Ex-city councilor resigns state post

Ex-city councilor resigns state post

There are 154 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from May 8, 2010, titled Ex-city councilor resigns state post. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

Citing an inability to work with Pittsfield officials and a lack of support from her superiors, former City Councilor and mayoral candidate Patricia "Pam" Malumphy said she decided to resign her job as the regional director of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development.

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Berne, NY

#82 Jun 13, 2010
where is everybody wrote:
<quoted text>has everyone gone on vacation?
Not yet. But some will soon be spending their vacation in a federal pen.
How could You

United States

#83 Jun 13, 2010
Angelo,

I believed in you and trusted you. I went to bat against all you naysayers. I believed you were innocent and was just a decent guy trying to do the best you could. I thought that there were manay jeoulous people who were setting you up.
I let my kids around you. I hope you rot in hell. They were children. Time fOR them to leaVE
premonitions

United States

#84 Jun 13, 2010
truth wrote:
<quoted text>I,m not a betting man, but i,m saying the name BARRETT will surface !!!!! Heres the "inner circle" Jim R, Ruffer, B. Hines , A Strucuzzi, A. Mick and at least 3/4 of the council. Ms.Malumphy been attacked from all sides, we had our chance to "change" the political landscape and 100+****** in ward #4 just didn,t see through the smoke & mirrors.
of the "inner circle" posted on May 8, 2010
How could You

United States

#85 Jun 13, 2010
It is sad but true
ominous

United States

#86 Jun 16, 2010
truth wrote:
<quoted text>I,m not a betting man, but i,m saying the name BARRETT will surface !!!!! Heres the "inner circle" Jim R, Ruffer, B. Hines , A Strucuzzi, A. Mick and at least 3/4 of the council. Ms.Malumphy been attacked from all sides, we had our chance to "change" the political landscape and 100+****** in ward #4 just didn,t see through the smoke & mirrors.
prophecy
Quitters

Berne, NY

#87 Jun 16, 2010
Pam Malumphy, Sarah Palin. Two quitters who should just go away!
infamy is forever

United States

#88 Jun 16, 2010
Pam Malumphy wrote:
Hello Everyone...I wanted to clarify a few things with the article which was disappointing given the amount of information I provided. I didn't resign because of 'an inability to work with Pittsfield officials...' I resigned because they refused to work with MOBD as long as I was in my position and I have multiple emails to prove this (which I only Mr. Dobrowolski reported). And that the mayor or Ms. Ruffer are yet to give one concrete example of me not performing my job well. Instead, they make vague statements like 'it's past politics.' What in God's name does that mean? Tell me I did something inappropriate or unprofessional...prove that I wasn't doing my job...but they can't. I also resigned because my undersecretary, Michael Hunter, was perfectly willing to characterize Ruffer's and the mayor's behavior as 'irrational' and 'dysfunctional' to me but would not resolve it...it is an election year, afterall. I resolved it for him by quitting. The constant malice from City Hall was fairly overwhelming but when someone who has the capacity to do something about it does nothing, it was time I did something. And it's time we all do something. How much of this ridiculously mean-spirited melodrama do we all want to take as residents and taxpayers of this city? And that is the final point...public servants are there as our employees, they are there to be in service, they are there to behave honorably for all of us. Can anyone characterize the actions of this administration as having integrity, honor, or ethics?
and lets hope many of the most deserving get put on the list soon.
water dept fraud

