The expansion plans of that marina on River Road in Cos Cob were derailed when the newest member of the board, attorney Nancy Ramer, abstained from voting. If I read the story correctly, Ramer was filling in for another member who was absent that night, a member who had previously voted in favor of the plan. Ramer’s abstention meant that the plan received only three favorable votes – it needed for, so it was defeated.
I have no problem with a P&Z commissioner voting against a proposal if in her judgement the plan is flawed or otherwise objectionable, but abstaining? Ramer provided the deciding vote by not deciding at all. That seems cowardly to me. If she didn’t have enough information to cast an intelligent vote (although she previously served as an alternate, so I don’t see why she would lack such information) then the matter should have been tabled until the full board was present. Instead, we have a denial through abstention. If this is going to be typical of Ramer, then boy, will we miss Fudrucker, who was replaced by Tesi with this lightweight.