Saturday, November 21, 2009
Time: 4:30 PM


Lets make a deal...NO GROPING Santa at the mall (or any other place) this year!



Police say woman groped Santa

Woman accused of Santa groping: 'I did not do anything wrong'

Update: Alleged Santa groper gets probation

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Ideas at Work and Beyond 11.19.09 broadcast

Friday, November 20, 2009
Time: 8:30 PM

GUEST: Keith Miller

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Progresive Soup 11.18.09 broadcast

Time: 2:18 PM

GUEST: Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Spotlight On 11.17.09 broadcast

Thursday, November 19, 2009
Time: 1:41 PM

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Bethel Today 11.16.09 broadcast

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Time: 11:06 PM

Hate crime charge filed in assault case

Time: 9:48 PM

Although very briefly reported in today's front page article, the hate crime charge filed against the four individuals who allegedly attacked two immigrants back in October is rather significant.

Here's a real brief recap of what happened:
City police arrested four suspects Tuesday morning for an alleged bias attack on two Mexican men last month that a witness videotaped on his iPhone.

Police said the four suspects, three of them brothers from Bethel and the fourth, a Danbury resident who cleans the city police station, shouted racial slurs as they beat and robbed the victims in a Balmforth Avenue parking lot in the early morning hours of Oct. 10.

Here's a copy of the charges filed (via the CT judicial website). The hate crime charge is highlighted in blue.


Here's a breakdown of the specific hate crime these guys are being charged with (CGS § 53a-181k).

Connecticut has a number of statutes on hate crimes that protect a range of people, enhance penalties for bias crimes, and allow an injured person to sue for money damages. The primary criminal statutes are the intimidation based on bigotry or bias crimes. These statutes provide three degrees of penalties. They address certain actions that intimidate or harass another person because of his actual or perceived race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.



A person commits the second degree crime if he acts maliciously and intends to intimidate or harass someone because of his actual or perceived race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression by:

1. making physical contact with the victim;

2. damaging, destroying, or defacing property; or

3. threatening to do either of these things and the victim has reasonable cause to believe he will carry out the threat.

This is a class D felony, punishable by one to five years in prison, a fine of up to $ 5,000, or both (CGS § 53a-181k).

State Rep Jason Bartlett arrested on motor vehicle charges

Time: 3:33 PM


State Representative Jason Bartlett was arrested in Newtown on several motor vehicle charges stemming from the state lawmaker using a cell phone in his car without a hands free device.

From what I learned, after being pulled over for using his cell phone in his car, the police learned that Bartlett's license was suspended and his car registration had expired, at which point, the State Rep was arrested.

In a brief conversation I had with Rep. Bartlett, he stated that the incident was unfortunate and that he showed a poor lack of judgment. He also stated that paid the necessary fines..and bought a hands free device.

Moral of the story...don't use your cell phone without a hands-free device.

UPDATE: Rep. Bartlett's license was suspended due to his failure to pay a motor vehicle violation (use of a cell phone in a car without a hands-free device).

Here's the report from WTNH

Hate crimes are nothing new in Danbury

Time: 1:06 PM

As someone who's been following xenophobia and racial tensions in Danbury, this story is not shocking because people have long complained about hate crimes such as this for years.
City police arrested four suspects Tuesday morning for an alleged bias attack on two Mexican men last month that a witness videotaped on his iPhone.

Police said the four suspects, three of them brothers from Bethel and the fourth, a Danbury resident who cleans the city police station, shouted racial slurs as they beat and robbed the victims in a Balmforth Avenue parking lot in the early morning hours of Oct. 10.

The assault was filmed by a resident of a nearby apartment building, who also recited the license plate of the suspects' car into the phone as they drove away, police said.

Johnny Alicea-Cintron of 23 Woodside Ave., Danbury; and brothers Richard Dinh, 18; Truong Jason Dinh, 22; and John Dinh, 22, all of Knollwood Drive, Bethel, were taken into custody Tuesday morning and charged with two counts of attempted robbery, first-degree assault, conspiracy, and intimidation based on race.

The three Dinh brothers are Asian, and Alicea-Cintron, who works for the company that cleans the police station, is Puerto Rican, police said.

Police said the four "planned and discussed the attack" in advance, "creating the conspiracy."

The victims, both 32, suffered head injuries that included a concussion and a damaged eye socket. One of them would have been run over if the other hadn't dragged him out of the way as the attackers drove off, police said.

The witness, who lives in a second-floor apartment overlooking the parking lot, told police he was watching television shortly after 2 a.m. when he was startled by screams from outside the apartment. He looked out the window and saw four men "punching and kicking the victims."

