Chief Complaint

03Mar11

Hot Seat at FD

It has been announced that Friday April 29th will be Fire Chief Cavanaugh’s last day on Stratford’s payroll. Although we have complained often about his lack of control as well as his difficulty with the truth we wish him well in his retirement.

The larger problem for Stratford citizens will be the vacuum created by so many departures in the top ranks of the Fire Department. The current Deputy Fire Chief is completely unqualified and incapable of managing this vital service effectively. Frankly, we’ve had enough of incompetence at the top.

We call upon the Harkins administration to quickly recruit a candidate who knows what he is doing and is capable of leading almost 100 dedicated firefighters.

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78 Responses to “Chief Complaint”

  1. 1 jezebel282

    With Cavanaugh gone, a new EMS Chief (yes, I do know who it is) to take command all that is left is BUTURLA.

  2. 2 mikereynolds

    As long as the next EMS chief doesn’t have Best in the his/her last name it can only be an improvement.

  3. 3 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “As long as the next EMS chief doesn’t have Best in the his/her last name it can only be an improvement.”

    He doesn’t.

  4. 4 phineast

    Maybe we will get lucky and not have to provide benefits for this new chief?

  5. 5 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “Maybe we will get lucky and not have to provide benefits for this new chief?”

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s a good one, Phin!

  6. 6 1george1

    Gavin would be an unlikely choice for EMS head for a couple reasons.
    1) Chairing BoE which is # 2 employer in Stratford = power + visibility.
    2) C. F. O. of specialty insurance company is likely in Cornish pay area.

    Calzone must be close to his Gas company retirement age, and has done
    the deeds for the dudes ….. as Council Chair.

    Many in the local inner party owe Calzone much.

    However looking what these people (collectively) cost or obligated
    Stratford over a projected 60 year window I am a guessing $ 3 B.
    > Over $ 1 B Defined BENEFIT
    > Over $ 1 B excess Health Care
    > Unfunded Mandates + Econ Exodus + Pay + Bene + Fees + Bids +
    Changes orders ……

    ====

    “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will
    eventually come to believe it.
    The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can
    shield the people from the political, economic and/or military
    consequences of the lie.
    It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its
    powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy
    of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest
    enemy of the State.”

    “It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation
    of public opinion.”

    “Whoever can conquer the street will one day conquer the state,
    for every form of power politics and any dictatorship-run state
    has its roots in the street.”

    “”…the rank and file are usually much more primitive than we imagine….”

    – DIFFERENT

    “In politics stupidity is not a handicap.”

    – DIFFERENT

    “Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by
    being governed by those who are dumber.”

  7. 7 phineast

    So “do tell” Jez, who IS the next EMS chief?
    I am guessing that George is correct-It is probably Calzone. I would be a shame to have this be a political appointment. I know that there are several very qualified candidates that applied that don’t have the political baggage Calzone has. He is a great EMT, but the baggage is a weight that will bite both him and the EMS.
    I am really interested in who the new Fire chief will be….and at what salary…..this is the town’s chance to lower the salary line while upping the requirements.

  8. 8 1george1

    Strategically and tactically, Tom Murray and others might think
    it is in their best interest for him to move up …..

    I visualize:
    Tom Murray as Fire Chief
    Joe McNeil as Police Chief
    Some time in 2011 a DJIA about 7,000 and Pension Portfolio wiped out.

    Crazy jumps in DOW + NASDAQ attract the suckers.
    BUY on the BAD NEWS
    SELL on the GOOD NEWS

    BULLS, BEARS, and PIGS

    JOE GRANVILLE – Volume preceeds price

    Technically the DJIA has always tested a bottom.
    Since 2008 – 2009, it has not been tested!

    There is a WAR on WORKERS and organized labor.

    HIGH PRICE of GAS will crush all other stocks and the money
    in DAVID ROCKEFELLER’S family’s portfolio and Bush/Cheney
    will put a gun to the heads of Unions and Workers.

    I have been sick to have seen this 7 years ago!

  9. 9 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “So “do tell” Jez, who IS the next EMS chief?”

    Phil Onofrio: Director of Operations for EMMS, LLC and has an extensive EMS background. Philip brings over 20 years of EMS experience including work as a Paramedic, Respiratory Therapist, and various Operations management roles within the commercial ambulance industry including Communications management. Along with a Bachelor’s degree in Business management, Philip has experience with start-up companies and consulting for numerous Connecticut based companies.

    Looks good on paper. We will know he is in fact good if the SEMS morale improves, we are able to attract volunteers and stop giving free money to AMR. He has a huge amount of work to do in just undoing what has been done to Stratford EMS. For now, he will get the benefit of the doubt. Although I am a little troubled when people leave the private sector for the warm blanket of public funds.

  10. 10 jezebel282

    George,

    “Tom Murray as Fire Chief
    Joe McNeil as Police Chief”

    That is a pleasant dream, but it will never happen.

  11. 11 1george1

    JEZE: Although I am a little troubled when people leave the
    private sector for the warm blanket of public funds.

    GEO: There are a lot of competent, caring, and decent people
    working in government. Even politically connected.
    The labor market is scary for many people.
    A full time gig with good pay and benefits of public sector is a
    way to solve problems, which many consultants have.
    It does not have to be a career move.
    It can definitely help a career, looking for the perfect fit, while
    working a 37.5 hour gig, knowing these is a pay check and benies,
    which a future employer would have to beat.

    “Tom Murray as Fire Chief
    Joe McNeil as Police Chief”

    That is a pleasant dream, but it will never happen.

    Good news for McNiel & Soto – They VERY LIKELY will get a settlement.
    Maybe this month? Maybe future?
    It is from an authoritive and well placed source, not on the Council but
    very connected within the Administration.

    They lost O.T.

    I do not know if the settlement could be counted and rolled into Pension?

    I think Tom Murray is the best prepared union rep and if I was in trouble,
    he is the one that impressed me.
    I can disagree that he and his Union have too good of a deal for their own
    good, which will bite them.
    I also believe O T H E R S are L I A R S and F O O L S, whose PUBLIC antics
    are a disgrace, filled with LIE after LIE after LIE, for political reasons and to
    steer money.

    No matter how much I have warned everyone involved, they think they are
    I N V U L N E R A B L E.

    I know who KNOWS … WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, and HOW.

    Many, many other people also know, and they don’t like many of the people
    involved, more than I dislike what has been happening.

    There are people, like lemmings and sheep ….

    Nothing more I can do to get them to act intelligently.

  12. 12 1george1

    Last week Public Forum comments prior to Fire Dept Power Point
    I raised questions about the BID PROCESS and lack of Maintenance
    causing BRAKE FAILURES.

    The SAME Bovine Scatology.

    This time the whole process has been on TV.

    JEZE, the ADMINISTRATION, and the FIRE DEPARTMENT may be the
    only ones believing the cover stories compare to the conflicting
    specious stories and relateable past!!!

  13. 13 jezebel282

    Update:

    New Citizen’s Complaint Form?

    The Fire Department has posted two new complaint forms.
    http://www.townofstratford.com/Upload/147/7459/Fire%20Citizen%20Complaint%20Form.pdf

    and

    http://www.townofstratford.com/Upload/147/27705/EMS%20Citizen%20Complaint%20Form.pdf

    Inexplicably, both of these forms are supposed to be mailed to Deputy Fire Chief Curtis Maffet. Really? Has anyone told him where EMS is lately or perhaps that they have a new Chief of their own? Maffet spends so little time with actual firefighters that he would have to ask someone exactly who is a firefighter? As for EMS, Maffet is not even an EMT let alone a paramedic. How can he possibly understand what the local protocols are or their scope of practice? Perhaps after he passes the written and practical tests like they have?

    With the Joint Hospital Planning Commission reviewing every single EMS run sheet as well as fielding punitive complaints from Administrator Donna Best, EMS personnel are already subject to minute by minute scrutiny. Having Curtis Maffet (who’s area of expertize has yet to be determined) sticking his nose into actual firefighting and emergency medical service is the last thing anyone in Stratford needs.

