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Some councilors expressed their disappointment in committee assignments on Tuesday at the council's first regular meeting of the term.

Pittsfield City Council May Reconsider Subcommittees

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There was a mini revolt by three city councilors on Tuesday night who were unhappy with their subcommittee assignments.   
Councilors Helen Moon, Keven Morandi, and Chris Connell voted against the assignments and asked Council President Peter Marchetti to reconsider his selections.
"I think we can get a little bit more of a happy medium with these assignments," Connell said.
The Ward 4 councilor said he did talk with Marchetti, who had agreed to take another look at the assignments.
"He has indicated to me that he is willing to look at these and possibly make some changes," he said. "So I am not voting for this the way it is and I am hoping he will stay true to his word."
Morandi, of Ward 2, agreed and said he has always been contacted in the past before assignments were given. 
As it stands Ward 3 Councilor Nicholas Caccamo will chair Ordinance & Rules and Councilor at Large Peter White will serve as vice chairman; Councilor at Large Earl Persip, Ward 5 Councilor Patrick Kavey, and Ward 7 Councilor Anthony Maffuccio will also serve.
Marchetti will chair the Finance Subcommittee and Persip will serve as vice chairman; they will be joined by Councilor at Large Yuki Cohen, White, and Morandi.
Persip will chair the Community & Economic Development subcommittee with Caccamo as vice chairman; Ward 1 Councilor Moon, Kavey, and Ward 6 Councilor Dina Guiel Lampiasi will join them.
Moon will chair the Public Health & Safety subcommittee, Maffuccio will be vice chairman and they will be joined by Connell, Cohen, and Morandi.
White will chair the Public Works Subcommittee, Maffuccio will serve as vice chair and members will be Kavey, Lampiasi, and Connell.
Maffuccio will chair Public Buildings and Maintenance, Marchetti will be vice chairman, and members will be Morandi, Lampiasi, and Cohen.
The City Council split the meeting with an executive session that lasted over an hour. Although on the agenda it was listed as for the purpose of negotiations, the council clarified that it was actually for litigation.
Marchetti did check in with the city solicitor who said, in his opinion, it was still OK to enter into executive session.
Upon exiting, Marchetti noted that no more information could be provided.
"The reason the topic was not discussed was because it could adversely affect the city's position in litigation," he said.
He said no votes were taken. 
The City Council appointed Cynthia Taylor to the School Building Needs Commission.
• Thomas Goggins and Erin Sullivan were appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
• Michael Blewitt was appointed to the Sister Cities Commission and Karen Roche to the Human Services Advisory Council.

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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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