Andreas Bisbikos for First Selectman

Andreas Bisbikos for Colchester First Selectman

I’ve called Colchester my home for over 30 years.  I’ve served on your Board of Finance for 6 years.  I believe we can take Colchester in a better direction.  I’m asking for your vote on November 2nd to make me your First Selectman.

As First Selectman, I will:

  • reduce the salary of the First Selectman from $92,500 to $80,000 and not take a raise in the first two years
  • aim for a zero tax increase each year in office
  • conduct a top to bottom review of each department to identify savings and areas to strategically invest in
  • strategically use our ARPA funding, Bloom Energy, and our unassigned fund balance to ease the tax burden on the citizens
  • ARPA Funding Plan Includes: Investing directly into our local businesses and establish a voucher program in which our citizens will benefit. Investing in infrastructure improvements public spaces: roads, bridges, recreational fields, police station, historical buildings, broadband, and capital items related to safety
  • completely integrate the Government Transparency Software so the public and the Board of Finance have complete access to all the numbers in real time
  • end illegal meetings/back room deals in local government
  • provide the Board of Finance the impact of the contract negotiations months before the budget season begins
  • use eDiscovery to ensure that all FOI able information is made available to the public. This is to ensure that correspondence requested actually matches the correspondence in the system
  • target manufacturing and medical companies to invest and expand into Colchester
  • build the talent pipeline. The town, the school, and local businesses should continue to partner up to offer career opportunities or entry level jobs to our youth. We must bolster career pathways and apprenticeships
  • begin the transformation into making Colchester a tourist destination
  • create a Business Retention & Expansion Program
  • re-evaluate zoning laws to see if they put citizens and small businesses before government
  • eliminate the “Racism Public Health Crisis” proclamation
  • honor Memorial Day each and every year – no excuses
  • restore 57th Fest and call it Colchester Summer Fest
  • preserve our Historical Buildings and Monuments (no historical buildings being demolished, no historical name changes)
  • collaborate with the Colchester Public School System to add Colchester’s History as part of the curriculum
  • create a “Field of Dreams” for our Recreational Fields (they must be excellent fields and not a liability to our children)
  • look at establishing a building/venue just for our Veterans. The establishment will also act as a museum for all those who have served in America’s many wars

 

On Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 vote for

Andreas Bisbikos for First Selectman