Lauren Rabin

Why I am running for selectman

http://rabin“It’s only what you give away that enriches you from day to day.” This quote sums up my perspective on life and it is why I want to give back to the community that has given so much to my family and me. From my time as a Greenwich Hospital Candy Striper to a Greenwich Public Schools Board of Education member, I have strived to improve the lives of our diverse community. Now I am at a stage in my life that enables me to fully commit to serving our town in a greater capacity as your selectman. I have the great honor of teaming up on this journey with my friend and fellow 1980 Greenwich High School (GHS) alumni Fred Camillo. Our overarching goal is simple: to ensure Greenwich continues to be the most desirable town to live, work, raise a family and retire. Fred and I believe we have the extensive experience that will help Greenwich successfully navigate future challenges and harvest opportunities that will make our town work even better for its residents. The role of selectman on the 3-person Board of Selectmen is unique with its primary responsibilities being: Adoption of Ordinances. Nominations to Boards and Commissions. Ombudsmen to Citizens/Government. Settlement of Claims. Traffic Authority. As ombudsman to our citizens and government, I will be a connector and a manager, listening more than speaking. As Selectman, I will organize public town halls to connect with our community and improve the dialogue between our town government and the residents we serve. My background in marketing and communications will be an asset that I will use to communicate on a regular basis with residents on issues we all care about. Having been nominated or elected to multiple town boards, I possess the experience to ensure we have the most qualified and dedicated people in place. This is extremely important given that 70 percent of our town departments report to an independent board or commission, not to the office of first selectman. In the role of traffic authority, I am committed to working with the appropriate departments to incorporate traffic calming measures, especially in our most populated areas, ensuring safety for our residents. Serving as your selectman will also give me a great opportunity to focus my energy toward issues that I am very passionate about: Schools: Maintaining and strengthening capital assets with a smarter, more focused approach toward spending, and helping to ensure a successful tenure for our new superintendent of schools. Service: Increase our use of public/private partnerships to lessen the burden on taxpayers and establishing more transparency among our independent boards and commissions to promote better communication. Spending: Emphasizing more creative ways to use technology to reduce government spending. Sustainability: Work with the Business/Economic Advisory Committee to accelerate our economic growth by attracting new industries such as tech start-ups. Greenwich is a unique and special place to live. I was raised here and my husband and I raised our two sons here as well. Our community is part of the fabric of who we all are and it helps shape our value system. As your selectman, I will dedicate myself to making our town work better for all of us. There are always challenges to meet, and the current economic and political environment will require leadership, experience, hard work and a commitment to civil discourse. I have demonstrated these qualities throughout my time serving our community in the Cub Scouts, all levels of the Parent Teacher Association, the Greenwich Alliance for Education, the Greenwich Youth Football League, the Distinguished Teacher Award Committee, the Representative Town Meeting, the Board of Human Services and currently the Board of Education. I very much look forward to earning your support and trust to extend my service to the role of selectman. Lauren Rabin is the Republican candidate for the Greenwich Board of Selectmen.
John Caufield, Greenwich

Rafferty’s column was laced with prejudice

David Rafferty’s most recent partisan and agenda driven column may have been the most distasteful and unscrupulous he has written thus far. I am outraged that the Greenwich Time could publish Mr. Rafferty’s article, laced with blatant prejudice and dishonesty. Mr. Rafferty referred to Fred as a “boss” in the trash hauling industry. What Mr. Rafferty meant this as a thinly veiled code word for Mafia, which Mr. Rafferty used in referring to Fred. It is outrageous that the editors of the Greenwich Time did not catch that reference when they reviewed his article for publication, showing a lack of professional and ethical behavior on the part of the editorial staff. Mr. Rafferty is an individual that should be condemned for using his position of influence for denigrating not only Mr. Camillo, but all Americans of Italian decent in our community. Quite frankly, anyone who knows Fred knows his character and his record in Hartford. Additionally, bringing in the Democratic complaints on national issues to a local race is a disheartening commentary about how Mr. Rafferty can find nothing to say about Fred, instead turning to character assassination and innuendo. If Rafferty or other biased and partisan members of the editorial for the Greenwich Time want to discuss Fred’s record, they could begin with legislation he has written, introduced, and that have gained passage into law that are beneficial for members of our community. These bills include ones that protect innocent children and pets, aids our first responders, watches out for consumers, reforms our tax policies, promotes commerce, and expanded recycling. Many of these laws Fred is responsible for address distracted driving, identity theft, and protecting and encouraging good samaritans. He has served our community with dignity and integrity, being a voice at the Capitol for legislation that addresses the matters most to all his constituents. Perhaps Mr. Rafferty, a failed legislative candidate a few election cycles past, is just another in a long line of lamenting and bitter individuals who can’t accept their failure to win elections and the confidence of their constituents to serve them, nor see the value in other’s opinions. I, for one, am proud of Fred’s values, his accomplished record in Hartford, and stand in strong support of his candidacy to lead our town, his hometown, this November. Please join me and thousands of others in Greenwich in condemning Rafferty’s blatant prejudice and unprincipled attacks, and in defense of one of Greenwich’s greatest champions. John Caulfield
Joseph Iannuccilli, Greenwich

