Friday, March 25, 2005

Topic: Pittsfield's City Council.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll just thank Goodness we have the slate of councilors that we now do. They have been thoughtful in their approach to issues and civil in their workings with each other, the public and the mayor. I hope they all run again!

Wednesday, March 30, 2005 1:02:00 PM  
Blogger pfennell said...

The Three Stooges come to mind

Wednesday, March 30, 2005 3:59:00 PM  
Blogger jonathan said...

I believe the Pittsfield City Council is not doing its job well because they do not stand up to state officials for their fair share of state aid for public education, public works, public safety, public health, and the like. Pittsfield is one of the poorer communities in the commonwealth of Massachusetts, and because of this, Pittsfield receives a disproportionate amount of state aid. From FY02 to FY04, the state cut aid to cities and towns for 3 consecutive years. Why are not the City Council protesting this reality of less state funding for Pittsfield's public schools, roads and the like?

Friday, May 13, 2005 8:47:00 AM  
Blogger jonathan said...

ATTENTION: PITTSFIELD CITY COUNCIL - Fight for funding, not power. ...

During a 3-year consecutive time period, annual state budget cuts, emergency cuts and other cuts were made against core government programs, agencies and communities, including, but not limited to, ...

(1) Local Aid (State Aid to Municipalities),

(2) Public Education (Massive Teacher Layoffs, especially in Southern Berkshire County),

(3) Public Higher Education (Massachusetts recently—the last 2 years—appropriated more money to County Jails and State Prisons than to her State Colleges and Universities),

(4) Public Safety (Police Officers and Fire Fighters), Social Services (Drug rehabilitation, Social Workers),

(5) Lottery Aid for good causes (Public Education, Local Aid to Cities and Towns),

(6) Public Works (Our roads, water, sewer, etc.),

(7) Public Health (Cuts to Medicaid, Hospitals’ Free Care Pools), and the like ...

... starting with the late “Thanksgiving” State Budget in November 0f 2001 for Fiscal Year 2002 (FY02), going strong through the FY03 State Budget, and going strong into the FY04 State Budget starting July 01, 2003 and ending June 30, 2004. (Note: The FY05 state budget had increases in funding, but these were not net increases. The incremental increases in funding in the FY05 budget, as compared to the three previous years of cuts, were still net losses for municipalities, public education, Medicaid, and the like). ...

... During this painful time period of state government cuts, State Senator Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr. (among other Legislators) during the Spring of 2003, unsuccessfully voted himself and fellow legislative leaders a proposed pay raise for chairing legislative committees and sitting in leadership posts! ...

... And the State Legislature successfully gave themselves two separate pay raises: One via a $3,000 increase in their base pay; Another via doubling the per diem travel pay.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 9:06:00 AM  
Blogger jonathan said...

State funds Pittsfield office

By Scott Stafford, Berkshire Eagle Staff

Saturday, September 30, 2006

PITTSFIELD — A new player is on the field of Berkshire County economic development.

This week, the Massachusetts Office of Business Development expanded to include a new office in Pittsfield. Serving as the Berkshire County Regional Director is a former Pittsfield city councilor, PAM MALUMPHY.

According to Joseph Donovan, spokesman for Gov. Mitt Romney's Executive Office of Economic Development, funding was included in the recently passed economic stimulus bill to expand the state's sales force by "eight or nine positions," which allowed for expansion into Berkshire County. He noted that previously the statewide staffing was limited to six positions.

"Pam is one of our new hires who will obviously help bring us more in line with other states," said Donovan. "Having someone like Pam, who knows the region and the business community very well, will be a huge asset for the county."

After being elected to the City Council in November, 2003, Malumphy chaired the subcommittee on economic development and, up until last week, served on the Pittsfield Board of Health and the Community Development Board.

Malumphy said she is pleased to continue to play a part in the region's growth.

"I have a whole menu of incentives for businesses who want to come here, to help them stay here and flourish here," she said.

The move was hailed by local economic officials.

"Her (Malumphy's) practical experience in dealing with the mechanics of this stuff is fantastic," said Tyler Fairbank, president of the Berkshire County Economic Development Corporation. "This game of economic development is a team sport, and you definitely need all the players on the field."

The Office of Business Development had an office in the Berkshires, but budget cuts forced the department to consolidate, and for a number of years Berkshire County was served out of the Pioneer Valley office in Springfield. The new office is located in the Central Bock third-floor office complex also occupied by the Berkshire County Chamber of Commerce and the BEDC.

Malumphy is a native of Richmond, a resident of Pittsfield, and a graduate of Taconic High School and UMass-Amherst. She earned a master's degree from Antioch University. She served one term on the Pittsfield City Council until losing re-election in November 2005.

"Pam will now have access to all the partners at the state level, and bring those to bear in the Berkshire County effort," said Donovan.

Monday, October 02, 2006 1:31:00 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Pittsfield: 28 candidates vying for public office

By Scott Stafford, Berkshire Eagle Staff

The Berkshire Eagle

Article Last Updated: 08/22/2007

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

PITTSFIELD — The filing deadline for City Council and School Committee candidates passed yesterday at 5 p.m., leaving in its wake 11 candidates for six seats on the School Committee, three mayoral candidates, five candidates for four at-large City Council seats, two candidates for Ward 1 councilor, and two candidates for Ward 2 councilor.

Incumbent candidates for Wards 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are running unopposed.

The School Committee race seems to be drawing the most attention this year because the field of candidates is so large, as are the issues facing the School Committee. Two years ago, there were only six candidates for the six seats.

School Committee incumbents seeking re-election are Chairwoman Kathleen A. Amuso, Vice Chairman Daniel C. Elias, S. Daltry Turner, Dorothy J. van den Honert and Angel D. Ramirez.

Former members seeking a spot on the committee are two former School Committee chairmen — Berkshire County Sheriff Carmen C. Massimiano and George J. Desnoyers Jr.

Newcomers running for School Committee are Erin Sullivan, one of the founders of political action group Women Helping to Empower Neighborhoods (WHEN); William S. Ballen, superintendent of elementary schools for the Mount Greylock Regional School District for the past 17 years; Peter White, once an at-large City Council candidate; and Churchill Cotton, a member of the Master Plan advisory committee.

Running for mayor are two-term incumbent James M. Ruberto; Donna M. Walto, who lost to Ruberto two years ago; and newcomer Stephen R. Fillio.

Seeking re-election to at-large City Council seats are Gerald M. Lee, Matthew Kerwood and Peter Marchetti. Also running for an at-large place on council are Marjorie E. Cohan and Kevin J. Sherman.

Running for Ward 1 councilor are incumbent Lewis Markham Jr. and William D. Bean.

In Ward 2, incumbent Lewis A. Costi is opposed by Kevin J. Morandi.

Monday, WHEN threw its support behind four School Committee candidates — Amuso, Cotton, Sullivan and Turner — and two City Council candidates, Cohan and Tyer.

In the mayoral race, because there are three candidates, there will be a preliminary election to narrow the field to two on the third Tuesday of September, or Sept. 25.

Ruberto expressed confidence in his ability to win again.

"I fully intend to run on my record — on the increased economic activity we see in the city, the solid support the school system has received from this administration, the downtown revival initiatives, increased cultural development, the addition of more man-hours to the police department to address public safety, and a fully engaged competitive grant effort," he said.

Ruberto added that he looks forward to seeing "responsible ideas from our opponents."

Walto and Fillio did not return requests for comments about their intentions for the mayoral campaign.

To reach Scott Stafford: sstafford at berkshireeagle dot com, (413) 496-6240.

Friday, August 24, 2007 12:39:00 PM  

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