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Ward 1 Councilor Helen Moon has decided no to run for a third term, citing personal and professional reasons.

Four Ward Races Open in Pittsfield Election

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Four ward councilors have announced that they will not seek re-election, leaving space for new leadership in those areas and a changeup of at least a third of the council November.

Ward 1 Councilor Helen Moon, in a Facebook video post this week, said the physical and mental strains over the past two years related to the pandemic and her personal and professional life led to her decision not to run for a third term.

"I thought it was unfair to my constituents that I cannot give myself 150 percent like I try to because of what's happening in my own life," she said. "You deserve somebody who is going to put you No. 1 and I cannot give you that."

During her four years, Moon has backed investment in infrastructure and education; pushed to make city communications more accessible, including by adding Spanish translations; and advocated for better services for the city's homeless.

Last fall, she was honored by the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus as an elected woman of color and for her support on the environment, education, and health care and as a "tireless advocate for youth."

Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Morandi and Ward 4 Councilor Chris Connell stated in January they would not run for re-election; Ward 3 Councilor Nicholas Caccamo followed suit in February.

Up for election in November will be City Council seats for all seven wards and four at-large seats for two-year terms. All six School Committee seats will also be  on the ballot and the city clerk, all of which have two-year terms.

Nomination papers for the 2021 municipal election became available at the city clerk's office on April 2 and are due July 16. 

There are two Pittsfield restaurant owners seeking a bid for at-large seats — Craig Benoit, owner of The Hot Dog Ranch, and current at-Large Councilor Yuki Cohen.

In December 2020, Benoit advocated for local eatery owners who felt that the city-specific indoor-dining ban was unfair to their businesses and a large financial burden, which ultimately led to Mayor Linda Tyer offering a compromise that reversed the ban.

Cohen has been in hot water for COVID-19 violations at her establishment, Methuselah Bar and Lounge. Most recently, the bar lost its liquor license for 30 days. Cohen has publicly apologized for her actions to other media outlets.

Also taking out papers for at-large are former mayoral candidate and school resource officer Karen Kalinowsky; retired state police officer and Pittsfield High basketball coach Brandon Michael Mauer; and current council members President Peter Marchetti, Earl Persip III, and Pete White.

Downtown Pittsfield Inc. board member and administrator of the website "The Pittsfielder" Nicholas Russo has taken out papers for Ward 2 and Charles Kronick and Kevin J. Sherman, a former councilor, for Ward 3.

James Conant, Courtney Gilardi, and Andrew M. Wrinn are on the ballot for Ward 4. Gilardi, who resides on Alma Street, has been an advocate for residents against the Verizon cell tower at 877 South St. since it was erected last summer.

Patrick Kavey has taken out papers for a second term as Ward 5 councilor and Edward Carmel, a member of both the former and current homeless committee, for Ward 6.

Ward 6 Councilor Dina Guiel Lampiasi pulled nomination papers on Thursday.

In Ward 7, Nolan Smith Fernandez has taken out papers to challenge current Councilor Anthony Maffuccio.

School Committee members Mark Brazeau and Daniel Elias have taken out papers for re-election; Katherine Yon, William Cameron, and Alison McGee have not taken out papers at this time.

Newcomers taking out papers for School Committee so far include Karen Reis Kaveney-Murray, Katie Lauzon, and William Tyer.

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Big Y Hiring Spree

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — On Tuesday June 29, Big Y will hold their first ever company wide "monstrous hiring" event at over 75 locations across Massachusetts and Connecticut. 
According to a press release, Big Y are simplifying their application process. Every store plus the distribution center will hold interviews and hiring managers will be able to make on-the-spot job offers on June 28 from 3-8 PM
"A future at Big Y means more than stocking shelves. It is an opportunity for personal leadership and growth, an opportunity to belong and contribute to your own vibrant future and an opportunity to connect with others and be part of a community that cares," said Michael J. Galat, vice president of employee services. "We stand committed to making a real difference where employees are celebrated for who they are and have a chance to share their ideas and be respected, valued and heard."
Currently, there are openings at all Big Y supermarkets, Big Y Gas and Convenience Stores, Table & Vine Fine Wines and Spirits, and Big Y's Fresh and Local Distribution Center.
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