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Checking in on Norwalk’s Common Council

From left, Common Council members Doug Hempstead (R-District D), George Tsiranides (D-District D) and Tom Livingston (D-District E) study a map during a May Planning Committee meeting in City Hall.

Correction, 1:07 p.m.: Barbara Smyth has attended 89 percent of her Council Committee meetings. Updated, 9:33 a.m.: added information about council districts; 9:05 a.m.: added more factoids; 7:28 a.m.: Copy edits; added factoids about meeting time and compensation

NORWALK, Conn. – Time to take attendance.

NancyOnNorwalk’s last post on Common Council attendance was in August 2015.  We are therefore presenting to you today the attendance scoresheet for the 2015-17 Council and a tally for the current Council, which began in 2017.  For each time period there are two sets of stats — one for full council meetings, and another for committee meetings, where many say the real work of Council is done.  

All of these statistics were obtained by reviewing meeting minutes on the City website.  There were 42 full Council meetings in 2015-17 and 14 full Council meetings so far for 2017-19.

Full Council meetings, 2015-2017

The full Council generally meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Common Council chambers at City Hall.

 

Here is the 2015-17 attendance record, compiled by NoN, for full Council meetings, listing the percentage of meetings attended:

 

  • Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large), 97.73%
  • Faye Bowman (D-District B), 81%
  • Michael Corsello (D-At Large), 95.2%
  • Mike DePalma (D-District D), 61.9%
  • Doug Hempstead (R-At Large), 81%
  • John Igneri (D-District E), 92.8%
  • Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large), 90.5%
  • John Kydes (D-District C), 100%
  • Tom Livingston (D-District E), 92.8%
  • Michelle Maggio (R-District C), 76.2%
  • Eloisa Melendez (D-District A), 97.6%
  • Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (R-District D), 95.2%
  • Nick Sacchinelli (D-At Large), 95.2%
  • Steve Serasis (U-District A), 92.9%
  • Travis Simms (D-District B), 81%

 

“At Large” Council members are elected city-wide.  District council members represent the district where they reside.  You can learn your Council district and representatives by clicking here.

The 2017-19 record is a little tricky, as Bowman has resigned and been replaced by Ernie Dumas in late June. Dumas has not missed any meetings in his short tenure, to NoN’s knowledge.

The 2017-19 record to date:

  • Faye Bowman (D-District B) 83% (10 of 12 meetings)
  • Greg Burnett (D-At Large), 78.5%
  • Michael Corsello (D-At Large), 100%
  • Doug Hempstead (R-District D), 85.7%
  • John Igneri (D-District E), 64%
  • John Kydes (D-District C), 100%
  • Tom Livingston (D-District E), 100%
  • Eloisa Melendez (D-District A), 92.86%
  • Nick Sacchinelli (D-At Large), 71.4%
  • Beth Siegelbaum (D-District C), 85.7%
  • Travis Simms (D-District B), 85.7%
  • Barbara Smyth (D-At Large), 85.7%
  • Doug Stern (D-At Large), 100%
  • George Tsiranides (D-District D), 92.86%
  • Chris Yerinides (D-District A), 100%

 

Each Council member is assigned to various Committees. Some Committees meet frequently, some are more sporadic.

Here is the record compiled by NoN for the 2015-17 Council, showing the percentage of Committee meetings attended.  The number of total committee meetings varies for each Council member because each sits on a different combination of committees.

