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Norwalk Dems take charge in resounding victory, across the board

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, center, and other victorious Democrats are presented with a cake from Forever Sweet as they celebrate the results of Tuesday’s voting in the Hilton Garden Inn.

Correction, 1:53 p.m.: Vote percentages. Updated, 4:20 a.m.: Complete story

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Democrats cruised to a resounding victory Tuesday, winning every top post in Norwalk government, save one Common Council seat – and a recount is expected on that sole survivor.

Mayor Harry Rilling won reelection with 56 percent of the vote, according to the Norwalk registrars office. Lisa Brinton Thomson, an unaffiliated activist, came in second with 22.4 percent of the vote while Republican Andy Conroy received 15.2 percent. State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140) received 6.3 percent.

Video by Harold Cobin at end of story

Rilling won reelection two years ago with 63.3 percent of the vote. He won office in 2013 with 54.5 percent.

Results from the registrars office do not include absentee ballots.

When Rilling made his 10 p.m. acceptance speech, he believed that he had 55 percent of the vote.

“While that is a mandate let us not forget that 45 percent of the people voted against us,” Rilling said to Democrats gathered at the Hilton Garden Inn. “We need to attend to what their issues are and make sure that we listen to them, we hear them and we make sure that we take care of their concerns. Because they are a voting block in this community and with 45 percent of the people feeling like they had concerns, we need to pay attention.”

Rilling also made note that 14 Democratic Party-endorsed Council candidates had won, and all of the Democratic Party-endorsed Board of Education candidates.

“I am obviously disappointed we didn’t win it. I am incredibly pleased by how we did with the campaign,” Brinton Thomson said to NancyOnNorwalk, pointing out that it’s the first time since the 1970s that an independent candidate came in second, ahead of a major party candidate.

She had called Rilling to congratulate him, she said.

“I hope we sent a message to the mayor that a good number of Norwalk residents have some concerns and they need to be addressed,” she said. “There were seven of us and $25,000 and we took a quarter of the vote versus $150,000 and the entire Democratic Party in the state of Connecticut. We were the little engine that could, I guess.”

Morris was not available for comment.

Conroy campaign manager Rick Joslyn said Conroy was disappointed.

“Although he knew defeating the mayor was always going to be an uphill battle, the most unfortunate outcome is that Norwalk will not be able to benefit from the experience and dedication of our Republican Common Council and Board of Ed candidates,” Joslyn wrote in an email.

Republican Common Council member Doug Hempstead waits to greet voters at West Rocks Elementary School on Tuesday. Hempstead said he knew he might not win.

Council member Doug Hempstead, a veteran politician, came in second in the District D race to Democratic newcomer George Tsiranides, but only six votes ahead of Democrat William Pappa, according to the head moderator’s return as submitted to the state at 1 a.m.

There will be a recount, Assistant to the Mayor Laoise King said earlier in the evening.

Registrars’ results show that Tsiranides received 1,728 votes, including 148 Working Families Party votes; Hempstead received 1,705 votes and Pappa received 1,699 votes. Incumbent Republican Shannon O’Toole Giandurco received 1,530 votes. Again, these do not include absentee ballots.

District D is regarded as a Republican stronghold.

Falling short in bids for re-election were independent Council member Steve Serasis and Democratic Board of Education member Shirley Mosby, who ran on the Working Families Party line after the Democratic Town Committee did not endorse her.

Mosby, standing in the rain outside West Rocks Elementary School Tuesday afternoon, said she’d been there since 6 a.m., and that she was doing it for the children.

“I love them,” she said. “I would walk through fire for these kids.”

 

From left, Democrats Heidi Keyes, Nick Sacchinelli, Eloisa Melendez and Barbara Meyer-Mitchell react as voting results come in Tuesday in the Hilton Garden Inn.

Results came in slow to the Democratic Election Night party, with the first indication of success being celebratory reactions from District A candidates Eloisa Melendez (an incumbent) and Chris Yerinides, who were peering into a smart phone for information.

Democrats then took note of a tally sheet from Fox Run Elementary School, showing that incumbent Council members John Igneri and Thomas Livingston had crushed Republican challengers Ernie DesRochers and Josh Jewett in what is regarded as another Republican stronghold.

