"Malumphy joins race for Pittsfield mayoral seat"
By Dick Lindsay, Berkshire Eagle Staff, Thursday, July 16, 2009
PITTSFIELD -- A former City Councilor has joined the lengthy list of candidates who want to unseat Mayor James M. Ruberto in the fall.
Patricia "Pam" Malumphy, whose candidacy has been rumored for weeks, has announced her mayoral campaign by taking out nomination papers today. She's become the latest challenger to Ruberto who is seeking a fourth consecutive two-year term in the corner office at City Hall.
Malumphy has been out of Pittsfield's political limelight since losing her re-election bid for one of the four councilor at-large seats in 2005. She's currently a member of the Pittsfield School Building Commission which is seeking state funding for a yet-to-be determined high school building project.
While eight other candidates, besides Ruberto, have taken out nomination papers, only Nicholas J. Caccamo and Paul Kwasniowski have returned them to be certified by city election officials. August 4 is the deadline to file the paperwork in order to get on the ballot.
Malumphy is the second high-profile name to enter the mayoral race, with Ward 6 Councilor Daniel L. Bianchi announcing more than two weeks ago his campaign.
Pam Malumphy was appointed to the Massachusetts Commission
on the Status of Women (MCSW) by the Caucus of Women Legislators. She is currently the Berkshire Regional Director for the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. She has been active in the community as a councilor at-large on Pittsfield’s City Council, as well as serving as a commissioner on the city’s Community Development Board, Board of Health, and School Building Needs Commission. She’s a charter member of the Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women and, until September 2007, was its first chair. She is on the Board of Corporators for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and an active steering committee member of the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Pipeline for Berkshire County. For her many professional and community efforts, she was named the 2005-2006 Woman of Achievement by Berkshire Business and Professional Women. Born and raised in Richmond, Massachusetts and a product of the Pittsfield public school system, Malumphy attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she majored in early childhood education.
"Malumphy in the fold"
By Dick Lindsay, Berkshire Eagle Staff, Friday, July 17, 2009
PITTSFIELD -- A former City Councilor has joined the lengthy list of candidates who want to unseat Mayor James M. Ruberto in the fall.
Patricia "Pam" Malumphy, whose candidacy has been rumored for weeks, has begun her campaign by taking out nomination papers this week. She's the latest challenger to Ruberto's re-election campaign and the second high-profile name to enter the mayoral race since June 29 when Ward 6 Councilor Daniel L. Bianchi announced his candidacy.
Malumphy, 50, served just one, two-year term as an at-large councilor, losing her re-election bid in 2005. But she doesn't view her mayoral campaign as attempting to make a political comeback.
"I never thought I went away," Malumphy said. "I feel as connected to the community as ever." She cited several local civic- and government-related groups she's served with the past four years, including the Pittsfield School Building Commission.
Malumphy is currently the Berkshire regional director for the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, of which Pittsfield is her biggest client. She noted she will have to take a leave of absence from the state job in late August, once her name is certified to be on the ballot.
While Malumphy spent weeks mulling a mayoral campaign, her decision to run was finally based on several "tipping points," one of which was the increased violent crime in the city since the year began.
"It's not just a police issue, but a community issue," she said. "I will actively work with the police department on how the city can partner with neighborhood groups."
Malumphy did praise Ruberto for his handling of the city budget and keeping it balanced, but urged, "This kind of fiscal responsibility is what we should have every year."
Malumphy, a native of Richmond, has lived in Pittsfield since 2002 and resides at 16 Wellesley St., with her husband Franz Forster and his two children Isabella, 18, and Alexander, 21.
While Malumphy and eight other candidates, besides Ruberto, have taken out nomination papers for the mayor's race, only Nicholas J. Caccamo and Paul Kwasniowski have returned them to be certified by city election officials. Aug. 4 is the deadline to file the paperwork in order to get on the ballot.
Kwasniowski, 53, of 26 Williamsburg Terrace, is a Pittsfield native who said, "This city needs a lot and the people in office are not doing anything."
He cited how aging fire engines need replacing and the youth need things to do "and not sell drugs on the street."
Kwasniowski said he had been employed at a business in Downing Industrial Park, but is now devoting all of his time -- and plenty of money -- running for mayor.
"I have already spent $12,000 on lawn signs, bumper stickers and billboards," he said, noting the billboard campaign advertisements have yet to be posted.
Kwasniowski hinted his becoming mayor is a long shot, saying, "If I lose, at least I tried. You can't put down someone who's tried."
The Eagle has been unable to contact Caccamo, 23, of 173 Long View Terrace, to comment on his campaign.
To reach Dick Lindsay: email@example.com, or (413) 496-6233.
July 17, 2009
Re: I support Pam Malumphy for Mayor of Pittsfield
If I still lived in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, which is my native hometown, I would strongly support and vote for Pam Malumphy for Mayor. She is very intelligent, committed to the community, and will grow the now tanked local economy that saw GE sell its Plastics unit, Sabic lay-off 40 employees late last year, and KB Toys liquidate into bankruptcy with well over 225 job losses. I believe that Pam Malumphy would take the insider, dirty and corrupt politics that have ran Pittsfield for far too long -- Gerry Doyle, Sara Hathaway (see Luciforo), and Jimmy Ruberto -- and administer an honest and open municipal government of, for and by the People. I have a Blog page on Ms Malumphy, and I look forward to following her good work in public service.
- Jonathan Melle
P.S. I was proud to vote for Ms Malumphy for City Councillor in 2003!
"Election 2009: Pam Malumphy Formally Announces for Pittsfield Mayor"
www.iBerkshires.com - Tuesday, August 4, 2009
PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts — Mayoral candidate Pam Malumphy is formally announcing her candidacy on Thursday, Aug. 6, at noon on the steps of Pittsfield City Hall as the city is at a crossroads facing serious issues of public safety, jobs, and renovating two existing high schools versus building a new high school.
"When it comes to public safety, I know this isn't just a police department or a district attorney's office issue, it is our issue as a community and we desperately need a vocal advocate from City Hall leading the community to say 'we have no tolerance for violence or drugs in our community,'" Malumphy stated.
For the past three years, Malumphy has been the regional director for the Massachusetts Office of Business Development at which her chief responsibility is supporting the health of existing businesses. "I have a great record of working with dozens of businesses in our community in offering meaningful support and guidance," she said.
Among her top three campaign issues is the continued debate over renovating the two high schools or building a new single high school.
"When I was on the City Council, I petitioned to have the School Building Needs Commission re-activated and, over the years, the conversation turned into one of constructing a new high school. I have consistently opposed this position preferring instead to advocate for the renovation of our two great existing high schools."
Submitted by the Campaign to Elect Pam Malumphy: www.votemalumphy.com
Mazzeo's Ristorante, Committee to Elect Pam Malumphy is hosting a fundraising "Certification Celebration" for Pittsfield mayoral campaign for the public as well as all candidates whose names appear on the September 22, 2009, primary ballot in Pittsfield, 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2009. $1-$100 donation suggested. 7 Winter Street, Pittsfield. votemalumphy.com or 413-441-2708.
Malumphy 'conversation' announced
The Pittsfield Gazette, By Jonathan Levine, Publisher & Editor, 25.AUGUST.2009
A businessman is hosting a public "conversation" with mayoral candidate Pam Malumphy on Tuesday, September 1, 2009.
The free event will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Thaddeus Clapp House, 74 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
The "meet and greet" is hosted by Adam Hersch, president of Cavalier Management and owner of Brix wine bar. Hersch recently went public with his dealings with the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority (PEDA), which is controlled by incumbent mayor, James Ruberto. Hersch alleges that the board and Ruberto didn't even have the courtesy to respond when he and his partner presented a plan for a building at the long-stalled Stanley Business Park.
The "conversation" will take place less than one hour after Ruberto is scheduled to formally "announce" his reelection bid.
"Election 2009: Malumphy Offers Apples for Teachers"
iBerkshires.com - Tuesday, September 01, 2009
PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts — Mayoral candidate Pam Malumphy is giving apples to teachers and administrators at Pittsfield High School and Taconic High School on the first official day of school Wednesday, Sept. 2.
Malumphy has been a consistent advocate of renovating the two high schools rather than what she says is a the costly and questionable move to build a single new high school.
"When I was on the City Council, I petitioned to have the School Building Needs Commission re-activated in order to facilitate a discussion as to why we were seeing such high dropout rates," she said. "Over the years, the conversation turned toward the construction of a new high school and abandoning our two existing schools. I have consistently opposed this position preferring instead to advocate for the renovation of our two great existing high schools."
Submitted by the Campaign to Elect Pam Malumphy
"Malumphy plans political party"
The Pittsfield Gazette, By Jonathan Levine, Editor & Publisher, 07.SEPTEMBER.2009
Mayoral candidate Pam Malumphy is hosting a free "Rock the Vote" party Tuesday, September 8, 2009, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
The event takes place at the Central Block, 75 North Street, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Music will be provided by the acoustic band, Annie & the Hedonists.
This public party is intended to highlight the candidate's views about "the business of art and the art of business."
"Malumphy is ready for office"
The Berkshire Eagle, Letters to the Editor, Thursday, September 10, 2009
Mayoral candidate Pam Malumphy continues to believe the commonwealth can be a great place to live, work and raise a family. Having worked with Pam on the Commission on the Status of Women (state level) and in her volunteer role on the Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women (local level), I can report that Pittsfield would be represented by a dedicated and experienced public administrator who always puts constituent needs first and approaches her work with the utmost of respect for community and the welfare of others.
Pam brings to her work many years of experience, and as a public sector professional, voters can be assured they have a leader who has made her career and reputation in public service as one who understands systems and also pays attention to the individual and the details. As a mayoral candidate you will find Pam listens, responds and cares first and foremost about the needs of the community as is already evidenced by her commitments both professional and volunteer.
As mayor, Pittsfield will be the envy of the commonwealth.
The writer is immediate past executive director, Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.
Pam Malumphy for Mayor
"Tipping points", By Pam Malumphy, 10.SEPTEMBER.2009
The Pittsfield Gazette (Online), Jonathan Levine, Publisher & Editor
I have always talked about running for mayor as tipping points…those issues that tipped the balance in favor of my running. The need for effective advocacy with issues of public safety; the debate over one new high school vs. renovating two (I petitioned reactivating the School Building Needs Commission when I served on the City Council and now as a Commissioner have adamantly opposed the building of a costly new high school); job growth (I am currently the Regional Director of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development and have helped dozens of businesses in Pittsfield invest in ideas and their people). There are equally important tipping points present in this race: character, integrity, and transparency.
What has happened and what is the truth when we ask questions about PEDA, the wasteful spending at Wahconah Park, the town of Lanesborough having federal stimulus dollars, today, to reconstruct the Mall Road but can’t because our mayor will not reasonably negotiate water and sewer rights with them, to my own personal brushes with a mayor whose integrity and honor I question. Example: the Mayor told his Public Affairs Coordinator in June that he would fire him on the spot if he played in the Pittsfield Police Annual charity golf tournament with me (a tournament we played in together in 2008 and were ready to play in 2009).
And now just a few weeks ago, I received a phone call from my Secretary’s chief of staff and the general counsel for my secretariat regarding my impending unpaid leave. About five minutes into the conversation and rather abruptly, I was asked if I had submitted a FOIA – a freedom of information act – request to Mayor Ruberto. I said ‘no, why would I?’ Where, I wondered, was this conversation going? Why ever would I be asked these questions in a conversation having to do with my leave of absence and so I asked. The response, and I quote, ‘Because the mayor is unhappy.’ I then asked how would they ever know the mayor was unhappy – the conversation quickly ended.
