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Pittsfield politics

Milford, NH

#501 Jan 31, 2014
I wonder if Pittsfield built a new version of the old "Berlin Wall" if it would help keep people from moving far away from Pittsfield?
Pittsfield's "Berlin Wall" could have billboards full of propaganda saying "Pittsfield is a nice place to live", "PCBs are good for your health", "Find and retain a living wage job in Pittsfield", "The Good Old Boy network is a paradigm model for Pittsfield politics", "High taxes helps you with achieving financial security", "Teen pregnancies and welfare caseloads are normal", "Pittsfield public schools are the best in the state and nation", "North Street is a cultural mecca", "Teo's hot dogs and Kool-Aid make you grow strong".
Pittsfield politics

Milford, NH

#502 Jan 31, 2014
I love Pittsfield. I grew up in Pittsfield and I enjoy reading Dan Valenti's blog on Pittsfield politics. I think that former Mayors Jimmy Ruberto and Gerry Doyle were terrible leaders. Under Doyle, Pittsfield went bankrupt and went into state goverment receivership. Millions of municipal dollars are still unaccounted for 15 years later. Doyle also signed the flawed and illegal consent decree that did not adequately address the toxic waste PCBs pollution left behind by Jack Welch's General Electric Company. There is a public school in Pittsfield that still abuts Hill 78. The caps do not last forever. Once the caps do not work properly, the toxic waste sites have to be cleaned up and re-capped. The consent decree Doyle signed capped a majority of the toxic waste sites that cause cancer in people. Doyle was a Good Old Boy, and like Jimmy Ruberto, ruled Pittsfield for the special interests instead of the common good. During the Ruberto regime, thousands of jobs were lost in Pittsfield. Thousands of people moved away from Pittsfield, too. Ruberto raised taxes above the rate of inflation every single year of the 8 years he was in political office in Pittsfield. Ruberto did nothing to address the toxic waste pollution in Pittsfield, but he did spend millions of dollars from the GE fund on revitalizing the downtown area from the Colonial Theater to North Street. Ruberto's investments into the arts and cultural attractions did not create any jobs for Pittsfield. Moreover, North Street is still dead, and people still avoid downtown Pittsfield after hours. Mayor Dan Bianchi inherited the mess that Doyle and Ruberto left behind. As far as I know, Dan Bianchi is not doing enough to help or change Pittsfield for the better. Taxes are still very high in Pittsfield, people are still leaving the Pittsfield area, the consent decree is still law and in effect, and the special interests still work through the Good Old Boy network in Pittsfield politics. Pittsfield problems include teen pregnancies doubling the statewide average, high per capita welfare caseloads, poverty, low median incomes, high taxes, job loss, poorly performing public schools, especially in depressed areas of the community, a dead downtown area known as "Social Services Alley", crime, drugs, substance abuse, and gangs, a corrupt political system ran by the Good Old Boy network, hundreds of millions of dollars in unfunded liabilities or long-term debts, the #1 and #2 employers in Pittsfield are the City of Pittsfield and the Hospital with along other non-profits who rely on taxpayer dollars, and toxic waste, cancer-causing PCBs with the flawed consent decree. It makes me sad to follow Pittsfield politics and read Dan Valenti's blog every weekday because it seems like no one cares anymore.
- Jonathan Melle
donny

