Letter: Tired of malicious attacks on Alderman Gidwani

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:

In the past several weeks, we have read letters from Simonetti and McKinnon letters that were similar in nature making an attack and muddling the water with statements that were made to the press and the public with malicious intent towards Alderman Gidwani.

I think instead of you throwing the mud and hoping that something will stick, you should inform the public as to your goals in the next two years. Mr. Simonetti, we want to hear what you will be doing and not telling us what your cousin Mayor Lauretti has in mind.

This week Mr. Kierce submitted a letter also attacking Alderman Gidwani. But as usual, your information is not correct. A letter was written by a member of the BOE in May of 2020 that “The city now runs the bus company at an annual fixed cost of $3.15 million. The Mayor states that the city managing the buses will save the BOE $1 million annually. But if you look closer, the contract with the city excludes bus aides and propane fuel; something that was included in the cost of our prior bus contracts. The BOE is now paying for these expenses on top of the $3.15 million it pays the city. The actual savings is closer to $200,000, which is well less than 1 percent of the total BOE budget. The BOE’s former finance director verified this in an email to the board when a Republican member challenged it.

Now the Lauretti campaign is attacking David Eldridge. But in a lawsuit filed by the six police officers, they point out that “in 2012, Sequeira was assigned to conduct an investigation into an embezzlement case stemming from the Finance Department in the City of Shelton. During that investigation it was discovered that the Assistant Finance Director, Sharon Scanlon, had been blatantly embezzling money from the City of Shelton.” Interestingly, defendant Sequeira never included Lauretti as part of the investigation.

John ‘Jack’ Finn

Former First Ward Alderman