You Are Cordially (Not) Invited

19Jun09

Upcoming events on Monday:

1. Swearing in of new DC ( Brian Meriviglia sends his regrets)
2. At noon Miron will hold a press conference regarding Justin Loschiavo in his office suite. Didn’t get your invitation? That’s because no one did. No one in the nasty public that is.
3. At 6 PM a meeting of the Pension Board

Any thoughts of holding press conferences in a building that WE own in an office suite that WE paid for and barring US?

This will disappear from the Post soon. We are posting it here just in case anyone would like to refer to it. Say in October 09?

No answers in Stratford
Staff Report
Updated: 06/23/2009 06:21:25 PM EDT

Stratford Mayor James Miron’s hamhanded attempt to justify hiring a seizure-prone man as a town police officer was as ineffective as it was offensive.

In fact, this episode — yet another in Miron’s growing catalogue of strange personnel episodes — is now more about Miron’s fitness for office than that of the police officer involved.

The mayor’s petulant little outburst earlier this week offered nothing in the way of explanation for the hiring of Justin LoSchiavo, the son of a former high-ranking department member, despite warnings from physicians and town officials that his medical condition was problematic.

Though Miron whined at a Monday press conference that the Connecticut Post reporting on the hiring was wrong, he offered nothing to substantiate his complaint.

So, when all the misdirected huffing and puffing was finally over, the question remained: Why did Miron go to such lengths to hire LoSchiavo?

In 2005, an investigation into Justin LoSchiavo’s background turned up recommendations from two doctors that his medical condition made him less than the best candidate for the job.

After he was eliminated as a candidate, his father, then-Lt. Joseph LoSchiavo, was instrumental in getting a second investigation, which, by the way, was to not include any physician interviews. During Monday’s tantrum, Miron trotted out that second report, written by then-Capt. Andrew Knapp.

“While there are areas of concern found during this investigation, none are sufficient to eliminate him as a viable candidate. The main problems relate to medical issues which are outside the scope of this investigation.”

Outside the scope of this investigation? Mister Mayor, did you not think that odd?

“The candidate is recommended for employment with reservation for that reason,” the officer wrote. Even the good captain had a reservation.

Stratford, of course, is living with its first mayor, having changed its charter and moved from a town manager to a mayoral form of government in 2005.

The voters clearly left too much hiring power in the hands of the mayor.

Especially this one.

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34 Responses to “You Are Cordially (Not) Invited”

  1. 1 phineast

    Is CNN going to be there?

  2. 2 jezebel282

    “Is CNN going to be there?”

    Maybe. As long as they have a microphone or notepad and don’t live here, vote here or pay taxes here.

  3. 3 phineast

    i’m thinking maybe we should be sure they are “invited” to the press conference!

  4. 4 sudds

    in case anyone wants to contact the members of the Pension Board prior to their meeting on Monday…

    https://stratfordcharter.wordpress.com/2009/06/16/liar-liar/#comment-6638

  5. 5 genericscreename

    The only way any council can be effective on a pension board, is to make sure there are more councilpersons present than union members and civilian representation. Historically, when a vote is required, if the councilmen are in the minority, the candidate will prevail on any issue which is questionable.

  6. 6 phineast

    I’m thinking that council just may make an example outta this guy…….
    enough is enough

  7. 7 phineast

    Did you know that all the area news stations have a “contact us” tab and you can submit story ideas? Someone should send the links to them for the post article…sending links is beyond my area of expertise, sadly.

  8. 8 1george1

    Sudds wrote:
    in case anyone wants to contact the members of the
    Pension Board prior to their meeting on Monday…

    Geo FYI:
    I do not think I missed more than 2 Pension Board Meetings
    in 2 years. I even showed up last month on tuesday, the
    day after the Holidaym where a meeting is normally moved,
    when there is a Holiday, such as Memorial Day in May.

    If any bloggers (other the Jeze / Gavin / Jon) bothered to attend
    these meetings you might learn about which you blog?

    I expressed an opinion about a certain potential pension?

    A member of the pension board apparently contacted Jeze,
    with clarification, which looked like Gavin’s type of info.

    Fahan worked on Gavin’s campaign.
    Fahan was on the C.R.C. # 2
    Fahan proposed NO BUDGET REFERENDUM.
    To some of the bloggers, some of them who are parasites
    similar to Soviet Communist Party insiders who believe some
    are more equal than others, NO REFERENDUM ranks as an
    endorsement as a license to STEAL.

