PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Linda Tyer and the new City Council will be sworn in at an inaugural ceremony set for Monday at 10 a.m. in City Council Chambers.
Tyer will be embarking on her second four-year term and four new members will be joining the City Council.
The ceremony begins with a performance by Kids 4 Harmony, followed City Clerk Michele Benjamin administering the oath of office to the elected School Committee members. Incumbents William Cameron, Dan Elias, Dennis Powell, and Katherine Yon are being joined by Mark Brazeau and Alison McGee.
The City Council members taking office are at-large members Peter Marchetti, Peter White, Earl Persip III and Yuki Cohen; War 1 Councilor Helen Moon; Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi; Ward 3 Nicholas Caccamo; Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell; Ward 5 Councilor Patrick Kavey; Ward 6 Councilor Dina Guiel Lampiasi, and Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio.
Cohen, Kavey, and Guiel Lampiasi will be taking the oath for the first time having been elected in November; Maffuccio returns after a number of years off the council.
Once sworn in, the City Council will hold the biennial organization of government in electing officers, drawing seat numbers and establishing rules for council proceedings.
The mayor will then be invited to take her oath from the city clerk and the morning will culminate in the Tyer's inaugural address followed by a benediction.
The event is open to the public and will be broadcast by Pittsfield Community Television.
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MEMA Grant Puts Emergency Medical Kits in Pittsfield Schools
By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
Police Chief Michael Wynn, left, Fire Chief Thomas Sammons and Eric Lamoureaux, community coordinator for the Pittsfield Public Schools, at Monday's announcement.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — All city public schools will receive backpack trauma kits equipped to handle a multitude of emergency situations.
Fire Chief Thomas Sammons alongside Police Chief Michael Wynn and Eric Lamoureaux of the Pittsfield Public Schools announced Monday the delivery of 15 trauma kits that were secured through a Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency grant.
"This is a whole approach the city is taking in responding to an active shooter," Sammons said at Fire Department headquarters on Monday morning. "The Police and Fire Department have worked together on active shooter scenarios and these kits have a lot of the same items that we carry and deploy."
Sammons said the grant was submitted in the fall and was a joint effort between the Fire, Police, and School departments. The grant was $9,735 in total; each kit cost around $650.
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Mayor Linda Tyer told the rest of the School Committee on Wednesday that she recently toured some of the schools and felt that the district needs to begin the master planning process sooner than later.
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