero” — Kufflinks Kerwood. Deep, man.
  • You don’t have to read the whole thing” — President White to councilor Kathy Amuso, who made the motions. She had the annoying, unnecessary, and time-wasting habit of repeating agenda items word-for-word, even though that’s the job of city clerk Michelle Benjamin.

— Mayor Pete Marchetti took the Israeli approach of a suit with no tie. The open shirt rocked.

— Ricky Rumpus took the podium in response to a question. Roundabout.

— Dina Climate Change is now flanked by Dumpster Earl on her right and Ken Warren Peace left. She looked like apiece of Swiss between a Graham cracker and a beet. She’s lost without Sir Chaz and his steed.

— After Open Mic, during which the council president was most generous with time, Ward 5 rep Kave-in Kavey took the oath of office. He had that “doobies” faraway look in his eyes. He wasn’t there. He was there.

— The mood? Think of a play’s opening-night jitters, a near-empty chambers, the quiet of a confessional, the flatness of a pancake, and the joy of a funeral. We chalk it up to first-night nerves. The newbies were Largely just there in body only.

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Slouchy Fauci — Did you catch Feckless Fauci’s seven hours before Congress? He avoided direct questions with ballet (not ballot) moves. What a phony. From The Daily Mail: “Dr Anthony Fauci evaded more than 100 questions about Covid, the lab leak theory and his ties to Wuhan during a landmark Congressional hearing Monday. House Republicans who quizzed the ex-White House advisor said he ‘played semantics’ to avoid conceding that he funded dangerous research in China that is feared to have started the pandemic. Dr Fauci, 82, also admitted that he signed off on millions of dollars worth of grants without reviewing the proposals – and appeared to admit his agency had little oversight of the foreign labs it bankrolled.”

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While you’re watching out for No. 1, make sure you don’t step in No. 2” — Rodney Dangerfield.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

How did the City Council vote on GE’s “30 pieces of silver” – $8 million – settlement check to the City of Pittsfield? What happened to the original $10 million settlement check? How much “FREE CASH” does the city government have in its coffers? How much other money does the city have in its other Slush Funds? What is the sum total of surplus city cash? Pittsfield politics sold its soul for “30 pieces of silver”!

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

I read that the Pittsfield City Council accepted GE’s “30 pieces of silver”. I understand that the city government is sitting on a record amount of “Free” Cash and like Slush Funds in the millions of dollars. Then I read that Mayor Peter Marchetti will not commit to lowering city spending in the Fiscal Year 2025 municipal budget that will begin on July 1st, 2024.

https://www.wamc.org/news/2024-01-10/pittsfield-city-council-calls-on-marchetti-for-close-to-level-funded-budget-in-first-meeting-of-term

It would be too unrealistic to write that the fictional Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski working-class family who lives in Pittsfield (Massachusetts) are like a doormat. Rather, they are more like a toilet that City Hall shits on!

Move the Hell out of Pittsfield while you can!!!!

Jon Melle

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

Lee is getting 25 million to settle with GE

Jon Melle
Jon Melle
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Lee is getting GE’s leaky landfill that will cause 25 times more cancer cluster cases than before

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
1 month ago

To Me’ism is back. And ‘I Echo.’

Blah!

Not impressed
Not impressed
1 month ago

Meeting was boring without the usual riff raff

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
1 month ago

Funny reading about the new mayor’s response in the hate rag that keeps hating. Sounds like there is a lot of discussion that us little people do not hear, like selling Hibbard school, having an audit done and stream lining the city’s workforce. As they were talking about the increase in staffing expense so they can’t have a level budget well let me give them help how they do that give the raises but cut the numbers you are paying that is how you stay within the budget. I was quite surprised by the 7 but it is early yet let’s hope they keep the fire and passion.

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
1 month ago

Agree, Hibbard and Mercer should both be sold. The Egg heads and toilet paper relocated to one of the schools that should be closed.

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

The Berkshire Women’s Commission and state legislators met at the Pittsfield library this week and they are pushing a bill that is entitled “The Healthy Youth Bill” which they say aims to ensure that schools offering sex education courses teach a scientifically accurate curriculum that features age-appropriate information about gender identity and sexual orientation. Translation: Pushing books on young kids like the one in the Great Barrington controversy is just fine because they need to be scientifically accurate. This is how they will cover themselves from lawsuits by parents by passing this “anything is allowed to be taught to your child bill that we deem appropriate for their sexual and gender health”. They even mentioned the Great Barrington book incident and said they are amazed that in the liberal Berkshires there are pockets of people not looking out for the health of children. Nobody on this panel of go along to get along women spoke out in opposition to the bill calling it necessary. It’s really a book about health they say in their phony justification for the bill. Unbelievable and frightening.

