Knorr: Economic development on the rise

To the Editor:

Editor’s Note: This letter is in response to the op-ed written by 2nd District Town Councilman Scott Farrington-Posner.

The commercial grand list has grown by several hundred million dollars since 2012 despite the economics of the state of Connecticut. I had a full-time career in television news, managing the live news with a staff of over 70 people until my husband died suddenly and I became a widow with two babies.

It was very important to me to be home and raise my children and be with them. So I chose to work part-time to support my family. Once my children were old enough, I was able to work full time again and was hired by the Town of Stratford. I love my job.

Despite the challenges our state faces, Stratford’s economic development activity has been robust.

Amy Knorr

Town of Stratford Economic Development Supervisor

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  • Trevor

    Taxes are up 10 mills since the Miron administration, where’s the development, putting in pizza parlors and gyms all over town? You are just trying to justify saving your job.

  • Scott

    So in other words, everything I said is true. Where is the municipal economic development experience? Forget municipal, how about any economic development experience?

    • Trevor

      Yes sir you are absolutely correct.

    • John Anderson

      Scott, how nice of you to belittle someone who is doing a great job for our Town. I didn’t realize that you are the official who is responsible for hiring employees. Oh wait, you’re not. But you are responsible for helping to pass a more than $200 million operating budget for a Town of over 50,000 residents. So, while on that topic, why don’t you enlighten all of us about your credentials to interpret and pass a responsible budget. Please, we all want to know. Surely you have an advanced degree in finance or public administration? Surely you have held financial or executive positions with such experience? Tell us that you are an expert in municipal accounting and regulations dealing with such matters? I doubt it. Your budget amendment is nothing more than a cheap political document that is not worth more than the paper it is printed on. No doubt it is riddled with errors like your pal Cann’s was. Oh, and while you’re trying to explain something – your experience, or lack there of – why not tell us about why you voted against our children’s future without sound financial cause or reason, but only to reduce the tax increase that you initially voted for. We know the truth, and we will vote you out in November!

      • Johnny Anderson Johnson

        Screw you you vindictive POS

        • John Anderson

          Cat got your tongue, pal? Like the name. Is this that Posner guy, who cannot lie about his credentials and experience like he can the budget? Stop misleading people! Tell me, Posner, did they teach you municipal budgeting when you attended Comsewogue High School? How about at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy? You should release your transcripts from both so we can see for ourselves. Maybe they taught you FASB/GASB while you were there? How about land use? Did they teach you that? How did you learn how to understand zoning regulations or charter language? Did they teach you about bonding? Clearly not… You, pal, are not qualified. Stop stealing our childrens’ futures for your hopeful political gain. Resign! You’re going to lose in November anyway. Why not do the noble thing and save us all from your lack of experience.

          • Allan DeRosa

            Actually, John, I think “Johnny” is Tina from the Tenth … it’s an unhinged comment – the same behavior that she displays at council meetings. Don’t believe me? Watch the videos on the Town website. Posner and his circus buddies don’t have a clue about how to manage a budget. Just like they have no idea how to properly fund education. Their “zero” is the same as managing a household budget and “zeroing” out an obligated utility expense like electricity. You can place a zero there all day, but you’ll still have to pay. What will we pay next year for the mischievous circus activity of today? The taxpayers of this town will ensure the circus leaves town, and we’ll be left to clean up mayor-wannabe-not-gonna-be Stephanie Philips’ budget disaster. Stop playing politics on the backs of our children!

          • Allan DeRosa

            Hah! Nothing wrong with just having a HS diploma, but to attack someone with the same credentials? You behave like a child, Scotty! Maybe you should consider resigning before you embarrass yourself any further.

  • SCR

    What precisely constitutes the “commercial grand list”?

    Would the huge “affordable” Avalon apartment complex, which Stratford LITIGATED against for how many years, be on the “commercial grand list”?

  • Scott

    Yes, our Grand List is lower than when Harkins took office.

    • Lorraine Cecile Benoit Calzett

      shakespeare, the army plant , all the grand jobs,,, oh wait Im dreaming

      • John Anderson

        Ms. Long Name: you’re complaining about someone’s salary, yet you want to spend money on Shakespeare?? Wow! Is that your grand economic development plan?

    • John Anderson

      Did your high school teach you how to understand the grand list? How about CT Massage? Tell me, did revaluation impact the grand list numbers? Why did the commercial list increase? Maybe massage therapy didn’t teach you how to answer these questions… you are not qualified to make these decisions. Step down please!

  • Alta Vista

    No experience in the area of expertise that her job requires. No previous track record of any economic development. She may be a skilled media professional but how does that qualify Ms. Knorr for this work?

