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Promotional video draws flak for featuring Rilling, wife

Mayor Harry Rilling and his wife, Lucia Rilling, in a scene from a video released last week by Norwalk Now.

Updated, 6:08 a.m.: Revised headline, copy edits

NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk promotional video has tongues wagging, and has led to criticism of Mayor Harry Rilling.

The video, posted on Facebook by Norwalk Now, features overhead shots of Norwalk, views of Rilling’s wife doing yoga, and the couple dining in various restaurants, with a voiceover in which Rilling touts the city.

“From a melting pot of restaurants and gathering places, to an array of restaurants and fashionable locations, Norwalk continues to evolve while maintaining its historic New England charm,” Rilling states in the video. “So, discover our amazing coastal community by visiting NorwalkNow.org, where Norwalk business owners come together to bring you our city in real time.”

Norwalk Now is funded by the Norwalk Parking Authority.

The video “is a scarcely disguised re-election campaign ad for Mayor Rilling… Is this kind of self-promotion on the back of residents deemed appropriate by the present administration? Where are the check and balances? Where is their common sense?” the Norwalk Republican Town Committee asks on its Facebook page.

The video shows nearly 10,000 views on the Norwalk Now Facebook page, which also displays criticism from Lisa Brinton, who on Dec. 3 announced a 2019 run for Mayor as an unaffiliated candidate.

“Gorgeous shots of the city, but {it} looks a bit like mayoral campaign video. Did my property tax dollars pay for this? Or is this why the authority is now charging for parking at Liberty Square?” Brinton wrote.

“I can assure you, this is not a campaign video,” NorwalkNow replied. “We asked the Mayor and his wife to be in one of our commercials as they are extremely supportive and proud of Norwalk. It’s really that simple.”

Norwalk Now was announced by the Parking Authority in an August 2017 press release that called it a “marketing organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the dining, retail, and recreational businesses that make up Norwalk’s Urban Core districts (SoNo, West Ave, and Wall Street).”

“There is absolutely no taxpayer subsidy involved at all” in the Norwalk Now marketing effort as all of the Parking Authority’s revenues are derived from parking fees, Norwalk Administrative Services Manager Kathryn Hebert, City staff person to the Parking Authority,  is quoted as saying in an August 2017 Westfair Communications article.

The Republican Town Committee Facebook post noted that the Parking Authority is funded by “parking fees and fines.”

Connecticut based MaxEx Public Relations LLC, a “professional marketing company with a proven track record in the hospitality and tourism industries,” was chosen to lead Norwalk Now, the press release states.

Parking Authority Chairman Dick Brescia said in a Wednesday email to NancyOnNorwalk that the Parking Authority Board “has no input (creating or approving) the video that seems to have generated criticism.”

“In my opinion the promotion video designed to attract customers to visit our restaurants and retail outlets chose Harry because he is the Mayor (and what better spokesman would you (or they) suggest? Lucia, because she is married to the Mayor and the producers were trying to project a family-friendly atmosphere,” Brescia wrote.

He continued, “I am not surprised that people who oppose the Mayor would suggest this…it is another negative opportunity for them.  The NPA funds they refer to have been invested in Norwalk Now for the past three years.  We helped start this project at the suggestion of several business owners in the SONO area who were hoping for a ‘downtown district’ organization.  We are joined in the funding by some 30 local businesses, the Redevelopment Agency and some developers.  We are proud of the job that Norwalk Now is doing in trying to generate interest in our city by reaching out to consumers in Fairfield County and beyond.”

“Mayors all across the country promote their communities to encourage people to work, live and visit the many recreational opportunities,” Rilling said Wednesday in a text message. “My wife and I are very proud of and love Norwalk even though others may not. They have nothing but negative things to say and I sometimes wonder why they stay. If they feel the ad was not appropriate, they should file a complaint with the Secretary of State.”

Brinton on Facebook wrote that she is “tiring of the repeated public displays of affection” between Rilling and his wife:

“We get it, the mayor loves his wife. The question is – ‘Does he love the Norwalk taxpayer and property owners, who are watching their quality of life go downhill, due to five years of auto pilot and financial mismanagement at City Hall.