    I consider many on the CRCs, party committees, and the
    lawyers, little better than fascist theives.

    In their non political lives they are often respectable as
    good family people, pillars of the community, and do many
    good things.

    I consider many Democrats, Republicans, Town / Government
    Workers to be decent, honest, and patriotic, who even are
    willing to act againt their own interest, if they believed it
    would make a difference?

    My hero, Ed Hargus, annually would shuffle to the Public Forum
    and bellow “THIS IS THE WORST TOWN COUNCIL!”
    Initially, I would shudder.

    As the years passed …..

    Jon & Gavin have worked for years as volunteers saving lives in
    EMS, beyond their Public Service.
    Yet with Property taxes about 30 % higher than they should be,
    due to the delays in economic Development in AVCO / SAEP,
    SHAKESPEARE, and the General Exodus ….
    Yet with their COMPLETE SILENCE on pension from under $ 3
    million a year in the 1990s to $ 16.7 million now
    Yet with unfunded mandates, poor investing, poor revenues,
    lack of movement on council approved grant solicitation.
    Yet with steered Benefits, contracts, change orders
    Yet with silence on nuances of the law, especially the Town
    Charter real dangers, except for perhaps posturing for plausible
    deniability ….

    Jon and Gavin I directly challenge each of you to issue press
    releases explaining specifics and details of behind the scenes
    probles caused by the political parties….

    Since the 1990s, how many of the GREATEST GENERATION got
    sick and died, because of the financial strain on fixed income
    or low income, while pensions which should be a good $ 24,000
    have 300 people above that with 200 over $ 30,000 and many over
    $ 40,000

    GAVIN and JON – How many times have you gone on an EMS call
    where someone died, because of your POLITICAL COWARDICE?

    YOU have to LOOK your selves in the MIRROR!

    YOU have to SLEEP at NIGHT!

    My political opinions is BURTURLA – KELLY – FLOREK – WILLIAMS
    – NORM – ARMY JUDGE ADVOCATES – OTHERS are simply greedy,
    ignorant, self absorbed, uncaring sluts…..

    But you see people DIED, whose deaths were indirectly caused
    by YOUR POLITICAL DECISIONS and those of TOWN COMMITTEES.

    I will be at the PENSION BOARD MEETING, Sudds, as will Gavin,
    who should hit the ceiling when he reads this ….

    I believe GAVIN and JON, despite their differences care about
    people and care about STRATFORD.

    I am CALLING THEM OUT to MAN – UP!

  9. 9 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “sending links is beyond my area of expertise, sadly.”

    Right click. Left click “Send Link”.

    Done.

  10. 10 jezebel282

    Top 10 Excuses at the Mayor’s Press Conference

    10. Justin who?
    9. Loschiavo and Popick promised to watch him
    8. Ashley thought he was cute
    7. It is illegal to read anything on Town letterhead
    6. It was all the obstructionist Republicans’ fault.
    5. He is innocent until proven guilty even if he kills someone
    4. It wasn’t me. It was insert name here .(Branyan, Murphy, Imbro, Dinhanian, doctor).
    3. Can’t you see I’m trying to get re-elected? Why are you bothering me with things I did before today?
    2. This is not a big thing. You don’t know half the things I’ve done.
    1. I’m the F******G mayor! I can do whatever the F**K I want!

  11. 11 1george1

    The only way any council can be effective on a pension board, is to make sure there are more councilpersons present than union members and civilian representation. Historically, when a vote is required, if the councilmen are in the minority, the candidate will prevail on any issue which is questionable.

    Yo generic,
    1 – Who set up the PENSION BOARD as Constituted?

    2 – (I agree with your rhettorical statement) Is it a co-incidence that
    “Historically, when a vote is required, if the councilmen are in the minority,
    the candidate will prevail on any issue which is questionable.”
    (Is that called plausible deniability?)

    3 – Isn’t everyone’s hero GAVIN on the PENSION BOARD?
    What PRESS RELEASES has he personally / politically made about the
    PENSIONS near, at, above BASE PAY?