I believe in government. As a private citizen, I need government to work with me to make certain I am living in a community that is safe, has great teachers and schools, and meaningful job opportunities. And I believe government can’t do what it needs to do without an involved and engaged community. The added role of government, working hand-in-hand with our community, is to inspire integrity, openness, and honesty. I ask for your vote on September 22.
"Malumphy offers positive approach"
The Berkshire Eagle, Letters, Monday, September 14, 2009
It's election time, and we are hearing a lot from the mayoral challengers about what they would like to do without necessarily demonstrating what they have accomplished on behalf of the city of Pittsfield. I support Pam Malumphy because she is presenting her proposals to the voters of Pittsfield to not only fix what the incumbent has allowed to deteriorate but also has many ideas to enable Pittsfield to move forward. Pam's energy and positive attitude will re-invigorate our moribund City Hall.
Pam was one of my favorite councilors when she served because of her proactive approach to problems from PCBs at Allendale to being the first councilor to ask for regular presentations to the Council from the PEDA board. Not only is she full of great ideas and a proactive approach, but conducts herself with integrity, humor, and smarts.
Pam is good for Pittsfield. Vote Pam Malumphy for mayor on Sept. 22.
Baseball protest: says Duquette and partners are getting special perks.
"Malumphy pitches protest"
The Pittsfield Gazette (Online), By Jonathan Levine, Publisher & Editor, 13.SEPTEMBER.2009
Mayoral candidate Pam Malumphy has scheduled an "IOU" event on the steps in front of City Hall for Monday morning.
Reacting to the disclosures that the collegiate baseball team that plays at Wahconah Park again owes the city past-due rent and fees, Malumphy is inviting taxpayers the chance to write their own city-tax IOUs on baseballs that will be provided at the 8:30 a.m. rally.
"We as taxpayers often have cash flow issues, but do we stop paying our water bill, do we stop paying our property taxes? One would think if the owners of the Defenders can pay at their leisure, why can't every taxpayer in Pittsfield?" said Malumphy.
Maintenance director Ernie Fortini confirmed during this past Tuesday's city council meeting that the owners of the American Defenders owe the city "approximately $35,000."
Malumphy says that incumbent James Ruberto's response is that "he is confident that the monies will be received and that the ebb and flow of business can sometimes challenge cash flow."
The Pittsfield Dukes - Dan Duquette's predecessor to the Defenders - also delayed making payments to the city without municipal response. Malumphy said Duquette and his current partners' situation highlights larger issues about city governance and recent work at Wahconah Park.
"There have been so many flagrant misuses of public monies used on a park which rests in a flood plain and yet none of those monies, which were designated to mitigate drainage issues, were used for that purpose," she said. "In the end, over three-quarters of a million dollars of taxpayer money was used to significantly upgrade a most-beloved park but a park that was under water all summer and will only continue to be flooded in the years to come."
"Malumphy will be good for business"
The Berkshire Eagle, Letters, 9/14/2009
I’ve known Pittsfield mayoral candidate Pam Malumphy for quite awhile, mainly in a business capacity. Through her work as the regional director of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, she has shown that she has the ability to bring the right people and resources together to promote stronger, more sustainable outcomes for business.
She has a keen understanding of how government and the private sector can work together in a fair and open way to create opportunity for economic growth in our community. Most importantly, she also understands that public resources are finite and come from taxpayers who deserve accountability in the distribution of their money.
"Elect a proactive mayor in Pam"
The Berkshire Eagle, Letters, 9/16/2009
It’s election time, and we are hearing a lot from the mayoral challengers about what they would like to do without necessarily demonstrating what they have accomplished on behalf of the city. I support Pam Malumphy because she is presenting her proposals to the voters of Pittsfield to not only fix what the incumbent has allowed to deteriorate but also has many ideas to enable Pittsfield to move forward. Pam’s energy and positive attitude will reinvigorate our moribund City Hall.
Pam was one of my favorite councilors when she served because of her proactive approach to problems from PCBs at Allendale to being the first councilor to ask for regular presentations to the council from the PEDA board. Not only is she full of great ideas and a proactive approach, but conducts herself with integrity, humor, and smarts.
Pam is good for Pittsfield. Vote Pam Malumphy for mayor on Sept. 22.
"Schools a priority to Malumphy"
The Berkshire Eagle, Letters to the Editor, September 18, 2009
I have worked with Pam Malumphy for several years in the business and not-for-profit areas within our community. She is dedicated, educated individual who would serve our city very well.
I believe, as Pam does, that our schools are the foundation of the future of our city. As a member of the School Building Needs Commission for the past four years, Pam Malumphy has absorbed herself in the complex organization of our public schools to better understand how to achieve excellence in public education and give our kids the opportunity they deserve. She knows that renovating two schools is so much better for teachers, kids and taxpayers than building a new school. We should all be as passionate as Pam about the fact that it is the community together with motivated educators and students that make for great public education, not just new bricks and mortar.
I ask that you vote for Pam Malumphy for Mayor on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
"Pam Malumphy is defined by her spirit"
The Berkshire Eagle, Letters, Sunday, September 20, 2009
I had the pleasure of getting to know Pam Malumphy when I worked for the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce. Our offices were in the same suite on North Street. As I've read other letters to the editor about Pam, they touch on her many professional and volunteer accomplishments but what I'd like to speak to is who Pam is as a person.
I became friends with Pam in watching her work style, her sense of determination, organization, bringing people together. But the glue that keeps Pam's work, family, and friendships working so well is her humor. For any of us that know and love Pam, you can't help but love the way she makes you laugh at yourself, at her, at the craziness of our world. And it's a quality that I don't take lightly. It has always defined her sense of openness, her sense of immediately putting people at ease, her sense that it's really OK to disagree with her, and a sense that the only way she knows how to operate is with inclusiveness.
Pam loves being Irish and believes "'tis better to laugh so as not to cry." And I know that has been true for her at times but, with Pam, it's often more about enduring and lifting others with her spirit.
I hope you join me in voting for my friend, Pam Malumphy, for mayor on September 22.
"Bianchi, Ruberto: Incumbent mayor, longtime rival advance to runoff"
By Benning W. De La Mater, Berkshire Eagle Staff, Wednesday, September 23, 2009
PITTSFIELD -- Mayor James M. Ruberto will face Ward 6 City Councilor Daniel L. Bianchi in the Nov. 3 general election for control of the corner office in City Hall for the next two years.
The race will feature two political opponents with vastly different views of the city's progress and who have subtly battled it out at City Council meetings over the last six years.
Bianchi was the top vote getter with 3,540 votes (44.5 percent), edging out Ruberto with 2,998 votes (37.7). Third place went to former Councilor at large Patricia "Pam" Malumphy, who collected 775 votes (9.8 percent).
The remaining 8 percent of the votes were scattered among the other candidates in the preliminary election: Nicholas J. Caccamo, Stephen R. Fillio, Rick E. Moon, Lisa Boyd, Jeffrey W. Farrin, Mark A. Marciano and Paul Kwasniowski.
The 10 candidates were the most in a preliminary race since 2001. Unlike that year, which saw 46 percent of the city's registered voters go to the polls, Tuesday's turnout was much lower, with 7,958 of 28,547 eligible residents (27.9 percent) casting votes.
Voter participation in preliminary elections is typically around 20 to 25 percent.
Ruberto, a three-term incumbent first elected in 2003, thanked his supporters at the Italian American Club on Newell Street after the results came in. He said he was not surprised at finishing second, surmising that Malumphy's run stole some of his female voting block. Ruberto said he is looking forward to debating Bianchi.
"I'm fully prepared to talk with Dan in a public setting about what I have done for Pittsfield as mayor for the last six years and what he has done for Pittsfield as city councilor for the last six years," he said. "The No. 1 question is, ‘Are we moving in the right direction?' "
At the American Legion on Wendell Avenue, Bianchi celebrated with supporters who cheered "Dan's our man."
Bianchi said the two candidates differ on basic philosophies of how government should be run.
"It's a matter of trust, people feeling comfortable that they can be part of their local government, that no one is left out," he said. "I think a lot of people feel that the decisions in this city are made by a select few."
Voters Tuesday said several issues pushed them to the polls, including economic development, job growth, crime and the future of the city's two high schools.
Nancy Massey, 79, said the biggest issue facing Pittsfield is employment for the younger generation.
"We have a son who is looking for a job and we'd like him to be able to stay in the city," said Massey, a former teacher who raised her family in Pittsfield. "We need more jobs. There's a movement toward this, but there needs to be more done to draw companies here."
Greg Donahue, 43, an owner of a business consulting firm, said the biggest issue in the mayoral election is the ability of a candidate to draw businesses to the area. He said he's looking for a candidate with vision.
"We need a diversified environment, alternative energy, biotechnology," he said. "We can't survive on just the arts and restaurant jobs. We need jobs with substance."
Bianchi told his supporters that he will work hard for the next two years if elected, stressing that he would bring jobs and turn around what he called the mismanagement of the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority (PEDA) and the William Stanley Business Park.
Ruberto said he's looking to improve the quality of life for residents in the city. He said he and Bianchi differ in philosophies.
"It's the coach versus the critic," Ruberto said. "I stress collaboration and teamwork and Dan is about divide and conquer."
To reach Benning W. De La Mater: firstname.lastname@example.org, (413) 496-6243.
"Fair requests by Council"
The Berkshire Eagle, Editorials, January 30, 2010
A Pittsfield City Council that is in step with a mayor risks being tarred with the label of "rubber stamp" when all parties are in fact on the same page for what is in the city's best interests. The other extreme is cold war between mayor and council that leads to gridlock, an experience Pittsfield has gone through and doesn't need to repeat. We believe the current council and mayor are a good match, which doesn't mean they won't have disagreements. This is fine as long as they don't escalate into pettiness that hurts the community.
The City Council acted reasonably in voting 5-4 with two abstentions Tuesday night to table Mayor James Ruberto's eight appointments to the 20-member School Building Needs Commission. The councilors who voted yes -- newcomers Melissa Mazzeo, Joseph Nichols and Peter White and veterans Michael Ward and Jonathan Lothrop -- wanted more information on why the eight were chosen and who was being replaced. Ms. Mazzeo also expressed concern that more members of the general public were not represented. The mayor was clearly unhappy, but the requests were legitimate.
The treatment of former City Councilor Patricia "Pam" Malumphy is of greater concern. Ms. Malumphy, a mayoral candidate this past November, was dropped from the commission even though she wanted to keep serving. This looks like political retribution because she has been at odds with the mayor over the future of the city's high schools and the commission will be making a recommendation on that issue. Worse, she was apparently not told she was being dropped and only found out by consulting the City Council agenda. Clearly, if she was no longer welcome she should have at least been told so by the committee co-chairs.
We're confident that all parties have the best interests of their constituents in mind and for this reason don't anticipate a war between the executive and legislative branches. The City Council, by a narrow vote, has signalled it wants to be kept well informed on appointments -- and we suspect in other areas as well -- and the mayor should readily comply. We would hope too that rubber-stamp agreement with administration policy is not a requirement to serve on city commissions, and that if someone is dismissed, they and voters will be told why.
"School appointments delayed due to incomplete information"
By Jonathan Levine, Publisher & Editor of the Pittsfield Gazette, 4.FEBRUARY.2010
Councilors chafed this past Tuesday as Mayor James Ruberto attempted to appoint eight individuals to the school building needs commission.
