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Perone supports early voting, is responsive to constituents

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Chris Perone is my State Representative and I’m proud to support him for reelection. Chris has always listened and responded to constituent concerns. He is not one to seek the limelight or tout slogans, but has served our community as a thoughtful, diligent legislator.

This year, the contrast between Chris and his opponent is stark: Chris favors amending the state constitution to allow early voting, supports the recently enacted police accountability legislation, and outlines an in-depth, constructive approach to addressing both the public health and economic recovery aspects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Continue reading Perone supports early voting, is responsive to constituents

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Vote for Wink in 137th District

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I am running for a seat in the United States Congress, but as Representative Tip O’Neill famously said, “All politics is local.” With this reality in mind, I’m supporting Ellen Wink’s campaign to represent Norwalk in the Connecticut Legislature.

Ellen carries the heart of Norwalk with her. She grew up here. She knows our citizens and institutions. She ran her family elder care business for years. She has volunteered for uncountable organizations. She has worked in city hall. Continue reading Vote for Wink in 137th District

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Respect science, vote for Duff

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I was appalled to read news reports about the “Connecticut Freedom Alliance” lawsuit over the mask requirement for school children. For those who don’t know this is a group that is backing Republican Ellie Kousidis in her run for State Senate. To me, this is insane. This group sites the fact that children rarely show symptoms of the coronavirus – and they are right in that respect, but what is left out is the fact that the children can pass the disease onto family members, teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, I can go on. This attitude is reckless, dangerous and selfish!

As a society we have made the decision to require licenses and insurance for people to drive cars, we have established a minimum age for drinking and established a maximum level of alcohol in the blood for driving a car. These are all policies implemented to protect other members of our Connecticut family. With the rise of coronavirus cases around the country and in Connecticut we must be vigilant. We know masks work in preventing the spread of the disease. Continue reading Respect science, vote for Duff

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Rilling: COVID-19 spike may close schools; he’s in quarantine

A chart from Mayor Harry Rilling’s Monday COVID-19 update.

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling speaks to the Democratic Town Committee during Monday’s Zoom meeting. At left is his wife, Lucia Rilling.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Public Schools may be on full remote learning soon, Mayor Harry Rilling said Monday.

Rilling also said he and other members of his family are in quarantine because two of his grandchildren contracted COVID-19. “We think we’ve probably dodged the bullet,” he said. Continue reading Rilling: COVID-19 spike may close schools; he’s in quarantine

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Rilling touts new Walk Bridge funding, offers updates

A rendering of the lift bridge set to replace the 1896-built swing bridge over the Norwalk river.

NORWALK, Conn. – Mayor Harry Rilling shared news with the Democratic Town Committee on Monday:

  • Feds award $79 million grant for the Walk Bridge
  • What happened to the Equity and Justice for All Commission?
  • Looking to keep SoNo restaurants open

Continue reading Rilling touts new Walk Bridge funding, offers updates

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Perone, Wink, meet in League of Women Voters debate

A League of Women Voters debate between State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137) and his Republican opponent, Ellen Wink.

The election is Nov. 3. Many Norwalkers are voting by absentee ballot.

NORWALK, Conn. – State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137) and his Republican opponent, Ellen Wink, met in a League of Women Voters debate.

Wink confronted Perone on his attendance record and condemned unfunded mandates. Perone spoke of his focus on transportation and the challenges ahead given the pandemic. The Norwalk harbor was another topic. Continue reading Perone, Wink, meet in League of Women Voters debate

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Simms, Flynn, differ in their views of Connecticut

A League of Women Voters debate between State Rep. Travis Simms (D-140) and his Republican opponent, John Flynn.

The election is Nov. 3. Many Norwalkers are voting by absentee ballot.

NORWALK, Conn. – State Rep. Travis Simms (D-140) and his Republican opponent, John Flynn, met in a League of Women Voters debate.

Simms said he deserves a second 2-year term because he and other legislators are “doing phenomenal work… passing many bills that have been sitting on the books for decades.”

Flynn said half the people in the legislature “really haven’t done their homework,” given the policies they endorse. Continue reading Simms, Flynn, differ in their views of Connecticut

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I don’t want to be the next headline

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Being a teenager is stressful enough; trying to figure out who you are and who you want to be, applying to colleges, and deciding your career path all while trying to get that essay in at midnight. On top of that, many students go to school fearing that they and their classmates will be the next headline.

