By Frank Peloso
Retired Fire Fighter
To the Editor:
NORWALK, Conn. – I was glad to see the response from the mayor regarding retirees’ benefits. I would also like to thank Mr. Hamilton for the corrections he posted on your site. And by not mentioning the $50 million loan that was forgiven for the Maritime Center, I guess he was telling me that number was correct.
By his response, both the mayor and Mr. Hamilton confirm that the firefighters contribute large sums of money into their pension fund, relative to when they served. My point was to show the people of Norwalk that retired firefighters contributed to their retirement and that the burden is not solely on the taxpayers.
Additionally, when the mayor and his administration change a retiree’s benefits that they were promised, the retiree has no voice in the reduction that will affect him and his family. Unlike current union firefighters and police officers, a retiree cannot negotiate with the city. They cannot vote and they cannot bring any dispute to the state for arbitration.
What the mayor and his administration are doing is bullying the city of Norwalk’s retirees. They know full well that the firefighters union cannot represent the retirees and they also know that most retirees cannot afford to hire a lawyer to go up against the city’s high-priced law firms.
So I ask the people of Norwalk to speak loudly on Election Day. Do not let this mayor bully the people that served you with honor throughout their careers. Do not let him take our hard-earned, promised benefits away. Please make a change for the good for all of Norwalk.