Budget Games

27May08

The Town Council has until Sunday to approve the FY 2009 budget. It is time for the hard bargaining to begin, but as taxpayers we will only get to see our mortgage payments go up.

Things to watch:

*Almost $500,000 to run the mayor’s office.
*Another $1.2 Million for Rich Buturla and Berchem Devlin & Moses. Keep an eye on the HR budget.
There’s a small slush fund of $200,000 for 6459 Legal Exp/ Collective Bargaining.
* The disappearing revenue from railroad station parking fees and Short Beach fees.

And keep in mind that a lot of the money allocated for Economic Development, The Town Clerk, the Health Department, Public Works, etc will disappear later this year when Miron will start transferring money out of one department to another. Which department usually gets it? The Town Attorney, of course.

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34 Responses to “Budget Games”

  1. 1 jezebel282

    Freedom has a point here.

    $487,047 just to run the secure bunker of the mayor for one year.

    $1,264,808 just to pay the legal expenses for Berchem Moses & Devlin.

    In the first two years of this mayor we were burdened with a 21% tax increase. This year they brag that it is small. And seniors still support this mayor because he fought for senior tax “relief”.

    In the meantime, we keep hemorrhaging talent:

    Fired:

    Ben Branyan
    Judy Heigel
    Pat Blumstein
    Al Dubois
    Elaine O’Keefe
    Mary Tiernan
    Eileen Murphey
    Diane Toolan
    Pat Naylor
    Sue Nicholson
    Brian Thomas
    John Carroll
    Steven Danzer
    Ken Kellogg
    Beth Stremple
    Patrice Sulik
    Len Buehler
    Kim Correia
    Diane Maurice

    Retired (with pot o’ gold)

    Ron Natrass
    Mike Imbro
    Pat Ulatowski
    Mark DeLieto
    David Evans
    Tom Rodia
    Robert Skrutsky
    Richard Yeomans
    Chris Marino

    Quit:
    Mark Haddad
    Marilyn Flores
    Kent Miller (Fired, rehired, quit)
    Angelo Stavola
    Tina Burgett
    Sean Farmer

    Still there: Richard Miron

    To make up for it, Mayor Moron hires anyone with minimal qualifications (or none at all) that agrees to genuflect on command.

  2. It really begs the question:

    If the Democratic Registrar of Voters had been anyone other than Dick Miron, and he or she had been arrested for any type of criminal charge – would he or she still be there?

    I think not! But, because it’s Daddy Dick, his son, the guy “playing” Mayor, won’t step up and do what’s right for the people who pay his salary.

    My question to the Mironistas (since we all know they are reading): how is this NOT nepotism?

  3. 3 1george1

    The new budget is an increase of 1.30 %
    What a remarkable job.

    Anyone think there is a little padding?

    However, the first Budget request of the Mayor’s first term was 8 %
    according to his claim, however anyone who looked at the incease
    requested and the existing Budget could see it was OVER 10 %.
    His request was ACTUALLY close to 13 %.

    Strangely, no one, except me picked up that fact.
    Or maybe no one made it an issue?

    None of the newspaper reporters did simple math, NOR any on the
    Town Council. At least NO ONE said anything.

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    I believe Stratford Taxes are 30 – 40 % too high.

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    Where?

    1. Collect Annual unfunded mandates, including getting paid for work the Town
    does, that the Feds and State are supposed to do!

    2. Collect compound Debt of past unfunded mandates + interest, including ECS.

    3. Insurance reform, like Board of Ed with Health Savings Accounts and other reforms.
    (Guess who proposed them in the last couple of years)

    4. Pension reform: negotiated and placed off Budget, to be wholly contained.

    5. Accelorated desired Economic Development for annual Tax Base. (EPA / DEP
    / DOT influencing certain assets)

    6. Strategic partnerships: cutting cost, avoiding cost, & new revenues with
    licensing and grants included.

    7. Expanding Grant revenues.

    8. Improved acquisition from Federal, State, and private industry excess and/or auctions.

    9. Budget benefit reductions and negotiations.

    10. Improved Financial returns, with multilateral institutions, State, and Feds
    negotiated for infrastructures which will reduce Budget Costs and add Revenues to the Town property & conveyance Taxes; State Income and other Taxes; Federal
    income, Corporate, and other Taxes; improved Business climate for good/fair profits;
    development of good private sector jobs and benefits which are sustainable.

