OATH OF OFFICE CEREMONY 


The new Weston Board of Selectmen, 2009-2011
LEFT TO RIGHT:  Dan Gilbert, Gayle Weinstein, David Muller and Secretary
of the State Bysiewicz. 


Hon. Gayle Weinstein, First Selectman


New Selectman David Muller and Sec'y of the State



Secretary of the State swears in Gayle Weinstein as our leader.  Note twins
looking proudly on, but still cool, as their mother takes the oath.


Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz waits 'til the end to swear in
Board of Selectmen.


PROCLAMATION #1:  WEDNESDAY...IN HONOR OF LOTS OF THINGS,
INCLUDING WOODY's LONG SERVICE;  WOODY HANDS OVER GAVEL
TO GAYLE
New Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein begins job by exchanging
honors with outgoing First Selectman!  She notes that she learned a few things
from Woody, and this act (honoring service to the town) was one of them!




Some of the new faces on Boards and Commissions...


New Board of Education member Sonya Stack.



Winning his first election, having been appointed to the Police Commission,
is Jeff Eglash, taking the oath from Assistant Town Clerk Ellen Jones.


Moving up from Alternate to full member of the Board of Assessment Appeals
is Ryan Cornell.


And some Commissioners were "rehired" by the voters!



Rick Phillips of the Police Commission re-elected!


Unofficial numbers here from "About Town"
Total votes = 2981 ;  including   197 absentee ballots

First Selectman
Dan Gilbert (R) 1331, Gayle M. Weinstein(D)   1395

Selectman
Britta Ann Lerner(R) 1258,  David Glenn Muller(D)   1512

Tax Collector
Charity B. Nichols (R, unopposed)  1795

Board of Education
Kimberly(R)  1258, Stack(R)  1351, Harvey(D) 1445, Bochinski(D)  1294

Board of Assessment Appeals
Ryan Cornell(R) 1274,  Marina Coprio (D) 1277

Planning and Zoning Commission
Allen (R) 1494, Grozinger (R) 1623, Heifetz (D) 1448,  Limone (D)  1484

Zoning Board of Appeals
Frederick C. Noyes, Jr. (R) 1734, W. Macleod Snaith (D) 1636

Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate
Tallman (R) 1487,  Murray (R)  1519,  Edgar, Jr. (D) 1450,  Rehr (D) 1436

Police Commission
Ottomano (R) 1526, Phillips (R) 1523, Ezzes (D) 1419, Shupack (D) 1689,  
Eglash (D)
1495,  Faillace, Jr. (P) 629

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Clarification
Weston FORUM
Written by Kimberly Donnelly
Monday, 02 November 2009 14:26

Due to a production/proofreading error, an incorrectly formatted
advertisement appeared in the Oct. 29 issue of The Forum.  As a result,
the Democratic Town Committee’s back page color ad may have appeared
to look like editorial content. It was not.

The publisher expects political ads in our paper to have borders to
explicitly distinguish them from editorial content. In addition, with a
paid advertisement such as this one — because it was designed to
look like newspaper reporting — it should have had the word
“ADVERTISEMENT” at the top. Both of these features were erroneously
missing from the Oct. 29 DTC ad on page 24A.

The Forum apologizes for the error, and for any confusion it may
have caused.


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ELECTION DAY IN WESTON 2009


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WATCH 'STREAMING' VIDEO HERE

LWV of Weston Double-Header Debates Sunday, Oct. 25th, 2PM at
Norfield Parish Hall now over!  Check out even more photos here.


Weston High School debate timers, performed like pros!!!  Thank you!

FORUM reports: Play-by-play!
Selectmen
Education

CAMPAIGN 2009:
  ALONG THE TRAIL:
Democrats and Republicans

ELECTION DAY - TUESDAY, NOV. 3rd
6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Weston Middle School Gym
FORUM news and backgrounders...learn about candidates here!

Read our review of the Cablevision "debate" here...

Official campaign milestones here...


"About Town" photo albums...
TOP OF THE TICKET PORTRAITS:
Democrat and Republican

More photos from our files and information from the web:  how many of the
candidates have you met so far?  We understand the candidates are going
door to door...






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Campaign insights...

POLICE COMMISSION CANDIDATES: Democrats and Republicans
and a Petitioning Candidate...

Peter J. Faillace
We note that there is a petitioning candidate for the
Police Commission,
Peter J. Faillace, who has had signs
at Weston Center
and also at the
west or
southbound entrance to the Merritt Parkway, at exit 42.  Signs go
up and come down...where will they surface next?  In front of the Onion Barn!
(In the CT right-of-way of Route 57-53.)
 

Signs of the times...will baseball play a part?

SAMPLE:  Only on Georgetown Road


Sign contest, begun the first full week of the campaign.  Since our interest
is to count how many properties have signs, the total number of signs is not
of interest.  We note that it looks as if there will be Party-line voting, as all
Democrats represented on all properties with signs (as of seventh week).

First week:  Coldwell Bankers in the lead
Second week: 
Weinstein-Muller forges ahead 
Third week:  Weinstein-Muller tied with For Sale

Fourth week:  For Sale takes the lead!
Fifth week:  FIRST sign GOP & underticket - Democrats' total signs only
behind For Sale.  Numerous multi-sign driveways include those for top of
Democratic ticket and Board of Education candidates.  FIRST SIGNS AT
"H" intersection 53-57 (more safely placed on Route 53 side - helps control
traffic at intersection by encouraging full stop for reading purposes).
Sixth week:  Score shifts to 5-4-2 (For Sale, Dem, GOP) top of the ticket...
Seventh week:  For Sale holds the lead (5-4-4) in number of properties with
one or more signs.  Parties in a tie!  (However, many, many more signs for
Democrats per property).
Eighth week:  Clear difference in approach.  Democrats' signs are in two
styles and placed in two different methods (color difference for Police
candidates, too).  "Burma shave" set up for 4 sets of candidates or "crowd" look.
Republicans have nicest signs and have only one office per property, cutting
down on "sign pollution."  Both Parties still out numbered for #1 position  in
sign contest by "For Sale."
LAST INTERVAL: Monday and Tuesday, Election Day November 3, 2009.


Follow the campaigns on the Party websites:

    
Democrat's WEBSITE       Republican's WEBSITE



OUR CABLEVISION DEBATE REVIEW: ...

