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  Aiming to ban plastic bags, Pittsfield takes cues from other towns By Jim Therrien    08/16/2016  PITTSFIELD — The Green Commission, which is considering a recommendation to the City Council on an ordinance banning single-use plastic shopping bags, heard Monday from officials who have gained experience in passing similar bans in Lenox and Lee. The commission also heard from Rinaldo Del Gallo, who submitted the proposal in 2014. An attorney, Del Gallo told commissioners he would volunteer to draft an ordinance “if you tell me what you want.” The commission undertook a similar review of a Del Gallo proposal Read more…


By RICHIE DAVIS For the Gazette Wednesday, August 17, 2016 POLITICS ELECTION edpick State Senate Massachusetts EDITOR’S NOTE: Three Democrats will compete in the primary election Thursday, Sept. 8, for the Berkshire-Hampshire-Franklin-Hampden state Senate seat being vacated after 10 years by Sen. Benjamin Downing. The chosen Democrat will run against Republican candidate Christine Canning of Lanesborough, who has no primary opponent. This is the first of three candidate profiles. Rinaldo Del Gallo, one of three Democrats running for the Berkshire-Hampshire-Franklin-Hampden state Senate seat, boldly refers to himself as “a Bernie Sanders progressive,” even after the presidential hopeful lost his nomination Read more…


Berkshire Brigades presents Common Sense Guest: Renaldo del Gallo III Date: 8/12/2016 Length: 00:27:56 Producer: Stephen Radin Project: Common Sense Category: http://www.pittsfieldtv.org/access-pittsfield-show-search/


By Rinaldo Del Gallo, III Posted:   08/07/2016 PITTSFIELD   I am running for state senator as a Bernie Sanders progressive. Whenever you hear Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren or I speak at length, our speeches invariably start on the subject of wealth disparity. It is the first issue on Sanders’ website. By contrast, I have never heard my two Democratic opponents use the term “wealth disparity,” “wealth inequality,” or otherwise significantly address the topic. America is not a poor country. Nor is Massachusetts a poor state. When our friends and neighbors who are barely keeping their heads above water surround Read more…


      The Berkshire Brigades has scheduled a Democrats only state senate debate tomorrow, Thursday, August 11, 2016, 7-9 pm.  It will be at the Boland Theater at Berkshire Community College. (1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201 for your GPS).


While I certainly can understand the case for a Super Wal-Mart, and I can see why Adam Hinds is unwilling to ruffle the feathers of the mayor, I think it is possible to show respect for the mayor but stand-up for an issue that will have serious consequences on the regional economy. Unlike Mr. Hind’s position in Becket, I am opposed to the Super Wal-Mart at PEDA.


At a forum on June 21, 2016 in Becket, when moderator Smitty Pignatelli asked whether Wal-Mart should be coming to the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority (PEDA), Adam Hinds said (in an effort to not spoil an endorsement from the Mayor of Pittsfield), “It’s up to them.”   I understand that Wal-Mart is standing outside its Pittsfield store getting signatures for the new Super Wal-Mart.  (They don’t explain the new Wal-Mart will be at PEDA, but that’s another conversation.)   While I certainly can understand the case for a Super Wal-Mart, and I can see why Adam Hinds is unwilling to ruffle the Read more…


This article ran in the Pittsfield Gazette, a Pittsfield weekly, on August 4, 2016   PEDA’S FAILURE—the COST OF NOT FOLLOWING THE FORT DEVENS MODEL I have had numerous successes in the City of Pittsfield.  But a long time ago, starting around 2004, I failed to stir the Pittsfield City Counsel to take control of the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority (PEDA) and put it on a new course.  As I began writing this column, literally 11 years ago to the day, my piece “Reformed PEDA Key to City,” was published in the Berkshire Eagle (July 24, 2005).   You can read Read more…


Press Release: State Senate Democratic Debate August 7th, Lenox Town Hall, 2:00 PM (not 7:00 PM)   Lenox Selectman and Chair of the Lenox Democrats Mr. Ken Fowler has indicated that the Lenox Democratic Committee will host a debate for candidates for the State Senate Democratic primary (Berkshire, Hamden, Hampshire and Franklin district) at the Lenox Town Hall on Sunday, August 7th at 2:00 PM. The moderator will be State Representative Smitty Pignatelli.   WHAT: Democratic State Senate Primary Debate WHEN: Sunday, August 7th at 2:00 PM WHERE: Lenox Town Hall WHO: Sponsored by Lenox Democrats, Rep. Smitty Pignatelli moderating. Read more…


While Del Gallo favors voluntary spending limits, his opponents do not.  None have agreed to voluntary spending limits. This letter to agree to voluntary spending limits was sent to his two Democratic opponents very early on in the process. Apart from being sent to them personally, the letter was published in a modified form as an “open letter” both in the Berkshire Eagle and the Berkshire Courier. In the Berkshire Eagle, it ran as “Rinaldo Del Gallo, III: Open challenges to candidates for state Senate,” published June 22, 2016.  It provided yet an additional 10 days to agree to spending Read more…

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