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Memorial Day 2019

Monday, May 27, 2019
Time: 12:18 PM


Democratic mayoral candidate Setaro releases educational platform

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Time: 4:07 PM

Coming on the heels of this morning’s teacher union protest, today Democratic mayoral candidate Chris Setaro released his educational platform for the city.

The city has continued to grow in population, even as other communities decline, and increased enrollment has created challenges for our educators.  Overdevelopment, particularly on Danbury’s West Side, without a plan to manage that growth, increased enrollment, and years of inadequate funding have led to our schools being overcrowded and underserved. Adding modular classrooms to Westside and Shelter Rock only serve as a short-term solution that alleviates the problem for now. But Danbury needs a real plan to address the district’s needs today, not temporary solutions that just push the problem off until tomorrow.

We can and must do better. Our children’s future and the future of the city depend on it. As Mayor, I will take action and begin a conversation with parents, teachers, community and business leaders, administrators and others for answers. I will take action to ask the hard questions and get the answers we need:

  • Work with the Board of Education and the City Council to prioritize our education budget and find the resources that our schools and students need to be successful
  • Create a commission that will include facilities experts, educators, parents and other community stakeholders so we can build a strategic plan for the schools including both its infrastructure and operational needs.
  • Work with our State Representatives and State Senators and leadership in Hartford to make sure Danbury gets its long overdue fair share of education funding.
  • Ensure that our children get the best start in life they can by creating free pre-k programs citywide.
  • Connect high school students with local companies and higher education institutions  right here in Danbury to expand our workforce.
You can read Setaro’s vision for education at his website. I’ll give my thoughts on the on-going debate on education in the city later.

Community leaders celebrate DanburyWORKS collaborative launch

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Time: 11:17 AM


DanburyWORKS Initiative Director Sandra Ferreira provides opening remarks at the launch of the city-wide collaborative to combate poverty.

Yesterday morning, local agencies and the City of Danbury celebrated the launch of DanburyWORKS; a city-wide collaborative dedicated to reducing the poverty rate in Danbury by 30 percent over the next ten years.

From the DanburyWORKS website:

DanburyWORKS is a city-wide collaborative targeting these residents who struggle to make ends meet, as well as those who are in poverty. DanburyWORKS links services across the community to make it easier for households in need to access the tools necessary to build a better life for their families, and a stronger economic force for our city.

The collaborative has local organizations, businesses, social service agencies, government officials, educational institutions and residents who recognize the barriers limiting the economic contributions people of color and immigrants and are committed to making a change. Together, we use our network of services to move city residents into the workplace feeling connected, and prepared to learn and grow.

By city agencies pulling their resources together under the DanburyWORKs collaborative, the program hopes to better improve the quality of life for residents in the city.

Funding for DanburyWORKS includes a a 450,000 grant from the Boston Federal Reserve’s Working Cities Challenge, "a grant competition that is designed to support cross-sector, collaborative leadership and ambitious work to improve the lives of low-income people in small and mid-size cities in Connecticut.”

From yesterday, here are highlights of the collaborative launch.

For more information on DanburyWORKS, you can go to their website, “like” their page on Facebook, or contact contact DanburyWORKS Initiative Director Sandra Ferreira at 203-297-6283 or email at sandra.ferreira@uwwesternct.org.


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Campaign finance breakdown COMING SOON

Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: 2:16 PM

Well, it's that time of the year folks!

Earlier this month, Mayor Mark Boughton and Democratic Mayoral candidate Chris Setaro released their 1Q campaign fundraising numbers...which means that yours truly will cut through the spin and provide you details behind the numbers that the media has overlooked.

Stay tuned...


The STEAM fair is coming to town!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: 9:10 PM

My kids are big STEAM fans as well as fans of the indispensable Danbury Library...I highly recommend that parents keep May 11th free...

Inspiration starts here...

On Saturday, May 11, 2019. From 11am – 4pm.

Join us for the SPRING 2019 Danbury STEAM Fair Robotics EXPO celebrating a day of...

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART, MATH

at the Danbury Library & Danbury Hackerspace!

FREE for ALL AGES!

More than 30 exhibits by local makers, artists, companies, creators, inventors, and craftspeople that will amaze and astound kids of all ages.

Check out the STEAM fair website for more details...


A visit to the worker's strike at Stop and Shop at Nutmeg Square

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Time: 12:42 PM

An almost empty parking lot at Stop and Shop on Newtown Rd.

As the Stop and Shop worker's strike enters the sixth day, this morning I decided to pay a visit to the supermarket at the Nutmeg Square in Danbury to see how the store is holding up and to talk to the workers on the picket line to get their take on the situation.

As a frequent customer at Stop and Shop, I was curious to see if the strike had any noticeable impact the store so I decided to visit the supermarket around 12:00 since it's usually packed with customers during that time.

As I walked around the store, to say that the place looked like a ghost town would be an understatement. I counted only four customers inside the store, a closed deli and bakery department as well as a near-empty produce department. There were no cashiers or customer service staff insight as what few customers in the place were forced to use the automated check-out stations. (NOTE: Click here to view images on mobile devices (iPhone, Android)


After touring the store, I went to the picket line and talked to several workers who wanted to comment on the strike and express their gratitude for the show of support they've received from the public.


Updates

Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Time: 2:48 PM

DAMN YOU FACEBOOK COMMENT PLUG-IN!

I’ve been dealing with a bug in the Facebook comment plug-in that has allowed my site to be infested with spam...an annoying problem that I’m in the process of fixing.

Don’t worry folks, I have at least five stories in the cue and I’m ready to go...I’ll be back to full speed soon...


I'm back...

Monday, January 28, 2019
Time: 12:31 PM

Well, well, well...it's been a while but I think my semi-hiatus from reporting on Danbury politics has come to an end...lets just say that the gloves are coming off ;-)

I know, I know, most people who read this are wondering if I"m going to go on some anti-Boughton crusade or go off on immigration issues...well if you're here for that, than I'm sorry to say that I'll be happy to disappoint you (to some extent).

From my continued quest for COMPLETE transparency, holding politicians and politicos legally accountable for their past actions/statements to the public (regardless of their political ideology), and promoting my new outlook fort the city that I love, I'll discuss my self-imposed sabbatical from the insanity in Greater Danbury very soon.

Strap yourself in folks...it's been a while and I have a lot on my mind...and a bunch of new tools at my disposal ;-) #DanburyFirst


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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

(09.26.07) Press Release

(12.14.06) Complaint


Barrera v. Boughton, No. 07-01436
(D. Conn. filed Sept. 26, 2007)

(02.25.08) Court Docket

Amended complaint

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss State Law Claims

Plaintiffs' Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

Order on Motion to Dismiss

Defendants' Answer to Amended Complaint

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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VIDEO: Tereza Pereira's ordeal with ICE agents

VIDEO: Danbury Peace Coalition Immigration Forum (April 2006)
featuring Mayor Boughton and Immigration attorney Philip Berns

VIDEO: 2007 Stop the Raids immigration forum at WCSU

2007: Community protest anti-immigration forum

A tribute to Hispanic Center Director and immigrant activist Maria Cinta Lowe


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