TUNED IN Saturday afternoon towards the end...AS SWRPA WAS BEING
DISCUSSED: Democrat touts the need for more community involvement in
the schools, having assisted in changing curb in front of Senior Center,
sharing more staff functions with Westport's Gordon Joseloff...Republican
speaks of
"THE DIVIDE" in town between those who have and those who have
not...children in schools.  CHANNEL 12 PLANNING TO STREAM THIS FOCUS
PROGRAM (we couldn't find it yet on Cablevision's site).  OUR TAKE ON THE
ENDING:  Gayle looked p.o.'d, Dan looked real serious.

WATCHED IN FULL 7:30pm:  Now I know why my previous observations were
the way they were:  Moderator kept interrupting Dan to remind him to answer
the specific question.  Gayle scored a a winning blow criticizing Dan's recent
attendance on P&Z.  Dan made his points questioning Gayle's leadership skills
and her abstaining on a policy matter.  The second time around, both
candidates ending remarks gave me a different impression:  Gayle was setting
out all her points, including senior municipal tax freeze*.  Dan said Weston is
different today than in 1985 - 50 foreclosures, lowered property values, breeding
feeling of financial insecurity.

* = Initially heard on January 10, 2008, comments by Selectmen at next
meeting.  After a brief new public hearing on April 3, 2008, OK'd; this is what
the program proposed to do initially.

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NOTE:  Are you registered to vote in Weston?
Voter Registration deadlines for Nov. 3 Election: 
October 20th for
mail-in registration, October 27th for in-person registration
.


BALLOT LOTTERY 2009


TABLULAR INFORMATION
Down the left side are the Parties and Petitioning  ROWS;
Across the top are the Offices up for Election COLUMNS and within some,
subcolumns, which are what the BALLOT LOTTERY is about.

HOW THE BALLOT WILL LOOK 2009

FOR FIRST SELECTMAN AND BOARD OF SELECTMEN
For First Selectman and Selectman voters must vote for one of two; the
highest votegetters among the two Selectmen candidates and the loser
of the First Selectman race become the other two members of the Board
of Selectmen.

Here is the ballot order chosen for the remaining CONTESTED races:

Board of Education: Kimberly 1, Stack 2 (Line A);  Denise Harvey 1,
Bochinski 2 (Line B)

Planning & Zoning:  Allen 1, Grozinger 2 (Line A);  Heifetz 1,
Limone 2 (Line B)

ZBA Alternates:  Tallman 1, Murray 2 (Line A);  Edgar, Jr. 1, Rehr 2 (Line B)


Police Commission:  Ottoman 1, Phillips 2 (Line A);  Ezzes 1, Shupack 2,
Eglash 3 (Line B).  Petitioning Candidate for the Police Commission is Faillace

EXAMPLE:  Ballot order as "drawn" for Police Commission...
            
             ROW ONE                  ROW TWO
LINE A

                   --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
               
                   ROW ONE      ROW TWO            ROW THREE
 
LINE B

                   ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                ROW ONE
*
LINE C

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*
NOTE:  We believe no ballot lottery took place for LINE 'C'


All over now - awaiting word for Channel 79 viewing!
DEBATE DEBATE OCT 25 AT 2PM

Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 2PM in the Norfield Parish Hall
LWV of Weston hosted double-header debate:
First Selectman/Board of Selectmen
and...
the contested election for three seats on the Board of Education
(four candidates running).


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FROM THE WESTON FORUM...
Meet the candidates:
Police Commission
Planning & Zoning

Board of Education
Selectmen
First Selectman


Weston: Candidate debates and forums
Weston FORUM
Written by Patricia Gay
Wednesday, 14 October 2009 11:16

There are three upcoming events where the public may meet the candidates
for the Board of Selectmen and Board of Education.

On Thursday, Oct. 15, a Meet the Candidates forum sponsored by the
Weston PTOs is scheduled from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the Weston
 Intermediate School cafetorium.

Weston for Fiscal Responsibility is holding a candidates forum on Thursday,
Oct. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Meeting Room at town hall.

The League of Women Voters is holding a candidates debate on Sunday,
Oct. 25, at 2 at Norfield Church Parish Hall.

In addition, a debate between first selectman candidates Dan Gilbert and
Gayle Weinstein, hosted by Channel 12, is available “On Demand” on channel
612, or on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=aShvkKEwIZA
(or search Channel 12 Weston debate).

The Weston Public Library also has a video copy of the Channel 12 debate
available.



School board candidate Lyn Kimberly (R), talks to selectman candidate Dave Muller (D) at the
Weston For Fiscal Responsibility debate. —Patricia Gay photo

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Candidates talk budgets at Weston For Fiscal
Responsibility debate

Weston FORUM
Written by Patricia Gay
Friday, 23 October 2009 15:37

Candidates for the Board of Selectmen and Board of Education discussed the
budget and related topics at a debate last night, Oct. 22, at town hall.

Approximately 50 people gathered in the Meeting Room for the “forum on
financial issues,” hosted by Nina Daniel and members of Weston for Fiscal
Responsibility, a newly-formed tax watchdog group.  Moderator Susan Moch
asked several financial questions, ranging from ways to control spending and
property taxes, to opinions about having a secret ballot at the Annual Town
Budget Meeting.

While most candidates stayed on the financial topics that were presented,
Republican first selectman candidate Dan Gilbert made a point several times
throughout the evening to stress that the election, in his opinion, was about
one thing — leadership.

“Experience is not leadership,” he said referring to the fact that his opponent,
Democrat Gayle Weinstein, has experience serving as a selectman for the
past two years.

His leadership statements came to a head when the candidates were asked if
they favored a secret ballot at the annual budget meeting.  Ms. Weinstein said
it was not just up to the selectmen, but it was up to the community to decide if
it wanted a secret ballot at the budget vote. She said she hoped to bring
transparency to the upcoming budget process so a secret ballot would not be
needed.

Dr. Gilbert responded, “We have all seen people with experience fail. This is
about leadership.” He said he favored a secret ballot. “Many people feel
uncomfortable voting in public, we need leadership to go forward with a secret
ballot,” he said.

Ms. Weinstein rebutted, “Leadership is not imposing your views on someone
else. We need to hear from everyone in town about this issue. That is what a
leader does,” she said.

On the subject of property taxes and the budget, Ms. Weinstein, and her
running mate, Democrat Dave Muller, said they favored a zero-based budget,
starting from the ground up by having town departments justify all their
expenditures, and then budgeting accordingly.  Mr. Muller, who has served on
the finance board for the past three years, said that in addition to adopting a
zero-based budget plan, the town also needs to review its return on
investments. The finance board recently proposed a new strategy for the town
to invest in U.S. government-guaranteed mortgage-backed securities, in hopes
of generating more interest revenue.

In addition to improving investment income, he said he was especially sensitive
to those looking to lower their tax burden. “I took a 20% pay cut this year, too,”
he said.

