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William Richardson East Haven Town Council 3rd District

Town Councilman William Richardson responds to Robert Hoff's untruthful posts.

Mr. Hoff,

Recently you attacked me on your Facebook page for missing Town Council meetings this year. When I answered your unfounded attacks with the truth, you chose to remove my comments from your Facebook page,  why are you hiding the truth? Why aren't you attacking any other Town Councilmen or women as they have not attended every meeting  including your fellow democrats? As a councilman who only has the best interests of the East Haven residents at heart, I find your political grandstanding offensive and I find your lies to be disgusting.   You claim to be a honest candidate, maybe you should start to act like one. Now you chose to spread the same lies here on the East Haven Patch. I encourage all Patch readers and East Haven Voters to look at the Town Council public records and see for themsleves how untruthful Mr Hoff truly is,

Since you are not professional or man enough to discuss any votes or issues you may have with me in person and chose to hid behind Facebook and Patch posts , I need to set you and the record straight.

 Firstly, As a Town Councilman, I consider it an honor to serve all of the citizens of East Haven and especially the residents of the Third District. I have lived in East Haven for almost Fifty years and I am well known and respected by members of the Democratic and Republican parties and during that time I have served with members of both parties on numerous Boards, Commissions and various civic organizations and charities. I believe that everyone I have served with will tell you that I am honest, hard working and a non-partisan champion of East Haven. I am proud to be able to work with the current Town Council and have stated on several occasions that I am pleased that the 10 republicans and 5 Democrats work together without any partisan bickering. That being said, all of my votes have been for the well being of the town and for fiscal responsibility. I have been willing and able to reach across party lines for the good of the town; all you do is spew partisan, self-serving hatred.

 One thing a Councilman needs to be able to do is to understand the facts before acting. Unfortunately you have time and time and again been unable to do that. Since you want to discuss attendance let’s talk facts. There have been a total of 16 regular and special Town Council meetings this year, not counting the numerous budget meetings in April. I have been able to attend 12 out of the 16 council meetings and all of the budget hearings. My attendance record is on par with the rest of the council. Unfortunately life takes us in many directions and people including council members are not able to make every meeting. That does not mean that a councilman is not committed to the council or East Haven. No current member of the Town Council has perfect attendance and there are council members with a same or worse record than mine. Most Council members have attended 11, 12 or 13 meetings. If you had made the effort to look at the meeting notes you will see that one of your fellow Democrats has made the same number of meetings I have and that one of your fellow Democrats has barely made 50% of the meetings. I respect both of these individuals so they will go nameless and I know that their attendance record does not reflect their commitment to the town. But, you fail to mention their attendance and only mine. Why?

 Also, if you were either truthful or had a command of the facts, you would know that I was present at the Oct 2nd Mayors Capital Budget meeting and I was an active participant in the discussion, as I am at every council meeting. Maybe you were just not paying attention. An apology is in order and if you are man enough it will quickly forthcoming. In any case your omissions of the facts and talking out of turn show what a poor Town Council Member you would make.

 Now that we have cleared the air about the false accusations you made about the Oct 2nd meeting, let’s discuss the April 26th Council meeting you mentioned. I did indeed miss this meeting. Unfortunately, this meeting was originally scheduled for a day or two earlier and was postponed to the April 26th date. This date fell on my son’s wedding rehearsal date and I had to miss this meeting. I informed the Council Chairperson of my conflict as well as my other council members and apologized for not being able to make it. I surely would have made this meeting if at all possible. If you know anything about the workings of the Town Council you would know that all of the budget work goes on at the numerous council budget meetings held throughout the month of April. I attended all of the budget meetings and those meetings are not reflected in the total mentioned above. Working alongside my fellow councilmen and women and with Paul Rizza the Finance Director we scrubbed the Mayors fiscally responsible budget recommendations and it was clear that the council would vote to approve the budget across party lines.  Although I regretted not being able to cast my vote of approval, I knew that my recommendations were included in the budget and that it would pass. Unfortunately we did have to raise the mill rate 4 mills but this was needed to offset the crippling re-evaluations we faced and the gross underfunding of the previous administrations budgets. We are still transferring money to fund accounts that were not funded adequately in last year’s budgets. If you are on top of everything as you imply, you will know this. This is in black and white if you bother to investigate.

 Also, I do not see any mention of the numerous Board of Finance meetings that I attend as a Town Councilman throughout the year representing my constituents. Why was that not part of your expose.  

  Finally, you are supposed to be the Chairman of the Americans with Disabilities Act Committee. An ADA committee meeting is scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of every month. You have only had two meetings all year. That’s 2 out of 10.  Your commission has had the fewest meetings of any board or commission in East Haven this year. How does this best serve our disabled citizens when the committee chairman does not hold meetings?

