May 19, 2022

Letter to the Editor: Motion Failed at Old Lyme Town Meeting Due to Absence of Supporting Information from First Selectman, Salient Point for Upcoming Election

To the Editor:

As a voting resident in the Town of Old Lyme, I attended the Special Town Meeting on August 16th in the Town Hall, which was only held in person.  The purpose of the meeting was to vote on the appropriation of money for four items totaling $197,000. In the past, I was always asked to verify that I was a property owner or eligible to vote prior to the meeting.  No such verification was held at this meeting where less than 20 people were in attendance.  I only knew about the meeting because Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal highlighted to First Selectman Tim Griswold at a Board of Selectman’s meeting two weeks prior, that proper support and information for the requests needed to be clear to the public.  Nevertheless, no handouts or information of any kind was shared with the public.

Thankfully, David Roberge, the Fire Marshal, was able to provide substantial information on the funds for Covid-19 and Storm Isaias responses, much of which will be reimbursed by the federal government.  Phil Parcak, Facilities Manager, was also helpful in providing detailed information regarding the construction of a new scale house building.  All three of these motions passed. Sadly, Tim Griswold was unable to provide information about the $42,000 expenditure for Police/Ranger overtime and as a result, this motion failed.  When a Board of Finance member in attendance was asked what happens now, his reply was, “I don’t know, this has never happened before!”

The people of Old Lyme deserve better.  We need strong leadership, not incompetence, especially when it comes to our precious tax dollars.  I hope the voters will remember that on November 2!

Sincerely,

Kathleen Tracy,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is running as the Democratic-endorsed candidate for the position of Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate in the upcoming November election.

Letter to the Editor: It’s Time for Change, Rubino Will Promote Climate of Equality as State Rep.

To the Editor:

I met Dave Rubino last year while working on a local election in Old Lyme.  You learn a lot about a person when you are knocking on doors and phone calling together.  I was immediately drawn to his passion to serve the people.  As a Human Rights Lawyer, who has work in the US and overseas, he has a breadth of knowledge and experience about creating a climate of equality that we desperately need in our country right now.

I realize we don’t have term limits, but I only wish we did.  I do believe that even the best intentioned politician loses their passion after a certain amount of time in office.  Although well meaning, I do believe Devin Carney has lost his edge for serving the people and putting his heart into his responsibilities as the State Representative.  It is through the ballot box that we can enact term limits and bring a fresh perspective to and energy for our district state representative. seat.  The year 2020 is a time for change.  I trust Dave Rubino and I plan to support him with my vote on Election Day.  I hope you will join me!

Sincerely,

Kathleen Tracy,
Old Lyme.

Letter to the Editor: Tracy Wants to bring ‘Fresh Voice, New Ideas’ to Old Lyme ZBA

To the Editor:

I am running for the office of Zoning Board of Appeals in the town of Old Lyme.  

I have been a resident of Old Lyme for fourteen years and I consider my home here a part of heaven!  I value my home and my neighbors who share this beautiful place with me. I live near the shoreline and I believe the members of this community need to have a stronger voice in town governance.  

Giving back to the community that I enjoy so much is one of the main reasons I decided to run for office. I have seen the positive growth of the town with the current administration but I also believe more voices need to be heard.  I hope to work with our town leaders to unite our town for the benefit of all. I have not always been pleased with the current ZBA and I think it could use a fresh voice and new ideas. I believe my background as an educator has given me the skills to think critically about situations presented to the ZBA and also make choices that will take into consideration all points of view.

I would appreciate your vote on November 5th at the Cross Lane Firehouse.  Together we do make a difference!

Sincerely,

Kathleen Tracy,
Old Lyme.