Did Mayor Ruberto LEGITIMATELY win th...
six degrees

United States

#41 Nov 28, 2010
Inquiring minds wrote:
Remember back in April when Mayor Ruberto won the car in the Untied Way raffle?
Considering the recent revelations of criminal scandal among the Pittsfield elite, is it not possible that they cheated?
Remember, Angelo Stracuzzi was deeply involved in the whole (possible) charade.
What say you, Pittsfield residents?
did I recently read that a recipient of Ruberto's generosity was involved in a tragedy?
That is affirmative

Troy, NY

#42 Nov 29, 2010
six degrees wrote:
<quoted text>did I recently read that a recipient of Ruberto's generosity was involved in a tragedy?
If you are talking about the taxpayers the answer is yes. And the tragedy is the cities future.
Worried

Northville, NY

#43 Nov 29, 2010
Totally agree
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Bennington, VT

#44 Nov 29, 2010
America’s older folks seem targeted because their artificial hips, knees, plates, and pace-makers most often trigger the metal detectors.

“They are the ones who get the brunt of the pat downs. Most of the American public will not have any difference in their screening. The people who alarm the MAG are the ones that will get this invasive pat down.”

And it targets the wrong people, some TSA officers believe.

“The ones who are least likely to be terrorists, the elderly, are the most likely to get the pat downs?” KDKA’s Jon Delano asked a local TSA officer.

“Correct. And that’s the big problem with this system.”

One local agent says, ironically, the controversial full body scanner may be better for seniors because it may avoid a pat-down, a pat-down, he says, that violates basic American values.

“It goes back to,‘Do upon others as you would wish others to do upon you.’ And I would not want that done to me, or my family, or my mother, or my grandmother.”
ETF

Bennington, VT

#45 Nov 30, 2010
EVERYTHING Brian Aitken was or had worked for was wiped away one winter afternoon after his mother called the police on him.

Separated from his wife, the entrepreneur and media consultant, now 27, had moved back home to New Jersey from Colorado toward the end of 2008 to be closer to their young son.

In between jobs, his well-oiled life was running ragged, and on Jan. 2, 2009, when his ex canceled his visit with their son, he became distraught, muttered something to his mother, and left his parents' home in Mount Laurel, N.J.

"He said something that scared her, things that a guy will only say to his mom, like ...'Life's not worth living anymore,' " said Larry Aitken, Brian's father.

Sue Aitken, a trained social worker, decided to play it safe and called police, but she hung up before the 9-1-1 dispatcher could answer. Police traced the call and showed up anyway, and found two handguns in the trunk of Brian's car. And now Brian, her middle child, a graduate student with no prior criminal record, is serving a seven-year prison sentence for weapons charges.

No one blames Sue Aitken for Brian's arrest, except herself maybe, but his father and attorney claim that the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and the former Superior Court judge who tried the case ignored evidence that proved Brian had the guns legally. The family has asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for clemency and has garnered a great deal of support on a "Free Brian Aitken" Facebook page and among gun-rights advocates.

Aitken and his supporters believe that he had a legal exemption to have the handguns in his car because he was moving from his parents' home to a residence in Hoboken.

"This case is the perfect storm of injustice," said Aitken's attorney, Evan Nappen, of Eatontown, Monmouth County, who specializes in gun laws.

The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and former Superior Court Judge James Morley said Aitken and his legal team tried during closing arguments to raise an issue related to Aitken's moving that wasn't presented during the trial, but Morley wouldn't consider it. Aitken remains in prison pending his appeal.

A few weeks after Aitken's trial over the summer, Morley learned that Christie was not going to reappoint him, due in part to a 2009 case in which he dismissed animal-cruelty charges against a Moorestown cop accused of sticking his penis into the mouths of five calves. Morley said there was no way of knowing whether the calves had been "puzzled" or "tormented" by the officer's actions.

Nappen thinks the animal-cruelty case exemplifies poor decision-making by Morley.

"Brian didn't receive oral sex from calves; he only lawfully possessed firearms," Nappen said.

A spokesman for Christie acknowledged that his office had received clemency requests for Aitken, but declined to comment further.

Read more: http://www.philly.com/dailynews/local/2010113...
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Bennington, VT

#46 Nov 30, 2010
Handguns in a duffel bag


When Mount Laurel police arrived at the Aitkens' home on Jan. 2, 2009, they called Brian - who was driving to Hoboken - and asked him to return to his parents' home because they were worried. When he arrived, the cops checked his Honda Civic and, inside the trunk, in a box stuffed into a duffel bag with clothes, they found two handguns, both locked and unloaded as New Jersey law requires.

Aitken had passed an FBI background check to buy them in Colorado when he lived there, his father said, and had contacted New Jersey State Police and discussed the proper way to transport them.