Easthampton, MA

#89 Nov 4, 2011
Jeff Ferrin wrote:
<quoted text>
Ok first it was a combination of overtime between Matt Inhelder who was paid the most of the overtime and Kevin Swales who was paid the second most. This is public record. As for the call in pay and pearlmans. That is also information that has been brought to light and the investigation from the Finance committee's end was recommended to be halted by our acting city solicitor Rich Dahoney through the mayor. This was done because according to Mr. Dahoney's letter that was read prior to the start of the Finance meeting last Thurday they have been inverstigating since January. I disagree with that because it was not until I asked why hMr. Inhelder was not placed on administrative leave that that in fact happened. Now! The other point of contention is that if in fact Ruburto had been investigating this and the cell phones since Janiuary why havce we heard nothing until I filed the petition to have an audit? Why did the petition get as far as it did? Why was the investigation stopped when the reality of what was the truth was actually revealed? Ity seems to me that the mayor and Mr. collingwood are looking for ways to try to keep this quiet and not let you the tax payer know what is truly being ignored. The good part here is that I have seen the truth and know that all the councilors and finance committe have seen the truth. I knwo that I have made it public knowledge in the radio today. It in my mind is criminal. I however am not a lawyer or a prosecuter. I will be interested in seeing when this will be leaked to the media and in what fashion. Who will protect whom? will Mr. collingwood take the same leap of faith as our city planner did? Will the mayor ever say anything to the people of this city? I bet not. If so I will be shocked. I am trying to keep people as informed as possible with the latest available truth information without stepping over the ethical legal line myself. Even if they are guilty they have a right to due process as we all do. Lets just hope that this time around Ruburto has the guts to stand up and do the right thing and not shove it under another rug.
or not? I'm sure I read that Barrett spent four months of the taxpayers money looking into this. So what happen?
water dept fraud

Easthampton, MA

#90 Nov 4, 2011
Jeff Ferrin wrote:
I think it is sad that Pam had to resign due to the unfair pressure by our local idiot politicians of Ruberto and Dianna Ruffer. She and Ruburto have made her life miserable ever since she announced her candidacy for mayor last year. But to submit an email to her boss the under secretary forbidding her from attending a council meeting is sick and very unprofessional. Now as a result of Dianna Ruffer and Linda Tyer we have seen our city planner fired for insubordination because they did not like that she had an opinion opposite of Dianna's and the mayors. Who are the puppet's and tattle tales here? This regime continues to bully and scorn without cause and seem to go to any length's to shut people up. you go mayor Mayor! Tell the good people of Pitssfield why Dianna is allowed to continue to lie and withhold information and you refuse to acknowledge your failures as our leader. Tell them how you have refused to respond to my request for information about the contract withBuddy lewis and Wahconah Park now that his backers and your good friend Mr. Duquette have backed out of backing him financially as partners. Tell them how you are looking for local business to bail him out by purchasing advertisements. That's what I call good planning. Tell them about how Matt Inhelder superintendent of water has been placed on administrative leave since my petition was filed requesting a full audit and what I stated during the campaign and throughout the last 6 months that unexplained overtime and money was being expended. Now that you have the facts before you it seems that he and Mr. Swales have earned more than $173,000 in just overtime over the last 2 1/2 years between the two of them not counting the base pay. tell them about the more than $3,000 cash missing from the turn in of steal to pearlmans and the overtime call in pay he earned while on vacation last January in Florida. Now things have been tabled and Rich Dahoney wrote a letter stating this has been under investigation since january. Thats a lie because if it had been he would have been placed on leave then not 5 months later. The information would have been made public by noew and it has not. The petiton would have been squahed and the councilors and Finance cimmity informed. But none that happend so the letter is a lie unless you can show proof that I am telling a lie. Tell them about the personal cell phone calls made by our management at the tax payers expense. I will bet you try to give John Barret the credit like he took when he gave his last report. Thats ok though. You are the one with egg on your face. Inform the tax payers of the total costs of the petitions i filed for cell phones,GPS, Trucks going home and used by our management. Tell them how Bruce collingwood admits to me in writing how he gives permission for those on call and management to plow their driveways out and upon returning home during the winter at the tax payers expense. I find your and Dianna Ruffers behavior criminal at best and absolutley unacceptable. Linda Tyer should be ashamed for drinking the tainted water and becomming involved in the likes of Jim Ruburto and Dianna Ruffer.
Was there a full investigation and a cover-up or no investigation and a cover-up?
sickofit

Easthampton, MA

#91 Nov 5, 2011
While you are at it,where is the money from PHS? Has anyone been charged? Any clues? I'm sure somebody is talking about it..........
Jeff Ferrin

Northville, NY

#92 Nov 6, 2011
water dept fraud wrote:
<quoted text>Was there a full investigation and a cover-up or no investigation and a cover-up?
A full investigation! By whom? Of course there was not. If so the DA's office would have been the lead investigators.

