It's rumored that the Secretary of State's office is re-auditing Danbury's November election results. As I reported last year, Danbury's third ward was selected to be audited by random in an effort to make sure the new optical scanning machines worked properly.
I'll contact the SOTS on Monday and confirm what's going on (if anything).
The town of Ridgefield is facing tough times with a $1.1 million deficit and layoffs looming, First Selectman Rudy Marconi told a crowd of 25 attending his State of the Town address Thursday morning.
While only seven foreclosures have been recorded in the town in 2008-09 so far, there was still was a $2.2 million hit to the town employees pension fund, of which $1 million was recovered.
With layoffs coming at IBM and more layoffs anticipated in the second quarter from General Electric, Marconi is concerned that Ridgefield residents may be affected by job loss.
Conveyance taxes are down to $15 million from the usual $45 million seen in a healthy economy. And it looks like Fairfield County make take a harder hit from state cuts in ECS (Education Cost Sharing) reimbursements than the rest of the state, Marconi said.
Okay, lets recap what's happening in the Danbury area...
4. There are still many questions surrounding the mayor's unilateral decision to ram 2.5 million dollars in questionable bonding proposals down the throats of the taxpayer's of the city without their approval.
5. The New London Day notes that the relentless winter weather costs is requiring towns and cities to spend more than expected.
Just use logic here. Faced with these factors, shouldn't politicians and the press ask more questions about the city's financial shape? Why the silence? Where is the fact checking against what the mayor and director of finance stated so far about the shape of the city?
Are we to believe that the seventh largest city is simply doing "okay" or is there more to the city's financial story than meets the eye?
A number of bloggers from Connecticut made the trip to DC to see history in the making. While I'm downloading and working on by post on my experiences in DC, here's a sample of what's to come from one of the best videobloggers I know, Lon Seidman.
I had a great couple of days in DC and of course brought my geek gear to document the journey. I posted a gallery on Flickr that you can find by clicking here.
At the ball on Tuesday night Wednesday morning I happened to be in the right place at the right time for President Obama's arrival at the event. Lucky for me (and you) I had my point and shoot with me and shot this cool video. I especially like the digital cameras and cell phones 'sprouting' up from the audience when our new President took the stage:
Blogging from DC right now and my feet are killing me from all the cold.
Can't blog much since I really need to go to bed but I felt I just needed to express how incredible today was. If you missed this moment, you truly missed a moment in history that you will always regret.
Since I'm not done with my blog on my entire journey to and from the big event in DC, I'm going to have my report on the big show until I get back and have a chance to process my video and photos.
...TV does this day NO JUSTICE as you'll understand once I share my images with everyone.
What, you didn't think I would miss this inauguration did ya!
Posting will be non-existent today as I'm frantically packing for my trip to D.C. to witness the swearing in of Barack Obama.
...and yes, I'm going to blog ALL about it.
My first thing I have to do when I reach DC is get a handle on where the WiFI locations are and the best place to set up. There are MANY restrictions which wil lmake live blogging next to impossible unless you own a Blackberry. Since you can't carry any backpacks or camera bags, I'll basically be without a computer while at the ceremony BUT I will be shooting video, doing interviews, and taking photos (my coat has BIG pockets).
Although it's still in the works, there is a possibility that my blog posts will be simulcasted over at the News-Times site (and I say possibility since I'm using a MUCH older Windows laptop and I'm still testing producing videos on it).
After I get my bearings worked out, I have to attend the Netroots Nation "Yes We Can" party, which should be a blast since it's been a while since I've seen some of the national bloggers who were around during the Ned Lamont/Joe Lieberman primary. I'm sure I'll be shooting video there as well.
Then it's an early night's sleep as I'll probably have to hit the Capitol around 6-7 AM and deal with the cold. Now, since there is going to be an estimated 4 million people down there, it's going to be next to impossible to find the people from New Hope Baptist Church who will be there also BUT if I can, I'll make sure to interview them.
All in all, I'm VERY excited to participating in history in the making...but for now, I better get back to packing.
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.