Norwalk's candidates for Mayor participated in the 2nd of 3 debates on Tuesday morning.
"They City's biggest assets are its people" said Incumbent Mayor Richard Moccia. "We have a wonderful, diverse community."
Democratic candidate Former Police Chief Harry Rilling agreed with Mayor Moccia saying "I believe that the people, the diversity of this community is what makes it the wonderful community that it is."
There were several topic both Mayor Richard Moccia and Former Police Chief Harry Rilling disagreed on.
One of the issues discussed was education in the city. Mayor Moccia said, "Through the efforts of this administration we straighten out their [the Board of Education] problems with inappropriate spending and controls. We've done a good job. I do not accept the premise that Norwalk's school system is second rate. Not according to Connecticut Magazine and not according to the people of this great City."
Rilling said, "The fact remains that we had five Superintendents in the last seven years. You don't leave a position because you're not making enough money or you're not receiving benefits. You leave because you're not getting the support neccessary to do your job."
The South Norwalk business community was also discussed. Rilling said, "I've met with the South Norwalk business owners and universally they say our business is down 33%. People in other communities are eating our lunch. People are moving out and businesses are starting to fail."
Moccia said, "Again Connecticut Magazine rated us one of the best cities in the State for leisure activity, including restaurants. Every business has problems."