To the Editor:
We are fortunate that, in Hamden, our local elections avoid the uncompromising zeal that too often infects national politics. Of course, we occasionally have our lapses, but these are small matters. Our elected officials generally work tirelessly and together to address the many challenges that face Hamden.
Nowhere is this selfless dedication to the town more apparent than in the Mayor’s Office. For the past four years we have been fortunate to have a person in that office whose approach is partisan in only one respect: a fervent commitment to the town, its people, and its future. It is for that reason, among many others, that I support Scott Jackson for another term as Mayor.
Make no mistake about it: being Mayor is not an easy job. But in two terms, Scott has managed three consecutive balanced budgets, enacted, then continued, the largest tax relief program ever offered to low-moderate income seniors, launched comprehensive pension reform, and negotiated a new health insurance program for majority of town employees, saving Hamden taxpayers approximately $3 million annually.
On top of that, he coordinated the response to the heaviest blizzard to hit Hamden in 100 years, and served in statewide leadership positions, creating policy that directly affects our Town. These include the panel organized to review and improve statewide emergency response to natural disasters and chairing the Sandy Hook Advisory Committee.
In private industry, these accomplishments and management record would warrant a contract extension for anyone. I support Scott Jackson for another term as Mayor. I hope you will as well.
Michael C. D’Agostino
Hamden State Representative, 91st District