Thursday, February 25, 2016

To Defend Our Town The Vine Has Returned and Will Remain

This past election saw many things in East Haven that were historic. For the first time in many years a viable Independent candidate ran for Mayor with a slate of candidates for various boards and although the Independent Candidate did not prevail you could see by the election results that the MAJORITY of East Haven residents did not choose Joe Maturo even though he won in a three man race.

Out of 7,287 votes cast 4,005 rejected Joe Maturo as Mayor. That's 55% of the East Haven population that either chose the Democrat candidate Michael Speer or the Independent candidate Sal Maltese. Do you think Joe Maturo would realize that he is not the man who once commanded 65% of the popular vote? Does Joe Maturo still think he can govern this way? See the 2015 Election Results

Maturo is playing with fire with the Old High School once again. Ignoring what the people of East Haven truly wanted done with this property through a vote at the ballot box. The MAJORITY of the residents of the Town of East Haven did not choose 55 and older residential units to be housed at 200 Tyler Street. The scary thing is Joe Maturo thinks he's smarter than all of us by setting up the Blue Ribbon Commission. Three fifths of the members were political donors to Maturo's Campaign and the remainder of the Blue Ribbon Committee are political appointees of the Maturo Administration,

Commission Members            Contributions                          Commission

Marlene Asid                                $210.00                                  None Listed
Paul Carbo                                    $575.00                                  Republican Town Chairman
Steven DeLucia                            $190.00                                  Fire Commission
Bob Lemoncelli                                  0                                       Economic Development
Chuck Lang                                        0                                       Zoning Board of Appeals

Boards and Commissions

Maturo for Mayor 2015 Finance Reports

Where is the transparency we were all promised? The Chairman, Paul Carbo steered this committee based on one single lie that educational component of the use of 200 Tyler Street was decided by the Board of Education. When the Vine checked the facts it was discovered that there was no Board of Education vote in fact what truly happened was Sal Brancoti,  Joe Maturo's Director of Administration, called John Finkle, Chairman and asked John to write a letter to him telling him he had no use for the property. When you ask Chairman Paul Carbo he said it was a consensus of the Board of Education. When pressed for a definition Mr. Carbo proceeded with his vote to the remainder of the Blue Ribbon Commission.

Here's the letter to prove it. 

Under the Maturo Administration transparency does not exist. We hope that the reemergence of the East Haven Vine will help you clearly see that this Administration is not working in your best interests and we know that this Administration is on fire to complete the sale of the Old High School before the next election, The Vine encourages you all to get to every meeting possible. Zoning Board, Town Council especially.

It's nice to be back thank you for all who always ask. I'm hope you'll continue to be an avid reader.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Three Sworn Men and the Female Employee

Have you read the New Haven Register, seen the clips on WTNH-8 on Joe Maturo's latest folly? Go to their links and read the story then come back here and read this!

It’s not just Joe Maturo’s job that is on the line here there are two more sworn Town Officials that could have their positions in jeopardy too, Town Attorney Joseph Zullo and Chief Brent Larrabee.  According to the CHRO complaint, Town Attorney Zullo was witness on several occasions to the alleged harassment and it is also alleged that Chief Larabee informed Mayor Maturo that he was sexually harassing her.  Larrabee is no stranger to sexual harassment cases. While he served as Chief in Stamford he was subject to a CHRO complaint where a female Lieutenant was denied a promotional opportunity.  She sued and won her promotion several years later. Here are two articles on the situation.

What is concerning is if these allegations are true and Larrabee identified it to be sexual harassment why did he not act? For those who are calling out the victim as an opportunist and or that she is trying to save her job it then makes perfect sense why the victim would wait this long to come out.  When you are in fear of your job and someone in authority continues to abuse their position and not even the highest law enforcement official can protect you then who will?

CHRO complaints are very serious and generally are the very last step a person who is subject to the harassment takes. It’s incredulous that Mayor Joseph Maturo would make light of this complaint by once again blaming the victim for the filing. I promise you that there is much more to this story and the truth will come out. The question is if this story is true will the young budding Town Attorney risk his future and promise and will a well known a generally respected Chief of Police risk his legacy for a man who has become unglued, wreck less and even more arrogant? Then again who would ever want to perjure themselves for a man who thinks he’s above the law. It is my hope that at least two of the three sworn Town Officials will reveal the full truth and just maybe the truth will finally set this Town free of men like Joe Maturo.

