The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday voted to appoint a longtime resident with a unique history in New Canaan to a prominent municipal committee.
The selectmen voted 2-0, with one abstention, to appoint Roy Abramowitz to the Audit Committee. Formed in 2014, the volunteer body helps oversee financial reporting for the municipal government and school district. First Selectman Kevin Moynihan and Selectman Nick Williams voted in favor of the appointment. If Abramowitz’s appointment is supported by New Canaan’s legislative body, he will fill a vacancy left by founding Audit Committee member George Maranis, who resigned.
Selectman Kathleen Corbet abstained from the vote, saying, “I’ll just say that this has nothing to do with the candidate but I do think that the process of learning candidates, particularly for the Audit Committee, I would say the same for the Board of Finance, where two bodies have to go through the process of reviewing the candidates—presumably and ideally a pool of candidates—and then reviewing those and then going through the process of approval through both the Board of Selectmen and the Town Council, we haven’t gone through that process with respect to this open position in the Audit Committee. And so I’ll abstain on this particular vote, because I think that while I’m not disagreeing about the candidate, what I do think is that the process needs to go through with respect to a pool of candidates, particularly a diverse pool of candidates.