Leadership in Stratford? Yes! But not in Town Hall.

03Jun08

I just couldn’t let this one get buried. We have so few success stories to talk about in this Town. It just feels so good to talk about creativity, cooperation and leadership. And while this should be the way it happens every day, this story is amazing.

Imagine what would happen if….

You read it in the Post:

Stratford, teachers extend contract
RICHARD WEIZEL
Article Last Updated: 06/03/2008 12:56:57 AM EDT

STRATFORD — The local teachers’ union has agreed to a one-year contract extension beyond the current three-year pact that would have expired June 30, 2009.

In a “nearly unanimous” vote the 600-member Stratford Education Association recently ratified a proposal by the school administration to extend the current contract, said union Vice President Regina Kinsman.

Under the extension, union members will receive a 2.65 percent salary hike taking effect July 1, 2009.

In the final year of the current contract teachers are scheduled to receive a 3 percent pay increase on July 1 of this year.

Beginning July 1, newly hired teachers with a bachelor’s degree will be paid about $42,000, which will jump to $44,261 next July, and teachers at the top of the scale with a sixth-year degree will be paid $87,700 July 1, which will rise to $91,681 in 2009, said Ben Branyan, the chief operating officer for the school system.

Branyan said the contract extension means the union and school board can avoid lengthy and potentially contentious contract negotiations and costly legal fees next year.

“This kind of contract extension is rare, but it is in everyone’s best interest and we are very pleased the SEA overwhelmingly ratified our proposal,” said Supt. of Schools Irene Cornish.

Branyan agreed the one-year extension is “fair and beneficial for both sides.”

Kinsman, a member of the SEA executive board and negotiating team, said both panels unanimously recommended approval of the extension to union membership.

“We felt it was a fair offer considering the current state of the economy and the town’s efforts to control spending and taxes,” said Kinsman, the former union president. “We wanted to demonstrate a spirit of cooperation as well.”

Town Council Chairman Michael Henrick, R-10, praised both the school administration and the union for working together to avoid costly negotiations next year, and for agreeing last week to reduce its original $89 million budget proposal by $1.5 million with a “creative” new health plan.

Cornish and Branyan worked the past few weeks with union leadership to develop the concept of a Health Savings Account that will be fully funded by the Board of Education to greatly lower the cost of health insurance for its employees. Instead of a 19 percent increase that would have been charged by Oxford Health Insurance, health costs will not rise at all under the savings account plan. Branyan said the concept allows a high deductible plan of $1,100 for single employees, and $2,200 for couples and families to greatly lower the premiums that had been paid by the school district.

“I would hope this cooperative effort by the school board and teachers’ union will serve as a model for other unions in town,” Henrick said. Mike? Miron and the unions bargain in good faith? After all he has done for them?

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112 Responses to “Leadership in Stratford? Yes! But not in Town Hall.”

  1. But, Jez that very leadership was in Town Hall. Ben Branyan was the second in a series of employees fired by Mayor Miron within the first 6 months of his term of office. With Ben second in command at the BOE – you can see the difference it has made within the administration. Mrs. Cornish, the members of the BOE and all of the employees of the BOE are fortunate to have him. It was the Town’s loss to lose Ben. Please make note members of the CRC who voted against limiting the “at will” status of the major Town departments. And, Mr. Henrick, you will NEVER, AND I MEAN NEVER, see such cooperation between the Town unions and Miron’s administration.
    And, I’ll give you three chances to guess why. I bet you will be right on the first try!

  2. 2 sudds

    My guess would be that because of regardless of who’s Mayor the unions don’t give a flying monkey-butt about anything except their own paychecks… so they’re not going to bend as easily as a bunch of schoolteachers (who obviously have to get into teaching for reasons other than their paycheck)!?!?!?!

    AM I RIGHT ❓ ❓ ❓

  3. 3 sudds

    PS… and just for the record… I don’t blame them! Everyone needs to look out for numero uno!!!

  4. 4 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    It’s called “leadership”. You don’t get something for nothing. You have to be creative, intelligent and fair. The right mayor has lot’s of options other than fear.

  5. 5 sudds

    Do you honestly think that ANYONE in the Mayor position in town could be able to work out a town-side union deal with “give backs” like the teachers offered up?

    Seriously?

    You do?

    Get out of here!

    You’re nucking futs!

    If you really think that then would you like to invest in this lovely property on Long Beach West that I have? Only $2MM for a waterfront home!!!

  6. 6 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    Read the article. Nothing was given up. Everyone is happy and we still save money. It’s a good thing. It’s like when Ed Gomo proposed switching to a 401K instead of a pension system. Everyone wins. Go on, admit it.

  7. Sudds,
    The teachers did not give anything up. They simply agreed to change the health provider and thereby agreed to new terms of coverage. The huge upfront deductibles will be paid by the BOE not the teachers. In exchange for the switch, the BOE will have lower premiums to pay. NO TEACHER gave up anything. Simply put, they were willing to sit down with a gentleman leader and discuss options for a win/win situation – and after deliberating chose to agree. They did so because there is honor in Mrs. Cornish’s administration. She does not lead through “fear” and “intimidation.” She and the members of her group are professional leaders. And they are respected because they give respect. Not so in the Miron administration. Just ask any supervisor how honorable and respected Miron and his team are.

  8. 8 1george1

    I was an outspoken critic of theO’Connell leadership in Education.
    Subsequently, I learned he did some good things.

    I have seen some of my criticism used by Ms. Cornish to make improvements.
    Especially true of top heavy Admistration, which has partially creap back.

    Further, Ben created the 1st EVER PRINTED “approved Budget” after I raised
    the issue to him and then to the the Council.
    If nothing else, it gave Irene, Ben, the Board of Ed, and Council a transparent
    platform, from which to see areas which either needed addressing or could
    be effected and affected

    Further, I made some suggestions, which she customized and implemented.

    Ms. Cornish incorporated breaking down the differences in the Revenue
    Sourcing in her Budget presentations, at my suggestion, which shows the
    benefit / effect of State and Federal money vs collected Town Taxes
    (About 75% Town Tax + 25 % outside sources)

    I have been an outspoken advocate of obtaining Grant money for the Town
    and Board of Ed. Apparently Pat Naylor does that and does it well.
    I have ZERO relationship with Mrs. Naylor.
    I did sign the petition. i did collect a few signatures.

    I raised issue to Mrs. Cornish about food programs for children which can
    improve health, learning, test scoring, and deportment/conduct.
    > She already had FEDERAL GRANT money and programs in place.

    I raised issue about renaming schools for people willing to pay millions per
    year over an extended period of time and / or partnerships with companies.
    > She has created a couple of Strategic partnerships.
    > I honestly do not know if my suggestions helped trigger action or if there
    were mechanisms in place?

    There are other people who have made far more contributions than I to
    helping educate children. This is not about tooting my horn. However it is
    about showing how raising some ideas can help the Town or Board of Ed,
    who have the personnel and ability to make changes for better or worse.

    I suspect several bloggers have also done things to help. 🙂
    I suspect several bloggers / readers, have done nothing to help? 😦

  9. 9 sudds

    Wow… when you people like someone you REALLY go to bat for them, huh?

    I was talking to a Stratford teacher last night, and this individual told me that not a single teacher is happy with the 3.0%/2.65% pay increases… but they simply voted for it because they were afraid that they would all get pink slips like the teachers in Milford did a few months back. And then the administration would be free to terminate whoever they want!!!

    So, while I have no doubts that Mr. Branyan is a nice man, and that he worked very hard on tis… please do not go handing out 100% of the “praise” before we know all of the facts… especially when it seems like you’re doing so just to take cheap shots at Miron (and we all know I am NOT a Miron supporter)!!!

    It’s foolish jabs like these that make this blog lose credibility when we have justification to take real jabs!!!

  10. 10 jezebel282

    Cyclops,

    I think Sudds, like most taxpayers in Stratford, is simply not accustomed to effective leadership. It’s hard to recognize if you don’t see it for a couple of years.

    Once in a great while we get leadership that is not interested in the power and the glory, instead they are interested in doing their job well. And believe it or not, it can be done without secure bunkers, personal attorneys and “aides”.

  11. 11 justanotherreader

    Sudds,

    Don’t lump all Town employees together as not giving a “flying monkey-butt” about what happens in Town. Remember that a many of them are taxpayers and have a vested interest in the current and future financial status of the Town. As with any large group of people (politicians especially) there are good and bad, those who are willing to rape the system for every penny they can get their hands on, and then there are those who are responsible people. Oh wait, most of those were fired!

  12. 12 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    Tell this teacher that most people are afraid of losing their jobs in a very bad recession because unlike this teacher we are “at will” employees (right?). Also tell this teacher that we get two weeks off and maybe 9 holidays and NO raise at all. Oh…you might mention that this teacher’s pay will go up anyway because the deductible for health care will be lower. And if this teacher lives in Stratford the mortgage payment won’t go up.

    It is simply a good move for everyone by a professional administrator. As I said at the beginning, we haven’t had the chance to be positive about anything for the last two years. You have to give credit when credit is due. To only post negative comments reduces credibility.

    Is everything OK with the school system? Nope. We need more classes, more teachers, more facilities, more upgraded infrastructure, less unfunded requirements, more grants, and on and on. But when you can effectively save taxpayer money (a lot of it) and remain fair that is something to applaud.

  13. 13 sudds

    Cyclops…

    Actually I think Sudds (unlike others who’s names I shall not mention) likes to deal in facts from BOTH SIDES of an arguement, and then make an informed decision… not just use snippets here and there for what one can only assume is a personal vendetta!!!

    But hey… it’s good to know that the techniques of Joseph Goebbels continue today!!! (there ya go George… I teed up a a nice Nazi reference for ya… go for it!!!)

