District 8 candidates introduce themselves

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

We are Jason Auerbach and Warren Silver and we’re running for the Representative Town Meeting in District 8 to address Greenwich’s urgent budget and economic needs.

By way of introduction, Jason lives in Cos Cob with his three children (two attending North Mianus School) and his wife, Kitty. They have immersed themselves in activities ranging from coaching several town sports teams to active PTA members. Warren lives in Greenwich with his wife, Nicole, and twin children who attend North Street School. Jason and Warren met coaching Greenwich town soccer.

As RTM representatives, we hope to accomplish three main goals: Address the allocation of town resources which is currently to the detriment of Greenwich residents and children, review historical and current town employee pension investment decisions made by the Retirement Board (how is it possible that Greenwich’s defined pension for the 10 years is ranked in the bottom 10% when we live among some of the best money managers in the world?) and ensuring the improvement of education and preserving the safety of our children through effective speed enforcement.

Our government has allowed the costs of our town employee pensions, health care and post-employment benefits to skyrocket out of control. Did you know that in less than 10 years these costs have risen over 100%?

Where do you think this money is coming from? It’s coming from your children’s education among other cutbacks in basic services. We are, as the numbers indicate, at a point where pension, health care and other post-employment expenditures consume 21% of Greenwich’s total revenue, up from 15% in fiscal year 2002. In the meantime, the education budget has remained essentially flat as a percentage of total revenue over the comparable period and other basic services have suffered.

Our budget needs to be reflective of the priorities of our community today. We will work in support of residents’ priorities and not simply continue with poor legacy decisions. We are excited to immerse ourselves in the budget and the needs of our community.

Please vote for us, Jason Auerbach and Warren Silver, on Nov. 5 in District 8.

 

Jason Auerbach and Warren Silver
Greenwich

The authors are candidates for the Greenwich Representative Town Meeting.

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