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Sidewalks Stir Up New Canaan Voters

New Canaan voters marched to the polls Wednesdy to decide if the town should spend $4 million fixing roads and possibly building sidewalks on Main Street. The question is whether a Town Council decision to spend the money will be overturned.

Brian Blair, 39, voted no -- meaning he wants the council's decision upheld and hopes to the see the sidewalks built on Main Street between Oak Street and Farm Road.

“Every great town in America has sidewalks and we’re a great town,” he said. “We need the sidewalks to connect the community.

Julia Peter, who lives on the sidewalk-free Mariomi Road, said adding sidewalks is a good thing, something that would be nice for kids like her daughter Nel, 4, and Nel’s friend, Riley Johnson, 5. “It’s good for the town,” she said.

That argument doesn’t work for Anna Mae Skakel, mother of Selectman Robert Mallozzi III. She and friend Noel Shields voted yes, believing New Canaan should focus on fixing streets rather than adding new pedestrian paths.

“It will cost more than $400,000” to build the sidewalks, Skakel said. “We should fix the roads first. The roads are just deplorable.”

“She said it all,” Shields said.

Voters had to cast their ballots in the smaller auxiliary gymnasium, rather than the regular NCHS gym where voters go during general elections. Election officials said many voters looked at the bigger gym before eventually turning right and going to the smaller gym.

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