Meet your Board of Aldermen candidates

The Milford Mirror asked Board of Aldermen candidates to respond to two questions. Following are their answers. The candidates are listed in the order they will appear on the November ballot.
1st District
Greta Stanford, Democrat

What are your qualifications for this position?

My career and volunteer work has always revolved around the children, parents, and residents of Milford. Starting as a teacher at Live Oaks, and then at Foran High, I have also served as President of the Milford Education Association, Majority Leader on the Board of Education, and am now on the Board of the Milford Education Foundation. I have also been on the Board of Directors of the United Way and the Literacy Center of Milford. As an active member of Devon Rotary, I am liaison to the Jonathan Law Interact Club.

What do you hope to accomplish?

Serving on the Board of Aldermen for the past four years, I have worked through the budget process four times, in addition to my two years working on the Board of Education budget. Through this experience base, I will, as always, vote for responsible budgets that keep the needs of seniors, as well as our children, in mind.

In addition, I will continue to speak out against so-called “affordable housing” which impacts our ecology and our safety while lining the pockets of out-of-state corporations. To save taxpayer dollars, I will seek more ways to save on energy usage. This has the added benefit of protecting our environment and beautiful surroundings.

With the knowledge I have gained through my career and volunteer work, I will work to balance the needs of residents and businesses. I have advocated for “noise” abatement and will continue to work on this for my constituents. Additionally, I will be seeking ways to reduce the distance that children need to walk in order to get to school.

I am always available to represent my constituents and freely offer them my personal email and my personal phone number: 203-878-8081. “My constituents’ concerns are my concerns!”

Ellen Beatty, Democratic

What are your qualifications for this position?

My extensive and varied experience in organizational administration including budgetary responsibilities makes me very well suited for the aldermanic position. I will be a forceful proponent for my constituents including the goals of fiscal accountability and prudent control of taxes. I have a track record of being well informed on issues within my responsibility and bring an ability to work hard in a passionate drive for solutions to problems.

What do you hope to accomplish?

I am eager to give back to Milford since I have been and remain a highly satisfied resident for 32 years, having raised a family in Milford. My interests in serving on the Board of Aldermen are to help strengthen the oversight functions, to continue the aldermanic advocacy role in relation to smart growth and development and prudent long term planning especially in relation to the school system. I wish to continue to assist in the recent accomplishments of innovation in city services while holding the budget to wise and accountable spending.

Brian Bier, Republican

What are your qualifications for this position?

I am a 5 term Alderman who has always put the people first and I am willing to say and do what is right for the City. I have been on several boards and commissions over the last 12 years and a 10 year member of the Public Works Commission. I am able to work with all people and party affiliations to resolve issues for the best possible solution. I have been in Milford my entire life, married here had 3 children here, started several businesses and plan to retire here someday.

What do you hope to accomplish?

The City of Milford has had many challenges over the last few years with several devastating storms and I wish to work with present government officials to be sure we are prepared for any future storms and have the ability to react with the appropriate response to help all our citizens get the help they need. I would also like to see our city turn around the negative impression often associated by business owners and folks willing to invest in Milford. We need to welcome investment and people willing to come and do business in Milford with open arms and a clear path to success, not closed arms and hurdles. I am willing to fight for the changes needed and if given the chance will make the great city of Milford even better.

Anthony Giannattasio, Republican

What are your qualifications for this position?

I bring forth eight years of experience and knowledge from being on the Board of Aldermen. I have actively participated in evaluating municipal budgets, creating legislation through city ordinances, negotiating city contacts and bonding projects. In addition, being a small business owner enables me to use a common sense approach in the decision making process. I feel it is important to research issues, and ask logical questions that result in the best interest for our community at large.

What do you hope to accomplish?

As a current Alderman, I will continue to fight for efficient and effective city services along with responsible municipal budgets. I feel it is important for city government to meet the needs of all generations. I look forward to speaking on behalf of our citizens and doing what is right for the people of Milford.
2nd District
Janet A Golden, Democrat

What are your qualifications for this position?

