Krumeich puts taxpayers first
Of the three first selectman candidates, only Beth Krumeich puts taxpayer interests first. Greenwich's governance system imposes a long and difficult path before any capital project. Deferral, delay and scope reduction are routine. Only the most intrepid and dedicated get to funding. Then the financing decision is made.
Having decided to do something, Greenwich cleaves to the idea that a project should be paid for more or less immediately. Thus, we build fire stations with 30- to 50-year-lives and pay for them more than five years. In the process we impose high current taxes on those who have other things to do with their money, including investing it at higher rates of return than Greenwich pays in interest rates.
Only Beth recognizes Greenwich's approach costs taxpayers money and would change the policy to allow the taxpayer to retain the difference between five-year amortization and 20-year amortization to earn a return in excess of Greenwich's borrowing rate (which is among the lowest available to any municipality). She recognizes it is in the taxpayers' interest for Greenwich to allow them a longer time to offset the cost by investing the money.
Beth is not arguing to spend more money; rather, she is arguing that Greenwich should finance the expenditure in a way which imposes the least cost on taxpayers. Putting taxpayer interests first is the hallmark of her plan -- do the math.
Yours very truly,
Tesei has experience
As first selectman, Peter Tesei has demonstrated his vision for the town. Foremost in Peter's Plan for Greenwich is to control property taxes and to continue a prudent fiscal and operating management policy.
He believes in moderate and predictable property tax increases, the town's modified-pay-as-you-go system, and maintaining the Town's triple A debt rating.
Peter will retain the town's premier residential character as a community with distinct neighborhoods. Over the past six years he has directed investment in life safety, public schools, and critical infrastructure, and will continue capital spending in this manner. Peter is also implementing programs to improve the delivery of technology, and to upgrade customer service to the town's residents and businesses.
While Peter is an experienced government and business leader, and a community volunteer, he is also the husband of a professional, working wife, the father of two young children in the town's public school system, and the son of parents who live in town. He understands the multigenerational needs of the town's residents.
As first selectman, Peter has managed the town in a collegial manner, prioritized issues, and listened to town employees and town residents. Peter knows the importance of the town's flat organizational structure and respects the need for cooperation between the Board of Selectmen, the Board of Estimate and Taxation, the Representative Town Meeting, and the Boards and Commissions.
Peter can be counted on for experience that puts Greenwich first. We will vote to re-elect Peter Tesei as first selectman on Nov. 5.
Leslie and Marcus Tarkington
(Leslie Tarkington is a Member of the Board of Estimate and Taxation.)
Vote for Krumeich
I am proud to announce my support for Beth Krumeich for first selectman and Drew Marzullo for selectman for the town of Greenwich in the upcoming election. We are fortunate to have such an incredibly capable and intelligent team. Beth, who is a successful corporate attorney and was a past president of the local League of Women Voters, as well as a recipient of the YWCA's BRAVA! award, is dedicated to sound fiscal responsibility. And we all know Drew, who has been a popular selectman for two terms and who has been with the Greenwich Emergency Medical Service for 20 years, for which he has been given many awards.
Beth and Drew want to address the many pressing problems that have been plaguing our town for many years: sewer and storm drainage, Binney Park pond, Eastern Civic Center, school maintenance, the Byram pool and a new firehouse. All of these problems can be tackled in an intelligent and fiscally sound way by long-term financing. With the interest rates at a historic low, this would be the responsible way for getting the work done. And our mill rate would stay reasonably low!
And while we're at the polls, let's not forget the Democratic choices for the BET. If they win a majority of the vote, we can implement the long-term financing plan, and, at the same time, remedy the inept and money losing pension fund we now have. The Republicans want the status quo (see above problems.) This is no way to govern. Fiscal prudence and responsibility is the way to go. Yes, that is the Democratic way.
Both Peter Tesei and David Theis have proven themselves to be true leaders. They have selflessly given of themselves in many ways working to make Greenwich a better place to live.
Whether it be a town meeting or a community event, Peter or David are always present, giving back to this community.
