Amie Tesler

By John Schwing

WESTPORT — For the second time since the Nov. 7 municipal election, the Planning and Zoning Commission is poised to appoint a new member to an open seat.

Amie Tesler, who was elected to a new, four-year term on the P&Z last month, has decided to step down.

Tesler cited her family and job as priorities in her life as the reasons for resigning, in response to a Westport Journal request for comment.

“Family first, always,” Tesler said in an emailed statement. “I have an amazing but demanding job. I respect my fellow commissioners and love this town but, alas, kids and work.”

The P&Z is scheduled to vote on filling Tesler’s seat at its meeting set for 7 p.m. Monday. The meeting will take place remotely via Zoom.

The Republican Town Committee, which issued a call Nov. 29 for registered Republicans to apply for its endorsement to replace Tesler, is expected to recommend a candidate to fill the open seat. Although the appointee has to be a Republican, like Tesler, the final decision will be made by a vote of the P&Z’s six other commissioners.

On Dec. 4, the P&Z filled another vacancy — this one a Democratic seat — that occurred when the panel’s chairwoman, Danielle Dobin, was elected Nov. 7 to a seat on the Board of Finance.

The commissioners voted to appoint Amy Wistreich, a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, to fill the remaining two years on Dobin’s term. Her appointment was recommended by the Democratic Town Committee.

The ZBA has yet to appoint a new member to fill the open seat created by Wistreich’s departure.

John Schwing, the Westport Journal consulting editor, has held senior editorial and writing posts at southwestern Connecticut media outlets for four decades. Learn more about us here.