With Ruberto expressing displeasure, councilors voted 5 to 4 — with two abstentions — to table the eight appointments.
The school building needs commission is charged with evaluating the city’s school building priorities. Ruberto has advocated for the construction of a modern high school at the Taconic campus.
The controversy began during the public microphone session at the beginning of the meeting.
Terry Kinnas objected to the appointment of more school administrators to the board saying “they’re not going to bring in any difference of opinion.”
The next speaker, Pam Malumphy, dramatically resigned from the commission, tossing her letter of resignation on the table in front of Ruberto.
Malumphy said she had originally petitioned to reactivate the commission and had been an active member, albeit one who had questioned the high school project favored by Ruberto and co-chairwoman Tricia Farley-Bouvier.
Malumphy said that she wasn’t even told she was being removed from the commission and that she only learned after querying. She said that a volunteer board member shouldn’t be treated with “such malice and deception.”
The former mayoral candidate said that “it feels as though the only thing we are encouraged to do is accept the unacceptable and excuse the inexcusable.”
Faced with the indirect news of her not being reappointed, Malumphy announced “effective immediately I resign.”
When the first appointment came up on the agenda, council president Gerald Lee framed the issue by saying the city must have a mix of people on the commission to fulfill requirements that school personnel and experts in areas such as finance and architecture be on the board.
“Some people are on it by virtue of what they are,” he said.
At-large councilor Melissa Mazzeo, however, said that the mayor had provided insufficient information. Each of the eight nominees was listed separately, but with no information about whom they were replacing. There was a resume attached for only one nominee.
After talking with Farley-Bouvier, Mazzeo said she had even more questions about “the sense of urgency about the new appointees.”
She found that the state does provide guidelines about the composition of the board, but said Ruberto provided no details about matching people to the criteria.
She also obtained a letter to a state field coordinator that listed the new appointees and the role each current and new member might fill.
“I just feel like we’re not opening this up to the public,” said Mazzeo. “I have no issues with who is being put on” but she wonders “are we moving too fast.”
The at-large councilor said “a board as important as this board really needs to have full public input from many aspects, not just heavy handed with school background.”
Mazzeo said she needs more rationale. Malumphy is being removed, but Mary Grant, whose terms expired prior to Malumphy’s, is still listed as active. “I want to really bring this out and get more people on,” she said. “If we’ve changed the format and structure, the public needs to know so more people can get involved.”
Ward 4 councilor Mike Ward agreed, saying the mayor should submit a spreadsheet, indicating which role each appointee is to fill.
Ward 1 councilor Peter White noted he hadn’t even seen the letter that Mazzeo obtained. He only had the one sentence appointment letters submitted by Ruberto.
The mayor said councilors overstepped their role.
“What you have is a case where the mayor is presenting appointment for a committee,” he said. If councilors are unaware how city government operates, they should do their homework, he suggested.
“I didn’t realize it was a responsibility given to the mayor when he makes a recommendation for his appointments” to offer details about how a committee works by ordinance.
He said his nominees are all “qualified people” who fall within the guidelines for the composition of the board.
“Each of these recommendations I would ask you to approve,” he said.
Ward 7 councilor Joe Nichols said that the mayor should better communicate his actions.
“When you have a council that has five or six new councilors on it, you may need to take some extra effort at communication,” said Nichols. “It’s very important for all of us to understand exactly what you’re doing.”
At-large councilor Peter Marchetti — who abstained from the voting because he’s one of the appointees — said Ruberto could provide better information. “It is difficult to know which appointment is replacing which place,” he said. “I can understand that confusion.”
Mazzeo, Ward, White, Nichols and Jonathan Lothrop voted to table the appointments.
Lee, Paul Capitanio, Christine Yon and Kevin Sherman voted against tabling the appointments.
Marchetti and John Krol — another appointee — abstained.
In addition to Marchetti and Krol, the nominees are Sally Douglas, Floriana Fitzgerald, Joanne Soules, John Barber and Frank LaRagione.
"Low politics from Ruberto team"
The Berkshire Eagle, Letter to the Editor, May 6, 2010
I was amazed watching the recent Pittsfield City Council meeting of the whole where Melissa Mazzeo confronted Deanna Ruffer about e-mails sent to Pam Malumphy telling her she wasn't welcome at City Council meetings or any other meeting in Pittsfield. Ruffer, with the authority of Mayor Ruberto, spoke for all of the citizens of Pittsfield, something they aren't authorized to do. I didn't elect Ruffer to any position, and I didn't, along with over 6,000 others, vote for Ruberto.
The people of Pittsfield are the city of Pittsfield, not two overbearing politicians. The way Ruberto and Ruffer basically blackballed Ms. Malumphy is an indication of the low, slimy politics practiced by this administration. Ms. Malumphy had the audacity, in their minds, to run against King James, so she's now persona non grata to them and their shrinking circle of followers.
The misinformation spewed by this administration is staggering. The overblown non-facts given about the airport and its use are just one example. They say there are 42,000 take-offs and landings yearly at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport. The only way that would be nearly true is if you counted the kids with their gas engine model planes in that number. I or nobody I know will ever use that place, so why the urgency to get an un-needed renovation done? Who's gaining what in this deal?
The proliferation of misinformation (a nice word for lies) and low moral behavior by this administration has to make it the worst in the long history of Pittsfield and will make it hard when an honest mayor takes office. Something to be proud of, isn't it Mayor Ruberto?
Patricia ‘Pam’ Malumphy has resigned, citing an inability to work with Pittsfield officials. (Eagle file)
"Ex-city councilor resigns state post"
By Tony Dobrowolski, Berkshire Eagle Staff, May 8, 2010
PITTSFIELD -- Citing an inability to work with Pittsfield officials and a lack of support from her superiors, former City Councilor and mayoral candidate Patricia "Pam" Malumphy said she decided to resign her job as the regional director of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development.
Malumphy, who will be 52 in December, submitted her resignation two weeks ago, according to state spokeswoman Kofi Jones. Her last day in the Pittsfield office was Friday.
The regional director since September 2006, Malumphy said her resignation was difficult because "I was good at my job."
But Malumphy said disagreements with Pittsfield Mayor James M. Ruberto and Community Development Director Deanna L. Ruffer over the extent of her involvement in the city's economic development projects, and a lack of support from Undersecretary of Business Development Michael Hunter regarding those issues, led to her resignation.
"There were conversations between me and the undersecretary about what we were going to do about this," Malumphy said. "When it was clear that he wasn't going to do something about this, I decided to do something and I resigned.
"I felt bullied on one side," she said, "and ignored on the other side."
Malumphy ran unsuccessfully for mayor last fall against Ruberto and others, and was a city councilor during Ruberto's first term as mayor in 2003-04.
Malumphy resigned from the the School Building Needs Commission in January when she realized she wasn't going to be reappointed, she said. Malumphy said she had no intention of resigning, but believed she was not going to be reappointed because she opposed the direction the commission had taken on the city's two high schools.
The Massachusetts Office of Business Development helps companies create and retain jobs by facilitating access to a government and non-government resources and initiatives, such as tax-incentive programs, that help businesses grow stronger and faster. Malumphy did not attend a City Council meeting last month during which tax incentive packages for three city businesses were discussed.
On Friday, Ruffer said her office had raised concerns with the state Office of Business Development about Malumphy's participation at City Council meetings, but had left it up to the state to decide how those meetings should be staffed.
"Our concern was about Pam's ability to separate her personal political interest from her role as a state employee," Ruffer said. "I don't want to say anything more than that.
"These kind of issues are not going to distract us from our core mission of bringing jobs and investment to the city," she said. "In the last month, we have brought 280 jobs and $6 million in private investment [to Pittsfield] through three projects."
Ruberto did not return a telephone call seeking comment.
Jones declined to comment on any conflicts that Malumphy may have had in separating her political interests from her professional responsibilities.
"We thank her for her service to the commonwealth and wish her well in the future," Jones said.
The state Office of Business Development will fill Malumphy's position with staffers on a temporary basis until a permanent replacement can be found, she said.
Malumphy said she will begin working as an adviser for the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Tanglewood's annual fund on June 1, a position that she held before entering local politics seven years ago.
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May 8, 2010
"Pam Malumphy" wrote:
Hello Everyone...I wanted to clarify a few things with the article which was disappointing given the amount of information I provided. I didn't resign because of 'an inability to work with Pittsfield officials...' I resigned because they refused to work with MOBD as long as I was in my position and I have multiple emails to prove this (which I only Mr. Dobrowolski reported). And that the mayor or Ms. Ruffer are yet to give one concrete example of me not performing my job well. Instead, they make vague statements like 'it's past politics.' What in God's name does that mean? Tell me I did something inappropriate or unprofessional...prove that I wasn't doing my job...but they can't. I also resigned because my undersecretary, Michael Hunter, was perfectly willing to characterize Ruffer's and the mayor's behavior as 'irrational' and 'dysfunctional' to me but would not resolve it...it is an election year, afterall. I resolved it for him by quitting. The constant malice from City Hall was fairly overwhelming but when someone who has the capacity to do something about it does nothing, it was time I did something. And it's time we all do something. How much of this ridiculously mean-spirited melodrama do we all want to take as residents and taxpayers of this city? And that is the final point...public servants are there as our employees, they are there to be in service, they are there to behave honorably for all of us. Can anyone characterize the actions of this administration as having integrity, honor, or ethics?
Eric Biss wrote:
"My better half, who served with you on the board at Kid's Place, tells me you're good people. I'll take her word for it. But having ridden the bigoted WHEN bandwagon entering politics, you really have no beef now with your ignominious exit. After all, when you do a deal with the Devil, he always collects. Maybe you should have been purely venal, like Tyer."
Pam Malumphy replied:
"Hello Eric, just for clarification...the first time I ran for office, I took out my nomination forms on May 7th, 2003. Although I sought their endorsement that year, I was running regardless. I never sought an endorsement again and not because I believe the group to be bigoted. It was a personal choice."
"Hi Eric...my point is that WHEN! wasn't formed until June, 2003 and I had already made my decision to run...sorry if that was vague."
"She was HORRIBLE at her job and alienated everyone.
Note it was always someone else's fault when it came to why she couldn't get things done. She was given the talk and if she did not resign, she would have been fired...which really means she was fired."
Pam Malumphy replied:
I would ask for you to identify yourself. I was actually excellent at my job and I would ask you to go to any town administrator or business I've worked with and ask them. You could also ask my boss or any of my colleagues at MOBD or MassDevelopment. I was given no talk but it was clear that my Undersecretary was not going to push back on the City and tell them to behave appropriately. Not easy when you're getting it from both sides. Again, if you're going to write such declarative and nasty postings, I challenge you to identify yourself.
"Council meets behind closed doors"
By Jonathan Levine, The Pittsfield Gazette, September 30, 2010
City councilors spent 52 minutes in closed-door executive session on Tuesday night.
The session concerned “charges of criminal misconduct.” Council president Gerald Lee voted against going into executive session.
At-large councilor Melissa Mazzeo had in recent months requested a briefing about allegations of impropriety in the water department by a former supervisor. It has been alleged that the employee falsified overtime information and other matters to claim more than $100,000 of inappropriate compensation.
During the public microphone session at the beginning of Tuesday’s council meeting, two individuals lamented how long it has taken for officials to acknowledge the situation.
Pam Malumphy noted that the charged were aired publicly “well over a year ago.” She stated that “the mayor was given this information over a year ago — what happened.”
Malumphy lamented what she termed “unethical, amoral and criminal activity” at City Hall.
