Message from the Chairman
So much for huge signs and newspaper endorsements.
New Milford voters went for the steak, not the sizzle in our sweeping victory last week. A hearty thank you to all the Democrats, unaffiliated voters and Republicans who supported us this year. Mayor Pat Murphy served the town honorably for 12 years, but even such popular pols as Ed Koch and Mario Cuomo eventually lost the public's confidence.
Please consider getting involved with the Democratic Party. It is far from an onerous commitment and we are always in need of fresh blood and fresh voices.
At DTC meetings, you get first-hand information about the major issues in our town and a chance to make a difference.
Please help us celebrate our victory at our next meeting, Monday, Nov. 16, at 7:30pm at the Railroad Station at 11 Railroad Street.
Alternatively, consider becoming an Associate Member where you can enjoy most of the benefits of being a full member – with a more modest commitment. Contact us at email@example.com.
New Milford Democratic Town Committee
October 20, 2015
The inauguration for Mayor and all town boards/officials will be held on Sunday, November 29th at 2:00 on the steps of Town Hall. Judge Landgrebe will administer the oath. Please come and share in this new chapter for the Town. Light refreshments to follow in the Bank Building. Hope to see you then.
25$ for tickets in advance 30$ at the door Call (203)788-1696 Refreshments raffles door prizes and more
All are welcome- the next meeting is at the Train Station on Railroad Street
All are welcome- the next meeting is at the Train Station on Railroad Street
Anyone interested in commenting or are curious about the Five Guys restaurant proposed for the Stop n Shop center: Zoning Commission's hearings continue Tuesday (tomorrow) night at Town Hall in the Brickley Room. Meeting starts at 7p.
I want to thank everyone who came out to support us. When the new DTC formed two years ago, we never imagined the level of success we would have so quickly. Our victory is a testament to the hard work of the members of the Democratic Town Committee and our coterie of volunteers as well having such a great candidate in David Gronbach. Our opponents forgot that signs do not win elections. Hard work, a solid platform and great candidates do. The DTC is looking forward to working closely with Mayor Gronbach and the rest of the town officials and to keep reminding them that the town leaders work for YOU. We will continue to hold their feet to the fire just as we did for the Republicans. Decisions must be made in the public light, not behind caucus doors. Officials must bring an open mind to every policy question that arises.
Complete election results: Mayor: David Gronbach (D) Tax Collector: Nancy McGavic (R) Town Clerk: Noreen Prichard (R) Council: Mary Jane Lundgren, Walter Bayer, Frank Wargo, Scott Charmberlain, Jessica Richardson (Ds), Peter Bass, Tom Esposito, Katy Francis, Paul Szymanski (Rs) Board of Finance: Barbara Wolf, Joe DeGregorio (Ds), Larry Tripp (R) Board of Education: Bill Dahl, David Lawson, Brian McCauley, Tammy McInerney, JT Schemm, (Ds) Board of Assessment Appeals: Al Brant (R) Planning: John Kane, Jon Seidman (Ds), Mike Nahom (R) Zoning: Sharon Ward, Tom O'Brien (Ds), James Volinski (R) Zoning Board of Appeals: Pat Hembrook, Terry Ellis, Lacey Wallace, Sandro Carvalho (Ds)
David Gronbach is the Mayor Elect for New Milford defeating Patricia Murphy in her re-election bid carrying 54% of the vote. Mr Gronbach will have the added advantage of a Democratic majority on the town council as Mary Jane Lundgren, Walter Bayer, Frank Wargo, Scott Chamberlain, and Jessica Richardson were all elected to council seats. The Democrats were also successful in gaining a majority on the Board of Education with the re-election of incumbent David Lawson, being joined by Bill Dahl, Brian McCauley, Tammy McInerney, and JT Schemm. The Board of Finance will be equally split between the parties as Democratic incumbent Gale Alexander is joined by re-elected member Barbara Wolf and former alternate Joe DeGregorio. The Democrats successfully picked up seats on all town boards this election cycle. We want to thank the voters for their support and look forward to moving New Milford forward together.
At this point, there are still almost 1000 votes to be counted. Unofficially Dave Gronbach's is ahead by about 400 votes and we are highly optimistic. We have a 6 to 3 majority on the Board of Education -- that is clear and we have picked up seats across the board in the other races. Control of town Council is still up for grabs. At this point we have a slight 5 to 4 edge. Final results may not be known until the early hours of the morning and there may need to be recounts if some of the races stay very close. Stay tuned for updates.
Jason "J.T." Schemm, BOE candidate: Platform on Education (part 2): Teachers feel their expertise in the classroom is not being considered: The current administration is really quite good at giving directives, yet very little in the way of vision or direction. We are missing an excellent opportunity to help empower teachers to improve and hone their craft by providing professional, meaningful, relevant, and supportive professional development to achieve student success in every classroom. There are a host of known and unknown changes on the horizon for our school district here in New Milford: As a teacher for nearly 20 years, I have the experience and expertise to bring to the board which very few current board members possess. This board perspective and knowledge of the workings of many school districts in the state helps me to know the “eduspeak,” school law, budgeting, and the operations of school buildings. We want to assure that when our elected officials take office in early December they will have the knowledge and experience to represent and govern from their first day. Please make sure to vote tomorrow, Nov. 3. New Milford deserves a better Board of Education.
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For those voting at Hill and Plain Elementary School... voting is in the gym... all the way down the left side of the building (looking at building from the street.) Signage is horrible and many people trying the front doors of school which are locked of course.
One argument about voting against Democrats really confuses me. You hear, "They will raise my taxes." No. The only one who can raise taxes is ...you, the taxpayer. That's why we vote on our school and town budgets every year. YOU have the power. Not the politicians. Just like YOU have to power to bring needed change to our town.
NEW MILFORD — Traffic congestion concerns has slowed a plan to add a fast-food burger restaurant in the Stop & Shop plaza on Danbury Road. For months, Szymanski has tried to convince the New Milford Zoning Commission that traffic congestion in the plaza will not be adversely affected by having a 2,5…
BTW, this guy voted to give developers up to a 100% tax abatement last month. Declined to recuse himself. I see no conflict of interest. ;) http://www.newmilfordspectrum.com/news/article/Traffic-concerns-slow-plan-for-New-Milford-6603896.php?cmpid=fb
YOU CAN register to vote on Election Day!! I was at an event tonight with Sec of State Denise Merrill. You need to go to the Registrar's office in the Town Hall basement. Bring either a drivers license or social security card. You do NOT NEED a photo ID. Also, bring some sort of utility bill as proof of residence (cable, phone, heat, etc.) . Problems? call 866-SEEC-INF
Tammy McInerney, 2015 New Milford Democratic candidate describing the value of communication for our Board of Education. This clip is from her closing statem...