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Danbury, Norwalk mayors back Gov. on response to coronavirus pandemic

As time has gone by with businesses shut down and families struggling, political backbiting has started up.  Democratic Putnam County legislators are critical of Republican County Executive MaryEllen Odell while Republican Connecticut lawmakers are judging Governor Ned Lamont's actions. 

During the Governor's evening press conference yesterday, Lamont was joined by a Democratic and a Republican Mayor on the front lines. Mark Boughton says Danbury struggled with how to provide more space in the homeless shelter when the pandemic started.  He reached out to the state, and they pulled resources together to set individuals up at the Super 8 motel.

Boughton doesn't see the state falling down, and credited the Governor for answering the call of municipal needs.  He added that the state, like local governments, has stepped up to do things they've never done before. He also noted the City's strategic partnership with Putnam County.  While separated by a line on the map, there's no real separation.  He says the holistic decisions being made with Governor Cuomo are going to make a difference in the Greater Danbury area. 

Lamont and Boughton were joined by Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling. 

Rilling says politicizing the issue does little at a time when the western half of the state has not yet reached its peak of infections.  He says every one of the 36 deaths in Norwalk affects the city, noting that residents of surrounding towns of Westport, Darien, New Canaan and Wilton regularly visit Norwalk to shop.

If there were shortcomings, Boughton said it was underestimating the nature of the virus and how contagious it is.  He says the effect on the elderly and nursing homes is something that they will have to keep a close eye on and work to better protect that vulnerable population.

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