    11. Create and strengthen Economic Engines and local business revenue multipliers.

  4. 4 jezebel282

    George,

    “7. Expanding Grant revenues.”

    Don’t you think Heather Habelka our new acting grants writer (who has never written a grant) is up to the job?

  5. 5 sudds

    “In the first two years of this mayor we were burdened with a 21% tax increase. This year they brag that it is small. And seniors still support this mayor because he fought for senior tax “relief”.”

    Hmm… maybe Miron isn’t as dumb as we make him out to be! He’s set things up perfectly for himself. My bet is that next year (hmm… a few months before the election) that our taxes actually go DOWN! Any takers on the action??? 😛

    PS… (this is gonna hurt BIG TIME)… kudos to (ugghhhh… the pain) Ms. Wanamaker!

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    Both Miron and Democratic Councilwoman Amy Wanamaker, D-6, who cast the lone vote against the budget, argued that the conveyance tax funds may never materialize.

    “I have always felt we should err on the side of caution, and the governor has indicated she may veto that [conveyance tax] legislation,” Miron said. “I have also spoken to our three local legislators who say they will vote against it.”

    “Wanamaker said she also fears the council is counting on the conveyance tax funds too soon. “I don’t see how we can approve a budget that includes money we don’t even know will be there,” Wanamaker said.”

  6. 6 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    Not to worry, Miron can always steal the money from the RR parking fees that Sperling pays if the money isn’t there.

    Wait’ll you see how much and how quickly the funding disappears from Economic Development and Public Works!

  7. 7 1george1

    Sudds and Jeze,

    While there are no guarentees about Revenues, there are communications
    between the Town Committees. I mean Council / Mayor and State reps.

    They tend to know the ball parks of State / Fed revenues.
    Miron sought pay for a real grant writer. I have no idea if they gave it to him,
    however, they Bored of Edukation has proven value of a good grant writer.
    Further they had grant righters in the past, with the most recent one gaining
    $ 500,000 so far with 27 other grants pending, despite leaving for Bridgeport in
    April, after having started in Stratford in October.

    My point?
    Grants can add several million to the town & education revenues, which are
    NOT reflected in the BUDGET, making them look better.

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    I also spoke to John Burturla about

    1. No list of UNFUNDED MANDATES

    2. No accounting of annual lost UNFUNDED MANDATES
    (could they add up to well over $ 100,000,000 over decade(s)) 😦

    3. Creating LISTS of both to submit a Bill to the State / Feds, asking him
    “Who pays a bill they do not know they owe or are not presented with
    the necessary enumberation and documentation.”

    4. Mentioning to a certain law firm with 33 Boreds of Edukations as clients
    that having $ 54,000,000 in shorted ECS might have recoverable action and
    put certain people in better lights.

    5. If the state and feds Bonded for all unfunded mandates & interest,
    it could entirely eliminate Town Debt AND lower the Mil Rate by 2 – 3
    Mils, or 10 % of your property Tax.

    There are other ways to lower property taxes by 20 – 30 %, without hurting
    services or even improving them. Mulligan for Town Council, then Mayor!

  8. 8 sudds

    Jez… in light of the recent tragedy, do you REALLY think that the Public Works budget is going to ransacked over the course of the next few years??? I give you that come August 1 other department’s budgets will already be raped by Miron… but NOT Public Works!!!

