Miron’s Gift to the Next Mayor

23Oct09
Next Year's Budget

Next Year's Budget

Every once in a while we wonder why anyone would want to be mayor of Stratford. The mess that will be left by Mayor Moron will be an enormous challenge.

In order to achieve his election year budget, Mayor Moron simply deferred contractual raises to unions until next year. For example, the Public Works employees that Miron has so busy planting flowers and averaging 15 hours of overtime per week will be paid 3% more next year for the hours they are expending now.

Then there are the arbitration hearings for other unions (no doubt we will lose those too).

There is also the failure of the mayor to repair and maintain school buildings and grounds. Let’s hope the boilers don’t break down before April.

We are not even going to mention the inevitable lawsuits between the Nateras, the EPA and Stratford over the toxic waste at SAEP.

Unless the next mayor takes immediate action, Sikorsky Airport will be landing bigger planes on a longer runway. This happened under Miron’s watch.

The Raymark waste remains exactly where it was when Miron took office.

We also haven’t even seen the bill from Rich Buturla and Berchem Moses & Devlin yet. Last year it was $667,000. Anyone believe it will be less for 2009?

And then there is the current revaluation that is now taking place….

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77 Responses to “Miron’s Gift to the Next Mayor”

  1. 1 jezebel282

    Then there all those department heads that don’t have a clue what to do unless Miron tells them.

  2. 2 ronmoreau

    The following from the ‘Scout Handbook’.B.S.A.
    copyright 1972.

    TAXES

    “A town’s money comes from its people through taxes. Some money comes directly from them through sales taxes,property taxes and income taxes. Other money comes from the people,too, but indirectly. When a buisness is taxed the people still pay,because the buisness charges more for what it sells.

    If a towns taxes get too high,it will get less,not more, money. There won’t be enough people paying. When personal taxes get to high, some people move to a place with lower taxes. If buisness taxes are too high, their prices will get so high people won’t buy. Then it’s taxes can’t be paid and again the taxing town loses money.

    Government must be careful that the tax rate is not so high it forces buisness and people out of town. So you can see that government can not solve problems by just raising taxes and spending money. It can go a long way though,by deciding what problems are most important.It can tackle those first,spending the available money to solve the most critical needs. For the town to solve their problems leaders have to be GOOD, but they can’t do it alone. A community problem is the problem for all the people. So they should all work to find the best answer.”

    You ask any buisness in town how well they doing. You will find that all of the above applies more today then it did in 1972.

    The KEY statement above;

    “For the town to solve their problems leaders have to be GOOD.”

    I interpret GOOD to mean HONEST.

    It begs the question.

    Do you think our current Mayor is an HONEST man?

    I know John Harkins is.

  3. 3 jezebel282

    Ron,

    I’m actually thinking of turn that over to the readers.

    Just a little contest to see how many Miron lies the readers can remember and post.

    (There are getting to be so many, it’s hard for one person to keep up.)

    So start gathering your Miron lies and get ready to post them.

  4. 4 ronmoreau

    Jez,

    The thing the mayor said before becoming Mayor sticks in my mind the most.

    As a leader, for the minority, on the charter revision commission Mr. Miron had a provision added that said, paraphrased,’ Anyone serving on the charter revision commission will not be allowed to get a paying job with the town of Stratford for two years following the adoption of the new charter.’

    Within 6 months he was running for and won a paid position in the Town of Stratford.(Mayor).

    The rest is history.

  5. 5 ronmoreau

    Jez,

    Mr. Miron defied his own provision to the charter. The man is a lawyer. How do you keep a lawyer from lying. Don’t let him open his mouth.

  6. 6 jezebel282

    Ron,

    I remember Miron saying during the last round of debates that the Town was run just fine and that he wouldn’t do anything to change it. In fact he said his top priority was keeping Ben Branyan as CAO.

    That lasted 6 months.

    50+ employees later we are saddled with contributors to his campaign and personal friends as Department heads.

    On the other side of the scoreboard, when you look at Mr. Harkins, the contrast could not be greater.

    * He understands the responsibility of raising a family and taking care of others besides just himself.
    * He was responsible for transferring ownership of the Shakespeare Theater to the Town at the Town’s request (are you listening, Ed Goodrich?)
    * He was responsible for halting the half-baked idea of shifting toxic waste within Stratford
    * He was responsible for RR Station improvement that will not cost the Town hundreds of thousands of dollars
    * He was and will continue to be an opponent of airport expansion.

    Although, personally, I would like to see the Theater transferred back to the State (or maybe Great Britain?), Mr. Harkins responded to his constituents’ request.

    John Harkins works, he keeps his word and he thinks about more improvements. It is such a difference from Miron’s “my way or the highway” approach that I find it almost a waste of time to have to type it out.

    I find it much more productive to vote FOR somebody than AGAINST somebody. Voting for Mr. Harkins is an extremely comfortable choice. On Nov 3rd people who voted for Mr. Harkins can sleep well knowing that they made the correct decision and had done their best to put our Town in responsible hands.

  7. 7 phineast

    Well said, Jez, well said.

    Got another piece of junk from miron in the mail–I had to laugh at the side with all the little article titles made to look like headlines….if Harkins or Costello use the real headlines on a mailer, miron will reall be toast!

  8. 8 jezebel282

    Phin,

    It is certainly becoming wearisome dispelling these “accomplishments” over and over again. But I’m sure Heather Habelka has to deliver something for the money she is being paid by the DTC.

    On another note, next year the teacher’s union will be back for more money. Let us hope the next mayor recalls who they did not support in the upcoming election. Apparently they only take a position when it effects their own paycheck. As a taxpayer, parent and voter, I am severely disappointed in their singular lack of courage.

  9. 9 1george1

    Dom and John think differently, but I believe Miron won the debates,
    but lost the last 4 years.

    Gail Brown and Weizel slaughtered Miron Sunday.
    Weizel got my profession wrong and messed where I stress issues,
    but considering what he wrote about me in the past, I am content

    Gail Brown never bothered to even call me.
    Her reputation is better than that.

