As they year winds down, Felicia, it has been our custom, yew and I, to list the gifts we’d like to see under various politico’s trees during Christmastide. We think the Jolly Ole Elf himself would be perty open to our suggestions. So, let’s git right to it.
Mayor Nancy Rossi — An all-expense-paid trip to the Buckland Hills Mall after her next sojourn to Hartford to meet with the MARB (Municipal Accountability Review Board). She needs the relaxation.
City Council Chairman Ron Quagliani – Project Veritas listening in on the Haven Group’s next conference call to find out what in Hades they’re really planning.
Mayoral Executive Assistant Lou Esposito – Something to tickle his fancy. He always looks glum in those photos from City Hall.
Corporation Counsel Lee Tiernan – A Dale Carnegie Course.
The MARB – A clue. They have no idea what this city is like, nor do they want to find out.
Democratic Town Committee Chairman Mike Last – A dose of understanding as to just how radical his party has become. He still thinks it’s the party of Scoop Jackson. Would that it was the case!
Republican Town Committee Chairman Dave Riccio – a dose of gumption to give some impetus to a moribund party apparatus. Things aren’t going to get better here until one-party rule is ended.
Supt. Of Schools Neil Cavallaro – A case of antacid. Things are going to get worse before they get better. Distance Learning has not been the do-all and end-all everyone thought. Cavallaro got ahead of that curve, but not without a few cases of indigestion along the way.
Patrick Morrissey – His son’s first electric train….Cobina is old-fashioned.
City Planner Fred Messore – A framed copy of Mark Palmieri’s Christmas Card…it says it all.
Sens. Blumenthal and Murphy – A picture frame with a mirror. Under the mirror: Not all idiots are useful ones. Both are left-wing loons, whom Joe Stalin would love.
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro Greenberg – New purple hair dye. It ain’t that becoming Mrs. Greenberg, not one bit.
Gov. Ned Lamont – A plaque with the say, “Birds of a feather flock together.” He should read that before he heralds “Zeke” Emmanuel as his “buddy.” Our governor should not be seen around such scoundrels, and maybe a decision that he makes once, and sticks with instead of his constant vacillations.
Our Democratic Legislative Delegation – An independent thought. Try to think outside the Democratic Party’s position. You owe more to your constituents than you do to the political apparachiks.
Rep. Charles Ferraro (R-117) – A whip and chair to continue to beat back those Democratic challengers.
Former Charter Revision Chairman Ed Granfield – A great retirement. Unfortunately, we can’t give him the wasted time he spent for the better part of three years. Don’t forget to call your ole friends once in a while.
Charter Revision Majority Leader John Carrano – Never forgetting how totally used he was during the process. That should give him some fire in the belly.
The Finance Commission – A large bottle of No Doze for those long nights reviewing budget requests – if you’re allowed to meet this year, that is.
City Health Director Maurine Lillis – A signed picture from Dr. Anthony Fauci. That should be a waker-upper every morning.
Police Chief Joe Perno – His foist mention in this colyume – and a set of old Dick Tracy cartoons, hosted by Officer Joe Bolton…They’re on Youtube!.
WHFD Historian Bill Heffernan – A vintage Marx Fire Truck for his office.
Mike Mercuriano – The former real estate broker and RR Station firebrand will get a music box in the form of a carousel. That seems the closest we’re going to come to getting one here.
Director of Public Works Tom McCarthy – A shovel for his first big snowstorm, or for shoveling whatever he wants against the tide.
Historical Society President Jon Permont – The Christopher Columbus statue so cowardly taken down from Wooster Square in New Haven. It would look well on the lawn of the Poli House.
The Village Improvement Association – A new venue for the Louis Piantino Library in Allingtown, and a bit of respect from city officials. It seems to be lacking.
Residents of the Second Avenue neighborhood near Sandy Point – An end to the roadwork on Beach Street so life can return to some semblance of normal.
Residents of the Haven neighborhood – The demolition of the Haven footprint area in the foist months of 2021. They’ve lived with a ghost town long enough.
Residents around the newly proposed enterprise zone – New property values and maybe a new look to an area that has been neglected for tooooo long.
The Haven Group – A year’s supply of an energy drink of the members’ choosing. Maybe things will get put into quick time that way.
The Acorn Group, developers around the Allingtown Green – Plans for a showpiece where the former Forest Theater was located. We have to admit, we never saw Allingtown’s Center area look better.
Whoever gets the Savin Rock Conference Center – A plan that will satisfy the other owners in the area (thought that isn’t necessary anymore), the Land Trust, and the politicos of all stripes. Santa has his work cut out for him.
City Restaurant Owners – A decent Christmas Season and beginning of 2021 to recoup all the hurt from this year – and the politicos that don’t seem to give a damn about you.
The Chamber of Commerce – Re-entry into the Actors Colony and making plans for a new Restaurant Week to help out the aforementioned owners.
City Public Relations Director Mike Walsh – A reminder to keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.
School System PR Director Miguelina Felix – The end of the pandemic and return of real school stories with things not related to COVID.
Gripevine Columnist Eleanore Turkington – A hotline to the various council members and department heads.
Historian Dan Shine – A picture of the backside (as in walking out the door) of his erstwhile “favorite” school persona.
Advertising Director Alan Olenick – Another great year and continuing success.
Our Readers – The best of the Christmas and Holiday Season and hopes for prosperous and COVID free 2021.
With that bit o’ chatter, I’ll close mitt luff und kizzez,