Submitted by Greenwich First Selectman, Fred Camillo
To the editor….
In 2019, I pledged that, if elected, I would work to send a meaningful, workable, fair, compassionate, and passable blight ordinance proposal to the RTM. The Office of the First Selectman ( OFS ) did that in late 2020.
While there was considerable support for the proposal, several RTM members raised very good and relevant questions. In response, we all agreed that a subcommittee of the RTM should be formed to address those questions as well as any other concerns that were out there.
The committee, which was superbly chaired by Adam Brodsky of D11, spent an estimated 250 hours researching and drafting the ordinance.
Secretary Lucy Von Brachel ( D4 ) was joined by fellow D4 member, Samarpana Tamm, Diana Singer of D10, and Scott Kalb of D7, and together, they sent an ordinance to the RTM that was passed with overwhelming support. We thank you all for a job well done!
Also, I would like to salute the Town Attorney’s office for its guidance throughout the process. Vin Marino, Tim Herbst, and Owen Weaver were terrific.
A tip of the cap goes to the RTM Committees that were involved in the deliberations. Legislative & Rules, chaired by Kip Burweger; Health & Human Services, chaired by Alexis Voulgaris; Land Use, chaired by Peter Berg, and Town Services, chaired by Richard Neuman.
Finally, thank you to all of those residents who weighed in with thoughts, suggestions, and support. We listened to you all and the result is an ordinance that was driven by the people of Greenwich.