“This video obviously hides the Wall St. Poko disaster, pending Walk Bridge implosion threatening every restaurant visited, as well as the gigantic mall that will further consume businesses in SoNo.

“To Norwalk Now – you may have intended to create a promotional video of Norwalk, but the fact that you did not ‘see’ the composite results of your video, demonstrates the ‘bubble’ this administration has created and you have enabled, whether you intended it to be that way or not,” Brinton wrote.

“Great video, Harry won’t have to raise as much money from out of town developers now that his re-election campaign video was paid for by the parking authority?” Republican Town Committee Corresponding Secretary Isabelle Hargrove wrote.

Another comment complained of “our formerly quaint New England town touted as a suburb of NYC in this political ad.”

Others lauded the video.

“I love my Hometown{…} Great video,” one wrote.

“Beautiful commercial!” New England Culinary Group wrote. “Good for the community, coming together to show off their city! Love how proud this mayor is of his city.”

34 comments

M Murray December 13, 2018 at 6:16 am

Creating issues where they don’t exist?? Mayor’s and governors have been promoting their states and cities for decades in commercials. If they didn’t try to promote their areas to attract tourism dollars. people would complain about that.

Lisa Brinton December 13, 2018 at 6:18 am

‘My wife and I are very proud of and love Norwalk even though others may not…’

Mr. Mayor, you’re going to have to do better than that.

Here was my full quote on FB:

“Tiring of the repeated public displays of affection. We get it, the mayor loves his wife. The question is – ‘Does he love the Norwalk taxpayer and property owners, who are watching their quality of life go downhill, due to five years of auto pilot and financial mismanagement at city hall.

This video obviously hides the Wall St. Poko disaster, pending Walk Bridge implosion threatening every restaurant visited, as well as the gigantic mall that will further consume businesses in SoNo.

To Norwalk Now – you may have intended to create a promotional video of Norwalk, but the fact that you did not ‘see’ the composite results of your video, demonstrates the ‘bubble’ this administration has created and you have enabled, whether you intended it to be that way or not.”

If you love Norwalk Mr. Mayor, then why have you been silent on the Walk Bridge? Why didn’t you secure appropriate ‘infrastructure’ compensation for Norwalk, due to the years of pain this over engineered, boondoggle construction will bring? Why is the Norwalk Harbor Keeper doing your job? Why didn’t you fight for the environment, the waterfront, the oyster beds, our new million dollar dock? The aquarium’s future hangs in the balance if the tanks have to be removed due to the pounding. East Norwalk residents will be cut off from SoNo, with their only exit along East Avenue and the Strawberry Hill ‘sharrows.’

Mayors are supposed to FIGHT for their cities! Instead, you and your administration made a declaration of FONSI (Finding of No Significant Impact) on the Walk Bridge, effectively handing the city you ‘love’ over to the state.

This video is a storm in a tea cup, but exemplifies your priorities and why I’m running my David v. Goliath campaign to replace you and your policies.

Sid Welker December 13, 2018 at 9:16 am

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!! Are we this petty that we bring ourselves to such a low to complain about a video trying to bring the good things Norwalk has to offer into light? The video focuses on multiple parts of Norwalk (which are all local businesses may I add). So what if the Mayor and his wife are the two people in the video. They are the faces associated with Norwalk. Everyone likes to complain about the taxes, Poko, Walk Bridge, Murals etc etc. I for one will go one record that the negativity of the 10%er’s in this town alone make me want to pack up and head back down to NC. We all know its not about the video. Its the fact the the Mayor in the video is not a Republican. The plain truth is until you get out there and vote in masses, get a TRUE Republican candidate, Keep David McCarthy away from running anyone’s campaign, have a strong agenda, not allow a Malloy 2.0 into Governorship(whoops) and most importantly STOP THE WHINING AND BE MORE PRODUCTIVE nothing will change.Now go and start planning accordingly.

