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Opinion: Leaving Norwalk with gratitude to many

Faye Bowman.

It is a pleasure to serve the great residents of South Norwalk (and all of Norwalk) on the Common Council. In my 4 ½ years as a Councilwoman, I have learned a great deal about Norwalk governance and a great deal about the people of this City. I have also been able to contribute my talents and knowledge towards running this great City. I would not trade the experience for the world.

My journey began in college, when I chose Political Science as a major. My grassroots efforts on President Barack Obama’s campaign in 2007 and 2008 allowed me to meet local elected officials and learn about the local political process. In 2012, I was elected to the Norwalk Democratic Town Committee. In 2013, I became an elected member of the Norwalk Common Council.

During my 4 ½ years on the Common Council I had the opportunity to be a part of expanding and improving pre-K opportunities in the City of Norwalk. During my years, we saw the opening of the Norwalk Early Childhood Center (NECC). I also voted on the selection of new School Readiness providers for Norwalk pre-K students.

I have worked to improve relations between the community and the Norwalk Police Department. Successes include voting to implement a body camera policy for Norwalk patrol officers and pushing to bring Norwalk Police Department feedback forms into compliance with state regulations.

In addition, work has begun in rehabbing the existing public housing units of Washington Village and adding workforce housing to that complex. Affordable housing is a hot topic nationwide. My hope for Norwalk is that in addition to affordable apartments, there will be efforts to create affordable ownership options such as down payment assistance programs, a reasonably priced housing stock for first time homebuyers, and incentives for condominium complexes to become FHA approved.

Although the experience is and has been a great one and although there is still work to be done; I will be relinquishing my current role as a member of the Norwalk Common Council as of midnight Friday, June 1. This is because I will be relocating outside of the City of Norwalk in the coming weeks.

I would like to thank all of those who were instrumental to my success during this current run on the Common Council: from family and friends, to colleagues, to South Norwalk, to City staff…Thank You.

To the next man or woman up: serve well and make me proud.

Thank you South Norwalk. Thank you Norwalk.

6 comments

Patrick Cooper May 29, 2018 at 7:08 pm

Ms. Bowman –

Thank you for your service – from a resident of “Norwalk” – but not South Norwalk. I wish you the best of luck – as they say – “in your future endeavors”. Nice touch taking the high road out of town. I’m sure some would prefer you told tales – but that’s not your style – is it?

Sherelle Harris May 31, 2018 at 5:17 pm

Councilwoman Bowman,

Thank you for your service to Norwalk. I am proud of your growth and even prouder that you never stopped fighting for the underserved. Even in your fire, you still had class.

Below are six Richard Wright Haiku Poems for you.

Spring begins shyly
With one hairpin of green grass
In a flower pot.

An apple blossom
Trembling on a sunlit branch
From the weight of bees.

Leaving its nest,
The sparrow sinks a second,
Then opens its wings.

Holding too much rain,
The tulip stoops and spills it,
Then straightens again.

Keep straight down this block,
then turn right where you will find
a peach tree blooming

You moths must leave now;
I am turning out the light
And going to sleep.

I wish you all the best in your life’s next journey!

Debora Goldstein May 31, 2018 at 11:24 pm

Thank you for your efforts Faye. Norwalk’s loss is another town’s gain.
All the best in your future endeavors.

Colin Hosten June 2, 2018 at 9:30 am

These parting words show a mixture of class, humility, and earnestness. Faye will definitely be leaving some big shoes to fill.

Martha A Wooten Dumas June 9, 2018 at 6:49 pm

Thank you for your service, I’m sure it was worth learning. You worked and fought hard and you were a team. Bless you and family. keep in touch, you will be missed.

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