    4 – Has anyone run the numbers (beside me) on Viability – Realistic
    PENSIONS which would be viable and sustainable adn NOT LOOK LIKE
    BRIBERY, but still be as good or better than SIKORSKY and about TWICE
    Social Security?
    – It is an issue that will come to a head NATIONALLY, so it is not the
    fault of local union workers, who see everyone else …. but also most
    of them, from what I hear, feel is NOT RIGHT …

  12. 12 1george1

    Jeze,
    I worry about your mIRON CURTAIN fixation.

    As GENERIC posted on a different string … look at what is happening
    on the DEMOCRATIC and REPUBLICAN Town Committees.

    I had not talked to DOM often.
    Initially I started to buy into his BS.
    Then I caught him in what I consider lies.
    However Dom said Burturlas “are protected.”

    If true, what does that say about:
    Burturlas?
    Dom?
    My conspiracy posts, related to CT. & FEDS?

  13. 13 1george1

    Again a call to MAN UP:

    GAVIN = views blog and posts in own name

    JON = views blog and posts in own name

    HARKINS – He may not view blog, but supporters do.

    MIRON = view blog and posts in fake intellectual names

    =

    Dom claimed to have turned off his internet for a couple years.
    Dom has supporters who view this blog.

  14. 14 jezebel282

    Miron will also announce (probably) that a warrant has been issued by the State Attorney’s Office for the arrest of Shawn Farmer and Joe McNeil. The charge will be some sort of computer “crime”. Only 18 months after Framer had any access to a Town computer. Joe McNeil as a captain, of course, had almost complete LEGAL access.

    Stay tuned.

  15. 15 1george1

    Jeze,

    If Miron was successful getting a CRIMINAL WARRANT on McNeil & Farmer,
    their ATTORNEY would have FREE DISCOVERY, unlike CIVIL CASE.

    If McNeil & Farmer, found an attorney who was honest and competent OR
    competant and as politically connected as the Burturlas, I believe it can
    open a PANDORA’S box where everyone except the Public would lose.

    Unless it was a set up for the Public to pay more settlement or award $$?

  16. 16 jezebel282

    Despicable
    –adjective
    deserving to be despised; contemptible: a mean, despicable man.
    Origin:
    1545–55; < LL dēspicābilis, equiv. to L dēspic(ārī) to despise or dēspic(ere) to look down (dē- de- + -spic- look, comb. form of specere) + -ābilis -able

    Related forms:
    des⋅pi⋅ca⋅bil⋅i⋅ty, des⋅pi⋅ca⋅ble⋅ness, noun
    des⋅pi⋅ca⋅bly, adverb

    Synonyms:
    vile, mean, detestable.

  17. 17 phineast

    anyone want to place a bet on who you are describing?

    can anyone out there answer a question for me? if someone is no longer employed by the town of stratford, can anyone explain to me why an individual has a key/fob to have building access to an administrative entrance and get to walk into a SECURE area as a civilian?????????seems to me that there is a security problem in the pd………..and i’m not talking about computers-i’m talking about a non authorized individual accessing multiple areas of the building that could potentially access REPORTS and documents and release them in inappropriate ways….not saying it happened but it could have…..isn’t unauthorized entry illegal???????

    So who is in charge of the keys…..maybe it is time for some more warrants…

  18. 18 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “if someone is no longer employed by the town of stratford, can anyone explain to me why an individual has a key/fob to have building access to an administrative entrance and get to walk into a SECURE area as a civilian?????????”

    Oooh! Ooooh! Pick me! Pick Me!

    Joe Loschiavo?

  19. 19 jezebel282

    Mayor Moron used his little press conference and selected #10 and #4.

    (If you picked #10 and #4 you’re a winner!)

    Top 10 Excuses at the Mayor’s Press Conference

    10. Justin who?
    9. Loschiavo and Popick promised to watch him
    8. Ashley thought he was cute
    7. It is illegal to read anything on Town letterhead
    6. It was all the obstructionist Republicans’ fault.
    5. He is innocent until proven guilty even if he kills someone
    4. It wasn’t me. It was insert name here .(Branyan, Murphy, Imbro, Dinhanian, doctor).
    3. Can’t you see I’m trying to get re-elected? Why are you bothering me with things I did before today?
    2. This is not a big thing. You don’t know half the things I’ve done.
    1. I’m the F******G mayor! I can do whatever the F**K I want!

    Shockingly, everyone lies except Mayor Moron.

  20. 20 mikereynolds

    Oh you’re kidding?!?!

    He actually thinks that Imbro, Branyan, or the cops who did the background check on Justin are just going to sit quietly and be labeled liars by this guy?

