My name is Nick Caccamo and I am looking to represent Ward 3 on the Pittsfield City Council for the next two years.
I am a graduate of the Pittsfield Public School systems who is now on the other side of the coin working for the Pittsfield Public Schools helping to promote college and career readiness among students. A well-funded school system ensures that Pittsfield s students are prepared to face increased competition for jobs and college admissions. I have worked in our city s schools, and I understand the challenges our students face. Providing our young citizens with a comprehensive primary and secondary education is the only way to guarantee this.
I am looking to continue public service by becoming the next Ward 3 city councilor. As the new Ward 3 city councilor for Pittsfield, I will work to ensure our residents receive the attention to public services that it deserves and our tax dollars pay for. That those tax dollars are being well spent by working to create long term solutions, which contribute to our city’s well being. This includes becoming more energy efficient, promoting local business, and adequately funding education.
I will also work to extend and improve essential city services such as road repair, trash removal, storm recovery, and having clean running water. These are the daily services that improve the overall quality of life and make Pittsfield such an attractive place to live.
As a member of the City Council I plan to work with colleagues to support public safety departments and their mission to solve long-term problems. Looking towards more modern tactics of crime reduction like the hiring of a crime analyst is a new approach to an old problem and will certainly make our community safer in the long run.
I would stand against retail development at the PEDA site, with the hope that a more meaningful investment will one day break ground. City leaders should support the economic development of living wage jobs, not minimum wage ones on the PEDA site. The simple premise of a living wage job is the notion that anyone working a 40-hour week should be able to afford the most basic housing in whatever city that work is performed.
In addition he or she would also have the ability to support families, and have both the means and leisure to participate in the civic life. Better paying jobs will attract long-term residents and community development. Investing in the development of specialized vocational programs at Berkshire Community College and the public schools should be worth considering as a way to support the business community in Pittsfield and Berkshire County.
Yet, at the end of the day, before all else, I am responsible to the residents of Ward 3. I will be available to respond to your concerns when your needs arise and work to address each of them in a timely manner. I am committed to being the progressive voice our ward needs on the City Council, who is dedicated to promoting a pragmatic approach to government while working on subcommittees for continued city development.
That’s why I respectfully ask for your vote on Nov. 5 for Ward 3 City Council. Thank you for your consideration.
Nicholas J. Caccamo is a candidate for City Council from Ward 3.