Best Work Yet To Come?

20Dec11

Town Agenda

The trouble with doing nothing is that you never know when you are finished.

Harkins says his best work is yet to come
Brittany Lyte, Staff Writer
Published 05:20 p.m., Saturday, December 17, 2011

STRATFORD — A week before he was sworn in as Stratford’s second mayor in December 2009, John A. Harkins ticked off the challenges before him: redevelop brownfields, foster bipartisan cooperation, draft a responsible town budget.
Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Harkins-says-his-best-work-is-yet-to-come-2409593.php#ixzz1h4p1BznD

After two years as the the most powerful elected official in Stratford, what has John Harkins accomplished for Citizens, Businesses and Taxpayers?

Hold on….
Give us a minute…
There must be something…
Let us think…
Two years is a long time, you know….

We’ll have to get back to you on that one.

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125 Responses to “Best Work Yet To Come?”

  1. 1 1george1

    I read this quote and renamed it the mother’s prayer:

    “When all is said & done,
    there’s more,
    to say & do.”

    I believe since 1996, this town was robbed looking at 2012
    as THE YEAR, all the PLAYERS would be RETIRED &
    would have positioned themselves to BUY the LAND &
    get the ZONING CHANGES they NEED, to OVERWHELM
    the CITIZENRY with the MOST PROFITABLE means for
    them to BENEFIT.

    SIKORSKI I – 15 Bridge is done.
    MOSES WHEELER I – 95 Bridge is stated
    I – 95 Bridgeport is done.
    Other areas of I-91 being worked on.

    WATER POLLUTION FACILITY DONE OCT 2009
    > 300 % over capacity = handle Airport + AVCO + added condos/
    Apartments / Housing Projects.

    Lordship Boulevard trial Balloon 650 apartments defeated & on
    back burner.
    Fagin/Harborside/Savin Rock “Special Project” approved. 5 stories,
    with strong expansion possibilities.
    James Farm Road & North Peters & 2 other condo projects may be
    approved already?
    TROJAN HORSE KEATING FORD / FOREST CITY
    AVCO SAEP 13 STORIES of CONDOS near ball field, with less
    good jobs, nearer the expanded runway for COCAINE TRAFFIC
    from BIGGER AIRPLANES, with LARGER RANGE, replacing the
    BRIDGEPORT HARBOR BANANA Boat – shades of 4 winds?
    SHAKESPEARE TRUE PLANS will be shown.

    The funny thing is all of the players could have made a LOT MORE
    MONEY, had they been DOING the RIGHT THING building Stratford
    and Bridgeport from 1980s.
    Easiest people to CON are CONN men.

    IF the PEOPLE were far better off and stable financially, the Democrats
    & Republicans could STEAL more money, which people would be able
    to pay, and not care, since they would be well off.

  2. 2 jezebel282

    George,

    Really? Cocaine traffic?

    I was thinking more along the lines of doing pretty much nothing to make the lives of Stratford residents better.

    Just once I would like to hear a mayor or council say that our property taxes are way too high and we should try to lower them.

  3. 3 sudds

    “Just once I would like to hear a mayor or council say that our property taxes are way too high and we should try to lower them.”

    When is the mayor up for re-election again???

  4. 4 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    November 2013

  5. 5 1george1

    “Just once I would like to hear a mayor or council say that our
    property taxes are way too high and we should try to lower them.”

    Jeze, don’t you pay attention?
    “They admit all that property taxes are way too high and we should
    try to lower them.”
    Just before they raise the MIL RATE stating that’s the responsible
    thing to do because we have negotiated contracts and other cost
    like petro / utilities go up?

    “They admit all that property taxes are way too high and we should
    try to lower them.”
    This is also stated just before elections.

    kinda like:
    The porsche is paid for.
    The check is in the mail.
    Honest baby, I won’t …

  6. 6 1george1

    Harkins says his best work is yet to come

    If he has done no work, how could he not improve on his record?

  7. 7 paradisegreen

    http://www.ctpost.com/default/article/Stratford-sues-woman-in-cat-dispute-2416355.php

    I have removed myself largely from the absurdity of Stratford poltics but this one had my head spinning. Tim Bishop and the Town of Stratford (our money, by the way) has found it useful to sue a 90 year old woman over cats?!? I understand her “negligence” but what idiot negotiated that deal in the first place, expecting her to follow through? Clearly there were some “issues” with this poor woman from the get-go. Anyone remember Biebel and the Booth Park “cat house”? Another town “oops! we didn’t realize it was THAT bad” situation. So now, amdist all of the other idiotic expenses the past now what, THREE councils and two Mayors have thrust upon us we now have to fund suing a senile elderly woman over cats.

    Perfect. Where can I refinance my mortgage so I can stay here even longer?

  8. 8 paradisegreen

    the town hopes to recover $6,000 from this woman for monies paid to clean her home, etc. she is threatening a “custody” suit, if I am reading correctly. So. Tell me. How much are we going to pay the town attorney for all of this? Less than $6,000? pfft. this article reads like a bad jon stewart clip. lol

  9. 9 paradisegreen

    Oh and Jez, Sudds? 2013? good luck with that one. We have about as many viable candidates out there for mayor in 2013 in Stratford as we have for the President in 2012. Our candidates are taking the “lesser of two evils” concept over the top.

  10. 10 jezebel282

    Paradise,

    “How much are we going to pay the town attorney for all of this?”

    $150 per hour. And then court fees, service fees, deposition fees are extra of course.

    On the other hand, if the Town Attorney was a full time salaried position…..

  11. 11 jezebel282

    Paradise,

    “We have about as many viable candidates out there for mayor in 2013 in Stratford”

    Not really. We only have the candidate the RTC puts up. I have no doubt that the DTC is dumb enough to run Miron again.

  12. 12 paradisegreen

    I don’t think any Miron will run but I don’t know who else they have. I understand Harkins will be the RTC candidate but as you have said he has not really achieved much so I am less than thrilled with that option.

  13. 13 jezebel282

    Paradise,

    “so I am less than thrilled with that option.”

    Aren’t we all?

    But having done this for a while, I’ve learned you can never underestimate how dumb some people can be. It would not surprise me in the least if the DTC nominated Miron again. Nor would it surprise me if say Laura Hoydick ran for mayor and Harkins ran for State Rep again.

  14. 14 mikereynolds

    Don’t be surprised if Harkins doesn’t run. I’ve heard he’s leaning against running again.

  15. 15 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “Don’t be surprised if Harkins doesn’t run.”

    Kinda my point….

  16. 16 sudds

    “Nor would it surprise me if say Laura Hoydick ran for mayor”

    I know what my new year’s wish is going to be next year!!! 😀

  17. 17 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    Is there any blonde you wouldn’t vote for?

  18. 18 1george1

    Jeze, Is it true under Miron Burturla that Kelly & Florek
    charged $ 350/hour as “SPECIAL ASSISTANT TOWN
    ATTORNEYS?

    You remember John Florek?

    He chaired Town Charter Revision Commission # 2,
    W H I L E being PAID by M I R O N & B U R T U R L A!

    Harkins has a bunch of stuff in the pipeline for economic
    development, if my tarot cards & tea leaves are correct?

    Jim Miron is likely to run for Mayor again to keep up the
    pretense that he & father were not working with the RTC.
    > ANYONE DARE to CHALLENGE my POSITION?

