Taskforce Endorses Candidates for June 29 CCFD Election

A diverse group of residents has been selected to vie for the seven Board seats.


The Coventry citizens' taskforce formed to investigate alternatives to the in-receivership Central Coventry Fire District (CCFD) and at Club Jogues on Wednesday night selected a slate of seven residents to run for CCFD Board seats in the June 29 election.

Voting on recommendations of a 3-member taskforce nominating committee consisting of residents Bob Bjorklund, David Henry and Rose Verrier, the group received 11 initial nominations which were narrowed down to the most qualified seven candidates.

The committee endorsed its co-chair, Fred Gralinski, a businessman who once served as a Board member of the Harris fire district; Marie Baker, a business systems analyst; Cynthia Fagan-Perry, a retired office manager; R. David Jervis, a former Coventry tax assessor; resident Helen Quinn; Robert Hadley, an accountant and bank auditor; and Richard Polselli, a business owner.

Taskforce members present at Wednesday's meeting voted unanimously to support the seven candidates.

According to Gralinski, the seven will run as a slate, and will receive the continued support of the Taskforce.

“Those elected in June will have a huge job to do, working to pull the Fire District out of the ditch. Given the energy and experience of this group of people, I have no doubt of their ability to put the Fire District back on the right track," he said. “These are people who have been involved with the investigations the Taskforce has undertaken over the past several months, and they come to the election deeply knowledgeable about the issues, and fully prepared to begin work immediately."

“As Judge Stern has ruled, (if elected) they will be working as a full partner of the Special Master, and I believe both the Judge and the Special Master will be impressed with the depth of their understanding and willingness to consider every option moving forward," Gralinski continued. “Coventry is very lucky to have them willing to take on this important task, and they certainly have the full confidence of the Taskforce."

State Representative Patricia Morgan (R-Coventry, West Warwick, Warwick), who was instrumental in organizing the taxpayer response, said she was exceptionally pleased with the candidates chosen.

“These are all people who have led the charge in Coventry, done much of the heavy-lifting and contributed their time because they believed it was time for taxpayers to start making key decisions," she said. “It is going to be very difficult for the defenders of the status quo in Coventry to compete successfully against such a talented and knowledgeable group of candidates."

The taskforce is now seeking about 50 volunteers to participate in four neighborhood literature drops that will take place each weekend leading up to the all-day referendum-style election to be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on June 29. 

