In my role as Minority Leader on the Common Council, I will continue to bring dedication and loyalty to our slate and display my continued support and defense of the Mayors positions and proposals. I will continue to foster critical thinking based upon our own opinions and share them at the caucus; however, we need to display our commitment and support for our Republican agenda translating it into our community agenda! We always need to keep in mind what is best and cost effective for our community! We need to actively listen to our residents to gage their community support and concerns on issues of city services, safety, infrastructure and fiscal concerns. I have realized that we do have opportunities to disagree at times on issues at the council level; but this has to be tempered with a need to support our Mayor on critical issues, so he can move his agenda forward! I am a strong supporter of a bipartisan approach to government and believe that at times we need to hang up our party coats outside the chamber and address city issues that affect our residents, i.e. management appointees, budgets, reorganizing and downsizing city government efforts (which we need to institute during these present economic conditions; we need to critically look at regionalization.
My Top Three Priorities
Priority #1: I will continue to bring my advocacy for our city government and council to be more than one dimensional; in the area of ‘transparency’ to the public we serve; i.e. Town Hall Type Meeting on the Budgets & Community Conversations. I believe I have managed to achieve this priority over my past two terms on the council. My second term goal will continue to try and facilitate our (council, commissions & city departments) to begin to reach out to our community and listen to public opinion; in essence, allowing our stakeholders (residents & taxpayers) the opportunity to engage in deliberations and be part of the decision making process. This openness in a transparent way, has worked in Community policing, so there is no reason why it can’t work in city government!
Priority #2: I will continue to advocate for a business plan for the city, which is more consistent, supportive and inclusive of small businesses and industry. With our present economic condition, we will need to continue with lean and responsive budgets, to include a plan for increased funding of our Reserve Fund. I am confident that we can meet this challenge by providing prioritized city services; avoid duplication, combine services, look for opportunities for regionalizing purchasing and services, support and advocate for ‘shared services’ at the interdepartmental level. This plan would include development opportunities to expand our tax base, which would be tempered by support for continued open space, recreational opportunities and waterfront development for our residents. It would be built upon opportunities to form partnerships within our city’s business and industrial communities, concerning a more open and transparent bid process, which would provide for a balanced approach in selecting local companies and businesses on city projects; in essence, providing more opportunities to our local stakeholders, who pay taxes in our community and become part of our city’s growth process!
Priority #3: I will continue to work hard and be a strong contributing member and advocate for our city’s Senior Citizens in my role as Vice Chairman of the Eckersley Hall Community Senior Center Building Committee. Our committee’s goal is to ensure that the renovation of the historic Eckersley Hall Building will offer to our Senior Citizens a broad range of programming and activities that will enhance their quality of Life. This project will also provide open office and meeting space for our city government and residents. We need to provide nothing less for our Senior Citizens, as they are and have always been the foundation of our community of Middletown!
Political Philosophy: Community and Conservative Politician with fiscally minded, open transparent government, with labor and management and bipartisan experience.
I currently serve on several city commissions:
Public Safety Commission
Government & Finance Committee
Park & Recreation Commission
Harbor Improvement Commission
CVH Advisory Committee
Senior Affairs Commission
Citizen Advisory Committee
Current Vice Chairman of the Eckersley Hall, Community Senior Center Building Committee
Member of the city’s BRAC Army Reserve Commission
Founding member of the Community Conversation Committee
Vice Chairman of the City’s 350th Parade Committee
I have also served in several elected offices in the Town of Haddam where I learned and participated in community forums and the need for transparency in government.
4 yr. Vice Chairman of Regional District #17 Board of Education
20 years of volunteer coaching combined in School & Recreational sport teams.
I served 33 ½ years in the Middletown Police Department retiring at the rank of Deputy Chief of Police.
During this time I was extensively involved in youth education, preschool through high school DARE Coordinator, Safety Education & Youth & Law
. I authored the Community Policing Program for the department
. I participated in community ‘Quality of Life’ involvement in the Business, Residential Neighborhood Communities
. I also experienced neighbor and city mediation and Community Relations/Crime Prevention for the community
. I was the Liaison Officer to the city’s Emergency Management Team
I am currently employment as Deputy Chief of Police on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University. My duties there include:
Campus Community Policing duties
Emergency Management, currently the Planning Chief for the Incident Management Team
As a communicant of the Saint Sebastian Church Community, I serv as a Lector
and Eucharistic Minister
. I also serve on the St. Sebastian Feast Committee, Chairman of the Liturgical Committee
. I am a former School Board member
and former Finance Committee member.
Chamber of Commerce
Downtown Business District
Chamber Auction Committee
Holiday on Main Street Committee
Served on the Car Cruise, Motorcycle Mania Committees
Lion’s Club Knights of Columbus, Council#3 past Exalted Ruler
Vietnam Veterans Committee
American Legion Post#75
8 year Volunteer Dragon Football Coach at Middletown High School
Former member of the Elks Lodge, Italian American Civic Order
Education and Family Background:
I was born, raised and educated in the Middletown Community, Class of 1966 Middletown High School; football and track athlete.
I have a Master’s in Criminal Justice, Minor in Forensic Science and a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, graduating in 1980 from the Univeristy of New Haven.
I am currently married 38 years to my wife Shirley, 3 daughters Carrie, Kristy & Traci and 4 grandchildren.
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