Camillo is Committed to the Greenwich Community

My curiosity got sparked when I was 12 years young, and in seventh grade at Greenwich Catholic School. As part of the science curriculum, I had to create a science project that will make a difference in humanity. I found an idea, and after many days and months of hard work, experiments, research, conference calls, testing all with the mentorship of recognized professionals from Greenwich, and a scientist director at MIT, I created a new concept of a toothpaste that is in the process to be patented, and the year after, I created a unique vitamin. I was exposed to international and recognized mentors. The continuous research and observations about what is need it, brought me to create a new product, “FootShell,” a proven cream that eliminates the odor and “stinky” smell of feet and shoes, already selling online and in Amazon. All these experiences and constant encouragement of my older brother, brought me to understand the resources we have around. One day I had the privilege to meet a leader that has been in the Connecticut House of Representatives: Fred Camillo. I met him at a ceremony at the beginning of this year. I heard his ideas and plans, and I felt impacted by his tranquility, security, and knowledge about the facts he mentioned during his presentation. After this event, I decided I would contact him for advice. It took me a few days to find him. He agreed to meet with me and my mom with the purpose to hear his advice and ideas regarding my product as a young entrepreneur. I wanted to tell him my story, and to express him my challenges and my goals. He listened very attentively, he gave me his suggestions and advice over my ideas and encouraged me to keep working persistently and continuously steady. After this initial meeting, I looked for him in other public venues where he was imprinting his knowledge and solutions, where I could learn more from him and his supporters. After following his suggestions, I have improved my business, I understand more about my relationship with my government officials, and I feel we the young generations of Greenwich, have a bright future with leaders like him. Nikita Marino
Nikita Marino, Greenwich

“Leadership is not a position or title; it is an action and an example.”

My curiosity got sparked when I was 12 years young, and in seventh grade at Greenwich Catholic School. As part of the science curriculum, I had to create a science project that will make a difference in humanity. I found an idea, and after many days and months of hard work, experiments, research, conference calls, testing all with the mentorship of recognized professionals from Greenwich, and a scientist director at MIT, I created a new concept of a toothpaste that is in the process to be patented, and the year after, I created a unique vitamin. I was exposed to international and recognized mentors. The continuous research and observations about what is need it, brought me to create a new product, “FootShell,” a proven cream that eliminates the odor and “stinky” smell of feet and shoes, already selling online and in Amazon. All these experiences and constant encouragement of my older brother, brought me to understand the resources we have around. One day I had the privilege to meet a leader that has been in the Connecticut House of Representatives: Fred Camillo. I met him at a ceremony at the beginning of this year. I heard his ideas and plans, and I felt impacted by his tranquility, security, and knowledge about the facts he mentioned during his presentation. After this event, I decided I would contact him for advice. It took me a few days to find him. He agreed to meet with me and my mom with the purpose to hear his advice and ideas regarding my product as a young entrepreneur. I wanted to tell him my story, and to express him my challenges and my goals. He listened very attentively, he gave me his suggestions and advice over my ideas and encouraged me to keep working persistently and continuously steady. After this initial meeting, I looked for him in other public venues where he was imprinting his knowledge and solutions, where I could learn more from him and his supporters. After following his suggestions, I have improved my business, I understand more about my relationship with my government officials, and I feel we the young generations of Greenwich, have a bright future with leaders like him. Nikita Marino
Michael C. Nedder

Election of Greenwich First Selectman is Not about Washington, Trump, Or Actions of Congress