Britta Lerner, who is running on the Republican ticket for selectman, said
economic issues are not unique to Weston. She said the town does not have
a large commercial or industrial base because it is not desired by the
community, so the town relies on property taxes to generate revenue.

“We need to review the budget, reduce supplemental appropriations, and pursue
more grants, especially in green energy technology,” she said.

All the candidates agreed that it was too soon to come up with specific
numbers for next year’s budget, and would not commit themselves to a specific
tax increase/decrease percentage.

Board of Education

The school board candidates were asked what could be done to tame the costs
of personnel salaries, and what the impact of a 10.1% declining enrollment
meant to the budget.

Republican candidate Sonya Stack said the school board had tried to keep
costs down by spending four months negotiating a teachers’ contract with the
union. Unable to reach an agreement, the matter went to mediation, and then
binding arbitration.

“This administration leaves no stone unturned and keeps looking for ways to cut
costs,” she said. In her rebuttal, she noted that the schools had to keep
salaries competitive in order to retain teachers and that enrollment drives
staffing needs.

Democratic challenger Denise Harvey said it would be very risky to re-open the
teachers’ contract at this point because concessions the board gained from the
union could be put back on the table for negotiation. She said one other thing
the board could consider is offering early voluntary retirement incentives. “That
would have to be looked at very carefully, though,” she cautioned.

Lyn Kimberly, Republican incumbent on the board, said the school board and
administration have worked hard to cut costs, including cutting several positions
in the current budget. In her rebuttal, Ms. Kimberly said the schools had
reduced staff and reduced salary lines, and would look at the enrollment to see
if any further cuts could be made.

Dick Bochinski, incumbent Democratic board member, said the union had the
choice to lower salary increases or cut jobs, and the union chose cutting jobs,
so that is what the school board did. He said the board introduced a Health
Savings Account (HSA), insurance package to employees, which is helping cut
insurance costs.

As to the question of a 10.1% declining enrollment, all the candidates agreed
that the number was misleading. Mr. Bochinski said Hurlbutt Elementary
School, for example, was projected to see a 6% increase next year.

He explained that a decline in enrollment did not necessarily mean teachers
could be cut because the enrollment decrease could be spread so that no one
particular class is affected.




Weston candidates: The race for first selectman
Weston FORUM
Written by Kimberly Donnelly
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 11:44

The following is the fifth and final installment in a series profiling candidates in
contested races in the Nov. 3 municipal election. This week, the focus is on
candidates for first selectman.

The Board of Selectmen is composed of a first selectman, who acts as the
town’s chief elected official, and two selectmen.

There are two candidates this year for the first selectman’s seat, Dan
Gilbert (R), and Gayle Weinstein (D).

While the one with the most votes is elected first selectman, the losing
candidate still may end up on the Board of Selectmen if he or she garners
more votes than either of the two selectman candidates.


DAN GILBERT

Dan Gilbert, a Republican, has lived in Weston since 1986. He and his wife,
Sharon, have two grown children, Mary Katherine and Craig. He has one
grandson.

Dr. Gilbert has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Penn State University,
an M.B.A. from the University of Scranton, a master’s degree in personnel
psychology from Columbia University, and a doctorate in educational
psychology from Fordham University.

His three graduate degrees were earned at night over a 25-year period while he
worked, first at RCA, and then at General Electric after the two companies
merged. Dr. Gilbert retired from his job as a compensation consultant on GE’s
corporate staff in 2003.

That same year, Dr. Gilbert was asked to fill a vacancy on the Planning and
Zoning Commission, a position he was elected to in November 2003; he has
been on the commission ever since.

Dr. Gilbert now works as an organizational psychologist. He is an active
member of Weston’s Republican Town Committee, the Kiwanis Club of
Weston, and St. Francis of Assisi Church.

He said he has learned a great deal about Weston through his community
involvement, which includes volunteering at the Westport Weston Health
District, the Norwalk Emergency Shelter, and AmeriCares Homefront.

Dr. Gilbert believes his involvement on P&Z will serve him well as first
selectman. “Zoning regulations guide Weston’s development and protect
every property owner,” he said.

During his tenure on P&Z, the commission has challenged the Board of
Selectmen on several issues, including the town’s exemption from zoning
regulations and the need for an A-2 survey for rehabilitation of the Valley Forge
Bridge. “Checks and balances are the key to our democracy,” Dr. Gilbert said.

After much research, Dr. Gilbert believes the town never legally exempted
itself from zoning regulations, but he has been unable to convince the sitting
board to acknowledge that. “If I’m fortunate enough to be first selectman, one
of the first things I’ll do will be to discuss and vote on this,” he said.

But for Dr. Gilbert, the top issues in this election are leadership and bringing
the community together.

“It’s not just about numbers. It’s not just the school budget vs. property taxes,”
he said. “I’m anxious about what type of community we are and where we’re
going. I’m anxious about a fault line that’s developed” between those who want
great schools and those who are very concerned about their property taxes.”

There is an incredible sense of volunteerism and history in Weston, Dr. Gilbert
said. “I’m running so that we don’t change the character of the town and our
sense of community because of budget concerns,” he said.

“It’s about leadership,” Dr. Gilbert said. There are many who believe experience
is synonymous with leadership, but “sitting at a table for a year and half doesn’t
make you a leader — it may, but not necessarily,” he said.

Dr. Gilbert said he worked for years building consensus. He is proactive and
knows how to “stay ahead of the curve,” he said. “That’s important, because
that’s what leaders do.”



GAYLE WEINSTEIN

Gayle Weinstein, a Democrat, has lived in Weston for about 15 years, moving
here from New York City with her husband Seth when she was expecting twins,
her sons Max and Zack.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University. She was in the
Ph.D. program at SUNY Stony Brook, where she earned her master’s degree in
physical anthropology before leaving to start a career as a headhunter/recruiter.
She spent seven years placing people in the financial industry.

Since moving to Weston, Ms. Weinstein has been involved in a number of
advocacy issues. She was a member of the Woodlands Coalitions that helped
stop above-ground power lines in the area; she was a member of the Weston
Veterans Affairs Committee; she has been advocacy chairman, organizational
vice president, and chapter president for Hadassah, a women’s service and
educational organization; she is a member of the Medical Reserve Corps
through the Westport Weston Health District.

She has held several positions on Weston PTOs, including chairman of the
Memorial Day Fair and the first president of the intermediate school PTO.

For the past two years, Ms. Weinstein has served as a selectman.

“My passion truly has been to serve the community... It’s been my life,” Ms.
Weinstein said.