Debora Goldstein December 13, 2018 at 9:43 am

The reason the parking authority is not using “taxpayer funds” is that it is formed by ordinance to be a self-sustaining quasi-government entity. There does not appear to be any statutory authority for the Parking Authority to fund Norwalk Now or any other non-parking related expense. The revenue is only supposed to be used for PARKING-related expenses.

From the ordinance:
§ 73A-1 Creation; powers and duties.
There is hereby created, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 100, Sections 7-202 to 7-212a of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended (the “Chapter”), an authority known as the “Norwalk Parking Authority.” The Norwalk Parking Authority (the “Authority”) shall have all the powers and perform all the duties that are by law granted to or imposed upon parking authorities under and by virtue of the provisions of the Chapter, as it shall be amended from time to time, subject to the provisions of this ordinance.
§ 73A-2 Responsibility for parking facilities.
A.
The Authority shall have all of the powers and perform all of the duties that are by law granted to or imposed upon parking authorities under and by virtue of the provisions of the chapter with respect to all City parking facilities. For purposes of this chapter, “City parking facilities” shall mean lots, garages, parking terminals or other structures and accommodations for the parking of motor vehicles off the street or highway and open to the general public with or without charge, and off-street and on-street parking meters owned by the City wherever located, including, without limitation, parking facilities and parking meters constructed subsequent to the effective date of this chapter, additions to or replacements of existing parking facilities and parking meters and parking facilities and parking meters within mixed-use facilities, including the property comprising the South Norwalk, East Norwalk and the Merritt 7 Railroad Stations and their related parking facilities, subject to relevant agreements with the State of Connecticut. The areas included within the definition of this term are all buildings and improvements and all means of ingress and egress used to access and travel about within the railroad station facilities. Excluded from this definition is the property comprising the Rowayton Rail Station which is subject to an agreement with the State of Connecticut, unless otherwise provided for by a separate agreement by and between the City and the Parking Authority.
[Amended 1-13-2004; 3-24-2009; 2-28-2017]
B.
The Authority is hereby granted all net revenues earned from City parking facilities on and after July 1, 2002, including, but not limited to, revenues from the lease, license or other use of any portion of City parking facilities directly related to the parking of motor vehicles, revenues from parking meters and parking permits collected on or after July 1, 2002, and revenues from parking fines and penalties levied on or after July 1, 2002, plus any interest thereon. For purposes of this chapter, “net revenues” shall mean revenues less any and all related expenses incurred in generating such revenues, including, but not limited to, contractual and other obligations of the City charged to the Authority, such as the cost of collecting and enforcing parking fines and penalties and an allocable share of expenses of City departments and City personnel providing services to the Authority. Net revenues shall be used by the Authority for any of its corporate purposes pursuant to the chapter, including, but not limited to, the acquisition, construction, expansion, improvement and equipping of City parking facilities, the operation and maintenance of City parking facilities, the establishment of capital and operating reserves and the payment of debt services on bonds issued by the City or the Authority pursuant to the provisions of the chapter.
[Amended 11-12-2002; 3-24-2009; 2-28-2017]
C.
The Authority shall assume all existing obligations of the City in connection with City parking facilities as of July 1, 2002, and any obligations which accrue on or after July 1, 2002, which arise from City parking facilities. Nothing contained in this chapter shall be deemed to transfer any existing fee ownership interest of the City in any City parking facility, including the underlying land, air rights above or any easements through City parking facilities, to the Authority, and provided further, that control over parking meters within the City, including, but not limited to, the type, location, number and servicing thereof, shall be subject to the approval of the traffic authority of the City.
[Amended 11-12-2002]

