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Opinion: A to-do list for the incoming Republican state chairman

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

Congratulations, JR Romano, on becoming the new chairman of the state Republican Party! The good news for you is that for the first time in a decade, that fact may no longer be such an albatross around your neck.

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Opinion: Not my father’s GOP

Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman is an award-winning columnist and novelist of books for teens. A former securities analyst, she’s now an adjunct in the MFA program at WCSU, and enjoys helping young people discover the power of finding their voice as an instructor at the Writopia Lab.

Since my mother passed away suddenly earlier this year, just 16 months after Dad, my siblings and I have been dealing with the painful process of clearing out her apartment for sale. Mom was both a packrat and the keeper of family history, so there is much to sort through — with a wealth of memories and emotions encountered in the process.

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Political newbies take shot at Norwalk offices

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From left, Norwalk District A Democrats Nicole Ayers, Joe Perella, Yvel Crevecoeur and Jalin Saed.

NORWALK, Conn. – An abundance of political neophytes are seeking an electoral opportunity in District A.

That includes Nicole Ayers, Joe Perella, Yvel Crevecoeur and, according to First Taxing District Commissioner Elsa Peterson, Sarah Lemiuex vying to become the Democratic Board of Education candidate in the district. Jalin Saed is looking to become a Common Council candidate, as is Laoise King, who has a lot of experience in the political sphere as an attorney but has never run.

(See videos of potential candidates at end of story.) Continue reading Political newbies take shot at Norwalk offices

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DSS still thinking over Norwalk NEON replacement

cafcaNORWALK, Conn. – The deadline has come and gone, and, nope, there’s no new Greater Norwalk CAP agency yet.

Although the Department of Social Services (DSS) had originally advertised that it wanted to get a new Community Action Program agency in place by May 25, it’s been very quiet. NancyOnNorwalk reached out to the three applicants, who said they hadn’t heard anything, either. Continue reading DSS still thinking over Norwalk NEON replacement

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Florida governor makes his pitch In Norwalk; organizer says event was not political

Florida Gov. Rick Scott meets with business owners Friday at the Norwalk Inn.    (Harold Cobin photo)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott meets with business owners Friday at the Norwalk Inn. (Harold Cobin photo)

NORWALK, Conn. – Not shy about his reason for appearing Friday before a group of about 50 Connecticut business owners, Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott asked them what he needs to do to get them to move.

Scott, who struggles with his approval ratings in his own state, touted Florida’s business-friendly atmosphere as an alternative to what could become the second largest tax hike in Connecticut’s history.

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Kimmel formally asks Norwalk DTC for re-election endorsement

Democratic at-large Common Councilman Bruce Kimmel is seeking the party's backing for re-election.

Democratic at-large Common Councilman Bruce Kimmel is seeking the party’s backing for re-election.

NORWALK, Conn. – Bruce Kimmel, the Democratic at-large Common Councilman who has, for the past two years, caucused with the Republicans, on Friday reached out to Norwalk Democrats for their support in his re-election bid.

Kimmel announced his intention in March to seek re-election and to do it on the Democratic ticket.

In Friday’s letter to the Democratic Town Committee, Kimmel wrote:

“It would be an honor to run for re-election to the Norwalk Common Council as an at large candidate on the 2015 Democratic ticket. I look forward to working with Mayor Harry Rilling for another two years. I would appreciate your support at our upcoming nominating convention.”

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Rilling: Norwalk’s Triple A bond rating reaffirmed

All three major rating agencies have maintained Norwalk's top bond rating, according to Mayor Harry Rilling.

All three major rating agencies have maintained Norwalk’s top bond rating, according to Mayor Harry Rilling.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s Triple A bond rating remains intact with the three major financial rating agencies, according to Mayor Harry Rilling.

Rilling announced in a Friday press release that the city has received confirmation from Moody’s Investors Service, Standard and Poor’s, and Fitch Ratings that each has reaffirmed the city’s bond rating with a stable outlook.

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Norwalk District A Dems given hope: they might vote

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Common Councilman David Watts (D-District A) leads Thursday’s District A meeting.

