LETTER: Politics is Perception Here in East Haven

East Haven Democratic Town Chairman Gene Ruocco seek to "correct the impression" the Mayor's Office "found" a $420,000 trust fund that provides supplemental funding for educational purposes in town.

To the Editor:

The recent news of a press release from the on the now “Famous Found Money" has provoked me to write the following letter to the Democratic Members on the .

BOE Democratic Members,

The embarrassing editorial in the New Haven Register is almost too much for me to bear. Every Mayor and certainly every BOE Chairman and member of the BOE should have knowledge of the John Woodward Thompson Trust Fund.

Certainly the facts that a statement goes to the town finance office every month from Webster Bank where the trust has been since 1987 and that it has been in , on page 6 of 6 for the past 24 years, must mean that this is "found money" only to the now Mayor Maturo, not the town of East Haven.

Also two years ago the Arts Commission approached Mayor April with a request to use the money to fund a play they were planning and the Mayor informed them that the fund could not be spent for that reason. So the Arts Commission asks again, this time to Mayor Maturo and low and behold he is surprised to learn of this fund, therefore he releases a press release on the now famous "found money."

I feel it is the duty of the Democratic members on the BOE to correct this impression that Mayor Maturo has long last found money that no one knew about.

I am including all the material I could get for you to read on this matter, also feel free to call me anytime. I do expect all of you to discuss this at the next meeting; please don't let me and the people of East Haven down on this embarrassing matter.

Thank you for the time it takes to get this done.

Gene Ruocco

(Editor's Note: All links to other online posts were added by East Haven Patch. Additionally, both a PDF of the documents Mr. Ruocco refers to in his letter — as well as the press release from the East Haven Mayor's Office — have been posted in the gallery that accompanies this article.)

