Wilton residents will get the opportunity to learn more about affordable housing, including what legislators representing Wilton say as well as perspective from Wilton Planning & Zoning Commission Chair Rick Tomasetti. Hosted by Wilton’s State Rep. Stephanie Thomas and State Sen. Will Haskell, the legislators say the discussion will examine the meaning, role, and impact of affordable housing on Wilton.
The first portion of the discussion will serve as an overview of the bills proposed during the 2021 session and a review of HB 6107, the final bill that was passed in May. Members of the public may be able to participate by submitting questions during the event.
The panel discussion will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 28, via ZOOM, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and will also include Danielle Dobin, chair of the Westport Planning and Zoning Commission, on the panel. The event will be moderated by GOOD Morning Wilton editor Heather Borden Herve.
Wilton has 2 State Rep’s. This panel discussion should include Tom O’Dea as well.
If Rep. Tom O’Dea was excluded from this panel then it is a partisan political event and GMW should not be moderating.
Thanks, Kim and Philip for your feedback. This is not an election event and there are no candidates taking part. In fact, critical to this panel is the Chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Rick Tomasetti, who is a registered Republican. I advised the RTC leadership (Jake Lubel) that I was participating as the moderator and he told me he saw no issue with it. I feel it’s important that Wilton residents hear this discussion and I’m going to do my best to ask objective questions, as always. By the way, if you want to see a list of events hosted by Republican state legislators Rep. Tom O’Dea and (former) Rep. Gail Lavielle that did NOT include Democratic State Sen. Will Haskell you can see that here with a simple search: https://goodmorningwilton.com/?s=o%27dea+lavielle.
Correction: the comment has been updated to reflect that Tomasetti, while not a member of the RTC, as originally written, is a registered Republican.
And per my Election Guidelines, it’s important to note that the above commenter Kim Healy is a Republican candidate running for the Board of Selectmen.
Heather, your response does not whether Tom O’Dea was asked to participate. One would think that on a matter that was so controversial during this year’s Legislative session – and which continues to be controversial – that this event would have a balanced panel, including Rep. O’Dea, who is a Republican in a leadership position who represents part of Wilton. He may have a different insight into the events of this year’s session and of the “meaning, role, and impact of affordable housing on Wilton.”
Thanks Ken. FYI, this is not a GMW sponsored or hosted event. I was asked by the legislators to moderate after the panel had been set. I’m looking forward to hearing what the Planning and Zoning Commissioners (Wilton’s Rick Tomasetti and Westport’s Danielle Dobin) have to say about the practical impact of the legislation, and that’s what I was focused on.
Heather Borden Herve, GMW Editor
Please correct your response above, I am not currently or have ever been a member of the Wilton Republican Town Committee.
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