Livingston later said everyone who was running was a good person, and it had been a good campaign.

“I have been honored to be representing the district for the last two years,” Livingston said. “I have worked hard for the district. I have gotten out and met people, and I have worked hard for it. I think it has paid off.”

Rilling, in speaking to the crowd, said he had been at West Rocks Middle School all day and the response from voters was overwhelming.

“They were so happy to cast their ballot for our team,” he said. “Our Council listens to the people.”

NancyOnNorwalk talked to some of those voters.

“I think he’s doing a fine job for Norwalk,” Pat Hungaski said, of Rilling.

“He does a lot for the community,” Diane Smilancsky said, calling Rilling a friend who is in the same boat club she’s in.

“We like what he does for the city of Norwalk and we’ve known him for many years,” said a woman who declined to be identified.

“I’m voting for that guy over there because he’s done a good job,” said a man.

Mayor Harry Rilling greets Michael Fales on Tuesday at West Rocks Middle School. Watching is Board of Education member Shirley Mosby.

“I don’t get a paper so I don’t know anything about anybody on the slate, so I just went straight across” the Democratic line, said Michael Fales, explaining that he thinks he’s registered as a Republican.

A woman who voted at Rowayton Elementary School said she voted for Brinton Thomson because, “Time for something new.”

Over at Marvin Elementary School, Amanda Seroff said she voted for Rilling.

“I know the guy. I kind of like what he’s been doing. I like that he’s been doing more than just being a mayor,” she said. “He’s does the weekly walks on the weekend. He’s looking at the town in a different perspective, besides in a car.”

She also said she voted for Mark Suda for Common Council at large, because, “He’s a real standup guy.”

Suda came in seventh in the contest, with 5,179 votes. Richard Bonenfant, an incumbent who has been on the Council for 14 of the last 20 years, was sixth with 5,239 votes.

Republican Charlie Yost, who has been a Third Taxing District Commissioner for six years, was unseated by Democrat Pam Parkington.

Conroy urged Republicans not to give up, according to Joslyn.

“It was a tough year, but this is only the beginning of the story for us.  We hope these fine people will not give up and continue to look for ways they can help improve our city,” Joslyn said in an email. “Andy called to congratulate Mayor Rilling on running a clean and well-fought campaign. We also congratulate the winning Democrats on their victories, while hoping they realize they have the solemn responsibility of moving our city forward for another two years.”

Rilling told Democrats, “We have to make sure that we work together and we do what’s right, because when you have 14 Council members there’s no fingers to point any place folks. We have to do it. We have to listen. We have to make sure that we do what we are supposed to do, what we are elected to do.”

Lauricella was a long shot, referring to herself as the “hanging chad” on the ballot because she was on the bottom row as a petitioning candidate.

She appreciated Rilling’s comments, she said, expressing a commitment to bring issues to the Council’s attention.

“I met really interesting people, all across the city,” she said, after the results came in. “This was a great experience. I am sad that I didn’t win but I really wasn’t expecting to win. I just wanted to see how many votes I would be able to get my first time out, as an underdog, without a treasurer. You need those kind of things in order to do the steps. This voting tally really shows the power of the machine because of the fact that people still don’t split their votes out as much. I know what I needed to do to get more people to find my name and I came up short but there was quite a few good people that were elected. It was quite an interesting result.”

The results from the registrars office:

 

 

Mayor’s race

  • Harry Rilling 8,103 (7,796 on the Democratic line and 307 Working Families Party)
  • Lisa Brinton Thomson 3,238
  • Andy Conroy 2,195
  • Bruce Morris 914

 

City Treasurer

  • Joe Tamburri, D 7,767
  • Jerry Petrini, R 5,067

 

City Sheriff

  • Robert Burgess, D 7,862
  • James Anderson, R 4,794

 

Town Clerk

  • Rick McQuaid, D 8,244
  • Rick McQuaid, R 4,545

 

