Introducing Your Legislative Council Members ...

District 1

Joe Girgasky

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  • While serving on the Public Building and Site Commission, Joe was elected to Legislative Council in 2011 and now serves on the Ordinance and Municipal Operations committees.
  • Married for 27 years, Joe and his wife have been in town for 20 years. Their son attends Newtown High School.
  • Joe enjoys participating in mission trips working alongside teams of teenagers who, over the past few years, provided charitable construction rehabilitations in Connecticut, Illinois, Mississippi and Puerto Rico.






George Ferguson

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  • George has thirty years of experience working with volunteer leaders in the planning and implementation of capital and programmatic efforts for public and private initiatives in higher education, health care, social services, youth, Olympic sports, etc. 
  • George, as a member of the Ordinance Committee, contributed to the collaborative effort of the Legislative Council to pass four new and revise four ordinances, including Medical Self Insurance Board and Fund, Child Safety, Fire Lanes and a Flood / FEMA ordinance that has come in really handy following Irene’s visit
  • George work behind the scenes efforts got the “Don’t Waste Hawleyville” movement going and guided the initial conversation to preserve the open space at “Ferris Farm”.

Bob Merola

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  • Bob Merola and his wife Terry have been Newtown residents and St. Rose parishioners for 26 years.  Their two daughters graduated  from Newtown High School; third and eighth in their respective classes.  One is a college professor and the other is a Special Federal Agent. Bob and Terry have two grandchildren.
  • Bob Merola retired from IBM after 37 years, and subsequently raised funds for the United Way of Western Connecticut. He fully supported the United Way’s launch of Imagination Library in Newtown.
  • Active in youth sports, Bob Merola has coached softball, soccer and basketball. He has been both a soccer and swimming official. After arriving in Newtown, Bob was an assistant coach for 7th and 8th grade boys basketball for 7 years.
  • Bob Merola met his wife Terry on a beach in Puerto Rico; while on separate vacations