NORWALK, Conn. – Answers to questions from Nancy On Norwalk readers have been provided by Norwalk Finance Director Thomas Hamilton.
The possibility of former Norwalk Police Chief Harry Rilling running for mayor prompted a question from a several readers: “Does that mean he’ll get a third pension from the city?”
Although several assert that Rilling already gets two pensions – “one for his time as a union cop, and one for his time as chief,” according to Tim T – Hamilton said Rilling only receives one pension from the city.
Other readers wanted to know how much the city paid for Mayor Richard Moccia to go to the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. “Being mayor may be a tough job, but look at the perks,” Oldtimer said. “How much did it cost taxpayers for Moccia to stay a couple of extra days in Washington so he could attend (President Barack Obama’s) inauguration?”
The city didn’t pay for Moccia to see the pomp and circumstance around Obama, Hamilton said. “The cost of the mayor’s attendance at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington totaled $2,411.43, including the registration, train transportation to Washington D.C., and hotel,” Hamilton said in an email. “The mayor reimbursed the city for the final two days of his stay in Washington, so the city did not pay for him to attend the Presidential Inauguration.”