Council at large

  • Barbara Smyth, D 7,981 (7,171 as a Democrat, 810 Working Families Party)
  • Nick Sacchinelli, D 7,821 (6,671 as a Democrat, 1,150 Working Families Party)
  • Greg Burnett, D 7,750 (6824 as a Democrat, 726 Working Families Party)
  • Doug Stern, D 7,332 (6,662 as a Democrat, 670 Working Families Party)
  • Michael Corsello, D 6985
  • Rich Bonenfant, R 5,239
  • Mark Suda, R 5,179
  • Bill Dunne, R 4,403
  • Peter Halladay, R 3,973
  • Enrique Santiago, R 3,833
  • Diane Lauricella, petitioning candidate 1,359
  • Sharon Stewart, WFP 1,127

 

Council District A

  • Eloisa Melendez, D 1,504 (1,378 as a Democrat, 126 Working Families Party)
  • Christopher Yerinides, D 1,453 (1,304 as a Democrat, 149 Working Families Party)
  • Ellen Wink, R 634
  • Fred Fusci, R 550
  • Steve Serasis, petitioning candidate 136

 

 

Council District B

  • Travis Simms, D 917
  • Faye Bowman, D 806
  • Hector Correa, R 373 (254 on the Republican line, 119 Working Families Party)
  • Manny Langella, R 352 (261 on the Republican line, 91 Working Families Party)

 

Council District C

  • John Kydes, D 2,066 (1,864 as a Democrat, 202 Working Families Party)
  • Beth Siegelbaum, D 1,468
  • Artie Kassimis, R 1,207
  • Vincenzo Capozzoli, R 1,064

 

Council District D

  • George Tsiranides, D 1,728 (1,665 as a Democrat, 202 Working Families Party)
  • Doug Hempstead, R 1,705
  • William Pappa, D 1,699 (1,537 as a Democrat, 162 Working Families Party)
  • Shannon O’Toole Giandurco, R 1,530

 

Council District E

  • Tom Livington, D 2,143 (2,018 as a Democrat, 125 Working Families Party)
  • John Igneri, D 2,085
  • Ernie DesRochers 1,096
  • Josh Jewett 1,053

 

Board of Education

  • Heidi Keyes, D 8,441 (7,595 as a Democrat, 846 Working Families Party)
  • Barbara Meyer-Mitchell, D 7913 (7,114 as a Democrat, 799 Working Families Party)
  • Sarah LeMieux, D 7,312 (6,600 as a Democrat, 712 Working Families Party)
  • Bruce Kimmel, D 7,093
  • Mark D’Amelio, R 4,557
  • Thomas Donaher, R 4,216
  • Thomas Cullen, R 3,977
  • Shirley Mosby, WFP 2,007

 

Selectmen

  • Andy Garfunkel, D 7,936
  • Samuel Pride, D 6,617
  • Jeffery Konspore, R 4,574
  • Kathryn Martino, R 4,420

 

Constables

  • Ernie Dumas, D 6,990
  • Johnnie Mae Weldon, D 6410
  • Jalin Sead, D 6,214
  • Samuel Disraelly, D 6,130
  • Fred Bondi, R 5,184
  • John Romano, R 4,882
  • Frank Mauro, R 4,816
  • James Feigenbaum, R 4,197

 

First Taxing District Commissioner

  • Tom Cullen, R 656

 

First Taxing District Treasurer

  • Elsa Peterson Obuchowski, D 911
  • Robert Mercurio, R 355

 

Second Taxing District Commissioner

  • David Westmoreland, D 670
  • Mary Geake, D 662
  • Maria Borges-Lopez, R 215

 

Second Taxing District Treasurer

  • Darlene Young, D 803

 

Third Taxing District Commissioner

  • Pam Parkington, D 760
  • Charlie Yost, R  519

 

Third Taxing District Treasurer

  • Johnnie Mae Weldon, D 679
  • Vincenzo Capozzoli, R 561

 

Sixth Taxing District Commissioner

  • Mike Barbis, D 752

 

Sixth Taxing District Treasurer

  • James Hendrickson, R 608

 

 

 

Original story:

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, flanked by victorious Democratic Common Council
candidates, announces good news Tuesday in the Hilton Garden Inn.

NORWALK, Conn. — Mayor Harry Rilling won reelection handily Tuesday – and his Democratic underticket nearly swept the city.

Rilling won with 55 percent of the vote, he said. Democrats took 14 of 15 Council seats, and all the Democratic Party-endorsed Board of Education candidates won election as well.

