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Rilling, Brinton, present disparate views of Norwalk in League debate

Republican-endorsed Mayoral candidate Lisa Brinton, left; Democratic incumbent Mayor Harry Rilling, right.

The election is Nov. 5.

NORWALK, Conn. – Mayor Harry Rilling and challenger Lisa Brinton duked it out Monday in a debate-like forum before a standing-room-only crowd in the City Hall community room.

Brinton often looked amused as she delivered many jabs about what she described as errors, bad policies and/or declining conditions, presenting many statistics to support her claims. Rilling was relaxed, confident and poised as she repeatedly slammed him, standing by his strategy to develop Norwalk’s urban core, touting progress in Norwalk Public Schools and smiling only occasionally, at one point cracking a grin when Brinton claimed that he is scared of Citibank.

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‘Anti-immigrant’ charge is example of nationwide absurdity

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To Norwalk DTC Chair Camacho and Senate Majority Leader Duff. Hi, my name is Doug Thomson, Norwalk Mayoral Candidate Lisa Brinton’s son, writing from afar in Bengaluru, India.

Your recent comments in the Hour and elsewhere that my mother is “anti-immigrant and anti-people of color,” among other absurdities, depresses me greatly. It has only given me heightened appreciation as to why modern American politics has become so intractable. Continue reading ‘Anti-immigrant’ charge is example of nationwide absurdity

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A clear choice in the mayoral election

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The Norwalk public school system has been ranked number one in Connecticut among large urban districts the last two years, according to the state’s Accountability Index. By a variety of measures – improved test scores, award winning schools, transformed special education services, a host of curriculum updates, reworked counseling services, a digital literacy curriculum – our schools are moving in the right direction.

Which brings us to the 2019 mayoral election between the Democratic incumbent, Harry Rilling, and Lisa Brinton, who was endorsed by the Republican party. Continue reading A clear choice in the mayoral election

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A Norwalk photo #23

NORWALK, Conn. – This photo was taken Monday on Mott Avenue – it’s a new parking sensor, one of 270 being installed this week, according to the City.

“The Norwalk Parking Authority (NPA) began a smart parking sensor program as a pilot in 2014, and installed 126 sensors throughout the South Norwalk and Wall Street areas. This technology delivers real-time parking availability and parking demand data accurately and reliably,” a press release said. Continue reading A Norwalk photo #23

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Norwalk, meet your Board of Education candidates

Norwalk Board of Education candidates, from left: District A, Alexandrea Kemeny; District C, Diana Carpio and Jason Christopher; District D, Bryan Meek and Erica DePalma.

The election is Nov. 5.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk voters are selecting in-district Board of Education members on Nov. 5. Two races are already decided, as Sherelle Harris is running unopposed in District B and Mike Barbis faces no challengers to his reelection in District E.

NancyOnNorwalk asked the candidates five questions. Here are the answers we received: Continue reading Norwalk, meet your Board of Education candidates

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Norwalk political notes: Rilling/Brinton; Milligan mediation; Meek’s ‘xenophobic’ comment

Democratic incumbent Mayor Harry Rilling, left; Republican endorsed unaffiliated candidate Lisa Brinton, right.

The election is Nov. 5.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk political notes for you:

  • Rilling endorsed by AFSCME Council 4
  • ‘POKO’ lawsuit heads back to court
  • Meek’s ‘context’ now has him calling for Duff to apologize
  • Rilling/Brinton to go head to head, tonight, in Mayoral forum

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Rilling/Brinton; Milligan mediation; Meek’s ‘xenophobic’ comment

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Norwalk BoE made right decision on high school start time

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The Norwalk Board of Education recently voted to change the high school start time to 8:30 at the recommendations of the School Start Time Committee and local pediatricians. To accommodate this change, it is also modifying some elementary start times by 10-15 minutes earlier or later, depending on the school. The Committee worked for more than a year and compiled a 200+ page report outlining the many benefits and citing numerous scientific studies in support of it.