  14. 14 sudds

    justanotherreader… I wasn’t implying that they don’t give a flyng monkey butt about anything in town. Maybe I wasn’t 100% clear, but my point was this…

    Do you think that the union will decide to fight for a 3% raise instead of a 5% raise because they want to ensure that taxpayers won’t have to foot a higher bill?

    If so… then personally I think that they are idiots!!!

  15. 15 sudds

    Jez… “It is simply a good move for everyone”… EXACTLY!!!

    Again, I do not doubt that Mr. Branyan worked very hard on this… but if it is so good for everyone… then why heap so much praise on one person? Especially when (a) it is their job and (b) “It is simply a good move for everyone”

    Breathing is good for all of us too… but when was the last time you heaped praise upon your lungs???

    Again… it seems to me that while this is a GOOD thing… it also appears as though you all are passing out praise simply as a cheap shot against Miron!!! (WTF… how did I end up defending Miron?)

  16. 16 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “personal vendetta!!!”? “that the techniques of Joseph Goebbels continue today!!!”? “then personally I think that they are idiots!!!”?

    Strong words there, Sudds, Ole Buddy. Care to back any of them up? Crossing over to the Dark Side are you, young Skywalker?

    Go ahead, take your best shot at saving taxpayer money and being fair all around. Remember: lower copays in premiums mean bigger paychecks. They will probably end up with their 5% anyway.

  17. 17 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “it also appears as though you all are passing out praise simply as a cheap shot against Miron!!!”

    Not at all.

    What I’m saying is that the BOE takes half of the Town Budget, has more union employees, less administration and is responsible for every child in the district. Simply compare the last two years. How much good news has come out of Town Hall? How much out of the BOE?

    This mayor didn’t even bother to call the BOE before putting together his budget. This is the same guy that blew off a meeting of 500+ teachers, administrators and voters. Obviously education is not a priority for him.

    Oh…and this is the same mayor that fired Branyan. How can you not avoid comparing them?

  18. 18 sudds

    “take your best shot at saving taxpayer money and being fair all around”…

    Perhaps you have missed my plan to save the town MILLIONS by handing the keys to the Shakespeare theatre over to Yale? Or my plan to easily save thousands by planting a few petunias myself (in exchange for being able to plant a “maintained by Rocki” sign) instead of paying OT to PW employees?

    “lower copays in premiums mean bigger paychecks”

    So in sentence one you talk about saving the town money, and then in sentence two you explain how new found savings are being passed along to the teachers instead of the town. I’m so confused!!!

  19. 19 sudds

    “How much good news has come out of Town Hall?”

    Foret about good news… at this point I’d just like to see us stop hemmoraging bad news!!!

  20. 20 justanotherreader

    Sudds, I think the unions would promote a 3% increase if they knew that 5% meant that other things were going to be sacrificed. Remeber, it is like one big pie that must be divided among a lot of hungry peole. What is the sense of having 5% in your pocket but then get a pink slip to go along with it because taxpayers can’t or won’t pay for it? I think the point here is that this move by the Board of Education seems to promote an atmosphere of cooperation for the benefit of as many as possible. Miron promotes no cooperation unless it is for his personal, political, or financial gain.

  21. 21 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “Perhaps you have missed my plan to save the town MILLIONS by handing the keys to the Shakespeare theatre over to Yale?”

    Did you make the call yet?

    “So in sentence one you talk about saving the town money, and then in sentence two you explain how new found savings are being passed along to the teachers instead of the town. I’m so confused!!!”

    Sudds, where did you get your MBA? The Close-Cover-Before-Striking School of Business? The health savings plan saves a 19% increase in Oxford’s plan. That’s a huge pile of cash. Even by funding the savings plan, copays for employees will be less. (Tell your teacher to read the plan). So you have a new plan that costs the same as the current one, with lower copays and no 19% increase. I imagine it took a lot of research and skillful negotiation.

    Or do you just refuse to accept good news?

  22. 22 sudds

    justanotherreader…

    “I think the unions would promote a 3% increase if they knew that 5% meant that other things were going to be sacrificed”

    And I think you’re wrong! I guess time will prove one of us wrong, right?

    “Remeber, it is like one big pie that must be divided among a lot of hungry peole. What is the sense of having 5% in your pocket but then get a pink slip to go along with it because taxpayers can’t or won’t pay for it?”

    But this is a “magic” pie that can (and does) continue to grow!!! The Council took what… 5 minutes… to approve the budget? And (after all of the budget workshops)how many items did they change? As long as the bottom line works out ok… they obviously don’t care too much about the line-by-line items!!!

    “I think the point here is that this move by the Board of Education seems to promote an atmosphere of cooperation for the benefit of as many as possible”

    It only SEEMS that way because no one reported on how the teachers agreed to it out of fear! (What was your last point about pink slips?) So, what seperates that from how people propose Miron operates?

    “Miron promotes no cooperation unless it is for his personal, political, or financial gain”

    Isn’t that the definition of a politician???

  23. 23 sudds

    The University of Belize!

  24. 24 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    Do you still have your tan?

  25. 25 jezebel282

    Just,

    “I think the point here is that this move by the Board of Education seems to promote an atmosphere of cooperation for the benefit of as many as possible.”

    Remember, Miron proposed cutting the school budget without regard for the effect it would have. And to be realistic, if you take the average teacher salary, the differential comes to maybe $25 per week. That will be partially offset by lower copays. And we STILL save money. It’s called “negotiating”. The big difference is if you sit across a table from Cornish & Branyan you don’t immediately assume they are trying to screw you. On the other hand if Miron & Buturla are on the other side…..

    And Sudds is right. I don’t remember a Councilman objecting to $1.26 MILLION for the Town Attorney or $500,000 to run the mayor’s office.

  26. 26 sudds

    Nope… it vanished when I made that attempt (who knew that I would have to know how to add??) for a Doctorate at the University of Iceland!

  27. 27 1george1

    I support and praise effective government.
    I am against and criticize bad government.

    If you notice my blog about Cornish & Branyan, I wrote the Top Heavy
    part of Administration was greatly reduced, yet has started to creep
    back up, as opposed to certain c.r.e.e.p. in Administration & Law.

    I also found a couple items I will address to them in the future, which
    I believe is the worng direction. At least with Ben & Irene, they correct
    their mistakes or can justify why it is correct (not a mistake).
    (Aren’t we still waiting for a certain list of achievments?)

    Yes, education and teachers are human, have their own agenda and
    will act in their own best interest. Isn’t it nice when their best interest
    and the town’s best interest and the children’s best interest, and the
    parent’s best interest, and the tax payer’s best interest are confluent.

    (I had to explain confluent to Mike Imbro on a police issue. I suspect
    he and Mike Reynolds get some of the same subscriptions?)

    So while ulterior motives can be extrapulated ad naseum…
    Sometimes a cigar… is just a cigar.
    Not even a conspiracy theory… drat! 😦

    However, I support money saving moves and better education / nutrician,
    even if they were not implementing some of my suggestions.
    And they even NAMED one after me at a Board of Ed meeting, or so I heard?
    > Imagine that, people in government giving people proper credit?

  28. 28 jezebel282

    The latest story I get (unconfirmed as of yet) is that the Council will cut $1.5 million from the BOE capital budget and allocate it to….wait for it…..the Animal Shelter.

    I suppose that says a lot about the Clowncil and the Mayor’s opinion of children.

  29. Here are a couple questions – since we know that the council or members of the council view the blog:

    1. How many of the council have school aged children?

    2. Of those children, how many are in Stratford’s public school system?

    Once that question is answered, we’ll have the reason why our children are so unimportant!

    It’s high time that the good ole’ boy network and get some fresh blood in Stratford politics. Out with the old, in with the new and most definitely improved.

  30. 30 sudds

    “It’s high time that the good ole’ boy network and get some fresh blood in Stratford politics. Out with the old, in with the new and most definitely improved.”

    Is this a declaration of candidacy??? 🙂

  31. 31 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    Don’t get excited. Pat teases even more than Gavin Forrester.

  32. 32 starlooker

    I am checking into the council and who has children in our school system. I know in the past I had words with Norm because he was stating there is NOTHING at all wrong with the Stratford School System so I said at a council meeting, Mr. Aldredge why is your 2 sons going to Fairfield Prep. if there is nothing wrong with the Stratford School system. Camillo boasted the same thing and his son went to Prep also and his daughter at Sacred Heart Academy. Gavins daughter graduated from Stratford High school and had gone to Stratford Public schools. Julians children were in Catholic Schools and I know of a son at Prep also.

  33. 33 jezebel282

    Star,

    I can say for sure there is nothing wrong with Stratford High, the middle schools or elementary schools. Every school, however, is forced to administer CAPT, CMT’s and other tests due to No Child Left Behind. Without funding, of course. Our students today are the most tested students in history. The dichotomy is that if the students score poorly, you get more federal aid. If the scores are brought up and the school system is brought off the “list” you get less.

    I doubt there exists a parent of a school-age (or soon to be) child that doesn’t believe MORE should be spent on actual education and less on administration. I would even go so far as to say these same parents believe that their tax dollars should be applied to leaky roofs, heating, educational aids and programs rather than an animal shelter.

  34. 34 sudds

    Here’s a crazy idea that obviously makes too much sense to ever get passed in this town…

    …why don’t we hand over the keys to the deteriorating SFT to Yale… and pay for the repairs at the school and to build a new animal shelter used with the funds set aside for the SFT???

  35. 35 jezebel282

    Sudds?

    Are you crazy? That makes sense.

  36. 36 sudds

    Sorry!!! 😦

  37. 37 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    That’s OK. Just don’t let it happen again. Where do you think you are? This is Stratford, you know.

  38. So, what we have here is funding for our school system who (a) utilize private schools for their children; (b) have children who are grown up and don’t utilize our school system; (c) have no children at all; or (d) are members of our TC but don’t even reside in the Town! This includes the Mayor – because, as far as the public knows, he has no children, right?

