Letter: Criticizes Gidwani’s absence from aldermen meeting

Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Shelton Herald. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com

Below is a Letter to the Editor from this week's Shelton Herald. If you'd like to have a letter to the editor run next week, email letters to brian.gioiele@hearstmediact.com

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To the Editor:

David Gidwani pined and pleaded for a birthday present last week. He was absent 30 percent of the time in 2021. I would not feel the need to celebrate his birthday nor give them a present. Missing BoA meetings has become the norm for Gidwani, the meeting minutes prove it. In my humble opinion this is the height of arrogance and pompousness on his part. His true disdain for our city is very evident in his actions. The once a month meetings last about 1 hour. The agendas and backup documents are always ready in advance to study and discuss with the Mayor, other board members or City Hall Staff. The meetings were also revamped in 2020 to allow for virtual attendance by Alderman and the public. But Gidwani's attendance record even before the pandemic reeked of his lack of dedication and care for his constituents. I can only guess that the title of Alderman is what he craved and not the duties and responsibilities that comes with it.

Gidwani has been absent when he contends he is representing his constituents. The BoA meeting minutes verified that in 2018 he missed 22 percent of meetings, attending 78 percent in person; in 2019 he missed 42 percent of meetings and attended 58 percent in person; in 2020 he was absent 21 percent of the time, attended virtually 68 percent of the time and was in person 11 percent of the time; in 2021 he missed almost 30 percent of the meetings, appearing virtually for 70 percent of the time, but never in person. During some of the 2021 meetings that he attended virtually, he left early. He did not even give notice to the Recording Secretary of his leaving, he left before the end of meeting without so much as a peep. It's not hard to summarize that Gidwani is all smoke and mirrors.

Please remember to vote for those elected officials who do study the issues, show up and participate. The 2021 Lauretti team has already accomplished more than what others can only hope to envision. Please vote Line B on Nov. 2 (6 a.m. to 8 p.m.) to keep Shelton going in the right direction.

Gene Kierce

Former BoE and A&T member