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PERSIP OUT OF THE GATES FAST WITH QUESTION OF RICKY RUMPUS … or … THE ‘FESP’ IS NOT ON THE LEVEL

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION JAN. 19-21, 2024) — Where once trod The Aging Greek God, Bitchfield’s city council has had the likes of Chris Connell and Sir Chaz Kronick to fill those large footprints, true advocates for The Little Guys.

Such reps keep an eye out for the interests of Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski over the Special Interests, those ordinary citizens who pay their bills, keep their properties clean, work hard, and ask nothing from the public treasury.

In light of this, THE PLANET wonders if anyone will step forward from the council’s current edition to take up the mantle. Will there be such a person willing to buck The Suits? Willing to say “no” when no is the answer? Willing to do the Right Thing?

Only time will tell.

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The first couple months of a new council can prove deceptive. Some are quick out of the gates and then get beaten down and begin to “play ball.” Others begin slowly and then grow into the job, developing a sense of ethics, the foundational assumption of good leadership.

For what it’s worth, first out of the gates not even two meetings old: THE PLANET‘s Right Honorable Good Friend Earl Persip.

His questioning of DPW chief Ricky Rumpus in the first regular meeting made the Sports Center highlights. Persip’s queries drilled deep; Ricky’s responses were so defensive he looked like Mark Belanger going deep in the hole on the backhand.

Brittany Polito of iBerkshires also took note, and our quotes are taken from her recent story.

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Persip wanted answered for the growing incompetence with DPW work.  The councilor took a symbolic approach. Rather than point out Ricky’s litany of failures (narrowing, roundabouts, paving, road markings), Persip zeroed in on a single road patch that exemplifies Ricky’s inabilities as a manager.

181 Elm street. The Famous Elm Street Patch (FESP).

A black, rectangular patch as mysterious at the monolith in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s been done THREE TIMES and is about as level as Kufflink’s second set of books.

Persip presented a cogent rationale for zeroing in on this botched job, “because [it’s] causing the residents, the taxpayers money in the long run.”

Bingo. He GETS it!

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Drive around the city and take a close look at such patches — if you can avoid the craters. You’ll see more often than not a similar level (“level” … get it?!) of ineptitude. Check out the castle moats ringing nearly every sewer cover. You know the urban myth of alligators in the New York City sewers? Well, the Loch Ness Monster has been sighted in one of Bitchfield’s manhole-cover craters.

Rumpus shifted the blame. Failed to take responsibility. Ducked the heat. Typical of a man who might be a fine engineer but certainly shouldn’t be a department head. Ricky said the Elm Street patch was the work of the outside contractor. Great. “I didn’t do it! It’s not my fault!”

Persip shot back that this company has a reputation for shoddy work throughout the city, which leads to THE PLANET‘s followup: “Then why the hell are they still doing work for Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski? Why does Ricky keep hiring them?” Also, will the company bill taxpayers four times for having to correct its own mistakes?

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Rumpus told Persip he’s “monitoring” the FESP. Ricky says the company told him it can’t fix the FESP until “the weather allows in the spring.” Really? Did he vet that answer?  “We’re also having discussions with this same contractor about in general their workmanship in other places they are doing excavations on the road,” Ricky added.

“Discussions.”

Ricky said the city has “issues with other contractors not following standards” then admitted that the DPW fails to check up on contractors, pointing to the “massive increase in work now being done on city roads. We feel] that we could not keep up with reviewing all the work as we should be.”

Excuses, excuses, excuses. And this is acceptable??

In all, Earl the Pearl’s FESP Fest left one with a flicker of hope. He keeps it up and he could be Bitchfield’s next mayor. His performance might even make the FESP as popular a tourist draw as The Dumpster Behind Paul Rich.

 

Have a great weekend everybody!

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Road have more messed-up patches than a hippie-chick’s jeans” — Sir Donald Turpentine, Knight of the Bath.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Pittsfield Mayor Peter Marchetti will air his new local TV show on the Monday evening prior to the biweekly Tuesday evening City Council meetings.

SARCASM:

He will talk about Pittsfield politics excessively taxing the fictional Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski working-class family out of their home.

He will talk about the Pittsfield public school district’s Level 5 rating, which is rock bottom.

He will talk about Pittsfield always being ranked in the top 10 cities by population in Massachusetts for VIOLENT CRIME.

He will talk about Allendale Elementary School abutting Hill 78, which is a capped leaky landfill full of industrial chemicals called PCBs.

He will talk about all of the Social Services Agencies and the 15 empty storefronts on North Street.

He will talk about postindustrial Pittsfield’s past 50 years of huge losses in population and living wage jobs.

He will talk about Pittsfield State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier’s sole state legislative priority to legalize sex workers in Massachusetts.