    And exactly how many are ‘several’? Wouldn’t a professional put an exact number here?

    • John Anderson

      Alta Vista,

      Nice name, why not use your real name? You say no experience? Tell me, how long has Ms. Knorr been doing her job? Let’s start there. Or can you justify that as not being experience? You can’t. Your comment is false, wrong, and misleading. Second, why not tell me how her interview went? I don’t know, I wasn’t there, but you seem to have some knowledge, given that how you can speak of her experience – or your claimed “lack thereof.” I did not realize that you, like that Posner guy, are the Town’s hiring czar. Are you employed by the Town’s Human Resources department? Seems how you want to personally attack someone who you don’t know (or maybe you do) why not give us your name so that we may look into your experience and position and return the same respect you are showing Ms Knorr? Simply put: the majority of residents have no problem with the economic development in this town, but they sure do have a problem with people like you and the Posner guy … bullies who want to burn it to the ground for petty, vindictive political reasons. If you were elected (maybe you are) you too will be voted our come this November!

      • Alta Vista

        The point – which you willfully distort – is that while Ms. Knorr may be smart, talented and an expert in news media and skilled in managing 70 employees as she states, she had no prior economic development experience. That simply is a fact.

        The experience she has gained since she’s been employed could not possibly count in her favor before she was hired. Would you use a dentist who had no dental experience but was ‘learning on the job,’ I wonder?

        Unlike you, I don’t claim to speak for anyone. You, apparently, speak for the majority of town residents. Have you actually polled them to get their opinion on Stratford’s economic development over the last decade?

        I am not in any way affiliated with ‘the Posner guy.’ I did not express any petty, vindictive or political comments in my post. Nor have I ever thought it a good idea to ‘burn Stratford to the ground.’

        • John Anderson

          Mr. Vista, I asked you a question, why answer all but that question? Do tell… in fact I asked you several. Why not answer? Again, were you in on Ms. Knorr’s interview? Or are you only speaking to what you think you may know, or have read? Try again my friend.

        • Lorraine Cecile Benoit Calzett

          I have nothing against Ms Knorr personally. i do not know the woman. I am just saying that anyone who cites their credentials for working in a high salary position paid for by us taxpayers as stayed at home with my kids after a tragedy and worked as a TV person does not obviously have the qualifications to be an economic development leader.. Citizens have every right to question peoples qualifications when they are paying their salary – its not personal- its reality. Ms Knorr created attention to her lack of qualifications with this rhetoric. .

  • Lorraine Cecile Benoit Calzett

    You are paid a hefty salary to do what you do after staying at home and raising your children by us taxpayers, and not to sound like a bad person but frankly we all have stories of how our lives have been affected by tragedy. Adding irrelevant facts to a post about the development in this town makes you look desperate to prove your point, if You call Popeye’s and more gyms with overflowing parking making it impossible to shop at other vendors such as the petsstore in the dock etc economic development you should should have stayed at home. Hopefully the next administration will do something with the army plant Shakespeare and all the real economic development you, Ms kaiser and Harkins have not created .

    • John Anderson

      Dear Ms. Cecile; or is it Benoit or Calzett? I wouldn’t know, because like your entire post, you failed to use proper punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure. Why not start with yourself before you criticize others? Oh, and speaking of “irrelevant facts,” why so many last names? And what tragedies would you like to share? Tell us about who you are and what qualifies you to comment. I think Ms. Knorr added that fact because she was accused of being “just a trainer,” and was trying to provide an answer to a cheap shot. Speaking of just being something, I see your friend that Posner guy, has not responded to what his qualifications are. Why not? Well, let me tell you: he only has a high school diploma and he graduated from a massage school in a wealthy town. I won’t belittle his accomplishments, because, frankly, I’d be acting like him, but I will say this: how does either of those provide him with the credentials or experience to make zoning or budgeting decisions? They don’t. Not at all. Zero experience. Period. Maybe he should resign because he is not/under qualified; and his poor, erroneous decisions, that are based on personal attacks and cheap vindictive political shots, are damaging this Town and hurting our childrens’ futures.

      • Alta Vista

        I don’t know about ‘Tina from the Tenth’ or ‘the Posner guy,’ but the one person acting like a bully, taking cheap, personal, vindictive shots in this alleged ‘discussion’ posts under the name “John Anderson.”

        You’re actually criticizing someone’s last name because it’s too long?

        Yeah, your opinions should be taken VERY seriously.

        I’m a proud graduate of Eisenhower Elementary School and even I know better than that.

        • Lorraine Cecile Benoit Calzett

          Mr Anderson is living in a altered state of mind where people are chosen based on their credentials and experience and our tax dollars are going to pay salaries to people that actually do something for us.

