Updated, 7:05 a.m.: Copy edits
NORWALK, Conn. – Here’s a collection of election-related items for you, some serious, some light:
- Rilling opines on Lamont; promises POKO info, further action on Citibank
- Suda shoots promotional video while driving
- Replacing Common Council members
- Flynn sought support in Spanish
- D’Amelio: ‘I will not be silenced’
- Duff’s domination over the years
- ‘H to O’
- Other Norwalk vote tallies
Rilling on Lamont, Citibank
Asked about Ned Lamont on Tuesday, Mayor Harry Rilling revealed, as part of the conversation, that the City will be filing a Zoning complaint against Citibank, due to Wall Street Place issues.
Democratic Governor-elect Ned Lamont has the “true platform” for bringing Connecticut back as a great state and inspiring people to invest in Connecticut, Rilling said, explaining that he’s spoken to Lamont on the issues many times.
Rilling said he is not sure about the likelihood of resuming construction on Wall Street Place, under Lamont.
Construction on Wall Street Place, referred to by many as “POKO” because POKO Partners was the developer, stopped in 2016. Citibank held POKO’s construction loan and obtained ownership through a deed-in-lieu property transfer.
Rilling said that within a week he will be releasing an “entire explanatory” statement about Wall Street Place, “from where we started, where we are and how we got there.”
Norwalk has cited Citibank for blight, due to the condition of Wall Street Place.
“We will be filing a Zoning violation against them and they will be fined,” Rilling said.
“I am looking for them to announce a preferred developer that will work with us and make sure that we get this project moving. We have been negotiating for a year and a half to two years right now and have made virtually no progress. The most important thing to us is that people adhere to the LDA (Land Disposition Agreement); public parking is a major part, the LDA requires a certain amount of public parking. Those residents, those businesses, have suffered and enough is enough.”
NancyOnNorwalk asked Rilling if Lamont would support the current plans for the Walk Bridge, the aged railroad bridge over the Norwalk River.
“I believe that Ned Lamont understands that the Walk Bridge needs to be a lift bridge,” Rilling said. “I believe that Ned Lamont feels that the 1.5 to 2 miles of river north of the Walk Bridge is important because if we don’t have a bridge that can allow navigation, that will be a non-navigable waterway that will silt in and eventually a lot of the marine life will die. Nobody will dredge it.”
Rilling also said he expects the work on Soundview Landing to continue under Lamont.
Funding is secured for phase II of Soundview Landing, the replacement to Washington Village, and continued support is needed for phase III, Norwalk Housing Authority Board Chairman Cesar Ramirez said recently.
Video sought to drive voters to the polls
Republican Town Committee Chairman Mark Suda, a Norwalk Police officer, on Tuesday posted a video on Facebook in an effort to get people out to vote.
Driving a car with one hand on the wheel and sporting a shirt with the D’Amelio for Senate logo, Suda said he was delivering coffee, danishes and bagels to volunteers working the polls and urged voters to cast their ballots. He also attempted to reassure people that they wouldn’t be deported for voting Republican, calling that “nonsense” spread by Democrats.
See for yourself:
Replacing Simms and Stern
Tuesday’s stunning Democratic near-sweep of local races has presented Norwalk Democrats with a question: who will replace Common Council members Travis Simms and Doug Stern?
Simms, who has represented District B since 2013, is headed to Hartford as District 140 State Representative. Stern, a first time At-Large Council member, will be the new Norwalk/Wilton Judge of Probate.
Stern’s replacement will be selected by the entire Democratic Town Committee because he is an At Large member, DTC Chairman Ed Camacho said Tuesday. District B Democrats will choose Simms’ replacement.
There are a “couple of people” who are being discussed because they have recently “shown themselves to be very interested, very capable,” people who “we know will use that position to help make Norwalk Better,” Rilling said Wednesday.
Rilling declined to identify the potential Council candidates.
Only two Norwalk Democrats fell short in their bids for elected office Tuesday: Stephanie Thomas and Colin Hosten.
Thomas sought to replace State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143), earning 48.45 percent of the vote. Hosten tried as a Working Families Party candidate to become District 140 State Representative, after losing the Democratic primary to Simms.
District B Democrats Chairman Bobby Burgess did not reply to a Wednesday email asking who might replace Simms.
A District B Democrat recently said he expects Darlene Young to be considered. Young is Human Relations and Fair Rent program coordinator.
State legislators are paid $28,000 a year; Council members are volunteers. State Representatives are provided with $4,500 a year to cover expenses, according to the Connecticut Mirror; Council members receive $50 a month.
Campaign signs in Spanish
Some candidates speak of seeking Hispanic support; Republican District 140 candidate John Flynn took action, producing campaign signs with English on one side, and Español on the other. One of the double-sided signs was spotted by NoN on Westport Avenue, near Wendy’s.
D’Amelio opines on Facebook
If Republican State Senate candidate Marc D’Amelio had anything to say Tuesday about his unsuccessful bid to replace State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25), NancyOnNorwalk would not know it, as Suda sent NoN away from the RTC Election Night party, minutes after it began.