 

  • Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large) 80.2% (61/76)
  • Faye Bowman (D-District B) 85.4% (76/89)
  • Michael Corsello (D-At Large) 69.3% (52/75)
  • Mike DePalma (D-District D) 36% (27/75)
  • Doug Hempstead (R-At Large) 71.9% (64/89)
  • John Igneri (D-District E) 89.9% (80/89)
  • Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large) 83% (54/65)
  • John Kydes (D-District C) 85.7% (66/77)
  • Tom Livingston (D-District E) 94.6% (89/94)
  • Michelle Maggio (R-District C) 39.1% (27/69)
  • Eloisa Melendez (D-District A) 87.1% (61/70)
  • Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (R-District D) 85.7% (84/98)
  • Nick Sacchinelli (D-At Large) 77.7% (56/72)
  • Steve Serasis (U-District A) 72.9% (27/37
  • Travis Simms (D-District B) 64.3% (63/98)

 

And the Council Committee attendance thus far for 2017-19:

  • Faye Bowman (D-District B) 63.6% (14/22)
  • Greg Burnett (D-At Large) 95.8% (23/24)
  • Michael Corsello (D-At Large) 90.5% (19/21)
  • Ernie Dumas (D-District B) 100% (2/2)
  • Doug Hempstead (R-District D) 90.6% (48/53)
  • John Igneri (D-District E) 85.7% (12/14 )
  • John Kydes (D-District C) 84.6% (22/26 )
  • Tom Livingston (D-District E) 90% (27/30)
  • Eloisa Melendez (D-District A) 57.1% (16/28 )
  • Nick Sacchinelli (D-At Large) 56.66 % (17/30)
  • Beth Siegelbaum (D-District C) 90.9% (20/22)
  • Travis Simms (D-District B), 33.3% (6/18)
  • Barbara Smyth (D-At Large) 89.2% (25/28)
  • Doug Stern (D-At Large) 95% (19/20)
  • George Tsiranides (D-District D) 78.6% (22/28)
  • Chris Yerinides (D-District A) 96.6% (29/30)

 

 

What about tardiness?

At full Council meetings in 2015-17, John Kydes was late once (12 minutes) and Travis Simms was late four times (once he was 45 minutes late, the other times it was 10 to 12 minutes).

Simms has been late five times in 2017-19, from four to 15 minutes late. Michael Corsello left one meeting early, exiting an executive session at 9 p.m., according to the minutes.

For Committee meetings, records for 2015-17 show:

 

  • Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large) late once out of the 61 meetings he attended (from a possible 76)
  • Faye Bowman (D-District B) late 25 times out of the 76 meetings she attended (from a possible 89)
  • Michael Corsello (D-At Large) late five times out of the 52 meetings he attended (from a possible 75)
  • Mike DePalma (D-District D) never late
  • Doug Hempstead (R-At Large) late 16 times out of the 64 meetings he attended (from a possible 89)
  • John Igneri (D-District E) late four times out of the 80 meetings he attended (from a possible 89)
  • Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large) never late
  • John Kydes (D-District C) never late
  • Tom Livingston (D-District E) never late
  • Michelle Maggio (R-District C) late 10 times out of the 27 meetings she attended (from a possible 69)
  • Eloisa Melendez (D-District A) late four times out of the 61 meetings she attended (from a possible 70)
  • Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (R-District D) late once out of the 84 meetings she attended (from a possible 98)
  • Nick Sacchinelli (D-At Large) late four times out of the 56 meetings he attended (from a possible 72)
  • Steve Serasis (U-District A) never late
  • Travis Simms (D-District B) late 20 times out of the 63 meetings he attended (from a possible 98)

 

The 2017-19 Council Committee latenesses

  • Faye Bowman (D-District B) late six times out of 14 she attended (from a possible 22)
  • Greg Burnett (D-At Large) late three times out of 23 meetings he attended (from a possible 24)
  • Michael Corsello (D-At Large) late once out of 19 meetings he attended (from a possible 21)
  • Ernie Dumas (D-District B) not late
  • Doug Hempstead (R-District D) late five times out of 48 meetings he attended (from a possible 53)
  • John Igneri (D-District E) late twice out of 12 meetings he attended (from a possible 14)
  • John Kydes (D-District C) late twice out of 22 meetings he attended (from a possible 26)
  • Tom Livingston (D-District E) not late
  • Eloisa Melendez (D-District A) late once out of 16 meetings she attended (from a possible 28)
  • Nick Sacchinelli (D-At Large) late twice out of 17 meetings he attended (from a possible 30)
  • Beth Siegelbaum (D-District C) not late
  • Travis Simms (D-District B), late five times out of six meetings he attended (from a possible 18)
  • Barbara Smyth (D-At Large) not late
  • Doug Stern (D-At Large) not late
  • George Tsiranides (D-District D) not late
  • Chris Yerinides (D-District A) not late