    Really??

    He’s opening himself up. What a mistake. He would have been better off just saying yes I did it, mea culpa. He might have gotten more respect.

    Now he’s just daring everyone to prove him wrong. Nice move. Is this Kent Miller’s idea?

  21. 21 justanotherreader

    So what actually happened at the press conference? Anyone have the scoop?

  22. 22 phineast

    not naming names, i just want to know who is in charge of “securing” the secure building?????? if this individual can get in when ever he pleases it seems to me you have a potential way for reports and papers to disappear….not like it has never happened with radios, snow blowers or power washers…..
    maybe the council should do an immediate investgative forensic audit of the dept and equipment…….just for securities’ sake.

  23. 23 phineast

    i heard the press conference was un by the liars club-live and in “real”time.

  24. 24 mikereynolds

    Here it is:

    http://www.connpost.com/ci_12666899

    Just as Jez said he’s calling everyone else a liar.

    Looks like he tried to use some slight of hand to convince the attendees at the press conference that Justin was recommended for hire by Capt. Knapp. But Imbro shoots that down.

    Its the Mayor versus Imbro, Branyan, and Dinihanian and all the documentation they have.

    He’s drawing dead the poor bastard.

  25. 25 mikereynolds

    Jez,

    Has that warrant actually been issued or has it just been applied for?

  26. 26 jezebel282

    “Has that warrant actually been issued or has it just been applied for?”

    McNeil, Farmer and Soto have until Thursday to surrender at Troop G.

    That answer the question?

  27. 27 mikereynolds

    Wow…The judge who signed off on that warrant must be a big time Democrat.

  28. 28 jezebel282

    I haven’t seen the warrant or the allegations yet.

    Maybe it’s the same judge that gave Brooke probation or the judge sitting on Richard Miron’s 1st degree larceny trial?

  29. 29 1george1

    NON SPECIFIC information I have had for months is the Warrant
    may have merit, if my source had accurate information.

  30. 30 jezebel282

    George,

    What was it that Miron said after his sister and father were arrested?

    Something about innocence wasn’t it?

  31. 31 1george1

    To me, the key for settlement / dismissal / verdict / awards
    will be limits on DISCOVERY and framing of the ISSUES.

    The tighter the DISCOVERY limits and ISSUES, the more favorable
    to Miron / Burturla.

    If the defendants Lawyer can force wider limits going to PATTERN
    as a DEFENSE towards MITIGATION, the more likely it would cause
    Burturla to need to back off.

    In this case MIKE REYNOLDS hit the KEY on the HEAD = the JUDGE.
    * Mike, finally picked one to be right on, sadly.

    Control the DOCKETING, JUDGE selection, JURY pool, framing of
    the ISSUES and you control DISCOVERY, which controls admissible
    evidence for foundations for witnesses, credibility impeachment,
    and patterns towards mitigation and/or innocence.

    Even if the defendants were guilty, issues would NEVER go to court,
    DEPENDING on DISCOVERY.

    DEPENDING on DISCOVERY, counter arrests would not be IMPOSSIBLE,
    based on other sources.

    Conversely, depending on DISCOVERY .. innocence, guilt, not guilty??

  32. 32 1george1

    At the EPA meeting were
    Mayor’s Health dept rep.
    Mayor rep on econ development?
    EPA Jim Murphy and 4 or 5 others
    Jason Santi (who will need a new wagon to hitch to)
    Council # 3 candidate
    Esq. U R BRUTAL
    Mike Singh ??
    Harkins
    DD
    the GREAT TOM SMITH
    Veronic Peters
    Several save stratford lambs
    the GREAT PAUL ROHALY
    some people I did not recognize.

    I wonder if the CT. POST was just oing the dirty work for their
    local allies, to get what they want related to the Airport?

    I am no ally of Miron, nor Burturla.
    However, I view many, far from all, in the RTC as being as bad
    or worse.

    What Miron did to Jeze friends … his patrons did to my coworkers
    in the southport USPS
    Wjat Miron did to counter Jeze friends among the police, with
    reprisals, his patrons did to me with Mossman false arrest and
    abusing the system.

