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Meet GOP Candidate Cindy Penkoff

The following is a letter to the editor.

My name is Cindy Penkoff and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as I seek your support this coming November as a District 2 Town Council Representative.  

I have been a Trumbull resident for the last 12 years. I am married to Jeff who is a lifelong Trumbull resident and graduate of the Trumbull School system. Our 15 year old son currently attends Trumbull High School and The Trumbull Agri-Science School. Jeffrey has been a part of the Trumbull school system since he was 3 years old when he attended what was then known as the Trumbull Pre-School which was housed in a hallway at Madison Middle School.  Jeffrey was one of their special needs students being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Spastic Diplegia to be exact, shortly after he was born. I am a parent, an engaged taxpayer, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker, a Board of Finance Alternate and the oldest of 11 children. I believe in fiscal responsibility and I don’t believe that paying more for something makes it better; it just makes it more expensive.

Running for office in our town I have a clear focus; the families of Trumbull and what is best for our town as a whole. I also have a firm belief in my purpose; I believe it is my job to leave this space a better place for our future and to support what we have built in our past. I believe in and support the strong economic, education and infrastructure growth the Herbst Team has put into place over the last 4 years and want to continue in that support of our taxpayers and town on a little larger scale. The Town Council will allow me to continue to do so. I loved being on the Board Of Finance and its time to take that knowledge and carry it forward.

After speaking to hundreds of residents over the last 4 years, I am more convinced than ever that I am the right person for this job.

Being the parent of a special needs student gives me a keen perspective on our education system; not only how it provides for the children, but how it provides regardless of the scope of their needs. Sitting on the Board of Finance I also have an understanding of the financial impact of not only those obligations but the many other obligations it takes to keep Trumbull being Trumbull as it grows and moves forward. There have been many needed accomplishments over the last 4 years with more on the way; a path The Herbst Team not only paved but has the experience to see through. I have been proud to be a part of that and look forward to continuing that journey.

Cindy Penkoff


JR September 30, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Ms. Penkoff - To what do you attribute your defeat in 2011?
Trumbull Gal October 02, 2013 at 01:23 PM
"an alternate is a fully participating member of the board" As a former appointed Board of Finance Alternate myself, that is an absolutely FALSE statement!
Jim Flynn October 02, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Thank you for your response Trumbull Gal. Ms. Penkoff response was exactly what I expected from her long history of exaggeration and sometimes downright untruths on other chat forums (IMHO). She is certainly not the kind of person who should be representing Trumbull residents in any elected office.
Cindy Penkoff November 19, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Sorry to disappoint on so many levels, and to not respond, as I was little busy and in all honesty, arguing with you all is like swimming up stream a waste of time and energy. But yes Alternates are fully functioning members of the BOF as stipulated in the municipal code. "Sec. 2-182. Panel of alternate members. (a) There is hereby created a panel of alternate members of the Board of Finance consisting of three (3) members, which shall exercise the powers and duties granted to them by Public Act No. 75-440 and as the same may be amended from time to time." This Act stipulates the duties and powers of the BOF itself. Final post on this article as I will find myself very busy serving as a District 2 Town Council Member for the Town of Trumbull; a positive action vs what occurs here.

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