PTA Council Board of Education Candidate Forum Booklet

PTA Council Forum Booklet

On October 23rd, the Milford PTA Council hosted a Board of Education Candidate Forum. Click here  to view the responses each Board of Education candidate submitted on a variety of questions.



Only 12 of the 20 candidates on the ballot Nov. 5 took part in the forum, which was sponsored by the Milford PTA Council. They included Mark Ahrens, Laura Fetter, John DeRosa, Tracy Casey, Susan Glennon, Doreen Fontana, Chris Saley, George Gensure, Tom Jagodzinski, Dr. Heidi Gold-Dworkin, Laura Fucci, and Sarah Ferrante. Earl Whiskeyman had a last-minute family medical matter, and Joyce Charney sent in a statement about her qualifications, apologizing that she had another commitment.

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Superstorm Sandy One Year Later

Sandy one year later $30M available for state homeowners hit by Sandy

MILFORD >> Standing in City Hall before five photographs of the wreckage of Milford after Superstorm Sandy, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Mayor Ben Blake and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro announced that $30 million would soon be distributed to state homeowners who need money for Sandy recovery.

Blake said the conference was meant to be a one-year remembrance of Sandy, which came ashore Oct. 29, 2012, but also an educational tool to help draw the attention of victims of the storm to services and funds that they might not be aware of. DeLauro: GOP faction Delayed Sandy Help

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn, on Monday ripped into Republicans in Congress for delaying Sandy relief “for a full 79 days,” while homeowners suffered with houses rendered uninhabitable with no relief money in sight.

“This was because a majority in Congress refused to support a disaster aid package,” DeLauro said. “I might add that since then, some of the members from Colorado who refused to vote for Sandy aid have themselves requested aid for the terrible flood in their state,” she said.

DeLauro and other officials said a second batch of Sandy aid will be made available to Connecticut this week. This latest money, $65 million, will be from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for infrastructure and “long-term resilience projects,” the details for which will be announced over the next few days.


State Housing Commissioner Evonne M. Klein said within the next two to three weeks, the latest pool of $30 million in disaster relief money will be made available to those homeowners.

“The application process is moving forward, and the Sandy team will be notifying applicants of their eligibility, and they will be scheduling contractors. Our goal is to get repairs started and contractors out to your homes as soon as possible.”

Klein said residents who still are in need of help should call 866-272-1976 to schedule a meeting with an intake counselor. The intake centers, one of which is in the Parsons Government Complex on River Street in Milford, are open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday though Friday, and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
“If you’ve been notified that your application is not complete, call that number and make an appointment,” Klein said. Superstorm-Sandy-Damage-Still-Visible-One-Year-Later

“Complete recovery will not take days, weeks or months, but years. While government resources are often frustrating in the speed of their delivery, federal and state funding will continue to assist our rebuilding efforts,” said Milford Mayor Ben Blake.

Mayor Ben Blake reiterated that homeowners should be applying for federal and state funding like FEMA Hazard Mitigation Funding and the recent $30 million in grant money that people are applying for through Intake Centers.


register to vote

The Registrars of Voters will hold special voter registration session today for the November 5, 2013 Election.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Parsons Office Complex (70 West River Street)

Although the deadline for registration to vote in the November 5, 2013 election is October 29, 2013, persons who attain their eligibility to register after that date may do so. Therefore, if a person becomes 18 years of age, a citizen or a resident of the town after October 29, 2013, such person may register on or before 12:00 noon on November 4, 2013, at the office of the town clerk or registrars of voters or on election day at the office of the Registrar of Voters at the Parsons Office Complex. Please bring a completed application and ID with you.


Election Day Registration

While anyone wishing to vote in the regular polling place Nov. 5 has to meet the Oct. 29 deadline to register, under state law eligible state residents also may register on election day at their respective town or city hall.

Those who register on election day then will be afforded a room to vote in at that municipal building, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill spokesman Av Harris said.

If you need further information regarding registering to vote, call the Registrars of Voters office: (203) 783-3240.

For information regarding Absentee Ballots, call the City Clerk’s office: (203) 783-3210.

The Nov. 5 municipal elections “represent a real chance for the voters to make their voices heard on the crucial budget and educational issues facing many towns in Connecticut,” said Merrill, also in the release.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 5 for municipal elections in Milford.

Experience Matters

Mayor Blake

John Burgeson @

In an extended interview, Mayor Ben Blake discusses issues regarding Hurricane Sandy and it’s aftermath to road paving to cost saving measures and why his experience is an important reason to re-elect him as Milford’s mayor.

“The difference is experience, and I think that experience matters,” Blake said. “This is a job that I’ve done for the last 10 years — Board of Aldermen for eight years including serving as its chairman, and then, of course, being mayor for the last two years.”

He said that he has followed the same “tried and true” path that his predecessors have taken, serving for years on the Board of Aldermen before becoming mayor, particularly Frederick L. Lisman, mayor from 1989 to 2001, and James L. Richetelli Jr., mayor from 2001 to 2011.

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Trick or Trot for the Beth-El Center

Charlie @ Trick or Trot

City Clerk candidate Charlie Montalbano standing with Toni Dolan, executive director of the Beth-El Shelter at Trick or Trot

The  2nd annual Trick or Trot Milford 5K event to benefit the Beth-El center was sponsored by Harlow, Adams, & Friedman, PC and Sikorsky Credit Union.


Danielle Bercury, Chair of the event


Great crowd, great turnout

Solving Local Problems

new stop sign

Below is an email sent from constituents to Alderman Bryan Anderson (5th District Democrat). They agreed to have their thank you note posted on our website.

Hello Bryan,

I want to THANK YOU, Mayor Ben and our Milford Police for solving the truck traffic problem on High Street!!!

I imagine that the problem still exists in other areas where trucks get mis-directed by their GPS devices and it needs to be addressed on the higher level, however the problem on High Street appears to be fixed by putting a stop sign at accident-prone intersection with West Main Street and two “no trucks” signs on both ends of the High Street.

no truck sign

The whole process is an example of how citizens and local government, acting together, can solve local problems.

I and Iwona will vote for Milford Democrats soon!

Please pass this email to Ben and Milford Police with our BIG THANKS!

Ben Dyczkowski
Iwona Zankowska
High Street

Democratic Candidate Proposes Customer Survey for the City Clerk’s office.

Charlie Montalbano photo

Charlie Montalbano, Democratic candidate for Milford City Clerk, has proposed developing a survey that would be available for people who use the city clerk’s office, providing them an opportunity to provide feedback on their experience.

The survey would be anonymous and would not focus on any office employee but would simply provide information that would enable the clerk’s office to identify strengths and weaknesses and continue to improve the user’s experience.

“My goal is that everyone who uses the services of our clerk’s office would, as a result of their experience, recommend our office and services to their friends and family. I firmly believe that you cannot manage what you cannot measure so in this case our measurement would be, what I call, our “net promoter score”, measuring how many of our customers would recommend us.”

This survey proposal, according to Montalbano, is a first step in a program of continuous improvement he envisions going forward, “a commitment to continually look for ways to drive efficiency and quality into our operation. The first place to start is with our customers”.