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UPDATE: 07.20.17: You can view and download Mark Boughton and Al Almeida's campaign finance reports below...
It's my favorite time of the election cycle...campaign finance report time!
Longtime followers of my postings know that I love analyzing finance reports as the filings provide the public an overall view of a candidate's viability.
Last week, I obtained the second quarter finance statements for Mayor Mark Boughton and his opponent Al Almeida and both reports offer good and not so good news for both candidates.
In terms of good news for Almeida and not so good news for Boughton, the Democratic challenger as able to do something that is rather rare...outraise the incumbent mayor in individual contributions.
Almeida ended the financial period with 7075.00 in individual contributions while Boughton raked in 6,000 dollars in individual contributions for the same time period. As someone who has followed races for mayor since 2005, I cannot recall a time when Boughton was outraised by his opponent in individual contributions at this time in the election cycle.
That's not to say that Boughton had a bad quarter with the incumbent raising 5500 from committees (PAC) for an overall quarter haul of 12250.00 to Almeida's 7575.00 with 500.00 dollars coming from a committee. The problem for Boughton is that by being out-raised by his opponent, the mayor gave Almeida an opening to claim that his campaign should be taken seriously while claiming that Boughton is more interested in becoming the state's next governor.
In terms of good news for Boughton and not so good news for Almeida is that the mayor has a sizable advantage over his opponent with Boughton showing 23756.17 cash on hand and only spending 872.31 at the end of the quarter. In comparison, Almeida shows 6331.55 cash on hand and 1243.45 in expenses for food at his fundraiser at the Portuguese Center.
For Boughton, as the clear favorite, his quarterly report might be irrelevant come Election Day as the mayor has won re-election by a sizable advantage since his first run for re-election in 2003...but in losing the individual contribution numbers to Almeida, he gave his opponent an opening to tout his candidacy.
For Almeida, as the challenger, he has to be mindful with his spending as every penny counts against a politician who is in his eighth term in office...and spending over one thousand dollars for food at a fundraiser is a big no-no...it will be interesting to see if Almeida can keep up the pace for the next period as the campaign season picks up steam.
I'll update this post with more campaign finance report details later today along with a downloadable copy of the reports for your personal viewing.
"Danbury’s Democrats have fallen on hard times and will continue to have troubles mounting credible municipal campaigns as long as Gene Eriquez continues to serve as head of the local Democratic party."
-Hartford Courant columnist Kevin Reenie: Daily Ructions
Two men were taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Monday, sending shock waves through an already anxious immigrant community.
In one case, Danbury Police were called to a Franklin Street apartment building around 11:30 a.m. Monday and assisted ICE in transporting a man to Danbury Police headquarters. The detained man was then transferred to an immigration vehicle and taken to an unknown location, police said.
Later in the day, ICE agents handcuffed a second man as he lay on the ground in front of the Old Oak Restaurant on Liberty Street. Danbury Police said they had no involvement in that detainment, which a passerby captured on video
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM Immigration and Customs Enforcement:
“On March 27, ICE Deportation Officers in Hartford, Connecticut, arrested Julio Virgilio Paida-Morquencho, 22, a citizen of Ecuador. Paida-Morquencho was considered an ICE fugitive at the time of his arrest for failing to voluntarily leave the United States as ordered by a federal immigration judge in 2013. He will remain in ICE custody pending removal from the United States.”Press release from the Danbury Area Justice Network:
-Shawn Neudauer, ICE spokesman, New England
An ICE official also shared that the agency routinely reaches out to local prosecutors when aliens in ICE custody also have pending local criminal charges. Ultimately, it is up to local prosecutors to determine next steps in the criminal case.
Danbury Residents React to ICE Raid in Danbury, call for Danbury to be a Welcoming Community While there is fear in our community, we will continue organizing
Danbury, CT, March 28th- Yesterday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) descended on Danbury and apprehended, in broad daylight, in the middle of a busy street, a local Danbury resident.
The arrest was caught on video and circulated widely on social media. In response, Danbury Police Department stated that the Danbury PD had no involvement in this incident. Shortly after, photographs surfaced which clearly depict Danbury Police Officers and squad cars accompanying ICE agents on operations.
Angelica Idrovo, CT Students for a Dream, Community Organizer, “Around the country, we have seen stepped up enforcement and raids. We have seen mass deportation threats turn into reality. This issue is now on our doorstep and we must, as a city, address it. When operations such as the one yesterday happen, it heightens the fear and anxiety in our community. Parents are afraid to send their kids to school. Kids are afraid to come home and find their parents gone. That is why we are calling from clear answers from the City of Danbury regarding the extent of Danbury's corporation with ICE. Our city officials have a responsibility to stop misinformation and ensure that all our residents are able to live a life with dignity and a life without fear. While ICE continues to terrorize our communities and while there is fear and anxiety in our community, we will continue organizing to protect and educate our families and our neighbors. We want politicians and all people to know that we are #HereToStay and organized to fight back.”
