Political notes: Q&A with Metro-North; chilling with the senator; Garfunkel on parade

State Rep Gail Lavielle (R-143) and state Sen. Bob Duff (D-25)
State Rep Gail Lavielle (R-143) and state Sen. Bob Duff (D-25)
Andy Garfunkel served as Grand Marshal for the puppet parade at the SoNo Arts Festival.
Andy Garfunkel served as Grand Marshal for the puppet parade at the SoNo Arts Festival.

NORWALK, Conn. – We love the smell of politics in the morning.

Yep, it’s election season, and local candidates are stepping up their outreach to the voters. For state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143), that means taking constituent questions to a meeting with Metro-North. For state Sen. Bob Duff, it means scooping up ice cream at his home and getting doused in ice water.

And, for Andy Garfunkel, candidate for state Rep in the 142nd, it means parading through SoNo and celebrating the opening of the Democratic headquarters.


Garfunkel celebrates the arts, both fine and political

Garfunkel, who is running against Republican Fred Wilms for retiring Larry Cafero’s seat in the 142nd District, took some time out from pounding the political pavement to lead the SoNo Arts Festival Puppet Parade last weekend.
“I was honored to act as the Grand Marshal of the Puppet Parade … in the midst of a busy weekend of campaigning in West Norwalk,” he said.

The former 10-year Norwalk town clerk will be at the grand opening of the Democratic campaign headquarters at 25 Van Zant Street at noon today, along with Gov, Dannel P. Malloy, Mayor Harry Rilling and a plethora of candidates and party faithful.


Lavielle: What would you like to ask Metro-North?

Lavielle will be meeting in the coming week with Metro-North leadership for a general discussion on developments related to the New Haven Line and its branches, and she is soliciting questions and concerns from residents.

Fare hikes and the projected costs of major necessary capital improvements are among topics expected to be raised. Other topics could range from on-time performance to passenger communications to the experience in general.

“I am encouraged by Metro-North leadership’s responsiveness to my early request for open dialogue,” Lavielle wrote in a letter to her constituents. “This was not the case under prior leadership, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have a friendly, open, and constructive discussion on your behalf. I will relay your comments and concerns, and I will report to you whatever I learn from this and any subsequent meetings.”

Contact Lavielle by email at [email protected]; by phone in Hartford at (860) 240-8700; in Wilton at (203) 762-7373


What’s the scoop at the Duff home? Ice cream and ice buckets

Duff and his wife, Tracey, invite the Norwalk and Darien communities from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, to a free ice cream social at their home at 50 Toilsome Ave.

An extra for the kids: Scoops the Clown will be on hand.

Duff intends to end the event with a splash.

“I’ve been called out a few times before going on vacation to do the ALS ice bucket challenge. I accept. So, at 3 p.m., my kids will be doing the honors and dumping a large bucket of cold ice water on me.”

File under: Chillin’ with the children.

All the Democratic candidates are invited to be on hand to greet voters.

No RSVP is necessary.



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