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ROB PERO ENDORSED BY AMERICA’S “MAYOR”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 3, 2011

Pero Press Contact: Bill Vogel 860.447.1145

Giuliani Press Contact: Jake Menges 347.266.9079

ROB PERO ENDORSED BY AMERICA’S “MAYOR”

New London, Conn. – “Today, I was deeply grateful to have received the public endorsement of America’s “Mayor” Rudy Giuliani to become the next Mayor of New London. As you know, this is the most historic election in over ninety (90) years for the city.  To receive the endorsement of Mr. Giuliani was unexpected and yet very important because it further exemplifies the need to “call to action” all citizens in the city to work together to make the necessary changes we all desire. There is no better example or model in the country of a successful urban renaissance than what occurred in New York City under Mr. Giuliani’s Mayoral administration”, stated Mayoral Candidate Rob Pero.

Mr. Rudy Giuliani stated in his endorsement, “Rob Pero is the man to lead New London. Rob’s positions appeal to all of the people he has proudly served in the City of New London regardless of whether they are a registered Democrat, Republican or an Independent. I know the type of person and principles it takes to turn a city around and I am very confident that Rob can do the same in New London, just as I did in New York City.  Rob’s deep roots in the community, his low tax, pro-business, educational accountability and anti-crime agenda will help build a better New London for all of its citizens.”

Pero stated, “It is an honor to have the support of a national leader such as Mr. Giuliani”.

As America’s “Mayor”, Mr. Giuliani’s record on reducing crime in New York was used as a model across the country and his successful pro-business positions, including his opposition to tax increases, were responsible for revitalizing New York City.  As Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani garnered the support of Democrats, Republicans and Independent voters.

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ROB PERO PROPOSES MENTORING PROGRAM FOR NEW LONDON STUDENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OCTOBER 19, 2011

Press Contact: Bill Vogel 860.447.1145

ROB PERO PROPOSES MENTORING PROGRAM FOR NEW LONDON STUDENTS

New London City Councilor and mayoral candidate Rob Pero presented a proposal for a comprehensive four year mentoring for New London College Advisory Committee (NLCAC).

This groundbreaking proposal was created to address a daunting challenge facing the community.  Pero stated, “Too many New London High School students do not realize the necessity of completing high school and college to successfully compete in the 21st century economy”.

Pero’s solution is the implementation of a four year mentoring program matching students at our area colleges with students at New London High School (NLHS).  Every NLHS student could be matched with college students for all four years of their high school careers.

Pero’s methodology for implementing this program was outlined as follows:

1.  Area college students have recently navigated high school and by matching college freshmen with high school freshmen, college sophomores with high school sophomores, etc… high school students would be provided with mentors who have recently been in a similar position and could assist in managing the challenges that they themselves recently addressed.

2.  Area college students would be given an opportunity to buy into the local community.  As college students invest time into their mentees they will provide invaluable leadership to their college peers as well as the high school students.  This could provide New London with an infusion of skilled individuals who remain in New London after graduation.

3.  The frequency and location of the mentoring would be determined by NLCAC in conjunction with NLHS administration.

Pero went on to outline possible funding of his program.  Pero said, “Upon acceptance by NLCAC this proposal should be presented to the City Council and if approved, the City of New London’s grant writer would begin to seek grants to fund the implementation of this program”.  Pero pointed out that the US Department of Education has targeted mentoring programs as a priority and could be a source, along with the State of Connecticut and private foundations.

Pero concluded his proposal pointing out that in the three colleges, Connecticut College, US Coast Guard Academy, and Mitchell College, New London has an incredible resource.  He explained, “This expanded mentoring proposal has the potential of providing invaluable life lessons to our college mentors, while at the same time addressing a fundamental need of our city by significantly increasing high school graduation rates and college acceptances of our NLHS seniors”.

Pero challenged those in attendance, “Imagine a program that creates meaningful community involvement for area college students while making a significant contribution to addressing one of the most daunting challenges facing our city, and imagine the pride of the mentor and mentee attending each other’s graduations”.

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Pero Challenges Finizio to a One on One Debate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OCTOBER 14, 2011

COUNCILOR PERO CHALLENGES MR FINIZIO TO ONE-ON-ONE DEBATE

Press Contact: Bill Vogel 860.447.1145

Councilor Pero challenges Mr Finizio to a One-on-One Debate with a date, time, and place to be agreed upon.

Councilor Pero said, “The debates with all 6 candidates are useful, but do not provide sufficient time for the citizens of New London to really get to know the candidates. The 6 candidate debates do not permit citizens to see the depth of knowledge and experience that the two major party candidates bring to the table”.

Councilor Pero noted that this is particularly important because the voters of New London have not had time to vet Mr Finizio who had only been in New London for a short period, and has not served in any elect or public position in this city.

