Lorie Vaccaro is the president of the Ansonia Board of Aldermen and this week’s guest on “Navel Gazing: The Valley Indy Podcast.”
Click play to listen to Vaccaro talk about his latest role in Ansonia — chairman of the Ansonia Charter Revision Commission.
Click here to read a previous story on the commission, and click here for a letter to the editor saying City Hall had not done enough to let the public know that major changes could be on the way for Ansonia government.
The commission could take up to 16 months to decide whether to make major changes to the city charter — that is, the documents that serves as the blue print for city government.
After a public hearing July 24, the commission is researching a number of possible changes:
- referendums for the school district and city budgets
- changing the length of terms for the mayor and aldermen
- changes to the recreation commission to make Alfonso Smith, one of its current members, a lifetime honorary chairman
- reducing the number of wards
- prohibiting aldermen from receiving salaries or payments from the city or school district
Any changes would need to be approved by voters at referendum, assuming the Board of Aldermen approves the charter commission’s work.
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