LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Bethel Today 10.20.09 broadcast

Saturday, October 24, 2009
Time: 8:17 AM

Full disclosure

Friday, October 23, 2009
Time: 8:07 PM

Now, if you seen me on local access, you've seen me talk about the need for full disclosure when it comes to people endorsing candidates.

Take that into consideration when you read this letter to the editor from Robert Melillo in which he endorses Republican 1st ward Common Council member Shay Nagersheth.
This year on Nov. 3 in addition to selecting who is going to serve the great city of Danbury as mayor I also have the opportunity to decide who is going to represent me on the Common Council. As a resident of the First Ward I will have an easy decision as to who should be elected when I go to Danbury High School and cast my ballot.

The choice is between an individual who is already working hard as my current councilman or someone who has never held an elected office in Danbury. My choice is the obvious one, Shay Nagersheth.

Shay has been working diligently over the last few years both as a ward representative as well as a city-wide representative on the Common Council. He has dedicated himself to the needs of his constituents. He fought hard to improve a drainage issue on King Street, has advocated for child safety zones, worked to keep Danbury services available, all while striving to control taxes and keep Danbury an affordable place to live. He has not only proved himself on the council but also has worked diligently trying to balance out the needs of the city while protecting environmental concerns as chairman as the Environmental Impact Committee.


It is for this reason that I ask you to join with me in voting for Shay Nagarsheth as well as his running mate, Phil Colla as First Ward Councilmen.

Robert Melillo


Now, notwithstanding the fact that in the last two years, I can't think of one time in which Nagarsheth has led a ad-hoc committee and/or asked ONE question during a Common Council meeting (and I have videos of almost all of the Common Council meeting since April 2006), the real problem I have with this letter has nothing to do with the endorsement, but the lack of disclosure from the News-Times when it comes to the person who gave the endorsement.

You'll see what I mean when you look at the image below...


POINT 1: Robert Melillo is an active member of the Danbury Republican Town Committee (as well as a member of the Zoning Commission, but that's really not relevant to this post).

POINT 2: As a member of the DRTC, Melillo would had voted in favor of Nagersheth during the committee's convention earlier this year.

Based on those two factors, the News-Times has a responsibility to alert their readers whenever a member of the Democratic or Republican Town Committee writes a letter in which they endorse a candidate.

...just sayin'

UPDATE: A reader email me and ask how Melillo was able to publish a letter to the editor endorsing a candidate when he's a candidate for the Zoning Commission. I'll try to find out if elected officials running for office can endorse another candidate on the same political ticket in a letter to the editor.

At the very least, I would expect that the News-Times would write a disclaimer or not allow these types of letters to be published. I'll find out the newspaper's policy in terms of letters like this and keep you posted.

UPDATE 2: Just remembered...

As well as:
  • being a member of the Zoning Commission,

  • a VERY active member of the Republican Town Committee,

  • a top cheerleader for Mayor Boughton's policies, most notably, his comment during a common council meeting in 2007 in support of the parade ordinance (although he never attended ONE ad-hoc committee or public hearing on the subject),

  • Melillo is also the treasurer of current City Clerk's campaign.

UPDATE 3: If a volunteer of Gary Goncalves campaign's letter to the editor had a disclosure statement attached to it, then clearly the News-Times has an obligation to disclose that fact the author of this letter is a member of the Republican Town Committee who voted in favor of this Common Council member's nomination as well as the treasurer of the current City Clerk's campaign.

UPDATE 4: Okay, here's the contact information for the Letters department at the News-Times:
Letters to the Editor (203) 731-3344 letters@newstimes.com

Please call or email the newspaper and inform them about this disclosure problem and request them to make a correction (be nice).

UPDATE 5: You guys are killing me!

Okay, follow me here.

According the documents which are easily available on the City of Danbury's website, Robert Melillo lives on 1 Lois Street.

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Lois Street is located in the 1st Ward by Golden Hill Road and Danbury High School.

This letter clearly states that the writer lives in the first ward and is signed Robert Melillo.

This year on Nov. 3 in addition to selecting who is going to serve the great city of Danbury as mayor I also have the opportunity to decide who is going to represent me on the Common Council. As a resident of the First Ward I will have an easy decision as to who should be elected when I go to Danbury High School and cast my ballot...

Case closed...

