Rilling campaign coffers stuffed with cash

Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling announces his bid for re-election, in January at the Norwalk Inn.

NORWALK, Conn. — The Rilling re-election campaign has more than $100,000 in its war chest, Mayor Harry Rilling said Monday.

The campaign filed its first quarter fundraising paperwork Monday, on the deadline. As of March 31, the campaign had raised $96,745. The report listed 27 donors who have given $1,000, the maximum donation.

“I think we’ve done a good job at reaching out to the community with our fundraisers. We are very pleased at where we are right now,” Rilling said, adding that more donations came in after March 31 and there’s probably $102,000-103,000 in the campaign coffers now.

Town Clerk Rick McQuaid, a veteran of Norwalk politics, said he had never seen so much raised so early in a mayoral campaign. He called it an “incredible” tally.

“It’s not won by who has the most money but it does help to have the resources to get your message out,” McQuaid said, joking that Rilling could buy his own radio station.

Rilling has no opponents yet. No one has filed for an exploratory committee or a campaign, though some Democrats have been talking about taking him on. Without filing paperwork, they cannot collect campaign donations.

Asked what he would do with so much money, Rilling said, “We are going to run a campaign. Campaigns unfortunately cost money to get your message out. We have to show people what we have done and what we plan on doing in order to get the support that we need.”

The $1,000 donors are:

  • Veronika Ardemasova, a Greenwich real estate broker
  • Zufar Faynshteyn, a Staten Island real estate investor
  • Galina Feinstein, a Staten Island doctor, with the same address as Faynshteyn
  • Joseph Fiorillo of Purchase, N.Y., manager of Great Northern Fibers, described by Manta as a recycling and waste business in West Babylon, N.Y.
  • Andy Frank, a Westport developer
  • Samvel Gezalian of Brooklyn, an ice skating coach
  • Anatoly Grinshteyn, of Hewlett Harbor, N.Y., BWH Construction
  • Svetlana Grinshteyn, his wife
  • Halina Gezalian, of Brooklyn, WB Wood, which says it does “furniture procurement and project management services”
  • William Gilmore, a Norwalker
  • Paxton Kinol of Belpointe Capital, developer of the Waypointe apartments and the neighboring Berkeley and Quincy Lofts
  • Regina Kudoyarova, a Greenwich housewife
  • Phil Mendence, a Norwalker, Crystal Ice plant manager
  • William McRae, an Old Greenwich, attorney
  • Yelena McRae, his wife
  • Alexander Merson of Greenwich, Advanced American Technical Group
  • Irina Merson, his wife
  • Robin Penna, a Norwalker, co-owner of A.J. Penna & Son
  • Inna Post, a New York City self-employed real estate broker
  • Abraham Post, a New York City real estate broker
  • Stanley Seligson, Norwalk developer
  • Yelena Sushko, Old Greenwich restauranteur
  • Anthony Terenzio of New Canaan, City Carting partner
  • Michael Varhisky, Greenwich trader
  • Ella Weisbord of Richmond Hill, N.Y., IT project manager, National Grid
  • Ilya Weisbord, Richmond Hill, NY, banker, Signature Bank
  • Glib Zaslavsky, a New York City attorney

“I am very pleased that people have stepped up to support my campaign,” Rilling said. “They believe that as I do that Norwalk is moving in the right direction. People are talking about Norwalk and what’s happening, so we want the opportunity to continue that momentum that we have. So I am optimistic in that I am optimistic about Norwalk.”


Union support:

  • Sheet Metal Workers local 38 PAC, Brewster N.Y. $1500
  • UA Plumbers and Steamfitters $1000
  • NE Regional Council $1,000
  • IUOE (International Union of Operating Engineers) Local 478 PAC $1,500
  • Iron PAC 424 $1,000
  • Connecticut Laborer’s Political League $500
  • Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local I PAC $500
  • Roofers Political Education Legislative Fund of Connecticut, $250


Other donors:


  • Allan Kleban of Wilton, KBE Building



  • Daniel Amoruccio
  • Winthrop Baum
  • Dick Brescia
  • Dorothea Cheslock
  • John Erdmann III
  • David Gable
  • William Hennessey, attorney representing The SoNo Collection
  • Charles Hinnant
  • Common Council President John Igneri (D-District E)
  • Steven Kerschner
  • William Murphy
  • Norwalk Historical Commission Chairman David Westmoreland, Second Taxing District Commission Chairperson
  • Thomas Rich, Norwalk developer
  • Anne Lantz
  • Chuck Kreiwald
  • Nate Yordon, campaign treasurer
  • Former Mayor Frank Zullo, a land use attorney



  • Joseph Rosetti of Palm Beach



  • Peter Libre, Bike/Walk Task Force member



  • Kathy Curioli
  • Andrew Glickson, attorney



  • Carl Cooke
  • James Donaher, Westport, Gault Family Companies
  • Frank DeMilo
  • Center for Contemporary Printmaking Executive Director Laura Greenwald Einstein, a New Canaan resident
  • Michael Galante, traffic engineer
  • John Kammerman
  • Dianne Keefe
  • Augustus Pappajohn of Weston; A. Pappajohn Co., developer constructing a Connecticut Avenue plaza that will include Chick-Fil-A
  • Richard Redniss, a planner
  • Andy Soumelidis, Landtech civil engineer
  • Patrick Romano of Guilford, DNA campaigns consultant
  • Manresa Association President Charlie Taney



  • Antoinette Bain
  • Third Taxing District Commissioner David Brown
  • Philip Cerrone, a Fairfield architect
  • Oak Hills Park Authority member Jerry Crowley
  • City Clerk Donna King
  • Susan Weinberger



  • David Cohen, Stamford attorney
  • David O’Connor
  • Rrock Shtufaj, Norwalk Taxi



  • Festo Abad
  • Peter Brown, Norwalk firefighter
  • Democratic Town Committee Chairman Ed Camacho
  • Peter Carroll, Stratford, IBEW business manager
  • Former Mayor Bill Collins
  • Assistant City Clerk Irene Dixon
  • Janet Evelyn
  • Lois Flynn
  • Peter Fullam
  • Bill Ireland, Norwalk firefighter
  • Chris King, Norwalk firefighter
  • Ronald Kowalski
  • George Mandler
  • Kurosh Marjani, Westport attorney
  • Piet Marks
  • Thomas Mongellow, Newington banker
  • Douglas Moss
  • Christine Names
  • Amanda Peloso
  • Frank Peloso
  • Stephen Peloso
  • Darunee Wilson
  • Michael Witherspoon
  • Doug Stern
  • Adam Stolpen
  • John Suchy of Wilton
  • Lawrence Weisman, a Westport attorney


Smaller donations were made by 19 people.

The campaign held three fundraisers in March, the filing said. It had $37,277.60 on hand at the beginning of period; $15,600 was raised in this quarter with the purchase of advertising in a program book or sign.

The campaign had paid $7,361.25 in expenses, and still owed $17,500 at the end of the quarter. This left a balance on hand of $89,383.


Danny Amoruccio April 11, 2017 at 1:21 pm

Rilling is one of the only few level-headed Democrats I know. For that reason, I’ll continue to back him.

Norwalk Native April 12, 2017 at 12:56 pm

What an embarassment for this City.

Are there any more Public Pensions for the Mayor to collect?

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