Jeff Ramer

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BET Debate Highlights Difference in Philosophies as Parties Vie for Coveted Tie-Breaking Vote

Though all nominees will be seated after Nov 2, the result of the election is that the party whose candidates garner the most votes in total gets to choose the BET’s chair, and that person holds the tie breaking vote. Continue Reading →

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RAMER: The Tax Collector Who Didn’t

“I pay my real estate taxes, and I am pretty sure that you do too. Accordingly, it distresses me to learn that our Tax Collector, by her neglect over the past year, has allowed nine tax accounts in Greenwich to lie uncollected for more than fifteen years, and by statute, those taxes are now time barred and have become legally uncollectible by the Town.” – Jeff Ramer Continue Reading →

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Greenwich DTC Formally Endorses Candidates for the 2021 Municipal Election

“At their July 21st meeting, pursuant to state law, the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee formally endorsed an impressive group of candidates for the 2021 municipal elections. They are consistently well-qualified and well-versed in how town government works.” – Greenwich DTC Continue Reading →

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Greenwich DTC’s Nominating Committee Recommends Candidates for Municipal Election

The Nominating Committee of the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee announced on Monday a full slate of candidates for the upcoming municipal elections. Pursuant to state law, the DTC will hold its nominating convention to endorse candidates at its July 21 meeting. Continue Reading →

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RAMER: Mason is mistaken. Emergency appropriations have been approved on tentative estimates.

Jeff Ramer - Greenwich Free Press

“In his letter dated April 21, 2021, Mr. Mason wrongly states that ‘the process followed by the BET for the North Mianus School project is consistent with the process followed for all emergency appropriations,’ that process allegedly being to fund only ‘once the scope and costs of the North Mianus project are known.’

He is mistaken.” – Jeff Ramer Continue Reading →

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RAMER: Whose Budget is this ?

Jeff Ramer - Greenwich Free Press

” Low taxes are great. Stinginess is not. One time gimmicks that compromise fund balances, risk funds, and sound capital financing certainly are not. To me, these party-line votes were mean and unsound budgeting.” – Jeff Ramer, Democratic member of the Board of Estimate and Taxation Continue Reading →

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Special BET Meeting to Reconsider FY ’21 Budget Amounts to Lengthy Argument over Robert’s Rules, Adjournment

The BET held a special meeting via Zoom on Tuesday afternoon with just one item on the agenda: to reconsider FY 21 approved budget before it gets sent on to the RTM for approval. The special meeting was scheduled at the request of Democrats on the BET after an outcry from public school parents over cuts to the education budget. The Republican controlled BET had voted last week during a contentious meeting to cut $3 million from the education budget leaving it at current academic year spending levels. The Democrats had proposed instead a $700,000 cut. Despite the meeting lasting only about 40 minutes, and almost 400 people listening on mute, most of the session was taken up by arguments over motions, Robert’s Rules of Order, and consulting the new Town Attorney Vin Marino. Continue Reading →

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CAMILLO: BET Democrats Unnecessarily Attacked Town Staff on PAYT

“…I would be happy to continue this discussion and move the implementation back a year or so and support a tipping fee to act as a bridge until the public has had enough time to see the true benefits of the program and its value to the community.” – Fred Camillo, Greenwich First Selectman Continue Reading →

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