Citing a new era and direction for its membership, members of the Democratic Town Committee replaced their entire six-member executive board with a new leadership slate.
The new East Haven DTC executive board — which was voted in by "an overwhelming majority," according to local party officials — is as follows:
- Chairman - Richard DePalma
- Vice-Chairman – Ed Sabatino
- Vice-Chairwoman – Noreen Clough
- Treasurer – Thomas Thompson
- Secretary - Kristy Turcio-Porter
- Corresponding Secretary – Darlene Picagli
DTC officials say the new board is pledged to advance economic growth, improve education standards, restrict the influence of private interests on town government and restore East Haven's image.
"Its immediate efforts will focus on the implementation of comprehensive reforms to eliminate signs of public corruption and elevate expectations for its elected officials," committee leadership stated in a press release.
Democrats say they believe these changes will "have a positive impact on both the economic climate in town and operational integrity" of appointed town boards and commissions.
They added that this goal will be achieved "by carefully selecting and endorsing qualified candidates whose goal will be to improve the quality of life" for East Haven residents.
'A Higher Standard of Conduct'
According to DTC Chairman Richard DePalma, East Haven’s negative portrayal across the region is a primary obstacle to economic success.
“Our elected officials should be held to a higher standard of conduct. Integrity and commitment to service should take top priority at Town Hall,” DePalma stated in a press release. “Self-preservation has become all-important, even at the expense of job growth and educational standards."
He added that not only does that impact residents' town pride, but it also affects their wallets, too.
"Clearly, we need to cast aside this narrowed ambition and move the taxpayer to the front of the line. This Board is committed to those ideals," DePalma said.
'Open Line of Communication'
In addition, DePalma vows an "open line of communication" within the Democratic Party rank and file.
“It’s imperative our membership is properly informed. We will not accept a closed door process," DePalma stated "That approach only creates skepticism. It doesn’t work."