Letter to the Editor: Town Charter is Killingworth’s Law

The following letter was published October 28, 2021 in Haddam-Killingworth News

Whether a Killingworth selectman may legally hold another office is currently in dispute. The Killingworth Town Charter clearly says, “No member of the Board of Selectmen shall, during his/her term in office, hold or be appointed to any other office, board, commission, or position of employment in the government of Killingworth. . . .” The Town Attorney has given his legal opinion that membership on the RSD17 Board of Education is, in fact, holding an office in the government of Killingworth.

Lately, some are arguing that we should “let the voters decide.” The fact is, we have a Town Charter that was adopted by the voters. It is Killingworth’s “constitution.” A vote in a particular election does not allow you to violate that constitution.

Indeed, the passage I just quoted was not only in the current charter; it was in the preceding charters since the first one, adopted in 1981. I know; I was on the commission that drafted Killingworth’s first charter. Killingworth voters have adopted this language three times. The voters have decided already.

There is a procedure in place, under state law, to change that decision. It is called Charter Revision, and ironically, it was this procedure that brought the disputed provision of our current charter to light. Unless and until a revised charter is approved by town vote, the current charter is the law.

Joan Gay

Killingworth

Letter to the Editor: Proud to endorse Democratic slate

The following letter was published in H-K Now on October 14, 2021.

It is often said that all politics is local, a saying which highlights the importance of our upcoming local elections. Along with stone walls and town meetings, participatory democracy holds a revered and iconic place in historic Killingworth. This fall’s election cycle is no exception.

The 2021 Democratic slate in Killingworth is one I am proud to endorse. It includes tried and true candidates with years of experience in the positions they are again seeking and several new candidates who bring their own special strengths and work backgrounds to the slate.

Our ticket is headed by a dynamic duo running for selectmen, Lou Annino, Jr. and Jamie Young. Lou is running for his sixth term as selectman after years serving the town as Commissioner of Planning and Zoning. He is an executive administrator at the University of New Haven and a Registered Professional Engineer. Lou knows the importance of long-term planning, our town’s infrastructure, and the need for fiscal responsibility. Jamie will bring years of legal experience in state government,  environmental issues, and mediation to the position. She has a knack for focusing on the essence of an issue and defusing tense situations. Both Jamie and Lou have volunteered in different capacities over the years as a natural part of living in our community.

From the experienced to those stepping up for the first time, our candidates know that working together works for all. They are part of the Democratic ticket because they want to solve problems and plan for Killingworth’s future. They are happy to reach out to others to get the job done.

Please join me in voting for Lou and Jamie as selectmen as well as the rest of the Democratic ticket. Vote Row A all the way on November 2.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Amoia

Killingworth

Letter to the Editor: A highly qualified and energetic candidate

The following letter was published October 13, 2021 in H-K Now.

Jamie Young would be a great selectman for Killingworth. She is an attorney who has experience in industry as well as state government, having served as Associate Legal Counsel to Governor Rell and in the DEEP under Governor Malloy. She has a very positive, energetic attitude and is a joy to work with.

She and her husband Brian have lived In Killingworth for 23 years. She has been active in several local organizations including the KWO and KVFC Auxiliary, and she is dedicated to conserving Killingworth’s environment. I know the family and have served on the ZBA with Brian for many years. They have three boys—one of whom is a student director of the Killingworth Land Conservation Trust—and together are a delightful and respected family. Cathy Iino has been actively supporting Jamie’s candidacy and says “she would be a terrific selectman. No one is more diligent than she is about getting all the facts and considering the various angles of a project.” The fact that Cathy is so enthusiastic about Jamie also means that a transition to a new administration would be a very smooth one—a significant benefit for the town.

On November 2nd please vote for Jamie Young and Lou Annino, Jr. for Board of Selectmen. If you would prefer, absentee ballot applications are now available at Town Hall and on line at townofkillingworth.com.

Bruce Dodson

Killingworth

Campaign Kickoff Sept. 15

Join the Killingworth Democrats and special guests for the 2021 Campaign Kick Off on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 5:30 – 8:00pm at the Chatfield Hollow Inn and Farm (10 Firetower Road, Killingworth).

Honored Guests include:
Lt. Govenor Susan Bysiewicz
State Senator Christine Cohen
State Rep Christine Goupil
Executive Director, CT Dems, Jacqueline Kozin

Please RSVP to killingworthDTC@gmail.com

Paid for by the Killingworth Democratic Town Committee Nelson Rivera, Treasurer

Introducing Board of Selectmen candidate Jamie Young

From left: Jamie Young and Lou Annino, Jr.

Dear Friends,

I am Louis Annino, Jr., and I’m running for re-election to the Killingworth Board of Selectmen where I have had the privilege to serve this community of ours diligently for the last ten years.  

As in the past, I have and will pledge again to work to ensure our tax dollars are managed responsibly, our roads and town are kept safe, and our rural character is maintained. At the same time, I will work to ensure quality education at our schools, provide commercial opportunities that support the needs of the town and make available balanced and varied housing opportunities. 

