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Greenwich League of Women Voters Collaboration with Harvard Civics Project Goes National

50 League Chapters from 21 states nominated outstanding high school teachers to attend all-expenses-paid professional development workshop on Harvard’s campus this summer. Many Leagues also specifically chose to nominate top teachers from schools that were economically challenged, in keeping with the League’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Continue Reading →

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State Rep Candidates Talk Pensions, Tolls, Opioids

On Wednesay night after candidate for State Senator Scott Frantz and Alex Bergstein debated, four State Representative candidates had their own debate. Moderator Kay Maxwell first asked about solving problems with state pensions. Steve Meskers, a finance expert who had a 35-year career on Wall Street specializing in emerging markets with a focus on Latin America, is challenging incumbent Mike Bocchino in the 150th House district, said the state’s pension funds system was pay-as-you-go from 1931 until about 1975. “In 1984 those pensions began to be fully funded for a short while, and then were left unfunded. The gap is tremendous,” he said. Continue Reading →

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League of Women Voters Debate, Part 2: Oberlander vs Bocchino

Monday night’s candidate debates hosted by the League of Women Voters of Greenwich was a full house. Part two of the double-header was the debate between Michael Bocchino (R) and Jill Oberlander (D), both running for State Rep District 150, the position being vacated by Steve Walko. The debate kicked-off with a question about deficits. Deficits: Rosey or Grim
Asked about budget deficits, Bocchino and Oberlander saw the glass half empty and half full respectively. “We continue to slide more and more fiscally down the path of ruin,” Bocchino said off the bat. Continue Reading →

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Greenwich Gov. 101: Accountability, Citizen Participation, Voter Choice

On Tuesday night a crowd of about 50 showed up at Town Hall for a primer on Greenwich government. The event, organized by Shelly Cryer and moderated by Jara Burnett of the League of Women Voters, allowed each panelist to sum up the function of their department or board, starting with the First Selectman. First Selectman as Full-Time Chief Executive
Tesei, now in his fourth term, said his job was made full-time in 1978 after a charter revision was approved by Greenwich voters in1975. The change took effect in 1977-78. In 1977  the election for First Selectman was deemed a tie, and, after a re-vote, Ruth Sims was elected the Town’s full-time chief executive, first woman and first Democrat in 75 years. Continue Reading →

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