Working to make government work for you

Jeff serves on Woodstock's Planning & Zoning Commission.  He was elected to office in 2007 and has been re-elected twice in 2011 and 2015, each time with strong community support.  For the past 9 years, Jeff has been the Commission Chair, re-elected annually and unanimously by his fellow Commissioners.  Jeff also serves as Chair of the Commission's Regulation Review Subcommittee.  The Planning & Zoning Commission is the only municipal agency that creates town "laws", in the Commission's case it does so via zoning and subdivision regulations.  The Commission also administers the regulations when it reviews and decides upon land use applications.

Advocating for patient care and the medical profession

Jeff was the 178th President of the Connecticut State Medical Society (2016-2017).  It was the first time in over 30 years that a doctor from northeast Connecticut was the state medical society President.  During Jeff's time as President, a number of major accomplishments were achieved, such as increased membership; improved financials; strengthened affiliation of county medical societies with each other and with the state medical society; start of the state's first health information exchange (CTHealthLink) without using taxpayer dollars; proactive response to the opioid crisis; public efforts about health care reform; help for private practice medical offices by lobbying for Connecticut small business express expansion; support for HAVEN, the state's program to help troubled medical practitioners; and resources for doctors to navigate the changing world of payment reimbursement.  It was a successful team effort during challenging times.  

Improving our kids' education

Jeff serves on the Board of the Woodstock Education Foundation, a non-profit staffed by community members who volunteer their time to raise money for the K-8 Woodstock public schools.  Each year, a lot of money is raised and a growing list of education programs is supported by education grants.  Teachers and administrators apply for grants.  Jeff is the Foundation's Secretary and is chair of its Governance & Policy Committee.  Jeff also serves on the Grants Review Committee.  The Woodstock Education Foundation does wonderful things.  Thank you to everyone in the community who supports the work that it does.  The Foundation's mission is simple: do what can be done to add to the educational experience of our public schools kids.  

Supporting agriculture

Jeff serves on the Board of the Woodstock Agricultural Society and is the current Treasurer.  

Helping local businesses and economic development

Jeff's work Woodstock's Planning & Zoning Commission involves making zoning regulations make good and reasonable sense for local businesses.

Consulting opportunities

Jeff provides independent consulting work on medical-legal cases.  Jeff has more than 18 years of direct, in-hospital and office-based patient care experience. Jeff is Board certified in adult Hematology (blood diseases/disorders) and adult Medical Oncology (cancer). Jeff also has many years of experience in hospital medical staff leadership, quality care, and peer review.  Jeff is a former member of Connecticut's Medical Examining Board.  Jeff's years of experience with non-profit organizations help him to help others regarding bylaws and organizational policies.

Writing articles to keep you informed

Jeff writes articles on various, timely topics.  Thank you to the Villager Newspapers for publishing them.


A Good Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting

February 15th, 2018

A good meeting tonight of Woodstock's Planning & Zoning Commission.  Good progress made improving our town's sign regulations.  Another review of the Land Use Fee Ordinance showed it is not overcharging people for permits and not undercharging for the legitimate work town government does reviewing permit applications.  Also, moving forward on making the Land Use Fee Ordinance work better for people.

Economic Development

February 5th, 2018

I spent last night meeting with Woodstock's Economic Development Commission (EDC).  We discussed ways the Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) and the EDC can work together.  Good talk about ways to encourage appropriate economic development and tax base diversity for our community.  The PZC has been doing a lot for economic development and agriculture support, while maintaining the rural character of Woodstock.  More work to do.  Good to see the EDC is up and running.  Thank you to the EDC members for volunteering to serve our community.

6 more weeks of winter?!

February 2nd, 2018

Groundhog Day.  Phil in Punxsutawney (PA) and Scramble the Duck in Eastford (CT) both predicted 6 more weeks of winter.  Looked like Scramble was having more fun this morning than Phil.  At least Chuckles IX in Manchester (CT) predicted an early spring.  Let's hope that Chuckles is correct/

Jeff elected as Treasurer of the Woodstock Agricultural Society

January 23rd, 2018

I enjoyed attending the Agricultural Society's annual meeting.  The reading of the annual meeting minutes from 100 years ago was quite interesting.  Amazing how long the Agricultural Society has been in existence and all of the Woodstock fairs that have been held over the years.  Thank you to my fellow Board Directors for electing me as the new Treasurer of the Society.       

