As Mayor, I am committed to:

  • Free the Beach! Negotiate with Centerplate to make Ocean Beach free or low-cost to New London residents, and explore the potential for developing other city-owned waterfront properties for recreational use.

  • Reject the excessive $110,000 compensation for Mayor in a city where the median income is well below the poverty line and some city employees earn as little as $14/hour. I will donate 1/2 my wages to initiatives that improve our recycling rate and reduce solid waste.

  • Modify the tax code to make it fairer: end the penalty for property improvements, and eliminate the regressive car tax, which places a disproportionate burden on city residents.

  • Establish a Citizens’ Truth and Reconciliation Committee to address and heal wounds left by past practices of redlining, urban renewal, and displacement of residents from Fort Trumbull and other working-class neighborhoods.

  • Utilize our valuable deep-water port to generate green jobs that benefit our city’s workforce and protect the environment; work with the Port Authority to ensure that New London residents are hired to well-paid, unionized jobs, such as wind turbine manufacture and staging.

  • Actively support local initiatives that create permanently affordable housing and pathways to homeownership for residents. Encourage stewardship by offering 5-year tax abatements on property improvements.

  • Improve our public transit system and increase ridership by repairing and maintaining bus shelters, posting information about bus schedules, and disseminating information about the benefits of public transportation.

  • Honor the Charter requirement that department heads reside in New London, and offer incentives to encourage all city employees to live here.

  • Encourage broader participation in city government by upgrading stipends for City Councilors and Board of Education members, and providing childcare at meetings to enable parents to attend.

  • Emphasize conservation when planning for development: favor smaller scale and in-fill projects that maintain our historic streetscapes and make our community more walkable and sustainable; prioritize people over cars; and increase residential density. Support NL Trees’ recommendation to plant 3,500 new trees over the next decade, and establish a fund for their care and maintenance.

  • Work with City Council to establish a Non-Lapsing Fund dedicated to school building maintenance, which would encourage fiscal responsibility and affirm trust, investment and care for our educators and young people.

  • Support Solid Waste Management Task Force recommendations: purchase wheeled recycle bins and provide more recycling education; invest in robust staffing for Public Works so that they can keep our community clean and safe.