Trumbull Democrats

Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Platform

Preamble: Democratic First Selectman candidate Vicki Tesoro and Team Tesoro understand the impact that substance abuse and addiction have on our families and our town. A comprehensive, coordinated prevention strategy can reduce the impact of substance abuse and addiction on our community, and save lives.

Team Tesoro believes that our town and schools play a vital role in the education of our youth and families, the enforcement of existing laws, support of our First Responders, and assistance for those afflicted with the disease of addiction, as well as their families.

Vicki Tesoro is a founding member and current co-chair of the Trumbull Partnership Against Underage Drinking and Drugs (TPAUD), a community substance abuse prevention coalition that has been awarded more than $1.125 million in state and federal grants to fund prevention activities in Trumbull since its inception in 2006. Vicki
also founded the Trumbull High School 9th Grade Underage Drinking and Drug Forum in 2006, an innovative educational program for students and parents, now in its 12th year, which has been replicated in high schools across the region. This program has reached over 12,000 Trumbull residents.

The effects on our community can be measured in lives lost, as well as the physical, emotional, and financial stress on individuals struggling with addiction, their families, our first responders, and town resources. The goals of Vicki Tesoro and her team include:

  • Continue to pursue all potential funding sources, including state grants, federal grants, corporate funding, and private foundations, to support our efforts.
  • Continue to support the prevention activities of TPAUD, and coordinate and optimize state and federal prevention funding already secured.
  • Support continued funding and publicity of the Trumbull Police Department’s anonymous drug and underage drinking TipsLine.
  • Support the Trumbull Police Department’s efforts to implement the new DARE drug education program in all 5th grade classes.
  • Ensure that school staff have the necessary training, tools, and resources to identify early substance abuse in our youth.
  • Maintain funding for a School Resource Officer at Trumbull High School and the middle schools.
  • Reinstate the Youth Commission to identify and address the issues facing young people in our town.
    Continue to improve mental health services and programs in the schools and community.
    Perform a review of locations around town that are conducive to drug use/sales and underage drinking, and work with law enforcement and TPAUD to increase monitoring and enforcement.
  • Support a local ordinance to require retail outlets to place all drug paraphernalia (rolling papers, wrappers, grinders, pipes) and e-cigarettes/vaporizers and vaping liquids behind the sales counter.
  • Publicize the prescription drug drop box located at the Trumbull Police Department.
  • Pursue public/private partnerships to provide opioid overdose prevention and Naloxone/Narcan training to town employees and residents.
  • Collaborate with local addiction treatment and support resources.

Team Tesoro is not requesting any additional Town funding for these endeavors.

Team Tesoro will work towards making Trumbull a safe, healthy, and drug-free environment for our residents.

Vote for Vicki Tesoro for First Selectman. Vote for Team Tesoro.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy Campaigns with Vicki Tesoro in Trumbull

For Murphy, Tesoro is the Right Leader for Trumbull

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Gail Ritacco, 203-997-7041

(Trumbull, CT, September 17, 2017):  U.S. Senator Chris Murphy visited Trumbull, Connecticut on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 to meet with local Democrats and campaign with First Selectman candidate Vicki Tesoro. He called the municipal election in Trumbull one of the pivotal races in the state.

Murphy visited Team Tesoro campaign headquarters and spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of local residents.  

“I’m proud to be in Trumbull supporting Vicki and her team,” Murphy said. “Vicki is the right leader with the vision to move Trumbull forward while restoring civility, inclusiveness, and transparency to town government.  She has the passion and experience Trumbull needs right now.”

Tesoro welcomed Murphy as one of the leading voices in national politics and an extraordinary advocate for Connecticut. “I am honored to have Senator Chris Murphy here today,” she said. “His presence underscores how important it is for Trumbull to have strong working relationships at all levels of government to make our community even better.”

Murphy also noted the strength of the Democratic slate of candidates. He cited incumbent Treasurer candidate Anthony Musto’s years managing the town’s investments and also his time in the State Senate. And he said Town Clerk candidate Mary Markham’s past service in municipal government is the exact kind of experience needed in a successful Town Clerk. 

