Mazzeo Announces Campaign For Pittsfield Mayor

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 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.
 
"Pittsfield is at a crossroads right now, and our residents deserve a leader who will facilitate real change and progress that our community desperately needs," reads a release Mazzeo sent on Thursday. 
 
"Together we can finally address crucial issues like undrivable roads and poorly maintained infrastructure, the ongoing consequences from corporate recklessness in GE, and bringing good-paying stable jobs to the City. Lip service is not enough; it's time for action."
 
Mazzeo was first elected to the City Council in 2009 and won re-election five terms. She served as council president for one term. She is board president at the Gladys Allen Brigham Center, a member of Zonta International, a youth softball coach, and a member of the Here At Home Committee.
 
She joins Craig Gaetani, Karen Kalinowsky, and Scott Graves as potential challengers to incumbent Mayor Linda Tyer, who previously launched a campaign for re-election.
 
Mazzeo made her announcement Thursday morning as she took out papers in City Hall but iBerkshires was not notified of  the event. A press release was sent to iBerkshires later in the evening.

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Pittsfield at-Large City Councilor Candidates Answer Questions

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Candidate for the four a-large City Council seats participated in a forum Monday at Berkshire Community College as they made a push for votes before election day.
 
Seven candidates fielded questions at a forum hosted by BCC, in partnership with the Pittsfield Gazette and Pittsfield Community Television, which recorded the forum. The moderator was Shawn Serre, executive director of PCTV.
 
After some opening statements, the candidates were asked to pick a number that prompted a question. After three candidates answered the question the next candidate in line chose a new number. At the end of the session, candidates were given two minutes to answer questions they did not get or to expand on the answers they gave.
 
One of the first questions brought forward was about Mayor Linda Tyer's proposed home improvement plan that would have allowed qualified residents to apply for money from the Pittsfield Economic Development Fund to make small improvements to their homes.
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