RMA hosts Thomas Byrne, moderator of the Greenwich RTM

Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich hosts Thomas Byrne, moderator of the Greenwich RTM on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church, Greenwich. Byrne will share his thoughts on issues facing Greenwich today.

The Greenwich Representative Town Meeting is the Town legislative body. It has final approval of all Town spending, appoints members of the various Town Boards and Commissions, approves all transactions involving Town property, and adopts ordinances.  With 230 members, it is one of the largest legislatures in the country.

Tom Byrne, current RTM moderator, will discuss the history of the RTM and debunk some oft-repeated myths about the RTM. He will explain how residents can become members, how the RTM organizes itself and educates its members about the matters to come before it, and he will talk about some of the current issues being dealt with by the RTM. Byrne will also offer his perspective on the question whether the size of the RTM contributes to having good government in Town.

Byrne is a graduate of Yale and Stanford Law School. He was a trial lawyer for 15 years and has taught physics in high school for the past 20 years. He lives with his wife, Megan, in Old Greenwich. His four children attended Greenwich public schools. In his spare time, he chases state high points.

The Greenwich Retired Men’s Association offers a free program every Wednesday that is open to the public, both men and women; no reservations are required. Social break starts at 10:40 a.m. followed promptly by speaker at 11 a.m. Programs are at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 West Putnam in Greenwich. For additional information visit greenwichrma.org or contact [email protected]

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