Go over to My Left Nutmeg and find out.
Seems like our junior senator (a.k.a George Bush's favorite
If you think this investigative piece is good...wait till People-Powered Media (PPM) puts the spotlight on Danbury.
"Everything You Think You Know About Immigrants and the U.S. Immigration Laws is Completely Wrong. Mr. Berns will, in addition to sharing some surprising information and statistics about immigrants in the United States and about America’s nonsensical, inhumane, and self-destructive immigration system, also talk about current legislation in Hartford to permit taxpaying undocumented immigrant students to pursue their studies at state colleges and legislation pending in Washington that would permit parents of U.S. citizen children (who are currently being deported without review or consideration as to the effect on their US citizen children) to at least present their case to a judge with the discretion to stop their deportation."For those who missed Mayor Boughton lowering the bar of civility and personally attack Berns' occupation as an immigration lawyer (to the shock of most in attendance), I present you this oldie but goodie.
The Common Council has finished the budget process a month early after voting 16-3 on Tuesday to approve a $191 million city budget for 2007-08.Now if you wonder why it's important why local government meetings need to be broadcasted on public access channel 24, this should do it.
Common Council Democrats Lynn Taborsak, Wayne Perkins and Paul Rotello voted against the plan, which includes a 7 percent spending increase over last year’s $178 million budget.
The budget also adds about $60 to property taxes on a typical $400,000 city house.
The city’s education budget rose from $100,161,196 this year to $106,270,463 next year, a 6 percent increase.
The mayor presented his budget a month earlier than in past years to include finance director Dena Diorio, who left at the end of March to start a similar job in North Carolina.
1. The mayor call for a discussion on the budget AND NO ONE SAID A WORD UNTIL COUNCILWOMAN LYNN TABORSAK RAISED HER HAND.
2. From ALL INDICATIONS, the mayor seemed to ignore Taborsak's hand in an attempt to quickly call the budget to a vote (note in the video how people look towards Taborsak's direction as she waves her hand (off-camera) and tries to get the mayor's attention, which you can hear in the video as he calls the vote (note: I recorded this with a condensed mic from the back of the room and I could hear Taborsak attempt to get the mayor's attention and clearly see her waving her hand). To even think that no one wouldn't have something to say about the budget after all the criticism it's received over the last month stretching it a bit.
3. In an attempt to shut everyone up, Common Council Republican majority leader arrogantly "moves the question," which basically brings a forced end to the discussion of the budget.
4. Not one person on the Common Council had the courage to challenge any of the points Taborsak raised in her criticism of the budget.
The Danbury Area League of Women Voters and the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation will sponsor a special forum on Wednesday, April 11th at the UUCD fellowship hall at 24 Clapboard Ridge Road in Danbury. The forum will feature three speakers with different perspectives on land use and the dilemma of how to have vital urban centers, open space preservation and economic development – and have it all right here in Connecticut.For more information, call League of Women Voters at 748-0822 or Social Action Committee at 730-0763.
Panelists for the free public program include:
* David Kooris, Senior Planner with the Regional Plan Association. Mr. Kooris manages a variety of community design projects including the City of Bridgeport Downtown Master Plan and an inter-municipal land use strategy for 14 towns and villages in Orange County, NY.
* Steven Patton, director of the Devil’s Den Preserve and the Saugatuck Forest Lands Project for the Connecticut Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, has been involved for the past fifteen years in the preservation of critical watershed and open space land in Connecticut.
* Heidi Green, the third panelist is President of 1000 Friends of Connecticut, a statewide organization of community, labor and business leaders committed to promoting sustainable growth and development, urban renewal, conservation of open space and a vibrant state economy. She is an avid hiker and has been active in community and economic development in Connecticut for 15 years.
The forum will be held on April 11, 2007 at the Unitarian Universalist fellowship hall, 24 Clapboard Ridge Road in Danbury. The program will begin at 7:30 with the panel presentations and be followed by a question and answer period. The program is free and open to the public.
The League of Women Voters hopes to increase people’s knowledge of land use policy and emerging issues like Smart Growth and also to encourage more active participation of men and women in their local community land use boards and commissions. The Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation is co-sponsoring the program as part of its “green sanctuary program to raise awareness of environmental issues, to motivate people to take action, and to try to rectify environmental degradation.
Tessa Tranchant and Allison Kuhnhardt's parents want the arguing to stop. They said this national debate over illegal immigration is out of hand and they desperately want this time to grieve.Hats off to Geraldo and others who have no problem setting the record straight.
Colette Tranchant, Tessa's mother, said, "It just saddens me that people take this to a different level."
Friday, Colette and Alison's Father, David, wanted to calm the firestorm, saying they don't blame Virginia Beach for not sending Ramos to federal authorities after police arrested him for public intoxication.
"There's a media circus right now and everyone has their opinion, but the fact is our kids were killed," said Colette, "Right now we need time to grieve, we need time to figure this out and we would like laws enforced."
