Did Boughton win big?

Saturday, November 12, 2005
Time: 5:58 PM

I just read an interesting email concerning Boughton's victory. I can't get into it that much but it madfe me do some thinking about the meaning of Boughton's victory.

Did he win because of his leadership?

Did he win because the Democrats ran a poor campaign?

Did he win because people agreed him his stance on immigration, the police union contract, his plans to build more condos in the area?

Obviously by looking at Kaback numbers (she beat Esposito and almost beat Boughton in number of votes) and the fact that they picked up seats in the Common Council, that the Democrats had a chance in winning the mayoral race.

So why didn't they win?

I'm going to explore this in greater detail as I think there were many factors which contributed to Boughton's re-election many of which are not favorable to Boughton in general. One thing is certain, there needs to be new leadership in the Democratic Town Committee. For the exception of Lori Kaback, I don't think the Democrats ran a effective campaign nor did they work as a determined group and get their message out to the public.

Friday night local access-What happened to Big T's campaign

Friday, November 11, 2005
Time: 3:44 PM

Looking forward to hear comments from Big T regarding his campaign (or lack there of). I wondering how many write-in votes he received since it wasn't mentioned in the News-Times. I'll call City Hall and get the details but I'm assuming he must of received about a 100-150 votes at the most. His campaign was more of a statement than anything serious and he really didn't do much for his cause (besides his usual ranting on his show) and he probably turned off alot of people with his preformance on his show last Friday.

I promise you that we'll get his shows up online as well as the other political junkie local shows. We just need to buy webspace to deal with the increase in bandwidth which is kind of expensive.

No new parking for Stew Leonard's

Thursday, November 10, 2005
Time: 8:20 AM

The city of Danbury stops Stew Leonard's plan of destroying the wildlife area for new parking.

From the News-Times
Stew Leonard's Dairy Store lost another round in its battle to construct more parking spaces at its Federal Road store.

A Superior Court judge on Nov. 2 ruled in favor of the city of Danbury, which doesn't want the new spaces. City officials said the spaces would destroy an endangered habitat nearby.

City lawyer Dan Casagrande said the city is very happy with the ruling.

"The court appropriately found that the city's Environmental Impact Commission had conducted a thorough and exhaustive hearing on the merits of the application and found on balance that there would be harm to the wetlands if the overflow parking lot was constructed and that Stew Leonard's had simply not shown that its proposal was the only feasible and prudent alternative," Casagrande said.

The city's Environmental Impact Commission rejected the plan for more parking in April 2004.

Meanwhile, the attorney for Stew Leonard's said there may be an appeal of the ruling.

"Obviously, we're disappointed in the ruling. We are recommending to the client to appeal the matter further to the Connecticut appellate court," Ward Mazzucco said. "The expert that the city consulted in the course of the application found very little to complain about with the Stew's plan and it's unfortunate that the commission denied the plan, even though their own experts found it largely satisfactory."

In his ruling, Superior Court Judge Douglas Mintz said there is "substantial evidence" to support the EIC's finding that building a parking lot on the wetlands "would have a significant impact to the wetland soils and to the adjoining wetland habitats."

Election day wrap-up

Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Time: 11:20 AM

Boughton wins but Democrats pick up seats in the Common Council.

Lori Kaback wins big and her victory is well earned as she did an excellent job with her campaign.

I'll have more comments as I crunch the numbers but it's obvious that the Democrats need to learn from their mistakes if they are ever to have a shot in taking back Danbury.


01A Mayor R Mark D. Boughton 8022
01B Mayor D Dean E. Esposito 5803

02A Treasurer R Daniel P. Jowdy 7128
02B Treasurer D Mike McGetrick 5938

03A City Clerk R Jean Yaglenski Natale 6446
03B City Clerk D Eileen S. Coladarci 6071

04A Town Clerk R Joseph L. Scozzafava 5821
04B Town Clerk D Lori A. Kaback 7151
04C Town Clerk I Robert G. Oravetz 137

