Pittsfield city councilor exonerated

A judge has dismissed the criminal cases against Pittsfield City Councilor Anthony V. Maffuccio and his girlfriend, both of whom were charged in connection with a domestic dispute at their city home last month. Full Story
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Tom

Cohoes, NY

#1 Aug 8, 2009
Like always city officals get away with crime in the berkshires.
Resident

Schenectady, NY

#2 Aug 8, 2009
Tom wrote:
Like always city officals get away with crime in the berkshires.
Especially when there is no ecidence of a actual crime. What we had here was two people getting into a arguement, if we arrested people for that, we all would be in jail!
Vox Pop

Cobleskill, NY

#3 Aug 8, 2009
nothing criminal happened. da was too stupid to drop the charges so judge had to step in.
Harvard Grad

Schenectady, NY

#4 Aug 8, 2009
Two sides to every argument and one is how and who is this judge . How he allowed them go free when there were drugs, abuse and stolen cars involved. what;s up with the judge?/other side of it is who dosen't have a friend or family member with an alcohol or drug problem and forever hopes that they'll straighten themselves out. Mr. Maffucio is not alone on this problem I think we all have it somehow and somewhere in our lives. Hope he gets it right.
crime or no crime

Clifton Park, NY

#5 Aug 8, 2009
If it were you or me,we would be waiting on a court date, no questions asked

Who says you can't be above the law?
I just hope the next person {anyone, any level},who commits assault on someone and tells the world they got angry and lost it because their mate is using drugs and staying out too late with that persons car, that was reported stolen,falsely,lied to the police and was a person entrusted with important city matters which affect us all, crime in the streets and drug control,gets their FAIR share of the time that goes with the crime. Everyone that commits a crime should be pardoned.Equality, right?
EZE

United States

#6 Aug 8, 2009
I see that the conspiracy theorists are active today.

Personally, I don't trust any 40-year old who serves as an altar boy (religion is such a creepy farce), but according to the articles there does not seem to be enouh evidence to do anything other than dismiss.

I know judges, and they are all arrogants toolboxes (worse than pig-cops) so I would enjoy the opportunity to verbally beotch-smack one of them, but I cannot in this instance.
legalized crime

Clifton Park, NY

#7 Aug 8, 2009
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Since: Jun 09

Sweden

#8 Aug 8, 2009
'Eagle article'
If this story is true, was there a crime committed?
Pittsfield councilor charged with assault
Ward 7 City Councilor Anthony Maffuccio and his live-in girlfriend were arrested Thursday, each charged with assaulting the other following an alleged domestic dispute at their Danforth Avenue home.
By Jack Dew, Berkshire Pittsfield councilor charged with assault
Eagle
Updated: 07/03/2009 08:35:50 AM EDT
Friday, July 03
PITTSFIELD -- Ward 7 City Councilor Anthony Maffuccio and his live-in girlfriend were arrested Thursday, each charged with assaulting the other following an alleged domestic dispute at their Danforth Avenue home.
Maffuccio, 38, and his girlfriend, Kristina Biasin, 36, were charged with assault and battery. They were released on personal recognizance after Judge Fredric D. Rutberg entered not guilty pleas on their behalf at an arraignment Thursday afternoon in Central Berkshire District Court.
According to police reports, the couple told starkly different stories to officers.
Maffuccio said Biasin returned home at about 1 a.m. Thursday after a night of using cocaine, according to the reports. He said she often takes his car when she uses cocaine, which prompts him to file reports that his car has been stolen.
When the two awoke on Thursday morning, according to the police account of Maffuccio's statements, he tried to take the keys from her and they argued. She began hitting him in the arms and chest, and an officer said he could see visible red marks on Maffuccio's body from apparent blows.
Maffuccio said he tried to call 911, but Biasin grabbed the phone from his hands, the report stated, and threw it against the wall. When he grabbed a different cell phone, she broke it in half, he said.
Biasin, however, said that she and Maffuccio have been together for two years but have been fighting
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frequently over the past three months. They argued on Thursday morning and, when she tried to leave to go to work, Maffuccio grabbed her wrist to stop her, she said, and told her she couldn't use his car.
She told officers that she handed Maffuccio a cell phone and told him to call her employer to say she wouldn't be coming in, but he took the phone and broke it in half.
Maffuccio then punched a wall, the report states. Biasin said she tried to make him stop, but he grabbed her by the neck. The officer noted that there were red marks around her throat and wrist.
Maffuccio did not return a call Thursday seeking comment.
If convicted, Maffuccio and Biasin could face up to 21 2 years in the house of correction. Rutberg warned them that, if they are charged with a crime while the assault charges are pending, they could be jailed without bail.
Maffuccio and Biasin are scheduled to return to court on Sept. 15 for a pre-trial conference.
No political fallout for accused councilman
By Jack Dew, Berkshire Eagle Staff
Updated: 07/08/2009 10:00:22 AM EDT
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Since: Jun 09

Sweden

#9 Aug 8, 2009
continued Eagle article.....