From the CT General Statutes:
Sec. 7-204. Powers of parking authority. Such parking authority or parking division shall have the power, in the name of the municipality, to (1) create, establish, and expand wherever built by such municipality, off-street parking facilities; (2) acquire by purchase, gift, devise, lease or condemnation, subject to the provisions of section 48-6, real property or any interest therein necessary for or incidental to the construction, maintenance, operation, or expansion of off-street parking facilities, provided such authority shall not be empowered to take by eminent domain any property from a corporation which has the right of eminent domain, and this chapter shall not affect the powers of eminent domain of any such corporation; prepare necessary plans and drawings; (3) construct or cause to be constructed parking facilities; (4) maintain and operate parking facilities; (5) establish and collect reasonable off-street parking fees; (6) give, grant or sell any real property owned by such parking authority to the municipality; dedicate any real property owned by such parking authority to the public purposes for a street or highway; (7) lease parking facilities or such expanded parking facilities as may be provided, and already subject to lease, to any public agency, individual, firm, corporation or hospital, as defined by subsection (b) of section 19a-490, upon such terms and conditions as the public interest may warrant; and (8) enforce parking regulations in a municipality that has adopted an ordinance under section 7-204a in accordance with the terms of such ordinance.

Sec. 7-207a. Use of parking meter revenues. Any municipality may, by ordinance, authorize its parking authority or parking division to collect and receive all revenue from parking meters located on public streets in the municipality or to establish metered on-street parking zones. Any municipality that has adopted an ordinance under section 7-204a may authorize its parking authority to receive the amount remitted to the municipality for parking violations under subsection (b) of section 51-56a. All existing parking meters, upon the adoption of such ordinance, shall become the property of the parking authority or parking division and such authority or division shall succeed to all the obligations of such municipality relative to payment for such meters. The revenues from such meters shall be used by such authority or division for the regulation and control of the parking of vehicles in parking meter on-street and off-street zones, for the cost of purchase, installation, operation, inspection, supervision and maintenance of parking meters, for acquiring, operating and maintaining off-street parking facilities and to fulfill pledges made under the provisions of section 7-206 for the payment of bonds.

Sec. 7-210. Receipts to be trust funds. All moneys received under the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to be trust funds, to be held and applied as provided in this chapter. The ordinance authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds shall provide that any officer to whom, or bank, trust company or other fiscal agent to which, such moneys are paid shall act as trustee of such moneys and shall hold and apply the same for the purposes hereof, subject to such regulations as this chapter and such ordinance provide.

Mike Mushak December 13, 2018 at 9:54 am

I’m glad Mayor Rilling promotes Norwalk and our small businesses and supports our growing economy! That’s what good mayors are supposed to do, all across the nation.

The strong reaction by the small number of usual suspects against any positive portrayal of Norwalk is astounding to witness. Sheesh. Predictably for this crowd, it’s much ado about nothing.

You’d think they would have learned their lesson in the last election, when voters overwhelmingly rejected the years of Republican trashing of CT to the point everyday folks grew sick of hearing what an awful place we are. We got sick of hearing CT is bad for business as most of our businesses thrive and expand and we draw new ones from out of state. The conservative propaganda can’t change reality no matter how hard they try to destroy our reputation. It can be better for sure, but it’s not as bad as they say.

CT is a great state to live and work, and Norwalk is a great city that is growing and changing with the times, as it has always done for all of its 367 years since 1651. Of course it’s not perfect, no place ever is. But sitting in gridlocked traffic in the heat in poorly-planned Florida as another hurricane approaches is not perfection either, despite mostly Republican attempts to portray that state as some kind of conservative Nirvana. No thanks!

The propaganda meter is always off the charts whenever the Koch-funded Yankee Institute releases yet another poorly-researched article trashing CT. The Republicans have no good ideas of their own, so all they know how to do is trash-talk CT and it’s communities. It’s like the national healthcare debate (notice Republicans suddenly embraced Obamacare this year after years of trying to kill it with lies and hysteria, lol), and this “we hate everything” policy is now shrunk down to size to fit CT and now even Norwalk by the Republicans and their heroine Lisa. They hate everything, including even now the mayor’s happy marriage!

I won’t comment much on Lisa attacking Harry’s relationship with his wife. That kind of nasty pettiness speaks for itself. Lisa should apologize if she wants to save any chance at her attempt to become mayor, after that ugly gaff that reveals much about her sad obsessive hatred of our current mayor. As was said recently by a speaker at Bush’s funeral, “Hatred corrodes the vessel it
is contained in.”