Jeff Ferrin urged councilors to “demand that the district attorney’s office investigate” the matter.
Pam Malumphy, Eleanore Velez and Susan Mongue consider the issues women face in the Berkshires.
"Berkshire Women Face Isolation, Violence, Teen Pregnancy"
By Nichole Dupont, iBerkshires Staff, December 03, 2010
PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts — Domestic violence in Berkshire County is reaching "crisis" proportions, with incidents doubling over the past year alone. Danielle Shumway, an advocate and councilor at the Elizabeth Freeman Center, described it as an epidemic.
“We have a 40 percent higher rate of restraining orders this year,” Shumway told the Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women on Thursday night. “So far we’ve had 1,700 calls on our hotline, which is 50 percent more than we had in 2009. There have been five deaths related to domestic violence in Berkshire County.
"We had 3,000 survivors last year. As you can see, this is not a problem contained within a small section of our community. As a community we have to make this stop. How can we tolerate a world and a community with this level of violence?”
Domestic violence was a major issue on the table Thursday night at a public hearing held by the Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women at the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center. Eight women of all ages representing different agencies presented their reports to the commission in hopes that their voices will be heard at the State House.
“This evening is about all of you,” said co-Chairwoman Pam Malumphy. “We are going to take this information to the broader caucus of women legislators, the governor’s office, the Senate and the State Commission on the Status Women. What you say here matters.”
While the issues presented ranged from lack of funding to isolation, domestic violence and a lack of voice were at the core of the specific challenges that many women in the Berkshires face.
Kelly Mulcahey Kemp, chief prosecutor for the district attorney’s office, said the increase in domestic violence incidents in Berkshire County is in part because of lackadaisical laws that do not protect victims of domestic violence.
"The great strides we've made in domestic violence are coming undone," she said. "This is a crisis that impacts all of us."
Kemp made a plea to abolish two Massachusetts laws (General Law 233, Sec. 20 and General Law 276, Sec. 55), which allow for marital privilege in cases of domestic abuse and allow for the defendant and the victim to settle a case on their own without any involvement from a prosecutor.
"We need to correct this sham that leaves victims vulnerable and abusers emboldened," she said. "I'm in the courts four days a week. I’ve seen this happen. We can't turn our backs on them because of loopholes in the law."
In addition to concerns over the increase in domestic violence, Christa Collier, executive director of Girls Inc., said that teen pregnancy rates are a countywide cause for concern.
"We know that it's very important that prevention programs are in place for girls and women," she said. "The rate of teen pregnancy is now at 20.5 percent, yet, between 1998 and 2007 it has decreased by 21.7 percent in the rest of the state. We can't just expect girls to walk in our doors; we have 17 outreach programs in 23 cities and towns."
Other issues on the table were concerns over the lack of women representatives in the Legislature; pre-natal, delivery and post-partum doula support; immigration reform, the isolation of immigrant women and body image.
"A growing number of women are not being counted," said Claudine Chavanne of the Adult Learning Center. "I've been a community planner for 10 years and I've seen significant changes. There is an increased sense of isolation for many women in Berkshire County. There are more and more women with fewer choices. The dollars have dwindled. I ask that the state be brave and give us the funding we need so we can focus our energy on these issues."
Kelly Kemp, chief prosecutor for the district attorney's office, said current laws do not protect victims of domestic violence.
Violence is an issue which we need to examine together and without a one sided agenda. No one should be a victim, or a continued victim of violence. Key word "no one."
I am curios if ADA Kemp, Malumphy, Velez or Mongue ever considred Dr. Martin Fiebert from the Department of Psychology of California State University when they were "considering the issues women face in the Berkshires." If they were, im sure they would have "considered" that Dr. Fiebert has compiled an annotated bibliography of research relating to spousal abuse by women on men. This bibliography which examined 275 scholarly investigations, 214 empirical studies and 61 reviews and/or analyses, demonstrated that women are as physically aggressive, or more aggressive, than men in their relationships with their spouses or male partners.
Here is the fact, men and women engage in this behavior, we as a society must begin making it clear from day 1, to men and women, violence is not acceptable.
from: Facts on: 12-03-2010 05:15PM
"City job debate was serious matter"
The Berkshire Eagle, Letter to the Editor, March 14, 2011
It was disturbing to see the editorial on March 11 ("A city job by any other name") claiming that the long debate over the new position of director of administration was an issue that didn’t merit the level of debate it received. Ironically, there never should have been debate because the first reading for the position before the City Council failed and therefore the item never should have appeared on the March 8 agenda.
The argument which ensued about it being a new vs. old position (an important factor when determining if the item needed a simple or super-majority vote) was created because of the bombastic opinion offered by Atty. Dohoney which no other councilor, except Councilor Mazzeo, was willing to argue. Her research and argument clearly demonstrated this was a new position requiring the super majority vote which meant that the petition had died in its first reading.
Let’s not forget that the position for many councilors including John Krol and Peter Marchetti, wasn’t exactly what they would want, but what the heck, let’s pass it anyway and break every council rule in the process and spend money we cannot afford to spend. And that is what is at the heart of this -- the position was unnecessary and was being considered at a time when the city cannot afford to be arbitrary with its spending.
But when the vote was clearly not going in the mayor’s favor, to the rescue came Atty. Dohoney who has yet to render an opinion that doesn’t support the mayor, particularly when he is pounding his fist like a child. The mayor’s answer when asked why the position was based on the administration and finance position (the treasurer) was "it felt good." Forgive me, but when does a high-ranking elected official respond to a question using a phrase that sounded more like a Charlie Sheen quip than a solid answer?
What happened on Tuesday was a complete bastardization of council rules and procedure, a continued mindlessness about the budget, and a vote which resulted in the director of administration replacing the office of treasurer. If The Eagle wants to view any of these issues as small or simply being argued because it’s election season, I thank you, again, for your shortsightedness and continued willingness to forgive the unforgivable actions of this City Council and mayor.
Malumphy: former city councilor will again seek state rep seat
"Malumphy running as independent"
The Pittsfield Gazette, By Jonathan Levine, Publisher & Editor, July 18, 2011
Pam Malumphy today took out nomination papers for a possible Third Berkshire District state representative campaign.
The twist is that Malumphy is an independent ("unenrolled") and would be running without party affiliation.
Like other would-be candidates, she needs 150 certified signatures from registered voters. If she meets that threshold, she can place her name directly on the October 18 special election ballot.
The good news is she bypasses the September 20 primary ballot, allowing her to focus on the general election. The bad news is she bypasses the September 20 primary ballot, when the race may effectively be decided.
Malumphy also ran in the special election ultimately won by Chris Speranzo, who has created this special election by quitting mid-term.
"Two more eyeing 3rd Berkshire District race"
By Ned Oliver, Berkshire Eagle Staff, July 19, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- Two former city councilors have emerged as potential candidates in the race for the 3rd Berkshire District seat vacated by Christopher Speranzo less than a week ago, bringing the number of possible contenders for the position to six.
Patricia "Pam" Malumphy, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2009, took out nomination papers Monday for the Oct. 18 special election for the state House of Representatives. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, who currently works in the Mayor's office, took out papers late last week.
The 3rd Berkshire District seat, which covers most of Pittsfield, was held by Speranzo until he resigned to take a lifetime appointment as the clerk magistrate of Central Berkshire District Court.
Farley-Bouvier and Malumphy were elected to the Pittsfield City Council in 2003, finishing first and second, respectively, in voting among the eight candidates for the council's at-large seats.
Farley-Bouvier, 46, said she still hasn't decided if she's going to seek election to the legislature. She said she needs to talk it over with her husband and youngest son, both of whom are out of the country on vacation.
Farley-Bouvier, a registered Democrat who works as Mayor James M. Ruberto's public affairs coordinator, said she'll announce her decision by Aug. 1.
"In the meantime, I've been getting amazing feedback from people who are excited about me running," she said. "There's really a lot of energy."
Farley-Bouvier's entrance as a potential candidate means a possible three-way Democratic primary, which is scheduled for Sept. 20.
Ryan Sago, a 25-year-old law student, and Pittsfield Ward 2 City Councilor Peter White already have announced their intention to run on the Democratic ticket.
Malumphy, who ran against Speranzo when he was first elected as a state representative in 2005, took out papers as an independent candidate.
A former state employee, Malumphy, 52, said she decided to pursue the seat again because she wants to strengthen the relationship between city government and state government.
Malumphy worked as the regional director of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development until she resigned last year, citing an inability to work with Pittsfield officials and a lack of support from her superiors.
On Monday she said the fact that the city is about to elect a new mayor and several new city councilors is exciting and will open new opportunities for the area.
In addition to Sago and White, Republican Mark Jester and Green-Rainbow candidate Mark C. Miller, who ran against Speranzo in the November election and lost in a narrow race, have announced plans to launch a campaign.
The deadline for filing nomination papers is Aug. 9.
"3rd Berkshire hopefuls put on game face"
By Dick Lindsay, Berkshire Eagle Staff, August 2, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- Two Democratic candidates in the 3rd Berkshire District special election have put their careers on hold to campaign for the state representative seat vacated by Christopher Speranzo last month.
On Monday, Tricia Farley-Bouvier announced she has resigned, effective immediately, as Pittsfield’s acting director of administration, a mayor’s-office position at City Hall.
Farley-Bouvier, 46, a former city councilor, has worked for Mayor James M. Ruberto since March 2010. She said her decision to leave City Hall was based, in part, on the short two-month election cycle.
The special election is set for Oct. 18; the primary is Sept. 20.
"I didn’t want the appearance of a conflict of interest," Farley-Bouvier said. "And with this being a lightning campaign, I need to devote my energy to running for 3rd Berkshire."
Meanwhile, Ryan Scago said he will forgo the fall semester at Albany Law School to devote more time to the primary and hopefully the special election.
Scago, 25, has completed two years of the four-year law program and works part time at Soldier On, the privately operated veterans home in Pittsfield.
"In this race you have to work twice as hard in a shorter period of time," he said.
Scago, Farley-Bouvier and Ward 2 City Councilor Peter White are seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary. White said he will continue to serve on the council while campaigning for the Statehouse, but he’s found some voters unaware of his dual political role.
"I’ll have to try and separate the two for a while," he said.
The Democratic primary winner will advance to a likely four-way contest in October against Republican Mark Jester, Green-Rainbow Party candidate Mark C. Miller, and independent candidate Patricia "Pam" Malumphy.
The special-election winner will succeed Speranzo, who resigned as Pittsfield’s state representative July 13 to become the new clerk magistrate of Central Berkshire District Court.
So far, Malumphy and White have given state elections officials the necessary 150 verified signatures of registered voters in order to appear on the ballot. Farley-Bouvier, Scago and Miller say they expect to become certified candidates this week. The deadline to file nomination papers with the Secretary of State is Aug. 9.
Jester, the only declared Republican candidate, will have to secure the GOP nomination by running as a write-in candidate in the primary, city election officials said. The local Realtor was unable to take out election papers because he needed to be a registered Republican by May 17. He changed his party affiliation in June, less than the 90-day requirement before a state election.
Jester said he is undaunted by the political red tape.
"No big deal," he said, "It’s more like a fly in the ointment of my campaign."
Voters tend to pay closer attention to political campaigns after the summer months of July and August, but the 3rd Berkshire candidates have found plenty of interest in the special election and the issues surrounding it.
"People are upset with the way representation has been going on the local level," Jester said, referring to Speranzo leaving six months into his two-year term.
