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7/19 Weekly Wrap Up

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Stamford, CT | Added on July 19, 2013 At 09:27 AM

Here's what made news this week.

Stamford has its two candidates for mayor…for now.  Former Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele was endorsed by the city's Republicans Tuesday night, and the city's Democrats nominated David Martin a day later.  Martin also ran for mayor in 2009.

"I will continue to work with all the citizens of this city regardless of their affiliation," Fedele said.  "To move us into the next chapter of where Stamford is going."

Martin said his administration would be a "sharp contrast to where Stamford is being led now, or how it will be led if the city makes the mistake of electing another Republican mayor."

Republican Jerry Pia and Democrat William Tong both said they will petition for a primary election Sept. 10.

The picture is a bit muddier in Norwalk.  After hours of deadlocked voting Tuesday, not one of the four Norwalk Democrats running for mayor could nail down a majority vote from their peers. Instead, Harry Rilling, Vinny Mangiacopra, Matt Miklave and Andy Garfunkel will all petition for a primary in September.

Miklave praised the Democratic party's decision.

"We're not going to allow insiders to pick the nominee, we are going to let people pick," he said.

"We should leave it to the voters to choose the candidate in such a crowded field," Garfunkel said.

"We like our chances in the September primary," Mangiacopra said.  "And we definitely like our chances to replace Mayor [Richard] Moccia in the mayor's office come November."

Norwalk Republicans will hold their convention July 22.  They are expected to nominate the current mayor, Richard Moccia.

And finally, you may have noticed:  it's really hot outside.  Besides dehydration and heat exhaustion, heat can also bring more mosquitoes.  The first mosquitoes with West Nile Virus in Connecticut were found just last week.  So we sat with Michael Long from the Greenwich Department of Health to learn how people can protect themselves.

"You can wear long sleeve shirts and pants, but that can be difficult in this weather," Long said.  "Avoid being out at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active."

"Wear bug repellent," he added.  "Those that contain DEET are supposed to be the most effective."

Long recommended residents also be sure to discard of old tires, change water in birth baths and keep rain gutters and drains clear.

"Anything that holds water for more than a couple of days can become a mosquito breeding habitat," he said.

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