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Rilling, Mangiacopra & Melendez make headlines as we look back on Norwalk politics in 2013

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Norwalk, CT | Added on December 26, 2013 At 12:54 PM

Reporter Kwegyirba Croffie takes a look back at who made news in Norwalk politics in 2013.

The race for a new Mayor of the City saw four Democratic candidates vying for the party nomination. While Former Police Chief Harry Rilling ultimately won the Primary in September, candidate Vinny Mangiacopra emerged as a strong contender during the campaign season.

During a campaign event, Mangiacopra said, "It's the Mayor's job to craft a longterm vision and to draw consensus to get things done."

In the second quarter of fundraising during the campaign season, Mangiacopra raised a little over 40 thousand dollars from more than 260 individual contributions. Norwalk will likely see more of Mangiacopra in 2014 and beyond.

On November 5th, Former Police Chief Harry Rilling was elected Norwalk's new Mayor, defeating 4 term Incumbent Mayor Richard Moccia. During his swearing in ceremony, Rilling said Norwalk's best days are yet to come. 

During the ceremony, the newly sworn in Rilling said, "My recipe for getting us there will be listening, working together and leading us forward so people inside and outside to Norwalk say, "You see that shining city on the hill, that's Norwalk and isn't it a beautiful place to work and live."

One month into his term, Mayor Rilling hosted his first Mayor's Night Out meeting, bringing residents and department heads together and promises more in the New Year. 

Election Day also resulted in a victory for Eloisa Melendez. At 19 years old, Melendez is the youngest member to be elected to the Common Council in 40 years.

After her win, Melendez said "There are people who express how proud and how nice it is to see somebody from their town that young getting involved, but at the same time they're like you know it's a lot of work and kind of are on the fence like, can you actually make a difference, can you actually do what you promised and represent District A."

Councilwoman Melendez said she looks forward to discussing various issues during Common Council meetings and doing what she can for the City of Norwalk. 

Thats what made news in Norwalk politics this year. Thanks for watching it's and we'll see you in 2014. 

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