From yesterday, here's video footage of Al Almeida's mayoral campaign announcement.
I'm feeling a little under the weather so I'll post my first impressions of Almeida's campaign soon.
It appears that the secretary of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee will have some explaining to do in court...
In December 2015, Sherri Neptune, a third ward member of Danbury Democratic Town Committee and 2015 Democratic candidate for city council, filed a injury lawsuit against Wal-Mart in which she claimed the following (CT Judicial Branch):
3. On or about October 31 2013, the plaintiff was examining some of the items the defendant had offered for sale, when she was struck by a cart operated by an employee of the defendant.In response to a media inquiry regarding the lawsuit, Neptune's attorney elaborated on the incident (NewsTimes: 08.29.16).
4. The plaintiff’s injuries and losses were caused by the carelessness and negligence of the defendant Walmart’s employee acting in the course of his employment and Walmart is responsible for its employee’s negligence.
5. Due to the negligence and carelessness of the defendant’s employee, the plaintiff was caused to suffer the following serious injures, some or all of which may be permanent in nature:
6. Also as a result of the carelessness and negligence of the defendant, the Plaintiff was forced to expend suns for medical care, physical therapy, hospital care, diagnostic tests, surgical care, X-rays, prescriptions, and other therapeutic needs and will be required to do so in the future.
- a. lower back pain
- b. leg pain
- c. lumbar sprain and pain;d. headaches;
- e. neck pain
- f. Disc bulges at 1.) L4-L5 with moderate to severe facet arthropathy; 2.) L5-S1 with prominent central disk protrusion g. other personal injuries.
7. As a final result of the carelessness and negligence of the Dependent’s employee, the planted has lost some of her ability to enjoy life’s activities.
William Burke, an attorney from Fairfield who is presenting Neptune, said his client was bending over to examine the ingredients in a product on the lower shelf when the cart struck her several times.In court documents filed at Danbury Superior Court, attorneys for Walmart denied the allegations and on January 4 2016, requested that Neptune "answer standard Interrogatories and Requests for Production."
“She obviously didn’t expect to be hit by a shopping cart at the time,” Burke said. “She continues to suffer from the incident including headaches and back pain.”
On September 19, 2016, Wal-Mart filed a motion of compliance against Neptune in which the following was stated:
NOW COMES defendant Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., by and through its undersigned counsel, and pursuant to Conn. Practice Book § 13-14 et seq., hereby move this Honorable Court for an order compelling the plaintiff, Sherrie Neptune, to fully and fairly comply with the defendant’s standard interrogatories and requests for production served January 4, 2016.On December 13 2016, Wal-Mart filed a second motion of compliance against Neptune where the following was stated:
The defendant served standard discovery on the plaintiff on January 4, 2016 (please see Docket Entry 101.00). The plaintiff has never sought an extension of time, yet she has not responded at all to the outstanding discovery. The defendant would like to make efforts to resolve this matter and will of course have to prepare for trial in the event the matter does not settle, but neither can be done in the absence of plaintiff’s sworn discovery responses.
The defendant served standard discovery on the plaintiff nearly a year ago - on January 4, 2016 to be exact (please see Docket Entry 101.00). The plaintiff has never sought an extension of time, yet she has not responded at all to the outstanding discovery. Per the Scheduling Order (Docket Entry 103.00), all discovery was to be completed by October 1, 2016. The plaintiff is now well beyond that deadline and trial is scheduled to commence on April 18, 2017.In response to Wal-Mart's second motion of compliance, the judge in the case ordered all parties to be present for a hearing on the matter on January 30.
The defendant attempted to secure the plaintiff’s compliance through informal means. That having failed the defendant filed a motion for order of compliance on September 19, 2016 (Docket Entry 106.00). The defendant had hoped by this time to not only have secured the plaintiff’s discovery compliance, but also to have taken her deposition. That deposition has been noticed multiple tomes but canceled due to the lack of discovery compliance.
The parties appeared at a pretrial conference on October 27, 2016. The defendant had believed the plaintiff would be providing her discovery compliance at the conference or just before it. Instead, the plaintiff provided a haphazard stack of medical records at the conference. The content of these limited records confirms that they are woefully incomplete and not at all responsive to the defendant’s standard discovery requests. More importantly, the plaintiff has still provided no interrogatory responses – verified or otherwise. Follow up calls to gain said compliance have not borne fruit. This fact, plus the approaching trial date, have necessitated the filing of this motion.
