Please see the 3 letters below from Stamford residents regarding the REAL record of Dan Malloy and please post this and pass it on to all Connecticut voters you may know!
To the editor, Norwich Bulletin,
"Dan Malloy's claims of achievements as mayor of Stamford are very impressive - if they were only true. One such claim is that of lowering taxes.
During his 14 years of administration property taxes increased year after year, at an average of three times the inflation rate, to pay for frivolous, unnecessary projects. This placed an insurmountable burden on long time Stamford residents and elderly citizens who in many instances were forced to leave their beloved city, which they had helped to build over the years. Families were displaced and separated in the process, only to make way for transient residents who have no emotional ties to the city.
Malloy is a clever, consummate politician who has mastered the art of tweaking lies into facts. To our fellow State citizens, beware! He will do to Connecticut what he has done to Stamford.
A few years back when facing public condemnation over ever increasing taxes, he conveniently spun off the Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority as an independent entity, in effect creating a new revenue stream through "fees". This move allowed him to slightly lower property taxes when in reality this move increased the financial burden on citizens.
The 2008 property reevaluation resulted in artificially high assessments just prior to the housing bubble burst. Even so, Mayor Malloy proposed a 7.9% increase in the tax rate before the Board of Finance lowered it to 2.5%, still high considering the high assessments. In fourteen years of Malloy’s administration taxes doubled. If his proposals had been accepted by the Board of Finance, they would have almost tripled.
It is an insult to many of us in Stamford whose quality of life has suffered during Mayor Malloy's tenure to be subjected to such lies. "
"To the editor,
Gubernatorial candidate Dannel Malloy’s governing style should concern Connecticut voters. He is a perpetual campaigner; his decisions are based on the effect they have on his image; long term consequences are not considered.
In Stamford’s Leone Park a million dollars was spent on a state of the art baseball field, paid for with a twenty year bond. Three years later it was torn up to be replaced by an artificial turf field, then was left empty and fenced in for a year awaiting approval of the new field. The new field was paid for with another twenty year bond, although the turf’s life expectancy is ten years.
A half mile asphalt walkway was built in Mill River Park; the next year it was dug up for another project.
Stamford taxpayers unknowingly paid The Ferguson Group, a Washington lobbying firm, to create an image for Mr. Malloy as a “brownfields” expert. They arranged for him to give speeches; then drafted the speeches for him. They arranged for him to twice testify before the US Congress; then wrote his testimony for him.
His connection with other companies was similar. He hired Pareto Energy Ltd. to be Stamford’s consultant on all energy matters. Pareto recommended that the City Government Center have its own natural gas powered electrical generating plant, then “won” the bid to supply it. One of the reasons given was that Fairfield County did not have adequate electrical supply. The contract is for 20 years, during which time: (1) the plant will become obsolete, (2) the county shortage will have been solved; in fact Mr. Malloy promises to solve it, negating the need for the plant he tried to stick us with."
To the editor, CT Post:
"As Stamford taxpayers watching the gubernatorial debates we’re appalled by former Mayor Malloy’s claims of accomplishments in Stamford. As he likes to say “To be perfectly clear”:
He claims to have been the “education mayor”, yet the only influence a Stamford mayor has on education is as a non-voting member of the Stamford Board of Education. His influence apparently was not to the good, since Stamford’s achievement gap ranks among the worst in the state.
He does not favor privatizing government services, yet he privatized Stamford’s parks maintenance to his brother’s college roommate in a no-bid contract.
He favors budget transparency, yet he changed Stamford’s budget rules to bundle capital projects into single items so that the Boards of Finance and Representatives could not see where the money they had voted on would be spent.
He says Mr. Foley’s policies will result in higher local property taxes, yet, contrary to his claims, his spending on unnecessary projects doubled property tax in Stamford during his mayoralty.
He takes great pride in his pet project, the Stamford Urban Transit Way. Thus far it is more than a year behind schedule, over seven million dollars over budget and one of the most expensive per mile roads in the country. The situation is so bad that on October 20, the Board of Representatives Operations Committee unanimously condemned the management of the project by the Malloy team, which has caused untold damage to local businesses and has paralyzed traffic from significant residential areas; and the present mayor has suspended the second phase of the project pending a review of the problems.
Mr. Dannel “Let me Perfectly Clear” Malloy’s debating points have been slim on details but bloated with misinformation. Stamford residents know better. Connecticut residents are forewarned."
195 W. Broad St.
Stamford, CT 06902