 

Factoids

  • Council members are essentially unpaid, earning a $50 per month stipend for their work.
  • Based on the tallies above, there are about 21 full council meetings each year.  If each meeting averages 1.5 hours, Council members with perfect attendance spend 31.5 hours per year in meetings of the full Council.
  • Also based on the tallies above, each Council member would attend at least 35 committee meetings per year.  If each committee meeting averages 1.5 hours, Council members with perfect attendance would spend at least 52.5 hours per year in committee meetings.
  • Adding together the yearly time estimate for Council meetings and Committee meetings gives a total meeting time of at least 84 hours per year.
  • The above estimates are conservative, and do not include travel time, meeting prep time, and communication with constituents.  If these add up to one hour per week — for many Council members it’s a lot more — the Common Council time commitment becomes 136 hours per year.
  • A 2016 charter revision question asked voters to increase Council pay to 2% of the Mayor’s base salary, which would have been about $2,300.  Voters said no, 16,366-15,925, with 6,401 leaving the question blank.
  • The rejected pay level of $2,300 per year would have worked out to hourly compensation of $16.91 per hour for a Council member who devoted 136 hours per year to the job.  The figure would have been $12.23 per hour for a Council member who spent two hours per week on travel, meeting prep, and constituent communication.  At three hours per week, it would have dropped to $9.58 per hour.  The minimum wage in Connecticut is $10.10 per hour.
  • Four Council members were late to the Oct. 4, 2016 Public Works Committee meeting, and had apparently been in a meeting elsewhere.
  • Maggio and DePalma did not run for reelection in 2017.
  • Almost all of the Committee Chair-people had perfect attendance to the Committees they lead. Simms had perfect attendance to the Recreation and Parks Committee in 2015-17, when he was Chairman; he is not Chairman in 2017-19 and has attended one of eight Recreation and Parks meetings, arriving 10 minutes late.

 

 

Now, let’s really get into the weeds.

 

2015-17

Finance Committee

24 meetings

  • John Igneri (D-District E), absent six times
  • Doug Hempstead (R-At Large), absent eight times, late six times: 17 minutes, six minutes, six minutes, 10 minutes, 41 minutes, 14 minutes
  • Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large)*, absent once
  • John Kydes (D-District C), absent three times
  • Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (R-District D), absent four times
  • Nick Sacchinelli (D-At Large), absent seven times, late three times: 30 minutes, 81 minutes and eight minutes
  • Travis Simms (D-District B), absent nine times, late three times: 43 minutes, 14 minutes and 52 minutes

 

Personnel Committee

12 meetings

  • Michael Corsello (D-At Large), absent six times
  • Mike DePalma (D-District D), absent seven times
  • Doug Hempstead (R-At Large), absent twice; late four times: 35 minutes, four minutes, 20 minutes, 20 minutes
  • John Igneri (D-District E), absent three times
  • Michelle Maggio (R-District C), absent five times. Late three times: 10 minutes, 18 minutes and 13 minutes
  • Eloisa Melendez (D-District A), absent three times
  • Nick Sacchinelli (D-At Large)*, perfect attendance

 

Health, Welfare and Public Safety

16 meetings

  • Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large), absent five times
  • Faye Bowman (D-District B)*, perfect attendance
  • Mike DePalma (D-District D), absent 11 times
  • Michelle Maggio (R-District C), absent 10 times
  • Eloisa Melendez (D-District A), absent five times
  • Nick Sacchinelli (D-At Large), absent five times
  • Steve Serasis (U-District A), absent five times;

