Norm Needleman is the Essex First Selectman and local businessman running as a Democratic candidate for the 33rd State Senate District. He will use his business and small town leadership experience to bring people together to get Connecticut back on track.
Needleman is currently in his fourth term as Essex First Selectman where he has brought Democrats and Republicans together, found consensus, solved problems, and kept property taxes among the lowest in the state without cutting services. He has over 20 years of experience advocating for his small town, having previously served as an Essex Selectman, a member of the Essex Zoning Board of Appeals, and a member of the Essex Economic Development Commission. Needleman is a member of the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments, helping the 17 member towns coordinate various government functions. He is also a board member of Valley Shore Emergency Communications, a center formed by local public safety professionals to handle emergency call processing and dispatching needs for communities throughout the region.
Needleman's business career started at the age of 13 working for his father in his one-man grocery store. At 17 he worked in a bookstore and at 19 he began driving a New York City taxi cab while in college. At midnight on one of his last taxi shifts, an entrepreneur hopped in his cab and the conversation changed his life forever. A week later Needleman was working on a factory line for the man's company. Four years after that he launched his own pharmaceutical business, Tower Laboratories.
The company has been located in Essex for over 30 years and employs over 150 people right here in Connecticut. Needleman is still the CEO, working alongside his two sons. As a leading CEO in the region, he serves as a board member of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce.
Needleman lives in Essex with Jacqueline Hubbard, the Executive Director of the Ivoryton Playhouse. His two sons also live in Essex, allowing him ample time to spoil his grandchildren.