Knopp named to CT Transportation Policy Advisory Council

Former Norwalk Mayor Alex Knopp.

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

NORWALK – State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) today announced that he has appointed former Mayor Alex Knopp of Norwalk to the newly-created Transportation Policy Advisory Council that was created by the General Assembly in 2017 to advise the Connecticut Department of Transportation on improvements to transportation policy, the adoption of the DOT’s five-year capital plan and on select transportation projects.

Under Public Act 17-192, the Council is charged with developing and recommending policies to improve transportation planning; advising the DOT Commissioner on the promotion of economic and housing development, environmental protection and other priorities; and reviewing assessments of specific transportation projects.

“There is no more important issue facing Norwalk’s future economic development than improving transportation mobility on our state and local roads,” said Senator Duff. “I’m appointing Alex to this important new Council because he can apply his experience and policy background on transportation and fiscal issues as a former state, regional and local office holder to help improve our future transportation decisions.”

The Council will have 13 voting members, including two appointed by the Governor and one by each of the six legislative leaders, including Senator Duff. The other voting members are the state treasurer, the secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, and the commissioners of the departments of Economic and Community Development, Energy and Environmental Protection, and Housing. Its first meeting must be held by February 1, 2018. Members are not paid for their service.

“Sen. Duff and his colleagues deserve high grades for establishing this new Council to improve the assessment of the state’s long-range transportation plans and to upgrade the review of major transportation projects,” said Knopp. “I thank him for this appointment because it will give me an opportunity to contribute to progress on some of the most important transportation issues confronting our city and region.”

In addition to his two terms as Norwalk’s mayor, Knopp served on the Transportation Committee during his eight terms in the General Assembly. He has been a Visiting Clinical Lecturer at Yale Law School since 2006 and is a member of the Connecticut Advisory Committee of the Regional Plan Association

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Sharon December 15, 2017 at 7:55 pm

Great! Now maybe Alex can keep his presence out of Oak Hills and stop the madness he created at the restaurant and focus on something new. THANK YOU, Bob!

Non Partisan December 15, 2017 at 8:38 pm

Fix metro north

A declining metro north Is a direct link to declining real estate values.

Maintain a state of good repair before system/ transportation expansion

Alex Knopp December 17, 2017 at 3:13 pm

I don’t know the identity of Sharon or anything about her knowledge or experience at Oak Hills so I can’t reply to her in private. Perhaps I should acknowledge her backhanded compliment. But I’ve been involved in trying to improve and celebrate our Oak Hills golf course for more than 30 years while trying to keep residents’ greens fees as low as possible. I’m a mediocre golfer who loves to walk the course and compete. I have kept my views about the current topics at Oak Hills private because of my obligation to advocate for the Norwalk Public Library and I have not wanted anyone to confuse my roles. But I have offered all sides in the restaurant dispute to help resolve these issues without litigation or padlocked door although the time for such mediation apparently is passed. But let me offer to Sharon that I will be glad to discuss the Oak Hills issues with her in private or debate them with her in public at any time. I have my views on how to keep residents’ greens fees low and how to improve the course conditions and I would be interested to hear from Sharon what her opinions are as well.

Thank you,
Alex Knopp
* Former Board member, Oak Hills Men’s Golf Association, 1993-2001
* Oak Hills Men’s C-Flite Champion, 1998, 2006, 2012
* Oak Hills Men’s D-Flite Champion, 2014, 2017
* Oak Hills Men’s Senior A-Flite Champion, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013

Rick December 19, 2017 at 3:44 am

Congratulations, Alex

Where most of us don’t care where you have been, but do realize even today the trains were over an hour behind the here and now is show us your stuff the city needs someone who will repair and and not replace performance with old school rhetoric.

Bob announced that he has appointed , this in most eyes has given you a disadvantage before you sit in on your first meeting I’m sorry to say.

Give you some room and a chance Im willing to do.

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