“Vicki, Anthony, Mary, and the whole team reflects the best values of citizen participation in government, and represent the grass roots energy that will drive our  success town wide, statewide and nationally in the years ahead,” Murphy said. 

First Selectman Candidate Tesoro Taxes and Fiscal Responsibility Platform

Preamble:  Team Tesoro believes in two fundamental principles:  first, we can’t spend what we don’t have and second, spending must be properly prioritized, transparent, and consistent with sound fiscal practices.   We are in stiff competition for new businesses and new residents, so Trumbull and its residents cannot afford large tax increases.

Over the past eight years our town’s spending, taxes, fees, and fines have all increased.  Vicki Tesoro knows, “We don’t need to spend more, we need to spend smarter.” Team Tesoro, made up of Unaffiliated voters, Democrats, and former Republicans, wants to change the direction of the policies hurting our town in the short and long term.  Team Tesoro’s plan will control taxes by controlling spending. We will set priorities that minimize increases.  We will eliminate unnecessary costs.  We will focus on priorities that maximize taxpayer value. We will work for what is good for Trumbull, not what is good for a political party.

Though the Republican administration has repeatedly told us that they have kept taxes in Trumbull low, you have to look at the record.  Since their first budget in 2010, Republicans have increased spending every single year – through 8 consecutive budgets.  If that were not bad enough, the following information further illustrates Trumbull’s present financial condition:

  • Trumbull is 10th in the state out of 169 towns and cities in growth of municipal spending since 2010.*
  • Trumbull’s mill rate has increased 31% over the last 5 years. Our mill rate increase is 38th in the state out of 169 towns and cities.*
  • Trumbull has one of the highest levels of debt per capita; Trumbull ranks 12th out of 169 towns and cities in Connecticut. *
  • Trumbull’s Grand List has declined 10% since 2010.*

It is not just our spending and taxes that have increased with this administration’s fiscal irresponsibility:

  • Our WPCA (Water Pollution Control Authority) sewer use rates have increased 37% since 2010.
  • Our tax money has been spent to purchase private property at prices far above market rates.  
  • The use of our parks and pools have been threatened with a proposed resident fee that will increase the cost of living in Trumbull even more.  
  • The current administration wants to raise $1 million by imposing new fees on residents’ garbage disposal – a “trash tax.”  This will increase the cost of residential garbage pickup by $100-150 per year and impose a fee on those who bring their trash to the disposal center.  This is another tax disguised as a fee. But worse, this can’t be deducted from income taxes and will hit low-income and fixed-income residents the hardest.  

Vicki Tesoro has a comprehensive and focused plan to invest in priorities that will positively impact our home values and improve the quality of life in Trumbull.  This includes maintaining and supporting vital municipal services such as public safety, senior services, education, and public works with continued focus on growing our Grand List and town savings account.

Vicki’s goal is to invest in priorities. Her administration will:

