NORTH HAVEN — As the new year begins, First Selectman Michael Freda begins his role as president of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.
CCM is the “state’s largest, nonpartisan organization of municipal leaders, representing towns and cities of all sizes from all corners of the state, with 169 member municipalities” according to the organization’s website.
Freda, who started as first selectman in 2009, has headed various CCM committees over the years. Eventually he joined the executive committee.
“I am very grateful for, I had 100% support from Republican and Democratic chief elected officials from all over the state to take over the presidency at CCM,” he said.
During his time as president, Freda is planning to address how the state manages special education, transportation issues statewide and the predictability of the municipal budgets and mill rates.
“We need to have that stability for our taxpayers in our various cities and towns,” Freda said. “It’s critically important that they are not looking over their shoulders and saying ‘When’s the next tax increase?’ because that ties into keeping people in Connecticut.”
How does Freda plan to accomplish his goals in during a one-year term?
“Divergent points of view are critically important in any organization, but in the end, after all the points of view are discussed and analyzed, we as organizations need to deliver one message and not a fragmented message,” he said. “That is always the challenge when you’re leading a large institution.
“My style has always been to work very collaboratively with people,” Freda added. “That strategy has served me well in North Haven and in my business career. That’s one of the things I’ll bring to CCM.”