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Miklave’s campaign raking in cash, Garfunkel far behind

Norwalk Mayor Garfunkel Miklave
Norwalk Democrats Andy Garfunkel, left, and Matt Miklave, right, would like to be mayor.

NORWALK, Conn. – Out of town money is flowing in for one Norwalk Democratic candidate, who has significantly more in the coffers than the 2011 party champion – who has more Norwalk contributors, but lags far behind his competitor in terms of cash.

Only Common Councilman Matt Miklave (District A) and former Town Clerk Andy Garfunkel had filed their campaign finance papers Friday, ahead of the April 10 deadline. Miklave had $16,839 on hand as of March 31. Garfunkel had $5,525.15.

Garfunkel’s contributions came from 50 people; 37 live in Norwalk.

Miklave’s contributions came from 59 people; 21 live in Norwalk. That includes Miklave and his wife, who contributed $1,000 each to the campaign. Garfunkel loaned his campaign $500.

Miklave and Garfunkel are vying with former Norwalk Police Chief Harry Rilling and District D Chairman Vinny Mangiacopra for the Democratic party nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Mayor Richard Moccia. Moccia has not yet filed his fundraising report.

The numbers comprise the Jan. 31 – March 31 collections only. Garfunkel began the period with $1,027.42. Miklave’s exploratory committee began the period with $3,840.57. It had $9,304.49 to transfer to Miklave’s mayor campaign on March 22 after paying $327.08 in expenses.

Miklave has raised $18,121, according to a press release from his campaign, and has received additional pledges of $6,985.  That adds up to a fund-raising total of slightly more than $25,000, which the campaign notes was its goal.

“In November, we said that any candidate seeking to run a credible race for mayor would need to raise $25,000 by March 31st,” Miklave said in an email to supporters. “And you did it! … And we did it without having to send out those annoying email blasts during Holy Week!”

Miklave estimates that he’ll need to raise somewhere between $125,000 and $150,000 for both a Democratic primary in September and a general election in November, the release said.

Garfunkel’s campaign has been quiet. An investigation into bookkeeping irregularities at the town clerk’s office became public recently. An employee is out on administrative leave; Town Clerk Rick McQuaid said “thousands” of dollars are unaccounted for in a situation that goes back years, when Garfunkel ran the office. There has been no indication that Garfunkel is suspected of any wrongdoing.

The list of contributors to both campaigns (from Jan. 31 to March 31):

Friends of Andy Garfunkel

Elaine Katz of Boynton Beach, Fla. $1,000

Jeffrey Garfunkel of Yorba, Calif $500

Andrew S. Garfunkel, loan of $500

Joe Tamburri of Norwalk $300

Tony D’Andrea of Norwalk $250

Attorney Ron Kowalksi of Easton $250

Frank DeMilio of Norwalk $250

David Gable of Norwalk $250

David Jaeger of Norwalk $250

Steven Bloom of Norwalk $250

Norman Bloom of Norwalk $250

Vito Bochicchio of Norwalk $250

Diana Turk of Agoura, Calif. $118

Ira Openden of Norwalk $100

Gary Oberst of Norwalk $100

Ralph Bloom of Norwalk $100

Leah Reeves of Norwalk $100

Charles Chinzi of Norwalk $100

Charles Kriewald of Norwalk $100

Anne Bloom of Norwalk $100

Justin Garfunkel of Norwalk $100

Leslie Miklovich of Norwalk $75

Thorsten Solum of Norwalk $51

Enoch Brater of Ann Arbor, Mich. $51

James Ezzes of Westport $51

Felicia Rozek of Norwalk $51

Kathleen DiGiovanna of Norwalk $51

Catherine Tortorella of Norwalk $50

Larry Rossi of Norwalk $50

Kathleen Jaeger of Norwalk $50

Lillian Albrecht-Sands of Norwalk $50

Gabrielle Thorp of Norwalk $50

Robert Riccio of Wilton $50

Michael Dudeny of Norwalk $50

Judith Wernick of Westport $50

Marilyn Adelberg of Old Greenwich $50

Stuart Lagner of Norwalk $50

Robert Wagman of Norwalk $40

Leah DiMunzio of New Canaan $30

Judith Wade of Norwalk $30

Robert Corbo of Norwalk $25

Jack Rice of Norwalk $25

Joanne Duff of Norwalk $25

Richard Weisberg of Norwalk $25

Kate Tepper-Kimmich of Norwalk $25

Iris Brater of Lakewood, N.J. $25

Cary Shaw of Norwalk $25

Norma Kanter of Oak Park, Ill. $25

Jessica Brighenty of Westport $25

Ray Rumer of Norwalk $10

Miklave Exploratory Committee

Anita McGovern of Tarrytown, N.Y. $500

Attorney Peter Stein of Trumbull $375

Gail Wall of Norwalk $375

Daniel Abrahams of Potomac, Md. $350

Lewis Sternberg of New York City $350

Michael Herbst of Westport $250

Katie Banzhaf of Trumbull $250

David Sklar of Wilton $250

Andrea Henson of Norwalk $200

Attorney Evan Spelfogel of New York City $200

M. Brennan Farrell of Pentwater, Mich. $200

Amy Young of Brooklyn N.Y. $150

Hillary Raimondi of South Salem, N.Y. $150

Edward Gold of Washington D.C. $150

Michael Church of Norwalk $125

Troy Jellerette of Norwalk $125 ($225 total, including donation from prior period)

