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Let's Talk about the Issues

The town is on the right track.

Everyone in East Haven realizes this is an election year. One can tell by the rhetoric that has been spread around town lately. So I thought I would ask for input from all the readers on what the issues are.

Let’s do that. But first I’d like to look back at what’s been accomplished in the last three years:

Now that…

The deficit will be zero in July and the next fiscal year will see money going into the fund balance.

The mill rate can come down a bit.

The way of projecting a budget will no longer allow for the overestimating of revenues to balance it.

We have a mayor who really does chair the board of finance meetings.

All the districts have had major improvements made in the last three years.

The Town Hall has been brought back to its glory days

Our schools have new roofs and solar panels that saved the Board of Education $60,000 in the short few months that they have been working.

The planning and zoning commission has finally stopped the quarrying in the fifth district from the applicants that donated thousands of dollars to the republican town committee to get the past commission to allow them to pull out hundreds of thousands of dollars, all while the people who live there suffered.

The library has been the recipient of great improvements that never happened under the republican administration.

The public works department gets things done to save the taxpayers money instead of going to private companies so kickbacks can continue.

Now that…

Main Street is as straight as it can be; because the fountain never should have been build in the middle of the road.

The heat is off in the old high school.

The school board reconfigured the school system so the leases on Dodge Avenue can be terminated and moved into a town-owned building that will save the BOE hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The splash pad is something every young family in town enjoys.

The Foxon Recreation Building has new windows and repairs have been made to the building

The Foxon Fire House and community housing building has a new roof.

The lease at the old C&F Cheese building is long broken and a new building built with state grant money houses the two street sweepers on public works property, instead of paying out $4,300 a month.

The out-of-town people have to purchase parking passes to use our beautiful beach and the new playscapes.

Memorial Field has a wonderful new playscape for the children to play on without getting slivers.

I know I must have left some accomplishments out, but I know you can see that things have gotten a lot better for the people of East Haven in the last three years.

So let’s start solving the real issues. What are they?

Please consider the effects of the worst economy in this nation’s history since the great depression, for these ramifications exist in every town and city in the country, not just here in East Haven. Even with that, though, we do have a few new businesses in town.

Would we like more? Of course, and the Economic Development Commission is at work on this problem. The commission meets the fourth Monday of every month at 250 Main St. and would welcome your input. So if you have the time to stop in, please do.

