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Norwalk GOP: Garfunkel's Sick Days 'Smell Bad'

Art Scialabba, chairman of the Republican Town Committee, wrote the following letter in response to Andy Garfunkel's use of the sick days he has accrued as town clerk. Garfunkel is using the days to campaign to be mayor and to prepare for the eventuality of winning the election.

To me this adds fuel to the debate on making the town clerk's office a professional office and taking it out of politics. You have vacation days, personal days and then there are sick days. They are supposed to be used a certain way.

When working in the private sector, many of us have to prove we are sick so we do not lose our vacation or personal time. I have asked for a copy of the policy that would apply to Andy to see if using sick time is appropriate.

You have to remember, his salary and benefits are paid for by our tax dollars, so taking time off and getting paid 100 percent for doing 40 percent of the work, without being actually sick, to me just smells bad.

As far as I know, Campaignitis has yet to be classified as a legitimate illness.

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