He will talk about Andrea Francesco Nuciforo Junior’s Pittsfield pot kingdom called “Berkshire Roots” stinking up working-class and middle-class residential neighborhoods near his Dalton Avenue marijuana business, while Nuciforo lives in his $950,000 mansion in the same elitist Gated Community former Mayor Linda Tyer resides in.

He will talk about Governor Maura Healey being one of the most unproductive governors in Massachusetts history, while she recently cut state funding for all of the social services agencies and programs that Pittsfield’s distressed and extremely unequal economy over-relies on.

“Throw the underclass, disabled, children, elderly and working poor people of Massachusetts off of the proverbial cliff, Maura!”

He won’t be talking about “Luciforo’s” civil pot lawsuit versus the City of Pittsfield.

He won’t be talking about Jimmy Ruberto’s Rolodex (debacle).

He won’t be talking about the federal lawsuit that names him, his men colleagues, and the local bank he worked at for 35 years that alleges sex discrimination by Victoria May.

He won’t be talking about trying to reduce spending in the next fiscal year’s municipal budget (even though he said he took a pay cut to be the mayor at a city salary of $115,725 per fiscal year 2024).

He probably won’t be inviting blogger Dan Valenti on his local television show because he publicly said that he wants a 90 day grace period free of criticism on social media websites and blogs, which he said that he is not a fan of.

Jon Melle

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

Why don’t you talk to your cousin Mayor Pete and see if he can set up a lunch date with you and Andy Nuciforo one day and Rep. Tricia Farley Bouvier another day. You and Andy can bury the hatchet and you can also apologize to Rep. Bouvier to for objectifying her body shape when you used to refer to her as the Lovely Tricia Farley Bouvier in your blog posts early in her political career. Maybe she’ll unblock you and respond back to you.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Eric Swansin
1 month ago

Take TFB to an all you can eat buffet. She’ll love you for it.

DB
DB
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

I hope he takes calls from citizens like Ed Reilly did when he was mayor.

Dynamic Vibrator
Dynamic Vibrator
Reply to  DB
1 month ago

Maybe he’ll have a duck and a secret word so residents can win cash. Tell ‘em Groucho sent ya….. or maybe Angelo.

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

Jon: how do you know that the Pittsfield School System is rated 5?

Jon Melle
Jon Melle
Reply to  Ozias Vincelette
1 month ago

I have read about Pittsfield’s public schools being rated Level 5 for many years now. I understand that not all of the public schools in Pittsfield are rated Level 5, but most of them are rated Level 5

Ricardo Molasses
Ricardo Molasses
1 month ago

Ricardo is to road work like Belanger was to the triple crown. More like the triple frown.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Ricardo Molasses
1 month ago

Triple clown

In The Know
In The Know
Reply to  Ricardo Molasses
1 month ago

Triple clown

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  In The Know
1 month ago

Baaaaaa

One thing
One thing
Reply to  Ricardo Molasses
1 month ago

Molasses is to roads as Luke was to kick a buck.

snark shark
snark shark
1 month ago

Persip is concerned with stuff costing the taxpayer money? I don’t think so. All of a sudden he pulls THIS out of his ass as his biggest problem with misspent tax dollars?
And why now? Was he afraid to speak up when tyer was the main puppet?

Richard Arnold
Richard Arnold
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Leopards don’t usually change their spots

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Is he being groomed to be the next mayor? He has the necessary puppet background, so he is an automatic candidate.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

Pete White cant add.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

He’s a dumb as a stump democrat.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

and why would it be different? Serious question.

The school committee
The school committee
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

The council seems sedated.They have no passion for tight budgets.The new Stadium by the King Street dump at the Housitonic river is a joke.Our common sense is mush.Pittsfield is in a fiscal collapse from ABUSIVE RESIDENTIAL TAXES that Marchetti approved.Cancel every project to save our city.The city council is just plain STUPID,exception is Warren and they won’t listen to him.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Democrats have fubard Pittsfield

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
1 month ago

“Let me tell you how it will be, There’s one for you nineteen for me, “cause I’m the taxman, Yeah I’m the taxman” Beatles,,,,oops sorry that was for the last blog but I couldn’t resist because they were so right, especially the line “don’t ask me what I want it for, if you don’t want to pay some more”,,,because your in Bitchfield bitches!!Happy Friday everyone. Just finished reading the misinformation hate rag of Berkshire County as they write how wonderful it will be with the school department changing their education model which of course they will need a new school building for. So our mayor mr. bitch wants to spend money on a new school, new buses, new pump park as they rape nature and of course the baseball park in the swamp, which seems it should run afoul from environmental laws, but who are we?? Talking about pavement the road in the southeast that they paved, put 2 speed bumps for 50 yards and new sidewalks on, half the street has not shoveled their sidewalks and it looks like the speed bumps caused pile of salt to bounce out of the plow truck…go ricky rumpus maze creator!!

