PETER M. MARCHETTI
PETER M. MARCHETTI
Address: 27 Courtland Place.
Occupation: Compliance/bank secrecy act officer at Pittsfield Cooperative Bank.
Political experience: Pittsfield City Council, 2002-04 and 2006-present; vice president since 2010. Chairs the council Finance Committee. Council representative to Conservation Commission.
Personal: Married to Jeff Hunt.
Peter M. Marchetti planned to mount a mayoral campaign when he turned 50, but that timetable was moved up when Ruberto opted against seeking re-election.
"I didn't see a progressive candidate jump in the race, so I decided to run," he said.
The compliance/bank secrecy act officer at Pittsfield Cooperative Bank also anticipated Bianchi would run again, after losing to Ruberto by just 200 votes two years ago.
"If [Bianchi] wins, the city will go backwards -- and quickly," he claimed.
Marchetti cited how his experience and voting record as a city councilor 10 of the last 12 years will allow him to guide Pittsfield toward job creation, better public schools, efficient city government and the city's relationship with its residents.
"When it comes to economic development, [Bianchi] talks about it, but I've done it," he said.
Marchetti, with City Council approval, wants to establish a small business trust fund buy using $1 million from the remaining $6.1 million in the Pittsfield Economic Development Fund. He said the trust fund will foster steady growth among existing businesses.
Formerly the GE Economic Development Fund, the $6.1 million was part of a $10 million award by General Electric as part of the company's settlement that requires GE to clean up PCB contamination in Pittsfield.
Marchetti also called for closer relationships between the city's economic development office, the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation, and the Pittsfield Economic Development Authority in marketing the William Stanley Business Park to potential tenants.
Unlike Bianchi, Marchetti has no plans to appoint himself to the PEDA board, which oversees business park.
"How do you hold such a board accountable if you are part of the board?" he said.
Educationally, Marchetti supports a modern vocational/technical high school on the Taconic High School campus. But as a member of the city's School Building Needs Commission, he wants to see cost estimates of several options come out of the feasibility study in order to build a consensus as to what type of project the city needs and can afford.
"Once we have Plan A, Plan B, and Plan C, then we can put something on the ballot," he said.
Marchetti cited how increasing vocational/technical offerings in the Pittsfield Public Schools is crucial to preparing students to fill new jobs, or pursue a post-high school education and hopefully return to the local workforce.
If elected, Marchetti vows to be accessible to city residents and improve communication between the mayor and City Council. He would start by expanding on the city's neighborhood initiatives and begin the budget review process with councilors sooner than in past years.
Marchetti also vowed to make sure the performing arts and other cultural activities in Pittsfield remain a vital part of the local economy.
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