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Mayor: Positive Momentum Heading Into 2012

"There is no shortage of activity as we work together to get Stratford turned around and pointed toward a better tomorrow," says Mayor John A. Harkins.

Editor's note: Links to related content have been added to this letter to the editor.

By Stratford Mayor John A. Harkins

With the holidays now upon us, and so many things happening in Stratford, it's a good time to both take a look back at 2011 and to look ahead to the New Year.

The last year did not come without its share of challenges. The , coupled with tested our town's preparedness and responsiveness. I'm very proud of the way our public safety, public health, and public works employees handled themselves both during the storm, and the clean-up. The town remains engaged with FEMA to assure maximum incurred during and after Irene.

In a continuing effort to think outside-the-box and to find efficiencies within municipal government, my administration worked with the to on an initiative that will result in the upgrade of a number of town buildings and create a significant energy cost savings to the town, a win-win for the taxpayers of Stratford.

My administration also continues to work with municipal labor unions to find common ground on contractual issues such as pensions. Working together, we can develop a fair compensation package that is also fair to the taxpayer.

My administration continues to be mindful of and . The Stratford community has much to offer prospective business owners and developers, especially a Fairfield County address and . Combined with our excellent schools and quality of life, Stratford can become a destination for business growth. We must continue to build our grand list and to diversify our tax base.

To that end, I am happy to report that some new job opportunities will be coming to Stratford. on Stratford Avenue in the coming year. We are looking forward to having the company operate in Stratford, and we also look forward to the 70 jobs expected to be created.  

Long-ignored issues like the (SAEP) and the effective are also priorities for my administration.

My office has been in frequent contact with our federal legislative delegation to make sure we are speaking with one voice and vision on how to best redevelop the SAEP site. I expect to meet once again with the Army to help push the movement of this property, as it is a key to Stratford's economic future.

I remain cautiously optimistic that we can together foster an agreement that will be beneficial acceptable, and I continue to meet with and seek viable developers of the site.

Working with the grassroots group Save Stratford, we have contacted the EPA to discuss newer technologies now available to remediate and satisfactorily mitigate Raymark waste. Most importantly, we are not waiting for the EPA to come up with a solution, instead we are offering possible solutions in an effort to get some degree of closure on this long-standing issue in town.

There is no shortage of activity as we work together to get Stratford turned around and pointed toward a better tomorrow. I'm looking forward to what 2012 will bring to Stratford.  

I'd like to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year.

To submit a letter to the editor, email Stratford Patch editor Jason Bagley at jason.bagley@patch.com.