Working together with the BET they have been able to maintain modest and predictable taxes while at the same time improve our infrastructure and public safety.
For both men, this is a labor of love and it shows in their tireless efforts.
On Nov. 5, please join us in voting for Peter Tesei and David Theis.
Kerrin Coyle and Jack Kriskey
Tesei/Theiss a dynamic duo for Selectmen
On November 5, we urge your support of Peter Tesei for First Selectman and Dave Theis for Selectman.
Both of us have worked closely with the First Selectman over the years. Bea currently serves him as Greenwich's Ambassador-at-Large. Peter was on the Board of Selectmen during his first term and currently assists him via the Selectmen's Nominations Advisory Committee (SNAC).
In other words, we have seen Peter Tesei "up close" and can say with confidence that he is competent, dedicated, knowledgeable, caring and fiscally conservative.
Up for his fourth term and a steady hand at the wheel, Greenwich should keep electing him for as long as he keeps running.
We have also known Dave Theis for many years and enthusiastically support him as well. He is a multi-generational Greenwich resident with a long list of current and past volunteer activities. These include: Vice Chairman of the Republican Town Committee, member of SNAC, founding member of the CT Chapter of NFL Alumni Charities, President of the Cos Cob Republican Club, President of the Greenwich Old Timers Athletic Association, Board member Greenwich YMCA, volunteer for Adopt-a-Dog and member of the Greenwich Masonic Lodge. He is a patriot through and through -- one of the most friendly and approachable people we know.
Please join us in voting for the Tesei/Theis ticket on Election Day.
A call to re-elect Laudonia
It is a pleasure to express my support of Tod Laudonia for re-election as Greenwich's tax collector. In his four years on the job, we have seen improvements in customer service and lower office operating costs. Additionally, in 2014, he will launch new user-friendly software for the collection process.
But the question I keep asking is, "If you aren't trained, how can you expect to do a job well?" Tod has taken courses to be named a Certified Connecticut Municipal Collector, a level of training no previous Greenwich Tax Collector holds. So with this educational bonus and a record of higher than 99 percent collection rate, Greenwich can't go wrong.
Join me in support of Tod Laudonia.
Frantz supports Tesei
Having had the privilege to work with leaders at all levels for several years throughout Connecticut, I can say with greater conviction today than ever before that we have one of the finest in the state right here in the town of Greenwich. First Selectman Peter Tesei has for well over five years now demonstrated superior leadership on all fronts, be they dealing with devastating affects of Tropical Strom Sandy, helping to maintain a AAA credit rating during stressful economic circumstances or managing our infrastructure needs. His methodical and inclusive management approach consistently sets the stage for well-informed, efficient decision making and execution of plans.
Peter's response to the emergency circumstances and destruction of the last three major storms affecting Greenwich has earned him and his top level team of first responders the distinction of being the "best practices" example in the state from the Department of Emergency and Homeland Security that has been used as a template throughout Connecticut and the nation. I have worked day and night with Peter and the first responders in the Emergency Operations Center and have been a first hand witness to his very high level of competence, compassion and sense of team.
Peter's ability to lead on the issue of finances has benefitted us all immensely. The ability to influence the outcome of many decisions made by the BET has resulted in a municipal balance sheet that is the envy of the state and a very low increase in the mill rate each year for the last several years. Service levels remain excellent and department morale high.
Peter is a very good listener and a very thoughtful decision maker. His record is rock solid, and he is exactly the kind of chief elected official that the town of Greenwich needs and deserves for another two years.
36th Senate District
put safety first
Why is it taking so long to provide fire and ambulance coverage to northwest Greenwich? Ask Peter Tesei.
The Town bought the land for the new firehouse in 2004. (GT 6-25-04). In 2009, the BET held up funding and demanded that Tesei come up with a comprehensive town-wide fire department deployment plan. (GT 2-25-09).
They are still waiting four years later. Now we are told the property cannot house the planned fire and EMT contingent and we have to start over (GT 3-20-12). Let's start over with a new First Selectman too; Beth Krumeich will put public safety first. Please join me in voting for Beth Krumeich on Nov. 5.
