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Norwalk political notes: Details

A rendering of the distribution center formerly proposed for 10 Norden Place. The application was withdrawn but could be resubmitted.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk political notes for you:

  • Rilling on possible moratorium
  • Dachowitz: Fogel’s been unable to help
  • Rilling’s early fundraising was highest to date

 

Stop the development while we consider regulations?

On Monday, after would-be operators of a Norden Place distribution center withdrew their application for the project, Farhan Memom of the Sasqua Hills Neighborhood Association suggested a moratorium on development within the R&D and Light Industrial Manufacturing Zone.

Others have suggested such a moratorium; it’s an oversight that one wasn’t enacted as the City worked on a study of Norwalk’s industrial zones, they say.

What does Mayor Harry Rilling think?

“I think it is an interesting concept and a discussion we need to have,” he wrote Tuesday. “We are currently in the process of having our zoning regulations examined and updated.  So now is a good time to explore all options.”

 

Norwalk’s budget team has one member missing

Norwalk Director of Management and Budgets Angela Fogel has been absent from public budget discussions and on Monday, Chief Financial Officer Henry Dachowitz said her absence has hurt the back room operations.

As the Board of Estimate and Taxation moved to consider budget transfers, Dachowitz warned, “Last week, Angela Fogle had an emergency medical condition. And she’s going to be out of commission for the next couple of weeks. So I apologize. It’s affected our budgets preparations, and I am just not – if you read it to me, I might be able to explain, but I don’t know the details.”

It’s apparent that Director of Business Development & Tourism Sabrina Church has pitched in on the budget, as the PowerPoint presentation Dachowitz is using is titled “DRAFT #8 from Sabrina.”

Dachowitz told Council members that Fogle would be out of commission for several weeks. The budget was 95% complete when she suffered her medical emergency, and their budget books are “shortly delayed.”

 

Big numbers

Rilling’s Jan. 10 filing on his reelection campaign fundraising efforts stated that Rilling for Mayor had raised $42,025 as of Dec. 31.

How does that compare with previous efforts?

Rilling’s 2019 reelection campaign did not start until Jan. 22 of that year, so there was no Jan. 10 filing, Town Clerk Rick McQuaid said. But the 2017 effort was slightly below this year’s: on Dec. 31, 2016, Rilling for Mayor had raised $40,630, according to that filing.

Rilling went on to raise more than $144,000 in 2017. In October 2019, the campaign said it had raised more than $145,000.

John Kydes, a Democratic Council member who has formed an exploratory committee for a possible Mayoral run, had raised $1,000 or less as of Dec. 31. Last week, he said he’d raised $4,000 in one day Jan. 31, and the maximum donation for an exploratory committee is $375.

Rilling had raised an additional $20,000 since the first of the year, spokesman Adam Wood said last week.

2 comments

Alan Beck February 11, 2021 at 2:58 pm

Get the money “OUT OF POLITICS”. Give each candidate money “THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY” from a dedicated “PUBLIC” fund and STOP ANY OTHER FUND RAISING FROM HAPPENING”

Audrey Cozzarin February 13, 2021 at 10:48 am

I think we need a moratorium on all private development until we assess the loss of trees and open natural spaces, and create truly safe ways for school children and all people to be able to walk and bike safely in Norwalk—with planning for restoration of our natural environment and very careful planning for projects that truly add to our quality of life here.

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