Mr. Miron Goes to Washington

23Jan09

Stratford Mayor James R. Miron Returns from Trip to Washington, D.C.

Stratford, Connecticut (January 22, 2009) – Mayor James R. Miron returned today from a six day trip to Washington D.C.

Mayor Miron attended the 77th Winter Meeting of The United States Conference of Mayors, met with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Senator Joseph Lieberman and their staffs in separate meetings, attended the Presidential Inauguration and met with Army and GSA officials at the Pentagon to discuss the Stratford Army Engine Plant.

Incredible, huh? With Stratford taxpayers losing their jobs and trying to make their mortgage payments in the face of Mayor Moron’s tax increases what does he do? He goes to the Inauguration! A six day junket no less! Since most government offices were closed on Sunday and Monday and he admittedly was at the Inauguration on Tuesday that meant he might have had a meeting on Wednesday or Thursday. A six day junket for two meetings? Amazing. I wonder what the hotel rate for Stratford Taxpayers was during the Inauguration? And that doesn’t include some nice steaks in Georgetown either. Did we also pay for Heather Habelka or Richard Miron too?

We hope you had a good time at our expense, Jimmy. Tick, tock…..

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18 Responses to “Mr. Miron Goes to Washington”

  1. 1 citizenkane1

    UNMOTHERFU**ING BELIEVABLE! I hope someone can account for the whereabouts of Dick Miron during that time. Unless he was selling OBAMA tee shirts he has no business there, while he owes so many people here.

    PS – if he was selling OBAMA tee shirts then I hope no one paid up front until they got there’s.

  2. 2 nnanerak

    with stratford in such dire financial straits the mayor had NO Business travelling on the taxpayers dime. I don’t care who he “met” with. I can promise that there had better be a full accounting of what and who we paid for and council had better force him to make a FULL disclosure.

  3. 3 1george1

    Nnan,

    I hate to defend Mayor Miron, however we have AVCO sitting empty,
    and it is an election year.

    Fully built, AVCO’s property has potential to be worth almost 1 Mil.

    Further, it could employ many Stratford workers.

    On the other hand, we have AVCO sitting empty, in an election year.
    Like I have blogged, repeatedly – EVERYTHING is NOW, HAS BEEN, and
    WILL BE on a TIME TABLE.

    ELECTION YEAR DEVELOPMENTS:
    AVCO
    LBW
    AIRPORT – Purchase tabled most of 2 years on Council agenda
    SHAKESPEARE – pushed by Republicans for this Election
    CONTRACT PLATING Sold / reused – K. Kelly handling the Real Estate
    RAYMARK DUMPS SITES

  4. 4 nnanerak

    George-
    Ever hear of teleconference? Or just a plain old conference call? It works wonders out in the corporate world. We use it to hold meetings with people in Japan so we don’t have to travel-save a fortune in expenses.
    SAEP is going to remain empty until miron is gone. It may remain empty until the next mayor is gone, hopefully not. You don’t have to waste more of the tax dollars to REALLY get to the social event which is what the real intent was–sorry we are not that stupid to believe that the meetings were THE reason for the washington trip on our dime. What I am saying is that he should be financially responsible for everything but those “2 meetings” especially for his guests that went along for the ride.
    I like everyone else want it to be something other than a toxic wasteland. We do have people ALREADY in Washington representing us, we shouldn’t have to pay for what anywhere else might be considered just a vacation with an itinerary.

  5. 5 1george1

    Nnan –
    I do B2B Marketing.
    I set cold call Sales appointments for diverse companies over years.
    I have run Telemarketing rooms for outbound appointment setting
    and/or confirmation and resets.
    I have run inbound call centers.
    I have used teleconference.
    I am no expert.
    I have communicated with THE experts.

    A SALESMAN wants a FACE to FACE.
    The REAL PROSPECT wants a FACE to FACE.

    There is basic introduction and fact finding, with drawing objections.
    There are Advantages, Features, and Benefits to be exposed.
    There are advantages in seeing the office decor of various decision
    makers and reading the body languages of various decision makers.
    > sometimes it is the subordinate who makes or breaks the deal.
    > sometimes the decision maker has NO control.

    During objection handling, one gets committments and/ or finds out
    where objection are. Hidden objections are huge key, sometimes only
    found with in person meetings, if at all?

    In Jimbo’s first six months, I went to his meet the mayor, at least weekly.
    I learned, from Jim, the reason for the AVCO delay was not necessarily
    from the part of the ARMY, but for unnamed local reasons / people?
    > I know he was telling the truth.

    I cease going when I found him letting Vedoc run up O.T. from Police HQ.
    Nothing against Vedock. But too many people were outright greedy and
    they ruined it for everyone else.

