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VIDEO: Common Council debate on parade ordinance

Thursday, May 03, 2007
Time: 4:25 PM

You've read all about it, now watch the controversy for yourself.

Due to the high demand, I present the video footage of parade ordinance from Tuesday night.

When you watch this, keep some things in mind.

* Members of Elise Marciano's anti-immigration group obviously didn't take the 15 seconds needed to read the first paragraph of the ordinance as it states pretty clear that the proposal WILL IN NO WAY STOP SPONTANEOUS CELEBRATIONS SUCH AS THE ONES THAT HAPPENED DURING THE WORLD CUP GAMES. Never letting me down for a good laugh, Marciano and her whack pack proved YET AGAIN that they have absolutely NO idea what the hell they're talking about due in part to their rabid hatred for immigrants. Pitiful indeed.

* EVERY person who spoke in support of the ordinance, did so only under the understanding that the proposal would stop the spontaneous celebrations among immigrants like the ones we witness during the World Cup games. This was the case DESPITE the fact that corporation council stated several times (going back to the FIRST ad-hoc committee) that the ordinance IN NO way would stop people from spontaneously celebrating in the streets (e.g., World Cup games). We'll come back to this critical (and most disturbing) point at a later date.

* No one during the public speaking portion of the meeting spoke in support of the ordinance besides those who are doing so as a response to the so-called immigrant disturbance.

* Certain elected officials, such as Majority Leader Pauline Basso, are active supporters of Elise Marciano's anti-immigrant organization going as far as to participate in various meetings and functions. Given that there is a open line of communication between members of Marciano's group and the Majority Leader of the Council, these points come to mind: If the majority leader knows Marciano personally, then it's logical to assume that 1.) Basso did not tell Marciano that the ordinance wouldn't stop immigrants from celebrating during World Cup games and/or 2.) Basso didn't read the ordinance herself.

* Those individuals who actually took the time to actually read the ordinance spoke out loudly against the proposal. It's painfully obvious which members of the public read the report and didn't read it (which just about sums up almost everything that's wrong with Danbury and it's low-information voter problem).

* The strongest supporter of the ordinance, Mary Saracino, eventually agreed with those who wanted to send the ordinance back to committee for review. The decision to send the ordinance back to committee was also incorrectly block by the mayor thus, overruling the bi-partisan majority on TWO separate occasions. In short, democracy and the majority rule was thrown out the window by an individual who thinks he knows better than the bi-partisan MAJORITY of the council.

* Every point I made in why this ordinance is wrong for Danbury is echoed by every person who is against the proposal during the debate

* Common Council President Joe Cavo stooped to an all-time low with his disgusting comments and his arrogance in not even offering an apology to the MAJORITY of people on the council who he outright offended. Mayor Boughton should be cited for not keeping his attack dog on a leash.

Now, keep those small points in mind when you watch the footage. I could go on and on but reserve my views on everything that happened last night for a later time.

Part 1: Public speaking portion of the meeting:

Part 2: Parade ordinance debate (1 of 2):

Part 3: Parade ordinance debate (2 of 2):

NOTE: Due to a bad videotape, portions of the meeting is slightly distorted. Also, I had to change tapes after Mayor Boughton incorrectly casted his first vote which block the Democratic amendment (I lost about aprox. 3 minutes of footage).

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