    Rich was decent, but they both still missed I have done economic
    development for the past 21 YEARS.
    The USPS was 1971 – 1988, with the first 16+ years no problems
    and 12/84-4/88 pure hell, analygous to Stratford town hall.
    Actually far worse!

    Last week, Tom Smith absolutely butchered Miron.

    Makes me look forward to who says what, next week.

    Instead of putting forth my agenda for positive improvements for
    Stratford, I had to spend 60 % of my time debunking miron lies,
    because people do not know better.
    I used 20-25 % smacking bipartisan lies, delays, and lack of best
    interest of stratford and
    I used 15-20 % of my time on my vision for Stratford’s future.

    I have a secret plan for being elected Mayor.

  10. 10 jezebel282

    George,

    “Gail Brown never bothered to even call me.
    Her reputation is better than that.”

    Maybe she was working against a deadline and just didn’t have time to listen to a history of the Trilateral Commission, the Masons and the CIA?

  11. 11 mikereynolds

    “I have a secret plan for being elected Mayor.”

    Yeah, its so secret even you don’t know it George.

  12. 12 jezebel282

    Mike,

    I know what George’s plan is.

    Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone.

    George is going to change his name to “John Harkins”.

  13. 13 mikereynolds

    That’s about the only way he’ll ever get elected.

  14. 14 allanwscott

    Whomever the next Mayor is going to be, I wish them a lot of luck because they are going to need it. There are sooooooo many threads hanging, that it boggles my mind. i.e. Shakespeare, Avco, Economic Development, Exit 33, Raymark Waste, unfunded pensions,and 2 major lawsuits that will cost plenty. I wouldn’t take on this job for any amount of money. Strong leadership, and cross the aisle bi-partisan politics is the only way Stratford can recover from the mess that we are in. Who’s to blame? Miron, the Town Council, John Best, Bill O’Brien? A combination of all 4? Good Luck guys, you’re going to need it!

  15. 15 jezebel282

    Allan,

    “and 2 major lawsuits that will cost plenty.”

    I count three. 2 in CT Superior Court, 1 in Federal.

    “Who’s to blame?”

    Bill O’Brien? You lost me here….

  16. 16 1george1

    Jeze,
    The reference to Bill O’Brien and Jon Best is to the prior Mayoral
    election, where Costello came in second and blamed them for
    drawing votes from him.

    Because they are both nominally Republicans, there is some logic.
    However, Dominec has to earn votes.

    I do not cry about getting 2 votes for mayor last time.

    I have not even pushed my candidacy for Mayor or Town Council,
    while debunking miron pinnochio, and informing the public about
    what the Republicans and Democrats have done to them for last
    20 years. I accomplished far more than I thought I could get to the
    general population, via the Bard, Star, and to lesser degree the CT.
    POST, who hates Miron and loves Harkins.

    However the wheels are turning related to my SECRET PLAN to become
    MAYOR, If I told my PLAN, prematurely, it would no longer be a secret.

    Good to read Mike & Jeze have lost none of their charm or faith. 🙂

    Back you your posting about the UNIONS, UNIONS, UNIONS, and not
    about the PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE.
    As I told Weizel who got part of the quote correct …
    “An Endorsement can be an Asset or a Liability …..”
    Miron was clobbering Harkins about that, ECS, and the RR Station.

    Harkins should have pounded back the Democratic Legislature
    controls the purse on ECS & RR Station turning Miron’s asset into
    a Debate Liability, which Miron did with the Endorsement.

    I wonder if anyone at Channel # 12 will get a buzz, if they get too close
    to the mirror in the waiting room? 😉

    I hope the Cablevision cleaning crew wears a nose filter, otherwise
    they may get Mironvision. 8)

  17. 17 allanwscott

    Jezebel, George is correct. If Bill O’Brien didn’t run, Costello would have most likely won. If John Best didn’t run, Dom would have most CERTAINLY won. I think that is why Best got hammered in the primary. He really screwed the Republicans good. Too bad, I think he was the Best guy for the job, no pun intended.

  18. 18 jezebel282

    If, if, if…

    If Dom didn’t wear that stupid hairpiece….

    If Jon Best didn’t have Loschiavo on his campaign….

    If Bill O’Brien was a better public speaker…..

    If Miron wasn’t a consummate liar….

    If George Mulligan could stick to a point….

    The nice thing this year is that there is actually somebody to vote FOR. John Harkins is an intelligent, soft spoken, thoughtful politician that can close the deal.

    If he wanted to, he could probably be mayor-for-life.

  19. 19 phineast

    Mironvison…good one, George, I’m still laughing…. 🙂

  20. 20 nomoreyears

    “On another note, next year the teacher’s union will be back for more money. Let us hope the next mayor recalls who they did not support in the upcoming election. Apparently they only take a position when it effects their own paycheck. As a taxpayer, parent and voter, I am severely disappointed in their singular lack of courage.”

    Jezz,

    I too am very disappointed in the teacher’s union in sitting on the fence and not taking a stand. The problem is….. The teacher’s union hates Miron but hates Cornish even more. As we all know Miron dislikes Cornish very much and vise versa. Both are horrible leaders but one is a good manager. Miron is neither. The politics might be too dicey for the teacher’s union to mess with.

    IMHO, the teacher’s union needs to choose sides. Doing nothing is just as bad as supporting Miron. However, I’m sure the teacher’s who live in town have good memories and will make the right decisions come voting time.

  21. 21 jezebel282

    Nomore,

    Let’s be clear…the only reason the teachers union is not taking a stand is fear. They are nervous that by some cosmic twist of fate Miron might get elected again. Like that would matter. Miron has cut or tried to cut the BOE budget throughout his entire administration.

    The only time they have guts is when they are discussing their contract and their benefits.

    I understand that Irene Cornish has her own set of detractors and opponents. Some are rightly justified. But it is made clear by these gutless teachers why it is that Dr. Cornish has no respect for them.

    Oh…and the same goes for you principals and assistant principals too. Maybe if you weren’t making over $100K each?

    (Sorry…just couldn’t help it. Bullying and fear are what has gotten Miron this far. They are the enablers.)

