As the former President of the Registrars of Voters Association of Connecticut, and as a Neighbor (New Canaan), who has relied on Don and his fellow Registrar Tom Dunn, who also retired, I wanted to add my thanks for their support and contributions to Connecticuts election laws through their service on varius ROVAC committees. I'm sure that the new Registrars, Republican John Vissi and Democrat Kathy Hammel will benefit from their predecessors examples. View Comment
"if it ain't broke, Why fix it" This seems to be the Republican mantra regarding the Treasurers race. Even if the Ship of State ain't broke, it's probably a good idea to check for leaks once in a while. ..
New Canaan's budget in 1965 when Mr Hersam started 4.5 million (I.4 for the town, and 3.1 for the schools) . Bonding was at 4.7 million. Today, the budget is around 130 million with bonding about the same.
A lot has changed in 46 years and the time for the Treasurer to be a 'Ceremonial' job has long since passed. In Kathleen Corbet we have someone with extraordinary qualifications not only in town service, but also in the financial world, who is willing to expend her expertise making the Treasurer's position an asset to the town. View Comment
We are talking about taking $250,000 to $400,000 from the state to study whether a plan similar to a soundly rejected plan is feasible. This is nonsense. To link this white ellephant to a state program to increase transit ridership by putting senior housing next to the train station for the sole purpose of accessing state funds, is wastefull and deceitfull.
Senior housing is a noble goal, but location has held it up for years. The building phase is doable, but land cost and availabillity is the problem. At the meeting it was pointed out that once we got the money, we could ask for a change in the applied use if we found the specified location unworkable. This may lead one to believe that knowing this loophole, the proponents want the money to study other locations not contiguuous to the tracks.
State finances are in bad shape, and it's still our money. We are asking the state to bankroll a program of questionable merit and motivation...we are better than that... View Comment