Pittsfield, MA

#503 Feb 2, 2014
Pittsfield politics wrote:
I love Pittsfield. I grew up in Pittsfield and I enjoy reading Dan Valenti's blog on Pittsfield politics. I think that former Mayors Jimmy Ruberto and Gerry Doyle were terrible leaders. Under Doyle, Pittsfield went bankrupt and went into state goverment receivership. Millions of municipal dollars are still unaccounted for 15 years later. Doyle also signed the flawed and illegal consent decree that did not adequately address the toxic waste PCBs pollution left behind by Jack Welch's General Electric Company. There is a public school in Pittsfield that still abuts Hill 78. The caps do not last forever. Once the caps do not work properly, the toxic waste sites have to be cleaned up and re-capped. The consent decree Doyle signed capped a majority of the toxic waste sites that cause cancer in people. Doyle was a Good Old Boy, and like Jimmy Ruberto, ruled Pittsfield for the special interests instead of the common good. During the Ruberto regime, thousands of jobs were lost in Pittsfield. Thousands of people moved away from Pittsfield, too. Ruberto raised taxes above the rate of inflation every single year of the 8 years he was in political office in Pittsfield. Ruberto did nothing to address the toxic waste pollution in Pittsfield, but he did spend millions of dollars from the GE fund on revitalizing the downtown area from the Colonial Theater to North Street. Ruberto's investments into the arts and cultural attractions did not create any jobs for Pittsfield. Moreover, North Street is still dead, and people still avoid downtown Pittsfield after hours. Mayor Dan Bianchi inherited the mess that Doyle and Ruberto left behind. As far as I know, Dan Bianchi is not doing enough to help or change Pittsfield for the better. Taxes are still very high in Pittsfield, people are still leaving the Pittsfield area, the consent decree is still law and in effect, and the special interests still work through the Good Old Boy network in Pittsfield politics. Pittsfield problems include teen pregnancies doubling the statewide average, high per capita welfare caseloads, poverty, low median incomes, high taxes, job loss, poorly performing public schools, especially in depressed areas of the community, a dead downtown area known as "Social Services Alley", crime, drugs, substance abuse, and gangs, a corrupt political system ran by the Good Old Boy network, hundreds of millions of dollars in unfunded liabilities or long-term debts, the #1 and #2 employers in Pittsfield are the City of Pittsfield and the Hospital with along other non-profits who rely on taxpayer dollars, and toxic waste, cancer-causing PCBs with the flawed consent decree. It makes me sad to follow Pittsfield politics and read Dan Valenti's blog every weekday because it seems like no one cares anymore.
- Jonathan Melle
u are the man
Pittsfield politics

Milford, NH

#504 Feb 2, 2014
How did it all happen in Pittsfield politics? Toxic waste PCBs causes cancer in Pittsfield residents. The Consent Decree signed by former Mayor Gerry Doyle and former GE CEO Jack Welch leaves a great majority of this killer pollution in place with CAPS. The problem with caps is that they do not last forever. After the caps become ineffective and expire, all of the PCBs in the land, air and water have to be cleaned up again and recapped. The Consent Decree doesn’t cover the ongoing cycle of recapping Pittsfield’s toxic waste sites. Pittsfield spent millions of dollars from the GE fund on revitalizing the Colonial Theater and North Street or downtown Pittsfield. No living wage jobs were created, while thousands of jobs were lost during the Jimmy Ruberto regime. Mayor Dan Bianchi is not addressing these environmental issues facing Pittsfield’s residents and businesses. Neither did former Mayor Jimmy Ruberto. Dan Valenti wants Melissa Mazzeo (or Mel Maz) to overturn this fraud that is the Consent Decree. If she can overturn the Consent Decree, then she can work miracles!
Pittsfield politics

Milford, NH

#505 Feb 19, 2014
I agree with everything that Dan Valenti wrote about Pittsfield politics as it relates to GE's toxic waste Consent Decree. Pittsfield got screwed with no lubrication by Jack Welch and General Electric Company. Pittsfield politics sucks! Pittsfield is polluted and thousands of locals have suffered and died from cancer caused by GE's toxic waste PCBs. No Fortune 500 corporation will ever locate in Pittsfield. PEDA is a failure! Thousands of people have left Pittsfield since Gerry Doyle signed GE's Consent Decree in 2000. Pittsfield politics have spent several million dollars from GE's fund on downtown revitalization. Meanwhile, thousands of local jobs have been lost. The biggest employers in Pittsfield is the City of Pittsfield and non-profits like the Hospital. Pittsfield's high finances are unsustainable. I don't understand why Dan Valenti blames Mayor Dan BIanchi for all of Pittsfield's problems. Dan Bianchi inherited the mess left behind by Pittsfield politic's 2 worst Mayors: Gerry Doyle and Jimmy Ruberto. But according to Dan Valenti, it is all Dan Bianchi's fault.
Pittsfield politics

