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Finizio Begins Budget Forums On Thursday

Mayor announces series of hearings on 2013 budget, which will be decided at referendum vote on Sept. 18

Mayor Daryl Finizio has scheduled the first of several planned public forums on the proposed 2013 fiscal year budget, which will be challenged at a referendum vote next month.

The will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at the . Zak Leavy, Finizio's executive assistant, said the office is confirming dates and hopes to have a full schedule of forums available by Thursday. The event listing on this site will be updated with this information.

On June 19, the City Council approved a for the 2013 fiscal year and increased the mill rate 7.5 percent from 25.31 to 27.22. A petition effort successfully challenged these decisions, and both will go to a . Leavy previously said that 13 forums will be scheduled prior to the referendum.

Finizio said in a July post on his office's Facebook page that each department head has been asked to reduce their budget by an additional five percent to determine the effect of further cuts. He said these findings will be presented at the forums and that he believes additional cuts will have a "massive negative effect on services."

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Spencer August 22, 2012 at 04:19 PM
*keeping
joy orlando August 22, 2012 at 04:43 PM
It's always good to see that these "meetings" are scheduled when most working person are on the clock at their job. Hopefully, there will be a mix of times so people can get to some of the meetings and of course do their jobs.
Chip Smith August 22, 2012 at 05:11 PM
And if Daryl thinks she's going to walk away and retire quietly he's got another thing coming. He will either let her stay and continue her demolition of the PD to keep her quiet or push her out and she'll take him out with her.
Nicholas Jacobs August 22, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Joy, This administartion screams transparency and yet we get 2:30 pm meetings to inform the public. I suspect that this will be used to intimidate the people that use the library during the day to vote yes or the library will be closed. Other than that it makes no sense at all. Who would take time off of work to watch this dog and pony show?
Spencer August 22, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Part 1 To add to my earlier point--I just took a relook at the 'overtime' payments of city employees who the majority of them are supposedly salaried. Now to be fair--I didn't count everyone's salary because everybody has a different story--and the report is 12 pages long--so i just analized the first page. Now on that page there are 39 City workers name. In truth--the 12th page has only 2 names, so we are talking 432 city employees on this list, including the Mayor. --I do not know who is salary and who is hourly--but I do have sources that tell me a good portions are on the salary side. I will just say we are talking about base pay. The base payson the first page ranges from $7,794 (which I can only guess that this person came in at the end of the fiscal year--because this person also got an over time pay!!) Out of the 39 people on the first page, 23 people were paid overtime--with two of those over times in the 5 figure range. (If you see the report--u will see there are quite a few 5 figure ranges and even a few in the 6 figures range! 6 FIGURES--FOR OVER TIME???
Spencer August 22, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Part two since I couldn't put the whole thing on being that I was 1500 characters over, (Not to the editer--can you please put this next to my part one comments??) Now remember--I am just giving you the statistics for the first page only--so here we go. The grand figure for the first page overtime is a total of $87,731.12--give or take a marginal 3% error. (Just staying legal here!) Now--if all 12 pages were exactly the same figure in overtime--(And they are not--expecially when got people making 110grands in overtime on other pages)---the 12 pages added together would totaled $1,1052,776.68 just base on if all 12 pages were the same!!! Now if you are an FFers--you, as an hourly employee of the city,just got sucker punched into accepting a contract that will not give you a raise for at least 2 years. How do u feel about that????
Nicholas Jacobs August 22, 2012 at 06:15 PM
The FF gave up 2 years of raises for $30K a year in their retirement. It was a great deal for them. I wish I could get the same deal from my employer. They probably feel just fantastic about it, it is a sweet deal.
Jeff Brown August 22, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Wait , You're telling me that if my house is on fire , I'll have to pay before it will be put out?! Is this fact? What if i don't have a credit card or can't remember my checking account information due to the fact that i'm on fire? Maybe i'm wrong but i think you're being a bit of a drama queen Al.
Jeff Brown August 22, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Seems like a pretty positive article to me. I do agree that the 2.30 start time is definitely not ideal though. Hopefully they schedule these meeting at all different times which i suspect they will, if not then i'll definitely agree thats it's part of some devious plan put forth by the Mayor as you allude to Al. Furthermore if i do make it to one of the meetings i hope to see everyone there!
Nicholas Jacobs August 22, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Daryl clearly has been devious in many of his dealings. Governing by ambush is a term that has been tossed around. A leopard like Daryl will not change his spots.
Zak Leavy August 22, 2012 at 08:53 PM
To put the accusations and worry that the forums will be scheduled during working hours and unavailable to people that work to rest. The following forum that we are awaiting final confirmation is in the evening time. About half of the forums will be in the evening. We spread out the times between afternoon and evening so as many people have the ability to attend as possible.
Jeff Brown August 22, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Wow that was quick , Thanks.
Spencer August 22, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Ok wait a minute Zak--Why so many forums--on the same exact subject?? I mean 13 meetings with 27 days till the vote?? Does the man not have enough to do--or is he preparing for the next time he plans to run for mayor??
Clark van der Lyke August 23, 2012 at 02:10 AM
If...Rudyard Kipling was alive what would he say?
Spencer August 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM
You are turning this into a hot issue--Alph!!
Spencer August 23, 2012 at 11:09 AM
"Thank God I am still alive at my age"???
loves animals August 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM
