(The following letter to First Selectman Pat Llodra has been received for publication.)
Dear Mrs. Llodra:
Thank you for:
the thousands of extra hours spent in the service of our town
your grace and civility under pressure
your ability to make us feel that every voice matters
your calm demeanor in the face of natural disasters
calling to task corporations which did not fulfill their responsibilities to our town during these disasters
leading us through unimaginable sadness
encouraging our community to support, comfort and help each other
representing our town so capably at all levels of local, state and federal
We knew when we elected you that you were a qualified administrator; but you have risen above our expectations and demonstrated the highest degree of community service. You have provided us with the kind of leadership which is so vital, yet so seldom found in government, and you have done it with the talents of a seasoned diplomat.
No elected official should ever have to assume the burdens of our recent past, but you have demonstrated how it should be done, when necessary. You have set an example to which we may all strive.
We are in your debt.
38 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Sandy Hook February 20, 2013