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Opinion: I’m on the ballot – Here’s why I’m running

Lisa Brinton Thomson is an independent candidate for Norwalk mayor. (Courtesy Lisa for Norwalk)

Thank You Norwalk!  This past week, with your support, I secured a position on the November ballot as a candidate for Mayor.

I’m running to promote positive change at City Hall and am committed to the following:

  • Improving city governance by eliminating informal crony government structures and reducing partisan decision making.  I’ll work toward establishing a charter revision commission, giving voters an opportunity on the 2018 ballot to decide whether a non-partisan, certified City Manager (funded from the current mayoral office budget) should be managing our department heads.
  • Overhauling the management structure for agencies associated with city planning (e.g. P&Z and Redevelopment Agency.)  We need to update the zoning code and restore the balance between new and existing land use.  Neighborhoods need to be protected by aligning the zoning code with the Plan of Conservation & Development (POCD.)
  • Enhancing Norwalk economic development with ‘smart’ development. I’m committed to working with developers and small businesses to locate in appropriate city locations, while also investing in the necessary support infrastructure. Development like this, rather than repeated fortress-like residential apartments would ensure a more cohesive strategy between commercial development and residential properties and public school funding, currently making up 52% of the budget.

 

It’s easy to sit back and criticize government.  We all do it, but I want to finally take action. I’m convinced we can change things for the better.  That’s why I’m perfectly fine saying no to:

  • Disingenuous charter revision that fosters ‘cronyism’ and the ‘buddy’ system instead of good city management
  • Bad land use decisions, resulting in taxpayer funded law suits (think the prison halfway house on Quintard Avenue or Big Box discount store on Main Avenue)
  • Lax ordinance enforcement against blight, noise, pollution and illegal apartments, impacting safety and quality of life in residential neighborhoods
  • Punitive property taxes, with little to no property appreciation for homeowners in nearly a decade
  • City workers earning more than the median household income of Norwalk residents
  • Resident funded ‘tax incentives’ to developers donating to mayoral campaigns

 

Beyond these local issues, Norwalk needs a mayor who will stand up to the State of Connecticut on projects like the Walk Bridge that will adversely impact the city (especially the SONO and East Norwalk neighborhoods) both economically and from a quality of life perspective.  If Norwalk needs to take one for the Northeast Corridor, then we need to be compensated fairly and appropriately. That is why I will continue to advocate for things like reopening the Wall Street train station, as well as, a fair Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) formula.  The state cannot be allowed to turn our great city into a Hartford or Bridgeport.

These are just a few of the initiatives I will fight for in my mayoral administration.

Norwalk is poised to do great things. With your support, we can make it happen.

7 comments

Donna Smirniotopoulos August 1, 2017 at 9:19 am

Excellent, Lisa Brinton Thompson! Charter revision, a focus on smart development and sensible land use decisions, much needed zoning regulation revisions, and an end to parochial thinking and cronyism are exactly what Norwalk needs.

In a field of four potential candidates, Lisa Brinton Thompson stands out for her dynamic energy and pragmatic, non-partisan approach. Under Brinton Thompson, Norwalk can look forward to a City government that works transparently on behalf of her citizens.

The story of Norwalk has been fleshed out in recent years with too many bad land use decisions, too many concessions yielded to developers in closed-door meetings and too many costly lawsuits. We cannot keep driving down the same tired old road, expecting to arrive at a different destination.

Norwalk needs Brinton Thompson in the Mayor’s office.

anna russo August 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm

Lisa’s platform is just so clear and straightforward with Norwalk in mind. Wow, what a breath of fresh air.
You got my vote!

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