If this is the best David Cappiello can do...

Saturday, July 28, 2007
Time: 9:29 AM

then Congressman Chris Murphy will easily win re-election.
On another topic, Mr. Cappiello said that he supports Republican President George W. Bush's $1.35 trillion tax cut of 2001 and his $250 billion economic growth package of 2003.


Mr. Murphy said in a May 2006 interview that he opposed Mr. Bush's tax cut, indicating that it benefited the wealthy at the expense of the middle- and lower-income workers.


Since taking office, Mr. Murphy has held several news conferences and constituent outreach programs. One Democratic poll released last month showed him with a 20-point lead.

Assistant state Attorney Gen. Robert Marconi of Brookfield, who was briefly the Democratic nominee in the 5th District in 2004, has said that personality is important in politics and noted that most people like Mr. Murphy.


"Being a congressman is about more than just holding news conferences on legislation that you know will never be signed into law," Mr. Cappiello said of Mr. Murphy's frequent sessions with reporters.

The Brookfield Journal is the most conservative friendly paper in the area and even they had a hard time finding anything resembling dirt on Congressman Murphy.

If Cappiello wants to make the election look interesting, he'll need to do more than senseless attacks on a Congressman who beat his buddy Nancy Johnson ON EVERY VOTING MACHINE IN DANBURY.

Marcus moving out

Friday, July 27, 2007
Time: 6:22 PM

Well, another one of Danbury's traditions is fading away.

Like the great Moffa's (oh, I miss that place...CURSE YOU DUCHESS), Marcus Dairy is bowing down to modern retail stores and restaurants, which has drastically transformed the landscape of Danbury.

According to the News-Times, the new development will honor the Dairy.
The family's proposal, called The Shops at Marcus Dairy, will maintain some of the existing feel of the dairy. The designers want to include the dairy's 50-foot white milk tank in the design.

Here's what WTNH had to say on the end of an era.

Although the old building, located on Sugar Hollow Road, will be demolished, the family plans to re-open the dairy bar so at least when my daughter grows up, I can tell her of the days when bikers ruled the area on Sunday mornings...

HatCityBLOG EXCLUSIVE: Stop the Raids reaction to Hazelton PA verdict

Time: 12:48 PM

A few moments ago, I interviewed Jason McGahan of the "Stop the Raids" immigrant rights organization to get his reaction to the Hazelton anti-immigration ordinance verdict.

Bethel gas fire coverage

Time: 11:07 AM

The gas fire in Bethel was the talk of the media yesterday. I missed WTNH's coverage as I attempted to drive to the scene (didn't get close enough for a good shot), but I was able to catch FOX61's quick report.

Here's the News-Times take on the event.
A pavement grinder ripping up asphalt on South Street struck a gas line Thursday afternoon, sparking a fire that destroyed the machine and left some 200 residents without power.

The gas-fed fire burned for almost four hours before a crew from Yankee Gas managed to locate a shutoff valve buried under the roadway.

"Thankfully, no one was hurt," Highway Department Superintendent Bob Dibble said.

The accident occurred about 3:45 p.m. on a section of South Street near Taylor Avenue. The machine was grinding up the old asphalt in preparation for repaving the roadway.

"I was about 20 feet behind the machine," Dibble said. "There was a 'whoomp' kind of noise, and a big fireball shot into the air."


Residents of several nearby homes were evacuated, and train service on the nearby Metro-North commuter line was delayed.

Burke said firefighters extinguished the blaze at about 7:30 p.m. after a utility crew turned off the gas.

The flames melted part of the siding on one house at the corner of Taylor Avenue and South Street, but the occupants weren't injured.

Burke said he expected electricity to be turned back on by about 2 a.m. Friday.
Thankfully, no one was hurt.

BREAKING NEWS: Hazelton PA anti-immigration law ruled unconstitutional

Thursday, July 26, 2007
Time: 3:30 PM

Mayor Mark, Tom "they should be shot" Bennett, Lynn Waller and sidekick Joel Urice, the deer in headlights and the laughable anti-immigrant whack-pack aren't too happy about this federal court's decision.
A federal judge on Thursday struck down the city of Hazleton's tough anti-immigration law, ruling unconstitutional a measure that has been copied around the country.

The city's Illegal Immigration Relief Act sought to impose fines on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and deny business permits to companies that give them jobs. Another measure would have required tenants to register with City Hall and pay for a rental permit.

U.S. District Judge James Munley voided the law Thursday based on testimony from a nine-day trial held in March.

"This decision should be a blaring red stoplight for local officials thinking of copying Hazleton's misguided and unconstitutional law,"
said Witold J. Walczak, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, which represented the plaintiffs.
That damn liberal constitution...

In honor of this ruling, lets go back in the HatCityBLOG archive to the Stop the Raids forum and hear from John Garcia of communications director for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. Garcia who was one of the lawyers who fought against the Hazelton ordinance in federal court.

(Note: I had to change tapes in the middle of Garcia's speech).
(Note 2: Although the video window is black, the file works so just hit play)

Almost done

Time: 7:28 AM

Oh, this is a real pain...

