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POLL: Politicans Support Witherell Renovation

Democrats, Republicans - it didn't matter the party affiliation; they all turned out to support renovation of The Nathaniel Witherell nursing home. Take the poll: Should Greenwich finance the project?

The big political guns fired their best shots over the proverbial non-political bow Friday afternoon when they turned out en masse for a rally to support a $22.5 million renovation of Greenwich-owned The Nathaniel Witherell nursing home.

Incumbent Democratic Selectman Drew Marzullo was the impetus to the gathering of fellow Democrats - Gov. Dannel Malloy, US Sen. Richard Blumenthal and US Rep. Jim Himes of Cos Cob - along with his fellow selectmen, Republicans Peter Tesei and Dave Theis, and the state legislative delegation: Sen. L. Scott Frantz, and representatives Fred Camillo, Lile Gibbons and Livvy Floren.

A gathering room at the Parsonage Road facility was overflowing with residents, staff and even more town and political officials who all lent their support to the project which will undergo review and a public hearing Oct. 17 by the town's Board of Estimate and Taxation.

"We all have brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers in this first class, state-of-the art facility," saidi Malloy. "I cannot believe that any good person would not be four-square in support of it. Let's get this project done," Malloy said to nearly deafening applause.

David Ormsby, head of the home's board of directors, added, "The aging process is not a political process. We that your for the respect, for the dignity and care of the state's most vulnerable."

Witherell staff were overhead saying the rally was one of the best-attended and lively events in recent history, as the politicians greets residents and posed for photos with them and with staff. They described it a rousing success and hoped the BET would give the renovation project equal support.

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