Tuesday, September 12, 2006

DeStefano Unveils Homeland Security Plan

Mayor John DeStefano unveiled his plan for security issues facing Connecticut today.

Highlights from the release:


  • Build a Connecticut Information Sharing and Analysis Center that rapidly disseminates information to first responders, businesses, medical professionals, and the federal government in the event of a crisis, and that is a 24/7 nerve center for homeland security.

  • Lobby Congress – in person and by assembling experts – for an increase in federal homeland security funding.

  • Develop a comprehensive strategy for cyber security to protect the critical electronic infrastructure in Connecticut.

  • Pass stricter and enforceable standards for chemical plant security and oversight of hazardous chemical facilities

  • Ensure that all funds appropriated for use by local municipalities are received by those municipalities within the fiscal year – not years later.




He also charged that Rell hasn't done nearly enough for Connecticut in terms of homeland security, including that she hadn't done enough lobbying in DC.

Connecticut needs homeland security protection that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Governor Rell has been "missing in action" on homeland security, and Connecticut is more vulnerable as a result. Over the past two years, federal funding for Connecticut's homeland security has dropped nearly 60% by some accounts and by as much as Jodi Rell has not once testified before Congress on Connecticut's homeland security needs – in fact, there is no evidence that she has ever visited Washington D.C. to lobby for Connecticut's homeland security needs. Her absence has facilitated President Bush's and the Republican Congress' efforts to undermine Connecticut's Homeland Security apparatus.

Meanwhile, Governor Rell has been absent and uninvolved in getting money to first preventers and first responders. In August 2006, the Connecticut Department of Emergency Management Services and Homeland Security was still attempting to distribute money from FY2004 for municipalities. Major cities, like Stamford, with substantial economic infrastructure and other security risks no longer expect support from the state to address high risk homeland security needs because distribution of funding has been years behind schedule.


I'm not sure how I feel about DeStefano's plan, but at least he has one. Voters need a genuine debate about issues related to security. Will Rell actually engage with her opponent this time?

Source
Gauthier, John. "John DeStefano's Plan for Protecting Connecticut". Official Campaign Press Release. 9/12/06

28 comments:

TrueBlueCT said...

"Content Coming Soon"? That's what comprises Jodi Rell's issues page?

What a disgrace. Anyway, at least I have my new nickname for Jodi. She is now officially the Content Coming Soon Governor.

bluecoat said...

The first Rowland/Rell HLS Director was Vinnie DeRosa, the state police sergeant who got caught running a car dealership against the dept rules so he quit with a full pension and went on to dispatch dump trucks for a friend of Rowland while cooperating with the US Attorney in the Rowland scandal investigation; the second Rowland/Rell HLS director was state police major John Buturla who bought a car from DeRosa while DeRosa was HLS Director and then retired after Rowland quit and Rell took over so that he could go to work for John DeStefano in New Haven as his city security director because he had obviuolsly done such a great job with the state except that he had left the New haven Railyards without a fence day and night while the state cops rode the trains looking for terrorists and bombe.

This is like high school student govt. stuff compared to the pros in NYC.

Anonymous said...

Something tells me the Rell campaign is going to post issues on its timetable, not yours, Eddie.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

>> Will Rell actually engage with her opponent this time?

There's no reason for her to even acknowledge that she has an opponent.

Anonymous said...

this from the same Mayor who leaves jobs vacant and cuts overtime on his police force while crime escalates on the street?

I dunno. Based on this press release I might think Derek Slap could be an effective Governor. It's obvious DeStefano is a failed Mayor

GMR said...

Is there any multipoint plan of JDS that doesn't involve lobbying the feds for something?

Chris MC said...

That last sentence is intriguing bluecoat, don't leave us hanging, will you elaborate?

bluecoat said...

on one thread Chris says I should give it a rest and on this one he asks a question of me - a question I need not answer since I think anyone who pays attention knows that NYC is as tight as a drum and CT is as loose as goose but NYC is a little more at risk of a terror attack than CT.

bluecoat said...

there absolutley is a reason for Rell to engage in debate; she is an accidental governor, not one duly elected by the people of CT, she owes the citizens of CT a clear debate and a clear choice.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else see DeStefano on TV the night the bomb went off at the Yale library?

There are very few public officials who can leave the public more scared after their little speech than they were before.

JDS is one of them. He's more Barney Fife than Rudy Giuliani

Anonymous said...

bluecoat - Governor Rell has said repeatedly that she wants to debate and that she will debate the issues. Governor Rell has asked that all candidates be included. Since CT has passed ballot access laws that open up our process and allow more people to run for office (one only needs signatures to be on the ballot, not the endorsement of delegates at a convention), then our debates should follow that vein. DeStefano wants to block others from participating. He says that they aren't serious candidates and that they cannot win. Well, guess what bluecoat, your boy DeStefano wouldn't qualify to participate in the debates under that standard. He is a horrible candidate and he can't win.

Anonymous said...

JDS wants Rell to go to Washington and ask for money. Of course, if she did that and met with the President, JDS would be the first to attack her for meeting with him.

But, why does she need to go to Washington Mr. Mayor? Aren't your friends Rosa, Dodd & Joe Lieberman getting the job done for our state?

