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Michelle Ecsedy to Replace Stomski

Republican Michelle Ecsedy was named Selectman-Elect on Thursday.

The Woodbury Board of Selectmen is now whole.

First Selectman Bill Butterly and Selectman Martin Overton voted in Michelle Ecsedy during a meeting Thursday.

A longtime Woodbury resident, Ecsedy had been an independent voter for many years until she recently registered as a Republican, according to the Waterbury Republican-American.

The seat Ecsedy takes became vacant when former First Selectman Gerald Stomski declined the seat he earned on the Board of Selectmen. Butterly defeated Stomski in the November election, but Stomski secured enough votes to serve on the board.

According to the Republican-American, Butterly and Overton's decision to vote in Ecsedy ran counter to the person nominated by the Republican Town Committee -- longtime selectman Barbara K. Perkins.


Fiveaday December 08, 2013 at 09:08 PM
It seems Butterly might be following the letter of the law but certainly not the spirit. A Johnny come lately republican? The ways the votes came it says it should be Perkinson. Bad start Mr. Butterly.
tom arras December 09, 2013 at 08:28 AM
This position should be decided by the will of the voters since it was open from the beginning of the term. Even though allowed by charter, is a 2 day Republican filling a vacancy created prior to the swearing in ceremony actually considered a Republican for that position by the Republican Town Committee? Barbara was the next highest vote getter. Anyone who is a registered voter in Woodbury can sign the petitions now being circulated to bring this to a special election - any party affiliation is allowed. The special election will allow the voters to make the decision, not those just 4 days in office, one of whom said during his campaign that we need charter revision. We do - just to stop this kind of crap from occurring! The article above failed to mention that Ms. Escedy was treasurer for Woodbury First when they supported Overton's previous bid for selectman. A little political payback?
Voice of Reason December 09, 2013 at 09:12 AM
"Ecsedy had been an independent voter for many years until she recently registered as a Republican". From Rep-Am: "Ecsedy said she registered as a Republican on Tuesday after spending all her previous eligible years as an unaffiliated voter. The selectmen could only appoint a Republican."..............Seems as though they've found a loophole. Fiveaday and Mr. arras pretty much sum it up but I'd like to add that MR. Butterly said in the Rep-Am article that the voters voted for Change in this election; this was part of the reasoning for not appointing Perkinson. I'd challenge Mr Butterly's Change assessment being that if we look at total votes garnered per candidate and how the BOS would shape up it would have been Butterly, Stomski and Perkinson (minority representation under election law would not allow this). Perkinson should have been appointed. Now Woodbury will be footing the bill for another election; upwards of 10K I believe? Disappointing.
Erik Grudzien December 09, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Ecsedy should have never taken the position and Butterly should have never given it to her. The voters spoke and Barbara Perkinson was next in line with the next largest number of votes in the past election and the voters choice her for selectwoman. Since Jerry resigned, and since she is Republican, she was the perfect choice since the candidate had to be Republican. Instead, Butterly tried to sneak a friend in. The idea of switching parties three days before being appointed, ONLY for the purpose to meet the requirement is downright wrong and not with the spirit of the town. I have already signed the petition that is floating around, that is expected to go well over 1,000 signatures, over the 350 needed, so that a vote can be held rather than just allow Butterly to appoint all his friends who helped him win the election positions everywhere.
dave December 09, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Is this the "Unity" mr. Butterly was speaking about? This is a slap in the faces of all the voters!
Erik Grudzien December 09, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Butterly needs to stop paying back political favors. This is #2 or #3 on people who have helped him out in the past, and are associated with the 'Woodbury First' movement in his whole what week in office. Special treatment for his special friends.
Barbara Sandmore December 09, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Where can one sign the petition? We are disgusted by this attempt to influence the outcome of the election. They are not even attempting to be subtle. Does Mr. Butterly really think the voters are that gullible?
Sandra December 09, 2013 at 04:12 PM
According to the Charter, Mr. Butterly could choose who he wanted to fill Mr. Stomski's seat as long as they were of the same party affiliation OR approved by the RTC. It's logical that he would not choose Mrs. Perkinson (even though she had the next largest amount of votes) because she ran WITH Mr. Stomski. Would Mr. Butterly and Mrs. Perkinson be able to put aside their many differences and work well together? I don't know, but I know I wouldn"t have chosen her if I were in Mr. Butterly's shoes. Blame the Charter and CT. State statutes, not Mr. Butterly.
