Himes, construction unions, endorse Rilling

Mayor Harry Rilling is joined by members of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters (Local 210) and other trade unions Tuesday at The SoNo Collection construction site. (Contributed)

The election is Nov. 7.

Updated, 7:25 p.m.: Video added.

NORWALK, Conn. — Mayor Harry Rilling has been endorsed by the Fairfield County Business Trades in his drive for re-election.

The unions endorsed Rilling on Tuesday, according to a press release. On Saturday, the Rilling campaign also released an endorsement from U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich).

Rilling has made profound commitments to infrastructure and new schools, Himes said, asserting that crime has gone down and economic development and increased in the four years Rilling has been mayor.

The economic growth includes the construction of The SoNo Collection, which will create jobs, Himes said.

The endorsement from the construction unions came at the SoNo Collection construction site, where Rilling was joined by Glenn Marshall, President of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, Local 210, and by members of Local 210 and other trades unions, the press release said.

“Mayor Rilling has earned our endorsement, because during the last four years he has worked with us to ensure that workers are treated fairly and can work under safe conditions,” Marshall is quoted as saying. “He is a Mayor who is hands-on and involved with on-going projects in this city. Under his guidance, Norwalk remains a popular location for new development, which means our workers have jobs.”

“I proudly accept the endorsement of the Fairfield County Building Trades. Coming down here and seeing the impressive work that they do first-hand reminds me of how skilled and valuable these tradespersons are.  The hard work that they are performing today will benefit all of Norwalk for years to come,” Rilling said in the release.

Rilling has also received the endorsements of the Norwalk Police and Fire Unions, The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the Working Families Party (WFP), the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Norwalk Democratic Party.

Republican mayoral Andy Conroy was endorsed by the Norwalk Republican Party. Rilling is also being challenged by unaffiliated activist Lisa Brinton Thomson and State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140), who are both petitioning candidates.




Rick November 4, 2017 at 5:58 pm

Harry is probably the only one from Norwalk

GGP stock lost another 53 cents friday almost $3 dollars for the week after all the good news and PR

Jim is useless he lost a lot of support over Norwalks Firetree deal he never once picked up the phone and talked to any of his hard lined supporters. Nothing this rep could do now to get back any of the momentum he had with his other antics in DC.

Guess Harry forgot how useless the democrats have been here in Hartford and DC.

hands-on where is the substation going in the new mall?

Have to wonder who bought stock in Norwalk in GGP? Who got stock from the mall deal?

Donna Smirniotopoulos November 5, 2017 at 1:09 am

Construction at the SoNo Collection does not require NPD flagmen. Only regular citizens are compelled to cover those added expenses. But the developers who funded the reelection campaign play by different rules. Do we want developers and unions to own Norwalk? Why not just put up a sign that says, “Welcome to Potterville”?

Donna Smirniotopoulos November 5, 2017 at 2:51 pm

The democratic incumbent is receiving exactly the endorsements that party loyalists count on—unions. His treasurer is married to the NFT president. Norwalk is ablaze with development, not all of it good or supported by appropriate infrastructure improvements. The NHA redevelopment of Washington Village is costing taxpayers 600k per unit. Some of these higher than normal costs are due to union hiring requirements. GGP apparently does not have to hire NPD officers as flagmen, even though regular citizens aren’t exempt from these requirements. Lisa Brinton’s candidacy has gained traction exactly because of endorsements like these. Add to this the “who’s Who in Norwalk development” that comprises the bulk of the Rilling campaign money, and you have a candidate whose interests do not seem to be aligned with those of regular folk.

Rick November 7, 2017 at 3:49 pm

I wonder if anyone in the picture other than Himes Understands this?

Today Bloomberg news wrote

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. has held preliminary discussions with GGP Inc. about acquiring the stake in the mall owner that it doesn’t already own and taking the company private, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Brookfield buys and sells companies like GGP all the time.

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