Letter: Softball Field Improvements Are Evidence That First Selectman Should Remain Board of Finance Chairman


On November 8th, citizens of New Canaan will be allowed to vote on proposed changes to the Board of Finance. Having worked with our first selectman on investments in girls’ softball infrastructure in town, I am strongly opposed to these changes.

The town needs a single and accountable leader to guide town spending, especially when important and timely investments need to be evaluated and funded.

I approached our first selectman as a parent volunteer representing the NCHS Softball team and the NC Softball League. Our varsity field at Waveny was in poor condition, we had no designated bullpen, and our backstop— built in the 1980s—was unsuitable and dangerous. Working with Rob Mallozzi streamlined our request to have these issues addressed. It was imperative that the first selectman, who brought in Parks and Recreation, field maintenance and other town officials, have a thorough understanding of the town’s finances and operations. Separately, with the town’s permission and assistance with installation, New Canaan Softball funded and provided dugout canopies at Waveny’s Orchard Field. Mr. Mallozzi’s support, guidance and execution as both first selectman and head of the Board of Finance helped the NCHS Varsity team and the Softball League achieve our goals.


Nancy Welch

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