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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Foley’s Urban Agenda: Something Borrowed, Something New

By Mark Pazniokas

New Britain – In the first extensive public policy press conference of his second run for governor, Republican Tom Foley today released an urban agenda that echoes or revises long-tried policies on housing, crime and jobs, while imposing a strict “marketplace” standard on failing urban schools. Image
Tom Foley (r) walks from New Britain city hall to his news conference with Mayor Erin Stewart, trailed by other mayors, including his 2010 running mate, Mark Boughton of Danbury. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

Foley, 62, a Greenwich businessman who was stunned by the decisive urban turnout in support of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in their first race four years ago, pledged a year ago that he would compete in the cities by addressing urban issues after a period of conversation and fact-finding.

After campaigning largely on the economy and fiscal issues, which pollsters have found are by far the top priorities of Connecticut voters in 2014, Foley stood with five mayors in a pocket park outside city hall and pledged, “As governor, I’ll have no higher priority than making our cities great again.”

Foley read aloud what he called “a sampling of the plan,” but his campaign brought no copies, leaving reporters to attempt to download documents emailed to their smart phones as the candidate began reading prepared remarks. He encouraged reporters and voters to read the plan online.

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