The following letters of endorsement were submitted to NewCanaanite.com. ***
I urge the re-election of Brendan Hayes for the Board of Education. A Democrat with broad bipartisan support, Brendan was elected BOE Chairman last year by a 7-2 vote, including 4 of 6 Republicans. Brendan works hard, is a patient and thoughtful listener, and has the analytical skills one would expect of a highly successful investment banker. He’s a confident and effective advocate for New Canaan’s schools.
We endorse Cristina Aguirre-Ross for Town Council.
Cristina has made New Canaan her home for 28 years, and has ably served on our Town Council for four years. She is a distinguished architect and author, who celebrated New Canaan in her book on mid-century modern houses. Cristina is dedicated to preserving our town’s unique character and style. As a Town Council member Cristina is also focused on fiscal sustainability aimed at optimizing town services by finding efficiencies and making the most of every tax dollar. Her extensive experience working on large scale projects at JP Morgan and in her own architectural practice makes her uniquely qualified to lead contract negotiations, budgeting and financial analysis to benefit all the people of New Canaan.
I strongly recommend incumbent Cristina Aguirre-Ross for Town Council. Cristina’s experience in town is unparalleled. She was initially appointed to the Open Space and Conservation Committee and later appointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission. After serving ten years on the Commission, the Republican Town Committee endorsed Cristina to serve on Town Council. Cristina’s experience as a licensed architect brings tremendous value to our Town.
This week on 0684-Radi0, our free weekly podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Cristina A. Ross, an incumbent on the Town Council who is seeking re-election to the legislative body. Following the July caucuses, Ross and her fellow Republican nominees—Steve Karl, Mike Mauro and Maria Naughton—are entering a contested race versus Democratic nominees Robin Bates-Mason, Colm Dobbyn and Mark Grzymski. This week’s podcast is sponsored by Baskin-Robbins, a favorite family dessert destination for New Canaanites. Here are recent episodes of 0684-Radi0:
Members of New Canaan’s legislative body said last week that they need more information and public input prior to committing an estimated $400,000 to a renovation of Irwin House as a base of operations for local nonprofit organizations.
Though rent from three nonprofit organizations that have shown an interest in relocating to the Irwin Park house would come to about $46,500—exceeding the annual cost of maintenance—the town first must gauge whether taxpayers would prefer to tear the structure down, members of the Town Council said during their regular meeting. Chairman John Engel said the three nonprofits interested in moving to the Weed Street property—New Canaan Land Trust, New Canaan Community Foundation and Staying Put in New Canaan—also should have an opportunity say how important such a move would be for them, what alternatives they’ve seen and how hard it is to find a workable space. Councilman Penny Young said, “There really are a lot of questions. This is indeed the cart before the horse. I mean way before horse.”
The comments came as the Town Council discussed a possible investment of $80,000 for architectural, engineering and other services that would be needed prior to the physical renovation work.