If you know, you know
If you know, you know
1 month ago

Dan, I believe the contractor Mr. Persip was talking about is JS Rae. The city did not hire them. They are doing gas line work for Berkshire Gas. BG is the one paying them to do the work.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  If you know, you know
1 month ago

It was the weirdest exchange I heard on Council. Banning BG from road access during the winter?

Tt2
Tt2
Reply to  If you know, you know
1 month ago

They have ripped Elm St and Newell St also. What an fn mess. I hope since it is a Berkshire Gas project they will be paying for total repaving of these roads and not on our dime.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

It’s not a fair comparison of Mark Belanger and Ricky “Roundabout” Rumpus. Belanger was head and shoulders above Rumpus. Belanger won 8 gold-gloves as a defensive SS. He even retired with the highest fielding percentage of any SS.

I think a better comparison of Ricky Rumpus’ job performance would by Mario Mendoza digging in at the plate on Tom Seaver or Nolan Ryan.

Rumpus’ job performance is definitely below the Mendoza line.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

Not sure if anyone caught the letter to the editor in the Eagle today? If not, I posted it below.
The cliff notes version of the letter: If you vote democRAT how many illegals and/or illegal alien families have you welcomed into your homes, fed, clothed?
If the answer is none, you are a hypocrite.
Kindergarden, Snark, JM, TSC, and what about you H.L. MAP (aka-Dirty Barry Clairmont, Mr. Worldwide), how many illegals are in your homes?
Especially you H.L. MAP. You and Flat Tyer have a few extra rooms. Taking in any to make your house “more inclusive and vibrant?”
**Kindergarden, it’s a link from the Eagle, so it’s not a “conspiracy theory” link from a “far-right news source,” your go-to answer you like to use and hide behind and not answer the question when the spotlight is on you.
The end of the letter even noted the mantra of most, if not all, older, white, liberals: NIMBY. I like to also include NIMBY-dropping off illegal aliens in all the poor black and Hispanic neighborhoods.
https://www.berkshireeagle.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/letter-why-i-dislike-massachusetts-right-to-housing-rule-for-families/article_98e3c1dc-b558-11ee-af7d-a70a287f1440.html

Last edited 1 month ago by Markus Aurelius
H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

Ah, here we have the lazy lies and desperate demonization of the MAGA crowd, forgetting all the while that the United States was largely built by immigrants. And, these demonizers turn a blind eye to Trump’s hiring of undocumented immigrants to build and work in his hotels.

All your posts are replete with bigotry and hypocrisy.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
1 month ago

I think you mean the United States was largely built by immigrants who went through the legal process, the ones screened before entering? The ones who worked and paid their own way unlike the ones coming now who get pre-paid debit cards, phones, shelter,medical etc.. at the taxpayers expense.

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Optimus Prime
1 month ago

It is a bald-faced lie that the federal government gives aid to those who enter the country illegally.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
1 month ago

Fixed it for you.
It’s the taxpayers money given to the illegals entering the country distributed by the federal government.

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Optimus Prime
1 month ago

Another lie. The federal government does not distribute money to illegal immigrants.

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

You don’t have any problem with Tyer, Tricia, and Healey taking your money to help the migrants while giving nothing themselves? No one cares what Trump may have done because it doesn’t affect them, and if they are one of the few who lost a job to an illegal at a Trump hotel the Democrat policy putting millions out of work is obviously a bigger evil. But by all means, after the entire Democrat Party has been arrested and stripped of citizenship we can get to Trump too. When are you going to get to phonies like Healey?

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

Do you even read the b.s. you spew? Unemployment went lower under Biden than it did under Trump, and Black unemployment numbers are better under Biden. As for immigration, it’s easy for those allergic to nuance and facts to demonize immigrants and whine like spoiled children who believe nonsense like “I alone can fix it.”

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

Do you even read what you write? You basically state that your ideas are the only correct ones even though they are baseless or based on incorrect information. You also are very closed minded which means you have stopped evolving as a functioning intelligent person and are decaying to a pile of dust

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

Unlike several commenters here, I don’t post obvious lies and support a corrupt p.o.s. like Trump and his hateful policies.

If you so dislike illegal immigrants, then why do you say nothing about Trump and his companies allowing them to work in his hotels?

Dementia Joe
Dementia Joe
Reply to  H.L. Mencken
1 month ago

So Trump does the hiring?

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

The ironic/sad part HL Map, aka-Dirty Barry Clairmont, Mr. Worldwide, you don’t dispute the fact that I wrote you back and endorse pedophilia. Let me guess, “you can’t be bothered.”

And you think your opinion means anything to me? Nope.

Have you and Flat taken in any illegal aliens?

