Picard slate for City Council had better results, with his candidates winning six of 10 contested races.
In an interview with the Register editorial board, O said he would put all contracts out to bid rather than waiving bids, sell three unused school district buildings and cut five to 10 positions in City Hall.
The winner will face Republican Bart Chadderton in the Nov. 5 election.
O at his Campbell Avenue headquarters, said he thought the lack of new business in the city gave him a victory.
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At large: Stephen W. DeCrescenzo, 2,677; John W. Lewis, 2,527; Thomas McCarthy, 2,467; Sean P. Ronan, 2,692.
O appears to Under Armour Shoes Basketball Blue have defeated four term Mayor John M. Picard with a 12 vote lead in Tuesday Democratic primary, and the race is heading for a recount Sunday.
Picard has boasted of relationships built with local universities: During his tenure, the University of New Haven has offered a scholarship program to city students and donated $100,000 to the Allingtown fire department, and Yale University opened the Yale West campus on the former Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals site.
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Much of the campaign focused on economic development and the city financial condition. O who owns Goldworks on Campbell Avenue, criticized Picard record.
candidates do have some things in common: Both grew up in West Haven and live in the West Shore area, are 48 years old and are married with two children.
He also criticized a lack of improvement in the public school system and said the city image is hurt by too much blight and poorly kept roads.
That is, unless Picard concedes. when Picard came out from behind a closed door and said to a crowd of supporters, have a new Democratic mayor. Picard reassured them they had run a positive campaign. going to go congratulate Ed O he said. Then, after smiling at his daughters, Julianna and Alessandra, and saying love you, added, could be worse things, right? I have a lot of time to spend with my kids.
In his editorial board interview, Picard said drawing new business to West Haven is one of his main goals if he wins a fifth turn. He said the train station opening will draw a buyer for the old Stiles School. Picard also listed regionalizing services, moving the Board of Education into City Hall and putting new hires in the Police Department on a 401(k) plan instead of a traditional defined benefit pension as successes.
Picard said he thought the our shops movement had been the decisive issue. Design proposals for the new West Haven High School eliminated space for wood, auto and metal shops.
Picard has said the annual budget deficit is less important than the city overall debt, which was $296 million when he took office. Picard says it now stands at $160 million.
think people are tired with the stagnation, O said shortly after hearing he apparently had won. development was a big issue, quality of life was a big issue, education was a big issue. People they want to move West Haven forward.
O 48, first ran for City Council on Picard ticket but said Picard broke his promises on development and with the schools, two of which have been closed, while scores have declined. He claimed connections with City Hall were too much of a factor in landing municipal positions. He served three terms before losing re election in 2011.
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According to the city clerk office, O was leading with 2,799 votes to 2,787 for Picard. Sunday at City Hall because the difference is less than 0.5 percent.
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He charged the mayor with failing to lower the city $10.5 million deficit and said Picard has not put enough effort into bringing new business into the city. He said that, in anticipation of the new train station, more effort should have been put into economic development nearby, as well as along the Boston Post Road, on Water Street and in the city center, where state financed streetscape improvements have lagged.
shops class was the ultimate reason why we lost, Picard said.
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