Ms. Weinstein does not see the town’s zoning exemption as a “major driving
force issue.” She can see both the pros and cons, she said, but it has never
been brought to the selectmen while she has been on the board, so she has
not had the chance to decide.

“Until we sit down, have a discussion, and bring it into the open, only then can
the Board of Selectmen, as a group, make a decision about this. I’m not
comfortable making a unilateral decision about it,” she said, adding that the
“threat of litigation from one board against another” will not bring about a
solution.

In her mind, issue number one facing the town is the budget. “Everyone is
concerned about their taxes and where the budget is going,” Ms. Weinstein
said.

She believes her experience on the Board of Selectmen will be “invaluable”
when it comes to crafting the next budget. “I’ve gone through the budget
process for two fiscal years, she said.

However, she added, she would like to see a zero-based budget, one that is
created from bottom up as opposed to simply adding an acceptable increase to
the current budget.

The fact that she has served on the Board of Selectmen gives her an advantage
when it comes to other aspects of the job as first selectman, too, Ms. Weinstein
said. “There are so many more intricate details in this role, and until you’re
there, you don’t really understand the facets of the job... Working on this board,
and with Woody [Bliss, current first selectman], this experience has been
invaluable,” she said.

Ms. Weinstein said she has started conversations with the first selectmen in
other towns to see if there are things on which Weston can work jointly with
other towns, such as health care or purchasing.

Similarly, she believes the town and the school board could do more “sharing”
of employees and purchasing power.

Ms. Weinstein said the relationships she has formed with the superintendent,
other board and commission chairmen, other selectmen and first selectmen,
state and federal legislators will serve her and the town well if she were to
become first selectman.

“I think if we work in concert, as we’ve been doing, it’s a win-win,” she said.



Weston selectmen candidates talk taxes
FORUM
Written by Patricia Gay
Wednesday, 14 October 2009 11:19

The following is the fourth in a series profiling candidates for the upcoming
Nov. 3 municipal election. This week, the focus is on candidates for selectman.

The Board of Selectmen is composed of the first selectman, who acts as the
town’s chief elected official, and two selectmen.

There are two contenders this year for a selectman’s seat — David Muller (D),
and Britta Lerner (R). Voters will be allowed to vote for one of these candidates.

The candidate with the most votes is elected selectman. The “third” selectman
is chosen by whomever gets more votes — the losing first selectman candidate
or the losing selectman candidate.

DAVID MULLER

David Muller, a Democrat, has lived in Weston since 1998. He and his wife
Diana have three children, Daniel, Julia, and Benjamin, who attend the Weston
public schools.

Mr. Muller has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, and an MBA from
the University of Chicago. He has a master’s degree in European law as a
Fulbright Scholar from the University of the Saar, Germany. He has worked in
finance for 25 years and is a manager with The Rohatyn Group.

Mr. Muller is active in town government, and has served on the Library Board
and Planning and Zoning Commission, and is on the Board of Finance.

He was also the organizer of Weston’s partnership with Lacombe, La., in the
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He volunteers with Weston Soccer and
Weston Little League, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Community service is very important to Mr. Muller. His father served on the
school board in his hometown and his mother volunteered to read books to
veterans in the hospital.

“My parents were my role models and instilled in me that serving your
community is something everyone should do. I want my kids to learn the
same thing from me,” Mr. Muller said.

Through his experience on various town boards, Mr. Muller has earned a
reputation for working well with other board and commission members
regardless of party affiliation.

“When I was at a Library Board meeting, someone mentioned that we
happened to be sitting according to party lines. Until that point, I never even
knew what party anyone belonged to because we always worked collegially
as a group,” he said.

Mr. Muller has pledged to work cooperatively on the Board of Selectmen.

“I advocated for having the finance board, selectmen, and school board meet in
September to discuss the budget, rather than wait until January as we usually
did, so we could establish better communication. When the three boards
cooperate more, it helps the budget process become more transparent,” he said.

He said his experience has taught him that not all issues are “black or white.”

“When I first moved to Weston my only concern was the school building project
and getting the [new] school built. I wasn’t concerned about what other people
thought about it because it was so important,” he said.

But now, he said, he has learned to see both sides of an issue. “It’s important
to hear both sides of an argument in order to get a better understanding of an
issue and make the best decision,” he said.

Mr. Muller has been actively going door to door during the campaign, talking to
Weston residents and hearing their concerns. He said real estate values, taxes
and the budget are the major issues on people’s minds.

“By and large, the town works efficiently. But one of my priorities would be to
build a zero-based budget. Every department would have to justify its expenses.
There wouldn’t just be an automatic 3% increase. That becomes frivolous,” Mr.
Muller said.

He has known first selectman candidate Gayle Weinstein for many years.
 “I think we will complement each other very well. I have a business approach
to things, where Gayle has a public advocacy approach,” he said.


BRITTA LERNER

Britta Lerner, a Republican, has lived in Weston with her husband Dan and
two sons, Luke and Casey, for 10 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in
English from Middlebury College.

Since 2003, Ms. Lerner has devoted herself full time to raising her family.

Prior to 2003, Ms. Lerner started and ran her own medical communications
consulting business, Herlitz HealthCare. She also has worked for Carlson
HealthCare Publications, and was associate editor and then associate publisher
for the J.B. Lippincott Company.

She has served on the boards of The Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association,
The International Rett Syndrome Foundation, and locally has served as parent
chairman of the Hurlbutt Early Learning Center, and as social chairman and
president of the Norfield Children’s Center.

“I love Weston. I want to lend a voice to working families, protect our excellent
schools, provide fiscal relief by minimizing tax increases, and preserve our
town’s rural character,” Ms. Lerner said.

New to politics, Ms. Lerner came to the attention of a member of the
Republican Town Committee when she was president of the Norfield Children’s
Center.

“Jess DiPasquale encouraged me to get involved in town government, and now
seemed like the right time,” she said.

Like her opponent, Ms. Lerner is also busy going door to door throughout
Weston neighborhoods and introducing herself. She has spoken to some
people that have been hit very hard by the economy.

“The number one issue is taxes, taxes, taxes,” Ms. Lerner said.

After one visit, a resident called to thank her for stopping by. “She said, please
remember that not everyone in Weston is rich,” Ms. Lerner said.

When Ms. Lerner first moved to Weston, she noticed a lot of development was
going on. “Bisceglie Park was a forest and it became a ballfield, and then
Peter’s Market expanded,” she said.

Now things have changed. “I see things headed in a different direction.
Development is slowing down, and people are taking a breath. Now it’s time to
look at working for efficiencies in the budget. Some people are feeling
squeezed out,” she said.

