Murphy to bid for seventh mayoral term
Updated 10:02 am, Friday, February 20, 2015
Mayor Pat Murphy will seek a seventh two-year term in New Milford's municipal election this November.
The Republican mayor said this week she is not ready to step down with so much happening in the town for which she has laid the groundwork.
"There are a couple of good projects coming up that I've worked hard to get the money for," Murphy said. "I'm not going to step down now that they're happening."
Among those projects, the 320,000-square-foot former Century Brass mill building is slated for demolition this spring.
Plans are to move the Public Works Department to the Scovill Street site on Housatonic Avenue and to develop an industrial park on the rest of the 64-acre property.
The town received a $2.5 million state bond in March 2014 toward the demolition.
Some $550,000 is coming from the state for construction of a roundabout along Still River Drive at Pickett District Road.
New sidewalks and streetscape improvements are in the works for Bridge Street this spring, as well, funded by a $448,000 Small Town Economic Assistance Grant.
During Murphy's tenure, the Grove Street/Route 67/East Street intersection was realigned, the town's sewer plant expansion was accomplished, and a new emergency communications system for the town was put in place, based at the New Milford Police Department.
Murphy first ran in 2003 on a promise to bring improved civility and fiscal responsibility to town government.
When she was re-elected in November 2013 for a sixth term, she moved past Clifford Chapin to become the longest-serving chief executive in New Milford in at least 70 years.
Chapin served as the town's first selectman from 1977 to 1987.
Chapin, who died in 1996, was the father of Murphy's husband, state Sen. Clark Chapin, who serves the 30th District, which includes New Milford.
New Milford Democrats have generally run lackluster campaigns in opposition to Murphy since 2003.
In August 2011, sensing a lack of party support, Democrat candidate Jeff Winter withdrew from the mayoral race, leaving Murphy unopposed.
The 2013 election found Murphy again unopposed by a Democratic challenger, although Independent candidate Doyle Lian managed 48 votes to Murphy's 3,172.
"We will be announcing in the next few weeks," Grossman said Monday. "There will be a Democrat running for mayor in New Milford."
Grossman said once his party has named its candidate for mayor, the rest of the slate should fill rapidly.
The Republicans, too, expect their slate to be filled, and probably fairly quickly.
"We have a lot of people interested in being on the slate," Bass said, "and a lot of people who want to keep serving the town."