    Laura Hoydic would be exceptionally vulnerable if she
    ran for Mayor.
    – I teased Paul about needing to wait on the porch with
    a shot gun as his 2 older daughters are knockouts &
    the little one is cute as a button.

  19. 19 jezebel282

    George,

    “Jeze, Is it true under Miron Burturla that Kelly & Florek charged $ 350/hour as “SPECIAL ASSISTANT TOWN ATTORNEYS?”

    Well, sorta. We get a “discounted” rate from the Town Attorney of only $150 hour. When the case is given to a private law firm (like Bishop, Kelly & Jackson) we pay retail or $350/hour. Oh…and there is no limit to the number of the billable hours. Cases can drag on for years.

    No Council (ever) has been able to see the benefit of a full time salaried attorney.

  20. 20 1george1

    When is the last time a Town Attorney reported and justified
    Billable hours to the Public through the Town Council, which
    approves Departmental Budgets?

    Town Attorney
    Bishop under Harkins Malloy
    Burturla under Miron Henrick / Feehan
    Branyan under
    Feeney under
    Barnhart under

    Jeze:
    is it true Team Stratford is paid a minimum of $ 50,000 year.
    Someone claimed Norm gets that.
    Where are those monies found in the Budget?

    Where are Grant monies found in the Budget?

    Where are Attorney SETTLEMENTS found in the Budget?

    Where are the annual listing for what was paid per
    Attorney / Firm?

    Where are the annual & total summary cost listing what each of
    top 25 costing attorney cases / situations since 1987?

    Examples: AVCO; AIRPORT; AVALON BAY; SHAKESPEARE;
    RAYMARK; CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS; LONG BEACH WEST;
    ORONOQUE; TAX APPEALS; FLOODING; EDUCATION.

    If Attorneys actually solved cases, would we even need a single
    full time Town Attorney?

  21. 21 jezebel282

    George,

    “If Attorneys actually solved cases, would we even need a single
    full time Town Attorney?”

    Let me type this real slow so everyone understands it: Law firms get paid by the hour. Less hours = less pay. No attorney that represents the Town is ever paid for ending a case. They are only paid by the number of hours they submit for payment. That is why corporate attorneys are paid a salary. It is far too expensive to pay them by the hour.

    Any more questions why our Town Attorney budget is north of $2.3 million per year?

  22. 22 1george1

    Jeze, it looks like an interesting topic for LETTER to the EDITOR?

    Do you want to include content about (bribery) Pay, OT, Pensions,
    & Benefits too?
    Is there blood on all of those?

    Typing v e r y slowly 2010 town Budget $ 185 Million was $ 51.7 Million
    in Benefits, including $ 19.65 Million for Pensions
    Is there blood on all of those?

  23. 23 1george1

    All it takes for TREASON to PROSPER. …
    is
    NONE DARE CALL IT TREASON.
    .
    .
    .
    When they do to the CONSTITUTION what they did to the
    TOWN CHARTER, and all the BIG PENSIONS & BENEFITS
    are INSTANTLY TAKEN away, and all of the BANK ACCOUNTS
    and ASSETS are SEIZED …..
    .
    .
    .
    Any reader think anyone in Europe / Levant / socalled Communist
    and various Dictators would trust & keep people who are traitors?

  24. 24 jezebel282

    George,

    “Do you want to include content about (bribery) Pay, OT, Pensions,
    & Benefits too?”

    No. It’s too long of a story with too many bad guys. The problem is that there are so many bad guys on both sides. You have weak Councils that underfund pension plans and refuse to adequately staff departments. You have union employees that bulk up their pensions in their last two years and retire as wealthy men and women. Then you have “leaders” like Miron who gave away tax money by buying out employees he couldn’t fire.

    The Town Attorney’s office is simply the worst case, costing Stratford taxpayers millions of dollars.

  25. 25 1george1

    That is not why the Town Attorney’s office and self perpetuating firms
    are the worst case.

  26. 26 jezebel282

    George,

    I was trying to keep the CIA and Trilateral Commission out of it.

  27. 27 1george1

    Actually, like Tom Malloy the Attorneys are above average
    intelligence and have made rational decisions.
    That is a worse case, but not the worst case.

    CIA & Trilateral Commission are worse case,
    but not the worst case.

    American King James Version (CIA MOTTO)
    And you shall know the truth,
    and the truth shall make you free.

    ====

    By ommission, and projection, here is the worst case:

    Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him,
    If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed;

    32And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

    33They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed,
    and were never in bondage to any man:
    how say you, You shall be made free?

    34Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you,
    Whoever commits sin is the servant of sin.
    .
    .
    35And the servant stays not in the house for ever:
    but the Son stays ever.
    36If the Son therefore shall make you free,
    you shall be free indeed.
    .
    37I know that you are Abraham’s seed;
    but you seek to kill me,
    because my word has no place in you.
    .
    38I speak that which I have seen with my Father:
    and you do that which you have seen with your father.

  28. 28 jezebel282

    George,

    Well, I would have gone with:

    “And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.” Luke 11:46

    I think I saw it on the Town Attorney’s office door.

  29. 29 jezebel282

    Update:

    But back to this world. On Thursday January 12th both the Republican and Democratic Town Committees will be holding their elections. Any registered Democrat or Republican can show up and vote (you don’t have to be a gang member). Since both gangs run this Town it is sort of like the actual election, unlike the ones usually held in November.

    Since neither gang bothers to update their websites we will have to wait for a gang member to post the times and places somewhere.

    But here’s a thought:
    Imagine if Miron ran for DTC Chair? With that election comes the position of Democratic Registrar of Voters. By the way, that’s a $35,000/year part time taxpayer funded position with full benefits*. Electing Miron would pretty much trash any chance any Democrat would ever have of getting elected to anything…forever.

    *Thanks to Sue Collier, the CFO, it is unclear how much taxpayer money each Registrar actually gets.

  30. The DTC Caucus is
    Thursday January 12, 2012
    7pm @ Stratford High School Auditorium

    There will be publicized notifications in the Star, as the event is open to the public.

    The Caucus is when the DTC Chair (Rick Marcone) nominates a slate of candidates to become the new DTC. As far as I know, new candidates are nominated by existing members. I’d like a more open recruitment process with some systemized vetting but it’s really up to the Chair to create the slate.

    I don’t know if I am misreading your statement, Jezebel, but DTC Chair is not automatically Registrar. Right now, both the DTC and RTC Chairs happen to be Registrars (as was the case with Dick Miron), but they are two different positions. The DTC Chair is elected by DTC members; Registrar is elected by voters during a general election.

  31. 31 1george1

    Ever notice Blue & Red COLORS of CRIPS & BLOODS Gangs match
    the DEMOCRATS and REPUBLICANS “Colors?”

    $ 35,000 a year pay + $ 35,000 a year benefits for 20 hours work as
    a Registrar of Voters.

    Thinking back to the photo ops with Mayors Fabrizi and Miron, look
    at the blown BRANDING & LICENSING Opportunities we could have
    had with a tie in to COCA COLA?

    They coulda had a billboard at the Sikorsky Airport for the
    “AIR COLUMBIA and AIR AMERICA CARGO PLANES”
    flying in 11 pm to 3 am

  32. 32 jezebel282

    Ms. Greenspan,

    Thank you!