I am currently serving on the Board of Aldermen. I served on the Board of Education from 2003-05. I served on Planning and Zoning from 2008-2011. I come to the aldermen with an understanding of these two boards. I look forward to continuing the work I’ve started. I graduated magna cum laude from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor of science degree in Corporate Communications. I was born and raised in Milford and I am raising my family here and believe in a quality education. I love our city and want to have future generations prosper.

What do you hope to accomplish?

I have parents who live in this city and I know the struggles of the seniors. The seniors should be able to continue to live in Milford comfortably and enjoy their golden years here. One of our most important challenges is achieving a budget that balances a quality education for our children with taxes that are fair to our senior citizens. I pledge to continue to meet this challenge responsibly, maintaining open communication with my constituents. The start for a better tomorrow begins today.

Nick Veccharelli, Democrat

What are your qualifications for this position?

I am a lifelong resident of Milford. I have distinguished myself for holding the line on spending. I have worked to preserve open space, stop over-development and expand recreational facilities and activities for the young and elderly. Majority Leader, Board of Aldermen; Retired Milford Firefighter; Retired Network Administrator; Member, Milford Elks; Member, East Shore Middle School PTA.

What do you hope to accomplish?

I will work to protect the quality of life for Milford Citizens. I thank you all for your support over the past 16 years as your Alderman. I respectfully ask for your consideration again on this upcoming election.

Jeremy Grant, Republican & Milford Independent Party

What are your qualifications for this position?

I love the city of Milford. As a lifelong resident of our wonderful city, I know and understand what is important to the residents of Milford. I am proud to live in Milford and look forward to starting my family here. I stay active in the community listening to the stories of what residents appreciate, and what should be changed. Additionally, for the past nine years I have been in a management position focusing on customer service. This experience will allow me to make decisions that are best for our community as a whole.

What do you hope to accomplish?

As an Alderman, I will make sure Milford preserves its small town feel while promoting growth in our city. This can be accomplished by being business friendly which will attract neighborhood shops and restaurants in our downtown areas as well as corporations in our business districts. Additionally, I will work to help Milford preserve open spaces and better utilize our existing parks, beaches, and recreational areas. I will support our Public Works department to make sure Milford residents have the highest level of municipal services. This includes raising awareness of our single stream recycling program to make sure Milford saves money which can be better spent providing services to our residents, all while helping the environment. I want all residents, from senior citizens to young families, to be able to live comfortably and take advantage of everything Milford has to offer. I want to make sure Milford residents are as proud as I am to live in the city I love.

Ronald M Goldwyn, Republican

What are your qualifications for this position?

Since 1961 I have been involved in political life, mainly helping other candidates. Today  I have been elected to 27 two year terms (54 years) making me the longest active town committeeman in this city.  After decades of helping my citizens in the leadership of Non Profit Organizations that  makes life better for all of us, it is time to apply that knowledge to our government.

During my career I majored in Physics at St Lawrence University, in Construction Technology at New York City Tech, as a Superintendent of Construction and Structural Engineer on some of NYC’s largest structures, and finally ran my own printing and typesetting corporation.

What do you hope to accomplish?

Arriving in Milford in 1996 with my wife and son to be near my daughter and her two infant sons who were in a nearby safehouse away from a battering husband and father. We chose to move from Long Island to Milford just to be near them.

I had the Harbor Commission adopt my plan to double the number of moorings in our harbor thereby eliminating the annual waiting list. Today my plan is still in operation.

Recently I was able to persuade the Mayor  to install new sidewalks along Seaside Ave from the Hospital to Fort Trumbull Beach for the safety of our children and the handicapped, and soon the street will be repaved.

As an Alderman, I want to be the advocate for senior citizens and the handicapped as I’m both a senior and handicapped. I want to see handicapped parking spaces on city streets and not just in parking lots. If builders would hold off installing pathways for three months after occupancy, the public will beat a path where they would want a concrete path.

I want our colors flown properly especially in public places. I want the governmental bodies to say the Pledge of Allegiance correctly.
3rd District
Martin B. Hardiman, Democrat

What are your qualifications for this position?

I am a member of the Milford Democratic Party.

I represent the 3rd District in the Devon and the West Shore.