    What’s wrong with this picture?

    Believe me, if you pre-school aged or elementary school aged children, this is extremely frustrating.

  39. Oops, sorry, left out an important word, should read:

    So, what we have here is funding for our school system being dictated by people who (a) utilize private schools for their children; (b) have children who are grown up and don’t utilize our school system; (c) have no children at all; or (d) are members of our TC but don’t even reside in the Town!

  40. 40 starlooker

    PCS:

    Exactly. I know of those 2 right away. I am still looking into the rest of the TC.

  41. If anyone has substantiation that there are councilmen serving on the town council who are not residing in this town, you should take that information to the police. Now, I know you are all RAOTFL- but seriously, that is against the law. Perhaps you should take it to the state police. Whatever, an investigation should be initiated. You are making very serious allegations.

  42. 42 jezebel282

    Cyclops is right.

    Take it straight to Richard Buturla… oops I mean John Buturla.

  43. 43 lauradobosz

    So let me get this straight. Unless a Council-person has children who are active in the public school system, they cannot do their job? What about Council members who grew up here and are products of the school system? Obviously their constiuents voted for them because they have faith their Council representative can do their job. By placing this “parent only” clause on the matter, you are slaping the faces of those who voted for the individuals now on the Council.

    Further, there is no Council member who does not live in Stratford. That is just another “rumor” that the posters here like to perpetuate in their free time.

  44. 44 jezebel282

    Ms. Dobosz,

    “Obviously their constiuents voted for them because they have faith their Council representative can do their job.”

    Maybe that’s why Tom Moore beat you so badly.

    “That is just another “rumor” that the posters here like to perpetuate in their free time.”

    It sure passes the time better than bowing to Miron all day. Don’t you’re knees get tired?

  45. 45 lauradobosz

    Ms Sperling;

    I received 43% of the vote in a District that is traditionally a “lock” for the Republicans. It was a higher percentage than those who have preceeded me. That is hardly being beaten so badly. I will be very interested in the day when you actually hit the pavement and talk to Town residents other than those who post here, or complain at the train station.

    As for my knees, I would guess they are no more tired than yours from bowing to Jeze all day.

  46. 46 lauradobosz

    Oh jeeze. In skimming I assumed that was Pat, because after all she loves me so.
    My apologies to her.

    As for Jeze, my knees can not be as tired as your rear end from sitting at the computer day and night trying to relieve yourself of a useless resentment that most of us would have grown up and moved on from, by now.

  47. 47 jezebel282

    Ms. Dobosz,

    Umm…I posted that last one. Not Pat Sperling. Pay attention

    “I received 43% of the vote in a District that is traditionally a “lock” for the Republicans.”

    I guess we all dodged a bullet on that one!

    “when you actually hit the pavement”

    Funny, we are all waiting for Mayor Moron to do exactly that.

    Bowing to me? ROTFLMAO.

    “As for Jeze, my knees can not be as tired as your rear end”

    Really? Do you think this keyboard makes my butt look big?

    However, I do grow weary of your criticism of each and every person that posts anything. You have been invited repeatedly to justify your support of Mayor Moron and have chosen bashing instead.

    Do you favor funding the animal shelter more than schools? Do you have any position at all that Miron hasn’t told you to have?

  48. 48 lauradobosz

    I have posted several times justifications of my support. Pay attention.

    The B.O.E said themselves that they had adequate budget for next year. They in fact requested that the Mayor did return the money that he had originally cut, did they not? As your posted article says, the Teachers were happy as well, you called it something positive, right?

    We need an animal shelter. Period.

    Besides, your “info” as you admitted is not confirmed. Heresay.

  49. 49 1george1

    To add to the point of PCS:

    1. How many Teachers / Bored of Edukation, do NOT live in Stratford?
    A) Whre do they live/pay taxes?

    2. How many elected people, including on the TOWN COMMITTEES
    (hint: Norm?) do NOT live in Stratford, or have not live in Stratford
    (alleged: Alvin & smilin J. Miranda)?

    3) How many Department Heads, do not live in Stratford?
    A) Who are they?
    B) where do they live / pay taxes?

    4) If Board of Ed and Town had similar Health Plans to comparable
    private sector providers, who Taxes go down by 10 %?

    5) If the Pension was fully funded, with a hard cap of 50 % of Base
    Pay, without 3 year golden parachute, and 5 year INVESTMENT
    average performance in the BOTTOM QUARTILE, and, if the BOND
    PAID all of the PENSIONERS and the repayment of the BOND, would
    your Taxes go down antoher 13 %
    Add 4 + 5 = 23 %

    6) If political pork of extravagant goodies and perks, including O.T.
    thrown away and OVER PAID people like R Burturla over $ 500,000
    under Miron, would we save another 3 % = 26 %

    7) If there are $ 5 million in UNPAID MANDATES in TOWN SIDE and on
    the EDUCATION side and they were paid starting now, would your
    taxes go down by $ 10 m or 2.17 mils = 4 % = 30 %

    8) If the FEDS and STATE owed Stratford $ 12,000,000 a year for 15 years
    for unfunded mandates and took over the $ 160,000,000 + Town Debt,
    it would eliminate between $ 11 & $ 14,000,000 annual debt service and
    save about 8 % = 38 %

    9) If AVCO never was down and always contributed about 1.5 Mils per year
    to Town Revenue, by being properly transitioned, would that Revenue and
    less of a borrowing need, save 2 % of Town Taxes, along with economic
    engines, like Shakespeare? 38 % + 2 % = 40 %

    10) If taxes and Mil Rate went down 40 % in Stratford, would businesses
    flock into town, building the Tax Base and sreading the Tax Burden by
    maybe 1 – 2 %? = 42 %

    11) What would happen to Stratford property Values if there 42 % lower
    Taxes?

    !2) Would there be more Revenues for the Schools, replacement vehicles,
    Building maintenace, Senior assistance / relief (Ed Hargus tribute) and
    KIDS first for Edu-ma-kation?

    13) If Town & Teacher retirements were as good or better than Sikorsky
    and their Health plans and other benefits were also on par with the best
    in the private sector and very good in comparision to other public sector,
    would they complain?
    > Jan 2008 = 9 PENSIONS averaged $ 84,000
    > 36 2007 PENSIONS averaged almost $ 44,000
    > Average cost of Healthcare per retiree $ 13,000,
    plus ALL TOWN WORKERS, plus ALL BORED of ED = ABOUT same

    > then there are salaries.

    Can I get into the debate with GAVIN & JON.
    Oh, I forgot, some of the bloggers are Town / BoE workers / retirees. 😉

  50. 50 jezebel282

    Ms. Dobosz,

    My facts are straight:

    “Town Council Chairman Michael Henrick, R-10, praised both the school administration and the union for working together to avoid costly negotiations next year, and for agreeing last week to reduce its original $89 million budget proposal by $1.5 million with a “creative” new health plan.”

    The $1.5 million was saved from the operating budget, not the capital budget. We shall see if the council proposes to cut $1.5 million from the BOE capital budget and pay for an animal shelter. I truly hope they don’t, but I am afraid they will.

    Amazing how Mayor Moron knew nothing of this new health plan. You think maybe he never bothered talking to Cornish or Branyan? Mike Henrick was quick to praise both…

  51. 51 1george1

    ALL of you, except maybe SUDDS and maybe PCS and FREEDOM
    will ignore my post and NOT challenge my numbers.

    I will admit that I slightly inflated a couple of guestimates, as bait
    for debate.

    May I politely ask Laura and Sean to BRING IT ON?

    How about Gavin and Jon to BRING IT ON?

    Cyclops and Star gazer … BRING IT ON?
    Compliment to Cyclops’s Harryhausen atavar, I collect the
    harryhausen movie figures.

    What ever happened to ON TARGET = Florek? and Mr. Fahan?

    Challenge…
    Challenge…
    Challenge…

    Not as good as Toga, Toga 🙂

  52. 52 1george1

    Jeze,

    During last year’s Budget Work Shop, which Miron attended, SuperInt Cornish
    stated there would be a ZERO PERCENT increase in that year’s Health Insurnace
    program, however, there would be a 19 % premium increase the following year.

    The LOW and extreme HIGH struck my memory.

    This year, the NEW HSA plan accepted by the Board of Ed, referred to them by
    NORM, was a 2.3% savings, whereas the HRA would have been a 9.7 % savings.
    Both used the 19 % increase as a BASE LINE towards greater savings and rigging
    the (supposed) money saved (never intended to be spent).

    Maybe Burturla’s buddy Norm did not clue in Miron about the shell game?
    Maybe they want him to “ACT” surprized and flat footed?
    Maybe the Mirons have ALL been set up to be the Norm / Burturla patsies?

    Maybe, just maybe, it is all part of the Time Table? 😉

  53. 53 jezebel282

    George,

    Maybe.

    Are you sure you heard right? What does “a ZERO PERCENT increase in that year’s Health Insurnace program,” mean? Zero increase in coverage, membership or premiums? Was it a two year deal or a one year deal? Have you ever seen a year go by unless there was a premium increase? Perhaps with 550+ members they negotiated a two year plan?

    In any event, saving 2.3% on current expense on top of a 19% expected increase while saving the same benefits or better for employees sounds just fine to me.

  54. 54 sudds

    People… people… people…

    Why are we all arguing when I already found the answer to our problem???

    GAVIN/BEST… I KNOW you’re reading this blog… so please (for the love of god) pick up the phone…

    Richard C. Levin, President
    Yale University
    PO BOX 208229
    New Haven, CT 06520-8229

    Email: presidents.office@yale.edu
    Telephone: (203) 432-2550
    Fax: (203) 432-7105

  55. 55 sudds

    PS… besides… why waste a good chick-fight on something like politics??? 😛

  56. 56 1george1

    Laura and PCS,

    References to knees and rear end …. 😉

    I care more about Human Shelter than Animal Shelter.
    I do support the Animal Shelter being built.
    Once it is built during a Miron administration, I shall give credit due.
    Until then, still hot air….Sorry Laura.

