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Norwalk Council set to vote on final BET nominees

NORWALK, Conn. – The final two Board of Estimate and Taxation vacancies are expected to be filled Tuesday night when the Norwalk Common Council is scheduled to vote on the nominations of Anne Yang-Dwyer and Edwin Camacho.

Mayor Harry Rilling said recently he had been working with council Majority Leader Jerry Petrini and Minority Leader John Igneri to come up with candidates acceptable to both Democrats and Republicans before bringing the nominations to the full council for a vote.

Yang-Dwyer, a Republican, is the founder and chief executive officer of Cadwyn Point Partners, a boutique investment banking firm based in Norwalk.

According to the Cadwyn website, she has more than 25 years of investment banking experience and was a managing director at Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Citigroup. She has extensive experience with Fortune 500 companies in addition to high-growth technology companies.

Her work and transactions encompass private placements and public offerings of equity and debt and mergers and acquisitions.

She received her BS and MS degrees from MIT and her MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Camacho is a Norwalk attorney and a member of the bar in New York and Connecticut. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts in Connecticut and the Eastern and Southern districts in New York, his resume states.

Camacho, a Democrat, received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College in Massachusetts and his law degree from Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Ind. He is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and the Hispanic Bar Association.

His areas of practice include personal injury, medical malpractice, commercial litigation, criminal defense and appellate practice.

Both BET nominees would serve through Nov. 30, 2018.

Vincent J. Amoruccio, a Democrat, has been nominated to fill a vacancy on the Health Commission. Since 2011 he has served as director of clinical and statistical programming for Alexion Pharmaceuticals in Cheshire. He also teaches at Lincoln College of New England and formerly taught at Boston University School of Dental Medicine and School of Public Health. His term would expire Dec. 1, 2016.

Also up for appointments Tuesday are Republican David Hollar and Democrat John P. McKenna for the Oak Hills Park Authority (through June 24, 2016) and Democrat Ralph C. Bloom to the Norwalk Public Library Board (Dec. 31, 2016).

Director of Recreation and Parks Mike Mocciae is expected to be reappointed through Jan. 1, 2018. Rilling left little doubt about his plan to put his reappointment forward when a member of the public commented at Wednesday’s Mayor’s Night Out that Mocciae had done “a good job with the beaches.” Rilling upped the ante when he interjected, “He’s done a great job!”

Also up for reappointment: Library Board members Taber Hamilton (D) and Pete Handrinos (R), through Dec. 16, 2016; Thomas Devine (R) to the Redevelopment Agency (to fill the unexpired term of Emil Albanese through Nov. 1, 2014); and Health Commission Board member Theresa Quell, PhD, RN (R), (through Dec. 1, 2016).

The council also is expected to accept the resignations of Albanese, Zoning Board of Appeals Commissioner Laurie Fan, Oak Hills Park Authority member Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (now a District D council member) and Yang-Dwyer, who is giving up her seat on the Planning Commission.

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3 responses to “Norwalk Council set to vote on final BET nominees”

  1. dlauricella

    These last two BET nominations are terrific!

    I observed Ms. Yang-Dwyer ask thoughtful, detailed questions about spending tax dollars during the Capital Budget discussions at the Planning Commission…a breath of fresh air!

    Mr. Camacho also is thoughtful and detail-oriented!

    I encourage NON readers and their friends to attend BET meetings, Council Finance Committee meetings and Planning Commission meetings starting now, not later… and start looking at the Operating and Capital budgets ASAP as they become available at http://norwalkct.org/index.aspx?NID=941
    or by visiting the Finance Department in Room 235 and asking for the preliminary Department requests.

    I would love it if we started at Zero-based budget principles and asked the Departments to justify each of their expenditures instead of just the additions and reductions…it could actually be a way to reduce our tax burden…but more citizens and business folks need to step up and get involved!!!!

    The price of democracy is ETERNAL vigilance (Jefferson…)

    Now, not March or April, is the best chance to effectuate changes in the trends about how our tax dollars are spent.

    Several years ago, then-BET Chair Wilms and I, as former President of the Norwalk LWV, held a “Budget Forum” to explain how the budget process works…

    I hope the council, the new administration and new Chair Jim Clark will consider having a workshop or forum.

  2. Piberman

    Imagine if all members of the BET were required to have financial backgrounds. Would Norwalk be paying top salaries ? Would property values remain stagnant ?

    Norwalk is fortunate to have the former Board Chair of NEON recently appointed to the BET. After all overseeing and taking responsibility for NEON’s tangled finances and mismanagement is valuable experience for a BET member.

  3. Prince Khirbat

    I just didn’t understand

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