Republican Jerry Petrini says his first term on the Common Council was "very interesting."
"There's quite a learning curve when you come on to the Council," he says.
Petrini is now seeking a second term to represent District D.
He says he brings a sense of rationality to the Council.
"I'm not an argumentative person," he says. "I do my homework. I want to do what's best for the city."
Petrini points to keeping lox taxes and fully funding the Board of Education's budget requests as two highlights of his first run on the Council.
He says if re-elected, he would like to see the city focus on building upgrades, keeping tax increases to a minimum and putting more police on Norwalk's streets.
He is also hoping he can push for improvements on Wall Street.
"I've heard since the 1980s we're going to redevelop Wall Street," he says. "It hasn't happened yet. I would like to get some of these developments moving, see if I can help and if we can streamline [the process]."
He says when it comes to budget-related items, he believes the city should prioritize the city's essential operations: namely, emergency services and day-to-day operations -- garbage removal, recycling, paving, etc.
Pertaining to District D, Petrini says he is proud to have joined the fight against putting a BJ's Wholesale Club at 272-280 Main Ave.
"Not that I had an overall effect, but talking with the people in Cranbury and the affected area, they didn't agree with it and I had to agree," he says. "I did not support that."
"My store buys a lot from BJ's. I'd love to see them come to this city. Just not in that location," he says.
He says the Council and the city's mayor should have a symbiotic relationship.
"You can't have the mayor on one side and the Council on the other," he says. "We've had a great mayor; Mayor Moccia has done a great job. This guy is running the city."
Petrini says every Council member should "remember what we're here for."
"We're not here for a political party," he says. "We're not here to make a name for ourselves. We're here to serve the city of Norwalk."