MLK Jr Day

January 15th, 2018

On this day that we celebrate the work of MLK Jr. and of many others, we are all reminded of the work left to do.  Reading the "I have a dream" speech is one thing.  Hearing it is another thing.  Seeing people live it and striving to do better because of it is a special thing.

Jeff re-elected Chair of Woodstock's Planning & Zoning Commission

December 21st, 2017

The Commission at its December 21st, 2017, meeting, re-elected Jeff as the Commission Chair and also as the Chair of its Regulations Review Subcommittee.  Jeff has been honored to serve as the Commission's Chair for the past 9 years.  "I enjoy the work, not just as a Commissioner, but also as the Commission Chair, facilitating the Commission's work, working with my fellow Commissioners, and doing the work that needs to be done for people in the community."  Congratulations to Dotti Durst (Secretary) and Fred Rich (Vice-Chair), who were re-elected by the Commission.

Planning & Zoning Commission continues work on updating sign regulations for Woodstock

December 21st, 2017

The Commission held tonight another public meeting on how best to update Woodstock's sign regulations.  This ongoing work is in 3 parts.  First, bring the sign regulations into compliance with U.S. Supreme Court ruling about content-neutral municipal sign regulations.  Second, decide if to allow internally lit, exterior, businesses signs.  Third, decide how to allow a reasonable number and size of business signs.  An additional item is how to allow window business signs.  A lot of meaningful work has been accomplished and more work is to be done.

Jeff continues as Chair of CTHealthLink, the state's first health information exchange.

September 28th, 2017

During Jeff's time as Connecticut State Medical Society President, the CTHealthLink was started.  This is the state's first health information exchange.  It is a meaningful effort to bridge the gaps that exist among various hospitals and medical offices, here in CT and elsewhere in the U.S.  Now, more than ever, a seamless way for doctors and other medical providers to access patient care records in real time, in the hospital or in the office, is needed.  CTHealthLink does not use any taxpayer money, unlike the State of Connecticut's effort to duplicate the work already being done by CTHealthLink (and CT spending millions of $ of money it does not have). CTHealthLink also will allow hospitals and medical offices to meet the growing requiements of quality care and outcomes data reporting, as well as provide proactive cybersecurity  CTHealthLink is an exciting program - find out more about it. 

Jeff finishes term as Connecticut State Medical Society President

September 28th, 2017

Jeff ended his term as the 178th President.  It was an action-packed and challenging year, on the state and national level.  "I am proud of the work that I did, leading a team of many people, to do what was needed to advocate strongly for patient care and for the medical profession."  At the end of Jeff's time as President, it was noted that the state medical society had more members, was in an improved financial position, and had a stronger bond with its affiliated county medical societies and other medical professional organizations.  Additionally, efforts were strengthened to help small medical practices that are facing many challenges to keep their doors open to help their patients.  Overall, it was another legislative successful year for the state medical society.

CT Mirror interview about the Affordable Care Act

August 20th, 2017

Jeff talked about fixing, not repealing without replacing, the Affordable Care Act.  During his time as CT State Medical Society President, this topic was much discussed.  Read the interview to find out more.


August 15th, 2017

Thank you to Olivia Richman at the Villager Newspapers for a wonderful article about Woodstock's Planning and Zoning Commission's Community Conversation about the town's Subdivision Open Space goals.

August 3rd, 2017   

Woodstock’s Planning & Zoning Commission held a Community Conversation about residential subdivision open space.  This is a BIG issue in town.  A lot of people attended the Conversation.  I gave a presentation about the topic, and then listened to what people had to say.  After the meeting ended, I had a lot of helpful information and ideas to ponder.


A lot is going on around the country with protests and counter-protests.

Here is an article on civility that I wrote:

Where Is American Democracy Going To?