Sweet Niece
Sweet Niece
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Come on Dan. That’s the Alan look.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

It’s how they groom the young to be dancers at the Meth on North…have to be taught somewhere now that it can’t be done at Camp Russell

Pat
Pat
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
1 month ago

This Youth Health bill is just a sneaky way to show explicit sexual literature to kids in the schools. Why are they doing this is the question? It’s part of their agenda to weaken the family unit to make people more dependent on government. Getting kids hooked on these alternate sexual and gender lifestyles at a young age will do just that and destroy the family unit.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

You are such a cynic, Pat, in believing that those people have the goals you accuse them of having. I have no idea why you spin such stories.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Kindergarden
1 month ago

Because it’s the truth. There is no other reason why they would push these graphic novels on sex onto middle school and younger kids. Even the author of Gender Queer said her books is for adults only, but the schools could care less. Anyone who says this particular books should not be shown to children is a hater of the LBGT cause. The people running these schools are really bad people and are not looking out for your kids.

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

MAGA nazis are in Great Barrington as we speak.That need an investigation to find out why the parent and the Police chief thought it was ok….Somebody is targeting teachers in MA.without Warrents

Tt2
Tt2
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

You dont need a warrent on a complaint. This book is nasty and you are a cry baby woke pos if you believe this is ok.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Tt2
1 month ago

What is the book?

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Tt2
1 month ago

What pathetic nonsense. You’ve not even read Gender Queer. You’re just barfing up idiotic right-wing bile. 50 years ago, Judy Blume began publishing books for teenagers about abortion, menstruation, masturbation, sex, and other aspects of being an adolescent.

Your comments are base, ignorant, and beneath contempt.

Empty Set
Empty Set
1 month ago

Anybody see the pic of the governor and Marchetti? She is applauding herself for providing tax relief and Marchetti is behind her applauding. He is applauding knowing he is neither part of that or in any way going to provide any real tax relief for his own contingency. How phony is that? How misdirectional is that? Please look over there and not at what I am doing.

Can you spell C H A R A D E?

Not impressed
Not impressed
1 month ago

Meeting was boring without Sir Chaz
and CG wasn’t there probably due to the weather

Free Bird
Free Bird
1 month ago

Fauci appears to be a professional liar. If you go back far enough you can occasionally catch a moment when he told the truth, such as natural immunity is the mother of all vaccines and masks don’t work. He flip flopped and his policies led to many unnecessary deaths. He belongs in jail but I doubt that will happen. The song “Sad Little Man” was written about him and can be found on YouTube.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

You guys…Fauci is a professional – not a professional liar.

I guess you can’t afford to be overly competent in the estimation of contributors to this blog. If you are, you threaten the untalented, and they call you a ‘professional liar.’

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

These opinions are amazing .Natural immunity is the way to go…lol

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Free Bird
1 month ago

So you want Darwin to run the CDC…natural immunity is a caveman approach . Idiots are usķ

Free Bird
Free Bird
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

The way the CDC is being run we would be better off if it didn’t exist.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Free Bird
1 month ago

Ridiculous, MAGA wants you to not trust your government, Putin loves .MAGA,and Trump leads it.

The downtown umbrella guy
The downtown umbrella guy
1 month ago

For the low cost of $300 you can have its Pittsfield come to your business and shoot a promo even with cringey little comedy skits. Peak grift going on over here. Shame on Pittsfield rye and the pizza place in dalton for enabling this.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  The downtown umbrella guy
1 month ago

That guy gets a lot of views. If I had a business I’d rather use his platform than waste money with the all the fake news that’s fit to print Eagle.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Gobsig
1 month ago

Folks like gobsig for some reason have an aversion to quality and high standards. When they see someone successful in the public domain they get jealous and make up stories about perverse reasons for their success, which PV is only too happy to print because it feeds his grist machine.

Sweet Niece
Sweet Niece
Reply to  The downtown umbrella guy
1 month ago

Leave the guy alone. Stooge has been doing it with your tax dollars for years.

Rocky Nedsome
Rocky Nedsome
Reply to  The downtown umbrella guy
1 month ago

Anyone hear dumpsters toilet paper soliloquy?

