Ch-ch changes

Saturday, August 09, 2008
Time: 6:59 AM

The game of musical chairs is being played again.
Bridgeport (AP) -- Hearst Corp. has purchased the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport and seven weekly newspapers in the state from MediaNews Group Inc.


The weeklies that Hearst acquired are the Darien News-Review, Greenwich Citizen, Fairfield Citizen-News, New Canaan News-Review, New Milford Spectrum, Norwalk Citizen-News and Westport News.

With the acquisition, Hearst also assumes management of three daily newspapers in Fairfield County: The Advocate of Stamford, Greenwich Time and The News-Times of Danbury.

What will this mean for the News-Times? Hearst is a totally different outfit from MediaNews Group so expect to see some changes. As for their on-line content, all the newspapers in the MediaNews family basically had the same format and look so you might see changes in the layout of the News-Times online edition as well.

Whatever the case, lets just say that there's no love lost between bloggers and the shameless MediaNews Group for obvious reasons and I'll take anything other than that company in Connecticut.

The question that should be on the minds of many in Danbury is what does this mean for the News-Times? Will Hearst close up the shop and flood Danbury with copies of the Connecticut Post or will Hearst invest in the Danbury paper and maybe hire back the people that MediaNews let go? What happens to the New Milford Spectrum?

Only time will tell.

Community Forum 08.06.08 broadcast

Friday, August 08, 2008
Time: 8:56 AM

Host: John Gogliettino
Guest: Duane Perkins, Democratic candidate for State Senate (24 dist)

Is Jean Natale losing it?

Thursday, August 07, 2008
Time: 1:12 PM

"You should hold your head down in shame...

There is no other way to explain it...City Clerk Jean Natale is losing her mind. That's the only way to described what she allegedly did Monday night before the Democratic Caucus.

You see, since shining the spotlight on the City Clerk's activities during the day (which has NOTHING to do with the office of City Clerk) and actively campaigning to eliminate the position of City Clerk and replacing it with a civil service staff, Natale has been quite vocal in her displeasure with yours truly as well as her critics.

According to sources at City Hall who were on hand when it all went down, it's alleged that on Monday our lovely City Clerk got into a embarrassingly heated exchange with Lynn Waller right before the Democrats started their caucus. With Natale doing most of the yelling, our City Clerk voiced her anger at the host of In Our Opinion over the testimony Waller provided to the Charter Commission...most notable Waller's CORRECT statement that Natale CAN NOT BE FOUND IN HER OFFICE.

One must question the wisdom of an elected official who would fly off the handle but with Jean's short temper anything is possible.

Remember, this is the same City Clerk who:
1. Allegedly got into a heated exchange with a reporter of the News-Times over the fact that the reporter requested a copy of the Common Council agenda and Natale refused because the docket wasn't delivered to the members of the council yet (which is irrelevant according to the Freedom of Information).

2. Got into a heated exchange with yours truly (with her doing all the yelling) about her standing next to a racist skinhead who held a five to six foot long TOTALLY VISIBLE "Speak English or Die" sign.

3. The same City Clerk who allegedly had some not very nice words about Ivon Alcime, host of Ideas at Work and Beyond who did a two part show on the City Clerk.

Well, after showing the public the results of my numerous Freedom of Information requests as well as my rather intense investigation, lets just say that our City Clerk will really lose her mind as the drum beat in the elimination of that unnecessary elected position will increase tremendously.

You see REAL soon...


Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Time: 6:39 PM

If you're not doing anything tonight, come on down to City Hall where I'll be doing something VERY, VERY rare...offering testimony to the Planning Commission against the planned development of a god-awful hotel proposal on Prindle Lane.

If you want to know more, you'll just have to come to City Hall and watch for yourself...

UPDATE: Success!