Lastly, I stand and applaud this victim in this case. She is so brave! CHRO complaints are very difficult to endure but they do have a great remedy to put on notice that you are not alone. I call upon every East Haven Town Employee in Town Hall or any other office connected with the Town, if you have been subject to abuse by the Maturo Administration the time to come forward is now. Let your voice be heard and do not be afraid, the iron grip that has held on to East Haven Town Hall is falling fast like the Berlin Wall and you will be liberated and heard.

I offer you my confidence and my assistance in collecting this information. You can email me directly at

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Maturo Administrations Incompetence is the Reason We Have Problems at the Town Beach

Once again pure incompetence, the lack of ability to lead, lack of courage and political games are being played with the residents of the Town of East Haven when it comes to the use of our Town Beach. Our Town Beach has not changed its size in well over 30 years and has an additional parking lot from the acquisition of The Candlelight by the Sea. What has changed is the addition of the Splash Pad which has attracted many more people to visit our Town from other areas around the State.

After the Greenwich decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court opening all Connecticut beaches in 2001, East Haven did absolutely nothing to address the issue. Can you guess who was Mayor? Yes it was Joe Maturo. I was the Town Councilman at the time of the decision and warned the Administration that we need to do something to protect our residents along the shoreline. I suggested that we do as they did in Branford by making permit only parking along the side streets in the beach area. That would include all streets south of Dewey Street so that the residents would able to live in their homes without the constant annoyance of out of town people using our streets for parking, blocking driveways and preventing our own residents from parking away from their own doors. Because the beach area streets are very tight some homes don’t have driveways and they use the streets to park their cars. That is their right as taxpayers in the Town and the Mayor, Town Council and Police Commission should be looking out for their interests. Don’t you just wish the Mayor would put enough effort and time into this issue that has plagued the area for over 13 years as he currently is doing with his lawsuit for his pension?  I’m sure if people were parking along his North High Street residence he wouldn’t like it much and we’d probably have a different outcome with much attention.

What's even more of a concern is The Town Council Chairman Rich Anania’s comments from the New Haven Register Article today where he is quoted,  
It’s an ongoing thing every year and it is unfortunate but hopefully we can come up with a solution that will take care of the problem,”
He also told the crowd that assembled at the Town Council Meeting Tuesday night not to expect a quick fix.  Why not Mr. Chairman? If you and the rest of the Town Council knows it’s a problem year after year why haven’t you done your job and get it fixed?  Anania served on the same council I served on when I was involved with the issue. The Town Council hasn’t held a Beach Subcommittee meeting in years and the facts remain that it hasn’t received any attention because Joe Maturo hasn’t told his puppet Anania to address it. A simple adoption by the Town Council to institute permit parking for residents south of Dewy Street would solve this issue once and for all and it’s completely legal to institute and has upheld court challenges.
Another issue that needs to be addressed is the ridiculous charge of just $10.00 for illegal parking. What’s even more of a joke is what the general public doesn’t know is that once the ticket is written it has zero enforceability. The ticket goes into a bin at the station but the East Haven PD does not hand the tickets over to the Department of Motor Vehicles therefore the time writing, issuing and enforcing the ticket is worthless.  If you have unpaid parking tickets in Waterbury, Hartford, and New Haven for example and you try to re-register your vehicle you won’t be able to until the tickets are paid to the municipality. The only way you can deter this behavior is by having complete follow through and that’s where the incompetency exists in this Administration.
This Administration can fix it this today with a few simple steps. At the July 29, 2014 Police Commission meeting they can introduce Resident Permit Parking for the Beach Area. Then once that is completed they can send it to the Town Council who then would have to have a public hearing in August 2014 and as early as September 2014 can vote on the matter. If it would pass then there would be enough time to introduce, notify and accustom the area to the new ordinance and next year with a solid policy and procedure to enforce this matter would be a thing of the past. Is this lawful? Absolutely! Look at these Cities and Towns that are currently doing it for their residents.
We can only hope that this can be the solution. The sad part is getting this Administration to adopt out of the box ideas is very difficult because it not self-serving for the Mayor. He obviously doesn’t care about the issue cause he’s not said one word about it nor has he attended any of the public meetings to listen to the residents which is why we elected him.