I have been an Alderman for eight years now and have served the City of Milford for 30 years on different elected and appointed positions. As an Alderman I have been on the Permanent School Building Committee overseeing the repairs and improvements of all our schools,

and the Public Safety Committee.

What do you hope to accomplish?

As an Alderman I hope to help keep taxes down without eliminating services to the residents of Milford, to keep open space available for the enjoyment of our city and continue to serve all our city residents, to be a valuable voice to all Milford residents.

Frank Smith, Democrat

What are your qualifications for this position?

As a lifelong resident of the 3rd District, I have proudly served Devon and the West Shore as alderman since 2011 after having previously served in the same capacity from 1998 to 2001. I was the Democratic candidate of Mayor in 2001, have served on the Milford Council on Aging, the Inland Wetlands Agency and am currently aldermanic liaison to Milford Public Works, the Milford Public Library and the Fine Arts Council. I am completing my second term as Chairman of the Ordinance Committee of the Board of Aldermen and have been a member of Devon Revitalization, Walnut Beach and Laurel Beach Associations and active in several local cultural and environmental organizations.

What do you hope to accomplish?

If re-elected, my goals for the new term will be to continue seeking new open space opportunities in the district, improving infrastructure such as the newly undertaken drainage project in Devon. Identify new efficiencies throughout city government, support our local school district, assist my shoreline neighbors still affected by storms Sandy and Irene and to continue providing immediate and concerned responsiveness to the people of the Third District.

Frank Jerry Goodrich, Republican

What are your qualifications for this position?

I am a Milford Resident of 29 years. My Wife and I wanted to raise our 3 children here. Served on the Planning & Zoning Board, Board of Aldermen, Walnut Beach Association and Walnut Beach Enhancement Committee.

As an Engineer in a Manufacturing Company, I am assigned a variety of projects to oversee to completion, with the goal of profit for the Company and fulfillment of Quality Objectives to the Customer. I accomplish these requirements with experience and teamwork.

What do you hope to accomplish

Taxes are hurting everyone, whether Federal, State or Local the money comes from your pocket and your employer’s budget. We need to control spending by asking ourselves a few questions for each spending proposal; 1) Is it a Need or a Want? 2) If a Need, can we wait another year? 3) How many Taxpayers benefit? 4) What is the Payback?

Milford needs to be more Business and Resident friendly. Businesses and Residents are not the cash cow or the enemy. Businesses create the jobs you want and need to support your lifestyle. We need to look at the various City Department procedures and Laws to ensure that they are reasonable and customer friendly.

I work for a private company, satisfied customers return and keep us employed. Government should be managed like a private business.

Michael S. Casey, Republican

What are your qualifications for this position?

I am currently a member of Milford’s Board of Aldermen. I was born and raised in Milford. This helps me appreciate and understand the issues that the people of Milford face. I also served on Milford’s Planning and Zoning Board from 2011-2013. I am active in the community as a member of the Kiwanis Club of Milford and as a board member for the Milford Boys & Girls Club.

What do you hope to accomplish?

I would like to continue to do my best to serve Milford, striving to make it a better place to live and doing what I can to help the people. We are all affected by our local government and the Board of Aldermen has a responsibility to keep Milford’s residents informed and involved. I am committed to diligently making the governing process fair and open. Finally, I will ensure that the City has the best services possible while cutting wasteful spending and keeping our tax burden low.
4th District
Susan Shaw, Democrat

What are your qualifications for this position?

For 4 years I have served on the Board of Aldermen. Prior to being elected to the Board of Aldermen, I served on the Planning and Zoning Board, where for two years, I was its Chairperson.

I became involved in city government through my involvement with various non-profit organizations including the Milford Environmental Protection Initiative and the Downtown Milford Business Association. I have served as a member of Milford’s Sandy Long Term Recovery group and I am currently employed as a Disaster Resource Specialist providing disaster relief and recovery services for Connecticut residents.

What do you hope to accomplish?

My family and I are long-time residents and enthusiasts of the City. My son graduated from Milford Public Schools and for many years I owned a small business in Milford.

