But while Tyer declared the election settled, Mazzeo is considering legal action based on the same premise that prompted her call for a recount of Nov. 5's mayor election: irregularities in the voting and ballots.
Branch's "2020 Vision — One to One Together" is about inclusivity and it may seem a idealistic when it comes to a community embracing togetherness. But she says having that vision is important if the city wants to reach its potential and serve its citizens.
Mayor Linda Tyer and Councilor at Large Melissa Mazzeo faced off Monday in a spirited — and final — debate as the two women sought convince voters they are the right choice for a four-year term in the corner office on Nov. 5.
Mayoral candidates Linda Tyer and Melissa Mazzeo sparred over education during a debate hosted by the Pittsfield Educational Administrators Association and United Educators of Pittsfield on Tuesday night.
Karen Kalinowsky and Scott Graves stood beside the top vote-getter on Tuesday to say she best represented the platforms they'd run on. The endorsement took place on the steps of City Hall, just outside the office of Mayor Linda Tyer, who is seeking a second four-year term.
While the entire city will be deciding which two of the four candidates for mayor will be moving on to the general election in November, only Wards 5 and 6 will determine the top two candidates vying to representative their precincts. Neither ward has an incumbent running but both have former city councilors running.
The four candidates, Rusty Anchor owner Scott Graves, retired Pittsfield Police Officer Karen Kalinowsky, Councilor at Large Melissa Mazzeo, and incumbent Mayor Linda Tyer fielded questions from local radio personality Larry Kratka and made their pitch to potential voters.
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.
By 2010, the old YMCA boathouse was just about to fall into the lake because it had fallen into such disrepair.
Scott Graves then had an idea to save it. He'd take the property that wasn't one the tax rolls, renovate it and turn it into a private marina and club. Instead of the city ultimately having to demolish the building, it is back up and running and generating tax revenue.
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.