Mallozzi steps up security at dedication
New Canaan First Selectman Rob Mallozzi is arranging extra police presence for a dedication of the new Town Hall and spoke to a state prosecutor about possibly charging town resident Michael Nowacki for allegedly harassing himself and town workers.
Mallozzi said the meeting with a prosecutor was prompted by an incident report filed by a town worker to New Canaan police that Nowacki, a petition candidate for first selectman, indicated he planned to “blow whistles” at the dedication event on Saturday, Sept. 12.
Mallozzi’s actions follow a series of e-mails from Nowacki over the past several weeks to town officials urging Mallozzi to drop out of the race and contending many officials are not managing the town’s finances competently.
Mallozzi said his 19-year-old daughter Katherine was recently confronted by Nowacki at a restaurant and had a panic attack.
“I will tell you that angered the citizens of this community and this first selectman more than anything I have experienced in eight years in office,” Mallozzi said. “That guy made a bad move there.”
Mallozzi said that since the new town hall opened late last month, Nowacki has become a near daily presence for himself and town workers, often badgering them with complaints about Mallozzi, the Board of Education, and perceived financial mismanagement by town officials.
“We’re all in one building now so we’re a captive audience and he has built a platform about what he was or was not getting from the people in the town of New Canaan in terms of running down all his conspiracy theories he has,” Mallozzi said.
New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski did not return calls for information about the town worker’s complaint.
Nowacki said Mallozzi’s assertion that his presence is impeding work at town hall is “laughable.”
Nowacki said his comment about “blowing whistles” at the event was a joke. Nowacki said Mallozzi was trying to deflect attention from Nowacki’s questions about whether the Town Hall dedication event is being supported by taxpayer dollars and other financial issues.
For the past month, Nowacki has also sent lengthy e-mails to town officials seeking answers to questions about previous town budgets, including voluminous documents in relation to teacher retirement savings and other areas Nowacki contends have been mishandled.
“These people are trying to build some kind of fear factor in this town which is completely and utterly absurd,” Nowacki said.
Nowacki said this week he plans to seek a ruling from the state’s Freedom of Information Commission about whether the dedication ceremony, which will involve three of the town’s selectmen, is a town meeting. Nowacki said he believes the three town lawmakers are required to keep minutes of the ceremony, and is considering videotaping interactions at the event to make them part of the public record.
“These are serious issues, including whether this constitutes a campaign event or not for Rob,” Nowacki said. “We want to know who is paying for this and who authorized payment for this. We have the right to ask those questions as taxpayers.”
The ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The ribbon cutting will take place at 1:45 p.m. after a performance by the Town Band and complimentary hor d’oeuvres. Visitors can tour town hall between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.