WILTON —The Theatre Arts II class whose performance about the war in Iraq was canceled at Wilton High School will be taking their play off school grounds before the end of the academic year.So lets see, the rants of one parent (who's outrage has gone beyond the play and is now direted at the teacher Bonnie Dickerson) gets the ear of an absent-minded principal who censors a play based only on political purposes.
"There is a legal way for me to take it off-campus," said theater teacher Bonnie Dickinson, who was advised by her personal legal counsel to sign a document which will disassociate the play, "Voices in Conflict," from the Wilton schools.
In the meantime, Dickinson and the 15 students in her class are still working on the piece in class.
Principal Timothy Cantyhttp://www2.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif says Dickinson and her class have always been free to take "Voices in Conflict" to an external venue on their own time. He added that any legal documents signed by Dickinson are for her own protection; teachers who meet students off-campus for non-school events should clarify that such activities are not sponsored by the schools.
Canty says he's always encouraged the students to keep working on "Voices in Conflict" in class, although they would not be able to perform it in school this academic year.
It was always my perspective that the teachers and the students would continue to work on the piece in class," he said, adding that the performance would follow at a future date.
"The question was not if, but when," said Canty.
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"Letter: 'Danbury Is Not Immune To Gerrymandering'"
"Is proposed Danbury ward map 'gerrymandered' or does it better represent downtown? Plan sparks debate"
02.17.22 (NEWSTIMES-PERKINS): "Danbury is redrawing its ward maps. Here’s what it means for voters."
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS 01.25.23: (VID) REAPPORTIONMENT AD-HOC
01.17.23: (VID) REAPPORTIONMENT AD-HOC
• (DOC) PLAN A MAP (01.17.23)
• (DOC) PLAN B MAP (01.17.23)
10.06.23: (VID) R.A.C. final report
09.29.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting
04.28.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting
04.21.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting
04.07.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting
03.16.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting
03.10.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting
03.03.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting
02.17.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting
02.01.22: (VID) Establishment of R.A.C. (02.22 City Council)
"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
Danbury candidates quarrel over charter school, education funding
"New operator named for Danbury charter school: ‘I’m a huge advocate for parent choice’"
"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"
"Proposed Danbury charter school won’t open in 2022, governor leaves funding out of budget"
Danbury residents plead for charter school funds in 9-hour state budget hearing: ‘Just exhausted’
Time has come for Danbury charter school
03.12.22 (OP-ED): TAYLOR
"Why I am excited about the Danbury Charter School"
"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)
"SENATOR KUSHNER DISCUSSES POINTS OF OPTIMISM FOR DANBURY PUBLIC SCHOOLS"
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.
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. )
(10.24.07) Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant's Emergency Motion for Protective Order
Defendants' Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction
Defendants' Motion to Dismiss State Law Claims
Plaintiffs' Opposition to Motion to Dismiss
Defendants' Answer to Amended Complaint
(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
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
CITY OF DANBURY VIDEO ARCHIVE (Dec 2012-present)
The Mercurial (RIP)
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2023 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
ESPOSITO | ALVES
04.11.22: Town Hall Meeting
09.30.22: Boceto Media interview with Julie Kushner
10.06.22: Somos Latinos VIP interview
09.22.22: Boceto Media interview with Michelle Coehlo
2nd STATE REP. DISTRICT
ALLIE-BRENNAN (D) | LEWIS (R)
Dem. State Rep. Raghib Allie-Brennan
GOP candidate Jenn Lewis
107th STATE REP. DISTRICT
HOLMES (D) | FONCELLO (R)
(VID) Remarks at Newtown DTC picnic
108th STATE REP. DISTRICT
CALLAHAN (R) | GINSBURG (D)
109th STATE REP. DISTRICT
SANTOS (D) | FERNANDEZ (R)
(VID) Nomination speech
(VID) Nomination speech
110th STATE REP. DISTRICT
GODFREY | GLEISSNER
(VID) Nomination speech
(VID) Nomination speech
138th STATE REP. DISTRICT
GUCKER (D) | CHALESKI (R)
"A lawmaker wants to build a school on Danbury’s most blighted site; GOP leaders say ‘absolutely not’"
(VID) Nomination speech
(VID) Nomination speech
"With two Danbury school board candidates seeking state office, education emerges as major issue"
OFFICE OF PROBATE
DASILVA (D) | CHIEFFALO (R)
JOE DASILVA JR.
(VID): Nominaiton speech
10.20.22 (VID): Danbury Dems (local access TV)
(VID): Nomination speech
(VID) DRTC nomination convention
(PDF) DRTC campaign slate flyer
(VID) 2021 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
Alves Apr 10th SEEC filing
Alves Jul 10th SEEC filing
Esposito Jul 10th SEEC filing
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 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
2013 (BOUGHTON/NO DTC ENDORSED CANDIDATE/MCALLISTER)
Danbury 2013 election results
(VID) 2013 DDTC nominaiton convention
2015 (BOUGHTON UNCHALLENGED)
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