dave December 09, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Barbara, there are many petition forms going around. I also have one. This needs to go to a fair election and not a political payback!
Erik Grudzien December 09, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Butterly's decision to appoint 'anyone but Perkinson' is anything but logical. Clearly he was willing to work with Mr. Stomski prior to his forfeiting of his seat, who if anything would have 'butted heads' with more than Mrs. Perkinson. Doing what's best for his town, not giving out political favors, and appointing who the town's population voted for that position would have been the logical thing to do.
tom arras December 09, 2013 at 04:40 PM
I also have a form( I'm in the phone book ), and anyone wanting to circulate one should contact the Town Clerk's office. The process is VERY simple, and all petitions need to be turned in at the Town Clerk's office by Friday December 20th. Let's keep in the hands of the voters versus just 2 people.
Sandra December 09, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Butterly had NO CHOICE as to whether he worked with Stomski. That's the way the election turned out and the system works. (read the Charter). He had, by law, the right to choose who he wanted. What's best for the town is for the First Selectman to have someone he can work with and who will reciprocate.
dave December 09, 2013 at 05:09 PM
We the people elect who WE want in office!
Erik Grudzien December 09, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Sandra. He by law had the right to choose who he wanted, exactly my point. However he had a choice as to who he picked... either "friends of his", "who he can work with" vs what's in the best interested of the town, not HIMSELF, and who the town actually wants and elected into that position, are two separate things. And he chose the former vs the latter putting himself and his friends ahead of the town.
Sandra December 09, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Erik. I don't agree. Who Mr. Butterly can work with is in the best interest of the town. Not someone with whom the relationship has been contentious. However, have your election, as you have the right to do. And if Mrs. Perkinson, wins lets hope it won't interfere with progress. And to eliminate this situation from ever occurring again, make sure that you all speak out when the Charter revision committee meets.
Lorien Crow (Editor) December 09, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Hello Readers- For those of you out there who are circulating a petition, can you let me know when and where residents can sign it? Feel free to comment here, or email me at: lorien.crow@patch.com Thank you!
Andrew L Lampart December 09, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Where is the unity that he (Butterly) promised if a large majority of the town does not support her nomination?
Sean December 10, 2013 at 07:45 AM
Our old pal Sandra is back reinforcing the Butterly blame everyone else plan. Get used to it. Woodbury elected someone to First Selectman who has no idea what he is doing. And this appointment is typical of Butterly's cronyism.
Sean December 10, 2013 at 07:46 AM
As for the petition, just go down to the Town Clerk's office and get a copy, sign it properly, and get others to sign it. It is not hard.
Sandra December 10, 2013 at 09:05 AM
Thanks Sean. I got my laugh for the morning!
Sean December 10, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Sandra is either completely clueless or a liberal troll who uses an anonymous name. Either way, note the nastiness again. Instead of addressing a comment good old Butterly lackey Sandra mocks people. Typical
Sandra December 11, 2013 at 06:37 AM
Seems to me that calling people names or insulting their intelligence is nasty. But sorry Sean, you can't goad me into an argument.
Sean December 11, 2013 at 09:14 AM
There is no argument. You cannot debate merits and are too cowardly to put your name to your comments. No reasonable person takes you seriously.
Sandra December 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM
Name calling again?!
Voice of Reason December 11, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Sandee sez: "Blame the Charter and CT. State statutes, not Mr. Butterly." Interesting. When Stomski was in and did things that were "controversial" it was blame the man, not the process. Now the peeps should blame the process and not the man. Excellent!
Sean December 11, 2013 at 07:05 PM
The coalition of just got back in power did whatever it could to gain it. The lies and misinformation spread around town was disgusting. They of course have "Sandra" on here spreading the propaganda.
Voice of Reason December 11, 2013 at 07:31 PM
@ Sean. Woodbury isn't even two weeks in yet! Lol. What is to come!?
Sean December 11, 2013 at 11:21 PM
I think you need to ask King William (and I do not mean Butterly). We all know who is really pulling the strings.

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