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Cosgrove Begins Second Term as First Selectman

by Diana Stricker | Nov 17, 2015 9:16 am

Bill O'Brien PhotoFirst Selectman Jamie Cosgrove took the oath of office for his second term Tuesday morning and pledged to continue following the advice of his legendary grandfather, Danny Cosgrove, who turns 98 this week.

Bill O'Brien PhotoCosgrove, 42, recalled that two years ago his grandfather gave him some advice a couple days before the swearing-in ceremony. “He told me ‘Do some good,’ and I think over these past two years we have done a lot of good for the town of Branford and for the residents of the town of Branford,”

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Republicans Take RTM, BOE

by marcia chambers | Nov 7, 2015 8:30 am | Comments (1)

File PhotoThe voters who gave Republican First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove a resounding victory over Democrat Mark Rabinowitz did so as well for the town’s legislative body, the Representative Town Meeting (RTM). For the second term in a row, Republicans won a 19-11 majority. 

Branford’s voter turnout in the municipal election was a little higher than the state’s average, coming in at 39.1 percent. Turnout for Tuesday’s election, which traditionally is lower in non-presidential election years, came in at 32.7 percent statewide, the Secretary of the State’s office announced Friday. In 2013, the Branford municipal election turnout was 44.6 percent.

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Cosgrove & the Republicans Take Branford Again

by Sally E. Bahner & Diana Stricker & Marcia Chambers | Nov 4, 2015 12:30 am

Mary Johnson PhotoFirst Selectman Jamie Cosgrove and his team swept the election Tuesday night, saying it was an endorsement of their first two years in office. Cosgrove was elected to a second term with 4,285 votes in an easy early win over Democrat Mark Rabinowitz. 

“I thought the last election was the greatest night I had, but this night tops it because we were judged on our record,” Cosgrove said during his acceptance speech.

A wildly enthusiastic crowd cheered Cosgrove at Republican headquarters on South Montowese Street Tuesday night.

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Light but Steady Turnout at Branford’s Polls

by Marcia Chambers & Sally E. Bahner | Nov 3, 2015 12:20 pm

Marcia Chambers PhotoUPDATE—Under sunny skies and spring-like warmth, Branford voters headed to the polls this morning to select their next town government, board of education and Representative Town Meeting (RTM). To be certain, weather could not be used as an excuse for the light turnout.

At least it was that way in early morning. Things can change and often do, the moderators at the polling stations told the Eagle, especially since many people vote after work. By noon 3,009 residents had voted, including 8 who registered and voted on Election Day morning, according to the Registrar of Voters.

As of 3 p.m., the numbers of votes cast in each district are as follows: 1st District—767, 2nd District—505, 3rd District—452, 4th District—610, 5th District—828, 6th District—551 and 7th District—541 for a total of 4,254 or 24 percent of the voters. As of 5 p.m., 5,260 voters had gone to the polls, meaning a 29.5 percent voter turnout by that hour. And by 7 p.m. 6,339 voters had voted, a 35.6 percent turnout. There are 17,784 eligible voters in town.


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Get Ready To Vote Tuesday

by Marcia Chambers & Diana Stricker | Nov 2, 2015 8:32 am

In what is expected to be a race that might hold a wild card or two, voters go to the polls tomorrow to decide if Republican Jamie Cosgrove gets another term as first selectman or if Democrat Mark Rabinowitz or Independent Jacey Wyatt will move into the corner office at Town Hall.

This is the second election in a row with three candidates competing for the first selectman’s office. Overall, the campaigns have been low-keyed; some residents told the Eagle Saturday they didn’t think there was an election until next year. (That’s 2016, the year of the presidential election.) Overall, the Dems outspent the Republicans by a 2-1 margin.

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Cosgrove Defends Record At Debate

by marcia chambers | Oct 28, 2015 6:15 am

Marcia Chambers PhotoInvoking economic development as a major way to offset the costs of services the town provides to its residents, First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove said at a campaign debate that Town Hall needs to be “a resource for development, not an obstacle.”

First Selectman contenders Mark Rabinowitz, the Democratic candidate, and Jacey Wyatt, the Independent candidate, said Cosgrove didn’t go far enough. Click here to see the entire debate on BCTV.

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Opponents Debate Town Issues Minus First Selectman

by Diana Stricker | Oct 12, 2015 11:00 am | Comments (2)

Marcia Chambers PhotoTwo of the three candidates for Branford’s first selectman office debated issues Thursday about development and the environment, and the need for leadership and planning.

The selectman’s one-hour long debate, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the East Shore, featured Mark Rabinowitz, the Democratic candidate; and Jacey Wyatt, the Independent candidate who ran for the same office two years ago.

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Cosgrove Ducks Debate

by Marcia Chambers & Diana Stricker | Oct 9, 2015 11:54 am | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers PhotoTwo of the candidates for first selectmen attended a debate last night. They discussed economic development, transparency in government, education and proposed public buildings.

The third candidate, the current first selectman, spent the evening at a banquet in Westbrook.

Mark Rabinowitz, the Democratic candidate, and Jacey Wyatt, the Independent candidate, attended the debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the East Shore (LWVES) at BCTV studios. Republican Jamie Cosgrove, the incumbent first selectman, who is running for reelection, did not participate on the advice of his campaign advisers. 

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1st Selectman Campaigns Rev Up In Final Weeks

by marcia chambers | Oct 7, 2015 1:25 pm | Comments (4)

Marcia Chambers PhotoCampaign kick-off fundraisers are going strong in Branford as the first selectman campaigns pick up speed with Election Day — Nov. 3 — less than one month away.

Marcia Chambers PhotoRepublican First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove officially kicked off his fundraising effort last week at a gathering at the Owenego Inn. Joining him were selectman Joe Higgins, Jr. and about 40 Republicans, many from the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) where they hold the majority.

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Kennedy Jabs Malloy On Medicaid Cuts

by marcia chambers | Sep 25, 2015 6:44 am | Comments (5)

Marcia Chambers PhotoDemocratic State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. (pictured) Thursday criticized Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s decision to make $103 million in emergency health cuts to avoid a deficit in this year’s fiscal budget, saying Medicaid was “the last program” the governor should have touched.
Responding to a question posed at a morning legislative breakfast in Branford, Kennedy, a longtime health care lawyer who speaks often about health care economics, did not mince words. 

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