Welcome to Clinton
Clinton governs under the “New England Style” outmoded town meeting form of government. An elected chief executive is the First Selectmen, who works full-time and is paid a salary. A five person Board of Selectmen, including the First Selectman, set policy and oversee the town’s management. The Board of Finance is assigned the role of protecting the town’s fiscal stability. The Board of Education controls the schools which represents ~two third of the town budget. An annual budget is presented to the people who vote their approval or rejection at referendum in May of each year. Clinton’s current mill rate is 25.43 mills and its annual budget is approaching $50,000,000.
Aside from the town hall professional staff, the Police Department and the Schools, Clinton’s government is essentially a volunteer one, composed of 160 citizens who serve unpaid on elective and appointive boards and commissions. Clinton operates under its own home rule Charter. Clinton does not have a town planner, an Economic Development Coordinator, or a town manager. This is a deficiency that the Republican Party believes has led to a lack of planning and economic growth with dire consequences for the future.
On the state and federal level, Clinton is represented by Connecticut State Representative Tom Vicino (D); State Senator, Art Linares (R), Congressman, Joseph Courtney (D) and U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D) and Richard Blumenthal ( D).
The Republican Town Committee welcomes Republicans and Unaffiliated voters who are interested in serving on a Board or Commission or getting involved in some other way.
Republican volunteers serving in Clinton’s government are:
Board of Selectmen: John Giannotti, Carol Walter
Board of Education: Peter Giannotti, Deborah Grass, Phil Williams
Board of Finance: Thomas Hollinger, Dennis Donovan, Ona Nejdl, alternate, Douglas Traynor
Board of Police Commission: Kim Neri-Simoncini, Louis
Board of Assessment Appeals: Carl Neri, Caroline Dowd
Planning and Zoning Commission: Cynthia Watts, Pam Fritz,
Lisa MacDonald, Anselmo Delia, Dennis Irmscher, alternate Kirk Carr
Zoning Board of Appeals: Mark Richards, George Doerrer,
Bill Walter, alternate Cheryl Church, James Staunton
Town Treasurer: William Lofgren
Constable: George Eccleston, Armando Casucci
Board of Ethics: Carol Anderson, John Critchley, Bonnie Fillion
Design Review Board: Caroline Dowd
Economic Development Commission: Tony Pinto, Douglas Traynor, Mike Knudsen
Fair Rent Commission: Omar Francis, Philip Sengle
Harbor Management Commission: Ray Apel
Historic District Commission: Greg Dwyer
Housing Authority: John Neri
Inland Wetlands Commission: Michael Veneri, Edward Alberino, alternate Donna Chrostowski, Chris Jones
Municipal Flood and Erosion Control Board: Ray Apel, Carol Walter
Conservation Commission: Elizabeth Isaacson, Rodney Kirouac,
John Picard, Barbara Webb
Park and Recreation Commission: Robert Neri, Joseph Schettino, Michael Sutyla
Public Works Commission: Carl Neri, Bill Walter, Mike Heser
Shellfish Commission: Wayne Church, Kimberly Colegrove,
Tom Jankiewicz, Josh Snow
Tree Committee: Carol Geiser, Elizabeth Critchley
Local Veterans Advisory Committee: James Cave, Leonard Walter, John Neri
Water Pollution Control Commission: Hal Dolan, Omar Francis,
Human Services Advisory Board: Beth Powers, Dominic Morelli
Elderly Housing Committee: Arthur Isaacson, Faith Fisher, Salvatore Cerruto
Founded in 1663
17.9 square miles radius.
2008 population: 12,645
Where beauty inspires progress
Our town is home:
to the first classes of Yale University, to Connecticut’s first female First Selectman,
to the first tree planting leading to Arbor Day,
to the summer stock that inspired the creation
of Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven.
Our town has the most protected harbor
between New Haven and New London,
a summer colony of homeowner and rental cottages, a private county club and public town beach, a town dock with marina and boat launching facilities where locals gather at the end of the day to chat over ice cream cones while watching the sun set.
Our landscape is marked with extraordinary gifts of benefactory:
The elegant William Stanton Andrews Memorial Town Hall, with solid brass water fountains, marble floors, gold leaf painted ceiling, which in addition to governmental offices, houses a professional theatre, Masonic Hall, Historical Room, a former paneled Court Room, and kitchen with a formerly fully equipped pantry with table settings for serving 200 persons.
The (original) Morgan School, gift of native Charles Morgan, including an accompanying trust fund which paid the education costs for Clinton students into the 1930s.
The Captain Elisha White House circa 1750, (Old Brick), current home of Clinton Historical Society, its tool museum and gardens, was the bequest of its former owner and society member.
The Stanton House Museum and General Store, held in trust for the people of Clinton, contains three generations of the Stanton family’s original antique furnishings and store inventory. The well in the back yard marks the site of the first classes of Yale University.
The Henry Carter Hull Library, the Ethel Peters Recreation Complex, the Redfield Memorial Firehouse, and Flynn Classical Concerts are additional bequests.
Our commerce features an upscale shopping mall, Clinton Crossings, at exit 63 off the Connecticut Turnpike, attracting customers from across the eastern seaboard.
Along the Boston Post Road, merchants’ shops mix with historic homes, a river flowing to Long Island Sound, and a cemetery whose silence is broken daily by Amtrack trains speeding between Boston and New York City.
In addition, there are antique and gift shops, art galleries, an international coffee shop and restaurants featuring Italian, Chinese and seaside fresh fish. Clinton is Connecticut’s Bluefish Capital of the World, and hosts an annual Bluefish Festival. A busy civic calendar features sporting events, benefits, church fairs, concerts, plays, Art Show, and road race.
Our town has a reputation for the friendliest people on the shoreline. Come visit us, we’d enjoy meeting you and putting a smile on your face.