Posts tagged ‘Town Council’

November 6th, 2013

Tynan Captures Tax Collector; Dunn Cruises in Sweeping Victory

by Christopher O'Brien
Mayor Thomas G. Dunn hugs a supporter

Mayor Thomas G. Dunn hugs a supporter after winning re-election Tuesday night.

By Chris O’Brien

Despite a last minute appeal for change by Democratic nominee Michael Gugliotti, voters overwhelmingly returned Thomas G. Dunn to the Mayor’s office with 78% of the vote. Gugliotti received about 16% of the vote and Petitioning Candidate Steven Olmstead received 6% in his second bid for Mayor.

Hayley Conroy leans in to help her mother Cheryl vote at Tyrrell School

Hayley Conroy leans in to help her mother Cheryl vote at Tyrrell School

However, all eyes were on the Tax Collector’s race where where current Municipal Agent Darlene Tynan defeated Cheryl McQueen Brundage by about 350 votes. All vote tallies did not include absentee ballots. The final count will be available Wednesday morning.

There was standing room only at the VFW as family, friends, and well-wishers packed the hall.

“They sent out the report cards. Before I got all F’s,” giving reference to a piece of campaign literature received by many voters. “But tonight I received all V’s (for victory)!” said a beaming Tynan of her win.

(Correction: We originally reported the wrong candidate had won a seat to the Town Council from District 3. Joe DelBouno won that seat. We regret the error but thank a reader for the correction.)

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November 1st, 2013

Candidates for 1st District Town Council

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartThe Town Charter requires that Town Council members live in each of the three voting districts in town. ALL voters can vote for candidates in EACH of the three voting districts. Thus, if you vote at Wakelee School (3rd District), you can still cast votes for candidate in the 1st and 2nd Districts.

There are four candidates running for the 1st District Town Council. You may vote for any two.

The candidates are: David Valletta (R), Jeffrey Slavin (R), Chuck Marsella (D), and Richard Irwin (D). Their profiles appear as they appear on the ballot from top to bottom.

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October 8th, 2013

Wolcott Election Coming Soon!

by Christopher O'Brien

Wolcott residents have an opportunity to choose their locally elected leaders every two years. From appeals boards to Mayor, many of our neighbors volunteer their time to ensure our government runs smoothly and fairly. We choose residents to manage education curriculum, approve school contracts, and oversee our superintendant. Other residents will be chosen to manage the town’s budgets and set a tax rate for the next two years. Another resident will be chosen to collect those taxes and also be fair to those who are hampered by the economy in paying their taxes.

 

In all, 31 slots are open for elected office on November 5th. Yet, of the 50 candidates, whom will you choose? And what rational will you select one candidate over another?

In the coming four weeks, the Whisper will run articles about the election and profiles about the candidates. Every candidate is invited to submit a profile and will be asked to answer a few questions. These are intended so the public can make an informed choice for their leaders.

All residents are also invited to submit their views on any issue they feel is important, or endorsing any particular candidate.

 

All submissions may be editted for clarity and space and letters generally should be less than 550 words. Please e-mail us at WolcottWhisper@gmail.com .

February 5th, 2013

Town Council To Discuss Bridge

by Christopher O'Brien

The Wolcott Town Council is meeting tonight at 7:30. Among the items on the agenda include a resolution for improvements to Tosun Rd. to the State’s Dept. of Transportation. The town just completed a multimillion dollar project in the industrial area near the Waterbury line to add gas lines, waterlines and improve drainage. One of the last remaining problems with the zone has been access by trucks on the one-way portion of Tosun Road from Route 69. Currently, the curve

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December 5th, 2012

Town Council Holds Record Meeting

by Christopher O'Brien

They gavelled in, then gavelled out. Wolcott’s Town Council was in session for a total of 6 minutes Tuesday evening, with little business being conducted. Even the Finance Officer and Mayor had nothing to report. The real reason the Council seemed to meet was to discuss a draft municipal contract behind closed doors in executive session. Details of that contract are expected to be discussed during open meeting at some point in the future. Executive session is allowed for certain personel matters as well as discussing the details of a contract up until the contract can be signed.

November 14th, 2011

Marsella Wins Recount, Council Seats Wednesday

by Christopher O'Brien

First term Councilman Charles Marsella won a recount against fellow Democratic candidate David Gentile for a seat on the Town Council. The recount for the First District seat was held Saturday morning and Marsella garnered 1600 votes to Gentile’s 1592. There was a two vote difference between the recount and the original numbers during the election.

This finalizes the slate of members that will be seated at Council’s organizational meeting Wednesday evening at Town Hall. Mayor Dunn will be sworn in for his fifth term as mayor and the Council will then be seated at 7 pm, in accordance with the Town Charter.

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November 9th, 2011

Republicans Pledge To Work With Mayor; Landslide Against Dems; Turnout Low

by Christopher O'Brien

**Updated Thursday 8:30 am**
The VFW hall was filled with celebration as Republicans arrived from their Wolcott Rd. headquarters, learning what the next two years would bring. Across town at the East Street eatery, the mood was more somber as Democrats questioned what happened. For the first time in many years, long serving Democrats were ushered from office and replaced by a cadre of newcomesrs who pledged to work closely with Mayor Dunn. It is also the first time the Council has had a six member majority in at least a decade.

Dunn beat Democratic challenger Steven Olmstead 4180- 803.

The newly formed Town Council will be seated next Wednesday and have an entirely new dynamic. For the past two years, Council headed by four member minority Democrats Michael Santogatta and Steven Olmstead will see neither of the leaders. Fellow Democrat Michael Perrone lost re-election in a Row C gamble and even the fate of Charles Marsella hangs in the balance with a recount.

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November 6th, 2011

Democrats Running for Town Council

by LonSeidman

Here are the candidate profiles submitted to the Whipser from Democratic candidates for the Town Council. The Whisper asked 4 questions of the candidates and profiles will be added as they are received.

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November 5th, 2011

Row C – Town Council Candidates

by LonSeidman

The Whisper asked Town Council candidates about why they are running for office. Below are the candidates on Row C, and their responses. We thank each candidate for their response.

When voting for Town Council, there will be six candidates running from each of Wolcott’s three voting districts. You may vote for any two, no matter which column they appear within the district.

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July 5th, 2011

Town Council Adopts Summer Schedule

by LonSeidman

There will be no Town Council meeting tonight.

At its last meeting, the Council adopted an abbreviated summer schedule for July and August. Usually demand for action from the Council decreases during the summer while Council members are often more frequently absent to take personal vacations. “I think we underestimated our need last year, though,” Council Chairman Michael Santagotta told his colleagues last week as the schedule was proposed. “But we could always call for a special meeting if the need arises.”

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