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Obama Visit Costs Westport $15,000 in Overtime

Westport Police Department reported $12,460 in overtime costs for President Obama's visit.

 

The Town of Westport spent almost $15,000 in overtime costs for police and fire during , Westport First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said in a news release today. He said the town will seek reimbursement from the Obama campaign.

 “While , incurring unbudgeted costs are not welcome,” Joseloff said in the news release. “Westport may be more affluent than some other towns, but we watch over our taxpayer dollars very carefully.”

Joseloff said Police Chief Dale Call informed him that Westport police incurred $12,460 in overtime costs for the visit. This does not include overtime costs incurred by departments assisting Westport, which included Wilton, Trumbull, Easton, Monroe, and Fairfield as well as the State Police.

Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury reported $2,352 in overtime costs, Joseloff said. Westport fire units were on standby at SherwoodIsland State Park where the president landed and took off, and the department also provided tactical support for the visit.

Joseloff said he would seek reimbursement from the Obama campaign as well as the Democratic National Committee. He said he would send a copy of the request to Westport resident Harvey Weinstein, who hosted the president at his residence.

The First Selectman said Westport had made previous attempts to recover similar costs without success when President Clinton visited three times in 1998-99 for fundraising events.

“I’m not optimistic we will be successful, but I need to make the effort,” Joseloff said.

Eric Wessan August 07, 2012 at 07:46 PM
He did not repay at least one town in California http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/07/31/calif-city-accuses-obama-campaign-of-not-paying-35000-for-police-protection/
sparky August 08, 2012 at 03:17 AM
What can you expect from a man who was a community organizer? That was his only job experience in the private sector. Typical liberal who hates his country and apologizes for our excellence. Disgraceful
Chris Rueli (Editor) August 08, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Sparky, Do you think we have a chance in getting that $15,000 back? After all, Obama was campaigning for himself and not on official business.
Chris Rueli (Editor) August 08, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Eric, Would you be surprised if we got reimbursed for the President's campaigning efforts in Westport? I've certainly never seen that many police officers on duty in Westport before.
sparky August 08, 2012 at 05:05 PM
No chance, even though it was basically a fundraiser for his favorite business---Planned Parenthood.
MAC August 08, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I was there in the "We Built this Mr. President" crowd across the street from his Mon. fundraiser in Stamford. For a sample of the enthusiastic protest against Obama's ruination of our nation's economy, watch the passionate "Barbara from Harlem" video linked here. Barbara is black, and an enthusiastic member of and promoter of Tea Party principles of Personal Responsibility, Limited Government, and Balanced Budgets. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vLebCTGHJk ..."Obama is losing independents and having trouble fundraising in Connecticut. ...it's a big switch from 2008. "Where you can really see his problems is in fundraising."... "See the financial shellacking Obama is getting from Romney in one of America's wealthiest communities"... "Romney is raising four times as much from an area that, in 2008, Obama positively relied on."... "The area is on pace to outperform the money contributed in 2008. If any donors are sitting out, they're Obama donors being replaced by Romney backers"... "Obama is getting creamed on fundraising on this crucial turf. The wealthy Connecticut crowd that paid the rent in 2008 isn't with him anymore."... http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-fundraising-problems-in-connecticut-2012-8
Tactical Advantage August 09, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Send the bill to Harvey Weinstein. It was his private function. If all of Westport residents attended than I can see the town picking up the tab. But the only people benefited from this event was the privileged few who threw away $38,500. Am I missing something here?
Chris Rueli (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 05:40 PM
First Selectman Gordon Joseloff said he would send a copy of the request for reimbursement to Westport resident Harvey Weinstein.
Tactical Advantage August 09, 2012 at 07:49 PM
At a time when our economy has been pancaked by corporate greed and the politicians they manipulate. So many people out of work, fighting to survive the challenges they face and than dinner for $38,500 and than pass the burden of its cost to others is shameful. Harvey Weinstein should write the check without hesitation.

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