    “I don’t know if I am misreading your statement, Jezebel, but DTC Chair is not automatically Registrar”

    My mistake. I have never known Registrar that wasn’t the Chairman too. It must have been just coincidences, huh? So which do you think the DTC will elect Miron to?

    Nonetheless, I certainly hope you are running for something.

  33. In my experience with the DTC, Rick Marcone is the first Chair I have worked with who was also Registrar. Dick Miron’s tenure as Chair pre-dates my DTC involvement.

    When I first began to volunteer on local political campaigns, Tony Schirillo was Chair; then Dennis Broedlin; followed by Dave Mooney; now Rick Marcone. Dick Miron was Registrar through all those Chairmanships until Rick was elected to his recent term.

  34. 34 ronmoreau

    Robyn,
    “…As far as I know, new candidates are nominated by existing members. I’d like a more open recruitment process with some systemized vetting but it’s really up to the Chair to create the slate.”

    Not true. A slate can be nominated by any registered Stratford Democrat that shows up for the election. Multiple slates can be put up. The problem is, no one take the time to learn the process. In fact many on the town committees don’t even know that they are elected officials of the Town of Stratford.

  35. 35 ronmoreau

    If no other slate is nominated, the slate put up, is ‘rubber stamped’ as the Stratford DTC. I am sure that is what party leaders want. No opposition. Buisness as usual.

  36. 36 ronmoreau

    Robyn, The last thing party leaders want is an educated DTC membership.

  37. 37 ronmoreau

    STRATFORD

    NOTICE OF CAUCUS OF THE
    REPUBLICAN PARTY

    ________________________________________________________________

    Notice is hereby given that caucuses for members of the Republican Party to select nominees as party endorsed candidates for the Republican Town Committee shall be held on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at the Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad Street, Stratford CT.
    Election for district specific members will be conducted as follows.

    7:00pm Districts 1, 8 and 10
    7:30pm Districts 2, 4, 5 and 6
    8:15 pm Districts 3, 7 and 9

  38. Yes, Ron, multiple slates can be put up by people who put the effort into developing a full slate. I was referring to individual candidates.

  39. 39 jezebel282

    My slate for the DTC:

    Any combination of Robyn Greenspan and Stephanie Phillips.

    My Slate for the RTC:

    Ron Moreau and….ummm….gimme a minute…err…OK fine, just Ron Moreau.

  40. 40 ronmoreau

    Jez,

    “Ron Moreau and….ummm….gimme a minute…err…OK fine, just Ron Moreau.”

    LOL.

    I understand that there will be several openings on the DTC. Good Republicans (on the RTC) will be replaced with Democrats who have left the DTC. There is something wrong with replacing Republicans, on the RTC, with Democrats.

  41. 41 jezebel282

    Ron,

    “There is something wrong with replacing Republicans, on the RTC, with Democrats.”

    I have never had a problem with replacing Republicans with Democrats.

  42. 42 1george1

    Somethings appear to be going the way of the do-do bird?

    I appreciate Ron & Robyn educating the masses …. uh … the few,
    the proud ….

    Ron & Robyn, you are going to ruin the reputation of the RTC & DTC?

    But then again, these posting might be your Swain & Swan songs as
    members to Stratford’s RTC & DTC?

    Jeze, when a certain other blog uses the word “POSITIVE” in their
    head line …. are they referring to people who tested “POSITIVE?”

    I love it when politicians speak about the courage of their convictions.
    I think we should convict and jail more of them?

    What ever happened to MAYOR 2013?
    We still haven’t reached 2012?

    Is it my imagination ………..
    (lob alert for Mike Reyolds)
    or has SUDDS become kinder and gentler since father hood?

    or, more likely he is catchin his zzzzzzzzs …. whenever he can?

  43. I intend to be at the DTC Caucus…. My phone should start ringing just about now…

  44. According to Robert’s Rules: At a mass meeting, the “membership” consists of all persons in the invited category who attend. (Democratic Electors). If no qualification is placed, anyone who attends is regarded as a member and has the same rights as members in other assemblies-to make motions, to speak in debate, and to vote.

    I urge all Stratford Democratic Electors to attend this meeting.

  45. John, does that mean that any registered Democrat who shows up and expresses interest in being an elected member of the DTC becomes part of the slate?

  46. No, the slate is usually already set up by the Chairman. There is nothing wrong with that per se as it is done all the time. However, this is a democracy and electors not part of the DTC have a right to bring their own slate.

    My understanding is that if a group of Dems that are not on the Chairman’s slate want to challenge that slate they must have a number equal to or greater than the Chairman’s handpicked slate of 60,70 80, or how many number he chooses. I could be wrong on the details on some of this.

    In other words a challenge of say 5 people I am pretty sure cannot challenge the 60, 70, or 80. You have to get a group together. Ususally all this is done by acclaimation with no challenge from anyone. The DTC has its own rules governing this meeting, however, I am quite certain a non DTC menber who also happens not to be on the slate can speak at the meerting. Some of my facts may be off but according to Robert’s Rules I have been invited and I am a Democrat Elector of this Town so I at least have a right to speak at the meeting. I am sure Ron knows a lot more about this than I do.

  47. So Robyn. I am going to put you on the spot. Do you think I deserve a place on DTC???

  48. One more thing. As I already said I believe a Dem elector has the right to vote/speak. If the Chair wants to say the vote was an unanimous “yes” it is unanimous no matter if someone heard few “no’s” if that is what the Chair wants to declare. The Chair has to be challenged and it must be brought to his attention if there were any no votes he did not “hear”. Electors need to be aware of this fact!

  49. 49 jezebel282

    Mr. Fahan,

    Wow! This sounds like a democracy or something. Thank you!

  50. “This sounds like a democracy or something.”

    Thanks Jez. I was put on Charter Revision for a reason after all. It was not completely political as George chooses to believe.

    Happy New Year All!

  51. I believe any registered Democrats who are committed toward improving Stratford have a place on the DTC, and there is room for diversity of opinion.

    I don’t know all the details of the circumstances under which you left, John, but I didn’t agree that you needed to publicly proclaim universal support for endorsed candidates.

  52. That is a partially political answer but it is more than I expected you to say Robyn so I appreciate it. What you refer to does not matter now because it was and is an open secret I never supported Miron. Heck I was a Calzone supporter like I believe you were when it all began.

  53. 53 jezebel282

    Ms. Greenspan.

    “you needed to publicly proclaim universal support for endorsed candidates.”
    That would be Tony Schirillo demanding that Mr. Fahan take a public oath of loyalty to Miron or be booted out of the Democratic Town Committee. I believe you may have gotten Miron’s email calling for the “extermination” of all DTC members (especially John Fahan) who weren’t true Miron believers.
    https://stratfordcharter.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/2009_10_21_09_10_34.pdf

    Mr. Fahan.

    “That is a partially political answer”
    Well, it is a political committee, you know.

    Nonetheless, no matter how much anyone dances around it, Miron’s (pick one) affiliation with the Democratic Town Committee has been the most disastrous thing to happen to Democrats in Stratford in the past 250+ years.

    You are both implying the same thing, albeit couched in the most politically polite terms. Thursday January 12, 2012 7pm @ Stratford High School Auditorium may be the last best hope for actual Stratford Democrats to wrest control of the DTC from the Mironistas and finally compete effectively in an election.