Being able to serve the community that I love has been, and continues to be, a great privilege. I am a long-time advocate of heritage preservation and conservation of our natural resources; and as a former small business owner, I continue to encourage smart economic growth and advocate for policies that benefit our local economy. Importantly, I continue to work diligently to ensure all facets of our local government are responsive and efficient.

In asking for your support to serve another term on the Board of Alderman, I am re-committing to working hard to ensure that Milford remains a place that we are all proud to call home.

Philip J. Vetro, Democrat

What are your qualifications for this position?

I have always credited myself in helping people in my community.

I have served on the Planning & Zoning Board for two terms, and helped residents and businesses with their applications, and their projects, both large and small. Guiding them through the difficult process of applying for permits needed, and then helping them throughout the entire adventure. I am now the Chairman of the Board of Aldermen, and have been an Alderman for the last 12 years. In my years on the Board, I have been the Chairman of the Public Works Committee, which enabled me to help residents with their sidewalks, curbs, trash, and tree issues. Residents can always call me for any issue they have with our City.

What do you hope to accomplish?

If I am re-elected to the Board of Aldermen, I plan on continuing to be an advocate for the residents of Milford, which I have done for the last 12 years of my term on the Board. With my experience on the Board of Aldermen, I am very knowledgeable of the workings of the many City Departments, and with that experience I am able to help make the Departments more efficient. I have worked on the City’s Budget process every year, with my colleagues, and have gotten very good at it. I look very closely at how they operate their departments, and have found many ways to save time and to work more efficiently. I have owned and operated my own business, Vetro Construction LLC. for the last 44 years, so I know how to cut down on expenses, and operate more efficiently; so if I am re-elected, I promise to continue to serve the wonderful residents of our Great City of Milford, the way I have done in my past years on the Board of Aldermen.

Dan German, Republican

What are your qualifications for this position?

I currently sit on the Board of Aldermen, in my 3rd term. I am actively involved in many city departments and programs, non-profits, and civic organizations. My experience comes from owning and operating a small business here in Milford for over 25 years. I now run a financial advisory practice at Charter Oak Financial and Mass Mutual. I also coach High School wrestling. In regards to education, I have a Masters in Business (MBA) from Sacred Heart University and BS in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University and I am a graduate of Milford High School.

What do you hope to accomplish?

I care about the future of Milford. I see businesses closing, people losing their jobs and people being forced to move away because they can’t afford to live here any longer.

With a strong business and financial background, I will help move the city in the right direction.

1)    My number one goal is to reduce taxes. I am looking to improve city programs, make them more accountable, worthwhile and efficient.

2)    Secondly, I am concerned with cost of healthcare! We need to improve our healthcare while reducing our healthcare costs. I have spearheaded a Healthcare Committee with the goal of improving the health and wellness of our city employees. This is a must to combat our skyrocketing healthcare costs while improving the quality of everyone’s lives.

3)    And lastly, help small business. It is the duty of the government to make that possible and not make it more difficult. More successful businesses will contribute more back to the city and their community. We need to be a much more business friendly town!

Let’s all work together to make Milford the best place to live and work.

Dan Spicer, Republican

What are your qualifications for this position?

I am qualified to be Alderman because of my ability to use a logical approach when solving problems. I have a Bachelors Degree in Physics with a concentration in engineering from Southern Connecticut State University and two associate degrees from Three Rivers Community College in Laser/Fiberoptic Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology. I will approach all issues in a logical and non partisan manner and will determine a solution that makes common sense for businesses, taxpayers and our taxpayer’s children and grandchildren.

What do you hope to accomplish?

If elected alderman, I will focus primarily on my constituent’s needs. I will take their agenda into account, not my own agenda. I want to be an actual representative of the people not a representative of myself.

I have been knocking on doors in the district and have been gathering input on what the residents of the 4th district desire from their local government. The majority that I have spoken with have expressed to me that the most important issues are tax stabilization, open space management, improving educational standards and focusing on maintaining our infrastructure. I will make it my job to seek out logically and fiscally sensible solutions to these aforementioned issues.