D’Amelio did, however, express opinions on Facebook.
On his campaign page, he wrote:
“Last night I lost my bid to be State Senator of Connecticut. The campaign saw amazing highs and some tough challenges but we always stayed positive and had a great time along the way. As I begin to reflect, I am so proud of the campaign we ran and am inspired by the outpouring of support and love from so many. I have learned much about myself and I am happy with my growth as a human being. This campaign was never about me or my desire to be a politician. To be quite frank politics sucks but serving people and helping the city and state I love and call home is what fueled me.
“Over the next few weeks I am going to spend time with my amazing family and enjoy my life outside of the public eye. Although I am done running for public office I promise I will not be silenced.
“I am humbled by this experience and I look forward to thanking each and every one of you directly.”
NancyOnNorwalk was also sent a screen capture of a statement D’Amelio posted elsewhere. To those who had just been elected, he wrote:
“Now please get ready to have your work serving the people scrutinized like never before. The one constant I witnessed running for office is just how insulated the average voter is from the impact the decisions made by the people we elect affect us.
“Remember, facts matter and I will be monitoring the facts, votes, policies and their impact on the people of Norwalk, Connecticut and our Country.
“This is not a threat but our right and duty.
“No fake news, no spin – just straight facts because facts matter.”
Duff’s statistics since 2008
D’Amelio, in this mid-term election, received a lesser percentage of the electorate than 2016 Republican candidate Greg Ehlers did, in the last Presidential election.
D’Amelio received 36.8 percent if District 25 votes in 2018 and Ehlers received 39.86 percent in 2016, according to the Secretary of State’s website. Bill Dunne in 2014 scored 38.3 percent of the vote.
Duff’s statistics, from the Secretary of State:
- 2018: Duff, 63.1 percent (24,437 votes with D’Amelio as the alternative)
- 2016: Duff, 60.14 percent (26,509 votes with Ehlers as the alternative)
- 2014: Duff, 61.7 percent (16,310 votes, with Bill Dunne as the alternative)
- 2012: Duff, 67.9 percent (27,015 votes, with Jack Chiarmonte as the alternative)
- 2010: Duff, 64.4 percent (18,767 votes with Artie Kassimis as the alternative)
- 2008: Duff, 64.9 percent (26,807 votes, with Steve Papadakos as the alternative)
Duff was first elected State Senator in 2004.
D’Amelio won Darien with 56.8 percent of the 6,487 votes cast. Ehlers, a Darien resident, scored 68.3 percent of the 2016 vote while Dunne had 65.2 percent in 2014.
Humanist and Freethinkers of Fairfield County President Cary Shaw said he was surprised Tuesday when he went to his poll at Ponus Ridge Middle School.
He went to the check-in table and asked for some water, but they just stared at him uncomprehendingly, he said, explaining that he pointed to the sign and pointed out that it said “H to O.”
“What did they do about it? They laughed,” he wrote.
The Norwalk votes
Wells on Wednesday provided Norwalk vote tallies. Here are the results not previously reported by NancyOnNorwalk:
- Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz (Democrats) 19,373
- Bob Stefanowski and Joe Markley (Republicans) 11,337
- Ned Lamont and Susan Bysiewicz (Working Families Party) 477
- Bob Stefanowski and Joe Markley (Independent) 531
- Rodney Hanscomb and Jeffrey Thibeault (Libertarian) 152
- Mark Stewart Greenstein and John Demitrus (Amigo Constitution Liberty) 27
- Oz Griebel and Monte Frank (Griebel Frank for CT) 375
- Chris Murphy (Democrat) 21,209
- Matthew Corey (Republican) 9,717
- Chris Murphy (Working Families Party) 757
- Richard Lion (Libertarian) 193
- Jeff Russell (Green) 120
- Jim Himes (Democrat) 21,493
- Harry Arora (Republican) 9,978
- Harry Arora (Independent) 494
Secretary of State
- Denise Merrill (Democrat) 19,724
- Susan Chapman (Republican) 10,402
- Denise Merrill (Working Families Party) 567
- Susan Chapman (Independent) 479
- Heather Lynn Sylvestre Gwynn (Libertarian) 210
- S. Michael DeRosa (Green) 230
- Shawn Wooden (Democrat) 19,313
- Thad Gray (Republican) 10,649
- Shawn Wooden (Working Families Party) 597
- Thad Gray (Independent) 513
- Jesse Brohinsky (Libertarian) 295
- Kevin Lembo (Democrat) 19,346
- Kurt Miller (Republican) 10,353
- Kevin Lembo (Working Families Party) 597
- Kurt Miller (Independent) 12,541
- Paul Passarelli (Libertarian) 356
- Edward Heflin (Green) 204
- William Tong (Democrat) 19,548
- Sue Hatfield (Republican) 10,611
- William Tong (Working Families Party) 584
- Sue Hatfield (Independent) 560
- Peter Goselin (Green) 243
Registrar of Voters
- Stuart Wells (Democrat) 19,410
- Karen Doyle Lyons (Republican) 11,582