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Stratford Mayoral Hopeful Calls for a 'Fresh Approach'

'Residents need clear and open leadership,' says Stratford native and Democratic Town Committee member Joe Paul about his hopes to run for mayor in the fall.

The following is a press release from Paul's camp, emailed to Stratford Patch Sunday night.

Joe Paul has announced the formation of his exploratory campaign committee for mayor in Stratford, Conn.

"I was born and raised in Stratford and attended our public schools," Paul said. "This is a town that I have always loved and know it has the potential to be vibrant and successful."

Paul said Stratford is faced with the same economic struggles that challenge our state and other municipalities, and he believes his fresh perspective and vision will make a difference.

In his former role as senior vice president of one of the nation’s largest banks, he managed over 3,000 employees and guided government clients toward products and services that increased government efficiency at all levels.

"Now is the time to stop the stagnation in Stratford. We need a fresh approach in how we conduct town business and how we treat our town residents and businesses," Paul added. "Our property taxes have been going up. Nothing has been done to reverse that trend."

Paul has been married for 47 years. He and his wife Linda are happy to have their four daughters living close by in Stratford along with their six grandchildren.

He currently serves on the Planning Commission and the Board of Assessment Appeals for the town of Stratford.

Patricia Clark Sperling March 08, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Since "Baffled" was kind enough to post the incorrect CGS citation, here's the correct one mentioned in my post above: Sec. 31-51ll. Family and medical leave: Length of leave; eligibility; intermittent or reduced leave schedules; substitution of accrued paid leave; notice to employer. (a)(1) Subject to section 31-51mm, an eligible employee shall be entitled to a total of sixteen workweeks of leave during any twenty-four-month period, such twenty-four-month period to be determined utilizing any one of the following methods: (A) Consecutive calendar years; (B) any fixed twenty-four-month period, such as two consecutive fiscal years or a twenty-four-month period measured forward from an employee’s first date of employment; (C) a twenty-four-month period measured forward from an employee’s first day of leave taken under sections 31-51kk to 31-51qq, inclusive; or (D) a rolling twenty-four-month period measured backward from an employee’s first day of leave taken under sections 31-51kk to 31-51qq, inclusive.
Patricia Clark Sperling March 08, 2013 at 02:50 PM
And, I suppose, as with all laws, it is all based on interpretation. I refer "Baffled" also to 29 CFR 825.701, which discusses "Interaction with State Laws." I'm sure he/she will interpret it as he/she sees fit to discredit anyone else while hiding behind a fictitious name.
Baffled Resident March 09, 2013 at 09:55 AM
I won't derail the topic any further. For anyone that needs to utilize FMLA, please see the DOL website. http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/
Beetle Bailey March 09, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Do you mean the "Welfare President"?
earl March 12, 2013 at 08:17 PM
This is not about FMLA - that is UNPAID leave for family care - a Federal Law. Their contract allows 3 paid days a year for "Sick in Family". Surely Rose is referring to PAID sick time from the old "Unlimited Sick Time" contract clause which a few still fall under (and use regularly). Those are fully paid sick days for up to a year and a day. An employee can return to work for a day and then go out sick again for another year with full pay - just bring a note from your favorite doctor. Yes - I know this sounds far fetched in this day and age - but sadly for taxpayers - it is true. So the taxpayers get to pay you in full - to work a couple of days a week.

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