My name is Willian DeRosa and I am seeking election this November to Legislative Council in District 1. I am a Julliard trained classical musician and recording and performing soloist who left NY City with my wife and son in 2011 to settle in Newtown on Taunton Hill. We carefully chose Newtown and have been rewarded with its charm, authenticity, people and sophistication.
I care deeply about our community. Eight years on the Legislative Council has taught me a lot about municipal governance and given me tremendous insights into the challenges that will be facing our town. I am proud of the work and and accomplishments over the past three+ terms, but know Newtown will need strong leadership to weather the repercussions of the state fiscal crisis in Hartford. I have been on the front lines, both here and in Hartford fighting to protect our education resources, while advocating for responsibility and long term thinking here in town. We need leaders who will face our challenges head on rather than avoid or ignore them. Most importantly, we cannot let Newtown repeat the mistakes of the State. Through serving Newtown on the Council, I hope to continue to build on the good work of those who came before me.
I believe that Newtown is the community we love because for generations we have built on the efforts of those who came before us, picking up where they left off and moving forward through challenges and triumphs. It is our duty to manage our home town responsibly and to support its long-term sustainability and growth. Yet too many of our friends and neighbors are struggling financially. From seniors to young families like my wife and I, each increase adds to the cumulative burden. We receive services in exchange for the amount of money spent in taxes, such as quality schools, public safety, and road improvements, so there is a balance, as the benefits must always be weighed against the costs. With the right guidance, we can continue to provide essential local resources while focusing our spending and maintaining accountability for money allocated. This directly impacts each of us and is why I am running for Legislative Council.
Previously as a member of the Newtown Economic Development Commission, I collaborated on the work our EDC does to improve our community and expand our tax base. As a trustee for the Library Board, I worked to protect and sustain that historic Newtown instruction through challenging times as the role of public libraries is evolving. Together with my wife, we own a small business here in Sandy Hook.
My wife, Melissa grew up in Newtown, and when we bought our house, we committed to this community as our home. My goal is to add a new generation of responsible oversight to Newtown.
Thank you, and I look forward to working with you.
The Legislative Council is entrusted with finding the right balance between competing concerns and delivering the greatest possible value for residents, whether it involves funding our schools or maintaining our roads. My aspiration, as both a candidate and as a parent of children in Newtown's public schools, is to ensure that Newtown not only sustains the quality of life that we all enjoy, but also builds on its strengths over the long term.
I grew up in Newtown and attended Newtown schools. Although I left Newtown to live in Maine in the mid 1970s, I returned HOME to Newtown. Then I lived in Missouri in early 1982, to once again return HOME to Newtown in 1988. As my children grew, they attended Newtown schools and started with youth sport teams which I would attend and help the coaches with the children. I think Newtown schools and sports are an important part of children’s growing and learning environment.
I am fiscally conservative and I feel Newtown is on the right track with the plan that our Newtown republican leadership implemented such as sharing services with the BOE, and being transparent and accessible to Newtown taxpayers. I believe That Newtown’s leadership needs to be responsible and insist on honest and fair leadership from town and school officials.
I grew up in nearby Ridgefield and moved to Newtown after marrying Tanya who grew up here. Tanya and Newtown are the two best choices I've made in my entire life. I work as a business analyst for ASML in Wilton. Throughout my career, I have had a successful track record of software system design and implementation. In my current role, I employ business intelligence and analytics to deliver insights into the proper management of manufacturing operations.
I've been volunteering for Newtown almost as long as I've been a resident. Not only in town government but in scouting and athletics when my children were growing up. I volunteer because I can make a difference, I meet wonderful people and because it has been a way to set a good example for my children.
Newtown Board of Selectmen 2017-Present
Newtown Republican Town Committee 2003-Present
Past Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary
Newtown Charter Revision Commission 2014-2015
Elected Chairman. The Commission proposed sweeping changes to the Newtown charter incorporating best financial practices. Eliminated the Town Meeting, moved capital expenditures to Annual Budget Referendum. Reorganized the document to make it more readable as well as considered change requests from all town departments and agencies. Managed a commission of nine members who often did not see eye to eye. Had to find consensus on issues where various members were passionate about their opposing views. Charter changes were overwhelmingly adopted on the 2016 presidential election ballot.
Ad Hoc Committee on Regionalization of Emergency Dispatching 2014
The Committee was formed by the First Selectman to explore the pros and cons of the regionalization of emergency dispatch services. Met with local experts including the Director of Emergency Communications, Police Chief, Police and Fire Commissions, Newtown Ambulance and the dispatchers. We also visited other municipalities who had regionalized to learn from their experiences. We reviewed white papers on the subject and looked at state incentives for regionalization. The committee completed its work with the release of a white paper and a presentation to the Board of Selectman on August 15, 2014.
Newtown Legislative Council 2005-2013
My first elective position in town where I learned a lot about Town government, municipal budgeting and how the various boards and commissions interoperate. I learned how to critically examine budget documents and ask questions of the agencies to identify unnecessary or non-value added expenditures. In 2009 I was elected chairman of the Council. Under my leadership, the LC formed the Charter Revision Commission that bifurcated the budget and added advisory questions to the ballot. Ever since budgets have largely passed on the first vote.
Newtown Resident 25 Years, Married to Tanya 26 years. Son Bradley graduated Newtown High in 2017; daughter Greta graduated in 2018 both continued their education in college.
I love being active; running, cycling and hiking are my outdoor passions. Baking the perfect loaf of sourdough bread is my kitchen passion.