"With all the publicity surrounding [Speranzo], people know why I am running," Malumphy said.
As for voters’ priorities, job creation and affordable health insurance are hot topics, just as they were when Speranzo beat Miller in the 3rd Berkshire election last fall.
"Health care costs are on the minds of small-business owners and employees," Scago said.
Miller added: "I’m finding support for single-payer health care, just as I did when I ran in November."
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Who’s running ...
Below are the six declared candidates for the 3rd Berkshire District contest to fill the state representative seat vacated by Christopher Speranzo. The primary is Sept. 20, followed by the special election Oct. 18.
Tricia Farley-Bouvier: former Pittsfield city councilor; resigned Monday from position inside the mayor’s office.
Ryan Scago: law student, part-time employee of Soldier On.
Peter White: Pittsfield city councilor, program coordinator at Brien Center.
Mark Jester: Pittsfield Realtor with Assist-2-Sell discount brokers.
Mark C. Miller: retired Berkshire Eagle editor; lost to Speranzo in 2010 3rd Berkshire race.
Patricia "Pam" Malumphy: former Pittsfield city councilor and mayoral candidate in 2009; currently a consultant for the Berkshire United Way.
"Democrats know they are facing fast race"
By Dick Lindsay, Berkshire Eagle Staff, August 10, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- With little time to campaign for the 3rd Berkshire District state representative spot in next month’s special primary election, the three Democratic candidates in the hunt for their party’s nomination are stepping up the pace.
Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Ryan Scago and Peter T. White filed the necessary nomination papers with city and state elections officials by Tuesday’s deadline and will appear on the Sept. 20 Democratic primary ballot, according to the Secretary of State’s office.
The candidates have roughly a month and a half on the official campaign trail.
"There’s no time to waste as we have six weeks to campaign," said Farley-Bouvier.
Farley-Bouvier and her opponents plan to personally meet with as many voters as possible. Door-to-door visits are, logistically, a viable campaign strategy option, given the 3rd Berkshire District is packed into all but two of Pittsfield’s 14 precincts.
"The travel time is shorter, when you compare it to the 22 communities in the 2nd Berkshire District," White said. "There you would spend more time on the road than talking with voters."
Scago wishes he had more time to campaign, but understands the urgency to fill the vacancy.
"The only advantage to a short election cycle is we get someone representing us in Boston as soon as possible," he said.
The Democratic primary winner will advance to a likely four-way contest in October against Republican Mark Jester, Green-Rainbow Party candidate Mark C. Miller, and independent candidate Patricia "Pam" Malumphy. The special-election winner will succeed Christopher Speranzo, who resigned as Pittsfield’s state representative July 13 to become the new clerk magistrate of Central Berkshire District Court.
Jester, the only declared Republican candidate, is looking to secure the GOP nomination by running as a write-in candidate in the primary. The local real estate agent was unable to take out Republican nomination papers because he needed to be registered as a Republican by May 1, city elections officials said. He changed his party affiliation in June, less than the 90-day requirement before a state election.
Miller is unopposed in the Green-Rainbow party primary. As an independent candidate, Malumphy has qualified for the Oct. 18 ballot directly and bypasses any primary contest, state elections officials said.
While all three Democrats are first-time state representative candidates, two have previously mounted citywide campaigns. Farley-Bouvier won two consecutive City Council elections, winning one of four councilor at large seats in 2003 and 2005. White unsuccessfully ran for a councilor at large position in 2003 and one of the six available spots on the Pittsfield School Committee.
"Not only does that experience help with this campaign," Farley-Bouvier said, "but, like a city councilor, the [Pittsfield] state representative only has to deal with one community."
However, White points out the stakes are higher in the 3rd Berkshire contest.
"This is winner-take-all," he said. "In this race, we ask voters to make us the only choice, not one of their choices."
Being a first-timer on any political campaign trail, Scago realizes he has to work harder for voter support.
"I look at myself as the underdog," he said, "but I bring to the table an energy factor that could make a difference with the voters." Nevertheless, the more high-profile 3rd Berkshire District office and a tight election timetable prompted two of the Democrats to put their careers on hold during the campaign.
"I look at myself as the underdog," he said, "but I bring to the table an energy factor that could make a difference with the voters." Nevertheless, the more high-profile 3rd Berkshire District office and a tight election timetable prompted two of the Democrats to put their careers on hold during the campaign.
Last week, Farley-Bouvier, 46, resigned as Pittsfield’s acting director of administration, a mayor’s-office position at City Hall. The former city councilor had worked for Mayor James M. Ruberto since March 2010. She said her decision to leave City Hall was based, in part, on the short, two-month election cycle.
Meanwhile, Scago has said he will forgo the fall semester at Albany Law School to devote more time to the primary and hopefully the special election. Scago, 25, has completed two years of the four-year law program and works part time at Soldier On, the privately operated veterans home in Pittsfield.
White, 31, has vowed to remain as Ward 2 Councilor while campaigning for the Statehouse and keep his full-time day job as a program coordinator with the Brien Center in Pittsfield.
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Pam Malumphy, left, an independent who is one of six candidates for the vacant 3rd Berkshire District House seat, walks with striking Verizon workers. Malumphy said Tuesday was the third time she had joined the picket line and that it has nothing to do with her campaign. (Ben Garver)
"Lending support to union cause"
By Ned Oliver, Berkshire Eagle Staff, August 17, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- Five of six candidates for the 3rd Berkshire District House seat joined striking Verizon workers on Tuesday outside the company's Federal Street offices.
Picketers there said they appreciated the support.
"The response we've received from the community and local politicians has absolutely helped us at the bargaining table," said Kathy Collins, a Pittsfield Verizon employee.
"It's nice to get support from anywhere we can," added Christine Lasino, who has worked as an operator for the company for the past 20 years. "Verizon is a big corporation and we're just a small group."
The event was organized jointly by the three Democratic contenders in the election. They said they wanted to bring greater awareness to the strike, which is dragging into its second week, as contract negotiations between union officials and the corporate giant continue.
"It's not about any one of us, it's about Democratic values supporting union values," said Peter White. The other two Democratic Candidates, Ryan Sago and Tricia Farley-Bouvier, echoed White's sentiment.
Green-Rainbow candidate Mark Miller and independent candidate Pam Malumphy also came out to picket. Mark Jester, who is running a write-in campaign for the Republican Party's nomination, was absent, although the three organizers only extended an invitation to the county's media outlets.
The Democrats will square off in the state primary on Sept. 20, while the special election will be held on Oct. 18.
All five of the candidates said they consider themselves to be "pro-union," and said they were sympathetic to the position of the striking workers, who are fighting to keep current benefits intact.
For her part, Malumphy insisted that she was walking the picket line as a private citizen.
"This is the third time I've been out here, it has nothing to do with my campaign," she said. "For these candidates to politicize these workers for their own good is an abomination."
All of the candidates said they'd independently been walking the picket lines over the past week to show their support for workers. But Miller agreed that Monday's event was primarily about the coming election.
"Let's face it. It's a photo-op. All candidates like that," he said.
"Malumphy Sets Campaign Agenda"
By: [The Pam] Malumphy Campaign - iBerkshires.com - 8-22-2011
PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts — Pam Malumphy, an independent candidate for state representative for the 3rd Berkshire District, said her campaign will focus on fice key issues.
Eager to hear from other candidates, Malumphy said she is first to put forth a platform focusing on key issues affecting the district, which covers the city of Pittsfield, as well as the commonwealth:
3) Affordable health care for families, elders and veterans
4) Ethics reform
5) Lifetime appointments and rerm limits
Malumphy said her background has afforded her skills no other candidate possesses in this upcoming special election. As the recent regional director for the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, Malumphy networked with local, regional, state and federal agencies to assist businesses. But she also recognized the state's programs could fall short when it came to assisting small business.
"Most of my dealings were with smaller businesses and I would love to find a way to match state dollars with the local GE Economic Development Fund to create a small loan and grant system for small business," said Malumphy. "It's that kind of thinking that will help support the family and small businesses we want to see grow."
A former teacher with an undergraduate and graduate degree in education, Malumphy served for five years, until 2010, on the local School Building Needs Commission that is looking at city's high schools.
"I understand the growing confusion as to the relationship between the SBNC and the state [School] Building Authority and how residents need more information. The 3rd Berkshire state rep can and should be a strong advocate and positive intermediary with getting the process back on track."
A third issue for Malumphy's campaign is affordable and accessible health care. "Health care is mandated in Massachusetts and the state has taken far too large a role in becoming an insurer rather than advocate for making certain we have affordable and accessible health care.”
Lastly, with the last two Democratic state representatives vacating their seats prior to completing their terms and forcing expensive special elections, Malumphy is determined to demonstrate that partisan politics and back-room deals are not acceptable in Pittsfield or on Beacon Hill.
"I can't tell you how disappointed I am to watch what's happened in our district with another vacated state rep seat, the recent lifetime appointment for clerk magistrate, a local administration under continuous ethics scrutiny, and candidates who are vacating their own public responsibilities to run for this seat," said Malumphy. "We need an advocate for jobs, affordable health care particularly for families, our elders and veterans, education, and strong reform when it comes to ethics, lifetime appointments and term limits. It is critical that we have an independent voice on Beacon Hill representing this community's concerns and not pandering to partisan politics and patronage."
Visit VoteMalumphy.com for more detailed information about her platform.
"3rd Berkshire District Race Candidates stake out positions"
By Amanda Korman, Berkshire Eagle Staff, September 13, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- The three Democratic candidates for state representative of the 3rd Berkshire District on Monday worked to differentiate themselves not only from one another but also from former Rep. Christopher Speranzo.
In a televised debate at Berkshire Community College, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Ryan Scago and Peter White shared support for better funding of higher education and libraries, gay marriage and accessibility, but were more divided about issues like minimum wage and a paid sick days mandate.
The winner of the Sept. 20 Democratic primary will likely face off against Republican Mark Jester, independent Pam Malumphy, and Green-Rainbow Party candidate Mark C. Miller, who lost to Speranzo by less than 10 percentage points in last year’s election.
The special general election for the district serving 12 of Pittsfield’s 14 precincts will be held Oct. 18.
Moderator Dave Cachat of PCTV kicked off the debate by asking, "Where were you a year ago?" when Speranzo, reported to be seeking the clerk magistrate position for which he did eventually leave his 3rd Berkshire District seat in July, was running as the lone Democratic candidate.
Farley-Bouvier said that while there hadn’t been enough time to mount a campaign, she vowed to be accessible, a quality she said Speranzo lacked toward the end of his tenure. In a geographically small district with "one senior center, one athenaeum," she said, there is "no excuse" not to be reachable.
Accessibility became a running theme throughout the one-hour event, with Scago commenting that he had become "fed up" with the lack of accessibility in the 3rd Berkshire, and White repeating his desire to be a "full-time, all the time" representative of Pittsfield.
As the debate moved away from the 3rd Berkshire seat’s legacy, some differences of opinion arose regarding what claims the three Democrats would stake on Beacon Hill.
Responding to Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposed mandate on paid sick days, Ward 2 City Councilor White unequivocally approved -- "It doesn’t do us any good to have sick people going to work," he said -- while the other two said they supported the idea generally but not in the form of a mandate for small businesses.
On the topic of minimum wage, White pushed for a raise while Farley-Bouvier deferred again to concerns for small businesses, and Scago said he supported increases to both minimum wage and the personal income exemption level.
Eager to differentiate herself from her younger opponents, Farley-Bouvier, 46, highlighted her 20 years as an educator, her terms as a city councilwoman, and her experience as both a parent and caretaker to aging parents.