05A Councilmen-at-Large R Robert T. Riley 5785
05B Councilmen-at-Large D Alfred E. Cipriani 5710
05C Councilmen-at-Large I Richard J. Leinert 214
06A Councilmen-at-Large R Ted A. Cutsumpas 6015
06B Councilmen-at-Large D Renata DaSilva Amaral 5061
06C Councilmen-at-Large I Gary J. Driscoll 498
07A Councilmen-at-Large R Pauline Repko Basso 6414
07B Councilmen-at-Large D Sherri Neptune 5027
07C Councilmen-at-Large I John L. Dietter 242
08A Councilmen-at-Large R Gregg William Seabury 6461
08B Councilmen-at-Large D Ingrid A. Espinosa 4830
08C Councilmen-at-Large I Margaret A. Dyer 571
09A Councilmen-at-Large R Shailesh 'Shay' Nagarsheth 5267
09B Councilmen-at-Large D Lynn H. Taborsak 6458
09C Councilmen-at-Large I Kevin G. Nolan 546
10A Councilmen-at-Large R Mary Gianfranceschi Saracino 5740
10B Councilmen-at-Large D Adolfo Pena 5003
10C Councilmen-at-Large I Marcia M. Ennis 292
11A Councilmen-at-Large R Colleen A. Stanley 5815
11B Councilmen-at-Large D Patricia Matta-Wrobel 4822
11C Councilmen-at-Large I

12A Councilmen Ward 1 R Louise A. McMahon 1081
12B Councilmen Ward 1 D Jack G. Gillotte 918
13A Councilmen Ward 1 R Vincent P. Nolan Jr. 1207
13B Councilmen Ward 1 D Lawrence J. Jansons 739

12A Councilmen Ward 2 R James H. Johnson 947
12B Councilmen Ward 2 D Henrique Antonio 727
13A Councilmen Ward 2 R Charles J. Trombetta 1030
13B Councilmen Ward 2 D Zachary Scott Rapp 810

12A Councilmen Ward 3 R Joe Cavo 1153
12B Councilmen Ward 3 D James M. Kelly 1072
13A Councilmen Ward 3 R Michael J. Calandrino 1108
13B Councilmen Ward 3 D Donald R. Hensley 876

12A Councilmen Ward 4 R Mary M. Cronin 439
12B Councilmen Ward 4 D Thomas J. Saadi 909
13A Councilmen Ward 4 R William R. Cortese, Jr. 471
13B Councilmen Ward 4 D John J. Esposito 761

12A Councilmen Ward 5 R Scott Lewis Demuth 505
12B Councilmen Ward 5 D Frederick L. Visconti, Jr. 831
13A Councilmen Ward 5 R Linda J. Ossenfort 563
13B Councilmen Ward 5 D Duane E. Perkins 761

12A Councilmen Ward 6 R Christopher Alan Sanzeni 617
12B Councilmen Ward 6 D Paul T. Rotello 770
13A Councilmen Ward 6 R Joel B. Urice 637
13B Councilmen Ward 6 D Benjamin Chianese 727

12A Councilmen Ward 7 R Mary E. Teicholz 934
12B Councilmen Ward 7 D Ellen K. VanDyke Bell 817
13A Councilmen Ward 7 R N. Jane Diggs 948
13B Councilmen Ward 7 D Christine Louise Halfar 745

14A Board of Education R Sandra Garcia 5288
14B Board of Education D Kathleen M. Molinaro 6172
14C Board of Education I Catherine V. DiBuono 444
15A Board of Education R Joel P. Garofalo 5809
15B Board of Education D Joan W. Hodge 5516
15C Board of Education I Dustin A. Ziegler 441
16A Board of Education R Walter F. Perkowski 5083
16B Board of Education D Robert J. Taborsak 6302
16C Board of Education I Beverly A. Nickerson 454
17A Board of Education R Eileen W. Alberts 5982
17B Board of Education D
17C Board of Education I Rudi Grolich 399
18A Board of Education R Scott Anthony Clayton 5411
18B Board of Education D
18C Board of Education I Dawn Christine Nolan 724

