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Norwalk is lucky to have Harry Rilling at the helm

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We Norwalkers are very lucky to have had Mayor Rilling at the helm during the pandemic.  Mayor Rilling declared a civil preparedness emergency early on to keep both residents and businesses safe.  Because it was not clear how COVID 19 was transmitted and there was concern about reusable bags, he suspended the carryout bag ordinance and all associated fees.  When businesses remained crowded, he ordered that businesses limit visits to one person per family.  Mayor Rilling, together with Senator Bob Duff, met with executives of Costco, Walmart, Home Depot and other big box stores and these conversations helped steer national policy such as the one-person-per-family rule.  Mayor Rilling also issued an executive order which limited nonresidential access to beaches and parks and dedicated public safety and health staff to respond to public health violations, which was particularly important after reopening started last summer. All these actions saved lives and kept us safe.

Throughout the entire pandemic, Mayor Rilling communicated regularly and openly with Norwalk residents.  Daily COVID-19 updates were issued from March 2020 to March 2021, seven days per week.  Norwalk was the only community issuing daily updates.  Even the state took weekends off. He and his dedicated staff posted crucial resources on the City website, issued Code Red Calls to reach residents and used social media and cable access to share messages and keep us informed. In a confusing time, I was thankful for this continual communication from our Mayor.

All of us in Norwalk should be grateful for Mayor Riling’s competent, steady leadership during an exceptional and dangerous time.  Mayor Rilling deserves another term in office.  We need him there.
Galen Wells

9 comments

JustaTaxpayer May 9, 2021 at 8:25 pm

Good stuff. Very much modeled after what President Trump put in place. Without Operation Warpspeed, we’d really be in a tough place.

Tysen Canevari May 9, 2021 at 9:44 pm

Cmon Galen! Obviously you are a registered Democrat. He has had our city hall closed longer than anyone elses in the state. The kids have been back to school but the mayor gets to stay home? How do you explain the mayor appointing an assistant that makes $130,000 a year to do his job? That 130 could hire 3 or 4 more guys to the Parks staff to maintain our great parks. Oh yeah, He publicly ridiculed the department headed by Mike Moccaie that made all those parks awesome. How much does that say for his character. He and his asst. led the charge to have the sailing school director pushed out after 36 years so they could make a few dollars. Guess what? After they learned the deed says you cant do that they are back tracking. He has appointed heads of departments that know NOTHING about Norwalk and its rich history. They all live out of town. 90 percent of his donors are developers. Isnt it nice to go to Valentinos or Coals restaurant and have to pay to park your car or the parking nazi will ticket you. The mayor is simply holding on for the nice salary and double dipping opportunity. I hope someone beats him this year and reverses all of his useless appointees and regulations.

Scott from Norwalk May 10, 2021 at 6:55 am

Now that’s the funniest thing I’ve read since Biden supposedly won the election!

David Muccigrosso May 10, 2021 at 8:02 am

Sooo, lemme get this straight…

Reusable bags; bog-standard capacity limits that literally the entire rest of the country enacted; closing open-air spaces where the virus doesn’t spread, but where the skateboarders who now plague Washington LOVED to hang out; and taking precious time out of his busy schedule of strangling local entrepreneurs with the city’s permitting process, to help keep you personally informed about all these silly measures…

… are all reasons why we should be grateful for this clown?

Oh, and while all that was happening, half of SoNo got bought up by a land speculator who eventually sold to some group from White Plains. The aspirational bourgeoisity is going to be off the charts by the time THIS guy’s done with us! Match apparently didn’t have enough company.

No thanks. The only thing Rilling did right was closing down the street parking on Washington to make room for patio seating, and even there he should have just closed down the entire eastbound lane.

BAS May 10, 2021 at 9:27 am

You forgot the part regarding how integral he and senator duff were in inventing the vaccine !

Patrick Cooper May 10, 2021 at 10:51 am

Galen, this appreciation you have for mayor Rilling is cute, but maybe it has to do with your love for all things D-party?

As for this – never thought NoN would allow a whopper like this to be printed:

Mayor Rilling, together with Senator Bob Duff, met with executives of Costco, Walmart, Home Depot and other big box stores and these conversations helped steer national policy such as the one-person-per-family rule.

Those three businesses HQ’s are located in Issaquah WA, Atlanta GA, and Bentonville AR (I’ve visited all three), and there is absolutely no chance any “executive” from these retail chains met with those two politicians. Maybe a local clerk?

AND – Rilling & Duff helped steer “National Policy” ?????

I think you are being a little economical with the truth here. When you can’t make Harry look good with the truth, you tell pretty little stories such as this one, which fail the smell test – miserably.

Norwalk Native May 10, 2021 at 2:57 pm

This article confirms what Nancy Pelosi said long ago:

“A glass of water with a “D” on it could win an election in CT”.

John Miller May 10, 2021 at 3:42 pm

The only thing Galen left out is that Harry’s elections should be made official by white smoke emanating from the Sistine Chapel.

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