A recount is likely in District D, threatening the lone Republican Council victor, according to Assistant to the Mayor Loaise King. Incumbent Council member Doug Hempstead is narrowly ahead of Democratic newcomer William Pappa, and absentee ballots have not yet been counted, King said.

Results available at midnight show that unaffiliated candidate Lisa Brinton Thomson came in second in the mayoral race, ahead of Republican Andy Conroy.

Rilling took the podium just before 10 p.m. to announce the victory and offer caution – with 14 Council seats, Democrats will be held responsible for everything in the city, he said.

His first words were a promise to honor the wishes of the 45 percent of the electorate that didn’t vote for him. Those 45 percent of the voters feel there’s something wrong with what’s going on in Norwalk, and elected officials should keep that in mind, he said.

This story will be updated.

25 comments

Sue Haynie November 8, 2017 at 7:12 am

Congratulations to all the winners.

Congratulations to Lisa Brinton for heroically taking on the status quo as an Independent and for drawing much needed attention to the serious issues facing Norwalk.

Very heartened to hear Mayor Rilling acknowledge that “Those 45 percent of the voters (who didn’t vote for him) feel there’s something wrong with what’s going on in Norwalk, and elected officials should keep that in mind, he said.” Hopefully he will remember those 45%.

Tobias November 8, 2017 at 7:44 am

I think the lack of Republican votes is a huge reflection of a lack of campaigning in a visible way. I had more interaction with Lisa than any of the candidates as she utilized social media better than either major party candidate. Even now, I couldn’t even tell you what Conroy looked like or what he stood for. Not that every candidate should be on Twitter or Facebook, but I think the strong showing in Lisa’s independent run reflected a well run campaign that really got her name out there. Unfortunately, other than Suda, I heard nothing from the Republican candidates at all this year, prior to my entering the booth.

Mike Mushak November 8, 2017 at 7:57 am

I agree with Sue Haynie’s comment. And as the dust settles and all the lawn signs are picked up, the hard work of seeking consensus and improving Norwalk must continue. Healing includes listening.

Norwalk is a work in progress and going through dramatic changes, whether we like it or not. We are now living through the biggest demographic shift in our lifetimes, from suburbs back to vibrant downtowns where folks of all ages want to live, from millennials to retirees.

Developers are responding to this shift, and new buildings are filling up as fast as they go up revealing the pent up demand for new housing that has existed in our area for decades. That’s why our housing expenses are among the highest in the nation, and hopefully all the new housing will help stabilize rents as supply catches up to demand. And small businesses including restaurants and services thrive with all the new customers in former dead downtown neighborhoods with boarded-up storefronts and empty sidewalks.

And with each new project we get 10% workforce housing, which helps lower-income folks afford to stay here. But more still needs to be done.

Controlling that change and seeking consensus with a shared vision for the city is the challenge, through the new City-wide Plan (POCD), improved zoning enforcement, zoning reform, and new planning initiatives based on proven concepts from consultants and experiences from other growing vibrant cities.

Protecting and embracing our diverse neighborhoods, limiting impacts of gentrification, protecting our fragile and beautiful coastline and natural areas, and encouraging appropriate growth that both increases our grand list with new businesses and housing and improves our quality of life is the essential core of good planning.

Rem November 8, 2017 at 8:08 am

Congrats to all candidates for a passionate and hard fought race.

I would like to propose an experiment for the next election — I would be really curious at the results. Considering how the vast majority of Norwalkers voted (not for WHOM they voted, but WHERE they voted), I would like to propose to change the ballot to the following arrangement:

First Line -> Unaffiliated
Second Line -> Republican and/or Working Family
Third Line -> Democrat

If most people in town vote Democrat, the Democrats have nothing to fear. But if they vote by Line, well… the results could be quite interesting, don’t you think? Is there any particular reason why Democrats are in the first line in the first place?

Carol November 8, 2017 at 9:37 am

I have a question re the voting tabulation. If the ballot says ‘choose any five’ and a candidate is listed twice (eg once for Democrat and once for Working Families Party) Someone could conceivably fill the circle for the same candidate twice. Would they then get two votes?

