With the Sept. 10 Democratic mayoral primary approaching, we have given serious thought to which candidate most deserves our votes. While all of the four Democratic candidates have some good ideas, we are proud to support Harry Rilling to become Norwalk's next mayor.
As a lifelong Norwalk resident and 41-year veteran of the police department, Rilling knows Norwalk inside and out. His fine record as chief of police demonstrates that he has what it takes to efficiently and effectively manage a multimillion-dollar budget and a workforce of hundreds.
Though Rilling was an active Democrat in past decades, he appropriately avoided partisan politics during his 17 years as chief, and this has earned him a reputation as a leader who can bring people, organizations and departments together to work for the common good.
Norwalk needs a proven leader who will put an end to infighting and lack of cooperation among the many stakeholders in our city's government, and Harry Rilling is that leader.
We can see from the admirable way he has conducted his campaign that, as mayor, Rilling will make good on his pledge to make our municipal government accessible, transparent and civil.
Last but not least, Rilling is the one Democrat who can defeat Moccia in November. If you believe, as we do, that Norwalk can do better--vote for Harry Rilling on Sept. 10.
Daniel V. Obuchowski and Elsa Peterson Obuchowski
NEON thanks community for backpack donations
Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, Inc. (NEON) extends our heartfelt thanks to the many individuals and local businesses that enthusiastically responded to our recent request for donations of backpacks and school supplies for the NEON Head Start graduates that entered kindergarten class in Norwalk's public school system for the first time last week.
The contributions exceeded expectations to the point where we were able to provide a backpack stuffed with supplies for every one of our Head Start graduates who needed one.
Follow this link to view video coverage of the distribution of back packs at Nathaniel Ely School on Aug. 27. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir8Do_OhTIA&feature=youtu.be
The agency also wants to express our sincere appreciation to state Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) for his leadership in reaching out to the community for support in our backpack campaign, as well as the 27 individual donors that included businesses, churches and community groups, who all made this project a success:
St. Phillips Church, Norwalk
SoNo Baking Company and Cafe, Norwalk
Aquarion Water Company, Bridgeport
The community's generous support for NEON's Head Start students and their families is a testament to the importance of early childhood development programs and parent engagement in preparing young minds for their future academic and work career success -- a critical element in building a strong and caring community.
NEON acting CEO