NORWALK, Conn. – Employees of a floundering South Norwalk anti-poverty agency say they have not yet gotten their W2 forms, although the federal deadline for sending out the earnings records was Jan. 31.
Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) workers, still on the job as of Friday, said their W2 forms were mailed by a New Jersey company on Jan. 31 — a full week earlier. They said this emphatically before being told by a supervisor not to talk to a reporter, to let the Rev. Tommie Jackson handle it.
Jackson did not return a phone call. Board Chairman Mike Berkoff did not return an email.
The forms tell employees how much money they made the previous year. They are needed to file income tax paperwork.
Employees said the owner of the New Jersey company lives nearby and had come into the office to say that the forms were mailed. The employees could not name the company.
A source said about 200 employees have been laid off. That leaves 38 still at work, she said. All are very upset that they have not gotten their W2 forms, she said.
Another source said he had heard there are 60 employees left, and speculated that the other source was talking only about Norwalk employees.
Both sources agreed: A pickup truck owned by NEON was recently repossessed.
NancyOnNorwalk has tried repeatedly to obtain a list of people employed by NEON and the salaries that they receive. A complaint has been filed with the Freedom of Information Commission.
That follows on the heels of another complaint – about an executive session held at a board meeting to allow a discussion with then-Mayor Richard Moccia. That was due for a hearing recently but NancyOnNorwalk made a deal with Attorney Christopher Sugar, who was representing NEON as part of Durant, Nichols, Houston, Hodgson & Cortese-Costa, P.C, agreeing to drop that complaint in exchange for the list of employees.
The case was dropped. The list has not been delivered. Sugar was no longer working for Durant, Nichols, Houston, Hodgson & Cortese-Costa, P.C two weeks after the aborted FOI hearing. About a week after that, a letter arrived, announcing the law firm no longer represents NEON.
NEON has announced a Board of Directors meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at its 30 Woodland Ave., Stamford office. To see the agenda, click here: NEON AGENDA