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Norwalk Common Council Members Assume Roles

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk's Common Council took shape Tuesday night as Democrat Carvin Hilliard was elected president and the results of two weeks worth of discussions were announced – committees and leaders were named.

"I think we illustrated here tonight that although we disagree on individual votes we can agree on broader issues," said Democrat Anna Duleep, the new majority leader, as she nominated Hilliard to be president. "I remind you that the Democrats are known for being a big tent - we don't expect to agree on everything."

Duleep said she was honored to nominate Hilliard, who "has proven to have a very collegial relationship with our mayor."

Republican Nick Kydes said Hilliard has "always put politics aside and has focused on doing everything for the city."

Doug Hempstead was named minority leader. "It's all about working with one another," Hempstead said. "I've worked with some of you before, I've met with you, I've talked with you. I think it's all about communication."

Mayor Richard Moccia said he would ask Hilliard to meet with businesses interested in coming to Norwalk. "I would absolutely ask the council president to come in and represent the other side of the aisle, come in and discuss with new businesses the advantages of moving into Norwalk and I think it's important to have both sides of the aisle covered on that," he said. "Whatever our differences might be we do want new businesses coming in to town."

In other business, Robert Maslan was reappointed corporation counsel and Erin Halsey was reappointed city clerk. The nomination of a new assistant to the city clerk — to replace Karin Beggan — was tabled to the Dec. 16 meeting.

Committees were named:

The public works committee

? John Igneri, chairman

? Bruce Kimmel

? Matthew Miklave

? David Watts

? Doug Hempstead

? Jerry Petrini

? Fred Bondi

Land use and building management

? Warren Pena, chairman

? Bruce Kimmel

? Michael Geake

? John Igneri

? Fred Bondi

? Jerry Petrini

Planning

? Matthew Miklave, chair

? Carvin Hilliard

? Michael Geake

? Warren Pena

? David McCarthy

? Jerry Petrini

? Michelle Maggio

Finance and claims

? Carvin Hilliard, chairman

? Michael Geake

? Warren Pena

? Mathew Miklave

? John Igneri

? Doug Hempstead

? Nicholas Kydes

? David McCarthy

Ordinance committee

? Michael Geake chair

? Carvin Hilliard

? Anna Duleep

? Warren Pena

? Joanne Romano

? Nicholas Kydes

? David McCarthy

Recreation parks and cultural affairs

? Anna Duleep, chairwoman

? Bruce Kimmel

? David Watts

? John Igneri

? Doug Hempstead

? Fred Bondi

? Michelle Maggio

Personnel

? Anna Duleep, chairwoman

? Matthew Miklave

? Michael Geake

? David Watts

? Doug Hempstead

? Joanne Romano

? Michelle Maggio

Heath, welfare and public safety

? David Watts, chairman

? Carvin Hilliard

? Bruce Kimmel

? Anna Duleep

? Joanne Romano

? Nicholas Kydes

? Jerry Petrini

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