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Norwalk Democrat Denounces Rowayton Ave. Project

NORWALK, Conn. — I would like to thank Mayor Moccia for paving my street and the surrounding neighborhood last week. I truly appreciate the service and maintenance provided to Bell Island in the lead up to this year's coming election. A timely set of repairs for a year in Norwalk where violent crime is up, general services are down, property taxes are soaring, school budgets have been cut and business growth is stagnant.

But today, I would like to speak to the other paving project and road widening resolution that was on the agenda for Tuesday's Common Council meeting – the proposed expansion of Rowayton Avenue.

In a time when our state is dealing with substantial budgetary problems, I'd like to understand why the mayor and Republicans on the Common Council see it fit to invest $2.8 million in taxpayers' money on this unnecessary and wasteful project.

Some argue that it is a safety issue. What the Moccia administration doesn't want you to know is that the construction project already under way on Rowayton Avenue includes comprehensive upgrades to the sidewalks and pathways under the railroad bridge. These are repairs that will be completed by August and are independent of the additional construction proposed.

The proposed widening (and deepening) of the Rowayton Avenue is an additional project at an additional expense to taxpayers.

Digging out the road under the bridge by nearly 12 inches will do nothing but heavily increase truck traffic to the area – an issue that our neighborhood has fought hard to curb.

Most importantly, though, is the utter disregard for property owners that has been displayed by the city on this issue and more recently during discussions regarding the East Avenue expansion. The use of eminent domain should only be used when absolutely necessary to ensure the greater good. And in the event that it must be used, it should be done with compassion, fairness and understanding – attributes, yet again, sorely lacking from this administration.

Voters should know that this resolution passed thanks to Mayor Moccia and a majority of the Republican council members. Look forward to losing your yard and increased heavy truck traffic in your neighborhoods – who knows where the next mayoral land grab will be.

Marc Bradley

Chairman, Norwalk Democratic Town Committee

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