More Disgruntled Employees. This Time with Guns!

01May08

Happy Employees

(That’s our happy mayor on the left and the other Buturla on the right.)

Morale problems? What morale problems? These two certainly look happy. Watch out Fire Department! You’re next!

You read it in the Post (never in the Star):
Stratford cops cite ‘morale’ problems
RICHARD WEIZEL
Article Last Updated: 05/01/2008 12:39:29 AM EDT

STRATFORD — The president of the local police union contends there is “considerable dissension and low morale” in the 100-member department over alleged violations of the union contract by Chief John Buturla and Deputy Chief Joseph LoSchiavo. Sgt. Sean Farmer said grievances have been filed with the state Labor Relations Board over the past year about changing job descriptions.

He also said an inconsistent hiring process that “bends and changes the rules” for some job candidates — such as Christian Miron, the brother of Mayor James R. Miron — has contributed to growing support for a vote of no confidence in the department leadership.

Nearly one-quarter of union members voted this week to explore issuing an official vote of no confidence, Farmer said.

The vote was 23-2 in favor of exploring that option, he said.

“We now plan to issue an invitation to the police chief and deputy chief to attend a full union meeting to address some of the these issues,” Farmer said. “We hope they can all be resolved, and that a vote of no confidence will not be necessary. But we will do it as a last resort.

“Officers in the department are frustrated and don’t like what is going on with contract violations,” Farmer said. “There also seems to be a different process for candidates who are relatives of high-level town officials than for other past candidates.”

Buturla and LoSciavo did not return calls seeking comment.

But the mayor dismissed Farmer’s comments and the threatened union vote.”The fact the union could only get 25 people out of 100 members to even vote on the issue says everything you need to know about how widespread the dissension actually is,” Miron said. I know you were waiting for it…here it is:“This is a classic example of a small group of disgruntled employees trying to speak for the entire department.”

Farmer, however, countered that a quarter of union members represents a sizable showing for what essentially was just a preliminary vote.
“Getting that many union members to vote in favor of exploring this [no-confidence] vote shows widespread concern within the department about union violations and hiring practices,” Farmer said. “When we have the meeting with the chief we’ll see a much larger turnout.”

Farmer said that while the recent flap over a conditional offer of employment to Christian Miron by the department is among the issues the union is concerned about, he declined further comment because of an ongoing internal probe and one by the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office over the leak. of Miron’s personnel file.
Miron, 29, was issued a conditional offer of employment despite a detailed, nine-page background investigation — leaked to the media and some members of the Town Council last month — that raised questions about whether he is fit for police work.

The information leaked from Miron’s personnel file shows he scored well on the written and oral exams and received “rave reviews” from several references. But a psychologist who interviewed him, a standard procedure, recommended he be hired, but also expressed “strong reservations.”

Experts familiar with police hiring practices called the release of the background information a serious breach of confidentiality, but acknowledged some of the issues raised in the report are cause for concern.

Christian Miron has declined comment on the probes, but indicated he has consulted a lawyer about the matter.
(consulted a lawyer? Which one? The one representing his Dad, his sister, or his brother?)

You were right Sudds, we didn’t have to wait long for Mayor Moron to say something stupid and wrong.

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180 Responses to “More Disgruntled Employees. This Time with Guns!”

  1. 1 mikereynolds

    Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t the mayor elected with only 29% of the vote? If so he’s the last one who should be criticizing the union over voting percentages.

  2. 2 jezebel282

    Mike,

    He got 34% (barely). But, then again, the entire charter revision petition drive that gathered 3,200 signatures of registered voters was only another group of “disgruntled employees”.

    Note to CRC: This is what happens when one person is in charge of hiring and firing “at will” employees. Employment policy or “bargaining units” just do not matter to Mayor Moron. There is no penalty and only future taxpayers will pay the bill.

  3. 3 sudds

    “The fact the union could only get 25 people out of 100 members to even vote on the issue says everything you need to know about how widespread the dissension actually is,” Miron said. “This is a classic example of a small group of disgruntled employees trying to speak for the entire department.”

    Let’s think about this for a second…

    First of all… our esteemed (lol) mayor received 34% of the VOTES… not of the total population!

    So, when you look at the fact that “only” 23 officers out of 100 (23%… am I good at math or what?) voted no-confidence…

    and compare that to the fact that ONLY 5,125 citizens out of 49,976 (a whopping 10.25%… yes, I used a calculator) voted for Miron… maybe he should FINALLY shut the @#$% up!!!

    Once again Mr. Mayor… just because we’re not politically connected to you (or family) does NOT mean that we’re idiots!!!

    PS… Jez… Miron doesn’t care about the gun part… he carries his own!!!

  4. 4 1george1

    Good points
    Mike
    Jeze
    Sudds

    Although SUDDS, for the record, there are between 28 & 29,000 registered
    voters, although there are over 37,000 people over 18 years old who live in
    Stratford. Felons and Aliens can not vote.
    Mike > Aliens means not legal in the USA, not from MARS. 😉
    Sudds,
    I didn’t use a calculator or even look closely at the numbers, but Jim Miron
    did not get a majority of Stratford residents over 18 years old or LIVING
    Registered Stratford Voters.

    Hmmm, what a cast
    Quick Draw McMayor
    Deat beat Dick
    Unjustified Billing Platypuss Attorney
    Heckareweunconfidentdepartment Police Chief
    Ghostwriterforeditorletterontaxpayertime
    fire-a-matic-ex-CAO
    overpensionsasbribestopolicemanagement
    stakesgrabber0nShakespearetheater
    avcoairportgraftpotential
    russianbrothelontaxpayertime
    epadumpdelays

    And this is the town where the helicopter for the President & V. P.
    is constructed to MIL SPECS??

  5. 5 sudds

    GOOD point George… so Miron got 5,125 votes out of (say) 37,000 residents.

    Soooooo… Miron received 13.85% of the eligible votes, yet the brainiac suggests that a vote of yes by 23% of those eligible to vote no-confidence should be tossed aside?!?!?

    Sigh… if only we could toss aside the 2005 election results!!!

  6. 6 jezebel282

    Gentlemen,

    In the meantime we have disgruntled town employees, disgruntled Police Officers, disgruntled taxpayers, disgruntled business people and disgruntled commuters. That’s a ton of disgruntlement, ain’t it?

  7. 7 sudds

    You forgot disgruntled seniors, disgruntled parents/students and apparently disgruntled Council Members!!

    But Jez, don’t forget that any one of these groups easily fits into the following statement:

    “This is a classic example of a small group of disgruntled __________ trying to speak for the entire __________”

    Ahhh… see, our esteemed (LOL) mayor is so prophetic!!! :oP

  8. 8 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    Where is Ms. Dobosz? She may be the only gruntled person left in Stratford.

  9. 9 sudds

    Now Jez be nice… there are plenty of gruntled (LOL) people in Stratford…

    Let’s see, there’s:

    Christian Miron
    Dick Miron
    Momma Miron
    Sis Miron
    The Buturla Boys
    Heather & Ashley
    John Best (because the CRC isn’t limiting the powers of the mayor, and let’s face it… he’s probably going to win)
    Amy Wanamaker (wait, does it still count if you live in Bridgeport?)

    Umm.. I think that might be it!

  10. 10 pcsperling

    Everytime there’s an issue Miron comes in with the same words a few disgruntled….citizens, residents, former employees, police officers, etc. It’s the same thing with him.

    I certainly hope the lack of morale doesn’t trickle down to the services they provide to the residents and citizens.

    Too bad the voting isn’t calculated on who you DON’T want to win….I’m sure more people would’ve turned out to vote against him.

  11. 11 sudds

    Don’t worry PCS… on 11/03/09 he’ll see how small groups of disgruntled individuals can add up to a large group voting for his opponent!!!

    Let’s just hope that it’s just one opponent this time. Although I heard that a DnD is moving into Paradise Green… so maybe Donut Boy will have to worry about his shop (and feeding that thing on his head) instead of trying to run for mayor again!!!

  12. 12 freedomofspeach

    I don’t think we can rule out Gavin running, he’s making a lot of noise and might even be doing some positive things. I am still waiting for answers on the Burke, B and L, a copy of the ST report, and other important things that the TC is working on, so we shall see.

    The way to beat someone who you don’t want to win is to vote and elect someone you can stomach. Or elect the best person for the job. Sounds simple but its not.

    I am going to say this and don’t laugh. What makes an attorney think he’s a good manager? He ran a mom and pop, less mom, law firm that if his father did not get him business he would be eating Ramin Noodles and not able to afford a car (oh wait that’s true according to one of his interviews) I don’t really see a lot of dockets with his name on it. Hell his family can’t even run a cash business, and the ones that do, seem to take the owners money and run, what gave him the idea he could run a multi million dollar enterprise? What does he have for an undergrad? A poli sci degree? I heard it’s the closest thing to a business degree without learning anything about business, economics, marketing, economics, or finance. Ok he knows government, yep; his family has been at the trough since he was a kid.

    Attorneys who have experience in management or are specialists with Masters in Law(oh my God) in public/government law or taxation, who have a clue on how things work other than abstract theories learned by the Socratic method might be better. The need is for someone who not only has managed people, but business, and not just some convenience stores. Experience and integrity are more important. But that’s my opinion. I am still looking.

    Your right, Miron always seems to go back to its someone else’s fault that my brother is going to sue the town, or my fathers personal business matters are in the spotlight, or some possibly unregistered company is performing a licensed professional service apparently without a license, it’s the union, the weather, the cost of fuel, floods, fires, locust, the plague, everyone or everything but his own actions. The time is coming: Anyone but Miron

  13. 13 jezebel282

    Freedom?

    Wanna buy a bumper sticker?

  14. 14 1george1

    Last night Boston Legal lost a court case (they never lose?) to the
    Democratic Party about them DNC setting it’s own rules as a private
    organization.

    Alan Shore character got to smack around both the political parties.
    I loved it!

    I ran as an Independent / Unaffiliated and raised the question about who
    represents the Unaffiliated at the Oct 30 St. Joseph debate on District
    Councilors.
    I thanked Alvin for pointing out the C. R. C. had the Democratic position
    and the Republican position, but although there we NOMINAL Independents/
    Unaffiliated (like now? 😉 ) NO ONE REPESENTED the MAJORITY.

    Dom has a friend, who is also a friend of mine. Smart guy. I learned stuff.

    I have some parallel interests with my friend, who is Dom’s friend, however
    I also found several of my “Letters to the Editor” and personal conversations
    being cornerstones of some of Dom’s positions.
    > No accident Dom will run as an “Independent” not a Republican.

    But then again, Dick & Jim Miron, & Burturla use the perverse versions of my
    ideas for their own purposes as well.

    I do NOT think the next mayor will be Jon or Dom or Gavin
    I hope it is not Jim.

    I do NOT believe the next Mayor has positioned him / herself, yet.

  15. 15 jezebel282

    George,

    I believe (hope) you are absolutely correct. The Republican Town Committee and the Democratic Town Committee are carrying a huge amount of baggage. The finest they could come up with last time were Miron & Costello. The RTC gave us this Charter and the DTC exploited it. At our expense.

    We’ve suffered through 20 years of decline and with the exception of the Stratford Army Engine Plant (which remains to be seen) there is nary a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Neither party has had sufficient leadership to accomplish anything except the lining of a few pockets at our expense.

    I believe the voters have had enough. I think they will gain enough comfort in November by voting for an African American or a woman that counting on Stratford voters to blindly cast ballots for a Democrat or Republican in the mayoral election is wishful thinking by the party bosses.

    I believe Stratford voters will vote for an independent candidate. They clearly have had enough of the party candidates.

    In the meantime, I guess we will just have to wait for Marsha Stewart or Pat Sperling to announce their candidacy.

  16. 16 1george1

    I don’t believe our next mayor will be Marcia, PCS, Diane, or myself.
    Nor Jon, Dom, Bill, or Tom.

    So far, the Voters have been uninvolved, in droves.
    So far, it looks like no matter how Miron messes up, he will be re-elected,
    So far,

  17. 17 gforrester

    “I believe Stratford voters will vote for an independent candidate. They clearly have had enough of the party candidates.”

    Jez I think your wrong on that one. Yes some petition candidates have won council district seats (Ray Voccola who was obviously a democrat running because the party took the nomination away from him, and Bob Blake who won because Oronoque north and south were in one district then and he lived in Oronoque) but I don’t think enought people will vote for a petition candidate townwide. Yes Jon Best ran a close 3rd but you have to remember that he had some help from some experienced political “insiders” like Ben Proto and without those veteran politicos a petition candidate could have a hard time raising the $$ necessary to mount a heavy campaign.

    Besides if people have had enought with party candidates why is it that no 3rd party or petition slate has been created since back in the days that Diane Buda ran for Council at large? People are fed up with politics in general and apathy could reduce the turn out and therefore leave the “motivated” party people left to raise money and turn out the party faithful.

    Besides if the right candidate comes along that has good name recognition and a higher favorable rating then he/she could win. for example if John Harkins or Laura Hoydick decided to run I think they would have an excellent chance of winning while obviously being a member of a political party.

    Also Jez if a petition candidate did win and was faced with 6 or 7 Republicans and 3 or 4 Democrats on the Council how much “bridge building” do you think would happen. Both parties would be lining up to see who would run in 2013 within the 1st year of the new mayor.

    And George I think you are wrong in that Jon Best, if nominated and successful in any primary, could win because those nearly 4,000 votes he totaled last time have no real reason not to support him in 2009, well maybe except one lol.

  18. 18 gforrester

    Freedom.

    I did get an opportunity to exchange emails with Mr. Allen Christopher and I am happy to see that he posted here. He has indicated to me, as well as he did here, that Mr. Burke has no affiliation with him or his project and he has instructed his attorney to contact Mr. Burke to have the webpage in question amended to eliminate any references to Point Stratford. It could be that Mr. Burke was involved with one of the other bidders but not Hollywood East/Area 51. I congratulated Mr. Christopher on his successful bid and wished him well in his contract discussions with the Army ET AL. I have still not seen hide nor hare of the B & L report and we on the council were told that it should be coming prior to the Special TC Meeting on May 7th so let’s see what materializes. I am hopeful that both the SAEP and Shakespeare can get up and running but I am less optimistic about Shakespeare becoming viable in say the next 3 – 4 years every passing week.

    Lastly if anyone reading this blog wants to help out this Saturday with Project Green sweep we could use your help. We have a few less people signed up this year and I will be with the team working in Longbrook Park if anyone has the time to come down, even for an hour, it would be a big help. (end of the public service announcement lol)

  19. 19 officersean

    You guys are a sorry, sad, and pathetic lot.

    My god – Miron this and Miron that.

    Losers.

  20. 20 jezebel282

    Mr. Forrester,

    “Jez I think your wrong on that one”.

    That may well be. I am wrong a lot, just ask my college kid.

    “but I don’t think enought people will vote for a petition candidate townwide.”

    That would be sad. People have ONE vote (well, not if Dick Miron is registrar again) and it is sad to think they would throw it away simply because there is a “D” or “R” next to a name.

    “without those veteran politicos a petition candidate could have a hard time raising the $$ necessary to mount a heavy campaign.”

    I always wondered about that. It seems all that $$ is spent on lawn signs. How many Rotary lunches at $15 each can you speak at?

    “People are fed up with politics in general and apathy could reduce the turn out and therefore leave the “motivated” party people left to raise money and turn out the party faithful.”

    This is sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy. By shutting out citizens and ignoring their issues, the parties create apathy which, in turn, gives the parties an advantage on election day.

    “for example if John Harkins or Laura Hoydick decided to run I think they would have an excellent chance of winning while obviously being a member of a political party.”

    If the inside party politics rule this town, I believe you are correct. The candidate with the best chance would be the one who is deepest in the political party.

    “Also Jez if a petition candidate did win and was faced with 6 or 7 Republicans and 3 or 4 Democrats on the Council how much “bridge building” do you think would happen.”

    Much more than we have seen in the last, say, 10-15 years. With the exception of your recent votes, we have not seen any effective “bridge building” at all. Mr. O’Neal, Ms. Brooks and Ms. Wanamaker will almost always (I’m still waiting for an exception) vote the way Miron tells them. And let’s not forget your “bridge building” effort in the last budget vote that resulted in the dismissal of 6 department heads (and some innocent clerks) for “budgetary” reasons.

    The point I was making was that an effective leader does not lead by edict. A leader leads by persuasion and creativity with a lot of reason & logic on the side.

    “Both parties would be lining up to see who would run in 2013 within the 1st year of the new mayor.”

    LOL! Mr. Forrester, they would do that anyway. That’s their “job”.

    “Jon Best, if nominated and successful in any primary, could win because those nearly 4,000 votes he totaled last time have no real reason not to support him in 2009”

    If the choice ends up being between Jon Best and Jim Miron, you’ll have to get used to saying “Good morning, Mayor Best.”

    I am not endorsing Mr. Best by any means yet. His answers on this blog leave me underwhelmed. The only two “candidates” I can see at this point with credibility (you know, honesty and integrity?) are Marcia Stewart or Pat Sperling.

    Note to Pat Ulatowksi: I still have an empty room I can rent to you in 2009.

  21. 21 jezebel282

    Sean,

    We just want to make sure that James Miron is optimized for the search engines. This way, if anyone is not familiar with James R. Miron they can simply type his name into Google or Yahoo. They will be taken right here and can learn everything about Mayor Miron. We wouldn’t want Jim Miron to go unnoticed, you know.

    Nor would we want that fate to befall, Richard Miron, Christian Miron, Brooke Miron, Richard Buturla, John Buturla, Heather Habelka, Kent Miller, Ashley Heydu or anyone named LoSchiavo.

  22. 22 gforrester

    How many Rotary lunches at $15 each can you speak at?

    Jez – NONE lol – I work for a living.

    Sorry you don’t feel I have any honesty and integrity but hey, everyone is entitled to their opinion, that’s America.

  23. 23 jezebel282

    Mr. Forrester,

    “Sorry you don’t feel I have any honesty and integrity”.

    I did NOT say that. You have said that you are not a candidate for mayor. (And at tuition payments of $38K/year I can fully understand why not.)

    Or…are you changing your mind?

  24. 24 sudds

    1) why is “candidates” in quotes in front of Pat Sperling’s name?

    2) and now Gavin might be back in? (sidenote: I received my Longbrook park newsletter yesterday… good work Gavin)

    Ay Caramba… I’d better call to put my sign order on hold for now asap!!

    http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2315551230103437444NTIauk

  25. 25 sudds

    PS… are any candidates willing to “buy” my vote by promising to go back to “a town for all seasons”… this “forest to shore” thing is so cheesy!!!

  26. 26 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    1) Did you get her to sign the papers yet?

    2) You have to ask Gavin

    Great sign!

  27. 27 pcsperling

    Hmm, Sudds ~

    I’ll be at a certain Main Street Mexican Restaurant on Sunday afternoon, celebrating my daughter’s 4th birthday with the family. A few margarita’s and you never know. ;>D

    Jeze ~

    I’ve got some NEW bumper stickers – the Forest to Shore ones from Town Hall. I grabbed a couple for “giggles” when I took my Dad to the senior tax relief meeting the other night.
    I’m sure the colored letterhead, and marketing paraphelia is costing taxpayers quite a bit of money. It looks like every department has a line item for stuff like that. What about going “green.” I’ve seen many states that I deal with going back to the basics – black and white. Doesn’t cost anything to create a computer macro and use plain paper, instead of bond. It would probably save a bundle on the pre-printed stuff. See, if they waited on picking a slogan, we could’ve worked in the “green” thing.

  28. 28 1george1

    Officer Sean,
    I agree that the hate (although I understand it) vs. the Mirons is not a good
    reflection on certain bloggers.

    Gavin,
    I never blogged that I thought Jon could win?
    I even failed to mention you, when I blogged that none of the suspects
    would be a winner.

    You analysis about the machinations and connections necessary to win a
    party nomination and win the Mayor position is astute.
    As I e-mailed earlier, I believe you are among the more capable and qualified
    of the political people. However, as I noted, the PENSIONS and TAXES are a
    HOT BUTTON waiting to explode!!
    2 sets of 3 years, the PENSIONS averaged under $ 20,000 in the 1990s
    The PENSIONS average OVER $ 30,000 in the 2000s & heading up, although
    will pull back a bit after the POLICE OT related to the STRIKE, ends.

    I believe certain people BRIBED certain people, to get certain things.
    I believe QUID pro QUO and highly illegal, IF, IF investigated?
    Hmmmmm?

    I believe certain ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & BUDGET ISSUES were delayed
    until the last 2 years of the MAYOR’S TERM, to foster LOWER growth of the
    TAX RATE and even a LOWER TAX Mil Rate next year.
    > It is the reason I believe Miron has a chance at re-election. 😦

    Gavin, while you had nothing to do with the PENSION computations, there
    has been virtually NO Town Councilor making a fuss, and minimal PRESS on
    what is a simmering issue, and not just in CT.
    When MUCK is RAKED, everyone associated gets dirty.
    Even those who were NOT CAUSAL, but while increasing ROI, did virtually
    nothing to have TIMELY prevention of a COMPOUNDING PREDICUMENT. (?)
    (I need SPELL CHECK)

    I believe there are outside Revenue Sources and Budgetary excess that the
    TCFRAC can find. I believe there is 20 – 30 % extra Taxes in the Budget, even
    knowing Shelton is a Volunteer Fire Dept and I favor Professional Fire Dept.
    > If the TCFRAC is highly successful, guess who will claim credit?
    Hint > the initials are Jim Miron.

    I noted to Gavin and another person that the Weisel story about the police
    “no confidence” was “buried” along side of the obituaries.
    I suspect someone on the CT. POST has a sense of humor and made sure the
    story could “project” next to the obits, as a reminder about DEAD BEAT DICK,
    the RAIDER of the unprovided TOMBSTONES. 😉

  29. 29 sudds

    “I’ll be at a certain Main Street Mexican Restaurant on Sunday afternoon, celebrating my daughter’s 4th birthday with the family. A few margarita’s and you never know.”

    Isn’t 4 a little young for margarita’s??? LOL!!!

    Note: I hope that is not her actual b-day, as it’s mine too! :oP

  30. 30 pcsperling

    Sudds ~

    Tomorrow is her actual. We usually do the dinner on her actual birthday at that certain Mexican joint. She’s been going there since she was 3 days old, and is pretty much a fixture….LOL (along with her parents). We usually go on the day of, but tomorrow is the American Girl NYC trip and a visit with Jorge, the entertainer, at Puglia’s down on Hester n’ Mulberry.

    As for her and margarita’s…. I think she’ll stick with the guacamole and chips for now.