  1. Lead by example and immediately repeal the 20.2% salary increase for the First Selectman and other increases for elected officials resulting from the current Republican administration’s self-serving salary proposal. This was passed with little data and virtually no public input. The Tesoro Team wants elected leaders in Trumbull not to be guaranteed bigger annual raises than the residents of Trumbull who are paying the salaries.
  2. Reduce excessive spending by eliminating unnecessary executive positions with high priced long-term contracts, removing redundant positions, and reducing bloated legal and consulting fees.
  3. Partner with neighboring municipalities to reduce expenses and create efficiencies.  The current Republican administration left the regional Monroe-Trumbull Health District and created our own Health Department. That move increased our costs. We need to find opportunities to reduce costs, not increase them.  
  4. Prohibit Town departments from seeking supplemental appropriations from the General Fund except in cases of emergency.  These “back-door” taxes result in deficits, deplete our town’s General Fund and ignore transparent spending practices.  We will be honest with Trumbull residents about the cost of services.
  5. Focus education spending where it best helps our children succeed in life: maintain small class sizes, expand foreign language, STEM, and coding offerings, continue to invest in curriculum and professional development, and create a long-term infrastructure improvement plan. We will work with our school administrators and other experts to ensure that we maximize our available education dollars.
  6. Allow our residents to vote on the proposed Community/Senior Center: With the fiscal uncertainty at the state and federal levels, Trumbull needs to be careful.  Any bonding that further increases the burdens on our residents, such as the building of a Community/Senior Center, should be voted on by our taxpayers as required by our Town Charter.    
  7. Restrict town-paid cell phones and take-home town cars only to those town employees who need them for public safety and for off hour activity directly related to their jobs.  Right now, 32 employees have take-home cars.  This egregious waste of taxpayer money must stop immediately. Employees who have a phone at their desk and don’t drive to job sites or clients don’t need a town car or cell phone. These must be offered only on the basis of need.
  8. Require town government department heads to justify each and every expense. Each program will be objectively measured for efficiency and impact.
  9. Limit bonding to projects that improve infrastructure that is essential for our citizens, not for small projects or short-term payments that should be properly approved and funded through the general budget process.
  10. Protect the town’s saving account and be transparent about spending decisions. The current Republican administration has taken $1.8 million from our town’s General Fund to cover their spending and is pretending that they have lowered our tax increase. They don’t tell us this, and this is not the first year they’ve taken this action. This nonsense leaves our Town in a hole for next year.  Raiding the town savings account to artificially lower taxes is bad fiscal practice that deceives taxpayers. We will stop this fiscal sleight of hand and ensure that we use our town savings account fund only when absolutely necessary.

Vicki Tesoro and her administration will ensure that every dollar spent on behalf of Trumbull taxpayers improves residents’ quality of life and protects our property values.  Current spending will be scrutinized. Budgets will be transparent, realistic and properly prioritized. We will be honest with Trumbull residents about the effects of our budget decisions and the cost of living in Trumbull.  We will NOT make grandiose promises just to get elected.  

Team Tesoro is focused on keeping Trumbull affordable for today and preserving Trumbull for tomorrow.  We don’t need to spend more.  We need to spend smarter.


Vote for Vicki Tesoro for First Selectman.    Vote for Team Tesoro.

First Selectman Candidate Tesoro Asks Current Administration to Defer Replacement of Director of Parks and Recreation

CONTACT: Eve McGrath

TRUMBULL, CT (September 8, 2017) – Democratic First Selectman candidate Vicki Tesoro is calling on the current administration to defer replacing Trumbull’s Director of Parks and Recreation position until December when the new administration is elected and in place.

“This position carries a six figure salary, plus town benefits, as well as a take-home car.  In light of the current fiscal environment, we must consider ways that we can reduce town expenses and find efficiencies,” Tesoro said.  “We should look very carefully at all of our departments—including Parks and Recreation—to see if we can structure them to achieve savings, while maintaining quality services for our residents. Our town prides itself on our parks and recreation services. Our pools must open each year on time for the summer season.  Our playgrounds must stay safe and in a state of constant upkeep and repair.”

The current Director of Parks and Recreation, Stuart McCarthy, has submitted his resignation and will be leaving after the Fall Festival, scheduled to take place September 9-10.  The position currently has a salary of $101,425 as approved by the Town Council, plus town benefits, a town cellphone, and a town take-home car.

“The decision to hire a new director, if needed, should be made by the incoming administration,” Tesoro stated. “Given that our current First Selectman will be in office only through December, he should not be the one to make this appointment. In addition, we call on the current administration not to make an interim director appointment at this time so that the town can see cost savings.”

Tesoro called for bipartisan agreement on this decision. “I don’t want this to be a matter of disagreement between me and the other candidates for First Selectman, or between Democrats and Republicans.  We need to work together for the benefit of all of our citizens. This is the right thing to do, and I’m asking the other First Selectman candidates to join me in taking this position. Let’s demonstrate that we can work together by starting with this, an issue that is in the best interest of the town and our residents.”