Video: Bernardino Nieva receives nearly $5,000 from fundraising campaign

Planning & Zoning Chairman Fred Garrity and Town Council Minority Leader Mary Beth Thornton presented Bernardino Nieva with just over $4,700 on Sunday, Oct. 30, the result of a two-week GoFundMe campaign that drew donations from about 100 people. Thornton was the single largest donor at $500.

Nieva has been in the news recently following a minor bicycle crash, when the community learned that he rides his bicycle to work every day because he cannot afford a car. He and his extended family of 10 live in a rented house on Madison Avenue.

“I was proud to be a part of this, I am so grateful to Fred for his community leadership, always stepping up when anyone is need,” Thornton said. “This time I was very happy that I and my family had a chance to be a part of helping this young man who is working so hard for his family, and riding his bicycle to work every day to do it.”

Garrity said to Bernardino “On behalf of the people of Trumbull who Care and many good folks in surrounding towns that he should use this money for whatever he needs, or to help his family, whatever he decides to do with it.”

After being presented the monies raised Bernadino was quoted as saying “All of this money will be going to my family!”

Garrity said “I am very proud of my friends and neighbors! Trumbull Cares, and I am very grateful to all of those that stepped up to help this young man and his family. There are many great people here in the Trumbull area who read of Nieva’s personal difficulties in the press and on social media after his accident, who really wanted to help, and they certainly did. The GoFundMe account online received donations from $10 to $500 in size. I also received $1,000 in checks donated directly to Nieva.

Bernardino Nieva, an employee at Stop and Shop in Trumbull, had his personal life thrust into the spotlight following a minor accident involving his bicycle and a Trumbull Police Commissioner’s motor vehicle. That commissioner’s actions are now under review by the Trumbull Ethics Commission.

Due to this accident, and the harassing actions he faced affecting Nieva and his family, the standout has really been Nieva’s plight. While suffering financial hardship, it is Nieva’s commitment to ride his bicycle back and forth to work a few miles a day to help support his many nieces and nephews, his handicapped parents, and himself all in one home. Finding out he was being harassed for money has made so many Trumbull residents want to reach out and help this man and his family.

“I was asked to help, and I could not just let this issue go unnoticed, Trumbull can show that we really do care” explained Fred. “I was asked if I could use my contacts and abilities to help this man, and I said I would.” “Yes, I am a candidate running for State Representative, but I was not going to let that stop me from helping someone who needs it, simply because it is campaign season.”

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