  31. 31 1george1

    Gavin has a natural, when it comes to a parody on the new town slogan,
    with a madlib, fill in the blanks

    ____ more, from Forrester, to the _____

    The actual slogan isn’t terrible of “offering more” is suggestive to be open
    “from the forrest to the shore” is geographically enviromentally suggestive.
    (so far, the best I have done for a political slogan is > Hey! Can I do ANY WORSE?)

    However, in light of the Modus Operendi, it appears the offerings are STEERED
    to the POLITICALLY MALEABLE and it is mostly along the SHORE, which is being
    OFFERED to ……

    Oh, Town Hall is considered near the shore, since the I – 95 / RR Underpass
    on Main Street, swamped Life savings of certain Business people in August,
    a couple of years ago. Also other areas around I – 95 Ramps.

    From a Marketing perspective, having good colors can generate a good
    ROI, rather than bland B & W.
    Green and Blue are 2 color, rather than more expensive 4 color Press.
    (Black does not count), so it is less expensive to print

  32. 32 pcsperling

    George ~

    That might be well from a “marketing” perspective, but with everyone trying to go “green,” I’ve seen more states that I deal with shying away from the colors and opting for black and white. I’m sure, if they wanted to keep the color on letterhead, they can opt for non-printed and go with a macro. It just seems that having each department specially printed (if that’s the way it’s currently done) isn’t very cost-efficient and from a taxpayer’s perspective, no amount is too little of a savings – $0.10 or $10.00 (or more).

    I’ve also heard of companies putting a block on “411” since the easy abusiveness of calling information for a number, rather than looking it up on the internet or in a hard-copy phone book, can add up. Hypothetically, if 25 town employees a day use “411” per week – the annual cost to the town is $4,940 and that’s if the cost is still $0.75. While it doesn’t seem like a great deal – it’s still a savings.

    While these are just small things – the small things add up. No savings is too little or too much, right?

  33. 33 jezebel282

    Pat,

    How about cutting down on the usage of mayoral aides?

  34. 34 sudds

    “While these are just small things – the small things add up. No savings is too little or too much, right?”… spoken like a true mayoral candidate!!!

    PS… I’ll look for you at American Doll tomorrow… I’m going there for my b-day too!!! :oP

  35. 35 pcsperling

    Jeze / Sudds ~

    There’s a book called “Ideas are Free.” Maybe some of the top administration should read it. There’s got to be ways of spending our money more wisely just by being more creative.

    We could’ve been a little environmentally creative when looking at new marketing slogans, etc. and colored our Town instead of the paper and all the things that cost the bigger bucks.

  36. 36 sudds

    But ideas in Town Hall are already free!!!

    You think Miron has paid for all the ____ he’s done?

    wait for it…

    wait for it…

    ok, everyone all together now…

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

  37. 37 1george1

    PCS,
    Good points.

    One of my suggestions last year was giving an extra $ 100 – $ 200,000 to hire
    and added Research Librarian, with a Master’s Degree.
    ONE CONDITION.

    Part of their work schedule was to find GRANTS and ways to save the Town
    and/or Board of Ed a minimum of $ 500,000.

    If they do it, there is a NET GAIN of $ 300,000.
    If they found NO GRANTS and NO SAVINGS (Government excess / auctions) then
    the Town is out $ 200,000, but the LIBRARY was fully Staffed and would have to
    find a way to pay the added Staff or LOSE them.

    For everything the LIBRARY RESEARCHERS (with MASTERS DEGREES in RESEARCH)
    found which became GRANTS and SAVINGS over $ 500,000, the LIBRARY keeps
    10 % for their BUDGET, the Grant writers’ DEPT keeps 10 % for their BUDGET, and
    the TOWN DEPT or BOARD of ED, would get the appropriate 80 % for PRIORITIES,
    / CONTINGENCIES in their BUDGET.

    Under my concept, if the LIBRARY RESEARCHERS could find $ 5,000,000 extra
    (let’s say split evenly between BOE & TOWN >
    First $ 500,000 back to the Town, offset $ 200 to Library, but a $ 500 k gain.
    Library gets $ 450,000 in finder’s fee.
    Town & BoE gets a windfall, EACH of just over $ 2,000,000 > NOT from local
    Tax Payers!

    FREE IDEA.

    Minimal risk

    Very much INCENTIVE LADEN.

  38. 38 capece

    A fellow by the name of “Mass Guy” left this interesting item on the CT Post site.

    Here in Cohasset, Mass. we still use the term ‘the Haddad era’ to refer to the miserable period of Mr. Haddad’s contentious 7 year tenure as our first Town Manager.

    This was a period in which the townspeople came to greatly distrust local government; especially the Manager and the then leadership of our Board of Selectmen that let him run amok. The Selectmen let him do so until he was forced to resign under a cloud in May 2004. The fallout from the Haddad scandals here caused a complete turnover on our 5 member Board of Selectmen, with only 1 member remaining from that period — the one member that publicly raised questions about Haddad.

    As tragic as they were, the situation Haddad created in Cohasset was not confined to the 2 sexual harassment complaints, both of which were launched against him by female Town Hall employees.

    Both complaints were settled out of court and paid for by the Town’s insurance carrier. The reason why the ‘investigation’ in Stratford had such difficulty delving into Haddad’s misdeeds is simple: Haddad very effectively ‘lawyered up’ when finally (the leadership had waved-off several prior verbal reports, both private and public, to them from elected officials) confronted by Selectmen with the charges against him. As legally enforceable conditions of Haddad’s severance agreement with the Town, he was insulated (at taxpayer expense) by the municipality’s insurance and legal resources, and promised that no Town disclosure of the true nature of the charges and settlements against him would ever be made.

    In addition to the 2 sexual harassment complaints against Mark Haddad, both of which cost the Town thousands of dollars, the Massachusetts courts ruled that our animal control officer had been fired illegally by him. The officer was reinstated to his position, with his back pay, damages, and attorney’s fees being paid for by the Town. He serves the Town well today. The two police officers who Haddad attempted to fire also received their jobs back with full damages, and back pay. Both have gone on to serve the Town with distinction. One of the officers, Lt. Bill Quigley, was recognized in January of this year for meritorious service by the Greater Boston Council, an award rarely given to an officer in a small suburban department. These actions against Haddad have cost the Town hundreds of thousands of dollars, and will drive up our insurance premiums for years to come. Additionally, there is a long list of contracting, procurement, and governmental process disasters Haddad left us.

    Notable among these is his clear and improper support for an Avalon Bay development forced on us (does that sound familiar, Stratford?), in large measure due to his manipulation of the process on behalf of the developer.
    Please Stratford, get your facts correct about Haddad and about a Mayor stupid enough to put him on yet another public payroll.

    Please let us know when Mayor Miron is up for election. There are a lot of us Massachusetts Democrats that will be happy to drive down Route 95 to campaign against someone so undeserving to carry our party’s name.

  39. 39 jezebel282

    Thank you, Capece. We kinda already knew that. It hasn’t stopped with Haddad. It just keeps going.

    Anyone seen Tina Burgett our HR Director lately? Apparently she may be among the missing. That makes it 34 employees in 29 months.

    Anyone care to guess whether Linda LoSchiavo (yes, Deputy Chief Joseph Loschiavo’s wife) will become HR Director?

  40. 40 1george1

    Interesting post by Capece.

    However, I do not believe the Haddad appointment was done out of ignorance.

    There are political people at various levels of government willing to do ANYTHING
    requested of them by their PATRONS, who are LAWYERED UP. (Sound familiar?)

    There are also people at high levels of government very capable of choosing the
    people they need to do dirty work, desired to be done.

    There seems to be an inexhaustible supply of lawyers who are more like John Mitchell, Spiro Agnew, Robert Borks, and the Watergate / Iran contra crews,
    than the Elliott Richardsons, Judge Siricas, and Frank Churchs.

    In the Serpico / Knapp Commission situation 100 % of the Police Gold Shields
    (detectives) and the overwhelming majority of Judges were on Mafia payroll,
    near the end of the Carmine deSapio reign over Tammany Hall, which helped
    elect W. Averill Harriman, at a time (Harriman’s Partner) Prescott Bush became
    an appointed CT. Senator.

    The Knapp Commission revealed Police Corruption was rampant with the petty
    corrupted called GRASS EATERS and the PROACTIVE CORRUPT called MEAT
    EATERS.

    In Corrupt-icut, we have a different form of Corrupt Police / Lawyer / Judge,
    which I call FEED EATERS. The Creatures behind, really behind Watergate / Iran
    Contra / 9-11 of the Nixon – Reagan Military White House, and the Bush – Clinton
    Bush/Cheney White House have spread the greased wheels of Standard Oil
    spOILs system, corrupting every aspect of government right down to the LOCALS
    > Made the courts contemptible
    > Turned Pentagon spokesmen (paid contractors) into traitors
    > Turned Congress into a nunnery
    > Used Mensa Morons in Military / Intelligence Community to be political
    > Turned Law Enforcement into NOT-T-ING-HAM’s ancestors
    > Made the MAL-LE-ABLE like Miron / Haddad / Burturla, to be willing and useful
    idiot tools of the REAL EVIL EMPIRE

  41. 41 pcsperling

    Stratford job openings:

    – Ass’t Director of Health/Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
    – Crossing guards
    – Grant Writer
    – Part-time bus driver
    – Part-time Public Safety Dispatcher
    – Public Safety Dispatcher

  42. 42 1george1

    They could pay the CROSSING GUARDS more, with bad weather bonus,
    with attandance bases,

    I have blogged that I believe a capable GRANT WRITER, assisted by the
    LIBRARY’s Researchers with Masters Degrees in Researching could be
    a KEY REVENUE SOURCE.

    BUS DRIVERS have to work in shifts of am & pm.

    SAFETY DISPATCHERS > no comment

  43. 43 sudds

    Wow… six job openings! What’s going on here? Are there no Miron’s left who aren’t already on the Town’s payroll???

  44. 44 jezebel282

    Err…who will hire them? We have no HR director…again.

  45. 45 sudds

    Oh come on Jez… I’m sure someone else can use the rubber stamp when Miron calls down his orders!

  46. 46 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    I dunno….this one only lasted four months. I guess there are things that even an HR person won’t do.

  47. 47 sudds

    THERE ARE???

    So, who is everyone’s odds-on favorite to get the job???

    Right now I’d give odds of even money on the following (list stolen from Jez)…

    * Chairman: Dave Mooney
    * Vice Chairman: Sue Collier
    * Treasurer: Dave Fuller
    * Deputy Treasurer: Kent M. Miller
    * Secretary: Beth Daponte
    * State Central Members: Richard Buturla and Eileen Wilson

    Bruce Alessie, Janice Andersen, Terry Backer, Robert Baird, Ann Baker, Ray Barker, Frank Bevecqua,
    Robert Bradley, Dennis Broedlin, Emma Brooks, Richard Brown, Edward Buckmir, Michael Buckmir, Sr.,
    Richard Buturla, Robert Calzone, Frank Chipman, Virginia Chittem, Robert Cody, Jean Collier, Susan Collier,James Connolly, Ann Coonley , Fred Cotter, Beth Daponte, Deserie Darden, Robert David, Laura Dobosz,Matt Dominguez, Vincent Faggella, Larry Farrell, Maria Ferrera, Thomas Fiorella, Gavin Forrester, Richard Fredette, Dave Fuller, Robert Galello, Olivia Gombar, Laurie Goodsell, Robyn Greenspan, Heather Habelka, Judy Hampel, Danielle Hawthorne, Ashley Haydu, Ronald Hojdich, Lloyd Johnson, Jr., Howard Johnson, Ralph Jowers, Irene Kostzewski, Flo Langdon, John Sib Law, Rick Marcone ,Edward McDonald, Dan Milewski, Kent M. Miller, Christian Miron, Richard Miron, James Miron, Edward Monroe, Dave Mooney, David Morgan, Denise Nelson, Heidi Nelson, Mary Northcott, Gerald O’Leary, Alvin O’Neal, Dan Pato ,Stephanie Philips, Jennifer Planker, Joan Pruzinsky, Mary Ray, Bonnie Reynolds ,Edward Roberts, Betsy Ross, Anthony Ross, Juan Carlos Ruiz, Peggy Russ, Judy Scala, Anna Scala, Anthony Schirillo, III, J. Roger Shull, Patricia Slauson, John Sober, Pat Sorrentino-Galello, Helen Tashjian, Laura Vigliotti, Joseph Walker, Robin Walker, Amy Wanamaker, Greg Wanamaker, Robert Wannagot, Tara Wexler, Eileen Wilson.

  48. 48 gforrester

    Stratford job openings:

    – Ass’t Director of Health/Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
    – Crossing guards
    – Grant Writer
    – Part-time bus driver
    – Part-time Public Safety Dispatcher
    – Public Safety Dispatcher

    For a town the employee’s 100’s of people I don’t think that 3 full time and 3 part time positions is all that alarming.

    I believe that there was a grant that expired for the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator (Ken Kellogg I believe held that position) so I will have to see if that is a new position added to the budget.

    Crossing guards are always needed as during the year some get sick or family situations change and they are no longer available.

    Grant Writer – well yes our’s left and went to work for Bpt and the position has not been filled to my knoweldge

    PT Bus Drivers – same as Crossing Guards.

    Dispatchers – we have have 1 leave to become a police officer and one left, I believe, due to personnel issues. No mass departure here just routine openings from what I see

  49. 49 1george1

    Hey Jeze,

    If there are some jobs even a HR person would not do, are there any lawyers
    in Berchump looking for a low show job?
    Hey if one can pass the BAR, doesn’t that qualify one for an H.R. job.

    But then, some cann’t pass a bar, without sampling quality of contents, right
    Suddsy? 🙂

  50. 50 gforrester

    Sudds I don’t know everyone on the Democratic Town Committee but I would venture to say most of them are already gainfully employed lol

  51. 51 sudds
  52. 52 jezebel282

    Sorry Sudds, been there done that.

    George: Maybe it’s the no-show jobs that made Burgett decide to quit.

    Mr. Forrester: I hope you’re thirsty when you get to the meeting. That “special” Kool-Aide has a bitter taste.

  53. 53 1george1

    Hi Gavin,

    I believe they have to place POLICE OFFICERS on OVER TIME to cover Crossing
    Guards, who tend to be senior citizens who need money to pay property tax,
    gas/oil, electric, medicine and that ultimate extravagance FOOD.

    If that is true, would it or would it not make sense to have ATTENDANCE and
    BAD WEATHER related BONUS available, and even better pay for Crossing guards,
    who protect the lives of Children & Parents?

    Is the Bus Driver for the Seniors, since I believe the School Bus are contracted
    and not Town positions.

    Does anyone know the cost of Grant Writers, per Dept, and the total Revenue
    added, along with year to year comparisons?
    Maybe it is in the Budget?
    I think it is a question worthy of Town, BoE, Library, & others?

    I went to 2 Democratic fund raisers over the years. I sat at a table with a
    woman who was the Head of Grant Writing in Bridgeport. She was pretty
    impressive. Actually pretty and impressive.
    I understand she has moved to another job. I guess that caused openings?

    Since Bridgeport, like the U.S.S.R. is a 1 party entity, it is probably good job
    security to move from Stratford to Bridgeport, and probably better pay?

    The Democratic Fund raisers tend to be less expensive and have better tasting
    food than the Republican Fund raisers. Although the Republicans dress up the
    plastic tasting food better, for presentation purposes.

    My no comment was appropriate on Police Dispatchers. Good place for some
    one who desired to become a Police Officer to learn much about the job and
    be in place, when there were openings available for police.
    > Either that person is very astute, or I suspect got wise, informed, & precient
    advise! – My grandfather, father, and uncle, were capable of such advise, so
    I am in no way making an adverse suggestion / or commentary on that person.

    There are about 1000 Board of Ed employees, and over 400 full time and 100
    seasonal Town employees, so 6 openings is not that many.

    However, it seems that many positions in Stratford Managment have been
    brief layovers and movements to other places.

  54. 54 gforrester

    “Mr. Forrester: I hope you’re thirsty when you get to the meeting. That “special” Kool-Aide has a bitter taste.”

    Jez what meeting are you taking about? As I pointed out to George there are no nominations this evening. The meeting will be scheduled between May 20th and 27th for nominations.

    As far as drinking Kool Aid I don’t.

  55. 55 gforrester

    “I believe they have to place POLICE OFFICERS on OVER TIME to cover Crossing
    Guards”

    No George if there is a guard station that is not covered they take the “beat car” and assign that on duty police officer to the location (usually for 45 minutes to 75 minutes) unless a priority emergency comes in and they have to get pulled. They are not on overtime but straight time as a part of their daily patrol.

    A better pay structure is something to consider.

    Yes the driver would be for the seniors and not related to the school system.

  56. 56 jezebel282

    Mr. Forester,

    Being a member of the general public (you know, a dumb taxpayer), I can only go by what is public information:

    http://stratforddemocrats.com/
    Submitted by SDTC on Tue, 04/01/2008 – 9:13pm.
    Start: May 5 2008 – 7:00pm
    End: May 5 2008 – 8:30pm
    Timezone: Etc/GMT+5
    Location:
    Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad Street
    Details:

    This will be our regular monthly meeting. Candidates for State Senate, State Representative and Registrar of Voters will be discussing their campaigns.

    NOTE: Time has been corrected.

  57. 57 jezebel282

    Convention for Municipal Offices
    Submitted by SDTC on Mon, 05/05/2008 – 6:56am.
    Start: May 20 2008 – 7:00pm
    End: May 20 2008 – 8:30pm
    Timezone: Etc/GMT+5
    Location:
    Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad Street
    Details:

    Endorsements of candidates for the 120th and 121st Assembly Districts and Registrar of Voters will take place at a meeting of the entire Democratic Town Committee.

  58. 58 jezebel282

    Another Good Guy Bites the Dust…

    Police union leader resigns in Stratford
    RICHARD WEIZEL
    Article Last Updated: 05/24/2008 12:10:53 AM EDT

    STRATFORD — The head of the town’s police union abruptly resigned this week as department brass continue to investigate the controversial leak of an officer applicant’s personnel file.

    Union President Shawn Farmer, a member of the town’s police force for nearly a decade, insisted Friday, however, that his resignation is “not connected in any way” to the illegal leak to council members and the media of officer applicant Christian Miron’s personnel background check. Miron is the brother of Mayor James R. Miron.

    “All I can say is I’m in a much better [working] place today than I was 24 hours ago,” said Farmer, 36, of Shelton. He said he has taken a job in the “private sector,” but declined to elaborate.

    “I’ll miss the people I worked with every day, but I had the opportunity to do something different and I had to do what was best for my family,” he said.

    Police Chief John Buturla has said if and when those responsible for the leak are found, “they will receive the full extent of discipline, up to and including dismissal.”

    Farmer said now it’s up to the new union president, Capt. Joseph McNeil, and vice president Sgt. Curtis Eller to fight on behalf of the union complaints against the Police Department’s leadership before the state Labor Board.

    The union claims Buturla and Deputy Chief Joseph LoSchiavo have violated provisions of the union pact.

    Farmer said that while he still believes the union is right about alleged violations of the union contract by the chief and his deputy over recent hiring practices, “That is now part of my past.”

    “We are sad and sorry to see Shawn leave, but he took advantage of a tremendous career opportunity and nobody can blame him for that,” said McNeil, a 14-year veteran of the department who had served as union president several years ago, and was vice president under Farmer.

    Christian Miron, 29, was issued a conditional offer of employment despite a detailed, nine-page background investigation that raised questions about whether he is fit for police work.

    The information leaked from Miron’s personnel file shows while he scored well on the written and oral exams and a psychologist who interviewed him recommended he be hired, he expressed “strong reservations.”

    “We want to know why the process was changed regarding him [Miron] and if he’s been hired, why he’s not in the Police Academy right now,” McNeil said.

    “Don’t get me wrong. I don’t believe his [Miron’s] personnel file should have been released, but now that it’s out there we have to deal with it, and it doesn’t appear the hiring process was fairly applied in his case.”

    He also said there has been growing support for a vote of no confidence in the department leadership.

    Nearly one-quarter of union members voted recently to explore issuing an official vote of no confidence, McNeil said.

    Buturla and LoSchiavo could not be reached for comment Friday. Christian Miron has also repeatedly declined comment, citing the ongoing probe over the unauthorized leak, but said he has consulted a lawyer about the matter.

  59. 59 1george1

    “Christian Miron …. consulted a lawyer about the matter.”

    I strongly suspect his case has merit and Christian shall be compensated.
    And I suspect the settlement shall be sealed.

    A few months ago, Jeze raised the absurd Rube Goldberg type of scheme,
    which the taxpayers would bail out Dick Miron?

    No offense to Christian, but …..

  60. 60 starlooker

    WEll here we go again. Another name added to the list. I suspect there will be more. I would love to open up the newspaper and for once see something positive about Stratford. I for one would love to open my eyes and see these past 2 years as a bad dream. Many lives have been changed by this. some are still out of work and looking. All the people who were let go from their positions the many departments are not running well at all. That says something right there.

  61. 61 freedomofspeach

    “Christian Miron …. consulted a lawyer about the matter.”
    “I strongly suspect his case has merit and Christian shall be compensated.
    And I suspect the settlement shall be sealed.”

    1george1, lawyers are like A@$h(*&^, everyone has one. So what? I am sure the Miron family has a frequent flyer card at most law firms in the area.

    I disagree, based on the information provided he may have some claim against the town, but simply for release of records, that some may say, including the state, are not of a privileged nature. The person who may have accessed a computer might face criminal charges if found that he had no right of access, but due to the compelling nature of the information, I am not sure they can find a jury to convict him.

    And if they do move forward on criminal charges on someone, and find Christine did in fact lie during the process, he can spend the time with the person who exposed him, should he be convicted, in jail. The saw cuts both ways here.

    In order to litigate on the civil side, Christien will have to deal with potential facts that may not have been made public. Do you think the Miron family wants the officers who may have dealt with Christian favorably at the request of the Mayor to come forward and discuss that in open court? Does the Mayor want to be under oath on the stand being asked questions that may open the door to legal action? At that point Mayor Miron can join his brother, sister, and father on the unemployment line with the Chief of Police, while thinking what federal prison they are going to go to.

    I cannot for the life of me find any criminal statute to cite in this matter, and have asked numerous times people come forward on this topic. I have also found numerous cites and have posted on the legality of such information being made public when in the interest of public safety.

    Remember the Pentagon Papers? A clearly illegal act, violation of US Law, and was published without real reprisal.

