Independent joins race for top seat
BETHANY - When residents head to the polls in May they will be faced with a unique choice. Which of three first selectman candidates to vote for.
In addition to Democratic First Selectwoman Derrylyn Gorski and Republican Town Treasurer Newton Borgerson, Independent Boaz Its'haky has tossed his hat into the ring for consideration.
When asked why he was challenging the established precedent, Its'haky said raising taxes and offering voters an alternative candidate were at issue.
"I am a very strong believer in choices. And the anticipated increase in taxes in the next five to seven years has me concerned," he said.
When asked what difference he thought he could make Its'haky said he would bring a fresh approach to issues that have been around for many years.
"With the anticipated increase and the additional expenses from the school systems I will bring progressive ideas to generate revenue," he said.
Another reason he said he is running is that he has been seeing signs of continuation of the same historical problems at the high school.
Its'haky said he has been talking to residents about what their concerns are. Themes keep recurring.
"People on a set income are concerned about how they will pay the tax increase and older residents are worried they will have to move to an assisted living facility in another town," he said.
"I am a strong advocate for senior housing. I am thinking that a senior facility that comprises both assisted living and a nursing home combination would work in Bethany," Its'haky said.
"Some of these residents have been in Bethany for generations," he said.
When Gorski learned of a third candidate she said it showed the diversity of Bethany.
"It's an indication of how our small town is growing and changing that someone would feel motivated to step forward, she said.
Borgerson said he barely knew the candidate but looked forward to running against him.
"My only knowledge of him was when he was an applicant before the Planning and Zoning Commission. He was well respected by the Commission. He will add an interesting element to the campaign," Borgerson said.
The licensed acupuncturist was born and raised in Israel. Before moving to Bethany in 1989 he spent eight years in Switzerland.
The 45-year-old practices his art in Bethany, Naugatuck and New York City.
In the spring he will finish his degree in Oriental Medicine.
Currently Its'haky is completing his campaign platform. And said he would share that with readers in the near future.
For now all he would preview is his idea for a better Bethany.
"My vision is a community that supports human life from the first day to the last. Unfortunately that isn't the case for Bethany at the present time," he said.