Tom Livingston, Councilman District E and Common Council President
"... only one council member, Tom Livingston, is asking tough questions and looking for ways to improve the project..."
- The Norwalk Hour, July 12th, 2019
What We've Accomplished
I've had the privilege of representing the citizens of District E for the past four years. During this time, I have worked hard to be responsive to the needs and concerns of district residents while also working to control property taxes and improve residents’ quality of life.
As Council President, Chair of the Land Use and Building Management Committee and member of the Public Works, Planning, and Ordinance committees, I've learned much about the operation of the City and believe that I've been able to help the City constructively deal with the challenges it faces. This past year, the Council, in partnership with the Mayor, was able to fund the Board of Education’s operating and construction priorities, which included a major addition to Ponus Ridge Middle School, while continuing to keep property tax growth rates at historic lows. And, through my leadership, the Council enacted a ban on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene products (sometimes referred to Styrofoam ), which will contribute to a cleaner Norwalk and a reduction in the amount of waste that ends up in the Long Island Sound each year.
Norwalk is definitely moving in the right direction, and I want to build upon the strong foundation we've laid down over the past few years to ensure that it reaches its full potential.
Courtesy of The Norwalk Hour
I've been a resident of the Rowayton section of Norwalk for the past 32 years, having moved out of New York City in 1987 to raise a family. My wife Wendell and I have been married for 33 years and have three children, Ian, Hilary, and Clare.
I received my undergraduate degree from Hamilton College and a law degree from Cornell Law School. Following my graduation from Cornell in 1985, I worked at two New York-based law firms, one in its Stamford office. In 1993, I joined The Perkin-Elmer Corporation (later renamed Applied Biosystems) in its Norwalk headquarters where I stayed until its sale in 2008, last serving as Vice President and Secretary of the company. Since then, I have chosen to spend more time volunteering and, to that end, have been a Venture Mentor at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute working with student and faculty ventures. I'm also an adjunct at the University of Connecticut School of Law where I help students develop counseling, negotiation, and other legal skills.
I was first elected to the Norwalk Common Council in 2015 and am currently Council President, Chair of the Council’s Land Use and Building Management Committee, and a member of the Public Works, Planning, and Ordinance committees. I am also a member of the Norwalk Facilities Construction Commission and the Council representative to the Norwalk Historical Commission. In addition, I was a Council representative to the Board of Education Facilities Committee meetings relating to the City's school construction program and a member of the Manresa Steering Committee, which was formed to understand the economic impact of a range of possible uses for the Manresa property.
I pride myself on my ability to work with others in a non-confrontational manner and look for “win-win” solutions, where possible. As a member of the Common Council, I have not lost sight of the fact that it is not about any one individual, but about what is best for the citizens of District E and the City.