  22. 22 nomoreyears

    Jez,

    I completely agree with you regarding the teacher’s union. You’re speaking to the choir when it comes to Miron. The teacher’s union does need to take a stand. They need to support the candidates that are going to do the best job for the children of this town.

    Both the teacher’s union and administrators live in fear of Miron and Cornish. They fear for their jobs and fear retribution for speaking up or they’re out.

    As I said before, neither are effective leaders. Miron and Cornish are very much alike accept Cornish is smarter. Both lead through fear and retribution and retaliation. Do it or else – even if it’s the wrong thing to do.

    Unfortunately, leadership has been dismal for some time in the town of Stratford. It is my hope that Harkins will bring leadership and integrity back to the town.

  23. 23 jezebel282

    Nomore,

    I can understand the fear of Mayor Moron by the teachers union. I remember walking the CRC petitions. Whenever I handed it to a Town employee they would look at it like it contained leprosy and literally run away.

    However, it’s not like Irene Cornish has picture of Miron in her bedroom. In fact, she will have to actually work at getting her way after the election. No more Miron to make look like an idiot.

    So…if the teachers union actually takes a stand and supports someone it is for parents, children and taxpayers. Personally, if they just choose to remain silent lambs, I just don’t want to hear them talk about parental responsibility or why they need more money again. Clearly, their only concern is themselves.

  24. 24 anyonebutharkins

    “If he wanted to, he could probably be mayor-for-life.”

    Oh that would be fantastic.

    Kiss C.A.R.E goodbye, Harkins repeatedly has voted against improvements to any kind of social services or community development programs. In fact, he has repeatedly voted to decrease them.

    Forget the Senior and Veteran tax breaks because Harkins has repeatedly voted to eliminate middle class tax breaks so of course he would do the same in Stratford. Which reminds me, everyone here complains about tax increases. Harkins may not raise taxes right off the bat, but he will eliminate all of the town services that those taxes pay for so you may have the same money in your pocket as you do now, but you will have parks unattended, streets unpaved and community service centers with limited, if any, hours.

    Oh and the unions can forget any further support because he does not support them either. If the board of ed thought they had problems now…. Harkins actually voted against poor children receiving aid for hearing aides. Why the heck would he be different in Stratford and support our children either?

    Yeah, great pick for the people. I am sure the upper income residents here will be pleased but if you are not in that bracket, good luck to you. Better save your pennies.

  25. 25 sudds

    “Harkins repeatedly has voted against improvements to any kind of social services or community development programs. In fact, he has repeatedly voted to decrease them. ”

    I guess I now know who to vote for!!!

    “Harkins may not raise taxes right off the bat, but he will eliminate all of the town services that those taxes pay for so you may have the same money…”

    Tree planted in front of my house… check! Longbrook Park redone… check! Umm… I’m all for reduced services now!!

    “Oh and the unions can forget any further support because he does not support them either.”

    Jesus Anyone… you’re making me more “excited” than PCS!!! (for others reason OBVIOUSLY) 😉

  26. 26 anyonebutharkins

    Ah yes, I just love the “me only, f*ck everyone else in society” atmosphere here.

  27. 27 jezebel282

    Anyone,

    You can’t go by Sudds. He tried to get a no-show job with the Town but Kent miller beat him to it.

    Being a State Rep and being mayor are two different jobs. We have seen how Miron has already squandered our money and tried to slash BOE funding at every opportunity. There has not been a penny spared on photo ops for Miron or signs he can put his name on.

    But here’s a couple of things we can count on from Harkins:

    He will oppose Airport expansion

    He won’t waste Public Works’ time planting & watering flowers.

    He will maintain and repair school buildings

    He won’t lie about every single detail of the mayor’s office.

  28. 28 1george1

    One of the few things I can agree with from “anyonebut” is
    the “me only, f*ck everyone else in society” atmosphere here.

    At MILL RIVER COUNTRY CLUB, Harkins stated “NORM” reminded
    him about the personal property assessment, he suggested years
    ago as a way to increase taxes.

    A Republican in favor of:
    Increasing taxes?
    Going into homes, to assess personal property?

    While I told DeCilio I do not believe Miron’s claim that he is a racist,
    the Republicans are exclusionary and it is not just race related.
    While Miron sparingly helps Seniors, Vets, and Minorities, he has
    at least spent “some money on black people.”
    Yo jeze, some Democrat you are, never chastizing (R) policies on
    lack of Socio-economic equality

    Stuff gets steered to your back yard like Bunnell Football field,
    which has replace FLOOD POOL for SLUSH FUNDING.
    Finally something is going to PENDERS FIELD and LONGBROOK,
    but Henrick (literally & figureatively) got a black eye over the
    egregarious favortism.

    I told BUTT-HEAD BURTURLA in 1999 that Stratford HS was paying
    60 % more for OIL & GAS HEAT than BUNNELL, in a school with 35 %
    less population.
    It only took BUNNELL BOILERS to BREAK and an ELECTION YEAR for
    MIRON to take action and replace BOILERS.

    Oh in 1998, OIL bottomed at $ 10.58 a barrel and the USSR economy
    was a mess. I paid 50, 58, 62, and 66 cents a gallon for Heating OIL.
    A couple years later I got a new furnace and added 275 gallons to my
    275 gallon tank. I have never had a full 550, due to price of Heating oil.

    C.A.R.E has to prove it is NOT just a MASTER – SLAVE Democratic arm
    to perpetuate dependence of minorities to the white dominated and
    controlled organizations, like Schirillo controlling presentation times.
    Schirillo was former D T C chair, and I believe will tell any lie and do
    any dirty work necessary to perpetuate the FASCIST POLICE STATE
    mentality of the Socialist – Marxist – Mobsters running the DTC.
    Hey PLAY WRITE, isn’t that something like you wrote about the DTC?
    – Tony, like DeCilio is not a bad person, but captive to bad belief and
    circle jerks of influence.

    If the Teachers hate and fear Cornish, it was not at the meetings I
    attended.
    I now have issues with top heavy pay, in the BoE.
    I have issues with the Health Insurance giveaway of 1/2 Mil.

