Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Incumbent Democratic First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff has some words of thanks tonight for supporters at Democratic Party headquarters on Riverside Avenue. Voters elected or re-elected all Democrats on the ballot. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff (3rd l) and Selectman Shelley Kassen (2nd l) are all smiles tonight after voters elected them for another four-year term. The Republican candidates, R. Gavin S. Anderson (l) and Kristin Testa LaFleur (r) paid a visit to Democratic headquarters to congratulate the winning Democratic team. Anderson pledged his cooperation for the good of the Town of Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Westport First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff and Selectman Shelly Kassen greet supporters tonight at Democratic Party headquarters after voters returned them to office for another four years. The Democratic ticket defeated Republican challengers R. Gavin S. Anderson and Kristin Testa LaFleur by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent, according to unofficial results. The Democrats retained control of all boards and commissions, according to the unofficial figures. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Republican candidate for first selectman R. Gavin S. Anderson addresses supporters tonight at Republican Party headquarters on Post Road East after it became clear he and running mate Kristin Testa LaFleur (3rd l) had failed to unseat incumbent Democrats Gordon F. Joseloff and Shelly Kassen. With Anderson is his wife, Kendall Gardiner. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
There were glum faces at Westport Republican Party headquarters tonight on Post Road East as it became clear that Reublicans had failed to wrest control of the town’s top spot from the Democrats as well as gain control of any board or commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Westport voters were greeted by bake sales at polling places today. With schools closed for Election Day, there were plenty of volunteers to help sell the baked goods at the various schools. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Westporters went to the polls today in sunny, autumn weather with temperatures in the upper 50s in what voting officials called a “light but steady” turnout in balloting for municipal offices.
As of 6 p.m. Registrars of Voters Nita Cohen and Judy Raines said 35.14 percent, or 6,215, of the almost 18,000 registered voters had cast ballots.
“It’s light but steady,” said Raines, a Republican. “It’s about what it was two years ago in the last municipal election,” said Cohen, a Democrat.
Of registered voters, there were 6,393 Democrats, 4,946 Republicans, 6,327 unaffiliated, and 21 minor party voters. Polls close at 8 p.m.
Westport physician and author Dr. Robert A. Levine told the Westport Rotary Club today that the biggest obstacle to health care reform is the public is unaware of the magnitude of the crisis and the imperative to reform. He said if he had his way he would make three things happen—“create a single payer system, create an independent monitoring group, and put all doctors on salary.” Levine is the author of “Shock Therapy – for the American Health Care System” and is a neurology specialist in private practice. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Westporter Norakit Smitobol, a native of Thailand who just became a U.S. citizen, voted today in his first U.S. election at Green’s Farms Elementary School. Smitobol is recovering from knew surgery and his wife arranged with election officials to have a wheelchair ready when he arrived. Officer Craig Bergamo guided Smitobol into the polling place as moderator Alan Stolz looked on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
UPDATE Muriel Dusner having just voted at Westport’s Saugtuck Elementary School is presented with a “I Voted” sticker from (l-r) Joanthan Deneter, 10, Michael O’Loughlin, and Ryan Quinn, 9, all Saugatuck students. (An earlier version erroneously said the school was Long Lots.) (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Larry Untermeyer for WestportNow.com
Voters at Westport’s Green’s Farms Elementary School blackened the ovals on their ballots today in the town’s municipal election. While some voting picked up at mid-day, the turnout continued to be very light, according to poll workers.. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
By Jim CameronSpecial to WestportNow
It’s the question I am asked almost every day: “When are the new rail cars coming?” The answer: “Later than we’d thought.”
Yes, the new M8 rail cars, which lawmakers authorized in 2005 and we hoped would be in service late this year, won’t be in service until late 2010—a year later than planned.
The first M8 rail cars as they were prepared for their journey from Japan to Connecticut. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
We on the Connecticut Rail Commuter Council (a state-appointed watchdog group) have been tracking the progress of the M8s from engineering design to focus groups on the interiors to initial “crush tests” (which they failed).
Every month we ask if there are any delays, and the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CDOT) says “no, we’re right on track.”
Polls opened today at 6 a.m. in Westport’s municipal election to a very light turnout. This was the scene at Coleytown Middle School. At stake are Westport’s first selectman office as well as seats on all elected boards and commissions and all of the 36-member Representative Town Meeting (RTM), the town’s nonpartisan legislative body. See the League of Women Voters of Westport guide here. To look up your polling place, click here. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Rick Paschal stands alone shortly before the 6 a.m. poll opening today at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School. Municipal elections traditionally draw fewer voters than presidential elections which last year saw an 86 percent turnout in Westport. Four years ago in the last municipal election in which Westport’s first selectman’s office was at stake, there was about a 47 percent turnout. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
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