New Canaan Man Charged with Animal Cruelty

Police last week arrested a 47-year-old New Canaan man by warrant and charged him with cruelty to animals. Jack Hawkins, a former Parks & Recreation Commission member who resigned two years ago following a second domestic arrest, was stopped while driving on Route 123 at about 9 p.m. on Feb. 7 “due to the vehicle being associated with an active arrest warrant for New Canaan Police,” according to a police report. Hawkins was arrested and transported to police headquarters to be processed on the charge, the report said. The warrant resulted from “an Animal [Control] investigation that was reported to New Canaan Police in January,” it said.

Town Council To ‘Reconsider’ Audit Committee Appointment

Six months after voting against the appointment, the town’s legislative body is scheduled to “reconsider” adding a local man with a unique history in New Canaan to a prominent municipal body. The following agenda item appears on the Town Council’s regular meeting agenda for 7 p.m. Wednesday: “Audit Committee Appointment – Reconsideration of the confirmation of the appointment of Roy Abramowitz as a regular member for a three year term ending December 1, 2025.”

In denying the appointment by a 6-5 vote at its April 5 meeting, Councilmen (as they had weeks earlier) voiced concerns about the process that landed the Abramowitz nomination in front of them. Specifically,  they said that since the Audit Committee is a creation of the Town Council itself, its members should be involved earlier in vetting candidates. Formed in 2014, the volunteer Audit Committee helps oversee financial reporting for the municipal government and school district. The Committee has a vacancy left by founding member George Maranis, who resigned. Abramowitz is a CPA in town.