Tom December 29, 2011 at 05:13 PM
Can anyone fill me in on this? http://stratfordcharter.wordpress.com/2009/09/27/hollywood-east-this-should-go-well/
Jezebel282 December 29, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Tom, Just a simple case of willfully ignoring the obvious. If you read on, you'll notice the sames names appear over and over and over.....
George E. Mulligan December 29, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Jezebel, Where in Budgets was $ 11 million paid to Team Stratford 1999-2009? To keep AVCO Closed or to market AVCO? Anyone know Team Stratford members' NAMES? How much were Town Attorneys & other Attorneys/Party leaders paid by Stratford & Army keeping AVCO Closed? Are former Army undersecretary & Army lawyers now retired? Can they be paid lobbyists to open AVCO? > Can Dodd & Lieberman now lobby to for Stratford as lobbyists, what they could have done as Senators? 1996 coincidences? 1 - Army base closing decision: Close AVCO Stratford 2 - Harkins leaves Stratford Town Council to go the Hartford State Representative 3 - Town Council generously gives workers Defined Benefit Contract instead of the C.O.L.A. increases the unions wanted? 4 - Berchem, Moses, & Devlin, law firm. Richard Burturla son of retired Stratford Police Captain, gained Town Attorney & Board Ed contracts Estimated $ 10 million from Stratford Town & BoE 1996 to 2012 1998 Town Council Bond $ 95 million for Defined Benefit Pensions 1998 AVCO closed. 1999 Team Stratford awarded preferred Vender $ 11 million: 10 years Was it earned? 12/98 Debbie Rose replaced Esq. Gilardi with Burtula Meanwhile Kevin Kelly worked for Blumenthal as investigator. Kevin's mom: Police Chief Mossman's secretary. > Kelly Town Attorney under Koperwats/Cabrol Town Chair Raised Hourly fee $ 60 to $ 125 hour July 2001. Dan DiBicella's dad+Dom Costello=Bridgeport Police John Burturla-Stfd Police Chief
Jezebel282 December 29, 2011 at 08:41 PM
Sorry, George. I have a strict 10 question limit.
George E. Mulligan December 29, 2011 at 10:06 PM
"Sorry, George. I have a strict 10 question limit" So Jezebel - Please answer 9 questions? 1) Where in Budgets were $ 11 million paid to Team Stratford 1999-2009? 2) Was it paid, to keep AVCO Closed? 3) or Was it paid to market AVCO? 4) Anyone know Team Stratford members' NAMES? 5) How much were Town Attorneys & other Attorneys paid by Stratford & Army keeping AVCO Closed? 6) How much were Party leaders paid by Stratford & Army to keep AVCO Closed? 7) Are former Army undersecretary & Army lawyers now retired? 8) Can they be paid lobbyists to open AVCO? 9) Can Dodd & Lieberman now lobby for Stratford AVCO as PAID lobbyists, what they could have done as Senators?
Jezebel282 December 29, 2011 at 10:17 PM
1. Team Stratford was paid by the Army for "maintenance" of the facility. 2. I have never seen Team Stratford's books. (I doubt anyone else has either) 3. No. Don't be silly. No one markets it. 4. Norm Aldrich et al. But Team Stratford never had an office and no one ever answered their phone. 5. For what? Stealing it or keeping it? 6. Unknown 7. Unknown 8. If you pay them enough. Hell, I'll do it for a only couple of million $. 9. Doubtful. They didn't have credibility when they were/are Senators, why would they have any when they're not?
Tom December 29, 2011 at 10:28 PM
I just have to check in here and make sure that this is the United States we are living in -- right? I spent an hour or so reading up on the Hollywood East thing and can't believe what has been going on. I am sick to my stomach. There are criminals int he world -- who, at some point may or may not have regret, but still avoid looking at themselves in the mirror; then there are the sort that are just psycopaths who believe that whatever they do is right.
Tom December 29, 2011 at 10:43 PM
Might be something to the Hollywood East thing. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/official-chris-dodd-lead-mpaa-162817
George E. Mulligan December 29, 2011 at 10:44 PM
7) I understand Army undersecretary was William Birney of Stratford has retired and it was his name associated with AVCO SAEP? I have been told: The name for Army Lawyer is Judge Advocate. I understand: Town Attorney (1991-2011) John Florek's partner O'Neill is an ex-Army Lawyer/Judge Advocate. I understand: Town Attorney (1996-2011) Richard Burturla's merged Westport (town attorney) partner Ira Bloom is an ex-Army Lawyer/Judge Advocate. I understand ex-Army Lawyer/Judge Advocate Barry Steinberg plead the case for "Team Stratford # 2" Monti Posillico to the James Feehan chaired Stratford Town Council, for Stratford to keep control of AVCO SAEP. "Team Stratford # 1" Involved Aaron Hochman and "Team Stratford # 2" Involved Monti Posillico and "Team Stratford # 3" Natera and Dog Star and The stenographer for Montiposillico told me she was hired by Bridgeport Law Firm, Willinger & Bucci (ex-Mayor) I was told Bridgeport Law Firm, Willinger & Bucci were involved in all "3 Team Stratfords" CT. POST reported Esq. Willinger is cousin to Nancy DeNardo Democrat State Chair and Sal Denardo, Bridgeport Developer. > I forget the name of Ganim developer, who like Scinto was jailed? > Ganim & Newton got jail time. Fabrizi & Dick Miron got NO jail time? - Sikorsky Airport fits U S Justice Department profile as a DRUG PORT. However Columbia BANANA Boat into Bridgeport Harbor ... Longer range Cargo planes: Able to land @ Sikorsky? :( - Coincidence?
max December 30, 2011 at 12:08 AM
Like Elvis, has the Dogstar Studio group already left the building as well?
George E. Mulligan December 30, 2011 at 01:35 AM
I understand Dogstar is still around with Mobil Chemical & Ramada Inn. I think Dom sold his Stratford donut stores?
Tom December 30, 2011 at 06:49 AM
Say No to make Your Day in our schools.
George E. Mulligan December 30, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Oldest political trick: 1) Cause problems. 2) Buy up solution alternatives 3) Create Public opinion demand 4) Implement Hobson choice solutions, always planned. Meanwhile cronies rob the town / state / feds blind. Then create new laws to prevent repeat grand theft. This allows the theives to buy off investigation/prosecution and perpetuate positions of "Profit and Trust." Meanwhile Liars, Thieves, Chicken Hawk War Mongers, Petro Profiteers, Deviant Developers, Predatory Politicos, prop up a pretty, well dressed, titular head speaking krafted and researched terms to seduce credibility. Federalist Papers # 62: (APPROXIMATELY) "For it is the truth of the ages, that people are in the most danger, from the people they least suspect." "Laws are written for the FEW, not for the MANY."
Tom December 31, 2011 at 10:58 AM
Yep.
Tom December 31, 2011 at 11:01 AM
Philosophers like Bertrand Russell would suggest that these processes are scientific however, and that they are only hope at saving the world such as he stated in his book The Impact of Science on Society. What a joke, right? Russell, B. (1953), The Impact of Science on Society
George E. Mulligan January 01, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Happy, Healthy, Prosperous new year to A L L !

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