Benefits of high school starting at 8:30 or later include reductions in absenteeism and tardiness, reduced stress and anxiety among teenagers, lower drop out rates, better test scores, narrowing of the achievement gap, fewer traffic accidents and lower crime rates. The latter points show that it is not only the teenagers that benefit, but the entire community as well.  Continue reading Norwalk BoE made right decision on high school start time

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Enough Duff Fluff

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Purporting to paint Republican mayoral candidate Lisa Brinton as anti-immigrant, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff recently accused her of being a racist in response to comments she made on a Nancy On Norwalk article.  That article related to the costs associated with educating the recent influx of immigrant children into Norwalk.

As an immigrant myself, I was curious about all the fuss.  And because Duff often has a tenuous grip on truth and fact, I looked up the article and Lisa’s comments and read them myself.  Based on my read, Bob’s comments are misinformed and tremendously out of line. Continue reading Enough Duff Fluff

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Meet District A Dems; learn about state issues

The election is Nov. 5.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk politicos have organized events to encourage your participants in community affairs.

That includes one happening today.

  • First Taxing District Dems meeting public today at library
  • Dathan schedules transportation forum, Tuesday in New Canaan
  • Lavielle and Wood holding business advisory forums Wednesday and Thursday

Continue reading Meet District A Dems; learn about state issues

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Lisa for Norwalk’s Mayor – Time to foster Norwalk’s potential

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Lisa Brinton impresses me. While the mayor’s campaign keeps trying to characterize her poorly, using words that would get one dismissed in the corporate world, Lisa IS the woman for the job! Lisa has the experience we require in Norwalk-urgently.

What do I mean by experience? How about the business acumen developed by working for AT&T/Bell Labs/Lucent in all those incarnations and in 3 different countries? Her leadership and managerial skills are manifested throughout her rising career. With that, she had the stamina and perseverance to raise two young boys across those travels, also while battling breast cancer multiple times. The woman has chutzpah by the bucket load. She also has the formal education with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration, with an executive MBA in the middle. Continue reading Lisa for Norwalk’s Mayor – Time to foster Norwalk’s potential

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YMCA chosen to develop ‘NEON building’ into Norwalk community center

Mayor Harry Rilling, left, and Riverbrook Regional YMCA Chief Executive Officer Robert McDowell lead a Thursday afternoon press conference at 98 South Main St., once home to Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON).

The former home of Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) at 98 South Main St. would be transformed into a community center under a plan developed with the Riverbrook Regional YMCA, officials said.

NORWALK, Conn. – The old “NEON building” would be turned into a state-of-the-art community center under a proposal set to come forward to the Norwalk Common Council.

The Riverbrook Regional YMCA would put up $1.2 million and the City of Norwalk would contribute an equal amount from money collected from GGP as part of the approval of The SoNo Collection, to begin renovations of 98 South Main St., Mayor Harry Rilling and Riverbrook Regional YMCA Chief Executive Officer Robert McDowell said in a Thursday press conference. The YMCA is prepared to enter a long-term lease, after answering a Request for Proposals (RFP) a year ago.

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Lyons closes eight years on Norwalk Board of Education

Board of Education member Mike Lyons shakes hands with Norwalk Teacher of the Year Glenn Couture, Tuesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — There’s no role in government more thankless than being on the Board of Education, Mike Lyons said Tuesday, going on to thank all the BoE members he thought helped achieve glowing headlines during his eight years on the Board, five years as Chairman.

The kudos came a little early, as Lyons won’t be attending this Board’s final meeting after the election. Lyons noted that somehow, even with a revolving door of Board members, there were always five votes to move reformist Norwalk Public Schools initiatives forward, resulting in improved assessment scores, a reportedly closing achievement gap and four schools recognized as schools of distinction. Continue reading Lyons closes eight years on Norwalk Board of Education

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