Ted Musco May 16, 2011 at 03:17 AM
Gene Ruocco recently listed the accomplishments of the Capone administration. Well lets revenue them, he claim the deficit will be paid off by July, lie, the deficit will not be paid off by July, you over estimated the revenues to be collected, just to balance the budget. Next you said the Mayor chairs the BOF meetings, she does this to intimate the BOF members to vote her way. Next you said the schools have new roofs and solar panel that have saved the BOE $60.000 a year, but you failed to tell about the unreemburised hundreds of thousand of dollars from the state. Next you stated the P&Z stopped the quarry in Foxon but that was a sham because you extended the permit till after the election. People on Russo Ave beware of this if the right donation is made. Next PW doesn’t save the town any more money than it did with the previous Administration. PW is doing the jobs they are paid to do. Next you stated Main St is as straight as it ever will be. Your right! But that’s because you dropped the emanate domain law suit for a hefty donation.
Ted Musco May 16, 2011 at 03:20 AM
Next let’s talk about the fiasco with the BOE, all day k should have been considered with the reconfiguration, that was well planned, how much did the lawsuit internally in the BOE committee cost the town, good choice of candidates, all they do is argue amongst them. How about closing Dodge Ave because he wouldn’t donate to April. Just another vendetta, If it was left alone we wouldn’t be looking at 3 portable classroom that will cost the town hundreds of thousands of dollars, plus maintenance, repairs and heat. Way to go Gene you’re the best.
Makes u wonder May 16, 2011 at 03:36 AM
"Mayor and Rivals Preview 2011 Election Issues" Mayor States: "she managed to fund all-day kindergarten, which was a high priority for the Board of Education" From what I am hearing all day kindergarten has not been funded and has not been approved by the BOE and is not a priority...I also heard there was a heated discussion in the Mayors office regarding all day kindergarten with some BOE mambers..Let's get the story straight Mayor and stop the lies...
Gene Ruocco May 16, 2011 at 10:12 AM
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”
Bridget McCann May 16, 2011 at 10:18 AM
"Gene by your continued evasion of the questions you think you're wise? By answering the questions with quotes only demonstrates that you're the fool." - Dan McCann, East Haven, USA.
Gene Ruocco May 16, 2011 at 10:26 AM
“A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?”
Gene Ruocco May 16, 2011 at 10:43 AM
“In examinations, the foolish ask questions the wise cannot answer.”
Bridget McCann May 16, 2011 at 11:07 AM
Gene, it's good that you admit you are the fool. Recognizing and admiting the problem is the first step in recovery...
Richard Poulton May 16, 2011 at 12:14 PM
I believe the DTC has completely lost it. Instead of answering the concerns within these comments, some of which are real, he has reduced himself to quotes from others. In other words he has no answers. Just blame and will not except the fact that many of the problems in EH are self brought on by his hand chosen few and he is stuck with them for awhile.
Lisa May 16, 2011 at 12:52 PM
So glad the East Haven high rollers are now quoting in response to an article. I will take some of the better ones for my facebook page. And hey, if you need more why don't you try brainyquote.com? Seriously now....who the hell is running this town?
Makes u wonder May 16, 2011 at 01:08 PM
Thanx Lisa for the web site and since we are quoting people..Heres one for the administration: Always be smarter than the people who hire you. Lena Horne
Lisa May 16, 2011 at 01:55 PM
I love it..here's one for the people that think they know everything. "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack." George S. Patton
Ann Della Camera July 23, 2011 at 04:03 AM
I have sat here for an hour reading all the posts, to most I saw, good job, at last you can see this administartion for what it is. Having just read the headline news about , Mauro, I have now lost faith in the judicial system, if that were me, I would be serving time, and Yes Gene I have a clean record too. As to the town looking nice, Gene, get off you butt and drive around some, streets are filthy, pot holes, road cracks, dirty beach, some homes having piles of junk making other homes look bad. WAKE UP Gene, and take a good look. boarded store fronts, how sad East Haven has come to this in just 3 short years,, PLEASESSSSSSS Gene, don't blame the economy. Call it like it is, poor management, poor leadership, over spending of money in all the wrong places. I am still going to nag you about a sound system for meeting at the senior center. We I am sure can afford that. What the heck, the mayor is wasting money all over the place, like redoing her office twice.. Wish I could redo my house twice. Gene, if you are brave enough to answer this, DON'T CALL IT POLITICS, you know its not !!!!!!!! As to our Police, Well Gene, do you want to get out there in this day and age of crime and stand as they do,,, I think we have a great police department and they at least really do there jobs as do the fireman. Gene, name me one other that does a job that is dangerous and not complain other then for proper equiptment. Ok Gene the ball is in your field now, I bet you do not answer me>
Gene Ruocco July 23, 2011 at 01:20 PM
It is obvious to me and every reader that you are one that will never give credit where it is due. You say you have read my articles, well then why can't you see the improvements; they are right in front of your noise. It must be because you don't want to see them. Ann, I will offer to drive you around East Haven to every spot I wrote about and then maybe your eyes might open. As to the 78 closed stores you and yours talk about all the time. Do you read the New Haven Register? In this week’s paper there was a story that the State of Connecticut lost 4100 businesses over the last year. Hello, wake up, you and yours make it sound like East Haven stands alone with this problem. Now for Mr. Mauro, HE DID NOTHING WRONG. If it were you, with the same charges they would have been dropped too, get the court transcript and read it. As far as the East Haven Police issue, I am a great supporter of all Police Officers who put their life on the line for people like you and me every time they report to work. The issues with our East Haven Dept. right now are accusations only and I, like everyone else are holding our breaths for this thing to come to an end. This is not a political issue, as some are trying so hard to make it. Every Democrat I know, and I know a few, support our Police Dept. here in East Haven. So Ann, give me a call, I would love to take you for a ride. How hit the ball back to my side of the court, if you can.
MR Webster July 23, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Spell Check Mr DTC
Ann Della Camera July 24, 2011 at 05:18 AM
