January 31, 2023

Archives for August 2012

Republican Vince Pacileo Raises $3,575 for the 36th District Race

Republican candidate Vince Pacileo

AREAWIDE— Republican candidate Vince Pacileo has raised $3,575 for this fall’s 36th House District race, while a change in campaign treasurers has led to a delay in the campaign finance filing for incumbent Democratic State Rep. Phil Miller.

Pacileo, a former Essex selectman, had raised $3,575 as of June 30, according to the filing due with the Connecticut Elections Enforcement Commission on July 10. Pacileo was nominated by Republicans at a May 16 convention to run in the district that includes the towns of Chester, Deep River, Essex, and Haddam. Miller, a former four-term first selectman of Essex, was nominated by district Democrats at a May 22 convention to seek a full term in the seat he won in a February 2011 special election.

The treasurer and deputy treasurer of the Miller For The 36th election committee, Carla Feroni and Claire Tiernan of Essex, resigned at the end of June. Essex Democratic Town Chairman Fred Vollono was listed as the new campaign treasurer in a document received by the CEEC on July 16.

But Miller’s campaign had not filed a report listing totals and contributors with the CEEC as of Tuesday. Miller had raised and spent more than $21,000 in his midwinter 2011 special election contest against Republican Janet Peckinpaugh, the former television news anchorwoman who was the GOP nominee in the special election.

Pacileo, who was the unsuccessful Republican challenger to Democratic State Senator Eileen Daily in the 33rd District in 2008, reported dozens of small contributions received between May 16 and June 30, including about 15 $100 donations. The $100 donors to Pacileo include George and Sarah Mayer of Essex, Craig and Pamela Salonia of Haddam, Colin and Scott McCoid of Middletown, and Mollie and Kathleen Reubert of Miami, Florida, with each contributing $100. Pacileo reported no expenditures, leaving a balance of $3,575 in hand as of July 1.

Shoreline Bus Ridership Continues to Climb

The shoreline’s public bus system, 9 Town Transit, once again saw tremendous growth in bus ridership during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, with passenger trips up 29% over the prior year.

9 Town Transit Executive Director Joseph Comerford contributes the growth to expanded service hours and improved awareness of the service.  “I think we’ve really gotten the word out that our service is not just for seniors, and we’ve expanded our hours to make commuting to work a real possibility.  80% of our customers are now under 60, and about 50 % of those are going to work.”

Since 2009, 9 Town Transit has also expanded the reach of its services.  Public transit service is now available from Old Saybrook to New Haven, New London, Middletown and Hartford, and new service was recently added in Haddam.  And at a fare of $1.50, it offers a big relief from rising gas prices.

These factors contributed to a total annual ridership of over 94,000 passenger trips, the highest in 9TT’s 31 year history, and a three year increase of 80%.  Additional information, route maps and schedules are available online at www.9towntransit.com or by calling 9 Town Transit at 860-510-0429.