Rilling’s campaign war chest grows; Conroy waits for August

Mayor Harry Rilling, left, and State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140) shake hands on Election Night in November. (File photo)

Norwalk Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Andy Conroy, who is also Republican Town Committee chairman, leads a recent ZBA meeting.

Updated, 1 p.m.: “Thomson” added to Lisa Brinton, a name clarification.  

NORWALK, Conn. – Mayor Harry Rilling’s campaign coffers have swelled further, with more than $19,000 added from April 1 to June 30, making the total raised nearly $116,000.

State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140), Rilling’s challenger from within the Democratic Party, raised $4,975 in the time period. Republican Town Committee Chairman Andy Conroy, who has filed papers to run for mayor, did not raise any money.

Lisa Brinton Thomson, who is believed to be organizing a run for mayor as an independent, is not required to submit campaign finance disclosure statements until she announces herself as a candidate.

Morris’ 11 donors include only two Norwalk residents, his wife and attorney Michael Skiber. His $4,975 compares to $115,890 raised by Rilling since November.


Friends of Rilling campaign filing:

On hand at beginning of period:   $89,383.75

Contributions from individuals:    $18,095

Purchases of advertising                  $1,050

Total receipts this quarter:             $19,145

2017 campaign total raised:           $115,890

Expenses paid this quarter:                 $25,761

Balance:                                              $82,767.55

Expenses incurred but not yet paid: $16,544.84

$1,000 donors

Brandon Lacoff of Greenwich, Belpointe Capital managing director

Robert Oxer of Darien, Meadow Street Partners

Jeffrey Weisbord of Richmond Hill, N.Y., Jeffrey Weisbord real estate

Joseph Breault, M.F. DiScala & Company Vice President

John DiScala, M.F. DiScala & Company Vice President

Michael Gray, Pyramid Real Estate group

Mike Oz, owner of 50 Washington St.

$500 donors

Francis Nash, a retiree

Nicola Vona of Wilton, Nick & Gino Vona Mason Contractors

Farhan Memon, entrepreneur, The Front Desk; Al Madany Islamic Center spokesperson

Clay Fowler of Pound Ridge, N.Y., Spinnaker Real Estate Partners

Mike Mushak, Tulip Tree Design

Austin Iodice of Fairfeild, a retiree

Patricia Jurgielewicz of Easton, M.F. DiScala & Company Vice President, finance

Alan Webber of Fairfield, M.F. DiScala & Company Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer

$300 donor

Mir Shazad, self-employed in fast food

$250 donors

Augustus Papajohn of Weston

Jud Aley

Joseph Dominick, Dominick Fuel

Arthur Goldblatt, a retiree

Antonio Magliocco of New York City, attorney, Peerless Importers

$200 donors

Josephine Anderson, Ferguson Library librarian

Elias Pimentel, dentist

Robert Slapin, retiree

Marija Bryant

$150 donors

Randy Klein of Darien

John King of Farmington, an attorney

$100 donors

Michael Kaelin of Wilton, attorney

Henry May, Hank May Tire

Lawrence Andronaco

Jane Walters, Berkshire Hathaway realtor

David Haberfield of Bristol, real estate, Landlord Solutions LLC

Pam Parkington

Mark Weiss of New Canaan, Stamford Mortgage Co. loan originator

Lou Schulman

Michael DePalma

Nancy Dinardo of Trumbull, retiree

Azra Asaduddin, self employed

Aleyda Coceres, accountant

Celina Romero, owner World Latin Express

Marion Costa, Bedford Poolscapes vp

Ashley Gonzales

Gilbert Durango, insurance agent

Judith Bacal, designer

Jonathon Bello of Stratford, legal-insurance self em

Mary Belleavia of Stamford

Ed Camacho

Frank Alvaredo of North haven

Lawrence Andrea attorney Stretch out studios

Judy (Dede) Farnsworth

Helene Chada

John Blankley of Greenwich

Guy Rocko of Trumbull, Norwalk Housing Authority director of maintenance

David McQuade of Vernon

Nate Sumpter

Lisa Nuzzo

Nancy Dinardo of Trumbull, a retiree

Donna King

There were 15 donations of less than $100.



Morris is for Us 2017

Total receipts this quarter:            $4,975

Expenses:                                      $456.99

Balance:                                             $4,518.01

$1,000 donors

Michael Skiber, an attorney

Howard Hall of Hamden, Howard Hill Funeral Service

Gail Morris, Norwalk Public Schools special education aide

Anthony Sealy of New Haven, ACS Properties owner

$250 donor

Peter Cimini of Rocky Hill, an attorney

$200 donor

Richard Velky of Waterbury, Schaghticoke Tribal Nation chief

$100 donors

Brendan Fox of West Hartford, an attorney

State Rep. Larry Butler (D-Waterbury)

State Rep. Toni Walker (D-New Haven)

Also contributing were State Rep. Geraldo Reyes (D-Waterbury), with a $50 donation, and State Rep. Robyn Porter (D-New Haven), with a $25 donation.



Morris filed papers to run for mayor in April. Conroy filed in late May.

Conroy explained his lack of fundraising by saying that he is waiting until after the Republican Town Committee nominating convention on July 24. He’s been going to district meetings, where members have asked for campaign donation forms but he told them to focus on their own candidate’s needs, he said.

The Rilling campaign racked up $32,260 in fees for DNA campaigns during the quarter, plus $2,400 for Jesse Hubbard of Waterbury, a consultant.

Asked if he would hire a campaign manager, Conroy, a former Common Council member, said, “I’m not sure that I will because I am pretty experienced. I’m not sure what the value added is.”

One comment

Rick July 12, 2017 at 10:05 pm

One can imagine all those Norwalkers now working on the SONO collection with out of state license plates are gratified over what the city has done as well.

No reason to worry about war chests the cards are stacked against the taxpayer as it is.

Is it me or has the crime rate escalated ? We all got the word today another overdose death has claimed a local resident all reasons to vote for substance not money.

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