Just Me May 24, 2013 at 12:56 PM
mad hatter, It seems you don't like the idea of others having something you don't. I guess it was ok for years when you and the tea baggers lived the high life until the economy crashed? Its sad you have to try to go after those who serve and protect the rest of us,because they have something you don't. Your showing your true colors along with the rest of you clan, and yes you and your tea bagger friends are the laughing stock of many in and out of state but you are to ignorant to see it. Enjoy you day.
harleyrider8272 May 24, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Heather J., chainsawfool Your exactly what I am talking about. maybe you two should get together wax each other. I would venture to guess chainsawfool waxes more than heather! By the way not a fireman... Sorry to disappoint
mad hatter May 24, 2013 at 01:20 PM
just me, the point was that gorman is trying to bash someone who is in a defined contribution plan and not a defined benefit plan. thats the pot calling the kettle black. the biggest issue with municipalities today is unfunded pension liabilities. thats the #1 issue. the teachers just got the defined benefit plan pulled from them. is that fair? hell no, but it happened. we owe the police fund over 60 million. is that going to happen? i just think people like gorman should shut up or they will get what they ask for. if he thinks morgan has it so good, he should get what she has. no? you on the other hand are smarter than that. tell your friend to pipe down.
chainsawman May 24, 2013 at 01:20 PM
would answer "hater" and "fool" ..Wow good names by the way they fit perfect. But I am not Gorman, But I am confused because you people have guessed who I am and have been wrong every time! Here is a clue..Been to every one your meetings at Jogues. A lot of you think I am on your side which is why I know just how black your hearts are. I will see you soon! Stay tuned!
chainsawman May 24, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Madd hater I think "just me" is on to something. Long ago your beloved Corporations stuck to you, stole all you pension's and gave you 401K's . Did two things for them 1. Helped them save millions so they could pay themselves and shareholders more further eroding the middle class. 2. Their friends got to run your 401k's and make millions! How is that 401 k working out for you ? Face it you are a minion!
chainsawman May 24, 2013 at 01:35 PM
By the way all the new names on here who have one comment , really? You are so clever......lol
Lauren Costa (Editor) May 24, 2013 at 01:39 PM
1.) Let's stay on topic here. 2.) Enough with the singling out of people in the community. You are allowed to have whatever opinion you want about whomever you want, but it has come to the point now where I am being asked to delete every other comment, block someone, suspend an account, etc., simply because a number of people cannot get along. (Note: unless a comment violates our Terms of Use, I will not remove it. However, feel free to flag anything inappropriate for review.) 3.) Any additional threats, violent or not (ex: posting the personal info of others on Patch, "I know where you live", "You'll get what you ask for", etc. need to END RIGHT NOW. Otherwise, commenting on certain stories/topics will be eliminated, and since the point of Patch is to help people in the community connect, that would be a shame. If I'm forced to spend hours each week policing comment threads, it's that much less time that I am out in the community putting stories together. I appreciate everyone's cooperation in the matter.
mad hatter May 24, 2013 at 02:23 PM
you're right. i just couldnt take the personal attacks from VES. my bad. talking to some of these people is like talking to a brick wall. an act in futility. ill be good and will do far less posting.
Lauren Costa (Editor) May 24, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Hatter, my comment was not focused at you alone. Believe me, I'm well aware that there are a number of posters on here who need to tone it down a bit. You don't have to post less, just consider my comment. Thanks!
chainsawfool May 24, 2013 at 03:48 PM
chainsawman, respectfully I have taken this name, hoping you would see how cruel you can be. It would be nice if you and some others would drop your teabagger attitude and offer something that could actually help, be part of the solution.
mad hatter May 24, 2013 at 04:00 PM
wrong. corporations debased and unknown risk by separating employee money from corporate money. this way, another "Enron" cant happen to employee retirement money. 401k money managers could do the same job at half the cost saving the employees money. what if the corporation failed? that has been taken out of the equation. now, go talk to the teachers in this state. go talk to central falls employees. would they rather have a 401k? anything else for me to ponder?
mad hatter May 24, 2013 at 04:04 PM
see Lauren? i cant help myself. when someone is just completely backwards on something, i have to chime in. but again, brick wall. "insanity. doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result". thats me....
Lauren Costa (Editor) May 24, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Hatter, I have no problem whatsoever with discussion or even debate, especially when someone is posting misinformation! That's the whole point of this forum. All I ask is that you do it in a civil manner so that I don't have to check the homepage every 10 minutes to make sure there aren't any new vulgar/libelous/threatening/etc. posts that I have to deal with.
Realistic voter May 24, 2013 at 05:00 PM
You are right hater some are just thick and you can never get thru to them. Starting with the man in the mirror.
Marianne P May 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Mad Hatter, you don't know with certainty who is posting when everyone uses bogus names, including me and you, Why do you call someone out on something when you're not really sure who that person is. You perpetuate the problems, the anger and animosity. You seem to have knowledge of all that goes on which can be questionable. How do you justify Jervis having fresh views for the new board? Wasn't he on the old one and told to resign per the judge along with the others. Wrong choice. You know the best choice for a solution on how do we get our emergency services back on track financially --pass a budget, monitor the spending, keep CCFD which is still the best service , and move forward--any other alternative will cost much more and the quality of service will be diminished. At this point, it's the most cost effective way to go. Don't need Einstein to figure out this one.
Mohawk May 25, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Yes he was ,and his only agenda was and still is to dismantle the district.
William Paolino May 25, 2013 at 01:17 AM
I think to speed up the process we need to bring back the old board and the old chief. I feel bad for them, they are blamed for everything and its not their fault, at all. It's just the tough economic times. I'm pretty sure some of them will be happy to come back and help us eat out of this mess. Lets all help them figure this out.
Marianne P May 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM
William, unfortunately , the attitude is what makes the problem grow-- really take everything into consideration , eliminate the animosity , and get the finances and services back on track. Politics will always have its place, but I don't think it should hamper our services. Lets not make another error, we won't be able to correct the next one.
mad hatter May 25, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Phill Thomas May 25, 2013 at 01:10 PM
William, With all due respect, I am glad you are not in politics,. You statement is insane.
Phill Thomas May 25, 2013 at 01:16 PM
chainsawman, you mention that you attend the meeting. What is your intention ? If you are present and you have nooooo intention of helping you are part of the problem. Viewing your past and current postings you are the problem. Put your big boy pants on and be part of the solution .
Marianne P May 25, 2013 at 02:26 PM
I think William got you done on this one- of course he means the opposite ! Politics doesn't belong in any of this , however, everyone seems to have an agenda and wants to claim their prize at the end of this contest. Sincerity is missing! Go forward with CCFD , monitor the spending , keep the great services that we have, and the cost will be the least dollars to the taxpayers . It is the right thing to do.
Mike Hassel May 25, 2013 at 07:51 PM
It won't work until individuals like Mr. Gorman are gone !
Mike Hassel May 25, 2013 at 07:53 PM
William, lay off the depression medication.
Right On May 27, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Would you be embarrassed if you needed their services knowing how you speak so lowly of them and call Mr. Gorman a thug and a thief? I would feel like a fool if i were you. Maybe you'll get lucky and never need their services. As a grateful citizen and taxpayer, please put on YOUR big boy pants and stop harassing the personnel from CCFD. . Totally undeserved abuse from the bully pulpit.
chainsawman May 27, 2013 at 04:01 AM
No William leave it to the right wing haters, I think mad hater just had a heart attack! no just gas! LOL
bill g May 30, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Yes, Bonn,Gizzarelli,Niquette and Bouchard all receive pensions!
harleyrider8272 May 30, 2013 at 06:28 PM
But Bill G at least the earned they're pensions, didn't steal them from the town! You know "DAVE" part time work FULL time pension. Don't worry I will dig a little deeper to see how you stuck it to the people of this town!
Uncle Fred June 17, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Mad Hatter ( Dave Jervis) I heard through the Grapevine that you are NO LONGER a supporter of Mrs Morgans Taskforce & she also does not support YOU. Is this the TRUTH????
Uncle Fred June 17, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Its looks like a lot of problems with the TASKFORCE!!!!


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