By Shaun Flynn
Dan Drew gets re-elected back to office in Middletown and education is one of his major priorities.
On Nov. 5, Drew, 33, was re-elected as mayor for his second term. Drew said his main objective is to get passed the politics and any obstacle that could prevent the community from being a better place.
When Drew took office his first term, he established a relationship with the students at Middlesex Community College. Drew has set-up many internships for students in different departments in the town. “We are giving all kinds of different opportunities for the students,” Drew said.
For his second term, Drew want to strengthen and expand the projects like the internship program for the students. He also wants to make partnerships with industry and the students, which include opportunities for environmentally efficient initiatives.
“I think community colleges are wonderful,” Drew said. “They are affordable, community based, and offer a great education.”
He believes community colleges build a solid foundation for all students. They help students learn the skills they need to go into the real world.
All of these advantages for community colleges are what Drew emphasizes for education. Drew likes to visit the college, which he has done a couple of times, and he likes to talk with the students face-to-face.
One of the biggest pieces of advice Mayor Drew gives to MxCC students is to read.
“Read as much as you can,” Drew said. “In order to be successful, one must read anything they can get their hands on. The more you read, the more you can identify,” Drew said.
Drew has big plans for his next term as mayor. He wants to work on the public infrastructure. Drew also wants to improve the parks in the city.
Another issue the Drew wants to work on is to consolidate offices to make the city work more fluently. Drew is also pushing on working on the riverfront development.
On the ballot in the last election, there were two questions. One that dealt with obtaining new street lights. “I‘m very happy it passed,” Drew said. “The lights will offer a better light for everyone and the city will save $300,000 a year. This will illuminate downtown better and make for better security.”
The other question dealt with road construction. The new roads will make it easier for the city to plow them, and the infrastructure will be better in general. This also makes it easier to fix in the long run.
Drew is originally from New Milford. He always believed in public service and he always wanted to help the people. He is ready to have a second opportunity to work with people, to rise above the politics, and to make policy changes for the better of the people of Middletown.