    I prefer her & Ben to O’Connell.
    However, if the turn into an O’Connell reincarnation ….

  29. 29 anyonebutharkins

    “He will oppose Airport expansion

    He won’t waste Public Works’ time planting & watering flowers.

    He will maintain and repair school buildings

    He won’t lie about every single detail of the mayor’s office.”

    Well, I am FOR Airport expansion even though I have many friends and family who live in Lordship. It is first and foremost necessary for safety. Even the FAA agress. Second, not to be harsh or contradictory, residents of Lordship knew full well they were moving into a beautiful area of town with the condition that there was already an airport there. I virtually grew up in Lordship and remember the sounds of the gun club and the planes flying over. I loved the proximity to the beach, but even as a kid I knew I could not complain about noise in an area that my family CHOSE despiote that, to live. I disagree that to expand the airport would automatically allow commercial airplanes to fly in and out. I think that is an exaggeration put forth by opponents who really just want to pretend that Lordship is currently a quiet place to live.

    As for the waste of Public Works time, again I disagree. If you look at any of our neighboring towns, you will see nice landscaping and a visually pleasant environment which attracts new residents and families. For far too long our main roads looked like nothing but Barnum Ave and Ferry Blvd. Ugly, Filthy and nothing to draw new buyers. Now we at least have some “small town charm” that will attract business and residents alike. We at least have a shot at newcomers stopping and “smelling the roses” if you will, rather than calling us Mini-Bridgeport and saying Yuck! as they drive their money over to Milford.

    School building repairs. You mean like a new roof on Lordship School? Or the new boilers at Stfd High? Or the new (albeit controversal) field at Bunnel? How many repairs to you think Harkins can put forth in four years with constant opposition from a Council with a vendetta? I mean seriously, it is not as if anything has been done and for a first administration I think ignoring giving credit is a bit unfair.

    Obviously your last point is just an opinion and not a fact, so I will not enter that one. lol

    Finally, something to consider. I know most of you will laugh at me or disagree, but I think I at least have somewhat of a point. When it comes to SAEP and Shakespeare. Those properties have lain dormant for over 20 years. No other administration had made even the tiniest bit of progress, most making no effort at all. Argue as you will that the Army took SAEP away from us, but one line of thought says they ought to have and they ought to have cleaned up their mess. None-the-less, the Mayor DID initiate negotiations and did work hard to make Hollywood East work. The concept of building a film production studio there was and still is a great one. It would be FAR too expensive to develop that land into residential, given the clean up costs that are more for residential than industry. It would also bring jobs and consumers to the area. Look at what Jodi Rell signed into place this morning. (I forgot the town name, but outside of Hartford) It would be a shame if they stole an opportunity that should have been ours. You cannot blame the Mayor for the collapse of the company that was to develop SAEP. There is still hope that they can remain in the game, but no one could have seen the collapse of that company in advance.

    In regards to Shakespeare, that too has been untouched for over two decades. At least someone is TRYING now. It is true there are problems with the currently offered contract. It takes too much control away from the town and also does not even guarentee that the threater will be used for any Shakespeare at all. I don’t think the theater could survive year round with only shakespeare plays, but I also dont think they should be removed completely, as the current contract offers that option.

    I know that many here just don’t like Miron for whatever reason and I don’t expect to change your mind at this point in time. I just wish that at least SOME consideration should be given to facts from BOTH sides of the administration, not just all the bad as you see it.

    Thanks for reading, if you did! lol
    (did I beat George’s record for longest post? Does someone have word count?)

  30. 30 anyonebutharkins

    oop! lol
    “I mean seriously, it is not as if anything has been done and for a first administration I think ignoring giving credit is a bit unfair. ”

    Obviously that was “as if nothing has been done”

    Come one now, disagree with my points, but don’t make fun of my typos. I am not perfect – or close even. lol

  31. 31 sudds

    “You can’t go by Sudds. He tried to get a no-show job with the Town but Kent miller beat him to it.”

    TRIED??? Why the past-tense??? Why else do you think that I switch my voter reg from Independent to Republican??? 😀

  32. 32 sudds

    “Come one now, disagree with my points, but don’t make fun of my typos. I am not perfect – or close even. lol”

    What is it like being imperfect??? 😛

  33. 33 sudds

    Hey anyone…

    we finally agree on something…

    “residents of Lordship knew full well they were moving into a beautiful area of town with the condition that there was already an airport there.”

  34. 34 anyonebutharkins

    Lol sudds. Ok. I’ll be offline until at least tonight so when the arguments come flying at me like rotton tomatos, don’t think I’m hiding. 😉

  35. 35 1george1

    Yo “anyone”

    Not even close to my top word count.

    I disagree with most of your positions.
    However, they were well thought out and articulated.

    Counter:
    1) NO NEED to EXPAND AIR PORT.
    PUT in RADAR.
    CREATE MATRIX for VECTOR CALCULATION of landing approach height.
    HAVE Wave off process, similar to Air Craft Carrier, for stupid pilots, who
    overshoot the primary landing spots, and you do not need a safety zone.
    Negotiate with tree hugger to create a “natural” landing safety zone on
    the other end of runways, away from Main Street
    Marsh land tends to be soft.

    2) The flower being planted are not ANNUALS.
    WHILE THEY LOOK NICE NOW, and PAST ELECTION, FROST will KILL THEM.
    If your argument was about planting annuals at gateway areas I would OK.
    Miron can not get DOT to raise & create drainage for SURF AVENUE, 100
    YARDS from a DOT GARAGE. It is a GATE WAY STREET to / from Commercial
    and Industrial job areas. I asked for 4 years!

    3) 1999 – I told butt head burturla that SHS paid 60 % more for GAS & OIL
    heat than BUNNELL.
    It took BUNNELL boilers to break and election year to get Miron to fix
    the boilers.
    I have been to multiple Building Needs meetings, where BoE Joe DeMeo
    hands out list of work ordered, work completed, and work started.
    Neither Miron, nor MO McCarthy bothers to show up to explain why
    WORK that was BONDED to be done, 1 – 2 – 3 years ago (RIGHT GAVIN?)
    has yet to be started?