    I looked Captain Joe McNeil in the eye. So far, I believe he is who
    he and others claim him to be.
    Esq. Burturla can not look me in the eye.
    Monday night, same with Esq. Brian LeClerc
    Esq. Blumenthal and I have unfinished business. He sent a driver
    over to move his car that Blumenthal drove in on Memorial Day.
    – Honest I have a bumper sticker for him and lip lock lieberman.

    Jim Miron and D/C could look me in the eye. They are too ignorant
    and not as highly involved vs. me.

    Dead beat Dick can not look me in the eye.

    Gavin did not look me in the eye the night of the Pension meeting.
    He later showed class as Chair of the Hearing, allowed me to speak,
    since I was in Pension Committee meeting & did not sign up.

    I predict Gavin will MAN UP, as will the REAL PEOPLE in the UNIONS
    and the TOWN COMMITTEES.
    MAN UP includes admitting mistakes were made, even if there was a
    draw related to greed. However there were ramifications, situations
    and other things that those people NEVER DREAMS would happen!!!

    I believe while people are greedy, ignorant, and selfish, they also have
    a CORE of WANTING to DO the HONEST – RIGHT THING, for the Town
    state, country, and humanity, more than just family / friends / peers.
    Sometimes peer mutual reinfocement causes BAD JUDGEMENTS.
    – It is an imperfect world filled with imperfect people!
    Yes – JEZE / MIKE / SUDDS / KANE / GENERIC – I am definitely imperfect!!!
    Some liars can andneed to look one in the eye. However one can
    tell sincerity.
    I am unconvinced, yet, relating to frying pan and the fire …

    To be continued

  33. 33 jezebel282

    Update:

    Stratford cop accident report still withheld
    By Richard Weizel
    STAFF WRITER
    Updated: 07/07/2009 03:59:06 PM EDT

    STRATFORD — It’s been more than a month since Police Officer Justin LoSchiavo crashed his patrol car that witnesses say took place while he was suffering a seizure.

    As of Tuesday, however, police officials still refused to release the accident report on the accident at 9 a.m. June 6 at the intersection of Stratford and Beardsley avenues.

    Despite repeated requests for the report by the Connecticut Post, including a Freedom of Information request, Police Chief John Buturla continues to say the report is not complete and declined comment about whether the officer with a history of seizure disorders was having one during the crash.

    Mayor James R. Miron did not return phone calls this week seeking comment. However, last Friday, Miron said the accident investigation was in the hands of police.

    “You’ve got to ask the chief of police. I don’t know anything about it,” he said. “I can’t comment on an accident in which the investigation is still pending. I am not involved in the investigation, nor have I been briefed about it.”

    Both Miron, who is up for re-election in November, and Buturla declined comment about why the investigation is still open a month after the crash.

    LoSchiavo remains on injury leave from his job. The officer and his father, former Deputy Police Chief Joseph LoSchiavo, have not responded to several requests for interviews.

    “I cannot make any comment on the accident while it is still under investigation,” Buturla said last Friday. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

    However, several police sources said a report was completed two weeks ago, and submitted to Buturla on June 22. That report, they said, states LoSchiavo had a seizure during the accident.

    Witnesses said last week said they saw the officer having a seizure while losing control of his car and crashing into several cars before coming to a stop. They said his patrol car hit one car, then crossed a busy intersection into a used-car lot and struck several parked cars before stopping.

    Josie Cicerale, a former nurse whose Honda Element was struck by LoSchiavo’s cruiser, said she was unable to do anything to stop his patrol car. because he was “in full seizure mode,” with his body convulsing, “saliva dripping” from his mouth.

    “His eyes were rolled back in his head and his body was shaking,” said John Valentino, a garage owner and the first person to aid the Stratford officer after the cruiser came to a standstill.

    When LoSchiavo applied for a job with Stratford police in 2005, his application was reviewed by then-Detective Nelson Dinihanian, who is now retired. In a pre-hiring report finalized in late December of that year, Dinihanian wrote that because of medical concerns “we are not going forward with the background investigation” of LoSchiavo.

    “A report from Dr. [Joel] Kunkel [of Med Now in Bridgeport] stated he would not release applicant for medical reasons and that he ‘is not recommended’ for employment,” Dinihanian stated in his report.

    Miron has said LoSchiavo was hired in June 2006 after gaining medical clearance.

  34. 34 1george1

    I wonder if there is something that could be slipped
    in his coffee, to cause a seizure?

    While most of the police are decent and honorable people,
    there is no denying they are angry with the LoSchiavos.


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