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Downing welcomes Senate President Stan Rosenberg to Pittsfield on June 24th
June 17, 2015

PITTSFIELD State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announces today that he will host Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D- Amherst) in the City of Pittsfield for a series of events on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

While in Pittsfield the President will meet with higher education officials and tour the campus of Berkshire Community College (open press), participate in a working luncheon conversation with local economic development and regional planning experts (closed press) and visit LTI Smart Glass, a leading manufacturer headquartered in the City (open press). 



Senate President Rosenberg & Staff (3)

Senator Downing & Staff (6)

Ellen Kennedy, BCC President

Mike Mac Donald, Community Chair of Turf Field Project
John Law, CFO/VP for A&F, BCC
Dave Moran, Director of Facilities, BCC
Bill Mulholland, VP for Community Education & Workforce Development, BCC
Michael Bullock, VP for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, BCC
Charles Kaminski, Dean of Business, Science, Math & Technology, BCC
Richard Wixsom, Director of IT, BCC
Richard Felver, Director of Library Services, BCC
Heidi Weber, Public Relations Manager, BCC
Lauren Pellegrino, Director of Recreational Services, BCC
BCC Faculty:  Tom Tyning, Tim Flanagan, Bruce Winn
BCC Student:  Edson Chipalo
Berkshire County House Legislative Delegation
Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi
North Adams Mayor Dick Alcombright


One hour campus tour/briefing/question & answer period/site visit with President Ellen Kennedy and senior staff to review how BCC has employed capital resources from the Higher Education Bond, discuss the need for more capital dollars to address hardscape issues, highlight community partnerships, TURF field project, energy work, etc.



BCC Campus, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield.

Meet at circle by flag poles.  Campus tour will begin here, followed by briefing and Q&A in the General Bartlett Room.



11:30am – 12:30pm





Senate President Rosenberg & Staff (3)

Senator Downing & Staff (6)
Jeff Besse, President/Co-owner, LTI Group
John Martino, Co-owner, LTI Group
Alvin Beal, Production Director, LTI Group
Dale Pike, Director of Customer Service, LTI Group
Chris Kapiloff and Fost Goodrich, School Guard Glass LLC
Berkshire County House Legislative Delegation
Pittsfield Mayor Dan Bianchi


Site visit and manufacturing conversation with The LTI Group, a leading provider of innovative laminated glass and polymer products to a broad variety of industries, such as architectural, automotive, airline, marine, entertainment, security and industrial – among others – around the world. Headquartered in Pittsfield, they are known as a pioneer in the processing and laminating of electrified films, and are renowned for their creativity in providing innovative, customized solutions to meet their specific customer needs. For more than a decade, the Group has been a leading laminator for security products for detention facilities, the US Government and the Armed Forces. As a vertically integrated organization, the company sees the process through from start to finish, with design, clean room and production facilities designed to deliver reliable, high-quality products, be they for security, architectural, or decorative purposes.  The LTI Group offers more than 120,000 square feet of production capacity with four autoclave ovens, state of the art processing equipment, large-area glass cutting and polishing in their Pittsfield location.


LTI Smart Glass, 14 Federico Drive, Pittsfield.




No photos allowed during plant tour.




Senator Stan Rosenberg was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the 93rd President of the Massachusetts Senate on January 7, 2015. Since his first election, Senator Rosenberg has remained deeply committed to improving the lives of the people of Massachusetts.

A 1977 graduate of UMass Amherst, where he earned a B.A. in Community Development & Arts Management, Rosenberg began his work in public service as an aide to former State Senator and longtime Congressman John Olver. He was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1987.

Rosenberg was then elected to the Senate in 1991, where he has been entrusted by his colleagues time and again with leadership positions such as Majority Leader, President Pro Tempore, and Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

To fellow residents of the Pioneer Valley, Stan is known as an accessible, responsive leader and champion of affordable and world-class education, fair taxation, government transparency, and environmental protection. He played a key role in the passage of many groundbreaking bills guaranteeing equality before the law in the Commonwealth. Stan was a chief strategist behind the passage of a 2000 bill aimed at curtailing racial profiling, and after the Supreme Judicial Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2003, he was a key leader in the fight on Beacon Hill to preserve that newly won right.

Stan has been a consistent advocate for increasing access to government and participation in our democracy. As chair of the Election Laws Committee, he coauthored the 1993 “Motor Voter” law, an overhaul of our election laws to modernize our system and boost voter turnout. He was twice tasked with redrawing the Commonwealth’s political boundaries as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Redistricting. Under Stan’s leadership, the new boundaries were enthusiastically accepted, unlike in many states which found themselves mired in costly lawsuits. Stan was lauded for the exceptionally transparent process in 2010-11, resulting in the creation of new minority-majority districts that better reflect the changing demographics of the Commonwealth.

Stan’s attention is never far from economic policies and job creation. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways & Means, he passed a long-overdue wage hike for the Commonwealth’s lowest-paid human service workers. Stan played a key role on the Dairy Revitalization Task Force, which began efforts to strengthen our dairy industry and assist Western Massachusetts farmers. In 2009, at the height of the “great recession”, Stan coauthored a comprehensive package of fiscal relief for our cities and towns.  As chief architect of the 2011 law establishing expanded gaming, Stan ensured we learned from the successes and failures of other states by conducting impartial research and writing a law that guaranteed local participation.

To his neighbors, Stan is a humble and hardworking man who shares their progressive values and possesses a strong moral compass towards what is fair and right. He can often be found at church suppers, community meetings, farmers’ markets, and pie auctions across the Pioneer Valley and North Quabbin. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, reading, traveling, languages, and cooking – especially his “famous” tomato sauce. He lives in Amherst with his partner Bryon Hefner.



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