Letter to the editor from 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!
Letter to the editor from 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
Letter to the editor from Mike Bocchino, Former State Representative 150th District
“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
Letter to the editor from former Greenwich Selectman 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
Letter to the editor from State Representative 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