    4) Jim’s father Dick Miron was head of the DTC for 10 years and his town
    attorney has been involved like D.M. since the mid 1980s
    – They work with the Republicans and kept
    SHAKESPEARE from transitioning in early 1980s
    AVCO from being transitioned in 1992 to have 10 – 12000 jobs
    RAYMARK dangers from being finished in early 2000s
    KEEPING the AIRPORT as a BILLING excuse.

    5) it is not as if nothing has been done?

    The mirons DTC & the RTC give pennies to seniors, vets, families, minorities,
    and business, while their politically connected ranking people and allies
    have stolen the town blind.

    The 60 year projected cost of the Defined Benefit Plan to under 1000
    people EXCEEDS $ 1 billion

    Pension Obligation is up OVER 600 % since the early 1990s. In no small part
    due to monopoly money O. T. during Miron’s first 3 years.

    2008-2009 Town Attorney fees are up OVER 530 % since 1997-1998.

    C.A.R.E are librarians, teachers, community services & DTC white people
    pretending to help the minority community and some honsestly trying.

    H. R. is a joke.

    Health Department may honestly try, but has a Miron shadow.

    The Town Hall Union heads owe their jobs to politics.

    I have honest disagreements with some police, fire, union reps on things
    like the pension bond, but they REP their people, and they are only
    GRANTED things. Murray outclassed Burturla last night, where he got
    Burturla to state it was NOT the unions who determined PENSIONS,
    but Town Managment, including Town Attorney opinions, Town Manager/
    Mayor, Finance Director, and H. R. Director.

    Murray got Burturla to take legal positions, with 15 witnesses that
    C O M P L E T E L Y
    T O O K
    T H E
    B L A M E + R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y
    A W A Y from the U N I O N S
    and
    S Q U A R E L Y
    on the same people I have been placing the
    B L A M E + R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y

    TOM MURRAY and I underwstand FIDUCIARY OBLIGATION
    and CULPABILITY.

    Please forward this to FIRE DEPT REP – TOM MURRAY.
    He may want to create his 2nd ever AFFADAVIT.
    He may want to get AFFADAVITS from everyone in the MEETING
    and a copy of the AUDIO TAPE and MEETING MINUTES.

    I had made the ISSUE PUBLIC.
    I have had PUBLIC and PRIVATE conversations on LIABILITY,
    advising the UNIONS to create their DEFENSES.

    The MALPRACTICE INSURANCE COST to BERCHEM should go up
    considerable in the FUTURE and they BETTER have more than
    $ 2 BILLION in COVERAGE, because (conservatively) I think that
    is what they and their network of attorneys in other firms cost
    STRATFORD!

    MURRAY does a great job for his people.
    He would probably make a GREAT MAYOR
    (if he moved to Stfd) 😉
    Unlike the Attorneys, MURRAY understands FIDUCIARY obligation!

    I am unsure anyone in Town or BoE should make more than $ 100 k
    when one considers the package of paid benefits, in the present
    economic situation…

    There are many who might reasonably construe things as BRIBERY,
    by certain people in the RTC & DTC.

    Someone please forward to NORM. 8)

  36. 36 jezebel282

    Anyone,

    Well, let it not be said that other opinions and the space for them are not permitted here.

    Nonetheless, let’s have at it.

    “Well, I am FOR Airport expansion even though I have many friends and family who live in Lordship.”

    I suppose you have African American friends too. It’s not just a Lordship matter. It is the Town of Stratford having land taken from it by Bridgeport for a purpose that negatively impacts Stratford. Pushing the “safety” issue is just not proven by any sort of fact. The airport is either safe or it is not safe. The FAA says it is safe, which is why it is open. Insurance companies say that the runway is about a 100 yards too short for them to insure larger aircraft. End of story. The argument that the airport was there already is specious. The argument is not about taking Bridgeport land to build homes. Finally, Lordship is one of the few areas in Stratford that pay a disproportionately heavy property tax. Why in the world would anyone who lives in Stratford wish to see that decline? It would mean the tax burden would be shifted to other areas….like the 3rd District, Sudds. (You have to put it in terms that Sudds understands: Himself)

    “As for the waste of Public Works time, again I disagree. If you look at any of our neighboring towns, you will see nice landscaping and a visually pleasant environment which attracts new residents and families.”

    Really? You’re kidding right? Have you even seen any school grounds lately? We need a $350,000 grant for Longbrook park because PW essentially did nothing (that damn Gavin Forrester District again!). While the area around Town Hall and Exit 32 may look nicer, the rest of the Town and its facilities look like crap. The PD Headquarters doesn’t even meet OSHA standards.

    “School building repairs. You mean like a new roof on Lordship School? Or the new boilers at Stfd High?”

    Seriously, you and Jimmy ought to go inside a school one of these days. I would suggest before it gets too cold. Stratford High needs an entirely new HVAC system. Even BOE headquarters has boilers that are 100 years old (you’ll have to bring that mink to work, Irene). Lordship School? Do you have any idea how long that took and who actually got it done (Hint: It wasn’t your boy, Jimmy.) “with constant opposition from a Council with a vendetta?” Oh please. Not that. I thought only Jimmy would use that for an excuse. No wait…let me guess…10 independently elected Councilpeople conspired together to approve the hiring of Heather Habelka and Kent Miller. Then they took it another step and approved Jimmy’s $450,000 worth of renovations to his new office. Vendetta? Opposition? Gimme a break.

    “Those properties have lain dormant for over 20 years. No other administration had made even the tiniest bit of progress, most making no effort at all. Argue as you will that the Army took SAEP away from us, but one line of thought says they ought to have and they ought to have cleaned up their mess. None-the-less, the Mayor DID initiate negotiations and did work hard to make Hollywood East work.”

    Elsewhere on this site (you should read it some time) I have placed the blame for the failure of SAEP on Debbie Rose, Norm Aldrich, Chuck Willinger et al. The Army comes in for no small measure of blame either. The fact is that the entire matter was taken out of their greedy little hands and given to the GSA to dispose of.

