Moynihan: Emergency Management Director Out After ‘Disagreement’ Over COVID Testing [UPDATED]

Update 9:45 p.m. Wednesday 

First Selectman Kevin Moynihan late Wednesday issued a statement regarding his request that Mike Handler resign as director of emergency management. According to the statement (printed in full below), Handler’s “role as EMD was to coordinate and communicate as the ‘voice’ of the EOC [Emergency Operations Center], but not as the ultimate decision maker.”

“Throughout any crisis, and especially during this pandemic emergency, decisions must be made after thoughtful and respectful discussion and debate,” Moynihan said in the statement. “While all of this coordination may have appeared seamless to the greater community, regrettably, recent circumstances have required me to make this change in staffing.”

Update 12:45 p.m. Wednesday 

Mike Handler issued the following statement via email: “There are so many reasons why I love to call New Canaan home, and why I have spent over 20 years volunteering for our town — the last 9 years as Emergency Management Director. I have always promised that I would only do what is in the best interest of the people of New Canaan. This promise is one that I am unable to keep under Mr. Moynihan.

Local Businesses and COVID-19: Studio Elan

For today’s Q&A with a local business, we talk to Elan McDowell, a hair stylist, educator and consultant and owner of Studio Elan. The Park Street business is taking clients by appointment 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Here’s our interview. New Canaanite: You’re just reopening now under a new model, a new system with the COVID-19 restrictions. How are you faring?

Local Businesses and COVID-19: Cava Wine Bar & Restaurant

For today’s Q&A with a local business, we talk to Nube Siguenza, executive chef and owner at Cava Wine Bar & Restaurant. The Forest Street restaurant is open seven days per week for lunch and dinner, starting at noon and going to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 10 p.m. Thursday Friday and Saturday. New Canaanite: It’s been less than two weeks since you were able to reopen for more than pickup and delivery How are you doing? Nube Siguenza: It’s very hard. We have to work harder and harder to make less.

Local Businesses and COVID-19: Pennyweights

For today’s Q&A with a local business owner, we talk to Kelly Sigg of Pennyweights. The Elm Street jewelry shop is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 

Here’s our interview. New Canaanite: You reopened on May 20th. How’s it been going? Kelly Sigg: It’s good.