Wednesday May 16, 2012

LENOX -- One of Scott Pignatelli's earliest memories is holding campaign signs for his father while standing on North Street watching Pitts field's annual Halloween Parade 40 years ago.

Now, Pignatelli's mounting his own campaign for a six-year term as register of the Middle Berkshire Registry of Deeds.

Pignatelli, 47, of 70 Birchwood Lane, is the third Democratic Party candidate to enter the race to succeed Andrea F. Nuciforo Jr., who is vacating the office to run for Congress this fall.

Pignatelli will face Jody L. Phillips, 44, of Pittsfield, and Patricia "Patsy" Harris, 48, of Hins dale, in the Democratic Primary on Sept. 6.

Pignatelli will officially kick off his campaign at 5 tonight with a reception at the Italian-American Club at 203 Newell St. in Pittsfield.

Pignatelli has been sole owner of the family business, Pignatelli Electric, for 14 years, and a member of the Lenox Board of Assessors for 12 years. He was re-elected to that position at the town elections earlier this month.

PIgnatelli's brother, William "Smitty" Pig natelli, is a state representative and former town selectman; his father, John Pignatelli, served on the Lenox Select Board for more than 30 years and is a former county commissioner; and his sister, Donna Pignatelli, is the assistant director of legislative affairs for the White House.

But assessor is the only previous elected office that Scott Pignatelli has ever held.

"I want people to understand that [the register of deeds] is not a political job. It's public service," he said. "My years on the board [of assessors] and running my own profession make me the most well-rounded candidate for the job."

Pignatelli said he sees parallels between being an assessor, the sole owner of a small business and the office he is seeking.

"I have management experience dealing with budgets in good times and bad times, and in personnel with issues with my staff," Pignatelli said.

Pignatelli is a graduate of both Lenox Memorial High School and Berkshire Com munity College. A master electrician, he is also a past chairman of the Lenox Democratic Town Committee and a former president of UNICO.

The district served by the Middle Berkshire Registry of Deeds includes the city of Pittsfield and the following towns: Becket, Dalton, Hins dale, Lee, Lenox, Otis, Peru, Richmond, Stock bridge, Tyr ing ham and Washington.

The Middle Berkshire register of deeds job pays a little more than $90,000 a year.