Paul Foley

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Letter: Vote Mallozzi-Williams Team at July 18 Republican Caucus

My wife and I moved to New Canaan 30 years ago. We raised our two boys, made many friends and rolled up our sleeves to volunteer in community activities. Personally, I have been on the Republican Town Committee (five years as chairman), Town Council (10 years), Fire Commission and currently Police Commission. I have a pretty good idea of how this town runs, what has worked and what has not. I have assisted a number of first selectmen and selectmen over the years and while we didn’t always agree on every course of action, we debated, respected each other, took a vote and moved forward. Continue Reading →

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Police Chief: Investigation into Oenoke Ridge Youth Party Nearing Conclusion, Discussion of Criminal Charges Underway

Authorities are nearing the end of their investigation into a youth party at an Oenoke Ridge Road home last month at which a juvenile male was seriously hurt, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said Wednesday night. Asked to speak generally about criteria that officials use in deciding whether or not to bring criminal charges in such cases, the chief said, “It’s probable cause.”

“If we believe a crime has been committed then we apply for an arrest warrant for the offenders and the state’s attorney signs off on it or not,” Krolikowski said during the Police Commission’s meeting, held in the training room at NCPD. “But in a case like this we like to review all the facts beforehand with the state’s attorney so that we are all on the same page.”

Asked whether police had applied yet for an arrest warrant, he said: “Not yet, no, but that’s in the very near future.”

Police put out a public call for information about the March 25 party and received a “strong” response, Krolikowski said, though as with any major incident, “there were lots of rumors.”

“Many were unfounded,” the chief said. “There was some legitimacy to parts of the information we received and we had to compile it all. That is coming to a conclusion very soon, with a discussion with the state’s attorney about criminal charges.”

It isn’t clear whether police broke up the party, where it was, whether alcohol or drugs were involved, what was the nature of the young man’s injury, how old he is or how he was injured. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Police Step Up Efforts To Serve, Clear Outstanding Arrest Warrants

New Canaan Police said Monday night that they’re bolstering efforts to serve department- and court-issued arrest warrants for people who have been cited for infractions or charged with crimes but have not been immediately reachable by authorities. As part of the department’s new warrant service initiative, older warrants for people who have been ticketed but likely will never be reachable—for example, those who travel to Connecticut seasonally from out-of-state to solicit door-to-door, incurring infraction summonses—will be “vacated,” according to Police Capt. John DiFederico. The department following a recent internal accounting found that it has about 117 such court-issued warrants—known as ‘PRAWN’ or paperless re-arrest warrants, issued when people fail to pay or plead to a ticket, DiFederico said at the Police Commission’s regular monthly meeting, held at Town Hall. Asked by commissioner Paul Foley whether warrants tied to past arrests will be prioritized based on severity, DiFederico said that police are trying to take care of those issued for felony-level offenses. They include outstanding warrants for first-degree failure to appear for 37-year-old Christian “Chris” Hernan Cruz, originally charged in 2012 with first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny, as well as third-degree forgery and conspiracy to commit forgery. Continue Reading →

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‘This Is Ridiculous’: Town Officials Urge Auto Shop Owner To Be Reasonable in Parking Vehicles Along Main Street

Members of the volunteer group that oversees on-street parking in New Canaan are urging the owner of a downtown business to work with them or risk exacerbating an emotionally charged dispute and potentially dangerous situation. The Police Commission already has spent more time on traffic and safety concerns near AC Auto Body than it has on hiring issues, according to commissioner Paul Foley. “This is ridiculous and it is still not solved,” Foley said at the start of the commission’s regular meeting, held Wednesday in the training room at the New Canaan Police Department. “It would be resolved if this individual would perform in a neighborhood way.”

Turning to members of NCPD that are working with both AC Auto Body owner Anthony Ceraso and neighbors who say the way he parks customers and shop vehicles blocks sight lines, Foley added: “You want to convey that to [Ceraso]? That we are concerned again about this action that he continues to do and if there isn’t any cleanup, especially now that snow coming and all the other stuff, that we will go to [Planning & Zoning]. Continue Reading →

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Town Installs ‘Stop Ahead’ Sign for Northbound Motorists on Weed Street Approaching Frogtown

Responding to concerns from a resident who lives near the intersection, traffic officials have installed a ‘Stop Ahead’ sign for motorists traveling north on Weed Street as they approach Frogtown Road. Members of the Police Commission at a recent meeting also voted 3-0 to place reflectors on the sign itself, part of a 3-way stop that often takes drivers by surprise. “People coming up from the Merritt Parkway up to visit people here, they don’t realize that there’s a stop sign in the middle of that road,” commissioner Paul Foley said at the group’s Nov. 16 meeting, held in the training room at the New Canaan Police Department. According to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski, there’s no significant accident history at the intersection. Continue Reading →

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