Kurt
Kurt
Reply to  The downtown umbrella guy
1 month ago

Who cares what he does

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Kurt
1 month ago

The horror. The horror of it.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  The downtown umbrella guy
1 month ago

This guy is trying to make an honest living and works very hard.

By the way, how much does the Eagle get for a one paragraph obituary? OMG!!!

I am pretty sure he did not suck up any of the corner office COVID money like some of the mayors friends and family did.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  The downtown umbrella guy
1 month ago

That’s known as marketing. Good idea.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

NY is leading the nation and showing us the blueprint of where democRAT leaders will soon be housing illegal aliens. YOUR KIDS SCHOOLS.

Kicking kids out of schools so the kids can do “remote learning,” to house illegal aliens.

Brooklyn school faces backlash for suspending classes to house migrants – Hindustan Times

This after studies showed remote learning hurt US school aged children.

COVID’s online school hurt kids’ test scores. Some adults regret it. | AP News

I know, Trump offended JM, Craig, Kindergarden, Snark, TSC, and others with “locker room guy talk,” so much so, that they would rather kick your kids out of schools for illegals.

What’s next, books for kids to read depicting other school aged kids in sexually compromising positions? Oh wait, there is….

When does it end?

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

If you told us everything you know about Trump , you would never mention his Coup.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

You never mention that all the school shooters are hard left-leaning tranny, deomcRATS. Why not?

Too scared to just eat a bullet themselves. They have to kill innocent children too.

Look who I’m trying to talk sense too? The thing that believes American kids should get kicked out of school for illegal aliens and that age-inappropriate books depicting graphic sexual images is fine for developing children.

No moron I don’t talk about the coup, because there was NOT ONE.

Stick with me for a minute TSC, I’ll try and talk you through this step by step:

  1. MAGA are “extremists” and “America’s greatest threat,” according to Xiden and the sheep that follow him.
  2. Trump posted a video on X (Twitter) on 1/6, before the “fedsurrection” took place asking people to return home peacefully.
  3. This video was immediately taken down and ruled “disinformation” by Xiden’s administration, as they tip-toe into violation American’s Constitutional Rights.
  4. Elon Musk has allowed videos on X (Twitter) showing Capitol Police Officers, undercover FIB, DHS, and other federal agents, tearing down security barriers into the crowd and encouraging people to enter the Capitol UNARMED.
  5. Other videos showed black clad ANTIFA members changing into Trump gear and encouraging chaos.
  6. democRATS want our guns, especially AR-15’s.
  7. Many MAGA are current and/or retired military, police, fire, etc, and are well trained and ARMED.
  8. Go back to step 1 and reread.
  9. Go back to step 4 and reread.
  10. Go back to step 7 and reread.
  11. Now, think of all three of those facts TSC and ask yourself why Trump supporting MAGA members would storm a major federal institution UNARMED?

Enough with the 1/6 horsesh!t. It’s been debunked and you look like an a$$clown to continue and repeat it.

Like a good democRAT, aka-loser, tuck your tail (or whatever else you D’s tuck) and go away.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

Markus, you are an ill-informed fool.

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

How much of your life have you wasted swimming in the bowels of the internet only to barf up that idiocy here? Your entire comment is a bald-faced lie.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

I am offended by DJT’s identity as the devil incarnate more than his locker room talk.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
1 month ago

Why is Dr Anthony Fauci such a target on this and other right-wing websites? His accomplishments and accolades far exceed what anyone who reads this blog could ever hope to read and understand, let alone achieve. After getting his undergrad at Holy Cross and his medical degree at Cornell (proud to say my PhD alma mater), Fauci has gone on to become one of the most respected physician-researchers in our country, capped off by being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom the highest civilian award in our country – for his work on AIDS.

The knee-jerk attacks on Fauci have no basis in fact – just a man serving our country with the gifts he was given.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Kindergarden
1 month ago

You need your head examined. My God, you are ignorant.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
1 month ago

TellitLikeitIs, you think so? God does know, and he knows you are wrong.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Kindergarden
1 month ago

You are not God so don’t think you can judge or say what God knows. This statement just makes everyone see how foolish you are

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
1 month ago

I yam what I yam.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Kindergarden
1 month ago

Anybody that throws shade at the trumpgod will get dumped on by his disciples. It is what they do. Remember when trumpgod shit all over prisoner of war John McCain, who was very well respected by everyone until then? All of a sudden, like a flock of starlings in formation, his followers did a 180 and turned on him as well. It is sometimes referred to as blind allegiance and dictators requite it in order to keep power. If trumpgod took a dump on the baby jesus his followers would do the same. They cannot help it and their is no vaccine for it as yet.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Kindergarden
1 month ago

True dat his science killed over a million and still counting!!

