July 25, 2008

Petition drive passes 4,300 signatures; nearly all of the witness signatures are notarized

City Councilor Ken Cockayne just sent this out to supporters of the chief operating officer petition drive:

Hi Everyone,

Wanted to give everyone an update as to what is happening.

As of this email we have passed 4300 signatures on the petitions and more still coming in. 99% of all petitions have now been notarized and will be 100% over the weekend. If anyone has petitions please get them to me over the weekend or by Monday night at the RTC meeting. Notaries will be present to notarize any petitions.

None of this would have been possible without everyone’s help. This was a team effort and no one person is responsible. We had people volunteering from all parties. People of Bristol want the right to vote and want to be heard and with all your help that will be possible. Special thanks go out to both Stop & Shops, for letting us gather signatures outside the stories.

Have a great weekend,
Ken Cockayne


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30 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let's see what new rule the City Clerk comes up with.

Anonymous said...

What's that I smell? Oh yeah the beautiful smell of change! Great Job to all that made this a choice for the tax payers to make!!!

Anonymous said...

That smell is a bunch of rat trying to get even. Hopefully, the tax payers will catch a wiff, get wise and vote the NO to COO.

Anonymous said...

At least as a result of this petition drive, Bristol voters will have a chance to vote on what the (bipartisan) Bristol Charter Revision Committee recommended in the first place.

Anonymous said...

Great job! I don't know if it will go through. but at least we will bedeciding for ourselves.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Ken, Ken, Craig, Craig, Hank, Gary and Co.

I'm impressed. Great effort and a successful one at that.

Good thing Patty Hack and the gang didn't spoil your effort!

Tim Gamache said...

Now they need to get to the business of clarifying ALL the parameters of this position.As it stands right this moment,a yea vote would be voting for what amounts to a "blank check."Still an awful lot of unanswered questions.

Anonymous said...

I thought we got rid of Gamache...isn't he the guy who likes to hear himself speak and pays $1800 a month for health insurance!! ??? Heaven help us endure his mouth!

Anonymous said...

Great work to all involved.

Anonymous said...

10:15 ~ Guess you're very easily impressed. They almost dropped the ball. Good thing Ms. Pac was able to clean up their mess in time.

Anonymous said...

~ I thought we got rid of Ken Johnson...isn't he the guy involved in the CL&P debacle? The juvenile hot head who threw a temper tantrum and stormed out of a city council meeting? The same Ken Johnson who's unethical business practices were an embarrassment to the City of Bristol???!!! Heaven help us endure HIM!

AnonymousWestconnStudent said...

So when can I vote against it?

Anonymous said...

wesconnstudent...Get a job, buy a house in Bristol and start paying taxes instead of wasting your parents hard earned money on your attendence at wesconn. Obviously, that is all it is ...attendence...it certainly is not education based on your dumb statements.
You don't even realize that the hard work of those involved in the petition drive will GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON IT...for or against. Then again my guess is that you are too dumb to register.

Geeze what a dope you are.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to the efforts of the COO supporters (and no thanks to the City Council) it will be on the ballot in November. But you're a college student so you probably aren't going to vote anyway.

AnonymousWestconnStudent said...

"wesconnstudent...Get a job, buy a house in Bristol and start paying taxes instead of wasting your parents hard earned money on your attendence at wesconn. Obviously, that is all it is ...attendence...it certainly is not education based on your dumb statements."


I have a job and I pay taxes to Bristol and I'm pretty damn proud of my education because I actually earned it. And that education has taught me to understand that the "uniooons" aren't out to get me or that when I don't get what I want in a democratic system the wrong way to respond is to stamp my feet and destroy that very democracy. So Bite Me!


"You don't even realize that the hard work of those involved in the petition drive will GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON IT...for or against. Then again my guess is that you are too dumb to register."


The right to vote is not given...it is a BIRTHRIGHT. So yes I thank those who worked hard for putting it on the ballot. I don't agree with it. I think it's wrong and will vote against it. In fact I think I will work to get other people to vote against it. Why? Cause that's MY FREAKING RIGHT! Once again, BITE ME!


"But you're a college student so you probably aren't going to vote anyway."

