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William Richardson East Haven Town Council 3rd District

Town Councilman William Richardson responds to Robert Hoff's untruthful posts.

Mr. Hoff,

Recently you attacked me on your Facebook page for missing Town Council meetings this year. When I answered your unfounded attacks with the truth, you chose to remove my comments from your Facebook page,  why are you hiding the truth? Why aren't you attacking any other Town Councilmen or women as they have not attended every meeting  including your fellow democrats? As a councilman who only has the best interests of the East Haven residents at heart, I find your political grandstanding offensive and I find your lies to be disgusting.   You claim to be a honest candidate, maybe you should start to act like one. Now you chose to spread the same lies here on the East Haven Patch. I encourage all Patch readers and East Haven Voters to look at the Town Council public records and see for themsleves how untruthful Mr Hoff truly is,

Since you are not professional or man enough to discuss any votes or issues you may have with me in person and chose to hid behind Facebook and Patch posts , I need to set you and the record straight.

 Firstly, As a Town Councilman, I consider it an honor to serve all of the citizens of East Haven and especially the residents of the Third District. I have lived in East Haven for almost Fifty years and I am well known and respected by members of the Democratic and Republican parties and during that time I have served with members of both parties on numerous Boards, Commissions and various civic organizations and charities. I believe that everyone I have served with will tell you that I am honest, hard working and a non-partisan champion of East Haven. I am proud to be able to work with the current Town Council and have stated on several occasions that I am pleased that the 10 republicans and 5 Democrats work together without any partisan bickering. That being said, all of my votes have been for the well being of the town and for fiscal responsibility. I have been willing and able to reach across party lines for the good of the town; all you do is spew partisan, self-serving hatred.

 One thing a Councilman needs to be able to do is to understand the facts before acting. Unfortunately you have time and time and again been unable to do that. Since you want to discuss attendance let’s talk facts. There have been a total of 16 regular and special Town Council meetings this year, not counting the numerous budget meetings in April. I have been able to attend 12 out of the 16 council meetings and all of the budget hearings. My attendance record is on par with the rest of the council. Unfortunately life takes us in many directions and people including council members are not able to make every meeting. That does not mean that a councilman is not committed to the council or East Haven. No current member of the Town Council has perfect attendance and there are council members with a same or worse record than mine. Most Council members have attended 11, 12 or 13 meetings. If you had made the effort to look at the meeting notes you will see that one of your fellow Democrats has made the same number of meetings I have and that one of your fellow Democrats has barely made 50% of the meetings. I respect both of these individuals so they will go nameless and I know that their attendance record does not reflect their commitment to the town. But, you fail to mention their attendance and only mine. Why?

 Also, if you were either truthful or had a command of the facts, you would know that I was present at the Oct 2nd Mayors Capital Budget meeting and I was an active participant in the discussion, as I am at every council meeting. Maybe you were just not paying attention. An apology is in order and if you are man enough it will quickly forthcoming. In any case your omissions of the facts and talking out of turn show what a poor Town Council Member you would make.

 Now that we have cleared the air about the false accusations you made about the Oct 2nd meeting, let’s discuss the April 26th Council meeting you mentioned. I did indeed miss this meeting. Unfortunately, this meeting was originally scheduled for a day or two earlier and was postponed to the April 26th date. This date fell on my son’s wedding rehearsal date and I had to miss this meeting. I informed the Council Chairperson of my conflict as well as my other council members and apologized for not being able to make it. I surely would have made this meeting if at all possible. If you know anything about the workings of the Town Council you would know that all of the budget work goes on at the numerous council budget meetings held throughout the month of April. I attended all of the budget meetings and those meetings are not reflected in the total mentioned above. Working alongside my fellow councilmen and women and with Paul Rizza the Finance Director we scrubbed the Mayors fiscally responsible budget recommendations and it was clear that the council would vote to approve the budget across party lines.  Although I regretted not being able to cast my vote of approval, I knew that my recommendations were included in the budget and that it would pass. Unfortunately we did have to raise the mill rate 4 mills but this was needed to offset the crippling re-evaluations we faced and the gross underfunding of the previous administrations budgets. We are still transferring money to fund accounts that were not funded adequately in last year’s budgets. If you are on top of everything as you imply, you will know this. This is in black and white if you bother to investigate.

 Also, I do not see any mention of the numerous Board of Finance meetings that I attend as a Town Councilman throughout the year representing my constituents. Why was that not part of your expose.  

  Finally, you are supposed to be the Chairman of the Americans with Disabilities Act Committee. An ADA committee meeting is scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of every month. You have only had two meetings all year. That’s 2 out of 10.  Your commission has had the fewest meetings of any board or commission in East Haven this year. How does this best serve our disabled citizens when the committee chairman does not hold meetings?

 I hope that the good folks on the Democratic Town Committee have the sense not to give you their party’s nomination for Town Council. And if by chance you do get their nomination I hope the voters in the 3rd district see you for what you are and reject your self-serving agenda.

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Dan McCann December 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Again evading the question...Telling the truth is so hard isn't Robert and again you never answer the question but the FOI documents will soon tell the truth, I mailed the request the other day. No one likes a liar liar pants on fire! I do have a good question for you Mr. Hoff. If you're so into this free time and you're focused on the Town Council why have you not asked the same question of your hero Mr, Ruocco who serves on the Water Polution Authority and gets paid $12k per year. Shouldn't he be held to the same standards? People I know that know you say you need a lot of help mentally and the cast of characters you hang around with aren't the sharpest knives in the draw either. The entire DTC needs to have their head examined for even nominating you. Lastly, I served my 7 years with class and dignity and when I needed to stand up I did. I was the first Republican to stand up against Joe Maturo and voted against his pension. I was also one of the first Republicans to stand up against the Old High School 1st proposal when our Mayor tried to give the building to his friends and buddies. I'd like to see you stand up to a person in your own party and vote against them. I doubt you would because you can't even point out that Gene Ruocco is making money off the Town when you criticize the TC for receiving their earned pay.
Dan McCann December 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM
As for me running for Council. Those days at the moment are behind me because I need to continue to raise my family. When and if the time is right and when and if I want to I would run again I would encourage you to move here cause there is no doubt that I would smoke you. Hell, I bet right now I could run in the 3rd District and still beat you handly...
Robert D. Hoff - Working for a better East Haven December 14, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Mr, McCann Rumor on the street man without a country is that you won't run in the second district at this time because you know in your heart that you cannot beat Joe Santino.
Dan McCann December 14, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Mr. Hoff: Ive defeated Mr. Santino twice in my day. Once in a general election and once in a primary. Try another one. Just to let you know Diane from the EHPD just called and said my FOI request will be ready by next Friday. Got anything you want to tell the Patch Universe before I do? It is well worth the $20.00...
The Hoffinator December 31, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Um Mr. Hoff.....Not only did Dan McCann show that you did not have a clean police record he exposed you for the nut job that you truly are! People are laughing at you in droves. You called the cops because your dog was denied his Town Charter Rights? You called the cops because someone ate your fruit? In addition it shows that YOU WERE arrested and for domestic violence no less!!!! I wonder how the women and children of East Haven feel about that? Your political career is over well before it started because you're a liar. Thank you Mr. McCann your service to East Haven continues to be excellent!

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