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Community Forum 10.21.09 broadcast

Time: 1:04 PM

Guest: Common Council member Ben Chianese

McGowan sexual assault case update coming soon

Thursday, October 22, 2009
Time: 6:46 PM

I don't know if I was at court or at a three ring circus today...

So much happened today in the court case against former mayoral candidate / anti-immigrant activist John McGowan that it's going to take me the night to re-read all my notes and do my write-up.

Between McGowan's strange questions, Tom "Big(o)T" Bennett numerous disruptions in the court room, bizarre statements regarding jurisdiction, and dealing with a hearing which lasted hours instead of minutes, to say that today's court proceedings were interesting would be an understatement.

Since this is day four of Elise Marciano BFF's trial (and I didn't talk about what happened on day three). I'll work on what happened on both days and post my write-up tomorrow.

...trust me folks, you don't want to miss what I have to say about what happened today!

BETHEL 2009: Knickerbocker, Burke beat Craybas in fundraising

Time: 5:41 PM

As the latest round of campaign finance reports come in, the Democratic candidate for First Selectman of Bethel has raked in more cash then his two opponents combined. What might be worrisome for the Republicans is the fact that the person they didn't nominee for their ticket out raised the person they chose to lead their ticket.

The News-Times has the details.
Democratic first selectman candidate Matt Knickerbocker came out ahead of his two opponents in fundraising for the Nov. 3 campaign, based on the most recent tallies.

Knickerbocker has raised $14,690 for his campaign, with the majority raised in the last month. That is more than both his opponents combined.

Incumbent First Selectman Robert Burke raised $4,550 this period, which added to his existing funds gives him an aggregate of $8,350 raised for his third campaign.

Republican challenger Larry Craybas reported $2,075 contributions this month, with an aggregate of $4,250 raised for his campaign.

Well get a better understanding on where the candidates stand once their last report is filed (10 days before the election).

Boughton avoiding FREE and OPEN debates Day 41: The "did you enjoy your free dinners Mark" edition

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time: 10:26 PM

When it comes to Mark Boughton excuses in regards to avoiding FREE and OPEN debates with Gary Goncalves, the last honest man in Danbury used the this laughable recycled excuse:
"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."

Now we know why about Boughton's full schedule on October 20 and 22nd...he couldn't get away from his dinner appointments

Think I'm kidding, just read this letter to the editor.
In the Oct. 20 article "Residents hold protest in front of City Hall," reporter Dirk Perrefort states "Boughton is the only incumbent in the state to reject a League debate in the last 15 years, a claim league officials couldn't verify."

Verification came in the form of my conversation last week with Jean Rabinow of the Connecticut League of Women Voters.

Sept. 10 was the date that Mayor Boughton was invited by the League to debate. He said he never received it, so a second invitation was sent on Sept. 24.

In the article, the mayor excuses himself from debating by referring to the lateness of the follow-up invitation.

Past excuses from the mayor include: his first responsibility is to run the City of Danbury. I respect that comment, only on the proposed evenings of the debate, Oct. 20 and 22, he was scheduled to enjoying dinners at Barden Corporation and Ability Beyond Disability. Not to diminish their importance, I still think his first allegiance should be to the larger voter population.

This action shows great disrespect to the League, the voters of Danbury, and his Democratic challenger Gary Goncalves. The League is about education in a nonpartisan, accessible and open forum with a live audience and it's free. Not during a $45 per plate luncheon, not on cable -- and not in a Republican-oriented venue.

So Boughton couldn't provide the public a FREE and OPEN debate because he couldn't break his dinner appointments?!?

Yeah, that sounds like a real busy schedule...

People over Politics or Politics over THE PEOPLE!

UPDATE: Hark! Danbury's last honest man found time in his busy schedule to respond...
Boy, they really are getting desperate...

Today in a letter to the editor to the NewsTimes, one of my opponents volunteers alleges that I was attending two dinners (one for Barden, and one for Ability Beyond Disability) on the nights for potential League of Women Voter debates.

Aside from dragging two terrific institutions into politics, one a major employer (Barden) in Danbury, and the other an outstanding service organization that does tremendous work with the disabled (Ability Beyond Disability), the author of the letter is just...wrong.

So let me set the record straight.

Tuesday evening I attended an employee recognition night for Barden Corporation (congratulations everybody) two awards (one posthumously) were given by me for 50 years of service to Barden. I did not stay for the dinner. This event was booked long before any campaign events except the Chamber of Commerce debate which was scheduled at the beginning of the fall.