    As for the RTC, well, they don’t have to do much do they? They control the Council and the Mayor. They know they can just wait for the DTC to shoot themselves in the foot again. It only takes a couple of posts and a letter or two from Miron to remind the Town what the DTC stands for.

  54. 54 ronmoreau

    Robyn,

    Baby steps.

    Nominate the same slate replacing a few names with some new ones. Get someone to second…..

  55. Robyn, I am going to bring a large cup of coffee with me as it could be a long night on the 12th. Do you take sugar in yours?

  56. 56 ronmoreau

    Robyn,
    Don’t forget to bring as many of the 9500 Stratford Democrats, that never show up for this most important election, with you.

  57. I prefer transparency over secrecy; diversity over uniformity; inclusion over exclusion. I’m not looking to replace the DTC – I have lots of friends there. I would just like for other Dems in town to know more about the process so they can participate if they would want to get involved.

    If we want different results – like winning elections – we have to take different actions to get there. That might require some new people.

  58. 58 ronmoreau

    Robyn,

    “I would just like for other Dems in town to know more about the process so they can participate if they would want to get involved.”

    My point exactly.

  59. Thanks for the offer of coffee, John. Milk, sugar and strong would be adequate.

    Happy 2012 to all.

  60. Got it. OK Robyn. See you there… Ohh.. I am fine Ron…

  61. 61 jezebel282

    “I am going to bring a large cup of coffee with me”

    Coffee? Will there be donuts too? I might even go if there are donuts.

  62. Hey come om Jez, someone might say I am bringing all this stuff to horse trade for votes or something. Well, if I do bring any would you like plain, chocolate or maybe powdered donuts?

  63. 63 jezebel282

    John,

    “I am bringing all this stuff to horse trade for votes or something”

    LOL! It would be the first time I got something back from a politician!

    I’m partial to jelly or coconut, by the way.

  64. 64 1george1

    1st: Happy, healthy, prosperous new year to all

    2nd: “Thanks Jez. I was put on Charter Revision for a reason after all.
    It was not completely political as George chooses to believe.”

    John, would you conceed that you tried to type what George chooses
    to believe, rather than allow George to type what George chooses to
    believe?
    ie the equivalent of putting words in my mouth?

    John, I applied and Robyn applied and other people applied to the
    Charter Revision Commission #2, didn’t we?

    John, do you honestly believe you were more qualified than every
    person who was NOT choosen to be on the Charter Revision
    Commission #2?

    John, would you conceed other people who applied to be on the
    Charter Revision Commission #2?
    1 – Lived in Stratford longer than you did?
    2 – Were involved in Stratford politics or civics longer than you?
    3 – Were less likely to have the same, parallel or close to the same
    objectives as those who SELECTED THOSE TO be on the Charter
    Revision Commission #2?

    John, I would conceed that it is NOT IMPOSSIBLE, but extremely
    UNLIKELY that you were among the MOST QUALIFIED, and have
    I EVER written that you were NEITHER FIT nor QUALIFED to be
    able to HOLD OFFICE?

    Even carpetbaggers (teasing) can be competent?

    John can we agree this is about POLITICS and NOTHING about
    PERSONAL, as I wish you nothing but the best, like I do for ALL
    (almost all) PEOPLE

    3) “I’m partial to jelly or coconut, by the way.”

    I’m tempted to tease about latent desire to be a police officer.
    However for the first time in almost a year i bought doughnuts
    last week, including a couple of Jelly, Glazed, Choc covered,
    & creme filled = off the (quasi) diet …..
    I never liked coconut …

    John, we agree on some things and disagree on others.
    We both like Jelly doughnuts and your selection to be on the
    Charter Revision Commission #2, might “AT LEAST BE”
    partially but not necessarily completely political? ; ) 8)

  65. 65 1george1

    My goof, I thought Jeze’ post was John’s post.
    “Well, if I do bring any would you like plain, chocolate
    or maybe powdered donuts?”

    For the record, if those I John’s favorites, i have included
    each among my selections.
    Prior to the Depression, my Grandfather owned a Bakery
    n Bridgeport’s Hollow featuring “Mulligan’s crullers”

  66. 66 1george1

    ROBYN: I prefer transparency over secrecy;
    diversity over uniformity;
    inclusion over exclusion.

    GEO: I just remembered why I PUBLICLY endorsed Robyn?

    ROBYN: I’m not looking to replace the DTC

    GEO: Had to ruin a good thing, while it lasted.
    For REAL DEMOCRATS as REPLACEMENTS why not seek:
    * 30 people of COLOR, mostly in Districts 2 & 4
    * 30 ORONOQUE VILLAGE retiree mostly in Districts 8 & 9
    * 3 to 10 other REAL DEMOCRATS in Districts 1, 3, 5, 6, 7.
    I don’t know if they allow DEMOCRATS or BLACKS in Dist 10?

    ROBYN: – I have lots of friends there.
    I would just like for other Dems in town to
    know more about the process
    so they can participate
    if they would want to get involved.

    GEO: Ever hear of RECRUITMENT & COMMUNITY ACTION?

    If we want different results
    – like winning elections
    – we have to take different actions to get there.

    GEO: EINSTEIN – not Al Gore (ithm) –
    DEFINITION of INSANITY:
    “If you always do
    what you always did,
    and expect different results,
    that defines INSANITY.”

    However, as Will Rogers or Graucho might have noted ….
    Democrats being Democrats … they don’t use a “SANITY CLAUSE!”

    ROBYN: “That might require some new people.”

    GEO: Duh?

    GEO: An executive taught me the phrase PIMPA
    Plan
    Implement
    Measure Performance
    Adjust

    Republican = Ron
    Independent = George
    Democrats = Jeze, Robyn, John

    We need more to R.I.D.
    The MIRON CURTAIN & COUNTRY CLUB CORRUPToCRATS.

    Effective RECRUITING could actually create a real alternative.

    Nah … it’s eaiser to gripe …

  67. “John, I would conceed that it is NOT IMPOSSIBLE, but extremely
    UNLIKELY that you were among the MOST QUALIFIED, and have
    I EVER written that you were NEITHER FIT nor QUALIFED” to be
    able to HOLD OFFICE?”

    George you have the need to feel superior. Upon close examination of your comments I get the sense you are insecure. I could answer your question directly but that would not be modest of me… now would it?

  68. 68 jezebel282

    John,

    “I get the sense you are insecure”

    What can you expect from someone who doesn’t like coconut?

  69. “What can you expect from someone who doesn’t like coconut?”

    This is true, this is true.

  70. 70 1george1

    Where did the post go?

  71. 71 1george1

    My posts were blocked … “Errors on the page.”
    Then: “Duplicate Comment” … yet original concept was blocked?
    I guess I’ gonna haveta try the Ron Moreau technique to post?

    Who knew Mr. Fahan had such a sense of humor?
    Me insecure?
    John modest?
    Such piffle as non sequiturs, it caused LOL!

    The movie “The Cocaonuts” reminds me of the RTC & DTC,
    who take direction for state & national Committees & governments.

    They in turn remind me of “Blazing Saddles,” except Mel Brooks &
    Harvey Korman were more credible than Rowland/Rell/Malloy &
    Dodd/Lieberman/Blumenthal. Then, look at Stratford’s Mayors &
    Town Councils (especially Chairmen), and Boards of Education.