"He bought them at Bass Pro Shops, for God's sake, not some guy named Tony on the street corner," his father said.

New Jersey and Colorado are on opposite ends of the gun-control spectrum. In Colorado, all he needed was the background check to own the guns.

In the Garden State, Aitken was required to have a purchaser's permit from New Jersey to own the guns and a carry permit to have them in his car.

He also was charged with having "large capacity" magazines and hollow-point bullets, which one state gun-control advocate found troubling.

"What little I can glean about the transportation issue leaves me puzzled, but a person with common sense would not be moving illegal products from one place to another by car," said Bryan Miller, executive director of CeaseFire NJ, an organization devoted to reducing gun violence.

"If Mr. Aitken did the research he said he did, he would not have hollow-point bullets and large-capacity magazines in the vehicle," Miller said. "They are illegal, period."

New Jersey allows exemptions for gun owners to transport weapons for hunting or if they are moving from one residence to another. During the trial, Aitken's mother testified that her son was moving things out, and his friend in Hoboken testified he was moving things in. A Mount Laurel officer, according to Larry Aitken, testified that he saw boxes of dishes and clothes in the Honda Civic on the day of the arrest.

The exemption statute, according to the prosecutor's office, specifies that legal guns can be transported "while moving." Despite testimony about his moving to Hoboken, a spokesman for the prosecutor said the evidence suggested that Aitken had moved months earlier, from Colorado to Mount Laurel. "Again, there was no evidence that he was then presently moving," spokesman Joel Bewley said.

Read more: http://www.philly.com/dailynews/local/2010113...
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Bennington, VT

#47 Nov 30, 2010
philthyesthoodlum_22
Keep him in jail where he belongs. Get the guns off the streets and let him do the maximum time. So what he's college educated, has nothing to do with the facts of the case. Another case where white boys gone wild are looking for clemency. Don't do it fat boy Governor. Stay home and eat another 6 foot hoagie and leave this case alone. If you want i'll send over a dozen happy meals to you. Sign in to report abuse
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Posted 06:18 AM, 11/30/2010eharper
If I was the judge I would have doubled the sentance for being so stupid. Sign in to report abuse
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Posted 06:21 AM, 11/30/2010Powelton villager
Thanks Mom! Sign in to report abuse
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Posted 06:43 AM, 11/30/2010quigly46
Way to go "MOM"!!!!!! Sign in to report abuse
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Posted 06:50 AM, 11/30/2010chrishvac
I don't understand. Did he do anything illegal in Colorado with the guns? I don't know if hollow points ropunds are illegal or not. Jersey is such a screwed up state. The guns are his and were in the truck. There was no danger of him using them during a traffic stop. This is why i stay out of jersey. Seven years is harse for this situation. Sign in to report abuse
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Posted 07:11 AM, 11/30/2010Artese
I am a very strong supporter of the Second Ammendment and equally as strong when it comes to the legal ownership and use of guns. On the other side, I am very anti-stupidity and very strong on personal responsibility. Like it or not, large capacity magazines and hollow point bullets are illegal in New Jersey ...... period. Take the responsibility to find out. Like it or not, yiu can't transport guns in New Jersey (for whatever the reason) without the proper permits. Take the personal responsibility to get the permits. It is fools like Brian Aitken who make it bad for all legal gun owners who go out of their way to do things legally. He deserves to be in jail and should serve his entire sentence. Sign in to report abuse
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Posted 07:14 AM, [email protected]
How many LEGAL guns does the philthyesthoodlum_22 own? Oh yea and the whiteboy s--t has to stop. WHITE BOYS GONE WILD! Sign in to report abuse
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Posted 07:16 AM, 11/30/2010Bigdawg1513
I guess there's no common ground anymore. In NJ, a guy gets 7 years for having LEGAL guns in his possession. In PA, a guy who is in possession of heroin, and then leaves his kid in the parking lot so he can drink and gamble in the middle of the night, gets 2 months. Then, in NJ, you read where people say, "They are illegal, period", but getting head from a calf or coming to NJ illegally from another country is overlooked. Just another reason not to live in NJ. Sign in to report abuse
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Posted 07:24 AM, 11/30/2010gotcha
Sounds like he was on his way to the cherry hill mall. Sign in to report abuse
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Posted 07:25 AM, 11/30/2010outlawelse
sher blunt

North Adams, MA

#48 Nov 30, 2010
we love the man
news flash

Adams, MA

#49 Dec 5, 2010
I would not worry about a fixed raffle right now .I would be thinking about Angello the dittler working in our, yes I said our city hall.Not to worry ladys he wont be after you.
city hall cesspool