    Laura, I was posting about the Teacher and Town Pensions, Health plans
    and pay, while you posted that the Teachers were happy.
    Hmmmm. I support and admire Teachers and Police / Fire etc.
    I recognize Teachers have to go to school for advanced degrees and
    work at home for kids, and other stuff, but:

    1) 180 Day work year.

    2) 6 hour Day at work, excludes lunch period. Often with time with
    … no classes, to grade tests or prep work.

    3) $ 70,000 average pay.

    4) No work in the elements, with heated rooms and nearby parking
    …where playgrounds once were located

    5) Tenure = Job security, unless a real screw up or criminal.
    MOST TEACHERS are GOOD to VERY GOOD.

    6) GEAT BENEFITS, including low Healthcare Premium and 100 %
    Deductable COVERED, and they KEEP the TOWN’S contribute to
    their OWN Health Savings Account.

    7) more.

    Laura – They should be happy, because they have PAY, BENEFITS,
    and WORKING CONDITIONS, while NOT ideal, are certainly in the
    top percentile. I would grant they are professionals…

    Laura – The PROPERTY TAXES on YOUR HOME, YOUR PARENTS HOME,
    YOUR GRANDPARENTS homes are all about 20 % to 42 % too high by
    my above estimations. So maybe you and your family should be less
    happy or UNHAPPY about this transfer of wealth, which is not as bad
    as what BUSH / CHENEY / RUMSFELD / SCHULTZ / GATES / SENATE /
    CONGRESS / STATES are doing to us.

    Laura. I am very proud of my 5.3 % of my VOTE.
    You should be exceedingly proud of your 43 % of the VOTE in a
    REPUBLICAN stronghold, where it is unlikely any Democrat wins.

    However, while I like you as a person and admire that you got into
    the politcal fray and actually ran for office, unlike the gripers….

    So far, I am not impressed with your list of accomplishments of things
    that Jim Miron actually has IN PLACE.
    Unlike other Bloggers, I give Jim & U R BRUTAL some credit when they
    actually do something.

    And SO FAR, I am impressed with Tom Moore’s efforts to benefit the
    Town in certain aspects, while I have also criticized others, like the
    C. R. C. selection and certain votes.

    Amy also has gotten my praise.

    Everyone on the Council has a mixed review from me, which is OK.
    However, thumbs down on the Charter Revision.

    As i read someplace …”Forgive them father…”
    “They know not what they do …”

    ~~~~~

    (they only think they do,
    but have not thought it al the way through)

  57. 57 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    Pay attention, willya?

    This is STRATFORD.

    Both these guys need approval from the RTC and DTC. You think they’ll get it? Just look at the membership list:

    DTC:

    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

    RTC:

    Kevin Kelly
    Bob Connolly
    Tom Cotter
    Joe Crudo
    John Florek
    Jennifer Hillgen-Santa
    Joe Rivers
    David Salik
    Jackie Davidson
    Michael Buckmir
    Paul Davidson
    Ken Heltzel
    Paul Joy
    Lisa Donnelly
    Chuck Devan
    Ryan Erenhouse
    Edward Goodrich
    John Lopez
    Ron Moreau
    Ken Secskas
    Edward Scinto
    Joseph Dimenno
    Robert Hargus
    David LoConte
    David LoConte, Jr.
    Linnea Scheck
    Kent Wahlberg
    Casimir Mizera
    Dale Curtis
    Brian Dempsey
    John J. Dempsey
    John M. Dempsey
    Laura Dempsey
    Penni Knablein
    Keith Wheeler
    Edward Ward
    Eric Booth
    William DiFederico
    Joe Dragone
    Thomas Grega
    Paul Mathewson
    Paul Simons
    Doc Dougherty
    Jonathan Best
    Mary Bradshaw
    Carol Cabral
    Nancy Cummings
    Kevin Harkins
    Thomas McCabe
    William “JR” Stroomer
    Robert Camillo
    Norman Aldrich
    Patrick Gribbon
    Larry Miller
    Tom Moore
    Chuck Mulin
    Chris Silhavey
    Fred Hyatt
    Jim Feehan
    John Harkins
    Jody Harkins
    Joe Kubic
    Joe Vecsey
    Kevin Williams
    Mike Henrick
    Lou DeCilio
    Jay Genetti
    Laura Hoydick
    Robert McDonough
    Arthur Miller
    Christopher Vincent
    Gary Williams

  58. 58 sudds

    I’m proud to be one of the 5.3% Georgie-boy!!!

  59. 59 sudds

    “Both these guys need approval from the RTC and DTC. You think they’ll get it?”

    Then should they be running (or thinking about running) for mayor??? Ifthey can’t win over their “allies” (please George… NO WWII references) then how effective will they be in a political environment??? I mean seriously… how hard could it be to win over Booth???

    YES… in the words of George… this is a CHALLENGE!!! 😈

  60. 60 sudds

    In case anyone missed it (maybe I should start ending ALL of my posts with this)…

    Richard C. Levin, President
    Yale University
    PO BOX 208229
    New Haven, CT 06520-8229

    Email: presidents.office@yale.edu
    Telephone: (203) 432-2550
    Fax: (203) 432-7105

  61. 61 1george1

    Jeze,

    Please e-mail the RTC + DTC List.
    DTC appears alphabetical
    RTC appears as though it is by district.

    To Take over the Town Democratic political party,
    a simple Town wide Majority is needed.

    To Take over the Town Republican political party,
    a District by District Majority is needed.
    It would be necessary to control 6 Districts.
    1) Lorship + river coast line = Heavy Republican
    2) South end. = Many minorities, but smaller percent than past. = D
    3) Shakespeare / Historic / Long Brook / Ferry Boule = splits
    R or D
    4) Partly south end = increase minority percent = D
    5) Voccola territory = Stoneybrook = D
    6) East Main St / Main street = R or D
    7) North End = R
    8) Oronoque & Condos = R
    9) Oronoque & Condos = R
    10) Broadbridge ave area = Both R or D

    ~~~~

    Jeze – Cornish made a verbal presentation about 0 + 19 % increase

    This year the 19 % was replaced with an HSA, which was only 2.3%
    decrease, which the UNION head told the members they would
    be crazy to turn down. (Town paid Deductable and GAVE them
    FREE MONEY of contribution to HEALTH SAVING ACCOUNT, where
    everyone else can use up to $ 5,500 or own money, REPEAT
    $ 5,500 of their OWN MONEY) for a Health Savings Accounts.

    My opinion:

    Jeze IT IS GRAND THEFT.

    2006 & 2007 Attorney FEES = GRAND THEFT

    2006 & 2007 POLICE & FIRE O. T. & PENSIONS = GRAND THEFT

  62. 62 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    I have to admit, Best may have a better shot at it. What with “anything you say” Booth and all the rest. If there’s any kind of money involved, I’m sure Norm Aldrich will go for it.

    Gavin, on the other hand, might have some issues winning over Emma Brooks, Richard Buturla, Susan Collier, Beth Daponte, Laura Dobosz, Heather Habelka, Ashley Haydu, Kent Miller, Christian Miron, Richard Miron, James Miron, Alvin O’Neal, Bonnie Reynolds, Anthony Ross, Amy Wanamaker (maybe you can sweet talk her into it for Gavin), Greg Wanamaker and Robert Wannagot.

    You know what a “backstabber” Miron thinks he is.

  63. “I will be very interested in the day when you actually hit the pavement and talk to Town residents other than those who post here, or complain at the train station.”

    Trust me, Laura, I do talk to Town residents – many of them and they aren’t posters to this blog, Topix, or fellow commuters at the train station. Trust me, Laura, there’s a great deal more than just those three places.

  64. By the way ~ I think it would be a lot harder for them to pull money away from education when they have kids in the system.

    As soon as my daughter’s heading to kindergarten you can be sure my voice will get louder, kind of like a steamroller!

  65. 65 lauradobosz

    I can understand the importance of our education system. I went to all Stratford Public Schools. However, I am also capable of being mindful that there are a lot of other needs in the town and not eveyone has children or has children in the schools system. We cannot overlook other needs, just for the one.

  66. 66 jezebel282

    George?

    It’s right there on their websites.

    http://stratforddemocrats.com/AboutTheCommittee
    http://www.stratfordrepublicans.com/SRTC.htm

    “Town paid Deductable and GAVE them FREE MONEY of contribution to HEALTH SAVING ACCOUNT, where everyone else can use up to $ 5,500 or own money, REPEAT
    $ 5,500 of their OWN MONEY”

    No, George…your numbers are wrong. Pat Sperling can confirm. She has a relative in the schools. EVERY health plan has a deductible and copay. The BOE plan simply provides essentially the same coverage for less money. It’s actually a neat way to do it. The premiums are less because a threshold of expense must be reached before ANY benefits take place. The Town simply covered that threshold. Voila! Lower premiums. Taxpayers and employees save money. How can you argue with that?

  67. 67 jezebel282

    Ms. Dobosz,

    “I am also capable of being mindful that there are a lot of other needs in the town and not eveyone has children or has children in the schools system.”

    For a self-proclaimed intelligent woman, you sure miss a lot of points.

    Not everyone has a dog or cat either.

    It is not even a question of not recognizing a problem. It is a simple question of do you fund an animal shelter by reducing services and shelter for human children?

    Obviously we know where you stand.

  68. 68 sudds

    While I do not have any children myself… I do appreciate my fries from McDonalds being served hot… but I thought that’s what the Bridgeport school system was for!?!?!

