January 16, 2022

Letter to the Editor: Despite His ‘Years of Experience’, Griswold is Not Doing a Good Job; Old Lyme Deserves Better

To the Editor:

First Selectman Tim Griswold has been running for re-election primarily on the basis of his years of experience.  In response, a number of people think that this experience has not translated into competence in office, criticizing his lack of responsiveness, carefulness, transparency, information-sharing, timeliness, and judgment.  These concerns were dramatically illustrated earlier this week.  

During a debate hosted by The Day on Monday, the First Selectman admitted that he recently submitted a Petition for Amendment of Zoning Regulations (regarding the Halls Road district) to the Old Lyme Zoning Commission without having even read the proposed regulations.  When asked about that, he replied “I sign a lot of things.”  To make matters worse, the First Selectman submitted the petition to the Zoning Commission without having first shared the proposed regulations with his Board of Selectmen, which would have given them an opportunity to comment and, if they deemed it appropriate, to hold a public meeting or to solicit further information from the Halls Road Improvements Committee.

In the same debate, Tim was asked about a town meeting in August in which an appropriation to cover police overspending was defeated for lack of information.  According to The Day, Tim argued that many topics go to a town meeting with ‘a small amount of information.’  He said people who want to know details should ask for them at Town Hall before the meeting instead of expecting written explanations.  ‘I think when we have all these matters going on, it would be quite a burden to have total information on all these matters,’ he said.”  

This town meeting addressed four matters and lasted 31 minutes. 

These examples are typical of how poorly Tim does his job.  Old Lyme deserves better, much better.  We can rest assured that Martha Shoemaker will do better.  She is notoriously smart, thoughtful, conscientious, careful, responsible, responsive and inclusive.  We must elect her next Tuesday.

Sincerely,

Marisa Hartmann,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is a member of the Democratic Town Committee.

Letter to the Editor: Rubino’s Vast Experience Makes Him a Strong Leader, “Not Afraid to Tackle Difficult Issues”

To the Editor:

Dave Rubino is a newcomer to the 23rd District, but he brings an extraordinary range of experience as a human rights attorney who has committed his life to the values and principles of democracy. As an attorney, his work abroad focused on fair election process, legislative reforms, anti-corruption policies, human trafficking, and gender inequality. These experiences have enriched his view of the world and reinforced his commitment to improve the quality of life for others through the legislative process. He would be a tremendous asset in the CT General Assembly!

Let’s face it. It takes guts to relocate your family, start a new business, become a respected leader in your community, and challenge a third term incumbent for an assembly seat! That is exactly why Dave Rubino is my choice for state representative. He is a leader who is not afraid to tackle the difficult issues of our times, whether they be healthcare, the climate crisis, womens’ rights, racial injustice, or the economic wellbeing of our state. In Dave Rubino, we have a candidate who is astute, educated, forward thinking, and honest. We can count on him to approach the legislative process with a full grasp of the issues, and to write effective legislation, not just vote for it.

Dave Rubino has my vote for state representative. He will bring strong leadership and a depth of experience to the 23rd District.

Sincerely,

Marisa Hartmann,
Old Lyme.

Letter to the Editor: Reemsnyder, Nosal Offer Sound Leadership Combined With Future Vision for Old Lyme

To the Editor:

Exercising you right to vote is crucial, especially when you live in a small town. Having experienced, knowledgeable leadership with a vision for our future is most important. We have that here in Old Lyme with First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder and Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal. Together they have worked hard to keep a strong surplus, while also maintaining a Mill rate much lower than most of our surrounding towns.

Bonnie and Mary Jo worked tirelessly to stop Amtrak from rolling through our historic district.

They spearheaded improvements of the streetscape and handicap accessibility on Hartford Avenue. Besides these enhancements and others that Bonnie and Mary Jo have made in Old Lyme, the indispensable quality of this team is their experience. Before Bonnie was elected First Selectwoman, she served on the Board of Selectmen for several years. Therefore, she started her position with an understanding of our town government and how it functions. Since Bonnie and Mary Jo have held office, they have collaborated with area towns and their leadership, giving them a network of know how. The point is, when you are looking to have a job done right you hire the people with experience! The only candidates this election with the experience to do the job right are First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder and Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal. Vote Row A on November 7th.

Sincerely,

Marisa Hartmann,
OldLyme.