Candidate for Selectman
Q. Why are you qualified for the Board of Selectmen?
A. As a historian who has written several books about Old Lyme, I understand how decisions made long ago, even on matters that were seemingly small at the time, continue to resonate and influence our daily lives. I will bring a broad perspective and awareness to the Board of Selectmen, along with a practical skill set for problem solving, policy analysis, and the tough-minded fiscal prudence that our town requires.
As the owner and head chef of a high-volume restaurant, I’ve successfully navigated the Great Recession, the early days of the pandemic, and the disruptions of the re-opening. I know that each day presents a fresh set of challenges that require the ability to adapt to new conditions and forge effective solutions. As a restaurateur, I know how to watch every penny and dime, and I will bring the same tough scrutiny to our town budget, ensuring that residents get the best value for their tax dollar.
The education and training that has served me well as a businessman is even more applicable to the job of Selectman. I received my BA in political sociology from Brandeis University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. I was awarded a Kaplan Fellowship to attend the New School where I received my MA in policy analysis and was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for public affairs and administration. I worked on many urban renewal and planning projects in New York City, including the successful redesign of Union Square Park, and served as Director of Development for Community Access, a nonprofit agency building housing for the homeless and mentally disabled. This portfolio of skills along with my ability to listen to the concerns of all stakeholders, renders me uniquely qualified to run for Selectman.