  14. 14 1george1

    Political Peter Principal personified?

  15. 15 jezebel282

    George,

    “Political Peter Principal personified?”

    I would say that it was a function of Maffet spending more time across the street at Town Hall promoting himself than he does at the Firehouse doing, you know, fire things.

    It is certainly NOT a morale builder at either the Fire Department nor Stratford EMS. What are you thinking Mayor Harkins?

  16. 16 1george1

    JEZE: What are you thinking Mayor Harkins?

    GEO: Maybe Harkins defers to Norm to do his thinking, like a certain
    Board of Ed Member, who was also a Town Councilor.

    No.

    His/her name is not Charlie McCarthy. 🙂

    “Political Peter Principal personified?”

    I would say that it was a function of Maffet spending more time
    across the street at Town Hall promoting himself than he does
    at the Firehouse doing, you know, fire things.

    Case rested …

  17. 17 jezebel282

    George,

    “Case rested …”

    It’s not a difficult case.

    Over and over and over during the past 6 years we’ve seen one political appointment after another. Usually the appointee is unqualified, incompetent or just plain corrupt (see “Buturla”). If Maffet is appointed acting chief, it’s just another life-threatening political appointment.

    In this case, there are four (count ’em, 4!) astoundingly qualified people that could be appointed as acting chief or chief. Will they even be considered? Probably not. None of them have passed the political requirement of rapid genuflection.

  18. 18 jezebel282

    Oops!

    Make that three.

    Naugatuck makes deputy fire chief offer

    BY ALIA MALIK REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
    NAUGATUCK — The Fire Commission voted unanimously Monday to conditionally offer the deputy fire chief job to Ellen E. Murray, a former assistant fire chief in Stratford.

    “We just thought that she was going to be the best fit for this department,” Vice Chairman Timothy Ryan said.

    For the first time in its 123-year history, the Naugatuck Fire Department selected a woman to serve as deputy fire chief.

    The Fire Commission unanimously approved in a meeting Wednesday to offer the position to Ellen E. Murray, a 28-year veteran of the fire service. For 18 of those years Murray served as a lieutenant and for over three years she served as an assistant fire chief for the Stratford Fire Department, said Chairman Wayne Malicki.

    Gee…first woman Deputy Fire Chief. And the winner is…..Naugatuck?

    Yet again, competence and talent slips through our fingers.

  19. 19 jezebel282

    And now for something completely strange:

    Another take from Brittany Lyte.

    Stratford’s former assistant fire chief gets job offer in Naugatuck
    Brittany Lyte, Staff Writer
    Published 01:05 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, 2011

    STRATFORD — Ellen Murray, a recently retired assistant fire chief, has been offered a job as deputy fire chief in Naugatuck.

    Murray stands to earn $160,050 in annual compensation from taxpayers in Stratford and Naugatuck if she accepts the job offer, which comes with an annual salary of $68,000.

    Murray currently receives an annual pension from the Town of Stratford totaling $92,050 — about 5 percent higher than the $87,959 salary she earned before retiring June 14, 2010.

    Stratford’s firefighters are the only town employees operating under a contract that allows all members to pad their pensions with overtime and unused vacation. Assistant chiefs, like the now-retired Murray, can also cash in on up to 80 unused sick days…”

    This is a perplexing take on the events by Ms. Lyte, who wasn’t even alive when Ellen Murray became a Stratford Firefighter. Ms. Lyte appears to be very concerned about Chief Murray’s income level. She neglects to mention that Buturla (PD), Ridenhour (PD), Cavanaugh (FD), Maffet (FD), McCarthy (PW) and Naylor (BOE) ALL collect pensions while on Stratford’s payroll. She also fails to mention former police officer Delieto who retired at a $134,000 Stratford pension (50% above his base pay) and now works at UNH.

    We have lost two highly skilled and trained Assistant Fire Chiefs within the past year. Both of them because the Administration could not or would not negotiate with them. We are hemorrhaging OT payments because of HR’s inability to see anything but short term edicts.

    In both cases, we would not currently be paying their pensions and they would continuing to be providing critical services to the Town. AND it is going to happen again.

  20. 20 rex525

    I see Ellen Murray landed on her feet, good for her, she will be an asset to the city of Naugatuck. I read that revolting Brittany Lyte article on her and it gave me yet another reason for not renewing my subscription to the Connecticut Post.

    The Cavanaugh exit makes me wonder, did Assistant Chief Tom Murray ever get the public apology he deserved? Also, did anyone wake up Curtis Maffett to let him know that Cavanaugh is leaving?

    If Harkins blows (and I predict he will) this opportunity for competant leadership at Police, Fire and EMS, I trust it will be a major campaign issue in the November election. My advice to the Mayor is o hire from within these departments and stand behind the people you hire.

  21. 21 jezebel282

    Rex,

    “I see Ellen Murray landed on her feet”

    As far as I can tell, she had some heavy hitting competition and beat them all. As expected. The problem for us is that she is not here performing the same task. We have Curtis Maffet instead.

    We can anticipate the same thing to happen with another Assistant Fire Chief. Tom Murray will have put his 25 years in in January 2012 (10 months from now. Tick, tock.). Will he retire? I’m guessing he’d be crazy not to. Just like Dan Ross did. Now, of course, Harkins can appoint him as Acting or permanent Fire Chief and lock in his pension at whatever it would be in January. Why? No one is more qualified or can lead better than Murray. AND we wouldn’t have to pay his pension while he is Chief (5 years? 10 years?). It would actually save us $500,000-$1,000,000 if he did that.

    The problem with Murray is that I believe he has some sort of knee injury that won’t permit him to genuflect when a politician walks by.

  22. 22 rex525

    Jez- “The problem with Murray is that I believe he has some sort of knee injury”

    I think they call that a spine, anatomy is obviously not one of your strengths dear lady.

  23. 23 jezebel282

    Rex,

    “I think they call that a spine,”

    Nah…his spine appears to be ok. I’ve seen him bend over backwards to help people out.

    It’s got to be a patella issue.

  24. 24 1george1

    To be in the top 25 % of wage earner in the United States
    one must earn over $ 67,750.

    I read, maybe from PORTIA, the average social security recipient
    gets $ 1,170 a month or $ 14,040 a year which I believe is about
    $ 2000 more than the average.

    JR Stroomer told me Sikorsky workers get $ 68 a month for each
    month served or about $ 25,000 a year retirement.

    Ellen Murray:
    $92,050 PENSION— about 5 percent higher $87,959 BASE SALARY

    My experience suggests after CASH OUT, ELLEN will have put in
    $ 90,000 into her PENSION in 27 years and the town would match
    in a DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLAN + Plus INTEREST + INVESTMENT ROI.

    Forget the FAIRNESS ISSUE – Somebody on the BLOG explain the MATH
    to me.

    Both Ellen + highest Pensioner put in approax $ 90,000 each TOTAL

    $ 134,525.28 x 10 years = $ 1,245,252.80
    + $ 92,050.00 x 10 years = $ 920,500.00

    2 people 10 year total $ 2,165,752.80 taken out

    2 people total contribution $ 180,000

    ==========

    2 people 20 year total $ 4,331,505.60 taken out

    2 people total contribution $ 180,000

    ========== my math . multiplication may be slightly off

    2 people 10 year total $ 6,523,005.20 taken out

    2 people total contribution $ 180,000

    ==========

    To police, fire, teachers, or blog readers getting the money,
    they can rationalize and justify that “I DESERVE THIS BECAUSE
    I WORKED 30 YEARS for the TOWN / STATE / WHATEVER and I
    dealt with ABSUIVE PUBLIC and PUT my HEALTH / LIFE on the
    LINE.
    Point of FACT, there are legitimate health isses related to FIRE
    FIGHTER inhaling POISONS – ON DUTY fighting fires.

