Frank N. Zullo
At 33, the youngest Mayor of Norwalk in the City's history, Norwalk native Frank N. Zullo has been a major figure and positive influence in our community for more than 50 years. Since 1980, he has been campaign treasurer for Connecticut's Senior United States Senator Christopher Dodd.
Frank passed the Connecticut Bar exam while still in law school, began practicing law in 1957, was named in 1958 as "Young Man of the Year" by the Norwalk Junior Chamber of Commerce, and in 1959 entered the partnership of Tierney & Zullo (today Tierney, Zullo, Flaherty and Murphy, P.C.). Except for his three terms as Norwalk Mayor and six months of active duty with the National Guard, Frank has practiced law full time for more than 50 years. He helped form and was president of the Connecticut Conference of Mayors and served three years as a trustee and member of the executive board of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. A YMCA swim team coach during college and law school, Frank chaired the Water Safety Program of the Norwalk-Wilton Chapter of the American Red Cross Board for 20 years, teaching thousands of youngsters swimming and lifeguard skills.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Norwalk Hospital from 1979-1981, Frank has served as a trustee almost continually since 1971, completing his last term in 2004. He is now a life Trustee of the Norwalk Hospital. He has served on the Board of Directors of Honey Hill Care Center since 1993. He has served on the hospital's foundation board from 1991-2010. A trustee of the University of Bridgeport since 1992, he served as board chairman in 1990-00 and as co-chairman since 2001. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Maritime Aquarium since its inception and is the current board secretary.
From 1976 to 1993, Frank was a director of VITAM, serving as its chairman from 1989-2001 and has been a trustee of the YMCA of Norwalk for 33 years, and chaired its board for 12 years.
Frank has a long list of honors and awards from diverse organizations: American Committee on Italian Migration, St. Ann's Club, Norwalk Catholic Interracial Council, Norwalk Jewish Center, Connecticut Society of Architects, Carver Foundation, CT, Association of Retarded Citizens, Sons of Italy, Boy Scouts of America, Young Democratic Clubs of Connecticut, the Ma'ciison Sayles Community Service Award from the United Way of Norwalk & Wilson, and N.E.O.N. Four years ago, the aquatic facility at the YMCA was named in Frank's honor.
The other, Frank would say "his better half of the Zullo household" is Berenice Zullo, who like Frank was born in Norwalk and is a Norwalk High School graduate. They have one daughter, Lesley Anne, who is a teacher of French, Russian and English as a Second Language. Berenice attended Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia and graduated from The School of Education, New York University. She completed graduate level courses in Special Education at Fairfield University. More recently, she studied at Norwalk Community College where her classes included Teaching English as a Second Language and Computers. A teacher at The Nursery School of the former Thomas School in Rowayton, Berenice also taught first grade at The Bedford Elementary School in Westport and special education at Jefferson School in Norwalk.
Berenice is a former Commissioner of the Norwalk Historical Commission, and a former member of the Women's Board of Norwalk Hospital.