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Tim Herbst Praises Polansky, Acting Exec. Director of Stern Village

by Tim Herbst

I want to thank the Trumbull Housing Authority for acting quickly to name an interim Executive Director.  Harriet Polansky is a long time Trumbull resident who has demonstrated a strong management background and a consideration for the infirm and the elderly.

I believe her organizational skills, coupled with her compassion and pleasant disposition will be a welcome change at Stern Village.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the reports from our emergency management team and first responders were very clear and underscored the need for fundamental reform.

I believe Mrs. Polansky will act quickly to implement the emergency preparedness plan and also make sure we have adequate generator capacity in the event of future weather related emergencies.  I also believe that Mrs. Polansky will work hard to build a better relationship between Stern Village and the Trumbull Senior Center.

More importantly, I am confident that Mrs. Polansky will treat every resident of Stern Village with dignity and respect.  I wish her well as she assumes her new responsibilities.

First Selectman Tim Herbst

jg February 15, 2013 at 10:12 PM
How does hiring an unemployed marketing manager (creating websites, direct mail programs, etc.) to run a housing complex constitute fundamental reform? How is the THA hiring an attorney whose bio lists such topics as securities law and maritime law but nothing about municipal or housing law fundamental reform? What concrete qualifications does this interim director have to run a government sponsored housing complex? Beyond connections to Mrs. Herbst (which explains her interfering with the January THA meeting), why was she even considered? Who else was considered? Why is the THA effectively paying twice, once to buy out an experienced director with just a few months left on his contract, and a second time to an unqualified interim director who will undoubtedly have to rely on others (including the outgoing director) to educate her on the job requirements. This just doesn't make any sense.
Jim Flynn February 15, 2013 at 10:32 PM
This appointment makes perfect sense in the world of Trumbull. This is another friends and family appointment. See: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Pola....hief-331450.php http://www.ctbulletin.com/articles/2011/....iewmode=default (see p.2)
Aaron Leo (Editor) February 15, 2013 at 10:51 PM
The links don't seem to work.
Jim Flynn February 15, 2013 at 11:02 PM
http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Polansky-agrees-to-resign-as-Milford-schools-chief-331450.php http://www.ctbulletin.com/articles/2011/....iewmode=default (see p.2) I'm going to try again. These articles are enlightening as to how government works in Trumbull
Joan February 16, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Didn't Tim Herbst criticize Ray Baldwin mercilessly for what Herbst supporters called the "friends and family plan" of hiring? This seems to take that sort of thing to the extreme. It appears from what I'm reading that the removal of the people who were running the THA was orchestrated specifically in order to give a job to Polansky, a Herbst family friend with no relevant experience. Trumbull, and especially our seniors, deserve much, much better than this. Is this how Herbst thanks the seniors who voted him into office in such large numbers in 2009 and 2011?
JR February 16, 2013 at 01:21 PM
http://www.ctbulletin.com/articles/2011/10/21/news/doc4ea16313664ef527628196.txt?viewmode=2
Carol Hudak February 16, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Well . . . the smoke has cleared. Herbst hurled a stink bomb of libelous insults at Ex. Dir., Harry Wise; Comm. Stern and Atty/Sen Musto. He created an apparent diversion . . . now we know why. And now I have to say . . . I TOLD YOU SO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (sorry for bragging) I said from day 1 that the brouhaha at SV seemed to be created to get rid of Mr. Wise, and give a 'friend, family or political supporter' a job. Roughly 200 people at SV were thrown into turmoil - and they are still in turmoil - unsure of what this unwanted new regime will do there. To give a family friend a job, experienced commissioners/personnel were replaced by GOP loyalists, to my eye, clearly inexperienced in dealing with seniors and all of SV residents. Only loyalty to Herbst is what matters. At the SV meeting this past week, they made a big deal about 'the great lengths they'll go to, to find the best permanent ex. dir.' Ms. P., is just 'acting' ex. dir. For now. Folks: I don't care if they interview candidates worldwide. I say this plum position will be Ms.Polansky's - permanently. She's got the only credential she needs: Herbst Friend. ANYONE REMEMBER '09/'11 CAMPAIGNS? - HERBST WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE NEW INTEGRITY CANDIDATE. Anyone out there have the '09 and '11 election propaganda from the GOP? Now would be a great time to post it here. How many Herbst friends/family have town jobs?? Might be a great follow-up article. Oh, Aaron . . . . .
