Bloomberg has local roots and outside experience
To the editor:
I am fortunate enough to have lived in Pittsfield many years ago and I continue to visit the city often. This year my trip coincided with the August 11 state representative debate, held at BCC, which I eagerly attended. The spirited and timely debate was well attended, the amphitheater filled to capacity.
I was impressed with the poise, energy and fresh ideas offered by candidate Michael Bloomberg. He held his own and then some against the incumbent, who has not passed a bill in her tenure in the House. Bloomberg has done his homework, speaking with local and state experts on pressing issues facing Pittsfield. Equally important, Bloomberg looked beyond the city boundaries, investigating similar struggling towns across the nation to glean lessons learned and bring them back to the area.
I was stunned that the incumbent used her closing speech as an attempt to paint Michael as a well-heeled outsider. For the record, Bloomberg graduated from Pittsfield High School and UMass and returned specifically to put his shoulder to the grindstone here, after experiencing other pursuits. Ms. Farley-Bouvier's comments were not only unkind, they were untrue and exhibited a whiff of desperation.
Though he shares a name with a well-known former mayor of New York City, it's clear that he is a distant relative without access to Bloomberg's wealth. His mother, Nancy Shulman, is a life-long resident of Pittsfield and raised Michael and his brother in a modest home.
Pittsfield can only benefit from those who are knowledgeable about the city, passionate about its future, and able to weave new ideas into the fabric of the community.
Alan Schiff, Wyncote, Pa.