Maffuccio
PITTSFIELD -- Though Ward 7 City Councilor Anthony Maffuccio is facing an assault charge, there does not appear to be a movement afoot to cut short his political career. No candidate has surfaced to challenge him in the November election, and his fellow councilors appear content to leave the matter alone.
"It's an unfortunate thing," said City Council President Gerald M. Lee. "I don't know anything about it other than what I've read in the paper, and I don't know what will happen when he goes to court. I'm going to stay out of it and, if it happened to me, I'd hope he would stay out of it, too."
Maffuccio and his live-in girlfriend, Kristina Biasin, were arrested on July 2 following a domestic dispute. Each has accused the other of assault. They pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court and are due to return on Sept. 15 for a pre-trial conference.
Mayor James M. Ruberto said he would not comment on the charges against Maffuccio but said he did not think the case would "impact his ability to serve on the council. I think we have seen independent decision making from Tony Maffuccio before this incident, and I expect, as he continues to serve, he will serve with the same level of professionalism."
Ward 1 Councilor Lewis C. Markham agreed. "Everyone has ups and downs and, because he is a public official, there is more limelight, but other than that ... I don't think this will affect his ability to continue as councilor."
Jonathan Lothrop said the real question is "what does the public think?... There are two sides to each story, and I really don't know. I just hope that, for [Maffuccio's] sake, he and his family are well."
Ward 6 Councilor Daniel L. Bianchi, who is running for mayor, did not return calls seeking comment on Tuesday.
The last time a sitting city councilor was arrested was in 2002, when Ward 1 Councilor Robert G. Tuttle was charged with assaulting a Lanesborough woman.
Tuttle was accused of grabbing the woman's hair at least five times and pulling her while the two were riding in his car. The woman was charged with slapping Tuttle. A district court judge dismissed the charges after Tuttle and the woman said they did not want to pursue the matter further.
Dismissal is a common result in domestic assault cases when there are cross-complaints. While Maffuccio could face up to 2 1/2 years in jail if convicted, attorneys said that outcome is extremely unlikely.
While Pittsfield has a recall provision that allows the voters to force a sitting councilor out, the process is slow and complicated and would require a groundswell of opposition to Maffuccio that does not seem to have surfaced. The recall petition must be signed by 25 percent of city voters and the recall election would have to be held in 60 to 70 days.
legalized crime

Clifton Park, NY

#10 Aug 8, 2009
Hear no,see no, speak no, evil against our city leaders

Where are the threads concerning this matter? I now we discussed it alot, back in July.

more of... we'll tell you what to read, by the censors.
legalized crime

Clifton Park, NY

#11 Aug 8, 2009
See no,hear no, speak no, evil of our city leaders.

Where are all the threads concerning this, back in July? I know we discussed it.
More censoring geeeez

Since: Jun 08

Delmar, NY

#12 Aug 8, 2009
Nothing more than a lover's spat with out of control emotions..Could be drug or alcohol useage hangover at the time and argument over use of car..Well anyway's it became news and comments and opions will be made.
vikkig

Easthampton, MA

#13 Aug 8, 2009
walk on water, just a slap on the wrist, and do continue to do drugs and work with the public the(nurse)
and allow the councilman and all to say its okay to buy and do drugs(just for some that is) after all that is what we are fighting to clean up here in pittsfield lead by example.....do not attempt this at home they are professionals :)
Equality

Clifton Park, NY

#14 Aug 8, 2009
Tappy wrote:
Nothing more than a lover's spat with out of control emotions..Could be drug or alcohol useage hangover at the time and argument over use of car..Well anyway's it became news and comments and opions will be made.
The same could be applied with the death of a woman not too long ago.
That too, could have been
Nothing more than a lover's spat with out of control emotions..Could be drug or alcohol useage hangover at the time and argument over use of car.{only that caes went one step further, death}.

Still, assault, falsifying a police report and knowing of drug involvement,within a city officials space,all seem like crimes others would've gone to court for even if the parties involved reconciliated.

Well anyway's it became news and comments and opions will be made.
who cares

Tolland, CT

#15 Aug 8, 2009
Everybody always talks about personal freedom. Two people excercising their freedom to handle this privately. Like them or hate them, I say good for them. The judge really had no choice. It is their life and who are we to judge.
Equality

Clifton Park, NY

#16 Aug 8, 2009
who cares wrote:
Everybody always talks about personal freedom. Two people excercising their freedom to handle this privately. Like them or hate them, I say good for them. The judge really had no choice. It is their life and who are we to judge.
Okay so they reconciliated, now what about the laws that were broken by a city official other than the assault chargesthat were cast out?
disgusted citizen

United States

#17 Aug 8, 2009
This is absolutely disgraceful. It furthers the idea that there are two justice systems in this country. One for the haves and another much crueler one for the have nots. If this was a poor minority in this situation who could not afford to pay a lawyer $200-$300 dollars per hour I have a strong feeling that the case would not have been dismissed. I'm glad to be leaving this country soon because things like this make me feel ashamed.
disgusted citizen

United States

#18 Aug 8, 2009
Tom wrote:
Like always city officals get away with crime in the berkshires.
Thats right and the average man gets the shaft.

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Since: Jun 09

Sweden

#19 Aug 8, 2009
I looked for the threads on this and couldn't find them. My Google history had them still but topix history doesn't. Someone pulled them it seems.
Yeah yeah, I know. I'm overreacting. but isn't this covering up the mess by removing them? important? maybe,maybe not. conspiracy, yes vs no.

see for yourself.......
Watch FY10 budget live Jul '09 Singled out 2
car show pctv video Jul '09 Search this 1
a Bloody Smurfa lands in jail Jun '09 askari 14
City to trim $4.1M Jun '09 Teddy

8 days worth of threads missing
Duh

United States

#20 Aug 8, 2009
It's just a matter of time before we read about these two again.

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