I am running for the Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET) because I believe that I have the skills to ensure that Greenwich continues to be the premiere place to live, work, raise a family and retire. We all know Greenwich is a unique, wonderful place to live — but keeping it that way in the current challenging environment will require experience, hard work and leadership.
As a lifelong Greenwich resident, who raised my family and built a successful business here, my commitment to our town runs deep. Additionally, over the last three decades, I have served across all levels of town government. This unique combination of public and private sector experience makes me well prepared to lead Greenwich. My experience balancing budgets, leading large teams and growing a successful business, coupled with my understanding of how town government works, are skills that will help me ensure that Greenwich’s quality of life is preserved for years to come.
During my time, I have worked closely with my fellow members of the BET, as well as the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), to be a responsible steward of Greenwich’s resources. I have strongly encouraged investment in our educational facilities, enhanced the quality of our emergency services and continued support for our seniors. As Chairman of the BET, I worked to turn the town’s $17 million negative fund balance to today’s $50 million surplus, helped lead the town through the 2008 Financial Crisis without raising taxes and led the effort for the town to adopt its first fund balance and debt policy. These efforts have allowed the town to continue to maintain its high quality of life, without mortgaging its future.
My plan includes:
- Responsible Capital Project Management – we must maintain our infrastructure, prioritize capital projects and pursue public/private partnerships.
- Improvements to the Town’s Operational Productivity—we must use technology to look for ways to make our town more efficient.
- Educational Excellence – we must protect our first-rate schools and facilities.
Smart Athletic Field Upgrades
I support a non-partisan field study to help define a priority list, so that we can create a responsible schedule for upgrading and adding fields. Currently, the fields take too long to recover from heavy rains and synthetic fields raise questions about health. My plan includes natural grass fields, as well as adding fields and increasing available usage time, such as additional lighting.
Responsible Capital Project Management
We must maintain our infrastructure, prioritize capital projects and pursue public/private partnerships. As we continue to address our infrastructure we need solid systems to ensure we prioritize the right projects. The Town should look at a Capital Management System to track of any project while also adding outside resources that can manage a project from concept to completion.
The financial pressures from Hartford will continue to grow and impact our town. We must maintain an ongoing dialogue to find efficiencies, while maintaining Greenwich’s high quality of life.