Tuesday, November 3,, 2015.
#10. Mayor Daniel T. Drew’s feeble attempt to restructure the Fire Departments job description
eliminating the mandatory Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification for new hires, to
gain more minority voting for his re-election campaign. It took 4 years for Dan and his paid
political advisors to come with this scheme. “The Vinci Group”, Danny’s campaign funded
hounds, will earn over $50,000 from Dan for their services in this election. Until he had
opponent for the Mayoral seat, he didn’t care about the minority hiring in Fire or any City
department. Taxpayers now get to pay the cost of training new hires for their EMT
certifications, without the benefit of a reduced entry level salary.
#9. Mayor Daniel T. Drew states he has LOWERED TAXES in Middletown; "With Mayor
Drew's leadership we have managed to cut taxes and improve our bond rating,". Are you
kidding me! Our mil rates over the past three (3) years have increased 6.3 mils. It decreased by
a mere one-tenth of a mil this year – election year. He doesn’t mention the 6.3 mils of increase
under his leadership that provided no new services to benefit Middletown residents! The value
of your house went down, while the taxes increased to cover the cost of City operations. And
yes, we have great bond ratings...because the taxpayer is paying off this debt on time. See
what happens if we default for some reason or another? Nice try Dan!
#8. Mayor Daniel T. Drew’s complete City Department reorganization failure. There was no
monetary savings to taxpayers as he has stated. By the City’s own financial records, (their
publicly published fiscal year budgets), the yearly cost increase for the same exact services has
skyrocketed to over $400,000. Not to mention the additional $4.1 million of pension liability
for Dan’s early retirement incentive which he promised would reduce City government
operations, by $500,000 the first year and $133,000 every year after. Complete lie! Never
happened, never even got a brief look at any savings.
Mayor Dan claims that due to the reorganization, “the parks in Middletown have never looked
better.” So if that is a true and accurate fact, then why is he pushing for a $34 million dollar
bond for park and facility renovations? It’s called the patting thyself on the back. The more
Danny says it’s so, the more people will believe him.
#7. Mayor Daniel T. Drew has reduced lawsuits for the City of Middletown. Lie! He has a
total of 11 pending lawsuits by individuals suing the City. One has been settled for over 7
figures, but he kept that close to the vest, so no one would know about it. That’s more than all
the lawsuits combined in the previous Mayor’s 6 year reign. This Mayor’s blatant practice of
discriminating against women and other minority groups is well documented in Court papers.
Almost every lawsuit filed against the City is due directly to Dan Drew’s discriminatory
#6. His poor administration of departments by leaving assistant director, directorships and
other positions vacant for months and years. The average vacancy is filled in 28 days, from
start to finish. Middletown takes months and years. Putting someone in an “acting” capacity is
not considered to be filling the position.
#5. The heavy bonded debt Middletown now has for next decade or more. If the two bond
referendum questions on November 3rd pass, we will have a debt to repay of over $100 million
dollars. There are two questions on the ballot, $34 million for parks repairs, and an additional
$15 million dollars to complete the Mattabassett sewer pipe project. How a project cost could
be 100% wrong is unfathomable! How no one is responsible for it, is even more
#4. Under Mayor Drew’s leadership, we now bond for trucks, equipment, snowblowers,
mowers, chainsaws, office equipment and so on. Done away with is the City Capitol Non-
Reoccurring (CNR) budget which previously funded these items, and was paid through our
taxes. Mayor Drew believes it’s better to pay a premium interest rate on top of these purchases
and borrow the money. Most towns have CNR budgets, while some even pay for major road
work and construction without bonding. Mayor Drew believes it’s better to “charge”
#3. Mayor Drew’s tampering with over $800,000 of Middletown employee’s pension fund
money. In the past, the pension actuary would recommend how much the City should pay into
the pension fund to ensure its solvency. Mayor Dan said “to hell with the actuary, we are not
funding it!” Somewhere soon down the road, future Mayor’s and taxpayers will have to correct
this pension fund mistake. By the way, when Mayor Drew makes statements that he saved the
taxpayer $800,000 in pension fund payments- you know it’s not true – right? Of course that’s
not true, he has postponed it and made it someone else’s problem. Maybe we can bond that
each year too!
#2. Mayor Daniel T. Drew’s constant self-promotion at Middletown’s expense. His attending
out of town events which have absolutely nothing to do with city business; all to further his
political future. His re-election campaign fund of over $105,000, with more than $75,000 of
that coming from out of town sources. Right now, this very Sunday night, Dan is emailing
Democrats asking for monetary donations of $50, $150, or $250 to accumulate another $2,000
in campaign contributions for campaign flyers he wants to get out by Monday. What has he
done with the over $105,000 in contributions already? Sandra Russo-Driska has done much
more and spent her funds wisely with her grass roots campaign of $40,000! Dan has no concept
off how to control spending...and it’s just the way he runs our town!
Danny has the worst attendance record of anyone in the City. He feels he’s not an employee
and doesn’t have to answer to the stock holders (us) about his whereabouts. In just a short 10
month period this year, from September to this August, Mayor Dan Drew has been absent from
work for a total of 89.5 days! This is an incredible amount of time not performing Mayoral
duties. Weekends were not included in this calculation, just Monday through Fridays. How can
anyone in any type of work environment miss 18 work weeks in a 10 month period!!!! That’s
almost 50% of the time. This is unacceptable! It’s incomprehensible!
#1. Mayor Daniel T. Drew attended Columbia University for a Master Degree this past year,
when he should have been in Middletown performing his Mayoral duties for the people who
pay his salary. Instead, he hid his attendance of going to the University, and abused the power
of his position by behaving in an unethical manner and using public funds in gaining his degree.
He had people lie for him to cover up his attendance at Columbia University, not caring if he
was jeopardizing their jobs too. He didn’t care that he intentionally violated the City Charter, as
he could not be a full-time Mayor, if attending school at the same time. He has violated the
trust of the people in Middletown with his deceptive behavior. He will not comment on this
matter, so you can decide what the truth is.
I wonder how much better Middletown could have been economically, culturally and fiscally if
we had a full-time Mayor, not a part-time salesman. Time for Dan to pack up and leave!
Make sure to get out and vote this coming Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Every vote counts!
Stay strong. Stay involved. Stay together. Seek the truth.
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