Kriskey: Ryan Fazio Takes the Time to Listen

Submitted by Richard F. Kriskey, Greenwich

Just the other day, I asked Ryan Fazio how his door to door efforts were going. “Great” he said, “I spend a lot of time listening.” For me, that is an important component.

Ryan’s opponent, Alex Kasser, has spent too little time doing just that.

When she looked for possible fixes for our failing government, she offered a bill that would create tolls. She even hosted town halls, but she did not listen to her constituents who were against this new tax.

Even the city of Stamford voted in favor of a resolution opposing tolls in Connecticut. During a public hearing for the transportation committee last winter, of which she is vice chair, she left the hearing before the public, her public had the opportunity to testify, disrespecting the constituents who had traveled to Hartford to share their ideas. When it came time to vote on the Police reform bill, she once again ignored the concerns provided by our own police force. And on august 14th, she signed a letter to Governor Lamont along with five other democrats, recommending that schools not open this fall. She did not discuss the content of this letter or her plans to sign it with our own elected officials on the Board of Education, from either party or with our superintendent.

The ability to listen and to work with others is critical to our democratic process. I have complete faith that Ryan Fazio will be able to do both well. He has good ideas and has demonstrated an ability to listen and lead.

I hope you will join me in supporting Ryan Fazio for state Senate this fall.

Richard F. Kriskey

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