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
1 month ago

ShirleyKnutz, Fauci’s science is something you are totally incapable of comprehending. Science like his has saved MILLIONS of lives, while fools like you can only repeat foolish claims you do not understand.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Sorry, Danny. Your misunderstanding – or at any rate misrepresentation of fact (I suspect you actually do understand all of this) – is shocking given your intelligence and training.

Fauci is very smart, has performed excellent science, and has done very, very well in his scientific and academic career.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Dan, you write “science” in scare quotes when referring to Fauci??

Are you qualified to evaluate Anthony Fauci as a scientist?

Please just tell me it ain’t so, Dan, that you actually believe Fauci is a non-scientist or a sub-par scientist.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Kindergarden
1 month ago

Again you make yourself sound so foolish. I suggest you go get tested at your PCP who then can make the referrals so you can get the help you need to live a safe quality life as you mind continues to fade

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
1 month ago

Help! Help!

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  Kindergarden
1 month ago

Seriously! Funny stuff. You could be a SNL writer.

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Joetaxpayer
1 month ago

Thank God you watch SNL, Joetaxpayer.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Kindergarden
1 month ago

Ooff!

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Kindergarden
1 month ago

For having a PhD Kindergarden, you are not a smart man and easily brain washed. If Fauci is such a smart man and is the “target” of right-wing blogs, please explain this:

https://nypost.com/2024/01/10/news/fauci-admits-to-congress-that-certain-covid-social-distancing-guidelines-lacked-scientific-basis-sort-of-just-appeared/

Especially after this:

https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/543147-fauci-cdc-aware-of-data-suggesting-3-feet-of-social-distancing-ok/

**Note the dates of the articles Kindergarden.

Perhaps it’s time you pull your head out of your fauci.

BTW-you never answered my question about Gender Queer. Is it age appropriate in your opinion?

Will (or would) you read this book to your grandkids, if they are in the 9–14-year-old age range? If not, why not?

Kindergarden
Kindergarden
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

Hello Markus, just say what you mean, man, cuz I won’t click links in here.

What, exactly, is your question about Gender Queer (whatever that is)?

Would I read what book to my grandkids?

Speak up!

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
1 month ago

Was really hoping that Maypo would dump Kerwood and Morales. In watching them both attempting to answer simple questions last night, not one intelligent answer came out of their twisted mouths. I would think with Maypo just ending his long career at Pittsfield Co-op he would at least realize that Kerwood is not fit for the financial job. Taxpayers have not heard an honest legitimate answer out of Kerwood in now over 8 years. Morales has proven over and over that he has screwed up the roads in Pittsfield. Last night he could not even comprehend what Persip was trying to recommend, that his department needs to have constant oversight of the hired contractors to make sure they were doing the job correctly. How much monies are being wasted as contractors have to keep re-doing jobs. Just take a look at California Avenue, the contractor spent 4 months repaving and repaving, constantly having to repave customers driveways, and supposedly they still are not done. Morales stated in a previous CC meeting that the average street take approximal 1 1/2 weeks. You wonder why the city only completed 50% of the 2023 scheduled work? So, the city is already behind in 2024. C’mon Maypo, wake up.

Rocky Nedsome
Rocky Nedsome
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

It’s all a facade. The end game is to justify any way he can to increase taxes and increase debt. Debt drives the city.

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Somebody redesigned North street again a few years ago and now just about everybody thinks it was a total shit job. Cost a bloody fortune and is one big mess. But no one will be taking any blame because the tax payer pot is bottomless and they will just redo it, over and over and over, until hell freezes over.

Anybody know who designed it….or who signed off on it? Or who wrote the checks for millions to pay for it?

Rocky Nedsome
Rocky Nedsome
Reply to  Empty Set
1 month ago

It is total shit. Take a photo of it from your phone it looks like downtown Harlem back in the day. Only Baron.

Rocky Nedsome
Rocky Nedsome
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

The council objectives last night were about as clear as the Miggy murder.

BlueTruth
BlueTruth
Reply to  Rocky Nedsome
1 month ago

That was not a murder, rather an attempted murder, and only cop prevented an actual murder. A clear cut case of justified use of force. Watch the video.

Rocky Nedsome
Rocky Nedsome
Reply to  BlueTruth
1 month ago

For one the cop was to close. The video shows the victim having a tantrum,that’s it.