Milford has the opportunity to be a regional economic powerhouse. Milford has direct access to Route 1, I-95, the Merritt Parkway, the Metro North Railroad line and access to Long Island Sound. Milford’s access to these unique assets needs to be leveraged and used to cultivate a vibrant business community. Creation of economic corridors through tax incentives can attract new businesses while helping existing businesses grow. By attracting new businesses and strengthening existing ones, we can offset our property tax rates by increasing property tax diversity.
5th District
Dora Kubek, Democrat

What are your qualifications for this position?

Current Board of Aldermen member since 2013

Past Board of Education member 2011-2013

Liaison to Board of Education, Council on Aging, and Department of Human Services

Graduate of SCSU

Milford 375th Anniversary Time Capsule Committee

Past Member Milford Arts Council and Milford Land Trust

What do you hope to accomplish?

Maintain Fiscal Responsibility

Support Senior Tax Relief Program

Attract New Businesses

Eliminate Commercial Encroachment and Overdevelopment of Residential Neighborhoods

Bryan Anderson, Democrat

What are your qualifications for this position?

I have worked closely with residents to address their citywide or neighborhood concerns. From providing information or strategies on zoning issues, neighborhood preservation, environmental protection, education, sidewalk and street work, and noise, I have been a reliable and vocal advocate for my constituents. I am proud of the relationships and friendships we have formed working on common interests, and believe in the 'art of the possible'. I promise not to succumb to conventional wisdom.

What do you hope to accomplish?

In the next term, I wish to forge a consensus on affordable housing whereby the city takes a stronger hand in where the developments are located and how dense they can become. It is unacceptable for three- story structures to be built directly next to single level homes. I want the city to more closely regulate graffiti and electronic signage, to save Silver Sands from further development, and also insure that the downtown parking project operates in a transparent manner with input from downtown residents. We need to be vigilant about insuring our public school children have every opportunity to succeed. Our economic base must continue to grow to add to the City's Grand List. Finally, I was instrumental in having the Board of Aldermen reduce the 2014-2015 City Budget by over $1 million. I will look to hold the line on spending in the next term. It has been my honor to work on your behalf. I look forward to greeting you in person at Harborside Middle School on Election Day, November 3rd. Thank you!

Raymond Vitali, Republican

What are your qualifications for this position?

44 years as a teacher and administrator in the MPS; Vice principal of OAS, Seabreeze, Calf Pen, Central Grammar and principal of LOS and Harborside Middle School prior to retiring in 2007; Past Chair, Board of Bridges; Served on the Library Commission; Permanent School Building Committee; United Way campaign chair, 2008-2011; Oyster Festival Committee; Co-creator of Folks on Spokes; Created the 9/11 Memorial Garden at Live Oaks School; United Way Board of Directors; Former member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Milford; Chair of the Milford Prevention Council; Seeking my 5th term as Alderman

What do you hope to accomplish?

Tax reform, development of long-range plans to provide opportunities for all people to experience a quality of life that is affordable and sustainable. Provide opportunity for all city departments/agencies to submit budgets that are justified, simplified and above all transparent.  Allow for the provision that our education system provides our students with the knowledge and experiences that will allow them to compete globally. As a member of the Board of Aldermen I know that strong leadership leads to good government. I will insist on transparency, and dialogue that will allow for hands on participation (conversation) by the people and for the people of Milford.

I have the leadership qualities that will sustain my position on the Board of Aldermen and have the ability to listen to my constituents regarding their concerns and working along with them for change. I will fight vigorously for bringing back the concept of ‘common sense’ to municipal government.

Bill Bevan, Republican

What are your qualifications for this position?

Board of Aldermen 4th District 2009-2011; former Chairman Public Safety and Welfare Committee; former Vice-chairman Claims Committee; Vice-Chairman Milford Republican Town Committee; member East Side Fire Station Building Committee; former Manager/Treasurer Milford Jr. Major League; Director All Comer Track Series

What do you hope to accomplish?

I will work to limit excessive spending in the budget process.

With the many diverse issues that come before the Board of Aldermen, I will evaluate all sides of an issue so as to make the right decision for the city and the taxpayers of Milford.

I will help constituents solve problems in their neighborhoods and will do so as quickly as possible. I will call you back.