2018-11-29 / Opinion

Thank You to the People of Middletown

To the Editor:

I want to thank the people of Middletown for granting me the honor and privilege to serve you for the last four years. I worked every day to be your voice on the Town Council.

Thank you, Mr. Brown, town administrator, for your hard work and dedication to the residents of the town; and your staff, for their support to you and the people of Middletown. Thank you, Mr. Reagan, town solicitor, for your sound legal opinions to the council and personal advice to me.

I also want to thank my wife and family for their support, and time, to do what I needed to do on the town’s behalf.

And to my colleagues on the council, thank you for your hard work, cooperation and dedication, always for the benefit of Middletown. But most of all, thank you for leaving ideology and any animosity in the car, and not bringing it into the council chamber where the people’s business is done. I hope the new council will do the same.

We dealt with federal and state reductions in aid, union contract negotiations, controversial building development proposals, proposed zoning changes, fire station renovations, and were able to level fund the budget for the last two years to name a few agenda items. We did this together and the people of Middletown benefited. It’s the revaluation every three years that is financially devastating to our seniors and those on a fixed income. The tax proposal proposed by the Tax Exploration Committee will greatly go to solving this problem. I thank you, Council President Sylvia, for working with me and establishing its creation.

We made many changes in my terms on your council, and I feel those changes will allow Middletown the ability to operate more efficiently and provide savings to our taxpayers. I tried to manage your tax dollars prudently, as though they were my own.

I plan to stay involved, for Middletown means too much to me to sit on the sidelines. I feel so honored to have been part of Middletown’s history for the past four years, serving the people as your Town Councilman.

Antone C. Viveiros

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