    Many people inhale POISONS unrelated to work for RECREATION? 😦

    ============

    Please explain to me how:
    1 – This is sustainable?
    2 – It is justifiable to put in $ 1 and get back $ 30 from Tax payers
    and not from the INVESTMENT of the PENSION BOND as promised?
    3 – This is different than WALL STREET BANKERS?
    4 – This is different than BIG OIL or BIG WAR – Profitteers?
    5 – Than catching a mob walking out of a store carrying TV, Laptops,
    clothes, cash, etc. and saying to the police or owner of the store ….
    “I DESERVE to get away from STEALING these things, cause I signed a
    CONTRACT that was OK by people we promised NOT to tattle on while
    they took a COUPLE HUNDRED THOUSAND a YEAR from PUBLIC TREASURY?

    The contracts are likely revisions and fraudulent …..
    The history does not support these PENSIONS ….
    I have tried to warn people they can L O S E everything ….

    Stupid is as stupid does.

    The art of the CON, is making people FEAR from LOSING OUT
    rather than the FEAR of LOSING WHAT the HAVE!

    The police, fire, teacher contracts are PONZI SCHEMES which were
    SET UP to ENTRAP and EXPOSE rampant corruption, including who is
    really responsible for DRUG TRAFFIC.

    Or it is to BRIBE the INNER PARTY, and destroy the CONSTITUTION,
    which has been increasingly ignored.

    Last thought?

    If certain people control all the STOCKS, MONEY, OIL, FOOD, THINGS,
    why would they need or want crooked police, fire, and teachers, who
    sold out their relatives, friends, town mates, and country men?

    Veteran tax relief
    Senior tax relief
    Money for Schools = children
    Money for low / fixed income to survive vs. Taxes / Gas + Food Prices
    Money for families income to survive vs. Taxes / Gas + Food Prices

    A vampire can not see itself in the mirror, as it lacks soul …

  25. 25 1george1

    To be in the top 25 % of wage earner in the United States
    one must earn over $ 67,750.

    One can check the back of BUDGET BOOKS for BASE PAY.

    Cornish stated 2 years ago at Budget work shop, that over 60 %
    of Teacher were at TOP LEVEL PAY between $ 88,000 – $ 93,000.
    I have not checked for update.

    Unless my MATH is off, that is 33 % higher than required to be
    considered to be in the UPPER CLASS, financially.

    According to the Monthly Budget costs, the fire department is on
    track for $ 2 million in OT or $ 43,000 a week, with only about 85 of
    the 93 employees elidgible for O.T.
    Take $ 60,000 annual base of $ 1,200 a week and add $ 500 a week
    or $ 26,000 a year O.T. = $ 86,000 w – 2.

    Police are not much different, on Base Pay and OT

    All Town Hall Management are in the $ 75,000 to $ 90,000 pay, and
    I am sure the Police Chief is over $ 100,000. Maybe others.

    Civil Servants or
    RULING CLASS (less) UNPATRIOTIC THIEFS?

    Even the old MAFIA had more self respect than the FBI / JUSTICE / JUDGES
    and LAWYERS destroying the AMERICAN ECONOMY!

    The average and mean pay of Stratford resident are about $ 52,000
    and $ 45,000 annually.
    From the Country Club Hills, Yacht Club Shores, and Oronoque
    From the cluster Condos, Apartment Houses, Stoney brook and Public
    Housing
    From the majority of stand alone cottages, capes, colonials

    —-

    Forget the FAIRNESS ISSUE of EQUITY in LAW, TIME, LABOR, RIGHTS.

    I could care less what anyone E A R N S.
    Honest negotiation in honest markets have long been subverted.

    I could care less what anyone P E N S I O N S.
    There was a Pension Bond where R O I was supposed to pay legit pensions.

    Anyone want to debate the ISSUE.

    I do not disparage the WORK DONE by ANYONE …
    TEACHERS, POLICE, FIRE ….

    I question everyone’s INTEGRITY, HONESTY, and CRIMINALITY who
    claim WALL STREET tactics and RULING CLASS compensation is owed
    to people who contribute a fraction of what they V A M P I R E.

    I know there are GREAT COPS, FIRE, TEACHERS who read this.
    I know there are many among the RANK and FILE who privately acknowledge
    the reality.

    Do I like having a TARGET on my front and back for telling the TRUTH?

    IF it is the ONLY WAY to protect my FAMILY, FRIENDS, TOWN PEOPLE,
    and the I D I O T S who are STEALING and B E G G I N G to L O S E every
    thing they have because they RAN headlong into a T R A P …

    A m a n does, what a man has to do.
    I make mistakes.
    I am not invulnerable, nor infallible …
    I am an everyday schmuck ….

    But step back and think …

    Step up … do the right things.
    The things your grandparents and parents told you were right.
    The things your pastor, minister, rabbi, or priest preaches about.
    The things you want for your children and grand children ….

    Can it happen if there is no “enlightened self interest?”

    At what point does “I GOT MINE”
    become a lie-ability, instead of an asset?

  26. 26 jezebel282

    George,

    I’m not exactly sure what your point is (not that it is unusual). But here is my understanding. The pension fund has been woefully and repeatedly underfunded by the Town for decades. Councils have preferred to simply kick it down the road or have blatantly lied about it. (8% return? Are you kidding me?).

    We have had abusers on the recipient’s side (bulking up paychecks with overtime during the last two years). We’ve also had mayors that have simply bought their irritations off with our money (2% escalator clause? What the hell, it wasn’t his money was it?).

    In Ms. Murray’s case specifically, I honestly do not believe she was guilty of any kind of abuse. You cannot cover 24 hours a day, 7 days per week with four people. It’s not doable. They call that resource management. Once again, Ron Ing seems to believe it is less expensive to not hire and pay out overtime instead. He is clearly wrong.

  27. 27 1george1

    The pension fund has been woefully and repeatedly underfunded
    by the Town for decades.

    AN ABSOLUTE and TOTAL LIE.

    Unions claim the $ 9.1 million paid 1999, 2000, 2001 as theirs.
    The BOND was set up to repay itself + pay PENSIONS. = INTENT!
    PENSION PORTFOLIO was OVER FULLY FUNDED 1999-2001

    Unions/Town renegotiated in 1999 after 1996 creation of
    Defined Benefit PENSION.

    Slowly abuses increased until 2002.

    2002 3 year GOLDEN PARACHUTE adding 3 years and many people
    who were NEVER INCLUDED in the INTENT of DEFINED BENEFIT
    (Ask Conroy, who told me about 2004 – as Fire President + mad)
    Remarkable 63 – 66 people retired …..

    Normally 15 to 25 people retired per year.

    Those added retirements were lower than police / fire, but when
    40 people get $ 20 – $30,000 Pension and put in less (should been $ 10k?)
    than they deserved if it was Defined Contribution.

    One BoE last year was over $ 100,000, but started just couple years before
    about $ 30,000 – but the 3 years added to time served in GOLDEN PARACHUTE
    dropped FULLY FUNDED from 98 % to 67 %

    Then the GRAND THEFT started with outrageous PENSIONS of GAVIN’S
    6 years 2003 – 2009, WHEREAS his first 63 MONTHS 5 years + 3 months
    saw pensions increase

    $ 884,454.95 to FEB 2009
    $ 1,481,250.00 in 2008
    $ 1,541,963.40 in 2007
    $ 1, 237,586.35 in 2006
    $ 549,124.56 in 2005
    $ 420,701.63 in 2004

    $ 1,820.378.63 in 2003
    $ 871,813.22 in 2002

    $ 864,516.51 in 2001
    $ 914,323.06 in 2000

    $ 1,040,749.80 in 1999

    $ 523,748.22 in 1998

    $ 318,277.08 in 1997

    $ 305,941.87 in 1996 Burturla’s 1st year & over $ 100,000 in fees

    ===========
    See the above for possible correlation to Burtula fees and pensions?
    See below to compare increases per year….

    I wonder who destroyed the PENSION SYSTEM + use of BOND?
    By underfunding BOND to be under fully funded = excuse NOT to FUND!

