GREENWICH, CT – In a special meeting Monday night, the Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation filled the post left vacant by Republican Michael Mason, who resigned earlier this month to begin a new role as leader social negotiations in the city.
The council voted 9-0 with two abstentions to nominate Republican Harry Fisher to the 12-person finance council, which is split evenly between the two main parties. Clerk Carmella Budkins made a home visit and sworn in Fisher at her Greenwich home after the vote.
Fisher, a longtime resident of Greenwich, has previous experience in municipal government and on the BET. He served on the representative municipal assembly from 1986 to 1992 and became president of District 10. He was subsequently elected to BET where he served on the budget committee and as vice president from 1992 to 1998.
Fisher will serve the remainder of Mason’s term, which ends December 31, 2021, and he has no plans to stand for re-election. Fisher was asked by Mason who is former chairman and new board chair Karen Fassuliotis, if he would volunteer.
“I decided I had the time, the energy and the ability to do it, so it seemed to make sense,” Fisher said Tuesday, adding that he believed his previous experience on the board was administration and over the past several years as a participant in public hearings, will help him navigate the final months of the term.
“I kept in touch with Michael [Mason] over the years, and I have appeared before the board to talk about important issues. I stayed involved from the periphery, ”Fisher said.
BET member Debra Hess officially named Fisher for the job at the special meeting.
“Harry remained involved in what happened with BET. He attended many of our public hearings,” Hess said. “I think Harry would be a good addition to fill the vacant position.
Laura Erickson, a Democrat, said he abstained because she didn’t know Fisher.
“I’ve met everyone on the Republican side over the years so they’re all very familiar to me. Democrats, I don’t know them very well, but I intend to get to know them,” Fisher said Tuesday.
Mason said he was happy with BET’s decision to approve Fisher.
“Harry is a wonderful civic volunteer,” Mason said. “I have always had a relationship with him where we exchanged information about what is going on. I think he is the ideal person to fill the vacant position to complete the term. I think he will be of benefit. great help to the caucus and to Karen Fassuliotis who had to take on many new roles very quickly. “
Fassuliotis, who served as Mason’s vice president, became president Monday night after BET voted 9-0 with three abstentions from Jeff Ramer, Leslie Moriarty and Krumeich.
Republican Andy Duus was elevated to vice president after an identical vote.
Fassuliotis said in her president’s report at the regular BET meeting that she would look to her colleagues for help in completing the current term.
“I didn’t expect to be in this position I find myself in today. I know that I am counting on all of you to help me as we continue to complete our terms. One thing I have observed at During my tenure at IRAP is that while my colleagues across the way may have different visions of what our city’s finances should be like, I can say with certainty that the one thing each person on this board has deep love for the city we call home, ”said Fassuliotis.
“We may differ on how we get there, but we have a deep belief that our city is the best place to live, work, raise a family and retire. Otherwise, why would we all spend countless hours in debate and vote on budget matters as part of a fully unpaid volunteer board of directors? ”
Democratic caucus leader Leslie Moriarty welcomed Fisher, Fassuliotis and Duus to their new roles.
“This board has important work to do in the coming months. I and the rest of our members will work together with Karen as the new president, Andy as the new vice president, and we welcome Harry Fisher as the new vice president. new member of BET, ”she said. mentionned.
The BET is now closed for the summer for meetings. They will meet again in September, possibly in person for the first time in months.