Editor’s note: The Easton Courier asked candidates to submit a profile and a statement discussing three top issues facing Easton and how the candidate will help address them. Leny Wallen-Friedman, Democratic candidate for the Zoning Board of Appeals, submitted the following response.


Leny Wallen-Friedman (D)

I am running for the Zoning Board of Appeals because I view public service as a way to help support my community and I have the background necessary for the position. “Giving back” was instilled in me many years ago by my mother, a special education teacher, who stressed the need for individuals to help each other.

Most recently I served over 10 years on my then local school board (including four years as board chair) and on the school district’s finance committee for 10 years before that. I coached baseball and soccer for over a decade, served as treasurer for my children’s elementary school and Girl Scouts and hosted eight different international teaching assistants who worked at my children’s schools. I am, and always have been, committed to the community in which I live.

Professionally, I am a retired attorney. After graduating from law school, I clerked for two years at the Wisconsin Supreme Court. I started my private practice career at Robinson & Cole in Hartford, focused initially on land use and later, general litigation. For the 20 years before retiring, I focused on business litigation in my own firm. I bring a deliberate, analytical approach to decision making. My wife of 39 years and I moved back to Connecticut last year to be closer to our now grown children. We chose Easton because it offered the perfect blend of community and preserved open space. I ask that you vote for me for the Zoning Board of Appeals on Nov. 7, 2023.


There currently are no major issues before the Zoning Board of Appeals for which there is a dispute among the board members. Over at least the past two years the board has typically voted unanimously on the issues before it. This shows the board is united in completing its work on behalf of the residents of Easton and that they agree upon the proper resolution of requests brought before them.

Issues have arisen in Easton regarding the use of property for commercial purposes. In addition, there has been a recent change regarding non-conforming properties that are adjacent to conforming properties. The key to resolving issues that arise before the Zoning Board of Appeals is to analyze any requests within the scope of Easton’s zoning regulations.

My legal background makes me perfectly suited to continue the work of the Zoning Board of Appeals. I have the ability to analyze requests that come before the board and resolve those requests consistent with the Easton zoning laws. I also can work with others on the board to resolve issues in a collegial fashion.

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