19A Zoning Commission R Donald E. Kennedy 5578
19B Zoning Commission D Juan A. Sanchez 4435
19C Zoning Commission I Petros K. Filippakos 361
20A Zoning Commission R Ted Farah 5295
20B Zoning Commission D Theodore J. Haddad, Jr. 5679
20C Zoning Commission I K.T. Shartouni 311
21A Zoning Commission R Gary A. Dufel 4843
21B Zoning Commission D Anthony G. DiCaprio 5476
21C Zoning Commission I Michael C. Romano 593
22A Zoning Commission R Helen M. Hoffstaetter 5333
22B Zoning Commission D Richard Roos Jr. 4875
22C Zoning Commission I Calvin R. Dow 389
23A Zoning Commission R Christine E. Cuhsnick 5182
23B Zoning Commission D Theresa A. Buzaid 5763
23C Zoning Commission I Donald W. Grandieri 486
24A Zoning Commission R Patrick G. Johnson 5019
24B Zoning Commission D Richard Paul Jowdy 5883
24C Zoning Commission I Michael F. Van Tassel 434
25A Zoning Commission R Jack Harold Knapp, Jr. 5531
25B Zoning Commission D
25C Zoning Commission I Lenore H. Scott 512
26A Zoning Commission R Robert C. Melillo 5664
26B Zoning Commission D
26C Zoning Commission I George Lubus 516
27A Zoning Commission R Kurt M. Kleis 5030
27B Zoning Commission D
27C Zoning Commission I Winton C. Nickerson 465

28A Zoning Commission Alternate R Robert P. Urban 5060
28B Zoning Commission Alternate D Steven P. Miller 4558
28C Zoning Commission Alternate I Wilton A. Nickerson 373
29A Zoning Commission Alternate R Victoria A. Hickey 5496
29B Zoning Commission Alternate D Jean M. Anderson 4946
29C Zoning Commission Alternate I Ivy Beth Handsman 530
30A Zoning Commission Alternate R Joseph Notaro Jr. 5653
30B Zoning Commission Alternate D
30C Zoning Commission Alternate I Gary Grandieri 508

31A Constables R Michael Safranek 5001
31B Constables D Francis J. Kieras 4776
31C Constables I Richard J. Gillich 354
32A Constables R Dianne C. Zielinski 5359
32B Constables D Paul D. Estefan 5215
32C Constables I Paul William Woods 499
33A Constables R Robert E. Zarbock 4640
33B Constables D Michael J. Esposito 5807
33C Constables I

1-Y Question 1 YES 4609
1-N Question 1 NO 2230
2-Y Question 2 YES 4835
2-N Question 2 NO 1838
3-Y Question 3 YES 4851
3-N Question 3 NO 1849
4-Y Question 4 YES 5279
4-N Question 4 No 1483

Well, the live blogging didn't work out

Time: 1:38 AM

I have to find out what happened but my blogging from my phone didn't work.

I have to say that I was surprised at the Police Union and their SOB display at the Danbury High and Broadview Schools. I think those types of protests (ln school grounds) are counter-productive and if anyhting, the union will lose the support of the people if they continue pulling stunts like that.

It's obvious that the first thing Mayor Boughton HAS to do is work out the police contract situation before things get out of hand.

Sorry to all those who waitied for my posts. I really feel bad that things didn't work as expected but we'll get everything worked out.

Election Day

Monday, November 07, 2005
Time: 10:51 PM

Get out and vote!

I'll be live blogging tomorrow starting at 5 P.M.

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10.03.18 (PDF):
"Approval of Danbury Prospect Charter School"

10.30.20 (HatCityBLOG VID): Charter School discussion during 2020 interview with Julie Kushner

2018 (RADIO): WLAD
"State Board of Ed signs off on Danbury charter school proposal"

08.20 (VID): CT-LEAD
"Stand up for Education Justice" Rally

08.20.20 (OP-ED): KUSHNER: "Charter schools are not ‘magic bullet’ to improving Danbury schools"

09.13.20 (OP-ED): CHAPMAN
Candidate for state Senate supports charter school for Danbury

01.15.21 (VID): CT-LEAD
Danbury Prospect Charter School press conference

03.19.21 (OP-ED): CT MIRROR
"Danbury leaders do not want a charter school"

04.01.21 (OP-ED): CT-LEAD:
"Why did Sen. Kushner vote against us?"