 I hope that the good folks on the Democratic Town Committee have the sense not to give you their party’s nomination for Town Council. And if by chance you do get their nomination I hope the voters in the 3rd district see you for what you are and reject your self-serving agenda.

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Patrick Madley December 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I was not referring to CAjones' comment, there was another that got deleted. But CAjones' comment makes me laugh, lol. So I would not complain about it. And how did this thread get off topic? The topic was Hoff and Richardson.
Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven December 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM
The Topic was indeed Hoff and Richardson however Mr Richardson is not responding to any of the information brought forth by anyone and seemingly needs others to defend him and his record while I have discussed the various issues with residents.
CAjones December 10, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Yet you still refuse to discuss your violent temper tantrums and choose instead to hide behind "sealed documents", isn't that true Mr. Huff?
Roy Gates December 10, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Going back to the main topic, Mr Hoff's assertion that Mr Richardson has lied about his attendance at meetings, I believe it's a self-serving use of the semantics of the statement " --- you would know that I was present at the Oct 2nd Mayors Capital Budget meeting and I was an active participant in the discussion, as I am at every council meeting. " I believe Mr Richardson was stating he's an active participant in every committee meeting he HAS attended, and it is NOT an assertion that he has attended EVERY COMMITTEE MEETING
Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven December 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Mr Gates, Mr. Richardson clearly stated "I was an active participant in the discussion, as I am at every council meeting. " Mr. Gates Mr. Richardson is clearly capable of speaking for himself and those are his words not mine..If your telling me otherwise does that mean that Mr. Richardson is accepting his stipend as Councilman for not attending the meetings as you would have us to believe and therefore betraying the trust and confidence of East Haven Taxpayers?...Is that what you would have us believe?
Anne December 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Huff you are a dilusional little man......small man, small man.
CAjones December 10, 2012 at 11:16 PM
You want to serve the people of East Haven, you want to "expose" all the corruption. Yet you still HIDE yourself, from the truth......sealed as it may be.
Dan McCann December 10, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Rich is that true are we one? That's news to me. I know I am Dan McCann but whom are you Hypocrite?
Dan McCann December 10, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Like a Demon...TELL ME YOUR NAME....JOSY...
Dan McCann December 10, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I did win. I exposed Josy Wales as Gene Ruocco. As for Gene continuing well if he wants to be a horses ass well I can't help that...
Roy Gates December 10, 2012 at 11:32 PM
You may read into my tiny observation all that you wish Mr. Hoff, though that's quite a stretch you've accused me of in your concluding remark. However, it is just my opinion that having read the majority of this painful diatribe, MR Richardson seemed relatively intelligent enough to not say he actually attended every meeting if he hadn't. That being said, you're an incredibly creative individual yourself. Regards
Troll December 10, 2012 at 11:52 PM
An other useless mimicking cop. Who cares what you think troll?
ladybug December 11, 2012 at 12:09 AM
If you ignorant Republicans have something intelligent to say please say it now. Cyberstalking and imitation only sink you deeper into the muck. Losers mimic and plagiarize. Winners create. You imbeciles can't win so you proceed to merely annoy. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again whilst expecting a different result. Republicans mimic and lose, mimic and lose, mimic and lose again. Now who is insane?
Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven December 11, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Anne, I admit it I am a small man I am only 5' 5 1/2" tall but with twice your intelligence and admit it it scares you.
Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven December 11, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Mr Gates, Thank you for the compliment.
Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven December 11, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Very well stated Ladybug
Julie Weisberg (Editor) December 11, 2012 at 01:07 AM
OK. Time to bring this thread back on track to the subject matter. All comments on this article thread will now be pre-approved to keep it focused on the topic addressed in the post. Just an FYI.
Anne December 11, 2012 at 01:41 AM
The only thing that scares me is that you plan to run in my district. I'll put my MBA up against your "values and beliefs" any day of the week, little man.
Dan McCann December 11, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Mr. Hoff are you serious? The Town Council person gets $50.00 per month. That's $1.66 per day. Are really that petty? Do you ever think that the $50.00 may go to paying for the gas to go to mulitiple meetings, to go to BOE meetings or to have a little extra for time spent away from your family? You are such a horses ass! Go ahead a once again show off to everyone that you're the big hero by donating your stipend. The point of doing things for others is not to announce it to the world and act humble. Matthew 23:12 says "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted." I hope when Bill Richardson is re-elected that you crawl back under the rock from which you came?
Steve Evermore December 11, 2012 at 11:42 AM
I wonder if everyone on this thread would be open to experimenting with the adoption of a voluntary code of conduct to remove the ad hominems and generallly take things to a more civil plateau.
Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven December 11, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Mr. McCann, Yes,..with that amount 50.00/month times twelve months equals $600.00 a year. Residents of East Haven serve on various boards and committees without the benefit of collecting one thin dime. They do it because they love their community and want only the best for it. It is these people that I thank for dedicating their time to making their town a better place without the need to line their pockets as they serve on their respective boards and committees but do so because they truly believe East Haven deserves to be the very best it can be for all residents. Just for clarification Mr. McCann you made $600.00 per year x's 7 terms =$4,200
Richard Poulton December 11, 2012 at 11:50 PM
If you know so much why not give everyone a name of such a bad person.
Angels Among Us December 12, 2012 at 02:26 AM
No wonder other towns laugh at ours, you people should be ashamed of yourselves. Writing things for the world to see, yet not having the courage to say it face to face. It is a disgrace and a pity. I hope Santa puts integrity in your stockings.
Dan McCann December 12, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Yes Mr. Hoff you're right I EARNED my $4,200 from the Town of East Haven. It's called work. Do you think I actually sat there and did nothing? If I did I would have been voted out. But I was re-elected every time and even faced a primary so I'd once again say I earned it! By the way Mr. Hoff when was the last time you earned a PAY CHECK? You complain that the evil Town Council gets a stipend but you sir collect off the backs of everyone with your DISABILITY CHECK. Stop the crap Mr. Hoff everyone knows your game. You fool no one here. As for you once again making reference to people not giving. I will never tell anyone what I give. That's between me and my God. But I dare to ask you Mr. Hoff. why have you not told us about the incident on Michael Street? Was the AR condition that you do 1000 hours of Community Service? We are all curious. People that know me personally know what I am all about when it comes to volunteering. You demonize people and try to expose them by telling everyone how great you are and that is totally disgusting. I sir sleep very well every night knowing that daily I contribute to society. How about you Mr. Hoff. Tossing and turning in your sleep trying to self promote makes one wonder how sincere you really are. Party Animal!
Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven December 12, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Mr McCann, As I have stated I have a clean police record and you have failed to produce otherwise but yet continue to waste others time insisting there is something there when there when there isn't. I give freely of my time to my communitty because I believe the residents of the East Haven Community deserve to be put first before politics and deserve the very best quality of life. Mr McCann people that know you personally laugh at you and refer to you as the blah blah man because your all mouth. If you think you did such a great job as on the Council allow me to ask you this..Are you willing to offer your services to the community and run once again for Town Council in your district?
Dan McCann December 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Again evading the question...Telling the truth is so hard isn't Robert and again you never answer the question but the FOI documents will soon tell the truth, I mailed the request the other day. No one likes a liar liar pants on fire! I do have a good question for you Mr. Hoff. If you're so into this free time and you're focused on the Town Council why have you not asked the same question of your hero Mr, Ruocco who serves on the Water Polution Authority and gets paid $12k per year. Shouldn't he be held to the same standards? People I know that know you say you need a lot of help mentally and the cast of characters you hang around with aren't the sharpest knives in the draw either. The entire DTC needs to have their head examined for even nominating you. Lastly, I served my 7 years with class and dignity and when I needed to stand up I did. I was the first Republican to stand up against Joe Maturo and voted against his pension. I was also one of the first Republicans to stand up against the Old High School 1st proposal when our Mayor tried to give the building to his friends and buddies. I'd like to see you stand up to a person in your own party and vote against them. I doubt you would because you can't even point out that Gene Ruocco is making money off the Town when you criticize the TC for receiving their earned pay.
Dan McCann December 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM
As for me running for Council. Those days at the moment are behind me because I need to continue to raise my family. When and if the time is right and when and if I want to I would run again I would encourage you to move here cause there is no doubt that I would smoke you. Hell, I bet right now I could run in the 3rd District and still beat you handly...
Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven December 14, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Mr, McCann Rumor on the street man without a country is that you won't run in the second district at this time because you know in your heart that you cannot beat Joe Santino.
Dan McCann December 14, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Mr. Hoff: Ive defeated Mr. Santino twice in my day. Once in a general election and once in a primary. Try another one. Just to let you know Diane from the EHPD just called and said my FOI request will be ready by next Friday. Got anything you want to tell the Patch Universe before I do? It is well worth the $20.00...
The Hoffinator December 31, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Um Mr. Hoff.....Not only did Dan McCann show that you did not have a clean police record he exposed you for the nut job that you truly are! People are laughing at you in droves. You called the cops because your dog was denied his Town Charter Rights? You called the cops because someone ate your fruit? In addition it shows that YOU WERE arrested and for domestic violence no less!!!! I wonder how the women and children of East Haven feel about that? Your political career is over well before it started because you're a liar. Thank you Mr. McCann your service to East Haven continues to be excellent!

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