    When viewing Team Stratford’s 10 year $ 11 million AVCO SAEP
    Marketing Program, with 3 failed bids, like Shakespeare Theater,
    doesn’t it remind people of the plot line of intentional failure from
    “The Producers?”

  72. 72 1george1

    When one looks at the History of key law firms with fingers in the
    Stratford Defined Benefit Plan, Healthcare, AVCO, Shakespeare,
    Avallone, Raymark, unfunded mandates, ECS, BIDDING, Awards,
    Change Orders, Airport, Fees, and unaccountability, isn’t one
    reminded of movies/books like “The Firm,” “Serpico,” “American
    Gangster.” “All the President’s men”?
    Are Stratford’s Budgets show cases for “FUZZY MATH?”

    Might the difference between the “Star Chambers” or “Inquisition”
    and Stratford and Connecticut and the United States’ elected,
    hired, promoted, contracted and appointed be summed up by the word
    “hypocrisy” or the term “color of the law?”

    Stratford has no shortage of potential candidates for the role of
    “Chance the Gardener” or the “Young Frankenstein” golem.

    I still giggle when Mike Singh called a couple police “Keystone Kops.”
    It was a good thing for him, I was a witness that he was polite.
    Most of Stratford’s police are exceptionally decent. Yet peer pressure?

  73. 73 1george1

    6th try
    I think there were far superior people NOT selected to both Charter
    Revision Commissions, than those that were chosen, with a couple
    exceptions.
    I think Ed Goodrich (who bleeds Stratford) David B, Dr.Alan Fanslow,
    Diane Buda, Eleanor Burke, Ed Hargus, and new comers Robyn
    Greenspan or Jack Golden would have done a far better job than
    those who were chosen.

  74. 74 1george1

    And John, while you can protest legitimately, may I remind you &
    blogmistress Jezebel the name of this blog is about the
    S T R A T F O R D C H A R T E R.

    Jezebel has been extremely articulate in enumerations of Charter
    failures especially related to Town Attorneys and specific holes in
    the Town Charter, so I’m a gonna love readin Jeze supportin your
    fanciful figments, follies, & fictions ….

    John, I realize your modesty might meliorate robust rebuttal.

    Although I am not so insecure as to not bait you for debate, now
    that Portia has retired from the blogosphere, it would be fun to
    find what your political beliefs and position are?

    I suspect we have much in common, as I never considered you
    evil, just somewhat of a malleable, opportunistic carpetbagger,
    who enjoys the political game as it exists.

    I am more outspoken and editorially derisive in REJECTING the
    status quo, that I believe you or any other reader or writer on
    this blog or in most cases …
    FACT.
    NO BOAST.

    I know you and they OTHERS have many worthy beliefs!

    If I can help you, via debate of issues, better define that
    which you believe is best …. then everyone wins … don’t we?

  75. 75 jezebel282

    George,

    “Where did the post go?”

    It got caught by the spam filter. It is unclear why.

  76. 76 1george1

    Jeze, a certain keyword appeared to be blocked.
    Once I deleted the word … magic …

  77. 77 jezebel282

    George,

    “Portia has retired from the blogosphere”

    If you want to hear from Portia, just type the words “government regulation” in the same sentence.

  78. “I suspect we have much in common, as I never considered you
    evil, just somewhat of a malleable, opportunistic carpetbagger,
    who enjoys the political game as it exists.”

    George, only some of that is true..LOL I crack myself up, I do really…

  79. 79 1george1

    John, I ah always tellin myself Jokes I aint nevah heard before ….

    If that don’t break me up, I looks in da mirror & ah sees at least
    a portion of myself ….

    There are people who kant see demselves, at all.

  80. 80 portia1776

    George and Jez,

    “Portia has retired from the blogosphere”

    My absence was not meant mean to depress friends or encourage foes. So, as the case may be, let me make or break your New Year: the reports of my retirement are greatly exaggerated.

    “If you want to hear from Portia, just type the words “government regulation” in the same sentence.”

    For the hundredth (thousandth?) time, the difference between us is not who is for or against government regulation. We both support forms of government regulation, but only one of us does so principally (guess which one?)

    Here is a perfect example. I am a supporter of that old, dusty government regulation called habeas corpus. You known, that quaint idea, in the Constitution and based on the British Habeas Corpus Act of 1679, that specifies how government cannot deny an individual their liberty without openly charging them with a crime and allowing them to mount a defense in a properly constituted court. (A lawful, constitutional government must maintain a fair and impartial judiciary).

    Do you support habeas corpus? Or do you feel it an antiquated and unnecessary constraint on your implicitly desired unlimited government? Why does you only support regulations (e.g., the FDA denying terminally ill patients access to medication for their own “safety”) that curtail individual liberty?

  81. 81 jezebel282

    LOL!

    See?

  82. 82 portia1776

    Jez,

    So your answer to “Do you support habeas corpus?” is…

    An inquiring mind is mildly interested in your response.

  83. 83 jezebel282

    Portia,

    “mildly interested in your response.”

    And I am mildly interested in responding….in another topic.

    However, with your infinite historic and legal knowledge perhaps you would care to provide guidance on these pages to Mayor Harkins and his 8-2 Council majority about how to lower property taxes while maintaining some semblance of public service

  84. 84 portia1776

    I am expecting an answer in another topic sometime soon.

    I don’t know about “infinite,” but thank you and… Mayor Harkins and the council should do the exact opposite of what you want from the national government. In so many words: only spend money on what is essential (i.e., not everything) and see if what is essential can be done differently than in the past (i.e., better, and for less cost). Contrary to popular misconception, spending, bonding, and tax increases are not inevitable. They are the result of choices, some good and some bad, but all of them costly. Unlike the national government, Stratford at least still promulgates a budget. This is the best place to start when gauging how serious my fellow Republicans are about reducing taxes. At no charge and in hopes that they would be stolen, I have put forward a number of ideas in the past. How much could be saved if legal services were removed from political patronage by putting cases out to competitive bidding? How much could not only be saved but made if Shakespeare Theater and the Gulf Course were leased or sold to tax-paying private companies that actually know how to turn a profit? How about simply allowing (not incentivising!) businesses that, for reasons unexplained, want to open or expand here… you know, to open and expand? I have in mind the liquor store that applied to open at the former Shaws/Office Max, but was recently rejected by one of our planning boards. Talk about “economic development”!

  85. 85 1george1

    Portia: Gulf Course or GOLF COURSE?

    If I heard Zoning Chair Silhavey correctly they had already
    passed one for of Liquor store prior to rejecting the SECOND?
    “This is STRATFORD!”

    COMPETITIVE BIDDING? Didn’t Mayor Harkins/the Malloy Town
    Council effective end the BIDDING PROCESS by spending
    $900,000 for 2 FIRE TRUCKs which could have cost $425.000?

    Legal Services savings?
    Didn’t the Malloy Town Council give Town Attorney Bishop
    permission to spend upto $ 50,000 without Town Council OK?
    > Is there a pending “settlement” to an elderly relative of one
    of Stratford’s finest?

    At what point did ANY Town Attorney give accounting to Mayors
    Harkins or Miron and the past Town Managers or any of the
    Town Councils & Chair.

    Non inevitable BONDING?
    Didn’t the Malloy Town Council authorize Bonding of $ 103 Million
    in MAY 2011 or 300 % higher than the nearest Municipality?

    I asked Chairman Malloy to fund a couple thousand $ to the
    Library or Town Hall for Wheel Chairs or Electric Carts?

