NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk political notes for you:
- Milligan accuses City of hypocrisy
- Norwalk Republican looks to challenge Himes
- Honoring Hempstead, Lyons
No permits for campaign headquarters?
It’s hypocrisy, real estate broker Jason Milligan said Monday, asking if Mayor Harry Rilling and the Democratic Town Committee got a fit-up permit for the Rilling campaign headquarters on North Main Street.
“They don’t follow the rules!!!! The thing they complain I don’t do,” he wrote.
Milligan recently took much bad publicity for commencing demolition without a permit.
Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin replied to an email asking about this by writing, “I checked with senior zoning staff and they can’t recall a permit being issued for a temporary campaign headquarters.”
He further explained:
“We don’t have a definition for temporary or ‘pop-up’ use. Technically, we require tenant fit up permits for all new tenants to ensure there are no violations of the zoning regulations.
“However, senior staff, who have been with the department for several decades cannot recall ever issuing a permit for a temporary campaign headquarters for any political party. Campaign headquarters would be viewed similar to an office use, which is permitted in many zones, including 43 North Main Street.
“Similarly, the seasonal selling of Christmas trees out of a church parking lot, often in a residential zone, has been considered a ‘traditionally an unregulated activity’.”
Rilling did not reply to an email asking about this.
“The rules that they hammer me for not always adhering to or agreeing with,” Milligan wrote. “I don’t think a permit should be required, but it is, and this mayor and administration has tried to shame me for not following.”
The Republican Town Committee has opened a campaign headquarters on Wall Street.
Jonathan Riddle announced Monday that he is seeking the Republican Party nomination for Congress in the Fourth Congressional District. Meaning, he wants to unseat U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich).
“I am running for Congress because like you, I am fed up with the inaction and partisan politics of career politicians in Washington,” Riddle is quoted as saying.
Riddle was endorsed to run for Norwalk Common Council this year but his name was withdrawn. He grew up in Westchester County, New York, and was a three-sport athlete at Archbishop Stepinac High School, going on to play Division 1 football at Iona College in New Rochelle, his website states.
A degree in finance has led him to be Vice President and lead advisor for the Private Bank of Bank of America in Westport, it states.
“The Riddle For Congress campaign is fully operational and plans an aggressive fundraising push starting October 1st. Riddle has started meeting with key party leaders, activists, and donors; he has brought on Praetorian Strategy Group to oversee his campaign’s operations,” his press release said.
“During (Himes’) 10 years in Congress, Connecticut has lost jobs, taxes have skyrocketed, drug addiction has become a major crisis, and property values have plummeted,” Riddle says in a promotional video. “I am running for Congress because now more than ever, we need a Congressman who is committed to moving the ball down the field and actually accomplishing something for the people in our community.”
Long-time Republican leaders set to be feted
Veteran Republican political leaders Doug Hempstead and Mike Lyons, who are not running for reelection this year, are being honored Oct. 23 at the Maritime Aquarium.
Hempstead has nearly 30 years on the Common Council and Lyons has put in 22 years in a variety of positions, including the Board of Estimate and Taxation, and most recently, eight years on the Board of Education. Former State Rep. Larry Cafero will serve as master of ceremonies.
Tickets are $65 or $120 for a couple, and proceeds will go to the Norwalk Education Foundation.
“This is a non partisan event, being held at the Aquarium, which rightfully might not even be there if it wasn’t for some of the work done by these two public servants in the latter part of last century,” BoE member Bryan Meek wrote. “…As they are not running for office this year, some of us thought to give them a proper party for their decades of service to our community.”