Ms. Lerner said she will bring her “small business” acumen and background to
the board. “I believe we need to keep property taxes down and look toward
getting as many grants and stimulus funds that we can. We need to go after
them because it is worth the effort,” she said.

She supports the fuel cell for the schools because it has a strong potential to
save the town a lot of money. She also believes in keeping a healthy reserve
fund so the town can survive during lean years.

She said it was very important to maintain a good dialogue with the school
board.

“We need to find savings. I do not think the selectmen should micromanage
the school board, because it is well managed. But I think there are ways the
two boards can work together to find more efficiencies,” she said.

During these difficult times, Ms. Lerner said it is important to maintain a
positive outlook. One thing she said that distinguishes her from her opponent
is her availability because she is in Weston day and night.

“Because I am not working outside the home, I am here in Weston 24/7. I can
attend important events and meetings, not just selectmen meetings, because
I have the opportunity to do so. There is value in that,” she said.



At the request of the FORUM, we are including a link to the CT Statutes.
This section explains why Board of Education candidates always
get
fewer votes other candidates for seats on other Boards and Commissions:

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2009/pub/chap146.htm#Sec9-204.htm


School board hopefuls focus on class size, budget
Weston FORUM
Written by Patricia Gay
Wednesday, 07 October 2009 11:54

The following is the third in a series profiling candidates for the upcoming
November municipal election. This week, the focus is on candidates for the
Board of Education.

There are four contenders — two Republicans and two Democrats — vying for
three [corrected from print version] slots on the seven-member Board of
Education. Voters will be asked to choose two candidates.

Incumbents running for the board are Lyn Kimberly (R) and Richard
Bochinski (D). They are joined by election newcomers Sonya Stack (R)
and Denise Harvey (D).

Republicans

Lyn Kimberly has served on the board since 2003. She is a graduate of the
Weston school system and lives in town with her husband and two children.

She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from
Clemson University and is the founder of American Wanderer Summer Camp
and Foundation.

“I would like to continue as a member of the BOE because I feel my unique
background helps me to see the big picture before making decisions. I started
my career as a teacher, have 20 years of business experience, am a parent
of school age children, and have returned to my first love — working with
children through my educational summer camp and foundation. I have a strong
passion for outstanding education,” Ms. Kimberly said.

Two key issues facing the board are class size and the budget, Ms. Kimberly s
aid.

“Maintaining an appropriate class size at each level is critically important.
Having been in the classroom, I understand the issues. The budget is on
everyone’s mind in these tough financial times. In any economic climate, the
BOE balances wants and needs, being ever mindful of the impact our
decisions have on the students, staff, school facilities and the entire Weston
community. Starting my own business, I fully understand the balance between
wants and needs,” she said.

She also believes it is important for the schools to offer a rigorous and diverse
curriculum. “We need to prepare our students for the wide-ranging opportunities
of the 21st Century. I was instrumental in the push towards online classes.
We are now able to offer courses through ‘virtual high school,’ which never
would have been possible given the size of our district,” she said.

She also supports recruiting, training, and retaining the best teachers to ensure
students of ongoing success. “Our children have had fantastic teachers from
veterans that I had when I was in school here, to first year teachers,” she said.

Sonya B. Stack has lived in Weston with her husband and four sons for six
years. Originally from Philadelphia, Pa., she has a bachelor’s degree in
communications and a law degree.

Ms. Stack has served on PTO boards at Hurlbutt Elementary School and
Weston Intermediate School. She attends Emmanuel Church where she has
served on various leadership teams. She is also a past board member of the
Weston Women’s League.

She said the school board has a responsibility to listen to all town residents,
whether or not they have children attending Weston schools.

“I am running for a seat on the BOE to join that team in making the best
decisions for the education of all of Weston’s children and to represent the
entire community,” she said.

Ms. Stack would also like a way to give back to the community. “That has
always been part of how I was raised — my family has a tradition of public
service that runs all the way back to my grandmother, who was the first
woman elected to Korea’s legislature. I am excited about the opportunity to
channel my ongoing interest in public service by serving on the BOE,” she said.

Important issues facing the board she said include promoting a wide-ranging
curriculum to ensure Weston is on competitive footing with comparable
surrounding districts; attracting and retaining talented teachers; maintaining
class size guidelines; and creating a responsible budget while minimizing
burdens on taxpayers.

“Class size guidelines are a perennially important issue, and a balanced
approach should drive the discussion — it is important to maintain appropriate
teacher-to-student ratios and equally important to convey to the community
that enrollment in different grades drives staffing needs. The board will need
to frame policies with an eye toward what will be done as smaller classes in
the lower grades move into the high school, to continue to deliver an
outstanding curriculum to our students.”

Democrats

Richard Bochinski has lived in Weston for 37 years and is married with two
grown children. He has served on the school board since 2005, and has an
 extensive background in town government, including past service on the
Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance, and Board of Ethics.

Mr. Bochinski has been a professional educator for 40 years and teaches
history at Norwalk Community College.

“I want to be re-elected to the BOE because I strongly believe in preserving the
excellence of our education system while being responsive to the community’s
economic concerns,” he said.

He said Weston’s challenging educational programs have led to a high level of
student achievement. “Our system’s accomplishments are more than academic.
We have given our students other opportunities to excel. The theatrical and
musical performances in the newly refurbished auditorium are superb and just
last week we were the recipients of the Michaels Cup for the most exemplary
athletic program in the entire state. These honors greatly compliment Weston’s
talented students and dedicated staff,” he said.

Mr. Bochinski acknowledged that the schools face some budgetary challenges.
“I think we can meet these challenges by making good choices when assessing
trade-offs and determining wants versus needs, being conscious of fiscal
prudence, and having open communication with other boards and with the
community at large,” he said.

He said the first thing the new board needs to do is get its priorities straight.
 “For me, that involves keeping reasonable class size guidelines, seeing that
essential maintenance is done for safety and security, and remaining
competitive in curriculum and activities. We have demonstrated significant
savings in the past two years in operations through skillful bidding and some
staff reorganization. We can build on these responsibly and even find ways to
improve on them,” he said.

Denise Harvey lives in Weston with her husband and two school-aged children.
She has been an attorney for 20 years, most recently as director and senior
counsel for Citigroup.

Although she is new to the political process in Weston, she has a strong
involvement with Weston schools and is active in the middle school and high
school PTOs, where she has served as president (WMS) and on the executive
board (WMS and WIS). She was also on the review committee for the Weston
Middle School principal search.

One of the most important issues facing the schools, she said, is providing the
best quality education while keeping within the means of the taxpayers.

