• Camillo’s Board Role At S.E. Minor, A Greenwich Land Use Consulting Firm, Is Fraught With Conflicts Of Interest

    Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo.

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    By Peter Lauridsen

    Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo’s appointment to a board position at S.E. Minor & Co., a local land use consulting firm, is fraught with potential conflicts of interest between his full-time job as First Selectman and this new, paid board position.

    At more than $34 billion, Greenwich has the largest grand list in the state of Connecticut. Real Estate has consistently been one of the largest industries in Greenwich. This industry is heavily regulated by the Town of Greenwich, requiring land use approvals which are granted or denied by town commissions, committees, boards and agencies. Also required in the approval process are permits which are issued by the Department of Public Works (DPW).

    S.E Minor & Co. is one of several land-use consulting firms in Greenwich that obtains these approvals and permits on behalf of its clients.

    For its clients, S.E. Minor & Co. submits applications for: Subdivisions, Site Plans, Special Permits, Municipal Improvements, Wetlands Applications, Zone Changes and Variances.  These applications are taken up by the Planning and Zoning Commission, Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency, Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Conservation Commission.

    Members of these commissions, committees, boards and agencies are all nominated by the Board of Selectmen. This presents the potential for multiple conflicts of interest.

    For its clients, S.E. Minor & Co. also obtains Sewer Permits, Septic Permits, Drainage Permits, Fill Permits, Sedimentation & Erosion Control Permits, Street Opening Permits, Driveway Permits and Building Permits, all of which must be reviewed and approved by multiple departments of the DPW.

    All DPW departments are under the direct supervision of the First Selectman’s office. This presents the possibility of many additional direct conflicts of interest.

    By having the First Selectman’s name on its Board of Directors, S.E. Minor & Co. will likely receive an unfair passive advantage over its local competitors. Potential clients of land use consulting services in Greenwich will naturally opt to use the one company that has the First Selectman’s name listed as a board member.

    In addition to the clear conflicts outlined above, this is just bad form.

    Peter Lauridsen began a forty-three-year career in Real Estate and Development with a five-year stint as a Planner with the Greenwich Planning and Zoning Commission from 1981 to 1986.

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    1st selectman is obligated to give his "full time" to Greenwich and not to private businesses who are trying to exploit him.

    He keeps the $10k but his deal has not been fully disclosed to the public.

    Does he get expenses reimbursed and stock options and deferred compensation until after he is out of office?

    I guess he is not running again.

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