Milford, NH

#506 Feb 28, 2014
I cannot comprehend Pittsfield politics. Pittsfield public schools is requesting a $2 million increase in its budget to level fund its current services while also complying with state mandates. Over the past decade, tens of millions of dollars were spent on revitalizing downtown Pittsfield. Why? Now Pittsfield is going to raise its property taxes by at least $2 million next fiscal year. This is after many years of tax hikes. Who is going to finance Pittsfield's high finances over the next decades of Pittsfield politics?
Pittsfield politics

Milford, NH

#507 Apr 1, 2014
I am saddened by the closing of the hospital in North Adams. Pittsfield and North Adams are similar in demographics and societal trends. There are a few people who care about Pittsfield, North Adams and Berkshire County. Dan Valenti wants Pittsfield to change for the better and writes about local and regional issues everyday on his blog. Dan Valenti seems to focus his criticisms of everything that went wrong in Pittsfield on Mayor Dan Bianchi. I disagree with Dan Valenti's myopic analysis. I feel that Bianchi inherited all of Pittsfield's problems from the failed administrations of Gerry Doyle and Jimmy Ruberto. Doyle signed the flawed Consent Decree with GE's Jack Welch. Pittsfield is known as a toxic waste dump with excesses of PCBs that cause cancer in thousands of local residents. Doyle, like Ruberto, was a Good Old Boy who ruled Pittsfield politics with an iron fist with no room for dissent and diversity of opinions. Under the Doyle debacle, Pittsfield lost millions of taxpayer dollars that is still unaccounted for today. Under the Ruberto regime, taxes went sky high in Pittsfield. Tens of millions of dollars were invested in downtown Pittsfield revitalization. Tax breaks were given to millionaires. Taxes went up for everyone else. During the Ruberto regime, Pittsfield became the #1 area in Massachusetts for job loss. While Ruberto raised taxes, thousands of people left Pittsfield and the tax base shrunk. For the past 2-plus years, Dan Bianchi inherited "the system" from the Good Old Boy network that ran Pittsfield politics into the ground. Bianchi has not changed Pittsfield politics, but rather created his own Good Old Boy network. Bianchi is continuing the downward spiral in Pittsfield politics.
Pittsfield politics

Milford, NH

#508 Apr 1, 2014
It was ashame that Dan Bianchi ran unopposed for his 2nd term as Mayor of Pittsfield. Bianchi has not changed Pittsfield over the past 2-plus years. He is keeping things the same. Every year that goes by, Pittsfield’s problems get worse and worse and worse…
Over a decade ago, when I was a young man, I spent over 1 year of my adult life looking for a job in Pittsfield. Guess what? No one would offer me employment in Pittsfield.
I read about population loss in Pittsfield. Thousands of people have left Pittsfield over the past decade. Most of the people who leave Pittsfield are young adults. They leave Pittsfield for a better life with a living wage job.
There are more people in Pittsfield on welfare assistance than have private sector jobs. Over half of Pittsfield’s school children are on free or reduced lunch status.
Pittsfield is a community that relies on taxpayers for almost everything. Taxes get raised every single year in Pittsfield.
Like China, one party controls Pittsfield politics. If you are not a Democrat, then you have no power in Pittsfield politics.
Even Peter J. Larkin, who is really a conservative Republican who is employed by General Electric Company as a lobbyist, is registered as a Democrat! Hmmm.
Pittsfield politics

