The Republican Town Committee unanimously endorsed a slate of 18 candidates at their caucus on Thursday evening. The candidates may now begin to campaign for election in November and some of the candidates will be available to meet and greet Ridgefielders at Saturday's Summerfest.

Former Norwalk Mayor Richard “Dick” Moccia who serves on the Ridgefield Parking Authority and the Ridgefield Republican Town Committee was nominated and endorsed to serve on the Board of Finance along with Marty Heiser, host of The Marty Heiser Show and owner of Service Unlimited and Michael Raduazzo, Global IT Lead for AIG.

Bob Cascella, former first selectman of Newtown, was endorsed for a 2-year term for Planning & Zoning. Rebecca Mucchetti, George Hanlon and Stephen Cole were endorsed for a 4-year terms for Planning & Zoning.

The following Ridgefield Republicans were also endorsed for the November elections:

  • Board of Ed (4 year): Kaitlyn Hayes, David Cordisco, Scott Preston
  • Board of Ed (2 year): Sharon D’Orso
  • Board of Assessment Appeal (4 year): Bob Jewell
  • Zoning Board of Appeals (5 year through 2023): Dave Choplinski
  • Zoning Board of Appeals (5 year through 2022): Carson Fincham
  • Zoning Board of Appeals Alternate: John McNicholas
  • Police Commission (4 year): Marcie Coffin, Tom Reynolds, Joe Savino

The Ridgefield Republicans invite residents to the Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce's Summerfest on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Ballard Park. There will have games for the kids and candidates will be available to chat with visitors.


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This week Senate Republican lawmakers released a revised line-by-line state budget proposal that does not rely on new taxes.

We are proud to offer a budget proposal that continues to protect municipalities, provide funding for core social services, support our state’s transportation needs, and increase funding for education to towns and cities across the state.

The updated two-year proposal does the following:

  • Closes the state budget deficit without tax increases
  • Increases education funding by $170 million in the first two years and includes a new Education Cost Sharing formula
  • Reformulates municipal funding, eliminates MRSA (which should have never been promised) and also holds towns harmless in the first year to cuts to statutory grants
  • Streamlines government
  • Provides for structural changes
  • Maintains the tax exempt status for hospitals to protect them from a new local hospital tax
  • Preserves core government services by restoring funding for social services such as Meals on Wheels, mental health care and substance abuse treatment
  • Prioritizes transportation needs and stabilizes funding without tolls or new taxes
  • Lowers taxes for retirees and helps seniors age in place
  • Enhances funding for state parks and tourism

The revised budget addresses the dramatic revenue drop reported at the end of April which leaves our state with a budget shortfall of nearly $5 billion.

Bottom line:  We have a plan to get CT out of this fiscal mess and get us back on a path to sustainability, predictability, stability and economic growth.

Line-by-line details available at:


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