My name is Paul Kuriakose. My family and I have lived in Woodbridge for roughly 5 years.
Ellen Scalettar has done more to promote open government in Woodbridge than any First Selectman in memory, and I would venture to guess than any First Selectman before that. That includes her consistent efforts to assure that the Freedom of Information laws are adhered to in our Town both in letter and in spirit. Indeed, at a recent special meeting when the Republican Selectman accused the First Selectman of violating the law by not being sure that staff had posted the meeting on the Town website 24 hours in advance, she offered to cancel the meeting immediately. The Republicans turned down that offer and the meeting proceeded.
Unlike the accusers though, First Selectman Scalettar followed up with the Freedom of Information Commission at an open and televised FOI presentation here in Woodbridge to be sure she fully understood the required procedure. It was the opinion of Tom Hennick, the CT Freedom of Information Public Information Officer, that in fact the law had been fully complied with.
This example demonstrates once again the hypocrisy of the Republican leadership of our Town. First, they did not bother to inquire whether their interpretation of the law had in fact been correct. Second, and perhaps more importantly, they were aware of the meeting in advance and never contacted the First Selectman or any Town Hall staff to request that the meeting be posted earlier.
Clearly their motive is not public disclosure, but rather to create “gotcha” moments to discredit our dedicated, innovative and inclusive First Selectman.