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Ruocco: 'What Other Offices Will Joe Maturo Run for Next?'

Responding to speculation East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr will run for state representative this year, outgoing Democratic Town Committee Chairman Gene Ruocco questions the mayor's possible move to Hartford — while remaining mayor.

Town of East Haven sign. Credit: Julie Weisberg
Town of East Haven sign. Credit: Julie Weisberg

The following is a press release from the East Haven Democratic Town Committee.

Earlier this week the East Haven Republican Town Committee announced they are looking for a candidate to run for State Representative for the 99th house district and that Mayor Joe Maturo may be their candidate. 

The East Haven Democratic Town Committee finds Mayor Maturo’s declared possible candidacy odd given he ran for re-election to the Office of Mayor just three short months ago.

“It is curious that Mayor Maturo would choose to run for yet another office in the Town of East Haven having just been elected Mayor three months ago,” DTC Chairman Gene Ruocco said. “Given the many problems the residents of East Haven face right now, I believe it is a major disservice to the voters who elected him Mayor and the residents he serves.”

Under Joe Maturo’s leadership, East Haven has been saddled in recent years with one scandal after another, including a US Department of Justice investigation into police misconduct that will cost the town close to $3 million dollars. 

“Joe Maturo likes to tout his record of fiscal management yet, under his administration, taxpayers have seen their car taxes go up, an increase in the town’s debt from the $2.5 million he borrowed, and a $300,000 cut to Workman’s Comp benefits,” stated Ruocco. “I certainly hope that’s not the platform of fiscal responsibility he plans to run on.

“Now he wants control over East Haven not only from Town Hall but in Hartford as well? That kind of power grab doesn’t make any sense,” said Ruocco. “When asked if he would resign as Mayor if he were to become a State Representative, Joe had the audacity to declare ‘it’s too soon to speculate.’ I don’t understand how a man who has been fighting to collect disability insurance suddenly has the stamina to serve in two elected positions. I wonder how residents would feel having him in both offices when the Town Charter clearly states the Office of Mayor is a full-time position.”

Ruocco added, “What other offices will Joe Maturo run for next? Dog Catcher?” Ruocco’s comments were a reference to an editorial board meeting last October when Joe Maturo declared he “couldn’t get elected dog catcher outside the Town of East Haven.”

The Town of East Haven is currently represented in the 99th house district by State Representative James Albis, who was elected in 2011 and re-elected by the town in 2012. Mr. Albis filed paperwork for his re-election last week.