At this point it’s also becoming amusing to see the desperate attempts of this crowd of haters to try to portray Norwalk as a gloom and doom noir dystopia, like Gotham City in the Batman movies. They simply hate any good news about Norwalk! Just review the comments (paraphrased by me) by the usual suspects on NoN, often by anonymous commenters who often resemble the Joker, Riddler, and Two Face:

“Oh no, the train bridge is coming! Safe reliable travel for millions of passengers every year on the busiest train line in the nation, who needs it! Let it get stuck open or fall into the river so we can have real chaos in our city for years!”

“Oh no, the mall is coming! 2500 hundred new jobs, but imagine the traffic mostly at non-rush hour times!! All those people spending money in Norwalk, it’s the end of the world I tell you!”

“Oh no, new housing in abandoned old factories in East Norwalk! Vibrant streets and new businesses are going to destroy our way of life!”

“Oh no, bike lanes for those awful people who ride bikes, and new sidewalks for pedestrians! It’s all a big scheme to shove their radical healthy lifestyles down our car-oriented throats!”

“Oh no, a new school and community center in South Norwalk! Just terrible for our community! We hate increasing opportunities to help break the generational cycle of poverty!”

“Oh no, replacement of the state’s oldest crumbling housing project with new mixed-income housing! It’s an unfolding tragedy I tell you! How dare they demolish these moldy crumbling apartments! We have to fight city hall!!”

“Oh no, smart reorganization of obsolete city management! How dare they!”

I’ll stop there. Happy holidays everyone! (Oh no, he didn’t say Christmas!” It’s a war I tell you!)

Rick December 13, 2018 at 10:34 am

No mention of the second utube video that was made it was hilarious to say the least, it was relevant it shows another opinion of the mayor.

Pros & Cons December 13, 2018 at 10:41 am

Neat professional video filling tourism/economic development vacuum. Too bad Chamber of Commerce hasn’t done more in this area. Scratch the surface to find ways tax dollars do support Parking Authority in addition to fines and fees. Unlike staff who work for most authorities, parking folks have all the benefiits of offices @ City Hall and not sure if all salaries and benefits covered by parking revenue. @Deborah Goldstein raises good questions about whether the Norwalk Now venture goes beyond what ordinance allows. Authority folks will probably say that promoting restaurants and other attractions promotes parking 🙂

Bryan Meek December 13, 2018 at 10:54 am

Maybe some of us need more PR agents hired at city hall to explain the rationale behind the video. Are there more coming out that promote other demographics and areas of interest and opportunity in the city?

The NPA is within their right to market the system. A video of ample parking isn’t going to do that, so the premise of great dining and shopping in the SoNo / Wall corridor isn’t a bad idea. But it loses it’s value by promoting the first couple more than the attractions themselves …

Seriously, for the money we are spending on PR and communications we should have more videos highlighting all areas of the city. It’s head scratching that NPAs largest customer draw, the Maritime Aquarium, isn’t even shown, but 50 Washington is.

The community discussion policy states that comments related to “Parenting, physical characteristics, children, marital relationships, interpersonal relationships — other than as they pertain to official duties or documented, proven illegalities — are not public business and will not be allowed…”

Educator December 13, 2018 at 11:14 am

Sounds like sour grapes coming from a mayoral candidate and team that lost an election. It is very common for a mayor to be featured in a video that promotes their city.

john flynn December 13, 2018 at 11:59 am

The community discussion policy states that comments related to “Parenting, physical characteristics, children, marital relationships, interpersonal relationships — other than as they pertain to official duties or documented, proven illegalities — are not public business and will not be allowed…”

Piberman December 13, 2018 at 12:16 pm

Mayor Rilling, our affable former Police Chief, is leading Norwalk in a “new direction’. That’s why he hired at $155k a new Economic Director with a public transportation background to help bring major new jobs to Norwalk. Other cities usually hire candidates with major league business expeience and a record of bringing major new employers. But this is Norwalk “moving in a new direction”. If not to Bridgeport then some other “special place”.