Rocky Nedsome
Rocky Nedsome
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Rubbish exchange. Did he keep all the retreads? city solicitor?

Rocky Nedsome
Rocky Nedsome
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Is the community Preservation Committee made up of all women?

DB
DB
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Let’s hope Earl keeps on this and comes around on level funding.

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

Kerwood financed Taconics rebuild without a track.Why would anyone not include the track.125 million and no track.Why .But we will now pay millions for a school track and not one person will question this.Hey we will finally build a 40 million dollar stadium ,spread over 10 years in a wetland for out of town college kids.Paddleball for 2 or 3 million while the elderly and retired can go f themselves.And we all were told we needed a 75 million water treatment upgrade with a new police station and our school buildings are poisoned and falling apart.Hiring freeze is 15 years overdue.Not one person in Pittsfield understands liabilities

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Merry & Bright
1 month ago

City Hall is a cesspool of the same ilk known as GOBSIGS…all have their sticky hands in the swill of the taxpayers pockets…they will stick together as they are all the same, go to the same bars, same plays, same houses, switch a partner or two,,,,

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  ShirleyKnutz
1 month ago

Seems like working for the city of Pittsfield, in some cases, has little to do with ability or competence. It may have more to do with fealty and blind loyalty to the administration (special interests). If you do what you are told to do and do not do what you are told not to do, you are welcome. If you start asking questions, or thinking independently of the top echelon, you will be escorted out the door or harassed to the point of leaving on your own.

Over the years it seems like the city councilors and school committee members who asked serious budget questions did not hang around too long. Asking budget questions, audit questions or if something went out to a legitimate bidding process may put a target on your back.

So my advice to the new councilors is to stay in line with the other ducks, try not to look left or right and for gods sake do NOT talk out of turn or make suggestions that come from your own head.

Gobsig
Gobsig
1 month ago

When Marchetti was being questioned about the budget he must have said we’re having conversations 15 times. We want action not conversation. That’s Like your father telling you he’ll think about when as a kid you wanted to get a BB gun,

Rocky Nedsome
Rocky Nedsome
Reply to  Gobsig
1 month ago

You will get very little out of Kufflinks or Maypo or the majority of this council. Valenti will certainly never get anything from them.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Gobsig
1 month ago

And I sure hope they do not run a phony surface scratching audit just to make it look like they actually care. Get an independent auditor from Seattle or Fort Worth who is in no way connected to Pittsfield. Actually forget the Fort Worth guy and the whole state of Texas.

Do not waste money on a phony audit and share everything about it with the taxpayers Pete. You know it is the right thing to do and so does everyone else on the council. Anything less is a big FU to the city of Pittsfield.

Tax&Spend
Tax&Spend
1 month ago

Marchetti shouldn’t raise taxes at all for his entire term. Just cutting the DIE scammers is about a million with bennies over 4 years, same goes for the shit spotter, so there’s a quick 2 million, cut out the social worker bull shit along with the crime analyst and there is another 2 million in 4 years. Remember, Tyer increased the budget way beyond inflation. And where the hell was the council the last 8 years while Tyer raped the city and the councilors let er????? Close some schools, cut the school budget 5 percent each year minimum, for next 4 years, and you get several million more. And Tyer gave the cops millions more dollars. Why can’t they stand next to the bums until they move along?????

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
Reply to  Tax&Spend
1 month ago

Totally agree with you Tax & Spend. Just to add one more suggestion. Need to do an investigation as to why the mass majority of school buses are EMPTY arriving and leaving the schools. Willing to bet the city could get rid of over half the buses. Parents are lined up causing traffic issues at every school choosing to pick their child up. Also, many families are home schooling their children because the lousy condition of education in the Pittsfield School system.

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
Reply to  Merry & Bright
1 month ago

To save fuel and wear and tear on Buses, they should be parked in different quadrants of the City. For instance park at Taconic, then have those buses transport students on the west side. Only going to the Merrill road garage for maintenance. Current setup is a waste of money.

One thing
One thing
Reply to  Joetaxpayer
1 month ago

Eliminate buses period. Car pool.

One thing
One thing
Reply to  One thing
1 month ago

Cut free meals also. If you can’t feed your kids stop dropping them.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Tax&Spend
1 month ago

Sir Chaz 2.0

Make it so, T&S.