I'm STILL working on my hard drive issue but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I'm really sorry for the delay but I really want to bring an end to my on-going hard drive dilemma as well as fix the Internet Explorer computability issues. Once I'm finished with everything, I'll be able to do a little catch-up on some topics that I had to place on the backburner.

Almost there...

UPDATE 1:15 PM: Google/Blogger is running VERY slow today. To be on the safe side, please refresh this site (F5) so everything loads properly. I've received a few emails from people telling me that the comment link has disappeared as well as several graphics. If you re-load the page, everything will snap back into place.

Also, I want to welcome those who are new to the site. Feel free to check out the video archive in the links section, my coverage of the Democratic convention, and my special report on Tom Bennett's call for residents to kill members of the immigrant community.

...and yes, I'm STILL dealing with my hard drive headache.

Long overdue

Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Time: 4:09 PM

You wanted it, you got it.

I finally coughed up the cash and purchased a domain name for this site.

For now on, to view this blog, you can drop the "blogspot" from the URL and just type www.hatcityblog.com.

The money trail: The Republcian Town Committee finance report

Time: 3:45 PM


As I stated in an earlier post, I'm posing the campaign finance disclosure statements that were filed on July 10th. The second statement we'll examine is the report from the Republican Town Committee.

When I first read this report, I thought I was seeing things...in fact, I'm still in a state of disbelief. As of July 10th, the Danbury Republicans have as a balance on hand a eye-popping 1,188.31 DOLLARS with ZERO contributions collected during the last reporting period (April-July).


This is a a HUGE difference when compared to the Democratic Town Committee, which reported over 8,000.00 at the end of the reporting period (DTC report and Abrantes report will be posted soon).

Don't believe me, look for yourself (pdf format).

I'll do a follow-up post on this subject and pose some intriguing questions to you readers later but some of you already know where I'm heading with this...

(NOTE: blank pages from report are not included).

Archiving and misc.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Time: 12:12 PM

Need to take a moment to fix a computer problem. I'm really giving my hard drives a beating and I need to move some files before I lose everything (and that would be a BAD thing).

As a sidenote, I've been in contact with the Sec of State's office and was able to secure Secretary Bysiewicz to do a guest/live blog at My Left Nutmeg.

Here are the details:
Tomorrow evening Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz will be making a return visit to My Left Nutmeg to guest post and answer you questions.

Here's a brief list of topics the Secretary of State is planning to cover in her post.

New voting machines

Training for registrars

Municipal elections

Presidential election calender

Again, Secretary of State Bysiewicz will be online to answer your questions so please stop by tomorrow between 6:30 and 7:30 P.M. and join in the chit-chat.

Finally, I'm still in the process of scanning the financial reports of the Republican Town Committee, Democratic Town Committee and the Abrantes campaign. You can view who gave to Mayor Boughton's campaign by clicking on his financial report link on the right column of this site.

Be back real soon.

UPDATE: Backing up a 300+gig hard drive is a real pain in the ass. I've added a new poll as well as a couple of new tools to the site. Although, you were able to translate this page into any language in the pass, I made it easier to translate this site into Spanish and Portuguese by moving the option to the top of the links section.

If you want to read this site in any other language, look for the Babel Fish box below the CTLinks logo and pick the flag of your country.

I'm still working on the WindowsXP compatibility issue. Hopefully once I'm finish, those of you who are using Internet Explorer or the AOL Browser will view the site the way it's viewed properly in Firefox.

UPDATE 07/25/07: Due to a change on plans, Sec. of State Susan Bysiewicz's guestblog is postponed until next Wednesday.


Monday, July 23, 2007
Time: 7:35 PM


Seems like the link section of this site didn't display properly in Internet Explorer. You see, I'm a Macintosh guy and I rarely use WindowsXP so I had no idea that the site was all screwed up.

Well, the site wasn't really "screwed up" but rather I was using a CSS code that isn't 100 percent compatible with Internet Explorer. IF you use a Mac and view this site using Safari or if you use Firefox, you're probably scratching your head and wondering what's the big problem. You see, Windows is too lazy to get their act together and upgrade their browser so bloggers like me have to dumb down our sites to deal with the compatibility nightmare.

Anyway, I fixed the error and the site should look better now. I'm make more adjustments for WindowsXP users later but at least everything is back where it should be and you can see the new links I've added to the site (e.g., Mayor Boughton's campaign financial statement, link to the Santos family support blog, video highlights of Tom Bennett's violations, HatCityBLOG video vault, Danbury Live archive, etc).

DROP Internet Explorer and download Firefox already! Trust me, you'll be happy for making the switch.

The journey begins

Time: 10:06 AM

Tonight, I submit to you that which most Danburians know – that Danbury can do better – that Danbury can be better! Danbury and all her people deserve better – and, I believe Danbury needs and deserves new leadership!

This is why I proudly and humbly accept your nomination to be our party’s candidate for mayor - to pave a new path of progress for Danbury.

I am committed to the quest to return vision, hope, respect and results in the governance of our beloved city. It is my hope and intent to earn your support and that of the majority of Danbury voters as we now officially begin this journey and important work. Over the next 110 days, I pledge to work my hardest to be worthy of your vote and the vote of every voting citizen of our community as I seek this important office at this very important time in Danbury’s history.