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

I’m not Barry Clairmont. And your incessant references to pedophilia is a classic case of projection.

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

You love Don fatboy Trump and his crimes.MAGA is just the stupidest people on the planet say God sent this fool Trump to rape women and steal top secrets.MAGA is going to destroy our democracy…how stupid is that.Raise your MAGA hand and say you are afraid of of everything FOX tells you to be afraid of.You guys support Putin and Victor Orban…you are getting scammed fatboy

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

You are aware Xiden/Bathhouse Barry are the puppet/defacto president and not Trump,TSC?

It’s been that way for over 3 years now.

I now know why Trump is a billionaire. He lives rent free in older, white, liberals minds CONSTANTLY. Wow!!

I’ll give you a pass for not having an illegal alien family in your home TSC. I’m sure the Jones Unit doesn’t allow you to have sleep overs. Not yet anyway.

Quick question for you though and it’s not Trump related.

Is your room/cell a normal room or is it padded? Just curious TSC

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

TSC is sedated and placed in bubble wrap at all times no matter where TSC is.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

Always look at what the liberals say about their opponent because that is what they are actually doing!! Look at executive order king quid pro quo illegitimate Joe who is guilty of everything they said Trump did,,,we are truly living in Bizarro land or some Orwellian world no wonder they legalized marijuana

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Biden along with those who voted for him and will vote D again no matter what like TSC & JM cannot handle the truth. Voting for and remaining a Democrat requires a commitment to ignore facts/truth in favor of regime talking points- the jabs are safe and effective, the economy is great, the border is secure, that
man is a woman.

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Optimus Prime
1 month ago

This from an apologist for the indicted misogynist that is Trump. Whose joke of spokesperson prefers “alternative facts.” Trump is unamerican and a disaster of a President and a person. An unmitigated con-artist and raging narcissist who laughs at the credulity of ignorant supporters.

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

H.L. MAP, aka-Mr. Worldwide, seeing how you don’t have issues with adults sexually abusing children, you should do good at this game. See if you can attribute the quote with the democRAT President:

“He likes them young,” in reference to this frequent flyer to Epstein Island.

“I (am) so afraid of him coming in the shower with me that I’ve waited until late at night to shower.”

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

Your posts are insufferable nonsense. One, I’m not Barry Clairmont. Two, pedophilia is disgusting and the scumbags who engage in it should be thrown in jail. Three, what are your sources for those quotes?

U.R. Cuckoo
U.R. Cuckoo
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

Wing nut

North Street Nomad
North Street Nomad
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

hieroglyphics

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

It is a fine letter.

H.L. Mencken
H.L. Mencken
Reply to  Charles Kronick
1 month ago

If you’re a fan of bigotry and hate.

Joetaxpayer
Joetaxpayer
1 month ago

I think it is fantastic that Councilor Persip is calling out Ricky for his incompetence. I would be more impressed if someone would denounce the school officials who are proposing a new school. According to Dept. of ED. site PPS had an enrollment of 7,011 in 1997, it’s at 4,876 today. We still have 12 schools, and have not paid off Taconic bond yet. Forget building, start closing. With re-aligned grades could close 3 schools easy.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Joetaxpayer
1 month ago

I would be more impressed if Persip railed against spending 40 million on a new/refurbished “ball park”. That gross waste of money is staring us all in the face and no one seems to have the balls to go against the special interests to speak up. Certainly not Marchetti who probably had to sign an oath in blood not to disparage it.
Get out if you can. The council you see now is the very same council you have had for the last 12 years. The names and faces may seem altered, but the programming is identical. Hollow words are cheap and until I see really sincere action, they will get no plaudits from me.

ShirleyKnutz
ShirleyKnutz
Reply to  Joetaxpayer
1 month ago

Unfortunately for us taxpayers dumpster and the rest of the council need to call themselves out for incompetence as well

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
1 month ago

Rumpus is acting like he has no idea what the people working for him were doing but was happily accepting the results, but now can’t be bothered about the consequences.

Richard Arnold
Richard Arnold
Reply to  Optimus Prime
1 month ago

Maybe he doesn’t know what the people are doing better working for him. Let’s hope he doesn’t know when they go and buy paint and City’s time.

One thing
One thing
Reply to  Optimus Prime
1 month ago

My mom always told us that we put her pants on the same way 1 foot after the other I do keep that in mind when people thought they were better and she said more money doesn’t make you a better person no one and I mean no one is better than anyone else my heart is sad for those who think they are no matter how big your house is on New York areas or how much money is it in your bank account we all bleed red and warm freshly fade from Missouri death has no discriminating and either shut your life because I knew others we are all here to serve stop the power tripping your oversize ego will let you get anywhere be humble and kind

Just sayin’
Just sayin’
Reply to  One thing
1 month ago

Maybe breath, and use some commas in the right places, and then we can understand what you are trying to say.

