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'False' Email Caused Abramowitz to Withdraw from Town Council Race

An email sent Town Council Chairman Mark DeWaele was the reason Abramowitz withdrew from the race, according to the New Canaan News.

 

Roy Abramowitz withdrew his candidacy for a seat on the New Canaan Town Council on Jan. 11 because of an email sent by Historical Committee chairman Mike Farrell to Town Council chairman Mark DeWaele that he described as "totally false," according to the New Canaan News.

In the email, which DeWaele shared with the rest of the Town Council members, Farrell said that Abramowitz claimed in a letter to the Council that he was a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board when, in fact, he's only registered with the board as an accountant.

Abramowitz told the New Canaan News that his letter was edited before being printed in the New Canaan Advertiser because of word limit restrictions, so the letter read "member" instead of "member firm." Abramowitz said he was upset that the email was shared the morning before the vote was to take place.

Upon receiving Farrell's email, which has been published on the Advertiser's Web site, Abramowitz replied, "I am disgusted at this continued lack of civility and understand that Mark DeWeale has 'illegally' without investigation passed along a memorandum full of false, malicious, defamatory allegations made by a retired Price Waterhouse accountant."

DeWaele wrote in an email to the New Canaan News that he felt it was right to share the information with the Council and that members "would be right to criticize if the information was not made available to them for their own evaluation."

Local real estate agent and Zoning Board of Appeals member John Engel was chosen to fill the seat on the Council, which was vacated by Tom O'Dea, who was elected as state representative for the 125th District in the November election.

G. Eastman January 24, 2013 at 07:15 PM
That stinks. The whole thing just stinks.
S Dogood January 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Part 1 of 2 It appears that Mr. Abramowitz wrote a letter to the editor of the New Canaan Advertiser. The published version omitted the word “firm”. The published version implies that Mr. Abramowitz was claiming to be member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Mr. Farrell read the published version, had no reason to believe that there was a publishing error. Mr. Farrell additionally wrote about, what appears to be research into public records, about Mr. Abramowitz’s firm. Mr. Farrell raised the issue of the claim and information he found in his research to Mr. DeWaele. Mr. DeWarele shared the email with colleagues on the town council without investigating the information provided by Mr. Farrell. Mr. Abramowitz wrote that he is ‘disgusted at this continued lack of civility and understand that Mark DeWeale has “illegally” without investigation passed along a memorandum full of false, malicious, defamatory allegations made by a retired Price Waterhouse accountant.’ Additionally, he writes “What is Mr. Farrell’s interest and\or problem with defaming and slandering my personal and professional reputation”
S Dogood January 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Part 2 of 2 I can see that the email from Mr. Farrell had some false information in it, but it was based upon information would reasonably assume to be correct. I would not expect a letter to the editor to be edited in such a way to change the meaning of an important fact. I do not see it was malicious or defamatory. I do not understand what was ‘illegal’ about Mr. DeWeale’s forwarding of the email on? It appears that Mr. Abramowitz is angry and lashing out at those he feels wronged him. From my view point Mr. Abramowitz uses the least civil language in his comments. He is also the only one to make specific accusations of ‘illegal’ wrong doing by others. If his accusations are knowingly false would that also be considered slander? I do not know if the accusations are true or false.
Chandra Johnson Greene January 25, 2013 at 02:30 PM
In response to the article, Roy sent Patch this Letter to the Editor: http://patch.com/A-1wVm
Esprit de Corps January 25, 2013 at 03:14 PM
M. Abramowitz, you have chosen a difficult path. The Walker loyalists might make it painful. To be honest, your livelihood has been threatened. Stay strong.

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