    Ergo, I am greatly in favor of giving our junior Stratfordites what they need at school!!!

  69. 69 1george1

    Sudds,

    Thanks for the reminder:
    OIL – WAR – DRUGS – CRIME – MAFIA CASH COWS – PAC

    Edited by Jezebel for relevancy.

    Thanks Sudds, I forgot my roots, and just took a swig of pepsi,
    which doubles as my meds. 🙂

  70. 70 starlooker

    George:

    when I posted you missed the point. The point was that TC members voting on what the BOE budget should be, what they should get, that some of the TC members never had their own children in the Stratford Public School System and placed them in Private schools or their children have already graduated from HS so in reality some of them do not have a vested interest because their children are not presently there or have never gone to Stratford Public Schools.

  71. 71 jezebel282

    George,

    I warned you…

  72. 72 sudds

    “It is not even a question of not recognizing a problem. It is a simple question of do you fund an animal shelter by reducing services and shelter for human children?”

    AGAIN… why must we choose between the two??? We’re not talking guns vs butter here people… there ARE alternatives!!!

    Richard C. Levin, President
    Yale University
    PO BOX 208229
    New Haven, CT 06520-8229

    Email: presidents.office@yale.edu
    Telephone: (203) 432-2550
    Fax: (203) 432-7105

  73. “I can understand the importance of our education system. I went to all Stratford Public Schools. However, I am also capable of being mindful that there are a lot of other needs in the town and not eveyone has children or has children in the schools system. We cannot overlook other needs, just for the one.”

    So, the needs of the animals of our Town is more important than the educational needs of our children? WTF??????

    Tell that to the parents and to the families looking at relocating to Stratford to raise their families….. WOW!!!!

  74. 74 1george1

    Jeze,

    My ducks may not be completely in a row, since I have repeatedly asked
    for certain information and have yet to get it.

    For over a decade I have favored CATASTROPHIC CARE – AKA HSA / HRA
    as the main need of an aging population to PYAssets.

    I respect PCS and your enthusiastic endorsement of the HSA.

    Yet are you one of those who blogs about “drinking koolaid?”

    The devil is in the details.

    Still waiting for Office sean’s list
    And for Laura to cite ACOMMPLISHED and IMPLEMENTED Mironics!

  75. 75 jezebel282

    George,

    The other reason I think this plan is neat is that healthcare companies know that most people cannot come up with that kind of out of pocket money. It seems Ben Branyan took advantage of their own greed.

    Neat!

  76. 76 jezebel282

    Sudds!

    For Chrissakes! Send a lousy email to Forrester and Best, willya? Or get your buddy Booth to do it.

  77. George ~ I’m certainly not drinking the kool-aide. I guess I’m missing your point.

  78. 78 sudds

    “Send a lousy email to Forrester and Best, willya?”

    WHY? They OBVIOUSLY read this blog… so why should I limit it just just those two?

    Maybe if I keep wishing hard enough I’ll be able to tell Wanamaker in a much more “private” environment?!?!?!?

  79. 79 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    It must be nice to be young and have a very strong stomach.

  80. 80 1george1

    I wonder IF SUDDS is RICHARD LEVIN of YALE, or
    what SUDDS has against RICHARD LEVIN of YALE. 😉

    PCS,
    I am unsure of your point or that of Jeze.

    I do know:
    Stratford has lower premiums and copays, than most private industry
    insurance, and the Town picks up 100 % of the Deductable.

    The PENSION is outta control.

    I do believe there could have been FAR, FAR, FAR, FAR greater savings
    for the Board of Ed and the Town on the HSA and the HRA was better
    for the TOWN, but not as good for the Employees.

    I do believe the MILLION DOLLAR SAVINGS was a mirage, USING the
    PROJECTED 19 % INCREASE as a BASIS, knowing full well there would
    be a minimal decrease, which allows for more profits to the preferred
    Venders. Some of these GIFT HORSES are TROJAN horses.

  81. 81 jezebel282

    George,

    I think your conspiracy tendency is a bit off. It takes months to negotiate a healthcare deal for 550+ employees as well as getting everyone on board. I really doubt the deal was confirmed a full year ahead of schedule. Also, it’s not like Miron cares what the BOE does. He blew off their meetings and doesn’t even know when school is in session. (Incredible since there is a High School right outside his window.)

  82. 82 1george1

    Jeze,
    The biggest Health care issue is long term hospital stay.

    The people in BoE are mostly making $ 50 – $ 90,000 for 180 – 220 days
    a year work.

    The premiums and copays are comparatively low.

    The town pays 100 % of the Insurance deductable.

    The $ 1,100 HSA for an INDIVIDUAL or $ 2,200 for a FAMILY for the Deductable
    goes into a HSA account for the employee. If the employee does not USE
    any of it, then he / she keeps the FREE $ 1,100 or $ 2,200 in his/her/their
    HSA account.
    > They can contribute up to $ 5,500 per year tax deductable to use in the
    future. The TOWN gave them FREE $ 1,100 or $ 2,200, 1st YEAR and I am not
    sure how much each succeeding year. On a $ 50,000 salary, that is a BONUS
    of 2.2% or 4.4% added to the 2.65 % pay raise. =
    4.85 % PAY INCREASE for an INDIVIDUAL
    7.05 % PAY INCREASE for a COUPLE or FAMILY

    Yeah Branyan and Cornish sure took advantage of their GREED.

    Who is getting 5 % & 7 % increases, except the mIRON CURTAIN?

  83. 83 1george1

    Jeze,

    Miron is a democrat.
    Democrats do everything by committee
    Everything is planned years in advance.

    Remember the 1980s movie “War Game?”
    PC’s did not even exist then.
    The internet did not exist then.
    Software was on cards with FORTRAN, COBOLT, etc (spelling)

    Jeze – your admit to speculating when you write “I doubt.”
    You do NOT know.

    I admit I do NOT know.

    However, timetables, planning, covert ops, counterintuitive publicity
    and proactive reactionary manipulation and everything I have seen of
    the B UTTER NUTS; BAD MEDICINE; MIRON CURTAIN;
    CT. DEMONcrats, RepubliCONNartist;
    Standard Oil descendant’s spOILS Sytems;
    Congressional / Senate Committee Politboro;
    War College guts and blood lusters;
    Intelligence Mensa Morons;
    Court House Gangs –

    All point to multi year plans, set to make certain people look good,
    while making other people look bad.

    Like their economics, personnel are zero sum.
    They are incapable and unwilling to cornucopulate.

  84. 84 jezebel282

    George,

    Honest to goodness!

    Can you think of ANYONE who has zero medical bills in a year? If the money is spent on something else, you still have to reach the deductible. Who would do that? You’d be better off at Foxwoods with those odds. (OK, maybe Brooke Miron) It’s not money in your pocket. It’s there if you get sick.

    “They can contribute up to $ 5,500 per year tax deductable to use in the future.”

    And your point? That is Federal tax law. There are all kinds of tax deductible savings plans. IRA’s, Keoughs’, Roths, 529, etc….

    Ask Sperling if her relative got a 7.05% pay increase.

    It remains that the plan saves taxpayer money and coverage has not decreased. It still think it’s a neat idea.

    “The people in BoE are mostly making $ 50 – $ 90,000 for 180 – 220 days a year work.”

    And a 180 day school year is determined by….the State and Federal government. Not that I’m saying teachers work as hard as private sector employees, but they do have to be certified and at some point obtain their Master’s degrees. Not only that, they have to spend their day with…eeew….teenagers.

  85. 85 1george1

    Jeze,

    Edited for relevancy by Jezebel.

    And what about the vast # of people in the USA who have ZERO
    Health Insurance?

    People who make $ 10 -15 per hour, and can not afford to take time
    off to be sick? Our factories are filled with them.
    Most have to pay a MINIMUM of 40 % of the INSURANCE PREMIUM
    with $ 1500 deductable,
    outta their own pockets.

    That is if they have any Benefits.

    Temp Laborers make about $ 8 per hour. ZERO BENEFITS

    How about all of the so called middle income people making $ 20 per
    hour and having to work tons of O. T. just to survive.
    How many people work 2 jobs?
    How many people have both husband and wife working?
    and often with a second job?
    I am sure PCS can identify.

    I am PRO UNION.

    I favor GOOD PAY, GOOD BENEFITS, GOOD PENSIONS.

    I favor better Social Security compensation.

    While you accept that Stratford Managers, Teachers, and people
    you can relate to and identify with deserve everything they are
    getting, the TRUTH is, that in COMPARISON to the PRIVATE SECTOR
    and even area Municipalities, the FOXES are EATING the HEN HOUSE.

    Stratford managment are GREEDY and SELFISH.
    They are shortsighted.
    They ALLOW this town to be run into the ground and ripped off, by
    the people we all know and gripe about, and don’t stand up to do
    the right thing!

    Why should they?
    They are getting theirs!

    Don’t blog that convenient pap about the Federal and State Government
    determining this or that, there were also protections for real workers,
    and real union people, who actually sweated, shed blood, and put their
    lives on the line every day (see I respect real police & fire people).

    ….

    Will Teachers / Education think about the TRUTH, never mind TEACH it,
    when they are coddled and priviledged with PUBLIC TREASURY largess?

    Will Police investigate their patrons?

    Will Fire Dept workers rally for a new and used Fire Truck, to “possibly”
    benefit a 2005 – 2006 Town Councilor when they made $ 1,500,000 in
    O. T. in 2007, while regular pay was $ 5,450,000.

    Will Public Works shake the boat when staffing, work, and work rules
    can minimize effort and maximize pay?

    …..

    And I include those on the Town Committees, including those who sit
    and watch!