    Something PONZI or MADOFF or B UTTER NUT or BMD / BKJ might benefit.
    Yet florek & proto were 1990s town attorneys and on CRC # 2
    Yet who CASHED OUT the best from CHARTER REVISION? Burturlas & Kelly =

    prima facia motive/animus; mens rhea; position; foreknowledge;
    disparate treatment; TIMING; violations of ?? + ?? + ??;
    FACTS + CIRCUMSTANCES > Clear, Plain, Evident, + Preponderant

    ===========

    $ 299,513.14 in 1995

    $ 285,322,02 in 1994 (I have to double check this #)

    $ 388,429.20 in 1993

    $ 269,715,54 in 1992

    $ 896,211.36 in 1991 YEAR of REFERENDUMS

    $ 281,654.80 in 1990

    $ 327,449.80 in 1989 MINI BUDGET YEAR

    $ 281,361.20 in 1988

    $ 382,588.04 in 1987

    $ 196,703.46 in 1986

    $ 306, 417.22 in 1985

    1984 & before pensions drop off significantly
    whereas 1985 the numbers of pensioners were
    comparatively constant until certain people
    that JEZE does not like got their FINGERS in the PIE.

    Unfortunately for JEZE, people tell other people the
    same LIES SYLVIA heard and people trust people who
    have (literally) a VESTED INTEREST to LIE + STEAL.

    ===

    Everything I know the FBI + STATE POLICE + NEWSPAPERS
    and other MEDIA have know for Y E A R S ….

    I did my absolute best for 7 years to STOP what is NOW an
    EMERGENCY and DEBACLE which NO ONE will be able to cover
    or perpetuate …..
    The NUMBERS do NOT LIE!!

    CONTRACTS can be REWRITTEN and REVISED.

    The NUMBERS do NOT LIE!!

    The PENSIONS are NOT SUSTAINABLE!
    They are NOT TRUE nor HONORABLE, like a defined CONTRIBUTION!
    They are a PONZI / MADOFF SCHEME!

    They are it to good to be true scheme ….
    NOTE that in MADOFF’S case there are C L A W B A C K S from people
    and institutions who took in too much and profitted, in order to PAY
    the people who were cheated!!

    OLD retirees have NO LOYALTY to those ripping off the PUBLIC

    NEWEST HIRES retirees have NO LOYALTY to those ripping off PUBLIC.

    Post-1996 police HIRES retirees have NO LOYALTY to those ripping off

    The PUBLIC has NO LOYALTY to those ripping off the PUBLIC

    Politicians in Stamford / Greenwich + Hartford who want to take OVER
    the Economic Development of Bridgeport + Stratford + Valley
    (from people too stupid and greedy to understand they were set up
    to be entrapped and were used by people who made millions) …
    have NO LOYALTY to those ripping off the PUBLIC.

    They will become heroes, when in fact they are the zeroes causing problems.
    The FBI + JUSTICE in CORRUPT-icut are scum who profit from DRUGS, CRIME,
    and MISERY, while they are looking to SET UP the MAFIA and WANNA BEES!!

    Meanwhile the WANNA BEES and B “UTTER NUTS” and O T ABUSERS are mad
    at me for exposing their scam, while I am the one that can leverage them
    to go from being JAILED and LOSING E V E R Y T H I N G !

  28. 28 1george1

    JEZE: Councils have preferred to simply kick it down the road
    or have blatantly lied about it.
    (8% return? Are you kidding me?).

    GEO: The power of TOWN COMMITTEES relates to giving CONTRACTS
    and JOBS through the elected, which they hand select as candidates!
    ====
    JEZE: We have had abusers on the recipient’s side
    (bulking up paychecks with overtime during the last two years).

    GEO: ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. However NOT everyone part took.
    =====
    JEZE: We’ve also had mayors that have simply bought their irritations
    off with our money
    (2% escalator clause? What the hell, it wasn’t his money was it?).

    GEO: APPROPRIATE – WELL WRITTEN
    =====

    JEZE: In Ms. Murray’s case specifically,
    I honestly do not believe she was guilty of any kind of abuse.

    GEO: I do not have specifics.
    My questions are:
    1 – If Mrs. Murray is as intelligent and competent as we believe, then
    how could she be unaware?
    2 – If you are an assistant chief, aren’t you responsible for O. T. Abuse,
    during your watch?
    3 – Do you have Constitutional Legal, Ethical, Civic, Criminal, and Fiduciary
    duties to protect?
    4 – There are tons of other questions.
    5 – People become captives of the system and peer pressure.
    Honest people make mistakes in judgement.
    Mistakes are correctable.
    Mistatakes allowed to continue, become compounded.
    People become captured by …..
    ====
    JEZE:You cannot cover 24 hours a day, 7 days per week with four people.
    It’s not doable.

    GEO: FIRE DEPT works 2 SHIFTS of 12 hour days according to POLICE
    CHIEF testimony to Town Council.
    There are 14 shifts per week.
    3 shifts = 36 hours & 4 shifts = 48 hours
    What honest negotiator would negotiate built in O.T.?

    4 ASSISTANT CHIEFS = That is what the CONTRACT says, supposedly.
    If the union wanted differently ….
    If it was proveable undoable, the arbitrator would rule based on
    “submitted evidence.”

    Ron Ing told me last year and this year, the records were a mess with
    MANY MISSING RECORDS !! 😦 (ANY reader surprized or ot believe me?) 😉

    Ron Ing told me he had to go to the UNIONS to get copies of documents.
    hmmmmm.
    Maybe if BMD / Burturla kept documents in Town Hall …. ?
    If you owned a company and had to go to the UNION for …. oh never mind

    I can not make this stuff up !!
    ======

    They call that resource management.
    Once again, Ron Ing seems to believe it is less expensive
    to not hire and pay out overtime instead. He is clearly wrong.

    Hmmmmmm.
    IF I remember correctly.
    HARKINS was elected.

    HARKINS retained:

    Miron’s Police thief, I mean chief, and Rank officers

    Miron’s Fire Chief and Rank officers

    Miron’s PW Director

    Miron’s close friend later promoted to finance director, married to
    a Fireman, with sister on BoE, with couple siblings as Lawyers.

    > Sue did nice job on posting monthly expenses, which is campaign
    I ran on for Mayor and Televised Council meetings (have not editted)
    (I repeatedly busted on Catalano to get these other done.)

    Miron’s Law FIRMS – NOT a change except the titular head who is the
    most personable.

    HARKINS searched and hired a C. A. O. Geen

    HARKINS searched and hired a H. R. last. Ing
    Ing – gets information from ALL former Miron hires, the Union, and
    Harkins who holds final approval.
    Yet, JEZE considers ING the SCAPEGOAT or the problem.
    Yo, JEZE look at FIRE DEPT + POLICE DEPT OT during the
    MALLOY COUNCIL
    HENRICK COUNCIL
    FEEHAN COUNCIL
    CRUDO – NORM COUNCIL
    CALZONE COUNCIL
    COPPERWATT – CABROL COUNCIL
    DEBBIE ROSE COUNCIL = Last Republican woman as a Town Councilor.
    and REPUBLICAN don’t have any BLACKS or MINORITIES as Councilors?

    Do they let BLACK into MILL RIVER COUNTRY CLUB?
    Oh …. I forgot
    Someone has to cook and serve the food,
    and clean up ….

    JEZE – I think PORTIA would even AGREE, disappointing you and CHRIS?

    Where did SUDDS, and MAYOR 2013 go?
    Phyllis? Star?
    Welcome back Rex.

  29. 29 1george1

    I was posting while REX + JEZE were posting about TOM MURRAY.

    IF I was a union person, with a problem, TOM is the GO TO MAN.

    IF there were an DANGEROUS EMERGENCY … again.

    I do not question the integrity or honesty of Tom or Ellen.

    I suggest there is a judgement issue, directly related to what
    E V E R Y O N E in the system considers A C C E P T A B L E !!

    I spoke to Jim Connors + Ron Ing about the Mayor’s BENEFIT PACKAGE.
    Neither had done the numbers.
    Connors guestimate it was $ 130,000 over $ 90,000 Base or high 40 %,
    which is in the Private Sector range.

    Connors and Ing both pointed out, the Mayor did NOT partake of the
    Healthcare program which is under $22,000, including the $ 3,000 paid
    deductable for couples and families, which everyone in TOWN + BoE
    gets.