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FINIZIO CAMPAIGN FILING RAISES ELECTION LAW QUESTIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 13, 2011

Press Contact: Bill Vogel 860.447.1145

FINIZIO CAMPAIGN FILING RAISES ELECTION LAW QUESTIONS

New London, Conn. – “Today, I call upon Mr. Finizio to come clean to the New London voters about his campaign finances. The discrepancies surrounding the non-reporting of thousands of dollars of expenditures as well as failure to consistently report his $5,000.00 personal loan to the campaign is deceptive, misleading and may violate Connecticut Election Law,” stated Mayoral Candidate Rob Pero.

“Mr. Finizio owes the citizens of this great city an explanation regarding his October 10th filing and must provide full disclosure and accounting of all of his contributors, expenditures and the status of his personal $5,000.00 loan.  It’s the public’s right to know who pays for newspaper ads.”

Finizio appeared in eight advertisements in The Day newspaper during the month of September.  These expenditures were not reported in Finizio’s October 10th filing.  All the advertisement disclaimers stated they were paid by “Finizio for Mayor”. Finizio accounted for a personal loan of $5,000.00 to his campaign in his July 1, 2011 – August 31st, 2011 campaign filing.  This loan was not reported, however, on the most recent filing.

“I’m shocked by what appears to be a disregard for the state election laws displayed by Mr. Finizio. The State Election Enforcement Commission provides an outline of the necessary legal requirements for each municipal candidate.  I’m concerned, that as a licensed attorney in Connecticut, Mr. Finizio would overlook what appears to be a very clear violation of campaign finance law,” said Pero.

“Throughout this campaign, and throughout my career, I have made transparency and open government a top priority.  I’m maintaining that priority during my campaign to be Mayor and I urge Mr. Finizio to do the same.”

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Click here for Mr. Finizio’s Financial Report Dated Oct 10, 2011 Summary and Disclosed Expenses

Click here for Mr Finizio’s Financial Report Dated Sep 1, 2011 Summary and Disclosed Expenses

 

MANAGING CITY TRANSPORTATION AND DOWNTOWN PARKING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OCTOBER 12, 2011

PERO MAYORAL CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES PLANNED ACTION FOR MANAGING CITY TRANSPORTATION AND DOWNTOWN PARKING

Press Contact: Bill Vogel 860.447.1145

Councilor Pero announces the process by which he will manage transportation issues, and how he will handle downtown parking issues.

Councilor Pero stated today that he will provide the Transportation Committee with more responsibilities in his first year as Mayor.  He added that the Mayor’s position will assume many duties currently being held by the city manager (in this case the legal traffic authority).  He said that it is important to have a Mayor who has the experience and understanding from day one of all the responsibilities, and is prepared to carry them out.  Councilor Pero initiated the forming of this committee twelve years ago to address citywide concerns about excessive speeding in neighborhoods throughout the city.  He believes that the committee needs to operate from the three E’s perspective: education, engineering, and enforcement.

Councilor Pero said the committee will act as an additional resource to him as Mayor.  He will expect the committee to make recommendations on all transportation issues in the city as well as meet with community groups.  He will charge the committee to examine all the main state intersections in the city, and make recommendations to him within the first year of his term that will effectuate a better quality of life for residents that live and travel near these intersections.

Councilor Pero would also increase the committee’s meetings to twice a month with the first priority to meet with all the downtown organization to map out a strategy to possibly increase the parking time limits in certain downtown areas.  He said this process would have a six-month review period that would encompass public comment as well. He further stated that he then will have a new policy in place by the seventh month of his term to address parking limits in the downtown.
Councilor Pero stated that the need to review downtown parking limits is long overdue, and he believes that having a stated process in place will be helpful for visitors, residents and business owners.

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HOMEOWNER TAX ABATEMENT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OCTOBER 5, 2011

PERO MAYORAL CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES HOMEOWNER TAX ABATEMENT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

Press Contact: Bill Vogel 860.447.1145

New London, Conn. – City Councilor Rob Pero announced today, if elected Mayor of New London, he would submit to the City Council in December a proactive and expanded homeowner tax abatement improvement program.  Councilor Pero stated his program would be targeted in the blighted areas of the city as a way to encourage improvements and to maintain properties.

Councilor Pero stated his program would provide abatements for improvements over a five (5) year period based on an investment of $5,000.00.  Councilor Pero stated the city currently participates in a more limited state supported program (which he supported) which funds only new home buyers for improvements and the city provides similar abatements over the same time period.  Councilor Pero’s  tax abatement improvement program would require approval by the state legislature and he is ready to advocate in Hartford so this program can be implemented in New London.

Councilor Pero believes this policy approach is a far better direction than the land value tax plan being proposed by Mr. Finizio.  Councilor Pero stated “last year the council reviewed the land value tax and concluded it was the wrong direction for the city, and further many assessors across the region came to New London to oppose the idea.”


