Gov. Dannel Malloy threw Stamford politics a curveball Tuesday, endorsing state representative William Tong for mayor. Tong was not selected by the Democratic Town Committee in July; that honor belongs to David Martin. Tong and Martin will face off in Sept. 10's primary, and Tuesday Malloy, along with local labor leaders, were firmly in Tong's corner.
"Let's work hard as we have ever worked for any candidate in Stamford," said Malloy.
"He is a first generation American," John Olsen, member of the Fairfield County Labor Council, said of Tong. "His parents came here as immigrants and worked. He represents what a labor movement is about."
Wednesday Greenwich mourned the loss of a 15-year-old Greenwich High School student who committed suicide Tuesday night. The town has installed what it is calling crisis teams at Greenwich High School, Western Middle School and New Lebanon School to help any students cope with the situation. Local leaders implored residents to use those resources.
"To our young people who may be facing challenge of any kind: please avail yourself to the resources, whether they be in your school or outside the school," said First Selectman Peter Tesei.
In Norwalk, three of the city's four Democrats vying for their party's mayoral nomination debated issues regarding Norwalk's Latino community Tuesday. The candidates covered nearly a dozen topics, including their visions for improving the prospects of undocumented immigrants.
"Immigrants provide revenue to the city in the form of sales taxes, paying rent and in the form of landscaping and beautifying the city," said former police chief Harry Rilling.
"We need to put the pressure on leaders in Washington to integrate people into the mainstream," Vinny Mangiacopra said.
Councilman Matt Miklave said he envisioned a Norwalk that forms partnerships with communities "across the world" that want to partner with Norwalk, and said Norwalk could become a "gateway" for immigrants.
You can find more in-depth coverage of the debate at this link: http://norwalk.itsrelevant.com/content/15463/Dems-Talk-Challenges-for-Latino-Community