In a letter to Patricia Ferrick, agent in charge of the FBI in Connecticut, former City Councilman Bob “Troll” Walsh asks that the federal law enforcement agency look into allegations made by the head of the Housing and Urban Development’s Hartford field office asserting “HUD has received information that supports that some current Board Members continue these unethical and possibly illegal activities.” Suzanne Piacentini, the HUD official, made the allegations in a letter to Mayor Joe Ganim whom she asked to reconstitute the board of the troubled Bridgeport Housing Authority. See related story here. Ganim says he plans to follow up on HUD’s request. CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart has more on the political and personal dynamics here. Why is HUD throwing commissioners under the bus?
Letter from Walsh to FBI:
Dear Special Agent Ferrick,
I am writing in regards to recently published stories alleging potential criminal activities at the Bridgeport Housing Authority, a.k.a. Park City Communities, that appeared in the Connecticut Post as well as online on Only In Bridgeport.
It has been reported that Suzanne Piacentini, Field Office Director, Hartford Field Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has written the Mayor of the City of Bridgeport suggesting that “HUD has received information that supports that some current Board Members continue these unethical and possibly illegal activities.”
She further outlines in the letter that “there has been a history of Board Member interference in the daily operations of the agency and the inappropriate use of their authority to influence the award of contracts.”
Since the Bridgeport Housing Authority receives $43 million in federal funds annually, I believe that this would place this item well within your jurisdiction.
I am attaching a copy of this letter.
As a near lifelong resident of the city of Bridgeport, a member of the City Council for 17 years and someone who assisted your agents in their previous investigation of corruption allegations in the city, I must tell you comments like this hit hard. If there truly is information supporting these claims then I am requesting that your office initiate an investigation. Bridgeport can hardly afford the damage of allegations of more corrupt acts.
If this is pure political posturing then I would hope that your office could quickly address this situation and in some manner dispel these rumors.
Although I am not privy to any information beyond what has appeared in the media and contained in the letter, you can always feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.
I appreciate any efforts on your offices behalf to look into this matter.