.

Stomski Passes Up Seat on Board of Selectmen

Unsuccessful in his bid for re-election as First Selectman in November, Gerald Stomksi has turned down a seat on the Woodbury Board of Selectmen. 

First Selectman Bill Butterly, who narrowly defeated Stomski, confirmed to Patch that Stomski submitted a letter to the Town Clerk's office stating his intent to vacate the seat. Butterly said Stomski did not appear at the swearing-in ceremony for newly elected officials on Sunday evening.

Stomski was not immediately available for comment.

He would have joined Martin Overton as a selectmen, along with Butterly. Per Town Charter, the vacant position must be filled by someone of the same political party as Stomski, a Republican, or someone who is endorsed by the Republican Town Committee. The person must be approved by the Board of Selectmen within 30 days.


With additional reporting by Gary Jeanfaivre.

Bob December 03, 2013 at 09:10 AM
While I understand why he did it, I know I and many others will soon miss his presence on the board, even if he wasn't the first selectman. A sad day for Woodbury.
Adrian Lewis December 03, 2013 at 12:06 PM
Maybe salary of any amount isn't worth sitting down with,and playing along with those who don't share the beliefs you have. Maybe Jerry should just be able to leave knowing what a wonderful job he has done and the things he has installed were beneficial for this town and for our children. Maybe it's not with it for him to have to be subjected to mingling with people who think its all about the $.
Fiveaday December 03, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Say what you want. Call all the " left wing bomb thrower" remarks that you want but the fact remains. If he really cared like he said he did he'd stay. He chose not to. Meanwhile for years there was a selectman who stayed and represented people for years while in a clear minority. You do remember George, don't you? It's easy to rule when you're in the majority.
Woodburyism December 04, 2013 at 10:18 AM
Who else saw this coming? Can we blame him, really? I attended the swearing in and although I was surprised he did not attend but understand why.
Guy Manly December 04, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Remember when we were kids and there would always be that one kid who, if the others weren't playing by his rules, would just sulk off home? Some never grow out of that phase.
Jon Quint December 04, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Even in "victory" the "anonybites"can't stop throwing bombs. Oh, well, it's just the nature of the beast. It's just like the bully who has beat the hell out of someone, took their lunch money, and then gives them one last parting kick! It's really pathetic!
Lawrence McDonald December 04, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Can not blame him and wish Jerry well. Don't engage the "guy manly" and "fiveaday" of this world. It's their constitutional right to cowardly lob insults from the cheap seats under an a fake name. Even if I disagree with your statements; I have more respect for a person who has the courage and conviction to stand behind their statements by using your real name.
Guy Manly December 04, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Listen Lawrence... Wait, can I call you Laura? Good. Laura, first, this is my real name. I'm sorry your parents saddled you with your interesting monicker, but that doesn't mean you have to attack others. Second, about the attacking, it is not the biggest of men who need to stoop to personal attacks. I am sure you are a good person in real life, Laura, but I feel you come off as a bit of a troll when hamfisting your keyboard. Picking up what I'm putting down? Good. Now, back to the man who didn't want to play with others if he couldn't have his own way. He is the Cartman of the group and if this is the way he reacts when he doesn't get what he thinks he deserves, it is a darned good thing he doesn't have a seat on that board.
Sean December 04, 2013 at 11:08 PM
I see the gutless will not use their name commenters are back. After this election, the residents of Woodbury have spoken. If you stand up for what is right, you will not be supported. There is a group in town that got behind Bill Butterly and they have their power back. Woodbury has the government it deserves and it is disgusting. Martin Overton is an embarrassment and Bill Butterly is a puppet for well if you do not know, you need to get a clue as to what goes on in Woodbury. If I were Jerry, I would not sit on the BOS with those 2. Unlike these cowardly keyboard cowboys, it takes a lot of time and energy to serve on anything in this town. Jerry has had his name drug through the paper more times than I can count. No one needs to put up with this crap.
Sean December 04, 2013 at 11:10 PM
But fear not Woodbury, the town will go back to special favors, as Butterly owes a lot of people. The boards and commissions will be filled with the same people who put us in this mess. And just wait until the next budget. We will have massive tax increases and a looting again of the Rainy Day fund, something done substantially under the Hinckley Administration.
Jon Quint December 05, 2013 at 06:39 AM
Amazing, Guy demonizes Larry while complaining about demonizing. These people have no shame, nor do they have anything even approaching ethical behavior! I'm waiting for you to say it's all Bush's fault or we're racists!
Sean December 05, 2013 at 08:47 AM