In November, Greenwich residents will go to the polls to elect candidates to multiple municipal seats. For the first time in 12 years, Greenwich will elect a new First Selectman. We have a storied past of tough and tumble elections but this election is different. This time the Democrat machine has taken to its game plan of trying to make all things not Greenwich. It wants to tag our local Republican candidates with all that is wrong at the federal level. This election is not about Washington, the current President nor the actions of Congress. IT is about Greenwich, Connecticut. It is not about #Resistance, #Indivisible, or #Anything. It is about Greenwich. For the first time since Peter Tesei took the Oath of Office as First Selectman, we will choose new leadership in the Town’s top office. Fred Camillo is the person to lead Greenwich going forward. He was born and raised here. He has worked in and for the Town. He has continually represented Greenwich in his role as State Representative for District 51 with effectiveness, honor, humility and dignity. Fred has represented everyone no matter their political affiliation and has exhibited an independent mind in doing so. Fred works across the aisle in the best interest of constituents and not by ideology as his opposition would prefer to paint him. He wants what is best for Greenwich and its residents. He has a record displaying this and will continue to do so as First Selectman. Greenwich continues to be a desired place to reside for many reasons. Our residents deserve a First Selectman who has the interests of our entire Town first and foremost. That man is Fred Camillo. A vote for Fred is a vote for Greenwich on November 5th. Michael C. Nedder
Mike Bocchino

Broad respect for Camillo

“The mark of a good leader is somebody who is able to empower other people. What made me understand leadership was when I could see somebody who thought they didn’t have a voice, thought they didn’t have influence or didn’t have power, and teach them how they could speak up on the things that were affecting their lives” Barack Obama If I didn’t know any better I’d swear that this former president was talking about state representative and candidate for first selectman Fred Camillo. Fred has spent the last 10 years in Hartford as state representative for the 151st district fighting for the town of Greenwich and empowering his constituents with a consistent voice of reason in all aspects of government. He answers residents’ and business owners’ questions and concerns immediately. He assists them when other governmental agencies will not, and constantly communicates every issue that affects their lives, their businesses and their community. I had the pleasure of serving alongside Fred in the legislature for four years and watched first-hand his ability to respectfully reach across the aisle to colleagues from the majority party for the greater good of Connecticut and specifically for the residents of our town. I’ve sat beside him as we worked with leadership to craft a bipartisan budget and debate important legislation. I know that Fred will preform at an even higher level as first selectman. Fred is a statesman, a problem solver, well respected, intelligent and committed to excellence. I have never met a person in Hartford who didn’t like and/or respect Fred Camillo. However be warned, politics and the political campaigning in Greenwich has drastically changed from years past. New emerging political groups that rely on untruths and negative campaigning have taken the press by storm. Letters of misinformation and fabrications coupled with the continued distraction of national politics rule the day and often one’s record, job performance and character are purposely overlooked. Although I anticipate unfortunate letters and attacks by these groups I ask the residents of Greenwich to rise above this vitriol and take the time meet Fred.
Lisa Seglem, Cos Cob

Camillo is Committed to All Families of Greenwich

Letter submitted by Lisa Seglem, Cos Cob While most of the town knows Fred Camillo, our State Representative for the 151st District, who is now running for First Selectman, more than a few may not be aware of how Fred’s early years shaped his strong belief in community and giving back. After two tragedies hit his immediate family, he saw firsthand how family, friends, and community can step in and fill a void. His exposure to the best of human kindness stayed with him and is evidenced by his lifelong commitment to community. Organizations such as the Greenwich Boys Club were there for him when he needed support, and today he enjoys returning that support in the form of his many civic endeavors. Fred, a 4th generation resident of Greenwich, has never forgotten the support that he received as a child which is why he is so dedicated to giving back to the community. He understands the challenges that many families face to provide the basic necessities of food and housing. Many of these families rely on Neighbor to Neighbor, who serve 660 families in our community, 47% of the food feeds children who are at or below the poverty level. Fred has been supporting this effort by serving as an honorary chairman of the annual Scouting for Food project for the past six years. If you have shopped for sports equipment recently, you know that sports equipment is very expensive. Fred, a former coach and a huge sports fan, knows that these high equipment costs hit low-income families the hardest which is why he has led an annual sports equipment drive benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich for the past five years. Without this equipment, the children might not otherwise be able to participate in sports programs that provide not only physical activity but also teach valuable life skills like teamwork and leadership that benefit a child’s education. Besides being passionate about helping all families in our community regardless of political affiliation, Fred is an environmentalist. Back in 1991, before most of us had heard of recycling, Fred was a founding partner in the Greenwich Recycling Center. Fred has also been a recycling volunteer for more than three decades and wrote a law to expand the recycling program in our state. Fred understands that protecting and improving the environment is much more than just recycling which is why he has big plans for our town when he is elected as our next First Selectman. Fred plans to create an enhancement / sustainability committee to focus on establishing a comprehensive energy policy as well as enriching the beauty of our neighborhoods. While we can’t directly change the behavior of people at a global or even a national level, we can do our part by using our resources more efficiently and setting an example for others to follow. Although these are just a few of Fred’s many accomplishments and plans for our future, I know that he will lead our town to a more united and prosperous future for everyone while preserving the history of our past. Lisa Seglem Cos Cob Resident
Joe Kaliko.

