Wednesday, April 25, 2012

It's A Wrap

After 6 and a half years of taping shows for ETV, Marilyn Vitale and I are calling it a day. We started out taping Inside the BOE for several years where we brought news about education, or lack thereof, to our viewers. A couple of years ago we switched to a Town-wide news show called EH News. With both shows we tried to bring an unbiased, but opinionated, view of the goings on here in East Haven. We managed to piss off both political parties and most politicians over the years. Neither Marilyn nor I regret that in the least. If it helped the viewers understand the issues of the day any better we did our jobs. As viewers of the shows may have guessed I can be irascible at times. For that I owe a debt of gratitude to Marilyn for putting up with my occasional rants, both in and out of the studio. Marilyn is a treasure trove of facts about politics and politicians in our fair Town. Numerous times I have mentioned a name and she knew them, their family, what boards and commissions they served and a host of other things about the person. I am constantly amazed by the information she has stocked up in her head and in her box of newspaper clippings going back decades. How she could keep going for over 4 decades to improve East Haven I don't know. But year after year she is there going to meetings, speaking out, running for office, writing letters and going on TV in order to make things better. I would also like to thank all the guests we had on over the years. They have made the show much more entertaining and informative by their presence. A special thanks to John Finkle who came on the various shows more than any other guest. He was always prepared and funny even when we did Bottom Line, the shows about the budget. Being funny on budget shows is not the easiest task in the world. John and I crammed 5+ shows into a little over 2 months during budget season. Those budget seasons were grueling for both of us. Paul Hongo was another favorite guest. He was funny and always had good information for the viewers. Mike Lawlor was the easiest guest to interview by far. I would ask Mike a question and zone out for 10 minutes while he answered. I'm pretty sure I could just ask random questions having nothing to do with the legislature or politics and he could come up with a 10 minute answer. A special round of thanks to all of the people that we could not have done the show without but who you never saw on camera. This includes the folks at ETV who were incredibly helpful with anything we needed. One person who you heard me mention any number of times on the show was our producer, Fran. She did yeoman's work getting the props together, coming up with ideas, putting up with my irascibility and generally making the show hang together. She also had an eye for lighting and camera angles that is nothing short of incredible. Fran made Marilyn, the guests and I look as good as possible. During the shows she was standing just on the other side of the camera giving us stage directions as needed and trying to pantomime instructions to us. Sometimes we understood what she wanted us to do. Other times we just kept doing what we were doing while Fran scowled at us. Marilyn and I would both like to thank the viewers for watching us for 6+ years. You were the reason we did the show. We very much enjoyed doing it but all good things must come to an end. And now it is time to say, "It's a wrap!"

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

EH News 4/16/2012

Marilyn and I taped a show last week. We discussed the things going on with the Police Commission and the Board of Education. Senator Len Fasano came on as a guest and was, as usual, quite informative.

EH News 4/16/2012 from Edward Foley on Vimeo.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Town Council - BOE Budget Review 4/12/2012

The Town Council held a review of the BOE budget request for the 2012-13 fiscal year on Thursday night. It was a long meeting so I will be uploading the video in pieces.

Part 1:

Town Council 4/12/2012 BOE Budget Part 1 from Edward Foley on Vimeo.

Part 2:

Town Council 4/12/2012 BOE Budget Part 2 from Edward Foley on Vimeo.

Part 3:

Town Council 4/12/2012 BOE Budget Part 3 from Edward Foley on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Police Commissioners Removal

My sources are telling me the Capone appointees to the Board of Police Commissioners are going to be asking a judge for an injunction to stop the removal hearing from going forward on Tuesday, the 17th.

No matter if the injunction is granted or not, the hearing should not be held in the miniscule Giamo room at Town Hall. There will be an overflow crowd of concerned citizens, reporters, and camera crews attending. The room is much too small for the number of people wanting to see the proceedings. This should be moved to the Senior Center, Beach House, or the BOE Boardroom.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mayor Wants To Remove Police Commissioners

The 3 Police Commissioners appointed by the former mayor have received this letter telling them their is going to be a hearing about removing them from the Board of Police Commissioners. One of the Commissioners has informed me the letter has been forwarded to the US Department of Justice since the three Commissioners feel this is an act of retaliation for their stance taken over Gallo and the ongoing DOJ investigation.

I'm sure there will be much more to come.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Bd. of Finance Recommendations 2012-13 Budget

The Board of Finance sent their recommendations for the 2012-13 budget to the Mayor this week. The recommendations were essentially a punt since they did not change the Mayor's budget by much. Three accounts in the EHPD were changed and $4,000 was added to one Recreation account. They should have saved all the time they spent meeting and just rubber stamped the Mayor's recommendations earlier in the month.

The final appropriations and revenue call for a budget of $87M with a mill rate of 30.95 and a collection rate of 97.75%.

*update* It appears I still can't tell the difference between the appropriations spreadsheet and the revenue spreadsheet. The budget also calls for a $1.2M transfer TO the fund balance and not FROM the fund balance. My bad. Never blog before you have had your first cup of coffee. There is also a $500K increase for the Board of Education.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bd. of Finance Budget Wkshp - 3/20/2012

I am posting the video from last night's budget workshop as they become available. The meeting was a recap of all the budget requests so the Board of Finance could come up with a recommendation for the Mayor. The video is in 4 parts.

The 4th part contains the discussion of the BOE budget. As it stands now the Board of Finance is recommending the BOE get a $500K increase which is paid for by the expected increase in the ECS funding under the Governor's proposal to the legislature.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4 (BOE budget)