Jay Kaye

for Mayor of Hamden 2019
 
 
Restore - Unite - Lead
 

 You Can't Have a Strong Community Without Unity

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We Need Action Now!
THE ROAD TO FISCAL RECOVERY
For the short term:
  1. Hamden will not take on any new bonding.

  2. Hamden will have a hiring freeze other than for emergency personnel.

  3. Each department will be charged to determine how to cutback unnecessary services.

  4. Hamden will no longer have no-bid waiver contracts.

  5. Hamden departments will enforce budget caps. Each department head will have to do more with less, including the elimination of unnecessary positions.

Mayoral Action Steps:

  • Structure the Mayor’s Office to include a Chief Administrative Officer. 

  • Eliminate the Chief of Staff position and consolidate Mayoral staffing.

  • Hire a permanent, appropriately compensated Finance Director.

  • Maximize revenues from our departments by effectively managing all departments.

  • Require effective, transparent arbitration for all town contracts.

  • Bi-monthly reviews and public reports of expenditures in all Hamden departments.

  • Manage and meet with all department heads daily.

  • Determine avenues to consolidate departments and maximize efficiencies.

  • Reinforce Hamden’s Economic Development team to reflect the needs of a growing Hamden.

  • Review Hamden’s Charter, and prepare for Charter revisions which will benefit the residents of Hamden. 

  • Hamden departments, including employees, not just Department Heads, will participate actively in the process of cost-cutting measures and have a voice to determine what is best for their department.​

 

The time is now, the choice is yours. #vote#jaykaye2019 #hamden #hamdenct #JayKayeIsTheWay

CURRENT SITUATION

Hamden By The Numbers

  • Hamden is the sixth-highest Mil Rate in the state. 

Current Mill Rates:

  1. Hartford: 74.29

  2. Waterbury: 60.21

  3. Bridgeport: 53.99

  4. New Britain: 50.50

  5. East Hartford: 49.11

  6. Hamden: 48.86

  7. Naugatuck: 47.25

  8. Torrington: 46.17

  9. New Haven: 42.98

  • Hamden's legislative council underfunded the mayor's recommendation under some of the following administrations: Carusone, Clayman, DeNicola, Amento, Henrici, Jackson

  • From 1999 - 2002, Hamden's legislative council voted to fund $0 into the pension fund! In 1999-2000, DeNicola recommended $1.5 million and the legislative council approved $0. In 2002-2003, only $500,000 was recommended and approved by Amento and the LC.

It is clear from these numbers, the legislative council and the mayor's office have not been working in a collaborative manner or in the best interest of the town or the town's future. I want to know, and you should too, were party politics and personal and political agendas blocking thoughtful decision making and service to the public?

 

As your mayor, I would always be committed to working directly with the council and make decisions towards a path of fiscal recovery. This is going to be a painful process for all stakeholders. It will take some time to recover from 20 years of mismanaged damage. Our goal as a town should be Restore~Unite~Lead!

 

The time is now, the choice is yours. #vote#jaykaye2019 #hamden #hamdenct #JayKayeIsTheWay

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