In my opinion yes there was without question a cover up. Why else would the mayor have John Barrett conduct the audit which was not what the petition called for?

Why else would Gerry Lee interject himself into the investigation?

Why would the mayor or Police chief unless ordered by the mayor "NOT" bring this to the DA?

Why did the Pittsfield Police investigate an inside crime when it should have been handled by the Da's office according to investigators I spoke with?

Why would the Mayor according to the Town Manager of Hadley state to me in a phone conversation that the mayor of Pittsfield gave this individual a glowing recommendation and that the alligations against this man were unfounded?

If they were unfounded then why the need to force a resignation?

If they were unfounded then why have the tax payers of Pittsfield since his departure saved nearly $9,000 a month in just his overtime and the cell bills drop as ell as the mileage on the city vehicle take a drastic plunge since it was no longer being used for personal purposes.

I can say that we without question need Dan Bianchi in office to not only work on the crime of this city, but the crime from within.
water dept fraud

Easthampton, MA

#93 Nov 6, 2011
Jeff Ferrin wrote:
<quoted text>
A full investigation! By whom? Of course there was not. If so the DA's office would have been the lead investigators.
In my opinion yes there was without question a cover up. Why else would the mayor have John Barrett conduct the audit which was not what the petition called for?
Why else would Gerry Lee interject himself into the investigation?
Why would the mayor or Police chief unless ordered by the mayor "NOT" bring this to the DA?
Why did the Pittsfield Police investigate an inside crime when it should have been handled by the Da's office according to investigators I spoke with?
Why would the Mayor according to the Town Manager of Hadley state to me in a phone conversation that the mayor of Pittsfield gave this individual a glowing recommendation and that the alligations against this man were unfounded?
If they were unfounded then why the need to force a resignation?
If they were unfounded then why have the tax payers of Pittsfield since his departure saved nearly $9,000 a month in just his overtime and the cell bills drop as ell as the mileage on the city vehicle take a drastic plunge since it was no longer being used for personal purposes.
I can say that we without question need Dan Bianchi in office to not only work on the crime of this city, but the crime from within.
Has Dan Bianchi promised to have the alleged water dept fraud and the alleged cover-up of the fraud and all those involved in the alleged fraud and cover-up investigated if he is elected mayor? Will it be his first priority if elected? Has Marchetti made any promises to have this investigated?
is Ruberto High

Easthampton, MA

#94 Nov 12, 2011
Pam Malumphy wrote:
Hello Everyone...I wanted to clarify a few things with the article which was disappointing given the amount of information I provided. I didn't resign because of 'an inability to work with Pittsfield officials...' I resigned because they refused to work with MOBD as long as I was in my position and I have multiple emails to prove this (which I only Mr. Dobrowolski reported). And that the mayor or Ms. Ruffer are yet to give one concrete example of me not performing my job well. Instead, they make vague statements like 'it's past politics.' What in God's name does that mean? Tell me I did something inappropriate or unprofessional...prove that I wasn't doing my job...but they can't. I also resigned because my undersecretary, Michael Hunter, was perfectly willing to characterize Ruffer's and the mayor's behavior as 'irrational' and 'dysfunctional' to me but would not resolve it...it is an election year, afterall. I resolved it for him by quitting. The constant malice from City Hall was fairly overwhelming but when someone who has the capacity to do something about it does nothing, it was time I did something. And it's time we all do something. How much of this ridiculously mean-spirited melodrama do we all want to take as residents and taxpayers of this city? And that is the final point...public servants are there as our employees, they are there to be in service, they are there to behave honorably for all of us. Can anyone characterize the actions of this administration as having integrity, honor, or ethics?
Pittsfield's officially unethical dirty rotten baboons ass of a mayor Ruberto's behavior has been characterized as "irrational" dysfunctional" "hostile and threatening."

And Pittsfield's officially unethical dirty rotten baboons ass of a mayor's official response to these character assassinations, however well deserved, is and I quote the baboons ass of a mayor, "I say, Screw you," Ruberto said. "They set us up.... We have to fight them with everything we have."

