Lauren Rabin opinion:

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

Icy Frantz

From Icy Frantz in Support of Camillo

I first met Fred Camillo through our son on the baseball field. Our son was pitching. Fred was umping. It was before he ran his first successful campaign for State Rep. I didn’t know much about Fred at that point, but what I did observe is that he encouraged the players, including my son, and brought a wonderful tone of good clean competition to the field. Over the season, we saw Fred more and more and my son started to look for him when he took the mound. They developed a friendship on the field. As a parent, I was thankful that an ump was taking it upon himself to encourage and educate and connect with the younger players. Over the last ten years, I have watched Fred, humble and unassuming, and have admired the qualities he has that make for a wonderful leader, somewhat rare in today’s world. He is levelheaded and smart and connects with all of his constituents and he cares, not for political gain or ego, but because he honestly cares. He cares about the town in which he grew up. He cares about the people who live here, friends he has known a lifetime as well as new friends he has made along the way. He cares about our environment and our animals and the safety of our children. He has worked tirelessly in Hartford to create and pass bills that highlight this commitment. A few weeks ago, I had a meeting with Fred and a few constituents who had some concerns. I watched him listen intently and ask pointed questions and then find solutions that made good sense. Again, I was taken with his ability to connect, as well as his ability to find solutions. Fred Camillo has my vote in November. I deeply value what he has to bring to the office and I hope you will join me in supporting Fred.

Gregg P. Numme

Gregg P. Numme

Trust, honor and Integrity are earned. In the end, it is truly, the only thing that we can actually call our own. We forge these virtues by our actions. Sometimes it’s the small things that may seem insignificant. Taking the time to coach the little league team. Taking an interest in the community. Fred Camillo has earned his integrity with action – not words. Talk is cheap. We have come to the hour of election. I have been privileged to have been friends with Freddie for 44 years. Since Catholic Middle School. I served with him on the committee for the local dog park. Beyond the fact that Mr. Camillo has, as I do, four generations of family lineage here in Greenwich, and an unbreakable bond and love for the Town of Greenwich, he has 11 years of experience working his way around Hartford as a State Representative. That in and of itself is, or can be a maze of confusion. We, the residents of the Town of Greenwich, are lucky to have his experience on our side. In terms of election, we should be putting aside all of the dogmas of any monikers; Republicans, Democrats, Et Al! What we need to be thinking about is absolute and quite simple. If we are not led off track by “Taking the long way around the barn!” ANY election should always be about who is best for the position and who can actually accomplish what is necessary to get the job done! Simple. If we are not swayed by making this something other than what it is. We are lucky to have a man, who has earned his integrity! And, is not afraid of getting his hands dirty. Fred Camillo has the experience, honesty, integrity and honor. He is truly committed to the integrity of the Town of Greenwich. There are no hidden agendas. Here we have a man who really cares about all facets of the Town and its residents. We would be fortunate to have him represent our beloved Town as First Selectman. His actions speak for themselves. He is the right man for the job. He has earned it. Good men are hard to find. We have one right here ready to sail the boat. We, as residents have found the elusive pearl. Now, let us rejoice that we’ve been blessed to have him. All the best to you Fred. And again; Integrity is earned. You have with all your hard work and dedication. The time is upon us. I sincerely hope that we all do the right thing! Mr. Camillo will fight for the Town of Greenwich. What more can we possibly ask for?

Liz Norfleet:

Letter to the Editor submitted by Liz Norfleet

I’m writing this letter in wholehearted support of Fred Camillo’s candidacy for first selectman. After reading recent articles and Letters to the Editor, it was clear to me that both candidates running for first selectman deeply care about the environment and have the background to deal with these serious issues. But I became more curious about the fiscal challenges the town is facing, and asked Fred to help me understand his positions on our town’s future. I began to see his vision more clearly, as it was apparent to me that his respect for our past is combined with a vision of progress for our town. As First Selectman, Fred will continue the focus as a fiscal conservative as he has for the past 11 years in Hartford. Fred recognizes that Greenwich’s debt policy for the last 90 years has worked very well. He does not want our town to go down the path that our state government has. Even so, Fred understands that the town is looking at an uncertain future when it comes to future expenses and would look at every proposed project with an open mind and a requirement that every proposal be accompanied with a public private partnership option. Fred would not only make sure our facilities are ADA compliant, but also inclusive. As a longtime resident, who has to live within my means and carefully plan for daily and yearly activities, I put my trust in Fred. Fred understands this, lives it, and has represented like this for years. He has our backs. I am confident that Fred has a vision for our town that will bring out the best of our innovative minds, generous spirit, and collective civic pride. On November 5th, please join me in voting for the person with the record and vision we can trust, Fred Camillo.

Bea Crumbine opinion:

Letter to the editor from Bea Crumbine

I firmly believe that an effective First Selectman will have participated in many areas of Greenwich Town Government over a period of years. We can think of this as preparation for the complex job of running our town by having dealt with the numerous groups involved and the issues which always arise. Fred Camillo brings this preparation. His background in town includes three and a half terms on the RTM, the chairmanship of the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the chairmanship of the Republican Town Committee. He served the Town well by working on a task force regarding a cell tower, the renaming of “The Griff” Golf Course, and the establishment of our dog park. There is also enormous benefit to the Town because of his more than five terms as a State Representative in Hartford. His understanding and assurance on a state level will continue to benefit Greenwich in the years to come. From writing and introducing the Good Samaritan Law, the Distracted Driving Law, and numerous consumer protection laws, Fred has shown his concern for the citizens of Connecticut and of Greenwich. He brings a determination to encourage local business development and a lifetime of pride and engagement in our Town. Fred Camillo has my vote for First Selectman. Please give him yours.

