The audit, which was requested by former District Attorney Paul Caccaviello shortly after his March 2018 appointment, provides newly sworn-in District Attorney Andrea Harrington with recommendations to address these areas.
2018 has provided enough Great Barrington news to keep journalists busy and observers of town politics highly amused, signaling that the community dubbed “best small town in America” by Smithsonian Magazine continues to be a place in transition.
In their letter to the editor Tracy Baker-White, Ali Benjamin and Jessica Dils write: “Andrea Harrington is the only name on the ballot, in part because she was willing stand up and say what she stands for and how she’d use the power of the office.”
This DA’s office has considered itself completely unaccountable to its community, utilized a policy with regards to confidential informants that further manipulated and promoted violence in the streets of Pittsfield.
In his letter to the editor James Harris writes: “As a proud liberal, I will write in Caccaviello for Berkshire County district attorney on the basis of his far greater suitability for the job at hand.”
In a letter to the editor, Leo Yantovsky writes, “Not graciously accepting his loss in the primary, he then launched his write-in campaign, likely the pressure of those who have held onto power in the Berkshires for a long time.”
The fact that Mr. Caccaviello has dropped his party affiliation and can now mount a write-in is the equivalent of “getting off on a technicality.” It does not absolve him of the duty to stand for something beyond his own advancement.
In a letter to the editor, Dan Bianchi writes, “I had the opportunity as mayor to see Paul Caccaviello in action coordinating the preparation of the worst of criminal cases, prosecuting those who sold drugs to our children, robbed senior citizens, abused women and committed murder.”
In their letter Marie and Marie T. Harpin write: “We need a District Attorney who will reform the criminal justice system in Berkshire County and will not maintain the status quo. Attorney Andrea Harrington is the only candidate on the ballot who can bring about that much needed reform.”
In her letter Kathleen Riley of Pittsfield writes: “Mr. Caccaviello lost an election, period. Blaming his [primary] election loss on his not being a politician is absurd and hypocritical. He manipulated the political system to get the advantage of incumbency.”
In her letter Ellen Croibier writes: “The people have spoken and multiple other Berkshire County officials have endorsed Andrea Harrington as the Democratic nominee for Berkshire County District Attorney.”
In his letter to the editor, Attorney Alan J. Righi writes: “By marshaling two campaigns in two years, [Andrea] Harrington revealed her political ambitions: the DA’s race is just a steppingstone for this politician.”
In her letter Regina Hill writes: “The Democratic nominee for district attorney is the least qualified person to ever run, yet she is the beneficiary of help and support from those I believe ignored that critical fact.”