    George… “While there are no guarentees about Revenues, there are communications
    between the Town Committees. I mean Council / Mayor and State reps.” This is why I had to agree with (ahhhhh… my fingers are burning…) Miss Wanamaker. Those communications are pointing us towards believing that we’ll never see those monies, and with Hartford already nearing a deficit… would it suprise anyone if they screw the towns to make themselves look good???

  9. 9 jezebel282

    George,

    “the Bored of Edukation has proven value of a good grant writer.”

    That is Pat Naylor. Miron fired her, remember? Then tried to get her fired from the Board of Ed.

  10. 10 freedomofspeach

    I agree with the basic concept against unfunded mandates, however, it’s clear that the money has come in, and has disappeared in at least Connecticut.

    If the federal government partially funds it and you take the money, you have to abide by the rules. Look where the indexed gasoline tax money has disappeared. The state is bringing in more money in taxes then it ever has, and it’s gone, gone, gone.

    Also remember it might be a federal requirement not to have unfunded mandates. The fedcort clearly stated that Blumenthal did not prove it was on NCLB, however, there is no regulation that I know of that prohibits the state from requiring the towns to do something that they do not fund.

    Stratford has to stop looking for a hand out from the state and the feds. You have to be self sufficient with your own economic engine. The grants the fire and police departments got for homeland security have been exhausted and what do you have to show for them? I am not even sure they were spent where they were supposed to go. Does that sound familiar? Maybe the Police Chief got a new bathroom in his office too.

    Economic development is the only solution. You can’t keep running companies out of town, destroying the tax base, and expect to keep the same level of services as they are killing off the residential taxpayers. Just doesn’t work. Trying to live off government vendors like Sikorsky is going to bite you. Look what happened when West Haven lost their largest taxpayer, Yale moved in. Guess how much Yale will pay for taxes?

    Judge Dismisses Connecticut’s Challenge to Education Law
    By SAM DILLON
    Published: April 30, 2008
    A federal judge has dismissed a closely watched challenge to President Bush’s signature education law, ruling that the State of Connecticut failed to prove that federal officials had forced it to spend its own money to comply with the law’s requirements.

  11. 11 sudds

    “Look what happened when West Haven lost their largest taxpayer, Yale moved in. Guess how much Yale will pay for taxes?”

    What is $0? I’ll take “easy questions” for $400 please Alex!

    But seriously… on the plus side the town of West Haven doesn’t have to pay a single penny oftaxpayer money to do anything to maintain/update to property, right?

    Once again… I wonder if Yale is looking for a nice theater to have!!! ZERO of my tax dollars to fix it up AND we get high quality theatre… sounds like a win/win to me!!

    PCS… if we make them promise to have a children’s series will you back my idea???

  12. Sudds ~

    I definitely support reopening Shakespeare (sorry Jeze) – especially with the least amount of cost to the taxpayers. I don’t say much about it here, but it’s a place that’s near and dear to my heart. My grandmother worked there for many, many years. I saw many productions there – from Shakespeare to Godspell and others. Will Geer (Grandpa Walton) used to come and tend to the flower gardens every year and when I drive down Elm Street, I really get bummed. It’s such a great location and has so much potential. It’s like househunting – you’ve got to see the trees beyond the forest and on this, I certainly do.

  13. 13 jezebel282

    PCS,

    “I definitely support reopening Shakespeare (sorry Jeze)”

    So do I!

    I think it would be a great location for an office building with maybe a Starbucks on the ground floor. Perhaps a nice piano lounge/restaurant to meet the “entertainment” clause?

  14. 14 sudds

    You want to replace a cultural epicenter like the Shakespeare Theatre with a STARFUCKS!?!?!?!

    Are you nucking futs???

    Think about it… we’d be looking at what about $100,000 a year in property taxes? Now divide that by approximately 50,000 residents in town.

    So Jezzy, my dear… you want to give up our theatre and a valuable piece of land for a whopping $2 per taxpayer per year??? How about if I just promise to personally mail you $2 a year? Would that be enough to squash your awful idea???

