A Statement from the Easton Democratic Town Committee

Racial justice is a human right that continues to be violated in our country. The Easton DTC is grieved and outraged by the countless murders of black men and women, and collectively mourns the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks. . . and of so many more Black, Indigenous, and People of Color as a result of systemic racism. We unequivocally condemn these injustices and will continue to join our voices and actions in protest to demand change. 

BLACK. LIVES. MATTER.

As Easton Democrats we will:

  • Adamantly condemn white supremacy and systemic racism
  • Do the work within our town, community, state, and nation to end violence and police brutality against people of color
  • Engage in open dialogue with law enforcement, elected officials, town boards, as well as local and state policy makers to assure zero tolerance for racial harassment or harm
  • Educate ourselves and provide community education, resources, and events that promote racial justice, and help us reach the promise of Liberty and Justice for ALL
  • Listen to and amplify the voices of people of color in our community, town, state, and country while standing with them in solidarity and support
  • Recruit and support candidates who are committed to fighting for racial justice on all fronts—educational, social, economic, medical, environmental—and will hold all elected and appointed officials accountable for their positions on systemic racism

BLACK. LIVES. MATTER.

We commit to confronting racism openly, honestly, and to champion equality, fairness, and justice. These are not new beliefs, but ones that have been held quietly; that ends now. Our collective voice and power will be used as catalysts for change in Easton, Fairfield County, and across Connecticut.

In solidarity, The Easton Democratic Town Committee

Easton’s Xenophobic Elected Official

EASTON'S XENOPHOBIC ELECTED OFFICIAL

May 25, 2020

Easton, CT —The Easton Democratic Town Committee disagrees strongly with Easton Board of Finance member Michael Kot’s April 29 letter about COVID-19. 

Among many outrageous comments, we are most alarmed by Mr. Kot’s mention of the “Chinese-created pandemic.” These inaccurate and xenophobic words show complete disregard for Easton’s Asian and Asian-American residents. Mr. Kot’s opinion is intentionally divisive and is unacceptable in our community. Discrimination from town leadership can create or enable conscious and unconscious bias in others, putting members of our community at risk. 

Easton resident Ya-Ching Liu told us that she’s “been subjected to many ignorant comments, including people calling the Chinese culture disgusting, or casual mentions of how they stay away from businesses where there are Asian people because they probably are carriers. It’s been hurtful to see the vitriol directed at people of Asian descent.”

We are dedicated to safety, equity and inclusion. We expect our public officials to uphold these most basic ideals, yet Mr. Kot is clearly prejudiced against some of the citizens he governs. 

A properly functioning and inclusive town like Easton must not tolerate bigotry and racism. We ask for Mr. Kot’s apology and an assurance that he will conduct his public responsibilities without discrimination. If he refuses to do so then we ask him to resign his position on the Board of Finance.

Sincerely,

The Easton Democratic Town Committee

Contact:
Sarah Lehberger
Easton Democratic Town Committee
Email: contact@eastonctdems.com
Phone: 646-425-7696

Historic Democratic Win and Many Firsts in Easton, CT

HISTORIC DEMOCRATIC WIN AND MANY FIRSTS IN EASTON, CONNECTICUT

November 8, 2019

Easton, CT — David Bindelglass, an orthopedic surgeon from Easton, Connecticut, has been elected as the Town’s first Democratic First Selectman in 36 years.  Along with Selectman Bob Lessler, who was re-elected to his eleventh term as Selectman, they will form the first Democratic majority on the town Board since 2003.  Bindelglass and Lessler will be joined by Kristi Sogofsky, who was elected to her first full term on the board. The election is also historic because it is the first time since 1983 that Easton has elected a Democratic First Selectman as well as a Democratic majority to the three member board.

“I’m proud to lead the Town of Easton with a Democratic majority,” Bindelglass said today. “We will work hard for all the people of Easton in maintaining our excellent school system, protecting our open spaces, and seeking new sources of revenue.  It’s time for Easton to plan for the future with energy, innovation, and an open, responsive government.”

Bindelglass, 60, specializes in hip and knee replacements and has been doing them for the last 27 years at Orthopedic Specialty Group, where he also manages the practice as a member of the Executive Committee.  He has a long history of involvement in the town, coaching soccer for years and serving on the Easton Board of Education since 2015.  David and his wife, Gloria, are 25-year Easton residents.

Contact:
Sarah Lehberger
Easton Democratic Town Committee
Email: contact@eastonctdems.com
Phone: 646-425-7696

Connecticut’s Second Capital

Connecticut's Second Capital

Thanks to the efforts of three Easton women, Easton may soon be known as the official  ‘Christmas Tree Capital of Connecticut.’   Here’s why that’s a boon for our town.

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By Stephanie Christie

If you reside in Easton chances are high that you moved here for one of these reasons:  small, high quality schools, rural living, access to public open spaces and local farms, scenic vistas, nearby beaches, and a ‘relatively’ easy commute to several metropolitan areas as well as more elbow room than in neighboring communities. 

We may be a small town, but our appetite for connecting through nature, and nurturing its abundance, is mighty. 

“We may be a small town, but our appetite for connection through nature, and nurturing its abundance, is mighty.”

There are over 20  farms in the town of Easton, of varying sizes and crops, more than 7,700 acres of protected open space, over 1.3 square miles of water which are mostly reservoirs owned by the Aquarion Water Company, and only 7,700 or so residents.  That’s a lot of wiggle room. While this may present some challenges balancing our tax burden, it is not without prodigious benefits.

From June through October Sport Hill Road is abuzz with tourists visiting for a taste of our lifestyle, venturing north on day trips from New York or Stamford, just to pick berries, apples, and pumpkins, and to give their kids a sense of the country and some fresh air.  Moving into winter months the atmosphere quiets, but for that brief period between Thanksgiving and January, when Easton’s roads again swell with out-of-state licenses and Christmas trees doubling as hood ornaments. 

Several years ago Easton resident, Lori Cochran-Dougall, realized while working on a town committee, that Easton was pretty unique for its abundance of Christmas tree farms.  True, many rural communities have tree farms, but typically those are designated long-growth farms for lumber.  Easton residents have disproportionately chosen to grow Christmas tree varieties, and leverage their proximity to one another, to build a town-wide market for the holiday staple. According to our Town Hall 9 of the 30 working farms in our small town focus on Christmas trees, lead by the massive property on Maple Row.  

Seeing the market opportunity for what it was, Cochran-Dougall, a seasoned marketer, began campaigning to achieve the Christmas tree capital designation for Easton in 2016.   In 2018 she partnered with fellow Eastonite and graphic designer, Allison Deyo Taylor, to develop a logo which they then printed on signs and posted throughout town in November-December of 2018.  

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Now our newly-elected State House Representative for District 135, Eastonite Anne Hughes, has thrown her support behind the initiative. Hopes are high that we will receive official status by the end of 2019.  For Easton and our farms this provides a unique marketing opportunity to drive sales and tax revenues from additional traffic and retail sales during the holiday season, and there are a number of ways they could join forces to co-market for better results.    

For many proud Eastonites who are not farmers, it simply reaffirms another of our town’s unique strengths.  We know when our small enclave works together, that we can achieve great things.

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