A few weeks have passed since the release of John Zmich’s affidavit stating Town officials thanked the Newman Development Group for writing the Planned Development District (PDD) law that allowed their Big Box proposal to be considered. Despite initial protests from Town Attorney Jim Coniglio, no admissions, no denials, no official statements, no explanations, and, most significantly, no counter-affidavits have followed.
Nor, apparently, has the Town asked Newman to provide the missing documents, copies of which would go a long way toward clarifying the Town’s relation to Newman and Newman’s relationship to the PDD law. Nor has Newman responded to such a request that I have published and sent by mail.
Nor has the Town explained why documents required under state law to be retained were not retained or what steps it has taken to ensure such problems do not occur in the future.
Nor has the Town responded to PDDG’s demands that the PDD law be rescinded and Newman’s application be rejected.
All we get from the Town is Supervisor Kennison’s sneering statement wishing Corrin Strong and I would find another hobby rather than scrutinizing the Town’s actions.
All we get from Newman is their Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), initiating the next step in the Town Planning Board’s review of their proposal.
As though nothing has happened, as though this project isn’t so mired in controversy and secrecy that it shouldn’t be allowed to continue, Newman and the Town soldier on.
In the court of public opinion, it is perfectly appropriate to draw conclusions from things left unsaid and actions not taken. What conclusions should we draw from the Town’s and Newman’s unwillingness to defend or explain themselves?