Thursday evening I am scheduled to attend an auction at WCSU to feed people less fortunate than us and then I am playing in a wheel chair basketball game for Ability Beyond Disability at Danbury High School. Stop by and check it out, it is a major fundraiser for the organization.. No dinner in sight.

Just pathetic..

You're kidding me right?

Notwithstanding the fact that:
  • Boughton found time to attend at least FIVE debates when he ran for mayor back in 2001,

  • the mayor's excuse to the Fairfield Weekly regarding not debating Goncalves doesn't pass the smell test, AND

  • the 45 dollar a plate chamber of commerce debate has not been televised on the government access channel (something Boughton promised he would do),

let's go back and re-read the mayor's excuse in not agreeing to a 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."

So, your responsibilities to the city of Danbury consist of attending an awards ceremony (hmm...wonder how long that took you to do) and a wheelchair basketball charity event. These two things prevented him from doing at least one FREE and OPEN debate for the residents you supposedly care about?

Mayor Boughton had events to do on Tues and Thurs? Okay, fine. How about Monday, Wednesday, Friday, the weekend? I'm sure many members of the public would like to see your schedule for every evening from now until election day (including weekends) so we can ALL see how busy you really are when it comes to running the city. I mean since your so busy from now until election day to do ONE FREE and OPEN debate, I think the public has a right to know exactly what you're doing (besides littering the area with MORE lawn signs).

In short, the mayor of the 7th largest city in Connecticut felt that attending two fundraisers is more important than offering ONE FREE and OPEN debate...and he has the audacity to describe the person who informed the public about his schedule as "pathetic."

Pot meet kettle.


Day 39: Residents protest Boughton refusal to debate

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

Ladybugs gone wild

Time: 1:31 PM

In honor of the swarm of ladybugs which have infested Danbury, here's an article from the NY Newsday that sheds a little light on what's happening.

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Common Sense 10.16.09 broadcast

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Time: 12:28 PM

GUEST: Bethel First Selectman Bob Burke

We have a debate...

Time: 10:17 AM

...for the position of Common Council (at large) that is.

Here's the press release:
The Danbury Area LWV will sponsor a debate for Common Council candidates running for the seven at-large positions on Danbury ’s Common Council. The debate will take place on Tuesday, October 27th at 7:00 pm at the Ives Concert Hall on the midtown campus of Western Connecticut State University. The debate is open to the public and all fourteen candidates have been invited to participate.

“There are six incumbents seeking re-election to the Council at large”, stated LWV President Carol R. Elder, “and eight other candidates, some first-time office seekers, contending for the privilege of representing Danbury ’s 75,000 residents.”

Danbury ’s 21 member Common Council is made up of two Council members elected from each of the city’s seven wards plus seven Council members elected at large to represent all city residents, regardless of the ward they live in.

“This combination of having some local representatives to address neighborhood issues, and some at large representatives, to address more universal issues, gives our legislative body the chance to really reflect the diversity in our community,” stated Elder.

“Many Danbury residents don’t realize that the at large Council Members on the Common Council represent them as well, “she concluded.

This debate will give voters an opportunity to hear these candidates respond to six predetermined questions and make a closing statement. The debate will also be taped by John Neumuller for Danbury Live and broadcast on Comcast Channel 23.

This is the first time in my memory that I can remember the candidates for Common Council (at-Large) agreeing to a debate...in fact, this is a GREAT idea that ALL candidates for the Common Council should take note of in the future.

Boughton avoiding FREE and OPEN debates: Day 39 (the protest edition)

Monday, October 19, 2009
Time: 3:55 PM

This afternoon, a group of residents held a protest outside City Hall to express their outrage over Mayor Boughton's arrogant refusal to hold FREE and OPEN debates with Democratic mayoral nominee Gary Goncalves.

Led by organizer Ellen DuBois, protesters armed with signs such as "No debate in a police state", "No Democracy without debate" and "What are you hiding from Danbury voters?" walked along Deer Hill Ave and West Street and made their presence known during the hour-long protest.

Before things got underway, I had a chance to interview DuBois about the protest.


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

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Progressive Soup 10.14.09 broadcast

Sunday, October 18, 2009
Time: 8:08 AM

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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

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"Why I am excited about the Danbury Charter School"

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"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"

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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

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(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

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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



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