Healey, Diehl to Face Off for Governor in November

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Maura Healey and Geoff Diehl won their respective gubernatorial primaries on Tuesday.
BOSTON — Maura Healey and Geoffrey Diehl will face off this November after winning their respective primaries for governor. 
Both candidates had been the expected victors on Tuesday night: Healey was the only Democrat left in the primary after Sonia Chang-Diaz dropped out last month and Republican Diehl handily beat businessman Chris Doughty. 
But the difference in votes they toted up was dramatic, with the incumbent attorney general earning more than 450,000 votes hows the Trump-backed Diehl 106,000, with between 70 and 75 percent of the vote in. 
Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll won in a three-way race for the lieutenant governor nomination for the Democrats against state Rep. Eric Lesser of Longmeadow and state Rep. Tami Gouveia of Lowell.
Voting was a bit closer between the GOP lieutenant governor candidates with Leah Allen beating out Kate Campanale 52-48 percent with 77 percent of votes counted. Diehl and Allen had decided back in March to run as a team. 
Andrea Campbell beat out labor lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan for the chance to replace Healey as attorney general. Quentin Palfrey's name was still on the ballot but he withdrew two weeks ago and threw his support to Campbell, an attorney and former Boston city councilor. 
William Galvin is expected to cruise to another term as secretary of state after trouncing attorney and civil rights leader Tanisha Sullivan in the primary. Galvin's been secretary since 1995; Sullivan had run on a platform of the office being more active in terms of equity and community. Galvin will face off in November against Republican Rayla Campbell.
Diana DiZoglio won the post of auditor over Christopher Dempsey, whom incumbent Suzanne Bump had endorsed as her successor. DiZoglio, a state senator from Metheun, will face Republican Anthony Amore in November. 
Both Amore and Rayla Campbell ran unopposed in their primaries. 

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Pittsfield ZBA Grants Casella Permit for Waste Transfer Facility

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals calls Casella's planned redevelopment of the former trash incinerator an improvement to the site.

Last week, the panel approved a special permit to allow a waste transfer facility at the site on 500 Hubbard Ave. Casella Waste Management purchased the waste transfer facility on Hubbard Avenue from Community Eco Power LLC, which filed for bankruptcy in 2021 and has demolished it for redevelopment into a waste transfer station.

The owners say the trash will be brought to the facility and transferred away daily. Concerns that were voiced about the project include odor and impacts to the surrounding area but Casella says the new operation will be less of an impact than the former.

"I think this is going to be a vast improvement based upon the facility that was there previously. I know that sometimes you would get a sight of the other one, they used to dump the waste and it was laying like a floating pond," board member John Fitzgerald said.

"And since the trash is not going to be there, it's going to be in and out, I think the odor will be reduced and I think the vermin will be reduced."

It was also pointed out that the site has handled trash for 40 years.

"I think a lot of the odor before was related to burning," board member Esther Anderson "And there's not going to be burning so it it's going to be greatly reducing the amount of odor and if it's not sitting there is no place for vermin to be."

The former incinerator, including a 118-foot tall stack, has already been demolished a fabric structure is being used temporarily for waste handling.

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