Pero stated, “Let me be very clear, I strongly oppose Mr. Finizio’s land value tax plan.  This proposed tax increase is the wrong idea at the wrong time; New London simply cannot afford to place an additional tax burden on its citizens.  As Mayor of New London, I would oppose any tax increase on the families or local business.”

Pero went on to explain, “I’m the only experienced candidate in this race that has a proven track record for fighting for families and business in New London.  I’m the only candidate who has tackled the tough issues and provided clear results for the taxpayers. I’m proud of the work that I’ve accomplished but we have just begun.  I will continue to fight to reduce taxes, ensure that government is transparent and accountable and make neighborhood safety a top priority.”

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PERO MAYORAL CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES BILLBOARDS

Billboard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WITH ATTACHED PHOTO OF AD

September 26, 2011

Press Contact: Bill Vogel 860.447.1145

PERO MAYORAL CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES BILLBOARDS TO HIGHLIGHT HIS STRONG OPPOSITION TO ANY NEW TAXES ON NEW LONDON FAMILIES AND LOCAL BUSINESS

New London, Conn. – Today, the Pero for Mayor Campaign released a new campaign billboard at the location of Howard and Walbach Street in New London.

“This billboard simply reflects my continued sincere commitment to making New London a safer place to raise a family, educate its children and to create a high quality of living for all of its citizens.  My entire family has worked and cared for this city for over 90 years and we are deeply invested in working toward a greater future,” said Rob Pero.

“Let me be very clear, I strongly oppose Mr. Finizio’s land value tax plan.  This proposed tax increase is the wrong idea at the wrong time; New London simply cannot afford to place an additional tax burden on its citizens.  As Mayor of New London, I would oppose any tax increase on the families or local business.”

Pero went on to explain, “I’m the only experienced candidate in this race that has a proven track record for fighting for families and business in New London.  I’m the only candidate who has tackled the tough issues and provided clear results for the taxpayers. I’m proud of the work that I’ve accomplished but we have just begun.  I will continue to fight to reduce taxes, ensure that government is transparent and accountable and make neighborhood safety a top priority.”

 

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Press Release – SENIOR CITIZEN TAX RELIEF CREDIT INCENTIVE PROGRAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 20, 2011

PERO MAYORAL CAMPAIGN  ANNOUNCES SENIOR CITIZEN TAX RELIEF CREDIT INCENTIVE PROGRAM

Press Contact: Bill Vogel 860.447.1145

New London, Conn. – Rob Pero, candidate for Mayor of New London, has announced that he will be implementing a voluntary work for elderly tax relief credit incentive pilot program for New London senior citizens. Councilor Pero’s new program will provide additional relief for seniors by offering them the option to work for the city or a local non-profit in return for up to $500 off on their property taxes.  Councilor Pero stated that he would have twenty spots available for up to twenty senior volunteers. 

Rob Pero stated, “With my father, Tony Pero being 90 years old, I know the importance of trying to keep seniors in their homes. My Dad worked and volunteered within our community up to the age of 87 and found it rewarding to his overall health and wellness.”

Councilor Pero also stated that the program would be available to seniors sixty-two years old and older who own their property. Councilor Pero has long advocated for reducing the tax burden on New London’s elderly population in order to keep them in their homes for as long as they want. Similarly, Councilor Pero initiated and helped pass a local tax relief program for seniors last year. Last year’s Senior Tax Incentive Program, cut taxes by as high as $200, to over 178 senior homeowners. Councilor Pero stated that he plans to continue his leadership on this issue by funding this program next year for the seniors in our community who qualify for this program.

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Press Release – Mayoral Candidate Rob Pero Announces Better Quality of Life Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 14, 2011

Media Contact: Bill Vogel
860.447.1145

Councilor Rob Pero is pleased to announce that the New Home New London program that he helped to initiate last year has been a success.  New Home New London provides $5,000 to income-eligible families to help pay the closing costs or contribute towards a down payment on one to four family properties.

The City of New London has found 20 new property owners to live in the city to help increase the number of owner occupied homes. The City of New London ranks at the bottom of the list in terms of owner occupied housing. When families own their own property they take greater pride in their surroundings, often making improvements to their home that then encourages their neighbors to do the same.  Living in New London offers convenient access to work, arts and culture, a vast array of dining options, an active nightlife, a comprehensive regional transportation system as well as historic assets that provide a glimpse into America’s entire history.

Councilor Pero’s vision and leadership on this very important quality of life issue has helped to direct this city in the right direction. Councilor Pero is announcing today that as the city’s next mayor he will continue to fund this program over the first two years of his term as mayor.  His commitment to fund this initiative sends a message to the community that he wants to strengthen our neighborhoods, not only with additional police officers, but also with new homeowners.  Councilor Pero’s knowledge and experience of the city finances give him the ability to fund this initiative through one time funding instead of adding the expense to the budget.

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