    Freedom of Speech was protected in NYT v. US, and in this case based on the ovious risk to public safety, I think that any action against the person or persons involved on the release of the information would open the door to “Operation Clean Sweep” at town hall. Glad you have the rules on Mayoral succession in place

  62. 62 jezebel282

    George,

    “Christian Miron …. consulted a lawyer about the matter.”

    This means nothing. He sees a lawyer every time he has dinner at his mommy’s house. His BROTHER is a lawyer, remember? Or maybe he “consulted” with Kent Miller and Margo at Mr. P’s? Or maybe he brought it up at the weekly Miron family conference at Berchem Moses & Devlin.

    It’s a typical Miron Method: Intimidate, threaten and accuse no matter how wrong you are.

  63. 63 1george1

    Freedom,

    I think it was JEZE who posted the CONSPIRACY THEORY 8) that the Christian
    Miron applying to the Stratford Police Force was a way for Burturlas / Mirons
    to bleed Stratford Treasury.

    Remember, the Mirons / Burturlas know they have both enemies (with a track
    record on leaking) and friends (who could intentionally arrange for leaks to be
    made) in the Stratford Police Force. It is NOT like the Mirons / Burturlas and
    B UTTER NUTS and friends have NOT played, the various people in the parties,
    departments, and the public, is it?

    While Freedomofspeach might be right about everything blogged, what about this?

    1. Burturla is the Town Attorney. He is the SOLE legal authority.

    2. Christian had legitimate damage done to his emotions and reputation.
    (I know what is coming about these points and family reputation)

    3. Burturla can make a recommendation that in HIS OPINION, it would cost
    $ X to litigate, there was a high probability to lose and the jury could give
    a seven figure award, so in HIS OPINION the Town should settle of $ 250,000.
    and under SEAL.

    4. Will the MIRON refuse to endorse $ 100,000 to $ 250,000 to his brother?

    5. The Town Attorney will request Executive Session to the Town Council
    to recommend a SETTLEMENT UNDER SEAL. The Town Councilors can SAY
    NOTHING about what happens in Executive Session and NO ONE can breach
    SEAL, even knowing how much went to which settlement, IF I UNDERSTAND
    the CONCEPT and the LAW?

    (I sought $ 60,000 from Mossman/not the Town, but John Williams sued the
    Town then had his surrogate drop the case against the other police, AFTER
    they were present when the JURY was chosen and 1 was THE key witness,
    which JOE MERLY mildly crossed but refused to introduce impeachment
    evidence I had at hand for both witnesses.)

    6. It really is a question of how much Burturla can hide in the Settlement line
    of the Budget, but he can DELAY settling ANY & ALL other CASES.

    7. The Town Mayor / Attorney / Council settles PRE TRIAL with Christian Miron
    for some number above $ 100,000, which Christian Miron could use to BUY 1/2
    or whole interest in the LAKEVIEW Monument Company.

    8. The Lakeview Monument company then pays the Bankrupcy Attorney, the
    Criminal Attorney, Court Costs, provides and installs TOMBSTONES for FREE,
    pays a nominal amount to the victims for pain and suffering, and then goes
    Bankrupt after a limited run under new management, who bought with the
    understanding that all unfurnished ORDERS would be provided and all unpaid
    bills would be paid.

    9. A certain Law Firm would make sure any Bridgeport City employees that are
    involved would get substancial promotions and increased PENSIONS and / or
    any people whose Business or Employers did Business with the City of Bridgeport,
    State of CT. or any client of that firm would gain PROFITABLE Business.
    > And because things happen over time and within organizations, including
    some which are privately owned or have privacy laws…..

    10. Dick Miron is given AR or PROBATION or the cases are drawn out over so
    many years, that he passes away, and the representative firms wipe off debt,
    to political favors and/or other business received from various Towns, Boards
    of Educations, State of CT., FEDS, or political party front companies, like any
    of the Public Utilities of OWNED by Party Officials.

    What is your opinion, that
    1) Impossible
    2) Likely
    3) Holes in the theory?

    Oh, I saw and spoke to Christian. My opinion is he was damaged, but then so
    was I and others.

  64. 64 freedomofspeach

    “I think it was JEZE who posted the CONSPIRACY THEORY that the Christian
    Miron applying to the Stratford Police Force was a way for Burturlas / Mirons
    to bleed Stratford Treasury.”

    Not impossible, but highly unlikely.

    “Remember, the Mirons / Burturlas know they have both enemies (with a track
    record on leaking) and friends (who could intentionally arrange for leaks to be
    made) in the Stratford Police Force. It is NOT like the Mirons / Burturlas and
    B UTTER NUTS and friends have NOT played, the various people in the parties,
    departments, and the public, is it?”

    Strange and unlikly.

    “Burturla is the Town Attorney. He is the SOLE legal authority.’

    Burturla is a town attorney, he is not God, a Judge, or a State Adjudication Official. As such he is not sole anything, it’s not like an Attorney General, or a Chief States Attorney, he’s a lawyer working for a client, he is not a public official and has no statutory power, and anyone who thinks different is deluded. Based on the things he let go to EEOC, or whatever CT has now, as well as the two cases in Federal court, it would be a hard stretch to say this is an exception and to settle and not litigate. Due to the familiarity with the players, I would hope that should it come to a claim by Christian, that to TC makes Mayor Miron and Burturla recuse themselves from the matter and the TC appoints special council.

    “Christian had legitimate damage done to his emotions and reputation.
    (I know what is coming about these points and family reputation)”

    No 1george1, your wrong. The courts have ruled that you have to have character to defame in order to have a deformation suite. Guess what, once the parade of witnesses come forward on him and his past, he, as well as his brother, are toast. I think it will find that he not only was more than unsuitable to be in law enforcement, leaving the door open to the defense that the information released was for the good of the public, but he also lied about his background. According to reports he lied about not having anyone in his family being a criminal. Seems to me pleading to a crime would make someone a criminal

    “Will the MIRON refuse to endorse $ 100,000 to $ 250,000 to his brother?”

    He shouldn’t be allowed to even be involved as he may be a litigant in the matter.

    “The Town Attorney will request Executive Session to the Town Council
    to recommend a SETTLEMENT UNDER SEAL. The Town Councilors can SAY
    NOTHING about what happens in Executive Session and NO ONE can breach
    SEAL, even knowing how much went to which settlement, IF I UNDERSTAND
    the CONCEPT and the LAW? “

    Sealed cases can be opened under certain circumstances.

    “The Town Mayor / Attorney / Council settles PRE TRIAL with Christian Miron
    for some number above $ 100,000, which Christian Miron could use to BUY 1/2
    or whole interest in the LAKEVIEW Monument Company.
    The Lakeview Monument company then pays the Bankrupcy Attorney, the
    Criminal Attorney, Court Costs, provides and installs TOMBSTONES for FREE,
    pays a nominal amount to the victims for pain and suffering, and then goes
    Bankrupt after a limited run under new management, who bought with the
    understanding that all unfurnished ORDERS would be provided and all unpaid
    bills would be paid.”

    Can’t go bankrupt if you have someone buy your company for cash, it becomes an asset of the estate and the US trustee then has access to it. It would have to be a settlement with the Judge and the Trustee, at that point a year will go by and the criminal cases will be done, and DM will be in jail.

    “Dick Miron is given AR or PROBATION or the cases are drawn out over so
    many years, that he passes away, and the representative firms wipe off debt,
    to political favors and/or other business received from various Towns, Boards
    of Educations, State of CT., FEDS, or political party front companies, like any
    of the Public Utilities of OWNED by Party Officials. “

    He will take AR for at least one count, the courts will not consolidate or there will be a war, he will get time in jail, not much, and probation, he will spend the rest of his life visiting his PO, and die a convicted felon who stole from the dead.

    What is your opinion, that
    1) Impossible
    2) Likely
    3) Holes in the theory?
    “Oh, I saw and spoke to Christian. My opinion is he was damaged, but then so
    was I and others.”

    He came pre-damaged, this just shined the light on a person who appears not be suitable for police work, I think that, based on the newspaper reports, is unstable and did not tell the truth during the polygraph, yet, he was offered a job for political reasons.

    What I do know is that this is an easy claim to settle for the town and anyone who says differently has not read the case law. If he wants to have every cop who every stopped his car, every teacher he had, every girlfriend he ever dated, and the whole family on the stand under oath then bring it on, because it would be an adventure.

    Peeling back the Miron family like an onion would put a fast end to the dynasty.

    And the only thing that would get a seal, is the true bill from the federal grand jury.

  65. 65 jezebel282

    George,

    Freedom is correct. If you are going to claim defamation of character, first you have to have a character to defame. (Read Lean Uris, QBVII)

    If I were Christian I wouldn’t call Mayor Richitelli as a character witness, by the way.

  66. 66 1george1

    Freedom,
    Jeze came up with the theory, just after the issue happened.
    Most people would agree it is unlikely. I didn’t.
    I have seen how these clowns operate.
    So has Jeze. When Jeze first proposed the concept/theory… I agreed.

    I will defer to your expertize/opinion, (to different degrees, per item)
    as you are the lawyer but I am not.
    Yet, if it does happen (in whole or part?) ….

    Jeze,
    I strongly suspect that Christian has MORE character than Dick, Jim and a lot of people not named Miron. I have met many in the P J System.

  67. 67 jezebel282

    I’ll bet there are some smiling cops in Stratford today!

    You read it in the Post:

    Stratford PD fills ranks without Miron
    RICHARD WEIZEL
    Article Last Updated: 07/25/2008 02:03:49 PM EDT

    STRATFORD — With the hiring of 14 new police officers — 12 of whom are now in training — the town’s police ranks will be at the full authorized level of 112 officers for the first time in a decade, according to police officials.

    But one recent applicant, Christian Miron, the younger brother of Mayor James R. Miron, is not among the rookies.

    Police Chief John Buturla isn’t saying why.

    “We are very happy that in the coming months new police officers will be joining the department bring us up to full capacity,” Buturla said, declining to discuss the younger Miron’s bid to join the Police Department. The chief would say only that with “two ongoing investigations” into the March leaking of background information from Christian Miron’s personnel file “it would be inappropriate for me to comment” on his status.

    Capt. Kenneth Bakalar said three women are among the 14 new officers, who will be joining the force as they graduate from police academies in the coming months.

    Bakalar also declined comment when asked why Miron is not among the 14 new hires.

    Christian Miron, contacted today, declined to comment.

    “We had numerous openings and will be at full capacity for the first time in 10 years,” Bakalar said. “But I am not in a position to comment about Christian Miron’s application.”

    In April, the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney launched a criminal investigation into the leaking of Miron’s personnel file, while the Stratford Police Department also continues an internal probe, Buturla said.

    Miron, 29, was issued a conditional offer of employment in March even though a detailed, nine-page background investigation — leaked to the media and some members of the Town Council — raised questions about whether he is fit for police work.

    Buturla has said if and when those responsible for the leak are found, “they will receive the full extent of discipline, up to and including dismissal.”

    The background investigation leaked from Miron’s personnel file shows he scored well on the written and oral exams, and got “rave reviews” from several references. A psychologist who interviewed Miron recommended that he be hired, he also expressed “strong reservations” about his suitability for the job.

    Miron’s background check revealed several borderline issues that police officials said at the time also could have been factors against his hiring.

    Both Buturla and Bakalar said they look forward to the department being at full strength by the end of November.

    “It’s been a long time since we were and it’s going to alleviate stress among officers and boost morale,” Bakalar said. He said a large number of retirements the past two years contributed to staffing problems, but that only a couple of veteran officers are expected to retire in January.

    Buturla said, “We are very appreciative of the Town Council and mayor making funds available to bring us up to full force.

  68. 68 1george1

    Interesting situation:

    If the investigation is a failure, how does that look?
    If the investigation is a success, wil the findings be open or blue walled?

    Either way – not a win – win!

    If there is a Christian lawsuit, which I believe would have merit, IF, IF, IF,
    the whole situation was NOT contrived? (In Stratford?) 😉

    I think it was Jeze wo suggested this is the way for certain people to get
    the Tax Payers, to pay off certain bills, in a SEALED SETTLEMENT?

    Hey what else is the Public Treasury for, except to be looted by guardians?

  69. 69 jezebel282

    George,

    “Buturla said, “We are very appreciative of the Town Council and mayor making funds available to bring us up to full force.”

    I guess that was the cost of not hiring Miron.

  70. 70 1george1

    How do employees become gruntled?

  71. 71 lauradobosz
  72. 72 1george1

    Laura,

    Thank you for the above link & below information.

    HOWEVER are you aware that DEMOCRATS Jim Miron and Dick Burturla
    are LAWYERS and might excommunicate you for posting a blog which
    has so many blogs about the evils of BILLABLE HOURS? 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Laura, I have never given anyone 4 smiles. Good job. (unless accidental) 😉

    Seventy-seven percent of Americans hate their jobs. This from a Gallup poll reported in TIME’s Work in Progress blog by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen. (I first saw it in Diane Pfadenhauer’s Strategic HR Lawyer blog.) Not a good statistic.

    On the other hand, 90% of managers think they’re in the top 10% of performers. This from a BusinessWeek poll of 2,000 US executives and middle managers (article here, poll results here). (Rob May’s Businesspundit.com turned me on to these results.) Most of these respondents are, of course, wrong — and suffering from the Lake Wobegon effect.

    Taking these two polls together leads to some conclusions. Most managers think they’re swell (and executives are even worse — 97% put themselves in the top decile). But they can’t all be that good. And if more than three fourths of their employees hate their jobs, then most of the managers must really stink.

    Universal truth: Inept managers lead to disgruntled employees, which in turn lead to diminishing profits. (And employee lawsuits, of course.)

    Parallel universal truth: Ept managers lead to gruntled employees, which in turn lead to minishing profits. (And fewer lawsuits.)

    Now ept may be no more real a word than gruntled (or minishing for that matter), but your managers won’t notice because they’re too busy patting themselves on the back (and their employees are too busy working on their résumés). Focus on making your managers more ept (epter?), and you’ll end up with fewer employees hating their jobs.

  73. 73 lauradobosz

    I can’t take your stars George. It was meant as a joke. I was bored at work. I just googled ‘gruntled’, because frankly I was wondering if it was an actual word. lol. I meant no grand statement by it, nor any statement to the rest of this blog. I confess to having not even read the whole site. Just an attempt at sarcasm. I’ll have to earn my stars another way. I guess you ‘caught me’.

  74. 74 1george1

    Laura,

    If you read 5 or 6 of the 10 – 12 blogs, they are all about the EVILS
    of LAWYERS BILLING.

    Maybe subconsciously your “real Democratic beliefs” object to the
    kulture kamp and usurpation of the party, by low lifes?
    > Freudean?

    Laura,
    Even your critics will have to appreciate your honesty.
    For that, you

    earn my stars another way. 🙂

  75. 75 lauradobosz

    Lol! Well, Thank you George. Those stars I will accept.

    I am what I am. I am direct and honest, this is true. Sometimes that gets me into trouble and I try to work on balancing that all out. Doesn’t always work! 😉

    I guess if one is going to dive into this political thing and put their name out there, there has to be some choices and with that, some mistakes along the way. I am passionate and expressive and I speak from my heart. I ran for office because I have a passion for our town and I want to see us finally move forward. I have witnessed complacency in this town since I was in high school and that is over 1/2 my lifetime ago. (probably went on longer, I just started paying attention in high school..) I know this site is probably not in my best interest to post at, because I am by far a member of the minority regarding opinions. A part of me however, does not want to just write that off and run. Communication is key for me, it is what I rely on in life most of all. I can handle confrontation if eventually, it leads to a higher level of understanding or even a slight consideration of another’s opinion.

    So I do my best here and everywhere where I post or try to present myself. I am just learning.

    I appreciate the conversations that you and I had during the campaign and I appreciate your respect for me while we post here. You are an odd, 🙂 but good egg, George. Thank you. 😉

    ld

  76. 76 jezebel282

    Ms. Dobosz,

    Perhaps if you would put your Miron pom-poms down for a minute and deal with issues instead of bashing bloggers you would do better with your positions.

    Your position seems to be Miron can do no wrong and that’s that.

    It’s really not much different than Miron can do no right and that’s that.

    We have begged you to express whatever benefit you think Miron has given to this town. You continue to remain eerily silent.

  77. Is this where we can all start singing Kumbaya?

    George ~ that link from Laura was interesting, albeit accidental. Can you imagine the money that could be saved if Stratford were billed a flat rate for the services rather than hourly for each person working on it….. WOW!

  78. 78 jezebel282

    PCS,

    Welcome back.

    We missed your umm….biting remarks.

  79. 79 1george1

    Laura and bloggers,

    When referring to me as a good egg, I was wondering if you were referring
    to my body shape? 😉
    I have always regarded myself as being well rounded. 😉

    I also enjoy being odd. I have almost always been obese. After my mom
    died when I was 9 years old, I and my dad moved to Fairfield to live with
    his dad and his aunt, who mostly raised me due to my dad’s medical issues.
    Being obese as a teen cuts me out of many things, like drinking & drugs.
    I lived near a bowling alley. As a 19 year old I took over the biggest mixed
    (men + women) bowling league and made it bigger and better, averaging
    26 teams of 5 people per, for 15 years, and twice had 32 teams filling the
    entire house.
    I was active on Men’s and then coed Softball (only time I liked kissing an
    outfielder.)
    For 15 years, i created and ran a men’s basketball pickup group at my HS.
    After 7 years and no HS class reuion, guess who created and ran one.
    Then I created and ran the next two, but then under harrassment with
    the USPS, I started the 4th HS reunion, only to watch it get run down.
    the last 2 years of my bowling league, we raised almost $ 20,000 for MDA.
    > Then I had to fight, BY THE BOOK, tooth and nail, against people who made
    Miron / Burtutla look sensitive and compassionate by comparison.
    > In an office that started with 13 craft and 2 managers, we had 24 craft and
    24 manager turn over from 1984 to 1988.
    > By the time I was fired a second time and walked away in 1988, only the 4
    junior people from 1984 were still working at the Southport USPS. And the
    people behind the Mirons and Burturlas are the same skunks as the ones who
    screwed over me and my coworkers. I can smell their technique & traits.
    So when Jeze and friends blog about careers of conscientious employees,
    I can relate.
    > I walked away.
    > Yet certain family, friends, family of coworkers, and support still DIED on DATES
    which had meanig for me, yet for NO ONE ELSE.
    > I could NOT believe it, being in denial.
    > I could NOT explain it.
    > NO law enforcement or appeal person had ever seen or experienced such
    treatment and the deaths were almost always “APPARENT NATURAL DEATHS,”
    but there are ORGANIC CARCIGENS and other TRIGGERS.
    > Some LAW ENFORCEMENT did recognize what was happening to a degree.
    However, they lacked POLITICAL PULL. One stratford cop said, what are you
    trying to do, get us ALL KILLED….?

    > ALL I tried to do was protect family, coworkers, friends, support, familes of
    friends, and myself by exorcising my appeal rights to protect them and me.
    And to make people aware of the perpetration.

    > It has been 20 years, and I suspect some of those who tormented me are
    DEAD or safely RETIRED.
    > I have come to find many of the TOOLS possessed by POLICE, FBI, MILITARY,
    and INTELLIGENCE are in the hands of cruel cowards who can KILL and get
    people to KILL and PIT PEOPLE against each other.
    > As people look at the VOID of COMPASSION within the BUSH / CHENEY White
    House and Congress, and what has been perptrated on the good people of the
    USA, it looks like the INSANE and INANE have the POWER.

    Yeah. I am ODD.
    A 24 YEAR BATTLE against people I never met, who have done to me, what
    they’do to countries like Vietnam, Iraq, Somalia, Yugoslavia, Korea, Europe,
    in the USA to Blacks / Jewish / Irish / Italian / Poles / English / etc.
    Either you are one of them, or you are not. And they do it to each other!
    Sometimes it is the ODD people who create opportunities for the innocent
    to enjoy their innocence.

    To Quote L D
    “So I do my best here and everywhere where I post or try to present myself.”

    In posting here, it is a good place to challenge your own beliefs and those
    beliefs of others.

    There have been times that I have to be more harsh than I prefer and other
    times where I reach out, like with Laura or with Mike Reynolds who I had
    criticized for his short taunts, rather than him writing positions.

    Mike has cut way down on his short taunts and has posted constructed and
    constructive thoughts and I find we even agree on some things and disgree
    on others, but at least with reasoned positions.

    Laura, Jeze and I asked you to post some things which you believe Jim Miron
    had achieved in his term as Mayor?

    I can think of a few things, like open door meetings where he can get his
    ideas. (teasing) Unlike the Town Council where one gets 3 to 5 minutes to
    address the whole group, one has a couple different days to get 10 minutes
    with the mayor.
    > I have found that sometimes complaints have been acted upon and resolved
    like pot holes being filled.

    In Saturday or Sunday’s CT. POST, the Mayor state that Shakespeare is a BRAND
    which is invaluable. Guess who has been using BRAND and NAME recognition in
    Public Forum and on this blog?
    Rememer, Laura, during the October ST. Joseph debate of all the candidates,
    that I asked everyone to pick up copies of my positions, so that when the Mayor
    came out with an original initiative, they would know where it came from?

    Has anyone noticed that Rell has not been to Stratford very often. Yet, after
    I posted my conspriacy theory about the $ 30 to 50 Billion development of
    Bridgeport (Pleasure Beach / Steel Point / GE Boston Av / Remington Factory /
    Remington Woods)
    along with Stratford
    (AVCO / AIRPORT / LBW / Shakespeare / dump)

  80. 80 freedomofspeach

    1george1, for the love of Pete, please take your meds and stay on point.

    There are too many important issues that need to be discussed here, and your rants are making it so I (and I am sure others) dont even want to read anything posted.

    This is why people find that your unsutable for public office. You have some great ideas, but cant hold a sane subject for more than a very limited amount of time. The Postmaster General is not an alien, George Bush does not have a secret operation in Stratford to steal your thoughts, and there is no way NBC will rebrand SFT and make it a national icon.

  81. 81 jezebel282

    FOS?

    George stay on point? We’ll have to see how that works out.

    Are you giving odds?

  82. 82 1george1

    Jeze and PCS were posting, while I was composing.

    PCS, I have a FOI complaint vs. Burturla from Q 4 about justifying his billing.
    I gave them extra time and got some of what I wanted about the time of the
    appointment of the C. R. C.

    tom hennick ,

    PCS, I could use some specific information about Lawyer Billing.

    I wanted a summary format.
    I was sent copies of about 3 pages with details about a couple of cases.
    They claim they have like 30,000 pages.

    During the Budget Workshop, Burturla claimed to have over 300 Files
    and over 200 of those Files were open.

    I spoke to CAO MCcauley, she has something from Burturla about
    Monthly Billing. Haven’t gotten a peak.

