Some Testa papers say he lives in Monroe
Posted in the Westport Forum
#1 May 5, 2013
BRIDGEPORT -- Mario Testa, the city's Democratic chairman, is a Bridgeport resident registered to vote in town, at least according to papers filed with the secretary of the state.
But Mario Testa, the Bridgeport restaurateur, lives in Monroe, according to business documents filed with that same office over the past decade.
It's a newly found development in the long debate over Testa's residency -- one that neither the secretary of the state nor the local registrars of voters says they are prepared to investigate, even though it is illegal for someone to vote where they don't live.
"It's actually up to someone -- any citizen can do this -- to put a complaint in with the State Elections Enforcement Commission," said Francisco Borres, Bridgeport's deputy Republican registrar.
Reached by phone at his restaurant Friday, Testa said he welcomes the scrutiny.
"If they want to waste people's time, let 'em investigate," he said. "I'm here almost seven days a week ... That's all they got on me after all these years?"
Though he owns a large lakeside home at 40 Bridge Road, Monroe, Testa has consistently said that is a weekend retreat.
He spends most of his time in apartments above his Italian restaurant, Testo's on Madison Avenue, he has said.
The eatery and banquet facility is often host to parties involving Democrat-dominated Bridgeport's movers and shakers. Saturday evening, for instance, Mayor Bill Finch will host the 22nd annual,$150-per-ticket ball to benefit the Police Athletic League at Testo's.
Barbara Freddino, a Democrat on the Zoning Commission, reignited the debate over Testa's residency this week.
Before the commission voted -- and passed -- a zoning change Testa requested for his restaurant, Freddino noted that the official paperwork for Testa's limited liability corporation, 1775 Madison Avenue Investments LLC, lists his home address at 40 Bridge Road, Monroe.
Testa Friday said he was unfamiliar with the documents, although he has signed some of them.
"Look, I got my driver's license in Bridgeport (in) 1962. My cars are registered in Bridgeport," Testa said.
"I'm not entitled to go up there (to Monroe) on a Sunday to get away from business and everything and work on the yard and smell the fresh air and go fishing?" Testa said.
He said for the past six months he has been in Bridgeport opening a pizza restaurant on Brooklawn Avenue.
The Secretary of the State's office will not look into the paperwork discrepancy, Harris said.
He said the Bridgeport registrars could review the matter, but Borres said the registrars have no enforcement powers.
Testa is not alone in having dual addresses. Evidence surfaced that Bridgeport state Rep. Christina Ayala, D-128, was not living in the district when elected in November. Ayala's campaign paperwork claimed she lived at 604 Noble Ave., but two arrest reports and an application for a protective order listed her address in the 129th District at 49 Hillside Ave.
In late December, the State Elections Enforcement Commission launched a voter fraud investigation of Ayala and her mother, Democratic Registrar Santa "Sandi" Ayala.
That probe is ongoing.
Ex-Democratic Bridgeport state Rep. Christopher Caruso, former chairman of the Legislature's government administration and elections committee, said state and local elections officials are shirking their duties.
"It's not just Mario Testa," Caruso said.
"If someone is not living in the town where they are voting, it appears to me to be a violation of the law. They can't take this approach,`Well, someone has to file a complaint.' You've made them aware of it. It's incumbent upon them to pursue it."
Since: Aug 10
#2 May 5, 2013
More prove that Bridgeport is corrupt.
Since: Mar 11
#3 May 6, 2013
It's a slippery slope- this ought to be investigated and IF he is really living in Monroe, then he ought to pay the same price as someone in some other community.
#4 May 6, 2013
why does none of this suprise me?
#5 May 6, 2013
Not surprising. All of these people are "do as I say, not as I do" types. They're so much better than the rest of us that they're exempt from ANY laws. Didn't you know that??
#6 May 6, 2013
It's been known for years that Mr. Testa doesn't live in Bridgeport. The fact that the Bridgeport DTC has ignored it speaks volumes about the dishonesty of the whole committee.
Testas comment reported in the Ct. Post. "After all these year that's all they got?" speaks volumes as well. Inferring that he has done much worst.
Democrats State Centrals' silence shows contempt for the states election laws. The state of Corrupticut is apropos.
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