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VIDEO: Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker speaks out on budget referendum fiasco

Monday, July 28, 2014
Time: 3:29 PM

On Sunday, I paid a visit to the Bethel Democratic Town Committee picnic and caught up with First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker.

In the following video clip, First Selectman Knickbocker gave his thoughts on the eventual passage of the town's budget as well as the impact misinformation and low voter turnout had on the budget referendum failures.

I'll post my entire interview with First Selectman Knickerbocker later...


Company moves jobs from business-unfriendly Danbury

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Time: 8:45 AM

Here's a story you won't here the city's longest running dishonest mayor talk about.

The Hartford Courant (as oppsoed to our local newspaper) reports of a bubble wrapping company in Danbury that has decided to relocated a portion of their jobforce away from the city.

Sealed Air Corp. announced Wednesday that it will move some of its jobs in Danbury to Charlotte, N.C., as part of a consolidation that will also relocate the company's global headquarters from Elmwood Park, N.J.

Sealed Air has about 175 positions in Danbury. Manufacturing operations will remain there, but some non-manufacturing positions — less than 50 — will be relocated, a company spokesman said.

The company, which makes Bubble Wrap and other packaging systems, said it will move about 1,300 jobs from Elmwood Park to Charlotte within three years.


Nine years strong

Saturday, July 19, 2014
Time: 8:01 PM

On this day nine years ago, HatCityBLOG was born.

A special round of thanks to my faithful readership...without your support, this site would not be possible.

Wait till you see what I have in store for the next year!!!


Danbury Registrar of Voters' primary coverage coming soon

Friday, July 18, 2014
Time: 4:17 PM

In August, while Republicans across the state will cast their vote in several state-wide primary races, in Danbury, Democrats in the city will have an opportunity to decide who will be the party's Registrar of Voters representative.

In a race that gathering attention among the politicos in the city, starting next week, I'll start providing coverage of the race between incumbent Marge Gallo and the Democratic Town Committee endorsed candidate Susan Ward.

Stay tuned...


Activists set up encampment at City Hall to bring attention to Boughton's failed homelessness policy

Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Time: 10:10 AM

On Sunday, advocates and activists led by former State Rep. Lynn Taborsak returned their in their tents to City Hall to bring attention to Mayor Mark Boughton's failed homelessness policy.

Since the introduction of Mayor Boughton's highly promoted ten year plan to end homelssness, since the introduction of the mayor's plan, the homelessness problem has increased. Taborsak plans to cast a light on Boughton's failed policy and renew efforts to assist the city's most vulnerable residents.

PRESS RELEASE:

Once again former State Representative Lynn Taborsak is taking the issue of homelessness to the front steps of City Hall for a protest that calls for action on the City’s 10 Year Plan to end homelessness.

According to the latest Point in Time count, there are 122 single homeless adults in the city and only 37 emergency shelter beds are available. “ It’s a humanitarian crisis and it has gone on for too long”, stated Taborsak. “I hope that this protest will both make the problem more visible and result in more community support for finally getting some action”.

“When you see the people and organizations that developed the plan for Mayor Boughton in 2005, you see the “Who’s Who” of civic responsibility. Where are these people now? Why have they allowed the city to abandon the heart of the plan - a laudable goal to provide 275 units of new permanent housing”.

The protest will conclude on Sunday, July 13th and protestors will present their petitions calling for action to the City Council before the August meeting. “There is a new plan in the works to end chronic homelessness that will be presented to the Danbury Housing Partnership this September,” stated Taborsak. “Let’s make sure we have a plan that will really provide Danbury’s homeless with a safe, stable place to rebuild their lives.”

FACTSHEET:

On the night of January 29, 2014, volunteers in Danbury conducted the annual HUD Point-In-Time count to determine the number of individuals living without a safe, stable place to call home.

This year Danbury counted 148 people: 18% were in families with children and 82% were single adults.

Since 2009, the Point-In-Time count statewide has fallen by 4% but the number here in Danbury has increased by 17%.

This year Danbury had the largest proportion of single homeless adults of any region in the state. Danbury has seen a 34% increase in homeless single adults since 2009.

Single homeless adults don’t qualify for low-income or moderate rental family housing at Laurel Gardens, Eden Drive, Mill Ridge or Fairfield Ridge.

Single homeless adults don’t qualify for elderly housing until they reach 62 years of age.

Danbury’s private rental market is much more expensive than the state’s average, making rental housing here deeply unaffordable for very low income individuals. The fair market rent for an efficiency apartment in Danbury is $1022 and $1165 for a one-bedroom apartment.

Owners of private rental housing will often reject homeless applicants because of poor credit, no credit, no recent rental history or misdemeanor violations, including loitering, breach of peace, panhandling and failure to appear.

If we use the 2014 Point-In-Time data which usually under-represents the actual level of homelessness, there are 122 single homeless adults in Danbury who have no safe, stable place to live.

The City Shelter provides 20 emergency beds year round to 5 women and 15 men over the age of 18 who have a state issued photo I.D. and meet other criteria. That leaves 102 homeless adults with no safe, stable place to stay.

Dorothy Day provides 17 beds year-round. However, from June 1st until October 1st, guests who have stayed more than 30 days since January 1st are not allowed to stay at Dorothy Day even if beds are available. There are 55 different single homeless adults with more than 30 days who cannot stay at Dorothy Day for 4 months. They have no safe, stable place to stay.

The Jericho Shelter on Maple Avenue is open for 6 months of the year from November 15th until April 15th. It has 16 beds for men and provided 2075 bed nights for the 2013-2014 shelter season.

