By Adam Blank
NORWALK, Conn. — The following is an open letter to Mayor Richard Moccia.
Dear Mayor Moccia:
I understand from reading the new flyer that your party is pasting all over West Norwalk concerning the ongoing litigation between the City and the Al Madany Islamic Center that you now believe you are the candidate to “Preserve our Neighborhoods.” It is obvious that the flyer was disseminated with no regard to the City’s financial interests or the truth and it runs afoul of the City Attorney’s clear instructions not to discuss this pending litigation matter; however, I don’t want to take up too much of your time – and pull you away from your mission of preserving our neighborhoods – so I will not go further into the merits of your campaign propaganda.
I would, however, like to thank you for your interest in preserving our neighborhoods. But I am a little confused by this sudden interest in our neighborhoods. Last summer when you were accepting a $20,000 check from Lowe’s to the City and pushing the Zoning Commission to amend regulations to more easily allow Lowe’s to build a big box store on Connecticut Avenue and to allow BJ’s to cram a big box store on Main Avenue was that also your way of preserving our neighborhoods?
When so many of our neighborhoods flood every time it rains, you understand that most people would not consider preserving a neighborhood in mud to be the same as “preserving our neighborhood”?
When the Oak Hills Golf Authority recently proposed a driving range I don’t recall you fighting with the neighbors to preserve their neighborhood.
So please help me understand how you preserve our neighborhoods? A more cynical person might think you do not care about preserving our neighborhoods; a more cynical person might think you will say or do anything that you believe will preserve your paycheck.
I am sure it is only a coincidence that one month before election day you have anointed yourself the savior of our neighborhoods, but please, can you let us all know how you have been preserving our neighborhoods these many years you have been in office before our imagination runs wild ascribing ulterior motives to your campaign materials?