Bocchino says he will make sure residents are heard

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorIt has been my honor as the Republican Candidate for state representative of the 150th district to meet so many wonderful and dedicated people in the town of Greenwich these past months.

Walking door to door, discussing issues with business owners and engaging in spirited debate while effectively listening to how the issues that face Connecticut are affecting all of us in Greenwich regardless of partisan politics has been enlightening.

While I have tried my best to meet everyone, I am sure there are some people I have missed along the way and may not get a chance to meet face to face before November 4th. I’d like to take this time say hello.

My name is Mike Bocchino; I was born and raised in the town of Greenwich. I am a product of the Greenwich public school system and graduate of Greenwich High School. I am blessed to watch my children follow in my footsteps as they begin their own journeys through our magnificent public school system.

For the past 11 years I have volunteered my time as president of the Byram Neighborhood Association actively fighting for the residents and business owners in our community. Through my leadership we have successfully enhanced our community and created a safer environment for our residents

I have also during this time been an active member of the Greenwich Westchester Task Force. Working with Peter Crumbine, we have dealt with State border and municipal issues involving Greenwich, Rye, Port Chester, Rye Brook and Armonk.

Most recently for the past three years I have presided as PTA president for our families local elementary school acting as a strong advocate for the school and the families that attend. Through my active membership in PTA Council of Greenwich I have worked with all our public schools to advocated against redistricting, closing the achievement gap, fighting for safer school zones and working closely with the teachers, staff and administration to make certain that they have the tools and the support needed to create the best possible educational environment for our students.

During the past 43 years in town, I have seen many changes.  Some good, some not so good, but one constant remains and that is that Greenwich is still the best town to live in.

Why? Because we work hard, we invest in our communities, we maintain our infrastructure and we treasure our education system. In Greenwich we care about our residents and our town.

I’m not so sure the same can be said about our state.  Over the years Connecticut has failed to maintain it’s ranking as one of the best states to reside in and do business in or to do business with. When it comes to Top States for Business, Connecticut has dropped to #46.

This is not the same wonderful state that my grandfather, the shoemaker from Byram, came to settle in. Connecticut was once a prosperous state with low taxes, sound spending and investment in our education and business. The time to take action and save our state is now.

We need to improve Connecticut’s economic competitiveness to attract the private sector investments that will create good jobs and build healthy communities. Economic competitiveness doesn’t always mean that you have to be the cheapest state to do business with. But it does mean that you have to be the best. We must make common sense reforms and reject efforts that wont improve our competitiveness. Only a healthy economy provides the jobs, opportunity and quality of life that people and communities need.

We must make certain that the revenue obtained from our gas tax, the fourth highest in the nation, remains within the Special Transportation Fund. We can no longer raid the Special Transportation Fund to cover the state’s operating deficits.  Families that depend on service need to be assured that they can have dependable safe service so they can get home and spend quality time with their families. They shouldn’t worry about being stuck on a train platform waiting for another delayed train or worse trapped in railcars when the train breaks down.

Having worked in business and being president of local organizations, I know the challenges facing Greenwich employers and citizens. We are overtaxed and have lagged behind in job growth.  This has to stop. I am committed to changing the state’s direction on these important issues through reductions in the state’s budget and ensuring that every tax dollar is well spent.

It is critical that while we should support worthy Greenwich projects for funding, we must always be mindful that the state spends too much. With my background, being a voice of reason on state spending separates me from other candidates.

As your state representative I will fight so that your voices are heard. I was born and raised in Greenwich and I promise you that I will stand up for the issues that are important to you and me and strike down those that threaten our quality of life. I know what matters and what is important to you and your family, as they are equally important to mine.

Remember Mike Bocchino, Republican candidate. Please make every effort to vote on November 4th.

Thank you.

Michael Bocchino

Greenwich

The author is the Republican candidate for the 150th district seat in the Connecticut General Assembly.

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