Three Norwalk Dem mayoral candidates in forum Monday

NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Democratic Town Committee (NDTC) is hosting a mayoral forum this evening with three of the four Democrats running for mayor: former Town Clerk Andy Garfunkel, District D Chairman Vinny Mangiacopra and former Norwalk Police Chief Harry Rilling.

The forum is at 7:30 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 125 East Ave. All are welcome.

Common Council Matt Miklave (District A) is also running for mayor. He is a member of the Planning Committee, which is holding a special meeting at the same time.

This is the last public meeting scheduled for NDTC Members before the Democratic Municipal Nominating Convention scheduled for Tuesday, July 16, at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Community Room.


10 responses to “Three Norwalk Dem mayoral candidates in forum Monday”

  1. Asa H.M.

    Glad to see Mr. Miklave is upholding his civic duty rather than skipping his committee meeting. Shows he takes his commitment to governing and important local issues seriously. What I would like to know is why the DTC did not coordinate with each committee to insure that all their candidates are available when they schedule a candidate forum….

  2. KSully

    Asa H.M.–Couldn’t agree more. Matt Miklave is putting the City of Norwalk ahead of politics…again. Miklave’s priorities are clearly in-line with those of us who want public service instead of politics as usual. Thanks for honoring your commitments Matt.

  3. Amanda Brown

    Please be advised that this DTC forum was scheduled 30 days ago and is apart of our regularly scheduled meetings that went out approximately 6 months ago. THe meeting that will be attend by M. Miklave is a “special” meeting that was done after ours was already set.

  4. LWitherspoon

    It does seem odd that the DTC didn’t confirm the availability of all candidates before scheduling the forum.
    On the other hand, it’s hard to believe the cheerleaders above who are claiming that Miklave’s decision to skip the event is Miklave putting the City of Norwalk ahead of politics. We have seen plenty of examples over the past few years of Mr. Miklave putting politics ahead of the City’s best interest. Outsourcing garbage hauling to save money was one example; criticizing the new Fire Station which he himself voted to approve was another. And then there are the countless times he has pandered to whatever constituency was before Council looking for more taxpayer dollars. Last but not least, who can forget the time he offered to personally paint lanes on Beach Road in support of “test and learn”?

  5. KSully

    Gotta love when LWitherspoon uses words like “countless” and “plenty” but offers nothing but vagaries. If Matt had gone to the DTC function, LWitherspoon would be the first to criticize Matt for skipping out on his obligation. By now, no one is surprised by L’s myopic views.

  6. Asa H.M.

    And if LWitherspoon searched the records he/she would know that the Fire Station was a ‘done deal’ by the previous council before Mr. Miklave was sworn in. His vote to approve was due to this already being decided by the previous council. And how is working to support Beach Road in any way possible “pandering”? We could go on to show Mr. Miklave’s vision but it would be lost on LWitherspoon or those that only want to be negative. Really, get the whole story instead of your one-sided opinion.

  7. Tim T

    I have to say whats true I was a fan of Andy being mayor but it seems he has been lost during this campaign . It is cleat at this point that Mr. Miklave is the man for the job. A clear indication of the Republicans fearing that Mr. Miklave will win the mayors office is when LWitherspoon posts unlimited propaganda about the candidate.

  8. D(ysfunctional)TC

    So let’s hear Matt’s excuses for all the other committee meetings he has missed over the years. This was a purely political move and it seems several dupes have fallen for it.

  9. Asa H.M.

    D(ysfuntional)TC – Lame. I would bet every elected official in town misses a meeting now and again. Not every one of them holds a full time job as a NYC attorney. Sometimes obligations conflict and decisions need to be made. Mr. Miklave – even if he misses a meeting – is the only one to actually READ the documentation (note the budget that the entire council was ready to vote on that was wrong until he pointed it out). He does not need to make “excuses” – his policy is to honest and transparent and does not need to hide a reason for occasional misses. He does his homework, and may miss a meeting here and there, but to insinuate that he does for political moves just shows that you are only commenting to mud-sling, and not doing your homework.

  10. LWitherspoon

    Your statement that I supported my comment with “nothing but vagaries” is mistaken. I included concrete examples of Mr. Miklave putting personal political gain ahead of the best interests of Norwalk. Here are a couple other examples of Mr. Miklave trying to have it both ways, from a comment by Bruce Kimmel:
    “…last year Miklave supported a 2.8% tax increase that left the BOE with a $5 million reconciliation. But he did this while announcing to a packed concert hall that he would fight to fully fund the BOE. And this year, he slammed the budget process while backing the result. So, last year he was for it before he was against it, and this year he was against it before he was for it. Our next mayor?”

    @Asa H.M.
    Please clarify. If the Fire Station was already a done deal, why was a vote required to approve it? Why did Mr. Miklave vote to approve it, and then criticize it as “a monstrosity”?
    To answer your question, Mr. Miklave’s comment on Beach Road was pandering because he offered to personally paint a new traffic pattern on it. Any reasonable person would recognize that re-striping roads is not best done by labor attorneys who are running for Mayor.
    For the record, I was in favor of bike lanes on Beach Road, but I was turned off by Mr. Miklave’s crass effort to exploit the situation for maximum political gain. During ten years on Council, including time in the majority and in a leadership position, what has Mr. Miklave accomplished to make Norwalk more bike friendly? But when cycling advocates come before council, all of a sudden Mr. Miklave is promising to personally paint bike lanes on roads. Those who enjoy The Simpsons will recognize this amusing behavior as the transparent opportunism we expect from Mayor Quimby, not from a serious candidate for Mayor of Norwalk. I’m glad that Democrats have other good candidates from which to choose.

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