Thomas Lamberti of Garden City, N.Y. $100

Pam Shewchuck of Royal Oak, Mich. $100

Paul Krasvange of Norwalk $100

Attorney Richard Beyman of Wilton $100

Kenneth Baker of Fairfield $100

Attorney Maxine Nauhauser of Scotch Plains, N.J. $100

Debora Goldstein of Norwalk $100

Stuart Kleinman of New York City $100

Brian Stern of Westport $100

Michael Delikat of Greenwich $50

Linda Angotto of Norwalk $50

David Dickison of Norwalk $50

David Riewald of Wilsonville, Ore. $50

Kate Tepper-Kimmich  of Norwalk $50

Scott Kimmich of Norwalk $50

Erik Anderson of Norwalk $35

Olga Bauer of Canton $30

Emil Albanese of Norwalk $50

Steven Hudson Manchester $1

 Miklave for Mayor

Gail Wall of Norwalk $1,000

Sheldan Kahan of Westport $1,000

Matt Miklave of Norwalk $1,000

Sandra Miklave of Norwalk $1,000

Luigi Guarnieri of Norwalk $375

Robert Fardell of Mebane, N.C. $375

Mary Miklave of North Canton, Conn. $300

Attorney Michael Curley of Philadelphia $250

Joan Curley of Philadelphia $250

Susan Adam of Westport $250

Nicholas Boyko, Jr. of Wilton Manors, Fla. $250

Joan Fardella of Mebane, N.C. $125

Marjorie Priebe of New Canaan $100

Todd Miller of Scottsdale, Ariz. $100

Bertrand Sellier of Pelham Manor, N.Y. $100

Mona Levey of Norwalk $100

Pat Dielman of West Redding, Conn. $100

Pablo Aymerich of Norwalk $100

Mary Alice Fitzgerald of Norwalk $100

Attorney John Pope of Montclair, N.Y. $100

Lynn Christiana Becker of Gastonia, N.C. $50

Mabel Dudeny of Norwalk $30

Diane Lauricella of Norwalk $30

Janis Stack of Vestal, N.Y. $25

Tabor Hamilton of Norwalk $25

Comments

19 responses to “Miklave’s campaign raking in cash, Garfunkel far behind”

  1. Tim T

    Let us not forget that it was because of Andy having the foresight to purchase the program that the bookkeeping irregularities at the town clerk’s office was uncovered.

  2. LWitherspoon

    Wow, only 1/3 of Mr. Miklave’s contributors live in Norwalk.

  3. oldtimer

    Lwitherspoon
    Wait till you see the same report from the moccia campaign.

  4. NorwalkVoter

    Beginning to look like Garfunkel was asleep at the switch. No excuses…

  5. Joanne Romano

    Perhaps getting the facts correct would be beneficial to a dicussion that vothers can join in on…It was not a new system brought in by the former Town Clerk..it was a scheduled upgrade of an older system brought in in 2008..The former Town Clerk never used the system in place now! Trying to arrange truths to benefit someone ther than the person responsible for finding there problem is beneficial to no one as you would be putting the former Town Clerk at a disadvantage if asked about this new system. So you really aren’t doing anyone any favors.

  6. Joanne Romano

    Sorry my first attempt I was distracted and made more than a few mistakes…this it what it should have said:
    Perhaps getting the facts correct would be beneficial to a discussion that others can join in on…It was not a new system brought in by the former Town Clerk. It was a scheduled upgrade of an older system brought in in 2008…The former Town Clerk never used the system in place now! Trying to arrange truths to benefit someone other than the person responsible for finding the problem is beneficial to no one as you would be putting the former Town Clerk at a disadvantage if asked about this new system. So you really aren’t doing anyone any favors.

