COST: Weston first selectman named to board

Gayle Weinstein

The Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST) announced that Weston First Selectman Gayle Weinstein has been appointed to COST’s board of directors effective Nov. 8.

COST is an advocacy organization committed to giving small towns a strong voice in the legislative process. Its members are Connecticut towns with populations of less than 30,000.

Ms. Weinstein has served on Weston’s Board of Selectmen since 2007 and was elected first selectman in 2009.

“Gayle has been active on several COST priority issues, including supporting legislation to address concerns with rising municipal pension costs. We look forward to working with Gayle as a member of COST’s board of directors to push for legislation to adjust the municipal employee contribution rates and fund pension costs more equitably,” said Betsy Gara, COST’s executive director.

Ms. Weinstein said this week that that is one of the “big things” she will be pushing for during the upcoming legislative session.

Ms. Weinstein has held several leadership positions in the community in the past, including serving as president of the Weston Intermediate School PTO, president of the Westport chapter of Hadassah, and co-organizational vice president of the CT Region of Hadassah.

As a member of several coalitions, including Connecticut’s Stem Cell Coalition and the Coalition for Choice, she has worked as a consensus builder to solve problems and get legislation passed.

“Gayle’s experience in advocating for legislation and building consensus to resolve complex issues will be a tremendous asset to COST,” Ms. Gara said.

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