So my question is, is Pittsfield's officially unethical dirty rotten baboons ass of a mayor HIGH? May I suggest that he may just want to say he is to explain he clearly "irrational" "dysfunctional" "hostile and threatening" repeated unethical behavior.
water dept fraud

Pittsburgh, PA

#95 Apr 8, 2012
Jeff Ferrin wrote:
<quoted text>
Ok first it was a combination of overtime between Matt Inhelder who was paid the most of the overtime and Kevin Swales who was paid the second most. This is public record. As for the call in pay and pearlmans. That is also information that has been brought to light and the investigation from the Finance committee's end was recommended to be halted by our acting city solicitor Rich Dahoney through the mayor. This was done because according to Mr. Dahoney's letter that was read prior to the start of the Finance meeting last Thurday they have been inverstigating since January. I disagree with that because it was not until I asked why hMr. Inhelder was not placed on administrative leave that that in fact happened. Now! The other point of contention is that if in fact Ruburto had been investigating this and the cell phones since Janiuary why havce we heard nothing until I filed the petition to have an audit? Why did the petition get as far as it did? Why was the investigation stopped when the reality of what was the truth was actually revealed? Ity seems to me that the mayor and Mr. collingwood are looking for ways to try to keep this quiet and not let you the tax payer know what is truly being ignored. The good part here is that I have seen the truth and know that all the councilors and finance committe have seen the truth. I knwo that I have made it public knowledge in the radio today. It in my mind is criminal. I however am not a lawyer or a prosecuter. I will be interested in seeing when this will be leaked to the media and in what fashion. Who will protect whom? will Mr. collingwood take the same leap of faith as our city planner did? Will the mayor ever say anything to the people of this city? I bet not. If so I will be shocked. I am trying to keep people as informed as possible with the latest available truth information without stepping over the ethical legal line myself. Even if they are guilty they have a right to due process as we all do. Lets just hope that this time around Ruburto has the guts to stand up and do the right thing and not shove it under another rug.
Has Bianchi promised to flush out the truth about an alleged scandal? Why aren't the city councilors on this?
the crime within

Pittsburgh, PA

#96 Apr 8, 2012
Jeff Ferrin wrote:
<quoted text>
A full investigation! By whom? Of course there was not. If so the DA's office would have been the lead investigators.
In my opinion yes there was without question a cover up. Why else would the mayor have John Barrett conduct the audit which was not what the petition called for?
Why else would Gerry Lee interject himself into the investigation?
Why would the mayor or Police chief unless ordered by the mayor "NOT" bring this to the DA?
Why did the Pittsfield Police investigate an inside crime when it should have been handled by the Da's office according to investigators I spoke with?
Why would the Mayor according to the Town Manager of Hadley state to me in a phone conversation that the mayor of Pittsfield gave this individual a glowing recommendation and that the alligations against this man were unfounded?
If they were unfounded then why the need to force a resignation?
If they were unfounded then why have the tax payers of Pittsfield since his departure saved nearly $9,000 a month in just his overtime and the cell bills drop as ell as the mileage on the city vehicle take a drastic plunge since it was no longer being used for personal purposes.
I can say that we without question need Dan Bianchi in office to not only work on the crime of this city, but the crime from within.
Dan Bianchi is in office. So now what?
what up

Pittsfield, MA

#97 Apr 8, 2012
Same old S%&*t another day. Only difference, the blogs are quite.
home sweet home

South Windsor, CT

#98 Aug 18, 2012
Pam Malumphy wrote:
Hello Everyone...I wanted to clarify a few things with the article which was disappointing given the amount of information I provided. I didn't resign because of 'an inability to work with Pittsfield officials...' I resigned because they refused to work with MOBD as long as I was in my position and I have multiple emails to prove this (which I only Mr. Dobrowolski reported). And that the mayor or Ms. Ruffer are yet to give one concrete example of me not performing my job well. Instead, they make vague statements like 'it's past politics.' What in God's name does that mean? Tell me I did something inappropriate or unprofessional...prove that I wasn't doing my job...but they can't. I also resigned because my undersecretary, Michael Hunter, was perfectly willing to characterize Ruffer's and the mayor's behavior as 'irrational' and 'dysfunctional' to me but would not resolve it...it is an election year, afterall. I resolved it for him by quitting. The constant malice from City Hall was fairly overwhelming but when someone who has the capacity to do something about it does nothing, it was time I did something. And it's time we all do something. How much of this ridiculously mean-spirited melodrama do we all want to take as residents and taxpayers of this city? And that is the final point...public servants are there as our employees, they are there to be in service, they are there to behave honorably for all of us. Can anyone characterize the actions of this administration as having integrity, honor, or ethics?
'irrational and dysfunctional', really?
unsolved mysteries

