Above, Daniel Bianchi greets people at his election night party; left, Mayor James Ruberto is surrounded by supporters. Top, Jodie St. Peter accepts a vote package at City Hall.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Daniel Bianchi lead the mayoral pack on Tuesday, outpolling his closest competitor, incumbent James M. Ruberto, by 542 votes.
Voters also ousted two sitting city councilors, ensuring two new faces on the council come January.
Ruberto and Bianchi will vie again in November to see which will be the city's next executive.
Pam Malumphy ran a distant third with 23-year-old Nicholas J. Caccamo making a good showing in fourth. The rest of the 10 candidates weren't even in the running.
Of the city's 14 wards, Ruberto won only Ward 4 and Precinct A in Ward 3.
Despite the returns, the Ruberto camp was upbeat over at the Italian American Club afterward.
"The outcome didn't surprise us at all. We fully expected to be where we are — heading for the Super Bowl," said Ruberto. "Tonight its 0-0, we're in the top of the first inning and the real campaign starts now."
Bianchi, too, was surrounded by supporters at the American Legion thrilled with his showing. The five-term city councilor said he was ready for the sprint to November.
"I want to thank the people of Pittsfield for participating and all the wonderful people in the campaign," he said. "I'm certainly looking forward to working real hard over the next six weeks, talking about issues and being successful in November."
Ballots arrive at City Hall.
Ruberto said he'll be running on "real results" and that his opponent "will have to explain his vision to the people of Pittsfield and to begin to explaining to the people of Pittsfield how that vision is going to represent better, more effective, more creative government than we have now."
The incumbent described the face off as between the coach (himself) and the critic, saying his opponents in the preliminary election had been focused on finding problems than on solutions.
While Ruberto said he stood for a collaborative, cooperative form of government, Bianchi said citizens were being left out.
"The major thing I'm going to work on is changing the atmosphere about the government of Pittsfield," he said. "I think people have felt excluded, like people who have felt their opinions have not been heard."
Ruberto's looking forward to the final campaign: "We're both going to be talking about the future of Pittsfield and that's what I love talking about."
Caccamo was pleased with this showing of nearly 400 votes.
"I think I did very well. It got me name recognition," he said. "Name recognition is the most important thing in politics."
He definitely is thinking about a political career: "I'm going to keep going to City Council meetings, maybe get on a board or committee ... and see if a councilor-at-large seat opens up."
In Ward 4, incumbent Michael Ward blew off his competition nearly six to one. Christopher Connell passed Terry Kinnas by 35 votes for a rematch with Ward in November.
The story was different in Wards 2 and 7, where the challengers overcame both incumbents.
In Ward 2, challengers Peter White and Kevin Morandi knocked three-term incumbent Louis Costi out of the running.
In Ward 7, Anthony Maffucio, whose personal problems with a girlfriend made headlines in the local paper, was trounced by all three challengers. Joseph C. Nichols came out on top, outpolling second-place finisher J.D. Hebert by nearly 200 votes.
The turnout was 27.88 percent, with 7,958 votes cast. There are 28,547 registered voters in the city. City Clerk Linda Tyer said the election went smoothly thanks to the great team she has.
Nicholas J. Caccamo
Patricia 'Pam' Malumphy
James M. Ruberto
Mark A. Marciano
Rick E. Moon
Daniel L. Bianchi
Stephen A. Fillio
Lisa M. Boyd
Jeffrey W. Ferrin
Ward 2 Ward 4
Peter T. White
Kevin J. Morandi
Christopher J. Connell
Michael J. Ward
Terry M. Kinnas
Anthony V. Maffucio
Joseph C. Nichols
Loren V. Paduano
Original posting on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 22, 2009
Mayoral candidate Lisa Boyd sent us a shot of her marking the ballot. Wonder who she voted for?
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — City voters will be setting the contestants for the general election for mayor and in three city wards today.
Of the 10 candidates for mayor, only two will make it to the Nov. 3 after Tuesday's preliminary election; Wards 2, 4 and 7 will also see their multiple candidates narrowed down to two each.
Local radio stations and iBerkshires will be offering results throughout the evening.
iBerkshires media partner Berkshire News Network will be providing coverage from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Live 95.9, WHUPE FM, with special guest commentator Angelo Stracuzzi, a 25-year veteran of the City Council.
WBRK Radio, AM-1340 offers live preliminary election night results beginning at 7:30. News Director Len Bean will anchor the broadcast with Bob Shade, Sherman Baldwin and others providing analysis and final vote tallies as soon as the polls close. Coverage will include live reports from the candidate’s camps before and after the final count.
Mayoral candidate Dan Bianchi will be host a Primary Night Party at American Legion Post 68, 41 Wendell Ave., on at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
James Ruberto supporters can catch him at the Italian-American Club on Newell Street; Pam Malumphy will be at Flavors on McKay Street and Nick Caccamo will be at East Street Cafe.
Polls are open from 8 to 8; voters are reminded that the polling places have changed in Ward 3, Precinct B and Ward 5, Precinct A because of church closings.
Ward 1, Precinct A: Reid Middle School, 950 North St.
Ward 1, Precinct B: Reid Middle School, 950 North St.
Ward 2, Precinct A: Morningside Community School, 100 Burbank St.
Ward 2, Precinct B: Somerset Fire Station, Somerset Ave.
Ward 3, Precinct A: Providence Court, 379 East St.
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Its funny how the candidate speaking the truth comes out in last place.
Yesterday's debate was cemtered on the 3 favorites and every times one of the other 7 candidates wanted to speak, they were ingored and the inucumbent when way over the time limit.
I think the debate from yesterday should be done over, the other 7 candidate werent given a fair shot.
I hope that the residents of Pittsfield remember how much of a mess this city was in before Jim Ruberto came along and gave us hope and more than that, he was action-oriented and has delivered! Great coverage on iBerkshires.com, thank you.
of course the "official" politicians win...oh well, I guess the city gets what it gets. I would also like to point out that according to PCTV Jeff Ferrin got 103 votes, so I don't understand why it is only showing he got 50. Who has the real numbers? I also have to say, I'm very impressed in how well Nick Caccamo did. He should be proud of himself.
Editor: Our numbers came from the city clerk's office. Some media outlets had people reporting directly from the polling stations; sometimes mix up happens.
It amazes me even to this day that Maffuccio blames headlines from his personal life caused him to lose the election. He himself as a public servent representing the taxpayers abused his authority as an official calling on the police dept. Filling a false report of a stolen car knowing that his girlfriend had and is a user of his car. She wasnt coming home so he lied about the car. He is the one that opened his big mouth that his girlfriend has a problem. Did he ever report her drug use to the detectives? He is so ashamed of himself that he reports on the tv that he lives on robbins ave. Hello he left his wife and child and bought a 2 family home right around from his family. I havent seen much professolisum and trutfulness coming out of his actions. There has been numerous visits from the police and just because he asked her to drop the charges, he is claiming unclean hands? It's time for an honest chance for his ward. Buck and face your defeat like a real man Maffucio. You need to give respect in order to recieve respect. Stop sneeking around trying to ruin people lives....You are not good leadership. Look in your own gutter.