    > Neither he nor the Council would Budget for a couple months.
    > However ex-Republican Mayoral Candidate Dom Costello’s
    Brother Michael who lives on Judith Terrrace, recipients of
    $ 313,000 welfare from the Town Council who threw $ 50,000
    benefit package at Mayor Scrooge Harkins, who was gladly
    foreclosing on homes of the unaffiliated ….

    Republicans or conmen & welfare cheats?

  86. 86 1george1

    There is nowhere else to post a tribute to BRUCE ALESSIE.
    > Bruce was an extremely decent person, who wanted the BEST
    for Stratford. There were things BRUCE could not say, nor go on
    record about, both for politcal reasons and due to inchoate plans,
    which if prematurely announced would cause harm to potential
    becoming reality!

    As I told Diane Toolan at Bruce’s wake, that she and Bruce could
    have done what Stratford needs for Economic Development, if they
    were allowed to do so.

    Bruce was like many of the good people in Stratford government.
    When I asked information of Norko, Dean Moore, Branyan, and
    others I can mention …. I would get honest information, yet we were
    candid in nuances of political limitations.

    Bruce had great fondness and loyalty to Mayor Harkins, who I’m
    100 % certain regarded Bruce with equal care.
    > I am less of a fan of Mayors Harkins and Miron, yet I believe
    they are only fronts for groups of theives who are “unwitting”
    fronts for who I believe are the real problem causers.
    Moved to: https://stratfordcharter.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/the-dark-side/#comment-17916

  87. 88 jezebel282

    Reminder!

    The political Town Committees will be holding their caucuses tonight.

    The DTC Caucus is January 12, 2012
    Stratford High School Auditorium

    The RTC Caucus January 12, 2012
    Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad Street, Stratford CT.

    Both start at 7PM.

    The DTC meeting should be much more interesting. After all, the Republican Town Committee already controls everything in Stratford.

  88. 89 1george1

    I saw this too late.

    I knew of DTC Meeting. I opted out.

    I would have attended the RTC.
    I didn’t realize the BUND ever slithered out from their rock/

  89. 90 jezebel282

    George,

    From what I gather, by not being there you participated as much as anyone else.

  90. 91 1george1

    Jeze,
    That is > ” C O L D ”

    to those who attended.

  91. 92 jezebel282

    George,

    “to those who attended.”

    It might be cold but it is accurate. The sad political fact in Stratford is that voters do not decide who gets elected in this Town, the political committees do. It is also very unlikely that anyone would get a Town position (like say, Town Attorney) unless they were a member of one of the committees.

    Yet, there were less than a handful of citizens present that were not already members of the committee. Therefore when it came time to vote on committee membership, the people that were there simply voted for themselves.

    If you want the real reasons why Stratford never moves forward or seems to be able to get out of its own way, look no further than the RTC/DTC membership.

  92. 93 jezebel282

    More….

    You may also note that the monthly report of Town expenditures has not been posted since October, 2011.

    So much for “transparency”…..

  93. 94 ronmoreau

    Jez,

    “The sad political fact in Stratford is that voters do not decide who gets elected in this Town, the political committees do.”

    The sad political fact in Stratford is that voters CHOSE not to decide who gets elected in this town. For example; 600 + registered Republican voters in the 3rd voting district. FOUR showed up for town committee elections. Chuck Devan, Gavin Forrester, Rich Fredette,and Ron Moreau. One other District only had 3 show up. During the last town committee elections 2 years ago, Councilman Catallano sent a letter inviting all 3rd district Republicans to this election.(At his expense) No response.

    The only conclusion we can come up with is that Stratford Republicans are satisfied with the direction that Stratford Republican leaders are taking the town.

    On another note,I understand that there are 14 vacancies on the DTC. With 10,000 registered Stratford Democrats in town Stratford Democrats could not fill this committee?

  94. 95 jezebel282

    Ron,

    “The sad political fact in Stratford is that voters CHOSE not to decide who gets elected in this town.”

    Now, now. You can’t blame voters when there is little or no outreach from either committee.

    Most normal citizens (you know, the ones that aren’t you or me) have no idea what the committees do anyway.

  95. 96 ronmoreau

    Jez,
    Don’t they teach civics in school anymore.
    Wikipedia,
    “Civics is the study of rights and duties of citizenship. In other words, it is the study of government with attention to the role of citizens ― as opposed to external factors ― in the operation and oversight of government.”

    Within a given political or ethical tradition, civics refers to educating the citizens.

  96. 97 ronmoreau

    If not. Why not.

  97. 98 jezebel282

    Ron,

    And how long has it been since you or I were sitting in Civics class?

    If just trying to keep your home, your job or your car weren’t so hard maybe citizens would have more time to pay attention. As it is most residents hear nothing about local politics or have any idea how their property taxes are spent.

    The news is inundated with silly things like the latest outrageous comments by Newt or Rick Santorum. Stratford residents simply do not realize that the things that effect their mortgage payments the most is what goes on in the committees and Town Hall.

  98. 99 1george1

    If you were a Democrat, would you join an association whose
    know associates have certain names & are know for their deeds?

    If you were a Republican, would you join an association whose
    know associates have certain names & are know for their deeds?

    Can’t stop em.
    Can expose em.

  99. 100 sudds

    Ummm… I realize that Stratford is about as *#$%ed up politically as a town can be, but…

    …can someone please tell me why the #$%^ a plow went down our street at 6am this morning??? (Monday… 36+ hours after the snow ended)

  100. 101 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “can someone please tell me why the #$%^ a plow went down our street at 6am this morning???”

    Are you glad or mad about that? Personally, after you have already received your taxpayer funded tree, I don’t think they should be going down your street at all. Now you want plowing too?

  101. 102 sudds

    MAD!!! The street was already plowed on Saturday… there was NO need (other than to wrack-up OT) for those guys to be out plowing this morning!!!!

    PS… in case anyone wants to know… my tree is doing quite well!!! 😀

  102. 103 1george1

    cute baby

    supposed to hit 50 degrees today?

    however, am may freeze and cause accidents?

  103. 104 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    “for those guys to be out plowing this morning!!!!”

    If it makes you feel any better (which I doubt), this morning would be straight time.

  104. 105 sudds

    “If it makes you feel any better (which I doubt), this morning would be straight time.”

    You’re right… I do NOT feel any better!!! So, instead of doing something productive with their time… they instead chose to plow dry roads?!?!

  105. 106 mikereynolds

    Sudds, was the blade actually down or were they sanding? With a freezing rain advisory out for midnight to 6am they might have been sanding/salting.

  106. 107 sudds

    Blade was down… scared the cr*p out of an eight week old who was eating at the time!!!

  107. 108 jezebel282

    “scared the cr*p out of an eight week old who was eating at the time!!!”

    Not really about the money is it?

  108. 109 sudds

    “Not really about the money is it?”

    Actually, yes, it IS about the money!!! (it’ll take a LOT more than that to keep the boy from eating)

    More specifically… this is about God-awful management (as is “who approved/assigned this task?)!!!

  109. 110 jezebel282

    “as is “who approved/assigned this task?”

    Maurice McCarthy, Public Works Director.

  110. 111 1george1

    cute baby

  111. 112 sudds

    Thanks George… we got him on ebay!!! :LOL:

  112. 113 jezebel282

    Update:

    Q: How is Economic Development in Stratford doing?
    A: Not so good.