Come on Gene, I have seen you drive, I am not that brave. The state road looks good, they maintain it. On th farview side we have a storm drain that is slowly sinking, I am just waiting for someones car to fall in with a tire and come after the town, Yes I did report it, and low and behold a week later two men looked at shook there heads an left. That was 2 months ago, Meadow St. a nightmare, drive that and your car will rattle . Even when I drive down to Cosey Beach Rd, its filthy, and at the end is a mess. Beginning of Short Beach Road a little down on the left where the V is, is a junk yard. Main Street was very pretty street, what happend, it it, its not kept up.The ride you would give me is to all the streets that were paved in the Maturo administration, who are you kidding. I see your drivers many times hanging out in the trucks, lets call it like it is ok. As to Mr Ralph Mauro, funny they never brought up where the stolen guns came from, also the never said a thing about the illegal gun he had. Why did he have these things in the first place. As to the cops and fireman, they get little if any support from this administration . I see you failed to mention a sound system for the meetings,,,, duh is it that you don't want us to hear what is being said. That being the case, meet in a closet. When you go to a play or concert, you I am sure would complain if you could not hear a word. Why are you avoiding this one Gene. OK Ball back in your court now.
Dan McCann July 24, 2011 at 11:38 AM
It seems that the 78 vacant store fronts is a "sticking" issue. Oh the Power of the VINE...
Gene Ruocco July 24, 2011 at 12:33 PM
The sound system is there already, have you ever been to the senior bingo games. The cordless mic's need batteries and I have spoken to the caretaker of the senior center many times about this issue. What you conclude is plain evil Ann and way of base. As was your statement about Len Fasano that you made the other day. As to the 78 closed stores you and yours talk about all the time. Do you read the New Haven Register? In this week’s paper there was a story that the State of Connecticut lost 4100 businesses over the last year. Hello, wake up, you and yours make it sound like East Haven stands alone with this problem.
Dan McCann July 24, 2011 at 02:45 PM
Gene maybe the problem is that the Democrats are in full control of Connecticut and we already know whos in the White House. Time for a change and we'll start right here in November.
Independent July 24, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Ann, maybe you should offer to drive Gene around if you won't let him drive. Give him an opportunit to show you the "improvements" I known younvan show him 10 to 1 the disasters lurking in our once beautiful town. Please don't forget to drive down River, Rock, Maple, Glenmoor, Corbin, Navarro ( well just drive to the pit and you will cover the rest of the streets). Nonpolitics here Gene I am an independent and don't care about blame or D VS R. Just care! Remember how Fair Haven was? We are next Main street is already there.
Ann Della Camera July 25, 2011 at 12:53 AM
Independent, I love the way you think. however driving Gene around I might lose him some place along the way.. How well I remember Fair Haven, now its a sad getto. I spend 7 years there when first married, today I would not ever go near there. The town was once so pretty, I agree, Main street is a mess. Gene called me Evil was that a compliment, He did not even let me reply, Boo Gene, I am sure you will read this. Thanks Independent
Ann Della Camera July 25, 2011 at 12:59 AM
Hey Gene, I got your message that I am evil, well don't say that to anyone who knows me,. Strange you did not put in a reply, but I did anyway. If you call what you have a sound system perhaps I need to educate you on that end. I go the the American Legion bingo and strongly support our troops that are fighting to keep us free and safe. Drop in Gene, they are looking for help, I am there every Tuesday night, and help get coffee and tables and all ready, so the 80 year old vets don't have to. They could used some help, Got any free time there Gene!!
Ann Della Camera July 25, 2011 at 02:17 AM
Gene, I did not call you evil, even at the P & Z meeting, I was nice and said you were fair about letting us talk, NOW, you call me evil. I am wide awake Gene, it is your and the administration that is sleeping. Can you just once be honest ,, and answer this: "How many family members of Mauro work in Public Works?" and how many Family and friends of the mayors have Town Jobs also!!,, Now I want to see if you can really be an honest person, because I know the answers?
Ann Della Camera July 27, 2011 at 03:18 AM
Amazing Gene, you have no answer for me about this, is it because you know I know the answer. You claim you are for the people, I am giving you a chance to be honest here,, come Gene,, Talk to me!!!!!
Ann Della Camera July 27, 2011 at 03:37 AM
Don't make the EHPD political Gene, they have a right to their say, and How dare you tell people to stay home. This is the U.S.A. where we still have freedom of speech.
Ann Della Camera August 13, 2011 at 03:50 AM
Well Gene, 2 things, first you never answered my question about how many family members of the Mauro family and friends hold town job, Now I can tell you about the Wetland hearing, held Wednesday night, they voted as you know 2 to 3, however, the ringer that was tossed in that night to vote, was new, had no knowledge of the situation and it is my understanding he should have abstained, This I am checking with Policy and Management, in Hartford. I have been there before and will now persue this situation. Does the mayor think we are stupid, that we would not check that vote. Come on Gene.
Richard Poulton August 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM
Totally correct in what Ann commented on. That new member didn't even have a set of regulations to refer too. He didn't know what he was voting on, just did what his "leaders" did. I do want to comment on Mr. Albis advising the commission he would not have any comments as to the Garrish Ave agenda item for it would be a conflct of interest on his part. Maybe someone should check the records for the Three Stone Pillars people and another attorney involved in this this and see what they find.
Ann Della Camera August 14, 2011 at 04:10 AM
Thanks Richard, I don't think anyone notices or knew it was not a legal vote. I am hoping to get an answer from Policy and management. I can spot a ringer when I see one. I felt what they did in that vote was in insult to my intelligence. If you find out more please let me know too ok. I think a civil action in in the winds. Thanks
Richard Poulton August 14, 2011 at 12:39 PM
There is a window of time in appealing a wetlands permit. It is 15 days after actions & decisions are posted in legal notices ( C.G.S. 8-8 ). But I will guarintee no such notice will appear. This commission, under current leadership (Staunton) ,has never made such notice as required by law. Statute allows for non posting and allows for posting by applicant instead, within 10 days after the 15 day time limit (C.G.S. 22a-42a(d)(1). Either way, appeal to Superior Court is within 15 days after legal notice. You can file without attorney, get proper papers from clerk of the court and pay filing fee. But better off using one. This is a good case to appeal. Tie it up in court for years.
Ann Della Camera August 15, 2011 at 03:05 AM
I am to check with Hartford first, I might get a ruling about its being legal for that vote. I am, sure its not. I will not let time slip by me, that is for sure. Good advice Richard

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