Jalin Sead November 8, 2017 at 9:40 am

@REM

If I’m not mistaken, the placement of parties depends on the governors race. Since we have a Democratic governor than the Democrats get top of the ticket, second party gets second line and so on. I hope this helps.

Donna Smirniotopoulos November 8, 2017 at 10:09 am

The results show that straight ticket voting is the easiest path and the likeliest outcome. I congratulate all the winnners, many of whom benefitted from the line A voting option. Petitioning candidates and third party candidates are at a disadvantage, and most found themselves in rows D or E, below Dems, Reps and WFP. Anyone who thinks this is not intentionally disadvantageous is kidding themselves.

Lisa Brinton should be beaming today for having finished second without a major party endorsement and with a decidedly unfelicitous ballot placement. I poll sat for most of the day, and not only was it hard to get the instructions out correctly (vote column 1, row D), it was equally easy to imagine voters struggling at the voting booths with ballots that looked like IKEA instructions. Columbus had a number of rejected ballots, presumably for over-voting. Harry Rillling’s votes on the DEM line more than doubled those of Bruce Morris in row E. Shirley Mosby got crushed by Dems for BOE seats. Some of this may have been learned preference for those candidates. But some is unarguably ballot placement and big party endorsements.

I suppose party alliances should have a place somewhere, but locally on the ballots, we should make it easier for those who don’t want to vote a straight party ticket to do so. And though I’m a lifelong democrat, I am not heartened by a thoroughly lopsided Election Day result.

If this City ever gets back to true Charter Revision, they ought to consider a departure from party designations at the ballot box as a healthy practice. And to all the new and old CC members who didn’t seem to know what Charter Revision was, please consider that Lisa’s strong performance demonstrates public interest in reforming City government, beginning with the charter. Take up the mantle again please, as Mayor Rilling asked you to do after last year’s election.

Al Bore November 8, 2017 at 10:20 am

The republicans gave up in Norwalk 4 years ago 2 elections ago, they should be ashamed and who ever is in charge of the party should be fired today. Start looking for someone who might have a chance next time, someone who has the fire in their belly to win. There is so much wrong with the current direction of Norwalk this should have been easy if only I real candidate would have been put on the ballot. I still am not sure what Conroy was all about and the election is over. I voted for Lisa since I felt she would get Norwalk going in a better direction with smart development and not thousands of apartments both legal and illegal like we have now. Shame on the republicans. Lisa don’t give up you did a great job and your message was important. Now back to the same old same old. Big box stores, apartments, traffic, loss of the Norwalk skyline, oh and did I mention too many apartments and overcrowding.

Concerned NWLK November 8, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Taxes are going up faster then the mall will. The BOE under the leadership of Lyons and co. will spend more money now then ever. They just raised Dr. Admoski’s salary by 20 grand plus his bonus. And don’t for the raises passed to senior cabinet members,most if not all don’t live in Norwalk.
Money not spent on our children is a waste. A lawsuit defense costs more than 3 teachers or 6 instructional aides. Remember that when you listen or read the PR spin of the BOE

Debora Goldstein November 8, 2017 at 12:39 pm

Congratulations to all of the winners. The next two years will be full of formidable challenges. If we are to overcome those, it is incumbent upon the new team to ensure that they connect fully with the community and remember that there are NO representatives at all in government for the 45% that wanted a different approach. It will be very easy to succumb to an echo chamber effect. Again, congratulations to all the winners. And congratulatiins to the others, who ran good races and fell short.

I look forward to working with the new council committees.

V November 8, 2017 at 2:14 pm

Single party rule – just what our founding fathers envisioned. That being said as we inch closer and closer to Bridgeport style cronyism – with power comes responsibility. I hope this Democratic group is up to the challenge

Tom Livingston November 8, 2017 at 3:30 pm

Carol – If a voter casts a vote for the same person on two different party lines (e.g., Dem and Working Families) it will only count as one vote and will be recoded as “unknown” in the vote tallies.

Mike Mushak November 8, 2017 at 3:39 pm

I do not agree at all with Deborah Goldstein’s comment above. To say that the 45% of Norwalkers who didn’t vote for Mayor Rilling are not represented at all in the new slate of elected officials makes is not true at all.