"Something very clearly stands out -- my proven record," she said.
White, 33, invoked several times how his job as an employment coordinator at the Brien Center has made him aware of the needs of a vulnerable population -- from the importance of solid library funding to better public transportation.
Scago, 25, on leave from Albany Law School, discussed how his experience working for his family’s business and in the Connecticut state Legislature demonstrated his work ethic and knowledge of state government.
Polls for the Democratic primary will be open next Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The 3rd Berkshire District comprises Pittsfield Wards 1A, 2, 3, 4, 5A, 6 and 7.
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Supporters of the Berkshire 3rd District candidates do some last-minute campaigning on Park Square in Pittsfield on Monday. (Photos by Ben Garver / Berkshire Eagle Staff)
"Election day for 3rd Berkshire District"
By Ned Oliver, Berkshire Eagle Staff, September 20, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- Three Democratic contenders square off today for their party's nomination in the upcoming special election for the city's 3rd Berkshire District seat in the state House of Representatives.
In today's primary election, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Ryan Scago and Peter T. White are fighting for a spot on the ballot for the general election Oct. 18.
Supporters of the three candidates' campaigns made a final, pre-primary push Monday, flying signs in high-profile locations around the city.
Republican Mark Jester, meanwhile, is running an uncontested write-in campaign for the GOP's nomination. Jester, who didn't register as a Republican early enough to make the party's primary ballot, needs at least 150 write-in votes today to appear on the ballot in October as the Republican candidate.
City Clerk Linda Tyre said 4,600 voters turned out for the city's last special state primary election to fill the 3rd Berkshire District Seat. That was in 2005, when Democrat Christopher Speranzo was elected to represent the district.
Tyre said she expects about the same number of voters in this year's special state primary. There are 28,960 registered voters in the city, she said.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The special election is open to both enrolled and unenrolled registered voters. Unenrolled voters can choose to vote in either party's primary.
In the general election, the Democratic and Republican nominees will face Green-Rainbow Party candidate Mark Miller and independent candidate Pam Malumphy.
The 3rd Berkshire District encompasses all of Pittsfield except Precinct B of Ward 1, which votes on the stage at Reid Middle School; and Precinct B of Ward 5, which votes at the West Housatonic Street fire station.
Speranzo resigned from his position representing Pittsfield in July to take an appointment as the clerk magistrate of Central Berkshire District Court, forcing this year's special election to replace him.
* Today is the special state primary election for the 3rd Berkshire District in the state House of Representatives.
* The district, formerly represented by Christopher Speranzo, encompasses all of Pittsfield except Precinct B of Ward 1 and Precinct B of Ward 5.
* Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
* Democrats Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Ryan Scago and Peter T. White are running for their party's nomination, while Mark Jester is running a write-in campaign for the Republican nomination.
Ward 1, Precinct A: Reid School, 950 North St.
Ward 2, Precinct A: Morningside School, 100 Burbank St.
Ward 2, Precinct B: Fire station, Somerset Avenue.
Ward 3, Precinct A: Providence Court, 379 East St.
Ward 3, Precinct B: Egremont School, 84 Egremont Ave.
Ward 4, Precinct A: Herberg School, 501 Pomeroy Ave.
Ward 4, Precinct B: Williams School, 50 Bushey Road
Ward 5, Precinct A: Masonic Temple, 116 South St.
Ward 6, Precinct A: Columbus Arms, 65 Columbus Ave.
Ward 6, Precinct B: Conte School, 200 W. Union St.
Ward 7, Precinct A: Fire station, 54 Peck's Road.
Ward 7, Precinct B: Capeless School, 86 Brooks Ave.
"Farley-Bouvier advances in 3rd Berkshire District race"
Berkshire Eagle Staff, September 20, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- Tricia Farley-Bouvier has advanced to next month's special election to fill the vacancy in the city's 3rd Berkshire District state representative seat.
The former aide to Mayor James M. Ruberto received 1,430 votes to win Tuesday's Democratic primary, defeating city Councilor Peter T. White, who received 1,234 votes, and law student Ryan Scago, who garnered 1,082 votes.
Farley-Bouvier moves on to a four-way contest in October against Republican Mark Jester, Green-Rainbow Party candidate Mark C. Miller, and independent candidate Patricia "Pam" Malumphy. The winner of the special election will succeed Christopher Speranzo, who resigned as Pittsfield's state representative July 13 to become the new clerk magistrate of Central Berkshire District Court.
Meanwhile, White told the Eagle he plans to mount a write-in campaign in the November city election to keep his Ward 2 council seat.
Tricia Farley-Bouvier celebrates her win in the 3rd Berkshire District primary on Tuesday with daughter Maggie Bouvier, 15, and niece Daley Keator, 15, of Lenox. (Caroline Bonnivier Snyder / Berkshire Eagle Staff)
"Farley-Bouvier wins 3rd Berkshire District primary"
By Dick Lindsay, Berkshire Eagle Staff, September 21, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- Tricia Farley-Bouvier has advanced to next month’s special election to fill the vacancy in the city’s 3rd Berkshire District state representative seat.
The former aide to Mayor James M. Ruberto received 1,430 votes to win Tuesday’s Democratic primary, defeating city Councilor Peter T. White, who received 1,234 votes, and law student Ryan Scago, who garnered 1,082 votes. City Clerk Linda M. Tyre reported that 4,190 votes were cast out of 24,614 registered voters -- a 17 percent turnout.
Farley-Bouvier moves on to a four-way contest in October against Republican Mark Jester, Green-Rainbow Party candidate Mark C. Miller, and independent candidate Patricia "Pam" Malumphy. Jester qualified for the Oct. 18 ballot by getting 202 write-in votes in the Republican primary.
The winner of the special election will succeed Christopher Speranzo, who resigned as Pittsfield’s state representative July 13 to become the new clerk magistrate of Central Berkshire District Court.
The 3rd Berkshire District encompasses all but two of Pittsfield’s 14 precincts: Ward 1B and Ward 5B.
The 350-vote differential between the three Democrats was closer than expected for Farley-Bouvier, who felt she out-hustled her opponents for voter support.
"I knocked on every door and worked the phones [on Tuesday] to get out the vote," she said.
Farley-Bouvier plans to expand on that campaign strategy leading up to the Oct. 18 special election.
"I will focus on the issues important to voters and have one-on-one conversations with them," she said. "They like that."
White praised Scago, the lesser known of the three candidates, for mounting a "heck of a campaign" that made for an outcome that was closer than he expected. He also urged his supporters to back Farley-Bouvier in next month’s runoff.
"She has the core values of working class families and will represent Pittsfield well in Boston," he said.
Meanwhile, White told The Eagle he plans to mount a write-in campaign in the November city election to keep his Ward 2 council seat. The one-term councilor will battle Kevin J. Morandi, whom he beat in the 2009 campaign. Morandi is the only Ward 2 candidate listed on the Nov. 8 ballot.
White said joining the Ward 2 race was not his "Plan B," if he lost the primary.
"I’m not done serving the city of Pittsfield," he proclaimed. "If the residents of Ward 2 will still have me, I want to give them the same level of service in my next term."
Jester, the only declared Republican candidate in the 3rd Berkshire District contest, had to secure the GOP nomination by running as a write-in candidate in Tuesday’s primary. He received 202 votes to meet the 150 minimum required to qualify for the Oct. 18 ballot. The local real estate agent was unable to take out Republican nomination papers because he needed to be registered as a Republican by May 1, city election officials had said. Jester changed his party affiliation in June -- short of the 90-day requirement before a state election.
Miller was unopposed in the Green-Rainbow party primary. As an independent candidate, Malumphy had qualified for next month’s ballot directly and bypassed any primary contest, according to state election officials.
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And the winner is ...
Tuesday’s primary election results for the 3rd Berkshire District state representative race. The winners advance to the Oct. 18 special election to fill the seat vacated by Christopher Speranzo.
Tricia Farley-Bouvier 1,430
Peter T. White 1,234
Ryan A.J. Scago 1,082
Mark Jester 202 (write-in candidate)
Mark C. Miller 86
Note: A fourth candidate, Patricia "Pam" Malumphy is running as an independent candidate and has already qualified for the Oct. 18 ballot.
"Final battle for 3rd Berkshire District rep begins"
By Ned Oliver, Berkshire Eagle Staff, September 22, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- With the Democratic primary behind them, the remaining four contenders for the 3rd Berkshire District seat representing Pittsfield are ramping up their campaigns as they race toward a general election that's only four weeks away.
City Democrats chose Tricia Farley-Bouvier as their candidate at the special state primary Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the independent, Republican and Green-Rainbow candidates are all hoping to capitalize on what they see as widespread discontent with the city's previous Democratic leaders as they attempt to wrestle the seat away from the party.
"It's not looking good for the Democrats right now," said independent candidate Patricia "Pam" Malumphy. "People are feeling a bit defeated by what's happened -- not only with [former Rep. Christopher Speranzo] having vacated his seat to take a lifetime appointment -- I'm getting the sense that people are getting a little fed up with politics."
Likewise, Green-Rainbow candidate Mark Miller and Republican candidate Mark Jester said they expect to capture some of the independent and Democratic vote on Oct. 18.
Miller, 65, said he's appealing to candidates who are sick of electing insiders. He's targeting registered Democrats with a mailing that asserts the Democratic Party is failing to live up to its core values -- a sentiment Malumphy shared.
Miller and Malumphy, 52, are both former registered Democrats.
Jester is a former independent who enrolled as a Republican just before the special election cycle began.
Jester, 51, said his strategy is to get out the Republican and independent vote, but he said he's also focusing on appealing to conservative Democrats.
He said he hasn't been impressed by legislation coming out of the Democrat-ruled Statehouse.
"All the cuts that we've been getting all these years have been coming from the Democratic machine down there," said Jester. "I'm not going to go down to Boston to get along, not to get ahead, I'm going down there to get what's ours."
As campaigns get under way, all four candidates are focusing their efforts on interfacing directly with voters by running intense door-to-door campaigns.
In terms of fundraising, Miller has amassed the most campaign money. He had raised $11,700 as of Sept. 2, although the bulk of that money, $10,000, came out of his own pocket in the form of a loan to his own campaign, according to campaign finance records.
The bulk of his expenditures so far have been to pay his campaign manager, Peter Vickery.
Miller said donations are flowing in and he hopes to recoup most of the debt his campaign has incurred.
As of Sept. 2, Jester had raised $5,000 and Farley-Bouvier had raised $6,600 -- all of which were raised by individual donations, according to reports.
Malumphy, meanwhile, had raised $1,700 at the beginning of September, $550 of which came through a series of loans she made to her campaign.
Cost of campaigning ...
Tricia Farley-Bouvier raised $7,452; spent $5,120 on office, signs, buttons and stickers.
Mark P. Jester raised $5,087; spent $4,008 on signs, stickers and hall rentals for fundraisers.
Patricia "Pam" Malumphy raised $1,692; spent $602 on business cards and fliers.
Mark C. Miller raised $11,720; spent $2,723 on ads and hiring a campaign manager.
Tricia Farley-Bouvier, left, and Gail Cariddi, Massachusetts 1st Berkshire District state representative, pose for a picture together at a rally celebrating Farley-Bouvier’s win in the Democratic primary. One notable absence from the rally was former candidate Ryan Scago, who chose not to attend. (Stephanie Zollshan / Berkshire Eagle Staff)
"Dems flock to Farley-Bouvier rally"
By Ned Oliver, Berkshire Eagle Staff, September 24, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- The plan was for three former opponents to come together to support the winner of the 3rd Berkshire District Democratic Primary.
