To the editor,
I am a lifelong resident of Woodbridge and in April of 2014,along with a few other civic-minded neighbors, I got involved in researching and trying to stop or modify the major construction project that was underway at the intersection of Routes 63 and 67 (Amity & Seymour Roads).
Our path to learning the scope of the project, the reasons behind it and how we as local residents most impacted by the project could have a say in the project was long, time consuming and difficult. While our core group was heartened by the overwhelming support from our neighbors, the same could not be said about the support we received from our First Selectman.
Woodbridge residents should know the genesis of this project was a written request from then State Representative Ellen Scalettar, yet at a public meeting with the DOT in April 2014 First Selectman Scalettar publically denied any knowledge project. Her letters to the DOT Commissioner both emphasizing support for a traffic light and changes to this intersection as well as a follow up correspondence requesting information on what is being done to address her request demonstrates she not only had prior knowledge but also precipitated the process moving this project ahead in an eight year process where the community was not properly informed. Her lack of participation in supporting our recent efforts to modify the plans and her correspondence making it appear she played a pivotal role in our successful altering of those plans was upsetting and distasteful. If nothing else, this demonstrates she truly does not represent the residents of our community.
Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, we need elected officials who truly represent our interests, have better memories and don’t change their story to score political points. It is time we start to send this message. May 4 is the day to do just that.