by marcia chambers | Nov 20, 2013 3:04 pm
The real action of the Representative Town Meeting last night happened before the meeting began.
When the Democratic minority arrived at the second floor meeting room at fire headquarters they found three tables lined up in a row instead of two tables on one side for the Republican majority and one table facing them for the Democrats.
The Democrats then engaged in a symbolic revolt—they picked up their table and put it back where it used to be.
The game of musical chairs reflected the new power dynamics on the RTM, where Republicans have just replaced Democrats as the majority.
The new Republican majority leader, Rep. Ray Ingraham (pictured standing above), said he had had moved the tables into a new arrangement because his constituents had asked him to change the seating plan of the meetings. Ingraham said in an interview that he believes that RTM members should reflect the view of their neighbors, rather than what their party ideology might ask. Mixing up the representatives to get greater thought and discussion is beneficial, he argued.
Democrats said they were steamed over Ingraham’s decision because they had previously arranged via e-mail to have party leaders meet with the new moderator, Dennis Flanagan, after last night’s meeting to discuss the issue. They criticized Ingraham for acting without consulting them or taking a vote; Ingraham said nothing in the rules requires a vote. The Democrats said they are concerned that if everyone is mixed together, it will not be clear who voted for what and that in the end both parties are different philosophically.
One route the Dems might be willing to take is having representatives sit by district, one of them told the Eagle. Ingraham said that idea is worth discussing and perhaps the RTM tables might be placed in horseshoe fashion in the center of the room, with the moderator and the clerk seated to the side.
by marcia chambers | Nov 19, 2013 1:06 pm
Jamie Cosgrove was sworn in as Branford’s first selectman this morning, and he conveyed the wishes of his legendary grandfather Dan Cosgrove—who turns 96 today.
“‘Go do some good,’” Jamie Cosgrove quoted his grandfather as saying.
The timing of Jamie Cosgrove’s swearing-in and Dan Cosgrove’s birthday turned out to be a special coincidence for a family whose political dynasty has shaped Branford’s history in many ways. (Dan Cosgrove, who is ill, was not present for the swearing in at the Blackstone Memorial Library. Click here for a previous interview with him about his history in the town.)
by Diana Stricker | Nov 14, 2013 8:48 am
Wednesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting marked the end of an era—the last meeting during the Democratic Party’s administration before the reins are handed over to the Republicans next week.
First Selectman Anthony “Unk” DaRos, who is retiring for the second time, served from 1997 through 2003 before retiring from political office the first time. A Republican, John Opie, was first selectman for two years; followed by Democrat Cheryl Morris, who also served two years. DaRos came back into office in 2007 and served another six years.
by marcia chambers | Nov 8, 2013 9:27 am
First Selectman-Elect Jamie Cosgrove paid a visit Wednesday to Town Hall, where he met with retiring first selectman Anthony “Unk” DaRos and talked with a number of the town’s top department heads.
DaRos said he and Cosgrove, now the third selectman, had a cordial meeting on Wednesday. “I told him I would be available to him if he had any questions,” said DaRos, who leaves office Nov 18.
Cosgrove, 40, won the first selectman’s post handily Tuesday, getting 4,484 votes to Democratic candidate Andy Campbell’s 2,795 votes. To win Cosgrove tapped into unaffiliated voters, the largest bloc in town and, it seems, to the Democratic base. Click here to read the story.
by Staff | Nov 5, 2013 10:15 pm | Comments (2)
Branford government turned from blue to red Tuesday as voters elected a new Republican first selectman and turned control of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) to the Republican Party as well.
by marcia chambers | Nov 4, 2013 3:29 pm
UPDATE—An election campaign violation complaint was filed with the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) this morning against the Cosgrove for Branford campaign.
On the eve of the election, the Branford Democratic Town Committee (DTC) charged that the Jamie Cosgrove for First Selectman campaign failed to follow the law in soliciting online campaign contributions.
by marcia chambers | Nov 4, 2013 11:23 am
Voters go to the polls tomorrow to decide among three candidates to succeed First Selectman Unk DaRos who is retiring after serving his second round of six years in office. His last day in office is Nov. 18.
This Election Day marks the first time that Connecticut voters may register on Election Day to vote even if you have not registered before. If you are a U.S. citizen who lives in the state and is 18 years old or older, you may go to the Registrar of Voters office at 40 Kirkham St., show your identification and register to vote.
In what is expected to be a race that might hold a wild card or two, voters will choose among Selectman Andy Campbell, a Democrat; Selectman Jamie Cosgrove, a Republican; and Jacey Wyatt, who is running on a ticket called the Independent Branford Voters Coalition. Click here for a story on their backgrounds.
by marcia chambers | Nov 3, 2013 9:11 am
The three candidates vying for the First Selectman’s job, which comes with a $101,000 a year salary, have strong views on where large-scale commercial development should go in Branford.
Republican Jamie Cosgrove is pushing for a new Costco at Exit 56 off I-95. Democrat Andy Campbell is pushing for multi-commercial development at Exit 53 off I-95. Campbell says 23 acres lie ready for development as the Amtrak Bridge expansion nears completion.
Independent Voters candidate Jacey Wyattt has proposed development in all parts of town and says there is no reason why Branford can’t multi-task.
by marcia chambers | Oct 30, 2013 2:17 pm
The most recent campaign finance reports in the race for Branford’s next first selectman show Republican Jamie Cosgrove leading Democrat Andy Campbell in dollars raised as the two head into next Tuesday’s general election.
The reports, which cover the period of July 1 through Sept. 30, show Campbell raising $17,633 and Cosgrove raising $21,620. In addition, Pam Knapp, who is seeking the town clerk’s position on the Democratic line, raised $6,928 over the same period. The reports are filed with the state.
If Knapp’s figures were added to Campbell’s, Democrats would be leading in the fundraising arena.
by marcia chambers | Oct 25, 2013 12:08 pm | Comments (1)
Republican Kurt Schwanfelder (left) was standing outside of Town Hall the other day next to Democrat Andy Campbell, who is seeking the first selectman’s office, and Democrat Bruce Storm, who is seeking a selectman’s spot.
They stood together not just to talk. They were taking a photo for the Dems that will be sent to town residents before the Nov. 5 election—an endorsement by a Republican for two Democratic candidates.