At the Conservation Commission meeting Thursday night, the group discussed an application to build a house at 11 Pepperbox Road. Who is looking to build there?
Former New London mayoral candidate and city councilor Michael Buscetto III.
The property is owned by Buscetto’s parents-in-law, John and Elizabeth Occhionero. But Buscetto is planning to build a house and move his family there in the upcoming months, ending his lifelong residency in New London.
“New London is headed in a different direction,” said Buscetto, when asked why he is moving. He would not elaborate.
Buscetto also said his oldest daughter, who is now a junior, would finish up high school at St. Bernard’s School. However his youngest two children will go to Waterford schools starting next year, he said.
“St. Bernard’s is headed in a different direction as well,” he said.
In 2011, Buscetto’s brother Bill Buscetto , despite pouring thousands of dollars of his own money into athletic fields at the school.
Background/Plans for Waterford
Buscetto built the Utopia shopping plaza in Waterford and owns . But he is most well known for his involvement in politics in New London, including a highly publicized run for mayor in 2011.
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Buscetto was often in the center of controversy as his time as a city councilor and during his mayoral run. He feuded publically with New London Police Chief Margaret Ackley,
During his mayoral run, to eventual winner Daryl Finizio. He later would run as a write-in candidate for mayor, finishing a
Buscetto wouldn’t specifically say if he was going to become involved in politics in Waterford, but said he would be active in the community. He said he would continue to help youth and would fundraise for variety of causes.
He also said he was good friends with First Selectman Dan Steward, and “wouldn’t do anything to step on his toes.” Buscetto said his wife and her family have lived in Waterford for generations, and he was excited to move into town.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
Buscetto’s house on Pequot Avenue in New London is currently for sale.