Milford, NH

#509 Sep 13, 2014
Pittsfield politics is a case study of how everything went wrong with managing a community!
* Thousands of people have fled or moved away from Pittsfield
* As the population diminishes, taxes rise above the rate of inflation
* Thousands of jobs have been lost in Pittsfield
* Business taxes are not only slowing growth, but they are causing the local economy to shrink
* Pittsfield's municipal finances are unsustainable
* Pittsfield is heading toward a fiscal cliff or bankruptcy
* Pittsfield is known as the welfare capital of Western Massachusetts
* Pittsfield is a toxic waste dump filled with cancer-causing PCBs left behind by GE
* Pittsfield has a third-rate rag named The Berkshire Eagle covering state and local politics
* Pittsfield politics is ran by the Good Old Boy network which consists of low gene pool, interrelated, multigenerational families
* Pittsfield politics is totally corrupt
* Pittsfield is on a never-ending downward spiral filled with working class people with social problems
Brielle

United States

#510 Sep 13, 2014
Pittsfield politics wrote:
Pittsfield politics is a case study of how everything went wrong with managing a community!
* Thousands of people have fled or moved away from Pittsfield
* As the population diminishes, taxes rise above the rate of inflation
* Thousands of jobs have been lost in Pittsfield
* Business taxes are not only slowing growth, but they are causing the local economy to shrink
* Pittsfield's municipal finances are unsustainable
* Pittsfield is heading toward a fiscal cliff or bankruptcy
* Pittsfield is known as the welfare capital of Western Massachusetts
* Pittsfield is a toxic waste dump filled with cancer-causing PCBs left behind by GE
* Pittsfield has a third-rate rag named The Berkshire Eagle covering state and local politics
* Pittsfield politics is ran by the Good Old Boy network which consists of low gene pool, interrelated, multigenerational families
* Pittsfield politics is totally corrupt
* Pittsfield is on a never-ending downward spiral filled with working class people with social problems
totally agree.. Sad
Pittsfield politics

Milford, NH

#511 Sep 17, 2014
In the Fall of 2014, can you guess how many competitive elections are being held in Pittsfield?
The answer is zero. The Berkshire delegation, D.A., and Congressman are all unopposed!
Pittsfield politics

Milford, NH

#512 Sep 20, 2014
PUBLIC SAFETY ALERT!
Stay off of:
North st.
Tyler st.
Lincoln st.
First st.
Second st.
Linden st.
Dewey ave
Cherry st.
Burbank st.
Kent ave
Madison ave
And Seymour st.
And you might survive.
Pittsfield politics

Milford, NH

#513 Oct 13, 2014
Re: Conspiratorial politics
When 09/11/2001 happened, many people wondered if it was a federal government conspiracy with mostly Saudi Arabian terrorists who were brainwashed by our CIA to fly our airplanes into the World Trade Center buildings, the Pentagon, and the last airplane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. Did our federal government really orchestrate 9/11? What has happened since 9/11? The federal government and contracted American corporations took over a majority of Iraq's oil fields, which will produce more oil by the middle of the 21st Century than Saudi Arabia. Our federal government lied about WMD's in Iraq. Our federal government violated international laws when we invaded and fought a war in Iraq. Currently, our federal government is bombing terrorist targets in Iraq and Syria without Congressional approval. Our federal government is still at war in Afghanistan after 13-plus years and counting. Our federal government has military flanks all over the Middle East to protect our oil interests. This all happened after 09/11/2001!
Just like 9/11, I ask if the persecution and railroading of Bernard Baran in Pittsfield politics was conspiracy? The Boston Globe said the prosecutors (Gerard Downing and Daniel Ford) had evidence in the form of audio tape recordings of children denying sexual molestation by Bernard Baran, but it was never presented at his trial by jury. Some people say that Bernard Baran was taken down by Pittsfield politics because he saw one of Pittsfield's community pillars sexually molesting a young boy and they wanted to discredit and shut him up by sending him to life in state prison. In recent years, it was alleged that Carmen Massimiano and Angelo Stracuzzi are homosexual sexual deviants who respectively sexually molested underage boys. Carmen Massimiano denied the allegation, but it was long rumored in Pittsfield that Carmen Massimiano is a homosexual sexual deviant. Angelo Stracuzzi's case was covered up by Superior Court Chief of Probation Cliff Nilan, and Angelo Stracuzzi moved to New Jersey from his home in Pittsfield, which has since become a group home. I even heard rumors over the years that the late-Gerard Downing was scene at Boston gay bars dancing around. That doesn't mean he was gay, however, unlike the alleged homosexual sexual deviants Carmen Massimiano and Angelo Stracuzzi. I wonder what the motives were for Pittsfield politics to wrongly convict an innocent man and ruin his life? Like 9/11, I believe the trial of Bernard Baran is a conspiracy that needs to be addressed.
- Jonathan Melle
Pittsfield politics

