Leash Law: I voted against the Leash Law in the RTM. I felt it was more public nuisance than public safety.

I propose a clear law where all dog bites are reported in 24 hours, and police power to remove your dog if this happens.

1. A person under 12 years of age is bitten.

2. Face bite.

3. If two or more dogs attack a person or another dog.

The Leash Law was misrepresented, as it should have been more accurately named a Liability Law. Your liability of possessing a dangerous dog in Darien will be quite clear.

Plastic Bags: Plastic bags are a worldwide problem. I question the name "one-use bags," as they are used to pick up dog poop by just about every dog walker. Would they then purchase similar "one-use bags" to pick up dog poop, these bags would be "one-use."

Spending: The runaway spending by the Board of Selectmen is unjustified. They say with these current low interest rates we must act now. This is incorrect. We would only see interest rates come up to control inflation. We won't have inflation until unemployment goes back to normal, 5 percent for Connecticut. Years ago I stated we should have waited until unemployment held at 7.5 percent. This is the time to act before interest rates might climb. I still hold to that theory.

Party Dominance: One party or the other has power. It's the way our five-member selectman board is set up. These last two years we have seen the two Democrats, the ones with years of experience, being snubbed by the three Republicans. The only way to break this is to add a third party. This is what I have done. I created the Ultra-Conservative Party. The Democrats realize the need to stop spending and can do nothing while the Republicans are on a spending spree.

Board of Education: The Board of Education is totally out of control. I have plans. I wish I could tell you. Like the game of chess, if I knew your next three moves it's checkmate.

Flooding: The Flood and Erosion Control Board may prove invaluable combined with following plans environmental engineers have specified for our watercourses. Public and private partnership is the solution. Property owners will receive tax credits for performing the work on their property.

Property Taxes: It scares me to think the way the tax assessor singled out the country clubs and commercial properties for tax increases. This may happen again targeting waterfront residential properties.

Affordable Housing: 8-30g is a state statute. It doesn't describe a "unit" as a place where a mother with three children live. A "unit" can be a family of one.

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The "points" assessed are by income. The lower the income the more points. Young people have the lowest incomes, so I designed a college dorm-style facility that won't burden Darien like the other housing projects, especially Allen-O'Neill. It needs approval in Hartford at the Department of Community Development and Darien's Planning & Zoning.