Former Democratic mayoral candidate fined for ethics breach
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Time: 7:59 AM
Yesterday, the Office of State Ethics announced via press release that Danbury former mayoral candidate and current third ward Democratic Town Committee member Al Almeida paid a penalty for state ethics code violations.
Former Office of Chief Public Defender Employee Pays $750
to Settle Ethics Code Violations
Hartford – Arlindo Armeida, of Danbury, Connecticut, a former Investigator for the Office of the Chief Public Defender in Danbury, CT paid a $750 penalty for violating Section 1-84 (c) of the Code of Ethics.
During 2013, while a state employee, Mr. Almeida was also employed by a private company for which he also provided investigation services. The services he provided for his other employer were unrelated to his state position.
On several occasions Mr. Almeida utilized his state-issued computer and other state-owned equipment to conduct business related to his outside job, and he did so on state time, while receiving pay from the state.
Further, for a period during 2016 and 2017, Mr. Almeida used a state computer and the state e-mail system in his unsuccessful election bid to become mayor of Danbury. Under Section 1-84 (c) of the Code, a public official or state employee is prohibited from using state resources to obtain personal financial gain.
“State employees who turn their offices into private, for-profit businesses will face penalties,” said Executive Director Carol Carson. “In addition, the Code of Ethics is clear that conducting political activity on state time is prohibited.”
Mr. Almeida served in his state position for 24 years and had no prior history of ethics violations. Through a separate but related personnel action, Mr. Almeida resigned his state position and is no longer a state employee.
The Office of State Ethics also released a copy of the stipulation and consent order against Almeida that provided more details in the matter.
In a telephone interview, the 54-year-old mayor of Danbury said he and his doctors are confident he can avoid another seizure by taking his medication and altering a diet that he conceded was heavy on soda and junk food. He planned to attend a St. Patrick’s Day event Saturday and resume campaigning Monday.
“I don’t think a seizure is a disqualifying ground for governor,” Boughton said. “I can manage it.”
Boughton’s campaign initially downplayed the incident, circulating a statement from the UConn Health Center stating he was treated for dehydration and released Friday. It made no mention of a seizure, and his campaign manager, Marc Dillon, said in an interview before Boughton spoke that he was under the impression Boughton didn’t have one.
After an afternoon of resting at home, Boughton confirmed what witnesses said they saw the previous night — his collapse at a crowded forum in Avon was, indeed, a seizure.
“There was a seizure. The dehydration triggered the seizure,” Boughton said. “It was severe, and it was scary. But it was the combination of a very hot room and the fact I drink soda, diet soda, instead of drinking water.”
Boughton said his seizure came after seven days of hard campaigning. He said the seizure, and the lecture UConn doctors delivered to him, were a wake-up call.
“I need to pay attention. It’s easy not to pay attention. I’m not 18 any more,” Boughton said. “I’m going to live a different lifestyle. People around me know I’m a fast-food junkie. Those days are over. I have to stay fully hydrated, follow doctors’ orders. And I’ll be fine.”
UPDATE 3:45 PM: Ryser (HEARST): "It's full steam ahead!"
“It’s full steam ahead,” Boughton said on Friday after being discharged from University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. “The big lesson here is you are going to see a healthier Mark Boughton - eating the way I am supposed to and getting enough water to drink.”
Boughton planned to preside at an annual St. Patrick’s Day event in Danbury on Saturday, and take Sunday off to “recharge my batteries” before returning to work on Monday.
One of the other gubernatorial candidates, Rep. Prasad Srinivasan, R-Glastonbury, was among the physicians present who tended to the 54-year-old Boughton. Srinivasan, an allergist, said the candidates were mingling with voters in a ballroom at the North House after the speaking program when he heard shouts for doctor.
“I ran to the back of the room, the entire distance of the ballroom to find Mark on the floor, actively having a seizure,” Srinivasan said in a telephone interview. “His face was blue, bluer than blue. His pulse was very feeble. I turned his head. The position of the head made a big difference. I started giving him cardiac resuscitation.”
Srinivasan said three physicians and a nurse at the event treated him. Boughton’s color quickly improved, then the mayor become aggressive. The medical personnel restrained him until paramedics arrived.
“He just wanted to get up,” Srinivasan said. “I tried to calm him down.”
Srinivasan said Boughton was conscious, but not alert after the seizure. He said after the agitation passed, Boughton appeared to fall into a postictal state, a condition common after the seizure that can be marked by drowsiness and confusion.
UPDATE 11:45 PM Mark Boughton's 2017 mayoral opponent released the following statement (via Facebook):
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who had brain surgery last summer, had a seizure Thursday evening during an Avon Republican Town Committee event.
Boughton, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, was given CPR by Rep. Prasad Srinivasan, who is also running for governor and is a doctor.
According to Srinivasan, Boughton had a seizure and was actively seizing when he ran to help. He said he got someone to hold Boughton’s head so that his tongue didn’t block his airway and he started doing chest compressions. After the chest compressions, Srinivasan said, the color started to return to Boughton and his pulse came back.
“He was practically blue, but his pulse came back pretty strong,” Srinivasan said, adding that Boughton regained consciousness and was conscious when EMTs arrived.