Today, Danbury needs to pursue a new course. We cannot let any more precious years of this new century pass before we set a new path and correct the wrong way we‘ve been headed.
With those words, and a call for a change in leadership, Democratic Mayoral candidate Helena Abrantes started her journey to take control of Danbruy's City Hall and bring an end of the reign of Mark Boughton.

The former City Clerk and multi-term Common Council member blasted Boughton for creating a atmosphere of divisiveness with his stance on immigration as well as criticizing him for irresponsible development, lack of working in a bi-partisan manner, sending the city into debt with over-bonding, lowering the quality of life for residents in the city, and a host of other issues that are on the minds of most residents who are unsatisfied with the current status-quo.

From last week's Democratic Convention, here's video footage of Abrantes' nomination speech.
NOTE: The following videos are best watch in full-screen mode, which is achived by clicking on the full screen symbol on the lower right hand of the player (highlighted in red in the image below).

You can watch the other speeches from the candidates who are on the top of the Democratic ticket by clicking here. For more information on the Danbury Democratic Committee's platform for 2007, click here.

Elise Marciano isn't fooling anyone when it comes to her TRUE intentions

Sunday, July 22, 2007
Time: 12:27 PM

Poor Elise.

It seems like our favorite "deer in the headlights" and President of the local anti-immigrant whack-pack's scam of a vigil didn't fool anyone besides the anti-immigrant xenophobes who refuse to use any common sense or exhibit any sense of moral decency.

These two members of the clergy shows Marciano the error in her ways...not like this stubborn woman would listen to anything resembling reason.
We were dismayed by Sunnye Ann Rosasco's comments (letter, July 11) about the low clergy attendance at the vigil for victims of undocumented workers.

As Christians, we know perfect love casts out all fear. And we know focusing public attention on victims of the few undocumented workers who have committed crimes builds fear and empowers generalization and degradation of all undocumented workers as well as many legal and naturalized Latino immigrants.

As Christians, in reading Torah (First Testament, Pentateuch), we are reminded that we are all aliens, that this world and everything in it belongs to God. And we are told that we are to treat "aliens" in the way we wish to be treated.

As Christians, we are told that whatever we do to the very least of God's people, we do to our Lord. When we victimize all undocumented workers, taking away their dignity and turning our hearts against them, we do it to him.

We have made those we label the least victims of our hate and fear. How, then, can most of us who call ourselves Christian, and those of us who are clergy, attend a vigil that builds hate toward all people who are labeled undocumented because of the harm some have brought to others?

If we cannot have a vigil for all people who have fallen victim to violence, including immigrants, legal and undocumented, we should not be part of a gathering that singles out any one group as all evil.


We need immigration reform. We all agree with that. But we do not agree to the criminalizing of all the undocumented. They, too, are children of God.

Rev. James Mulligan Rev. Gail Keeney-Mulligan
In honor of this great letter, I present this following video that further drives the point home.

Stop the fluff stories

Time: 10:36 AM

NOTE TO NEWSTIMES: Please stop writing every story the Mayor's office pitches to you. If Boughton has been doing his feel good "meetings with the mayor" for months, DON'T write a do-nothing fluff piece days after he starts his re-election campaign. Although the mayor rules over every branch of government, it doesn't mean he controls the press.

Hold the mayor accountable for his miserable record, not write fluff pieces that gives a false impression that this mayor actually listens to the concerns of his residents. This meeting garbage is just another in a long list of do-nothing gimmicks (311 system, proposed "Live with the Mayor" television show, over-sized political billboards) that's only designed to boost the mayor's ever-growing ego rather than address the real concerns of everyday residents such as:


UNACCEPTABLE traffic concerns.

Failure to address developmental problems UNTIL AFTER THE FACT.

A embarrassing downtown area.

Ignoring the City Charter whenever HE chooses.

Ignoring proposal after proposal the Democrats raise only to later adopt them as his own at a later point and claim the credit.

Leading the charge with a clueless and absolute worthless Republican Common Council majority in passing one bad ordinance after another bad ordinance, only to set up an ad-hoc committee to ADDRESS THE VERY PROBLEMS THE DEMOCRATS RAISED when the ordinance was being debated.

Using such knee-jerking topics such as immigration (parade ordinance) and the threat of sexual predators (sex offender ordinance) in order to force YOUR proposals though the legislative process (both ordinances are RIDDLED with well-known problems).

Failing to address well-known issues before it's too late (e.g. traffic nightmare at Elmer's "Politics over the People" Diner).

Repeatedly take credit for projects that the previous administration started (Magnet School, New Parking garage) while blaming the previous administration for his own failures (not addressing the traffic concerns with Elmer's diner, irresponsible development, degrading of the downtown area).

Remember, it's "Politics over the people" not "People over Politics"

In a later post, I'll show the News-Times EXACTLY what I mean.

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The Mercurial (RIP)
Danbury News Times
Danbury Patch
Danbury Hamlet Hub
Danbury Daily Voice
Tribuna Newspaper
CT News Junkie
CT Capitol Report

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