  15. See ~ I’m getting myself in trouble already this morning. :>D

    Sorry, I got the impression that you weren’t all that hot about getting the theatre up and running. My apologies…..

  16. 16 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    With an office building upstairs we can tax the chairs, desks, servers, printers, phones, company cars and property. And don’t forget the piano/bar restaurant!

    I can see it now: “Shakespeare Executive Park”!

    Besides, we’ve been “futsing” with it for 20 years now and….nothing.

  17. Perhaps it could be called the “Mironville Town Hall Annex”????

    I agree – the length of time this has been back and forth has to come to an end. So long as the Burke name is no where in the mix…..

  18. 18 jezebel282

    PCS,

    The truth is that after 20 years we still don’t have any idea how much it would cost to renovate or tear down. (Where is that information on B&L anyway?) We have yet to see a firm offer of a dime from anybody willing to make it happen. I just don’t see any real evidence from anyone that this theater can become successful.

    And it’s not like we haven’t given it enough time. As for the memories, I remember drive-in movies and ice cream trucks. I can’t seem to find any anymore.

  19. 19 1george1

    Jeze,
    I know Pat Naylor is the BoE Grant writer and is capable.
    She is also listed as a $ 61,000 Town Pension.
    She also kept me and others from being involved in Meetings
    @’ Methodist Church, where some issues could have been
    raised and problems averted.

    The summer of the petition, I was told that it looked like Miron
    Burturla were behind the petition and manipulated people to do
    what they really wanted them to do.
    (see the minority report of the prior C. R. C. for M. O.)

    Based on Burturla’s Opinion on Recall and Grandfathered Rights,
    I believe there is merit to BOTH the C. R. C. being AGAINST the
    PUBLIC INTEREST and for the APARATCHIKS and PENSION THIEFS.

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    I have always favored the Shakespeare Theater to be 24/7/365
    for PROFIT entity, with PROPERTY TAX and licensing partnerships
    helping Town Revenues and being an Economic Engine, within a
    Residential neighborhood of Historic District.

    With over 100 plays and a few hundred sonnets and almost 1000
    characters, only a group of morons and/or selfish thieves can
    fail to make a ton of money, with today’s technology and the
    potential of a booking house.

    Look what Disney did with Mickey Mouse characters or
    Warner Brothers and Looney Tunes
    Or Star Wars characters and licensing
    Or Harry Potter….
    Or …

    While PARKING may be insufficient for the audience capacity,
    if you check the capacity of the Broadway, Off Broadway, and
    concert / club venues …. how do you not make money?

    Why wouldn’t a Cable TV or FM / AM station now want instant
    access to the type of Stage and seating Capacities?

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    Everyone makes excuses why things can’t be done.

    Like UNFUNDED MANDATES.

    Maybe, if we had a LIST of UNFUNDED MANDATES

    Maybe, if we had specific COST per UNFUNDED MANDATES.

    Maybe, if we had STARTING POINTS of the UNFUNDED MANDATES.

    Once you have FACTS and FIGURES, viable alternatives can be created!!

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    NO ONE PAYS A BILL they do NOT know they OWE.

    IF a BILL is NEVER assembled and created, how can it be collected?

    Yo people ,,, you do NOT KNOW what you do NOT KNOW!
    One can NOT SOLVE PROBLEMS, until you KNOW there is a PROBLEM.

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    Mulligan for 3rd District Town Council 2008
    Mulligan for Stratford Mayor 2009

    I accept NO DONATIONS!

  20. Jeze ~

    I realize all of that, it’s just heartbreaking. I think there’s something very positive that could happen if it were to finally get moving.

    I too remember drive-ins (the Candlelight and Pix) on the East Side of Bridgeport, ice cream trucks (Mr. Softee and Good Humor) which are still around and, right here in our Town, Ahearn’s Amusement Park (and the car hops along Main Street). Stratford seems to have gone by the wayside in a great many areas and there’s so much potential and untapped potential. We need to start perking it back up again.