You know what's ignorantanoymousfool, thinking that every young person is somehow some apathetic sludge who doesn't vote. Considering how much baby boomers like yourself destroyed this country and morgaged our future my generation is going to have it's work cut out for it when it comes time to clean up the mess.

For the record I have voted in every election since I registered to vote in 1998.

Anonymous said...

Way to cloud up the issue Tim Gamache. Yeah we all know you're a Ward guy.

Here's a parameter. We're going to stop the city from being run by incompetent boobs like Arty "the one man party" Ward and Gerry "I stashed the dope in my locker at the station" Couture.

Anonymous said...

10:10 ~ We're going to keep the city from being swayed by incompetent boobs like Kenny "it's my party and I'll cry and storm out if I want to" Johnson, Kenny "look at me, look what I can do" Cockayne, and Craig "tell me what to do next" Minor. All together these comedians couldn't figure out how to get a petition done right and you think they understand the complexities and ramifications of changing our form of government to a COO?$$$$$ Ya, right, and I've got this bridge I want to sell you.

Anonymous said...

It's common sense that if 4500 people signed the petition, and 98% were for a COO when they signed that petition, that would tell you that a COO is coming to Bristol.

Anonymous said...

westconn:

Just shut up.

Anonymous said...

10:10PM = QUITE OBVIOUS THAT COUTURE DIDN'T GET ALL OF THE "INCOMPETENT BOOBS", YOU "INCOMPETENT BOOB."

Anonymous said...

I sure would like the right to vote on those big ticket school bonding issues like our neigboring towns?

Real empowerment is allowing the governed to vote on the BIG $$$$$$$$$$$$$ items that directly affect individual finances, and quality of life of children family.

Will the public ever have a chance to elect or reject those future COO's?

Anonymous said...

WESTCONNSTUDENT -
You've been in college for 10 years? You must be a very slow learner.

Anonymous said...

July 29, 2008 8:01 AM:

Have you been spending too much time drinking and not thinking?

Johnson was for this measure during his campaign. It has nothing to do with Ward winning the election.

Don't you pay attention to things you're supposedly so interested in? Or are you (as I suspect) just too stupid?

Anonymous said...

"Have you been spending too much time drinking and not thinking?"


~ Ah yes, yet another typical "witty" comment from the "don't pick on my johnson" crowd. Sorry 11:18, but it would appear that you're the one not paying attention. My comment had nothing to do with Ward. It was about the clueless boobs pushing for this ill-defined, potentially very expensive concept. Whether or not Mr. "hissy fit" Johnson was for or against this measure during his campaign is of little or no consequence. It is still a fuzzy concept at best, and the potential legal and financial fall out could be devasting to the City. The fact that these bumblers are pushing for it cerainly does NOT make the COO a more appealing option.


Oh, and to answer your question ~ "are you (as I suspect) just too stupid?" ... No. But, you've definitely cleared up any suspicion as to whether or not you are.

Anonymous said...

11:18

I do believe that Johnson, "it is all about me" was for a Town Manger and not a COO.

BIG difference.

AnonymousWestconnStudent said...

"westconn:

Just shut up."



No.

Anonymous said...

This is just an effort on the part of Minor, Johnson, et al to get Zoppo in there to run the city.

Heaven help us!

Tim Gamache said...

7/29 11:18 There is nothing wrong with having a differing opinion,but is really necessary to call someone "stupid" while hiding like a coward behind a curtain of anonymity?If you insist on calling people names,the very least you should do is have enough courage to sign your "real" name to your remarks!

AnonymousWestconnStudent said...

"WESTCONNSTUDENT -
You've been in college for 10 years? You must be a very slow learner."


I returned to school to complete a master's degree. But thanks for taking an interest.

Anonymous said...

Gamache:

With all due respect after all the anonymous hateful, ridiculous and derrogatory comments (snfd lies) coming from YOUR side (the self-conscious, paranoid, pro-Ward, anti-city manager side), I think you have a lot of nerve to be calling anyone a coward.

And why is someone a "coward" for posting anonymously? Are you or is anyone planning on confronting someone? Perhaps all people should ID themselves as well?