Citing the need to give East Haven a strong, fiscally responsible voice in Hartford, East Haven Town Clerk Stacy Gravino announced today that she has filed the necessary paperwork to run for State Representative in the East Haven – Connecticut’s 99th Assembly District.
Gravino explained, "East Haven is a blue-collar Town and our residents simply cannot afford another two years of James Albis's tax-and-spend mentality. We need a real plan to cut the State's staggering deficit, stabilize taxes, and improve our economy. If elected as East Haven's State Representative, I would fight for these principals at our State Capitol."
Gravino continued, "Here in East Haven, our team has used common sense to restore fiscal accountability on the local level. Fifty-five percent (55%) of families are paying lower taxes than they were in 2011. We've restored our rainy day fund, bringing it from a deficit of $5.2 million dollars to a positive $1.6 million dollars. Perhaps most importantly, we've paid down our long-term debt. Lowering taxes, building our savings, and paying down debt are fundamental, common sense goals that we need to be working toward in Hartford."
Gravino, East Haven's second highest elected official, presently serves as the East Haven Town Clerk, a position she won in 2009. In making her announcement, she focused on her civic experience as both a community volunteer and elected official.
Gravino noted, "I have been volunteering and working for the people of East Haven for my entire life. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, and Fall Festival Committee, I've devoted a substantial portion of my time to civic service. As East Haven's Town Clerk since 2009, I've worked to be a resource for our residents and to connect them with vital Town services and information on a daily basis. I am committed to the people of East Haven and I want to be their voice and their resource in Hartford."
Paul Carbo, East Haven Republican Town Committee Chairman, continued, "At a time when the economy was struggling and unemployment continued to rise, James Albis voted for the largest tax increase in our State's history. He supported increases in taxes to key services and goods, including prescription drugs for seniors, clothing, and even gasoline. Despite this unprecedented tax increase, the State is on track to run a multimillion-dollar deficit over the next two years. Based on James Albis's record, he will look to the taxpayers to shoulder that burden. Our State is in a remarkably dismal fiscal condition and the solution is not to continue to raise taxes."
Gravino continued, "In talking to many residents, I've learned that they are feeling the fiscal crunch and are looking for a new voice in Hartford that will fight for meaningful change.”
In making her announcement, Gravino noted that her website is up and running at www.gravinoforstaterep2014.com and that she plans to participate in the State's 'Citizens Election Program.'
Gravino concluded, "East Haven is a wonderful community and I have had the privilege of working for our residents on a local level for a number of years. I want to take my work to the State-level and be East Haven’s next State Representative. Our State desperately needs to restore fiscal accountability at the capitol and, at the same time, promote job growth and lower taxes. I will fight for these principals in Hartford and I look forward to talking with our Town’s residents about my ideas in the upcoming months.”
For more information, visit www.gravinoforstaterep2014.com.