Bernardino Nieva, a 33-year-old cashier who made headlines after a police commissioner allegedly demanded $2,600 from him, will actually wind up receiving more than that amount himself thanks to dozens of Trumbull residents.
Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Fred Garrity, who is also executive director of the annual CT United Ride and the Democratic candidate for state representative in the 134th District, recently started a GoFundMe account for Nieva. The account generated $2,600 in donations in its first day online. Nearly 60 people have donated, including $25 from Garrity himself, $50 from Marcy and Tom Kelly, $100 from Vicki and Tom Tesoro, $270 from Mitch Hallock and $500 from Mary Beth and Scott Thornton. In addition dozens of anonymous donors kicked in smaller amounts.