Paul Pernerewski and the Row A team know how to get things done in Waterbury and will continue to tackle the challenges our city may face.
Lifelong Waterbury resident. Dedicated public servant. Consensus builder.
Waterbury has faced dark days in the past but, by working hard, making tough decisions, and working as a community, we’ve made it through. Working with Mayor O’Leary, Paul has helped bring the City back from the brink of financial disaster and years of Government mismanagement. But we still have work to do, and we will get through these challenges like we have our past ones, by relying on the strength of the people of Waterbury and working together.
I was born and raised in Waterbury, and I know how important it is to have a strong and inclusive community. Growing up as the oldest of five children in Town Plot, I learned from my parents the value of hard work, honesty, and commitment to one’s values. That’s why my wife Kim and I decided to raise our three sons here and continue to call Waterbury home.
Since I graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, I’ve dedicated my life to public service. First, as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Connecticut, followed by General Counsel for the Connecticut Airport Authority, and as an Aldermen for the City of Waterbury. Before becoming an Alderman, I taught business law at Naugatuck Valley Community College for a number of years.
I am currently the President of the Board of Aldermen, where I’ve been involved in some of the most critical decisions facing our City. Working closely with Mayor O’Leary and the Board of Aldermen we’ve been able to strengthen Waterbury economically and attract new businesses and residents.
If elected your next Mayor, I will continue focusing on economic growth while also addressing our educational needs to be sure our students receive the best education possible to succeed in the next chapter of their lives and work with all stakeholders to reduce crime. Working together, there is nothing we cannot achieve. Waterbury’s best days are ahead of us.
Paul’s plans for maintaining and improving the quality of life for all who work and live in the Brass City
- With support from the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce, create a “Downtown Ambassador Program” to help visitors navigate businesses, restaurants, and cultural spaces, while feeling welcome and safe
- Capitalize on the improvements to the City’s transportation hub located at our beautiful landmark train station and create linkages with downtown and the rest of our neighborhoods
- In the process of creating a safer, business-friendly environment with easier access to downtown through multiple modes of transportation, we will implement a plan to incentivize downtown residency and develop programs for our municipal employees, college students, and business owners and professionals to make downtown their home.
- Fully fund mental health services in our schools for all our students and move toward ensuring that we meet the holistic needs of every student.
- Integrate a civics curriculum in local schools so that students can understand their varied and important roles in our civil society.
- Continue commitment to Waterbury Promise and other programs which provide the transitional support and services proven to increase the likelihood for college success, including: financial assistance, mentoring, peer-to-peer support networks, “navigating college” resources for students/parents, internships and other work opportunities
- Add a student representative to the Board of Education so that our leaders can gain the perspective of Waterbury’s next generation of doers and makers.
- Scheduled participation by the Mayor and/or senior officials at neighborhood association meetings
- Use available electronic media resources to regularly keep Waterbury citizens informed about economic development, public services, crime prevention, cultural happenings, and our vision for improving the lives of our citizens
- Continue development and improvements to the Waterbury Greenway, to promote business growth around it.
- With the promise of building a stronger community life for our residents, continue the city’s commitment to improving and beautifying our flagship parks system while ensuring safe accessibility for all.
- To allow each of our citizens full access to all of the programs and opportunities that our city offers, we will commit to a neighborhood-by-neighborhood review of transportation options for all.
- Commit our best talent in the fields of criminal justice, social work, economic development and housing to coordinate with state government leaders and address the ongoing concerns of crime and lack of opportunity for our most vulnerable populations.
- We will continue the city’s commitment to PAL and other youth programs to provide safe, creative spaces and programs for all of our children and young adults.
- Take an unwavering stance against repeat and violent offenders by demanding changes to the state’s policies that allow for leniency for the worst offenders. We will use our best talent to work directly with the State’s Attorney’s Office, legislative leaders and the Governor’s office to bring stories of violence and crime to their attention and demand that we take the most dangerous offenders out of our neighborhoods.
- Support our public safety officers with training, equipment, supervision, and advancement opportunities, so that our communities can have faith in their commitment to protect and serve the city and its residents.
- Continue our nationally-recognized efforts in brownfield remediation and environmental sustainability work begun by Mayor O’Leary, and continue to entice appropriate businesses and jobs to come operate and grow in these spaces
- Provide a smooth, seamless experience for developers navigating a sensible approval process in order to catalyze business growth throughout the city.
- Utilize the talent and resources of the Mayor’s Office to make it a central hub in sustaining economic development efforts
Mayor Neil O’Leary
Governor Ned Lamont
Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz
Attorney General William Tong
Comptroller Sean Scanlon
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy
Congresswoman Jahana Hayes
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro
Senator Joan Hartley
Representative Larry Butler
Representative Ron Napoli Jr.
Representative Micheal DiGiovancarlo
Representative Geraldo Reyes
Town Clerk Antoinette “Chick” Spinelli
City Clerk Michael J. Dalton
City Sheriff Steve Conway
Board of Education Elizabeth (Liz) Brown
Board of Education Hector Navarro
Board of Education nominee Steffi Frias
Alderman Ernest M. Brunelli (District 1)
Alderman Christian D’Orso (District 1)
Alderwoman Belinda Weaver (District 2)
Alderman Victor Lopez, Jr. (District 2)
Alderman Michael R. Salvio (District 3)
Alderman nominee Sean Mosley (District 3)
Alderman Jeff Hunter (District 4)
Alderman Michael DiGiovancarlo (District 4)
Alderwomen Sandra Martinez-McCarthy (District 5)
Alderman nominee Bilal Tajildeen (District 5)
Waterbury Teachers Association (WTA)
Connecticut Alliance of City Police (C.A.C.P)
The School Administrators of Waterbury (SAW)
Waterbury Firefighters Association, Local 1339
Waterbury Municipal and Administrative Association (WMAA)