Ermenegilda Zenga Uomo February 08, 2014 at 12:41 PM
The sad reality is that some folks are entertained by this juvenile schtick... Until they start to see the ridiculous patterns.
JJ Hadley February 08, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Jeez...I hope you don't think I'm Mr. Cianelli. I am certainly not. My questions and thoughts are my own. My curiosity is sincere. Have a blessed day.
Robert D. Hoff February 08, 2014 at 05:30 PM
I've been silently following this twisted tale since the start and there are a few things that stand out in the forefront. I'm going to keep it short and simple though,as people have busy lives and don't have all day to spend reading a message board. Mayor Maturo was elected Mayor, as far as I know Mr. Cianelli serves in no official capacity as far as payroll goes within the administration yet Mr Cianelli stated: The Mayor calls me in and after a 10 second discussion....the Mayor & I agree that Gene would Not get the appointment..... Does anyone find this odd that a man that is serving as Mayor and is seeking to run as state representative is unable to make a decision without calling someone in when the Mayor has at his disposal Frank Gentilesco and Art Desorbo to seek advice from both of whom are on the town payroll? Is the Mayor admitting he is not capable of running the town utilizing the staff within his administration and instead must seek advice from top Republican party figures that were not elected to serve in that capacity nor on the payroll? Finally in my opinion to ensure that one party does not have a lock on the town and ensure that the residents have a larger more vocal voice it should be written into the town charter that the The Police, Fire, and P&Z Commissions chairmanship positions are elected by the residents of our community every two years at the time of the Mayoral election. Have a great day and may God bless you and yours.
clint eastwood February 08, 2014 at 11:06 PM
Oh look who it is the other Josey Wales lap dog. Hoff shut up and just go away...
Mickey dee February 09, 2014 at 05:34 AM
I will never know why someone would want to be associated with a party. I guess if your a party person you vote for that party this seems dumb i would think that a good vote would be for something that was good for the people seems voting the party is irresponsible . I guess thats why politics is so dirty and nothing can get done to many colonies being led around by the tail obeying the party and not thinking for them selfs and always slinging crap at each other just as i see here on the patch
Richard Poulton February 09, 2014 at 09:13 AM
Just a little add-on to what Hoff had to say. I guess he hasn't read the charter or if he did he can't understand it. Boards & commission members are appointed either by the sitting mayor or the town council, and serve 3 year terms. This allows for the over-lapping of terms by these people. Charter calls for a majority rule, meaning the make-up of B&C's is from the party in power at the time. New mayor comes in he/she fills expired positions with those from his/her party. When majority membership is sitting, votes are taken to pick chair & vice chair. I guess this was OK when he was on the ADA board. FYI to Hoff, as chairman of the IWWC the mayor consulted with me as to the make-up of the commission due to up-coming openings. I gave him my opinion but in the end he has all the authority. He could take my advise or not. But he did want such advise from me.
Lance Coughlin February 09, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Lenny's favorite cop dropped the dime http://touch.courant.com/#story/hc-east-haven-miller-sentencing-20140207/
Robert D. Hoff February 09, 2014 at 10:28 AM
No one does Richard. Anyone else find it interesting that whenever Richard makes a comment he is unable to do it productively without throwing out insults? Newsflash Richard,I am still on the ADA Committee so please stop misinforming thee readers and residents. The residents should have a louder voice in their government ,whenever you stack the committees such as the Fire,PZC and Police the deck is being unfairly stacked against the residents and in favor of those who only want to take advantage of the system and line their pockets. I say there should be a charter revision that allows the residents to have a louder more vocal voice. What are you so afraid of Richard?
the ghost of josey February 09, 2014 at 10:53 AM
Mr. Hoff, where was your outrage when the police commission was made up of Brow, Krebbs, Perez and Civitello from your party + Panagrossi the unifiliate democrat? The authors of the charter had bad math skills when they determined a 5 member commission could have 4 from one party. Only three is required for a majority. That should be changed.
JJ Hadley February 09, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Hoff...Richard is giving you facts, take them and walk away. Its over, your voice is not louder nor is it more vocal. To have both of those properties, it would require people to listen to you. Unfortunately for you, no one does. Therefore you'll never be loud or vocal. You should think of becoming a mime.
Robert D. Hoff February 09, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Ghost of Josey, Then we are in agreement that changes need to be made?
the ghost of josey February 09, 2014 at 11:36 AM
Mr. Hoff, I will answer your question when you answer mine. Where was your outrage when the Police Commission was made up of all democrats?
Robert D. Hoff February 09, 2014 at 11:59 AM
