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  Rinaldo Del Gallo grew up in Berkshire County and attended Pittsfield public schools.   He graduated in the top of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University.   He then attended a top 20 law school, George Washington University Law School, where he again graduated in the top half of his class, and received awards for academic excellence.   Just after graduating from law school, he wrote one of the most famous law review articles in the area of patent law (published in Idea Magazine, from Franklin Pierce University), “Are methods of doing business finally out Read more…


By Andy McKeever & Tammy DanielsiBerkshires Staff 10:51PM / Monday, July 09, 2012 Local journalist and blogger Dan Valenti read a 17-page affadavit in court rebutting the harassment order against him. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An order restraining local blogger Daniel Valenti from commenting on a highly publicized pedestrian accident was vacated Monday afternoon following a lengthy hearing in Central Berkshire District Court. Valenti and his attorneys said it was a victory for the 1st Amendment, which guarantees freedom of the press. “I’m pleased that the court heard our arguments that in no way should this be allowed,” said Valenti, who Read more…


  By Heather Bellow Wednesday, Jun 1 News Heather Bellow Pittsfield — Democratic primary candidate and lawyer Rinaldo Del Gallo III told supporters at his campaign announcement last night that he’s already demonstrated he’s got what it takes to be a state senator, and that he’s the one of the three candidates who, as a “Bernie Sanders progressive,” can make changes that will lift the middle and lower classes up and out of economic quicksand. Del Gallo is one of three Democrats and one Republican to qualify for the ballot after getting the required 300 signatures by May 31. All Read more…


PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT of a forum in Becket, June 21, 2016, sponsored by the Becket Democrats. 1:50:16  into the forum: SMITTY PIGNATELLI:   We have one more question [he misspoke, two questions] before closing statements. . .  I have two quickies.  And they are just simple “yes” or “no” answers.  And we will start with Andrea.   Do you support an immediate and across the board $15 minimum wage?   [Note:  When Rep. Smitty Pignatelli asked the question, the term $15 minimum wage was modified with the words “immediate” and “across the board.”  He spoke loudly and clearly.]   Andrea Harrington:  Yes. Smitty 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…


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…


Nilan v. Valenti NOTE: The information and commentary contained in this database entry are based on court filings and other informational sources that may contain unproven allegations made by the parties. The truthfulness and accuracy of such information is likely to be in dispute. Information contained in this entry is current as of the last event mentioned in the “Description” section below; additional proceedings might have taken place in this matter since this event. Summary Threat Type: Lawsuit Date: 06/22/2012 Status: Pending Location: Massachusetts Disposition: Injunction Denied Verdict or Settlement Amount: N/A Legal Claims: Harassment According to a police report, Read more…

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