Land Use and Building Management

20 meetings

  • Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large), absent once, late once: 30 minutes
  • Faye Bowman (D-District B), absent five times, late three times: 15 minutes, eight minutes, 12 minutes,
  • Mike DePalma (D-District D), absent nine times
  • Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large), absent four times
  • Tom Livingston (D-District E)*, absent twice
  • Michelle Maggio (R-District C), absent 17 times, late once: 12 minutes
  • Nick Sacchinelli (D-At Large), absent four times, late once: 21 minutes

 

Ordinance

21 meetings

  • Michael Corsello (D-At Large), absent four times, late once 15 minutes
  • Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (R-District D), absent four times
  • Doug Hempstead (R-At Large), absent five times, late four times: 11, 6, 8, 10
  • Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large), absent six times
  • Tom Livingston (D-District E), absent once
  • Eloisa Melendez (D-District A)*, perfect attendance
  • Travis Simms (D-District B), absent nine times, late five times, 25,15,10, 15, 3,

Planning Committee

32 meetings

  • Faye Bowman (D-District B), absent four times, late 15 times, six to 31 minutes
  • Doug Hempstead (R-At Large), absent 10 times, late twice, 3 and 5 minutes
  • John Igneri (D-District E), no absences, late three times, 24 to 32 minutes
  • John Kydes (D-District C)*, perfect attendance
  • Tom Livingston (D-District E), absent twice
  • Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (R-District D), absent three times
  • Travis Simms (D-District B), absent 17 times, late nine times, 12 to 30 minutes

Recreation and Parks

21 meetings

  • Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large), absent eight times
  • Michael Corsello (D-At Large), absent six times
  • Mike DePalma (D-District D), absent 15 times
  • Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (R-District D), absent three times, late once, seven minutes
  • John Kydes (D-District C), absent eight times
  • Steve Serasis (U-District A), absent five times
  • Travis Simms (D-District B)*, perfect attendance

 

Public Works

21 meetings

  • Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large), one absence
  • Faye Bowman (D-District B), four absences; late seven times, two to 38 minutes
  • Michael Corsello (D-At Large), absent seven times; late four times, six to 20 minutes
  • John Igneri (D-District E)*, no absences; late once, 20 minutes
  • Tom Livingston (D-District E), perfect attendance
  • Michelle Maggio (R-District C), absent 10 times; late six times, six to 20 minutes
  • Eloisa Melendez (D-District A), absent once; late four times, five to 20 minutes

 

 

2017-19

Finance Committee

10 meetings

  • Greg Burnett (D-At Large)*, perfect attendance
  • Faye Bowman (D-District B), absent three of seven; late four times, 10 to 24 minutes
  • Doug Hempstead (R-District D), absent twice; late once, 14 minutes
  • John Igneri (D-District E), absent twice; late twice, 14 and 26 minutes
  • John Kydes (D-District C), absent three times; late once 16 minutes
  • Nick Sacchinelli (D-At Large), absent seven times
  • Travis Simms (D-District B), absent five times; late three times, 11 to 30 minutes

Personnel Committee

Six meetings

  • Faye Bowman (D-District B)*, attended all five of her meetings
  • Greg Burnett (D-At Large), no absences; late twice, 5 minutes
  • Doug Hempstead (R-District D), absent twice; 5 minutes late
  • Barbara Smyth (D-At Large), perfect attendance
  • Nick Sacchinelli (D-At Large), three absences; late twice, two to 9 minutes
  • Beth Siegelbaum (D-District C), absent once
  • Doug Stern (D-At Large), absent once

Health, Welfare and Public Safety

Six meetings

  • Ernie Dumas (D-District B); one meeting
  • Doug Hempstead (R-District D), absent twice, late once, 8 minutes
  • Eloisa Melendez (D-District A), absent five times
  • Nick Sacchinelli (D-At Large)*, perfect attendance
  • Barbara Smyth (D-At Large), absent once
  • Doug Stern (D-At Large), perfect attendance
  • George Tsiranides (D-District D), one absence
  • Chris Yerinides (D-District A), perfect attendance