Lisa Labella February 16, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Ms. Hudak brings up very valid points. Here are some of the items from from Mr. Herbst's "Blueprint for Trumbull" regarding hiring for town positions: The Herbst Team believes that we need to enact ethics and contracting reform at the local level, just as they did at the state level. It’s time to take the politics out of the awarding of Town contracts and Town positions. ... the Herbst Team will require public disclosure by any prospective contractor or prospective Town employee of any relationships they may have with any person or entity within the Town’s government at the time of application to the Town. ... No longer will civil service testing be waived to award Town jobs to the relatives of public officials or the politically connected. The Herbst Team will insist that jobs are awarded based on competence, not political allegiance. Now, perhaps this is not a civil service job, but wouldn't be splitting hairs? Wouldn't we expect that these commitments would be followed for ALL town-related jobs? And were they? jg's questions are directly related to these points as well, especially the last one .. based on their posted qualifications, are either the interim director or the attorney are really the best people for those positions?
Kathleen McGannon February 17, 2013 at 12:19 AM
"I believe her organizational skills, coupled with her compassion and pleasant disposition will be a welcome change at Stern Village" When will Tim ever welcome someone new without slapping the outgoing person? Is he saying that Harry Wise, for 12 long years, had no organizational skills? No compassion? No pleasant disposition? And it took Tim to finally find this out? Even his fellow Republican FS, Ken Halaby, had no idea how "awful" things were at Stern Village? Instead of thanking Harry for his years of service, he ignores him and praises someone with no experience running a housing complex, who just happens to be a dear friend and supporter of the Herbst family. Is there ANY position that Tim has replaced or added, and there have now been about 12 new positions, that isn't related somehow to the family?
Carol Hudak February 17, 2013 at 02:18 AM
Some questions that need answers: Was this SV position posted? How many people applied? How much will the Herbst friend be earning as acting ex. dir.? Though temporary, will she be enrolled in any town benefit plans? Town health insurance? SV residents are hardly wealthy, therefore, WHO is paying the buyout of Harry Wise's contract while Ms. P. is also paid as acting director? The SV atty. is paid from residents' rents. OS&N did $4,000 of pro bono work in January. If this financial trend keeps up, who will pay the approx. $4,000/month salary for the First Selectman's lawfirm?
Kathleen McGannon February 17, 2013 at 03:28 AM
I applaud Carol for her concern for her neighbors in Stern Village. She keeps them informed of the shenanigans going on in the town, and has a deep love and concern for the people of this town. She has always been an "equal opportunity critic" of both the Republicans and the Democrats when she believes they have made a mistake. She is also the first to praise decisions she feels are good for the town, on BOTH sides of the political spectrum. There is nothing wrong with Carol--except that she has clearly annoyed the Herbst family and will be attacked because of it. I am surprised to see the "new" resume added for Mrs. Polansky. There was no mention of her health care experience until AFTER there was criticism of her initial resume that was posted. Please understand that the cost for all of this upheaval is borne by the residents of a low income housing facility. They can ill-afford to be taken for a ride for political purposes.
Tom Kelly February 17, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Going after Carol Hudak is another tired strategy of some of the Herbst supporters. It is a case study in thanklessness. Oh, just a few years ago when Carol put up a big sign in her front lawn congratulating Tim Herbst for passing the bar exam, she was aces. Everybody loved Carol. When Tim was first starting out his campaign, and he asked for the maximum donation from Carol, she was considered a great citizen of Trumbull. But once Mr. Herbst was elected and started to break away from the promises he ran on and Carol called him on it, she rapidly fell out of favor. And now look at the way they talk about her now that they don't think they need her anymore. Disgraceful. Some of these folks did the same thing to me. The latest is they are asking folks whether I have anger management issue. This is perhaps the funniest thing I have heard yet, as if they start a constructed narrative, and try to fit me into it, like a square peg in a round hole. There is no one in this town on either side of the aisle who has ever seen me lose my temper, raise my voice, or anything of the sort. The last time I raised my voice and got hot under the collar was in Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series when Grady Little left Pedro Martinez in the game to face the Yankees, and the lead quickly disappeared. I don't get angry over local politics, there are so many bigger things in life than this to get upset about. Doesn't stop these folks from telling tall tales though.
Tom Kelly February 17, 2013 at 11:20 AM
