By Nancy Guenther Chapman
NORWALK, Conn. – A “Freedom of the Press” resolution was voted down at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, after a spirited discussion – without the mayor or corporation counsel in the room.
The resolution was authored by Common Council members David Watts (D-District A) and Anna Duleep (D-At Large) after this reporter was informed that a warrant had been written for her arrest because of a recording obtained by accident at a June council meeting.
Voting against the resolution were Council members Michelle Maggio (R-District C), Fred Bondi (R-At Large), Sarah Mann (R-At Large), Michael Geake (U-District B), Carvin Hilliard (D-District B), Nick Kydes (R-District C), David McCarthy (R-District E) and Jerry Petrini (R-District D). Voting for the resolution were Council members Warren Peña (D-At Large), Matt Miklave (D-District A), David Watts (D-District A), Anna Duleep (D-At Large) and John Igneri (D-District E).
Mayor Richard Moccia recused himself from the discussion. “Since the resolution basically is about me, I do not intend to sit and try to monitor the debate on this, and being accused of being biased one way or another,” he said. “Therefore I am going to leave the chambers and turn the chair over to the council president.”
Corporation Counsel Bob Maslan also recused himself. “I don’t believe it would be appropriate for me to sit here through this discussion,” he said.
The meeting ran past 11:30 p.m.
There is a lot to talk about over the next few days, which we will do. Many things were said, pro and con. We will bring you a balanced look at both sides. Check back later for more.