Land Use and Building Management

Eight meetings

  • Greg Burnett (D-At Large), absent once; late once 25 minutes
  • Doug Hempstead (R-District D) absent twice
  • Tom Livingston (D-District E)*, absent once
  • Nick Sacchinelli (D-At Large), absent five times
  • Beth Siegelbaum (D-District C), absent once
  • Barbara Smyth (D-At Large) absent once
  • Chris Yerinides (D-District A) absent once

Ordinance

Seven meetings

  • Michael Corsello (D-At Large), absent once; late once, 7 minutes
  • Doug Hempstead (R-District D), absent twice
  • Tom Livingston (D-District E), perfect attendance
  • Eloisa Melendez (D-District A)*, perfect attendance
  • Beth Siegelbaum (D-District C), perfect attendance
  • Doug Stern (D-At Large), perfect attendance
  • Chris Yerinides (D-District A), perfect attendance

Planning Committee

Eight meetings

  • Faye Bowman (D-District B), attended four of seven; late twice, 16 minutes
  • Doug Hempstead (R-District D), no absences, late once 4 minutes
  • John Igneri (D-District E), two absences, late once, 2 minutes
  • John Kydes (D-District C)*, perfect attendance
  • Tom Livingston (D-District E), absent twice
  • Eloisa Melendez (D-District A), absent four times; late once 17
  • George Tsiranides (D-District D), absent once

Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs

Eight meetings

  • Michael Corsello (D-At Large)* perfect attendance
  • Doug Hempstead (R-District D), absent once, 6 minutes late
  • John Kydes (D-District C), absent once
  • Travis Simms (D-District B), absent seven times; 10 minutes late once
  • Barbara Smyth (D-At Large), absent once
  • George Tsiranides (D-District D), absent three times
  • Chris Yerinides (D-District A) perfect attendance

Public Works

Six meetings

  • Michael Corsello (D-At Large), absent once
  • Doug Hempstead (R-District D), 8 min late, no absences
  • John Igneri (D-District E)*, perfect attendance
  • Tom Livingston (D-District E) perfect attendance
  • Eloisa Melendez (D-District A), three absences
  • Travis Simms (D-District B), four absences, 25 min late
  • George Tsiranides (D-District D), one absence

 

{*=Committee Chairperson}

14 comments

Piberman August 11, 2018 at 9:29 am

Is it “attendance” or “performance” that ought be the public concern in a City with falling property values, punitive tax rates and a long stagnant Grand List ? Plus allegations that the Council is mostly a “rubber stamp” for City Hall in a City whose Charter mandates a strong Council – weak Mayor.

Chris August 11, 2018 at 11:49 am

If Travis Simms doesn’t have time to do the people’s work in his hometown, how can we think he would show up in Hartford for us? What a dismal attendance record!

Tricia August 11, 2018 at 1:29 pm

I’m happy to see my reps in Dist E have a pretty good attendance record! But I agree with commenter Chris that Travis’s attendance record is not good. Can’t advocate for us if you don’t attend meetings and we NEED good representation in Hartford. And the comment about attendance vs performance, I’d ask how you can have good performance if you don’t show up?

Rick August 11, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Chris think about what was just said “attendance” or “performance” not for Doug why would anyone want to show up and do anything ever watch them live?

Most of them are having fun control the city,,,,, and by the way a lot of taxpayers are very unhappy take your pick when it comes to a subject.There is no party face when getting screwed in Norwalk.

Our money is in a a shredder one meeting one local polluter just got over 3 million dollars in contracts, how would you act if you knew only one other in the room had any common sense and respect.Doug hang in there help is on its way’

Watch the meetings live arogance dominates the meetings this site and others are uncovering things in a city of 100,000 that shouldn’t still be going on..

Ever see anything successful that doesn’t
t include city hall? Arts fest is an example it was awesome and it wasn’t a city hall venture.Even ourt own parking authority had no room to advertise.

What hurts is the ones who are being preyed upon your churches your poor your kids are getting the short end of the stick no one can be ok with it.