The First Congregational Church Shelter across from City Hall has 26 beds and provided 3498 bed nights this season for men and women.

As a community, we must insist that thirty-seven emergency shelter beds do not meet the local need for safe, secure shelter for Danbury’s homeless adults. We must increase the number of year-round beds and begin to develop the supportive housing called for in 2005 in the Mayor’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.

It’s time to move forward using the principles of Housing First. Provide people with housing quickly without income or sobriety requirements. Offer services that promote housing stability and personal well-being. Set goals for reducing homelessness among single adults and measure your progress. Prioritize housing assistance based on a vulnerability index. Identify your successes and share them with the community.

This September, the Danbury Housing Partnership will receive the draft of a new plan to end homelessness. It will need input and support from the community or it will fail to achieve the results that we all want…a future where everyone has a home.

Please comment on the plan at its public hearing so that it can be modified and improved if necessary. Please support the final plan if it has merit to the City Council which must give its approval later this fall. Please volunteer to attend meetings of the Danbury Housing Partnership to monitor the plans progress.

No one should be without a safe, stable place to call home.


Today is a sad day for journalism in Danbury

Friday, June 27, 2014
Time: 6:05 PM

Today is a very sad day for journalism in Danbury...and local reporting will NEVER be the same.

Last night, while covering the budget fiasco in Bethel, I learned that three well-respected veteran journalists, Eileen Fitzgerald, John Pirro, and Bob Miller, are leaving the Danbury News-Times at the end of the week.

Words can not express how sadden I am to hear that three remarkable and irreplaceable writers will be no longer working for a newspaper which is more known for their ever-shrinking coverage of local news in Greater Danbury.

When it came to educational matters or coverage of events in Bethel, to say that Fitergerald was the go to beat reporter would be an understatement. After the local newspaper, the Bethel Beacon, folded, Fitzgerald became the only source of coverage of the town's happenings...and given the lack of proper coverage on the happenings in Bethel, her departure will be a great loss. In terms of educational matters, Fitzgerald provided readers with an inside view of the workings within the Danbury Board of Education. Although I was at times critical of her coverage, Fitzgerald's reporting provided parents a much needed view into what was right and wrong with educational matters in Danbury.

When it comes to court reporting, no one did it better than John Pirro...no one.

From the rape case against anti-immigrant hate group co-founder John McGowan, the child sex abuse case against Tony Grant, to the manslaughter case against landlord Joe DaSilva, Pirro covered it all and did it with a level of professionalism that is lacking in newsrooms of today. Pirro and I worked along side each other on a countless court cases and I can't see any scenario where the News-Times can replace him with someone with the same level of journalistic integrity and passion.

Robert Miller...his amazing writings speak for itself. There's not enough compliments I can heap upon him for what he has done in terms of supporting great causes in the area such as the AIDS project. His presence in Danbury will be missed by many who are grateful that he bought attention to their causes.

These journalist come from the old school of reporting, which is definitely missed in our current opinionated world of journalism. In the end, the residents of Danbury lost three of their finest reporters and the News-Times will never be the same again.


Controversy at Kennedy Park?


Time: 1:53 PM

Seems like our dishonest part-time mayor has some explaining to do regarding the renovations done to Kennedy Park...stay tuned (and prepare to be outraged)!


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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.

CLICK HERE TO READ/DOWNLOAD MAYOR BOUGHTON'S DEPOSITION

CLICK HERE TO READ/DOWNLOAD MIKE McLACHLAN (then MAYOR CHIEF OF STAFF) DEPOSITION

Danbury Area Coalition for the Rights of Immigrants v.
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
3:06-cv-01992-RNC ( D. Conn. )

(02.25.08) Court docket

(10.24.07) Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant's Emergency Motion for Protective Order

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Defendants' Motion to Dismiss State Law Claims

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NEW HAVEN REGISTER: Immigrant's 2006 arrest was flawed Danbury mayor testifies

(10.05.07 (VIDEO) Boughton mislead the public about Danbury's involvement in raid

(09.18.07) Yale Law Students expose Danbury involvement in raid

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Interview with Yale Law Students at FOI presser

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 FOI complaint media roundup

City Clerk Jean Natale standing next to skinhead sparks outrage

(10.03.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 rally

(09.29.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 case deepens

Word of raid spread across the country

(09/29/06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 protest news conference

(09/29/06) Immigrant newspaper "El Canillita" gives best account of ICE day labor raid at Kennedy Park


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View Boughton's campaign finance statements from 2001-present (COMING SOON)

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APPEAL HEARING: 10/21/14 @ 09:30 AM

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Decision Day: GUILTY!

Day Ten: Moving forward

Day Nine: DNA

Day Eight: The seven trillion dollar man

Day Seven: Jury Trial

Day Six: Motions denied

Day Five: Endless subpoenas and bizarre motions to dismiss

Day Three/Four: He's competent!

Day Two: Excuses, excuses

Day One: Strange behavior, disturbing arrest warrant affidavit

McGowan arrested, charged with first-degree sexual assault


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Watch Jean Natale's misleading, questionable, and outrageous testimony in front of the charter revision commission

Natale moonlighting during City Hall business hours

Republcian Common Council member claim City Clerk of being "racially motivated" in the Hispanic Center ad-hoc committee case

Danbury News-Times editorial criticizes City Clerk "racially motivated" involvement in Hispanic Center ad-hoc committee case

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Public complains that the City Clerk is never available in her office / spends most of her time in the Registrar of Voters office

City Clerk confronts and yells at her critics at City Hall

Transcript of Minority Leader Tom Saadi criticizing Jean Natale's performance.

Freedom of Informaiton ruling on a complaint filed against Jean Natale.


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