To the Editor:
For the third time in lease then six months the Republican Administration of Mayor Maturo has shown indifference to the facts and public opinion.
First it was when he brought back Gallo. Then he refused to admit the DOJ did find things had gone wrong within our Police Department. And now he has decided that the voice and vote of the people of this town mean nothing.
We will all remember the referendum vote that was on the ballet last November as to what the East Haven Voters wanted to see happen with the Old East Haven High School at 200 Tyler Street.
We voted to keep the building in the ownership of the tax payers of East Haven. The building could be used for a Community Center or other functions that the town saw fit, such as an educational facility, but clearly it was to remain in the hands of the citizens of this town.
Last month at the Town Council Meeting, Forth District Councilman Joseph Badamo asked the question as to what the administration was doing about that referendum vote for the Old High School, Chairman Annania call on the Director of Administration and Management, Arthur L. DeSorbo to respond to this question. His answer was it is in the hands of the Town Attorney to see if this vote is binding or not. That he would report back to the council as soon as he received an answer to this question.
This has raised the issue around town that why was this in the hands of an attorney for an opinion? Did this mean that when the people vote on a matter in a referendum that it was up to the Mayor and his attorneys as to the matter being binding?
Well I guess the answer came back to Mr. DeSorbo and Mr. Maturo, but was never brought to the town council.
In the Sunday New Haven Register Legal Section of March 25, 2012, there is an ad, paid for with East Haven tax payers monies, that the Town of East Haven Request Qualifications from Engineering and Architectural services for the Conversion of the Old High School to Elderly Housing. This fly’s in the faces of the East Haven voter.
How many times is this administration going to tell the people of this town that they don’t care what public opinion is, that we, the administration will do what we think is the right thing to do no matter what the cost to the reputation of East Haven is. For surely a suit will result if the indifference to the referendum vote continues.
The people of East Haven will have the last word as to what happens to this building, even if we have to go to court to achieve it.
Listen, Joe Maturo, The People Have Spoken. And if Arthur is saying otherwise the both of you are in for a big surprise. Just how much are we to accept to the dismantling of what people think of our town?
Gene Ruocco, Tax payer and voter, in East Haven.
(Editor's Note: Mr Ruocco is the chairman of the East Haven Democratic Town Committee. Also, the links in this article were added by East Haven Patch.)