What I have learned in the past few months is that there are a number of cowards in Woodbury. They are too gutless to put their name to their comments and say some of the nastiest things. We saw this with Julie Sutton (Martin Overton's girlfriend). She thought she was posting anonymously under Wooley Bulley, but was not. These America hating liberals show their true colors when they think we do not know who they are.
Lawrence McDonald December 05, 2013 at 12:49 PM
John, what "guy manly" lacks in intelligence, he more than makes up for in stupidity. Instead of responding in a mature and thought provoking manner to either stimulate conversation or validate his position; he just lobs more pitiful insults. "guy manly": I did not attack anyone. I made a suggestion to John and Jack to ignore those who, in my opinion, were using false names. My name is Lawrence McDonald, my friends call me Larry, you can call me Mr. McDonald.
Guy Manly December 05, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Laura, buddy, I know it's easier for you to take cheap shot while hiding behind your computer. And I know you got into a twist when I called you out on it. But that is no reason to forget that you and my good friend Quint, or Squinty as he likes to be called, were the first to go on the attack of my character and saying I was "not using my real name," which I am. I guess attacking is easier for you than responding to what I said. It's okay. Really, it is. I have come to expect that from certain people. They don't have any rebuttal so they decide to insult the person making the statement.
Sean December 05, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Guy you are typical of the gutless cowards on Patch. Put your name to your comments. Anything less shows you are just the coward we all know you are. Enjoy the massive tax increases with Bill I do not do anything with out permission of well, we all know who that is. And Martin Overton, and his lovely girlfriend that he must be mooching off of (after all, he does not own the property where he broke the same sign regulations he demands we all obey). Your side has control and there are no more excuses. The rest of the town will soon learn what a number of people have known for a while.
Guy Manly December 05, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Oh no, "Sean" decided to attack me personally... http://static4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120612231832/borderlands/images/thumb/9/9b/Watch-out-we-got-a-badass-over-here-meme.png/620px-Watch-out-we-got-a-badass-over-here-meme.png
Sean December 06, 2013 at 10:13 AM
An attack is when you called Larry Laura. A gutless coward calls people nasty things and does not have the backbone to be a man and put your name to it. When you will say to someone's face in public what you say cowering on your keyboard, then you can be treated like an adult.
Guy Manly December 06, 2013 at 11:11 AM
Apparently, "Sean" (which I doubt is even your real name) what you are saying is that misinterpreting someones screen name on a public news blog is an attack, and if you saw me in public you would walk right up to me and call me gutless to my face. Also, a Laura is a nasty thing? I know many Lauras who would disagree with you. I believe you have a very, very skewed view of what constitutes an attack. Now, I'm not saying you are wrong here, but I think most rational people would agree that misinterpreting someone's chosen screen name (which is a monicker on a website that they choose to go by, such as a singular name like "Sean") and walking up to someone in a public space and starting to call them gutless (as you did) or stupid (as old McDonald did) are two different things. Anyway, to your other point. Taxes already went up under Stomski.
Jon Quint December 06, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Taxes went up because of the Board of Education budget, not the municipal budget. First Selectman has NO input to Board of Ed budget!
Sean December 06, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Dear Gutless Guy, Sean is my real name. And people know who I am, though if you followed town politics, you would know who I am also. And Jon is right about taxes. It went up because of Region 14. Pathetic that people like yourself are so ignorant on how government works.
Guy Manly December 06, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Damn, I think I broke the "sean." All it can do is swear and call people childish names. Sorry everyone. Also, you are telling me that, in the years Stomski was FS the taxes never went up at all on the municipal side?
Lawrence McDonald December 06, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Sean Murphy, or "Sean" for short, please ignore "Guy Manly". He can not write a paragraph without contradicting himself or flat out lying. 1) There is a difference on attacking someone's screen name once it has been established or confirmed by others that it is that users real name; 2)"and walking up to someone in a public space and start to call them gutless...or stupid (as old McDonald did)". Really, when did you and I meet face to face and I called you stupid?? OR are you just telling a lie? But under the sprit of unity, lets put all name calling aside and like our President I extend an offer of a beer summit at any local Woodbury business. As an elected official, I would love to hear your point of view on the issues, direction, and possible solutions you may have for this town. Since you stated that the pen name "guy Manly" is your real name, I tried to reach out to you in person but found no public record of you in woodbury.
