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Norwalk news roundup: Illegal apartments, Republican candidate, primary shift and NPD

West Rocks Middle School is not available for the Aug. 14 primary due to the ongoing window replacement project, officials say.

Updated, 4:11 p.m, minor copy edit; 5:54 a.m.: Copy edits

NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s some recent Norwalk news:

  • Talk of joint inspections of suspected illegal apartments
  • Republican gubernatorial hopeful Stemerman speaks to Norwalk Rotary
  • Primary voters will be re-directed from West Rocks to All Saints
  • NPD officers save life with Narcan

Harold Cobin video of David Stemerman included in story Continue reading Norwalk news roundup: Illegal apartments, Republican candidate, primary shift and NPD

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Norwalk P&Z Director explains challenges in Zoning reg overhaul

Norwalk Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin.

Updated, 7:29 a.m.: Copy edits, information added; 1:14 p.m.: added link to Rilling interview and quote

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk needs to hire a consultant to overhaul its Zoning regulations, Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin said.

The hire should take place after Norwalk has a new Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), or city-wide master plan, he said. Continue reading Norwalk P&Z Director explains challenges in Zoning reg overhaul

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Mosby hits pay dirt with complaint to state regarding Norwalk primary

Then-Norwalk Board of Education member Shirley Mosby, at a June 2017 BoE meeting. (File photo)

Updated, 4 p.m.: PDF added; 1:07 p.m.: headline changed again; 6:57 a.m.: Copy edits, new headline, information added

NORWALK, Conn. – Democratic Registrar of Voters Stuart Wells was wrong in denying then-Board of Education member Shirley Mosby’s request for printed voter enrollment records last summer, a state agency said Wednesday.

After failing to qualify for a Democratic primary, Mosby filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission on Aug. 23.  The complaint included numerous allegations against Wells.  Wednesday the SEEC said that most of the complaints were out of its purview. Three allegations merited investigation, two were dismissed and one resulted in Wells being found to have violated state statute by failing to provide printouts of voter registration lists at no charge. Continue reading Mosby hits pay dirt with complaint to state regarding Norwalk primary

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Where are the peacemakers?

I really appreciate that the City of Norwalk wants to reopen a social service agency to service Norwalk’s low-income residents primarily in one place again.  I also appreciate the coverage NancyOnNorwalk and The Hour, a Hearst Publication, have provided. A recent article in The Hour reported that for “many observers, NEON served largely the Black community while SoNo CC helped the Latino community, although each organization maintained it assisted all those in need.”

I am not sure how “observers” came to this conclusion because it simply is not true.  NEON serviced people from many races and cultures.  Just looking at the backgrounds of the children formerly enrolled in its childcare program would reveal this.  The majority of the children were Hispanic.

Continue reading Where are the peacemakers?

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Rilling blasts Norwalk Redevelopment Agency over ‘conflicts of interest’

Redevelopment Agency Chairman Felix Serrano and Attorney Marc Grenier in 2014 study documents in the Norwalk Public Library.

Updated, 7:56 a.m.: Copy edit; 6:57 a.m.: Copy edits, information added

NORWALK, Conn. — The City of Norwalk and the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency are at odds over who will represent them in a lawsuit against two developers.

In a Tuesday letter to Redevelopment Agency Chairman Felix Serrano, Mayor Harry Rilling criticized the Agency’s attorney selection process, questioned the judgment of Agency leadership, expressed concerns about a conflict of interest, and professed dismay that a defendant in the lawsuit has information that the City believes he shouldn’t.

Continue reading Rilling blasts Norwalk Redevelopment Agency over ‘conflicts of interest’

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Norwalk Innovation District fizzles in Committee

From left, Common Council member Tom Livingston (D-District E) and Ordinance Committee Chairwoman Eloisa Melendez (D-District A) consider the options Tuesday in City Hall after a tie vote on the proposed Innovation District ordinance.

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NORWALK, Conn. — Six Norwalk Common Council members were evenly divided Tuesday regarding a plan which supporters say would revitalize Central Norwalk.    Continue reading Norwalk Innovation District fizzles in Committee

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Reorg moves forward after talk on permits, economic development

Norwalk Chief Building Official Bill Ireland, left, and Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin answer questions Monday from the Ad Hoc Common Council Committee in City Hall.

Updated, 7:34 a.m.: Copy edit; 6:35 a.m.: New headline, copy edits

NORWALK, Conn. — Three of four Norwalk Common Council members on Monday moved ahead the economic development component of Mayor Harry Rilling’s proposed reorganization.

Michael Corsello (D-At Large), abstained, saying he supports the reorganization but would prefer it be implemented in increments.   Continue reading Reorg moves forward after talk on permits, economic development

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Bovilsky: That’s why Washington Village is being replaced

An open basement door Sunday at Washington Village. The basement was flooded, Common Council member Ernie Dumas (D-District B) said.

Updated, 12:53 p.m.: Additional comment from Adam Bovilsky.

NORWALK, Conn. — The safety of the tenants is the first priority, Norwalk Housing Authority Executive Director Adam Bovilsky said Monday.

Bovilsky and others said there was no gas leak at Washington Village, which has been the focus of much attention from City health officials and others over the weekend and into Monday. Continue reading Bovilsky: That’s why Washington Village is being replaced

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Norwalk political roundup: Church expansion, Hosten HQ, SoNo aesthetics

An artist’s rendering of the plan for 50 Washington St.

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NORWALK, Conn. – Here are some recent Norwalk developments:

  • St. Matthew’s looks to add rec center
  • Hosten opens HQ, touts endorsements
  • Oz promises 50 Washington ‘aesthetics’

Harold Cobin video of Hosten announcement included in story

Continue reading Norwalk political roundup: Church expansion, Hosten HQ, SoNo aesthetics

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South Norwalkers report sewage pit, rats, gas leak at Washington Village

The Norwalk Fire Department found sewage in this Day Street trench, between Washington Village and Ryan Park, on Saturday.

A rat on Day Street on Saturday, according to Rick Reardon. (Rick Reardon)

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NORWALK, Conn. — Rats in the street, raw sewage within 20 feet of occupied apartments, and a smell of gas.

That was the scene described Saturday at Washington Village, near a construction site and a City park that has been dug up to remove pollutants.

Norwalk Fire Department Deputy Chief Ed Prescott confirmed the report of raw sewage in an open pit and described investigations into a reported natural gas smell as producing an inconclusive result. Continue reading South Norwalkers report sewage pit, rats, gas leak at Washington Village

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Focusing on the big stuff for a change

Marc D’Amelio. (Contributed)

Marc D’Amelio is the Republican candidate for State Senate in District 25. 

To begin to recover from the damage that Gov. Dan Malloy has inflicted on Connecticut, we must first get our priorities right. We must separate the important from the unimportant — the big stuff from the small stuff.

Let me elaborate.

For too long we have placed few demands on our state legislators. Usually it’s been enough to see them smiling and shaking hands at public gatherings and social events. That’s the small stuff. Continue reading Focusing on the big stuff for a change

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Norwalk roundup: Tax sale latest; snow plows fitted with GPS

A detail from the tax sale board in Norwalk City Hall. There are $32,498 in taxes due for the home listed at right, and $400 in blight fines.

(Norwalk Communications Manager Joshua Morgan)

NORWALK, Conn. — Here’s some political news for you:

  • Tax sale hits $4 million mark
  • DPW honored for ‘innovative’ snow removal via tech tactic
  • Duff endorses Wooden

Continue reading Norwalk roundup: Tax sale latest; snow plows fitted with GPS

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