Sam Giglio July 16, 2012 at 01:10 AM
I to need to make a comment in regards to this so called " found Money" I was a member of the Arts Commission when we asked then Mayor April if it was a possibility that we could tap into some of this for the Arts, At that time she thought that this could not take place. Now I can understand why when you get to read all the rules regarding how this money or any part of this money is to be used. So let me try to understand the Town Attorney under Mayor Maturo checking many areas found this Trust. All he had to do is read the yearly Town Bubget report, it has been a line item since 1986. To his surprise the Mayor puts out a press release that we found this Trust Money, You mean to tell me when he was the Mayor for ten years he knew nothing about this? He is the Chairman of the BOF, "HELLO" Please lets not fool the Residents of this Town, They only found what has been there since 1986 and has been reported in the Budget since.
Luigi (the original) July 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I was not aware of this trust, I am sure there are many residents who also were unaware. It seems that many "connected" politicos did however know of the trust but choose NOT to keep the public regularly informed. That said, the title of this piece is PERFECT...... "Perception" is EVERYTHING here in East Haven. SO when I am given information like this by someone who has already given us the "Perception" that he is a coward who has admittedly used false names to post vile threats and intimidate opposing viewpoints, well then I am left with the "Perception" that this information another useless, pointless attack on the Mayor by a cowardly provocateur.
Bob Fawkes July 16, 2012 at 01:17 PM
You can't blame old Taco Joe for this. He's been heard to say years ago that he's just a "figurehead". Seems like he's here to collect pension and salary (simultaneously), to pop off to Florida several times a year when nobody's looking, and to take pictures with seniors and kids. Nothing more, nothing less. I've come to the conclusion that, as a whole, the people of East Haven don't want change. Why else would they re-elect an imbecile like Taco Joe? I don't expect Taco Joe to know anything about the budget, being the figurehead he admits he is. It's the people behind the scenes, the umpire, and the others, who should know what the hell is going on. Maybe they knew about this Trust Fund, but Taco Joe ran amok again; this time via a press release before Zullo and others could muzzle him. People of East Haven, do you really want an imbecile running our town? Mayor April, despite her faults, at least tried to cut into the pay for play schemes (CF Cheese, etc) that were rampant during Maturo's first 10 years in office. She didn't help herself by getting arrested or by putting people of dubious character into town positions (machine gun man, for one). I hope she has learned from her mistakes and will be back to give it another go as Mayor of East Haven. She'd have my vote for sure if she did.
Luigi (the original) July 16, 2012 at 01:35 PM
This guy only continues to strengthen my point...... "she'd have my vote for sure..." Whose VOTE?.... The vote of a nameless coward who just keeps shilling for the DTC another known and admitted coward and fraud. Perception....and credibility, go hand in hand.... and they have NO CREDITABILITY. That's the perception we are left with.
Luigi (the original) July 16, 2012 at 01:38 PM
CLAMROLL Capone was a known bully, pushing around every board chairman and department head until they towed the line for her....... This is the management style of an Autocratic Dictator, not a Mayor.... Thank GOD the townspeople saw this and dumped her!
Bob Fawkes July 16, 2012 at 02:03 PM
The perception is that of our present Mayor being an incoherent, out-of-touch, marble-mouthed, imbecilic clown.
Luigi (the original) July 16, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Yet still better than being a cowardly shill with no name, a clown and an imbecile. and again thanks for strengthening our "perception" of you and your master.
Bob Fawkes July 16, 2012 at 02:38 PM
What's the next Press Release going to be? -- "Maturo Discovers an office in Town Hall for the Mayor, with a desk, phone and computer, and his name on the door!".
Flowers July 16, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I thought April was a colorful and competent mayor. The town is misogynistic.
Bob Fawkes July 16, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Imagine one day seeing both the East Haven Democrats and Republicans running a woman for Mayor? Now that would be something to pay attention to and would certainly cast a positive light our town, after this Maturo debacle.
Luigi (the original) July 16, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I disagree Flowers, this town has, and had for years many women in both parties servicing admirably on both boards and commissions. The fact that those who stepped up to the plate and took a mayoral campaign bid, lost or were incompetent winners, does NOT make our town "misogynistic". It only means they were deemed less desirable as candidates by the voters. No dentists have ever been elected either, does that make us "anti-dentites" too?
Luigi (the original) July 16, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Ideally the next press release would be, "from the desk of the Mayor, we've determined who this nameless instigator posting on the Patch is, and it has been discovered that this "well known" individual in our town is politically connected and only trying their best to stir the political pot. Since all previous attempts have been laughable at best, the Mayor has decided to let this imbecile continue with these feeble attempts at sarcasm, as they have only continually been the fodder of laughter at the Town Hall" Thank you Mr. Jacko the Wacko
Flowers July 16, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Will the dentist be male or female?
Luigi (the original) July 16, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I didn't say misogynistic anti-dentites, just anti-dentite. So you figure it out. LOL
ASmith July 17, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Why is it okay for ole loud mouth luigi who posts without his name to keep bashin this other guy for doin it? A cowardly shill with no name. Now that's the pot callin the kettle rusty one too many times. Loudmouth Unintelligent Idiot Gone Irate is gettin real borin. Nothin of substance ever spews from his pig trough. Lots of foks knows about this fund. It goes way back to when the fight was with old Tony over the Union School. Only folks that might not know bout it are newcomers who dont bother to read up on the town finances or learn anyting bout the town. They jes like to spew their goo. All theys gots to do is go down to the Fiance office and ask for a print out. Problem today is not enuf interest in whats going on. ONly folks that holler a lot cause they are political addicts with their fingers in the pot. So far Mayor Jo(k)e has a score card like this Vacations 10 Blunders 25 Good Deeds 1 Think we needs to give the taxpayers a report card to fill out on em. Maybe well jes get a group of folks to work on that and see how the non political folks are a feelin right now. Pay them taxes folks, so he can xerox more flyers with his mug on em. Your tax dollars at work.
Josy Wales Fan Club July 17, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Gene I for one am very proud of you for stepping forward and finally using your real name. All these months of therapy since McCann cleaned your clock must have been so disheartening. Afterall it's not everyday one makes a fool of themselves and gets a chance to be reborn...Kudos to you Josey AKA Gene or is it the other way?
Luigi (the original) July 17, 2012 at 09:10 AM
Thank you GOD.... For giving the people yet another example of a nameless shill. For yet again proving my point that the DTC and his regime are pointless, vindictive, cowards who hide in the bushes waiting to ambush the Mayor or anyone who calls them out. As I've said numerous times, my name IS Luigi, that name appears on the tax rolls and on voter registration sheets in this town. I wonder if ANYONE believes this "ASmith" is a real name? Does anyone think a person from our town, or any town in this country really writes like this pathetic shill?...... He thinks he's Mark Twain and that somehow that it makes you think he's clever. He's NOT, he's nothing but another "nom de plume" for the DTC and his agenda, just like Josy Wales, Captain Blood and Jacobo Arbenz to name a few, fakes, shills and cowards all. As I also already said, most people in our town didn't know about this trust. Maybe those who are politically connected or involved did, but 80% of the rest of us did not. We are too busy putting bread on our own tables and thinking about our own finances to be keeping up with the finances of the Town. "Loudmouth Unintelligent Idiot Gone Irate is gettin real borin" This describes ASmith to a tee..... and it's his own choice of words Thank you GOD...........


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