    Editor’s Note:
    George, I am getting far too many complaints via email about the relevancy of your posts. I’ve asked you nicely, FOS has asked you nicely, Sudds has asked you nicely and Mike Reynolds has asked you not so nicely. I have even given you your own page. I have no choice, your comments will now be edited for relevance.

  86. 86 1george1

    And Freedom of Speech or Mike Reynolds, I am in a mood to rip
    your arguments apart.

  87. 87 freedomofspeach

    What arguments? Your all over the place so I am not sure what you mean.

  88. 88 jezebel282

    George,

    Healthcare is a NATIONAL problem. There is no reason why an industrialized country can’t provide universal access to healthcare.

    Businesses literally have no business in healthcare. Sikorksy builds helicopters, Town Fair sells tires and McDonalds makes hamburgers. That’s what they have expertise in. NOT healthcare.

    30 years ago when premiums were $30/month nobody cared. Most policies were more or less the same. Now there is a multi-billion dollar industry just processing (and denying) claims. Ask any doctor how many people are in his office JUST to process claims.

    We need a National Healthcare System. Period.

    Ben Branyan gamed the existing healthcare system and won. WE save money and BOE employees get their coverage. Win, win, win. Pretty kewl if you ask me. How can you complain about that?

    Private companies should take a lesson from this and consider a similar solution.

  89. Bravo Jezebel

  90. 90 jezebel282

    Cyclops?

    For national healthcare or editing George?

  91. 91 sudds

    I’d say bravo re: the national healthcare posting only!

    While I think George can be a bit out there… I see no point in editing him. If you don’t want to read what he’s writing… just scroll down and ignore it!!!

  92. 92 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    I regretted doing that. However, George can post whatever he wants on https://stratfordcharter.wordpress.com/2008/05/15/georges-page/. That’s why it’s there.

    If anyone wants to read his posts on the CIA, FBI, Trilateral Commission, the Masons, Mary Magdeleine, the Knights Templar, The JFK assassination or Area 51 (the place, not the company) they can go right there.

    George can even start his own blog on WordPress. In the meantime, I have asked George repeatedly to keep it, if not coherent, relevant. George can still post all he wants, but I will try to edit out the above referenced material because George makes very valid points before he gets lost in his own rhetoric.

  93. 93 1george1

    Sudds,
    Thank you for your qualified support.

    When certain people who are supposed experts look at and try to
    address the whole picture or interrelatedness of things they are
    called gestaltists.

    When other people who disagree with the reader’s beliefs, try to
    address inter relatedness, with less than perfection and simple
    terms in a manner acceptable to any reader, not just this blog,
    they are rejected and called nuts.

    It is the everyday people with nose to the grindstone, working to
    have a better life for themselves and their families, are the true
    heroes of humanity.
    They have enlightened self interest by working within the rules.

    Then there are other people who have no rules.

    Then there are those in between.

    Yet, who makes the biggest difference in human history, towards the
    betterment of humanity?
    Edison? – Newton? – Socrates? – Moses? A G Bell? – Decartes?
    Christ? – Shakespeare? – Tom Paine? – MLK Jr.? – Da Vinci? etc.

    How many of those people were 100 % perfect all of the time?
    How many times does one fail, before one succeeds?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Jeze,
    George makes very valid points before he gets lost in his own rhetoric.

    Reply,
    Rhetoric is part of the process.
    Not every link or attempt to link will be coherent or acceptable.
    That is why the 1st Amendment is so important to the world.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Jeze,
    George can still post all he wants, but I will try to edit out the above
    referenced material.

    Reply,
    Edit anything and I am gone, and you have become Miron / Burturla
    the RTC & DTC, and like all of the people in History that you hate.

    You become MIND CONTROL
    You become THOUGHT POLICE
    You become WORD POLICE
    You limit the very purpose of YOUR BLOG.

    Edit me, and how many original thoughts and posts and relevant info,
    will come to your blog.

    They may hate my points of view, but do I or do I NOT C A U S E each
    of your to R E A C T and to T H I N K?

    This post said nothing specifically about Stratford, except about the
    people on this blog.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`

    Jeze, will you lower the standards set by PLAY WRITE and the HAND?

    Will you become the same as what PCS wrote was true about another
    blog which PCS wrote was censored?

    I love testing things and probing and getting reactions.
    PCS is my favorite blogger. We don’t always agree. b o r i n g.

    Mike Reynolds has dramatically improved his blogging and we
    even agree on a few things. But we will not exchange christmas
    cards. However I value his legitimate criticism.

    Freedom is a supercilious prig, in an intellectual guilded cage,
    with money based / class based / social based snobbery.
    I happen to agree with many criticism of the Miron Curtain
    and Bad Medicine. I think he even insulted Norm, who has never
    done anything to me to my knowledge, but I believe is bad for
    the Town. Insulting them endears Freedom to me.

    Cyclops limits posts and do star gazer and others.

    But guess what.
    Only PCS, Laura, Gavin, Jon, and I use our real names.

    While they pick their spots,
    who is the one who stirs the pot?

    When the play write went into his / her shell
    Who was the only one blogging about Stratford’s HELL?

    For awhile, I kept that BRILLIANT BLOG alive
    until PW was able to sanp out of it and revive.

    So if you want a controlled and steered blog pet.
    If you think it is going to be me, I advise you don’t make that bet.

  94. 94 starlooker

    George:

    You are right… I can’t use my real name right now due to an on going situation. Once settled you will know who I am. Yes I post once in a while when something really hits me here. George you are very imformative and you truly do your homework. The different people who do post on here even though I do not know many of them I respect their views. Do I hate what is going on in this Town…YES. Do I struggle daily to keep going YES….. Do I enjoy the different opinions on here…YES. Please do not judge me because I do not use my name, it is for a reason.

  95. 95 jezebel282

    George,

    How many times did I ask you to keep it relevant? How many times did you say you would?

    I blocked “Dumstein” because those posts were totally irrelevant. Askimet blocks a lot of irrelevant spam. I have not blocked Officer Sean or Laura Dobsz. I haven’t even blocked Sudds. I am not blocking you. You can criticize anything you want to. You can compliment Miron if you’d like.

    At the end of the day, however, I put a lot of work into this medium that permits free discussion of STRATFORD events. There are thousands of blogs that discuss other topics. This is the only one, as far as I can tell, devoted to Stratford.

    So…the choice is completely yours. You can post rants to the page I gave you, you can keep your posts here relevant or I will edit your content. Your last choice is not to post at all. I hope you choose one of the former, I really do.

  96. Golly George you really have quite an opinion of yourself. I just don’t know what the town would ever be able to do without you.

  97. 97 1george1

    Jeze,
    Your perspective of relevant is different than mine.
    When sudds blogged certain topics, I responded for fun.

    If someone states a topic in a string, I have blogged that
    I would respond to that, within the string.

    These are your rules which I have obeyed:
    Note to New Readers
    1) Anyone with an opinion is entitled and invited to post here.
    REPLY: No qualifications writen about opinion limit.

    2) Anonymity will be maintained unless there are multiple
    usernames from the same IP address.
    REPLY: I use my own name (No offense meant STAR)

    3) If you wish to contact the editor privately you may do so at: jezebel.anonymous@gmail.com
    REPLY: I have done so.

    Above the NOTE is: POLITICS in STRATFORD.
    1) I believe there are interrelations between Stratford
    and elsewhere.
    2) You disagree.
    3) How could you choose to agree, if you edit my postions?
    4) I LIVE IN STRATFORD and I keep my POST about POLITICALLY
    RELATED PUBLIC FIGURES.

    Jeze,
    It is your ball.

    You can take it away ANYTIME you want to.

    I commend you for NOT editting my earlier post.

    In your heart, you know I am correct and although I tick you
    off, you also value some of my expressed thoughts.

    Just imagine what my posts would be like, if I had not been
    trying to keep them relevant to Stratford, except the dirty
    jokes which I posted only one time, completely and totally
    deviating from Stratford relevance, because they cracked
    me up and I though all of you might enjoy, too.
    But I did add Jim Miron as the final Joke about foot in mouth,
    so … there was some relevance.

    Star,
    I respect that you prefer to be anonymous.
    I have been a victim of reprisal.
    I know bloggers fear reprisal.
    My rhettoric was to make an ambiant point.

    Cyclcops,
    Jeze can stop me anytime.
    Anything you care to dish out, I can deal with.

    I have a healthy ego and sense of self respect and righteousness.
    I blog things, I would not normally say because this is an excellent
    outlet for frustrations and political idealism vs. malfeasance, and
    when you and other try to kick me around, it gives me just cause
    to reply.

    More importantly, by putting myself in public, I believe I saved
    people’s lives, including the posting on the PW, my Website,
    and my political running for office, with zero interest in winning.

    Have I EVER stated or blogged that I was presumptuous enough
    to be speakin for other?
    When I write or speak about the PUBLIC INTEREST, I take for granted
    that most people would prefer to have thing open rather than closed,
    better qualities than worse.
    I speak and blog from my own positions.

    Repeatly I challenge people to speak and write and think for themselves.

    And Cyclops, I have that harryhausen furuta miniture on which your avatar
    is based. Thank you for the enjoyable sarcasm.

  98. 98 jezebel282

    George,

    I have no intention of stopping you from anything. I only ask that you respect my efforts and post in appropriate places.

    Many new readers come here everyday and are…frankly…confused by your lengthy and incoherent rants.

    If others can take the time to respond appropriately so can you. If you can’t, well, that’s your choice isn’t it?

  99. 99 starlooker

    George:

    Thank you for realizing why right now I can’t post my name. As I stated when the time comes I will. I can only say as a Stratford Resident all my life I hate what is going on in MY TOWN….. I grew up here, went to schools here been involved in things here. This blog is my outlet at times, other times I do not respond but read and I truly feel better.

  100. 100 1george1

    Starlooker,
    No need to thank me.
    The real shame is that I recognize you are afraid of reprisal from
    Miron, Burtula, or the people who empower them.