Vote `yes' on
As a "dirt gardener" my entire life and a volunteer with Greenwich Community Gardens for five years, I urge the 230 members of the Representative Town Meeting to approve a lasting legacy for all of Greenwich.
A "yes" vote on Oct. 28 will approve the creation of a community garden on Bible Street that will replicate the organic vegetable, herb and flower gardens currently flourishing at Armstrong Court.
Please endorse the volunteer efforts of residents, senior citizens, garden clubs, students, teachers and local businesses as we continue to grow as a community of gardeners and friends. Thank you.
Hon. Livvy R. Floren,
Greenwich state Rep.
Vote for Democratic three on the BET
I am writing to support Bill Finger, Jeff Ramer and Mary Lee Kiernan for the Board of Estimate and Taxation. They represent a moderate Democratic Party position on a Finance Board, which has become very politicized. The three of them work with their Republican colleagues in a collegial rather than confrontational manner. They stand for moderate tax increases, repairing our infrastructure, a strong educational system and helping those in need. Their presence and strength on the Board is essential to advance a progressive agenda by working with all the members of the Board in a constructive coalition. All three have leadership roles on the current BET. Bill is the senior Democratic member of the BET and a member of the all important Budget Committee, Jeff is Chairman of the Law Committee while Mary Lee is the current Clerk of the Board and brings an impressive background of community involvement and knowledge to our Town. These three members deserve your vote on Nov. 5.
Laurence B. Simon
(The writer is a member of the Retirement Board and former member of the BET of the Town of Greenwich.)
One more reason to shred your sensitive documents
We all have boxes and drawers full of old statements and documents with personal information. Don't toss the paper in the trash. Get these documents shredded Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Island Beach Parking Lot. The cost is one can of tuna or or can of fruit per box of paper to be shredded. Or pay $1/box to support Thanksgiving food collection. (There is an eight box max per car, box size approximately 12 inches by 18 inches by 12 inches deep to support Thanksgiving food collection.)
Why shred? First and foremost, to protect yourself from identity theft by properly destroying old documents containing sensitive information.
Just as important is thar recycling paper and shreds helps to save trees.
And now, on Nov. 2, your donation of healthy food will help someone in our community.
Keep in mind that we each consume about seven trees per year from paper and wood products. Paper recycling is important. It saves trees, which provide many benefits, including beauty, shade and natural habitats. Plus, tree roots prevent erosion. Just think about what happens when a hillside is clear-cut and a rain storm hits the area.
There are many reasons to shred your sensitive documents on Nov. 2. All shreds will be properly recycled. Shredding Day is sponsored by The First Bank of Greenwich, which wants to help prevent identity theft, and by Santaguida Sanitation, who recognize the importance of recycling paper. Contact email@example.com.
Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board
It is difficult to match Lou Caravella's record as tax collector.
We are fortunate Rick Novakowski has stepped up to run against the incumbent. Rick is third generation Greenwich and has four children in our public schools. He knows our town and clearly cares about the many needs and problems of our residents. He has an extensive background in management and customer service, having spent 25 years in the restaurant business. Rick also has a range of volunteer and charitable efforts that speak to his concerns over the well being of our town.
The job of tax collector should be absolutely non partisan. And so is Rick. He is intelligent, competent and compassionate. And Rick is serious about this position. We don't feel that level of gravitas or expertise in the current tax collector.
Please vote for Rick Novakowski for tax collector. He is the person we should have for Greenwich.
Drawn to Drew
For the past four years the residents of Greenwich have been fortunate to have Drew Marzullo as a member of our Board of Selectmen. The present Board of Selectmen has worked well together to address the needs and concerns of all our residents.
Drew always makes a point to familiarize himself with the issues being addressed and to take an active part in the resolution of problems.
Drew is well known throughout our town for his kindness and compassion while assisting residents in times of emergency while responding as a paramedic supervisor with Greenwich Emergency Medical Services.
Drew is well versed in all phases of our town government, and always makes an effort to play an active role in what is best for Greenwich residents.
Please join me in voting for Drew Marzullo for selectman on Nov. 5.