CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ENDORSED CANDIDATES!
Lisa Brinton - Mayor
Richard A McQuaid - Town Clerk
Richard J Bonenfant - Councilman-At-Large
Jonathan Riddle - Councilman-At-Large
Glenn Iannaccone - Councilman-At-Large
Artie Kassimis - Councilman-At-Large
Enrique Santiago - Councilman-At-Large
Fred Fusci - District A Council
Peter Havens - District A Council
Patrick Murphy - District B Council
Michael Foley - District C Council
James C Anderson- District C Council
Carl Dickens - District D Council
Thomas Keegan - District D Council
Peter Bondi - District E Council
Ron Paladino - District E Council
Alexandrea Kemeny - Board of Ed
Jason Christopher - Board of Ed
Bryan Meek - Board of Ed
Rosa Luciani - 1st Dist Commissioner
Harold Bonnet - 2st Dist Commissioner
Charlie Yost - 3st Dist Commissioner
Read Auerbach - 3st Dist Treasurer
Tamsen Langalis - 6st Dist Commissioner
Scott Vetare - City Sheriff
Jerry E Petrini - City Treasurer
Kathryn Martino - Selectman
Shannon O'Toole Giandurco - Selectman
Ray Cooke - Constable
Frank Mauro - Constable
John C Romano Sr - Constable
Peter Bondi - Constable
DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Please contact our candidates directly for any volunteer opportunities - they need your help!
Lisa Brinton - Mayor candidate
Thomas Keegan and Carl Dickens - District D Council candidates
Jason Christopher - Board of Ed candidate
Ray Cooke - Constable candidate
Ron Paladino - District E Council candidate
UPCOMING FUNDRAISING EVENTS:
Please join Lisa Brinton to celebrate her Republican endorsement for mayor on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM at Clubhouse Grille (165 Fillow St, Norwalk, Connecticut 06850). All proceeds will benefit the LisaForNorwalk Campaign. Suggested donation $50 pp - Max $1,000
Please join Tommy Keegan and Carl Dickens for their fundraising event on August 21st from 6 pm to 9 pm. More details to follow.
2. CHAIRMAN'S CORNER
Greetings everyone, first and foremost I would like to thank the efforts that have been contributed by our newly formed Communications Committee. Special thanks goes out to Irina Comer and Carl Dickens for spearheading this Committee and taking the bull by the horns!
As your Chairman, it brings me great pleasure to see numerous new beginnings being brought up, sought after and being followed though from our RTC members. I believe not only on the National level but on the State and local level the tides our turning. Residents of Connecticut and Norwalk are fed up with our current administrations as the tide has hit all time lows. The time for change is now! The Republicans can bring that tide high and ride the wave to a better America and a better Norwalk.
We have an excellent slate of candidates that have taken the pledge to not only run for office but to really get out there, roll up their sleeves, get in the trenches and win their respective offices. I have had several conversations with many of the candidates who are very knowledgeable and up to date on the very issues and needs the residents of this great City of Norwalk want for themselves and for their families. These candidates are ready to take these tasks head on and deliver winning campaigns to make Norwalk a better place to live, raise a family and strive!
In closing, this is a great time to be a Republican and to make a difference. I can foresee several of our candidates winning this fall, leading into the very crucial campaigns of 2020. Stay focused keep your edges as it will bring many good things to our party and this great City!
Mark R. Suda Jr.
Norwalk RTC Chairman
POKO: This issue is still very much on the table and is not going away. Council tabled it till September. One can speculate all they want as to reasons why. Stay in touch and stay involved. A perennial redevelopment effort at Wall Street Place, the city will be required to spend $4 million in infrastructure just on this project. The project is intended to be mixed use, with a yet to be named retail establishment. The housing will be 100% affordable housing units coupled with huge tax breaks. The city is granting 15 years of tax abatement, capping property tax at $175,000 for more than 100 units. These units will most likely have a large number of school-age children, increasing the relative tax burden on existing town residents, will bring extra traffic to the area, and will further strain other city resources. The cost to Norwalk homeowners and taxpayers will be between $1.7 and $2.5 million dollars.
SCHOOLS: Schools and the pronounced lack thereof, including extensive and greatly-needed maintenance to existing schools.
THE EAST NORWALK TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT PLAN being formulated. Our candidates for Common Council are concerned with the impact this plan will have on the residential neighborhoods in the area. Quality of life issues and traffic concerns are at the forefront of the campaign.
TRAFFIC: Local traffic continues to get worse with the new mall construction and other impediments. Additional planned construction projects will exacerbate the problem, which is already amplified by poor traffic signal timing. There is also a significant speeding problem on local residential streets.
