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Three Council Candidate Debate Points Worth Restating

The 9th District Council candidates recently debated issues in Oronoque Village. Democrat Robyn Greenspan underscores her positions and illuminates the stark differences between her and her opponent.

I’d like to thank the Oronoque Villagers who attended the candidate forum, the Oronoque Study Group of the Bridgeport Area League of Women Voters and the Oronoque Men’s Club for hosting the event. I truly enjoyed meeting everyone who took time to speak with me and express your concerns, issues and needs for your community.

There are a few salient points that came up in the debate between Mr. Kubic and I that are worth reiterating:

When asked about other major issues in Oronoque, Mr. Kubic held the strong opinion that the Villagers were better served as two districts, having double representation on the Council and two seats on boards and commissions. While he does make a valid point, it was clear from the majority of Oronoque residents who spoke to me after the forum that they did not feel the same way.

Had Mr. Kubic stayed for the meet and greet, he would have heard more than one resident express their 10-year irritation that splitting the Village into two districts was a “punishment” designed to dilute and weaken their voting power when they ran an Independent candidate many years ago (who won).

Redistricting is coming up again in 2013. If I learn through ongoing constituency meetings that Oronoque Village wants to be unified, I will work tirelessly to make them whole.

In talking about road repair and quality of life issues, I made the point that 11 (it was actually 12) Public Works’ positions were eliminated in the last two years, despite a which would keep them intact. Mr. Kubic suggested that I would raise taxes to restore these positions.

There were two cost-saving solutions I immediately presented, and the biggest was the nearly $2 million spent in the Town Attorney’s office. Since the Council controls the funding for that office, the Town Attorney can be made a salaried position and save a tremendous amount of money. That savings can pay for the restoration of Public Works employees, an Economic Development Director and more.

Lastly, Mr. Kubic supported regionalization for the Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) and cited his role as commissioner on the Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority (GBTA) as an example of the benefits of regionalization.

I disagree with regionalizing the WPCA. As an example, a regionalized GBTA changed the bus route that negatively affected the Wilcoxson school area. The parents and residents were finally successful in winning the necessary bus changes. Accordingly, Stratford would lose control if the WPCA were regionalized, and sewer fees would increase to compensate for the needs of the other communities.

While I don’t bring the experience Mr. Kubic cited as a positive qualification to the Town Council, I also don’t bring the legacy issues of political infighting, contentious Council meetings, disrespectful debate, and the win/lose mentality that has haunted Stratford during his terms. We’ve been there, done that.

What I do bring is fresh perspective, a willingness to listen, a commitment to transparency and a sense of professionalism. Let’s put the personal and the political aside and focus on progress. I invite your ideas and thoughts, and to become part of our community on Facebook.

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George E. Mulligan October 27, 2011 at 03:35 PM
Robyn will have limited space in the next weeks, to the election: Star & (likely) Patch will have VOTER'S GUIDE. CT. Post will allow limited Letters. - Words, like "a," "the," "and," "in," use MS WORD count. My "letters to the editor" lack proper grammar, composition, readability, & focus. Semi - intentional: Grab extra 20-40 words. > VERIFIABLE FACTS & MULTILATERAL CONNECTIONS. - Examples: 1) Stratford Residents "Collected Taxes" paid 81 % of Town Budget. Other 19 % comes from State & Feds. 2) About 25 % of BoE Budget comes from the State. (also BoE Pensions are paid by State) 3) National & State Elected & Bureaucrats cause AVCO SAEP to be closed. AVCO as Chance Vought (WW II) employed 14,000 AVCO as Textron Lycoming employes peak 10,500 AVCO was about 4,500 by 1996 - closed by 1998. - Army spent $ 80,000,000 1996 to 2009 Mayor election on shut down, care taker & utilities. (Last 2 were $ 4 million year, now $ 3.5 million) - SIKORSKY peaked about 12,000 - WAS around 7,000 in 2008. - 1960s / 1970s Business paid 73% of Stratford Property Tax & Residents paid 27%. (35,000 Residents>50,000 now) About 2006 percent became diametic: 73% Residents + 27% Business. - National & State decisions-politics: affect all Stratford. - UNFUNDED MANDATES > ECS exceeds $100 Million > Town + BoE others exceed $200 M - Pensions cost $150 M ROBYN POINTS: SHORT/ EFFECTIVE/DISTRICT Relevant. Movie quote "Sum of all Fears" "politcal 2 step" "I don't dance"
Jezebel282 October 27, 2011 at 04:30 PM
And there it is. "There were two cost-saving solutions I immediately presented, and the biggest was the nearly $2 million spent in the Town Attorney’s office. Since the Council controls the funding for that office, the Town Attorney can be made a salaried position and save a tremendous amount of money." And this is only one of the reasons Ms. Greenspan should walk away with a landslide victory.
George E. Mulligan December 11, 2011 at 12:25 AM
Ms. Greenspan: "Redistricting is coming up again in 2013." GM: A blogger on a different post quoted "BOSS TWEED." - "It ain't important who votes." It's important who counts the votes." I have strong suspicions Stratford's elections were "Bridgeportized." Who would investigate? * Governor Malloy, elected by Bridgeportization of the voting process? * Town Attorney Burturla's brother's State Trooper buddies, since his brother was appointed to head CT STATE TROOPER HOMELAND SECURITY? - Ms. Greenspan: "road repair and quality of life issues" I asked Mayors Miron & Harkins and respective Town Councils to: 1 - Unflood I-95 Surf Avenue underpass, due to heavy rain & high tide. Solved IF Bridgeport SOLVED the Route 113 FLOOD GATES. 2 - Have Bridgeport SOLVE the Route 113 FLOOD GATES, which would promptly limit cutting off both sides of the Airport's roads / Route 113. Only roads in/out of Lordship. 3 - Put sidewalks on Barnum Avenue cutoff, next to the Bridge over Rail Road tracks, above Restaurants "99" & "McDonald's." 4 - Pave streets, long over due. Ms. Greenspan: "There were two cost-saving solutions I immediately presented, and the biggest was the nearly $2 million spent in the Town Attorney’s office. Since the Council controls the funding for that office, the Town Attorney can be made a salaried position and save a tremendous amount of money." - GM Federalist #62: 'LAWS are writen for the FEW, NOT the MANY."

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