Trumbull's Sen. Musto Praised

The state recently gave Trumbull $125,000 to fix the Hillcrest Pool.

I laughed when I saw the cartoon of Senator Musto fixing the Hillcrest School pool with duct tape.  I thought it showed that he was willing to do whatever it took to get the pool fixed right.  As it turned out, he did!  And now Trumbull doesn’t just get a patch job.

It’s great to have someone representing Trumbull who not only makes promises about improving our town better but also delivers.  Two years ago Senator Musto promised to help fix the pool.  It’s our only indoor pool, and it’s used year-round for swim teams, senior exercises, swim lessons and other things.  Senator Musto asked the state to give Trumbull $375,000 to help.  But when the bids finally came in this year and that wasn’t enough he got another $125,000 this month.  Now we can do the pool right and make it last even longer.  We also don’t have to use town property tax money to do it.  He even got the state to fund renovations to the Senior Center so they could have a working kitchen.  When is the last time we had a state official get us any money for anything?

Senator Musto doesn’t just make vague promises about making things better.  With the pool and the other things he’s helped with around town he has proven that he not only promises to get things done, he actually does them.

Martin Shapiro

36 Dogwood Lane

Trumbull, CT 06611

louis October 10, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Senator Herbst.....fantastic effort. I would like to see the proposal made public. For that much money the Hillcrest Pool (which should not be monopolised by outside swimming instructors) should rival the Baths of Diocletian. I am glad that he recognized that this issue is not merely for local town planners but that all public officials have a duty to ensure they serve the needs of the citizens
louis October 10, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I initiated this project two years ago when I lobbied the Senator over the phone, when I contacted Mr Herbst and when I wrote a letter in the Trumbull times. At that point they wanted to spend a million (during this recession) on a swimming facility at the High School (just across the fields from Hillcrest) and the plan was mediocre at best
louis October 10, 2012 at 08:56 PM
They used to say, you could accomplish anything you want in politics if you didn't care who took the credit. This time we are going to take the credit, but unlike these people who exist only through flattery, we are going to share the glory with them
Jim Flynn October 10, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Just another example of Senator Musto doing what's right for Trumbull. Way to go Senator. We look forward towards your reelection next month!!
Jim Flynn October 10, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Senator Herbst???? What are you thinking. MUSTO! MUSTO! MUSTO!
louis October 10, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Of course I meant Senator and Herbst...they are both taking the credit on this. The most fabulous aspect of democracy is that there is nobody left to blame for an outcome other than the people.
Kathleen McGannon October 10, 2012 at 10:56 PM
How come Mr. Herbst wouldn't even mention how Senator Musto was responsible for obtaining this funding? Is he that unable to reach across the aisle and give credit where credit is due? How sad! Thank you Senator Musto for your efforts!!!!!
Anthony Musto October 11, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Louis, I am sorry, but what you are saying it simply not true. Please focus on what you will actually do for Trumbull and not on what you wrongully claim that you did. Anthony Musto
Anthony Musto October 11, 2012 at 04:55 AM
I give Mr. Herbst (and Mr. Bevilaqua) credit for seeing the importance of this project to the Town. But it is unfortunate that he has chosen to say that he worked collaboratively with legislators to get this money when, put simply, he did not. I respect Mr. Rowe and Mr. Hwang, and when we do work together (paving Church Hill Road, relocating the Nichols Power Plant, etc.) we recognize each other's efforts and give each other the credit for our collaborative efforts. In this case, neither of them claimed they had any role in obtaining these funds. The reason is they did not work on it, and I respect them enough to know that they would not falsely claim they did. But Mr. Herbst claims that he worked with other to receive state funds. This is false. It is an attempt to claim he did something important, but that he did not do. Simply put: he did not work with me to get this $500,000 to support a valuable asset for our Town. For Mr. Herbst to claim he had anything to do with it is disingenuous. Anthony Musto
Tony Silber October 11, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Thanks to Senator Musto for making good things happen for Trumbull. It's the classic role of a state legislator, and Sen. Musto does it well, and deserves to be re-elected for that reason alone (although there are others as well). I find it disappointing that the first selectman can't just give credit to who actually made this happen. Senator Musto obtained these funds. His legislative colleagues in the past have worked closely with him. That's great. They didn't in this case. So the first selectman should just say that rather than turn the whole thing into some vague "we-all-worked-together" contortion. I've also been reflecting lately on how one or more of the first selectman's surrogates are saying the the concert flameout was the responsibility of the Town Council. That particular surrogate almost certainly reflects the first selectman's thinking. It's too bad that the elected executive would throw his fellow Republicans--community volunteers who've carried out his agenda virtually in lockstep--under the bus. The concert debacle is the responsibility of the FS.


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