Then one of the losers didn't show.
Former candidate Ryan Scago said he made a "conscious decision" not to attend what was billed as a unity event to rally the party behind the winner of this week's Democratic primary, Tricia Farley-Bouvier.
"If I thought [Farley-Bouvier] was the best candidate, I wouldn't have run," said Scago in a phone interview after the rally. "I don't want to come across as a sore loser, but I would just feel bad giving her any sort of endorsement."
Scago received 1,082 votes in the race to become the party's nominee in the Oct. 18 general election to fill the city's seat in the state House of Representatives. Farley-Bouvier won the primary with 1,430 votes. Pete White, who did attend the unity rally, received 1,234 votes.
Scago said he initially decided to run in the primary because he thinks the city needs "fresh ideas and a new approach," which he said he doesn't think Farley-Bouvier will provide.
Asked if he thinks his decision to publicly withdraw his support from the race's Democratic nominee bodes well for his future in the party, Scago said he thinks he should be able to question his party without dropping out.
"I think if I fell into line and endorsed someone I'm not 100 percent behind, I'd be no better than what I was trying to change in the first place," said Scago.
Scago said he's not sure who he'll ultimately vote for.
Farley-Bouvier was unfazed by Scago's lack of support.
"I believe Ryan ran a great campaign and I think he shows great promise," she said after the rally. "I wish him all the best and look forward to working with him."
Many sitting Democrats were in attendance at the unity rally, including state Sen. Ben Downing, D-Pittsfield, state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams, and the chairman of the state's Democratic party, John Walsh.
Speaking at the rally, Walsh praised Pittsfield Democrats for coming together to support Farley-Bouvier.
"The fact that so many of you are here today to pledge your support, to make sure we win, is an indication of how that working together is going to matter in this election," said Walsh.
Speaking to the gathering of about 30 attendees, Farley-Bouvier praised White and Scago for running friendly campaigns free of rancor.
Farley-Bouvier acknowledged that her three opponents in the general election are attempting to capitalize on what they see as a general sense of discontent with the party's performance. But she said in no uncertain terms that she's not ashamed of her party affiliation.
"I want to tell you today that I'm very proud to be a Democrat," she said. "I'm proud to be in the party that brought us the minimum wage, that brought us the 40-hour work week, that brought us Social Security, that's bringing us now near-universal health care. I'm proud to be a Democrat."
Pam Malumphy - candidate for Pittsfield State representative
Pittsfield Gazette (online) September 1, 2011
By Pam Malumphy
Hello, I’m Pam Malumphy and I’m running for State Representative of the 3rd Berkshire District as an Independent. I am a big believer in setting goals and creating measurements to understand successful outcomes. I like knowing that anyone applying for a job has the necessary skills and demonstrated ability to get things done. And what areas would I like to focus on with your help? Jobs; Education; Affordable Healthcare for Families, Elders, and Veterans; Ethics Reform; and Lifetime Appointments and Term Limits.
My background has afforded me skills no other candidate possesses in this upcoming special election. As the recent Regional Director for the Massachusetts Office of Business Development, I networked with local, regional, state, and federal agencies to successfully assist both businesses and communities. However, I also recognized the state’s programs fell short when it came to assisting small business. I know I can find ways to match state dollars with the local GE Economic Development Fund to create a micro-loan and grant system for small business. It’s that kind of thinking that will provide critical support for small business growth.
I am a former teacher with both an undergraduate and graduate degree in Education and served for five years on the local School Building Needs Commission (SBNC) until 2010. We, as residents, simply need more information. The voice of our state representative has been missing from these important community conversations and, if elected, I promise to be a strong advocate and positive intermediary with getting the process back on track between our local SBNC and the state’s School Building Authority.
Another issue that I know is important to the families, seniors, and veterans I speak with is affordable and accessible healthcare. Healthcare is mandated in Massachusetts and the state has taken far too large a role in becoming an insurer rather than healthcare visionary. The Commonwealth has proposed neither a single-payer system nor a truly competitive healthcare arena. I hope to be part of a movement to change that.
In addition, I currently chair the Berkshire Commission on the Status of Women, am Vice President of the Board of the Brigham Community Center and Girls, Inc and have served in multiple volunteer roles with Berkshire United Way. These experiences have given me a unique perspective about the social issues which face our city and I have worked as a team leader and team member to create community responses to these issues.
Lastly, with the last two Democratic state representatives vacating their seats and forcing expensive special elections, I am determined to demonstrate that ‘good old boy’ politics is not acceptable in Pittsfield or on Beacon Hill. Partisan politics is what led me to un-enroll and become an Independent 2 ½ years ago. Many of you know me as an honest, funny, and ‘what you see is what you get’ type of person. You may not always agree with me but you know that I am accessible, hard-working, and do my homework on issues. When elected, I will serve you with my heart and soul as well as my candor and integrity. I ask for your support in the October 18th special election. Thank you.
"Malumphy brings needed integrity"
The Berkshire Eagle, Letters, October 3, 2011
It is no secret that I am not a fan of this mayor or his administration, and my lack of respect only deepened when the mayor advocated earlier this year for the creation of a director of administration in his office because he simply couldn't handle the number of direct reports from department heads to his desk. Keep in mind, he only had around six active reports, the rest reporting to boards or being independent entities. But he was able to push this fluff job through the council and give his then public affairs coordinator, a fancy name for a secretary, a hefty $13,000 per year pay raise.
Who was the recipient of this gift? It was Tricia Farley-Bouvier, who no sooner gets the position of acting director than she resigns to run for state representative. It leaves me thinking that the mayor didn't need this position to begin with but I guess it looks a whole lot better leaving the mayor's office as an acting director than a made up name for a secretary when you're going to run for state rep. and knew it before you took the position.
I don't know about you but didn't we get our share of public officials abusing their positions with the state rep. who just vacated his seat? Vote Pam Malumphy for state representative on Oct. 18. We have never needed independence, integrity and hope like we do now.
"Malumphy will be business advocate"
The Berkshire Eagle, Letter to the Editor, October 4, 2011
As the owner of multiple businesses in Pittsfield, I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Pam Malumphy during her tenure with the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. I can speak from first hand experience about Pam’s knowledge, global and creative thinking, and breadth of understanding of the relationship between government and private business.
As we look for solutions and opportunities related to jobs in this very challenging economy, I strongly encourage voters to support Pam as state representative from the 3rd Berkshire District on Oct. 18.
N. Egremont, Massachusetts
"3rd Berkshire District candidates spar on several issues"
By Amanda Korman, Berkshire Eagle Staff, October 4, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- With the 3rd Berkshire District special election only two weeks away, the four candidates for the seat staked their claims on jobs, education and hot-button Legislature issues in a sometimes strained atmosphere on Monday night.
Democrat Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Republican Mark Jester, independent candidate Pam Malumphy and Green Rainbow candidate Mark Miller often agreed during the debate at Berkshire Community College in advance of the Oct. 18 special election -- but there were also a few pointed comments that briefly eclipsed a broader discussion of issues.
Candidates for the 3rd Berkshire District, which comprises 12 of Pittsfield's 14 districts, first took to the question of the high costs associated with the Massachusetts health insurance system. To drive down those costs, Jester said his plan would be to introduce more competition in the health insurance field.
"It's very simple: Competition makes for better business," he said.
While Miller reiterated his advocacy for single-payer health care, Farley-Bouvier responded by saying that a "Medicare for all" approach would mean that health care providers would be reimbursed well below the cost of care. She expressed concern that the system would put institutions like Berkshire Medical Center in jeopardy.
Discussing business growth and industry in the Berkshires, Malumpy broached her idea of using the GE Economic Development Fund to create grant opportunities for required updates businesses need to make.
"Those are the kinds of grants that can make or break a company," she said.
In his vision for county industry, Jester expressed hope that the county would someday be able to bring in another big company to fill the role that GE vacated.
On the same topic, Miller proposed further focus on "food security" through supporting local farming.
"It's local, it's green, it's secure, and it's not going to be taken away," Miller said.
In the first of several barbs directed at Farley-Bouvier, Malumphy noted that her opponent's advocacy of fiber-optic Internet connections was not reflective of the priorities of local business owners.
Farley-Bouvier responded by touting the importance of what she called the long-term solution for "future-proof" Web connectivity and speed.
Malumphy took another shot at Farley-Bouvier during a discussion of charter school funding, saying she found it troubling that Farley-Bouvier, a member of the city's School Building Needs Commission's committee, has sent two of her three children to schools out of the Pittsfield district.
In response, Farley-Bouvier reiterated her claim that "not every school is for every kid" and that the choice was "a family decision, not a public decision."
Christopher Speranzo, who resigned from the 3rd Berkshire seat in July to take a position as clerk magistrate, was never mentioned by name during the debate.
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"Walking the walk for 3rd Berkshire"
The Berkshire Eagle, Letter to the Editor, October 7, 2011
All of us as candidates can talk the talk but we have to prove that we’ve walked the walk. I’d like to tell you about a few of the issues that we all agree are critical to the 3rd Berkshire District and how I believe I can make a difference as your next state representative.
Jobs: After four years of working as the regional director for the Massachusetts Office of Business Development (2006-2010), I learned the crucial need in supporting the creation and nourishment of businesses, particularly small business. And even at those moments when my office couldn’t directly help, I made certain that I knew the city, regional, state, and federal resources that could assist a business. But more needs to be done. One idea? Create a matching grant program which would partner commonwealth resources with the GE Economic Development Fund so we can provide either low-interest loans or grants to local businesses that need that needed support.
Education: I am a former teacher with both an undergraduate and graduate degree in education and served for five years on the local School Building Needs Commission (SBNC) until 2010. We, as residents, simply need more information about this project and to be part of a community conversation about education in Pittsfield. So here’s another idea: for the past two years, I have been a member of an initiative spearheaded by the United Way to look at the issue of teen pregnancy. We used a model that began with a survey to the community, the conducted focus groups throughout the county, and finally held a large community meeting with over 100 people in attendance. This model has been a success and this same model could easily be replicated for the critically important issue of high school education in Pittsfield. As your state representative, I will bring a needed voice to this conversation between the community, our local SBNC and the state’s School Building Authority.
I would also add that I am unique in not having a party affiliation and have always enjoyed discussing issues with anyone regardless of party and respected and voted for candidates regardless of party. The other candidates in this race seem to say one thing about their party and do another. As I’ve gone door-to-door, residents are confused by the Green-Rainbow Party candidate talking about being independent and not being beholden to a party when he is a member of a party that has the legalization of marijuana, run-off elections, and taxpayer-financed elections as part of its platform.
The Democratic nominee will talk of her devotion to the Democratic Party. In Massachusetts, that means supporting a women’s right to choose and yet she’s pro-life. She is also the "Education Candidate’’ and yet sends two of her three children out of the 3rd Berkshire school district. When I’m talking with voters, the comment I hear loud and clear is that they are tired of elected officials not being straight with them and how that only fuels their disconnection from government.
People know that what they see is what they get with me and that I walk the walk by getting things done with candor, integrity, and hard work. And the response I’ve had going door-to-door is that voters find it a refreshing and welcomed change to "politics as usual."
I respectfully ask for your vote in the Oct. 18 special election -- a vote for change.
The writer is an independent candidate for state representative from the 3rd Berkshire District.
