The following statement has been released by Mayor Mark Lauretti on the corruption trial of James Botti.
Our success can, in part be attributed to the many fine men and women who have volunteered to serve on Boards and/or Commissions. People such as Dan Orazietti, successful downtown businessman and Planning & Zoning member and Alan Cribbins, successful CEO of a local company, former P&Z Chairman and Griffin Hospital Corporator are among those who had their judgement questioned during this trial. The City of Shelton has been fortunate to also have people like Robert Scinto, respected businessman and number one Shelton taxpayer and Monty Blakeman, another successful businessman and huge contributor to Shelton’s tax base, who have created much of the Bridgeport Avenue infrastructure that we admire.
These people who are willing to invest in Shelton and those who make our difficult growth decisions have been subjected to serious legal scrutiny and media innuendo as a result of the Botti trial now in progress.
Assistant US Attorney Richard Schechter said “The town is corrupt, the town is crooked…” Through that improper, unethical and unproven statement we have all been accused of wrongdoing…hardly a statement one would expect from an officer of the court. The government has resorted to suggestions of wrongdoing without documented proof thereby subjecting the good name of these public servants to public question. After 7 years of intense investigation at taxpayer expense what has the government accomplished? They have disrupted, dishonored and cast doubt upon the integrity of Shelton’s citizens and developers and damaged the reputation of the City of Shelton.
Never once did the Federal Government investigators seek to bring their thoughts and concerns to the attention of local government officials in an effort to work cooperatively to build awareness and prevention of the issues raised in this trial. Instead, they chose the punitive route making accusations of widespread corruption and implication by innuendo in an unprecedented attempt to bring down the elected government of the City of Shelton.
The objectives and process employed by the US Attorneys Office shall not go unchallenged.
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