05.06.21 (VID): Danbury rally to fully fund public schools

10.07.21 (VID): Danbury City-Wide PTO "Meet the Candidates" education forum

10.07.21 NEWSTIMES
Danbury candidates quarrel over charter school, education funding

01.10.22 NEWSTIMES
"New operator named for Danbury charter school: ‘I’m a huge advocate for parent choice’"

01.10.22 NEWSTIMES
"Some Danbury Democrats ‘open minded’ about charter school after new, CT operator named"

01.21.22 (OP-ED): CT MIRROR
"Lessons from Danbury: Ending the dual process for charter school approval"

02.09.22 NEWSTIMES
"Proposed Danbury charter school won’t open in 2022, governor leaves funding out of budget"

02.18.22 NEWSTIMES:
Danbury residents plead for charter school funds in 9-hour state budget hearing: ‘Just exhausted’

03.05.22 (LTE):
Time has come for Danbury charter school

03.12.22 (OP-ED): TAYLOR
"Why I am excited about the Danbury Charter School"

03.16.22 (LTE):
"Why a Danbury Charter School?"

04.02.22 CT EXAMINER:
"Crowding and a Lack of Options for Danbury Students, But No Agreement on Solutions"

04.04.22 (OP-ED): DCS
"Danbury Charter School plans debut"

04.07.22 (PODCAST): (CEA)

04.18.22 (VID): CT-LEAD
Protest press conference

04.25.22 (RADIO): WSHU
Latino group call on Connecticut lawmakers to open a Danbury charter school

06.03.22 (OP-ED): KUSHNER:
"Career Academy ‘a great deal for Danbury"

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.



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

trans_button Santos Family Story
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



11.15.23 Recanvass return
(Head Moderator Return Format)

11.07.23: Election night returns
(Head Moderator Return Format)

11.07.23: Initial returns

Oct 10 2022
Jan 10 2023
Apr 10 2023
Jul 10 2023
Oct 10 2023

Apr 10 2023
Jul 10 2023
Oct 10 2023

Dem/GOP slate/ballot position

VIDEO: DRTC convention
VIDEO: DDTC conveniton


(VID) DDTC nomination convention
(PDF) DDTC campaign slate flyer

(VID) DRTC nomination convention
(PDF) DRTC campaign slate flyer

(VID) 2021 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum

First quarter
Alves Apr 10th SEEC filing

Second quarter
Alves Jul 10th SEEC filing
Esposito Jul 10th SEEC filing

Third quarter
Alves Oct 12th SEEC report
Esposito Oct 12th SEEC report

Alves "Jan 6th" attack mailer 10.21.21
Esposito "you can't trust Alves" attack mailer 10.20.21
Alves mailer 10.20.21
Alves mailer 09.30.21
Esposito mailer 09.28.21
Alves mailer 09.27.21
Esposito mailer 09.27.21


Danbury 2005 election results
Newstimes Dean Esposito profile (10.25.05)

Danbury 2007 election results
(VID) Helana Abrantes TV ad
(VID) BRT tax deferral presser
(VID) Helena Abrantes "Community Forum" interview

Danbury 2009 election results
(VID) 2009 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) 2009 Danbury Chamber of Commerce mayoral debate
(VID) 2009 DDTC nomination convention

Danbury 2011 election results
(VID) Saadi/Nero campaign kickoff

Danbury 2013 election results
(VID) 2013 DDTC nominaiton convention

Danbury 2015 election results

Danbury 2017 election results
(VID) Al Almeida concession speech
(VID) 2017 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) Al Almeida nomination acceptance speech

Danbury 2019 election results
(VID) 2019 NewsTimes Editorial Board interview with Mark Boughton and Chris Setaro
(VID) 2019 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) 2019 Danbury Chamber of Commerce mayoral debate
(VID) 2019 convention endorsement speeches from Mark Boughton and Chris Setaro