  21. 21 jezebel282

    George,

    “She is also listed as a $ 61,000 Town Pension.”

    She wouldn’t be getting that if Miron didn’t fire her.

    “She also kept me and others from being involved in Meetings
    @’ Methodist Church, where some issues could have been
    raised and problems averted.”

    Beats me, George. I just kinda wandered in and sat down. The next thing I know I was wearing out my shoes walking petitions.

    “was told that it looked like Miron Burturla were behind the petition and manipulated people to do what they really wanted them to do.”

    George, I really don’t think Miron was much in favor of the petition, do you? Considering he had Haddad reject it, Burturla to find it illegal, Blum Shapiro conduct a punitive audit of Naylor and Pawluk delay certification.

  22. 22 sudds

    1) “With an office building upstairs we can tax the chairs, desks, servers, printers, phones, company cars and property. And don’t forget the piano/bar restaurant!”

    Do you have any idea what the property taxes these companies will pay is? I’d guess a lot less than $100k a year!!!

    2) “The truth is that after 20 years we still don’t have any idea how much it would cost to renovate or tear down.”

    Do you REALLY think that the cost would be an issue for Yale? Their endowment at the end of 2007 was $22.5 BILLION… I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that they can afford to fix it up!!!

    3) “I have always favored the Shakespeare Theater to be 24/7/365 for PROFIT entity with PROPERTY TAX”

    How’s that working out for us so far?

    4) “and licensing partnerships helping Town Revenues and being an Economic Engine”

    How’s that engine running right now Georgie-boy? How about for the last 20 years?

    5) “within a Residential neighborhood of Historic District.”

    Which residents were the ones who wanted an office park/piano bar in their back yard again? Oh yeah, and nothing says “Historic District” like an office park, right?

    6) “Stratford seems to have gone by the wayside in a great many areas and there’s so much potential and untapped potential. We need to start perking it back up again.”

    How about if we start with a theatre that is actually OPEN!!!

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    Let’s face it people… we can NOT develop this as an office park, and the for-profit think has been a giant black-hole for 20 years! When are we going to wake up and look for ideas that might actually work? Sure my proposal won’t yield $100,000 in annual tax dollars, but it also WLL NOT COST US $25 MILLION (plus?)!!!

    And… get this… we’ll actually have an open theatre!!! WOW… who woulda thunk it!?!?!?!

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    PS… George… “I accept NO DONATIONS!” what if I just leave an envelope on your front porch???

  23. 23 jezebel282

    “Do you have any idea what the property taxes these companies will pay is? I’d guess a lot less than $100k a year!!!”

    With our Council and mayor? I’m sure that they can tax it in very creative ways.

    “I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that they can afford to fix it up!!!”

    Have they returned any of your calls yet?

    “Which residents were the ones who wanted an office park/piano bar in their back yard again? ”

    As opposed to hundreds of cars trying to get into one small parking lot? Or the buses? Office parks tend to be quiet, especially at night when people are trying to sleep. Piano bars/restaurants tend to attract an older more..umm…subdued clientèle. And the piano player would qualify as a “performance”.

    “How about if we start with a theatre that is actually OPEN!!!”

    Sure! It has only been 20 years since that happened.

    “Sure my proposal won’t yield $100,000 in annual tax dollars”

    So, we should do it just for fun?

  24. 24 sudds

    1) “With our Council and mayor? I’m sure that they can tax it in very creative ways.”

    I’ll take that one as you admitting that I am right!

    2) “Have they returned any of your calls yet?”

    Like I have any authority to reach out to them!

    3) “As opposed to hundreds of cars trying to get into one small parking lot? Or the buses? Office parks tend to be quiet, especially at night when people are trying to sleep. Piano bars/restaurants tend to attract an older more..umm…subdued clientèle. And the piano player would qualify as a “performance”

    Nope… as opposed the drug dealers that I hear are hanging out around here now!