Jeff December 13, 2018 at 12:57 pm

So everybody is happy, can we have a video of Lisa going around pointing out everything that is bad with the city? It should also include footage of her breaking up any public displays of affection she encounters – no hand holding, hugging, kissing, etc. That should attract tourists.

Benne December 13, 2018 at 2:19 pm

I find the video amateurish but, more importantly, don’t understand what audience Norwalk Now and it’s agency were trying to target with this.

I doubt that the 20-and 30-somethings most likely to frequent the bars and restaurants in SoNo find our senior citizen Mayor and his wife relatable. This would be so much better with a variety of spokespeople of varying ages and races.

It’s a miss.

Victor Cavallo December 13, 2018 at 4:36 pm

Deb Goldstein points to Connecticut General Statutes §7-204, Powers of parking authority, which limits the Norwalk Parking Authority’s authority, in sum, to creating, expanding, constructing, maintaining off-street parking facilities, acquire land for those purposes, rent out their property, and enforce parking regulations.

The August, 2017 press release announcing “Norwalk Now” that was established by the Authority, says: “Norwalk Now is a fully integrated marketing, public relations, event management, and social media company which will manage a comprehensive web site, robust and interactive social media platforms, an active event calendar, email marketing, and news outlet highlighting participating businesses.”

“Norwalk Now” doesn’t seem to fall within the limited statutory powers of the Authority under §7-204. There’s nothing in there relating to promotion of anything, much less event management.

When cities promote their attributes for living, working, and visiting their municipalities, it would be done through some department, authority, or entity specifically established and funded to promote as much. It would seem logical, then, that “Norwalk Now” would fall under the bailiwick of the Department Economic and Community Development.

As stated on the Norwalk website, the mission of the Department of Economic and Community Development is “…to foster an environment in which local businesses and residents can thrive and grow in the community.”

“Norwalk Now” would seem to be a perfect fit for the newly appointed Chief.


But this is worrisome.

§ 7-210 provides: “Receipts to be trust funds. All moneys received under the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to be trust funds, to be held and applied as provided in this chapter.”

The “Norwalk Now” press release says: “Due to the substantial financial long term investment made by the Norwalk Parking Authority, Norwalk Now is now a reality.”

It doesn’t seem the Authority had the right to make any “substantial financial long term investment in “Norwalk Now.” So it could be said that the Parking Authority misappropriated trust funds, which has legal ramifications that are not insignificant.

That “(t)here is absolutely no taxpayer subsidy involved at all” doesn’t absolve the Authority. In fact, Norwalk Now should have been funded through general funds, budgeted accordingly, and noticed and approved as part of the City budgeting process.

In this case, neither the public, nor their elected officials have any direct line-item input in the Parking Authority’s budgeting process.

Jason Milligan December 13, 2018 at 5:50 pm

This comment has been disallowed. The community discussion policy states that comments related to “Parenting, physical characteristics, children, marital relationships, interpersonal relationships — other than as they pertain to official duties or documented, proven illegalities — are not public business and will not be allowed…”. This includes parody videos which allude to the private lives of public individuals.

Jason Milligan December 13, 2018 at 5:58 pm

For the record, I thought the original video was very nicely done. It highlighted many local business that I frequent and like. The aerial photography was cool.

The choice of actors and their prevalence was perhaps questionable.

Obviously it is appropriate for a Mayor to promote the city. A short endorsement or welcome message is more typical then a starring role.

Not the end of the world though in my opinion.

Jason Milligan December 13, 2018 at 9:08 pm

This comment has been disallowed. The community discussion policy states that comments related to “Parenting, physical characteristics, children, marital relationships, interpersonal relationships — other than as they pertain to official duties or documented, proven illegalities — are not public business and will not be allowed…”. This includes directing people to parody videos which allude to the private lives of public individuals.

Curious Voter December 13, 2018 at 10:10 pm

It’s a video that promotes Norwalk, what’s the problem! Let’s have Rick McQuade and Doug Hempsteads families do a couple of video promotions for Norwalk if they’d like. Their good guys with great families that support Norwalk, would that make everyone happy?

