Intrepid reporter Nancy Chapman followed up with council members about the anticipated new charter revision commission. Though Mayor Rilling was all for it in January, the Council seems less enthused…and it IS the council that appoints the Charter Revision Commission…right?
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“My position has not changed,” Mayor Harry Rilling said after Tuesday’s Council meeting. “I indicated that I think we should consider another Charter Revision Commission. I have spoken to an individual who I thought would be good to serve on it. I got a tentative agreement, now I just have to approach the Council and […]
I understand the tendency to focus on what was wrong with the previous charter revision attempt. What would be really great right now, would be a constructive dialog with the residents and businesses of this City to focus on fixing what appears to be broken. No business likes to put together a plan for a […]
Open Letter to the Voters We are gratified and humbled that you have put Norwalk First and voted NO on Questions 1, 2 & 3. We trust that the leadership has heard you clearly and will undertake the serious charter revision work required to improve our City. Many thanks, Norwalk First
Norwalk First’s position, from its inception, has been both an education campaign to alert voters that there were charter revision questions on the ballot and also an advocacy campaign to ask voters to join us in sending a message that we expect more from our government. It is unfortunate that, in the absence of a […]
#10 RESIDENTS DIDN’T ASK FOR THIS, SPECIAL INTERESTS DID: The quest for an extended mayoral term began and ends with a powerful special interest group–The Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, whose president lives in Shelton. They will outspend opposing tax-paying residents 20:1. A separate Political Action Committee, whose chairwoman is the wife of the current […]
After more than a decade, City Hall re-opened Norwalk’s outdated, 103-year old charter. NorwalkFirst was forced to begin a public education campaign about the squandering of an opportunity for real charter reform. Real reform could have considered other options, such as: a City Manager or a City Planner expanding Council membership to facilitate better committee […]
In December 2015, the Chairman of the Republican Town Committee wrote a letter about charter revision, which was published in local news outlets. Read it HERE.