United States

#50 Dec 5, 2010
Listen, I realize that city hall with it's officially unethical guilty repeat offender mayor may be a ****hole of corrupt but the ex-ceo with an unhealthy immoral appetite for young boys still cannot work there.
news flash

Adams, MA

#51 Dec 5, 2010
city hall cesspool wrote:
Listen, I realize that city hall with it's officially unethical guilty repeat offender mayor may be a ****hole of corrupt but the ex-ceo with an unhealthy immoral appetite for young boys still cannot work there.
Too late he has the job. We taxpayers have no say in the matter. Done deal.Now lets all get together and wellcome the dittler to his new job.
Dont get it

Troy, NY

#52 Dec 6, 2010
Hard to believe that is true. Yes, Ruberto would love to stick it to the tax payers once again by adding staff, and the more garbage he surrounds himself with the less he stands out himself, but why would Angelo do it. He has got enough money to live comfortably in seclusion so why bait the people by waltzing among them? Don't make sense.
Taxpayer

Adams, MA

#53 Dec 6, 2010
Dont get it wrote:
Hard to believe that is true. Yes, Ruberto would love to stick it to the tax payers once again by adding staff, and the more garbage he surrounds himself with the less he stands out himself, but why would Angelo do it. He has got enough money to live comfortably in seclusion so why bait the people by waltzing among them? Don't make sense.
No but does our city really make any sense? We taxpayers have no say in the matter.We have a city council that thinks we are dumb.The only councilor that makes sense is Joe N.The rest are like poop, they stink...
rotten fish

South Windsor, CT

#54 Mar 16, 2011
Inquiring minds wrote:
Remember back in April when Mayor Ruberto won the car in the Untied Way raffle?
Considering the recent revelations of criminal scandal among the Pittsfield elite, is it not possible that they cheated?
Remember, Angelo Stracuzzi was deeply involved in the whole (possible) charade.
What say you, Pittsfield residents?
well lets examine this, what do we know for sure? We know that Mayor Ruberto has been before the ethics commission more than once and holds the title of Pittsfield's least ethical contemporary mayor. We know that he shares some kind of relationship/friendship? with Angelo Stracuzzi the Greylock ex-ceo with an unhealthy appetite for young boys. We also know that he "clashed" with Melissa Mazzeo at a recent council meeting and "chafed" when questioned by Mazzeo. I think I can also say that the concerns of the city and the taxpayers are not his top priority, I think he made that clear with his "Because at the time it felt good, that's my answer,"(from the Gazette, March 10th) response to a question by Mazzeo. This kind of response to a question that affects the taxpayers would have one believe that Ruberto may feel that his feeling come first, last and above everything else. So, did Ruberto legitimately win that car?
Theuglysister

Pittsfield, MA

#55 Mar 16, 2011
Nope and everone knows he did not
pedestrian fatality

South Windsor, CT

#56 Mar 20, 2011
United Way chief cited, has Kristine Hazzard president and CEO of Berkshire United Way faced any charges. Ralph Calamari was hit crossing East Housatonic Street at the Wendell Avenue crosswalk on Oct.19, 2010. What happen with this?
infamy is forever

Easthampton, MA

#57 Jan 1, 2012
pedestrian fatality wrote:
United Way chief cited, has Kristine Hazzard president and CEO of Berkshire United Way faced any charges. Ralph Calamari was hit crossing East Housatonic Street at the Wendell Avenue crosswalk on Oct.19, 2010. What happen with this?
What has happened in this case?
utopia

Accord, NY

#61 Aug 27, 2012
Good question wrote:
If I recall correctly, there was a picture on iBerkshires of Angelo handing the keys to Ruberto with Gary Johnson of Johnson Ford looking on. GFCU underwrote a hefty part of the raffle, I think.
If it was legitimate, it's unfortunate for all involved that Angelo's criminal escapades have cast a shadow over it.
Let's face it, if he'll flout decency, rules and law to catch a break on paying for his crimes, what else might he do?
Were we misled?
infamy is forever

United States

#62 Oct 15, 2012
Inquiring minds wrote:
Remember back in April when Mayor Ruberto won the car in the Untied Way raffle?
Considering the recent revelations of criminal scandal among the Pittsfield elite, is it not possible that they cheated?
Remember, Angelo Stracuzzi was deeply involved in the whole (possible) charade.
What say you, Pittsfield residents?
A glowing memorable moment in the infamous life of James Ruberto.
Road Hazzard

United States

#63 Oct 16, 2012
pedestrian fatality wrote:
United Way chief cited, has Kristine Hazzard president and CEO of Berkshire United Way faced any charges. Ralph Calamari was hit crossing East Housatonic Street at the Wendell Avenue crosswalk on Oct.19, 2010. What happen with this?
Whatever happen with this case?

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