Monday, April 29, 2013
Angered over allegations that Milwaukee County Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic has been illegally negotiating with county employees, several county board members want her to resign as chair.
Another Milwaukee County board member has stepped forward in asking for Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic's resignation, according to Patch's media partners at WISN 12 News. Last week, supervisors Mark Borkowski, Steve Taylor, John Wieshan Jr. and Deanna Alexander signed a memo requesting that Marina Dimitrijevic resign her position as chairwoman. Now Jim "Luigi" Schmitt has thrown his support behind the request. "Because of this lack of clarity and accountability, I cannot sit on the sidelines and will no longer continue to support our chairwoman," according to Schmitt's statement. The five members are accusing Dimitrijevic of negotiating with union employees after the state barred them from doing so and then lying …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Milwaukee County taxpayers paid for trips some supervisors took to DC, Virginia Beach, and Wisconsin Counties Association events, and the question remains.. was this an appropriate use of the money?
The travel bill for Milwaukee County board members and staff members totaled $15,000 last year, according to a story by the Journal Sentinel. Daniel Bice's column highlighted trips to Washington D.C., Virginia Beach and Poland. Most of the trip Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and Supervisor Mark Borkowski took to Poland to visit Milwaukee's sister city was not paid by Wisconsin taxpayers, but was funded through several grants. A trip to the Wisconsin Counties Association conference cost taxpayers $5,000. Willie Johnson Jr. told Bice that the County typically sends three to four people to the conference, but said "county officials wanted to demonstrate a show of force in 2012" since Johnson was in the running to become chairman of the group…
Friday, April 5, 2013
A forum Thursday night in South Milwaukee spelled out all of the changes under a proposed bill reforming Milwaukee County government.
A possible 2014 referendum on slashing salaries of Milwaukee County supervisors—essentially making them part-time positions—has gotten a lot of headlines in recent weeks. But as those attending a forum Thursday in South Milwaukee heard, it is far from the only part of state Rep. Joe Sanfelippo's proposed legislation reforming county government. Sanfelippo, himself a former county supervisor, explained the rationale behind his legislation to what appeared to be an evenly-split audience of roughly 200 at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. County Supervisor Theo Lipscomb provided counter-arguments, with County Supervisor Pat Jursik, who has not yet taken an official position on the bill, moderating the discussion. Besides supervisor …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The longtime politician will replace Joe Sanfelippo, who replaced Staskunas in the State Assembly in the 15th District in the November election.
Updated 11:40 a.m. April 3 Veteran politician Tony Staskunas of West Allis has unofficially defeated entertainer and small business owner Tom Anthony of Greenfield in the race for the 17th District Milwaukee County Board Supervisor seat. Staskunas, 52, unofficially received 50 percent of the vote for a position whose constituents reside in four municipalities: Greenfield, Greendale, West Allis and Franklin. Staskunas tallied 4,452 votes to Anthony's 4,285. Some outstanding absentee ballots remain and could chip away at Staskunas' 167-vote lead. Staskunas, an attorney, has been in political office since 1988 when he was elected as alderman of West Allis, a position he held until 1997. He was then elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly 15th…
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Tom Anthony and Tony Staskunas are running for the the 17th District supervisor's seat on the Milwaukee County Board in a special election on April 2.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Three candidates are running for one spot on the Milwaukee County Board in a special primary election Feb. 19. The top two vote-getters will go at it again in the April 2 election.
Three candidates are running in a special primary election Feb. 19 to replace Joe Sanfelippo as County Board supervisor in the 17th District, which includes part of Greendale and Greenfield. Entertainer Tom Anthony of Greenfield, former state legislator Tony Staskunas of West Allis and retired police sergeant Al Singer of Greenfield will face off for the spot vacated by Sanfelippo, who left the board after winning a State Assembly seat in the 15th District in the November election (Click on links for profiles on each candidate). The top two vote-getters in the primary election square off again in the April 2 general election. To provide voters with the most information on where the candidates stand on the issues facing the county, Patch …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Steve Taylor and Mark Borkowski, each of whom represent suburbs on Milwaukee County's south side, proposed cutting five supervisor positions and 40 percent off the board's personnel budget.
Two South Suburban county supervisors are proposing their own version of Milwaukee County Board downsizing. Supervisors Steve Taylor and Mark Borkowski on Tuesday released a proposal that calls for the board to be reduced from 18 supervisors to 13 by 2016. In addition, the board's personnel budget would be cut by about 40 percent starting in 2014 and potentially 50 percent by 2016. In an open letter, Borkowski and Taylor said they will be "asking the state Legislature to give us the tools to downsize." "Without this authority, we are not able to take this first step in reforming ourselves," Taylor and Borkowski said. Their plan comes after state Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, a former county board member, authored legislation that calls for a …
Monday, January 21, 2013
From taxes to parks to pensions, the Milwaukee County Board will be taking up numerous key issues in 2013. Patch wants readers to pose questions for the three candidates running in next month's special primary election for county supervisor.
Three candidates are running for the 17th District seat on the Milwaukee County Board in the Feb. 19 primary election, and Patch will be there every step of the way as we cover this important race. But this time around, we are going to have our readers get more involved in our coverage of the campaign. And we're starting by asking you to help us formulate questions for the candidates. Patch will soon contact the candidates vying for supervisor spots to get biographical information as well as their views on the issues facing the county. But we don't want to be the only ones posing the questions; we want to hear what's on your mind as well. If you have a question you would like to ask one or all of the candidates, post it in the comments …
Small business owner from Greenfield who is making is first run for political office is one of three candidates in special primary election on Feb. 19.
Monday, January 21
Name: Tom Anthony Address: 9765 W. Plainfield Ave., Greenfield Age: 54 Occupation: Manager of Printing Services for MTS for the last 20 years. Also I am a small business owner. Certified Wellness and Lifestyle Coach and Fitness Professional. Professional Entertainer - Tom Anthony Group Family: Married 34 years to Teri; no children How long have you lived in district? 11 years Have you held political office? No Related experience: Community Projects for Seniors Alzheimer’s Association Council Of Festivals - former board member
Former state legislator and West Allis alderman is one of three candidates running in special primary election on Feb. 19.
Monday, January 21
Name: Tony Staskunas Address: 2010 S. 103rd Ct., West Allis Age: 52 Occupation: Attorney Family: Married for 25 years to Elizabeth; three children - John, 23; Michael, 20; Anne, 16 How long have you lived in district? Lifetime Have you held political office? City of West Allis Alderman - Elected in 1988, 1992 and 1996. Served 1988-1997. Elected to Wisconsin State Assembly-15th District 1996 through 2010. Served 1997-2013. Related experience: University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, Juris Doctor 1986; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Bachelor of Science cum laude 1983; Member-Wisconsin State Fair Park Board; Board Member West Allis Chamber of Commerce; Chairman Public Safety Comm; Governor's Council-Comm. on Impaired Driving; Founding …