    The other shame is what “they are doing to your (our) town and
    your (our) country (like Gas / Oil / Perscription / Taxes – etc)

    Jeze,
    Is it acceptable for me to point out that Miron, Burturla and others
    have to be getting protection and assistance from other people in
    other towns and from state officials (John was Home Land Security)
    and from certain Feds?
    (Miron / Berchem and friends are in Federal Court & deal with the Feds)

    Is it acceptable that national issues like Gas / Oil / Perscription prices
    also haunt Stratford and ANALYGOUS tactics are used?

    As Freedom and others post, they can just skip reading me.

    While others complain about being confused, are they incapable of
    asking specific questions for me to unconfuse them?

    While others complain about incoherent rants (same)?

    I addressed specific points from the above 2 blogs?
    Is this considered lengthy and incoherent?

    Explanation:
    I normally look at prior blogs in a string, then put the name
    of the Blogger and then address that blogger’s issue(s)

  101. 101 freedomofspeach

    “Is it acceptable for me to point out that Miron, Burturla and others
    have to be getting protection and assistance from other people in
    other towns and from state officials (John was Home Land Security)
    and from certain Feds?(Miron / Berchem and friends are in Federal Court & deal with the Feds)”

    J Burturla was a State Homeland Security Official, simply put, a connected State Trooper. Nothing more. Any protection is political and you should look at people like Dick Blumenthal helping them. But back to reality, it’s their inbred political positions in the party that is allowing them to get away with the things they do. Other TCs would be auditing the Mayors office and hiring a forensics specialist. This one is just gridlocked and subservient.

    Most everyone in the legal and political arenas know Judges, AUSAs, and all sorts of federal and state employees.

    “Is it acceptable that national issues like Gas / Oil / Perscription prices
    also haunt Stratford and ANALYGOUS tactics are used?”

    Prescription prices? Being manipulated by the Feds against Stratford??? So George someone in the federal, state, or local government is using similar tactics like supply and demand in Stratford???

    “As Freedom and others post, they can just skip reading me.”

    Yes, oh and George, you are so far off in calling me a supercilious prig. A competent educator who may know and understand more about the subject matter than you, and one trained and educated in transmitting lucid thoughts on specific subjects for the purpose of advocating a position, but clearly not smug nor arrogant. Although I like wine, I also enjoy beer with my Pizza, and I do eat it frequently. I have only had caviar once and did not like it. My family is all working class and fought hard to make a better life for me through education and hard work. I worked my way through school and was never given a dime I did not earn.

    And as far as being haughty, you are making an uninformed comment based on my perceived profession, thus missing the true facts. You seem to think I am a Yale grad who lived in a mansion all of my life and look at things from a position of privilege. Wrong.

    Your statements are based on profiling and prejudice against a profession you feel has wronged you.

    “While others complain about being confused, are they incapable of
    asking specific questions for me to unconfuse them?”

    Not incapable, just not willing to waste my time crawling into that scary place known as your mind to try and figure out what the heck your trying to say.

    I cannot understand Russian but can call someone to translate. Some of your postings are irrelevant to the subject mater at best and psychotic tirades some of the time, so much that no one could understand them as they don’t follow any logical linear thought process. The problems are local, don’t blame the Bush family or the USPS, for political things that go on in Stratford.

    Reality is based on fact and fact patterns, and sometimes you don’t have any real ones. Unfortunately you cannot stay on point and that diminishes your contribution. When you’re on point or relevant to the subject matter you are very eloquent and can clearly advocate your position. Those are treats to read and debate.

    Frankly there really is nothing that the “feds” want from Stratford. There are no secret plans, no “spy’s” at Sikorsky. All the unscrupulous dealings are self imposed by the local tribal chiefs to keep their thiefdoms.

    I am going out now for some Chinese and some Tsingtao Have a great evening.

  102. 102 1george1

    Response to Freedom – specific point raised by Freedom:

    Please find ONE or TWO FACTUAL ERRORS CHALLENGE
    I will conceed (Willingness to disagree) IF there are statements of
    CONCLUSIONS, rather than statements of FACT.

    > Jeze > Is this a FAIR TOPIC To argue Freedom’s position
    abd legitimize mine are FACTS and PATTERNS of FACTS?

    “Your statements are based on profiling and prejudice against
    a profession you feel has wronged you.”

    You are correct about “certain” Lawyers and “certain” Political people
    who have wrong me, in completely verical organizations:

    Factual identification of organization flow and interrelatedness:

    1) USPS > Local > Sectional > Division > National
    (Above appointed USPS Management = are ALL Political appointees)

    (USPO was a Cabinet postion until Nixon changed it and “believe it
    or not” is – p a r t – of the “Intelligent Community.”)

    2) NACL (Union) > Local – Local/merged > Regional > National

    3) NLRB Regional > National

    4) EEOC (appointed by USPS Management = Political appointees),
    within the USPS.
    4A) Same as Postal Inspectors who are the same to USPS Management
    as JOHN BURTURLA is to JIM MIRON (and Dick Miron / Burturla)

    5) Justice / FBI Local > Sectional > Division > National
    > Under Constitution / U. S. Code / Departmental RULES.

    > ALL FEDERAL Departments are STATUTORIALLY MANDATED to
    COOPERATE with each other.
    > “Certain” FEDERALS cooperate with “certain” STATE, who cooperate
    with “certain” LOCALS who cooperate with “certain” Business both
    indirectly or directly.

    6) D. O. D. Top down from National to local. In WW II, the D.O.D. was
    involved in EVERY ASPECT of the USA economy (Read: Eisenhower 1961)
    A) Every Military academy person is a POLITICAL APPOINTEE.
    B) Every senior command person is a political appointee, analygous
    to the KGB system matching political overseeing professional.

    (NOT meant to DEMEAN, yet to show Association and Loyalty can be to
    person and party OVER to Country, Constitution, and UCMJ.)

    7) Democratic & Republican Party > Local / State / National Committees
    and assets:
    A) Each executive and legilative branch elected, appointment, contracted,
    and promoted are drawn from these pools.
    B) Judicial personnel are appointed and confirmed or elected by party
    bosses.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Point of REFERENCE.
    “I and others lived” in “STRATFORD” and worked in Southport
    USPS (Postal Service) which was part of Fairfield.
    (Barnhart was hired by Fairfield – quid pro quo?)

    A local Municipality like Stratford or Southport/Fairfield reports to their
    superiors, who in turn contact or are contacted by an appropriate Federal
    or State Agency or Elected official, who acts as a conduit for response.

    Example:
    1. I inquire to DeLauro’s office.
    2. They inquire to the Agency or Dept.
    3. The Agency/Dept contacts National, who contacts, Division, who
    it winds up embarassing local and sectional who LIE.
    4. DeLauro’s office or Weicker or who-ever sends a letter with a copy of
    the worthless letter from the Federal Agency.
    5. Embarrassed & ticked people then commit more reprisals and try to move
    out higher price personnel and put in less costly, incompetent, personnel
    whose families are friends of the party, like working with Registrars.

    (HYPOTHETICAL EXAMPLE to show STRATFORD type relationships, where I
    could name people who were related to Stratford Police & BoE employees)
    SOUND FAMILIAR TO the MIRON METHODS?

    Because Freedom did not know specifics and personnel involved and can
    only project (PRETTY WELL) in general terms and claimed I can not and
    do not use fact or patterns:

    “Reality is based on fact and fact patterns, and sometimes you don’t have
    any real ones. Unfortunately you cannot stay on point and that diminishes
    your contribution.”

    In simplest terms, FREEDOM, you can verify to everyone the FACTS of the
    ABOVE are INCONTROVERTIBLY FACTUAL.

    You can disagree with the examples or the analygous, but the Organization
    Flow chart and Statutory relationships are undianiale FACT.

    I believe you would conceed the professional and politcal relationships
    are accurate or very close to reality.

    Further, I doubt you would argue that Sikorsky did not have Millitary
    Intelligence on site. Below is speculation on your part.

    “There are no secret plans, no “spy’s” at Sikorsky.”

    (I know for a fact there is and it includes CIA. = I will conceed this
    to you, due to burden of proof.)

    Can YOU write to an ABSOLUTE CERTAINCY and have ABSOLUTE PROOF,
    that which you wrote is PROVEABLY TRUE to and a REASONABLE PERSON,
    would agree with you, after cross, beyond a REASONABLE DOUBT?

    ~~~~~~~~~

    “All the unscrupulous dealings are self imposed by the local tribal
    chiefs to keep their thiefdoms.”

    I LOVE the term: “thiefdoms”
    May I use it?
    I might change it to: “Thiefdumbs”

    Again Freedom, I believe this is speculation on your part.

    Can YOU write to an ABSOLUTE CERTAINCY and have ABSOLUTE PROOF,
    that which you wrote is PROVEABLY TRUE to and a REASONABLE PERSON,
    would agree with you, after cross, beyond a REASONABLE DOUBT?

    ~~

    Freedom,
    I can only process and project what you wrote.
    And what you wrote about going to college together, working with your
    brother DeGREEDeD people, helping each other, etc….
    Read as SNOBISH, CLASS oriented, and very much exclusionary, much like
    insider trading.

    Everybody works for whatever they get.
    Some figure the system better than others.
    Some work harder than others.
    Some start in a superior position. Some inferior. Most in between!

    ~~~~~~~~~~
    From Freedom:
    Prescription prices?
    Being manipulated by the Feds against Stratford???

    Freedom – you have the Wrong reading or conclusion…
    My point was that National and international situations affect people
    in Stratford.
    Stratford was NOT the cause.
    Yet Stratford suggers from the effects.

  103. 103 1george1

    From Freedom:
    “The problems are local, don’t blame the Bush family or the USPS,
    for political things that go on in Stratford.”

