LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Community Forum 10.14.09 broadcast

Saturday, October 17, 2009
Time: 12:25 PM

Guest: Danbury Democratic Mayoral candidate Gary Goncalves:

Coming attractions

Friday, October 16, 2009
Time: 1:44 PM

Here's a peek at some of the items I'm working on for this site:
  • The campaign finance statements are in and certain candidates cash-on-hand is laughable to say the least. I'll break down the numbers (and show you who donated to who) later...it's quite interesting.

  • Hark! Mike "the law doesn't apply to me" Hallas is BREAKING CITY LAW again...why am I not surprised. I'll explain later.

  • Day three of the sexual assault case against anti-immigrant extremist/former mayoral candidate John McGowan was just as silly as the first two days. Unfortunately, because of the debate, I haven't had time to do a write-up and get everyone up to date. I''ll bring you up to date on his latest court stunt later.

  • From taking credit for the renovations to the Palace Theater, to misleading the public regarding his voting record in relation with Democrats on the Common Council, Mayor Boughton's recycled themes from 2007 are just begging to be debunked...and I'm just the person to do it.

  • Speaking of Danbury's last honest man, in a post I'm working on, I'll explain why the "40-dollar-a-plate" Danbury Chamber of Commerce mayoral debate was a disservice to the public...and why Boughton avoids FREE and OPEN debates.

  • Make sure to watch the video postings of my favorite public access shows. From Community Forum to Spotlight On, the people behind these shows really work hard to bring quality programming to the community and it's worth watching.

  • WTF was up with the snow yesterday?!?!?

Till later...

David Cappiello to lead team smackdown?

Thursday, October 15, 2009
Time: 3:30 PM


I have unconfirmed reports that former State Senator David Cappiello will be Linda McMahon's campaign manager.

If this is true, it's a slap in Rob Simmons'face seeing that he and Cappiello are friends.

I'm working on confirming this with the McMahon's campaign now...

UPDATE: It's confirmed!

For those not familiar with McMahon or her WWE empire, here's an introduction to Linda in action...

TParty at MLN has more regarding McMahon's efforts to hire every Republican in the state.

HatCityBLOG VIDEO: 2009 Danbury Chamber of Commerce luncheon/mayoral debate

Time: 8:43 AM


From yesterday's Danbury Chamber of Commerce luncheon, here's the unedited video footage of the "45 dollar a plate" debate between Mark Boughton and Gary Goncalves.

If you want to download the video to you computer, you can do so by right clicking on the following link and saving the file to your computer (WARNING: The file size of the video is large so only attempt to download the file using a high-speed connection).


NOTE: I didn't have my normal tripod so there will be a couple of moments where the video will shake. I also forgot to adjust the shutter speed of my camera so the brightness of the video is a tad bit low. In the interest of time, I didn't adjust the brightness or edit the file during the production process.

BONUS: Here's the post-debate interviews myself and Ideas at Work and Beyond local access show host Marty Heiser conducted:


VIDEO: 2009 Board of Education forum.

Day 31: Funny how time changes a man

Day 27: FREE and OPEN debate excuses go from the ridiculous to the absurd

Day 25: fundraising for candidates are more important to Boughton than FREE and OPEN debates

Day 24 and no word from Boughton

Democratic Town Committee chairman weighs in on Boughton avoiding FREE and OPEN debates

News-Times to Boughton: Stop waffling on FREE and OPEN debates

Avoiding free and open debates is nothing new for Boughton

Goncalves blasts Boughton over not agreeing to open debates

Debate video coming soon

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Time: 3:48 PM

...well the 45 dollar a plate debate has come and gone.

I'm processing the video from today's Chamber of Commerce luncheon/debate and I'll have it available for viewing later this evening.

UPDATE 10:20 PM: Due to the large size of the file, YouTube is taking a LONG time processing the video.

Don't fear, you'll be able to view the debate (as well as download the file directly to your computer) at 8 AM tomorrow.

...so much for economic development in Danbury

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Time: 2:15 PM

FLASHBACK: Mayor Mark Boughton on marketing Danbury/recruiting businesses to the area, July 2007.

Since Mayor Boughton hasn't filled the position of Economic Development, several major businesses have overlooked coming to the Greater Danbury area for other places in the state.

One of the rationales behind Downtown Danbury being the host for the Connecticut Film Festival is because of it's location in the state (i.e., close to NYC) and it's relatively easy accessibility (Metro-North, Airport, I-684, etc). The office of economic development, played a key role in recruiting the festival to the area and in the two years of the event, most people would agree that (for teh exception of a few problems which should be worked out in time) the festival was a success.