How do you know what Travis is doing knowing what the others are doing seems more relevant they have the joystick.

Elsa Peterson Obuchowski August 11, 2018 at 3:49 pm

Thanks, Nancy, for all of your diligent work in gathering and reporting these details!

Isabelle Hargrove August 11, 2018 at 6:41 pm

Council Committee attendance thus far for 2017-19:
Doug Hempstead (R-District D) 90.6% (48/53) – 53 meetings are nearly twice as many as the others need to attend, the next meeting load was 30!

Doug Hempstead, you are AWESOME! The dedication you have consistently demonstrated for many decades now is extraordinary. Norwalk is lucky to have you. You have my gratitude and respect for your service.

BTW, this guy’s attendance is only 1/2 the story, the caliber of his work overshadows his record.

Rick August 12, 2018 at 12:46 pm

Thank you Nancy your stats are eye opening to us all , when you think about as you have it ,shows a lot of concern should go to how the city works this article shows little time goes into much of what gets spent. Where these elected officials are all responsible for their actions something else stands out what about the appointed offices that in essence have a lot to do with the hidden city.

an example of one
CITY OF NORWALK HUMAN RELATIONS

http://www.norwalkct.org/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/13427

5 months went on without a meeting yet a boatload of trouble went on in Norwalk over 160 intakes . Im wondering if no meetings went on for 5 months is it time for those thanking you to do some work themselves?

Lets be serious you have pointed out reported on so much more for those to jump into action and so far all we see is a yawn whats pathetic there is no room to argue the facts.

Who is responsible for Human relations and would that involve water rats and unprotected workers in Washington Village basements?

I understand holding elected officials responsible for health and welfare parks and budget conscounce decisions but we as a city are letting a lot go by via hard hitting journalism.

You and others point this stuff out what about reaction to those articles you have done in the past, recently on Wall st and others?

A lot of work went into this article , a lot goes into all you do ,where is the taxpayers its your money its your city its your votes thats left us in a mess. .

Even the ones who support NON in many ways simply cant read the facts and wait for the next round ,Nancy has given us all tools in the tool box stop acting like the Maytag repairman and do something .

The city has to change you first need facts and then a drive or a movement just like Woodstock to organize meet others with the same goal.

So hang out at calf pasture with Nancy and others who love this city Nancy has given facts now your job to act upon resolving issues but first enjoy a night out meet others with the same goal make Norwalk tolerable again.

James Cahn August 13, 2018 at 11:08 am

Since the council notes their pay rate as “$50 a month, essentially unpaid” let’s eliminate their compensation altogether. If it’s barely enough for them to bother counting it, why am I paying for it? Especially since I’m regularly reminded that they’re all “volunteers?”

Another data dump I’d like to see is “amount of taxes paid to the City of Norwalk, per council member.” I bet that would be interesting and inspire some compelling conversations.

Patrick Cooper August 14, 2018 at 12:07 am

I am so – so – so done with this insanity. This will be one of my last posts on this site.

NoN-has become a “useful idiot” – by the high-minded policy of providing folks the ability to comment under the cloak of anonymous Nome do plumes. This has been weaponized.

Norwalk – ask yourself this? What would you think if you knew that the very folks who publish under fake names had a nefarious agenda? They pretend to be objective, but they are the opposite of that. Pure union advocacy and screw the kids – we need more for the adults – but if I pretend to be “Norwalk Teacher loves them little kids” – well, it must be legitimate, right?

To anyone who has any common sense – I beg of you this: discount 100% anyone who says anything who doesn’t have to guts, the courage, the character – to post under their own names.

Sorry NoN – I think your policy is allowing the nefarious a form of cover. I get your position – but – that doesn’t mean the readers should countenance the opinions of the mystery posters.

My opinion? If they are unwilling to post their names – ignore the comment. It’s a lie. It’s a coward’s position. Sorry – for those of you who truly have an opinion to share, but are afraid to suffer retribution in Norwalk – time to buck up. If that happens – truly happens – if you are attacked by sharing your position – – then share THAT experience. The folks who bully those who speak the truth will soon find the shining light of truth more than uncomfortable – they will find the community will shun them. Leave town. Seriously, die.

