LETTER: Thriving under Tetreau’s leadership

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor:

This is the most important municipal election in recent memory, not because we are struggling but because under Mike Tetreau’s leadership we are thriving.

Chris Tymniak is a threat to all that Mike has achieved, including restoring our AAA rating, fully funding our pension and schools, improving public services, and increasing senior services, all while achieving the lowest tax increases in almost 20 years.

Chris lacks the experience required to serve as our CEO. For almost two years he held the job of Chief Administrator in Ansonia, during which time it has become the second most distressed town in CT.  He wants to bring that same failed methodology to Fairfield, including the reckless raiding of Ansonia’s savings to achieve short-term gain while ignoring dangerous long-term consequences.

Chris demonstrates no understanding of long-term fiscal stewardship or capacity for effective leadership. As a member of the RTM, he failed to show up for the 2014/2015 budget vote, yet approved the 2015/2016 budget he now decries.

Chris seems unaware of the responsibilities of First Selectman, claiming he can influence state matters and the commercial decisions of local businesses. More troubling is the suggestion he can fast track processes mandated by our Charter. This is either dangerously naive or a sign he does not believe in a system of checks and balances.

Chris has expressed disdain for community involvement in recent projects, which leaves me to conclude he will rule without regard to Fairfield residents.

As a member of the RTM, I have been censored and ultimately blocked by Chris on his Facebook page, demonstrating his intolerance for dissenting opinion and an unwillingness to have a transparent administration and thoughtful bipartisan dialogue.

The choice could not be any clearer. We need to Reelect Success and support Mike Tetreau and Sheila Marmion on November 3rd.

Elizabeth Zezima

RTM D6

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