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Caney: Skills, experience to deliver value

Published 4:40 pm, Thursday, October 17, 2013
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In order to maintain Westport's first-class schools, municipal facilities and services for seniors, while at the same time keeping property taxes from increasing significantly, the Board of Finance must look for creative and novel ways to deliver taxpayers value for their money. I believe my educational background, community involvement and professional experience make me well-suited to do so.

I was raised in Fairfield County and attended the public schools. I have an economics degree from Cornell University, a law degree from the University of Connecticut Law School and masters degree in tax law from New York University School of Law. My wife and I moved to Westport seven years ago. Our older two children attend Long Lots Elementary School; our youngest will go there next year. Our family has been active in the community. I coach numerous town soccer and baseball teams and I am a founding member of Freezing for a Reason which has raised over $500,000 for charity. My wife has been active at our children's schools and serves on the executive board of the PTA. I am currently a trusts and estates partner at an international law firm, where I have 20 years of experience dealing with complex tax and financial matters.

Accomplishing the goals of making responsible investment and at the same time keeping our taxes low is not easy. One long-term solution is to renegotiate labor contracts and to move to defined contribution plans, but this will take time. A near term solution is to find ways to improve efficiency in our government by eliminating redundancies, requiring increased productivity and in certain cases outsourcing tasks.

Westport is a wonderful place to raise a family and to spend your retirement, and I am dedicated to work across party lines to keep it that way.