Opinion by John Milardo
Let me preface this article by saying I was a teen of the 60’s, when local and
national newspapers and news organizations were respected because they
were the watch dogs of our country. Today, if a news organization is
backing a politician, they will slant and ignore stories to benefit their
Quite a few people over the past year have mentioned to me that Mayor
Daniel T. Drew, the mayor of Middletown, is seldom at work at Town Hall.
As a former town employee, I know there are many meetings in and out of
the building a mayor attends to conduct the taxpayers’ business. The
complaints didn’t cease, so I spoke to a newspaper reporter about it. I was
told they would look into it, but never heard back from them.
The same complaints persisted. So I decided to look into the matter. I
requested copies of Mayor Daniel Drew’s daily meeting/work/appointment
schedule or calendar through the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA),
beginning from September 1, 2014 to the time of request, which was August
10, 2015. I paid the $172 fee for copies, and began to study them.
What I found out about Mayor Daniel Drew’s work ethic was that in the 10-
1/2 month period of records I reviewed, Dan had a total of 35.8 days off
from work. Mind you now, this is according to the Mayor’s official
There are no other documents regarding what
and where the mayor spends his time – that is according to City Attorney
Brig Smith. That Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer is a LOT OF TIME OFF FROM
WORK! Who gets six (6) weeks of paid time-off after being on the job for
three (3) years?
No wonder Mayor Dan misses so many Middletown events! He’s never
around! Too busy rubbing elbows with Governor Malloy’s people and being
introduced to the power players. According to Dan’s own calendar, he has
had forty-nine (49) out of town meeting/opportunities, which have more to
do with political exposure and donations, than anything to do with
Middletown business. I’m sure if asked by the “real” press, Dan will tell
them I don’t know what I’m talking about!
Speaking of players – the Mayor regularly has meetings with his paid
political consultant Geoff Luxenburg and cohorts, of The Vinci Group from
Wethersfield CT. The meetings occur between 8:00am and 5:00pm;
Monday through Friday. I didn’t know it was ethical or legal to conduct
campaign business with taxpayer money? After all, the Mayor is supposed
to be working. Mayor Drew even attends meetings which Mr. Luxenburg
directs him to go to. Good exposure opportunities.
Who is Dan working
for? It’s not the people of Middletown! Not when you’re giving your paid
political consultant 84.5 hours (two plus full-time weeks) of taxpayers time
in 10-1/2 months! According to the Mayor’s first batch of campaign
disclosure paperwork filed with the State of Connecticut, since Mayor Drew
has declared his candidacy, The Vinci Group has so far been paid
$10,325.66, from his campaign contribution funds.
With all the time-off Mayor Daniel Drew took, not once did he request the
Deputy Mayor to assume his responsibilities. Not once! Ssshh! It’s a secret
that the Mayor is missing!
This year, the Mayor earned a Masters Degree from Columbia University.
He stated in the Middletown Press he took courses remotely.
Maybe that is
why his work calendar only averages 3-1/2 to 4 hours of work per day over
this same 10-1/2 month period. By the way, he doesn’t like to work on
Stay tuned for additional stories on how Mayor Drew spends his time, which
is your taxpayer money!