GOP Caucus Reacts to Mayor’s Proposed Budget

On Tuesday March 18, 2014, Hamden Mayor Scott D. Jackson presented his proposed budget for fiscal year 2014/2015 to the Legislative Town Council at the Memorial Town Hall to mixed reviews.

“I appreciate the Mayor’s effort to hold the line on spending. However, I am looking forward to carefully scrutinizing this budget for further areas of savings to avoid yet another tax increase on Hamden residents,” said Austin T. Cesare (R-At Large).

The Republican members of the Town Council were critical of the several new town job positions submitted in the proposed budget.

The proposed budget would add such new town positions as a Traffic Calming Specialist, a Program Specialist for Public Information and a new technology department headed by a Chief Information Officer.

“We are going to closely examine these new jobs during the budget process. Should the taxpayers really be asked to pay for a press secretary? We see no need to grow the town government, when we can’t afford the town government we already have.” said Marjorie Bonadies (R-9).

Betty Wetmore (R-At Large) was also critical of the proposed budget. “I’m not happy with all these new jobs.” Wetmore said.

“Any new positions will be carefully evaluated to determine if they are truly needed,” said Austin T. Cesare (R-At Large), the Council’s minority leader.

Len Caplan Selected As Republican Candidate for Special Election in the 94th District

On Tuesday March 18, 2014, Len Caplan, was selected as the Republican Candidate for the 94th District Special Election for State Assembly.

“I look forward to a spirited campaign debating the issues. There is no question that the taxpayers of Hamden have been poorly served by Hartford and I hope to bring some balance to the Connecticut General Assembly,” Caplan said.

With the resignation of Gary Holder-Winfield (D) following his victory in the State Senate’s Special Election for the 10th District – following the resignation of current New Haven Mayor Toni Harp (D) from the Tenth State Senate District seat – a Special Election has been scheduled for Thursday, April 24, 2014.

“We are extremely pleased to have a candidate with the qualifications of Len Caplan. Len is an experienced legislator and his common sense approach has been missed in Hartford. It is important that Republicans compete for every district and we will work hard to get Len elected,” said Matt Corcoran of the Hamden Republican Town Committee.

Caplan, a lifelong resident of Hamden, is currently the treasurer of the Hamden Republican Town Committee and served as a State Representative for Hamden from 1977-1978.

Caplan expressed support for the residents of southern Hamden and Woodin Street who have worked to maintain the Woodin Street fence. In 2013, both Mayoral candidates and a cross section of Hamden residents expressed support for the fence citing concerns ranging from traffic calming to quality of life issues. The Woodin Street fence separates Hamden from New Haven along Woodin Street.

Former New Haven Mayor, John DeStefano pledged to maintain the fence. Current New Haven Mayor, Toni Harp referred to the fence as an “outrage” and a “public health and environmental hazard” in an August 8, 2012 New Haven Independent article where she supported taking down the fence.

“Without reservation, I will fight to maintain the Woodin Street fence. It is incumbent upon my Democrat opponent to take a stand on this issue. In Hamden, there is no other issue which has such overwhelming bi-partisan support,” Caplan said.

3/11/2014 – Executive Board

On Thursday March 6, 2014, the Hamden Republican Town Committee elected its Executive Board for the term of 2014-2016.

Matthew Corcoran was elected as Chairman.
Christine Esposito was elected as Vice-Chair.
Laura Santino was elected as Corresponding Secretary.
Holly Bryk was elected as Recording Secretary.
Len Caplan was elected as Treasurer.
Rosalie Cavanaugh was elected as Historian.

“I am honored by the selection and look forward to working with a great Executive Board and Town Committee,” Corcoran said.

Hamden RTC April Meeting


John McKinney Candidate for Republican Nomination for Governor
Kie Westby Candidate for Republican Nomination for Attorney General
Peter Lumaj Candidate for Republican Nomination for Secretary of State
Bob Eick Candidate for Republican nomination for Treasurer
Tim Herbst Candidate for Republican nomination for Treasurer
Penny Bacchiocchi Candidate for Republican nomination for Lt. Governor