First, she assumes that no one voted with split tickets, which the numbers don’t justify.

Second, she assumes somehow that the slate of candidates who won the Council and BoE somehow think and act in a monolithic way in lockstep with Harry Rilling, who I’m sure would find that amusing considering the widely differing opinions apparent in the last Council with a 2/3 majority of Democrats.

It is clear the new Council and BoE, just like Harry Rilling has proven himself over the last 4 years, will represent the diverse interests and concerns of all Norwalkers, regardless whether the initial after their name is a D, R, or U.

Donna Smirniotopoulos November 8, 2017 at 5:48 pm

The volunteer working Columbus’s polls who led me through the ballot did an excellent job. But the ballots were confusing unless you voted straight across, which many voters did. It’s hard to believe that Rich Bonenfant, for instance, was rejected, having served ably 14 of the last 20 years on the CC. I don’t think the voters rejected Bonenfant so much as they voted a straight ticket, perhaps not universallly as Mike notes, but often enough to have impacted some excellent candidates who did not happpen to be democrats. This is unfortunate. They lost fair and square. But the ballots didn’t do non-dem any favors. Agree with Al that the Republican Party in Norwalk needs to rethink its leadership. But I would rather that party affiliation and the influence of the party machine played less of a role in Norwalk government.
Removing party notations as well as straight party voting could really liberate Norwalk. Oh and Rowayton, where were you yesterday when you should have been voting?

Victor Cavallo November 8, 2017 at 7:54 pm

Congratulations to Mayor Rilling and all the newly elected officials. Let’s jointly work together for the betterment of our City going forward. Special congratulations to our Doug Hempstead. Courage, my friend. Courage!

Mike Mushak November 8, 2017 at 9:14 pm

Something worth noting about our Norwalk election, in my opinion:

One thing I noticed while volunteering all day at Columbus yesterday, was an underlying anger at Trump by many voters, who I heard mumbling things like “only Democrat” and “no Trump” even though he clearly wasn’t on the ballot and this was a strictly local election.

It was eye-opening not only because I agree with the sentiment, as something like 80% of Republicans astoundingly continue to approve of Trump and his backwards and corrupt policies, but also because it indicates a groundswell of resistance that we all saw rise to the surface in the pro-Democrat poll results across the country last night.

In other words, the poll results in Norwalk last night may have been for local offices only, but the context of the widespread rejection of Trump and it’s impact on our local election should not be ignored.

Certainly many of the voters we saw and heard yesterday were vocally angry at Trump, and that kind of anger is a powerful force that all Republicans, pro-Trump or not, should pay close attention to.

Elsa Peterson Obuchowski November 8, 2017 at 10:39 pm

@MikeMushak, a few voters made similar comments to me when I was poll standing yesterday: they would not consider voting anything but straight Democratic because they are so unhappy with President Trump. However, I will say that 2 years ago I heard several voters say that they would not vote anything but straight Republican because they were so unhappy with President Obama.

@DonnaSmirniotopoulos, I may be mistaken but I believe the layout of ballots is determined by rules issued by the Secretary of the State’s office.

Donna Smirniotopoulos November 9, 2017 at 8:47 am

@Elsa, I think you’re right. An earlier poster, Jalin Sead, also said that the party of the governor determines which party is in row A. All the ballots I looked at from other towns bore this out. It’s unfortunate that Trump protest votes hurt decent, experienced candidates who just happened to be Republican. Connnecticut’s economy is not an advertisement for Democratic Governors. Next year’s midterm elections should be interesting. I do not think Bob Duff has served us well. But he may benefit from not being associated with Trump.

V November 9, 2017 at 9:27 am

@Elsa & Mike – anyone say anything about Malloy? Another complete disaster.

I’m not disagreeing with your pov.

Elsa Peterson Obuchowski November 9, 2017 at 10:47 am

@V, no, I didn’t hear any voters mention Malloy or the state budget when they came to vote on election day.
I did, however, encounter someone when I was phone banking who expressed strong disapproval of Gov. Malloy and the Democrats in the General Assembly.

Rick November 9, 2017 at 3:37 pm

its over those who won , won now can we please get back to the stability of the city please.

