Sunday October 28, 2012

I am writing a letter in support of Smitty Pignatelli, state representative, 4th Berkshire District.

As a former member of the Lenox Board of Selectman, I have worked closely with Smitty on many occasions for the good of our community. He has secured, to date, $8.3 million just for Lenox. A $950,000 Public Works Economic Devel op ment (PWED) grant went to the Lenox Village Downtown Revitalization Project, and downtown has never looked better. New sidewalks and energy-efficient historic lighting grace our quaint village. A total of $3.6 million went to the reconstruction of West Street/ Route 183; $600,000 in Mass Works Infra structure funding went to up grades to the Brunell Pump Station in Lenox, a much needed repair and cost that the taxpayers would have to bear. A total of $3 million in Recovery Zone Facility bonds was appropriated to bring a new business to Lenox and a $137,000 Massa chusetts Cultural council grant was provided for improvements to Edith Wharton’s The Mount.

None of this would have been possible without the loyal dedication of Smitty Pignatelli. He works tirelessly to increase local aid, Chapter 70 educa tion money and state funding for key economic development projects.

On the lighter side, several years ago, Smitty realized there were no decorations of any kind in Lenox. He tramped through knee-high snow to find a tree for Lilac Park. After it was cut down and erected in the park, Pignatelli Electric helped decorate it. Smitty is a true humanitarian, with wet feet.

I could go on and on labeling Smitty’s accomplishments, but those who know him know his many talents. Smitty is the Berkshire voice on Beacon Hill. He is a man who loves his job and the people he represents. I am proud to have Smitty Pignatelli as my state representative. Show your appreciation and go to the polls for Smitty. Let him know we care.

LINDA PROCOPIO

MESSANA

Lenox