Controlling the Debate
about the first Pittsfield Special Election Debate. Only observation is that most of the article deals with the heroin issue. Rhonda Serre got out ahead of this
a couple of weeks ago, and as a result she owns this issue and the article reflects it:
"Heroin has taken over this city and anybody who doesn't know that hasn't been paying attention," declared Serre, a Pittsfield resident who worked as an aide to U.S. Rep. John W. Olver, D-Amherst, until taking a leave to enter the race.
Serre, replying to a question from an audience member, said Pittsfield is no longer just a midpoint on a drug supply line between Montreal and New York City.
"We are a destination. ... We are a marketplace," she said.
If she is elected, said Serre, she will continue to work with state and federal authorities to cut off the supply of drugs. She also said advancing economic development in Pittsfield and increasing the availability of affordable housing will reduce the demand.
Malumphy and Speranzo both said the drug problem pervades Berkshire County. They called for continued cooperation between law enforcement agencies at all levels and an increase in funding for drug enforcement.