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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PARB Awaiting State Guidance To Inform Use Of Force Policy Changes

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Police Advisory and Review Board issued a statement reaffirming the current use of force policy while it awaits state guidance on the subject.
 
The board voted last week to issue a statement that essentially mirrored current policy that states maneuvers designed to reduce blood or airflow are not authorized or trained by the department.
 
"I think saying something in the interim would be good and would let the public know that we have concerns about this," Chairwoman Ellen Maxon said. 
 
Through the summer, the board has discussed possible changes to the Police Department's Use of Force policy, specifically eliminating neck restraints.
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