I think my presentation shed light on the traffic problems on Mill Plain road as well as the flow of traffic on the intersection of Aunt Hack and Mill Plain. It was a pleasure to help out the residents who live on Aunt Hack in bringing attention to the traffic difficulties along that part of Danbury. In my personal opinion, I do not think the "traffic improvements" presented by the applicants (such as adding a stripe on the road) will improve the flow of traffic on that stretch of Mill Plain simply because the current flow of traffic is based largely as if there is already a extra stripe on the road.

Okay, for those who have no idea what the hell I'm talking about, I'm in the process of doing a full write-up on the proposal to build a hotel on Prindle Lane and the opposition from residents who are concerned with the INSANE level of traffic in that area later.

For those who came up to thank me last night...there is no need to thank me...the thanks should go to you for coming out and speaking up against the irresponsible development and lack of attention from the city and state which has resulted in the current traffic nightmare in your neighborhood.

STATE SENATE PRIMARY UPDATE: Duane Perkins releases new TV ad; Terry Tierney scheduled as guest on local access show

Time: 6:12 PM

With less than a week to go until the primary, Democratic State Senate candidates Duane Perkins and Terry Tierney are hitting the airwaves.

Wisely taking advantage of the Olympics, the Perkins campaign released a very impressive new TV ad entitled "Fresh Ideas, New Energy" which is set to be broadcast on Comcast over the next few days.
The Perkins campaign for State Senate released its first campaign commercial being shown for the Democratic primary on August 12th. The spot dubbed, “Fresh Ideas, New Energy” which is also Duane Perkins’ campaign theme is the title of the ad and it will be shown on a number of cable stations starting Wednesday, August 6th and through the day of the primary.

Duane Perkins said, “I am proud to be able to share some of my biography and positions on the issues through the mass media. To be able to produce and run a television ad demonstrates my ability to win this primary and will further my name recognition so that I am in the best position to be elected in the general election.”

Amongst the two candidates competing in the August 12th primary, Mr. Perkins is the only candidate to qualify for the Citizens Elections Financing. Mr. Perkins said, “I am now able to focus on my grassroots efforts of going door to door and communicating with the voters my message of being the best candidate to support issues that matter to working families and my determination to stand up for what is right.”

Terry Tierney is scheduled to be a guest on the local access show live call-in show "Ideas at Work and Beyond" (which will broadcasted live on the internet). Tierney will answer viewer's question about his campaign, outline his platform, and explain why he feels he's the better candidate to challenge Republican Mike McLaughlin.

Come watch the freak show tonight

Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Time: 5:05 PM

Boy oh boy...what ever happened to the tough economic times.

If you're not doing anything tonight, come to tonight's Common Council meeting and watch the shameless mayor and the Republican majority recklessly spend your taxpayer's dollars, pull one of the largest screw-jobs in recent memory, and do a hysterical flip-flop that will leave you in stitches.

...if anything, you can come out and watch the greatest symbol of eliminating the position of City Clerk watching the train wreck named Jean Natale in person is worth taking the trip to City Hall alone.

You should be upset...VERY upset at the incredible display of wasteful spending that will be on display tonight by those who can lie right to your face without a hint of remorse.

Here's the list of the agenda...

