Thank you Peter Tesei!
Today Greenwich first selectman Peter Tesei signed the Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) Statement of Principles (see link below). He is now an honorary member of MAIG.
MAIG members are an ever growing number of mayors, now over a thousand, who have signed the MAIG Statement of Principles that seek innovative ways to address the threat to public safety posed by illegal guns.
Chief elected officers of a municipality who do not have the title of mayor, such as a first selectman or former mayors, may sign as honorary members, according to MAIG guidelines.
Members of a board of selectmen, other than the first selectman, are not chief elected officers of a municipality and, therefore, are not eligible to join MAIG. At yesterday’s board of selectmen meeting, selectman David Theis put forward a board of selectmen resolution that mirrored exactly the language in the MAIG Statement of Principles (see link below), but would be a Greenwich statement of support.
Upon a motion by selectman Drew Marzullo, the phrase “universal background checks” was added to the selectmen’s resolution proposed by Theis. This language was not in the MAIG statement. The selectmen’s statement of principles was unanimously adopted by the board of selectmen.
At yesterday’s meeting, Tesei said that this resolution gave his fellow selectmen standing that they otherwise wouldn’t have. Rarely, if ever, has this board of selectmen adopted such a sense of the board resolution.
Much of the discussion at yesterday’s meeting was about whether or not this resolution might constitute a way for the Greenwich selectmen to sign the MAIG Statement of Principles. But many in the audience had the contrary impression, thinking rather that this was a way for the first selectman to avoid joining MAIG.
However, when asked if he would sign onto the MAIG Statement of Principles as first selectman, Tesei said “sure,” according to my notes. And when asked again if he would be joining MAIG, Tesei said “yes,” again according to my notes.
And that is exactly what he did today.
Thank you Peter. And thank you David Theis and Drew Marzullo for expressing support for the MAIG principles through your selectmen’s resolution.