    4) “Sure! It has only been 20 years since that happened.”

    EXACTLY… maybe it’s time for a different approach. Different as in one that will actually get the theatre open!!!

    5) “So, we should do it just for fun?”

    WOW… talk about taking a statement out of context!!! What was the rest of the sentence my dear? Something like, oh I don’t know… “but it also WLL NOT COST US $25 MILLION (plus?)!!!”

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    Let’s face it Jez… your idea is impossible, and the other ideas on the table suck royal monkey butt!!!

    So instead of teaming up with the losers we have in the past we try this time instead to find a partner who actually knows how to win??? I’m open to any other good ideas (i.e. we get the doors open AND at no cost to taxpayers)… I just have not seen any other than my own yet!!!

  25. 25 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    I think the point I’m trying to make is that for 20 years now that theater has looked like a big pile of cash to some unscrupulous politicians and hucksters. It’s not looking any better now. I am merely proposing an alternate approach which is certainly as good as yours.

    I believe the chances of getting someone to dump a ton of money into renovating a Shakespeare theater in the middle (I hope) of a recession are two: slim and none.

    If we can’t get anyone real to invest in it (and Lord knows, we’ve tried) then it is time to consider other options. Condos maybe?

  26. 26 sudds

    I understand you’re point (the first half anyway), but the options you propose are IMPOSSIBLE with the restrictions the state has put on the land!

    And I agree that finding a VALID investor right now would be difficult!

    Hence my proposal! You make jokes about it every time I mention it… but let’s be honest… is there really a better/plausible option out there?

  27. Well, we know that the people from Hollywood East/Area 51 have poked around here – maybe a shout out to them???? If they’re going to do what they say with the SAEP property, perhaps they want an existing theatre.

  28. 28 freedomofspeach

    “I understand you’re point (the first half anyway), but the options you propose are IMPOSSIBLE with the restrictions the state has put on the land!”

    That’s agreed. Open space is the winner for me. Put a tent up for the season. A big circus tent, they can share it with the TC.

    “And I agree that finding a VALID investor right now would be difficult!”

    Finding one that has cash, knowledge, and experience, is easy. Finding one who will make the payments necessary to the right people is impossible. I know at least one who stepped forward but would not make a deal.

    “Hence my proposal! You make jokes about it every time I mention it… but let’s be honest… is there really a better/plausible option out there?”

    How can you even think about a decision without knowing the true cost of renovation? Where’s the B & L Report? Wasn’t there someone who was on the TC who was supposed to get that? You will find the report that the town paid for is invalid on its face, and most likely illegal in its production. But no one can “demand” to see a report paid for by the town on a town piece of property, even a member of the TC it seems.

    Ernst and Young (I think) did a study many years ago on this, just before they picked the evil one the first time, and they had quite a lot of information, the town, through the TC, refused to follow through with reviewing their preliminary feasibility study. The report, if I remember correctly, stated even back then without public financing and ongoing financial support this thing was going to be a looser. Now add maybe $5-10 million in additional renovation costs, plus increased fuel and insurance costs, I just can’t see it working without a big line item budget from the town. What did I come up with, like $150 per ticket and full seats? That was before Gavin gave a little information ok its now $150 and 75% full for every show.

    “Well, we know that the people from Hollywood East/Area 51 have poked around here – maybe a shout out to them???? If they’re going to do what they say with the SAEP property, perhaps they want an existing theatre.”

    I would make funding and professional management of the theater a mandatory in kind part of approving any zoning change for the Avco site. Problem solved. Better then paying millions a year in “fees” to someone’s campaign manager to maintain the fence and buildings or almost as much in “legal” or “consulting fees” to past/present/former TC members or staff. Let the taxpayers get something for the money that has been previously earmarked for the pockets of the connected.