In the last several months, several major television studios have set up show in Connecticut. For instance, NBC studios have set up shop in Stamford where talk shows The biggest factors in NBC establishing themselves in Stamford are the same rationale used by the promoters of the CT Film Festival: Proximity to major cities (such as NYC, New Haven, and Boston area) accessibility to transportation (airports, light rail, highways, etc).

Although I wouldn't call these programs "must-see TV" these shows being with them something that's very much needed in Danbury...J-O-B-S.

Now, keep that in mind, and the fact that the city is still without a Economic Development director whose primary responsibility is to highlight the positive qualities of the city to potential businesses, when you read this article that describes what's happening in South Windsor in today's Hartford Courant:
An assessment of the potential economic impact of the proposed Connecticut Studios project concludes the development will benefit both the local and state economies by creating jobs, attracting investors, building an industry, and boosting tax revenue both in town and in Hartford.

The Connecticut Economic Resource Center Inc. believes the project's development and construction phase alone will create 1,530 jobs and add $108 million to personal incomes, according to an analysis it presented to the town council. The developer's plan calls for developing an area of 750,000 square feet, roughly 17.2 acres, at a cost of $276 million.

The analysis, outlined by Dale Shannon, senior economist at CERC, estimates ongoing economic activity of the proposed studio and related businesses will create 4,590 jobs, lead to $786 million in sales, $623 million of that from film production alone. It is also expected to add $275 million to personal incomes annually, Shannon said.

Included in the construction phase is $60 million for the studio; $50 million for retail; $18 million for a hotel; $2.7 million for restaurants; and $10 million for infrastructure. The study also suggests the project will lead to the creation of 4,600 jobs in the areas of film and post-film production, studio offices, and hotel, retail and restaurant sales. And, Shannon said, those figures are "very conservative."

"It's a very substantial project," Town Councilor Kathryn Hale said. These are "bigger numbers and better numbers than I was assuming."

State Sen. Gary LeBeau, chairman of the commerce committee, assured the council that the state considers itself a partner in the development. "This is a tremendous project," LeBeau said.


[Town Manager Matthew] Galligan said many of those employed directly or indirectly by the studio project will live and work in town and "pay their taxes here." The town will also benefit from the increased value the project brings to the town's list of taxable property.

LeBeau said he views the Connecticut Studios project as just the beginning.

"My hope is this is the first of many studios to come to the state of Connecticut," LeBeau said.

Here again is a situation where another MAJOR production studio has set up shop in Connecticut and the city of Danbury was overlooked (for South Windsor!)

As more and more companies are deciding to put Danbury in their rear view mirrors, it's safe to assume that one of the reasons companies that ARE coming to Connecticut are overlooking the potential of doing business with Danbury is because we don't have a person at the office of Economic Development selling the viability of the city to businesses.

Keep this in mind when you hear the political rhetoric over the state of the city's economy and job creation under the Boughton administration over the next couple of weeks.

For instance, form his recent local access interview, listen to Danbury's last honest man talk about economic development.

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Bethel Watch Oct 12 2009 broadcast

Time: 12:22 PM

Boughton avoiding FREE and OPEN debates: Day 31 (the "funny how time changes a man" edition)

Monday, October 12, 2009
Time: 4:51 PM

When it comes to FREE and OPEN debates in Danbury, Lets turn back the clock to 2001 and take a look at mayoral candidate Mark Boughton in action when he first ran for office.

The News-Times, October 9th 2001.

Mayoral candidates will square off next week when regional and local business leaders ask them how they would boost the city's economic base.

The Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce will host a mayoral forum as a way for residents and business community to hear the candidates' plan for Danbury.


Boughton and Setaro already have squared off at two debates. In recent weeks, they debated at forums sponsored by the citywide Parent Teacher Organization and the Senior Center.

Candidate Boughton also debated on local access television, as well as at the News-Times editorial board meeting...which equals FIVE debates.

Well, that was then, and now this is what Mayor Boughton had to say when the League of Women Voters tried to set up at least one FREE and OPEN debate.

"It's already late in the (election) cycle and we do have a full schedule of events," he said. "I also have a responsibility to run the city of Danbury."

Funny how time changed Danbury's last honest man huh?


Day 27: FREE and OPEN debate excuses go from the ridiculous to the absurd

Day 25: fundraising for candidates are more important to Boughton than FREE and OPEN debates

Day 24 and no word from Boughton

Democratic Town Committee chairman weighs in on Boughton avoiding FREE and OPEN debates

News-Times to Boughton: Stop waffling on FREE and OPEN debates

Avoiding free and open debates is nothing new for Boughton

Goncalves blasts Boughton over not agreeing to open debates

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Ideas at Work and Beyond 10.08.09 broadcast

Sunday, October 11, 2009
Time: 12:49 PM

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The Mercurial (RIP)
Danbury News Times
Danbury Patch
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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