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North Adams Candidate Meet & Greet Set Sunday

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A meet and greet for candidates running for City Council and School Committee and McCann School Committee will be held on Sunday, Oct. 17.
The event will be held beginning at 1 p.m. under the big tent in Courtyard A at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The mingle is free and open to the public. All candidates running for City Council and school committee were invited.
This informal gathering is being sponsored by and the North Adams Chamber of Commerce, and is being hosted by Bright Ideas Brewing. 
The public is encouraged to attend and speak one-on-one with the candidates. The candidates will also have an opportunity to introduce themselves and speak about their reasons for running for office; this portion of the event will take place after 1:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be available at Bright Ideas and other entities on the museum campus. Face coverings outside are optional but required indoors.
iBerkshires and Northern Berkshire Community Television have also recorded five conversations with candidates for City Council and North Adams School Committee. These will be broadcast on NBCTC at various times over the next month and are available on iBerkshiresTV
The MCLA Political Science Club and iBerkshires are hosting a mayoral debate on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center. This event is open to the public; face coverings are required. This debate will be recorded for later broadcast on NBCTC. 
The election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The deadline to register to vote is Wednesday, Oct. 13, until 8 p.m. in the city clerk's office or online. Applications for an absentee/mail-in ballot are available in the city clerk's office or by download from the state website. Early voting begins Tuesday, Oct. 19, through Oct. 28 during business hours in the city clerk's office.

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Letter: Jennifer Macksey for Mayor

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

To the residents of North Adams: It is with great pleasure that I may provide you with an honest and heartfelt letter in support of, who I feel, is the most qualified candidate for mayor of the City of North Adams. I have the privilege of knowing Jennifer Macksey both on a professional and personal basis. I have had the honor of serving this great city for over 32 years. I have seen its ups and downs, good and bad, positive and negative, trials and tribulations of the city I call home. However, through all of this, we always hold our heads high and continue to do what’s best for our city, its residents, and the communities around us.

Having known Jennifer for nearly 25 years, she has the integrity, intelligence, and strong municipal knowledge to "hit the ground running" on Jan. 1, 2022. I know Jennifer has a deep love and understanding of our city. Her passion and caring for our senior citizens, the hard working men and women of our community, and one of the most important assets of this city, our children and their education and well being.

We know there are some significant issues within this city, our crumbling infrastructure, failing water and sewer lines, roads, sidewalks, fire hydrants, public safety building, etc. Yes, there has been some improvements made to these issues, however, there is much more that needs to be done. We all know that this type of comprehensive work can be costly. But, if we start now, put a plan together and execute it, we will begin to make progress. Of course, this will take to few years to complete, nothing happens overnight. However, I know that Jennifer is person that can find the funding, coordinate, and execute a significant infrastructure improvement plan.

I believe public safety and our schools are the backbone of this city. I know Jennifer has the ability, trust, understanding and communication skills, to be sure that these important issues are always being improved, funded appropriately, and maintained to the highest standards possible.

Having worked with Jennifer, I have found her to have the ability to communicate and work very well with others. She listens to people, understands, and shows great empathy. She is a strong, no nonsense woman, yet, kind and understanding. In my opinion, her honesty, integrity, transparency, and love for this city is unquestionable.
Please go out and vote for Jennifer Macksey for mayor on Nov. 2, 2021.

Michael Cozzaglio
North Adams, Mass. 

Michael Cozzaglio is the retired police chief of North Adams.



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