  29. 29 sudds

    Freedom… how about if the Mayor/TC/taxpayers spend NOTHING and get a 6 ticket subscription for only $43.33 a show???

    Sound good to you???

  30. 30 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    Make the call. Call Yale and tell them it’s ripe for the taking. You have an MBA…you can do it. No one else will.

  31. 31 sudds

    Yeah… just like your charter petition with the CRC2… I don’t think that my MBA is going to bear much weight in discussions with Yale!

    However, if a certain (GAVIN???) member of our TC were to propose it…

  32. 32 1george1

    For years I have been saying everything is on a TIMETABLE.

    AVCO
    SHAKESPEARE
    AIRPORT
    LBW
    DOT > I – 95

    Bridgeport I – 95 is virtually perfect and overlooks a parking lot from the
    Harbor to GE Boston Avenue.

    When STEAL POINT is settled, things will start to roll toward Bridgeport,
    the way the State concentrated on Eastern CT (Indians) to offset the
    probable eventual Navy Base closing.
    (Subs & Tanks can not hide from Satellites & heat seeking missles)

    The DOT finished the I – 15 Bridge next to SIKORSKY. The I – 95 Bridge
    will draw construction, including RAMPS on/off # 33, regardless of how
    my neighbors feel.

    Jim Amman said on WICC that Area 51 is a Home Run. I wonder who is helping
    to finance his run for Governor? Maybe a firm with 33 Boards of Ed as clients?

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    When the state is ready to make the move on Bridgeport / Stratford, it
    will be when their allies can reap maximum benefit!

    No one on this blog will give the planners credit for being capable and it
    is a big mistake!
    No one on this blog completely understands the way the planners think,
    act, and disregard the affect on the population.

  33. 33 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    Don’t underestimate the power of public opinion. It is the currency Councilman trade in (legally).

    At the LEAST, the petitions gave the Council enough courage to vote for revision. It is true that we are behind in the score with two minutes left in the game (I had help with that metaphor). The Council, especially those at the end of their term limits, have one more chance to make it right.

    “I don’t think that my MBA is going to bear much weight in discussions with Yale!”

    You’d be surprised what simple phone calls can do. Do NOT wait for a Councilman to take up your cause. Make the call and and at least find the person to talk to and whether your plan is even possible. Then go to your favorite councilman (Amy Wanamaker?) after you’ve done all the work. If you believe in your plan, that is. If not, let’s forget about Yale coming to our “rescue”.

  34. 34 1george1

    Don’t underestimate the power of public opinion. It is the currency Councilman trade in (legally).

    Jeze,
    The Public has a SHORT MEMORY.
    A fraction of the Public knows the players or the reality.
    Many of the knowledgeble Public voted with their feet.
    With a 1.3 % Tax Increase this year, and a probable decrease next year
    (all on Time table, and BIPARTISAN)
    What are you expecting Public Opinion to be?

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    At the LEAST, the petitions gave the Council enough courage to vote for revision.
    It is true that we are behind in the score with two minutes left in the game
    (I had help with that metaphor). The Council, especially those at the end of
    their term limits, have one more chance to make it right.

    FAIRY TAILS can COME TRUE. they can happen to ….
    You still believe the C. R. C. was a failure, when in fact it was a great
    success to the forces of darkness….

    I remember Henrick talking to ALVIN, with Gavin next to Henrick who said:
    We don’t care about the petitioners ….
    (above was exact quote – below is approx quote)
    We have issues that need clarification and fixing …

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    You’d be surprised what simple phone calls can do. Do NOT wait for a Councilman to take up your cause. Make the call and and at least find the person to talk to and whether your plan is even possible. Then go to your favorite councilman (Amy Wanamaker?) after you’ve done all the work. If you believe in your plan, that is.

    The above is a start.
    However, with todays technology and communications, as tools to affect the
    communications ….. Archimedes


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