Shelton Board of Aldermen Ward 3 candidate: Cris Balamaci

Cris Balamaci, Board of Aldermen, Third Ward candidate

Cris Balamaci, Board of Aldermen, Third Ward candidate

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Party: Republican

Incumbent?: Yes, since 2017

Current Job: Executive/AVP in risk management for largest private sector employer (77,000) in State of NY. Also a board certified physician associate.

Volunteering: St. Dimitrie Church

Education: PA degree, University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine

Previous Offices Held: Chair of the Board of A & T, 2015-2017

What prompted you to run for office? As a veteran I wanted to continue my role as a public servant and give back to the community in which I reside and its residents.

What are the major issues/changes you are focused on if elected? Maintaining stable taxes, addressing crime prevention, education and sensible economic growth. Addressing the needs of our elderly and veterans is equally important as they are valuable residents of Shelton.

How can you make any proposed improvements yet keep taxes at the stable level they are at present? Keeping taxes stable is tantamount to keep the Lauretti team in office. We are a team that approaches issues directly and debate our differences to have a sound resolution.

Thoughts on BOE spending, city-run bus company? Do you agree with the spending levels set forth in the past for the BOE, and is running a bus company (and the costs associated) worth it to the city? Having a city-run bus system with its recent upgrades in routing platform is beneficial to the drivers, students and parents. The consternation of some Shelton residents stems from misinformation or incomplete facts.

The BOE will always have challenging costs due to the way the State dictates the regulations. The student population has steadily declined in recent years and our teacher salaries are in the top 10 in the State of Connecticut. This, coupled with Healthcare benefits and special education needs, will need to be at the forefront of our budget discussions.

The open dialogue that has transpired in the past year has been beneficial to all and assists in understanding the challenges the BOE and the city have to address.