While my record as Selectman shows strong commitment and progress in all of these areas, there is more work to be done.  Recent public health matters of unprecedented levels have strained our emergency services, challenged our schools, stolen a portion of our children’s youth, handicapped our town businesses and stretched our precious tax dollars.  As we begin to emerge from this difficult period, it is time to rebuild.  

In the upcoming weeks, you will hear more about the plan for this rebuilding.  For now, I will simply say that it starts with working together. As a lifelong resident of Killingworth, I know that the people of this town have always worked this way as friends and neighbors. Certainly, at times there has been a healthy amount of debate but always civil, open, non-partisan and thus constructive. This is how consensus is reached and progress is made.  This is the foundation of our governmental process and the basis on which I plan to continue to work.

As we begin to map our strategy, I look forward to sharing more details in the near future.  A key component to this strategy is my running mate. I could not be more pleased to introduce Jamie Young who brings a wealth of experience to complement and strengthen this platform.

I am sure many of you know her as she has been an active resident with her husband Brian, for 23 years. Among her many qualifications, she brings a positive and inclusive outlook, a master’s degree in ethics and a law degree with a concentration in mediation. She is a fair listener and an energetic problem solver. She looks for common ground and practical solutions. Jamie actively served on multiple town, regional, and state commissions and currently serves as the town representative on the Policy Board of the Regional Water Authority.

Jamie has been involved over the years with the KWO and the Fire Company’s auxiliary. She volunteers behind the scenes with many projects. Jamie worked in higher education for 14 years. She’s served as legal counsel and contract guru at the Departments of Energy, Environmental Protection and Transportation and the Governor’s Office and as a law clerk at the National Labor Relations Board. Her list of accomplishments is long and varied. Jamie is a quick study and cares about people, the environment, justice, and Killingworth. She will bring all of that learning and experience to the table as a selectwoman.

Jamie and I look forward to sharing with all of you more of our ideas and perspectives.  We welcome your thoughts as well.  I hope as you hear more from us you will recognize the strengths that together we bring to the Board of Selectmen as we ask for your vote this November.

Thank you,

Lou Annino, Jr.

KW Dems announce fall slate

The Killingworth Democrats are proud to announce our unanimously endorsed candidates for the November 2021 election:


Selectmen

Lou Annino, Jr. 

Jamie Young


Town Clerk

Dawn Mooney


Town Treasurer

Donna Dupuis


Board of Finance

Annie Stirna

Tara Amatrudo


Board of Assessment Appeals

Matthew Stillman


Planning and Zoning

Geoffrey Cook

Bill Tobelman

Stephanie Warren (alt)


Zoning Board of Appeals

Brian Young

Ben Charney (alt)


Fire Commissioner

Jennifer Liptak


Regional Board of Education

Kathy Zandi

Lisa Connelly

Longtime KDTC member passes away

Barbara Klein, 90, passed away Dec. 18, 2020, with her husband Martin at her side.

Barbara was a long time Killingworth resident and KDTC member.  For those who knew her and those who did not, her life represents public service at its best and a life well lived. 

She grew up in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn and graduated from Erasmus High School in 1948. She received a degree in zoology from Hunter College in 1952, where she was active in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

Barbara worked at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on nicotine research following college. She married Martin “Marty” Klein April 4, 1954. They initially lived on their egg farm in Madison prior to moving to Killingworth in 1964, where they resided until 2020, before moving to the Guilford House Assisted Living facility in Guilford.

Barbara worked side by side with her husband on their farm in Madison. She was always active in the Town of Killingworth as one of the founders of the Killingworth Nursery School; member of the Democratic Town Committee, Public Health Agency, Board of Assessment Appeals, and Water Pollution Control Authority; representative to the Regional Mental Health Board and Board of Directors of the Killingworth Foundation; and in various other positions. She served on the Board of Selectmen from 1973 to 1975. Barbara was also a justice of the peace and was highly sought as a wedding officiant as she always personalized the service to match the character of each couple. She received a master’s degree in public health from the Hartford Graduate Center.

Barbara wrote many of the reports for numerous agricultural consulting projects on which she and Marty worked and which brought them to Peru, Boliva, Ghana, Nigeria, Poland, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. In 1975, she and Marty toured China with a group of American farmers, and in 1989, Barbara and Marty served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia. In the 1990s they were volunteers for VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) at the Knox Park Foundation in Hartford, helping to start community gardens.

Barbara and Marty enjoyed traveling and took many trips abroad and throughout the United States, spending a couple of weeks each winter at the hot springs in Thermopolis, Wyoming.

Barbara had a passion for knitting, sewing, gardening, and cooking and imparted her skills to her children and grandchildren, as well as to numerous others she met throughout her travels. She recorded many life stories in a blog from recent years known as “Best of Barbara,” and her recipes are memorialized in the cookbook, A Glub, Glub and a Shake, Shake.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 66 years, Martin Klein; 4 children, Lisa Winkler (Matthew), Naomi Klein (Pierre Darmon), David (Ioulia Loubkina), and Madeline Taylor (David); 9 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Donations can be made in her honor to Hunter College https://hunter.cuny.edu/give/ or to a charity of your own choosing.