NORWALK, Conn. – Second-term Common Council member Jerry Petrini will serve as the Majority Leader for the first year of the new council term.
His election to the post was announced Friday by the Republican Caucus of the Common Council.
The majority leader represents the views of the majority caucus when dealing with the mayor and the minority caucus.
From 2011-13, Petrini chaired the council’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Committee. He represents District D on the council, which covers the entire northern part of the city.
Because the mayor is not from the same political party as the majority caucus, Petrini will serve as a focal point in negotiating with the mayor and the council minority over appointments to boards and commissions. The Republican caucus holds an 8-7 majority, with one at-large member, Bruce Kimmel, a registered Democrat who ran on the Republican ticket.
“I look forward to working with our new mayor and the minority caucus,” Petrini said in a press release. “There are a lot of good things going on in the city, and we need to make sure that they continue.”
Petrini was born and raised in Norwalk and is a lifelong resident. He was educated in Norwalk Public Schools and he and his wife, Georgette, have raised their four children in the city. After a career as a builder, Petrini opened his business, My Three Sons Family Fun Center, which is now located on Wall Street. He is a longtime member of the Chamber of Commerce and has been the recipient of many awards, including a grant from the Connecticut Small Business Express Program.