“I believe that I can play a valuable role in working with administrators, teachers,
parents, other elected representatives and the greater community to keep our
schools strong in these challenging economic times. I also understand the need
to prepare our children for success in an increasingly complex world and the
importance of the Weston schools to the economic well-being and social fabric
of this community,” she said.

Other important issues, she said, include the need to retain reasonable class
size guidelines — particularly for K-5; maintain strong teacher morale; attract
and retain talented teachers; continue to offer a competitive curriculum and
program of activities; provide necessary support for students and ensure their
safety; and provide essential maintenance for school facilities, and do so in a
fiscally responsible manner.

To that end, Ms. Harvey recommends regular communication between the
school board, finance board, and selectmen.

“By working together, we can fulfill more effectively the responsibility of
educating Weston’s children and ensure that the school system reflects
community values and expectations,” she said.

As part of a long-term strategy, she would like to update the school strategic
plan. “It was based on data now several years old, and needs to take into
account the projected financial costs and expected sources of revenue over the
next few years,” she said.


Weston Planning and Zoning Commission
Weston FORUM
Written by Patricia Gay
Wednesday, 30 September 2009 15:49

The following is the second in a series profiling candidates for the upcoming
November municipal election. This week, the focus is on candidates for the
Planning and Zoning Commission.

There are four candidates — two Republicans and two Democrats — vying for
three slots on the seven-member Planning and Zoning Commission.

It has been a busy two years for P&Z since the last election. Some projects
that came before it seeking approval during that time included: Cartbridge Road
bridge, the Lyons Plain firehouse, Emmanuel Church parish hall, Weston
Historical Society archive facility, the Food Pantry, Booster Barn, and
 Aspetuck Valley Country Club improvements.

P&Z is currently working on updating and writing the town’s 10-year Plan of
Conservation and Development, which will set the direction for future land use
in town.

Incumbents up for re-election are P&Z Chairman Stephan B. Grozinger, a
Republican, and Democrat Paul Heifetz. Newcomers to the race are
Republican David E. Allen, and Democrat Joseph Limone.

Republicans

Stephan B. Grozinger has served on P&Z for five years, and is the current
chairman.

He is a local attorney and member of the Weston Volunteer Fire Department.
In 2002, he was named Firefighter of the Year.

“I’ve worked hard during my first term and as chairman to make P&Z more
professional, accountable and transparent. There’s much more to do. I’d like
the opportunity to keep leading P&Z in that direction,” Mr. Grozinger said.

One of the most important issues facing the commission, he said, is the
preparation of the Plan of Conservation and Development, which is required
by the state every 10 years.

P&Z has held several public hearings to gather the town’s input into issues
such as the protection of natural resources and commercial development.
Now it is time for the commission to put it findings together in a new plan.

Another issue for Mr. Grozinger is P&Z’s organization and operation. “State
law gives P&Z a lot of power and the courts are required to give our decisions
a lot of deference. So it’s important that we get our decisions right the first
time and make sure we always act with humility and restraint. Everything
P&Z does will follow from that principle,” he said.

Mr. Grozinger also considers the town’s exemption to zoning regulations
another important issue facing the commission.

He called other members of P&Z dedicated and hard-working.
“Everyone is committed to doing a good job and making P&Z better every
day,” he said.

David E. Allen has lived in Weston since 2005. He is a civil engineer with 20
years’ experience in residential and commercial real estate. He is involved in
fund-raising activities for the Weston public schools.

Although Mr. Allen may be a political newcomer to Weston, he has a strong
background in planning and zoning. He served on the Planning Board for the
city of Boston, Mass., from 1990 to 1994, the Zoning Board for the city of
Baltimore, Md., from 1994 to 1997 and on the Planning Board for Stamford,
Conn., from 1997 to 2005.

“I’m running for P&Z because, like everything in life, there is always room for
improvement and fresh ideas,” Mr. Allen said.

He said the biggest challenge facing the commission is keeping Weston’s
small-town feel but giving residents local commercial conveniences they want.

Democrats

Incumbent Paul Heifetz has lived in Weston for 43 years. Over the course of
that time he has served on the Building Committee and Zoning Board of
Appeals. He has served on P&Z for 10 years, and is also a member of the
Weston Commission for the Arts.

“From my point of view, it is the volunteer members of our community who give
freely of their time that have made Weston a special place,” Mr. Heifetz said.

He would like to continue to serve on P&Z in order to complete his contribution
to the Plan of Conservation and Development. “As a member of P&Z, I will
continue to advocate for the protection of our natural resources and open space
as well as the preservation of Weston’s unique character,” Mr. Heifetz said.

Mr. Heifetz stated that in his opinion, the “essential character” of Weston is a
residential community with low population density, lots of green open space,
excellent schools, winding roads and lovely vistas.

If he is granted another term of office, Mr. Heifetz said he would continue efforts
to urge the selectmen to rescind the town’s exemption from zoning regulations.

“P&Z regulations serve the dual purpose of insuring that neighboring property
rights are observed and that our wells and septic systems are protected and
that the essential character of our town does not change. My major concern is
that someday political expediency could trump responsible land use causing
infringement on neighboring property and financial loss. We require all land
developers to bring their projects before P&Z; there are no good reasons that
the town not be subject to this requirement,” he said.

Joseph Limone and his wife and three children have lived in Weston for four
years. He has been an attorney for 20 years, and is a former solicitor for the
city of Malden, Mass., where he represented several city boards and
commissions, including the Malden Planning and Zoning Board.

He is a volunteer with Aspetuck Land Trust and enjoys geocaching, fishing,
and hiking at land trust properties.

“I would like to serve on P&Z because I can provide relevant experience based
upon the work I did as a city attorney representing the Planning and Zoning
Board of Malden. Additionally, I can bring a fresh perspective and input to the
10-year plan that is due to the state sometime in 2010,” he said.

He believes the single most important issue P&Z faces routinely is how to plan
 for the future.

“From my perspective, some of the important pieces of that issue are making
sure our infrastructure stays individual and private when it comes to water
supply and septic; understanding the make-up of Weston’s undeveloped
property; protecting the integrity of the rural and residential feel of Weston;
coordinating and working with other boards and commissions to ensure P&Z
is not working in a vacuum; and making sure we are being clear, consistent
and fair in our decisions,” he said.

Mr. Limone said he and his family moved to Weston because they liked the
rural and residential nature of the town, and the quality of the school system.