    I want Police / Fire / Teachers / Muni workers to have strong Pay –
    Benefits – Pensions.
    However, Stratford makes BIG 3 unions look mild.

    Healthcare abuse is as bad as Pension abuse. Outright stupid greed
    Certain benefits redundant and remarkably abusive.

    —- I learned these things in face to face meetings with Jimbo and others.

    In late 1970s, (Lordship) girl I bowled with took job at GE Corp HQ,
    before it moved to Fairfield. I worked for USPS at the time.

    She told me in 10 years, there would be no more USPS.
    ALL MAIL would be electronic.
    Almost 30 years later, electronic mail is fluent for billing and paying.
    However, I still get Mail.
    USA Pachage services like USPS, UPS, and FEDEX are healthy, despite
    the CBS 60 minutes story on DHL disgrace..

    Nnan – people have been saying the same thing about teleconferences
    for 15 – 20 years ago, when the AIRLINES identified it as their biggest
    competitor in the future.

    Whether Jimbo would tell the public the truth about meetings….

    Whether the Democrats controlling CT. would allow Stratford to develope
    AVCO while Bush was in power and/or had secret agenda while Clinton
    was in power …. other issues.

    Nnan:
    “We do have people ALREADY in Washington representing us..”
    You mean LIPLOCK LIEberman … kissing cousin to Bush / Cheney who was
    the V. P. Candidate for “yaLIE Skull & Bones Presidential Candidate Kerry”
    against “yaLIE Skull & Bones Presidential Candidate W Bush?”

    How many national power perps come from the University of perversity?
    The one Sudds wants into Stratford ….

    Then there is DODD. He is so captured by the DOD, they picked his dad
    TOM to represent them at Nuremberg, because his name matched their
    coming initials. CHRIS DODD was Dem National Committee Chair, from the
    State whose Capital is the INSURANCE CAPITAL of the WORLD.

    Read Lieberman’s book about JOHN MORAN BAILEY “The Power Broker”

    Read between the lines and see how the parties suck INSURANCE
    LOBBIES DRY and perpetuate HIGH HEALTH CARE COST….

    Sorry Nnan to disagree and disabuse your positions.
    You are the best and most open minded of the bloggers, with no offense
    to my favorites – PCS & STAR…

  6. 6 1george1

    I won’t be popular for this, but I wonder if LIEBERMAN, CHENEY, RAHM
    EMANUEL and Obama’s campaign manager aren’t ISRAELI AGENTS?

    …Edited for relevancy by Jezebel…

    Note: You were right George. Besides, the Zionist World Domination Committee called and asked if I would delete it.

  7. 7 jezebel282

    Update:

    For information purposes, the following is the list of “shovel ready” projects Mayor Moron brought with him on his vacation to Washington:

    Projects submitted for federal economic recovery funding:

    Train station platform
    extensions and canopies
    Request: $5 million
    Jobs created and retained: 50-60

    Long Beach West cottage
    demolition and improvements
    Request: $5 million
    Jobs created and retained: 500

    Board of Education
    building improvement projects
    Request: $3.441 million
    Jobs created and retained: 37

    King Street culvert
    Request: $3 million
    Jobs created and retained: 30-35

    Greenway Project:
    Railroad to Short Beach
    Request: $2.4 million
    Jobs created and retained: 25-30

    Renovations to new site
    for Emergency Medical Services
    Request: $2.15 million
    Jobs created and retained: 40-45

    Barnum Avenue streetscape project:
    (California to West Broad Street)
    Request: $2 million
    Jobs created and retained: 25-30

    Project First Impression:
    West Broad Street/I95 Exit 32 ramps
    Request: $1.5 million
    Jobs created and retained: 30-35

    Birdseye and Stratford Academy
    field improvements
    Request: $1.2 million
    Jobs created and retained: 25

    Short Beach Park improvements
    Request: $1.3 million
    Jobs created and retained: 25-30

    Sidewalk replacement projects
    Request: $1 million
    Jobs created and retained: 25-30

    Boothe Memorial Park
    improvements and restoration
    Request: $1 million
    Jobs created and retained: 25-30.

    WPCA Stormwater and Sanitation projects
    Request: $600,000
    Jobs created and retained: 4

    Municipal building generators
    Request: $600,000
    Jobs created and retained: 12

    Perry House historic addition
    Request: $350,000
    Jobs created and retained: 20-25

    Municipal building
    roof repairs and management
    Request: $250,000
    Jobs created and retained: 20

    Police Department
    upgrades and renovations
    Request: $224,000
    Jobs created and retained: 10-15

    Town residential rehabilitation program
    Request: $150,000
    Jobs created and retained: 20

    Stratford Housing Authority
    public housing roofing projects
    Request: $150,000
    Jobs created and retained: 20-30

    Municipal building and property
    small capital improvement projects
    Project Cost: $50,000
    Jobs created and retained: 30

    — Source: Mayor’s Office

    Interesting mix of Federal, State and Town projects, huh?

