West Side resident Tonya Frazier called out the councilor during the open microphone portion of Tuesday's City Council meeting. Frazier has regularly spoken about the need for change in the community following the death of Miguel Estrella at the hands of police in late March.
Four of the city's seven wards saw new leadership in the 2021 municipal election and familiar faces were voted into the at-large seats. The councilors, School Committee members, and City Clerk Michele Benjamin took their oaths of office to officially start their terms.
Ten years ago, Cohen first sought comfort in the Pittsfield community while going through a divorce and later decided to open a successful bar downtown. She wants only the best for the place that welcomed her with open arms.
The council on Tuesday filed a petition from former mayoral candidate Craig Gaetani requesting the it vote on a plan to resume in-person meetings 8-3 with Ward 4 councilor Chris Connell, Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi, and Ward 1 Councilor Helen Moon voting in opposition.
The councilor's announcement come after the decisions of three of his colleagues not to run: Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi, Ward 4 Councilor Chris Connell, and Ward 3 Councilor Nicholas Caccamo announced early this year that they would not seek re-election.
The Ordinance and Rules committee on Monday rejected recommending City Clerk Michele Benjamin's petition to adjourn City Council meetings after four hours of deliberation and unanimously approved Councilors at Large Earl Persip III and Peter White's petition to begin meetings an hour earlier at 6 p.m.
After submitting a petition for Council President Peter Marchetti to relinquish his leadership and step down, Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio motioned to file his own petition for the sake of unity.