Debicella: Moccia helped Norwalk families

Former Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia chats with John Federici before the Republican caucus Wednesday at the Norwalk Inn.

NORWALK, Conn. – Tickets are still available for Friday night’s tribute dinner for former Mayor Richard Moccia, Norwalk Republican Town Committee Chairman Art Scialabba said Wednesday at the Norwalk Inn.

“It looks like a really great turnout,” he said to the Republican caucus. “We are at about 200 people. We’re filling the room and more people everyday are coming forward and it’s just filling up.”

Former state Sen. Dan Debicella (R-Shelton), thanked Moccia, saying he wasn’t going to make it to the soiree.

“You don’t get into this because you want to see your name in the paper. In fact, most of the time you don’t want to see your name in the paper,” he said. “You get into this because you want to improve people’s lives. You’ll see this on Friday night because the number of Norwalk families who Dick Moccia has touched and helped over the course of the past decade is something that warms your heart, as someone who wants to do this.”

Scialabba said the event will include a proclamation presentation from Mayor Harry Rilling.

Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door.

“It’s for the RTC. It’s to honor Dick,” Scialabba said. “The committee is hosting it and is collecting funds for it. But it’s to honor Dick. We’re having a diversity of people. We’re getting people from City Hall, and the police and fire chief are going to be there. People from around the state are coming. Jodi Rell is sending a letter to be read. Mike Fedele is going to be there.”


16 responses to “Debicella: Moccia helped Norwalk families”

  1. WOW!

    Nice spin on the term, “diversity of people.” I wonder how many african-americans and latinos will be in attendance.

  2. As many as any black american and latinos want to and can afford to go.

  3. LWitherspoon

    Speculating on a political group’s racial composition is a new low for you. How about leaving race out of your political games? Or must you rely on it as a crutch because your ideas aren’t strong enough to win on their own merits?

  4. Suzanne

    OK, everyone. Play nice. This is supposed to be a positive event, whatever side of the political spectrum you are on.

  5. WOW!

    Haha! Moccia’s insensitivity to Norwalk’s minority population put him into retirement.

    Really? Speculation? The republican party’s racial composition is hardly one of speculation. Actually, no crutch needed. The voters of Norwalk spoke. We won, you lost. South Norwalk voter turnout was a big reason for Moccia’s defeat.

    You’re absolutely correct in stating, “want to”. I doubt many want to go. As far as being able to afford to go, my bet is that more african americans and latinos will pay the higher price and attend the Mayor’s Ball! Care to wager?

    Positive for whom? It’s a RTC fundraising event. The Mayor’s Ball is donating the proceeds to a deserving Early Childhood Development center.

  6. Care to wager on whether or not someone is willing to pay or is able AND willing to pay?
    Nah, we all know the demographics on this one as you have already stated it.

  7. LWitherspoon

    Why this obsession with a party’s racial composition? Are you a racist?
    Your assumption regarding my party affiliation is dead wrong. I am a proud independent, and I consider November a huge victory for independents such as myself. Norwalk now has a Democratic mayor and a Republican council, so neither one of the parties have free reign to do what they like – a big victory for all of Norwalk.

  8. WOW!

    I’m white, my spouse is hispanic and my best friend is african-american. Racist? I think not. Are you?
    A lifelong friend of mine is african-american, a close friend of Mr. Moccia and will certainly be attending her Party’s farewell to Dick event. You lose! Now, can we stop this silliness?

  9. More of the Same

    @LW. Here is to divided government. Let’s give Moccia his due. He deserves it. I’m sure past mayor’s will be there to acknowledge the same. We are Norwalk after all and I don’t recall Harry walking in day one to find all the Ws missing from the keyboards unlike some politicos we know.

  10. WOW!

    @More of the Same:
    How quickly we forget the parting gift Moccia gave to his attorneys on his last day, at the expense of the taxpayers!

  11. More of the Same

    WOW. Agreed the whole thing was mishandled. Doesn’t change the fact you seem to like race baiting. It really doesn’t get much lower. Fact is Norwalk elected a new mayor along citizen lines and not party, race, or gender. Get a life.

  12. WOW!

    Sour grapes. As much as you and others commenting here don’t want to hear it, Moccia lost the election because of the strong voter turnout in South Norwalk. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that the overwhelming majority of minority voters in South Norwalk voted for Rilling. I’m sure @Irishgirl can explain to us all just why that happened. FYI, I have a life, a wonderful life, and I thank God every day for his grace and guidance.

  13. Piberman

    Our City’s union employees did very well under Mayor Moccia. Best paid of any City in Connecticut. Odds are they’ll do even better under Mayor Rilling.
    Would that City taxpayers do as well. And the values of their homes.

  14. Suzanne

    Life is short. Calling one another racists or accusing one another of race baiting is pretty much a waste of time. So, you don’t like where the proceeds are going, you don’t like Moccia, you don’t like the Republican party, etc., etc., etc. See that? It can be said coherently and without rancor. It’s a new year. I suggest we put the bickering, not the conversation or disagreements, behind us and be better people.

  15. @WOW (no exclamation but rather a dull period),
    Stop this silliness?! By all means, but remember, you were the first to cast the stone with your racist statement. I didn’t lose alone; the hardworking people of Norwalk lost the day Rilling won – now we will have to work harder to support all the people in South Norwalk and the unions with their hands out waiting for “what’s theirs”.
    As for winning, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that the supporters of South Norwalk came out in droves to support the candidate who will give them what they want off the backs of the people who work (remember Oflubamas election? Will the US see that type of results demographically again if not for a minority running?).
    And FYI, don’t really care what part of the rainbow nation you and your circle fall under, more power to your black american friend who will be attending Moccia’s dinner.

  16. WOW!

    I agree. Truce!

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