Just sayin’

Kaki Slacks
Kaki Slacks
Reply to  One thing
1 month ago

You put yer moms pants on?

Why?

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
1 month ago

Here’s one for the People. Next Council Finance Meeting: support Councilor Warren’s request to have Pot revenue directly allocated to 100% offset tax levy. Reducing tax burden formed the Cannabis lobby’s argument for permitting in Pittsfield.

ARGUMENT AGAINST PETITION: 1)The monies are already allocated to fund accounts and are available for spending, thus there is no tax advantage to the taxpayer. 2) They should argue that the taxpayer benefits by establishing ‘reserve funds’ that would support emergency spending. Reserves are good, right? 3) The 50% to reserves was a compromise granted to fiscal hawks; they already had this argument and settled it then.

COUNTERARGUMENT:
The counterargument discusses how current pot funds are not reducing taxes, are unavailable for spending, and fail both accountability and transparency. Accounting for taxpayers’ money is the fundamental obligation of government.

1) 50% Cannabis revenue go into general funds. Indeed, those revenues offset taxes. But 50% go into reserves and those are unseen by the taxpayer or the general accounts. Releasing that money would additionally help lower the tax levy.

2) Money in reserve is practically unavailable. Therefore, eliminating those reserves would directly benefit the tax levy. Administrative behavior regarding reserves is extraordinarily conservative, and drawing from them is politically difficult. The City has very high reserves already in the Free Cash and the Water Enterprise Reserve Funds, thus the Cannabis reserves are unnecessary and duplicate existing reserves.

3) Let’s talk about providing full accountability to the taxpayer. Currently, beyond a general statement where the pot money goes, the taxpayer does not have a clear understanding how they are used. Do they fix a water main on Elberon? Can they be used to replace fire hydrants or repave Delaware Ave? Maybe, but the Directors cannot clarify. The 50% compromise was an attempt to provide accountability to address these questions. Unfortunately, it remains inconsistent with the voters’ objectives from permitting pot shops and manufacturing in their neighborhoods. They understood the detriment they would experience (stench, billboards, ‘red light’ appearance in malls, commercial strips) would be compensated by a lighter tax bill. This petition is the best bet to see that happen.

PETITION:
Requests that the City address the misunderstanding & misinformation of the residents
concerning the amount and use of the local cannabis fee revenues. Toward that end I recommend
the following:

1. That the City direct all the proceeds to be deducted from the amount needed to satisfy the
tax levy thereby providing a yearly amount to be directly used for property tax relief.
(Editorial Comment: which is what people expected and/or wanted)

2. That the City allocate all or a portion of the funds that have accrued since the
implementation of the local cannabis fee towards this year’s tax levy.

3. That the City communicate all the information about the local cannabis fee revenue in
one location on the city’s website home screen in order that it be readily available and no
unnecessary searching is required. This should include the yearly amounts and where it is
allocated along with source reference information citation to the city’s budget in case
someone wants to research this more closely. It should also have a balance of any of the
accounts which these funds have been collected. As always communication and
transparency are the guiding principles.

This proposal could provide at least $1 million or more towards property tax relief a.k.a.
“close to level funding” for FY 2024.

This petition should be referred to the Finance Committee to explore the implementation
of some or all of the provisions.

Dynamic Vibrator
Dynamic Vibrator
Reply to  Charles Kronick
1 month ago

They want to save the money for the kleptocratic slush fund

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

Mayor Peter Marchetti could invite Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier on his new TV show. They could discuss their votes to increase taxes over the years, while they take home 6-figure public pay plus perks.

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

Has or does your cousin, the mayor block e mails from you? Just curious.

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  Charles Kronick
1 month ago

Awesome. Will be interesting to see which puppets expose themselves coming out against this. They certainly were not groomed to look for budget savings. They were groomed to rubber stamp whatever is placed before them without question. A petition like this will expose the rubber stampers for the useful idiots they signed on to be.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Empty Set
1 month ago

What would good is for you and others to say “YES!” to Warren’s proposal.It’s your money.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Charles Kronick
1 month ago

Stick in pin on 1/30/24 6:00pm.

Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly
1 month ago

I don’t know the details of this particular patch but it is mostly likely a contractor who did underground work for a resident that needed work such as a new sewer line. The city doesn’t hire contractors to do city work so to insinuate that this is city work is most likely wrong. The city would certainly set specifications for a contractor to do city paid work and not hire them .if they continually do shoddy qork. 2nd problem is of a contractor doesn’t pull a permit for the private job the city can’t inspect the patch after the job is done.