DANGEROUS INTERSECTION: The intersection of Glover Avenue and Creeping Hemlock Drive across Main Avenue can be tricky for drivers to navigate. The congested intersection, which includes several Merritt Parkway entrance and exit ramps, has become even more crowded with the new apartment complex near the corner of Glover and Main avenues. The state plans to redesign the intersection and realign it to make it safer and more accessible as part of its Route 7-15 project, but construction isn't anticipated to start until about 2024. In the interim, city and state officials are getting on board with a proposal to swap the traffic light phases of Glover Avenue and Creeping Hemlock and add “all-red clearance” time to alleviate congestion and potential accidents
WALK BRIDGE: A replacement of the more than 100-year old swing bridge for MTA trains with a new vertical lift bridge will generate extraordinary costs and significant disruptions to traffic and access to the town while providing no obvious benefit. As reported by The Hour on July 9th, U.S. District Court Judge Stefan Underhill ruled against opponents of the plan, who argued in a lawsuit that there are cheaper alternatives for replacing or fixing the span. He cleared the way for state and federal transportation officials to move forward with a $1.1 billion project.
Lack of a strategic operating plan
No Planning & Zoning master plan
Top-heavy city hall and lack of communication and overall transparency. Single party viewpoints
Overall quality of life, including the condition of sidewalks, recreation facilities, parks, New Calf Pasture beach, parking system. Non-residents are neither charged nor ticketed, creating a frustrating system that does not work. Resident voters and parks users are very upset
Unchecked growth and overbuild of apartment buildings. Moratorium needed
Calf Pastor Beach parking
No sound barriers along I95
5. UPCOMING EVENTS
Republican Town Committee for the town of Norwalk, CT will hold a monthly meeting on Monday, August 19th at 7:30 PM at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center located at 99 East Ave, Norwalk, CT 06851.
Town of Norwalk Common Council holds its meetings at 7:30 PM on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Norwalk City Hall, Common Council Chambers, 3rd floor, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06856.
6. OUR COMMUNITY
RTC and DTC charity softball game. The location has been changed to Calf Pasture Beach. August 3rd from 2-4 with a rain date of August 4th from 2 pm to 4 pm. Teams have already been selected. $10 suggested donation at the door to Keystone House, Inc.
Please join us for a Sunset Dinner Cruise in support of District D Republicans & Our 2019 Republican Candidates on Monday, August 12th from 6 pm to 8 pm at 4 North Water Street (IMAX theater parking lot). Finger foods, beer &wine & Celebrity Espresso Maker! Cost is $75 per person or $100 per couple. RSVP to John Romany at or 203-856-1111 or pay at https://secure.anedot.com/distd/donate (paid for by District D Republican Town Committee, Bryan Meek Treas.)
7. THE BUZZ
LATEST ELECTION UPDATES. At a press conference this afternoon (August 1st), Darnell Crosland announced that he is suspending his mayoral campaign and will instead run for an at large seat on the Common Council. We wish Mr. Crosland good luck in his campaign.
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE WITHDRAWS. David Liberatore, a Republican, has withdrawn from the First Taxing District Treasurer race. “After a few days of careful consideration last week, I contacted District A Republican Richard Bonenfant and withdrew my name from the upcoming election of the First Taxing District Treasurer position. This decision was mine and mine alone,” he wrote. “My present professional commitments and obligations weighed heavily in this decision. I’m honored to have been nominated by the District A Republicans, and I wish everyone running for office in Norwalk- no matter which party affiliation- best of luck and success in this upcoming election.” Credit Nancy On Norwalk
CALF PASTURE BEACH — Five Connecticut communities are considered among the top 146 beach towns to live in, according to a new report from personal finance website WalletHub. Westport, Milford, Norwalk, Stratford and East Haven were named to the list, the only ones from Connecticut to make the cut. "Living by the beach is the ultimate dream for many Americans," writes WalletHub's Adam McCann. "After all, beachside communities often represent a relaxed and luxurious way of life." Credit Norwalk Patch
NORWALK BOND SALE: Norwalk Mayor Harry W. Rilling announced on July 25th the results of a $50 million general obligation bond sale. The sale will finance an estimated $45 million in school projects and $5 million in City capital projects. In advance of Tuesday's bond sale, the City received confirmation that the three major rating agencies, Fitch Ratings, Moody's Investors Service, and S&P Global Ratings, each reaffirmed Norwalk's "Triple A" bond rating and strong financial standing. The AAA rating from Moody's and the AAA ratings from S&P and Fitch represent the highest ratings awarded by each of these agencies. Credit Norwalk Patch
8. OUR INITIATIVES
We started a program of outreach to first-generation immigrant communities in lower Fairfield County, who, experience shows, are very likely to share our views and beliefs. We want to better understand the concerns of their respective communities. If you are a first-generation immigrant, or if you have friends who are first-generation immigrants, please join, or encourage them to join, our Facebook page.
9. CONTACT US
We want to hear from you! We want to hear your ideas, concerns and suggestions as well as your achievements and big news. Please reach out and share.
Irina Comer – Irina.firstname.lastname@example.org, 646-596-1789
Carl Dickens - email@example.com, 203-571-2927
OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
District A Chair
District A Vice
District B Chair
District C Chair
District C Vice
District D Chair
District D Vice
District E Chair
District E Vice