Bocchino, Oberlander to debate in Old Greenwich

Jill Oberlander and Michael Bocchino faced off in a debate for the open seat representing the 150th District –Ken Borsuk

Jill Oberlander and Michael Bocchino faced off in a debate for the open seat representing the 150th District –Ken Borsuk

The Old Greenwich Association is bringing the candidates in the race for the 150th district in the state legislature to its annual meeting on Oct. 15.

Current State Rep. Stephen Walko is not running for a second term so this is now an open seat and Republican Mike Bocchino and Democrat Jill Oberlander are running for it. The annual meeting will feature a debate between the two candidates and organizers say they are looking forward to hearing their takes on the local issues.

“The questions that will be asked are being culled from letters, phone calls, conversations and questions that residents have been asking of our board,” David Rafferty, president of the Old Greenwich Association, said. “They say ‘all politics is local,’ and what we intend to do during the debate is boil larger state issues down to a local level.”

The debate is scheduled to begin around 8:15 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich, and will be moderated by award-winning News 12 reporter Courtney Kane.

“The candidates bring very differing backgrounds to the table, and our residents deserve every opportunity to determine who they believe will serve them better in Hartford,” Mr. Rafferty said.

The debate will not be the only matter on the agenda either as there is also a scheduled update on the upcoming Old Greenwich/Riverside Master Plan. Greenwich’s newly promoted Director of Planning & Zoning, Katie DeLuca will speak on the plan which is intended to help guide future development instead of simply reacting to it.

Through public input and working closely with local stakeholders, the goal is to come up with a holistic vision for the future for the eastern side of Greenwich.

The Old Greenwich Association annual meeting will be held at First Congregational Church, 108 Sound Beach Avenue, starting with coffee and conversation at 7 p.m. The business meeting and Neighborhood Plan presentation will kick off at 7:30 p.m. All are invited to attend and admission is free.

The Old Greenwich Association is a local-residents association with a volunteer board whose key objective is to monitor quality of life issues in Old Greenwich. The association has been involved in community activities for over 40 years.

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