Trumbull Democrats

First Selectman Vicki Tesoro Endorses Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox for 123rd District

Our problems are real. The people we elect often seem more interested in finger pointing and playing the blame game instead of engaging in constructive dialogue and seeking common ground. Our politics need to be different and that begins with electing people who are prepared to think and act differently.  Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox is ready, willing, and able to do just that.

First Selectman Vicki Tesoro

Sujata believes that new tolls and more taxes are not the answer. She also knows that making wild promises of tax cuts without a plan to pay for them is a recipe for disaster. She knows that it is easy to blame others, like Unions or rich people for our problems. She also knows that unless we put aside the sound bites, get serious, speak frankly, and recognize that without shared, fair sacrifice between parties, nothing will get done.

Sujata understands that gun violence is a plague and to solve that problem we need to throw away talking points and engage in a comprehensive approach that BOTH treats the mental health and social elements of the problem and enacts laws that keeps guns out of the hands of those who should not have them. As a legal scholar, she believes that we can have effective, sensible gun legislation without violating the Second Amendment rights of law abiding citizens. We can do that when we start talking to each other and not at each other. Sujata is the kind of person who will bridge that gap.

A word about her opponent. You will not hear anything negative from Sujata’s campaign. She respects citizens who take the time and make the effort to serve our Town. Citizens who, like Sujata and her opponent, are good family people, work hard, volunteer, and have the best interests of our Community at heart. Both Sujata and I thank her opponent for his service. This is not about voting against her opponent but instead voting FOR Sujata who represents new approaches and a fresh perspective. She will keep the best of what we have and offer new ideas for difficult problems.

Fulbright Scholar, legal expert, professor, wife, mother and taxpaying citizen of Trumbull, Sujata has the energy, drive, intellect and compassion to be an excellent State Representative. Sujata represents a new kind of politics. Politics where different experiences and perspectives, free of political party constraints and free of special interests, can be brought to bear for the benefit of all. Please take the time to get to know Sujata and most important of all, vote on November 6.

Vicki Tesoro (D)

First Selectman

This is a repost of a Trumbull Times letter to the editor found here:

Vicki Tesoro and Ashley Gaudiano

First Selectman Vicki Tesoro Endorses Ashley Gaudiano for 134th District

Over the last several years, I had the privilege of getting to know Ashley Gaudiano, a Trumbull small business owner and lawyer with two small children in our public schools.

Vicki Tesoro

I first met Ashley at town events and meetings where she was volunteering her time to learn more about the issues impacting Trumbull. It was clear from the start that she was a natural leader, incredibly smart, and unbelievably hardworking.

In 2017, unhappy with the tone in town government, she decided to run as part of my ticket for Trumbull Town Council, knocking doors, attending meetings, and becoming an integral part of making Trumbull government more inclusive, positive, and transparent.

Over the past year, I’ve watched her in action as a member of our Town Council working tirelessly on behalf of all of us. Ashley is at every meeting and is a critical piece of the work we’re doing to move our town forward.

When I think of the qualities that our State Representative should demonstrate, Ashley has them all. Principled, a good listener, and committed to a government where working together to find the right answer is of paramount importance.

Solving our state’s issues will require that kind of endless energy, hard work, and focus that Ashley possesses. While some are content to point fingers and lay blame on others, Ashley is committed to finding solutions. She has the tenacity and passion needed to fight for our community in Hartford and bring back actionable results.

Now is the time to elect someone who will be an advocate for all of us. As we saw here in Trumbull, citizens are hungry for a new type of politics — one that focuses on public service over partisanship and is dedicated to hearing every side of an issue and working towards the best solution for everyone.

Ashley embodies this new type of politics. And if elected as State Representative for the 134th District, she will bring it to Hartford and make Trumbull proud. Please join me in supporting her on November 6.

Vicki Tesoro (D)

First Selectman

This is a repost of a Trumbull Times letter to the editor found here:

First Selectman Vicki Tesoro’s Statement on Multi-family Housing Developments in Trumbull 

I want to start by thanking the volunteer members of our Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission for the time they are investing on the three large proposals under consideration.  Further, I want to thank the public for coming out and sharing, through a variety of outlets, your concerns and thoughts related to these potential developments. I have listened carefully and read every letter that has been submitted both for and against.  A strong community has engaged citizens and volunteers, and Trumbull is—and will remain—a strong community.

For your information, the P&Z Commission will meet on Thursday, September 20, 2018. The agenda for that meeting includes the applications for the developments on Reservoir Avenue and Oakview Drive.

The P&Z Commission will also meet on Thursday, September 27, 2018. That agenda includes the Mall’s zone change proposal.

There were multiple public hearings on each of these applications; however, Connecticut law requires that the public hearings be closed within 35 days of opening the hearing with a possible extension of 65 additional days. In accordance with Connecticut law, the period for public comment for these applications has closed and no further public comments are permitted. The meetings on Sept. 20th and 27th are open to the public. Although public comments can no longer be accepted, I encourage all of our residents to attend. By law the P&Z Commission has 65 days from August 15, 2018, the date these public hearings were closed, to render a decision on each of these applications. The Commission can approve, deny or amend the applications.

As I said in my earlier statement, land use and development are critical issues for our community. Well-planned growth and appropriate use of our land resources, consistent with our Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), are essential for our success as a town. My administration is committed to balanced grand list growth, while ensuring that our schools, public safety, town services, and quality of life are not compromised. We continue to work with all parties, but we will fight for the best interests of our community as a whole. We are committed to preserving the character of Trumbull while managing change and ensuring the quality of new development and commitment from developers and property owners. Let me bring you up to date on developments to this point.

