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Rilling: A leader to get us to the other side

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I have been impressed and pleased overall with how the pandemic was handled here in Norwalk under Mayor Rilling.

There was no interruption of services at City Hall and access was added by the addition of walk up windows and virtual meetings to help with engagement. Captions and translations were also added to increase access and several services were moved online, something I hope continues after we move on from the pandemic.

Rilling aided small businesses in our area to keep them afloat by providing grants via a lottery system and creating a business development team who worked directly with local businesses on PPP federal loans, and expanded outdoor dining for various restaurants around Norwalk.

And although many in our city complain about high taxes, the Mayor has taken a conservative financial approach during the pandemic to help everyone, especially those facing hard times. He delayed tax payments and followed a conservative budget to limit increases. Norwalk was one of the few which was able to avoid layoffs.

I am proud of how we worked together during this pandemic and that we had a leader to get us to the other side. I am hopeful that there will be better days ahead and I know we can and will work together to make that possible as we have done in the past 14 months.

Jenn McMurrer

9 comments

BAS May 25, 2021 at 9:30 am

Ms McMurrer – be sure to take a ride by City Hall today where the sign out front prominently displayed free vaccinations at 50 Washington St. for May 14.
Today is May 25. Time for someone at city hall to wake up and change the message

George May 25, 2021 at 10:10 am

What a joke.

You mean the same City Hall that had the security guard require members of the public to sign in on a touch pad during a pandemic? Not to mention …very rude at the front desk and didnt even know how to take a temperature properly. Super Spreaders more like it.

Mike Barbis May 25, 2021 at 2:41 pm

Really? You obviously are not in the real estate business … try getting building permits, answers to zoning questions or filing tax assessment appeals. All of these were near impossible to accomplish despite the millions the City has collected in conveyance taxes!

Tysen Canevari May 25, 2021 at 7:16 pm

Jenn,

Obviously you are drinking the punch too much. How do you feel about the mayor appointing someone to be his “Chief of Staff” for $130,000 a year. What the heck is his job then? We are the last city hall to open in CT. Joke!

David Muccigrosso May 26, 2021 at 8:29 am

Have you *BEEN* to SoNo recently? Half the businesses on the street closed. Instead of permitting alternative uses, your boy Harry let land speculators buy up all the vacant spaces, and now some group from Port Chester is trying to make us into Port Chester East.

No thanks.

JustATaxpayer May 26, 2021 at 6:06 pm

Yes, the Mayor got us through the pandemic. Thankfully, our prior President was able to accelerate the creation and production of vaccines. Also, he helped stem the wave of illegal immigration – is the City of Norwalk ready for another 500-1000 students?

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