NORWALK, Conn. – An endorsement has been made in Norwalk’s upcoming Democratic primary: Mayoral candidate Andy Garfunkel has the backing of Laborers’ Local 146.
The laborers’ union told Garfunkel that it has “historically refrained from making endorsements in primary elections, but this year we are making an exception in your race,” according to a statement. “We believe that with your leadership Norwalk can move forward with a comprehensive platform that would create opportunities for real growth.”
Garfunkel said he was proud to accept the endorsement. “I appreciate the faith in my candidacy that this strong endorsement reflects,” he said in the statement. “To make Norwalk the economic engine that it should be, our city leadership has to be proactive. On the economic development front, we have to be receptive to responsible developers with the vision and financial resources to build projects that will broaden our tax base. Just as importantly, the city needs to do what it can to make sure that the dollars spent on those projects end up back in our community. That spurs more economic growth. As mayor, I will make sure that our local, highly-skilled trade workers have a fair shot at construction projects in Norwalk.”
The laborers said they hoped Garfunkel would work toward economic growth.
“Candidates promise not to increase taxes, (spend) more for education, hire more police, more tax relief for seniors, rebuild the infrastructure but you cannot accomplish this without first attracting new businesses and increasing revenue,” the laborers said in a statement. “We want to see Norwalk construction services companies working here in local projects hiring local residents with registered apprenticeship programs for new people entering the labor market. The Waypointe redevelopment project promises new jobs so it’s time to put Norwalk first and enforce the ordinance that was supposed to help the local folks find work. Andy Garfunkel has our endorsement because we strongly believe that he has the vision and character to lead Norwalk towards economic growth.”