Watertown, MA

#515 Oct 24, 2014
Does anyone have the scoop on William Monterosso’s farewell gift of $150,000? What was the money for?

He was there only 3 months….charges of harassment were made and he left.

Now if the charges were legit, why was he awarded a going away gift of any amount. Was this a legal decision handed down by our very incompetent Degnan?

I think we taxpayers deserve a full explanation.

- Spider

The answer to your questions is: Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.
Nuciforo is William Monterosso’s Attorney. Nuciforo ensured his client got a 6 figure severance package from the taxpayers of Pittsfield. Nuciforo must have received a nice cut of his client’s settlement.

- Jonathan Melle
Pittsfield politics

Watertown, MA

#516 Oct 24, 2014
Topic: Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.’s part in Pittsfield politics

What was Nuciforo’s cut of his client’s (William Monterosso’s) 6 figure severance package?

To this day, there are millions of dollars unaccounted for from the administration of Gerry Doyle’s mismanagement of the health insurance account. Dan Valenti wrote that then Mayor Sara Hathaway was going to take legal action to recoup the large amount of unaccounted for money until Nuciforo stepped in and ordered Hathaway from taking legal action.

Why did Nuciforo block Mayor Hathaway from recouping still unaccounted for millions of dollars during the Doyle administration?

Nuciforo swore in two Mayors of Pittsfield: Mayor Sara Hathaway in January of 2002 and Mayor Jimmy Ruberto in January of 2008.

Why is Nuciforo so powerful in Pittsfield politics? I understand that he is from the ultimate political family in Pittsfield politics. His late-father was a Pittsfield State Senator then a Pittsfield Probate Court Judge. His late-Aunt, who passed away last week, was a Pittsfield Mayor and BCC Professor. His Uncle was a Pittsfield State Representative. Like his late-father, Nuciforo was a Pittsfield State Senator. Nuciforo also served one term as Pittsfield Registrar of Deeds, while he unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Congress in 2012.

It seems that Nuciforo is still very involved with the inner-workings of Pittsfield politics. But, the question is:“Why?”

- Jonathan Melle
Pittsfield politics

Watertown, MA

#517 Oct 24, 2014
The Gerry Doyle administration from January 1998 – December 2001 was the most corrupt and failed period of Pittsfield politics!

Mayor Doyle mismanaged the city government’s health insurance account. To this day, there is still millions of dollars unaccounted for. The municipality became financially insolvent and went into state government receivership.

Mayor Doyle was protected from legal action by then State Senator Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., who has said he is a legal expert on financial issues, where he specializes in insurance law.

Also during Mayor Doyle’s tenure, he (Doyle) signed the Consent Decree that capped most of Pittsfield’s toxic waste chemicals called PCBs left behind by then CEO Jack Welch’s GE. The Consent Decree has proved to be a disaster for Pittsfield with PEDA was unable to attract nearly any business tenants over the past 16 years. Pittsfield is known as a dump filled with cancer causing chemicals, while GE now has zero employees working in Pittsfield.

