Selectman Marzullo will run for a third term

It may be 11 months away, but come election time next fall, town Selectman Drew Marzullo knows where he wants to be, and it’s right where he’s been for the last two terms.

In an interview with the Post, Mr. Marzullo said he is enthusiastic about running for a third term in 2013 as a Greenwich selectman because he still has “an excitement, a zeal for the job.”

Mr. Marzullo has been the lone Democrat on the Board of Selectmen since taking office in 2009, assuming the responsibility of debating fellow selectmen Peter Tesei and David Theis and challenging ideas when necessary, he said, adding that he hopes he’s been a good “check and balance” for the trio as well for as the Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET).

Currently, no one has stepped up to run against Mr. Tesei for the role of first selectman, and he is a “well-respected, well-liked incumbent who has overseen many budgets” — an important role in these times of financial hardship, Mr. Marzullo said.

And while he has enjoyed working with and respects Mr. Tesei, Mr. Marzullo said he thinks it would not be impossible for a Democrat to be elected first selectman, should someone step up to the plate.

“We know it’s an uphill battle” for Democrats in town, he said, but electing one to lead Greenwich is not out of the question.

Mr. Marzullo’s status as a “minority” on the Board of Selectmen has not held him back, he said. Board members have consistently demonstrated a mutual respect for one another, which has benefited the town and its residents, and provided for a rewarding experience on the job, Mr. Marzullo said. And although the role of a selectman differs on many levels from that of first selectman, Mr. Marzullo’s position does equip him with a “powerful voice” that he believes he has regularly used for the benefit of the town.

While serving as selectman, Mr. Marzullo has pushed for capital projects such as Greenwich High School’s music instructional space and auditorium (MISA), the Nathaniel Witherell short-term rehab and nursing center, and the establishment of both a firehouse and Greenwich Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) facility in the backcountry area of Greenwich. He has also been a consistent advocate for improved Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) service for the town in the wake of major storms like Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy, he said.

Additionally, Mr. Marzullo said, he has made himself very accessible to residents with concerns, returning “99%” of emails or calls directed to him. Even if he can’t personally help, he said, he has always been able to point residents in the right direction to get their problems resolved.

“Half the battle with town government is just hearing people,” Mr. Marzullo said.

In terms of being elected for a third run, the selectman said the town “has to make a decision on what it wants to look like in five, 10 years from now” and act accordingly.

Going forward, Mr. Marzullo said, he would like to work with Mr. Tesei on instituting longer term bonding in town, continue to advocate for a firehouse and GEMS facility in backcountry, and concentrate on the town’s finances in general.

“I’m not running for the sake of running,” he said, but rather because “I still have something to offer.”

And although there is plenty of time left before Election Day, Mr. Marzullo said he is excited to be considered for a third term.

Being a selectman is “the greatest elected job on Earth,” he said.

 

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