    Manufacturer will relocate to Orange
    Written by: Luther Turmelle, North Bureau Chief lturmelle@nhregister.com / Twitter: @lutherturmelle 02/24/12 – 11:34 PM EST

    ORANGE — A Stratford-based manufacturer of jet engine components is moving into the former Wallach Surgical Products building on Edison Road this spring.

    Numet Machining Techniques is moving into 40,600 square feet of light industrial and office space at 235 Edison Road as part of a $7 million sale and lease deal, town officials and a commercial real estate broker said Friday.

    Maybe Harkins will pose for a few more pizza and deli openings to make up for the loss?

  113. 114 mikereynolds

    While I certainly agree that economic development in Stratford is terrible I don’t know that this company’s move is proof of that. It appears that they started out small and grew into a several small facilities. Now they want to consolidate into one building. Unless there is a 40,000 sq. ft. light industrial/office building ready to be moved into with little to no modification in town I don’t see what Stratford could have done to keep them here.

  114. 115 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “Unless there is a 40,000 sq. ft. light industrial/office building ready to be moved into with little to no modification in town”

    Really?

    Haven’t been down Lordship Blvd lately have you? Remember Mobil? Nice and empty. Maybe Orange taxes capital equipment and land less than here. You think there is still a chance Dogstar might be up & running in about ten more years?

  115. 116 mikereynolds

    “Haven’t been down Lordship Blvd lately have you? Remember Mobil? Nice and empty. Maybe Orange taxes capital equipment and land less than here. You think there is still a chance Dogstar might be up & running in about ten more years?”

    I don’t know. How many of those buildings are ready to moved into? Maybe none of those buildings suit Numet’s needs. Do you know for sure? I don’t.

    We can’t assume that because a company moves to another town its because its all on Stratford.

    I can just hear the howls if Stratford gave them a tax break for staying.

    I don’t like to see companies moving out of Stratford. But unless we know all the facts we can’t start pointing fingers.

  116. 117 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “But unless we know all the facts we can’t start pointing fingers.”

    Sure we can. 30+ employees and Lord knows how much taxable capital equipment just left Town. Who said that he would assume personal responsibility for Economic Development? That would be John Harkins. Where is the accountability if not with Harkins? This is a failure. There is no mystery. Would people howl about tax breaks? Maybe. But not much if the alternative is an expanding business, more jobs and homes that might be bought here.
    In the end, our tax base just went down. To say that it is beyond anyone’s ability is being an apologist for the status quo. That is unacceptable.

    If companies keep moving out of Stratford, would you care to guess who will make up the deficit? But wait, perhaps you are correct. Maybe every attempt was made to keep Numet here. Therefore, please describe the efforts made or whether anyone in Town Hall knew before it hit the paper today. Personally, I think the mayor and every Councilman found out about it today and right here on this site.

  117. 118 portia1776

    Jez,

    Right as you are about the sorry state of affairs at EMS — which has been horribly mishandled by the Harkins administration — you couldn’t be more wrong in this instance.

    Echoing defeated Mironista and wannabe command-and-controller Robyn Greenspan, you write that “(pizza places and deli’s don’t count)” for economic development and mock how “a few more pizza and deli openings” could “make up for the loss” of a manufacturer (wait, didn’t you say, parroting the Obama Party line, that “we,” individual Americans, don’t manufacture anything anymore?).

    Really?

    Do “pizza places and deli’s” not pay taxes? Do they not employ workers? Do those workers not pay taxes? Do customers, some from out-of-town, not patronize such establishments? More to the point, who should decide the “correct” number of “pizza places and deli’s”? Let me guess, you want some government bureaucrat to do that… so predictable.

    “Would people howl about tax breaks? Maybe. But not much if the alternative is an expanding business, more jobs and homes that might be bought here.” — Paid for by whom? Taxpayers. In so many words, Jez, you are calling for corporate cronyism, the privatization of profits and the socialization of costs and risks. Say it ain’t so.

    You unwittingly defend or smartly avoid admitting the obvious (take your pick) about the failed Bush/Obama record of trickle down government and “Progressive” thuggery masquerading as economic policy on the national level.

    But we usually we agree about local politics, primarily because, when it comes to issues close at hand, you are a Republican: For fiscal responsibility, the rule of law, individual autonomy, and Against cronyism, corruption, bureaucracy, and any other Mironista moniker.

    Our criticism of Mayor Harkins is at root that he has not been Republican enough. Taxes, wasteful spending, and budgetary gimmicks pervade. Many a Mironista even remains in office (here’s looking at you Sue) three years on.

    Let us be clear, Jez, you are right that the loss of Numet Machinig Techniques is a defeat for Stratford and also that the assignment of credit/blame, rests squarely upon Mayor Harkins who unadvisedly took this responsibility on himself. However, Mike is not wrong in writing that we do not know the circumstances. I’m willing to give Mayor Harkins the benefit of the doubt in this case, but overall his record is less defensible.

    A better writer than I, theantimiron1, once wrote “What we need is for Town government to create a freer environment, lower taxes and less regulatory burdens for all, conducive to real economic growth — the more random, the better (https://stratfordcharter.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/whose-turn-is-it-to-raise-our-taxes/).” That is exactly right. What has the administration and council done to advance such a pro-growth agenda? Somebody please point to one positive change.

    Since it went uncommented on the first time around (except for George’s helpful spelling correction), here is my post from last month on the local issues I supposedly never comment on:

    “Mayor Harkins and the council should do the exact opposite of what you want from the national government. In so many words: only spend money on what is essential (i.e., not everything) and see if what is essential can be done differently than in the past (i.e., better, and for less cost). Contrary to popular misconception, spending, bonding, and tax increases are not inevitable. They are the result of choices, some good and some bad, but all of them costly. Unlike the national government, Stratford at least still promulgates a budget. This is the best place to start when gauging how serious my fellow Republicans are about reducing taxes. At no charge and in hopes that they would be stolen, I have put forward a number of ideas in the past. How much could be saved if legal services were removed from political patronage by putting cases out to competitive bidding? How much could not only be saved but made if Shakespeare Theater and the G[o]lf Course were leased or sold to tax-paying private companies that actually know how to turn a profit? How about simply allowing (not incentivising!) businesses that, for reasons unexplained, want to open or expand here… you know, to open and expand? I have in mind the liquor store that applied to open at the former Shaws/Office Max, but was recently rejected by one of our planning boards. Talk about “economic development”! (https://stratfordcharter.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/best-work-yet-to-come/#comment-17890)”

  118. 119 jezebel282

    Portia,

    You remain the champion in the ability to use “Obama” more than George uses “the CIA”.

    “you are a Republican”
    Hey! Do I call you names?

    “who should decide the “correct” number of “pizza places and deli’s”?”
    Hmm…let’s see? Is there a magic number? How about for all the times we’ve seen Harkins cutting the ribbon on yet another pizza place or deli (how many are still there?) there should be at least one per term of him cutting the ribbon on someplace that employees more than just family members or a handful of part-time minimum wage employees? Not that I am anti-pizza (although I do prefer Sicilian), our grand list depends upon capital equipment and real estate.