I’m talking to you the many – I’m talking to you “WoW”, I’m talking to you “Curious Voter”, “U.S Blues”, “DB”, “Pash”, ”Norwalk Teacher”, “Teacher”, “veteranteacher”, “NPS Educator”, etc. etc. etc., ad nauseous – and the 100 others, plus – the worst offender – that good old MarjorieM, – who every single person believes is actually the nom de plume of {…}. Let’s even add in the new agitator on Facebook – the fictitious “Jay James” – who appears to be – well, just an average (union sucking) Joe. {…}

Compare this to – Mike Lyons – Mike Barbis – Brian Meek – even Bruce Kimmel. Amazing – they identify as who they really are – without mystery. Add in the very commentators from NoN, Bob W, John L, Nancy, Claire. Try Peter Berman. Try Lisa Brinton Thomson. The sadly banned Donna S. Adam Blank, Nora King, Rick Reardon, the courageous Isabelle Hargrove and James Cahn, and the hundreds of others who fearlessly post under their own names. Why do they take such a risk -the retribution – to expose themselves while sharing an opinion? AND – here I am – been here all along. It’s me – Patrick J. Cooper.

I’ve had it. Norwalk – I’m calling out every single one of you – who puts up with this BS. Where is your pride? DO YOU CARE? Do you really accept being played? You read this garbage – and you buy it? You accept it? Then – you get what you pay for. Worse – you VOTED for this.

This city is headed for extinction. Bridgeport will be the shining beacon on the hill compared to where we are headed. You accept the lies you are told by the mayor. Again and again. 5 years on – this mayor. You accept the ridiculously poor performance of the common council because – hey -they are just volunteers. You don’t see how some are “connected” – how some children become vice-whatever because they ….I mean, that’s really the polar opposite of pre- #me too. You accept the destruction of your own personal wealth (property values) because hey – I don’t want to insult Harry. MY GOD WAKE UP!

On unfortunate occasions – I catch our common council meetings on channel 87 (or whatever). I am embarrassed. We have a 300-million-dollar city budget – we have Mr. Magoo leading the team. It is … appalling. Among may things I’ve done in my career, I once ran a simple 60-million-dollar business – and the truth: Harry on display – his skills wouldn’t be acceptable to manage the janitorial supplies. I’m serious.

I for one have come to the sad conclusion, this city – the citizens – the electorate – are freaking idiots. I’m done. I’m out. But for those of you who choose to stay – you might want to demand more. To those of you who think the democratic party is your salvation – you will perish. Bye. I say – Good luck. You have been warned. Forget party. Forget loyalty. Choose competence. Sadly – Norwalk is incapable of that kind of reasoning. It’s why you are doomed. To those friends, I have – I beg of you – begin your exit strategy. It’s time.

Edited to remove two references to the identity of two anonymous commenters. The comments policy states: “Comments that try to “out” another commenter will be disallowed.” https://www.nancyonnorwalk.com/comment-guidelines/

Bob Welsh August 14, 2018 at 8:23 am

For avoidance of any misunderstanding, Adam Blank, Nora King, Rick Reardon, Isabelle Hargrove, and James Cahn have not been banned from the site.

Amanda August 14, 2018 at 11:34 pm

Patrick, what exactly aboiut this post set you off? Most of us have been around for years and post using our real name. No, I do not disclose my last name. I think, as long time users, we give little credence to those unwilling to post their real names. At least, that’s been my experience. I haven’t been a heavy poster in years but as a reader, I have the ability to take in what I perceive to be as truth vs fiction. I don’t know how long you’ve been in Norwalk, but if you’re embarrassed by our CC meetings now, where were you five years ago when things were simply appalling? In my own case, I’ve learned to let go and try to tune out the noise, I suppose. I am having a much more difficult time currently tuning out the person who acts as POTUS.

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