    I have concentrated on getting the monthly Department Expenses
    posted on the Internet. again, no success yet.

    I have also asked about UNFUNDED MANDATES, which may exceed
    $ 10,000,000 per year (2 Mils) between Town and BoE.

    Again, no success yet.

    PCS, I may call you to discuss.

  83. 83 1george1

    For some reason the e-mail ddress for CT. FOI Tom Hennick
    did not post one the blog. The e-mail address was good as
    of early this year, The e-address for Tom Hennick is

    foi@po.state.ct.us

    If ANYONE has F. O. I. questions … PCS …. Jeze …. Cyclops
    …. Mike …. Starlook …. Freedomofspeach

  84. 84 starlooker

    George:

    Thanks for the e-mail address.

  85. 85 1george1

    Starlooker and others,

    May Freedom of Information be of assistance to you and to benefit
    the greater good.

    Star, you are welcomed.

    I am unaccustomed to hearing or seeing “Thanks.”
    It is refreshing. Compliments to your parents. 🙂

  86. 86 officersean

    Do any of you people actually work?

    Jezebel, what is it you do (beside dream of the Mayor day and night)?

    Sperling, you said you are a paralegal? WHERE? I bet your bosses would love to know how much time you spend blogging during work time. Do the firms clients pay for that?

    My God. Get a life.

  87. 87 freedomofspeach

    My guess with the appearance of officesean the rumors at Fairfield and Bridgeport courts that something is going to be happening soon might be true.

  88. 88 1george1

    Jeze got the gold
    PCS got the silver

    I didn’t even get honorable or dishonorable mention.

    Officer Sean, I asked Laura D to list some of Mayor Miron’s accomplishments.
    I even gave one or two kudos.

    Even knowing that such a list would be derided, I would be curious about
    your priorities and your perspective.

    If you have read my blogs, I at least try to be more even handed than most.

    Why not list the Administration’s accomplishments?

  89. 89 lauradobosz

    George,

    I have already posted here what I found to be accomplishments. I mentioned the Town Budget, Point Stratford negotiations and LBW, to name a few. Jeze can spend his morning looking up my post for exact quotes. Two things happened: I got ignored, or was laughed at and ridiculed for my statements. It was rather rude, actually. So I do not choose to enter into the debate again, in an arena where the audience is so clearly not capable of being unbiased.

  90. 90 officersean

    Good for you Laura. Do not get pulled into their silly little hate game (you cannot even call it a debate because they do not really want to “debate” just deride).

    You could point out to them any number of accomplishments and things the Mayor has done but it would be upon deaf ears and eyes.

    Keep up the faith!! I have a funny feeling the “blog while they are at work crew” (ever notice they do not blog much on the weekend when they are on their own time….what is the name of that law firm Sperling works at????)that is obsessed with our Mayor will go off the deep end after he is re-elected. That will be fun to watch.

    In fact, I bet I can ruin their day with 3 words…….

    FOUR MORE YEARS!

  91. 91 jezebel282

    Ms. Dobosz and Officer Sean:

    Nice. You won’t list any accomplishments because “I got ignored, or was laughed at and ridiculed for my statements.”

    So all we can expect from either of you is blogger bashing? And you never ridicule others?

    “I mentioned the Town Budget, Point Stratford negotiations and LBW, to name a few.”

    I’m really not sure what you are calling an accomplishment here.

    Town Budget? A 21+% increase in 2.5 years is an accomplishment?

    Point Stratford aka SAEP: How did Miron accomplish that? By having all of the authority taken away from Stratford by the Army?

    LBW: A contract without guarantees by anyone other than Stratford taxpayers?

    You guys have your chance. You’ll notice I don’t censor your posts.

    “You could point out to them any number of accomplishments and things the Mayor has done but it would be upon deaf ears and eyes.”

    Bring it, Sean, honey. We are all waiting for the secret accomplishments.

    Four more years? I agree! Dick Miron should get 4 more years in jail for every relative he swindled.

  92. Jeze ~ honey, sorry…..

    Officer Sean…..BITE ME! If there were an aide with even half of the skills and experience I have, we’d be saving a ton of money.

    Oh, and trust me, I’m not going to go off the deep end if Miron gets re-elected. I doubt it will happen, but if, God forbid, it does, I’m sure you’ll see a ton more “for sale” signs popping up around Town. I’m not that obsessed. I just want to see positive things occur in this Town and neither you, nor Laura Dobosz, can produce anything worthwhile.

    I have, on Jeze’s section of this blog created for “positive actions by Jim Miron” noticed that there was something positive that has occurred – the senior tax relief. I attended the presentation to assist my parents and thought Jim Miron’s presentation was very good. It was very helpful and informative.

    I plan on meeting with Jim Miron very soon to discuss some other things. I’m sorry you see my passion to make this Town something better as an obsession against Jim Miron. I’ve said before, I didn’t vote for Jim Miron, so I never thought he was the best man for the job. We’ve got approximately 17 more months before the changing of the guard – let’s just hope our Town survives it.

  93. 93 jezebel282

    PCS,

    I always enjoy your biting remarks.

    Jimmy gives good presentation. You have to hand him that. It isn’t until a few days later that you realize that’s all it was.

  94. 94 officersean

    I believe that if Miron cured cancer you would find a way to discredit him. You believe what you want. I will belive what I want. God bless America.

    I will let the Mayor defend himself and the public can decide during the campaign what the accomplishments are.

    You keep whining Jezebel like a little….hmmm whats the word I am thinnking of?????

    I will say one thing about you though….you SOUND like you know a lot. However, you obviously do not. I will allow myself one comment about your “facts”…to explain my point.

    Unless you got a special tax bill I do not see how YOUR taxes went up 21%. Mine did not. I know of no ones who did.

    Why don’t you ask Mr. Forrester or any Council member if he agrees with you that taxes went up 21% in the last 2.5 years. I would be curious to see his/their response. I am failry confident he/they would tell you you are incorrect. Also (and this is not an attack on Mr. Forrester of the Town Coucil) doesn’t the Town Council set the budget and the mill rate?

    How do you blame taxes solely on the Mayor?

    Just does not make sense.

    As intelligent people listen and read your arguments and as you are exposed for a hypervigilent, obsessed, self interested fraud you will have only helped the Mayor get re-elected.

    You can spin and deflect and talk about whatever else and whoever else you want to becasue that is all you have. The reality is you FEEL it don”t you? You can see he is going to be re-elected and that makes you insane.

    Well – I suspect this will be my last post before I am banished to the blocked list.

    So sorry for ruining your day.

    Let me say it one more time “honey”….

    FOUR MORE YEARS!

  95. 95 officersean

    PC

    Hmmm, tempting….you do look tasty….

    😉

    But for now I will say when you are on your 22nd coffee break today check out:

    http://www.townofstratford.com

    Go to the Mayors section.

    Read for yourself.

    You MIGHT have redeeming quality of logic in you. Might. Lets see after you checl out that section.

  96. 96 jezebel282

    Officer Sean,

    Get out your calculator and follow along:

    9% the first year.
    11% the second year
    A little less than 1 % this year (on schedule?).

    An 11% increase on top of a 9% increase makes it a total of 21%. I can dumb it down for you a little more if you can’t follow.

    “As intelligent people listen and read your arguments and as you are exposed for a hypervigilent, obsessed, self interested fraud you will have only helped the Mayor get re-elected.”

    I hope you are not depending upon the PT Barnum Method of campaign Management. “There is a sucker born every minute.”

    Let us remember that Mayor Moron only received 34% of the vote last time. 66% of the voters voted against him. He only received that many because people believed all his claims that the new charter had given the mayor too much power and therefore he was the best choice.

    We all know now what a lie THAT was. Even the Post believed him and endorsed him. They have also seen the error of their ways.

    But…I suppose if you surround yourself with employees that depend upon your good mood to keep their jobs eventually you will believe the compliments they feed you all day. “Oh Jimmy! You’re the best mayor ever!”

    I’m not worried at all about Mayor Moron’s chances in Nov ’09. If the voters elect him again, we deserve what we get.

    “Well – I suspect this will be my last post before I am banished to the blocked list.”

    Wrong again. As long as you keep it clean and relevant, you are uncensored. George has his own excuse. You don’t.

  97. 97 starlooker

    Officer Sean:

    The facts and feelings on the posts are very real. You claim that all they do is bash the Mayor. I know of one case where the bloggers agreed with the Mayor and that is when Henricks wanted the Mayors pay to go from 90,000 to 125,000. As for times when the bloggers post, some could very easily have evening or night jobs. Many do not hear from me very often but when I do post it is for a reason. To me it gets very frustrating when the Council blames the Mayor and the Mayor blames the Council and it goes on and on. To me I feel they are equally to blame on certain things. In 2 1/2 years we have seen many employees let go because of budget cuts but yet new positions made….Where is the savings of money then? We have the Army plant mess, Shakespeare, Long Beach West, fire engines breaking down, Raymark mess, Animal shelter no new home, taxes go up and services go down. This is a lot of things that are all going on in a short period of time. Can’t you understand frustration? Officer Sean if you were truly raised in Stratford and you live in Stratford now can you sit there and seriously say everything is running smoothly here? Why do we have to have other people from other Towns actually feel sorry for us….. If you are 100% for Stratford what are your feelings on all of the above and what solutions do you see.

  98. Coffee break? It’s called multitasking. But then again – it’s something men don’t know too much about. They can’t handle more than one thing at a time.

    I have reviewed both of the documents, but not to the extent that Jeze has. I have seen enough to realize that there are no guarantees on anything. I have also heard about several other transactions such as these where promises were made and, once the transaction was complete, promises broken.

    When I read the paper on Saturday and saw that Governor Rell was proposing a feasiblity study for more access to Pleasure Beach, it just became clearer that it wasn’t the right time to off this little gem in the rough. I’m not bashing anyone. Just because I don’t agree or I don’t like what’s been done isn’t bashing – its my opinion and I’m entitled to that. Just because you don’t agree you become threatening and lash out. I just don’t think a sale of LBW is sound idea for our Town at this time. I agree with Doc Gunther and Morgan Kaolian on this issue.

    There are so many balls in the air and there have been for 10+ years – long before Miron. Every time a new Town Council comes in – there’s the learning curve and different opinions it just becomes another huge snafu. The Shakespeare and SAEP debacles are perfect examples. The lagging status of both of these was long before Jim Miron was elected. He changed our Town’s slogan, why? Our old one was perfectly fine. There was no need to spend money marketing a new one – especially now that he’s hell bent on selling off some of our shore.

    I’m actually looking forward to setting a meeting up with Jim Miron to talk to him about some of the things that are on my mind. I am open minded enough to hear what he has to say and we’ll see where we go from there.

  99. 99 jezebel282

    Officer Sean,

    While you’re at it, perhaps you can reconcile the conflicting statements made by Melissa Spear and Mayor Moron. I even posted them side by side for easy reference.

    https://stratfordcharter.wordpress.com/2008/07/22/to-be-or-not-tosome-headlines-just-write-themselves/

    The mayor’s statements are in italics and and taken directly from the Town website. I don’t think even you appreciate being lied to.

  100. 100 1george1

    This blog stream is certainly well named.

    Laura, I had not seen your list of accomplishments.
    However, Ben Branyan did the first Budget, plugging in the Mayor’s numbers
    and then after he taught the Mayor – BYE – BYE.

    I know the Mayor proposed a 12 % incrase, yet called it 8 % = fuzzy math.
    I do not know that the actual increases were as high as Jeze claims.

    Whereas officer sean does not know anyone whose Taxes went up 20 %,
    I do as do others. With some investigation, I bellieve there is a tendency
    to have FOP get LOW TAX INCREASES and EOP get HIGH TAX INCREASES,
    kinda like TAX GERRYMANDERING.

    Laura, I do not know how you can consider LBW or AVCO an
    accomplishment?
    Am I being unfair?
    1) LBW = NOTHING is signed, sealed, & delivered.

    2) AVCO = The winning bidders are under FBI investigation?

    3) Budgets were done. This year is under 2 % increase,
    So we gotta give some props on spending.
    > Yet my home tax went up 10 %
    > Were there buffers in prior years?
    > For years I studied the Budget. I believe we are over paying by 30 %

    Laura – One PENSIONER is getting $ 144,000 PENSION on $ 94,000 Base Pay.
    It was due to 2 years O. T. – All on Miron Watch.
    That is even higher then the $ 35,000 Mayor Pay Raise to $ 125,000
    > Jim Feehan went to C.R.C. & advocated mayor Pay Raise.
    > Jim Miron went to C.R.C. & advocated mayor Pay Raise.

    9 Pensions in January – Average PENSION $ 87,000 –
    Average Base Pay – around $ 70,000
    All derived from 2 years O. T. = on Miron’s Watch.

    – —– –
    Laura and Officer Sean,

    Please point out where I have flaws in my perception?

    Please write to me, where I am wrong?

    ~~~~~~~~

    I will give Jim Miron this point.

    Abuses in Stratford have been going on a long time
    before Jim Miron was Mayor.

    Counterpoint: Dick Miron and Dick Burturla were at least
    partly responsible for many of those abuses,
    AMONG OTHERS, including Ray Voccola (G-d rest his soul)

    Counterpoint: abuses happened even before them.
    State and Federal abuses are gigantic, but not helped by
    the Town Party Committees.

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    So Laura and officer sean:

    I disagree with you points.
    I give some credit.
    I also place blame on others besides Jim, in both parties and from Feds / CT.
    Am I being:
    1) fair?
    2) reasonable?
    3) accuracte?

    Ball is in your court – please respond

  101. 101 sudds

    People… people.. people…

    why does everyone always for get about my stump???

    Miron had is taken care of within 24 hours of my first mention of it to him!!!

  102. 102 sudds

    “Coffee break? It’s called multitasking. But then again – it’s something men don’t know too much about. They can’t handle more than one thing at a time.”

    I RESEMBLE THAT COMMENT!!!

  103. 103 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    Nobody has forgotten your little stump. Although it is easy to overlook.

  104. 104 1george1

    Sudds,

    Thank you for proving that we do give credit to Miron, when it is due.

    I blogged counter points to Laura & O. sean.
    Will they counter.

    I blogged about Property Tax payment at a Bank, rather than Town Hall.
    Almost NO line.

    Add that to the SUDDS STUMP

    Add that to Mayor’s open Door compared to Town council

    Add that to 1.3 % Tax increase.

    So the Mayor’s critics came up with 4 legitimate accomplishments
    by the Mayor. (we do mitigate) 🙂 (heavily mitigate) 8)

    Laura came up with 3, but LBW won’t fly and AVCO = FBI investigating,
    so we have to give credit that Budgets were done and this Budget was
    a 1.3 % increase, although most peoples taxes went up much higher!

    Is that illegal?
    1. I’m gonna call the Police Chief – oh never mind!
    2. . I’m gonna call the Town Attorney – oh never mind!
    3. . I’m gonna call the Mayor – oh never mind!
    4. I’m gonna call the Attorney General – er mind!
    He may refer me to Kevin Kelly, his former investigator
    5. I’m gonna call the CT. Chief State’s Criminal Attorney – oh never mind!
    6. I’m gonna call the Governor – oh never mind!
    7. I’m gonna call the Bridgeport F.B.I. – oh never mind!
    His daddy is a Fairfield Police Capt and he got his start in Law in the Stfd
    Police Dept 1980 – 1985 under Capt Burturla
    8. . I’m gonna call the Justice Dept. – oh never mind!
    > already spoke to / or appealed to Twardy, Droney, Dooley, O’Conner

  105. 105 jezebel282

    You thought disgruntled employees with guns were bad?

    They have now armed themselves with a website!

    Please go visit http://stratfordpoliceunion.com/forums/

    Hopefully it becomes a site for lively discussion.

  106. 106 jezebel282

    George,

    Sounds like a great site for you to complain about pensions!

  107. 107 1george1

    Jeze,

    Would you rather have 100 % of NOTHING, due to abuse

    or 20 to 60 % of what you were getting, due to political actions,
    and still having better retirement than most of the comparative
    private sectors?

    LINKAGE to the TOWN CHARTER.

    The causal agents of THIEVERY / BRIBERY are trying to preempt
    Public Alternatives through the TOWN CHARTER, in ORDER to
    TRY to STEER the ISSUES into the CONTROLLED COURTS.

    Jeze, if you were NOT BIASED in favor of the PENSIONER and a
    possible direct or indirect beneficiary of the GRAND THEFT
    – AND I DO NOT CARE WHO YOU ARE – then you MIGHT OBJECT
    and you MIGHT CARE ABOUT YOUR WALLET BEING PICKED,
    instead of your WALLET being STUFFED by those you claim are
    so BAD!

    My opinion or assessment of the BIAS within this blog.

    Everyone is entitled to bias and opinion.

  108. 108 jezebel282

    Now here’s an item that strikes me as interesting. Roxbury, Connecticut (Where? It’s in Litchfield County. Look it up on Mapquest. I had to.) has a famous resident. None other than…wait for it… the Chief of Police of Stratford, CT.

    Big deal you ask? Probably not. Lots of people have longer commutes (right, Ms. Sperling?).

    But not everybody commutes in a Chevrolet Tahoe with Remote start @ $32,0000 and top of the line communication gear @ $10,000 that the taxpayers fund. And yes, it includes gas. Too bad it’s not a hybrid like Mayor Moron’s “green initiative”.

    I guess if your name is Buturla, Stratford owes you big time.

  109. 109 sudds

    HOLY CRIPES!!

    That’s a 68.8 mile commute per day!!!

    Based on the 2008 model Tahoe that gets a whopping average of 15 MPG, and gas averaging about $3.69 these days… taxpayers are looking at paying $16.92 PER DAY for him to commute!!!

    Multiply that by the 200 days that the average employee works… and his commute alone is costing us almost $3,400 a year just for gas!!!

    And this doesn’t even factor in the gas that he burns on non-work business!!!

  110. 110 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    Who pays for your commute?

    I think next time you should have your contract negotiated by Rich Buturla. Oh wait, he’s not your brother is he?

  111. 111 1george1

    Very legitimate point on the gas mileage and distance.
    Pennies add up.

    But the 5 and six figured give aways add up faster.
    But then some bloggers have vested interests inthose, don’t they?

  112. 112 sudds

    “Who pays for your commute?”

    $50 a month… and I pay for it!!!

    “But the 5 and six figured give aways add up faster.”

    But it’s the little ones like these that fly under the radar and usually go unnoticed!!!

  113. 113 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    A $42,000 car plus gas plus maintenance plus insurance is not so little.

    Hmmm…I wonder if that counts as “compensation” on a 1040?

  114. 114 jezebel282

    Apparently there are lots of cars (the we pay for of course) to go around.

    Deputy Police Chief Joseph Loschiavo has one too. I wonder if Linda Loschiavo over in Human Resources has one also?

    Ya gotta love the Stratford Police Union site. So many happy cops…..

    http://stratfordpoliceunion.com/forums/

    I wonder why there is no link to this on the Town’s website?

  115. 115 officersean

    That site does not represent all Stratford police officers and the timing of the blog is suspect.

    I wonder what is going on and what might happen soon that has all of the sudden sprouted this blog???

    Hmmmm. I bet something is up.

  116. 116 jezebel282

    Officer Sean,

    “That site does not represent all Stratford police officers and the timing of the blog is suspect.”

    Really? And you know that how?

    It looks like it is approved by the Connecticut Council of Police Unions to me.

    Could you be upset with the NO CONFIDENCE VOTE SCHEDULED SEPT.29 – OCT.1?

    On a minor point, I think there should be a picture of Deputy Chief Loschiavo smiling on the Town website. After all, the taxpayers paid for his new teeth. Wasn’t it a $75,000 claim he made against the Town?

  117. Officer Sean,
    You are right about the police blog, it does not represent all Stratford police officers. It does not represent the opinion of your two appointments, Buturla and Loschiavo who have so much to be grateful to you for. So, you promoted a person who charged the taxpayers $75M for his teeth? Did you not look at this personnel history. Oh I fogot, you got his history from the Mrs. in personnel. Maybe she took it out or probably you never even did any checking? Did you conduct a background check on him? Of course not, you just promoted him because?????? After all, you could not give it to a deserving candidate with an unblemished record because that would be someone who would not work well with you. He did not fit your profile, did he???? Did you ever review Loschiavo’s background habits as a police officer?????? And what is this I read on the police blog about missing equipment last seen in the hands of the chief? What is going on????????

  118. 118 genericscreename

    Employees:

    Past town councils have created the nightmare which we are all living with at this time. They negotiated poor union agreements, had no perspective on economics at the time and as a result we are in a situation that has allowed us to hold onto bad employees, nepotism and back door hiring.

    The police department leadership is embroiled with the unions over policy.
    The fire department union has a minimum manpower staffing clause that requires 22 people 24/7 and pushes the old timers to the top of the overtime lists and forces the younger members to take sick time or personal days in order to allow those who are preparing to retire to build thier pension higher.

    Department of public works has a handfull of deadbeats who use the union to protect thier position while they are sleeping in the back room of the greenhouse at Boothe Park.

    What do these small examples tell us?…………………they tell us that we should consider privatizing as much of our municipal government as reasonably possible, dealing with the flash backs and potential lawsuits by doing so and in the long run making Stratford a better place to live.

    We should have accountability. Who in the public sector is accountable in Stratford, in the unions, in the administration or on the council?……….

    Mark Haddad was held accountable for example for something which in the end was exactly as both he and the mayor and the town attorney described………not guilty.

    Yet the town spent considerable sums based on acusations of two councilmen who were trying to make names for themselves, a newpaper reporter from the Ct Post who was incompetant in his reporting and a furror from people who had nothing to gain but the satisfaction of destroying another person.

    I read all the posts and think about the time an effort it takes for most of the contributors to read and post here, yet it is the same people each month who come to the public forum and complain, things being said on these posts are the same things the speakers on the public forum say, yet none of them are yet to join a committee, run for office or be a productive contributor to our town.

    People, get a life, do something positive for your community instead of complain. Get a job, get realistic and stop whining and do something good.

  119. 119 1george1

    Hmmm.

    I am one of the people who steps up to the Public Forum on a monthly basis.

    After 10 years of applications, I was appointed to a Town Council Committee.
    Monday, myself and another member of the 3 person work group felt that
    the Cover Letter and Report were lacking and we put forward the equivalent
    of a minority report, which the Town Committee Group discussed, but ran out
    of time to put in a VOTE either way.
    So I guess that eliminates one part of the criticism – at least about me.

