Tesei talks government with Cub Scouts

From left up front, Jackson Magnotta, Michael Lindberg, Teagan Arcuri, Brandon Mark. Rear: David Levine, First Selectman Peter Tesei, Jon Trudeau, James Donovan, Nick Bianchi and Calvin Pfund.

From left up front, Jackson Magnotta, Michael Lindberg, Teagan Arcuri, Brandon Mark. Rear: David Levine, First Selectman Peter Tesei, Jon Trudeau, James Donovan, Nick Bianchi and Calvin Pfund.

First Selectman Peter Tesei experienced a blast from the past on Oct. 23 when he met with members of Cub Scout Pack 35, the pack he belonged to as a child, to discuss citizenship.

Speaking with the Webelos pack, who are primarily fourth and fifth graders at Glenville Elementary school from Pack 35, Mr. Tesei began by discussing the role of local government in the context of federal and state bodies. Focusing on local government, he explained how the many departments in Greenwich work closely together to provide the services enjoyed in the community, including education, tax collection, town records, parks and recreation, safety and many others.

The Webelos were impressed to discover how many people work for the town as Mr. Tesei showed them a large book containing the town budget and resource information.

Turning to the boys’ questions, Mr. Tesei explained that he has dedicated his service to Greenwich through 20 years of volunteer and elected positions on the Representative Town Meeting, the Board of Estimates and Taxation and in his six years as First Selectman. The most satisfying part of his job revealed his Cub Scout roots of “do a good turn daily” as he explained that he loves coming home each day and reflecting on specific things he has accomplished to help people in the community.

As a lifelong Greenwich resident, Mr. Tesei spoke about the importance of preserving the community, including the need to balance maintenance of resources and infrastructure while providing “modest and predictable” taxes to citizens and local businesses.

Finally, Mr. Tesei asked for feedback from the boys on Glenville Elementary School and there was reportedly “resounding positive feedback” ranging from the ability of the school to meet diverse needs of students to periodic visiting musicians during lunch.

After a final round of “Cub Scout handshakes,” the boys left Town Hall with a new appreciation for the commitment town employees make to improve lives in Greenwich.

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