Dynamic Vibrator
Dynamic Vibrator
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Morales couldn’t manage a pirate’s eye patch.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

How does this become a city expense? When I flagged bad road patches, the contractor came back and fixed it. PITTSmart! It’s your friend.

John Dutton
John Dutton
1 month ago

Dan,

One of Earls bright ideas at the first council meeting was to start saving money by looking at how much waste goes on in the bathroom without a paper towel dispenser. This is on the record. We have ZERO forward thinkers in this city. There is zero discussion on how to turn this city around. It is always governing by crisis.

We need to lure new business to this city with less tax and innovative ways to help the established businesses that are already here. This is a collaborative effort among the Mayor, Senator, State Rep and the city council. Not one new big fish has been landed here in forever unless you include Taco Bell.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  John Dutton
1 month ago

Good points JD.

Dynamic Vibrator
Dynamic Vibrator
Reply to  Charles Kronick
1 month ago

Tyer used to wipe her ass with our tax money.

One thing
One thing
Reply to  John Dutton
1 month ago

When was he in duh bathroom? During the meeting?

One thing
One thing
Reply to  John Dutton
1 month ago

Earl says he does toilets for a living.

Empty Set
Empty Set
Reply to  John Dutton
1 month ago

And I wonder as to Taco Bells future. Not like they have lines coming out the door.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Empty Set
1 month ago

$32.00 for a dozen smallish tacos….. won’t be going back anytime soon.

Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime
Reply to  Gobsig
1 month ago

Biden: I do notice that there are many people complaining about how fast food is getting expensive like at McDonald’s. Biden: No one should blame Bidenomic’s though! Let’s put blame where it belongs, on Ronald
McDonald.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Optimus Prime
1 month ago

Labor cost.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Gobsig
1 month ago

You ordered the lowfat ones.

Richard Arnold
Richard Arnold
1 month ago

Now, nearly four years later, some city councilors asked if there is a plan to move the offices out of leased space and into property already publicly owned.
Taxpayers are still waiting for an answer or are we going to just continue to make a contractor in Bridge

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Richard Arnold
1 month ago

If you really do not want an answer, ask the mayor? Like ralph Kramden once said, “ah homina homina blah blah blah and stuff”.

One thing
One thing
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

Richie. We already have a vagabond complainer that never gets his e mailed answers here.J Mo, no not J Lo. J-Mo is the New Hampshire resident who’s state is about to send a loud message to Nikki Haley.

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

My vote in the NH Primary on my half-birthday next Tuesday will not count because I am a Democrat. I get to choose from the over 50 year Swamp career politician or one of two outsiders. I could write-in my dog named Chocolate for U.S. President.

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

That’s entirely a problem of your own making, my friend.

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

e-Prime: the verb “is” generally makes bad logic. Never say, ‘I am a “X”‘ unless you are willing to put it on your gravestone.

Rule 5
Rule 5
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Write in Dementia Joe

Just sayin’
Just sayin’
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

Trixie just died. 99.

Richard Arnold
Richard Arnold
1 month ago

Would the people of Pittsfield have voted Kathleen Amuso in office if they knew she was going to block taxpayers emails
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Dusty
Dusty
Reply to  Richard Arnold
1 month ago

I would like to know more about this Emailgate.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  Richard Arnold
1 month ago

Complain to Kevin Zawistowsky kzawistowski@cityofpittsfield.org

Let us know the answer

Tt2
Tt2
1 month ago

I drove down Holmes Rd the other day what a mess that is also. It is in need of major paving.

snark shark
snark shark
Reply to  Tt2
1 month ago

Tyer let the roads go completely to hell for six years. Where did all the road money go for her first six years? Then she scrambled like a red squirrel to fix some up so she did not look so bad on her BCC resume. (not that anyone was looking at it) But still there are fifty roads coming apart at the seams. Lots of this last minute roadwork cost is showing up in the tax hikes. Along with Pittsfield senior citizens supporting immigrants who chose to leave their homes to come live here. Weird how seniors struggling to pay their own taxes are being forced to support a better life for people who made their own life choices.

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  snark shark
1 month ago

Those illegals came fro BAcon Hill, gift wrapped by Healy. A boston hotelier got the contract and happens to own an empty building South Pittfield. I wondered a few years ago, “Why are they building these ginourmous hotels when Marriots in Lenox have already saturated the hospitality market? Now I know!

Dynamic Vibrator
Dynamic Vibrator
1 month ago

Actual footage of Pete White getting ready for Voltron.

https://youtu.be/GiWgKEFyY0A?si=QbtdsHwt2rBMfDXA

The school committee
The school committee
1 month ago

John Barrett told Pittsfield that they need to get out on the road and check patches of contractor returning road cuts to like new condition.They patches are sinking.Debora ave has 4 sinking new patches from road work.Barrett told the council to never give a permit to a contractor who can’t fix the hole they dug.Rick needs to just drive in a car down Egremont Ave by the entrance to the school to see a 3 inch depression that the patches turn to puddles in the middle the the street then freeze.Water freezes and ruins a perfectly new road.Get out of your office and work from your car.Its 2024 telephones and computers…

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  The school committee
1 month ago

“Jack’s path is a strange and difficult one.”