Lastly, Councilman Santino is fighting the same battle I did with this Administration and I give him kudos for attempting but now more than ever the Administration will dig in because he’s a Democrat and of course this Administration and the past ones too can never work collectively for the good of the residents. It’s always about scoring points for their respective Town Committees and that is so sad. Do you ever think we will ever see the day come when a good idea can be supported by all sides for the good of all? In East Haven that dream is far from reality with this Administration. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

When the Class Clown Gets Control of The Classroom We ALL PAY $10K

Remember the days when you sat in your classroom and the one kid that had to draw attention to himself always did? Remember that everyone would push him to do the most funniest and what we thought was the craziest things to make us all laugh? Remember how you look back on that now. Some of us laugh, some of us are indifferent but there are some of us who have grown up and realize that that kid was crying out for attention because back then he knew his own limitations and that he'd have to continue that behavior through life because he lacks the intelligence to stand on his own two feet and be a man. Sound familiar? Yeah I'm talking about Maturo once again. Honestly, it's growing tiring speaking about him  .Most of us just want to ignore him, I personally know too much about him that I believe he belongs in Federal custody along with the rest of his little gang of want to be mafia leaders.

Why again does Maturo become the lead story on the East Haven Vine? Because he wants to get paid once again. Back when I served on the Town Council and the increase in salary for Mayor came before us I wanted to raise the Mayor's salary to over $100K after the next election. Some of my fellow council members looked at me like I had two heads and my logic was,  look at what we're getting for $65K, Joe Maturo. The job appealed to a guy like Maturo because he was retired. So was Hank Luzzi and the list of former Mayor's previously. All we were doing as a Town was hiring people that used our Town as a second career, My thinking was pay the position as a mid range small business CEO, or professional and we could attract some young, forward thinking people to run for office and finally get this Town on the right track. That type of thinking drew fierce opposition because what I was proposing was cutting off the gravy train. Several people who had similar thought processes as Maturo knew that someone like that could stop the deals made with Zoning, Zoning Board of Appeals, Zoning Applications or even economic development. It could definitely interfere with the hire my buddy system that we all know exists here in the Town. Simply put these ideas are a threat to Maturo because he lacks the intellect to move this Town forward in real dollars and seriousness.

Yes I don't like Maturo, I haven't for many years because early on I saw what he was doing. He took his class clown mentality and shoved it right into the faces of many us who tried to course correct his behavior. There are so many things the public doesn't know or just simply wouldn't believe because they wouldn't expect their Mayor to act the way he does. When I served on the Town Council the stories we heard would really make you mad because your tax dollars, your trust in public office would surely be tested under Maturo. So the real question does the position of Mayor deserve a raise? I would say yes it does but not $85K if we really want something better we need to expand the pool to draw some real professional people who know how to run an operation with a 90 million dollar budget. We need a visionary, a positive vibrant person that can shake the ills of this Town and get us moving forward. That person is NOT Maturo and it's quite evident. He thinks that he's moving this Town forward because all he has around him are YES men. Remember the class clown only continues when the audience approves.

I can't divulge facts on this hunch but I think I can definitely point the thoughts in the right direction on what the $10K raise is all about. Simply put Maturo was collecting $75K and his disability pay of $40K and now that the State has said he can't collect both he's going to try to recoup some of that loss by going after the $85K. He'll tell us all that he's working hard, balancing the budget and yeah, yeah yeah. We've all heard that before but when you think about all of the Departments being told a ZERO increase shouldn't the Mayor as the CEO follow suit and not increase his own salary over 13.34%. Have you received a 13% increase in your pay? What has Maturo done to deserve a raise of 13.34%? I can think of many reasons NOT to even entertain that increase just on the publicity he has brought to all of us. If he was the CEO of a private company he would have been fired. We also can't forget the fact that he is going to raise taxes as is typical in an off year election. Our Mill Rate is going up 1.89. That means your property taxes and car taxes will rise in July 2014. Raising taxes while our property values continue to fall or lag is a slap in the face to all of us and Maturo and his antics have contributed to our property values declining.