United States

#99 Mar 5, 2013
Jeff Ferrin wrote:
I think it is sad that Pam had to resign due to the unfair pressure by our local idiot politicians of Ruberto and Dianna Ruffer. She and Ruburto have made her life miserable ever since she announced her candidacy for mayor last year. But to submit an email to her boss the under secretary forbidding her from attending a council meeting is sick and very unprofessional. Now as a result of Dianna Ruffer and Linda Tyer we have seen our city planner fired for insubordination because they did not like that she had an opinion opposite of Dianna's and the mayors. Who are the puppet's and tattle tales here? This regime continues to bully and scorn without cause and seem to go to any length's to shut people up. you go mayor Mayor! Tell the good people of Pitssfield why Dianna is allowed to continue to lie and withhold information and you refuse to acknowledge your failures as our leader. Tell them how you have refused to respond to my request for information about the contract withBuddy lewis and Wahconah Park now that his backers and your good friend Mr. Duquette have backed out of backing him financially as partners. Tell them how you are looking for local business to bail him out by purchasing advertisements. That's what I call good planning. Tell them about how Matt Inhelder superintendent of water has been placed on administrative leave since my petition was filed requesting a full audit and what I stated during the campaign and throughout the last 6 months that unexplained overtime and money was being expended. Now that you have the facts before you it seems that he and Mr. Swales have earned more than $173,000 in just overtime over the last 2 1/2 years between the two of them not counting the base pay. tell them about the more than $3,000 cash missing from the turn in of steal to pearlmans and the overtime call in pay he earned while on vacation last January in Florida. Now things have been tabled and Rich Dahoney wrote a letter stating this has been under investigation since january. Thats a lie because if it had been he would have been placed on leave then not 5 months later. The information would have been made public by noew and it has not. The petiton would have been squahed and the councilors and Finance cimmity informed. But none that happend so the letter is a lie unless you can show proof that I am telling a lie. Tell them about the personal cell phone calls made by our management at the tax payers expense. I will bet you try to give John Barret the credit like he took when he gave his last report. Thats ok though. You are the one with egg on your face. Inform the tax payers of the total costs of the petitions i filed for cell phones,GPS, Trucks going home and used by our management. Tell them how Bruce collingwood admits to me in writing how he gives permission for those on call and management to plow their driveways out and upon returning home during the winter at the tax payers expense. I find your and Dianna Ruffers behavior criminal at best and absolutley unacceptable. Linda Tyer should be ashamed for drinking the tainted water and becomming involved in the likes of Jim Ruburto and Dianna Ruffer.
more than $3000 mysteriously missing,$9000 mysteriously missing from PHS. Did the city ever recover the money allegedly lost in an alleged water department fraud/scheme? Have the gangs of Pittsfield inflitrated these fortresses and made off with the mysteriously missing loot? And don't forget, water and sewer bills are due Friday.
clueless nuts and disagre

United States

#100 Mar 5, 2013
What exactly do you have an issue with? Is that there was or wasn't an alleged fraud of allegedly nearly a half a million dollars in the water department. Or that there was or wasn't a cover-up of an alleged fraud in the water department? Or is it that the case of the missing $9000 from PHS was an inside job, or not? Or that nothing or everything that Jeff Ferrin allegeds is in fact true? Or is that you believe one or more of Pittsfield's notorious gangs are responsible for the case of the unsolved $9000 stolen from PHS and the water department fraud of nearly a half a million dollars? Or is it that none of these things are a mystery to you?
so forgetaboutit

Pittsfield, MA

#101 Mar 5, 2013
Nobody knows nuttin and nobody wants to know nuttin. And nobody better be asking questions about the nuttin that did not happen. If the mayor and the city council and the city solicitor and the AIG don't care then forgetaboutit cuz it dint happen.

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