NORWALK, Conn. – Andy Garfunkel, Democratic candidate for mayor, does not want to require new businesses to hire teenagers during the summer, according to a new statement from his campaign.
An e-mail sent out Thursday evening asked the media to revise his previous statement announcing his five point plan to grow jobs and improve the economy. The original statement, released early Wednesday afternoon, said that Garfunkel wanted to require new businesses to take part in youth employment programs. The new statement, sent out at 6 p.m. Thursday, said that Garfunkel would only like to encourage businesses to take part in youth-employment programs.
"When the release was checked internally, there ended up being two versions of the release and the wrong version was sent out," Campaign Strategist Francesca Capodilupo said in an e-mail.
The first statement said, "Strengthen our summer jobs program by reaching out to businesses and requiring each new business that comes into Norwalk to take part in youth employment programs."
The second statement says, "Strengthen our summer jobs program by reaching out to businesses and encourage each new business that comes into Norwalk to take part in youth employment programs."
In response to the first statement, incumbent Republican Mayor Richard Moccia said, "This isn't a dictatorship, there's no way I can force somebody to offer a summer job."
"The fact remains that," Capodilupo said in an e-mail, "in his response to the article written, Moccia ignores the crisis in youth unemployment. Youth unemployment is a crisis that holds our children back. It contributes to frustration among youth, a sense of hopelessness and ultimately a whole package of ills that accompany unemployment."