Monday, October 07, 2013

Candidate Bio: Molly Salafia (R) Treasurer

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Republican  Candidate for City Treasurer
  Molly Salafia (R)
"On a Mission to De-fund the Position"

From the Patch article by Cassandra Day: "A Republican member of the city's planning and zoning board is running for city treasurer with the intention of eliminating the position she calls a "superfluous figurehead" — one that's been held by Democrats for nearly two decades.

Molly Salafia, 29, an architectural designer and project manager, says the Middletown treasurer position "has become a political patronage prize with a bill to taxpayers of $8,600 plus for two years of playing a role with little actual impact on how public money — their money — is spent."
An $8,000 stipend she says, 'Is kind of ridiculous."

Years ago, the treasurer had many more duties which have since been eliminated by Middletown's common council, Salafia says.

"The treasurer attends a handful of meetings a year, and has a rubber stamp of his or her signature the finance department uses on checks, but that is all," Salafia says. "The treasurer does not draft a budget, nor does he or she sit down shoulder to shoulder with the directors and mayor and crunch numbers. This role is one that the taxpayers are already paying the finance department to do."

The state of Connecticut statutes requires municipalities to have a treasurer, Salafia acknowledges, so the elimination of the treasurer's position would require a change in Middletown's charter, something she's willing to work on if elected.
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 Background
I am  an Architectural Designer Project Manager & Lead Office Technologist
 at an architectural firm in New Haven. I have a background in media relations consulting. 
I am a owner of an historic home in Middletown. I enjoy art and photography.
       Education
Roger Williams University, RI. Masters of Architecture + BS Architecture,
 Dual Minor in Visual Arts and Art History
Member of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) 
at RWU 2005-2006,  Chapter President of AIAS 2005-2006
Represented AIAS during the 2006 National Council of Architectural 
Registration Boards (NCARB) accreditation of Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture
         Certifications, Honors and Awards
Alpha Rho Chi Medal Recipient
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate (GA) certified.
Currently taking exams towards becoming a licensed Architect
     Service & Offices
Member of the Historic Design Review Board of the City of Middletown
Commissioner on the Planning & Zoning board of Middletown. 
 Alternate Middletown Representative on River COG
Member Kiwanis of Middletown


www.middletownctgop.com 

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