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Breen Kirsch Gets Nuciforo Endorsement for City Council
Breen Kirsch Campaign On: 08:34PM / Sunday November 06, 2011
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr., former state senator and Middle County register of deeds, on Friday announced his endorsement of Jennifer Breen Kirsch for a seat on the North Adams City Council. 

"Jennifer has the educational background, work ethicand vision to provide leadership for the city," Nuciforo said. "Her strong commitment to serve will benefit the people of North Adams, and I endorse her without reservation."

"I would just like to thank Andy for his support today," Breen Kirsch said. "I have much respect for him as an attorney,and as a respected political figure in Berkshire County. I know him and his wife Elena personally, and I look forward to working with him on behalf of our fine city."

Breen Kirsch earned her bachelor of science degree from Union College, and a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. She served as an assistant district attorney in the Middlesex district attorney's office before returning to her hometown of North Adams to enter private practice. She has recently opened Breen Law Office and Mediation, located in Building 13, second floor at Mass MOCA.

Breen Kirsch has served as chairman of the North Adams Housing Authority and serves on the Berkshire Commission on the Status of Women. She is one of 16 candidates seeking election to the North Adams City Council.

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Caccamo Rally to Get the Vote Out
Staff Reports On: 05:42PM / Sunday November 06, 2011
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Committee to elect Nicholas Caccamo for City Council will host a rally Sunday, Nov. 6, aimed at encouraging younger voters in Pittsfield to hit the polls this Tuesday. The event will take place at Spice Dragon at 291 North St. from 7 to 10 p.m.

The popular Noah Weiss Quartet will provide entertainment, where candidates in all municipal election races are invited to provide information about their campaigns and help instruct voters in the critical 18-35 demographic why they should turn out.  This demographic comprises about 7,000 of Pittsfield's 29,000 registered voters, a little less than 25 percent in total.

This event is free and open to the public and all Pittsfield candidates running for office.

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Nuciforo Endorses Blackmer for City Council
Blackmer Campaign On: 01:18PM / Saturday November 05, 2011
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr., former state senator and Middle Berkshire Register of Deeds, on Saturday announced his endorsement of Lisa Blackmer for re-election to the North Adams City Council. 

"Lisa has shown her willingness to work with others to address the issues facing North Adams," Nuciforo said. "She does her homework. Her work ethic and commitment to improving the local economy are impressive. I am pleased to give Lisa my support."
"I would like to thanks Andrea for his support," Blackmer said. "This endorsement adds to the forward momentum for my City Council campaign and I look forward to working with Andrea on addressing the issues facing our great city."
Blackmer is seeking re-election to her third term on the City Council. She has served on numerous city and regional organizations such as the Northern Berkshire Food Festival, Berkshire Food Project, Fall Foliage Parade and Festival Committee, and the North Adams Open Studios Committee. She is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, holding a degree in business administration.

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Boucher Vows to Cut Sewer Tax in Half
Boucher Campaign On: 05:43PM / Friday November 04, 2011
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This is the fourth installment of mayoral candidate Ron Boucher sharing his views and ideas on important issues facing the city of North Adams. The below discussion focuses on the reduction of the sewer fee implemented by the current administration by over 50 percent.

"When the City Council originally voted to institute this fee, I was in favor of this because the mayor promised part of the fee would be placed in an enterprise fund for infrastructure improvements. This has not occurred, and instead the money has been used for pay raises, which is completely unacceptable. With the lack of an enterprise fund being set up as per the original plan, why should the people pay for something they are not getting."

"I am proposing an immediate reduction in the sewer fee, from 42 percent to 21 percent, a reduction by half. This would help immediately alleviate the financial burden on property owners. Now people will ask how can we do this and still balance the budget? The truth of the matter is that this fee is already built into our tax base, like the city of Pittsfield, and is not being correctly backed out by the current administration. Residents are being double hit and in these trying economic times that is neither ethical nor acceptable."

"Please remember, Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. I would like to ask one final time for your vote for to lead the city of North Adams."

The campaign to elect Ron Boucher Mayor of North Adams would like to extend an invitation to the public to stop by his campaign headquarters at 107 Main St. You can also learn more about Ron Boucher, his campaign and views by visiting his website at or emailing him at

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Pittsfield Election Polls
Staff Reports On: 09:24AM / Friday November 04, 2011
Just for fun, we've added these polls for a completely unofficial election survey.

Select who you think will be the winners in each contest. You can vote no more than once a day but you can multiples on the council polls. The names in paranthesis are running as write-ins.
Next mayor of Pittsfield will be
 Peter Marchetti
 Daniel Bianchi
 None of above free polls 
Pick the council Ward winners
 Ward 2: Kevin Morandi
 Ward 2: (Peter White)
 Ward 3: Paul Capitanio
 Ward 3 Jeffrey Ferrin
 Ward 4: Christopher Connell
 Ward 4: Ozias Vincellette
 Ward 5: Jonathan Lothrop
 Ward 5: J. Joseph Breault free polls 
Who will win the 4 at-large council seats?
Melissa Mazzeo
Churchill Cotton
Kevin Sherman
Anthony Maffuccio
Nicholas Caccamo
Richard Scapin
Barry Clairmont
(Joseph Nichols) free polls 

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Voting is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Deadline to register or change party affiliation was Oct.15.

Candidates on the ballot in races for state office; all others on the ballot are unopposed. Links will take you to their campaign websites.

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Edward J. Markey, Democrat
Brian J. Herr, Republican

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Martha Coakley & Stephen Kerrigan, Democrat
Evan Falchuk & Angus Jennings, United Independent Party
Scott Lively & Shelly Saunders, Independent
Jeff McCormick & Tracy Post, Independent 

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Maura Healey, Democratic
John B. Miller, Republican

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William Francis Galvin, Democratic
David D'Arcangelo, Republican
Daniel L. Factor, Green-Rainbow

Deborah B. Goldberg, Democratic
Michael James Heffernan, Republican
Ian T. Jackson, Green-Rainbow

Suzanne M. Bump, Democratic
Patricia S. Saint Aubin, Republican
MK Merelice, Green-Rainbow

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