As you pointed out yourself Mr. Panagrossi was unaffiliated and therefore not a Democrat so the commission was not comprised of all Democrats. My outrage like that of others was demonstrated by the votes that I have cast as a registered voter of East Haven. I have always felt that residents should have a larger more vocal say in the way their town and their community is ran.
the ghost of josey February 09, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Mr Hoff, are you saying you were so outraged by the make-up of the Police Commission that you didn't vote for April, but rather for mayor Maturo?
Truthful February 09, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Something doesn't make sense. Mr. Hoff, you were okay with the Police Commision having four Democrats and one unaffiliated person but not okay with the Police Commision having four Republicans and one unaffiliated person? And besides, if the public votes in a certain person for mayor then they obviously like that person enough and trust them enough to put people on the commissions that are going to do good for the community.
Dan McCann February 09, 2014 at 04:13 PM
Hoff....how is political exile doing these days? You and Gene planning your next big move? It was my full pleasure being allowed to participate. Thanks to all of my friends that took my personal calls to come out to make sure that Ruocco and Hoff were no longer on the DTC....
Robert D. Hoff February 09, 2014 at 04:48 PM
the ghost of josey February 09, 2014 at 11:36 AM Mr. Hoff, I will answer your question when you answer mine. Your turn ghost. Truthful,who said I was ok with it? Dan Mcann, ha ha ha roflmfao!
Truthful February 09, 2014 at 05:42 PM
Hoff, my question was just that, a question. You didn't answer it. But I have another question. Are you still going to attend boards, committees and commissions meetings?
Robert D. Hoff February 09, 2014 at 06:07 PM
I have been and will continue to do so.
Ermenegilda Zenga Uomo February 09, 2014 at 09:06 PM
McCann, while we are all aware that politics is a blood sport, you take ugly and mean to a new level. Gloating is a manifestation of poor manners. Besides, your police/party candidate lost. And you will loose too, if you run for mayor. Mean and ugly are unattractive qualities.
Richard Poulton February 10, 2014 at 08:34 AM
I guess Hoff had no problem with the town charter during the Capone administration and making all her appointments under the rules of majority membership as specified. What he also fails to tell everyone is that those appointed to the ADA don't have a term limit expiration date. They are appointed by the TC for an indefinate time, not by the mayor.
Ermenegilda Zenga Uomo February 10, 2014 at 11:12 AM
McCann, while we are all aware that politics is a blood sport, you take ugly and mean to a new level. Gloating is a manifestation of poor manners. Besides, your police/party candidate lost. And you will loose too, if you run for mayor. Mean and ugly are unattractive qualities.
Robert D. Hoff February 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Richard, This continuation of diverting readers attention away from the main focus of the article is getting old but nonetheless,I checked the town site and did you know that the following are also deemed indefinite Building Appeals Board, Elderly Nutrition,Equal Employment Opportunity Officer,Fair Housing Commission, Motor Vehicle hearing, Town Treasurer, Selective Service. So your point is?
Richard Poulton February 10, 2014 at 01:00 PM
Diverting readers away from story line, gee Hoff go back to 2/8 @ 5:30 PM when you yourself went off track in attacking Mr. Cianelli starting this whole thing. Yes, I am aware of those sites just wanted the readers to know about the ADA. So there! See you at the next wetlands hearing seeing that you indicated that you plan on attending all boards & commission meetings.
Robert D. Hoff February 10, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Richard the question was: Are you still going to attend boards, committees and commissions meetings? My answer at Robert D. Hoff February 09, 2014 at 06:07 PM and now is I have been and will continue to do so. Please do not attempt to twist the facts and mislead the readers for your own gain.
Richard Poulton February 10, 2014 at 01:44 PM
So, I can expect to see you at the next IWWC hearing in March seeing that you attend and will continue to do so, all meetings. Funny in how in my dozen plus years on the IWWC not once were you present. So,either you believe you were attending and was sleeping at home dreaming or you are making false statements.
Ermenegilda Zenga Uomo February 10, 2014 at 05:35 PM
McCann, while we are all aware that politics is a blood sport, you take ugly and mean to a new level. Gloating is a manifestation of poor manners. Besides, your police/party candidate lost. And you will loose too, if you run for mayor. Mean and ugly are unattractive qualities.
Peter T. Cianelli February 10, 2014 at 06:43 PM
Ermenegilda Zenga Uomo.. ( Gene or Sammy)... let's set the record straight ... you stated " Pete will post all day long to himself in different characters.".... Gene., none of the above writers are any of my family members or myself... I'm sure Julie W will be able to confirm it.... I challenge you to do the same, let Julie check yours...... but I don't think you have the guts to..... next on Hoff's attack..... I won't waste my time...
Richard Poulton February 10, 2014 at 07:33 PM
Hey Pete, have you ever seen Hoff at one of your P & Z meetings?
Peter T. Cianelli February 11, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Richard... I've never seen him at any of the P&Z meetings the last two years..

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