    Hmmmmm.

    Point # 1 > $ 130,000 + $ 22,000 = $ 152,000 or $ 62,000 over $ 90,000
    That is a 69 % Benefit Package,
    without numbers being run.
    with a 457 and not Defined BENEFIT, nor STATE TEACHER PENSIONS,
    which can add 60 % to 100 % of BENEFIT PACKAGE

    Harkins gets a CAR + some other stuff.
    POLICE + FIRE + TEACHER BENEFIT PACKAGES including PENSIONS
    “OVER 110% of their BASE PAY”

    Forget fairness, ethics, legality = How is it sustainable?

    Point # 2 > everyone in Town / BoE in Health Care gets
    $ 3000 paid deductable (or $ 1,500 if single) ????

    That is a TAX FREE PAY RAISE worth
    > 6 % to employees paid $ 50,000
    > 3 % to employees paid $ 100,000
    adjust appropriately.

    I am not posting as anti teacher / anti fire / anti police etc.

    However many within those ranks believe they are entitled to this stuff
    while many tax payers make $ 35,000 working 365.

    GOVERNMENT Employees get
    NEGOTIATED RAISES
    STEP INCREASES
    COLA
    DEDUCTABLE wholly / partially paid
    HEALTH CARE only 13 % – many private are at 40 % – most people have none!
    ANNUITIES
    401
    CASH OUT
    PAID HOLIDAYS
    PAID VACATION
    PAID SICK
    1/2 Cost of FICA, MEDICAID, SS
    UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PAID – Independent and owners = ZERO
    PAVED PARKING near SITE WORKED
    Expenses for Equipment / Uniforms
    HEATED / AC Vehicles
    HEATED Buildings, some AC
    Majority of Town/BoE workers are inside from weather

    37 1/2 Hour Administrative work week compare to 40 hours
    25 hour Teach work week
    30 hour work week average for Garbage collector labor intensive +weather
    184 Teacher work days / Administrators 220 days
    260 – 13 holiday – 10 sick – 20 vacation = 217 likely workdays, except fire/police

    Count your blessings.

    These situations should be available to all workers, something like
    what the FRENCH have …. That explosion was PORTIA …

    YET being available is different then being provided.
    It must be earned and economically viable.

    In the ZERO SUM economy, right now it is not realistic.

    In a geometric progressive economy, which is “properly regulated”
    (Portia properly is different than over regulated)
    with viable checks and balances, advantages, features, and benefits
    whereas perceived value approximates actual value, change is viable.

    I market and work with sales people to create buying opportunities!

    Why do people want to BUY?

    OVER SIMPLIFIED MOTIVATION:

    1) What will it do for me?

    2) What will it cost me?

    ACTUAL MOTIVATIONS:

    1) This will produce PROFITS = More revenues than COST.

    2) This will reduce COSTS = Actual pricing or benefit related

    3) Increase PRODUCTIVITY/EFFICIENCY = Labor Savings -Reduce/elimate use

    4) Quality of LIFE / HEALTH = Healthier for everyone. Or ambiance.

    5) LEGAL (Mgmt) Mandate Compliance = need to change / upgrade

    6) NEED = Existing is broken OR expansion OR UPGRADE needed

    7) DESIRE = I want it! Emotions over come logic

    8) COMPETITION = competitors are using to their advantage OR use it for
    your competative advantage, before they do.

    9) FEAR

    10) GREED

    11) EGO / IMAGE / STATUS

    12) IDEOLOGY

    13) COMPROMISED

    14) PROBLEM SOLVING

    15) OPPORTUNITY

    There are others, depending if there are products, services, or intangibles?

  30. 30 jezebel282

    Update:

    Stratford Star:

    Firefighters rescue woman from Wakelee Ave. fire

    Firefighters pulled a woman unconscious but breathing from a smoky fire at a house on Wakelee Avenue reported around 5:20 p.m. Monday.
    Assistant Fire Chief Thomas Murray said the crew of Engine 2 found the woman in an upstairs bedroom and carried her from the smoke-filled structure. She was rushed to the hospital by Stratford Emergency Medical Services, with one firefighter assisting the ambulance crew, Murray said.
    A neighbor called 911 Monday after noticing “soot” around the edges of the foundation and that the window’s looked smoky.
    Murray said a crew from Engine 1 launched an aggressive interior attack, stretching a hose to the seat of the fire in the basement.
    Because of the amount of smoke and heat, Murray said, a backdraft was a concern.
    While Engine 1 attacked the fire, which Murray said was knocked down in less than five minutes, Engine 2 performed a search for the woman, described as in her 40s, and dogs that were said to be in the house.
    The dogs were found safe in the yard outside. The woman’s children, rescuers were told, were at a neighbor’s house. They were found safe there.
    Engine 5 was stretching a backup line and preparing to be sent in on a second attack, but the fire was knocked down so quickly that crew was reassigned to a secondary search.
    The fire was contained to the basement, Murray and Fire Marshal Brian Lampart said.
    Murray said smokey windows in the basement were hot to the touch, while windows upstairs where the woman was found were smoky, but cold.
    No cause has been released.

    Has Harkins called Murray yet to offer him the job of Fire Chief?

  31. 31 1george1

    Last night I pointed out the FIRE DEPARTMENT was STAFFED
    properly to operate without the $ 2 million in O. T. it is
    tracking to spend this year, questioning the management.
    I blamed the politics,

    I pointed out just the O. T. for the POLICE or FIRE could keep
    all schools OPEN.

    I further pointed out the $ 3 million in HEALTHCARE PAID DEDUCT
    -ABLES to BoE / Town last year or this year could keep the schools
    open. I questioned the Management. I blamed the politics,

    I raised questions about POLITICAL PRIORITES and question where
    the specifics are being spent.
    I praised Harkins for not taking almost $ 22,000 Health Care (Conners
    and Ing both used that number, defending Mayor’s Benefit & Mayor
    not using)
    I praised Harkins for Channel # 79 broadcast
    I praised Harkins, Collier, and Catalano for Website monthly expenses.

    I praised Malloy for nice comments about Frank Esposito who passed
    last month.
    I mentioned Steve Duncan who ran for Council and Dave Jersey who I
    worked with in USPS who both passed in prior months.

    Malloy can be very HARD and can be DECENT.

    Instead of tearing into him about 5 minutes for Costello ranting on Meuse
    and Philips while everyone else got 3 minutes, I gave a subtle dig which I
    know Malloy’s intelligence and instrinsic integrity would understand.
    > I suspect he was less pleased with Linda Palermo who was plain spoken
    in her criticism of Malloy / Costello, which anyone with 1/2 a brain would
    see was a partisan attack, and a huge misstep by Malloy.

    LAST NIGHT was incredibly unique.
    The people who spoke kept their remarks to under the 3 minutes granted,
    instead of the normal 5 minute.
    NO ONE APPLAUDED.
    There was QUIET TENSION in the AIR.
    Parents want their KIDS to get good education.
    Peoples’ Budgets are severely strained.

    In every Letter and Speaking opportuity, I raise issues about the hidden
    GRAND THEFT, but I blame the MANAGMENT and the LOCAL POLITICIANS
    and POWERS, while always leaving the BACK and side doors open to blame
    the STATE and FEDS.

    With every GAS PRICE increase it becomes easier for everyone to under
    stand the real villains.

    The UNIONS will hate me SHORT TIME … actually LONG TERM.

    However as one person told me last night … it was like the INDIANS would
    steer the BUFFALO over the CLIFF.

    The GOVERNMENT and EDUCATION people need to STOP LYING, CHEATING,
    STEALING, and trying to manipulate the situations … or they S H A L L
    face LOSS of everything.
    – Are they too stupid and greedy?
    – Will their true sense of decency, humanity, and patriotism finally get
    them to speak among themselves and step up to better Stratford and
    their own lives?
    – Will the continue to try to steal and become PUBLIC embarassments
    and have their families and children ostracized while other families and
    parents work 2 – 3 jobs, without healthcare, and minimal benefits, with
    much lower pay?
    – Will the town council continue to be pinoccio?