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

January 20, 2024

Hello blogger Dan Valenti,

The Dirty Bird (Berkshire Eagle) rag (newspaper) published an editorial criticizing the 7 out of 11 Pittsfield City Councilors for voting in favor of a petition to level fund or close to level fund the yet to be proposed fiscal year 2025 municipal budget that will take effect on July 1st, 2024 and end on June 30th, 2025. The editorial did make some valid points, including that it was too soon for the petition and that it would have been better if the petition requested that the new Mayor, Peter Marchetti, find ways to reduce city spending in Pittsfield politics.

The issues I have with the Dirty Bird’s editorial are that:

1. The Dirty Bird published a news story about the four no voting City Councilors tax arrears when they voted on then Mayor Linda Tyer’s a little less than 9 percent tax rate increase. The Dirty Bird has a pattern of publishing unfavorable news stories and editorials against dissenting voices, such as their coverage of former Ward 2 Pittsfield City Councilor Charles Ivar Kronick. Also, The Dirty Bird took the nuclear option to sink John Krol’s mayoral campaign the day after the preliminary election. In fact, The Dirty Bird has not published any of my many letters to them in a little less than 20 years because someone – (Andrea Francesco Nuciforo Junior) – doesn’t like me: Jon Melle.

2. The bigger story would be for The Dirty Bird to follow up on Mayor Peter Marchetti’s online WAMC radio interview whereby he publicly asked for a 90 day grace period from criticisms, as well as him saying that he is not a fan of social media and blogs. What message did Mayor Peter Marchetti send to the people he works for in Pittsfield, Massachusetts? I would think that The Dirty Bird would want to clarify the new mayor’s public remarks!

3. There are so many other career politicians for The Dirty Bird to write about and comment on.

A. Joe Biden. U.S. Congress will likely impeach him in the coming months of 2024. His scoundrel son Hunter Biden is a very suspicious person in the Swamp for his overseas business dealings in Ukraine, Russia and China, among his other activities. Joe Biden raised and raises more big campaign dollars from Wall Street and K Street corporate lobbyist firms than any other person in U.S. history.

B. Elizabeth Warren. She claims to fight for Main Street, but she fully supports Joe Biden and all of his fortunes from big government and big business.

C. Ed Markey. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, which is a wealthy suburb near the Swamp. He campaigned on the Green New Deal, but he openly supports GE’s plan to put a capped leaky landfill full of PCBs in Lee (Mass.) over the objections of his constituents there.

D. Governor Maura Healey. She is the poster woman for being UNPRODUCTIVE. In the past year, she signed a record high state budget into law, tax relief for the elites into law, and she recently cut state funding for social services. It looks to me like she could not pass Financial Management 101. I cannot understand why she wanted to be Governor when she fails at public management.

E. Paul Mark. He is a big RUBBER STAMP for Karen Spilka in the State Senate.

F. Smitty Pignatelli. He has voted against Sunshine laws and rules reform measures in Boston for a little over 21 years now.

H. Tricia Farley-Bouvier. Another do nothing career politician who has not helped Pittsfield’s distressed and extremely unequal economy.

I. John Barrett III. He has been a career politician for almost as long as Joe Biden’s a little over 51 years in the Swamp.

J. Mayor Peter Marchetti. Victoria May alleges in a sex discrimination federal lawsuit that he called her a BITCH at the bank prior to her termination there.

K. City Council President Pete White. Like his City Council colleague and V.P. Earl Persip, he refuses to be interviewed by blogger Dan Valenti. Why?

L. School Committee member Sara Hathaway. Doesn’t she work as a middle-school teacher? If so, should she even be on the Pittsfield School Committee? Also, she sued the City of Pittsfield over age and sex discrimination around one decade ago and walked away with an undisclosed settlement under the Dan Bianchi administration.

M. Andrea Francesco Nuciforo Junior. There is so much for me to write about him. He is a disgraced politician for double-dipping as a Pittsfield State Senator who chaired the State Senate Finance Committee in the mid-2000, but had to step down from his elected position in 2006 due to him also serving as a corporate Attorney for Boston’s financial district – big banks and insurance companies – where he still has a law office today in 2024. In 2006, he proceeded to strong-arm two woman candidates – Sara Hathaway and Sharon Henault – out of the 2006 “election” for Middle Berkshire Registrar of Deeds to anoint himself to the 6-year term (sinecure). For nearly 6 years, Nuciforo plotted to oust the now late John W. Olver from his seat in U.S. Congress. In 2012, Nuciforo lost to Congressman Richie Neal by 40 points. In early-2017, Nuciforo used his political and financial business connections to start his marijuana business. In mid-2023, Nuciforo filed a civil lawsuit against the City of Pittsfield over the $440,000 in HCA’s fees “Berkshire Roots” paid plus unspecified damages.