In closing stop enabling Joe Maturo aka Buddy. This buddy is not your buddy. He's reaching into your pockets to continue his-self entitled life style of the Class Clown. Maturo needs to grow up and take accountability for his own actions, successes and failures. He needs to understand when the State says no that you can't come back to the 35,000 residents of the Town and say it's not fair, PAY ME. imagine you walking into your bosses office and saying that. While Maturo holds the title of Mayor you hold the Title of Tax-Payer you are the boss not Maturo. The only way we all we get out from under the boulder Maturo and company have placed us under is to stand unified and together we move that boulder. Maturo of course sees that and any action contrary to him as a threat. It only takes one in the classroom not to laugh to take away the power of the class clown. I stopped laughing a long time ago. What say you?  

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Town of East Haven needs to hire a Human Resources Manager

The latest victims of the Joe Maturo “you’re fired” follies has put East Haven right back on the front paper with the oh so credible Joseph Maturo saying “I didn’t do it” is the reason why the East Haven Town Council and Board of Finance should immediately request a Human Resource Manager be hired and placed in Town Hall reporting directly to the Town Council.

As the Chief Elected Official once again Joe Maturo shows just how immature he is in handling employee matters and turns them into a 3 ring circus. The last time it was the Taco comment which made international news now it’s the mechanical pump caper where Town Engineer Kevin White and Public Works Director Robert Parente were terminated, no, they were told to find another job, no, they were told they had 30 days left to find another job?  According to Maturo that never happened, however, now we’ve just learned they are at work.  Whatever the case! Where there is smoke there is fire!

In today’s world Companies, Municipalities and even individuals have to be very careful in what you say to employees and how to separate an employee correctly from the organization. Neophytes like Joseph Maturo have no understanding on how to handle these matters because he lacks the personal self- control to contain an ignorant ego that believes he’s the King of East Haven and all employees of his are his servants. That type of attitude and plain stupidity will cost East Haven even more tax dollars in law suits, sexual discrimination and all other types of potential law suits. Plain and simple Joe Maturo is what we call in the Human Resource world, “A Human Resources Nightmare.”

Since we can’t fire Maturo to protect us from his further potential liability the East Haven Town Council along with the Board of Finance can take measures to protect the Town by hiring a qualified Human Resources Manager that can institute an open door policy for all employees, institute proper procedures in disciplinary actions, handle labor relations with the Town Unions, and most importantly establish a professional procedure to handle investigations into misconduct by all Town employees that would result in a professional and judicious process to lessen the Town’s liability. In another words, a person that can step in and say, “Mayor you just can’t go around firing everyone without cause! We have to follow the policy and make sure every T is crossed and every I is dotted.”

It’s time for the Town of East Haven to start to be proactive and protective of our tax dollars and while it might cost $85K to hire an Human Resources Manager just think of the savings we can gain by preventing Joe Maturo and future Mayor’s from acting in haste and making terrible decisions. A human resource manager also can be the referee between two or more parties and can be an advocate for the employee. They are also the Defensive line and the eyes and ears for any organization that has any potential liabilities regarding people and assets.

The time to act is now….

Friday, November 29, 2013

The Independent Mind is Nothing to Fear

The Independent, Webster Dictionary says it best with its definition, “not subject to control by others and not affiliated with a large controlling unit.”  Or it also can be defined as a person who is not bound by or committed to a political party.  Is that the mindset of the over 8,000 unaffiliated registered voters here in the Town of East Haven who definitely have an impact on some of our local elections?

We turn our attention to that group of voters here in East Haven and we ask that, as you usually do, with your vote, look at our message and see if we align with your philosophy, ideals and common sense approach to East Haven’s Town Government because in the end that’s what everyone’s goal should be, to do the right thing for the people.

We’ve had elected officials, members of the two major parties and a caucus in Hartford that have tried to push us to the side and even strip us of our name. They tell us we are insignificant and that we mean nothing to the process. We’ve even had sitting elected officials inject their opinions and advise us incorrectly on procedure that would make one just give up. All of these attempts by these individuals don’t really know the true spirit of the Independent as expressed by Webster Dictionary and that is “showing a desire for freedom and not looking to others for one’s opinions or guidance in conduct.”

The true nature of the Independent is someone who is looking for truth, justice and basically the American way and unfortunately with the existing system here in East Haven we seem to be lacking those fundamental pillars but the good news is the Independent Party of East Haven is here to stay. We are small in number but are powerful group because we have the attention of those two parties who are always wondering what we are going to do and that is very good.