MAC, that's what happens when you comment based on something you know nothing about. You've just made yourself look foolish, because you are totally wrong about Ms. Hudak and the dog. You should stick with issues on which you have first-hand knowledge, instead of trying to simply step into a discussion about which you know nothing. Please allow me to tell you about Ms. Hudak and "some dog issue (for the police department)." Yes, Carol offered to donate a police dog to the Town of Trumbull. That was when RAY BALDWIN was First Selectman. Mr. Baldwin turned down the gift of the dog because he said the costs to maintain the dog would be too high. Ms. Hudak's issue was was RAY BALDWIN. The Republicans, including Tim Herbst, all completely supported Ms. Hudak and a group even went to the Police Commission meeting to urge the Police Commission to vote to accept the dog. Ms. Hudak then took the money she was going to spend on the dog (over $10,000) and bought and donated radiology equipment at a Children's Hospital in Haiti. That's the kind of person she is. That's who you are criticizing. That's what happens when you let politics shroud your vision and you hear only half a story. You accuse her of having a vendetta against Herbst when this entire issue occurred during the Baldwin administration. Why do you think the Republicans were so quick to go out and buy a Police Dog (now two)? I know you are a good Christian woman, MAC. Please apologize to Carol. Thank you.
Tom Kelly February 17, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Next, MAC, if you haven't seen me praise anything Tim Herbst has done since he's been in office, you just haven't been reading what I write and you're listening to do much political gossip. I recently praised Herbst for adding money to the pension funds. Before that, I thanked him for keeping Trumbull informed with calls during the blizzard. I also praised his decision to get out of the concert business and restore Trumbull Day, which ironically, is the first issue I disagreed with him on publicly when he got rid of Trumbull Day in 2010, and I've been calling for its return ever since. Better late than never. I also praised him for going on the microphone at Frenchtown last year on the day the students on the bus witnessed FBI activity. Those are just a few examples. I'll be glad to acknowledge that Herbst is right, whenever he is. However, I think he is often wrong, and is the wrong leader for Trumbull, and I believe there is a better way forward, and I am going to politely and respectfully advocate for my positions and stick to the issues, not personal attacks. I would ask you to do the same, starting with Ms. Hudak, one of Trumbull's most generous and giving residents. Thank you.
Roy Fuchs February 17, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Why do people continue to post comments on this and other sites without identifying themselves?
TrumbullSr February 17, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Roy, because the Herbsts and their minions come after you, threaten you, contact your employer, send a lawyer! Carol is right on so many levels. The SV mess is just the most egregious of many assaults on the boards and commissions in town. At no time were the residents actually living there given a say except for one disgruntled smoker who couldn't get it into to her little that cigarettes and oxygen don't play well together. Obviously, Carol is feeling much better than Joey.
Joan February 17, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Anger management issues, not saying anything positive about certain politicians...if this isn't a "pot meet kettle" example, I don't know what is.
Joey Jabone February 17, 2013 at 03:00 PM
I do agree with Roy and I did laugh when TrumbullSr lobbed a nasty comment toward me. It's funny that TrumbullSr agreed with a post basically around those people who do not identify themselves. Thanks Joey
Jim Flynn February 17, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Hey Jabone, you're the one who chided posters who don't identify themselves. There is no one named Jabone in Trumbull. (Check whitepages.com, type in Trumbull, type in Jabone - you get nothing, nada, zilch, zero). No name calling by me, just calling you by your chosen moniker.
Roy Fuchs February 17, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Gentlemen - The thread started with comments about SV. Let's go back to that.
Jim Flynn February 17, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Mr. Fuchs, I agree but you did start this discussion. And I quote "Why do people continue to post comments on this and other sites without identifying themselves?"
JR February 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM
But there is a Joe Taylor.
Roy Fuchs February 18, 2013 at 01:49 AM
I apologize for trying to replace the noise with the signal. Go ahead, rant at each other. Stop dealing with the issue. Knock yourselves out.
Roy Fuchs February 18, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Mr. Preko - In re Mr. Flynn you posted an argument ad hominem. What is it with Mr. Flynn's ideas you oppose?
Trumbull Gal February 27, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Here's what she has done so far: Dismantling a security camera trained on an exterior doorway of the meeting hall; Ordered portraits of the founders of Stern Village to be discarded; Drove the long-standing secretary (she started in 1992) to quit her job within days of Polansky starting because of asinine and picayune tasks; Told the secretary not to bother come to work at her normal time one occasion because the Executive Director was “having people over;” Closes the Director’s office at all times; All of this in a few short weeks!

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