Posts tagged ‘Ficeto’

November 7th, 2011

Olmstead: I’ll Make Wolcott Better

by LonSeidman

Steve Olmstead

Two years ago, a picture ran in the Wolcott Community News featuring a dog, Steve Olmstead, and his mother. Above the photo were the words “My Mother Would Vote for Me”. Voters saw an honest, sincere and apolitical man intent on doing what’s right. “That ad is why people voted for me,” Olmstead explains. As folksy as it was, he won a seat to the Council with the second largest number of votes in town.

One day later, he was the newly seated Council’s Vice Chairman’s. The Council was a mix of factions, never seen before in Wolcott history. Four Democrats, one Republican and four Row C candidates all grappling to control the financial body. Olmstead didn’t align himself with any group of candidates in 2009 and was waiting for results on his home TV when a defeated councilman knocked on his door to congratulate him on his victory. The stocky moustached former pastor of Grace Living Church says he recognizes today’s financial difficulties and the need to guide Wolcott through it. “We’ve been here before three or four times since the 1970s and 1980s. Its nothing new,” he tells the Whisper. The local business owner and former pastor has had to balance payrolls, write checks and other tasks which he says will assist him to running the town like a busienss.

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November 4th, 2011

Who Takes Tax Collection Credit?

by LonSeidman

Debates from 2009’s municipal election are still being made this year, as Assistant Tax Collector Michelle Brundage took issue with a quote in the Repubilcan – American several weeks ago. At Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting, Brundage read a statement questioning how 3rd District Councilwoman Gale Mastrofrancesco could take credit for collecting $840,000 in back taxes in the last two years.

“Gale Mastrofranscesco has no authority of collecting back taxes,” she clarified. Brundage is the town’s back tax collector and stated that the credit should

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