Joe Cahill wrote this morning in an article detailing some facts and asking some great questions .

A sale of GGP would shed light on a vexing mystery for real estate investors: What’s a high-end shopping mall worth in the age of online retailing?

No on in Norwalk could of done the math and saved the city money of running a mall?

It sounded to me the election in Norwalk was all about backwards and corrupt policies that need change , and the impact in Norwalk won’t take long to hit home .

Many of the voters, Im sorry I didn’t catch the number or percentage of voters who voted , its a political red herring and will continue in Norwalk for many years to come by the same people who ignore fact and push agendas that truly are a way just to be heard.

The mall plan B was what? Both parties had a hand in the mall both have made money Larry did well we know lawyers cost money, The mall is going to empty the city , short term leases are the only thing that will be available in Sono and wall st , those who are seeking the mall are going to leave some large holes in the city meant for progress and downtown revitalization

Its almost certain with what the investors are saying , GGP is a poorly run not cost conscious company with flaws the size of the grand canyon.But Norwalk has embraced them as a save our city company who’s own shareholders are saying sell and get out of the business.

The election is over the city voted now it back to work, has the city developed a plan B on the mall GGP has.

Trump met with GGP and only because Trump is getting the credit for the election results guess we can blame him for anything negative on the mall.Right after that GP and Trump meeting the Sono Hotel was dropped and MGM stepped into the Bridgeport light.

Ny had broken up the outlet mall scam one in Ny 60 miles is Clinton 60 miles from that is Wrentham and so it goes every 60 miles or so ,that made Simon mall operators pay a Million dollar fine fine and changed the law, when is Norwalk going to have that conversation at city hall the news is over six months old.

Mayor of Bridgeport is all over that new ruling along with MGM , Norwalk will have a new mall owner , where a mall may be replaced by low generating tax bases and additional low hanging fruit.

But to use trump as a lighting rod for Norwalks troubles is not a good way to start the term,

With all the news coming out of Ct today the only good news is the Whiffle ball made the toy hall of fame. I seriously doubt if Trump had anything to do with it but if he did would we now boycott whiffle ball?

Its worked well in the NFL or what ever the call it now. Sponsors are dropping out cutting back , was this because of Trump? I hope so.

It was nice to see all the flags in this election in Norwalk , it showed the state how patriotic our city is. Something we
should pay close attention to.

Danny November 9, 2017 at 6:18 pm

@ Mike Mushak, I’m curious what your position is on our Governor? How do you rate his work in the past few years? Are you happy with him?

Rick November 9, 2017 at 8:06 pm

https://ctmirror.org/2017/11/09/new-ct-casino-falls-prey-to-lobbying-blitz-and-trump-policy/

Its interesting to read who in the Democratic party in DC are against Murphy and Bluemanthal on this casino,with the Indians.I personally think way too much pipe smoking.

The news just keeps getting better for Bridgeport and for Norwalk the new mall will be the most expensive rest stop with bathrooms in Ct. ever built.

No one has to wonder what GGP inc and Trump talked about that day a few months ago ,its been playing out during Norwalks election. A casino in Bridgeport makes sense just ask Mayor Joe.

I at least kept my eye on the ball ,the whiffle ball. Ct now has another winner and Im sure when the votes were counted there was no underlying anger at Trump .

Yes the city is panning a bitch fest good for them expect some pandering, BS , some Stantec studies and Ice cream in the spring.

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NancyOnNorwwalk.com was conceived as the place to go for Norwalk residents to get the real, unvarnished story about what is going on in and around their city. NancyOnNorwalk does not intend to be a print newspaper online; rather, it exists to pull the curtain back and shine a spotlight on how Norwalk is run and what is happening regarding issues that have an impact on taxpayers’ pocketbooks and safety. As an independent site, NancyOnNorwalk’s first and only allegiance is to the reader.

About Nancy

Nancy came to Norwalk in September 2010 and, after reporting on Norwalk for two years for another company, resigned to begin Nancy On Norwalk so she engage in journalism the way it was meant to be done. She is married to career journalist Mark Chapman, has a son, Eric (the artist and web designer who built this website), and two cats – a middle-aged lady and a young hottie who are learning how to peacefully co-exist.