In an unusual discussion last week, some members of New Canaan’s legislative body voiced concerns about the qualifications and partisanship of a prospective member of an appointed municipal body. While Maria Weingarten can be admired for her outspokenness and strong opinions, she as an alternate member of the Board of Finance has already had to recuse herself from some important votes related to a proposed affordable housing development at 751 Weed St. and is also an activist on some education-related issues, Town Councilman Hilary Ormond said during the legislative body’s regular meeting July 20. It also is unclear just how Weingarten is qualified to serve as a regular member of the finance board, Ormond said during the meeting, held at Town Hall and via videoconference. “I’m not entirely clear what her qualifications are,” Ormond said.
Join the New Canaan Republican Town Committee for the 15th Annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner on June 9th, 7PM with Guest Speaker, Chris Christie. Event Honorees include former RTC Chairman, Pat Donovan, and State Rep. Kim Fiorello. Purchase tickets online at NewCanaanRepublicans.org website. Many candidates running for state offices will be in attendance including:
Hon. Themis Klarides, Candidate for U.S. Senate, Leora Levy, Candidate for U.S. Senate, Hon.
The local political group that distributed an endorsement letter at the center of an ethics complaint into First Selectman Kevin Moynihan last week turned over an original version of the letter to the appointed municipal body investigating the matter. The Republican Town Committee also submitted to the New Canaan Ethics Board printed copies of what it described as email correspondence and a list of those to whom the letter was sent, according to documents received Feb. 23 by the Town Clerk’s office and available there in a public file. Viewable here on the town website, the complaint alleges that Moynihan violated the town Code of Ethics in multiple ways when he described the Board of Education race to letter recipients while urging them to vote for the Republican slate. It was filed by Micaela Porta the day before Election Day.
New Canaan’s highest-elected official last week voiced criticism of an appointed town body’s finding that further investigation is warranted into a complaint that he violated the Code of Ethics in the run-up to November’s municipal election. First Selectman Kevin Moynihan in a Jan. 5 email to the Board of Selectmen, Town Council, Board of Finance, Audit Committee and Board of Ed chair called the complaint lodged Nov. 1 by a town resident “spurious.” In it, the complainant, Micaela Porta, said that Moynihan “using his position as first selectman violated several sections of the town Ethics Code when he sent an undated letter to all residents of New Canaan prior to the town’s Nov. 2, 2021 municipal election,” according to a citation that the Ethics Board made at its Jan.