N. Richard Neal. Instead of Congressman, the fitting title should be PAC Man! Richie Neal has been in office since the dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Richie Neal only represents K Street corporate lobbyist firms in the Swamp, especially big Insurance Companies. If a common citizen wishes to contact Richie Neal, they would have better luck with talking to Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny.

O. Violent Crime in Pittsfield. Going back decades, Pittsfield always ranks in the top 10 cities by population for VIOLENT CRIME. The first thing that businesses look at in a community is the crime rate. How can any mayor honestly say they are for economic development when Pittsfield is a gang-land?

P. Level 5 public schools. Why are Pittsfield’s public schools always rated Level 5, which is the worst rating by the state. The first thing than a middle-class family looks at in a community are the quality of the public schools. How can any mayor honestly say they are for middle-class families living in Pittsfield when the public schools are a disaster?

Q. PCBs. Allendale Elementary School abuts Hill 78, which is a capped leaky landfill full of GE’s industrial chemicals called PCBs that cause cancer and learning disabilities in children and adults alike. Most of Pittsfield’s PCBs sites are in capped leaky landfills, which do not last forever.

R. PEDA. How many millions of dollars in debts and unfunded liabilities does PEDA hold? Who will pay off these arrears? PEDA will turn 26 years old this upcoming Summer 2024, but it is still very polluted with GE’s PCBs. PEDA is a DEBACLE!

S. North Street. Downtown Pittsfield has 15 empty storefronts, a glut of social services agencies, and a down and out vibe to it.

T. The state lottery. The multi-billion-dollar Massachusetts State Lottery boasts record profits, but it is really a regressive taxation scheme that systemically mocks “Gateway” cities such as Pittsfield. Why? ….

U. Dan Bosley. He is a greedy lobbyist in Boston and beyond. Dan Bosley is a big supporter of the lottery SCAM because it allows him to give his big business clients in Boston huge state tax breaks, while the low- to moderate-income residents of Pittsfield (and North Adams) are being played for fools by playing the lottery.

V. RETRIBUTION. Pittsfield politics’ other name is RETRIBUTION. It seems like it is The Dirty Bird’s other name, too.

W. Homelessness. The state sends homeless people and families – both domestically and around the world – to Pittsfield, and then the Governor cuts state funding for the social services the city and homeless people and families rely on. She should resign over this fiasco! If not, she should apologize to everyone and the cities involved, and then she should not only restore the state funding, but increase it.

X. Beacon Hill. Why is the Boston Statehouse so corrupt, inaccessible, inequitable, secretive and top-down? Answer: The ruling elites enrich themselves by enriching the financial and corporate elites with billions of dollars per fiscal year in state tax breaks. Some super-greedy lobbyists in Boston earn 7-figure per year salaries legally bribing the fictional Massachusetts State Representative Sellout Shakedown. I hear he is Dan Bosley’s cousin!

Y. The Swamp. Joe Biden not only broke all of the records in raising big dollars in campaign cash, he also spent more money than any U.S. President in U.S. history. Oh, by the way, our U.S. national debt surpassed $34 trillion earlier this month of January 2024. Over 40 years of deficit spending, while the working class’ median pay increased a whole $5 over the past 50 years. The system of government is broken! It must be why postindustrial Pittsfield is part of our nation’s rust belt.

Z. The Kapanski’s. The fictional Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski works hard for a living, plays by the rules, and lives in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The Kapanski’s never get ahead. They live their lives in Pittsfield by paying the bills, while City Hall, the Boston Statehouse, and the Swamp are all living the high life.

Jon Melle

Lakeside
Lakeside
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Jon has a good point in here somewhere. This is a big political flex for the Beagle. We already have TWO editorial articles publicly spanking the mutinous rubber stampers Conant, Kavey and Lampiasi for following Amuso right off the reservation. Will Amuso’s fiscal responsibility gambit be the spark of independent thought on this council or will the shamed councilors go home with their tails between their legs?

Joe Taxpayers
Joe Taxpayers
1 month ago

Bitchfield has one less tax payer now that ServiceNet purchased Jodi’s.

Jon Melle
Jon Melle
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

How do you know when your neighborhood went to the underclass? When a new dollar store opens there. How do you know when Pittsfield’s economy is in the ditch? When countless social services agencies operate there.

One thing
One thing
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Kronick proposed a level funded budget, who are you kidding Kathy?