    I ran for Mayor. I had 20 % more signatures than needed. 25 % were invalidated.
    I trusted the wrong people for information, within the parties at Town Hall,
    and lost my chance to be on the Mayoral Ballot – in the Debate.
    the night PYE had a Debate, I had to be in NY that day, and arrived late.
    I still managed to be a write in candidate. Marcia Stewart would have allowed
    me in the Debate, which might have gotten me in other Debates.
    Like in a BOXING MATCH – I let my guard done on Trusting political people
    and I failed to follow up with Marcia – 100 % my fault.

    I next ran for Town Council.
    GAVIN did npt have to do it, however he engaged in Debates with Chuck Devan
    and myself.
    PYE / League of Women’s voters put on a massive Debate @ ST. Joseph’s.
    I had 3 friends tape the Televised Debate. All 3 tapes show a major gap in
    the area of the CHARTER REVISIONS. It came back just in time to give JOE
    KUBIC the first REBUTTAL after skipping about 20 commenters.
    JOE’S response was very good, and may have gotten him 20 – 30 votes?
    He won by – – 18 ?
    Hmmm ..
    The VIDEO TAPER is a Republican, and the chief beneficiary of the Rosemary
    Woods gaff were Republicans and the Miron factions?
    None of my comments were afffected/
    DAVE MOONEY also taped the DEBATE, and gave me a copy a couple of weeks
    after the debate. I was late asking him.

    When I go to Public Forums or have letters to the Editor Published, I point
    out good things and make suggetions to benefit the Community, whenever
    possible.
    Public Forum is 5 minutes or shorter.
    Letters to the Editor are 500 words, 350 words, and 250 words.

    If i was a politician, I would make so many of the other meetings I get invited
    to attend.
    Not enough time.
    No interest in playing the game.
    Not kissing butt, unless somebody did somethink good or it is a really attractive
    female. Even then, I will compliment, but not lie. No wonder I am single, besides
    being 3 tons too big. Even with that, opportunities exist, but due to political
    past and REPRISALS even the ANONYMOUS BLOGGERS FEAR – some things just …

    Genericscreenname seems to have a realistic grasp of personnel issues in the
    first part of his/her post.
    Lost credibility starting at Haddad.
    Like most political positions in town, truth becomes highly subjective.
    There is LEGAL TRUTH. There is TRUTH. Then there is WHOLE TRUTH.

    Lawyers and politicians, tend to pick and choose TRUTH more delicately
    than even bloggers here …. 😉

  120. 120 jezebel282

    Generic,

    “The police department leadership is embroiled with the unions over policy.”

    Sounds like a leadership problem to me.

    “Past town councils have created the nightmare which we are all living with at this time.”

    Really? Isn’t that why we had this big charter change. Wasn’t that supposed to fix it? Maybe the mayor goofed in appointing Rich Buturla’s brother as Chief of Police. I don’t recall these types of problems with Mike Imbro. And why did he retire again? He isn’t that old, you know.

    And by the way, didn’t John Buturla say he would move to Stratford when he was hired?

    “Department of public works has a handfull of deadbeats who use the union to protect thier position while they are sleeping in the back room of the greenhouse at Boothe Park.”

    And what exactly is the Public Works Director’s job? For $97,000/year he can’t figure out how to motivate his staff?

    “Mark Haddad was held accountable for example for something which in the end was exactly as both he and the mayor and the town attorney described”

    Oh, please! You want to beat that horse some more? I hope Haddad and Marilyn Flores are living well…somewhere else. And where is that audit of all employees that handle money that Mayor Moron promised?

    “who had nothing to gain but the satisfaction of destroying another person.”

    And how much did Mayor Moron spend on a punitive audit of Pat Naylor (that found nothing)?

    “I read all the posts and think about the time an effort it takes for most of the contributors to read and post here,”

    It really doesn’t take much. Mayor Moron provides us with plenty all by himself.

    “yet none of them are yet to join a committee, run for office or be a productive contributor to our town.”

    Who appoints people to committees? Would that be Mayor Moron? There is currently no office to run for. We’re stuck with these…elected officials for another 15 months.

    “People, get a life, do something positive for your community instead of complain. ”

    Making the truth known and freely discussing Town policy IS a positive thing.

  121. 121 genericscreename

    Sounds like a leadership problem to me.

    Please take the time to read the union agreement. It will clearly demonstrate how the administration has its hands tied and locked into policy which can not be changed under the current agreement.

    With respect to the original charter revision commission, they were charged with three things:

    1. determine which form of goverment was proper for Stratford
    2. Recommend specific changes relative to such
    3. Clean out and update the charter.

    The original charter revision commission did just that. If you pay close attention what you will see are two things.

    1. The “old guard” elected officials who had held office prior to the revision being implemented are the ones who are complaining the most, as they are not willing to share the “power” or in reality allow the mayor to have the control which was part of the new charter. The new elected officials who had never held office before did not have a problem with the new form of government.
    2. The republicans wanted a mayoral form of government and the democrats did not at the time of the revision commission. It was clear and obvious just by watching and listening. As a result, the republicans got what they wanted, however they lost the electiona and lost control, only gaining a majority on the council. I would gamble that had a repbulican been elected mayor, there would not have been the same games played.

    3. I do not recall if the chief Buturla said he would move here, but why would he, pay higher taxes and get nothing in return?, I would have left this town a couple years ago, except my propertly values have plummeted.

    4.Do some digging and research and you will discover that the mayor replaced the innefective public works director, transferred two Boothe Park employees when he caught them goofing off, however a deal was made when Fred Bieble covered up his brothers actions with the union, that in lieu of a caretaker, the union would provide 24 hour manpower at the park. As a result, we still have people who by union agreement getting paid to sit there at night in the back and do nothing. Just drive in there at 10 pm or 1 am and see for yourself.
    5, I am not familiar with the audit you refer to about employees and money. but my point was more in line with attempting to lynch someone to make the mayor look bad when in fact it made the republicans look even worse.
    6. I suspect that if you could FOI the Pat Naylor investigation you will find something. I did and I know what I read. ( you will have to go to hartford to get the data and have a special hearing)
    7. no comment
    8. The council appoints committee’s, the mayor appoints commissions, i suggest you really read the charter before you make statements relative to it.
    7. unfortunatly your not making the truth know , all you are doing is spreading rumor and gossip.

  122. 122 1george1

    Good exchange of legitimate issues.

    While generic is biased, generic wins the exchange with Jeze (so far)
    based on counter points.

    DISINGENUOUS and SUBJECTIVE point about the Town Charter.
    It was the power brokers in BOTH PARTIES who created the C. R. C.
    Schirillo went nuts when Kronenberg + Zalik + others caused problems
    into the planned appointment of Kevin Kelly. Schirillo > State Police,
    later head of Dem Town Committee + now $ 30,000 extra a year for
    Home Land Security rep from Startford = Payola?

    UNION AGREEMENT definitely TIES certain hands. However, if you look
    at the statue of Lady Justice, her hands are free and she leaves the
    BLIND FOLD on. Could it be intentional TIED hands?
    # 1 OLD GUARD are definitely hurt.
    # 2 I would agree with this position.
    # 3 Huge / HUGE SLAM vs. OLD GUARD + MIRON / BURTURLA + R
    # 4 From what I have heard = True. I heard from people in both parties.
    # 5 has been a plague on both houses.
    # 6 – is not a valid argument – using subjective inuendo, with out detailed
    facts.
    # 7 – double – comment and no comment
    # 8 is correct

    Jeze jabbed very well. Very close round. Generic wins 10 – 9, but it
    could be a 10 -10 round

    Jeze strayed from fact based to opinion based, from what I read.
    I do not doubt Jeze’s opinions are based, mostly, on facts.
    I won’t Edit Jeze, just for stating opinions …. 8)

  123. 123 jezebel282

    “Please take the time to read the union agreement. It will clearly demonstrate how the administration has its hands tied and locked into policy which can not be changed under the current agreement.”

    That sounds a little anti-union to me. Are we the only Town in CT with this problem? It also seems to me that the Miron solution of firing the union president, vice president and almost everyone else in this union won’t work this time.

    “1. determine which form of goverment was proper for Stratford
    2. Recommend specific changes relative to such
    3. Clean out and update the charter.”

    Apparently this has not worked out so well, has it?

    “as they are not willing to share the “power” or in reality allow the mayor to have the control which was part of the new charter.”

    This mayor could do anything he wanted in this first two years. I believe there was only one veto. He has learned to veto more things since then.

    “The new elected officials who had never held office before did not have a problem with the new form of government.”

    LOL! Have you just moved into this town? Would you care to pose that question to Mr. Forrester, Mr. Henrick, Mr. Kubic, Mr. Moore, or even Mr. “You’re lying mayor” O’Neal?

    “I do not recall if the chief Buturla said he would move here, but why would he, pay higher taxes and get nothing in return?,”

    He did. Nothing? $97,000 plus benefits, plus that shiny new car, plus the consulting fees is nothing? And you complain about patrolmen’s contracts?

    “Do some digging and research and you will discover that the mayor replaced the innefective public works director,”

    I don’t need to dig. Ben Branyan dismissed the Public Works Director. I say again, for $97000 he should be able to motivate his own people.

    “I am not familiar with the audit you refer to about employees and money. but my point was more in line with attempting to lynch someone to make the mayor look bad when in fact it made the republicans look even worse.”

    Come, come..surely you remember last September when Mayor Moron held a press conference and the only person he singled out for abuse was Pat Naylor. And then he had the…nerve to declare a budget surplus which was equal to the six union supervisors he fired.

    It’s the same news conference where he vowed that any employee (you know, like Haddad) that had oversight of funds would automatically be auditted when they left the Town. Where is that audit?

    “unfortunatly your not making the truth know , all you are doing is spreading rumor and gossip.”

    Please feel free to point out any untruth on any of these pages.

  124. 124 1george1

    Jeze comes out in the second round landing haymakers.

    generic has to have been hurt, yet there is plenty of time in this round.
    Will there be substantive defense and counter points?
    Will there be body blows and other shots to stagger the challenger?

  125. 125 jezebel282

    George,

    Maybe Generic can answer a few of my questions…..

  126. 126 1george1

    Jeze,

    My monitor is turning blue….
    Are you holding your breath?

    Gavin answers questions.
    Jon answers questions
    I answer questions, especially my own!
    Jeze answers questions
    PCS answers questions
    Laura answers questions
    Dave Mooney answered questions
    Sudds answers questions

    Cyclops posts information that is usually accurate
    Kane makes points.
    Mike has become out putt-putt champ

    FOS has some excellent posts, normally with good legal
    perspective.

    Star is a bit fragile

    Generic
    Officer Sean

    Who have I missed?

    TTFN.
    Last night girls gone wild softball team was doing body shots
    at a certain spot. A well know party person was enjoying the
    view, from a side position.

    They are not great kaoroke singers, but enthisuatic and fill
    the dance floor. However at least 5 or 6 regulars were worth
    listening too, since the Thurs nite guy has a great sound system.

    I am content to enjoy the scenery. Kinda like going to a museum,
    where people go for the painting or scultures, except I cut out
    the middleman. Life’s little pleasures.

    While I do not actively ROCK ON, in my own way, I enjoy seeing
    people having fun….

    Another reason I like the putt putt posts, and the proud boasts
    about the little ones.

    Family, friends, good people … who are real …

  127. 127 officersean

    The Mayor and he Police Chief are the devil!

    If they were not in the positions they hold everything would be better.

    Bring back the Town Manager and Mike Imbro!

    Taxes will be slashed.

    All town employees will be happier and so much more productive.

    Crime will be eliminated.

    No more crazy penisons or law breaking by the police officers.

    BRING BACK THE GOOD OLD DAYS!

  128. 128 officersean

    So Jezebel, I am sure you are going to post today’s “thumbs up”…right?

    Well, just in case you forget to, this officer will give you a hand. From the Saturday, September 13, 2008 Connecticut Post:

    “Thumbs up Stratford town officials for posting two consecutive municipal budget surpluses for the first time in more than a decade — and accomplishing it during years when the economy has taken a dramatic downturn. Stratford Mayor James R. Miron and Finance Director John Norko announced last week that the town finished its 2008 fiscal year, which ended June 30, with a surplus of $178,235. In the 2007 fiscal year, the town posted a $472,853 surplus. While this year’s surplus was slender — about one tenth of 1 percent, nonetheless it’s better to be adding to the town’s unreserved fund balance rather than subtracting from it, as has been the case with some communities in the region. Stratford’s rainy day fund now totals more than $10 million and should hold the town in good stead with credit rating agencies.”

    Now I am pretty sure you are not going to give credit to this to Pat Blumstein or Pat Naylor or Mike Imbro but I am SURE you have a spin to negate this accomplishment.

    Spin away!!!!

    I need amusement today….

  129. 129 1george1

    Officer Sean;

    The Mayor’s Budget this year has a minimal Tax increase. he deserves
    credit for that, as well.

    The Mayor has made good hires, such as Mr. Norko, who was in the
    trenches, doing the things necessary to get to this point.

    As such the Mayor deserves credit for
    1) Hiring Mr. Norko
    2) Giving oversight and Direction
    3) “Overtaxing the people in the prior two years,” to be able to have
    the funds in place to have the surpluses and to be able to afford to
    have minimal Mil Rate increases.
    4) As Mr. Norko pointed out, this can have a beneficially impact on the
    Town Bond ratings.
    A) However, it would be even better, without certain “Budget considerations”
    >> which you partially noted, wouldn’t it Officer Sean?
    B) And, what if the Mayor knowingly and willingly contributed to some of
    >> those issues, which are blamed on others? Such as allowing certain O. T.?
    >> >> 1 – Departmental Heads are supposed to control O. T.
    >> >> 2 – Finance and former C. A. 0. – (I forget his name) oversee O. T.
    >> >> 3 – Mayor oversees all Departments, including Town Attorney and those
    >> >> >> where O. T. was not only rampant, but also BUDGETED for by the …
    >> >> >> …. Mayor …. and the …. Town Council.

    Supporters of the Mayor, would call it good management.
    Detractors of the Mayor, would call it padding the books.

    Tax Payers, who actually paid the prior increases ….
    They can speak and think for themselves.

    The TAXES are the Reality.
    Quibling over getting credit or blame, is subjective SPIN.

    Officer Sean – are you amused?
    Have I spun, or is it you and your political actors who spin the tangled web?

    Whether the Mayor accomplished good or not, will be subjective.

  130. 130 1george1

    Drat,

    I was focused.
    I stayed strictly about Stratford.
    While praising the Mayor, I laid foundation for thoughtful criticism,
    such as the blog readers prefer.

    Somehow …..

    I suspect ….

    Jeze, will not edit the above post! 😉 8) 🙂

  131. 131 1george1

    Officer Sean
    Did you like my equal opportunity teasing of Jeze
    and critics of the Mayor?

    Hey fair is fair?

    Officer Sean – “strictly from a political perspective,”
    how can I be improved?

    Same question to bloggers and Jeze.

    The question is not about editting blogs….

    It is an open challenge to ANYONE,
    “strictly from a political perspective,”
    how can I be improved?

    Jeze
    Officer Sean
    Nnanerak
    FOS
    Mike R
    GAVIN
    Fahan = pearly whites
    On Target = Florek
    JON
    Kane
    Cyclops
    Star
    Sudds – His critique is my most feared

    Ground rules:
    No family issues – just the political person.
    Political not Personal
    No name calling or sanity questioning – disagree on substance
    and facts or opinions, but stay away from things which invite
    rolling in the mud – I promise to respond with mutual respect.
    Anyone is welcomed to attack conspiracy theory or definitive
    Agencies or departments, based on fact or opinion for debate.

    This blog is not about George Mulligan.
    However, I wanted to make a point on how Officer Sean is at least
    partially correct about some of the bloggers and their attacks.
    Manwhile, the bloggers seem to be most often correct about their
    questions to have the miron supporters point out accomplishments.

    ONLY MY OPINION:
    I believe I have given praise to Pro-Miron & Anti-Miron actors, when due.
    I believe I have given criticism when due.
    I believe I have given qualifications to each, when due.

    I learn more from my critics than I do from my friends.
    I have to compliment Jim Miron on having some of the same ability.
    Whenever i want the Democrats or Republicans to act, I make a
    suggestion and they steal my idea, putting their own spin on it.

    Indirectly, I influence and to a degree control their agendas.

    Everytime they thwart me, I see what they did and how they did it.

    It forces them to partially clean up their acts, making it a little harder
    to pin them down.
    Yet, the town and Tax Payers are better off.
    Even the parties are better off.

    Machiavelli had the same effect by his writings on the political effectations
    from his suggestions. Despite his naked and raw lack of feelings, much like
    Caesar’s commentarys, there is a counter intuitive message in his writings,
    such as proposed by Allen Bloom followers.

    So, I get to tug on the PUPPET STRINGS, which people outside of Stratford
    are pulling on Mirons / Burturlas / B-utter-nuts – who think they are the
    PUPPET MASTERS, when in fact ….

  132. 132 starlooker

    George:

    What I have problems with you is over Teachers…… let me tell you…YES Middle School to HS yes Teachers may get once a day a 40 min period to do things but is that enough time? NO!!!!!!!

    When you teach preschool and Elem. School as a teacher you need to go to the “specials” (gym, Art, Library, Music) with them. Even sometimes in Elem you may teach a certain subject but could have other grade classes with you. NOW how in the world can you correct and grade papers that could be 120 students in 40 minutes.

    This is what they have to deal with…Lesson plans, correcting papers, preparing tests, placing grades in the books, doing report cards. When one works from 8:00-4:00 and come home and cook supper, clean up and have another 2 hours worth of work tell me how 40 minutes in one day will resolve all of this. then you have parent-teacher conferences, portfolios, follow up phone calls from upset parents.

    Also remember to have to eat your lunch with students due to the fact you have to be a teacher on duty. Also when the students have a day off do teachers?NO they have to attend a 6 to 8 hour workshop to get their CEU’s…….. You need 4 of these a year to keep your accrediation……

    So what if they have the Summers off. I DARE you to spend one week in a classroom no matter what age group and you report back how it was and that includes, preparing tests, grading tests and placing grades in a book and logging it on report cards. Tell me when you get home your time is your time……

    I CHALLENGE YOU….call Cornish and tell her you want to shadow….. I DARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  133. 133 nnanerak

    George,
    How to politically improve yourself? That is an interesting question you ask. I do believe that how each and every one of us can improve”politically” and frankly as citizens is to become more observant, educated, responsible and involved about the structure of local happenings, state happenings and federal happenings. Once you become educated and you observe things that aren’t working, need updating or are just plain old unethical or illegal you need to become involved. Always work through the chain of command and proper documented channels first. If you get nowhere doing it that way then it is time to take you ideas or your proof to the press. You need to be direct, and concise in your thoughts and make sure it it laid out in a clear and understandable way to whomever you are presenting information to.
    It is evident to everyone that reads this blog, the newspapers and breathes the air in Stratford, that there is a horrific problem in leadership capabilities across the much of the board here. It is not party specific nor is it gender specific. Like Rapunzel, the residents of Stratford are beginning to awaken from their political slumber by standing up and saying “there are huge problems that are being balanced on the taxpayers backs and we aren’t going to take it any more!” The leadership in this town has promoted unjustified self indulgence and reward and the taxpayers are sick of it. The council members hear it all the time from the taxpayers, the mayor hears it all the time and still they are all playing a mental power struggle that allows the abuses that you speak of to be continued on a daily basis and has absolutely no positive benefit to the town.
    I hope George in all the work and “digging” that you do you will be able to provide the documentation to halt some (if not all abuses-dare we have a glimmer of hope? 😉 )
    I think it is time for everyone in this town to raise their expectations of what type of behavior is acceptable from the people that represent them on all levels. Right now the bar is so low it is buried.
    George, thank you for such an interesting and thoughtful question.

  134. 134 citizenkane1

    George – Pull your lower lip over head and swallow.

  135. 135 1george1

    kane,
    I love it.
    You got a LOL!

    star –
    When it comes to teachers, I was just rattling everyone’s cage.

    1. Irene Cornish’s power point in 2006 stunned Miron, when she broke
    down the difference between MONEY from the STATE and FEDS in
    comparison to what locals pay.
    A) The power point was her idea.
    B) The breakdown was mine

    2. Irene created some strategic partnerships with Town Businesses, after
    I raised the issue.

    3. I raised issues about top heavy administration vs. money for kids.
    Irene weed out O’Connell’s people, tastefully, helping them move on.
    She allowed their positions to stay open and move money spent on
    Administrator salaries to KIDS FIRST

    4. There are other instances of ways I helped the BoE
    I like Ben and Irene.
    Ben stays apolitical. He knows he is a political hire.
    Irene does not like the concept that she is a political hire.

    5. Irene is an Attorney. She save some Attorney fees, which she
    was able to steer towards KIDS FIRST.

    6. I posted about
    PRISONS = $ 50,000 per prisoner
    EDUCATION = $ 12,000 per CHILD
    Which is better and more humane, and better for the society?
    My position is evident.

    7. Star. The truth about teachers is somewhere between what I
    posted and what you posted.
    More about that if you wish.

    Nnanerak will be a separate post.

  136. 136 1george1

    Nnanerak,

    Your post proves you are different than the usual poster on this blog.

    The situations in Stratford are happening around the USA.
    You can review a blog: http://www.pensiontsunami.com

    No matter what I do, change is coming.
    I am trying to protect the innocent and get the guilty to act in their
    own best LONG TERM interests.

    Since 1984, I worked through the chain of command, and documented
    everything. I found direct link from local to state to national and back
    down the government, various departments/agencies, elected and
    political persons.

    My documentation has caused changes, already.
    They don’t like it, but it benefitted them while they continue to play
    their games, to try to steer and steal assets.
    They think there is a bottom less well of money.

    The press has limitations and political / business consdierations.
    I get in some shots, but nothing like I have tried to do.

    I will vote for Nader and google wikipedia about nader & nader’s raiders
    would give any reasonable person pause to consider how much better
    off the average consumer would be if people like nader ran Stratford or
    the USA?

    What happens in the Town Committee Meetings is amusing to some as
    they watch the players plot and manuever and work towards their
    goals. Hey at least they are working towards something.

    Part of what they want to do is cause no changes.
    Meanwhile
    PENSIONS ACCRUE.
    ATTORNEY BILLINGS CASCADE
    CONTRACTS ARE STEERED
    HIRES ARE MADE

    The TOWN goes deeper in debt, but they can limit the exposure
    due to influence with the PRESS through political contacts and
    pressures, besides Business Advertizing.

    Nnanerak:
    “I think it is time for everyone in this town to raise their expectations
    of what type of behavior is acceptable from the people that represent
    them on all levels. Right now the bar is so low it is buried.”

    This is a typical mindset of Town observers.
    You project your beliefs and priorities are the same as those of the
    political actors. They have different priorities.