Nicole Pate

Letter to the editor from Nicole Pate

Fred Camillo cares about this town and everybody in it. On a personal level, he helped our family after my husband passed away. My son had his Confirmation and wished to wear a bow tie. None of us knew how to tie a bow tie, but we had seen pictures of Fred wearing one. We contacted Fred and he came over to our house before we left for the Confirmation and tied my son’s bow tie. My son was so happy. He thinks the world of Fred. On a Community level, there is often an issue when it snows before all of the leaves are picked up. Fred has helped residents by asking them to leave their bagged leaves on the curb, and he picks them up and takes them to Holly Hill. These are just two examples of how Fred has helped individual residents. Fred is so giving of himself and has years of experience in town and state government. He is the right person to lead Greenwich.

Russell S. Reynolds

Letter: Camillo is obvious choice

The forthcoming election presents Greenwich with a fairly obvious choice. Either we elect an outstanding man who has been a faithful representative of the town for many years in Hartford, while living and working in the community, or we succumb to the idea that Greenwich could be “so much better,” take on massive debt, rebuild the downtown area, and create huge tax increases and further devaluation of properties. Do we want to have sensible, responsible conscientious, honest management by well-intentioned people, or do we want to succumb to the creeping tide of increased taxation, debt, regulation, and ultimately, the downgrading of our community. It’s a wise person who knows when he or she is well off. Greenwich has one of the lowest crime rates in the country, outstanding non-political people running the town and various committees, and is in a very strong position. Unfortunately, management of our state has created huge problems with a mass exodus of successful people taking up residence in Florida, declining real estate values, and major corporations leaving the state. If Fred Camillo does not win the election for first selectman, it is likely the town will gradually become like the rest of the state, instead of standing as a shining example of good management, good will, self-confidence and optimism in the future.

 Rick Novakowski

Letter: Fred for First Selectmen

While we have come to expect from politics in Washington, D.C., and atmosphere of divisive dialogue and questionable ethics, one would hope we could avoid it in a municipal election. After all, although opinions may differ in a town wide election, at the end of the day aren’t we neighbors who attend church together, whose kids go to school and play together? Apparently that matters little to first selectmen candidate Jill Oberlander. The democratic candidate and current chair of the BET seems hellbent on bringing such division to a neighborhood near you! And she doesn’t only save her combative nature for the opposing party. Just ask former DTC chair Tony Turner. In a September 23 BET meeting in which a resolution to look into a finding by the state elections enforcement  commission in which the democratic candidates including Turner and Oberlander were cited for and fined because of was presented, Oberlander attempted to silence Turner from presenting emails uncovering her knowledge of and participation in the misuse of contributions. But she didn’t stop with Turner. It was revealed at the meeting that Ms. Oberlander also attempted to coerce a republican board member not to support the motion or “other info may come out on you.” A prosecutor might refer to such behavior as extortion. The threatening phone call had the board member so upset that she contacted the town attorney and considered also contacting Greenwich Police. By contrast, her opponent, Fred Camillo has spent his life in public service improving lives and uniting. In Hartford, as current state representative has introduced successful legislation including a distracted driving law in 2013, a measure bringing estate taxes on a par with federal regulations encouraging residents to remain in the state, as well as the Good Samaritan law which protects the lives of children and pets trapped in vehicles in extreme conditions. In addition while both candidates tout their desire to ensure our public schools maintain their excellent status, Camillo not only attended those same schools but also served for years as a teacher. When given the opportunity to have her own children attend, Ms. Oberlander chose private schooling. While we may have little control over the tenor of discourse in Washington, D.C., we should do all we can in our own community to ensure we treat each other with a manner of respect. Please join me in electing a good neighbor and leader we can all be proud of, Fred Camillo our next first selectmen.

 Hillary Long

Letter to the editor from Hillary Long, Southport

The residents of Greenwich are fortunate to have someone of Fred Camillo’s caliber, ability and accomplishment running for First Selectman. In the upcoming election, Greenwich residents have the chance to elect a leader with a track record of success as a State Representative in Hartford who also has a vested personal interest in the history of the town while being focused on the future. Fiscally responsible, open minded and genuine, Fred’s willingness to connect with others, actively listen to their concerns, then take appropriate action makes Fred the best qualified candidate to lead Greenwich as First Selectman. I can attest to Fred’s willingness to do the right thing. As a State Representative in Hartford, Fred was the only State Rep who responded quickly and appropriately for a call to action in the area of data privacy. A forward thinker and tech savvy, he showed a readiness to take the lead on a very important issue, reach across the aisle, and work hard to educate Hartford legislators, regardless of party, on the importance of personal data, cyber threats and privacy. Whether you are a Democrat, Independent or a Republican, Fred Camillo is the right choice for First Selectman of Greenwich. Please vote for Fred on November 5th.