Peter Rebsch, Letter to the Editor
For those who were unable to attend 'Candidates Night,' Council candidate Peter Rebsch wants residents to get to know him better.
This past Wednesday, October 17th, SOD (StopOverDevelopment) hosted a “Candidate’s Night,” at the DEO Middle School. Candidates running for New Milford’s Town Council were given the opportunity in a public forum to answer questions from residents and SOD members. I am grateful for having been given this opportunity. I want to thank SOD! It was a great idea and a big success. It gave the residents a chance to get to know us better. I also want to thank the residents who attended and asked great questions. And finally I want to thank my fellow candidates. New Milford is lucky to have such a great group to choose from.
Below is the letter I put together for the evening, and read to the audience. I offer it to those who were in attendance as a refresher, and I wish to share it with those who were unable to attend, so they may also have the chance to know me better.
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I have lived in NM for over 22 years with my wife of 23 years. I am the father of three children. I coached soccer for over 15 years through New Milford Recreation. I served as Councilman in 2011 filling in the seat vacated by Keith Bachmann, and I am currently serving on the Zoning Board where I feel I can have a positive impact on issues that are critical to New Milford.
One of my main causes has always been children, because I see them as our future. In 2011 I received a Small Business Leadership Award in recognition of the work I have done on behalf of children and families. I was saluted by the President of Children’s Aid and Family Services for “being a dealer in hope” for the community. Hope is something we all need to help get us through.
I am a man of few words, however I am a man of action. I have a strong sense of responsibility and I do what I can to help people, and to help my town. I live by simple principles: Hard work, making an honest living, doing right by people – being good to my family and friends and neighbors.
After working for numerous years for other companies, I decided to start my own business in June of 1992. I started from scratch, from nothing, and built it into a successful venture.
The confidences I have developed from my experiences have guided me to be successful on whatever projects I take on. The same principles that apply to making things work in your home or your job, also apply to being a successful Councilman:
* You have to be able to work with people.
* You have to be willing to listen.
* You have to be able to put the politics aside and
the petty grievances in order to come to the best decision.
* You have to be able to vote your heart’s intent,
even if it doesn’t agree with your friends at times.
* You have to understand how your decisions impact other people.
* You have to be creative when finding solutions,
especially when it comes to dealing with money.
* Raising taxes is a lazy solution.
* Many towns are finding many different ways to bring in income
without pounding it out of their residents.
* You have to care for the management of the budget like it was your own.
And be willing to put in the time and effort to make things work.
* And you have to want to make a difference instead of just filling a position
for the perks it will give you.
I served in the military during the Vietnam era. Being in the army taught me how to work side-by-side with men and women of all backgrounds. For this, I received a “Meritorious Service” award. I always try to find the common ground instead of focusing on our differences. It has also taught me how to find solutions to difficult problems. There is always a way. You just have to be willing to look for it.
On November 6th you will be able to vote. I hope you will give me the opportunity to bring my successful leadership qualities to New Milford.
Candidate for New Milford Council