Mayor Bianchi makes it official, takes out papers to seek second term
PITTSFIELD -- Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi has taken out nomination papers to run for re-election in November. Thus far, he has no announced opposition for a second term.
Bianchi, who earlier had indicated his intent to run again, made it official in an announcement late Friday afternoon.
"It has been an absolute pleasure to serve as Pittsfield's mayor for the past 18 months," Bianchi said in a release. "I have been humbled by the enormous and diverse support I have received from people across the city during my first term in office. ... I look forward to continuing to work with them to serve the residents of Pittsfield for another term."
To win his first term, Bianchi defeated former city councilor Peter M. Marchetti in a very close race in November 2011.
Since taking office, Bianchi cited "progress with the creation of the Small Business Fund; the expansion of the PEDA board, and by securing the first tenant, with more Life Sciences projects in the planning stages."
He added, "I recognize there is more to do and I remain committed to an aggressive economic development program for the city."
Soon after taking office, Bianchi pushed the Pittsfield charter review process, which is expected to produce a completely revised city charter for submission to city voters in November. The City Council is to take a final vote on the charter plan on May 28.
The mayor listed as major goals working with the community and businesses to develop supportive programming for an expanded vocational education program and helping to complete planning construction of a new or renovated Taconic High School.
Establishing planned community centers in collaboration with community and wellness groups at Francis Plaza and Dower Square will benefit many citizens, he said.
"And, lastly, but certainly not least, particularly in the wake of what is happening across our state and throughout our country, public safety has been a top priority," Bianchi said. "With the initiation of a Neighborhood Watch Program, Pittsfield now has hundreds of residents trained to serve as the eyes and ears of the police in an effort to reduce crime and maintain safer neighborhoods."
The last day to turn in papers to the Registrar of Voters for signature certification is Tuesday, Aug. 6. The last day to turn in certified papers to the city clerk for placement on the ballot is Tuesday, Aug. 20.