    Ironic Nnanerak used the word buried,

    when one of the prime causal actors
    sold tombstones, he didn’t deliver

    It is analygous to the history of the political parties.

    And extremely interesting and suggestive is the name of
    JON BEST’S company
    “DISASTER BY DESIGN.”

    NO offense to JON, who I like as a person, but has supporters
    who have connections, I am wary about.

  137. 137 nnanerak

    George,
    Sorry to disapoint you but I am the one and only nnanerak.

    You did a great job staying on point(for the most part) which is why I read your post.

    I still believe that Stratford’s government is operating with 4 flat tires and a totally miswired engine.

    My mind set is not just typical of only observers, as I donate time to my community, so you can say in a manner of speaking that I participate but not in the political circus that we have the misfortune of having to endure. I do believe that we need to raise our expectations and then demand it from elected and appointed officials. We need to demand it from the management in this town. How can you expect high quality of work from workers when you have managers that disgrace and defraud the town?(Not all of them) I have a real problem with people who are dishonest. In Stratford we have more than one in management positions that are dishonest and use their positions for their own personal benefit and that of their families. Those are the people that need to go. It is where we have to start. You know at least a few of the individuals that I am referring to.
    If you expect to be crapped on you will be crapped on. Here’s my expectation: I am demanding that the council investigate the wrongdoings that they KNOW are going on especially in one particular department and then demand that the mayor take action or take public responsibility for for the wrongdoing by the individual since he was stupid enough to put him there in the first place. Then I want the council to investigate the abuses that have been going on in the HR dept. and again demand that the mayor take some action or accept responsibility for allowing and actually encouraging these actions to occur. Let’s just start with these things and maybe some restitiution too. There is more, but you have to start where the headlines hitalready. Just maybe it will begin to turn morale around if you get rid of these few people; council can do it for budgetary reasons, and use the money they save to go into the pension fund. If employee morale is good they are more productive, you need quality and qualified managers to get those results. When I said the bar was buried, I was referring to the need to raise the bar, it can’t get any lower than where it is now. I meant nothing else other than that. If council chooses not to investigate and use what little power they have then in the next election of council I will choose not to re-elect my council person or anyone that is of the same mindset. Many people feel as I do, ask around. I have no axe to grind with council, but I do want them to do their job and ensure that we are getting the most bang for our buck(not in a massage parlor) and not necessarily use our buck to allow certain individuals to behave worse than members of organized crime. Who knows maybe if they review some tapes maybe they will find the missing snowblower that is in Orange.
    I do tend to get frustrated with this type of stuff, because it is unacceptable under any circumstances.
    With regard to your reference of DM/headstone debacle. Again this is another situation that should be over and done with. DM should have been removed and his resignation acted on immediately, but you see if it was accepted then the Town would not have to be responsible for all the thousands of $$$$ in hospital bill DM has racked up to keep out of court(we all know that it is only about the $$$ and bene’s and not what is best for the town). When this guy finally kicks the bucket, people will be spitting on his grave. It will be knee deep in it so they won’t be able to put a stone on him. I want him to have some jail time, he was wrong, he was unscrupulous, his actions were premeditated and malicious and in my humble opinion he is a waste of humanity and an embarassment to the town and his party.
    You ended your post with a comment about Jon Best. I also like Jon as a person and honestly out of the three people we know that want to run for mayor(that have made a pulic exploration at the very least) he is the only one that might have the managerial finesse and intelligence to do the job right. Before I commit to public support of anyone I will have to review their platform. I can guarantee that I will not vote for anyone that will allow this corruption to continue. So my candidate will have to have irradicating public corruption and abuses as part of that platform and a plan on how they will deal with it. I would like to think that Jon is up to the task.
    The good people of Stratford deserve better than what they have of that there is no doubt.

  138. Nnanerak,

    Wow! Well said. You should write a novel.
    You certainly made the investigation very easy for the police. Orange? Come on – it doesn’t get any easier. And, I agree – it is a disgrace. I wonder how long stealing town property has been going on? Between the two of them on the town payroll, they cannot afford a snow blower? I have to stop, this is just so disgusting.

  139. 139 nnanerak

    Cyclops,

    How long has it been going on? Well at least a powerwasher and a video tape ago(I don’t know the time frame), though the power washer’s trip to orange made a miraculous return with a “supposed repair” after someone picked up the disgrace on tape. Obviously it’s been going on for quite some time. You would think that if someone wanted a snowblower they would save up like us common folk and buy it, or this guy could dip into the scamarama non profit fund…
    I didn’t make the investigation easy, the department already knew(I asked because of the postings on the web), but the chief won’t do anything about it. Upset and embarrased officers will not even hesitate to share the info, just ask around. Wasn’t there just an article about someone in another community that was in court for stealing a garden hose????
    Could it possibly be one of the hundreds of reasons there is now a union website? That might just give us a microview of what is happening in the dept. Can’t say as I blame them for a no confidence vote, I just hope they lay out all their reasons so the public knows what we are daling with.
    If you want to really get as upset as I am, ask around about the DC’s “new set of choppers” that cost the taxpayers about 7500 dollars. Then ask about how the DC wrecked the take home vehicle. He supposedly had to drive his own car, but I’m willing to be my taxdollars to the dept’s donuts that he filled up at the PD’s pumps. Now if that is on tape the town should be gifting him with his own engraved set of bracelets.
    By the way, there are at least 4 of them on the payroll.

  140. 140 genericscreename

    Hello posters, here are some additional thoughts for all of us to ponder, would love to hear back and get your perspective…………………..

    1. The way the supervisors union agreement is written, when a department head is “written up” (paraphrase), it requires three instances before they can be discharged. However, after one year, the slate is clean and they get to start over again the following year. How then can a mayor (no matter who it is) effectively administer disciplinary actions?

    2. Yes, I agree with most that our mayor has taken some liberties, yet if one were to review instances in Milford, Bridgeport, Shelton, New Haven, etc you will find similar arguments from both parties regarding actions of the chief elected officials. Milford is having issues with administration and police officers, Bridgeport is fighting with Finch because he is anwering to no one, Ken Flato in Fairfield had his arguments over power and control, Shelton has similar conflicts of interest with its mayor and certain business transactions. So the question is, Where is utopia?, this is “Grass Roots Politics” at its best. Imagine what must go on in Senate, Congress or higher that we will never hear about. ( I believe the only reason we don’t hear is because once a person makes it to that level, they are so “professional” in thier ability to distance themselves etc they have it covered up before it even gets started).

    3. Army engine plant: Ok Team Stratford was accused of a ton of things and from everything I have read, FOI’ed and discussed I have concluded that yes some of thier statements and positions sounded questionable, however the army did not live up to its agreement, and what was supposed to be a minor clean up turned into five times what the government indicated. Ten years was lost. Now the Army has taken back the property, auctioned off the project and sitting back watching the FBI investigate the group that was successfull. How many more years will pass before the government actually steps up and participates in the cost of the clean up of the mess they paid to create? That is my question and further ask, who will educate the poplulace of Stratford to the real facts? and who will stand up to Washington to get them to aid in the cost of thier own mess? will it be our Governor, Senators?, Congressmen?, they have considerably more clout than a town council and a mayor.

    4. Why is it that the republicans want to increase the salary of the chief elected official?, is it because they know they do not have a viable candidate which the entire party can support in a uniform manner and have to increase the compensation so that they can bring someone in who has already established thier salary needs?

    These are just some more thoughts to ponder and a different perspective for all to consider.

  141. nnanerak,

    I thought I read somewhere that the teeth cost $75,000 – did you miss a 0? But 7500 or 75M – it is disgraceful. And this is the person the mayor thought was most deserving of promotion to D/C? It is sickening. I urge any police officer who has knowledge of these criminal acts against the citizens of Stratford – to bring them to the attention of the FBI. I’m certain arrangements will be made to keep you from being exposed. The agency deals with this kind of stuff everyday. Can someone please tell us about the wrecked D/C car? How did it happen? Was he disciplined? Who paid for his gasoline during that period. Come on, people, these folks are laughing all the way to the bank at our expense. Let’s stop it – let’s do something about it. If the Chief will not, you can.
    You know, good work Mr. Henrick with the Ethics improvement. If you can get it to be grandfathered – you will have more than enough money so that the rainy day fund will turn into sunshine. D/C, HR Assistant, at least 2 officers in just one family alone.

  142. 142 nnanerak

    Cyclops,

    I was so stunned about the revelations of the missing equipment(I forgot to mention radios as well) I didn’t ask about about the accident details or the teeth details. I wish to the Highest that the members of the PD would use the whistleblower statute. It’s time, actually it’s long over due as it is my understanding.
    I would like to see the ethics item enacted retroactively. That would eliminate lots of problems.

    Generic,
    My response to no.1:
    Why is it the Mayor conveniently decides to obey a contract when it suits him? To date there is not one single employee/union contract that he has not violated, and now he has an attack of conscience?? As the mayor has pointed out multiple times in numerous publications as well as in public discussions, he has the power to hire and fire at will employees when he wants without having any reason at all to justify his decision. I believe he has been quoted on multiple occassions as saying “I’m the mayor and I can do what ever the f@#k I want.” Well, guess what!? In the terms of employment the DC can be dismissed at any time for any reason with only 30 days notice, according to what I have been able to acertain from people within the gates of the kingdom. End of story. It seems to me, with something like that in place it makes the union issue somewhat of a nonissue. It is called being an “at will” employee. A term that everyone in Stratford has heard and read about several times in the last 2 plus years. So in terms of administering diciplinary actions to a manager? It’s easy, all he has to do is tell them they have 30 days notice of being terminated and are placed on administrative leave effective immediately, reason for termination would be described as irreconsilable differences of management style. In other words; I don’t like you so you are history. He could always send the person to (the fire dept or) the guard shack for 30 days of exile prior to termination.
    response to no.2
    To say that this mayor has taken some liberties is an understatement to say the very least. What he has done is one step away from prostituting himself-forget about pandering( I forgot, there might just be some involvement with prostitutes too with over a hundred calls made from the royalty room). Personally, I don’t give a rat’s behind about the arguing in Bpt. or any other community. I do care about Stratford because this is where I live. I want this behavior dealt with and I don’t want any repeats with anyone else that ends up running, serving or working for the town. Peroid. No Exceptions. I expect much better from people and so should everyone in this community, we pay more than our fair share of taxes for service. Key word is service. Stratford is NOT a combat zone where we need MASH units. We need people that are HONEST and ABOVE reproach to manage and provide the services in which the community has agreed to pay for. I think that is fair to expect.

    With regard to no.3:
    The SAEP needs to be dealt with by an entire delegation of individuals on the local, state and federal levels,yes, working together. The first order of business should be cleaning up the property. I agree with the rest of your no. 3 post.

    Answer to no.4
    You have to ask the republicans why they support it and the democrats why “publically” they don’t but in reality all were hoping for the raise. If you listen to the discussions in hallways and the men’s room you can really see how some individuals say one thing but do another. That crosses both party lines. Right now the Democratic Party NEEDS to find a better candidate than the encumbent or they will for sure lose the election and the Republicans better pull themselves together behind ONE candidate or they won’t have a shot out of the gate. If not, we could possibly get some donuts shoved down our throats, and in my opinion that would be no different(and possibly worse) than what we have now. Stratford would continue to be a laughing stock and THAT is NOT acceptable.

  143. 143 genericscreename

    Nan……..your points are duly noted.

    However I feel that in reality, it sounds a lot easier said than done. We should consider that the cost to litigate the discharge of any employee with in the towns union system most likely outways the cost savings of termination with out cause, and only if there is cause then any reasonable atty would not consider representation of a discharged employee.

    With regard to the phone calls from the royalty room, it should be noted that the calls which were alleged to have originated from town hall occured prior to the elections for mayor, and that they were from the old regime. That is fact. I am not here professing to be a supporter of either democrats or republicans, i am looking at this objectively and consider my comments based on reason. I suspect that after the next election those who are not happy with the behavior of the next elected official will have the same frustrations as you and many others do. What we should be looking at is how we go about choosing candiates and what has brought us to where we are currently. In the last elections lets look at the field of candidates:

    Dominic Costello
    Jon Best
    Bill Obrien
    Jim Miron

    Costello has no credibility, 87% of his campaign contributions based on published records proved that his support came from Bridgeport. His fund raisers were held mostly in Bridgeport at the Marcajohn Hall. What does that tell us about his intentions?

    Jon Best could not get the republican nod, he too has no track record, he ran as an independant, although registered as a republican. He is a great public speaker, but has no credible track record, either in the form of continued employement or public office.

    Bill Obrien had absoulty no experience, however he was the candidate who had the most integrity ( in my opinion) and who would do the right thing. He had no track record either, experience, only and honest desire to be mayor for the right reasons.

    Jim Miron, he had no public office experience, had the backing of his party and a name people knew.

    ok, so here we go again, with one year to go and what do we have out there for viable candiates?

    Miron is going to get primaried by if not one, two or more people in his party, most likely Forrester will beat him in a primary. Forrester has the credibitly, experience and the ability to run this town.

    Costello walked away from the republican party, (thank god for the republicans) and will still carry his core group of voters, I predict no more than 3000 votes at best.

    Joh Best is hoping for the republican nod this time, but the republicans have not tipped their hats so to speak and proffered a real viable candidate who can capture the minds and the will of the voters. lets see what they do

    Others who may run again, we know George will toss his name out there, that should be good for 12 votes, Tom Carrol will run again and get 6 votes, but who else will emerge who can gain the respect town wide and take both republican and democratic votes ? I dont know that answer. Time will tell.

    In response to no 4, lets face it money talks and BS walks. I know that I will never run for public office, however I definitly know that if I were to run, I would not take a position that pays less than I earn at this point in time. Why anyone would want to work ( in theory) seven days a week, 24 hours a day is crazy and get trashed in the press all the time for 90K a year? Not worth it to me, but I am just one person.

    We as a populace need to get the real word out to the public, need to get more than the same 10 or so people who come to town hall every month to speak at the public forum. What does that say about our town as a whole? only the same ten people each month? What is means is apathy, it means that even though they may be watching channel 79, they still are not coming out to be heard. Look at this block for example, it is the same people day in and day out making statements and conversing back and forth to each other, what can you do to make the public hear you. I suggest ( unless you are Marsha Stewart, George Mulligan, Hank Chetchieu, Bill Mihaley, and the balance of the regulars at town hall forums writing in here under an alias) that you also get out and be heard.

    No one is ever going to be the perfect politician unless you are Ronald Reagan ( my hero) because in reality every yes vote makes one group happy and another group pissed off. That is politics. I can live with that part of it, what I can not live with is voting yes or no, not for the good of the town but only voting for the good of the respective political party.

    These are only my observations based on research, some experiences and opinions. I hope that others will keep an open mind and enlighten themselves with less negativity and to focus more on the positive aspects of both politics and this town.

    Fow what it is worth, I do believe that the mayor has made some good changes concurrent with his errors. This is the first mayor in our towns history. There are a considerable number of learning curves which all aspects had to experience. for example the town council used to make the policy and direct the town manager to implement their decisions. Now the council has less authority in making decisions and no one seams to be happy with that, but the majority of the voters ratified the last charter.

    The mayor has made changes to town hall architecturally, everyone complained, most specifically the last council, yet when the facts were presented to the town council pubically at a council meeting and it was demonstrated that no violations occured based on the actions of the mayor, the council still complained. The changes to town hall from what I have observed make sense. The new layout is more organized, Economic development is not longer located in the basement and in a tiny office on the first floor. The engineering/ Building department is now centrally located, etc. The exeutive/ serious administration is upstairs and out of the way. In my humble opinion those changes, including allowing (not only this mayor but all the future mayors) a sound proof and functional office suit.

    No one ever mentioned how all the renovations to the DPW offices enhanced their effectability to be more productive, why is that?, could it be due to the fact no one cares, or no one ever went over and when inside?

    No one mentions the fact that the police station is completly out of functional space, or that the mayor did not veto the councils authorization to engage an architect to design and independant location for EMS, (old fire house on main street).

    People, stop being negative and someone please write something positive about this town and look at the benefits it does have and the improvements which have occured in the last couple years.

    Thats all for now. Hm…………………maybe I should run for office

  144. 144 1george1

    There were a few references to other Towns and FBI above.
    There were references to petty thievery, know by police.

    I would not hold your breath about investigations and change.
    Bpt FBI cohead, Comers, is son of Fairfield Police Captain and
    started his career in Stratford Police in 1980, when Joe Burturla
    was a Captain, or becoming one. Any bets on whether influence
    was used in the hiring?
    Bpt CT. Asst. State Prosecutor J. Harry started as Stratford PD.
    Worked with Mossman on my case in 1998.
    Kevin Kelly worked for Blumenthal
    Blumenthal is a protoge of Lieberman.
    DeLauro was Dodd’s Chief of Staff.
    Dodd was Dem National Party Chairman, and neck deep in …
    Judges Chatigny and Droney (ex-US Attorney) were appointed by Clinton.
    Droney worked in Bridgeport Justice Dept & with FBI
    ex-US Attorney Bpt. Dooley a State Judge appointed by Rell.
    ex-US Attorney Bpt, O’Conner # 3 in D.C. Bush Justice Dept.
    While much police O. T. was given away under Burturla, just as much
    was given away under Imbro. Common denominator was LoSchiavo who
    is a Miron person / party pick.

    The political justice system does not need change or reform.
    It needs an enema.

    I hope that generic runs for public office.
    I would like to see a whole NEW CAST run for office instead of SOP SAPS.

    I saw an listener to Ron Reagan @ Fairfield Town Hall in 1984.
    He cut a great figure.
    Like McCain & Obama he sounded great.
    Turned out

    1) GE became # 1 Fortune 500 during his watch. Co-incidentally GE was the
    sponsor of his 1950’s TV GIG, with the 20 mule team borax commercials.

    2) Reagan was President of SAG (Screen Actor’s Guild) and an FBI informant
    during the Joe McCarthy years, prior to the GE Theater GIG. In his last year
    Reagan would pardon the FBI guy who was outed as “Deep Throat” due to
    domestic “black bag” operations, from the Nixon years to his years.
    What if it was your home which was “bugged?”
    Google CoIntel and you will find most domestic spying was against ordinary
    citizens,

    3) Russia quit after the Oct 1987 Stock Market crash, exactly 200 years after the
    U. S. CONSTITUTION was first signed towards ratification and after I raised an
    issue on Sept 1987 about the possibility of
    A) O.P.E.C.. being created by Russia or Europe or the Levant
    B) the Stock Marketing being BOUGHT UP by Europe or the Levant and just OIL
    prices from Sept 1960 to Sept 1987.
    > The movie “Wall Street” was in 2 year production and “happened” to release
    2 weeks prior to the Oct 1987 crash.

    I know Jeze will ignorantly edit this, but it is all true and unfortunately most of
    today’s local and national problems all have the same genesis.

  145. 145 officersean

    Greetings!

    It looks like I forgot to add this as another positive accomplishment that I am sure will be discreditied, minimized etc.

    From Saturday, September 13th’s Connecticut Post:

    STRATFORD — Jessenia Cuevas was carrying her 2-year-old son, Giovanni, as she walked briskly in the pouring rain late Friday afternoon from Franklin Elementary School, her 10-year-old son, Michael, and 5-year-old daughter, Alexis, in tow.

    They were headed for Cuevas’ illegally parked car on Soundview Avenue near the Barnum Avenue school. But it was the last time Cuevas, along with hundreds of other Franklin School parents, will be forced to park illegally or walk long distances while dropping off and picking up their children.

    After a decade-long fight for a car pick-up and drop-off lane at the school — where few pupils take the bus — a new designated area for parents to safely pull their cars over was completed Friday and will be ready for use Monday.

    “It would have come in handy on a rainy day like today,” Cuevas said, smiling. “But I am very happy we finally have a real place to drop off and pick up our kids. We’ve been forced to park on the side of the school and rush to pick them up, or walk forever to find a parking spot. It’s good to see the new lane finished.”

    Supt. of Schools Irene Cornish and Franklin School Principal LeeAnn Blackwell said they couldn’t agree more.

    The two school administrators, along with Mayor James R. Miron and district Councilwoman Emma Brooks, D-4, were among a group of about a dozen town and school officials who took part Friday in a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new pull-over

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    lane.

    “This has been a safety issue because parents have been forced to walk and park across Barnum Avenue with their children, and we have experienced constant traffic problems,” Blackwell said. “Now parents will be able to pull over safely and have teachers come out and walk pupils into the school in the morning, and out of school in the afternoon. It may be raining out today, but to me the sun is shining.”

    David Camarero, co-president of the Franklin School Parent-Teacher Association, said it’s been a long battle to get the parking area built.

    “We’ve been fighting for this for more than 10 years and finally it’s been done,” said Camarero, father of 10-year-old Gabrielle, a fifth-grader at the school. “Thankfully, we won’t have to worry about it anymore.”

    Brooks said the parking area is long overdue.

    “Most importantly this has been a serious safety concern to parents for years,” said Brooks, a leading force on the council who helped secure the $150,000 needed to create the new lane as part of a capital-improvement project. “It probably should have been done a long time ago.”

    Miron said the town’s engineering department designed the project and work began on Aug. 5.

    “This greatly improves the safety of the motoring public and for students, and allows for traffic to flow far more smoothly,” Miron said.

    He said a similar parking area is planned for Nichols Elementary School on busy Nichols Avenue, where parents and school officials have also waged a fight for a parking lane for decades.

  146. 146 1george1

    I regard that as an accomplishment for the Mayor.
    It is important to the parents.
    Apparently, it was not a hugely difficult for the Engineering
    to do, since it was started Aug 5.

    Bottom line: It might save a life and make it more convenient
    for Parents and school children. It was effected under the
    Mayor’s Engineering Dept and working with the Board of Ed.

    Another attaboy to the Mayor / Engineering / Town Council
    was the expenditure of about $ 30,000 for a piece of equipment
    for the Sewer Treatment Plant, which was projected to save
    over $ 100,000 to as much as $ 400,000 in DEP / EPA Fines for
    polluting NITRATES into the Housatonic River.

    The contractor has had to go back to the Town Council WPA
    for added money a couple of times, bringing cost up at least
    $ 50,000., previously. Because of construction, FINES hit the
    Town due to extra pollutants.

    The Town Council approved the money.
    The WPA Sewerage Contractor volunteered the idea.
    The Town Engineering Dept coordinated the logistics and had the
    answers in place for the Town Council, especially GAVIN.

    So Officer Sean, here is a BONUS attaboy for YOU … I mean the Mayor.

  147. 147 jezebel282

    Whew! Looks like it was a busy weekend while I was away.

