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Tyer: Preliminary Shows Pittsfield Wants Change

Jim Levulis

City clerk Linda Tyer finished first in Tuesday’s preliminary election for mayor of Pittsfield, defeating incumbent Mayor Dan Bianchi and two other challengers. Tyer, who carried 55 percent of the vote to Bianchi’s 39, is hoping to unseat Bianchi in November’s general election. Bianchi brushed off the results as a consequence of low voter turnout, but Tyer says she’s confident she will win the race for Pittsfield’s first four-year mayoral term after recent charter reform. Candidates Donna Walto and Craig Gaetani were eliminated from the race.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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