Coming soon to Norwalk: The first Mayor’s Night Out

Mayor Harry Rilling
Mayor Harry Rilling

NORWALK, Conn. – Mayor Harry Rilling is making good on a campaign promise with the scheduling of his first Mayor’s Night Out in an effort to improve the quality of life for Norwalkers.

The Monday, Dec. 9, event in City Hall is designed to  give the public a chance to speak with Common Council members, Norwalk Fire Chief Denis McCarthy, Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik, Department of Public Works Director Hal Alvord and, of course, Rilling, who is inviting all of the above.

“The purpose of the meeting is just to allow people to meet us, to introduce ourselves, to hear any concerns that they may have, to discuss issues that are important to them, to allow them to tell us how we can work together to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods and to improve the quality of life around Norwalk,” Rilling said.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Rilling wasn’t sure Tuesday which City Hall room it will be in: the council chambers, community room or Concert Hall.

Rilling said he hopes future Mayor’s Nights Out will be held out in the neighborhoods to encourage the discussion of neighborhood issues.

“The reason I am having the first one at City Hall is it is just an introductory meeting,” he said. “This one is kind of an open-up to the whole city and let’s get to know each other.”


10 responses to “Coming soon to Norwalk: The first Mayor’s Night Out”

  1. Tim T

    This should be better than Letterman stupid pet tricks

  2. M Allen

    Tim could you wear an “I’m Tim T” name tag when you show up? I’m sure we’d all get a kick out of seeing you. And if you bring Irishgirl as a date, I swear I’ll pay for drinks at your favorite bar after the show.

  3. Diane C2

    Found the headline a bit confusing, but think it means this particular mayor’s first Night Out. (I believe Mayors Knopp & Esposito also held these events.)

    This is far better idea than the Mayor’s Neighborhood Preservation Committee meetings, which are held with department heads, but on a Wednesday at 10am, when the rest of the real world is working…go figure. If they have to be held during day to ensure department representation, perhaps lunchtime would get better public attendance?

  4. TG

    But MAllen, that would ruin all the fun of trying to figure it out! 😉

  5. M Allen

    There is no good reason for these types of meetings to be during normal business hours. They are not an everyday occasion so scheduling Department heads to be available shouldn’t be an issue. On a slight tangent, but not really, do Department heads get paid OT or are they straight salary like managers in the real world? I’d like to think the whole distinction between exempt and non-exempt employees exists even in government but I wouldn’t be surprised to hear everyone gets OT in the muni world.

  6. Such a snarky response Matthew Allen. Whats the matter, couldn’t hold the “high road” attitude any longer and you had to vent some angst?
    Leave me out of your little repertoire with Tim T. I’m sure you can come up with more “witty” chatter without bringing me into your little giggle session….

  7. Oldtimer

    Do you really think they are two different people ?

  8. The Deal

    @ M Allen, “real world”, “muni world”? Were you so much against municipal workers when your dad was making his living, benefits, and supporting you, while working in the “muni world” as opposed to the “real world”?

  9. M Allen

    Deal – a lot has changed since his days in the union and I’m pretty sure he would agree with that. I have all the respect in the world for the workers and the jobs they do. But I’m not going to stand by and take the side of the unions simply because my father, who enjoyed being a police officer, was a part of one. One can respect the men and women without agreeing with the the path public-sector unions have taken in the decades following their formation.

    And Irish – sorry. Just having a little fun. Shoulda left you out of that.

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