          • John Anderson

            Ms. Whatever your name is – it appears that you or someone removed your post(s), but I’ll still reply anyway – do not be bitter because of someone else’s success. Ms. Knorr surely earned that position. Seems you’re jealous of her. Perhaps you should try harder and maybe you’ll earn a six figure salary one day, as well. You are so sure about her qualifications and those of the administration (cronies) aren’t you? Who? Where is the proof? And really? Municipal budgeting is easy, huh? Get a clue lady.

            So being elected is an excuse for having zero experience? You clearly have no logic or answers.

            “Inappropriation of funds?” That’s quite a claim. How so? Details, please, details.

            Your money? Let’s talk about you. What do you do and how much do you earn? Let’s publicly embarrass you and discuss your value and if you’re worth the salary that you earn. I bet you don’t even work at all… By the way, it’s my money as well. The portion of your taxes that goes to that salary is small. In fact, you are so smart, why don’t you tell me how many of your tax dollars that you pay go to pay Ms. Knorr’s salary? I mean, after all, it’s not rocket science!

          • LorraineCecile Benoit

            It’s laughable I’m not paid by tax dollars and I’ve run departments much bigger than ms knorr jealous ha I don’t have to prove myself by citing my
            Tragic life story instead of my
            Experience. i may have to wipe your butt someday !!! Good thing I don’t take you personally

          • LorraineCecile Benoit

            John are you 68 a democrat cause of so I’m wondering if this is your real name and
            Why you are so hung up
            On protecting ms knorr ? There are no John Andersons in Stratford b t w ? I’m starting to think you are someone else

          • John Anderson

            Oh, I’m a resident. Who are you that you have access to every resident’s information? Maybe a partisan hack with an outdated database? It’s outdated, you know that, right? More importantly, Mrs. Long Name, why did you change the subject?? And do you think that being paid by tax dollars is any different than private dollars? Does that give you a right to be less qualified? I would love to chat with your boss. And to answer your question, I am not hung up on protecting Ms. Knorr; I am bent on being a voice against liars like you from harming our town with lies and errors. You are the one who is hung up on personally attacking Ms. knorr – I call it jealousy; you call it what you want.

          • SCR

            FYI: The tax assessor database has been public record for quite some time

        • John Anderson

          And yours should, Mr. Cannot use my real name? Why not answer some real questions, such as what are Posner’s qualifications? Stop ignoring the question buddy!!

          • Scott

            There’s a Town Council public forum on Monday, please sign up with your real name and address and feel free to address me publicly and I’ll be sure to respond to your concerns during my response to the public portion of the meeting. Thank you.

          • John Anderson

            I’m aware of the process … I’m surprised you are, Mr. No Experience. By the way, why not just answer now? I know why: because you have no response, just like you have no qualifications to be on council or deal with zoning matters. It’s cowardly that you can openly attack Ms. knorr and others in this online setting, yet you are too good to respond here and defend yourself? Your hope is that I won’t show. You’re hedging your bet on it so that you can duck and dodge the issue: you are not qualified at all. You also know your circus will be there to back you up. How about answering the questions now. But be honest, well know if you’re lying!!

          • Allan DeRosa

            I agree with Mr. Anderson. C’mon, pal! Tell us how you’re qualified!

      • Lorraine Cecile Benoit Calzett

        It does not take rocket science to see how unqualified all of Harkins cronies are and to do a budget. Have you ever heard of married and a maiden names or hyphenated names .I guess not. who would want you! and BTW town councillors are elected to volunteer positions and do it for free after people choose them – not appointed to a high paying position with out being qualified. I am sure that fact that she was a stay at home mother out of choice and a widow makes her qualified for economic devlopment!!!

  • SCR

    Internet Rule #1: Don’t feed the trolls.

    • Allan DeRosa

      I guess you’re starving then, “SCR?”

  • Thayer

    I guess they are doing the job correctly, we have a Popeyes now!!!
    The entire economic development department needs to go !!! Over paid employees with no real experience and most of these jobs were gifts to friends!!!!!!!!!!!! And did I say they are extremely over paid!

    • SCR

      Are you being facetious, or are you out of the loop regarding the Popeyes?

  • Thayer

    The Education and Experience You’ll Need. Cities generally require economic development directors to hold a bachelor’s degree in economic development, urban planning, marketing, business administration or public administration. Economic development experience is also required.Mar 3, 20

  • Karen Daden

    Scott insulting people has become a thing with you. So how’s this. As a massage therapist how can you put a Town budget together? For those that restaurants are not economic development welcome to the new reality. No more widget factories.

    • Scott

      I’m sorry if you feel the truth and facts are insulting. I believe the taxpayers have a right to know where their money goes and how cost savings can be attained.

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