I am a registered Democrat living here in Greenwich.

My name is Joe Kaliko. I am a registered Democrat living here in Greenwich. Despite my party affiliation, when the right person comes along for a leadership position in our community, I respectfully suggest we should put political labels aside! Fred Camillo has demonstrated his ability to lead our community. He is a life long Greenwich resident and for years served as an elected State Representative. Party didn’t matter when I, a Democrat and President of the Cos Cob Fire Police Patrol, approached Fred soliciting his help in getting a State Law drafted and passed to indemnify community volunteers. Volunteers like the fire police and ambulance personnel. Fred wrote the bill and worked tirelessly to get the it passed. Then Democrat Governor Dan Malloy signed Fred’s Bill into law. Fred just has an impressive way of working with people, no matter their label, be it Democrat, Republican or Independent. He always gets the job done for Greenwich, be it the much needed multimillion dollar renovation of the Nathaniel Witherell Long Term care facility, voting for investments in technology to bring jobs to the state; and not to be minimized, his love and concern for voiceless animals whom he sought to protect. As for local politics, what a wonderful “connection” we would have with all the contacts and friends Fred has established in Hartford over the years. He has demonstrated his ability (actually “a talent”), for bringing money “back home” to Greenwich. What a once in a lifetime opportunity for our town to benefit from Fred’s desire to serve Greenwich further as its leader and successor to Peter Tesei. Fact is, Fred has the business experience (he served as Ranking Member of the Generally Assembly’s prestigious Commerce Committee); temperament and seasoned good judgement, to lead Greenwich. That’s why I urge everyone, of whatever political persuasion, to vote Fred 4-1st!!! Sincerely, Joe Kaliko, A Democrat For Fred!
Cleo Miller, Greenwich

Fred Camillo is a leader with a long track record of actively listening

Fred Camillo is a leader with a long track record of actively listening to the people he represents, and then working in a non-partisan way to deliver results. This is of paramount importance, especially given the era of divisive politics in which we now find ourselves in. His persistent efforts to help protect women seeking relief from domestic violence yielded the passing of Senate Bill 466 last year which ended the scourge of dual arrest and replaced it with a primary aggressor standard for law enforcement. Fred worked hard on this because he listens and because he cares. How do I know this? Because I have personally seen him take an interest in the details of victim’s cases so that he can better understand how to address making changes in an effective way. Where others are apathetic, Fred is thoughtfully encouraging and will connect people who share common goals and promote ways for them to work together, regardless of their political value to him. These are the qualities that we know we can expect from Fred if we are fortunate enough to have him as First Selectman. At its core, addressing family violence is addressing issues of equality, human dignity, fairness, and moral decency. These values go across party lines, although both parties contend to claim them. What matters to our community is choosing a leader who will actually uphold these constructive values and hence ensure and improve our quality of life for all who reside here. The Office of First Selectperson is likewise the office of the Police Commissioner and tasked with addressing the complexities of domestic violence in our community directly through oversight of and interfacing with the police department. From speaking with him about many cases and knowing that he is regularly in touch with administrators of local agencies that help victims in our community, it is clear to me that Fred actively seeks out how to better understand addressing these issues. Mr. Camillo makes the opportunities to listen and has expressed deep compassion for aggrieved victims of family violence in his advocacy as a legislator and his supportive actions locally. He has for years proposed measures to improve victim reporting, with thoughtful solutions that address issues of stigma and safety concerns. Fred has shown countless individuals the willingness and patience to hear from them, and to help them, and his accessibility and outreach is a functional asset that he brings with him to town hall. Our organization owes its genesis to Fred, who had the gracious insight to make introductions and unite us together in our common goal of improving outcomes for domestic violence victims and their children. Our group of stakeholders includes women across the political spectrum, and Fred not only understood this when he put us in contact, but additionally offered to help with advocacy efforts across party lines in the future. He has made it clear through his actions that his energy is spent on the goal, not the political gain, and that truly, he operates above the divisiveness of party politics with a deeply held personal conviction to better his community, by identifying what he calls the “unmet needs” and finding solutions within available resources both public and private to meet them. Mr. Camillo has been a remarkable leader in representing and protecting women as a state legislator, he is familiar with the issues that need to be addressed from his years of listening to and supporting domestic violence victims, and will be an unparalleled leader as First Selectman in his sensitivity to issues of equality, his alignment with the value of upholding moral decency, and his ability to comprehensively gather information in a fair and impartial way towards his ultimate and completely apolitical goal of making our community an even better home for us all. From the grassroots level to the statehouse, we have seen him do just this. Cleo Miller CT Protective Moms
Mike Bocchino, Former State Representative

“The mark of a good leader is somebody who is able to empower other people.