1 – COMMUNICATION - Promotions to the Fire Department
________________________________________________________________2 – COMMUNICATION - Appointment to Historic Properties Study Committee
________________________________________________________________3 – COMMUNICATION - Appointments to Other Post Employment Benefit Board
________________________________________________________________4– COMMUNICATION - Donations to the Health and Housing – Welfare Division
________________________________________________________________5 – COMMUNICATION - Donation to the Police Department
________________________________________________________________6 – COMMUNICATION - Donation to Park and Recreation Department
________________________________________________________________7 – COMMUNICATION - Donations to Elderly Services
________________________________________________________________8 – COMMUNICATION - Request for Ad Hoc – Investment Policy
________________________________________________________________9 – COMMUNICATION - Water and Sewer Funds Re-appropriations
________________________________________________________________10 - COMMUNICATION - Ambulance Fund Re-appropriations
________________________________________________________________11 - COMMUNICATION - Removal of Private Debris, Code of Ordinances, Section 17-7
________________________________________________________________12 – COMMUNICATION - Request for Funds – Democratic Primary
________________________________________________________________13 - COMMUNICATION - Request for Parking – 2 Wheel Vehicles
________________________________________________________________14 - COMMUNICATION - Request for Ad Hoc – Property Tax Abatement
________________________________________________________________15 – COMMUNICATION - Proposal to Renew Parking Leases
________________________________________________________________16 – COMMUNICATION - Request for Sewer - 28 Tamarack Road
________________________________________________________________17 – COMMUNICATION - Request for Sewer - 30 Tamarack Road
________________________________________________________________18 - RESOLUTION - WWTP Nitrogen Removal Project
________________________________________________________________19 - RESOLUTION - Community Development Block Grant Fund – Program Year 34
________________________________________________________________20 - RESOLUTION - Historical Documents Grant
________________________________________________________________21 – RESOLUTION - EMPG Grant – Emergency Management
________________________________________________________________22 – RESOLUTION - Still River Greenway and Ives Trail
________________________________________________________________23 – REPORT - Fire Department Statement of Condition and Property
________________________________________________________________24 – REPORT - Water Extension – 20-22 Old Ridgebury
________________________________________________________________25 – REPORT & ORDINANCE – S.A.V.E. – Code of Ordinance, Section 18-12.3
________________________________________________________________26 – REPORT & ORDINANCE - Tax Deferral Ordinance – Section 18-25, Subsection (e)
________________________________________________________________27 – REPORT & ORDINANCE - Weights and Measures, Code of Ordinances, Section 22-2
________________________________________________________________28 – REPORT & ORDINANCE - Police Depart. Ordinances – Sections 19-4, 19-34.1 and 19-35
________________________________________________________________29 – AD HOC REPORT & ORDINANCE - Awarding of Contract, Code of Ordinances, Section 2-152
________________________________________________________________30 – AD HOC REPORT - Rockwood Lane
________________________________________________________________31 – AD HOC REPORT - 84 Hospital Avenue
________________________________________________________________32 – AD HOC REPORT - Duckpin Bowling Lane Lease
________________________________________________________________33 – AD HOC REPORT - Charles Ives Property Acquisition
34 – AD HOC REPORT - Property Tax Abatement
Police, Fire, Health-Housing & Welfare, Dream Homes, Public Works, Permit Center, Unit, Elderly Services, Library

CAMPAIGN SPOTLIGHT: Congressman Chris Murphy delights the crowd at Italian festival

Time: 3:20 PM

Congressman Murphy meets with area residents who came out to the annual Danbury Italian Festival

For the next installment in my Campaign Spotlight series, I decided to take a break from the state races and focus my attention on one of the Democratic Congressional candidates running for re-election: Congressman Chris Murphy.

At the Italian festival in Danbury this weekend, I caught up with the freshman Congressman before he met with the public and asked for his take on two issues that are receiving a great deal of attention across the country, the rising cost of energy and the foreclosure crisis as well as getting his thoughts on his re-election campaign.

You can access Congressman Murphy's campaign website by clicking here.

My previous Campaign Spotlight posts can be viewed below:

1. State Rep. Bob Godfrey

2. Local Democrats come out to support the Bethel DTC at annual picnic

What does the following image and the City Clerk Jean Natale have in common?

Monday, August 04, 2008
Time: 6:03 PM

You'll see REAL soon...

Community Forum 07.30.08 broadcast

Time: 1:39 AM

Host: Susan Shaner
Guest: Michael Obadia, Tutor

Danbury Live 07.29.08 broadcast

Time: 1:36 AM

What do the numbers 98, 89, 9 and City Clerk Jean Natale have in common?

Sunday, August 03, 2008
Time: 2:32 AM

You'll see REAL soon...

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The Mercurial (RIP)
Danbury News Times
Danbury Patch
Danbury Hamlet Hub
Danbury Daily Voice
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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