    Could and would Tom Murray operate the FIRE DEPT without PRETEXTUAL O.T.?

  32. 32 jezebel282

    Update:

    Has Harkins called Tom Murray yet and offered him the position of Fire Chief?

    Or is Harkins just going to do the usual politically expedient thing and hire someone who will never object to any mayor’s whim? You know, like Curtis Maffet?

  33. 33 1george1

    If Tom Murray is smart, and he is, he would not want the
    Fire Chief’s position. It comes with being responsible for
    the O. T. and the overall Budget.

    Jimmy was smart in picking a couple of fall guys ……….
    who likely do NOT have a clue and like dressing up in
    nicely pressed uniforms….

    It seems to be the prerequisite for Police and Fire?

  34. 34 jezebel282

    George,

    “If Tom Murray is smart”

    Murray is not THAT smart. (I’m kidding, OK?)

    “It comes with being responsible for
    the O. T. and the overall Budget.”

    If I had to pick one single Town employee that would act responsibly for Stratford citizens, it would be Tom Murray. We simply could not do better for a fire chief. Harkins should be buying him lunch or dinner and begging him to accept the position.

  35. 35 1george1

    JEZE,

    I thought you liked TOM MURRAY?

  36. 36 jezebel282

    George,

    “I thought you liked TOM MURRAY?”

    I like a lot of people…even you.
    But Murray is the one I want to call when my house is on fire. And I’m sure, if you ask, he is the one firefighters would call too.

    Harkins has to stop playing politics (Really, haven’t we had enough already?) and make the phone call for our benefit. I’m getting really tired of how people in Town Hall, and only in Town Hall, keep saying Murray doesn’t want to be chief. Not a single person has actually asked him.

  37. 37 1george1

    Tom is someone I feel would do his duty.

    I also feel that if Tom was Mayor or Fire Chief, he would face VERY
    DIFFICULT CHOICES, in part caused or mostly assisted by his repping
    the FIRE DEPT at the PENSION TABLE.

    It actually might be one of the best things for the Town and the
    self respect of the Fire Department whose act has gotten real old
    with many townspeople.

    They have been cutting their own throats ….

    Sometimes one has to give a slap to a puppet deliver a haymaker to the
    puppeteers.

  38. 38 jezebel282

    George,

    “Tom is someone I feel would do his duty.”

    I have an even better call to duty for Tom Murray. In my opinion he should retire in January 2012. Between his pension and whatever salary he gets from a new job, he can afford to rent a home in Stratford. Then he can RUN FOR MAYOR!

    This blog would support him thoroughly.

  39. 39 1george1

    Between his pension and whatever salary he gets from a new job,
    he can afford to BUY a FEW homeS in Stratford.

    Then he can RUN FOR MAYOR!

  40. 40 jezebel282

    George,

    “he can afford to BUY a FEW homeS in Stratford. ”

    Kinda like a great mayor AND a tax refund?

  41. 41 1george1

    Wouldn’t it be nice if all Town / BoE employees lived in Stratford?
    Housing is much more affordable near
    Town Hall
    Police HQ
    Public Works
    Birdseye
    Rec office
    Most Fire Stations – although they can afford Lordship + near oronoque 😉

    If they lived in town, it would increase the average and mean incomes
    and likely help improve and stabilize Tax Base from increase property
    values.

    Money + time saved commuting, plus lower taxes of honest government
    would allow them to take hits in Health Care and Pensions. 😉

    A program of Good pay, Benefits, and Pension would / should insure good
    conduct and civics of desireable neighbors …

    It’s a win … win … I tell ya.

  42. 42 phineast

    too bad some fool of a judge deemed that practice unconstitutional—–unless it is part of the terms of hiring…….only works on the head honchos….in theory.
    here in Stratford it doesn’t work at all.

  43. 43 1george1

    Forcing people to live in a town may be unconstitutional,
    however would a surtax on employees who live out of town,
    also be unconstitutional?

    It is not unlike, paying Taxes to NYC or another state whose
    generates the employment

    Suppose a Shelton home was valued at $ 200,000 and paid $ 2,000
    property tax, while the same $ 200,000 value Stratford home paid
    $ 6,000 ……would a $ 3,000 stratford assessment be unreasonable?
    Or $ 4,000?

    It might encourage people to move closer to work, if there were NO
    TAX savings?

  44. 44 jezebel282

    Update:

    Mayor Harkins will announce the appointment of current Fire Marshal Brian Lampart as Acting Fire Chief.

    We are completely underwhelmed by this decision. Although we have no problems with the job Mr. Lampart has done as Fire Marshal, it remains that he has no experience at all as a line officer nor supervising any amount of staff. What makes the decision worse is that he cannot rely on his Deputy Chief, Curtis Maffet, because he knows (and does) even less.

    In addition, we can look forward to another consulting contract to Harkins friend and fellow Republican, Jason Perillo of CBG Associates to search for another Fire Chief. That should only cost about $10,000 or so for the search and interview process. It will be interesting to see if Mr. Perillo has any more friends he can “select” as our new Fire Chief.

    We would be remiss if we didn’t point out that there were/are three (count ’em, 3!) obvious choices for Fire Chief; Tom Murray, Dan Ross and Tim Brennan. Any of them would make an excellent Fire Chief and it wouldn’t cost us a dime. In fact, we would probably save a ton of money with either Ross or Murray. But hey, that’s the reasonable thing, isn’t it?

  45. It is a shame if it is indeed a fact Tom Murray did not get a phone call. I do not know him well but from my limited interaction with him and what I have heard I know as you do Jez that he is a real stand up person.

  46. 46 jezebel282

    John,

    “Tom Murray did not get a phone call.”

    Not even an email. In fact, I don’t think he even got a Christmas card last year. That goes for Ross and Brennan too. Mayors don’t like non-political choices.

  47. Well I say Tom Murray and Joe McNeil full stop. Some wrongs need to be righted in this Town!

    Talk to you later I’m outta here.

  48. 48 1george1

    I briefly spoke to Tom Murray the day after the accident,
    just to inquire about his health, the lady who hit his vehicle
    and her passenger.

    It appears no one was seriously hurt, thank fully.

    Tom thanked me for my call, late that afternoon.
    It appeared no a single other person cared enough
    or had the common decency to call him?

    While some people at least speak about caring for others,
    there are so many others where caring about people are
    not even a thought.

    Like the RTC + DTC leaders, many people just do NOT care!

  49. 49 jezebel282

    George,

    It is just shameful of Harkins to completely ignore dedicated and talented employees. Apparently Harkins didn’t have the decency to communicate with anyone (except Lampart of course) about this decision. The “nice guy” persona is obviously only for photo ops and public appearances.

    I couldn’t imagine Harkins looking either Tom Murray or Tim Brennan in the eyes again.

  50. 50 1george1

    Jeze,

    The same way we have not seen the real developers of AVCO,
    SHAKESPEARE, AIRPORT, BRIDGEPORT, and elsewhere the FIRE
    and POLICE scenarios have NOT played out …. YET.

    You KNOW how the MIRON COUNTER INTUITIVE works for implausible
    deniability of really favoring what you are against … right?

    The HARKINS Brain mistrust RTC Fagin manifesto uses a different
    version of run silent, run deep.
    Stay away from being SEEN in support of things they really want.
    They learned some lessons from the POLICE and FIRE SUPPORT.

    Jeze … be careful what you ask for …

    GOOGLE the Monkey’s Paw

    Also from Star Trek, where SPOCK had to fight KIRK over his betrothed,
    who wanted another Vulcan.
    > If KIRK killed SPOCK … her problem was solved – she got her lover.
    > If SPOCK killed KIRK … her problem was solved – she got her lover,
    as SPOCK would NOT want her, return to STAR FLEET.
    – She developed a WIN – WIN for her.

    The story played out with the expected plot twist where KIRK + SPOCK
    live and SPOCK telling the boyfriend.

    “WANTING and HAVING are TWO different things.
    There are times GETTING what you WANTED is NO LONGER desired.
    It is NOT LOGICAL. It is, however true.”