We have met with the applicants for these three projects numerous times to discuss our concerns about each of these proposals. Please be reminded that the zoning change made prior to my taking office regarding the Reservoir/Lindeman/Oakview zone allows 600 multi-family apartment units in our industrial zones. The property owners in that area have the right to propose development in accordance with that new zoning regulation. Nonetheless, we have continued to examine the design, impact and quality of all these developments and have been successful in working with the developers to ensure high-quality developments that are all market rate luxury one and two bedroom apartments. There are no three bedroom apartments in any of these developments.  Here are some examples from our discussions:

Reservoir Avenue:

  • Negotiated a change in the scale of buildings to respect the transition from the residential neighborhood of single-family homes in the area and to be potentially less intrusive to the neighbors.  The multi-level buildings fronting Reservoir Avenue have been scaled back to two-story townhouses, which have been pushed back further from the street.
  • Reduced the number of units from 215 to 199.
  • Negotiated the gating of the community based on neighborhood feedback and my commitment to safe and smart development.
  • Secured the developer’s commitment to participate in the master planning for the area.
  • Ensured that the landscaping, sidewalk connections and construction/design are high quality.
  • Redesigned the entrance to reduce traffic queuing on Reservoir Avenue.
  • Extensively researched the background of the developer and quality of his projects and relations in communities where he has worked.
  • Achieved changes to dens in the apartment units, reducing the number of dens, and ensuring that dens are bump outs only, not additional rooms.


I’m working closely with my staff to make sure that any changes related to the mall are balanced and consider the community’s concerns as well as the success of the mall into the future.  It is in the Town’s best interest to work innovatively, within reason, with the owners of this property. That being said, I want everyone to know that we’ve made many requests for additional information and for changes to the original proposal. We have had many constructive discussions, and here are some examples:

  • Negotiated a revision of the request for 590 units to 260 units and encouraged a further reduction to 250 units.  
  • Insisted that the Mall reveal the potential developer and their early concept for housing to the P&Z Commission and community.
  • Insisted on larger setbacks and requested a reduction in building height.
  • Strongly pushed for any housing development to have intentional and safe connections to the Mall and urged that the development have a neighborhood feel, improving the gateway to Trumbull.
  • Pushed for a Master Plan requirement to guide the ongoing transformation of the zone.
  • Supported the streamlining of the Mall’s ability to swap out tenants in their existing building, making it easier for stores to come into the mall. We need to help the Mall be competitive.
  • Supported the addition of entertainment-style businesses into the Mall.
  • Performed extensive research and commissioned a third-party, independent review of the Mall zone request and the transformation of malls throughout the country.   
  • Requested that the P&Z Commission remove or greatly reduce dens in the apartment units.

A note about the schools. In both of the above developments, the projections made by the developers for impact on our schools are, in my opinion, overly optimistic. I encourage all developers in the future to be more realistic in their projections for two reasons. First, it allows us to make more informed and better suggestions and decisions. Second, in the eyes of the public, it gives the developers greater credibility.

Because of our concerns about those projections, we looked at a similar new multi-family housing development in Glastonbury, CT, a town very similar to our own. The number of school aged children there was greater than that suggested by our developers. The Glastonbury data is in line with the 2017 Milone and MacBroom study commissioned by the Trumbull Board of Education to provide data for the Oakview housing complex that was approved in 2017. That study found that the likely range of school enrollments that would be generated is between 30-42 students per 200 units of apartments, once the development is completed and fully occupied. I believe that those numbers are more realistic than the numbers proposed by the developers. That being said, there is one important thing to remember: our school system today has over 300 students fewer than the peak years here in Trumbull. That includes the students currently in our system from the Royce. Further, enrollment is still projected to decrease in the coming years, which would offset, in part, new enrollments resulting from these developments.

Also, please remember that each of these developments will come on line over time, not all at once. The first development from the 2017 zone change in the Oakview area is still under construction and will not be completed until 2020 at the earliest. The second apartment development, if approved, will probably not begin construction until 2019.

In the case of the Mall, we are at the very first stage, an application to change the zoning. If that is approved, the developers will have to submit a detailed site plan subject to the scrutiny of the P&Z Commission. That too will take significant time.  

It is my job as First Selectman to ensure that all developments in Trumbull are well-planned, smart, safe and enhance the community as a whole while positioning Trumbull to remain a community of choice into the future. We are doing just that. All developments must benefit the Town both financially and aesthetically.

Your elected P&Z Commissioners will vote on these applications. I am confident that by working together and following our comprehensive development process, the P&Z Commission will be prepared to make these decisions. 

Upcoming Events

Join Ashley Gaudiano for State Representative as she officially kicks off her campaign on in the green across the street from Greenfield Hill Congregational Church in Fairfield. Trumbull First Selectman Vicki Tesoro and Mike Tetreau of Fairfield will be in attendance. Bring your family, invite some friends, and help send a message that this district will be turning blue in November! For those interested, volunteers will be knocking doors from 2-3 immediately following the event. For more information email


Tidy Up Trumbull is the annual Earth Day event hosted by Trumbull Community Women.  Please join Trumbull Democrats Saturday, April 21, 9 am at the Rt. 25/111 commuter parking lot. Wear your TDTC shirt, bring gloves, a garbage bag, and a ‘grabber’ if you have one. Following the clean-up, the TCW will have a picnic at Twin Brooks Park for volunteers at 12:00. Come when you are able, and stay as long as you like!  Students will receive community service hours.