    This is simply history.

    Mayor Moron’s involvement came during (pretty weak evidence of that) and after the bidding process. The question is how unaware was James R. Miron about the Nateras? Did he not know about their background as Bridgeport’s most notorious slumlords or the FBI break in of their offices or that they are now hiding out in Mexico? How hard did he work on that? As hard as he worked on finding and hiring Mark Haddad?

    There’s about as much chance of the Nateras dealing successfully with the EPA and the building of movie studios as there is of Miron dating Cybil Shepard. (How DID that work out? Did he get to second base?)
    “There is still hope that they can remain in the game, but no one could have seen the collapse of that company in advance.” Collapse? What collapse? I didn’t hear that they collapsed.

    “In regards to Shakespeare, that too has been untouched for over two decades. At least someone is TRYING now.”

    This may be the only subject area where Jimmy comes tangentially close to a correct opinion. Too bad it was Miron and Buturla that negotiated 90% of this deal with Hanney. As far as my own opinion, if there is no solid and real return on investment in this theater for taxpayers, then let it fall to the ground. Or will your argument be that it was there before the houses?

    “I know that many here just don’t like Miron for whatever reason”

    The reasons are usually lying, corruption, nepotism, discrimination, egomania, squandering our money, incompetence and self serving actions.

    And no…you didn’t even come close in the word count to most of George’s posts.

  37. 37 jezebel282

    George,

    “Yo jeze, some Democrat you are, never chastizing (R) policies on
    lack of Socio-economic equality”

    I didn’t miss that.

    For the last 38 years I have chastised Republicans on everything thing from opposing the 1964 Civil Rights Act to supporting tax breaks for the wealthy. Just not here.

    I don’t want to mislead anyone either. Neither the Democratic Town Committee nor the Republican Town Committee has anything whatsoever to do with the real RNC and DNC.

    Democrats don’t form cults like the DTC has. They don’t try to “exterminate rats”. Republicans don’t volunteer at EMS and slog through muck to clean up parks.

    These labels that (mostly) the Miron camp use are a feeble attempt at marginalizing their opponents.

  38. 38 sudds

    AMEN sister(?)!!!

  39. 39 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    LOL!

    It’s all about knowing your demographic.

  40. 40 1george1

    Hey Jeze,

    Did my pinnochio (puppet) long nose crack, inspired the sock puppet?
    (Cute muppet)
    Any change at a pinnochio?
    Did you do one already? Maybe you inspirec me?
    Great minds think alike!

    Have my please to “actually” help seniors (Ed Hargus) vets (my dad was
    a WW II Combat vet), fixed income (family out of town), and minorities
    (my nephew & 3rd cousins) hit a nerve or a memory?

    Has my letters to the editor and mugging on the debates had anything
    to do with your specific mentioning of the about “20 years?”

    It please me to “possibly” inspire and rekindle some priorities.

    I like the flaming airplane picture.

  41. 41 cstratct

    There’s a lot of vitriol here and I’m not interested in being a part of that. But I’m going to chime in on the Shakespeare issue because that is where I choose to focus my energy.

    Jezebel, your claim that Miron and Burturla negotiated “90%” of that contract is false. Go back to March and April when Burturla tried to point out to the town council that this was a bad contract. It was Mike Julian who stated on April 13 that the contract being presented that night did not represent Mr. Hanney’s final offer and that he would return with an offer that Mr. Julian believed would be much better received. Not the case.

    If you go back to the 3/30 version of the contract, there was language regarding the requirement for a performance bond. That entire section was removed from the April 20 version. The final version in June contained the flawed reasoning for NOT securing a performance bond.

    It was Mr. Julian who accused the Mayor and Town Attorney of bad faith negotiating with Mr. Hanney. Had Miron walked away he would have been accused of trying to sabotage the town council’s hand-picked developer.

    The Town Attorney presented the contract that Mr. Hanney/Mr. Knott wanted and laid out very explicitly why it was a bad deal BEFORE the vote on the resolution to approve the contract was taken.

    What did the town council do? They ignored this advice and dismissed all concerns regarding the contract.

    The fiasco regarding the theatre rests squarely on the shoulders of the town council. They have promoted and defended the developer and this deal. They wrote the flawed RFP. They chose a developer who lacked any sort of plan for renovating and operating the facility. They continue to defend the indefensible.

  42. 42 jezebel282

    CTS,

    I agree with most of what you said. I have said it myself:

    https://stratfordcharter.wordpress.com/2008/07/18/the-happy-zone/

    However, for a mayor and Town attorney to walk away from this and blame it on the Council seems, shall we say, petulant?

    It would be interesting to see how much Rich Buturla billed us for his, umm, err, negotiating skills.

    I would feel even better if the entire Arts Council wasn’t appointed by Miron and didn’t think they would have a larger role than necessary if Miron was re-elected. But that’s just me.

    As for the vitriol…it is meager compared to any of Miron’s rants or his persecution of perceived enemies.

  43. 43 phineast

    Very good points, Jez.
    Chris, Miron has always had the power to get rid of Hanney-he chose not to. During the bidding process he could have thrown out all the bids or just the bids that didn’t meet the specifications it is with in his purvue, again he chose not to. If the mayor and the town attorney were not negotiating on behalf of the town, then who the hell was? It is their job to negotiate on behalf of the town to get the best possible outcome. While Jimmy likes to grand stand and say that he will not sign the contract while pointing the entire time at council, he seems to forget, that council works with what it is given to them. If the only contract that they were given was bad then shame on them for going after it-but the alternative to do nothing shows that both the council and the mayor are desperate for different reasons. The council wants to get the theater open yesterday, and the mayor is desperate for re-election to avoid the unemployment line. It is very sad that the taxpayers are the ones that are saddled with all the billable hours all the way around. I hope Jimmy has his paperwork in order, I hear the lines are long at unemployment.

  44. 44 jezebel282

    Phin,

    What is truly sad is that Stratford has been beset by hucksters, charlatans, con men and, of course, attorneys when it comes to this theater.

    The one thing they all have in common are their eyes on our wallets.

