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Musto to Herbst: Retract Criticisms

The new members of the Trumbull Housing Authority voted to remove Musto as their attorney.

An open letter to First Selectman Timothy Herbst: 

It has now been several weeks since you publicly questioned the honesty and integrity of Trumbull Housing Authority Commission members and me.  Your comments were personal and public, and as I have said many times over the past weeks, factually incorrect.  I have repeatedly called upon you to retract them and make a full apology in the same public and forceful manner in which you made the comments.

The Trumbull Times reported last week that you were aware of my request but refused to retract any of your comments.  Rather, you tried to justify them by citing problems at the Authority.  But your disparaging comments were not directed to these problems, how they arose, or how to fix them.  Rather, you accused the commissioners and me of various deceitful and unscrupulous acts.  It seems to me that you consider this yet another squabble in town politics.  It is not.  It is an attack on the very character of people who have served this town for years both as volunteers and as elected officials.

This matter has now gotten completely out of control.  Your newly-appointed commissioner to the Authority, who had no contact with the Authority prior to your comments, has written a letter to defend you and continue the attacks, and even her mother is now posting on local websites.  The Authority was never before politicized in this way.  In the 10 years I served there, the commissioners have always simply acted to help the residents – in fact, one of the commissioners you accused of ignoring the needs of those residents is herself a resident.  Your comments were inappropriate on several levels.

I do not wish to continually go back and forth on this, so this is my last request for a retraction.  Your comments were factually incorrect.  They were personal, not political, in nature.  They were public.  They did not solve any problems or even suggest solutions; rather, they served only to denigrate and insult the commissioners and me.  I ask that you issue a full, unqualified, unequivocal, and public retraction.

Anthony Musto

Baffled Resident January 10, 2013 at 03:15 PM
If your claims have merit, file a slander suit. If they don't, then don't waste our time here. I have no idea who is right/wrong, and i don't have a dog in this fight. I'm just sick of politicians acting like little children, which both of you are guilty of right now.
Ctyankee203 January 10, 2013 at 04:05 PM
It saddens me to know that the Herbst administration has not only decided to take over the stern commission as well as the senior commission. I was under the impression that ethical issues come up when people who work in the town hall are commissioners but maybe I am wrong in Trumbull? This current administration has not cared for seniors except during election time. How can you relieve them on taxes when you are bonding the town out? The current First Selectman will not directly involve himself for potential recourse. This is true by all favorable letters to the editor. I was taught when I was young to stand up for what is right regardless of the recourse. Is this not the case anymore. Example for senior center: the senior center audit regarding the kitchen and lack of inspection, commission members who do not frequent the center or participate in activities but are deciding what is right, wrongful purchasing practices of items but granted permission by the administration? Stern village: If this was such a terrible thing Harry has done why has not the current administration done anything earlier? I am not as smart as many politicians but I believe standing for what is right and the truth will set you free is something I live by; can the same local leaders do the same.
gail jarvis January 13, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Baffled.... This is not only a 'good point' Its the ONLY POINT.

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