Following the discovery of Ross, Shapiro, and Milone and MacBroom’s fraud and collusion during the peer review process, First Selectman James Cosgrove released the following statement on March 24, 2016:
“We are currently engaged in a careful review of the issues and information raised in the recent press report regarding the conduct of certain individuals involved in the Costco wetlands application process. I want to assure the citizens of Branford that we intend to take every appropriate and necessary step in response to the facts to assure an open and fair process for all applicants, interveners, and the taxpayers of our Town.”
At the June 1, 2016 Board of Selectmen meeting, local reporter Pam Johnson of The Sound asked Cosgrove about the investigation he had promised. Cosgrove responded that the inquiry was ongoing and he could not speak to personnel matters or release information that could put the town at risk.
As of this writing—nearly three years later—no report has ever been released by the Town, and Diana Ross—the central figure in the fraud and corruption—retains her position in the Inland Wetlands Department.
When asked in November of 2017 to release a copy of the investigation under the Freedom of Information Act, the Town replied with this letter, claiming that since they consider the memorandum summarizing the investigation a “draft” the Town is not obligated to release it under the Freedom of Information Act.