My response to the community for my actions.
I would like to take a moment of your time to explain my thoughts and actions as referenced in the New Canaanite over the weekend. But before I do that, let’s go back over the past 30 years.
My wife and I moved to New Canaan over 30 years ago. We found this community welcoming, warm and giving. Over the years we have volunteered for many activities. I have been involved in local politics, my church, a number of charities, elected to the town council, was a fire commissioner and currently serve as a police commissioner. I am extremely protective of this town, its emergency responders, education system, citizens and merchants. That being said, last week as I came upon some flyers on the ground and taped to some trees, I picked them up. This was a reflex as a resident, not a reaction as a police commissioner. A New Canaan Advertiser employee saw me and when asked, I said that it looked like litter and that I picked it up.
Once I heard about the controversy I had unintentionally caused, I found out who was involved and that there was a march being organized here in town. It was put together by a New Canaan family, one that I have known for years and worship with at the same church. I called to explain my actions and to apologize for the misunderstanding. We agreed that the march was for a meaningful and important cause. We all marched together on Thursday and it was a powerful demonstration of a community coming together.
I have been called insensitive and probably a lot worse behind my back. But to my critics, I simply say—try volunteering in this town for 30 years and try not to make any mistakes.