Hours after New Canaan’s highest elected official publicly denied her request for a meeting date change, Selectman Kathleen Corbet contacted the chair of the Ethics Board suggesting that the denial might have been retaliatory, documents show. An ethics complaint already had been filed against First Selectman Kevin Moynihan at the time of the Board of Selectmen’s Nov. 16 meeting. There, Moynihan said honoring Corbet’s request to move a scheduled meeting in December back one day would “be a very bad precedent.”
According to an email that Moynihan sent to the selectmen about 45 minutes prior to the meeting—an email that forms part of an ethics investigation file available at Town Hall—the first selectman said Corbet’s request “may be an Ethics Code violation.”
“We know when our Regular meetings of BOS are well in advance and we should act accordingly,” Moynihan said in the meeting. “Sometimes you may have to miss a meeting if you have personal business that is more important that the Town’s.”
Corbet made Moyhinan’s denial public during the selectmen meeting, and then emailed Ethics Board Chair Tucker Clauss just after, saying, “Not sure if this is retaliatory … I requested a date change over 30 days away from this meeting which would keep it as a Regular meeting.