Mattei Gets An Earful In Newhallville

by Allan Appel | Jun 18, 2018 7:58 am | Comments (6)

Allan Appel PhotoChris Mattei listened for nearly ten straight minutes. He leaned in, kept eye contact. But he didn’t say a word.

His interlocutor was Shelton Avenue resident Darlene Grant, who graphically described a bleak situation: She has a chronically derelict landlord, with trash overflowing in the back yard, mice running throughout the house. and a little child who’s been tested for lead and has alarmingly elevated levels.

When the exterminators do come, they stay for five minutes, and then are gone; yet the mice remain. She desperately wants to move out but with her federal Section 8 rent voucher she doesn’t know where to go, or to whom to turn for help.

Finally Mattei said that’s why he’s running for Connecticut attorney general: to serve as her voice.

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