Lauretti touts city’s success, thanks voters
Mark Lauretti touted the city’s low taxes and ever-expanding commercial base while thanking residents for yet again backing he and his administration during the inauguration ceremony Tuesday.
Lauretti, who was sworn in for a 15th consecutive term as the city’s mayor, congratulated all the elected officials before a packed house at the Shelton Senior Center. Judge Thomas Welch was master of ceremonies, with attorney Ramon Sous giving the oath of office to the elected candidates.
Once the inauguration was complete, the Board of Aldermen held a special meeting and re-elected John Anglace Jr. board president.
“I would like to thank the voters of Shelton for the extended confidence they’ve had in the Lauretti administration going on 30 years,” said Lauretti. “I think we can agree that the things we portrayed in 1991 — we have exceeded those expectations beyond people’s beliefs, including mine.”
Lauretti said his administration has kept taxes low while maintaining services and improving schools, roads and parks.
“That’s one of the things I am most proud — knowing Shelton’s affordability allows senior citizens who worked all their lives to stay in their homes, and young families who have to make mortgage payments and college tuition to do that.”
Lauretti recalled when first elected in 1991, the city was “an old, industrial, blue collar community.
“We transformed that,” said Lauretti. “We are a different place today, and we are recognized by many entities across the state of Connecticut for the successes we enjoy.”
The mayor said that the city has become a corporate hub, with more than 1,500 businesses, including PerkinElmer, Pitney Bowes, Prudential, Sikorsky and BIC, compared with some 400 in 1991. Today, Lauretti said, on any given day, 25,000 people come to work in the city.
“We have become an employment hub in Connecticut,” said Lauretti. “That is not happening in a lot of other places.”
Also sworn in were Board of Aldermen Ward 1 representatives David Gidwani and Anthony Simonetti; Ward 2 representatives Eric McPhearson and Stanley Kudej; Ward 3 representatives John Anglace Jr., and Cris Balamaci; and Ward 4 representatives Noreen McGorty and newcomer Bernie Simons.
Republican Ray O’Leary was sworn in as treasurer.
The Board of Education election representatives sworn in were Republicans Kathy Yolish, Carl Rizzo, John Fitzgerald, Amy Romano and Jim Orazietti. On the Democrat side were Kate Kutash, Amanda Kilmartin, Diana Meyer and Patti Moonan.
On Planning and Zoning, Republicans Charles Kelly and Ginny Harger and Democrat Elaine Matto were sworn in. Peter Laskos and John Uysal were sworn in for the Planning and Zoning Alternate seats.
Others sworn in were John Belden, John J. Francino-Quinn, John Boyko, Steve Guralnick, Michelle Laubin and Joseph Knapik on Board of Apportionment and Taxation; and Julie Blakeman and Aleta Miner for the Library Board.