    Stratford and the United States lawyers, administrative, and deGREED
    class are the reincarnation of BUD SCHULBERG’S SAMMY GLICK!

    Will to POWER.
    Amoral
    Unethical
    Unloyal
    Plargarizing – theft
    Selfish
    All EGO – NO SELF RESPECT

    I would love it for PORTIA to give CLASSICAL LITERARY comparisons? 😉

    Some JEWS were horrified that a SHYLOCK or FAGIN type person was
    created in American literature.

    What they fail to realize is that there are Catholics, Protestants,
    Masons, Jews, Moslems which fit into every category and the story
    is not ethnocentric!

  51. 51 jezebel282

    OK…Which one of you took my Mulligan to English dictionary?

  52. 52 1george1

    🙂 🙂 LOL

  53. 53 jezebel282

    Fire Update:

    We would like to doubly congratulate Assistant Fire Chief Jack Conway upon being awarded Firefighter of the year and on his appointment as Assistant Fire Chief.

    We would also like to congratulate Douglas Rightmeyer on his appointment to Assistant Fire Chief.

    We, along with Assistant Chiefs Tom Murray and Tim Brennan, will sleep well at night with these two new Assistant Chiefs on duty.

    We would also be remiss if we didn’t, once again, wish retiring Fire Chief James Cavanaugh a relaxing retirement. As it turns out, Fire Chief Cavanaugh was also recently awarded the coveted and much prized Golden Shovel Award*.

    *Yes, it is what you think it is.

  54. 54 1george1

    And can we expect 1 less Assistant to replace the Fire Chief?

    Things keep going according to script…

  55. 55 jezebel282

    George,

    “And can we expect 1 less Assistant to replace the Fire Chief?”

    No. I think your “script” needs a rewrite. Although that choice would be the logical, correct and the most inexpensive I doubt it will go that way.

    If I had to guess, what will happen is that instead of our newly rewarded HR Director assuming the responsibility, Harkins will hire a consulting firm (in all likelihood Jason Perillo’s CBG Associates) for anywhere from $5,000-$10,000 to conduct a search. (Let’s hope they don’t use Google). Then they will conduct a series of interviews. Our HR Director might sit in on those but that is optional. Certainly, no one from our FD will participate. They will choose the candidate who who can say “yessir” faster than all the rest.

  56. 56 phineast

    I am thinking there is NO REASON to RUSH to give the position away. With all the assistant chiefs and even the stone in the d/c office it seems to me that someone could be given the title with “acting” in front of it for the duration. Wouldn’t require the extreme salary-they already have the bene’s and the job still gets done..(cough, cough)-at least as well as it has been done up to this point….. I believe the town can leave someone in the “acting” capacity for up to 2 years before it becomes permanent and it can be changed any time-like the day before the 2 year mark the could put another acting in place….please note this for the police depart. as well…..keep changing those gum shoes until you get a credible candidate that can accept the position long term…seems to me that is the wisest course. At least for now.

  57. 57 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “seems to me that is the wisest course. At least for now.”

    Actually your time frame is a bit off. We have until January of 2012.

  58. 58 phineast

    Actually Jez- I was thinking a bit differently—–first let’s get through judgment day….
    then we need to wait for a very important “tour” to be completed…then we will have one issue in hand. The other one could have an “actor” the entire time and it would be ok-the job would still get done. patience.

  59. 59 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “first let’s get through judgment day….
    then we need to wait for a very important “tour” to be completed”

    Have you been hanging around with George? A lot?

  60. 60 1george1

    Come’on JEZE, I agreed with you about Jim Miron using Chris Miron
    to help his extended family, which seems to include Dick Burturla?

    We actually have agreed on a bunch o stuff ….

    You dropped outta da John Harkins fan club …

    I agreed with your compassion over Portia’s dispassioned logic,
    although I agree with some of Portia’s Philosophic concepts ..

    Now that Phin suggests a pattern we have seen many times before,
    you give Phin “stuff” for wunderin out loud (at least in type)?

  61. 61 phineast

    Jez- no I haven’t been hanging around with George. ;P
    Actually I was referencing some very specific events. You will understand soon.

  62. 62 1george1

    If I remember correctly, when Phin first started posting, he would check
    out a situation with his contacts within the system and then reply without
    revealing details of where his information came from.

    Phin’s findings / postings were usually credible, yet displayed political
    party bias, which occasionally undermined the posted postion.
    That was less the fault of Phin than that of his source(s).

    With the ebb and flow of politics, especially Stratford, what is true or is
    likely can be changed by exterior factors and party(s) pressures.

    Regardless of how viewers mock some theories, SIKORSKY has direct linkage
    to the WHITE HOUSE, SENATE, CONGRESS, HARTFORD and more
    Moved to: https://stratfordcharter.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/the-dark-side-ii/#comment-16731

  63. 63 phineast

    George-you believe that I don’t post my own opinions? Seriously????? Some of the people that I have gotten information from don’t even realize what they are sharing. It is part of a greater discussion. I verify it and post MY opinion. The great thing in this country is we actually get to voice our opinion.
    Today’s paper reflects one of the multitude of things coming down the pike as part of “Judgment” day. It is in the taxpayers favor-FINALLY-and the undeserving finally got what was deserved–NOTHING. That is what happens when you take things that don’t belong to you. Just my opinion of course. The stage has now been set for the next level.
    Next think about the type of “tours” their are. Then fit a scenario to a potential promotional candidate. This is the ONLY candidate in this particular dept that has the integrity, knowledge, skill and experience to do the job. That is who we should be waiting for-kapish?

  64. 64 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “That is who we should be waiting for-kapish?”

    The Messiah? Coming to Stratford?

  65. 65 1george1

    PHIN: George-you believe that I don’t post my own opinions? Seriously?????

    GEO: NO!
    If I remember correctly, when Phin first started posting, he would check
    out a situation with his contacts within the system and then reply without
    revealing details of where his information came from.

    Phin’s findings / postings were usually credible, yet displayed political
    party bias, which occasionally undermined the posted postion.
    That was less the fault of Phin than that of his source(s).

    GEO to PHIN: You post your own opinions. You check with sources to
    further fact find things that interest you, if I am correct.
    You blog your own “informed” opinions which can, but not always, have
    input from whomever you choose to check with.
    Many of your opinions or facts get confirmed by events.
    Some events turned information or opinion to be wrong.
    Some opinions betray a bias by yourself or source(s).

    BIAS is your perception whereas Democrats and Republicans and
    Independents can each look at the same facts and see difference.

  66. 66 1george1

    PHIN: Some of the people that I have gotten information from
    don’t even realize what they are sharing.

    GEO: Most of the best information I have gotten is from people
    who do NOT even stop to think they are acting unethical or
    illegally, or against what they have been sworn to do.

    PHIN: It is part of a greater discussion. I verify it and post MY opinion.

    GEO: Again place I get great information is public comments of those
    who are in positions of trust, who can’t put pieces together.
    Often, they show awkwardness, identifying something is not quite
    right, but they do not seem know enough to be comfortable to act.

    PHIN: The great thing in this country is we actually get to voice our
    opinion. Today’s paper reflects one of the multitude of things coming
    down the pike as part of “Judgment” day.

    GEO: Which paper? CT. Post, NY Papers, other CT?
    If Phin is referring to the CT STATE “UNION concessions” it is NOT any
    real meaningful concessions, just window dressing, and will not get to
    solve systemic problems.
    And the lack of action to CLAW BACK: BIG OIL, WALL STREET, WAR
    MANUFACTURING is even worse.
    There has been minimal real attempts to revive the economy the way
    it can be jump started and sustained.

    PHIN: It is in the taxpayers favor-FINALLY-and the undeserving finally
    got what was deserved–NOTHING.
    That is what happens when you take things that don’t belong to you.

    GEO: I would agree with PHIN’S statement in general terms.
    If he refers to the State Workers, the senior and retired people still keep
    their stolen swag.
    I favor good: PAY, BENEFITS, PENSIONS.
    I am against the ABSURD ABUSES by the POLITICALLY FAVORED.
    Based on the below, PHIN appears to be writing about something else
    and someone else?

