Norwalk city attorney steps back from tax software contract talks

NORWALK — While the city’s contract with a Waterbury-based software company is still to be finalized, Norwalk’s corporation counsel excused himself from the drafting of the contract and the negotiations.

Additionally, Norwalk Corporation Counsel Mario Coppola excused himself from any discussion or work with Quality Data Service because he has previously represented the firm, city spokesperson Michelle Woods Matthews said.

“Mario Coppola serves as corporation counsel for the City of Norwalk part time and is a partner at Berchem Moses PC. Berchem Moses represents QDS,” Woods Matthews said. “In order to avoid any appearance of impropriety, Mario removed himself from any and all aspects of the procurement process and negotiations on behalf of either party.”

There is no ongoing litigation involving Quality Data Services, according to the state judicial website.