Candidate petitions on to ballot

Emidio Cerasale
Emidio Cerasale

NAUGATUCK — A retired construction project manager has petitioned his way on to the November ballot to run for burgess.

Emidio Cerasale, 70, will be running for burgess as an Unaffiliated candidate.

“I will challenge the system,” said Cerasale in a prepared statement “I am not afraid or fearful. It’s for the people I will be working for, not for a party, group or individual.”

Nine burgesses serve on the Board of Mayor and Burgesses. They are elected at large.

Cerasale, who retired in 2011 as a construction project manager for the Bridgeport Housing Authority, moved to Naugatuck in 2009 from Waterbury. While living in Waterbury he ran for state senator in the 15th Senate District against Democrat Joan Hartley and later for the Waterbury Board of Alderman.

Cerasale, who is a Meriden native, said he has seen too much arrogance in local government since moving to Naugatuck, which he added is not the real character of Naugatuck.

Cerasale said in the state that property taxes in the borough are too high. He said property taxes should be frozen for retired senior citizens and a proportional tax system should be instituted. He added that he favors grade reconfiguration over building new schools in the future.

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The Democratic and Republican town committees will endorse candidates in July.