Mazzeo knocks Mayor Tyer on crime response in Pittsfield

Berkshire Eagle: City Councilor and mayoral challenger Melissa Mazzeo is accusing Mayor Linda Tyer of "inaction" on the city's crime problem. "Having gone door-to-door throughout the city, it's not only the West Side that is questioning the lack of responsiveness to recent violence, it is every resident of the city," Mazzeo said in a statement. …

In her statement, Mazzeo asked why the mayor isn't holding community meetings. And she went on to criticize Police Chief Michael Wynn for "not responding as to what his strategies are to combat this level of unacceptable crime" and District Attorney Andrea Harrington for being "incredibly slow" to release information to the public following incidents like last week's fatal shooting on Columbus Avenue.

Without that, Mazzeo said, residents are left to question what is happening.

"It leaves me wondering if the right hand knows what the left hand is doing," Mazzeo said.

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