Seems to me that Rell did a pretty good job saving the sub base without "lobbying" down in Washington.

RedCT said...

Rell doesn't need any issues, she's a Republican. They run on patriotism. If fact, every time I think of Rell I see an eagle in the sky. All you Democrats and your ideas, who needs them. The Free Market runs itself. If 400,000 people don't have health care it's their fault. They should work more or get a 2nd job.

And Rell doesn't need to stand for anything. She will decide when she wants, and maybe if she still stays up in the polls never at all. Why have your own issues when you can just take credit for your opponents accomplishments.

Let me tell you this, Jodi Rell is too good to debate. Plus what would she debate about, she doesn't stand for anything. I mean c'mon it would be a short debate.

JDS-"I stand by policies on energy, property taxes and passing Universal Health Care."

M.Jodi-"I saved a submarine once. I mean kind of. Well, I was like one of 40 people involved."

She won't lower herself to argue with the the common man's savior. She's too good for that.

CTRevolution said...

Anon 9:00,

I bet you'll lose that smug look on your face when M. Jodi loses this race. DeStefano has gained 14 points in just a few weeks. He currently sits down by 18. All he needs is to take 9 points from Content Coming Soon/No Leadership Here/I'm just a Grandma, poor me, to win. 9 Points in 2 months, not only a possibility, but probable.

And why is Jodi Rell afraid to debate DeStefano one-on-one. I mean if she wants we can have 35 people in the debate. I mean I'll go on there, I'll probably pull as many votes as Thornton. That fact is, her campaign is afraid. Funny coming from the Republicans of fear I know. She knows she's going to look bad compared to a candidate who actually knows the issues. I'm sorry M.Rell, but you're about to be fired.

Anonymous said...

About lobbying the feds - The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) has an RFP posted on its website for lobbying services to obtain more federal funding for homeland security purposes. Looks like Rell got the jump on JDS on that bullet point.

Anonymous said...

Correction - the RFP is to provide government relations services in Washington, D.C. with emphasis on military and national defense industries, NOT homeland security. Sorry about that.

Anonymous said...

"JDS has goined 14 points"

from where....

CT Expatriate said...

Actually, CTRevolution, your analysis of the polls is erroneous. It is assumed by most political analysts that a candidate will usually have at least 30% of the vote, the segment of the voting population that always votes along party lines. It is therefore pitiful that it has taken Destefano so long to actully establish a bare MINIMUM of the support he should have! I also find it disturbing that you consider Governor Rell's grandmother status as some sort of weakness. Women, and mothers in particular, should be offended.

Anonymous said...

by this point in 1994, 1998, and 2002 the Demcoratic gubernatorial campaigns all had started their general election ad campaign (I recall Curry in 98 was up about a week after beating Larson)

I suppose since Rowland beat all those guys who ran ads, JDS is going to win because he does not run them

Deacon_Bluz said...

CTRevolution: DeStefano has gained 14 points in just a few weeks. He currently sits down by 18.

Sure, if you want to hang your hat on a Zogby poll with the lamest methodology since turning around and asking the guy in the next cubicle.

But don't stop thinkin' about tomorrow, CTRev. It'll soon be here ... BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

bluecoat said...

9:00PM; JDS is not my boy, but I guess Jodi is your girl. Keep on spinning though, it energizes your base. My respoinse was to ACR, the GOP state central guy, who said: There's no reason for her to even acknowledge that she has an opponent.

Ghost of Yogi said...

Good bye Rell! You are done.

Anonymous said...

Did RedCT refer to DeStefano as the "common man's savior?" We're all screwed.

bluecoat said...

Rell campaign defends fundraising pledge
By Don Michak, Journal Inquirer
09/13/2006


Candidates Mark Sept. 11 and Focus on Security
By Don Casciato Westport News

CTRevolution said...

CT Expatriate, the words that flow out of your disasterful comments are a reminder to all of us the value of common sense. No where in my post did I insinuate that being a Grandma is a great weakness. In fact, and this is for the record, I am pro-grandma. But what I can not be is pro an incompetent governor who shows no leadership and fakes herself to be a moderate.

DeStefano is down 18 points in the polls. Two straight Zogby polls confirm this as well as from what I hear, DeStefano's inside polling. This means that John DeStefano needs merely to take 9 points from Republican Governor Rell. CTExpatriate, your words are so off base, that I can hardly contain myself from laughter as I picture what the look on your face will be when the next Q poll is released.

Anonymous said...

"DeStefano's inside polling"

Yeah,, that's a reliable source.

Was it done by the woman from Madison who pleaded guilty to fraud?....

oh, BTW, I see ANOTHER DeStefano ally from New Haven pleaded guilty to fraud this week...yeah, he'll keep me safe...right...

Bobby McGee said...

Anonymous said...

"DeStefano's inside polling"

Yeah,, that's a reliable source.

Was it done by the woman from Madison who pleaded guilty to fraud?....

oh, BTW, I see ANOTHER DeStefano ally from New Haven pleaded guilty to fraud this week...yeah, he'll keep me safe...right...


Didn't somebody who hand picked Rell to be his second spend some time in jail...or is my memory failing me?

Anonymous said...

BMG

yes, the guy's who's best friend got millions in tax breaks from JDS

I suspect I forgot more about NH corruption than you know