New Canaan’s highest elected official has suffered a stroke, town officials said during the public Board of Selectmen meeting Tuesday.
First Selectman Kevin Moynihan “suffered a mild stroke, I think, as he described it to me,” according to Selectman Nick Williams.
“He’s in the hospital now and hopefully getting better,” Williams said during a regular meeting of the Board of Selectmen, held at Town Hall and via videoconference.
“My thoughts and prayers are with him and Mim [Moynihan] and his family. It’s a hell of a job being first selectman of any town, particularly in this environment. So obviously our thoughts and prayers are with Kevin to get better. He’s I think done a terrific job as first selectman and want him to continue in that role going forward.”
Williams’s comments came at the start of the meeting.
Moynihan in a Sunday email to the Town Council, Board of Finance, district leaders and municipal department heads said he was “doing fine and recovering well” following a “minor stroke event” Easter morning.
Moynihan credited New Canaan Emergency Medical Services and New Canaan Police for carefully and effectively getting him medical attention straightaway.
“Although I had no reason to expect a stroke event, I was lucky to get the immediate treatment that can reverse the effects and I am feeling fine and almost fully normal,” he said in the email.
During the Board meeting, Selectman Kathleen Corbet said, “I want to wish Kevin good health, and I know he’s on the mend and he’s probably watching us now.”
Williams responded, “I hope not, for his sake. Kevin, turn off the TV. We’ll get through this.”