Election Checkup: Pittsfield Sees Increased Interest in School Committee

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More candidates have had their signatures certified and there is now a full slate of interest in the School Committee.

Not long after the City Council averted a petition from Ward 2 Councilor Charles Kronick that imposed a 30-year age requirement to represent Pittsfield schools, two more people have taken out papers for the six-seat board: Stephanie Sabin and Dominick Carmen Sacco.

According to her social media, Sabin works as a patient advocate for bariatric surgery at Berkshire Medical Center.

Kronick had proposed charter modifications that include a minimum 30-year age requirement on School Committee candidates and a one-year "cooling off" period for elected officials and it did not fare well.

A majority of the councilors and some community members spoke against the proposal before Ward 1 Councilor Kenneth Warren called a charter objection.

At the time, only five candidates have taken out papers for the six-seat board, one of whom is 19-year-old William Garrity. The young candidate said people his age are leaving and the city should be enticing them to return.

"By putting an age limit for office, the city would be implying that it does not care about the voices of young people like me in the city," he said.

"How would this implicit statement help to keep and attract young people to the city in a time where it's very much needed for our future?"

A new candidate has also taken out papers for Ward 2, Soncere Williams. According to her Linkedin, she is self-employed as a forensic mitigation social service expert.

Kronick indicated during last week's council meeting that he is dropping out of the race and had not returned nomination papers as of Friday. 

Alisa Costa, who is vying for an at-large seat, has had her signatures certified by the city clerk. Costa was previously running for a Ward 3 and at-large seat and has since withdrawn from the ward race.

As of Friday, eight of the 28 people who took out papers have had their signatures certified and returned to the city clerk's office: mayoral candidate Peter Marchetti, incumbent City Clerk Michele Benjamin, Costa, incumbent Councilor at Large Peter White, at-large candidate Craig Benoit, Ward 3 candidate Bill Tyer, Ward 3 candidate Matthew Wrinn, and incumbent Ward 5 Councilor Patrick Kavey.

The last day to submit nomination papers to the Registrar of Voters for certification is July 21 and the last day to submit papers to the city clerk is Aug. 4. A preliminary election, if needed, is scheduled for Sept. 19 and the general election is on Nov. 7.

Candidate list


Peter Marchetti
John Krol Jr
Craig Gaetani


Michele Benjamin


Earl Persip, III
Peter White
Alisa Costa
Craig Benoit
Karen Kalinowsky
Jonathon Morey


Kenneth Warren, Jr


Charles Kronick
Soncere Williams


Bill Tyer
Matthew J Wrinn


James Bryan Conant


Patrick Kavey
Ocean Sutton


Craig Gaetani
Dina Lampiasi


Anthony Maffuccio
Jonathon Morey


William Garrity Jr.
Sara Hathaway
William Cameron
Daniel Elias
Stephanie Sabin
Dominick Sacco


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Dalton Discusses Options for Cable Contract Negotiations

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
DALTON, Mass. — The Cable Advisory Commission held its first meeting since 2019 on Monday night. 
The commission was re-established to negotiate a new contract with Charter Communications. 
There are four voting members on the commission, three of whom are also on the Dalton Community Cable Association's board. 
The commission is weighing its options for obtaining legal counsel, the needs to be negotiated, and need for volunteers. 
The last time the town had a contract was in 1997 with Time Warner Cable, which was purchased by Spectrum in 2016. 
The commission plans to negotiate for a share of gross revenue, capital funds, funding for fiber optic cables, which will enhance its connections, and updated equipment needed to handle this upgrade. 
Commissioner Richard White said, to his knowledge, by law the town should have three stations but it currently only has one. 
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