Joy's Craven Campaign Concoction: A New Low in City Politics

Republican Mayoral Candidate Joy's Goes Negative

It is truly unfortunate that Mr. Joy’s faltering campaign has chosen to put its interest above those of Milford and to exploit the recent disaster to win political campaign points.

Today Mr. Joy issued a press release proclaiming the compassion in his proposed ordinance which would waive permitting fees for Milford residents rebuilding in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

Yet, the evidence shows clearly and unambiguously that Joy’s motivation is nothing more than a cynical and craven campaign concoction. Look no further than the fact that he never bothered to speak to the Director of Land Use, who oversees the permitting process, to gather her input and feedback on the proposal, a proposal she and her department would have to implement and manage.  If this proposal was, in the least, a sincere concern of Mr. Joy’s he would have certainly vetted his proposal with people who know more about the issue than he does. Instead he never even called the department head for input or feedback.

Furthermore, when Joy heard that the Director of Land Use vehemently opposed the proposal and had written and published a well thought out and detailed memo against it, rather than to ask about her concerns or address her questions he saw to it that her memo was buried and not shared with fellow Aldermen and that she not be allowed to attend the Board of Aldermen meeting to share her concerns about what she called, a “bad idea.” 

These facts lay bear that Joy cared little about good public policy or about how this could be implemented or managed, or even if it could be implemented and managed. Instead he cared only about creating a campaign issue and a press release he could exploit to win campaign points and maybe even attack Ben Blake, if Blake had the courage to speak out against the ordinance.

Mr. Joy is new to city government and we should give him the benefit of the doubt that he just doesn’t know any better. Details matter, implementation matters. Fortunately, Alderman Ben Blake took the time to meet with the Director of Milford’s Land Use to discuss the feasibility of the proposal.  After gathering input from experts, he cast an informed vote against Joy’s campaign the ordinance.

Fortunately, the people of Milford see through Joy’s gimmickry. It is truly sad that Mr. Joy has chosen to engage in negative campaigning. I had hoped that he might prove to be above attack politics and desperate campaign tactics.

See the Director of Land Use's 11 Reasons Why Joy's Proposal is Bad:


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Michael Brown September 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM
Joy's ordinance will lose the city over $500,000 in permit fees. I didn't make this up. This number is from the DPLU director. The fact that it really won't help people (unless you think corporations are people) is just one more reason to despise it this stupid ordinance.
Alex September 15, 2011 at 01:35 PM
Of course this was followed-up with a spiteful press release attacking Ben for having the courage to stand up to a cheap political stunt. The Republicans have gone hard negative. Looks like the Joy has gone out of Milford politics.
RONALD M GOLDWYN September 15, 2011 at 03:12 PM
When Rich Smith and his spokesperson Michael Brown speak, it is not because they want too, but rather because they have too. They say when a politician wrap themselves in the American flag, it is only to cover a hole in the seat of their pants. knocking their opponents will not endear themselves to the electorate who are wiser than these Democrats make them appear. I have read the statement of the DPLU Director and find her plea that she not be burdened with additional work. Most of her statements are strictly personal and not job related. Does she have the right to publically state her opinion, that may well depend on her superior. otherwise it may be considered insubordination. Blake and Joy speak not as Aldermen, but a Candidates.The Director is an employee and may speak her opinion when asked by the Mayor or called to do so by the BOA on the record. Finally, I know I'm a bit prejudiced, but Bob Joy is at least speaking out and making proposals that should be discussed and acted upon. Yet when Ben Blake made a good proposal asking Milford citizens how to make spending cuts, he made a personal appeal by asking that these ideas be sent to himself alone for his political use. That is not aiding Mildord, but seeking held to gain ammunition to use in his campaign. The idea is good but the method is bad and I believe our voters will object to this tactic. Citizens post your ideas here instead.
Michael Brown September 15, 2011 at 03:34 PM
If I get your point Ron, you would also suggest the other department directors such as Police, Fire, Public Works, Public Health, Personnel, and Finance should all keep thier mouths shut and never speak out against a bad proposal from the Mayor or Aldermen. Do I have it right? Is this how you think the city should be run. Well then Bob Joy's your man for sure. Also, stop throwing the DPLU director under the bus to protect Bob Joy. Do you do this becasue she is woman?
Alex September 15, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Actually, Ben Blake had a proposed ordinance as well - and it passed unanimously, as *even* his political opponents recognized it as a good piece of legislation. So, I fail to see the distinction you (are trying to) make.
robert frank September 15, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Ms. Matthaisen brought some very good points, I agree with most of them and would have objected to this fee waiver "As IS" myself. This however, does not mean that I am heartless or do not feel for the victims of this hurricane, because I do. What Joy missed is that Milford has a Department of Human Services, the appropriate ordinance would have been to allow a Hardship exemption, with the form for the fee waiver available at both the DHS and DPLU. This way their could have been some criteria that the DPLU could have a say on and those exemptions would have been granted in an organized and well orchastrated way. What we now have is a blanket exemption and more chaos in the DPLU. Right about now the Republicans should consider getting a refund on the KRIT Report because they just ignored it again and threw the entire system into a chaotic state.
RONALD M GOLDWYN September 15, 2011 at 11:50 PM
Rocco, I guess most would have preferred to have all fees paid as is normally done and then have the city issue a refund or a credit on their taxes in place of an exemption. My method would accomplish the same goal and eliminate the complaints of Ms Mathiasen. This ordinance is not based on hardship as it would be for the wealthy anf the poor alike. It is based on the total cost of reconstruction paid, by the homeowner wether or not insurance or FEMA funds paid for it.
robert frank September 16, 2011 at 12:21 AM
Ronald is was advertised by Bob as a Hardship deal, I do not think the public gets anything that complex.
RONALD M GOLDWYN September 16, 2011 at 01:27 AM
Rocco, does not a million dollar home get the same treatment as one costing only $200,000? Both are hardships although the owner's standard of living is different. The fact that we will give aid to all is what is important and not a selective financial test. The BOA did not set a maximum fee exemption
Michael Brown September 16, 2011 at 11:26 AM
Ron - I see you have now come to your senses - or somebody maybe hacked your account. You are correct. This ordinance is seriously flawed. I wish someone on your side (R) made such an amendment. But they didn't. Instead they hid the DPLU directors comments from the public and then made a display of 'righteous indignation', decrying the idea that anyone would change one word of the ordinance.
RONALD M GOLDWYN September 16, 2011 at 01:59 PM
I guess even a senior citizen who is running for public office can come up with an idea that can be approved by all parties. But I must also point out that there is a big difference between a member of a legislative board and an employee of our government.. I say this without party distinction as the same set of facts would apply to whomever is elected our Mayor. Employees have a chain of command and in most cases serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and the BOA. The same may be true for those appointed to committees, commissions and certain boards that have been established in this city. The main exception are those individual who were elected to their position by the residents of Milford. They may speak out because they like the Mayor answer to the voters. If they do a poor job they can resign or not be re-elected. Gender has no place in our discussion and don't try to make it an issue. Stick to the high road. Bob Joy's proposal was designed to help residents who had suffered storm damage and no-one else. The majority of those who suffered were not wealthy by todays standards but they did live on or near Milfords waterfront where not all would be considered mansions. Bob didn't look into a persons pocketbook to determine who received aid from the city, but treated all as equals. I must also point out that many damaged homes were inland and the damage could have been other than by water. Yes, I'm one candidate with a big heart, are you?
RONALD M GOLDWYN October 06, 2011 at 12:48 PM
Well, now it is up to the P&Z Bd to pass the ordinance passed by the BOA, and I hope they do. From what I learned there were many strings attached and that it applies to only your primary dwelling, fences, sheds and garages don't count so the permitting dept now must check each application to see what is allowed and what is disallowed, which will be different from the insurance check the homeowner will receive. The city also set a time limit, but that is not fair if homeowners are delayed by FEMA, architects and insurance companies. I want the present P&Z Bd to do the right thing for these homeowners and do it not as a rubber stamp, but after due consideration of each individual claim. It may be more work for the board but it is the best way. Let them have subcommittees to make reccommendations to the full board thereby dividing the load and time required. With ten members have three committees thus speeding up decisions and letting the homeowners get back into their residences ASAP.
RONALD M GOLDWYN October 09, 2011 at 12:57 PM
Mike, please excuse my error, as one good turn deserves another, The BOA "passed" a resolution, not "past" one. From what I saw on TV, did not the Chairperson insist on delaying passage in order to get modifications added that staff needed? I happen to agree with Ms Shaws action. There seemed to be a rush to judgment by the administration, yet they will not see one application for months as the homeowners are nowhere ready to settle with the insurance companies or to draw up new plans in the near future according to those who testified. I hope that this posting is not fear mongering also, as I believe we are agreeing with each other. RON GOLDWYN, 2nd District Candidate for the P&Z Bd.
RONALD M GOLDWYN October 09, 2011 at 01:25 PM
I think I will stick to on the job training.
Michael Brown October 09, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Really Ron? On the job? Why do you Republicans exhibit so much contempt for government? Take a class related to the office you are seeking. Go to a class at the Center of Land Use Education and Research at one of the UConn branches, http://clear.uconn.edu . I have taken several of these classes and I can recommended them highly.
Michael Brown October 09, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Check out the Milford Mirror article. This may answer your questions about the Chairperson did or did not do. http://www.milfordmirror.com/news/milford-features/local-news/79574-zoning-changes-for-storm-fixes-not-a-quick-process.html
Michael Brown October 09, 2011 at 07:01 PM
The Board of Aldermen passed a "resolution" to compel the P&Z Board to take a vote that was scheduled to be voted on THE NEXT DAY. Bob Joy came up with this meaningless resolution. Resolutions are not ordinances. Resolutions just reflect the sense of the Board. These kinds of resolutions usually pass unanimously. You know, like a resolution to stop killing kittens. Who can vote against it? Also, and this part is only semantics, the P&Z Board does not pass "ordinances". They pass "regulations." Everything else you have written is just an attempt a fear mongering. I'm against that.
RONALD M GOLDWYN October 10, 2011 at 12:13 PM
I thought we already have a City Planner and an assistant. who get paid to advise us on the board. How come with such a background of education you have not made the effort to also serve Milford? I'm serious and non-political Mike.
Michael Brown October 10, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Vote for Ron Goldwyn. He will be a no-nothing warm-body in a seat on the P&Z Board.
RONALD M GOLDWYN October 10, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Well the above is the usual Michael Brown who still has not learned that when you can't say something positive, say nothing. Should I blame your mother for not teaching you good manners? As a matter of fact, I believe I will be quite active if elected as I don't have a job to interfere with my P&Z duties. In fact I will have to give up my duties in two charitable organizations here in Milford to accept a seat on the P&Z Board, as they meet on the same night. Finally, I'm impressed with the photo you now use, is it really you and when was it taken?
Michael Brown October 10, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Why are you so disdainful of government? The City planner is not going to do your job for you. You have admitted on multiple occasions that you are clueless about the post you are seeking. There's a free on-line overview class at the UConn Clear website I referenced above. Take the class. Until you do, I must consider you unworthy for public office.


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