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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Innovation Center on Schedule For January Opening

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Innovation Center is still on schedule to open sometime in January.
 
The center's Executive Director Ben Sosne gave a brief update to the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority last week and said board should expect a grand opening in the first half of January.  
 
"I was just through the building and it looks fantastic," he said on Tuesday. "I am really excited to get this thing open and welcome everybody in."
 
He said in the next few months they will be moving in tenants and figuring out final specs.
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