WASHINTON, DC – Senator Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Congressman Jim Himes (D-CT) today sent a letter to Michael Astrue, the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), expressing serious concerns with the SSA’s decision to close the Norwalk Social Security Office and relocate its employees.
“We are writing today to express our serious concerns with your office’s decision to close the Norwalk Social Security Office and relocate its employees to the other local offices within the Norwalk service district. We are united in our objection to this decision and the SSA timeline to close this office without retaining a satellite office or services in Norwalk as this action will place an undue hardship on beneficiaries,” said the lawmakers.
The office services approximately 320 clients per week and operates in a service area of which approximately 45,000 individuals are elderly. In the letter, the lawmakers urge Commissioner Astrue to reconsider the decision to close the Norwalk office and postpone the closure while full review is given to their concerns and those concerns expressed by the community. The lawmakers also expressed dismay over an apparent delay in notification of SSA’s plans.