Hearing is scheduled on this motion for order of compliance for 1/30/17 at 10:30 a.m. before Judge Ozalis. The plaintiff is ordered to file a status report on compliance with defendant's January 2016 discovery requests by 1/25/17.Should make for an interesting court appearance on the 30th...stay tuned...
NEWSTIMES: Danbury town committee member sues Walmart
The AAA offices in Fairfield and New Haven counties will no longer provide any services for the Department of Motor Vehicles such as driver's licenses renewals, the state announced Tuesday.As someone who has had the unfortunate pleasure of dealing with the DMV, the closure of the AAA branch is a troubling to say the least.
Fran Mayko, spokesman for AAA Northeast, confirmed Tuesday that the AAA offices in Fairfield, Stamford, Norwalk, Danbury and Milford will no longer offer DMV services for members and nonmembers.
The DMV equipment at those AAA offices were disabled by the DMV on Saturday, she said.
"We do around 160,000 transactions a year," Mayko said. Those transactions will now have to be completed at a DMV office.
The termination of services in Fairfield and New Haven counties was effective Jan. 1.
AAA offices in other upstate Connecticut locations will offer various DMV services such as driver's license and ID renewals to members and non-members, said the release.
The Department of Motor Vehicles could not reach an operating agreement with the AAA Northeast franchise that owns the offices in Fairfield and New Haven counties, according to the DMV.
The DMV had been in talks since October to keep DMV services running in these locations, but could not agree to the franchise's terms to only serve its members and exclude the remainder of the public, the DMV said.
“The Department’s responsibility is first and foremost to the general public. We need to maintain service levels while controlling costs. As such, we cannot subsidize a private organization’s provision of DMV services if that organization is not willing to find ways to serve the general public,” said DMV Commissioner Michael Bzdyra.
Well, I'm happy to report that I have all the info I need to give my take on election...it took a while to collect everything because in order to outline the utter nonsense that spewed from several candidates, I had to go and pull data from previous elections in Danbury that can not be obtained online.
Here's Fox61's latest news segment on the crash and the family mourning the passing of Tiffany Fitzgerald.
A family in mourning during the holiday season, coping with the loss of a loved-one after a police chase ends in a rollover crash.
Tiffany Fitzgerald, 26, died Sunday at Danbury Hospital from the injuries she sustained in a crash on Thursday.
“I love her with all my heart and if I could go up there and bring her back, I'd bring her back right now,” her father Tim Fitzgerald said. “I wish it was me instead of her, I'd gladly take her place in a minute.”
The mother of three leaves behind a devastated family, including her younger sister, who considers her a best friend.
“It’s just been heartbreaking, we just lost our mother now we lost her there's really no words for how it feels,” her sister Amanda Fitzgerald said.
In January of this year, Tiffany and Amanda’s mother died in a car crash in North Carolina.
On Thursday, December 1 at 10:40 a.m. a 1997 Ford Explorer was driving on Mountainville Road, near the intersection of Mountain Road.
Danbury Police Officer Jamie Hodge, 38, a one-year member of department, was working a roadside construction assignment as an extra duty job. He was near Main Street and Center Street when he noticed the Explorer, which Officer Hodger recognized as having been reported stolen.
Police say Hodge jumped into his own personal car and began chasing the Explorer. He reportedly called the chase into Danbury Police dispatch.
The officer was unable to stop the car, and while the Explorer was on a left hand curve in the road it left the roadway, hit a State Traffic Commission sign in the right shoulder and then kept driving while straddling the roadway and shoulder. The Explorer eventually hit a utility pole support cable and utility pole, then drove over a private driveway before rolling over on the grass and coming to uncontrolled stop in the driveway.
The male driver, later identified as Ricardo Andre, 32, of Danbury, was taken to the hospital with a serious injury. Tiffany was the passenger, also transported with severe injuries, succumbing to them on Sunday.
Before being discharged from the hospital Monday, Danbury Police arrived to arrest Andre on three outstanding warrants for a slew of charges, including reckless endangerment in the first degree, interfering with police and resisting arrest, reckless driving, engaging police in a pursuit and larceny. He was also charged with failure to appear in court for some of those charges.
Those old charges are related to cases from 2015 and January 2016, and bond for all three combined was set at $42,000. He has not been charged yet in relation to last Thursday’s crash or in connection to the stolen vehicle he was in.
According to the CT Judicial Branch website, Andre is scheduled to appear again in court on December 13th.
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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.
Decision Day: GUILTY!
Day Ten: Moving forward
Day Nine: DNA
Day Eight: The seven trillion dollar manDay Seven: Jury Trial
Day Six: Motions deniedDay Five: Endless subpoenas and bizarre motions to dismiss
Day Three/Four: He's competent!
Day Two: Excuses, excuses