dirwood needs to cut salary from his overpaid staff and not have all of these meetings. he is taking 2 million out of the Library because friends of Buscetto are on the board. Cry baby mayor.
Zak Leavy August 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM
He's having the meeting so the public can ask any questions about the budget and become informed. Loves animals, the Library gets $619K....He cannot take $2million and I'm not sure what "friends of Buscetto" you even are talking about? Also, if you complain about transparency and there are a dozen opportunities to go and speak to the Mayor about the budget, complain, and ask questions then why is that a bad thing? It seems like you want information then get it then criticize that he's giving it to you.
Rick Lushay August 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM
What about some early morning forums for those that work 3rd shift. That way we can attend after work like everyone else. Or should we just conclude that a no vote is the best way to go? Besides the fact that a forum is kind of like a press conference for Daryl.
Rick Lushay August 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Zak, how can anyone speak to Daryl, you still screen all his calls. Do not say that there are opportunities to speak with Daryl. The opportunities are at his convenience not at the convenience of the people that pay his salary. Simple put Daryl is the employee, the taxpayers are the employer. In any other municipality around the state you can actually call and speak to your elected officials, they know and accept that they work for and at the will of the people.. Not with Daryl though. Do any other elected officials across the state require the municipal employees to stand whenever they enter a room. No they do not. Daryl is all about Daryl and his ego.
Rick Lushay August 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Are we really paying you to blog and facebook all day long? That is another outrage.
loves animals August 23, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Are his cuts going to be in the places he holds his conference, that he is going to take from the library budget? or the fire, police, anything but his overpaid staff, that he is out of control speaks volumes, and his staff has a lot of misinformation they keep feeding him. WHEN IS HE GOING TO PROMOTE NEW LONDON...if he was transparent we would not be having a budget referendum.
Rick Lushay August 23, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Spencer, he has nothing of substance to do because he is in over his head. Remember the movie BIG. That is what it is like for Daryl. The mayor must be very scared about the referendum to devote this much time and resources to it. He is furthering his political agenda on our dime using paid city staff to push his personal agenda. Shameful that Daryl, Zak and the crew are not working on real issues in the city. This budget will be voted down and then the fun shall begin. If Daryl truely has the support of the voters and the people behind him like he states then all these forums are a complete waste of time. The proof is in the forums. Daryl has no support at all any longer and he knows it so he must do all the forums to try to scare the people to doing it his way. The voters are not behind this guy any longer.
Emily Kendall August 23, 2012 at 04:31 PM
http://theday.com/article/20120823/NWS01/120829896/-1/zip06&town=New-London&template=zip06art Why only 14, by god we should have 3 a day until the week before the referendum and then do 6 a day. We need to keep the community constantly informed.
Emily Kendall August 23, 2012 at 04:33 PM
http://theday.com/article/20120823/NWS01/308239624/-1/zip06&town=New-London&template=zip06art I suspect that the 5% not covered is the Mayor's home, and the residence of each of his staff.
Jeff Brown August 23, 2012 at 06:21 PM
This seems to me like a way for the public to voice their concerns and opinions in a positive and impactful way , and yet people still have to find a reason to complain or make it into something it's not. If you don't like the job he's doing that's fine. But i definitely see a trend from some people on here who just have a personal agenda to try to cause controversy and negativity surrounding anything at all that happens in this city. I really suspect that some of these people are either the losing candidates or friends and family of thiers who won't rest or be happy until they see it collapse in utter failure just to assuage thier own egos, it's really sad for the city of new london because no one wins . Rick Lushay is definitely one of these people i believe.
Jeff Brown August 23, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Furthermore i make these assumptions based on two things because these people never have anything constructive or an actual gripe they just sling mud and insults with a sky is falling approach to everything . Also because i'm adept at recognizing certain key words and phrases that i see in different posts from a few names. I understand why one wouldnt want to put there name on something once they've been called a loony by half of the patch just undertand that some of us arent fooled.
Rick Lushay August 23, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Sir Brown, I see your point. Look at it from the other side. Supporters of Daryl spin all that he does no matter how bad or wrong as a great decision and blame the wrong as he was given bad advise, the finance director said the money was there, the law director said that the council does not have to approve it. The excuses go on and on. Look at the situation from the shoes of the other side. I also see the same or similar key words and phrases in the postings from supporters. Never thought they were the same person, just thought their views were the same and that there are many common ways to express the same point of view. The number of actual supporters of Daryl may be far fewer with that in mind.
Rick Lushay August 23, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Jeff Brown, are you really Daryl, or maybe Alan Green Jr. or even ZAK?
Jeff Brown August 23, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Well one reason i can be none of the aforementioned people is that i've been on here commenting since before the election, also i've stated that i voted for Buscetto , although i'm honestly glad now that he didn't win. Add that to the fact that i've commented both for and against some of the things this administrations done it should be pretty clear. My point was that you hurl alot of baseless accusations and petty name calling and bring very little substance to your rants. If you think he's the worst mayor of all time because of his politics i could care less. But when i see how personal and vindictive some of your comments are it just seems awfully transparent to me. If i'm wrong i apologize. (but i'm pretty sure i'm right)

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