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Author: Alex Knopp

  • Two statewide tax reforms are needed to rescue CT homeowners

    Two statewide tax reforms are needed to rescue CT homeowners

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The Opinion that follows, provided to NancyOnNorwalk by Alex Knopp, former Norwalk mayor and legislator, is Part Two of testimony he presented to the General Assembly this week in Hartford. Part I of Knopp’s testimony was published April 2. Although there are several different types of comprehensive tax reforms, the immediate need is…

  • Is Norwalk a ‘canary in the coal mine’ for Connecticut’s property tax crisis?

    Is Norwalk a ‘canary in the coal mine’ for Connecticut’s property tax crisis?

    By Alex Knopp, former Norwalk mayor and legislator EDITOR’S NOTE: The Opinion that follows, provided to NancyOnNorwalk by Alex Knopp, is Part One of testimony he will present today, April 1, to the General Assembly in Hartford to advocate for reforming Connecticut’s property tax system to provide urgent statewide relief for Norwalk and other municipalities. …

  • Use local media for state advertising

    Use local media for state advertising

    Editor’s Note: This opinion piece, written by former Norwalk Mayor Alex Knopp, was first published in the CT Mirror. Thanks Alex, for the shout-out to NancyOnNorwalk! The collapse of local news is bad for democracy. Research shows that civic engagement is strongly tied to local news habits, and that communities with less local news have…

  • Norwalk Library parking: Many thank yous — and now let’s finish the job

    Norwalk Library parking: Many thank yous — and now let’s finish the job

    The eight-year effort to secure permanent adjacent parking for the Norwalk Public Library now seems assured of reaching home plate after Mayor Rilling and the Common Council approved the request to acquire the current leased lot by eminent domain.

  • Wall Street settlement opens pathway to secure library parking

    Wall Street settlement opens pathway to secure library parking

    The recent Wall Street settlement between the City of Norwalk and Milligan Properties removes a nagging complication from moving forward with securing permanent on-site parking for users of the Norwalk Public Library. The settlement clears the deck for a renewed commitment to achieve the vision expressed by Mayor Rilling in his December 15, 2019, post-election…

  • Act now to save endangered library parking

    Creative programming and popular collections are the lifeblood of the Norwalk Public Library’s success, but convenient free parking is the oxygen that enables resident families to access the spectacular offerings available at the library’s Belden Avenue main branch. Unless City officials act quickly, the parking we’ve been able to offer for the past six years…