Some cars are buried and probably won't be moved until April. The city needs to step up enforcement and ticket these cars to get them off the streets.
The city plows need to be slower and more careful with their plows. They throw huge waves of heavy snow up covering areas that most people have just cleared. Many roads are now a lot narrower than they should be, and what once was easily plowable is now hard as concrete.
Cablevision PR is portraying WFSB as the bad guy here when it is Cablevision greed that has spawned this debacle. Contact the PUC. Cablevision ought to lose their license to operate in Connecticut for this shameful betrayal of the public trust. View Comment
In a lot of these cases the victims are uncooperative because they know who their attackers are and want to handle "payback" on their terms, not the police's. I doubt they're afraid of them. Lots of peer pressure to be Joe Badass. View Comment
Gee, do you think that he may have "dumped" them somewhere along the way? I can't see the reason for him running, unless he was illegal, operating without a license, or holding. Plenty of charges to keep his lawyer or public defender busy. View Comment
The plant should be kept but switched to a renewable energy source that would help provide power to the local area, thus reducing dependence on the NE grid. It is unfortunate, but using the site for anything else would simply result in more traffic and congestion through a residential area not equipped to handle it. The road directly in front of the plant is frequently flooded during high tides (ask anybody in Harborview) so further development is out of the question.
Tearing down the plant and converting it to open space and park land is an admirable idea, but the remediation costs would be prohibitive.
No matter what is decided, the residents in the area should have the greatest say in the fate of the property, not some rich developer looking to make some quick bucks off of some overpriced condos.
Well Broad River, the reason for the zip+4 is because most of today's mail is not sorted by hand but run through automated machinery that is capable of sorting 10,000 pieces of mail per minute.
It is then run through another machine that sorts the mail into delivery sequence for a given route (in postal terms it is called DPS…delivery point sequence mail..although letter carriers have other choice names for the system, which is far from perfect). The zip+4 makes the system more accurate (hopefully).
Talk about a manipulated mind. So filled with hatred for unions you'll believe anything. I'll bet you'd label Ronald Reagan a hypocrite too? He represented the Screen Actor's Guild ( a union), then swapped sides and became the worst enemy of labor in the last half of the 20th century. Yeah, the unions who supported Moccia saw what he did to the city sanitation workers, and saw a continuing lack of support from him, so why should they continue to kiss his butt? They dumped him because they weren't getting anything from him like he had promised he would. The fact that both fire and police got new headquarters would have happened under any mayor since the old buildings were not only old and outdated, they were safety hazards.
You would have us believe that because of his support from the municipal unions, Rilling wouldn't hesitate throwing the taxpayers under a bus. You just don't understand how our city government works.
Our city budget is managed by our Common Council, which, had you not been so blinded by hate, is still predominantly controlled by republicans. I know several of those individuals, and they are VERY unlikely to let Rilling run amok with our tax dollars. They're good, conscientious people who have the taxpayer's interests at heart. Your continued gnashing of teeth over the municipal unions is just more (as Willy Shakes would say) "sound and fury, signifying nothing".
I would further point out that our municipal services(fire and police) have not been given the resources they've needed to serve our citizenry. Both have been given new state-of-the-art headquarters, yes, but the actual resources to have enough police and fire personnel have been sadly lacking. Our city has grown, but the numbers of cops and smoke eaters have not. If Rilling wants to ensure we have enough manpower to deliver us the protection we need, how is that not being an advocate for the taxpayer? During this past election it seemed like Moccia was only concerned with maintaining the AAA bond rating, and the hell with quality of life issues. So much for him being the advocate for the people.
Nobody likes taxes. Nobody likes paying them, and no politician with more than two functioning brain cells likes raising them. They are essential to providing the citizenry with what the community needs. We happen to live in an area where services are expensive, prices are high, and the cost of living is probably higher than anybody likes. In Norwalk they're a fact of life and if you don't like what you're paying, or don't think you're getting enough bang for your buck, you can 1) run for office and try to fix the system directly, or 2) move somewhere else where the cost of living is cheaper. Put up or shut up.
No more ridiculous than having somebody whining about what Rilling is GOING to do. If you were that psychic, you can send me some winning lottery numbers and I'll be glad to shut up….in Tahiti. View Comment
I'm as skeptical as the next guy about Rilling. I certainly wasn't satisfied with the job he did as police chief, but I'm willing to let him demonstrate his ability (or inability) before dragging out the firing squad.
If he turns out to be a mess we'll have a chance in 2 years to find someone (hopefully) better. We certainly weren't headed in the right direction with Moccia, so a change needed to be made. It's sad we weren't given a better choice, but we play with the cards we're dealt.
Let's give Mayor Rilling a chance, our support, and the respect he deserves. Until he shows himself undeserving of that, save your speculative fear and loathing for our national politicians. View Comment
Good Lord folks, give the guy a chance! He hasn't spent a day in office yet and you're already loading up your diapers with what he's "gonna" do.
