Submitted by Reinhard Koester, Greenwich
Ever wonder why we are still licking stamps and writing a check for a few dollars to pay for our dog license? Or why some important town records have still not been digitized? Wonder why many other CT municipalities including Stamford, Westport, and Fairfield offer electronic real estate transaction recordings but Greenwich doesn’t? Unfortunately, our Town Clerk has not adequately modernized!
I am proud of Greenwich and the progress we make. Our Department of Parking Services introduced parking apps and online payments. Thank you. Our Planning & Zoning Commission did not miss a beat converting meetings online during the pandemic, and even making them available for future viewing. Thank you. Our Registrars of Voters made voting during the pandemic clear and easy, providing online videos. And one of them even hosted the first RTM website on his personal server back in the early dayswhen the State did not provide for it.
As a registered Republican, I was therefore sorry to see that the very Registrar of Voters who drove selfless innovation at the RTM, was passed over as the nominee by the Republican Town Committee for the position of Town Clerk. Instead the daughter of the current town clerk was picked as the Republican candidate. I want innovation in the office, not a town clerk who will hear at the Thanksgiving table about how the old ways were just fine.
I have known Molly Saleeby, the Democratic nominee, for fifteen years. She is resourceful and driven, organized and proactive.
Molly is warm and caring and a person of high integrity. Her corporate experience at Skadden Arps, Thirteen/WNET and Time Magazine will be of great benefit to the town. As an engaged member of the RTM, Molly takes her work very seriously and the commitment she has to Greenwich is very apparent.
Molly has already been in contact with town clerks around our state on how to make services more efficient and easily accessible. I am crossing party lines to vote for Molly. Molly Saleeby’s agenda will bring change into a part of Town Hall that has not kept up. It is time for new blood—literally.
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