    Where to start? Maybe with an easy one? Officer Sean’s drop-off and pick-up lane at Franklin School that he’s trying to give the mayor credit for?

    Council considers proposed ed cuts
    RICHARD WEIZEL
    Article Last Updated: 05/06/2008 12:36:54 AM EDT

    “…But Miron’s proposed budget trims $1.1 million from the school district’s proposed $89 million spending plan, threatening creation of new classes and expansion of current ones, as well as “impeding the progress we have made the last few years,” said Cornish. She said the school board needs its requested 5.93 percent increase to “meet increasingly stringent” federal guidelines mandated in the “No Child Left Behind” legislation.

    The potential reduction last week drew parents, teachers, students and even senior citizens to two budget hearings, where they made a plea for the council to restore the mayor’s cuts….”

    “…“Even if we eliminated all the new programs and additional teachers in the budget we would still only be down to a $5.2 percent increase and would need to cut $400,000 more from the budget to reduce it to the numbers the mayor is recommending,” Cornish told the council….”

    “…Councilman Gavin Forrester, D-3, asked Cornish what contact the mayor or his administration had had with the school board or administrators regarding the board’s proposed budget before he made his recommended cuts. “None. No contact at all,” Cornish said.

    “Do you have any idea why that was the case?” Forrester asked.

    “I have no idea,” Cornish said. “You’ll have to ask him…”

    (Full article at https://stratfordcharter.wordpress.com/2008/04/24/lets-get-ready-to-rumble-budget-battles/#comment-744)

    So the mayor is taking credit even though he wanted to eliminate this?

  148. 148 jezebel282

    nnanerak,

    “Right now the Democratic Party NEEDS to find a better candidate than the encumbent or they will for sure lose the election and the Republicans better pull themselves together behind ONE candidate or they won’t have a shot out of the gate. If not, we could possibly get some donuts shoved down our throats, and in my opinion that would be no different(and possibly worse) than what we have now. Stratford would continue to be a laughing stock and THAT is NOT acceptable.”

    You are absolutely correct. Sadly, the only three that have “announced” anything are the same three that got us here in the first place. A viable candidate for the next election has not stepped forward yet.

    If you look at the two surveys I have created only Pat Sperling has any sort of credibility and “Holy Crap! None of the above!” would win an election walking away.

    As of 9/15/08:

    James R. Miron-1.53-
    Richard Buturla-1.53-
    Jon Best-2.29-
    Gavin Forrester III-2.40-
    Mike Henrick-1.89-
    Domenic Costello-1.50-
    George Mulligan-1.94-
    Patricia Sperling-3.19-
    The Stratford Observer -1.65-
    Jezebel-3.12-

    1 = least credible
    4 = most credible

    I believe this is the fault of the gang wars conducted by the DTC and RTC over the last 20 years. Neither can produce a candidate with the credibility to honestly work on behalf of the citizens.

    Our best hope to move Stratford forward does not lie with a DTC nor RTC candidate. The next mayor must be independent and removed from these gang wars. That disqualifies Dom Costello. The next mayor cannot come from a system of backroom deals, corruption, or incompetence. Just click on the links to the right and quickly scan the member lists of the RTC and DTC. How can you possibly have credibility if you come from these organizations?

  149. 149 1george1

    My post was discarded.

    I went point by point on the above.

    I laid out a 7 point platform for change and reform, if I was mayor.
    I wonder who will get or take credit for my ideas?

    I credited with credibility & integrity.

    Ed Hargus (deceased)
    Marcia Stewart (PYE)
    Diane Buda (REFERENDUMS)

  150. 150 jezebel282

    George,

    “My post was discarded.”

    It wasn’t me!

  151. 151 1george1

    Among discarded posts, IF I won as Mayor:

    1 Town Hall Renamed for Ed Hargus.

    2 Ralph Nader or designee(s) for Town Attorney.

    3 PCS as Town Attorney Secretary / Paralegal and Mayor Assistant.
    (Commuter Liaison?)

    4 Web Broadcast in REAL TIME = Transparency

    5 All Budgets in PDF. of monthly Departmentsl Expenses posted on the
    internet. = Transparency

    6 Several Revenue sources.
    A Licencsing conceptualization and development
    B Fed / State Grants
    C Economic Development > AVCO, Shakespeare > Dump Sites
    D Budget reforms
    E Better investments of CASH
    F Improved Property Values, by competent and caring marketing of
    Stratford’s considerable Advantages, Features, and Benefits.
    G More = But I don’t want these showing up as JIM MIRON’S NEWEST
    MARKETING IDEAS, or those by COSTELLO or others.

    7 Negotiated revision of the pension, helping the lower 50 – 60 %
    and with a C. O. L. A. improving as many as 70 % of elidgible, with
    a financially and politically viable plan.

    8 A start toward a striving and thriving Stratford

    Note 100 % about Stratford.

    Also
    1) I am not now, nor have I even been a Rep or Dem.
    2) People can question my qualifications and credibility, but my honesty
    is brutal to too many people.
    3) I maintain confidences, to protect people = no closed door deals
    4) I take / took NO PAST DONATIONS – I doubt I would for the future, but
    would consider sales to pay for Marketing.

  152. 152 1george1

    Jeze,

    It is the second time my post was discarded.

    Computer programs are known to have a mind of their own.
    Or maybe it was one of my tin foil hat acronym friends?

  153. 153 jezebel282

    George,

    I take it you are running for mayor again?

  154. 154 genericscreename

    Jeze, George, et al:

    With respect to the WPCA, according to meeting minutes and public record you will find that the changes to the operating system were suggested by the design team prior to construction being commenced, while the design review was underway. Accordingly it was concluded that they additional engineering cost which was approved by the prior WPCA agreed to allow the design changes to prepare for new technology which was not available at the time of bidding, yet would then be available by the time construction progressed to the point where it was necessary to make the necessary physical changes and install the new equipment.

    If one looks back and investigates the “pick up lane’s” at both Franklin and Nichols schools you will also see that both of which were approved by the prior town council, see meeting minutes and bonding meetings.

    Lets as a group discuss the “animal control facility”, sounds like a topic which will stir up considerable controversy in town.

    Options have been presented to the last council and the current town council. What appeared to be viable locations where shot down due to “NIMBY” syndrom ( not in my back yard).

    For example, the area adjacent to the WWTP on Birdsey was removed from consideration, as the people who want the greenway there, do not want animal control near the walkway, yet the concept of a modern building which would allow easy access, no noise issues and the possibility for people walking the greenway to come inside and adopt a pet was ignored.

    Another example is the current location, there is not sufficient space, Public Works was not willing to give up a small percentage of land to make it viable, and every other location in that area is contaminated., Plus as published discussions have indicated you will see that once a conclusion is drawn to the old ballfield and contract plating property it would be prime development space, so that location was tossed out.

    Finally a new location was proposed, all the people thought it was a great spot, except the local residents.

    My point being, no one wants to make any sacrifice for necessary improvements to the betterment of the town, yet a good majority of the people who say no to progress are the same people who are complaining about a lack thereof.

    Take the airport for example. The majority of the residents who moved to Lorship moved in after the airport was operational. Any reasonable business person can mathmatically demonstrate that expansion of the airport will benefit the town of Stratford, yet the voting block in the first district and a portion of the second district wants no part of this. A signifcant portion of the first and just about all of the second are the areas which would see the greatest economic improvement by expanding the airport. ( contradiction huh, but lets face it, no one is willing to make a sacrifice, or accept change, only complain)

    Roosevelt forrest is one of our most under utilized recources in this town, when was the last time we heard anyone, past or current councilmen in the 9th district propose anything of substance to the park?

    Boothe Park is finally being improved, but look what that took, considerable noise making from the prior councilman, and the current councilman and council have not done much since.

    Longbrook Park is getting its improvements, but it took both Forrester and Stroomer to work with the legislature to make it acknowledged as a historic venue.

    We look at the condition of our schools, then we look at the necessary improvements, yet no one is looking at the fact that both Bunnell and Stratford High schools are energy deficient. The town engaged BL companies to do a study, yet nothing has happened.

    Ben Proto came to the town with a proposal for a group to design, build and finance and complete overhall for Stratford High schools mechanical systems. It was from what I am reading approved two years ago. Nothing has happened.

    Yet the council did waste a considerable sum of money installing a synthetic football field, which in my opinion should have gone to a centrally located location in town that all can enjoy and access with sufficient parking and logistics.

    The board of education askes for considerable sums of money, yet due to state statute, the are not obligated to break it down for anyone. Have any of you seriously taken a look at the BOE published breakdown?, it is all smoke and mirrors. And why is it that the way things are set up, the town side of the budget pays for all maintenance?, Why is it that the school system is paying for private security firms, as does the short beach park commission in stead of having our own police force patrol those locations?

    Why is it that our BOE engages, along with our town offices pays for burglar alarm monitoring when we could have the alarms ring directly to our underutilzed and improperly designed dispatch center, which is where the first call is made to by the alarm central?

    Why is it that we have a dispatch center, which was alleged to be the state of the art system which is not integrated into all communication aspects of our town wide emergency management system, and the fact that the people working there are also family members of both police, EMS and fire personell. ( All union members now and all have union protections for thier jobs) when originally the cost was subcontracted out to Southwest C-MED and cost effective and efficient. The cost to operate out central dispatch is now four time what it originally was predicted to cost which works out to be almost five time more that what we were originally spending under the old system.

    Thats enough for today, and time for you to all consider my thoughts

    Alvin Oneil is still lobbying for an indoor water park for his district, come on now lets be real, but if you read the ten year capitol improvement plan, it is still sitting there as an option. think about that, 5 million dollars for the second district to go water sliding in.

  155. 155 jezebel282

    Generic,

    I’m not sure what it is you mean by “sacrifice”. But we can go there if you want. NIMBY is a fact of life. The largest single asset most people have is their home. Anything that detracts from the value of that asset is something that will be opposed. It’s only common sense. In the case of the animal shelter, most people will conjure up images of dog runs, barking at all hours of the night and increased traffic. The solution? Design an attractive municipal building that looks inviting. Invite opponents to look at the design, provide input and guarantee that their visions of dog runs, smells and noise are not true. If you can’t, then they are correct in opposing it.

    “Take the airport for example. The majority of the residents who moved to Lorship moved in after the airport was operational. Any reasonable business person can mathmatically demonstrate that expansion of the airport will benefit the town of Stratford, yet the voting block in the first district and a portion of the second district wants no part of this.”

    This is just crazy. I’m not even sure where to begin. Let’s start with the airport is owned by the City of Bridgeport and occupies Stratford land. We have never, not in 50 years, seen a penny from this. While the airport was “operational” when most people moved to Lordship, it has always been home to light aircraft and the occasional air show. Bridgeport would simply love to annex more Stratford land for free and have the FAA pay for runway extensions to allow larger jet aircraft to operate there. Don’t you just love the smell of Jet A in the morning?

    Now, let’s remember there are seven (count ’em, 7!) large airports with a 90 mile radius of Sikorksy. Airlines cannot afford $140/barrel Jet A and operate profitably. They are cutting back services at the larger airports. In the meantime, USAir, Delta, Continental, Air Wisconsin/United all tried to make commercial service work at Sikorsky. All of them failed.

    “A signifcant portion of the first and just about all of the second are the areas which would see the greatest economic improvement by expanding the airport.”

    This I would love to hear. How would lowering all property values in the First and Second Districts improve the economy? No one has been able to explain that yet.

    “The board of education askes for considerable sums of money, yet due to state statute, the are not obligated to break it down for anyone. Have any of you seriously taken a look at the BOE published breakdown?, it is all smoke and mirrors. And why is it that the way things are set up, the town side of the budget pays for all maintenance?, Why is it that the school system is paying for private security firms, as does the short beach park commission in stead of having our own police force patrol those locations?”

    Maybe you should ask Susan Barksdale or Robert Cody? They are the Co-chairman of the BOE. 203.385.4210

    The other questions sound extremely technical to me and I would need a lot more information than I currently have.

  156. 156 sudds

    1 Town Hall Renamed for Ed Hargus.

    Who? Why? After hundred’s of years why does it need a name? Shouldn’t it be the people’s building?

    2 Ralph Nader or designee(s) for Town Attorney.

    You’re starting to look silly here George! How about something plausible?

    3 PCS as Town Attorney Secretary / Paralegal and Mayor Assistant.
    (Commuter Liaison?)

    Well she does have better legs than me!!!
    (wait… was that s*xist? Really? Even though it’s true?)

    4 Web Broadcast in REAL TIME = Transparency

    Seriously… would anyone watch? I’d REALY like to see a cost/benefit on this one!

    5 All Budgets in PDF. of monthly Departmentsl Expenses posted on the
    internet. = Transparency

    Personally, I’d like to see a town budget that has more than like 50 lines TOTAL!!!

    6 Several Revenue sources.
    A Licencsing conceptualization and development
    B Fed / State Grants
    C Economic Development > AVCO, Shakespeare > Dump Sites
    D Budget reforms
    E Better investments of CASH
    F Improved Property Values, by competent and caring marketing of
    Stratford’s considerable Advantages, Features, and Benefits.
    G More = But I don’t want these showing up as JIM MIRON’S NEWEST
    MARKETING IDEAS, or those by COSTELLO or others.

    Sounds good, but good luck!!!

    7 Negotiated revision of the pension, helping the lower 50 – 60 %
    and with a C. O. L. A. improving as many as 70 % of elidgible, with
    a financially and politically viable plan.

    Why the @#$% would they renegotiate? They’ve got a pot of gold at the end of their rainbow and you think they’re going to give it up?

    8 A start toward a striving and thriving Stratford

    Sounds like a good campaign slogan to me!!!

    Seriously George… I really do like you and respect what you’re trying to do… but you have REALLY got to add a bit of practicality to your campaign promises!!!

  157. 157 jezebel282

    Like getting Sudds a job?

  158. George ~

    Thanks for the confidence. Would I get to pick the Town Attorney to be hired as an in-house???? You know what last names would be crossed right off my list! Having worked with lawyers for – let’s see – almost 30 years, I’ve come across the bottom feeders and the cream of the crop. It’s really not hard to tell them apart.

  159. 159 sudds

    “Like getting Sudds a job?”

    EXACTLY!!!

  160. 160 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    Here ya go: http://www.townofstratford.com/Upload/147/11758/Job%20Posting%20Grant%20Writer.pdf

    You have an MBA. Get one or two grants just before Nov 09 and you won’t have to show up much.

  161. 161 sudds

    “before Nov 09”

    I was going to write a post about how I don’t offer the “extra services” that are rumored to be required… but I’ll take the high road and not go there!!!!

    Oh wait… gosh dangit!!!

  162. 162 genericscreename

    ok, round two and one half, lol

    1. The conceptual designs which have been submitted by the design firm contracted for the animal control facility did exactly that, even had noise ratio’s included with in the preliminary documents. People in my opinion just done want it. no one wants to hear the suggestion of Roosevelt forest, no one will ever hear a dog or see it, but that location wont even make it to the table for a general discussion

    2. With respect to the economic improvements derrived from a functional airport has longer runways, consider the following.

    About 7 years ago Bpt put an RFP out of the street for development of a portion of the airport. The successfull developer presented fact based on published datum which specified ( ill give you the short version) that with in the Maryland, Delaware, NJ, NY, Ma and RI cooridor there lacks sufficient FBO ( Flght Base Operations) and OH&M Overhaul and Maintenance facilites for small to medium jets. those being up to and including 737’s. All the major carriers have engulfed smaller non union local airlines and as a result, there does not exist feasable locations to do anual maintenance. At the time of thier proposal to BPT, the demonstrated that 90% of the US based carriers in the Northeast were sending their planes to caribean locations for annual major overhaul. ( 5 million dollar 60 day retrofits and rebulds per FAA regulations)
    It was also demonstrated that by increasing the length of the runways, carriers such as UPS, FEDEX and related, DHL etc would be prime candidates for cargo based operations just for the southern CT hubs which at that time were ( and still to this day) trucking to HTFD or NY for air transport to central hubs in Kansas, Atlanta etc.

    It was anticipated that just the incorporation of such terminals would increase property tax revenue by as much as 2 million a year, not withstanding the number of jobs which would be created to support such operations.

    The overhaul and maintenance facilites would then save the airlines considerable fuel expenses by not having to fly to and from Caribean destinations for non union overhauls and would have more control over inspections and certifications. The landing fees alone would generate five million a year in additonal revenue.

    3. Property valules would not decline in the advent of increased business opportunity, thats economics 101, in fact what we would see is an increase in both residential and commercial values of property in that the demand for those locations would increase as the supply decreased. Granted there would be some instances where housing directly adjacent to the main runways would suffer, but in the long run the majority would benefit. One needs to see the macro economic stimulus instead of the micro implications and look at the overal benefit.

    I have looked at the BOE budget, spoken with both and others on the BOE. That is why I am pointing these out to you.

    for example look at how much the BOE spend on portable classroom leases and then converting to ourright purchases which were covered in another section, should have bought them outright in the first place would have saved in excess of 500K.

    Look at what they are spending on alarm central monitoring

    Where do you think I got my information in the first place?, I read the BOE budget!!!

    Your statements are in my opinion a classical example of someone who is not willing to see the big picture, that does not make you wrong, it just demonstrates to me that you are looking at this in too personal of a fashon. Look at it from the way a businessperson looks at opportunity, and see how all will benefit in the long run.

    Another example is when Stratford Development wanted to develop 400 units of 500K waterfront condo’s. Everyone said NO NO NO the burden on our school systems cant handle that. But did anyone ever seriously consider reality?

    If someone is going to move to stratford and purchse a half million dollar home who has children, they would never seriously consider a condo in lorship, they would purchase in the 8th and 9th district a home for 400K – 600K that has a yard for the kids to play in. Think about this logically and you will agree I am correct. If I were an empty nester and wanted to stay in Fairfield county, I then would be the first to move into a high end condo and get away from the large property and its related costs.

    Another thing to ponder, Sikorsky has helicopters flying in and out all hours. I have been up in the 8th district at Boothe Park when they were flying overhead, you cant even think straight when they go over, but why is it that the people of the 8th dont complain everytime Sikorsky has one fly in and out?, why is it that the people of the 8th and 9th dont complain when the traffic from RT15 goes by and you year that noise 24/7?

    I suspect is it because Sikorsky is paying considerable taxes to this town?, is it because every time Sikorsky is awarded another huge contract and they have to hire additional engineers, thier first choice if they have to relocate is to look in the 8th or 9th? I dont know that answer but I do know there are never complaints about the helecopters.

    So, lets not get sarcastic with each other or anyone else, just be open minded look at this town as a business, that is how we will improve it in the long run, not by complaining and trashing all its elected officials. Look for the positive and focus on making it better.

    I am not an elected official, but whether we argree with them or not they did run for office and get elected. That does say a lot. because they are the ones who are sacrificing thier time for no compensation to attempt to make our town a better place to live.

    If you have noticed, I have not trashed one elected official, I have stated facts, both good and bad in previous posts. But I am concious of the fact that they are there working for no compensation, sacrificing time away from thier families and businesses while they attempt to make Stratford a better place to live.

    cut them some slack once in a while………….They deserve it, They WERE elected by the majority.

  163. 163 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    He may overlook your obvious “deficiencies” if you can come up with some big bucks before election day. Or maybe you can arrange for a cute “substitute” or two….

  164. 164 sudds

    I should be all set… I just gave $20 to the Dick Miron defense fund!!!*

  165. 165 sudds

    * this is only satire folks… I personally think that (a) he should have to pay back every cent to those people and (b) it should be decreed that his burial plot is NEVER allowed to have a headstone!!!

  166. 166 jezebel282

    Generic,

    “Your statements are in my opinion a classical example of someone who is not willing to see the big picture,”
    “So, lets not get sarcastic with each other or anyone else,”

    “I have looked at the BOE budget, spoken with both and others on the BOE.”
    “If you have noticed, I have not trashed one elected official,”

    Sounds a little conflicted to me.

    But, as you wish…

    “It was also demonstrated that by increasing the length of the runways, carriers such as UPS, FEDEX and related, DHL etc would be prime candidates for cargo based operations just for the southern CT hubs which at that time were ( and still to this day) trucking to HTFD or NY for air transport to central hubs in Kansas, Atlanta etc.”

    “those being up to and including 737’s.”

    “Property valules would not decline in the advent of increased business opportunity, thats economics 101, in fact what we would see is an increase in both residential and commercial values of property in that the demand for those locations would increase as the supply decreased.”

    Have you ever heard a 737 take off or land? Property values in Stratford AND Milford would fall faster than a fully loaded 737. What you are proposing would turn beachfront in Milford as well as the 1st and 2nd district into industrial/commercial areas. Kiss single family homes goodbye.

    And the freight companies would be the prime market? The ones who fly 24/7 and particularly the time between midnight and 8 am?

    “The overhaul and maintenance facilites would then save the airlines considerable fuel expenses by not having to fly to and from Caribean destinations for non union overhauls and would have more control over inspections and certifications.”

    And the trucks with parts and supplies would get there how?

    “The landing fees alone would generate five million a year in additonal revenue.”

    To whom? Stratford does not operate the airport. The City of Bridgeport does.

    So the 1500 or so families that have been paying property taxes all these years would be sacrificed for the greater good of….Bridgeport?

    “thier first choice if they have to relocate is to look in the 8th or 9th? I dont know that answer but I do know there are never complaints about the helecopters.”

    Beats me. I hear my friends complain all the time about the noise.

    “I am not an elected official, but whether we argree with them or not they did run for office and get elected. That does say a lot.”

    That’s a quirky thing about CT. You can get 34% of the vote and still be elected.

    “because they are the ones who are sacrificing thier time for no compensation to attempt to make our town a better place to live.”

    I have pondered that for quite some time. Why anyone would put up with that aggravation for free is beyond me. And some do it a second time. There must be something charming that I’m missing.

    “cut them some slack once in a while.They WERE elected by the majority.”

    Those who were elected by a majority always get the benefit of the doubt from me. I have never referred to Gavin Forrester III by anything other than “Mr. Forrester” or likewise “Mr. Best”.

  167. 167 jezebel282

    Although I can’t speak for Sudds and his unhealthy attraction to Ms. Wanamaker.

  168. 168 sudds

    Bawn-chicka-bawn-bawn!!! 😀

  169. 169 jezebel282

    See?

  170. 170 nnanerak

    Jez,
    I fully agree that we may be paddling the same boat as the last election. Out of the 3 current candidates only Mr. Best might pull it off, as you have pointed out anyone can take an election with only 34% that voted at the polls. Many people are too disgusted to cast a vote that they think someone will be messing with behind the machines to change anyway. It is a pathetic state in town. You refer to the party system as “gangs”. This might sound strange but actually agree with you, many members are of the same mentality as street gangs that have terrorized and reeked more havoc than a tornado blowing through our community.

