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At-large Pittsfield, Massachusetts city councilor Earl Persip says he’ll seek a third two-year term. 

A cannabis plant.
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The largest community in Berkshire County has outlawed all future outdoor cannabis cultivation following a city council vote this week.

A blue sign with a map of ski trails sits in front of a wooded hillside.
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council has approved the use of almost a million dollars from the municipal General Electric settlement fund for an infrastructure project.

A stone building with a colonnade sits below a grey sky amid snowdrifts.
Josh Landes / WAMC

The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts will be reopening some of its municipal buildings to the public on a limited basis starting Tuesday. 

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Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts Police Advisory and Review Board unanimously approved a new policy that aims to protect the rights of transgender people in interactions with law enforcement.

A stone building with a colonnade sits below a grey sky amid snowdrifts.
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council has postponed a proposed overhaul of its trash system until at least 2022.

An SUV is parked on the street in front of a brick building with "Pittsfield Police" on its doors
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts Police Advisory and Review Board held its monthly meeting virtually on Tuesday.

A new warming shelter for the unhoused has opened in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

A stone building with a colonnade sits below a grey sky amid snowdrifts.
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council is asking Mayor Linda Tyer to explore using CARES Act funding to invest in COVID-19 related safety measures. Some teachers and students have already returned to in-person education.

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Dalton Lampro / Nick Caccamo

WAMC News has learned that Pittsfield, Massachusetts city councilor Nick Caccamo will not seek a fifth term.

A stone building with a colonnade lit by lights sits in front of a brick churck and a street lamp
Josh Landes / WAMC

Four city councilors in Pittsfield, Massachusetts have confirmed plans to seek re-election this fall. 

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Josh Landes / WAMC

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Mayor Linda Tyer delivered her 2021 state of the city address today.

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Josh Landes / WAMC

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is undertaking a $3.5 million improvement and redesign plan using money raised by a controversial art sale in 2018.

A white woman with brown hair sits in an arm chair before a desk strewn with papers and a coffee mug
Josh Landes / WAMC

The mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts will deliver her state of the city address at noon on Monday.

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The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council heard an update on the community’s COVID-19 situation and ongoing efforts on its vaccination rollout plan at its Tuesday night meeting.

Pat Bradley / WAMC

The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts has declared a snow emergency stretching from 7 a.m. Tuesday into Thursday. 

Four smiling people and a dog are in a tent made of blue tarps
Josh Landes / WAMC

Emails obtained by WAMC News using the Freedom of Information Act show how the city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts developed a strategy to remove unhoused people from public parks in fall 2020 – and why the unfinished plan was scrapped just before it was set to go into effect.

The Pittsfield city seal
The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Public health officials in Pittsfield, Massachusetts say that while the city remains in the state’s high-risk designation for COVID-19 transmission, new data shows a dip in cases. 

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Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts police chief discussed police reform, his department’s spending and how it screens recruits for involvement in extremist movements this week.

A stone building with a colonnade lit by lights sits in front of a brick churck and a street lamp
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council kicked off 2021 with a five-hour meeting Tuesday that addressed COVID-19, police spending and the city’s response to last month’s snowstorm. 

A stone building with a colonnade lit by lights sits in front of a brick churck and a street lamp
Josh Landes / WAMC

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts city council is meeting tonight for the first time in the new year.

A white, brown-haired woman in a blue blazer stands with a microphone before her in a room lined with purple curtains
Josh Landes / WAMC

With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full swing and weighing down the local economy, the mayor of Berkshire County’s largest community is laying out her 2021 agenda. Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer says her top priority is a return to in-person education in the city’s schools. Tyer spoke with WAMC about the new policies and programs her administration will be rolling out, and when residents can expect to take advantage of her home improvement loan program “At Home In Pittsfield.”

This is a picture of Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer speaking at Interprint Tuesday.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

The mayor of Pittsfield, Massachusetts is laying out her agenda for 2021. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker stands at a podium in front of a marble building with a row of people standing on either side of him
Josh Landes / WAMC

In a look back at the biggest stories of 2020, WAMC has this review of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the westernmost county in Massachusetts.

A blue awning that reads "Otto's Breakfast & Deli" stretches over a brick building with windows and a snowy sidewalk
Josh Landes / WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker again rolled back the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan on Tuesday, instating a 25 percent capacity limit on restaurants, gyms, houses of worship and more starting Saturday. For business owners like Luke Marion, of downtown Pittsfield eatery Otto’s, the news is another blow in a brutal year. WAMC asked Marion what Baker’s new orders mean for him, his business and his staff.

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Josh Landes / WAMC

Democratic Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey says additional federal coronavirus relief funding is needed for the state and cities.

The Pittsfield city seal
The City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts

As Pittsfield, Massachusetts prepares for tonight’s storm – which is projected to dump over a foot of snow on the Berkshires – the city is asking residents to abide by its new alternate side parking plan. With a snow emergency declared for 7 p.m. and snow expected by 8, Public Services and Utilities Commissioner Ricardo Morales tells WAMC that there’s more than enough time for Pittsfielders to implement the new parking guidelines before the storm.

A man wearing a mask in jeans and a coat stands by one of several tents in the woods.
Josh Landes / WAMC

With the first major winter storm on the way, the unhoused residents of Pittsfield, Massachusetts are bracing for a long, cold season with little hope in sight.

A lit menorah sits on a table with festive lights, dreidels and jelly donuts
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Tonight marks the beginning of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights. WAMC checked in with Western Massachusetts rabbis to learn what counsel they have for their communities during a particularly dark season.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker stands at a podium in front of a marble building with a row of people standing on either side of him
Josh Landes / WAMC

As Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker rolls back statewide reopening plans due to COVID-19 surges, Berkshire County municipal leaders are working on implementing the updated public health orders.

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