Alan December 13, 2018 at 11:12 pm

If you don’t have the resources to do a professional job, then don’t bother. What I saw was an older man shopping and dining with his … wife in a community where, apparently, no one else.lives, dines, or shops. I like to think of Norwalk as a lively bustling place. This reminded me of a pre-sale promotion for a retirement community before anyone has moved in. If the Parking Authoroty is working outside their charter to promote our city, then please, please, do a professional job. This misses the audience AND is simply embarrassing.

Edited to remove an opinion regarding a marital relationship.

Bryan Meek December 13, 2018 at 11:55 pm

@Victor. Are you suggesting our quasi public entity of the NPA is not allowed to establish quasi private entities like “Norwalk Now” with a majority investment? Who is Norwalk Now, I guess is the better question. I’ll defer to the jurists here, but that does seem outside the charter.

Dave McCarthy December 14, 2018 at 8:12 am

I think the real issue that makes this a campaign video is that the focus is on Harry and not the city. As was pointed out, the aquarium is missing and the aerial shots are brief and generic. What is the “First Lady” stepping out of a dressing room in three dresses through a camera trick highlighting? I could go on, but people have noticed. The 40% of Norwalk that understand what the mayor is see through this thinly veiled campaign ad. Will their ranks swell?

How many times has the parking authority cried poverty and raised rates etc? The mayor is using the city and its resources as his own personal piggy bank and election campaign tool as he has in the past.

Lisa Brinton December 14, 2018 at 9:56 am

Bob & Nancy, I support your policy of editing what you deem as inappropriate comments, but please apply them evenly, especially to Mr. Mushak – who, as the mayor’s lead surrogate, constantly violates this policy, with his long winded aspersions. Thanks!!!

Merriam Webster: Definition of aspersion. 1a : a false or misleading charge meant to harm someone’s reputation casting aspersions on her integrity. b : the act of making such a charge : defamation.

Bob Welsh December 14, 2018 at 11:40 am

Lisa, thanks for your feedback. The comments policy is here:
https://www.nancyonnorwalk.com/comment-guidelines/

You have my personal e-mail and you are welcome to flag what you believe to be specific violations of the comments policy by any commenter.

“Casting aspersions” is not part of the comment policy. If it were, the volunteer moderator would have to evaluate every “charge” and determine whether it’s false or misleading. Commenters make many claims, and there aren’t enough hours in a day.

If you’re displeased with what appears here, feel free to suggest any change to the policy which you believe would: a) promote thoughtful, civil dialogue, b) be easy for commenters to understand and follow, and c) be easy for the volunteer moderator to apply.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Lisa Brinton December 16, 2018 at 5:36 pm

Just for fun, I looked up some promotional city video ads: My city of birth, my childhood home and our state’s capital – just to see how they promoted their city’s arts, business, restaurants and recreation. I believe the three videos speak for themselves. I encourage others to search their favorite cities for a promotional ad. Perhaps then we can figure out how to promote Norwalk! #OurCityOurFuture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iEfN5HqDXY San Mateo, CA 104,000
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umrDtBECU3Y Salt Lake City, UT pop: 200,000
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKm_x6qG05s Hartford, CT 123,000

Ron Morris December 16, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Lisa
You have been running for Mayor since you lost the last election. If you think for second that your constant negativity is going to get you elected you are fooling yourself. Why don’t you try to explain what you would do to make Norwalk better instead of constantly finding fault with the current administration.

Also how long will you stay an independent as you seem to change parties yearly. I bet your agenda is to take the Republican endorsement without actually saying they you are a Republican. Sneaky way to avoid the Trump backlash.

Tysen Canevari December 16, 2018 at 10:35 pm

This comment has been disallowed. The community discussion policy states that comments related to “Parenting, physical characteristics, children, marital relationships, interpersonal relationships — other than as they pertain to official duties or documented, proven illegalities — are not public business and will not be allowed…”. This includes directing people to “parody” videos which allude to the private lives of public individuals.

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