"Pam is voice of reason, honesty"
The Berkshire Eagle, Letter to the Editor, October 9, 2011
My husband and I came to greatly appreciate Pam Malumphy when she served on Pittsfield’s City Council and later the School Building Needs Commission. Pam’s passion for simply telling the truth and trying to make things better for all of us was easy to see and be grateful for.
Both my husband and I were upset when Pam was removed from the School Building Needs Commission by Mayor Ruberto. We saw Pam as one of few voices advocating the community’s desire to have information about the high school project.
Our former state representative could have played an important role in this process and that’s why I completely support Pam’s run for state rep. She is a voice of reason and honesty in these uncertain times.
"Rep. foes, Malumphy and Farley-Bouvier, trade jabs on abortion"
By Trevor Jones and Tony Dobrowolski, Berkshire Eagle Staff, October 8, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- Pam Malumphy is accusing one of her opponents in the race for the seat in the 3rd Berkshire District, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, of hiding her anti-abortion stance.
Malumphy, a former Democrat who's running as an independent, said most people "would take for granted" that a Democratic candidate would support abortion rights, and that Farley-Bouvier has not done enough to publicize her anti-abortion stance.
"As a woman for choice, I find it remarkable that a candidate for the Democratic Party in the 3rd Berkshire District was not forthcoming about the fact that she was pro-life," Malumphy said in a statement.
In response, Farley-Bouvier said she's never denied her position on abortion, but also hasn't highlighted it because it hasn't been an issue on the campaign trail.
"When I go door to door, people talk to me about jobs, about education," said Farley-Bouvier. "People talk to me about how government can work together and those are the issues that I have been razor-focused on."
Malumphy said she also was "troubled" by state Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh's support of Farley-Bouvier.
In a letter of support, Walsh didn't address Farley-Bouvier's stance on abortion but, he wrote, "Tricia and I don't need to agree on every issue for me to be enthusiastic in my efforts to support her election."
Malumphy contends that because Walsh didn't specify the issues they disagree on, it fuels "further suspicion that Ms. Bouvier's anti-choice stance is being hidden."
Malumphy said she obtained the letter in an email from Lee Harrison, the chairman of the Berkshire Brigades, the county's Democratic organization, in response to her query about Farley-Bouvier's stand on abortion. The group is backing Farley-Bouvier.
"I guess this response sums it up," Harrison wrote in his email, according to Malumphy.
Malumphy said she was also "offended" that Harrison was "so dismissive regarding this crucial issue."
Harrison said no one is trying to make light of Farley-Bouvier's stance on abortion.
"I know that Trish has responded by saying it's a very personal issue to her, and that she's wrestled with it over a long period of time," he said. "Most importantly for those of us Democrats who are pro-choice, she recognizes that it's the law of the land and she's not going to do anything to weaken it."
"Now if [Malumphy's] offended, what can I tell you?" he said. "As far as I'm concerned, Trish is a good Democrat and upholds Democratic values.
"I think Pam is searching for something to be an issue here. We have all talked to Trish at length, and think that she's the right candidate for the job."
Walsh did not return a telephone call seeking comment.
Farley-Bouvier described herself as an "ardent supporter of programs and services that empower women and girls and those that seek to educate our own community about pregnancy and family planning." She opposes abortion, and says her beliefs are rooted in her faith.
Malumphy, who chairs the Berkshire Commission on the Status of Women, said the abortion issue should be a critical part of this campaign due to the number of teen pregnancies and the financial impact it has on families.
In a statement, Farley-Bouvier said her personal beliefs wouldn't dictate her decisions as a legislator.
"As an elected official, I understand that I am responsible for all of my constituents and their varied needs," said Farley-Bouvier. "Roe v. Wade is the law of the land and it is my responsibility to uphold the law. I will not vote to restrict access to or funding for programs and services for women who seek services."
Malumphy and Farley-Bouvier were political allies eight years ago when they were both elected to City Council as members of WHEN (Women Helping to Empower Neighborhoods), a political action committee. When they ran for re-election two years later, WHEN backed Farley-Bouvier but didn't endorse Malumphy. Farley-Bouvier was re-elected, but Malumphy wasn't.
Malumphy said at the time that she didn't seek WHEN's endorsement. WHEN said that it had been prohibited from endorsing her because she did not fill out its endorsement application.
The two women face Republican Mark Jester and Green-Rainbow candidate Mark Miller on Oct. 18 in the special election to fill former 3rd Berkshire District state representative Christopher N. Speranzo's seat.
"3rd Berkshire District race: Pam Malumphy"
By Ned Oliver, Berkshire Eagle Staff, October 11, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- Pam Malumphy says she’s the candidate most prepared to take on what she sees as the biggest issue facing Pittsfield: Creating jobs.
The independent contender in the upcoming special election to fill the 3rd Berkshire District seat on Beacon Hill said her experience working as the Regional Director for the Massachusetts Office of Business Development gives her an edge when it comes to meeting the needs of local businesses.
"I have that depth of knowledge," said Malumphy. "For four years I was seen as the one-stop shopping center for companies seeking information on state business programs."
Malumphy, 52, said that through her work in that position between 2006 and 2010 she has developed a working knowledge of the programs and services the county can draw on to create jobs.
"There’d be no learning curve for me, and it would be a huge learning curve [for my opponents]," she said.
Malumphy, who says she resigned from the position because of strained relationship with outgoing Mayor James M. Ruberto, said she has maintained good relationships with other city leaders, as well as with her colleagues, her employer and allies in the Legislature.
Malumphy is campaigning against Republican Mark Jester, Green-Rainbow Party nominee Mark C. Miller and Democratic nominee Tricia Farley-Bouvier. The special election to fill the 3rd Berkshire District Seat is scheduled for Oct. 18. The district encompasses all but two of Pittsfield’s 14 precincts: Ward 1B and Ward 5B.
Born and raised in Richmond, Malumphy moved back to Pittsfield in 2002. Since then, she has served as a city councilor between 2004 and 2006, chairing the subcommittee on Community and Economic Development. She has also served on the Pittsfield School Building Needs Commission and the Pittsfield Community Development Board.
A former Democrat, Malumphy said she left the party about two and a half years ago because she became disillusioned by party rhetoric, and she likes being able to evaluate issues on an individual basis. She concedes she primarily votes with Democrats.
She says she’s a supporter of affordable health care through instituting a single-payer system or driving costs down through market competition.
She also bills herself as the true pro-choice candidate and has accused Farley-Bouvier of hiding her pro-life stance. Malumphy says she’s worked locally on women’s issues for years.
"Pittsfield has the worst teen-pregnancy rate in the state," she said, adding that being pro-choice isn’t just about abortion and extends to issues like sexual education.
"Councilor Mazzeo backs Malumphy"
The Berkshire Eagle, Letter to the Editor, October 13, 2011
Almost nine years ago, I met Pam Malumphy as we were both involved in a number of volunteer efforts in Pittsfield. Eventually, we both became very active in supporting and electing new faces to our City Council and I was thrilled to see Pam get elected as councilor at-large in 2003.
Now I’m a councilor at-large and have been so appreciative of Pam’s support and great advice over these past two years.
Most of you know me as hardworking, research-focused, and someone who wants to ask questions on behalf of the residents of Pittsfield. And those qualities are completely shared by Pam.
She has demonstrated again and again her ability to contribute to this community through her work, professionally, with the Massachusetts Office of Business and, as a volunteer, with organizations like Gladys Allen Brigham Center, Girls Inc., the Berkshire Commission on the Status of Women, Berkshire United Way, and many more.
I ask you to join me in casting a vote for my good friend and our next state representative on Oct. 18: Pam Malumphy.
"Pam Malumphy joins 1Berkshire"
By Tony Dobrowolski, Berkshire Eagle Staff, February 17, 2012
PITTSFIELD -- The former regional director of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development is now working for 1Berkshire.
Pam Malumphy of Pittsfield, who resigned from the business development office in May 2010, has joined 1Berkshire as an economic development specialist, CEO Stuart Chase said.
According to Chase, 1Berkshire hired Malumphy to fulfill the requirements of a Massachusetts Office of Business Development regional economic development organization grant that is administered by the organization that she used to work for.
The grant expires in June, but Malumphy said she would be willing to remain with 1Berkshire longer if the grant is renewed.
"Absolutely," she said.
1Berkshire was formed in April 2010 by four regional economic development agencies to provide a single port of entry for those interested in doing business in Berkshire County.
"I had known about the movement to create 1Berkshire before I left," Malumphy said. "Now that it's become a reality, collaborating with the different economic development agencies is really exciting."
Following her resignation from the office of business development, Malumphy had returned to fundraising, an activity that she had been involved in before serving on the Pittsfield City Council during 2003-04.
"This is one of the few economic development jobs that I've been looking at," Malumphy said. "When this popped up last fall, I was looking at a fundraising position."
In 2004, Malumphy was defeated when she ran for re-election to City Council. Since then she has twice been a candidate for the seat in the 3rd Berkshire District and ran for mayor of Pittsfield.
During her four years as regional director of Massachusetts Office of Business Development, she clashed with former Pittsfield Mayor James M. Ruberto and community development director Deanna L. Ruffer over the city's economic development projects.
But Chase said her appointment to 1Berkshire has more to do with Malumphy's experience and connections in the business community than it does about politics. She was one of seven candidates who interviewed for the position.
"She has vast experience in the past working for the Massachusetts Office of Business Development as the Berkshire representative," Chase said. "She's very knowledgeable about the business retention and development programs for the Berkshires.
"1Berkshire is also dealing with tourism and the creative economy," Chase said. "She has also worked for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has a full picture of what the Berkshires are all about."
He added, "The business people that I talked with beyond the references provided by Pam were very positive."
Regarding her previous issues with city officials, Malumphy said, "All I can say specific to the city of Pittsfield is that a lot of what happened in the past was about the former administration's view of me on a political, as opposed to a personal, level.
"With the change in administrations, it's a new day in Pittsfield," she said. "There's such good energy. I'm looking forward to working with Mayor [Richard] Alcombright [in North Adams], Mayor [Daniel] Bianchi [in Pittsfield], and the other folks that I've had good relationships with in the past."
"Clerk work readied Phillips for job"
The Berkshire Eagle, Letter to the Editor, September 3, 2012
I have known Jody Phillips for nearly 10 years. Jody is unique. I’ve been blessed to know some very special individuals in my life -- you’ve met them, too. Those people in our lives that you honestly can’t say a bad thing about and, what’s more, you’ve never heard anyone who has met that person say a bad thing about them. That’s Jody.
I met her when she was Pittsfield City Clerk and I was a fumbling City Council candidate. For many of us as candidates, our first and often only office that we constantly visited during our campaigns was the city clerk’s office. My go-to person, our go-to person, was Jody. I often wonder to this day, how did she deal with any of us as candidates? So many questions, forms, records, reports, offices in Boston to be contacted. Jody made it all seem easy.
And once elected, who did we go to? Jody. Because now, as councilors, we needed copies of the charter, records of an old meeting, agendas, and minutes. We also needed help with conflict of interest, campaign finance, a question to the AG’s office, a call to the secretary of state, and a million other things.
What I loved about Jody and what I still love about Jody is her sense of humor and her ability to get whatever question answered. And her staff was just as terrific -- I think they reflected the professionalism and can-do attitude of Jody. And I watched as she would listen to the public and because of her open-mindedness would change a system or service, a way of doing business that could improve or make things easier.
So, when I consider all these things, I know there is only one candidate who should be and will be our next and outstanding register of deeds. I ask you to join me in voting for my great friend Jody Phillips on Thursday.
- Jonathan Melle
- Amherst, NH, United States
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