    From producers to lawyers to actors none of them seem to have a checkbook.

    Yet one more time: This theater has never had a profitable year. It has never broken even. There is nothing, really nothing, to suggest it ever will.

    If the “arts” community cannot generate the funds to reopen this theater on it’s own or no one can find an investor, group or organization with the funds then why on Earth should taxpayers be asked to underwrite this venture?

  45. 45 sudds

    “Yet one more time: This theater has never had a profitable year. It has never broken even. There is nothing, really nothing, to suggest it ever will.”

    All the more reason why my “give it to Yale and let them fix/run it” plan sounds even better… an operating theater, virtually gauranteed upkeep, and ZERO cost to us taxpayers!!!

    How is this not a win-win for everyone???

  46. 46 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “How is this not a win-win for everyone???”

    Are you not paying attention?

    It is not a win for the Arts Commission. They would be cut out of any policy decisions. In fact, there would be nothing in Stratford for them to do at all.

    It is not a win for the attorneys. There are no billable hours in a Yale deal.

    It is not a win for either the Council or a mayor. No credit to gain.

    It is only a win for taxpayers, and who cares about them anyway?

  47. 47 sudds

    HOLY @#$%!!!

    Did I just have a stroke, or is Jez coming over to “the Dark Side”???

  48. 48 jezebel282

    LOL!

    No “Dark Side’ for me. I don’t work in Town Hall.

    But my BS tolerance level gets extremely low in late October.

  49. 49 1george1

    Anyone notice Burturla – Miron, never produced “their version”
    of what the last negotiations had for their contract?

    Instead they pounced on what they claim was created by Knott,
    Hanney, Henrich, Julian, etc and is indefensible.

    If they produced their version, they would have to defend it and
    their vision, or lack there of.

    The Republicans, NEVER called them to produce their alternative?

    Why?

    Maybe because all the attorneys and key town committee work
    together?

    Conspiracy theory, Jeze?

  50. 50 cstratct

    I’m not going to speak for the Arts Commission as a whole, but I personally am not looking to be involved or excluded from any “policy” decisions. I certainly don’t want any “larger” role then I’ve already got in this fiasco. I want nothing more then to see the theatre returned to prominence and see the town benefit culturally and ecnomically.

    Your snarky comment about the Arts Commission having nothing to do simply exposes a lack of knowledge about the role of service agencies as they relate to arts and cultural activity. There would still be plenty for the arts commission to do, more in fact were the theatre to re-open with proper leadership.

    Sudds, I wouldn’t be at all opposed to a working relationship between a university theatre program and an organization running the theatre. For those not familiar with this type of setup, look at the Brown University/Trinity Rep program or the A.R.T/Harvard program. I believe that is at least comparable to what Sudds is proposing.

    As for phineast’s comments, the town council made the decision on this developer. The town council amended the original RFP to include the consultant/operator language. The town council voted to accept his initial “proposal” and the final contract. It was Mike Henrick who stopped the Town Attorney from reading his objections to the contract at the April 20th meeting. I doubt that most on the current town council even care if the theatre ever opens. It would appear that many of the council members just want to have someone else determine the fate of the theatre, which is exactly what the state did when they turned everything over the Mr. Burke.

    No one (and I mean no one) in the town government has seriously considered how the theatre (and arts and cultural activities in general) fit into the overall economic and cultural framework of this town. Were the town to undertake a cultural plan or feasibility study to see what is possible that would be one thing. None of that has happened.

    Finally, the profitability issue is a total red herring. Non-profit organizations are NOT created to generate profits. That was never the goal of the original organization. Was it mismanaged? Absolutely. Does that mean it can’t be successful today? Of course not. The management team running the facility all those years ago is no longer around. You don’t have “profit” in non-profit organizations.

  51. 51 cstratct

    George, look at earlier versions of the contract. That was the contract the Mayor/Town Attorney were trying to negotiate.

    One of the best examples of this was the performance bond issue.

    The 3/30 contract shows section 3.8 (Insurance Bonds) deleted. It shows clearly in the margin on page 14 of the contract. Section 3.8 is completely missing from the 4.20 version of the contract. It goes from 3.7.2.4 to 3.9. Section 3.8 is nowhere to be seen.

    When does 3.8 return? In the version the council approved on 6/24 which states that the performance bond is not needed because it’s a hybrid contract.

    The really sad part of all this is that the contract actually refers to State Statute 49-41(a), which actually has to do with payments to subcontractors, vendors and suppliers. CGS 49-41, which is the actual performance bond statute, is never mentioned anywhere in the final contract. 49-41 is the actual statute dealing with the issuance of performance bonds.

    The point? This is just one instance of where the Town Attorney included very specific language regarding the issuance of these bonds. This language was removed by the developer and his attorney. It’s in black and white for all to see.

    Now why would the town council still approve a contract that knowingly violates state statute, or at the very least doesnt’ even properly address the performance bond issue?

  52. 52 1george1

    CTSTRATCT –
    Miron is an attorney
    Burturla is a 30 year attorney, repping stratford since 1996.
    Town Council Chair 1987-1989.

    Why did they NOT DO, what you did in minutues?

    Politically, they have sitting ducks with the HANNEY CONTRACT
    and if they HAD to defend ANYTHING, it is less politically appealing.

    The HANNEY CONTRACT is a canard – a shell game – follow the Pea
    under the cup, for the bait and switch.

    It is a diversion.

    It is smoke and mirrors.

    It is Stratford back room politics.

    Real issues: Town Charter / Pensions / AVCO / SIKORSKY / RAYMARK

  53. 53 cstratct

    George, Burturla tried to point this out at the April 20 special meeting.

    Read his memo to the town council dated April 20.

    http://www.townofstratford.com/Upload/147/16756/Buturla%20Memo%202009-04-20.pdf

    Bullet 18, page 6. Payment Bonds.

    The town attorney put it right in front of the town council. Did they read the memo?

  54. 54 sudds

    “Sudds, I wouldn’t be at all opposed to a working relationship between a university theatre program and an organization running the theatre.”

