Mayor wants two more years
GOP's Pat Murphy to bid for another term
Updated 11:37 am, Saturday, June 25, 2011
Mayor Patricia Murphy is running for a fifth term.
Ms. Murphy asked Wednesday at the Republican Town Committee meeting for her party's nomination to bid for another two years as New Milford's chief executive.
"I love working for the town," the mayor said. "I have a lot ahead that I want to do for New Milford. As long as I can be effective, I'd like to continue serving."
Ms. Murphy's tenure as mayor has brought the start of the sewer plant expansion.
The Grove Street/Route 67 intersection combined DOT/town project came to fruition.
And street improvements were implemented on Whittlesey Avenue, Church Street and Railroad Street, among other town-wide renovation projects.
She has also approached the Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials (HVCEO) about applying for a transit development grant ranging from $250,000 to $1 million.
The grant would be used to conduct a traffic study for a plan to create transit-oriented development in or near the village center that would hinge on rail or bus transportation and bike trails, the mayor explained.
Ms. Murphy successfully became mayor in 2003 in a three-way race, garnering 46 percent of the vote.
In 2005, she won comfortably over Democratic challenger Joe Ribeiro.
In 2007, she again won a three-way race with 58 percent of the vote and, in 2009, she held her job against Democratic challenger Bob Coppola, earning 69 percent of the vote.
Ms. Murphy faces a challenger this year in Democrat Jeff Winter, vice chairman of the Economic Development Commission. Mr. Winter is seeking the Democratic party nomination at this time.
"Her popularity is a sign of her ability to be a good mayor to a wide range of people and views in the town," he added.
"Pat's very up front and open," Mr. Szendy concluded, "and very attainable whether you're a resident, person seeking to do business in the town or another politician of either party."