Laurel Girls State Towns

 

Laurel Girls State is comprised of three municipalities: Lamont City, Grasso, and Wymantown.  Each town or city has its own form of government: strong-mayor, weak-mayor, selectman, alderman, etc.  The first order of business at ALALGS is electing town officials.  Town officials for each town are outlined below.

Grasso

It is a tradition at ALA Laurel Girls State to have a town or city named after the current sitting governor.  Ned Lamont became the 89th Governor of the State of Connecticut on January 9, 2019. Ned Lamont was born January 3, 1954. Mr Lamont is an American businessman and politician. Mr Lamont graduated from Yale University and entered the cable television industry. In 1984 he founded his own Cable Television company Campus Televideo which provides satellite and telecommunication services to colleges and universities across the United States. He served on the board of trustees for  many companies. Politically Mr Lamont  served as a member of the Board of Selectmen of Greenwich. 

Elected City Officials:

Mayor   The Mayor is elected by the voters of the City.  As chief executive officer, it is her duty to reinforce the ordinances and carryout the policies of the Aldermen.  She generally presides over the affairs with a number of official boards, commissions, and departments.  
 

Board of Aldermen (Chairman and eight members)   The council is the city’s lawmaking body.  It passes city laws (ordinances), adopts the budget, levies taxes, appropriates money, and fixes the tax rate.

City Clerk    The town clerk keeps the records and in most towns is the registrar of births, deaths, and marriages.  She may issue marriage and other licenses.  In her office, are recorded deeds, mortgages, leases, and other papers dealing with land and personal property records.
 

City Treasurer    The treasurer keeps the town purse.  This is mostly revenue from property taxes.  She pays the town’s bills on the order of the Selectmen.  She must make financial reports at regular town meetings.

 

Registrar of Voters    The registrar of voters must be from an official party.  She keeps all the official records of all the registered voters within the town and also the list of registered voters within her party.  At the polls, the registrar checks off the voters name as they cast their ballot.

 

Board of Education (Chairman & four members)   The state law requires each town to maintain a school system according to specified standards.  The schools of each town are under the direction of the Board of Education, cooperating with the State Board of Education.

 

Planning and Zoning (Chairman and four members)   Planning and zoning is a land-use commission.  Their responsibilities are to determine appropriate designations between industrial, commercial, and residential land.

 

City Committee Chairman   In the city, the Chairman is the political leader of the party.  All campaign issues on a local level are cleared through her.  At the convention, she will announce the votes as tallied by the registrar of voters.


 

Malloy City

Crosbytown

Ella Grasso was one of the main leaders in promoting women in politics during a time when women were not considered viable candidates.  She was elected governor with one of the largest pluralities in Connecticut history.  Epitomizing the story of the rising politician, beginning her career as a party worker and rising to various posts before being elected Secretary of the State, Ella Grasso also served as the Congressional Delegate from the First District.  She was the first female governor in the United States to be elected in her own right. 

Elected Town Officials:

Town Council (Chairman and six members)   The town council has seven elected officials.  Within the town council is the mayor and the deputy mayor.  The mayor presides over all town meetings and all ceremonial functions.  The town council passes town laws (ordinances), adopts a budget, levies taxes, appropriates money, and fixes the tax rate.

 

Town Clerk   The town clerk keeps the records and in most towns is the registrar of births, deaths, and marriages.  She may issue marriage and other licenses.  In her office, are recorded deeds, mortgages, leases, and other papers dealing with land and personal property records.

 

Town Treasurer   The treasurer keeps the town purse.  This is mostly revenue from property taxes.  She pays the town’s bills on the order of the Selectmen.  She must make financial reports at regular town meetings.

 

Registrar of Voters   The registrar of voters must be from an official party.  She keeps all the official records of all the registered voters within the town and also the list of registered voters within her party.  At the polls, the registrar checks off the voters name as they cast their ballot.

 

Board of Education (Chairman & two members)    The state law requires each town to maintain a school system according to specified standards.  The schools of each town are under the direction of the Board of Education, cooperating with the State Board of Education.

 

Planning and Zoning (Chairman and two members)   Planning and zoning is a land-use commission.  Their responsibilities are to determine appropriate designations between industrial, commercial, and residential land.

 

Town Committee Chairman   In the town, the Chairman is the political leader of the party.  All campaign issues on a local level are cleared through her.  At the convention, she will announce the votes as tallied by the registrar of voters.

 

Wyman

Nancy Wyman is Connecticut’s Former Lieutenant Governor.  Prior to being elected to that position in January 2011, she was the first female elected as the State Comptroller, serving from 1995 to 2011.  Former Lt. Governor Wyman, holds the service and sacrifice of Connecticut’s military veterans and their families as one of her highest priorities.  She created the Wall of Honor located in the concourse of the State Capitol through solicitation of private donations and regularly attends sendoff and welcome-home events for members of the Connecticut National Guard.

 

Elected Town Officials

First Selectman        The Selectmen are the executive officers of the Town unless otherwise provided in the charter.  They carry out the instructions of the town meetings and direct the spending of all appropriations, except those for the schools.  The first selectmen act as the town’s agent and are responsible for carrying on the town government.  Wymantown has one First Selectman and two selectmen.

 

Town Clerk    The town clerk keeps the records and in most towns is the registrar of births, deaths, and marriages.  She may issue marriage and other licenses.  In her office are recorded deeds and mortgages, leases, and other papers dealing with land and personal property records.

 

Town Treasurer       The treasurer keeps the town purse.  This is mostly revenue from property taxes.  She pays the town’s bills on the order of the Selectmen.  She must make financial reports at regular town meetings.

 

Registrar of Voters      The registrar of voters must be from an official party.  She keeps all the official records of all the registered voters within the town and also the list of registered voters within her party.  At the polls, the registrar checks off the voters name as they cast their ballot.

 

Board of Education (Chairman & two members)    The state law requires each town to maintain a school system according to specified standards.  The schools of each town are under the direction of the Board of Education, cooperating with the State Board of Education.

 

Planning and Zoning (Chairman and three members)     Planning and zoning is a land-use commission.  Their responsibilities are to determine appropriate designations between industrial, commercial, and residential land.

 

Committee Chairman    In the town, the Chairman is the political leader of the party.  All campaign issues on a local level are cleared through her.  At the convention, she will announce the votes as tallied by the registrar of voters.


 

"I was from Doddville. The best memory I had at girls state was all of the excitement of the campaigning and election process including the poster making, whistle stops, and speech giving."

 

Former Secretary of the State Makaila

Laurel Girls State 

"I loved how close our community, was. I remember one day in particular, when we did a cheer coming into the dining hall. Everyone looked at us like we were crazy, but we were having so much fun, we didn't care."

 

Senator Allison

Former ALA Girls Nation 

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