Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011

PAUL J. CAPITANIO

Age: 55

Address: 106 Parkside Ave.

Occupation: Owner, East Side Cafe.

Related experience: City councilor, April 2009 to present.

Keys to the campaign: Capitanio says his actions have spoken louder than words during his three years on the council. Since winning a special election for the seat two years ago, the businessman cites several repaved roads and other infrastructure improvements in Ward 3 that occurred on his watch.

"I am the hardest-working ward councilor there is," he said. "I try to address every issue."

Capitanio wants to see "what shakes out" of the feasibility study regarding a new or renovated Taconic High School before he advocates for a certain project. The Pittsfield School Building Needs Commission, in collaboration with the Massachusetts School Building Authority, is several months away from making a recommendation.

"My constituents understand it's a long process," he said.

Capitanio believes creating more and better jobs in Pittsfield is crucial to stemming the exodus of its young people.

He also refutes criticism from his opponent, Jeffrey W. Ferrin, he's been a part of a "good old boy" network in the city.

"If being a ‘good old boy' means helping people out, then I'm a ‘good old boy,'" he said.


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