Letter: First Selectman's 'state of the town' shows how far we've come

To the Editor:

I would like to thank the many Trumbull residents who reached out to me in support of the State of the Town address given by First Selectman Tim Herbst. The results of the efforts of our First Selectman and his administration are inspiring. The Town's tax rate has been stabilized, the Grand List continues to grow and the pension fund has been addressed. Full-day kindergarten has finally been implemented and senior citizen tax relief has been doubled. As our town has been faced with unparalleled weather emergencies, we have reformed our emergency management systems to better protect residents, including the recent reforms brought to the Emergency Medical Service with the hiring of a new chief. These are just a few of the many outstanding accomplishments we have realized the last few years and help confirm the fact that Trumbull voters deserved better than the past and the town is indeed better off now than it was four years ago.

I took pride in the fact that the first selectman took the time to recognize Trumbull Police Chief Thomas Kiely and Public Works Director John Marsilio with how they have handled all of the weather emergencies we have experienced the last few years. It was comforting to see Bill Sherlach, whose late wife Mary courageously gave her life defending the students of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Both Bill and Mary were honored with the Clarence Heimann Leadership Award. Also honored was Gino Faiella, a Trumbull resident who serves as Director of Facilities for the Newtown Board of Education. Mr. Faiella was responsible for coordinating the transition of the former Sandy Hook School to Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe. Also recognized were Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra and Newtown Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson. It was a rewarding and a heart-warming experience to witness the extent that Trumbull and Newtown have come together in support of each other.

Trumbull is strong because of the people that make up our community.  We have many talented and gifted people who live here, who look for ways to give back. As the 2013 election season begins, we look for qualified candidates to run with our first selectman in the November elections. I encourage more Trumbull residents to get involved and continue to make Trumbull a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Please contact me through the Republican Town Committee website, www.trumbullgop.org and join us in helping Trumbull remain a strong and vibrant community.

Jack Testani

Chairman, Trumbull Republican Party