“Most importantly, we liked the synergy of the entire community. I use the
word synergy intentionally. The definition — a combined effort being greater
than the parts — has a great application to Weston. We need to all work
together so that the result (the town) is greater than the sum of the individual
effects or capabilities. By working together we can continue to improve and
make Weston greater. What better plan for the future can we have than
that?” he said.







Six vie for four slots on the Weston Police Commission

Weston FORUM
Written by Patricia Gay
Wednesday, 23 September 2009 12:38

The following is the first in a series profiling candidates for the upcoming
November municipal election. This week, the focus is on candidates for the
Police Commission.

There are two Republicans, three Democrats, and one petitioning candidate
vying for four slots on the Police Commission in the upcoming election in
November.

The two Republican candidates, Rick Phillips, and Peter Ottomano, are
incumbents, while Democrat Jeffrey Eglash has served on the commission for
a year after being appointed to fill a vacancy. The remaining candidates, Steve
Ezzes, Hal Shupack (both Democrats), and Peter J. “Jay” Faillace, Jr.
(unaffiliated), would be newcomers to the commission.

Republicans

Rick Phillips has been a member of the Police Commission for eight years,
and has served as chairman since 2006.

He owns his own money management firm in Westport, is a member of the
Kiwanis Club of Weston, and assists with Cub Scout Pack 75 and Boy Scout
Troop 788.

“I would like to continue on the commission because I feel I can continue to
make a positive contribution to department policies, procedures, and rules and
regulations as they pertain to the implementation of public safety in Weston,”
Mr. Phillips said.

He is proud of the fact that the commission works in a “non-partisan” manner.
“Our board works in almost an apolitical atmosphere, which helps us get things
done efficiently and with the town’s best interests as our primary concern,”
he said.

He said the most important issues facing the commission are maintaining an
adequate level of policing/public safety given Weston’s need for fiscal restraint;
adequate training for the officers; and managing growth.

“We need to ensure that the officers in our department are well trained in all
the latest enforcement techniques. But we also understand the need to keep
costs under control,” he said.

He said an additional challenge will be to maintain the personal nature of
small-town police work. “That is one of the factors that makes living in Weston
so great,” he said.

Peter Ottomano has served on the commission since 1996, and is a past
chairman. He was born and raised in Weston and has been a private practice
attorney in Westport for 30 years.

“I believe the biggest issues facing the commission at this time are making
sure we have a no-frills budget and that taxpayer money is spent wisely and
efficiently; continuing to make our best efforts to control overtime expenses
while responding to emergencies such as the recent fatal motor crash on
Weston Road; negotiating a new union contract while being fair to the officers
and the interests of the taxpayers; and assessing staffing and manpower,”
he said.

Mr. Ottomano said he is running again as a matter of public service, and to
assure continuity of experience on the board. “We have a core of dedicated
commissioners, both Republican and Democrat, who have experience and
work well together. I enjoy working on this board, where problem solving is
accomplished by non-partisan adherence to what is in the best interest of the
town. If the electorate so chooses, I will be pleased to serve another term,”
he said.

Democrats

Three Democrats — Jeffrey Eglash, Steve Ezzes, and Hal Shupack — have
thrown their hats into the ring.

Jeffrey Eglash is an attorney for GE, and a former prosecutor and inspector
general for the Los Angeles Police Commission. He was appointed to fill a
vacancy and has served on the commission for almost a year.

He said his time on the commission has given him insight into how the police
department operates.

“I think we are fortunate in Weston to have an outstanding department with
officers who are highly professional and well-trained. We have a fine chief of
police, good morale, and a great sense of shared mission and mutual respect
between the police department and the residents of our town,” he said.

Nevertheless, Mr. Eglash said, he recognizes there are some challenges ahead.

“A couple of recent high-profile incidents have rightfully caused concern about
public safety in Weston. These incidents require a commission that can work
with the chief and others to ensure that our department’s policies, procedures,
and training are world class, and that they reflect the values and unique
characteristics of Weston,” he said.

He is also aware of the economic challenges that face the town and the
department. “We need to continue to maintain the highest level of public
safety while doing everything we can to reduce costs,” he said.

Steve Ezzes, the managing director for the Mariner Investment Group, is also
seeking a seat on the commission.

He is a trustee of the Westport-Weston YMCA, and serves Weston as a
moderator for town meetings. He was a member of the Select Legal Review
Committee, and is a former member of the Building Committee.

Prior to moving to Weston, Mr. Ezzes served on the Board of Finance in
Westport, and was chairman of the pension committees for the Westport
Police and Fire Departments and Westport Fire Department.

Mr. Ezzes believes the top issues facing the commission are management
and financial oversight, and planning for the future of the police department.

“I view the Police Commission much like other boards I serve on. The board
does not micromanage the company. That is the role of the chief executive or,
in the case of the police department, the police chief,” he said.

Mr. Ezzes said the financial issue the commission faces is how to provide
citizens with exceptional public safety while having limited resources.

“Having had financial oversight of Westport’s public safety departments while
serving on the Board of Finance, I believe I am experienced in being able to
evaluate how best to provide public safety within the budget constraints of our
town,” he said.

Planning the future of the police department, he said was probably the
commission’s most important role. “Certainly events over the past few years
have placed greater requirements on our police department. Police work is
hours of normalcy with minutes of the unknown. We have to be prepared for
the unknown. I would like to think I will bring my experience to this critical
issue,” he said.

Hal Shupack, the third Democratic candidate, is a 37-year resident of
Weston, who has served on many town boards and commissions, including
the board of selectmen, and in 1999, as first selectman. He was a founding
member of the Weston Kiwanis Club, and is a member of the Weston
Historical Society.

“The important issues facing the commission are the true cost of police
operations and the overtime budget; a fair contract for the police officers;
serving the public interest as a watchdog for citizens; and proper training for
the police,” Mr. Shupack said.

“I am running for the commission because I can lend my experience with the
town and 37 years as a resident in overseeing the police department. I hope
the voters will vote for all three of us, the complete team,” Mr. Shupack said
about the Democratic candidates.

Petitioning

Peter J. “Jay” Faillace Jr., a money manager in Southport, is a 30-year
resident of Weston. He is running for the commission as a petitioning
candidate, and is an unaffiliated voter — not registered with any party.

While Mr. Faillace was unavailable for this story, the following was culled
from political statements he has recently submitted to The Forum.

“It has always bothered me a bit that those citizens who have chosen not to
register as members of either party are virtually unrepresented in the town’s
government,” he said.

He would like to bring a fresh face and fresh voice to the commission.

“I have financial knowledge and expertise that can help the commission save
costs,” Mr. Faillace said.

If elected, Mr. Faillace would focus on finances. “Why for years were there
huge deficits in police overtime?” Mr. Faillace asked.