    Umm… NO! The second part of my plan would be to terminate the Arts Council!!! (on the plus side though… I have decided to revise my original plan that called for the beheading of all of its members)

  55. 55 sudds

    “I’m not going to speak for the Arts Commission as a whole, but I personally am not looking to be involved or excluded from any “policy” decisions.”

    You don’t want to be involved or excluded? Are you a big fan of Schrödinger (and his cat)???

  56. 56 cstratct

    Got some anger issues there sudds. What did I ever do to you?

  57. 57 ronmoreau

    Here we go again.

  58. 58 ronmoreau

    Chis,

    A little paranoid are we?

  59. 59 jezebel282

    CTS,

    “Your snarky comment”

    Snarky?

    Christopher!

    My old friend from Topix! Welcome to WordPress!

    “You don’t have “profit” in non-profit organizations.”

    Breaking even would be nice too. There is nothing evil about a non profit exceeding expenses either. 20 years of deficits leads to…abandoned theaters.

  60. 60 cstratct

    Ron, I have no idea who you are, but the answer to your question is no.

    What do I have to be paranoid about?

    Whatever is going to happen is going to happen with regard to theatre. I, like everyone else, get to put in my two cents. I don’t lose any sleep over it and regardless of the outcome of the election, I’ll still argue that this is a horrible deal for the town and its residents.

    If that’s the “here we go again” then yes, here we go again.

  61. 61 sudds

    “Got some anger issues there sudds. What did I ever do to you?”

    The question would have been much more applicable if you had left off the “to you” part!!!

  62. 62 cstratct

    Yes Jezebel, I thought I would chime in.

    The comment about the arts commission “thinking they would have a larger role than necessary” was snarky.

    What role would that be exactly? I’m not interested in running the facility or programming the facility. I personally don’t think the Arts Commission should have a role in running the facility. That’s not the role arts councils or commissions play. But creating a cultural plan for the town, promoting the arts and cultural activities that take place in the town, and even “producing” the summer arts festival are all roles that many commissions and councils take in communities throughout the country.

    Were Mr. Hanney even remotely qualified or prepared to undertake this type of project I would be supportive of his efforts. But as we both point out, the chosen developer has no plan, the contract is a giveaway, and the town receives very little if any direct financial benefits despite taking all the financial risk. Not to mention the town will still own the property and be liable for repairs to the building after the one year warranty runs out.

    As for the profit issue, I’m only pointing out that a non-profit is not created to generate “profit” in the same way as a for-profit company. Poor past management is not necessarily reflective of future performance. Mr. Hanney is proposing to run this theatre as a for-profit company. Why shouldn’t the town share in the profits if it is our building and we’re fronting the money to renovate it?

  63. 63 cstratct

    Well, have at it sudds. Take your shots.

  64. 64 jezebel282

    CTS,

    As you know this is one of those rare instances where we agree.

  65. 65 cstratct

    Actually Jezebel on most issues outside the town (and some inside the town) we agree more often then not.

  66. 66 1george1

    The ARTS COMMISSION – ETHICS COMMISSION – ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
    COMMISSION – C.A.R.E – are appointed by whom?

    Guilt by association.

    Conversely I was appointed by the Town Council Financial Advisory Commission,
    and we were asked a very limited menu, which I came to believe was to give
    our blessings of NO DISCERNABLE WRONG DOING to CERTAIN POLICE.

    Neither Bob Sammis, nor I … just went along.
    My tire was slashed, endangering the Public.
    The NECK TIRE gained PUBLICITY about the PENSIONS and PUBLIC ENDANGERMENT.

    As far as Commissions appointed by the Mayor or Town Council

    Guilt by association. 😉
    Implausible deniability. 😦
    G I G O 8)

  67. 67 jezebel282

    CTS,

    “Actually Jezebel on most issues outside the town (and some inside the town) we agree more often then not.”

    LOL!

    Maybe you’ll be over your case of Mironitis after Nov 3rd and we can both concentrate on being real Democrats for a change.

  68. 68 cstratct

    So George you’re a bastion of integrity and honesty but everyone else is “guilty” because they were appointed to a commission by the Mayor?

    Wow, how do you rise above it all?

  69. 69 mikereynolds

    Thanks to George’s girth he’s not rising above anything.

  70. 70 jezebel282

    Mike,

    Now, now.

    George looked good in his shirt and tie.

    Besides….at least George can look you in both eyes.

  71. 71 mikereynolds

    lol!

  72. 72 sudds

    YELLOW CARD on Mike Reynolds!!!

  73. 73 phineast

    CTS-
    In the midst of all the things that council did the mayor was the only one that could instantly pull the plug. If he had done it prior to turning over the bids for council review we would not be having this discussion. That is the bottom line.
    We will debate this until the return of King Lear, but it will remain unchanged. It was always within the mayor’s purvue to circular file this particular developer.
    It is all water under the bridge now-the resolution dies with this council’s exit and can be re-negotiated by the incoming members if they are smart enough to exclude it from the resolution renewal process. Hopefully the new council will read this as well as fellow citizens and begin anew.

  74. 74 cstratct

    phineast, I’ve heard the suggestion that the resolution dies with the council’s exit from several people but I’ll believe it when I see it. I certainly hope that is the case and that the current town council doesn’t try to do an end-run prior to the new council taking over. There is always the possibility they will try to go around Miron and have the contract signed prior to the new council taking over.

    And I’m asking this next question because I really don’t know the answer but you seem to have a fair amount of knowledge about these types of situations. Was this RFP bid process the same as others conducted for the town? In this situation the revisions on the RFP went through the town council (the council amended the RFP to include the operator language). Does the town council have that authority on all RFPs?

  75. 75 phineast

    CTS- I will double check and let you know-

  76. 76 1george1

    RESOLUTIONS died with the end of a Town Council.

    Town Councils created and continued RAC, until the rise of SaveStratford.
    RAC had traceable contacts to past political actors.
    I believe both SaveStratford and RAC people are honorable (yet political).
    I do not believe EPA + DEP + various government agencies and politicos….

  77. 77 1george1

    The volunteer Town Council and many of the unpaid political
    volunteers, are grossly overpaid.


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