On the state government level, there were two Beacon Hill delegates who passed the legislation making PEDA into a legal entity. They were then State Rep and now GE Lobbyist Peter Larkin, and then State Senator Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr.

- Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle

Amherst, NH

#518 Dec 23, 2014
I believe that Pittsfield politics is in a never-ending downward spiral. Thousands of people have fled Pittsfield. Thousands of jobs have been lost in Pittsfield. Hundreds of students choice out of Pittsfield public schools. Pittsfield politics raises its taxes by around 5 percent every fiscal year plus a multi-million dollar capital budget it will never pay off. Pittsfield also has many millions of dollars in unfunded liabilities (or long-term debt) it will never pay off. In a couple of decades, after today's senior citizens die off, Pittsfield will have no real tax base. Homes will diminish in value, while local taxes will be sky high. Pittsfield will eventually become financially insolvent and will declare bankruptcy protection and become a ward of the state government. Pittsfield is known as the welfare capital of the northeast. Teen pregnancies double the statewide average in Pittsfield. There are more locals on welfare than have full time, living wage jobs in Pittsfield. Pittsfield's downtown area is known as Social Services Alley by day, and a place filled with crime, violence, drugs, and gangs, by night. Most people still avoid downtown Pittsfield, despite the tens of millions of taxpayer dollars spent on its revitalization. Pittsfield politics is totally corrupt and it is ran by the Good Old Boy network. Pittsfield keeps on getting worse and worse!
- Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle

Amherst, NH

#519 Dec 23, 2014
The late Peter Arlos, "the Aging Greek God", was part of the problem in Pittsfield politics. He opposed all the proposed projects that would have made Pittsfield a better community. Arlos did not want a downtown mall. He didn't want a new ballpark. Arlos profited off of the poor people who rented his "Pottersville" downtown Section 8 apartments. In terms of being an advocate for the little guy, he was just the opposite, Arlos was vested in the political and governmental system in Pittsfield politics. Arlos was a millionaire, as they called him "pinball Pete". Despite his wealth, Arlos served decades in the Pittsfield City Council, and was a Berkshire County Commissioner and then a Berkshire County Treasurer. Arlos received public healthcare insurance benefits, a middle class public salary, and then a comfortable public pension. He did NOT need the public dollars and benefits! Arlos was already wealthy! To me, Arlos was just plain greedy and loved the power of Pittsfield politics. Pete Arlos was a Massachusetts Democratic Party Committee member. Arlos was no Democrat! Like many Pittsfield politicians, Arlos said he was a "Democrat" because you had to be a Democrat to be elected in Western Massachusetts. For example, "Democrat" Peter Larkin became a "Republican" GE lobbyist. "Democrat" Andrea Nuciforo II was a private Attorney for "Republican" big banks and insurance companies. "Democrats" Carmen Massimiano II and John Barrett III endorsed Republicans like Bill Weld, the late-Paul Cellucci, and Charlie Baker for Governor of Massachusetts. Being a Democrat in Pittsfield politics is the biggest lie! Peter Arlos would wring his hands with schadenfreude when the little guy struggled and Pittsfield decayed into corruption and poverty. Arlos mocked the poor with pseudo-compassion. Arlos was known to have hurt a lot people. Arlos told me he didn't want me to receive my Veterans benefits. He told me that I was "no good". What did he want me to be? A homeless Veteran with no healthcare and mental health care. I ceased my association with Peter Arlos about one decade ago because he was rooting against me, just like many other Pittsfield politicians. I am happy I don't live in Pittsfield anymore. Pittsfield politics makes me upset because of Pittsfield politicians like Pete Arlos, Peter Larkin, Andrea Nuciforo II, Carmen Massimiano II, et al.
- Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle

