Known best for her advocacy in getting cameras installed at Waveny Park, Hilary Ritter Ormond is a Democrat running for Town Council. Hilary grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia. She has a Masters in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a law degree from Fordham University. Before moving to Connecticut, Hilary practiced law in New York City at the law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP. She also clerked for the Honorable Joseph M. McLaughlin at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Hilary has lived in New Canaan since 2014 and is currently a stay-at-home mother to two children, an 8- and 5-year old. Since moving to New Canaan, Hilary has served as the co-chair for the New Canaan Museum & Historical Society's annual fundraiser and volunteers for both Staying Put and Planet New Canaan. Hilary also spearheaded the inaugural Pride recognition in New Canaan, celebrating for the first time the LGBTQIA+ members of our community and their allies.
Hilary wants to make local politics more inclusive and accessible. As a parent to young children, Hilary knows first hand the amount of effort it takes to stay in the loop on local issues. Many town meeting times fall right at school drop off or bedtimes, and typically require in person attendance to participate. But this structure not only disadvantages parents of young children; it also makes participation difficult, if not impossible, for those with disabilities, some senior citizens, and those with other special needs. And as Covid and Zoom have taught us, it is just not necessary. The days of exclusively in-person town meetings should be a thing of the past. We can--and should--also use social media more strategically to keep people informed. Local matters affect all of us, and our town leaders should make the meetings where decisions on such matters are made as accessible as possible to all town residents.
Hilary also supports smart, efficient and transparent decision-making on fiscal matters. One of the most important jobs of the town council is to evaluate the town budget and approve requests for special appropriations. We must be smart with our citizens' tax dollars and look for efficiencies wherever possible. As part of this, we must think critically about the buildings currently owned by the Town and how they can best be utilized or divested. New Canaan also must be smart and strategic with the funds it is receiving via the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), and town council should have a critical role in determining how those funds should be allocated and spent.
Hilary believes we must continue to support our excellent schools. Our schools are the industry of New Canaan, and not only give our children the best foundation for their future but also bolster our real estate values, a fact made ever more apparent this past year.
Finally, Hilary will ask the tough but fair questions that our residents have about the issues that are important to them, and work on a bipartisan basis with her fellow councilpersons to achieve the best possible results for our town. For although she is a Democrat, she truly believes that when it comes to local issues, as Mayor LaGuardia once said, "there's no Democratic or Republican way of cleaning the streets."