What the two parties know in their hearts is amongst their own there are Independents, maybe not in title but in heart and mind and that scares them to say words that we are insignificant. Just look at what some independent minded people did in this last election and prior to the election. On the Democratic side, party loyalists put up their candidate and a faction of independent minded members said no and took it all the way to a primary. Some were unsuccessful but the mere fact that a group of like-minded people stood up and said no says a lot about the independent movement in our Town. The days of iron fisted party rule are starting to come to an end. On the Republican side the spark of independence died within their ranks when those with independent thoughts decided that it was time to break free because the old guard would not allow the independent minded to flourish.

Isn’t it so ironic that a Town that sits on the New England soil where a nation was born in the 18th century acts so much like King George and the British Government we wanted no part of. What do I mean? Just look around and open your eyes and ears. One gains favor in this Town by being loyal to the Mayor. How is that different to being loyal to a King? If you asked any colonist loyal to the crown they would say their lives were good under King George III and they felt that their way of living was righteous. However, they only represented approximately a third of the overall population. They could afford the taxes while the other two thirds were oppressed and angry. But out of that oppression and anger was born a nation of independents. People who were not loyal to a person only to themselves and their families and some of those people who stood for independence were mocked, called crazy and were shunned. Names like George Washington, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Pane were all men who risked everything to be free of a tyrant three thousand miles away.

Franklin said, “Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have the brains enough to be honest.” Can you recall a time when your Town Government used tricks and the threat of treachery?  Do the words from the recent election that your taxes were lowered for 70% of the residents come to mind? When in fact it wasn’t lowered because the Mayor and his administration lowered the mill rate, it was because the property values across the entire Town are lower, that’s the truth! Stand up against the truth and you can have some treachery come your way by not having your zoning application approved.

Jefferson said, “When people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people there is liberty!” Those words quoted over two hundred years ago are an Independent’s voice. The Independent is the one who is not afraid to speak their mind and secures liberty. Locally do you want to see government fear? Come to a Town Council meeting and when they see new faces they become very concerned and wonder why you are there. That my friend is fear because as Franklin said, tricks and treachery! The Administration doesn’t want the public, they just get in the way.

So when the so called experts tell you the idea of the Independent Party of East Haven has been tried and failed in the past remember these quotes from Thomas Paine, “The Harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph!” or my personal favorite,  “Lead, follow or get out of the way!” The truth is in the past when the independent party was formed it was around one person for their gain. Our party is different because we are a Town Committee and we are one of 13 Statewide Town Committees and we are almost 30,000 strong statewide. We are a new movement and as with any new movement there will be those who look to stand in your way and to tell you what to do and what not to do. If you comply then you’re not an independent and that’s ok. But think for yourself and maybe those ideals will come!

In closing George Washington said,  “Government is not reason, it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”  How profound! These men all put themselves in harms way to secure our liberty. They wrote, they spoke and they lead the young nation. Is the East Haven Independent Party looking to lead the nation? No, but we are looking to start the example here on how your government, your community and your fellow citizens should be treated. We need like-minded people to come out from the shadows and join us because our movement is real and with the winds of change already blowing around this town our growing numbers will put this administration and future administrations on notice that you work for us, not the other way around.

Our meetings are held monthly at the East Haven Beach House, every fourth Thursday at 7pm. Our next meeting is Thursday December 26, 2013. Come see what we are all about! We welcome everyone!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Joe Maturo Strikes Again….When Will the Town of East Haven Learn?

Over the Spring 2013, Joe Maturo was ripped to shreds by the New Haven Register for what can only be called one of the New Haven Registers spot on editorials in recent memory. The Register finally put print to paper and called Maturo what he really is and that he was not worthy to seek re-election to East Haven’s top post. Sadly, in this year’s election the alternative, Jack Stacey is a much better character and person but the people he surrounds himself with are the same people that have brought the entire East Haven Police Department and Town to where we are today, in total shambles.

What has plagued our Town over the past 20 years is the ritual of passing the baton with no real change. Many of the people involved with politics in the Town are uneducated, self-serving and without malice are so ignorant that they are setting the Town of East Haven to become an extension of New Haven. We had a great opportunity to rid at least one party of the “establishment” but unfortunately the Old Democrats in the Town have played this game so long they have become pros at deception and the art of rigging the game. The Republicans are no better because we still have Joe Maturo and many of them are former Democrats. The real question is when will the Town of East Haven have someone in charge that can truly lead us?