  119. 120 1george1

    Sudds > Most ebay venders don’t accept returns.
    Some accept returns up to 7 days.
    Your avatar is cute.
    I hope he and mom are healty (dad too)

    I was somewhat stunned to read Portia criticize Harkins
    more than once.
    Mike Reynolds … defending Harkins … no surprize.

    Raymark – Superfund >
    Tilo + Contract Plating > capped
    Dictaphone – Chapt 11 > once 1,100
    Town Fair once bustled – Finally replaced – closed years
    BJs eventually replaced Bradleys – closed years
    Shaws moved, replaced by Shop Rite – still empty near Walkin
    Textron lie coming > AVCO > CLOSED 10,500 > 3,500
    Sikorsky > Down sized from 14,000
    Dresser – Ashcroft down to 200 from over 1,10m

    American Frozen Food > Milford
    Bargain News > Trumbull
    Coca Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated … 355 Benton St,
    Stratford, CT 06615 >>

    During Miron, we lost Mobil (closed) & Dianon (Shelton).
    Each with 350 good jobs with benefits, within 2 years of leaving.

    CPP Global, 30 Moffitt Street, Stratford taking 200 Employees
    outta state in couple months, per Mark Powell, Plant Manager

    Numet Machining Techniques – 60 Old South Avenue
    Stratford, CT 06615-7314 Phone:(203) 375-4995
    Numets workforce has already grown from 24 employees to 30,
    with plans to hire an additional 6 employees by June 2012, and
    expects total staffing to approach 50 by the end of 2013.

    Numet will make the 4th new company to call Orange its home
    in the last few months.
    They include Aurora Foods, Colony Hardware, and United
    Illuminating Co. This is expected to increase the employment
    base by almost 1,700 jobs.

    AURORA PRODUCTS 400 LONG BEACH BLVD, STRATFORD, CONNECTICUT 06615 (203) 375-9956

    – Some good news

    Pepsi had replaced Coca Cola
    Both American Frozen food & Bargain news downsized w move.

    Porter & Chester expanded
    Brewery splitting space with U.S. Baird = good / bad news
    Meyers always needs more empty warehouse space.
    Dogstar still howling at the moon.

    I miss Bruce Alessie and Sylvia ….

  120. 121 mikereynolds

    The last I checked this is a capitalistic system. Government doesn’t run business.

    Short of tax breaks how is a municipality going to convince a business to stay or leave?

    Businesses make decisions that benefit themselves not the local tax base.

    I often see comments on Stratford Patch that Stratford should bring in this kind of store or that kind of business. If only it were that easy. Businesses move into a location if it benefits them and fits into their corporate plans. Aside from making infrastructure improvements and keeping taxes low most municipalities have little control over what kind of business moves into their town. And how many times have we seen a company or entrepreneur try to bring a business into Stratford and be met by resistance from potential neighbors or the many know-it-alls in this town.

    Let’s face it folks, Stratford doesn’t have a lot to offer and we won’t see real change until, unfortunately, Stratford hits rock bottom.

  121. 122 jezebel282

    Mike,

    “Aside from making infrastructure improvements and keeping taxes low most”
    Now that would be a good start, don’t you think?

    Have you looked at Fairfield’s Community and Economic Development programs? Mark Barnhart is certainly not sitting on his butt over there waiting for someone to call. In fact, I’ll bet they even pay him to be there full time. Where is our Director of Economic Development?

    The whole idea of having a “strong” mayor was to get these projects done. I do not like to keep harping on it, but Stratford is not taking Economic Development seriously. How many times have we attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show (Chicago). It’s not like we don’t have an abundance of engineers and machinists who regularly get laid off from Sikorsky. Or perhaps a higher end? How about a 10 foot booth at Siggraph offering incentives for light industrial or software development facilities?

    Or how about posting anything about Stratford with PR Newswire and attracting some positive attention?

    There are plenty of things we can do. But we can’t afford to wait for them to find us. If we aren’t at rock bottom yet, I hope it’s not too much longer so we can start doing something.

  122. 123 1george1

    Mike Reynolds: “Government doesn’t run business.”

    Not entirely true:
    Federal / State / Local
    1 – Taxes to pay to government
    2 – Tax credits & deduction from Government
    3 – Laws, Rules, Regulations, Ordinances, Resolutions
    4 – Give contracts / Take away
    5 – Prints money
    6 – Contractual oversight
    7 – Labor oversight
    8 – much more

    Mike Reynolds: “Short of tax breaks how is a municipality
    going to convince a business to stay or leave?”

    Some businesses are predicated on natural resources,
    like fishermen need water, farmers need fertile land
    miners/drillers/etc need raw material.

    Stratford has key geographic and transportation assets,
    with unique QL amenities – fettered by politics.

    Stratford has key ecomonic engine foot prints and many
    renewable / redevelopable resources.

    Stratford has trained work force & business hubs which
    can benefit the properties where Sikorsky, Shakespeare,
    Avco, Dresser/Ashcroft, Dictaphone, Lordship Boulevard
    can be utilized for the next wave …

    Mike Reynolds: “Businesses make decisions that benefit
    themselves not the local tax base.”

    In today’s world this is far too true.
    However there are some things money can’t buy.

    Mike Reynolds: “I often see comments on Stratford Patch
    that Stratford should bring in this kind of store or that kind
    of business. If only it were that easy.

    Businesses move into a location if it benefits them and fits
    into their corporate plans.

    Aside from making infrastructure improvements and keeping
    taxes low most municipalities have little control over what kind
    of business moves into their town.

    And how many times have we seen a company or entrepreneur
    try to bring a business into Stratford and be met by resistance
    from potential neighbors or the many know-it-alls in this town.”

    .

    There are Business, such as seen in Erin Brocovich, which cost
    far more than they bring to to table.

    The same is true with certain residential developments effect
    on education costs.

    There are problems with conventional wisdom about what can
    work or should work and there has been absolute sabotage and
    short sighted ness on the part of the political powers.

    If neighbors had any real power,
    1 – The 600 members of Oronoque who bussed into the William
    Cabral led public hearing could have stopped tax abuse.
    They actually out numbered teachers at the Stratford auditorium.

    2 – The 1500 signatories against Broadbridge Avenue who came
    out against cutting trees and widening the would have had affect.
    The people filled Stratford HS Cafeteria & lined the halls

    3 – The 3500 Save Stratford virtual signatories would have affected
    EPA to clean up the dumpsites responsibly.

    4 – The 22,000 petition signatories for Public Intiative Referendum
    would have cut corruption in its’ tracks by defunding it.

    —-

    Mike Reynolds: “Let’s face it folks, Stratford doesn’t have
    a lot to offer and we won’t see real change until, unfortunately,
    Stratford hits rock bottom.

    Stratford has a lot to offer. However the C.R.E.E.P.S. and BUMS
    have USURPED POWER, and slither under the bottom rocks.

    There rumbles discontent which has not found focus.

    Whispers build. Neighbors talk. Frustrations grow.
    What happened to the TEAPOT when the CAP won’t release?

  123. 124 sudds

    Soooo… let me get this straight…

    currently, breweries can offer tours and GIVE BEER AWAY, yet our mayor is in Hartford lobbying for them to be able to SELL us beer???

    I DEMAND AN IMPEACHMENT!!!

    NOW!!!

    http://www.stratfordstar.com/news/72323-stratford-taps-hartford-for-support-for-brewery.html

  124. 125 1george1

    Salute ….
    Cheers …
    Hic …


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