    PHIN: Just my opinion of course. The stage has now been set for
    the next level.
    Next think about the type of “tours” their are.
    Then fit a scenario to a potential promotional candidate.
    This is the ONLY candidate in this particular dept that has the integrity, knowledge, skill and experience to do the job.
    That is who we should be waiting for-kapish?

    GEO: If PHIN is referring to McNeil & Murray, I like both of them.
    However, I am unconvinced about anyone’s political independence
    in Stratford.
    I have different experiences than most people.
    I know of things behind the scenes, virtually no blogger knows.
    – Conversely many people have secrets, they want to be kept.

  67. 67 phineast

    George – it was the CT post. No I am not talking about McNeil and Murray-great guys but not whom I was referring to especially in the PD. ( Murray would be a great choice in the FD but so would Velky.)

    Let me assure you, I do post my own opinions. When I gather information I draw my own conclusions and form an opinion. (that IS what you are supposed to do, right?)

    Jez-the one I am referring to is already here but may need a bit of time to complete a larger obligation. As far as I can see-this in house candidate is the one who will restore credibility to the PD and the entire membership, yes I said entire membership has complete respect for. Respect in the PD is a hard thing to come by these days.

  68. 68 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “Jez-the one I am referring to is already here”

    I understand. And I don’t disagree with the choice. IMHO, the ‘Tour” should be canceled forthwith. It is a useless effort that will inevitably lead more loss than any conceivable gain.

  69. 69 1george1

    PHIN: George – it was the CT post.

    GEO: If the reference were the supposed givebacks,
    they are illusions and smoke/mirror.
    The same is true with the PD contract and the likely
    Fire contract.
    ALL close the barn door, after the animals escaped.
    Analogous was making Joe Kennedy head of the SEC
    after he helped loot the stock market.

    JEZE: I understand. And I don’t disagree with the choice.

    GEO: I do NOT know who JEZE / PHIN refer.
    My experience:
    Chess pieces are moved to be positioned.
    Chosen career people, as treated as such and NEVER suspect,
    other people have palns for them.
    It does not make them good or bad, but useful to objectives.

    IMHO, the ‘Tour” should be canceled forthwith.
    It is a useless effort that will inevitably lead more loss than
    any conceivable gain.

    I could envision a “Tour” being Military?
    I support our Troops, Constitution, and Legal Laws & Regulations.
    > However PAT TILLMAN was Murdered by fellow troops and covered
    up by superiors.
    > History & Literature (Federalist Papers) is filled with “provocations”
    and Wars of Aggression, disguised as Wars of Liberation or “just cause!”

    While Jeze and Phin may have the highest regard for someone, does
    not necessarily mean that person is worthy of, or will prove himself
    worthy of that image.
    Example: I agreed with Sylvia about many people she held in esteem,
    and we disagreed about many others.
    There were a few, she was shocked to learn things about, which she
    was able to confirm.

    I was not especially close to Sylvia, yet establish a good repore over
    1 1/2 years. Again we agreed and disagreed, yet each had cause.

    For NOW, Jeze, Phin, and others …..

    Let me assure you, I do post my own opinions. When I gather information
    I draw my own conclusions and form an opinion.
    (that IS what you are supposed to do, right?)

    AGREED. I do exactly the same thing.
    There have been times I and my sources were fooled.
    I simply meant there are times PHIN and his sources
    could have been fooled.

    Let me put it this way …..
    If there are people making major money who know they might
    be disbarred, and they and others might face jail time ……

    DO THEY HAVE MOTIVE to try to CREATE FALSE APPEARANCES?

  70. 70 jezebel282

    George,

    “does not necessarily mean that person is worthy of, or will prove himself
    worthy of that image.”

    Correct. I make no claim to know anyone’s inner thoughts. Sometimes not even my own . However, while the past may be an indicator, it still condenses to the dilemma that in order for someone to be trustworthy at some point you have to trust them. Similarly, in order to be responsible, you have to be given or take responsibility.
    Maybe we should find a qualified Boy Scout?

    “I agreed with Sylvia about many people she held in esteem,”
    While I truly miss Sylvia, there was that whole Glen Beck fan club thing she had going….

  71. 71 phineast

    George- the article was in the post yesterday-it was in relation to Stratford and the notorious family of ill repute that continues to try to get a free ride at the taxpayer expense-of course this is my opinion…but it is completely based in fact.

    Not every tour is useless Jez, and to people who have the highest level of integrity and patriotism they will FOLLOW THROUGH and do what is best for the “greater good”. No one but those involved knows the true objectives which might just be a true homecoming….You don’t have to agree with me, just respect my opinion, as I do yours.

    George- I realize that you and Jez think all lawyers are thieves, but I happen to disagree. There are good ones out there that have integrity-just like in ANY other profession there are good ones there are bad ones and there are thieves. The trick is learning how to tell them apart.

  72. 72 jezebel282

    Phin,

    “You don’t have to agree with me, just respect my opinion, as I do yours. ”

    I will. Arguing that particular point would require a whole ‘nother blog.

    “There are good ones out there that have integrity-just like in ANY other profession”
    I will take your word for it simply because I haven’t met every single lawyer yet. Maybe there is one with integrity out there somewhere and she hasn’t been to Stratford yet.

  73. 73 1george1

    Lawyers are like people …
    Duh … the are people ….
    They come in all varieties …
    The same lawyer can generate diverse opinions …
    Like anyone else …
    Some which we criticize, have friends and allies …

    I rarely watched Glenn Beck.
    A couple times I saw/heard him, I could understand why Syl liked him.
    There were times I thought highly of Pat Buchanon.

    Each has a role to play.

    The same play has a cast of heroes, villians, allies, enemies, victims,
    and others. They are all part of the same play.
    Similar to the Allegory of the Cave.

    We are all entitled to our opinion.
    Until an event actually takes place, there is nothing to use for basis
    of judgement. Even then, as events accumulate, diveristy of opinion
    usually follows to the contrary of the decision.

  74. 74 jezebel282

    George,

    “Lawyers are like people …”

    I know! The similarity is incredible.

  75. 75 jezebel282

    Update:

    “Retired Chief James Cavanaugh said no one was in control and there was no clear command structure when (Tom) Murray, shift commander that early summer afternoon, arrived in Lordship. Murray established a command post and an incident accident plan, and called for the activation of the Town’s Emergency Operations Center.”

    Can you say “The Next Fire Chief”?

    (BTW, what, exactly does Tony Schirillo get paid for? “Emergency Management Director”?)

  76. 76 1george1

    Murray established a command post
    and an incident accident plan, and
    called for the activation of the Town’s
    Emergency Operations Center.”

    contrast?

    BTW, what, exactly does Tony Schirillo
    get paid for?
    (where was he? what does/did he do?)
    “Emergency Management Director”?

  77. 77 1george1

    Jeze there are differences in GROUPING

    George, “Lawyers are like people …”
    Jeze, I know! The similarity is incredible.

    # 1 ALL LAWYERS are PEOPLE
    NOT ALL PEOPLE are LAWYERS

    # 2 ALL LAWYERS share a variety of attributes found in PEOPLE
    NOT ALL PEOPLE share a variety of attributes found in LAWYERS

    # 3 LAWYER seek PEOPLES LIABILITES with uniquely heightened
    LIE ABILITIES more finely honed than MOST PEOPLE…..
    Ergo ….

    In many instances you can substitute RANKING POLITICAL and
    GOVERNMENT PEOPLE for the term LAWYERS.

    Every Lawyer, has betrayed my TRUST.

    —-

    Lawyers and Government / Political people?
    From Aristotle, Socrates, Plato to Jon Swift, Dickens, Twain,
    Will Rogers, Bob Hope, George Carlin, lawyers & rank government/
    political people are as immuteable as feces and filled with nitrates.

  78. 78 jezebel282

    George,

    “ALL LAWYERS are PEOPLE”
    Do you have evidence supporting that proposition?


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