A perfect example of just plan ignorance and bad advice was Joe Maturo’s recent trip to the New Haven Register Editorial Board. Now as I stated above we know that Board simply and correctly thinks that Joe Maturo is an idiot and unfit to run the Town of East Haven. Any bright, articulate person would steer clear of that publication because no matter what you do you will never change their minds and you leave the Town of East Haven opened once again for another punch to the gut and that’s exactly what we got. Like the bookend version he opened the arrest of our four officers with international fame with his taco comment and then closed it by calling our officers disgusting and reminding them when you play you pay. Of course it made the front page and its more embarrassment for the Town of East Haven. When people, when will we learn that the people we choose to lead us are a direct reflection of not only our Town but the economy, the home sales, the school system and everything else that goes into making a Town vibrant? Not to mention ourselves?

Once again Joe Maturo’s ignorant statement and the defense of him even being in front of the Editorial Board is not for you but his own ego and self-made importance. As a Chief Elected Officer you are entrusted with the duties and well- being of the constituents and the stewardship of the revenues collected. In addition to those duties you have the duty to properly market our Town to attract the very best businesses, families and services. Lastly, you need to have intellect to understand that this is not some part time gig. It’s a 90 million dollar operation with over 15,000 resident assets that are valued around $220K per home and we entrust it to a man who just can’t keep his ego in check and his mouth shut!???

At the very beginning of this sad episode Mayor Maturo said he stood by our Police Officers and that they were innocent until proven guilty. However, after declaring that “our judicial system is one of the best in the country” (it’s actually the only one we have Einstein)  this uneducated leader of our community fails to realize that a jury doesn’t always get it right and that a defendant has a right to an appeal and at times several appeals to let justice prevail.  So he makes this statement “Those four cops even thinking they could do that is disgusting to me. If you want to play, you’re going to pay.”

East Haven Taxpayers let’s think about that for one second. We pay this man a salary of $75K, full expense account, a Town Car and a matching pension and this is what we get? Shouldn’t we have someone at the helm that can handle a situation better and that has a full understanding of the judicial system or at least attempts to know the judicial system? Shouldn’t we have someone who doesn’t have to have a printed script in front of them that can be articulate and have command of the English language?

Maturo and all his wisdom has just no clue how to act in public and demonstrates daily that he’s unfit to be Mayor of East Haven during difficult times. Maturo is so ignorant that he fails to realize that The Town of East Haven was originally found guilty by a jury for the death of Malik Jones. We appealed the decisions and the appellate court ruled in our favor and the US Supreme Court declined to review the case. In other words we won and the system provided the full extent of the process. Shouldn’t Cari and Spaulding be afforded the very same opportunity if they so desire? If that is Cari and Spaulding’s desire, shouldn’t the Mayor of East Haven not make foolish comments that can proclaim an admission of guilt to those who are actively suing the Town like Father Manship and Mr. Chacon?

What Maturo should have said, “It’s a sad day in East Haven and it wouldn’t be appropriate to comment on this case because there maybe appeals on behalf of the officers and we need to allow the entire process to play out before we pass judgment.”

That’s the type of response we should be getting from a person we pay $75K, full expense account, Town Car and a matching pension. Instead we settle for the establishment from both the Republicans and Democrats who have put us exactly where we are today.

It’s time that you the taxpayer realize that times have changed. The world has changed and the Office of Mayor of East Haven needs a change. We need to evolve and ready our town for the 21st Century and start to truly look at each and everyone of our candidates to make sure they are the right ones not only to serve but represent us. 

In this election it’s not going to happen but we can start to look now for 2015. Whatever the result on the 1st Tuesday in November you’re either going to have more ignorance or the return of the Ruocco crowd. Either way we don’t move forward immediately but with the Independent Party we could have a real opportunity to change East Haven for the better. As this election cycle passes you will begin to hear all about this new party, with new ideas and a different approach on how to manage the Town not for the few established ones but for all of us. After everything both the Democrats and Republicans have done to our beautiful Town we certainly need a break and a different approach.