Last edited 1 month ago by Charles Kronick
Wilson
Wilson
Reply to  Tax&Spend
1 month ago

Those worthless things are the ones they think are most important, so any cuts are impossible. Well maybe they can trim off some of the fluff like drinking water or trash pickup and only raise taxes 49% instead of 50% over the next 4 years.

Rule 5
Rule 5
1 month ago

I’m really hoping that Pete White presides over a meeting in his Voltron suit. Awesome.

Rocky Nedsome
Rocky Nedsome
Reply to  Rule 5
1 month ago

He’s already made four or five mistakes. He even called Patsy Harris the d a ? Lapdog Pete. Why did Amuso vote against his being President?

Sounds plausible
Sounds plausible
Reply to  Rocky Nedsome
1 month ago

She was originally told SHE would be president if she got on the council. Then they back stabbed her and brought in the ringer. The other ringer.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Rocky Nedsome
1 month ago

Because she knows he’s a f’n joke?

One thing
One thing
Reply to  Gobsig
1 month ago

Dino’s the f’n joke.She really turns me the wrong way. Amused so is garbage.

The school committee
The school committee
1 month ago

Marchetti had 30 years to get ready for this job and not one word about budgets.The Catholic church consolidated Pete.Pittsfield needs a huge consolidation plan.You will tell us about how you needed 90 days.Get to work Pete….you were hired to bail us out. You have 4 years to cut our taxes big.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

I asked a man name Pete which way to Pittsfield politics: City Hall. Pete said to go the White way. I asked Pete if I could see the new Mayor. Pete said to be careful of the Marchetti madness. I told Pete that I already know about the Tyer taxer, the Bianchi bust, the Ruberto regime and the infamous Rolodex, the Hathaway Hack, and the Doyle debacle.

Jon Melle

One thing
One thing
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

One thing we can all agree on j Lo isn’t missed.Although Muffy isn’t the answer either.

Ron Kitterman
Ron Kitterman
1 month ago

 Not to split hairs Dan, but you write ”Only the courts can decide on guilt, which is a legal concept. ” criminal trials determine guilt civil trials determine liability.  

snark shark
snark shark
1 month ago

Gov Healy says she did a mid year cut of 375 million dollars to the state budget due to the collected monies being drained much faster than anticipated.and she is proud as hell of that.

What did she leave out of that explanation? Well let’s see now. Is it so far costing over a billion dollars to provide food, shelter, clothing and health care to thousands of immigrants? And if so, what other cuts besides those to fire departments will she be making to feed and house the thousands of more immigrants heading our way?

And how much will the city of Pittsfield be raising ITS taxes to feed, house, clothe and otherwise take care of these people? And by the way, just what is the return on this investment and how long might that take? Nobody seems to be talking bout that part.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

Did Governor Maura Healey volunteer to cut her own state government public pay plus perks, too? What about Paul Mark, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Smitty Pignatelli, John Barrett III? Did any of these career politicians offer to cut state taxes along with cutting state programs that provide social services programs to the low- to moderate-income individuals and families in Massachusetts? No, No, and No! They are all hypocrites who take care of themselves, while the rest of us pound sand.

One thing
One thing
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

Look. Hunter Biden made mistakes. Many probably while under the influence of drugs. But he broke the law. He must pay for his previous malfunctions. Ten years will do it. No one is above the law.

John Dutton
John Dutton
1 month ago

Speaking of the law, The courthouse is a buzz with Clown shoes Shugrue looking like he has been dragged behind a mule cart. But hey the city is a much safer place because Timmy has all the druggies in rehab and all the shoplifters are nonexistent. Another one will false promise. Dan, word on the street is the one and only 2 time loser Judy Knight has had her bar card torn up inquiring minds want to know?

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
1 month ago

Council and Mayor’s argument is to ‘preserve services.’

Taxpayers need to define ‘services’ and insist what services they do not want.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Charles Kronick
1 month ago

I don’t want no stinkin’ DEI service

In the knkw
In the knkw
1 month ago

I can save you somewhere around $5million. Trash and recycling is now on the property owner and not the city. I’m laying off 20 cops and 20 firefighters now when you call 911 we might not be able to respond due to staffing shortages. All streetlights are off Monday -Friday. I’ll close 3 schools. All employees of those schools are laid off. City hall is now open from 8-12 and all non essential staff is laid off until further notice. No city vehicle is to leave the assigned dept for any reason other than work. And gas for said vehicles is to be limited to one fill up every 2 weeks.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  In the knkw
1 month ago

Well no one shows up now when you call 911 at least not for an hour, I say the city is shrinking so the city personnel should shrink as well