    Generic-
    One point I must disagree with you on. You made a blanket statement that elected officials work for free. I am certain you were only referring to council, but just in case you had a brain lapse, we have one elected official that makes $$$90k+ and all the bene’s and perks he can put his hands on or anyone else in his family’s hands on. He has all day every day to get his act together to make Stratford a good community and bring it back to glory. That is not what is being done. This is not trashing him, it is just a plain and simple statement of fact. Council on the other hand is all volunteer and most of them work full time to pay their taxes(at least those that live in town do). The have tons of information to read study and become proficient in, in 1/16 the time that the mayor has and they have no assistants to the assistants to run interference or do damage control. They are the ones that deserve our respect and thanks and yes some slack too(at least the ones that live in town do).
    You did make some interesting points with regard to the dog pound. Sorry I’m not using the politically correct term. There are many areas in Stratford that could be potential spots for the dog pound. The one KEY thing that everyone keeps missing is it needs a degree of public visibility. You don’t want it some where that is so isolated that no one will go there to adopt animals, volunteer or even make donations. The location that it is in is a fine location. It seems to me that if the town council wants to take a small piece of the PW property they should do it. In return the public works department should be able to expect that they have updated, operational, and safe vehicles that are on the road being used instead of having to use valuable town land for a graveyard for broken and dead PW trucks. It seems to me that the PW dept wouldn’t need the space if they had less “baggage”in the lot, it would be an equitable tradeoff if my opinion. This has been brought up to the mayor before so he IS aware of the suggestion.
    Before anyone can even consider airport expansion(which is not something I particularly care to see) the town of Stratford absolutely make some major infrastructure updates and improvements all around that area. I’m talking all of it drainage, roads, sewer line upgrades, utility upgrades to name just a few. When that is done then maybe the town might be ready for those condos down there. We may even be ready for the new and improved SAEP and Shakesphere theater. We all want to see our community improve. We are desparate for it. You need to have a detailed vision–that is what Stratford lacks. That is what leadership is about. and that is WHERE Stratford lacks. NO vision, no leadership and no $$$$$$. You said to look for the positive and improve on it, well I’m still looking for the positive. It’s hard to find when you have theives on the payroll and the people at the helm are condoning it or are a part of it. Again, I’m not tearing anyone apart, just calling it as I see it. If you want me to expound on the positive then I suggest you make an example of what happens when people on the payroll get caught stealing from the taxpayers(I don’t care if it is equipment or overtime-stealing is stealing). With all your “facts” it would seem to me you should have a couple of solutions for that problem, as it sounds like you are an insider and a quasi leagal one at that. No, you should not run for office, unless you can take care of this problem. Once that is handled, maybe there will be something positive for all of us to focus on. Right now the town has more than just disgruntled employees, it has a totally disgruntled population that wants to have action taken, not someday. NOW.

    George-
    I got a good laugh out of your enema comment–so true!!!
    By the way, I thin that you may want to rethink your suggestion about generic running for office, I am quite sure generic is part of the current “crew” in one form or another and is probably on your list….

  171. 171 genericscreename

    Nan,

    Believe it or not, I am on the same page as you are regarding stealing, whether it is physical or in compensation. I have no comment regarding those who have been caught, expose etc, as I believe they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. No exceptions.

    You are 100% correct in that the PW yard is consumed with broken and non functional equipment. I agree that the town council should provide the mayor the bonding money he has requested to replace the fleet in an expeditious manner. It will save us in the long run on maintenance expensese and increase the productivity of the PW staff, ( that alone could be another blog, lol)

    I was referring to the town council and those who sit in town council appointed volunteer positions. In now way shape or form was I referring to the the office of the mayor, or the known nepotism which is a direct result of such, ie police departments, mayors fathers girlfriend, mayors brother as a officer, town atty brother as chief of police ( however I believe he did have the proper credentials to lead the police department when they were interviewing candidates for the position)

    I have no legal background, I am not, nor have I ever been an “insider” and will never seek pubic office until such time as I am retired and my income in guaranteed and I have the time to be a politician and a golfer. ( at this point in my life I like the golf concept much better, although exceptionally frustrating)

    I am sorry you didnt seek the inner meaning of what I intended relative to airport modifications, etc. However, one should realize that:

    1. the infrastructure improvements would be normally required in order for any expansion in those adjacent areas of town, at no cost to our taxpayers, but to those seeking the permits for the improvements at the airport.
    2. Landing times would be regulated as part of Zoning approvals.
    3. Although Bpt would realize the revenue for the landing fee’s, the property taxes paid by the private corporations who commence operations at the airport would go directly into Stratfords bank account. ( such as the 90,000 SF of improvements VOE Aviation has just negotiated with the town of Stratford, the lump sum tax payments in lieu of tax credits and the one time cost of permits and related fee’s. This was a major step which was approved and adopted by the prior council as i recall.)

    Improving the image and economic being of this town is a full time job for not only the Mayor, but every elected official, a department of economic development, and in the case of our town, we need economic re-development. There is not much free space left, therefore we have to re-develop instead of develop.

    lastly, those steeling on overtime are degenerates who know how to play the system with the union support. I agree we should stop it and change the system, but that will not occure until we have competent representation in negotiations on union agreements. Anyone else who is caught outside of legal union terms should be prosecuted.

    No one has even bothered to mention those who are coming before the pension board for disability pensions from the fire department for hearing loss, when they never bothered to wear hearing protection in the first place and are unwilling to wear radio controlled headsets to enhance hearing.

    No one has noticed those who are taking disability pensions and getting a second job, although terms of disability pensions require that they turn in a copy of their income tax returns every year, and they are not turning them in, and the current HR department makes no effort to attempt to obtain that data.

    This town can be better, and it could be considerably much worse. Lets see what happens after the next election and who does what, I suspect we will have new issues and similar problems.

    This town needs leadership, it requires someone who owe’s no favors, has no hidden agenda and does not need the income. Once we have that, we will see progress.

  172. 172 nnanerak

    Gen,
    When I said “insider” the implication was not necessarily “political” insider. What I mean by “insider” is that you are privvy to much more detail than the average citizen and in order to have that you need to be on the “inside” of “something”. Some of the details you have shared I feel are beyond the scope of the standard documentation available for public view and available under FOI and readily at anyone’s finger tips. It’s ok, I appreciate your sharing the information, no matter where you got it from even if I may not agree with your perspective on some things. The information I get is what I read in minutes posted in the hallway of town hall, just listening and from people who are more than willing to share about things that they feel have a direct impact on not just employee morale but taxpayer morale. Both are at an all time low.
    It is a relief that you are on the same page regarding theft. I also agree that they should be prosecuted, though I do not believe they had the backing of their union to do the things they did. Many of the events regarding the department of which we speak have been pursued through the standard chain of command, and through the grievance process that is now becoming open for public view on the website that Jez linked everyone to. (Thanks, Jez.)
    Do you also think that the hr dept, the chief and the mayor should be prosecuted for hiring the dc’s son that did worse on the background check than the mayors brother? The influence that was exerted on the mayor by BOTH parents who have hiring influence have “stolen” the job from a deserving candidate. If it was a minority candidate on that list and they find out they were bypassed for this kid do you know what kind of a lawsuit Stratford will be facing???? Do you consider that theft too? I do. The payback for that hire was, was probably to let the mayor’s brother slide in under the radar. Thank God that didn’t happen. Did you also know that the press received background info the the dc’s son prior to his hire but were afraid of the lawsuits because it contained medical information that they were hogtied from verifing due to HIPPA laws?? Got that information from the press. When this same kid couldn’t pass his agility final at the academy he was put on light duty for an “injury” but was up at Bunnell track on his shift with another officer(a lt. on the taxpayers dime) that was training and timing him. Do you know this same kid took the exam while on light duty? If anyone else in town had done this we would have been sent home permanently.
    How many reprimands do you think all this stuff adds up to??? If you add on the radios, the power washer and possibly the snowblower, it adds up to walking papers to me. Now tell me why hasn’t this happened? Is the person in charge of this town an idiot? No, don’t answer that, I already know the answer. If he is not an idiot, the question in my mind is what does the dc have on the mayor to prevent getting walking papers? The supervisors union wouldn’t have a prayer in this case. According to the “insiders” at the dept. the dc has totally mismanaged the department and everything is in shambles. So let’s say only 1/3 of what they say is true-Is that what the taxpayers should have to pay their hard earned money for?

    Do you think the mayor should be prosecuted for theft of a position when the put his quazi brother in law in the pw dept and by passed the contract”bumping” process? I do. He stole that job grade from someone else that had the right to it. The union guy said they were afraid to grieve the hire because it was during budget season and they were afraid of retailiation. From what I hear this guy is an ok worker but there is a resentment(and distrust) about how he got there from those who should have had the opportunity. I can’t say as I blame them. This type of baloney is happening in MANY areas in town and it is unacceptable. You listed many also. I for one am very grateful that finally the subordinates are trying to do what is right when their “superiors” and I use the term loosely wouldn’t know the right thing if it bit them in the a$$. Haven’t YOU had enough yet?
    How about the sexual discrimination suit that the taxpayers have to bear the burden for? If the town attorney advised the mayor not to do what he did and he did it anyway, should the taxpayers have to bear the burden of that lawsuit? Shouldn’t the mayor have to wear the cloak of responsibility for his actions at some point, like maybe before his gun goes off in a public place or he actually “hits” someone that thinks he’s nuts, or before the taxpayers get sacked for a multimillion dollar settlement for the above lawsuit and again for the Gugliotti lawsuit?
    I use these many examples because they are the ones that have been beaten to death in the blogs and the press and still no one is accountable.
    I am so disgusted that I am close to putting my taxes in escrow and holding them there in a form of protest. If enough people did that do you think it would send a message??? Or whould they have US arrested and take away our rights…….
    All the money that is being wasted and stolen could have bought fire trucks and replace the entire pw fleet. I don’t know about you, but I prefer to keep the town workers that are dedicated to taking care of the town and the people in it safe. I prefer to have my tax dollars spent that way instead of paying for assistants to the assistants and pr people that don’t do any pr or pay for unqualified people holding positions in this town. If council members are smart they should already be preparing a budget for next year on their own and then see how close it is matched when the mayor and all the departments give them the proposed budget. The workshops need to be held earlier in the season and have more publication notice so people can attend. They have a great opportunity to use scissors and make bigger cuts than Jez.:)and even some paste to put the $$ where it serves the greater good.

    George,
    You are great in math, common denominators etc. Can you figure a way to get some legal and proper subtraction done to the same as the common denominator? Subtract 90k here and 60k there???? 😉 Next will be a division project.

  173. 173 1george1

    Nnanerak,
    I am very good in Math, not great.
    I suspect you were referring to the “LOWEST” common denominators of which
    I suspect you would like to see subtracted.

    There are so many Multiplication projects, I have NO IDEA of WHICH Division
    Project you would like to schedule.

    It is obvious that Nnanerak and Generic are at least related to “somebody.”
    Generic surprized me with shots at the Mayor and crew. It looks like you are
    BOTH on the same page when it comes to INSIDE pilferage, of all sorts.

    Yet, consistently the bloggers here do not get to the PUBLIC INTEREST of.
    1. Lower TAXES. LOWER TAXES!

    2. Implemented and desireable good Economic Development. Increasing
    the Tax Base and Property Valuesin real terms and not for the Lawyers
    and affiliated leeches.

    3. Improved Education and more focused priorities to prepare children for
    College; Trades; Business; Home Ec; logic and basic skills; social skills; etc.
    Absolute transparency of Meetings in real time.

    4. Improved services and management to avoid Volunteer Fire, Police, and
    Public Works to keep from being outsourced (Dom’s future platform?)

    5. Cascading and cornicopiazation of Town Assets towards public interest.

    6. Absolute transparency of posting departmental expenditures, timely.

    7. Retention of Grandfathered Rights, even if NEVER used.

    8 – Each of you touch on Budget issues along the avenues I have been
    addressing, which may alarm some of the bloggers / readers.
    However, life does not have to be WIN / LOSE or ZERO SUM

    As far as UNPAID VOLUNTEERS who get elected – – – CAN WE AFFORD THEM?

    Seriously!!

    How many of those that have been e;ected or appointed are truly UNPAID?

    I suspect each of you could name 20 to 30 who have interest conflicts,
    perhaps like the head of the Ethics Commission who had to step aside as
    his wife’s Nursery School had previously hired Burturla’s daughter for a
    summer job, when Fredette (D) / Proto (RTC-Chair) bought Ethics charges
    against Esq Buturla, who had terror in his eyes and entire family present.
    > THAT CHARGE is PUBLIC RECORD
    > THAT RECUSAL made the PRESS.
    > Oh, beside refusing to hear 7 of my Ethics Complaints, the Commission
    also authorized the TOWN to pay the ATORNEY FEES for BOTH SIDES on
    at LEAST TWO or more of ETHICS Complaints.

    If the STOCK MARKET breaches 9,000 and stays there a HUGE PROBLEM
    of PENSION PERFORMANCE will cause HUGE HUGE HUGE PROBLEMS and
    most of the CONNECTED LAWYERS in TOWN ….

    While JON and GAVIN are NOT LAWYERS – I believe both will be covered
    with MUD for non feasance, as well as about 200 people. IF they are lucky?

    In Stratford, 2 + 2 has equaled 3 or 4 or 6 or 7 or 8 or 9 or 11 or 13 or 17
    or 22 or 32 or 33.

  174. 174 jezebel282

    Generic,

    “1. the infrastructure improvements would be normally required in order for any expansion in those adjacent areas of town, at no cost to our taxpayers, but to those seeking the permits for the improvements at the airport.
    2. Landing times would be regulated as part of Zoning approvals.
    3. Although Bpt would realize the revenue for the landing fee’s, the property taxes paid by the private corporations who commence operations at the airport would go directly into Stratfords bank account. ( such as the 90,000 SF of improvements VOE Aviation has just negotiated with the town of Stratford, the lump sum tax payments in lieu of tax credits and the one time cost of permits and related fee’s. This was a major step which was approved and adopted by the prior council as i recall.)”

    1. Would those “infrastructure improvements” mean moving Main Street to the Housatonic River?
    2. Zoning approvals? Does that mean no one with an interest in airport operations be allowed to sit on the Zoning Board?
    3. So the $5 million/year was just smoke you were blowing?

    I am truly trying to see your “big picture”, but all I can see are neighborhoods being trashed and a big pile of tax dollars going into a huge hole. You vision seems to call for everything south of, say, Birdseye Street to be turned into a warehouse and distribution area like those surrounding JFK and EWR.

    “I agree that the town council should provide the mayor the bonding money he has requested to replace the fleet in an expeditious manner. It will save us in the long run on maintenance expensese and increase the productivity of the PW staff,”

    More bonding? Didn’t we just borrow $11 million? What was that interest rate again? How about reducing Berchem Moses and Devlin fees by about $1 million and buying some trucks?

    “lastly, those steeling on overtime are degenerates who know how to play the system with the union support.”

    Wow! That blame came quick. It’s the unions? As we have seen in the one union blog available, the union actually complained about abusive overtime practices to management.

    “Anyone else who is caught outside of legal union terms should be prosecuted.”

    Would that include the person who approves the overtime?

    “No one has noticed those who are taking disability pensions and getting a second job, ”

    That is almost as shameful as a democratic registrar of voters resigning but continuing to collect a Town paycheck.

    “This town needs leadership, it requires someone who owe’s no favors, has no hidden agenda and does not need the income. Once we have that, we will see progress.”

    Perhaps. But that is wishful thinking. Everyone needs income. Nobody is going to take a job seriously without some compensation. Personally, I would rather vote for someone who is used to working for a living. I don’t think we should limit candidates to those that are retired.

    But I do agree that we need leadership that does not emanate from the street gangs that currently have an iron grip on government here. And I don’t mean Dom Costello.

  175. 175 genericscreename

    Gen,

    I was not aware of the petty theft issues, (radios, snow blower, etc), those caught deserve prosecution with out exception.

    The hiring issues are a blatent example of nepotism, payback for political favors etc. and I suspect that similar situations will arise once there is new leadership after the next election. Although I do not agree with it, I understand it.

    Issues as you discuss regarding the DC and his sons in my humble opinion are a blatent example of nepotism, and should be addressed legally if so warrented.

    With respect to the wasted money and the purchase of fire trucks, I offer this suggestion:

    Stratford has about 5000 911 calls a year. The fire department is designated as “First Responders”, which means, they get dispatched before an ambulance is called out. Once on scene, the FD determines if necessary for an ambulance, and 99% of the time an ambulance is then dispatched.

    Of the 5000 overal calls, there are only ( according to data published) only 500 true fire calls, of which less than 50 “working fires” a year. That means they are motor vehical accidents, spills, false alarms etc.

    Therefore with this known information, I ask……..Why do we need a full time fire department with 22 minimum man power staffing requirements?

    Shelton and Trumbull have volunteer FD’s with a core group of paid fire fighters and they have considerably more area and commercial venues than Stratford will ever have. To date there has never been any significant loss of property or life as a result of fires in those towns. Imagine how much money the town could save if we were to eliminate a full time fire department and move to a volunteer service.

  176. 176 jezebel282

    nnanerak,

    “it has a totally disgruntled population that wants to have action taken, not someday. NOW.”

    You have put your finger on the biggest problem confronting Stratford. People work hard for a living and want to come home and enjoy what they work for. They have neither the time nor inclination to learn about sewage treatment plants, animal shelters, firetrucks, primaries, or legal fees. They expect these things to be dealt with. That’s what they pay taxes for.

    In my out & abouts through Stratford what I hear is disgust and frustration. Nothing seems to be able to be completed in this town except for new signs. Voters feel powerless to change anything. A prime example was the 3,200+ registered voters who signed the Charter petition only to have it rejected by an attorney that is billing the Town millions of dollars and serves at the pleasure of the mayor.

    They have almost given up. Their best hope is that something, anything, will change next November.

  177. 177 jezebel282

    Generic,

    “Why do we need a full time fire department with 22 minimum man power staffing requirements?”

    I think that Fire Department blog should be up any day now. 😉

  178. 178 1george1

    Hmmmm,

    This blog is actually addressing TAX related issues, without writing the term
    LOWER TAXES.

    I repeated write that I am PRO UNION and want to protect the LEGITIMATE
    INTERESTS of the WORKING Woman/Man. Yet so many of the abuses ARE
    RANKING PEOPLE who benefit for UNION CONTRACTS, which it appears they
    write themselves..

    There are 4 Fire Stations, with x number of Trucks. Minimum staffing appears
    logical, however IF there were LABOR CONSULTANTS, MAYOR, COUNCILOR and LAWYERS who were interested in the PUBLIC INTEREST, there are a variety of
    ON CALL OPTIONS as an alterative to minimum staffing and O. T.

    Same is true with Ambulance, which must use less fuel than Fire Trucks.

    I prefer a PROFESSIONAL POLICE FORCE, FIRE DEPARTMENT, and PUBLIC WORKS
    to outsourcing, which is a TARGET of REPUBLICANS.

    My cousin was FIRE CHIEF of a VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT. He is / was very
    compentent. I prefer a full time professional who is well paid and has good
    benefits and is motivated.

    However when the 2007 Budget of Jim Miron and the James Feehan Town
    Council APPROVED the 2007 FIRE DEPARTMENT BUDGET on the WEB SITE:
    Regular HOURS: > > > $ 5,450,000
    OVER TIME HOURS : > $ 1,550,000

    The Police Budget is worse.
    However it is obscured by Categories:
    Administration / Detectives / Patrol
    Regular Hours / Call Backs / Over Time

    The Board of Education:
    2007 Students: 7,494.00
    Teaching Staff: – 490.93
    The average =

    2007 Teacher Salaries: $ 36,797,053
    2007 Fringe – Benefits: $ 11,304,545

    Then there are Administration, Support, Custodians, & more.

    Back in the 1980s, the Board of Ed was buying vacuum cleaners,
    and had NO CARPETING?
    Missing town SNOW BLOWERS are nothing new.

    I am FOR good pay and benefits.
    Wish everyone had the deal Municiple workers and Teachers have.
    However, when the overall economy is being driven into the ground
    and so many people are Independent Contractors with few or NO
    Benefits, and so many parents have to work 2 and 3 jobs –

    Some people are being STUPID, beyond being selfish and greedy.

    When people on this blog who are knee deep in the Public trough
    as North End Republicans start to gripe – you know it is serious.

    STOCK MARKET DROPPED 500 Monday.
    Every week it drops 100 – 200 on a given day.
    Then it gains back.
    In the near future, there will be CAPITULATION
    and many people will be wiped out.

    Will it bounce?
    Or will we have a DEPRESSION.

    Interesting > 60 days before the election, OIL gets under $ 100
    a barrel from a peak of near $ 150.
    They were talking $ 65. Now they are talking $ 50.
    If it is over $ 30 this winter, people will DIE from CREDIT MAXED OUT.

    Once the lection is over, who believes it will not shoot straight up?

    Those DC Democrats and Republicans are cut from the same cloth as
    Miron / Burturla and abusers, in my irrelevant opinion!

  179. 179 jezebel282

    Just an interesting little aside to the NIMBY discussion and how those awful Lordship people are unreasonably opposed to expanding the airport.

    You read it in the Post:

    Fairfield Co. residents urged to fight FAA.
    By James Lomuscio
    Staff writer
    Article Last Updated: 09/16/2008 04:22:24 PM EDT

    WILTON – Richard VanVoohries came from his North Stamford home to the Wilton Public Library last night in search of quiet – not among the stacks, but from state and local legislators who vowed to fight the Federal Aviation Administration’s controversial flight redesign.

    The FAA plan would route more planes over Fairfield County, they said.

    “One plane flies over my home every five minutes if you average it out,” VanVoohries said as he waited for the meeting of the Alliance for Sensible Airspace Planning to begin. “It’s 20 planes an hour, and every one of them is a problem. Sometimes it¹s a helicopter. They fly right over and they have no regard for the people.”

    VanVoohries, a member of Noise Watch Community, a regional group organized by the office of U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays, R-4th District, to monitor air traffic, was one of about 60 residents who filled the Brubeck Room room along with officials and representatives from 13 Connecticut towns and Pound Ridge, N.Y.

    “I pay high taxes and I paid more for my home to live in the woods quietly,” VanVoohries said.

    Fascinating! So it’s not just a few irate Lordship people?

  180. 180 1george1

    James Lomuscio is back with the CT. POST?

    Shades of the mid 1980s.


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