In the waning hours before Election Day, State Rep. DebraLee Hovey‘s neighbors filed a complaint at Monroe Town Hall claiming she and her husband, Bridgeport Firefighter Paul Balsano, for five years have hidden renovations to their basement to avoid a higher tax assessment. The neighbors claim she has two bedrooms and a rubber-duck themed bathroom in her basement that are not accounted for in town property records.
But after clinching a landslide victory against Democratic Monroe Town Councilwoman Michele Mount to keep her seat as representative of the 112th District, Hovey is having the last laugh.
Staked in the lawn at her home on Fan Hill Road today is a “Thank-you” sign to supporters who helped her win 62 percent of the vote. Seated beside the sign on a yellow toilet is a stuffed character wearing a “Scream” thriller movie mask.
“I guess this is her way of saying she got away with it,” said Lisa Gangnath, a Trumbull resident who owns the property next-door to Hovey.
Read more here: Monroe’s hot issue: How finished is Hovey’s basement?