Farricker says Finger proposal was wrong

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

This Monday, some Democratic members of the Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET) proposed a significant overhaul of our election laws and the people of town were not notified.

In a cynical attempt to preserve “balanced boards,” a group led by Bill Finger and urged along by Democratic State Central Committeman Ed Krumeich, a proposal was made in the dead of night, unnoticed even to some fellow BET Democrats, calling for BET members to be elected in the same manner that school board members are. But only unaccountable politicians would consider this optimal for the town of Greenwich.

Their only goal, it would seem, is to preserve their positions by proposing an illusion of democracy — and oddly hoping for some good publicity at the same time. This is wrong and should be stopped.

If the past election has shown us anything, it is that Greenwich needs real democracy, where parties compete with ideas and vision against each other. I am chairman of the DTC, but I am also a resident of this town, a parent and an American. If they disagree with my position on allowing fair, open and transparent elections, Democrats can vote me out of office. But I will make this case clearly and honestly.

Bill Finger and Ed Krumeich are utilizing well-practiced “inside” maneuvers to tell you, the public, what they feel is best for you. I support a full charter revision, and I believe that in a fair structure, Democrats can compete and win the debate in Greenwich. Finger and Krumeich think we will always lose.

That is a choice for the voters, and not clubby insiders, and you should show your “representatives” how Greenwich really feels about this cynical gambit.


 Frank Farricker

The author is chairman of the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee.

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