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Next week, Linda Tyer will be sworn in as the mayor of Pittsfield, taking over for Dan Bianchi, who has led the city for the past four years. Bianchi, a Democrat, served five terms as a city councilor before being elected mayor in 2011. He was reelected in 2013 running unopposed. In the first part of a two-part interview, Bianchi speaks with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis about the past four years.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi says he’s “very confident” he will win the city’s first four-year mayoral term in November, even though city clerk Linda Tyer won Tuesday’s preliminary election with 55 percent of the vote. Bianchi, who is seeking a third term, finished second with about 39 percent of the vote to move on to the general election in six weeks. Candidates Donna Walto and Craig Gaetani were eliminated from the mayoral race. Pittsfield will have a four-year mayoral term instead of two years after a recent charter reform.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

City government in Pittsfield is now operating under a new media protocol that has raised transparency concerns among some.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

2013 was a busy year in local politics in the Berkshires, but many key leaders are remaining in place come the new year.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Dan Bianchi announced Friday that he has taken out nomination papers to run for a second term as mayor of Pittsfield.

In a statement Bianchi said that in his next term he intends to continue building his economic development program for the city. He also said that he plans to continue his work on improving the city’s schools, including strengthening career vocational programs at Taconic High School.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Dan Bianchi announced Friday that he has taken out nomination papers to run for a second term as mayor of Pittsfield.

In a statement Bianchi said that in his next term he intends to continue building his economic development program for the city. He also said that he plans to continue his work on improving the city’s schools, including strengthening career vocational programs at Taconic High School.