Election 2017: Board of Finance candidates answer questions

Five candidates are seeking three Board of Finance seats in two separate races. Four candidates are vying for two full four-year finance terms: Republican incumbents Marty Heiser and Michael Raduazzo, Democratic incumbent Sean Connelly, and Democrat Amy Macartney Freidenrich. Voters can choose two and two of the four will be elected. Freidenrich is also going head-to-head with Republic Richard Moccia … read more

In this week’s Ridgefield Press

Here’s a look at some of the headlines from this week’s Ridgefield Press: Halloween and Election Day are two staples of the fall season but both holidays took a back seat to Tropical Storm Philippe this week. Cleanup crews were in town for the first three days this week and school was cancelled Monday and Tuesday. And that wasn’t even … read more

Letter: Finance candidates should appreciate multiple viewpoints

To the Editor: Anyone who serves on a town board should possess a basic ability to exercise sound judgment and to appreciate multiple viewpoints and perspectives. In my opinion, Marty Heiser who is running to keep his seat on the BOF is not that candidate. I would encourage anyone who would consider supporting him this November to watch a few … read more

GOP Viewpoint: Board of Education

One of the important Town of Ridgefield boards is the Board of Education, which represents over 70% of our budget, but also holds the future of our children within their purview. Elected officials not only must have an in-depth knowledge of Connecticut education statutes, guidelines and mandates, but also have the financial savvy to make responsible decisions on how to … read more

High school students hold mock debate, election

School start times, the state budget crisis, local employment opportunities for teenagers, technology and infrastructure at Ridgefield High School, and the cost of cafeteria food and parking passes were just some of the topics Ridgefield High School’s government and politics students presented at the RHS’s 56th Annual Candidates Assembly on Oct. 24.   All five of the candidates seeking election … read more

Zoning race receives write-in candidate

The race for Planning and Zoning Commission just got a little more contested. Circle Drive resident Bob Cousins registered Thursday, Oct. 19, to be a write-in candidate for the commission on Election Day. Cousins said he is running unaffiliated despite being a registered Republican. The Democrats are running incumbents Joe Fossi (vice chairman) and Charles Robbins, as well as challenger … read more

Library, Democrats to host opioid forum on Saturday

Ridgefield’s opioid abuse problems, and how to prevent them, will be the subject of an open forum on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 2 to 3:30 at the Ridgefield Library. “It’s a town hall-style forum on preventing opioid abuse in Ridgefield,” said event organizer Stephen Saloom. “What we’re trying to do is find out what’s best for Ridgefield, what we need … read more

Taxes, debt, school spending, growth: Finance candidates share their views

State cuts, education spending, seniors and taxes, the town’s long-term debt, its “fund balance,” and fostering growth fueled the discussion as finance board candidates exchanged views before a crowd of more than 100 at a League of Women Voters forum on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Asked about the state budget crisis, the candidates were a chorus of despair. “I think we’re … read more

Start times to homework: Candidates discuss school concerns

School start times, homework policy, spending, technology — discussing a broad range of issues, Board of Education candidates shared their views at a League of Women Voters forum that drew an audience of more than 100 to the Ridgefield library Tuesday night, Oct. 3. They got right to it, with the first of the questions a request for each candidate’s … read more

Election 2017: Democrats, Republicans nominate slates

Slates of 18 Republicans and 18 Democrats — endorsed by party caucuses that set up contests for Board of Finance, Board of Education, Planning and Zoning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Police Commission, and Board of Assessment Appeals — will face off in the November election. Democrats caucused Monday night, July 24, in town hall. “The Democratic slate balances proven … read more

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