  8. 8 1george1

    Without my comments on cost or jobs created:

    Board of Education = 26 % of BoE Budget is NOT from LOCAL Taxes

    Train station platform = overdue

    WPCA Stormwater and Sanitation projects = less money from local Taxes

    Municipal building Roof = needed sooner or later

    Municipal building Generators = wonder how many will “walk?”

    Renovations to EMS = Worthy project turned boondoggle and lies

    Police Department = anything happen in town without police funded?

    Town residential rehabilitation = ??

    Stratford Housing Authority Roofing = necessary

    Long Beach West cottage = I am against. It lowers the property value by 400 %

    King Street culvert = information needed

    Perry House historic addition = Move it to academy hill or tear it down.
    I wonder who has been ,,,,, ???

    Greenway Project = poor

    Municipal building and property = BAIL for whom?

  9. 9 jezebel282

    Update:

    Fund request for Long Beach debated
    Council questions $5m for Long Beach

    By Richard Weizel
    STAFF WRITER
    Posted: 02/20/2009 10:13:13 PM EST

    STRATFORD — Although plans to sell Long Beach West as part of a federal seashore preserve were endorsed by town referendum voters last November, controversy continues to ripple.

    Several members of the Town Council contend Mayor James R. Miron misled the federal government when he applied for $5 million in “shovel-ready” economic stimulus funds to facilitate removal of abandoned cottages and other projects on the 35-acre beachfront.

    Miron, however, refutes the allegations, saying he requested funding under the federal Economic Recovery Act as part of the Recreation and Shoreline Infrastructure project.

    He also said the nonprofit Trust for Public Land, which is acting as the intermediary on a $10 million sale of the property eventually to be turned over to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, requested he seek the funds.

    “If council members knew anything about this they would be embarrassed to even be challenging me on it,” Miron said. “This is a perfectly legitimate request.”

    Whitney Hatch, interim director of the TPL for Connecticut and Massachusetts, offered a different version of the funding request.

    “We never asked him to do it, but we do support his efforts … we support any efforts to raise the funds because this is going to be a very costly project,” he said.


    Hmmm…whom to believe? Whitney Hatch or our beloved James R. Miron? Could the choice be any easier?

  10. 10 1george1

    A rhetorical question is a question which the asker does not expect an answer to because the answer itself is supposedly obvious

    A rhetorical question is only for its effect, with no answer expected.

    A rhetorical question is a figure of speech in the form of a question posed for its persuasive effect without the expectation of a reply.
    For example, “Why me, Lord?” Rhetorical questions encourage the listener to reflect on what the implied answer to the question must be. …

  11. 11 jezebel282

    George,

    “A rhetorical question is only for its effect, with no answer expected.”

    Really?

    (That was rhetorical, for those of you following along.)

    As I had stated, I don’t believe anything on this list is real or “shovel ready”. It is just a cover story for a 6 day vacation.

    But this one really intrigues me:

    Greenway Project:
    Railroad to Short Beach
    Request: $2.4 million
    Jobs created and retained: 25-30

    WTF? A railroad? From where? For only $2.4 million? Who’s the contractor? Lionel?

  12. 12 mikereynolds

    Jez,
    Take it easy…I think it means extending the greenway from Short Beach up to the Railroad Station maybe?

  13. 13 jezebel282

    Mike,

    Oh, sorry. I got confused by “Railroad to Short Beach”. With this guy, you never know.

  14. 14 mikereynolds

    It might be from a lack of oxygen due to excessive skiing in higher altitudes.

  15. 15 jezebel282

    Mike,

    You could be right. It takes me a day to recover sometimes.

  16. 16 sudds

    OR…

    …maybe our Esteemed Mayor really does want to build/install train tracks down to the “DO NOT ENTER” sign that the Federal Gov’t is going to slap at the entrance to Long Beach West?!?!?!?

  17. 17 sudds

    OR…

    … maybe it is just for the greenway. But then how would that create/maintain 25-30 jobs? Unless (of course) these are typical union jobs where one guy runs the lawn mower, and 24-29 guys “supervise”!!!

  18. 18 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “where one guy runs the lawn mower, and 24-29 guys “supervise”!!!”

    No, no…that’s called “Administration”. That’s always non-union.


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