  7. Tim T

    Joanne Romano

    Perhaps getting the facts correct would be beneficial to a discussion that others can join in on

    “Rick McQuaid said the installation of a new system”
    https://www.nancyonnorwalk.com/2013/03/norwalk-town-clerk-adding-up-thousands-of-missing-dollars/
    KEY WORD NEW NOT UPGRADE
    “Former Town Clerk Andy Garfunkel said he had signed a contract for new equipment in the spring of 2011”.
    https://www.nancyonnorwalk.com/2013/03/norwalk-town-clerk-adding-up-thousands-of-missing-dollars/
    KEY WORD ANDY GARFUNKEL SAID HE SIGNED A CONTRACT

  8. Joanne Romano

    Wrong! not going to play back and forth with this, the system has been totally upgraded at which point Rick was able to detect the inaccuracies that had been occurring for some years. Instead of the p*ssing contest we should happy that Rick (or anyone in that position at the time for that matter) has been able to uncover such a huge problem and took the initiative to rectify the situation immediately. I wouldn’t care if Rick were a Democrat, Independant, Green Party or the Party of one…He saved the taxpayers money by nipping this in the bud and unearthed several(don’t know how many) years of theft that comes directly out of the taxpayers pocket and has restored the office to normalcy in a very short amount of time. While none of us will know the extent of the $$$$ missing until all investigations are complete, I am sure many taxpayers feel that we have a good upstanding Town Clerk already in place. See how easy it is to be civil????

  9. Joanne Romano

    “Former Town Clerk Andy Garfunkel said he had signed a contract for new equipment in the spring of 2011. The first phase of installation was in July 2011. “It was planned to be phased in,” he said”.

    “When he left it hadn’t yet been installed on the cashiering system”.

  10. Tim T

    Joanne Romano
    Your right we are not going to get into a p*ssing contest. I stated my point of view with links to back it up and you stated yours.
    I stand by my point of
    Let us not forget that it was because of Andy having the foresight to purchase the program that the bookkeeping irregularities at the town clerk’s office was uncovered.
    Also on a separated note and one that actually is in regards to this article, I agree with LWitherspoon with his concerns of only 1/3 of Mr. Miklave’s contributors living in Norwalk. I also will be waiting to see as old Timer stated the same report from the Moccia campaign.
    I like the idea that Andy seems to be running a grass routes campaign with locals that are actually supporting him as that says a lot.
    I and many in Norwalk would be happy to see anyone but Moccia or Rilling as Mayor as we can not afford anymore of the old boys club of Norwalk politics. That goes for both dems and Republicans and both males and female. It will take years to fix the disaster that Norwalk is thanks to the old boys club.

  11. Marie

    How is raising $18,121 from out of towners succeeding in raising $25,000? Oh, he has pledges of the balance? I guess if you are Miklave you can just continue speaking out of both sides of your mouth and accept money from Anti-Israel activist Scott Kimmich. You just lost this faithful voter.

  12. Joanne Romano

    T…we could sit here all day long hashing this out but bottom line…as I pointed out…the program was never implemented into the cashiering system prior to the former Town Clerks departure and you know this is all about who each of us support for one office or other but again, bottom line it is up to the voters at the end of the day and as I like to say, each vote counts but we are but one vote each in the scheme of things…I don’t agree with the good ‘ol boys network but I do agree that if you’re going to run for office, you beeter have a plan in place and one that is workable and can benefit all citizens not just a chosen few!

  13. Tim T

    Joanne Romano
    have a good day

  14. Distraught Dem

    Why isn’t the public outraged that Tom Hamilton has failed to manage all departments financial transactions? Does anyone know where the cash that is collected at the beach park go? Is it really surprising that the BOE had so many financial transactional issues? Where is the financial oversight to how DPW handles permit escrows? The silence from the Mayor and Common Council is deafening.

  15. Joanne Romano

    Distraught Dem, just an fyi, the City has no jurisdiction over the BOE fianaces. nperhaps you might want to direct the other 2 questions to the appropriate departments or go online and print out the financial data that explains where monies are spent…oh and btw, what monies collected at the gate? The only people charged at the gate are those who live out of town???

  16. Tim T

    Distraught Dem
    You make some excellent points as we have had numerous accounting irregularities in the past several years. We have police overtime out of control. All while we are getting a 4 percent tax increase.
    Also you mention the money from beach entrance fees. if you get a chance read my post linked below as to how residents are being illegally banned from using the beach.

    https://www.nancyonnorwalk.com/2013/04/seen-and-heard-in-norwalk-passion-diplomacy/#comments

  17. ScopeonNorwalk

    No one knows where the money from the beach goes. Not even the Parks and Rec Director. He says his budget doesn’t see any income from any of the parks or from renting out the schools.

  18. BARIN

    C’mon folks,so many out of town donations basically says to me that Norwalkers don’t want Miklave for mayor at all.
    There is something wrong with the system if out of towners can effectively donate to help win a local election, I guess those are the rules in place so not only Matt can take advantage of it, but it appears not all candidates are doing the same, we’ll see.
    For me, if you have close to triple out of town donations than local residents donating alarms go off telling me what I previously stated, we don’t want you for mayor.

  19. Bridgeport or bust

    Wait until you see the money pour in after the Dems pick their candidate. The State Democrat party has Norwalk in its crosshairs. That is why we are getting the shaft from Hartford on so many issues. They want to turn us into another Bridgeport, Waterbury, New Haven, etc…where they basically don’t have to do anything for the citizens but get their votes anyway. Like locusts, they’ll work on Stamford after they destroy our city like they have the state’s other cities.

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