If you're that worried, please move out of Norwalk now. The city will do just fine without all the whining and gnashing of teeth. The people have made their decision. Accept reality and move on. View Comment
Wow. Saw a little bit of the game and never thought Westport could come back after getting down 12-5. That took a lot of guts, and they're champions no matter what happens from here out.
The team from Washington must be devastated. Heck of a lot of talent on that roster too. View Comment
Sadly, Norwalk will continue to decline as Mayor Dick will probably win re-election, mostly due to the fact the Norwalk Democrats cannot field a viable candidate. The democratic leadership should be ashamed that their best people have to run as republicans. The dems were a dysfunctional bunch long before Amanda took the helm, so you can't dump the whole blame on her for this. View Comment
In the interest of accuracy, the facility is at 76 South Main St in South Norwalk,not 76 Main Street as listed.
Other than that, Person 2 Person is a terrific organization that does a great job at administering the local food banks. Diageo is also a great company, not only for providing the funds, but for backing it up with sweat equity. They truly "walk the walk". Both of these organizations deserve our full support.
A great, positive story! View Comment
Mary Jane, There is no evidence that pot destroys the brain. Not a shred of scientific evidence at all. You can make whatever non-scientific observations you want about stoners, and sure, I wouldn't want one of them to be performing brain surgery on me or a loved one, but I'd have the same feelings about someone who had consumed a few brewskis.
Actually, numerous scientific studies have shown pot enhances certain neurologic functions and there's mountains of evidence in regards to how it helps glaucoma and chemotherapy patients. That's why so many medical marijuana and decriminalization efforts have been passed around the country.
The continued illegality of marijuana has been a huge waste of taxpayer money. If it were properly taxed and regulated the way tobacco and alcohol are, we would not only reap the economic benefits, but we'd no longer criminalize certain elements of society, and it would free law enforcement to go after the people who push harder drugs. We would also put out of business the people who create these synthetic drugs which have much more serious side effects.
I know several people who continue to enjoy the products of mother nature. They are intelligent, educated and fully productive members of society. You'd probably be surprised to find out who enjoys pot recreationally. They enjoy it the same way you or I might enjoy a cocktail before dinner. As long as it's not abused, or becomes a psychological crutch, it can be handled responsibly. It is not an automatic gateway to harder substances.
There is always the possibility for abuse and misuse, but the same can be said for any substance, be it alcohol, aerosol cans, or soda pop.
I haven't been very active on the political front since my early 20's, and my recollection about the Independent Party's legal problems are a bit hazy. I seem to recall the death blows came during Mayor Esposito's reign. I don't even remember what the fracas was about, but the Independents had to empty their coffers for legal fees. They were unable to raise sufficient funds after that to field a viable slate of candidates. Once they couldn't attain a sufficient percentage of the vote, they were dropped from the ballot. Doug Hempstead was chairman of the Independents at the time, and he chose to disband with honor rather than continue the fight into obscurity. By the end of the 80's the Party of Freese and Cave were a historical footnote in Norwalk's history. View Comment
Paige, I was a registered Democrat over 30 years ago and saw the dysfunction within the state and local associations. They ran a strict "my way or the highway" approach to participation and that alone led to 12 years of Mayor Esposito, which Norwalk is STILL recovering from. In disgust I registered as an Independent, and continue to hold that affiliation to this day. Even when I was a Dem, I still voted for the republican if I thought he or she would do a better job. I do not hold blind allegiance to any party affiliation. I was saddened when the Independent Party here in Norwalk continued to move more to the right but I think that was more due to the continued parade of goobers the Democrats chose as their standard bearers. As the Democrats strove to make themselves more irrelevant, it left a gaping hole for those who might have endorsed fiscal responsibility along with a more liberal social viewpoint, which is where I believe a lot of the electorate shares.
I believe there's a lot of disillusioned republicans out there as well, who continue the status quo only because the democrats have been unable to offer a reasonable alternative to Mayor Moccia.
Ironically, it was legal disputes brought on by some of the more conservative elements of the Republican party that led to the bankruptcy and demise of the legitimate Independent Party here in Norwalk. Sadly the best and brightest members of that group went to align themselves with the Republicans. I guess if you can't beat 'em...but you can't fault them for not wanting to entangle themselves with that mess on the Democratic side.
Norwalk politics have never been boring. People like Irving Freese and Jennie Cave kept the two major parties from getting too full of themselves, and that input is what has been sadly lacking for the past couple of decades. I think a petition candidate might find that he or she could do very well in Norwalk. Of course raising funds would be the main sticking point in any kind of alternative campaign, but getting the message out in the (relatively) free media could only help a truly grassroots movement.