    Response:
    FACTS with circumstances which may or may not be basis for
    connection to refute the above position:

    1. Goggle: George Mulligan
    The Deputy Director of the White House Military Office is
    Mr. George Mulligan. The Deputy Director’s primary focus
    is the day-to-day support of the WHMO.

    2. Goggle Wikipedia: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation:
    The company became a part of United Aircraft in 1929, now United Technologies Corporation (UTC), and remains one of the leading helicopter manufacturers, producing such well-known models as the UH-60 Black Hawk and SH-60 Seahawk, as well as experimental types like the Sikorsky X-Wing.

    It is a leading defense contractor.

    Sikorsky has supplied the helicopter of the President of the United States, Marine One since 1957.

    (Note that in January 2005 the U.S. Government selected Lockheed Martin’s AgustaWestland EH101-based entry as the replacement to the current Marine One aircraft, which caused an outcry from many in Sikorsky Aircraft’s home state of Connecticut.)

    Sikorsky’s VH-3 (SH-3 Sea King) and VH-60 (UH-60 Black Hawk) currently perform this role.

    3. Goggle: Wikipedia: George McGovern

  104. 104 officersean

    Forensic audit? Watching a little too much CSI?

    LMAO

    As I like to say, KNOW THE FACTS.

    I am pretty sure the town is audited at least once per year by an outside agency.

    From my review of the budget online it looks like the administrative expenese are a very small part of the budget and straightforward (yes, even the dreaded Mayor you all fear and hate).

    The Fire department on the other hand….

  105. 105 freedomofspeach

    Officersean. For a law enforcement office you seem to have no real criminal investigation background. As you say know the facts.

    This audit is done routinely in both the government and the private sector. Most members (Special Agents and Analysts) of the various Federal Agencies Inspector Generals Office are forensic audit specialist.

    In the private sector, CPAs who are specialists are certified as Certified Fraud Examiners in addition to holding their CPA qualifications. Some attorneys/CPA who do tax work and hold LLMs are also CFEs. Most of this is a result of Sarbanes-Oxley.

    I am sure there is an audit done by an outside firm, its standard procedure, but it’s not a public agency it’s a private firm. This is not a full “independent” audit; it is a financial statement audit. It is a review of the information that is provided by the town, with a percentage of accounts reviewed and audited. It is done mostly to provide an annual report. It is not a forensic audit, nor claims to be. It is limited in scope in accordance with the auditing firms’ required FASB/GASB statement.

    It’s also done by a firm hired by the town, although claiming independence, so did Enron’s accountants, and we know they were indicted and the firm went under shortly thereafter. Remember them? They ended up paying back the state pennies on the dollar.

    The SEC has stated “Some believe that having a separate set of examiners conduct periodic forensic audits would encourage financial statement auditors to take greater responsibility for the detection of fraud and illegal acts when auditing financial statements due to the fact that another set of auditors would be critically evaluating their role. Additionally, forensic audits conceivably could give the audit committees a tool to better evaluate the quality of the financial statement auditors.” Strengthening the Commission’s Requirements Regarding Auditor Independence, 67 Fed. Reg. 76780-01 (2002)

    Now your distracter about the Fire Department accounts is just that. Annual Audits for reporting covers all departments, if there is an obvious/visible problem it should be found in the audit. So you can’t have it both ways, if you’re saying there is an annual audit that can be relied on that the town is fine then the FD is a clean as the other departments, if you’re saying that the FD has some issues, then all departments are suspect. This is the reason for an independent forensic audit. Seems even you think there is a problem.

    As far as the Mayor Office account, between training and salaries, it seems to have really grown. As far as percentage, if the budget keeps increasing, then no matter how high the Mayors Office is, it will still stay a small percentage of say a budget that is inflated with pensions, fuel, and energy costs. 5% of a million is less than 3% of $10 million, so a lower percent overall does not mean anything. The question that has been posted here is why it is so high and what the taxpayers are getting for their money?

    And by no means am I afraid of Jim Miron, or any Miron for that matter, nor anyone else in the Stratford government.

  106. 106 1george1

    Freedom,

    I completely agree on your above post responding to O S.

    O S is correct about the Fire Department.
    * However the Town Council could address the staffing, Pay, O.T.
    issue AND related issues if they choose to do so.
    * Meanwhile the Mayor has TOTAL control over ALL Operational issues.
    O S appears to be tryig to pass the BUCKS.

    However Feehan is a Stamford Fire Man, who owns a company,
    which sells refurbished Fire Trucks.

    If one chooses to look back at Regular Hours vs. O. T. every year Mr.
    Feehan was on the Town Council, and then a couple years before
    his 3 terms, then partial term for Jamison Scott, then term as Town
    Council Chairman, you can have your facts and patterns of facts.

    Same are True for the Police and Town Attorney Offices BUDGETS,
    from 1996 to Present.
    (I sent Jeze the monies paid to each Town Attorney 1999-2001 &
    2004 – 2007. Plus the 1099s for Burturla: 2006 & 2007 = interesting)

    The numbers are so blatant, a forensic audit really is NOT necessary,
    yet is ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE and needed.

    Burturla’s term as Town Council Chairman in 1987, was the first year
    EVER that PENSIONS exceeded $ 20,000 per year.
    > 9 Police / Fire Pensions JAN 2008 averaged about $ 84,000
    > ALL 36 Pensions in 2007, averaged about $ 44,000

    In the Republican Town Committee meeting last Thursday, I have been
    told by several sources that Norm was on the HOT SEAT.
    Those sources told me that Norm blamed the (Voccola influenced)
    2002 – 2003 Democraticly controlled Town Council for the Pension issues
    and problems.
    Although I do not like Norm’s crew ( B UTTER NUTS = Butternut Lane
    residents and more), Norm is not entirely wrong.
    > Unfortunately I may have given RAY the idea, which led to the problem.
    > However, his idea and solution was different than mine.
    > I sincerely doubt Ray had any idea of the financial ramifications of the
    changes and havoc it has and will cause on Stratford, where there is no
    doubt that including insurance cost of Teachers and Board of Ed to the
    PENSIONS of 982 people (about 400 to still retire) in the Defind Benefit
    Pension Plan “A” + Plan “B” + 401 a >
    shall easily exceed $ 1 Billion
    and may (probably) exceed $ 2 Billion in cost to Stratford Tax Payers to
    about 500 Teachers, 982 DBP, + “A” + 401 a.

    Edited for relevancy by Jezebel

  107. 107 1george1

    Edited for relevancy by Jezebel

    (Cut)

    Sorry Jeze – Freedom has asked for FACTS and PATTERNS of FACTS.
    To put those in HISTORICAL perspective of FACTS, I have to expose
    Freedom and others to less know FACTS and theories.

    (Cut)

    Jeze, this will be the most important think I post.
    It is worth being banished.

    God Bless.

  108. 108 1george1

    Edited by Jezebel for relevancy

    (Cut)

    (Cut)

  109. 109 jezebel282

    Stratford council signs off on school projects
    EVERTON BAILEY Jr.
    Article Last Updated: 08/11/2008 12:32:31 AM EDT

    STRATFORD — About $4 million has been cut from a list of capital-improvement plans by the Town Council, including nearly $1.5 million in Board of Education’s projects —….

    Funding for the Board of Education’s technology infrastructure was nearly cut from the package altogether, but eventually was allotted $320,000. According to Supt. of Schools Irene Cornish and school business manager Benjamin Branyan, some of the technology money will be used to expand “the use of fiber optics for most buildings,” and “upgrading computer and science labs.”

    Branyan also said school officials would look into installing ceiling-mounted LCD projectors in all classrooms. That, he said, would pave the way for discontinuing the use of traditional blackboards and converting to whiteboards, which can double as a writing surface and display screen for PowerPoint presentations and other interactive lessons.

    We can only hope that $1.5 million will actually be saved and not added to the $2.5 Million to be poured down the Theater drain.

  110. 110 jezebel282

    When you see progressive actions like this, it makes you wonder what would have happened if we had this kind of leadership in Town Hall instead of at the BOE.

    You read it in the Post (Never in the Star):

    Solar panels coming to Flood school
    By RICHARD WEIZEL
    Article Last Updated: 08/22/2008 12:55:06 AM EDT

    STRATFORD — The school system is going solar — at least at Flood Middle School, where electricity costs are the highest in the 14-school district.

    School officials and the company installing the solar panels, DBS Energy of Berlin, estimate the district will save at least $400,000 over the course of a 20-year contract using solar technology at Flood…

    …Cornish and Ben Branyan, the school system’s chief operating officer, said the $1.4 million cost of installing the solar panel system at Flood — selected because it has a new roof — is being paid for with state funds.

    State funds? You mean they didn’t use a State grant to refurbish their own offices? They must have a really good grant writer over at the BOE. What is her name? Oh yeah, PAT NAYLOR. You remember Ms. Naylor, don’t you? Mayor Moron fired her and then spent ten of thousands of our dollars on a forensic witch hunt audit trying to prove she did something wrong. He even held a press conference about it.

  111. Mayor Moron is not a leader. Stratfordites, begin your march to unseat him. He must be defeated or the Town will disappear.

  112. 112 1george1

    Good job to Pat Naylor, Irene Cornish, and Ben Branyan.
    The average savings is only $ 20,000 a year.
    There are 14 BoE Buildings.
    The Town owns 63 Buildings,
    This has potential to be decent annual savings.
    And the technology shall improve.

    Cyclops,
    The town will not disappear.
    It is sinking under the weight of outrageous pensions, benefits, and cost
    not avoided, as well as the contract awards, change orders, pay levels,
    and fees to politically connected people.

    Who is your suggested alternative to Miron(s)/Burturla/Norm/Rose?

    Anyone who has NOT been PART OF THE PROBLEM?


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