"He was having a seizure,'' said Srinivasan, who is an allergist. "His pulse was very, very weak. We gave him CPR, and he continued to seize. ... He was actively seizing. ... He was in some form of cardiac arrest because he had a very, very feeble pulse.''
Boughton’s rivals were said to be in a state of shock. Observers said Boughton was revived and was alert when taken by ambulance to UConn Health.
“I just heard somebody yelling for a doctor,” said Dave Walker, the former U.S. comptroller general and fellow gubernatorial candidate. “He did have to have CPR.”
Walker said Boughton appeared to be stabilized as he was transported to the hospital.
“We’re obviously all praying for him and hoping for a full and speedy recovery for him,” he said. “It obviously put a big damper on the night.”
Mark Lauretti, Boughton’s mayoral counterpart from Shelton and another competitor for governor, said it was very upsetting.
“Everybody was mingling and the next thing he was on the ground,” Lauretti said. “It was a scene that gives you pause when you see someone who you’ve known for years and have played golf with for years in an unnatural condition. The best thing that could happen was they cleared the room and let qualified people do what they need to do.”
Rep. Arconti named General Law Committee Vice Chairman
Thursday, February 01, 2018 Time: 7:47 AM
109th district State Rep David Arconti moves up the ranks at the General Assembly with his new title as Vice-Chairman of the General Law Committee.
Press release from Rep. Arconti's office:
State Representative David Arconti, Jr. (D-Danbury) has been named vice-chair of the General Assembly’s General Law Committee. Rep. Arconti is familiar with General Law having been a member of the committee since his first term began in 2013.
“I will continue to address consumer protection issues – a key focus of General Law – and work to promote and broaden Connecticut’s craft beer industry,” said Rep. Arconti. “These local brewers are offering consumers some great quality products while adding jobs to the economy and boosting our local grand lists. I appreciate House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz for providing me with this opportunity.”
The General Law Committee has cognizance on all matters related to fair trade and sales practices, consumer protection, mobile homes, occupational licensing (except licensing by the Department of Public Health) and all matters concerning alcoholic beverages.
First elected in 2012, Arconti represents the 109th House District and is Deputy Majority Leader. Besides General Law, he also serves on the Environment and Public Safety & Security committees. Arconti is now in his third term serving the residents of his Danbury district.
Raising the money needed to apply for public financing in two weeks in a district which has leaned Republican for ages is a very impressive feat for a first-time candidate for public office; Kushner's achievement should be considered good news for people in the area who want a change in their State Senate representation.
BREAKING NEWS: Boughton plans to end BOE vacancy dispute with appointment of Emanuela Palmares
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Time: 7:59 AM
Sources reveal that on January 8th, Mayor Mark Boughton wrote a letter to School Superintendent Sal Pascarella and Vice Chairman Richard Hawley stating that he plans to appoint Republican Emanuela Palmares to fill the seat on the Board of Education that was vacated due to the incompetence of the leadership of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee who ran an unqualified candidate for the position.
More details later but unless an injunction is filed, it's safe to assume that Palmares should be seated to the board of education tonight...and this entire fiasco, in which a seat that was guaranteed to the Democratic Party, and loss of the majority of the BOE, is all due to the gross incompetence of the leadership of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee...
THROWBACK THURSDAY: "Ken Gucker is one of the most un-qualified individuals ever to run for State Senate"
Thursday, December 14, 2017 Time: 1:44 PM
In honor on Ken Gucker's unfortunate recent filing as a candidate for State Senate, here's a throwback video of my remarks regarding the local political gadfly and Danbury Democratic Town Committee Vice Chairman whose latest egotistical attempt at state office will only guarantee another victory for incumbent Mike McLachlan.
“I’ve actually had people talk to me about running for statewide office before, so it’s always been in the back of my mind,” Chapman said. “And obviously, with the outcome of the election, I thought now is the perfect time to do it.”
It's hard to make a case for statewide office when you lose your re-election campaign in one of the most conservative towns in Greater Danbury...
ICYMI: Saadi discusses services for veterans on WFSB
Friday, November 17, 2017 Time: 4:38 PM
UPDATE:For some reason, the stream from WFSB does not work on some browsers when viewing from the direct link to the post; in order to view the video, please go to the home page by clicking on the "HatCityBLOG" logo above.
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While most people in Danbury know Thomas Saadi as City Council Minority Leader, the city's top ranking Democrat is also the acting commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs.
Recently, Saadi made an appearance on WFSB to discuss services the Department of Veterans Affairs provide for those who served our nation.
Now that the municipal election season is over and leadership of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee are shamelessly attempting to whitewash their incompetence during the recent election cycle (incompetence that certainly cost Democrats victories last week), I'll say it again...
When will the enablers on the Danbury Democratic Town Committee admit that gambling on the "leadership" of the grossly incompetent, unreliable, disgraced former mayor Gene Eriquez and his egomaniacal, dishonest side-kick Ken Gucker was a horrific mistake?
The lies, dishonesty, and self-serving spin from the inept Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee has to end...and end now.
On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.
The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.
Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.
Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.