Malloy Talks Transportation During Stop at Greenwich Train Station to Support Greenwich Democrats

Marzullo, Farricker, Malloy

Selectman Drew Marzullo, Candidate for First Selectman Frank Farricker and Governor Dannel Malloy at Greenwich train station Oct. 28, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

On Wednesday, at the peak of a blustery wet rush hour, Governor Malloy arrived at Greenwich train station, appearing with the Democrat slate of candidates, including First Selectman Frank Farricker and Selectman Drew Marzullo who is seeking re-election.

Selectman Drew Marzullo, Candidate for First Selectman Frank Farricker and Governor Dannel Malloy at Greenwich train station Oct. 28, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

Selectman Drew Marzullo, Candidate for First Selectman Frank Farricker and Governor Dannel Malloy at Greenwich train station Oct. 28, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

In his remarks Gov. Malloy described how in the past, he would call on companies in New York city and convince them to move their jobs to Fairfield County. But, he said, that is no longer the case. “They’re going across the river to NJ or moving in bigger numbers to Westchester, in part because they felt Connecticut was not prepared to take necessary steps to improve transportation.”

But, he said, that has changed and a vibrant transportation plan is being rolled out to maintain roads and bridges in Connecticut. “A lot of early money is directed to the rail system,” he said. “We need  to move people ever quicker in and out of New York city.”

rail commuterThe Governor said he was pleased at how much progress had been made in Connecticut this year.

“We got the legislature to commit a half cent of the sales tax for transportation purposes, and they passed the legislative lock box,” Malloy said. “Now I want them to do a Constitutional lock box so that it goes into transportation and we get the kind of transportation system Greenwich is worthy of.”

“I have a long track record of working with you guys on these issues,” he said with a nod to Mr. Marzullo and Mr. Farricker.

Greenwich Train station, Oct. 28, 2015 Credit: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Train station, Oct. 28, 2015 Credit: Leslie Yager

Mr. Farricker thanked the Governor for his leadership on transportation. Formerly a commuter for seven years, Mr. Farricker described Greenwich commuters as the lifeblood of the town. However, he said there is a waiting list of 2,500 Greenwich residents for parking, and vowed to explore adding a parking deck at the Island Beach parking lot if elected. He also described the intersection at exit 3 as a mess that needs to be cleaned up.

“Some people during this campaign have said the state and federal government are stopping us from advancing,” Farricker said. “Hartford is not our enemy.” Mr. Farricker pointed out that one of the first acts of Governor Malloy was to sign the certificate of need for Nathaniel Witherell.

Malloy visit

Mary McNamee, Governor Malloy, Bill Bambrick, Jennier Dayton, Howard Richman and Ian MacMillan at Greenwich train station, Oct. 28, 2015 Credit: Leslie Yager

Selectman Drew Marzullo, Candidate for First Selectman Frank Farricker and Governor Dannel Malloy at Greenwich train station Oct. 28, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

Selectman Drew Marzullo, Candidate for First Selectman Frank Farricker, Governor Dannel Malloy and Howard Richman, candidate for Tax Collector at Greenwich train station Oct. 28, 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

“I’m more than happy to be involved in Greenwich issues. I followed Republican governors who wouldn’t get that project going,” Malloy said of the Nathaniel Witherell. “I got that project going.”

Greenwich Train station, Oct. 28, 2015 Credit: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Train station, Oct. 28, 2015 Credit: Leslie Yager

Malloy lamented traffic congestion in Connecticut. “This system is not working for any of us now. The average wait time for every citizen in Connecticut is 40 hours.”

“That’s just congestion. It’s not an accident. It’s not the weather. It’s congestion,” he said, adding that congestion has a yearly cost in Connecticut of $4.2 Billion.

“A larger share of that lost opportunity comes from this area,” Malloy said. “The earliest part of this funding program is for rail and bus and mass transportation opportunities.”

“I have a great relationship with this team and have worked with them over they years. They know how to get me on the phone,” he said. “I felt it was important for me to come down to Greenwich and show my support. These are extraordinary individuals.”

 Greenwich Train station, Oct. 28, 2015 Credit: Leslie Yager

Commuters at Greenwich Train station, Oct. 28, 2015 Credit: Leslie Yager


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  • Richard may

    Dear Editor,

    In yet another example of how elected officials view Greenwich as little more than a “commuter town,” Messrs. Malloy and Farricker focus on upgrading our infrastructure to attract residents and businesses to Connecticut. Indeed, I find it surprising that the Democrats are now looking into additional parking facilities in Greenwich to provide better parking for commuters to New York.

    With government subsidized long term parking, it is no wonder that we have 2,500 people on the waiting list for parking permits. Let the market determine the price of parking rather than depend on the largesse of Town Government to determine pricing. Town parking policies are just plain silly.

    Why not focus on projects to make Greenwich a town worth living-in and working-in rather than merely serve as a transportation hub and bedroom community for commuters toNew York? If you want more of the same brain-dead projects like the UBS Building in Stamford, then you will continue to endorse the silly regressive, outdated and irresponsible projects of Messrs. Farricker and Malloy.

    Mind you, the Republicans are not much different in their approach to Greenwich Town governance.

    Regards,

    Richard W. May