I was 10 when I first learned what a school shooting was. It was a normal day of school; I was in math learning long division and I got pulled out and told I was leaving early. I left the building and was bombarded with hugs from my mom and great-grandma. They later explained to me that a gunman opened fire in an elementary school only 45 minutes away. It’s been eight years since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary and my school still undergoes monthly lockdown drills, which served mostly to remind me that my school could be next. Almost every kid my age can tell you of a shooting threat at their school. But this should not be normal. The fear I saw in a classmate’s eyes the day we experienced our first shooting threat was unlike anything I had ever seen before. Many of us were contemplating leaving early and ensuring their safety or to risk it and make it to class in time for their test. I felt helpless — what could I do to protect my friends and teachers? I looked for answers and for actions I could take, and I found several clubs at my school working on issues that mattered to young people, including gun safety laws. I’d never planned on getting involved in politics, it always seemed like it was for “old people.” Like many other teens, I became involved out of necessity. I knew I had to learn and do everything I could to make sure this never happens again. Continue reading I don’t want to be the next headline

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Bob Duff’s experience and community service serve Norwalk well

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Norwalk is an incredible community – a city that is so tight-knit and supportive that it feels like a small town.  Bob Duff reflects that in his efforts to serve and represent our community.  He is ever present, and always willing to help his neighbors resolve issues big or small.  Whenever his name comes up in conversation it is because he helped someone fix a problem.

As a member of the Board of Education, his support for Education in our city is paramount.  In the last few terms Bob has moved mountains to help improve outcomes for Norwalk students.  This session the General Assembly passed free community college for every high school graduate in Connecticut, allowing students to prepare for better paying jobs.  Norwalk received the second highest allotment of funds to help reopen our schools this fall, ensuring we could protect our students and staff from Covid-19.  He has shepherded funding for school construction, including a whopping 80 percent reimbursement rate for the new Norwalk High School.  In 2017, Bob was instrumental in adjusting the ECS grant formula, benefiting NPS greatly over ten years.  Continue reading Bob Duff’s experience and community service serve Norwalk well

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Dathan needed in fight for affordable health care

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Lucy Dathan has worked to protect families like mine on many fronts, including health care, a living wage, universal FMLA and funding for our schools.  But I want to focus on the impact she has had on improving health care here in Connecticut.   Health insurance premiums are already straining family budgets to the limit and without the ACA there is nothing to stop insurance companies from raising their premiums to unaffordable levels.

In the State Legislature as a member of the Insurance Committee, Democrat Lucy Dathan is leading the legislative fight for health insurance that will help make quality healthcare affordable for a majority of Connecticut citizens, particularly for those – estimated to be over 100 million Americans – who have pre-existing conditions. Continue reading Dathan needed in fight for affordable health care

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Zucaro is the right choice for Norwalk

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Norwalk needs a strong leader who will fight for us everyday in Hartford. Patrizia Zucaro is the perfect choice. She is a lifelong Fairfield County resident. Her parents emigrated to Connecticut from Italy and Patrizia has grown up with a large, close-knit family spread throughout Norwalk and Westport. This connection to the community is longstanding and has given her a deep understanding of the issues that face our City.

As an attorney, Patrizia has a clear understanding of the complex issues facing our state. Her legal training has taught her how to interpret laws, be a strong negotiator and an even stronger advocate. She understands the difficult language that makes up a law and how laws have intended and unintended consequences.
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Dathan’s financial skills needed in the legislature

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State Representative Lucy Dathan’s strong constituent service record is reflective of her values and priorities as a mother of school-age children and as an engaged member of our local community.

Her successes in Hartford are also reflective of her business acumen, skills, and experiences acquired over 25 years working in business finance and accounting, both locally and abroad. Rep. Dathan began her career as an auditor in Public Accounting, and progressed to executing deals as an investment banker before becoming the CFO for start-up technology companies. I myself am recently retired having spent the last twenty years as CEO of three different businesses, and am keenly aware of the kind of tenacity and ingenuity one must employ in these roles to be successful. Continue reading Dathan’s financial skills needed in the legislature

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