Amherst, NH

#520 Dec 24, 2014
Peter Arlos may have been an advocate for Pittsfield during his time in Pittsfield politics, but he did oppose all of the ideas to make Pittsfield a better place. Arlos opposed the downtown mall proposal. Arlos opposed the new downtown ballpark idea. Arlos opposed the performing arts theater project for downtown Pittsfield, which did succeed during the Jimmy Ruberto regime. Pittsfield has a continuous decline in population and a remaining aging population that will die off in a couple of decades from now. Pittsfield's current plan is to attract young families to stay and move to the area. The opposite is happening in Pittsfield. Young people are moving out of Pittsfield because if they stay they will be working poor and/or live in poverty with welfare assistance programs for their subsistence. Moreover, hundreds of students are choicing out of Pittsfield public schools. Pittsfield's planners want a broader use of the city’s downtown, and a new 21st century broadband system. Downtown Pittsfield, which has received tens of millions of public dollars for its revitalization, is still known as Social Services Alley by day, and place most people avoid after hours.
If I didn't know otherwise, I would guess that Pittsfield politicians like Peter Arlos was a Republican. He supported Proposition 2.5, which gutted local funding and control of public schools. Arlos supported Massachusetts public school teachers and other public employees not being vested in the Social Security system, which screws them out of many thousands of dollars in retirement benefits and leaves them in poverty. Arlos called teachers, cops, and other local and state public workers: "Public Payroll Patriots." Arlos was a hypocrite because he was a vested in the public personnel system himself, despite being a wealthy millionaire. Arlos, like the movie character Henry Potter, profited off of the poor, who rented rooms in his Section 8 downtown Pittsfield housing. Arlos liked downtown Pittsfield's poverty because he preyed on and profited off of the poor. Arlos never wanted Pittsfield to develop into a middle class community. Peter Arlos was a phony!
- Jonathan Melle
cops are liars and thugs

Pittsfield, MA

#521 Dec 25, 2014
Jonathan Melle wrote:
Peter Arlos may have been an advocate for Pittsfield during his time in Pittsfield politics, but he did oppose all of the ideas to make Pittsfield a better place. Arlos opposed the downtown mall proposal. Arlos opposed the new downtown ballpark idea. Arlos opposed the performing arts theater project for downtown Pittsfield, which did succeed during the Jimmy Ruberto regime. Pittsfield has a continuous decline in population and a remaining aging population that will die off in a couple of decades from now. Pittsfield's current plan is to attract young families to stay and move to the area. The opposite is happening in Pittsfield. Young people are moving out of Pittsfield because if they stay they will be working poor and/or live in poverty with welfare assistance programs for their subsistence. Moreover, hundreds of students are choicing out of Pittsfield public schools. Pittsfield's planners want a broader use of the city’s downtown, and a new 21st century broadband system. Downtown Pittsfield, which has received tens of millions of public dollars for its revitalization, is still known as Social Services Alley by day, and place most people avoid after hours.
If I didn't know otherwise, I would guess that Pittsfield politicians like Peter Arlos was a Republican. He supported Proposition 2.5, which gutted local funding and control of public schools. Arlos supported Massachusetts public school teachers and other public employees not being vested in the Social Security system, which screws them out of many thousands of dollars in retirement benefits and leaves them in poverty. Arlos called teachers, cops, and other local and state public workers: "Public Payroll Patriots." Arlos was a hypocrite because he was a vested in the public personnel system himself, despite being a wealthy millionaire. Arlos, like the movie character Henry Potter, profited off of the poor, who rented rooms in his Section 8 downtown Pittsfield housing. Arlos liked downtown Pittsfield's poverty because he preyed on and profited off of the poor. Arlos never wanted Pittsfield to develop into a middle class community. Peter Arlos was a phony!
- Jonathan Melle
Peter Arlos was a phony. And he was disgusting too. The PlaNUT couldn't have picked a worst guardian angel for his fictional character in his nightmare before Christmas tale set in a dark mysterious decayed and runied little hamlet full of corruption and vice perpetrated by its corrupt "elected" and appointed politicians/leaders. So be sure to get out there and vote for all those unopposed candidates.

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