Guy Manly December 06, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Larry, buddy, scroll up a little bit and you will find this: "Lawrence McDonald December 05, 2013 at 12:49 PM John, what "guy manly" lacks in intelligence, he more than makes up for in stupidity." As I told "sean" it is simple to call someone names while sitting behind a keyboard, as you and he do, but it is different to actually do that in public. I invite you both to stop me on the streets and call me names to my face. As for your screen name, who is to say it is you? In a matter of moments I myself could be a Lawrence McDonald, say I am the real one, and denounce you. I could even create a second account named "sean" to say I am the real one and you are a fake. Now, I am not saying that is what you did, but I am not saying that you positively didn't do that either. Also, I don't drink. Even if I did, I would not drink with someone who call me names. And, as a public servant you really think it is okay to go around calling your constituents names?
Lawrence McDonald December 06, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Sorry "Guy Manly", you cannt take what I said out of context to make your point. 1) "John, what "guy manly" lacks in intelligence, he more than makes up for in stupidity. Instead of responding in a mature and thought provoking manner to either stimulate conversation or validate his position; he just lobs more pitiful insults". Yes or no, was you very next text a pitiful attack on my name or a thought provoking statement? 2) "I invite you both to stop me on the streets and call me names to my face...Also, I don't drink. Even if I did, I would not drink with someone who call me names' Which is it? 3) Yes, you are right in that you can create any pen name in the world and make slanderous statements but in this litigious and open society we live in anyone can skip trace a computer cookie and find out exactly who you are so I would recommend caution. 4) Did I insult a constituent by calling your constituent names? Unlike you, I didn't call you names. the trouble with the "guy manly"'s of the world is that he lacks the power of conversation but no the power of speech. If you doubt my user name is real, feel free to ask me at the next Zoning commission meeting if you have the courage.
Guy Manly December 06, 2013 at 02:54 PM
First, your apology is accepted. Secondly, you did not like the shortening of your name, so you decided to insult me? Sounds like a very adult reaction. C - Those weren't contradictory statements. You are more than welcome to come up to me in the street and insult me, if you dare say the same thing to my face as when hiding behind a keyboard. However, I will not have a beer with you, since I do not drink with people who insult me (or, you know, at all). Although, having a grown public figure come up to you and call you childish names in the street is hilarious! Can we get the schools involved for civics day, like a whole 'this is how not to treat you fellow citizens if you are in office' lesson? Having to listen to someone drone on after they insult you simply because they do not like the awesome new derivative of their name you have chosen for them (and Laura is an awesome derivative, where as Larry sounds more like a... well, someone who isn't as tough as a guy who can pull off a name like Laura) is not as fun. Fourthly, (or D) I am glad to hear you didn't call me names. That means the names you weren't reading allowed the names you were typing up. That would be creepy. Especially if you were alone. You don't do that, do you, Larry? Sit at home alone, twisting your mustache, and plotting how to insult a random Woodburian on a public website? Great Larry, now I can't get that image out of my head! THANKS LARRY!
Lawrence McDonald December 06, 2013 at 03:23 PM
" I guess attacking is easier for you than responding to what I said. It's okay. Really, it is. I have come to expect that from certain people. They don't have any rebuttal so they decide to insult the person making the statement." I could not have said it better. For a while, even your infantile jokes seemed charming and witty; but quite frankly you are sounding more like an immature child. Instead of conversing in an intelligent manner you just insult and lie and I have spent too much time attempting to appeal you on an educated level. If you ever decide to grow up and converse at an educated level on the issues surrounding the town of Woodbury, I will gladly listen. Till then, I bid you good day.
Sean December 06, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Larry, I have learned something in my time in politics. Those who call names cannot debate because they either lack the ability to, which comes from a lack of intellect, or they are just angry cowards who only have courage when drunk or behind a keyboard. Some people get the 2 for 1.
Jon Quint December 07, 2013 at 07:12 AM
Larry, let me know when you and guy get together for "coffee" and I'll join you. As an elected official also, I would like to know his opinion of Town issues.
Sean December 08, 2013 at 12:53 AM
As George Thorogood said: I drink alone.
Voice of Reason December 09, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Wow. Some amusing comments on here, lol. Anyway, I'm not surprised nor do I blame Stomski for not taking the position he was not running for. He gave up a seemingly lucrative business to take on a full time position. I'd expect he'd now have to focus on finding full time employment; assuming he has bills like most of us do.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »