I have always been an unaffiliated voter, giving up my right to vote in political parties primaries, to insure that my voting selections were free of party labels and were directed to selecting the person best suited to fulfill the role of the position being voted on. This year, as we vote for mayor of Norwalk, I will be voting for Lisa Brinton for Mayor.
Harry Rilling is a nice person. I voted for him in 2013. But he has failed to provide the leadership needed to take our City forward and has failed time and time again when dealing with the problems the City has faced; whether it is protecting Norwalk’s interests in the Walk Bridge project, getting our downtown district free of the “POKO disaster”, or providing a financial plan to avoid tax increases as our infrastructure costs, such as debt service, double over the next few years.
Lisa Brinton, a retired businesswoman, has been an advocate for improving Norwalk schools for many years, and in the more recent years active in promoting improved land-use and city financial management.
Her reform platform includes:
- Standing up for Norwalk residents
- Protecting neighborhoods with updated zoning regulations
- Creating a livable Norwalk inspection program to address the rental market, including review and enforcement of quality of life ordinances
- Funding master plans for park and recreation facilities
- Introducing a traffic safety enforcement schedule
- Implementing an inclusive and transparent process for political appointments
- Mandating ethics training for every city worker and political appointee
- Establishing a charter revision task force
- Reviewing City Hall communication
- Reviewing the budgeting process and the auditing of third party agencies
- Upgrading IT databases and practices of building, zoning and tax records
- Supporting local businesses with best practices and smart development
- Advocating a 90-day moratorium on the Walk Bridge project to allow for consideration of alternative solutions
- Building on the Manresa Study to evaluate usage options and return the land to providing appropriate property tax receipts to the City
- Supporting economic development focused on trades and technical jobs
- Seeking supplemental school funding from third parties and increasing overall city grant writing
This comprehensive program reflects the needs of our city and my experience with Lisa Brinton assures me it will be executed when she is elected Mayor. I urge all Norwalk voters to support her election as our next Mayor.
As a District E resident, I will also be voting for Tom Livingston for Common Council. Tom is the singular councilperson that has put the interest of the citizens of Norwalk first on every issue coming before the council, always following his logical thought process and insisting on factual information on which to base his decisions. Tom has been an outstanding councilman and deserves support for his reelection from everyone in District E .