He would like to see if it would be beneficial to switch the police pension plan
from a defined benefit angle to a defined contribution plan. “The town currently
has a defined benefit program with ongoing legacy costs,” he said.

Mr. Faillace faulted the commission for “failing to take actions” that might
have prevented a lawsuit filed by Police Officer Dann McInnis against the town
several years ago, and for “failing to properly negotiate a contract” with former
Chief Anthony Land, paying him $250,000 as an “inducement to settle.”

“Although insurance covered the bulk of the litigation costs, the court rulings
against the town highlight the incumbent commissioners’ exceptional
ineptitude,” Mr. Faillace said.

“Our families deserve the most competent police force possible. Our police
force deserves competent leadership,” he said.

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Breaking News: Caucuses choose candidates
Weston FORUM
Written by Patricia Gay
Thursday, 23 July 2009 11:38

Democrats and Republicans in Weston participated in well-attended caucuses
this week to endorse a slate of candidates for the municipal election in
November.

The Democrats chose incumbent selectman Gayle Weinstein to run for the
first selectman’s slot, while the Republicans chose Dan Gilbert, a member of
the Planning and Zoning Commission, for the top of the ticket.

The Republican caucus was held Tuesday, July 21, at the Weston Intermediate
School, and featured a head-on duel between Don Gary and Dan Gilbert,
petitioning candidates, for the first selectman’s seat.

After a secret ballot vote was taken, Dr. Gilbert won by a nearly 2 to 1 margin.
He received 101 votes, while Mr. Gary got 56.

The entire approved Republican slate of candidates includes:

First Selectman: Dan Gilbert

Selectman: Britta Lerner

Board of Education: Lyn Kimberly, Sonya Stack

Police Commission: Rick Phillips, Peter Ottomano

Planning and Zoning Commission: Stephan Grozinger, David Allen

Zoning Board of Appeals: Frederick Noyes

Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate: Marianne Murray, Jeffrey Tallman

Board of Assessment Appeals: Ryan Cornell

Tax Collector: Charity Nichols


The Democratic caucus was held Wednesday, July 22, at the Meeting Room at
town hall. Unlike the Republican caucus, there was no opposition for any seat
on the ticket, and the vote for the entire slate was unanimous.

The approved Democratic slate of candidates includes:

First Selectman: Gayle Weinstein

Selectman: David Muller

Board of Education: Dick Bochinski, Denise Harvey

Police Commission: Jeffrey Eglash, Steve Ezzes, Hal Shupack

Planning and Zoning Commission: Paul Heifetz, Joseph Limone

Zoning Board of Appeals: W. MacLeod Snaith

Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate: Kenneth C. Edgar, Jr., Debbie Rehr

Board of Assessment Appeals: Marina Coprio

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Republican Candidates for Office: 

For First Selectman and Selectman


Dan Gilbert and Britta Lerner platform:

  • Live as a Community
  • Celebrate Our Schools
  • Restrain Out Property Taxes
  • Respect Weston's Character
SLATE FOR REPUBLICANS:



DEBATERS:  Republicans who are to debate at LWV event
Sunday October 25 at 2pm, Norfield Parish Hall...below.


SECOND DEBATE:  All eight candidates for Boards of Selectmen
and Education at Weston Fiscal Responsibility Debate (FORUM report here)



FIRST DEBATE:  Britta answers (top), then Dan - followed by
Sonya and Lyn, at P.T.O. debate.



Dan, Rick, Sonya, Stephan and Britta at Cobb's Mill "Funny Thinh
Happened on the Way the the Fire House" event



Dan Gilbert, Sonya Stack, Britta Lerner and Lyn Kimberly

EMMANUEL FAIR


Woody Bliss, Lyn Kimberly, Sonya Stack, Rick Phillips (Police Commission)

We know what Woody is thinking..."gee, those chocolate chip cookies look
fantastic."


Dan Gilbert, First Selectman candidate, thinking about the return deposit bill
recently passed in the Legislature - into effect NOW!.



Sonya Stack solves "stick game" but doesn't jump in with answers,
instead, being politically correct with potential voter.



HEALTH CARE



Britta Lerner (Selectman), in crowd at  Town Hall healthcare discussion with
Congressman Himes

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For First Selectman


Dan Gilbert


For Selectman


Britta Lerner



For Board of Education


Lyn Kimberly




Sonya Stack

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For Board of Assessment Appeals


Ryan Cornell

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For Planning and Zoning Commission

 
Stephan Grozinger




David Allen

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For Police Commission


Peter Ottomano



Rick Phillips

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For Tax Collector


Charity Nichols

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Zoning Board of Appeals


Nick Noyes

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Zoning Board of Appeals Alternates

Jeff Tallman, Marianne Murray (no photo)




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Democrat Candidates for Office:


For First Selectman and Selectman


Gayle Weinstein and David Muller:

  • Experienced Leadership
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Compassion to do What’s Right
SLATE FOR DEMOCRATS:




DEBATERS FRONT ROW ABOVE:  Democrats who are to
debate at LWV event Sunday October 25 at 2pm, Norfield Parish
Hall.

AT THE CENTER...

  
Running-mates at the Center;  leadership means "driving the bus" or
in this case, sitting at the wheel of the firetruck!

AT THE SENIOR LUNCHEON...


Since this is a non-Partisan venue, Gayle is asking only if the
TAX FREEZE agrees with these seniors, we assume.


The Vice President, Congressional and State Party Supporters:



Gayle and Vice President Biden in Fairfield.



Congressman Himes with Gayle and David in Wilton and...


Secretary of the State  Bysiewicz


Congressman Himes and Board of Education candidates Dick and Denise.


EMMANUEL FAIR


DEBATERS:  Gayle Weinstein, Denise Harvey and Dick Bochinski plus...


David Muller in front of an electoral pun.


Gayle Weinstein and a friend at Emmanuel Fair...which was a
very safe place to be (heavy police presence), see immediately below...



Police Commission candidates Steve Ezzes, Hal Shupack, Jeff Eglash




Gayle Weinstein, First Selectperson


David Muller, Selectman

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For Board of Education

Dick Bochinski




Denise Harvey


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For Board of Assessment Appeals



Marina Coprio


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For Planning and Zoning Commission



Paul Heifetz and FORUM write-up;
Joseph Limone  and FORUM write-up.

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For Police Commission

 

Hal Shupack, Steve Ezzes  and Jeff Eglash

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Zoning Board of Appeals

W. MacLeod Snaith


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Zoning Board of Appeals Alternates

Kenneth Edgar and Debbie Rehr


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