Linda Tyer feels her administration has begun building a strong city and is looking for it to be stronger.
The incumbent mayor is seeking re-election to the post as she wraps up her, and the city's, first four-year term. The mayor previous served as a ward councilor and city clerk prior to being elected.
This past winter Melissa Mazzeo was being asked about piles of salt being left on the side of the roads.
The small trucks weren't working properly. She said she talked to the commissioner about it but didn't really have any authority to do anything about it. And now, the city's budget is some $2.1 million over in that line and will have to transfer money from other places to cover it.
After a decade on the City Council, Melissa Mazzeo intends to run for mayor.
In a prepared statement, she said she's focused on "addressing our growing crime rates and drug epidemic, auditing our city processes and rejecting the notion of doing things because that's how it has been done, investing in public infrastructure without putting the city into debt, and holding GE accountable for their broken promises and the resulting undeveloped business park.
Neighborhoods, economic prosperity, and designing our future.
Those are the three pillars of which Mayor Linda Tyer said has been a foundation of her first term as mayor. And she now wants to "do more of what works" as she announced her bid for re-election Thursday at Framework.
The mayors of Pittsfield and North Adams are adding their voices to calls to rescind a "zero-tolerance" policy decision by the U.S. Department of Justice that has resulted in the separation of children from families attempting to cross the border illegally or requesting asylum.
The tasks are complex and no two days are the same. Challenges do not always fit into neat boxes as one moment you are managing the city finances through a recession, then a natural disaster might strike, and very often you find yourself taking on tasks that go well beyond the job description.
Hans Morris of Stockbridge donated $250 to the campaign of Thomas Bernard last month. Morris is a member of the group of investors who purchased New England Newspapers last year.
Mention of Morris' donation was omitted from an article in The Eagle on the pre-election campaign finance reports. iBerkshires also wrote an article about the filings but did not catch Morris' name in connection to the newspaper group.
Candidates who fail to file campaign finance reports in a timely fashion are penalized $25 a day up to $5,000 and must pay with their own, not their campaign, money by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.
Thomas Bernard and Robert Moulton Jr. tangled over crime, economic development, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, students' "gangster" dressing, and what has become an albatross at every election, the Mohawk Theater.
One of the most quietly influential people in both these realms during this time has been Tom Bernard, who is now running to become mayor of North Adams. I heartily endorse Tom's candidacy because he is the right choice for North Adams.
Polls open for voters in North Adams at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, and close at 7 p.m. All five wards will be voting at St. Elizabeth's Parish Center this year. The City Council voted earlier this year to move the Ward 4 polling location to the parish center, where the other four wards have been for a number of years.
Robert R. Moulton Jr. and Peter Oleskiewicz failed to file campaign reports with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance by the Sept. 11 filing date. Each was being fined $25 a day until their report is filed. This is a personal fine and committee funds may not be used.
Three of the four mayoral candidates running in the preliminary election on Tuesday offered their positions on questions ranging from economic development to the opioid crisis at a forum Thursday held in the renovated Weave Shed at Greylock Works.