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Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Democratic Board of Finance Chair

Democratic Board of Finance Chair Predicts More GOP GrandstandingӔ
The next election may be six months away, but already Westport Democrats, who hold a majority on the towns boards and commissions, are getting ready for the increased partisan wrangling.

At Monday nightҒs Westport Democratic Town Committee meeting Board of Finance Chair Stephen L. Ezzes denounced recent Republican attempts to seek a 5 percent reduction in the ranks of town employees as GOP grandstanding.Ӕ

He said the three Republicans on his board never raised the issue of reducing headcount through attrition by that amount in meetings in December and January, then raised it suddenly as the board was preparing to pass this years budget.

ғIt was classic grandstanding without any basis, said Ezzes. He added, ԓIt would appear as we go into the upcoming election, well hear more grandstanding statements (from Republicans).Ҕ

Ezzes also criticized former Representative Town Meeting member Michael Gilbertie, a Republican, for seeking a referendum to cut $5 million from town’s 2003-2004 budget.

He said neither Gilbertie nor Republican Board of Finance member Robert D. Graham. who led the attrition reduction effort, “has any clue what that (the effect of a $5 million cut) would mean.”

Ezzes and fellow Democrat Kevin A. Connolly are up for re-election this fall as are Republicans Graham and R. Gavin S. Anderson.


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