“The mark of a good leader is somebody who is able to empower other people. What made me understand leadership was when I could see somebody who thought they didn’t have a voice, thought they didn’t have influence or didn’t have power, and teach them how they could speak up on the things that were affecting their lives.” – Barack Obama. If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear that this former President was talking about State Representative and candidate for first selectman Fred Camillo. Fred has spent the last 10 years in Hartford as State Representative for the 151st district fighting for the town of Greenwich and empowering his constituents with a consistent voice of reason in all aspects of government. He answers residents and business owners questions and concerns immediately. He assists them when other governmental agencies will not, and constantly communicates every issue that affects their families lives, their businesses and their community. I had the pleasure of serving alongside Fred in the legislature for 4 years and watched firsthand his ability to respectfully reach across the aisle to colleagues from the majority party for the greater good of CT and specifically for the residents of our town. I’ve sat beside him as we worked with leadership to craft a bipartisan budget and debate important legislation. I know that Fred will perform at an even higher level as First Selectman. Fred is a statesman, a problem solver, well respected, intelligent and committed to excellence. I have never met a person in Hartford who didn’t like and/or respect Fred Camillo. However, be warned, politics and the political campaigning in Greenwich has drastically changed from years past. New emerging political groups that rely on untruths and negative campaigning have taken the press by storm. Letters of misinformation and fabrications coupled with the continued distraction of national politics rule the day and often one’s record, job performance and character are purposely overlooked. Although I anticipate unfortunate letters and attacks by these groups, I ask the residents of Greenwich to rise above this vitriol and take the time meet Fred. Send an e mail, pick up the phone or attend an event that he is at or invite him to come (he will). I assure you that he will listen, answer all of your questions with honesty and integrity and you will find him to be a genuine person who will be dedicated to every individual in this town and is exactly the right candidate for First Selectmen of the Town of Greenwich. Please join me, and many others in voting Fred Camillo for First Selectman of the Town of Greenwich on November 5th. Mike Bocchino Former State Representative 150th District
Peter Crumbine

To say that Fred Camillo is likeable is an understatement.

To say that Fred Camillo is likeable is an understatement. A lifetime resident, everyone in Greenwich seems to know and like him. When I was campaigning for Selectman, I would simply stand next to him, and people would come up to say hello. But likeability is only part of the story. Fred earned a BA (Summa Cum Laude) and an MA in Education, both from Manhattanville College. After college, he was a small business owner, high school teacher, baseball coach, and mortgage broker. As a volunteer, he was on the RTM, Chairman of the Parks & Recreation Board, Chairman of the Republican Town Committee, as well as many other boards and committees. In addition to all of this, he has volunteered in local athletics for 35 years. Fred is now serving his sixth term as State Representative from the 151st District. During his time in Hartford, he wrote, introduced, and gained passage of many laws, including those related to Good Samaritans, Distracted Driving, Consumer Protection, Animal Welfare, Recycling and many others. He knows this town well and knows where government works for the people and where it does not. If elected, Fred would be the first person ever to serve on the RTM, in the state legislature, and as First Selectman. His only failing is that he is a Yankees fan. But nobody is perfect, and this Mets fan forgives him. And whatever baseball team you like, please join me in supporting and voting for Fred Camillo as First Selectman. Peter Crumbine Former Selectman Town of Greenwich
Livvy R. Floren, 149th District

Connecticut is called “The Land of Steady Habits.”

Connecticut is called “The Land of Steady Habits.” For more than a decade, no city or town in our state has reaped the benefits of leadership by a more steady and sure group of public servants than Greenwich. First Selectman Peter Tesei and partners Selectmen Peter Crumbine, David Theis and John Toner have provided professional, proactive and positive policies for the benefit of all Greenwich residents. They have done so with civility, dignity and integrity. On Election Day, Greenwich voters will have the opportunity to continue this outstanding legacy of leadership by choosing Fred Camillo and Lauren Rabin along with the entire Republican slate of candidates. These are people we can trust. They deserve our support. They have earned it. Vote Tuesday, November 5; polls are open 6 am – 8 pm. State Representative Livvy R. Floren, 149th District