NORWALK, Conn. – District A Democrats may get to weigh in like any other district next month and recommend candidates, even after their chairman informed them on Thursday that their opinion doesn’t really matter, historically speaking.

The field of potential candidates includes at least three people vying to be Board of Education members – none of them named Rosa Murray – and at least four people looking to be on the Common Council. That includes incumbent Councilwoman Eloisa Melendez and former Councilman Steve Serasis, but also on the horizon are newcomers Jalin Saed and Laoise King, the favorite of Chairman David Watts. Former Town Clerk Andy Garfunkel declined to say if he is running for any position.

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Former New Haven mayoral deputy chief of staff interested in Norwalk Council run

Laoise King

Laoise King

Updated, 3 p.m. July 26, quotes from King; 1:11 a.m., videos added

NORWALK, Conn. – The growing field of potential Democratic District A Common Council candidates got another entrant Wednesday when Laoise King announced her interest in running.

King joins a group that includes incumbent Eloisa Melendez and former mayoral candidate Steve Serasis, who have publicly indicated their intentions, and possibly former Town Clerk Andy Garfunkel, who is rumored to be considering a run.

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Norwalk schools budget closed without fireworks

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From left, Norwalk interim Superintendent of Schools James Connelly, Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons and BoE Vice Chairman Artie Kassimis deal with the end of the fiscal year school budget reconciliation Thursday in City Hall.

Updated, 1:36 p.m., correction as to positions cut

NORWALK, Conn. – The “crisis” in special education that was described as being a major impediment to the Norwalk Public Schools budget has been resolved with $1.6 million in budget savings, Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons said.

This resulted in a short, peaceful BoE meeting Thursday, where the five Board members present voted to tinker just a bit, cutting two secretaries to fund the Parents 4 Literacy 4 Children program that had earlier been cut from the $170.1 million budget, add $23,000 for textbooks and support school governance councils. Continue reading Norwalk schools budget closed without fireworks

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Angry Norwalk grandmom: Where is my child going to school Monday?

Brenda Penn-Williams serves as a Norwalk Housing Authority Board member Thursday at the Leroy Downs housing complex.

Brenda Penn-Williams serves as a Norwalk Housing Authority Board member Wednesday at the Leroy Downs housing complex.

NORWALK, Conn. – Final notifications for Norwalk summer school are going out a day or two later than usual, school administrators admit, in response to complaints from a vocal, unhappy grandmother.

“The office has not done what they are supposed to do,” Brenda Penn-Williams said Thursday. “I have no idea where my grandson is going on Monday. I didn’t even know it starts on Monday.” Continue reading Angry Norwalk grandmom: Where is my child going to school Monday?

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GGP-backed study paints rosy financial picture for mall; city wants bigger tax bite up front

Artist's conception of The SoNo Collection.

Artist’s conception of The SoNo Collection.

NORWALK, Conn. – The SoNo Collection will create 1,900 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs over the 30-month construction phase and, after construction, 2,600 FTE jobs.

Those figures were released Thursday by General Growth Properties (GGP) based on a study prepared by HR&A Advisors Inc., a real estate, economic development and public policy consulting firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

The report was commissioned by GGP.

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NHA director: Friends’ appeal of DEEP decision imperils $30M grant

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Norwalk Housing Authority board Chairman Cesar Ramirez, right, on Wednesday discusses the appeal filed by the Friends of Ryan Park to challenge a decision regarding the Washington Village project.

Updated, 3:43 a.m., full story

NORWALK, Conn. – About $30 million of Norwalk hope is in jeopardy with the challenge filed by the Friends of Ryan Park, Norwalk Housing Authority leaders said Wednesday.

The challenge to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) decision to allow the Housing Authority and Trinity Financial to rebuild Washington Village in a floodplain was filed by FoRP President Ganga Duleep on July 21 in New Britain Superior Court. While NHA Executive Director Curtis Law was not sure earlier this week what the ramifications of that would be, on Thursday he and Deputy Director Candace Mayer said it would be impossible for the project to meet the deadlines that came with the $30 million U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Initiative grant if the matter goes to court. Continue reading NHA director: Friends’ appeal of DEEP decision imperils $30M grant

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