The witness yelled at the attackers, warning that he was taping them and they would be arrested, but they continued to beat the two men. Then one of the attackers went through one of the victim's pockets, police said.


Police traced the vehicle to Alicea-Cintron's mother. Alicea-Cintron told investigators that one of the victims had been hassling him and his three friends in an Ives Street bar earlier in the evening, and when he stopped his car to relieve himself in the Balmforth Avenue parking lot, the same man showed up and took a swing at him.

The two victims had been out drinking before the attack. They said after leaving the last bar they were surrounded by a group of men who yelled at them and began beating them.

Again, people in the immigrant community have LONG complained about hate crimes such as this incident. People in the immigrant community are targeted for a variety of reasons including the notion that immigrants carry around large sums of money out of fear of opening a bank account.

Whether it's because of money, or blind hatred for another race, when you target a particular group of people based upon race, it's a hate-crime.

There are numerous incidents in which members of Elise Marciano's anti-immigrant hate group were directly linked to public harassment and threats against members of the immigrant community. Anyone who viewed the comment section of the old News-Times, watched the lunatics on a variety of local access shows, or witnessed the bigots in action at public forums should not be surprised over this hate-crime.

...what you should be concerned with is the number of hate-crimes that go unreported in Danbury.


Danbury police expect arrests in Balmforth Avenue assault, robbery

CT-05: Chris Healy throws fellow Republicans under the bus; urges Sam Caligiuri to run for Congress

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Time: 6:02 PM

Is GOP chair Chris Healy urging State Senator Sam Caligiuri to abandon his U.S. Senate aspirations and turn his sights to the 5th Congressional race?

Well, here's Caligiuri in his own words:
In response to Chairman Healy's call for Senator Caligiuri to enter the Fifth Congressional district race, Caligiuri made the following statement:

"I want to thank Chairman Healy for his kind words and encouragement of my potential candidacy in the Fifth Congressional District. Over the last several days I have been exploring this option with Chairman Healy and other leaders in the party who have reached out to me in support of this move. My goal has always been to best serve the people of Connecticut by reviving our economy, reforming government, and restoring fiscal responsibility. Over the coming days, I will make a decision on how I can best continue to fight for those principles and serve the people of Connecticut."

As expected, the Republicans who are currently seeking the 5th District nomination aren't too happy with Healy's slap in the face. Here's what Justin Bernier had to say about about the GOP chairman's sign of no-confidence.
The situation in New York's 23rd congressional district showed us what happens when party insiders play favorites,'' said Bernier, referring to the recent disaster in New York when conservatives forced a moderate candidate off the ticket. "I am confident that the Republicans in the Fifth District of Connecticut will make the right decision in this nomination process,'' said Bernier, a war veteran and former legislative aide to former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons.

"Over the past seven months I have travelled western Connecticut and I am honored by the support and many endorsements we have received. My only goal remains to represent the people of the Fifth Congressional District in Congress, and I am 100 percent committed to seeking my party's nomination for this responsibility.

Other Republicans seeking the 5th Congressional district nomination include Dan Carter, Bill Evans, and Kie Westby


Time: 5:14 PM


I've been working on my update regarding the latest case of irresponsible development that underway over on Hospital Avenue (Jeffery Court) and to put it bluntly, there is a great deal of land history to research.

Without going into the history of the land (which I'll do in a later post), here's a brief breakdown on what's happening.

  • The land is currently owned by the infamous BRT Development

  • The plan is to build 4 THREE FAMILY townhouses on the land. Yes, you read it correctly, 4 THREE family townhouses.


  • Residential property development consisting on three or less family multi-family homes does not have to come before the planning and zoning commission.

I'll have more on this story real soon...

The case against John McGowan, day five: Endless subpoenas and bizarre motions to dismiss

Time: 2:23 PM

Sorry for the delay but here's the latest in the rape case against John McGowan.

The former mayoral candidate, vice president of Elise Marciano’s anti-immigrant hate-group, United States Citizens for Immigration and Law Enforcement, and prominent figure in the xenophobic movement in the greater Danbury area whose case is receiving national attention, was arrested on a first degree sexual assault charge.
Here’s the disturbing details:
In the 13-page affidavit, the woman describes a variety of sexual encounters to which she consented, but she claimed that on Oct. 20, 2008, after attending a meeting at McGowan's church, he assaulted her anally at a house he was building on Juniper Road in New Milford.

The woman told police she said, "What are you doing?" and "Stop," but McGowan instead "put his right arm around her neck and put her in a headlock," according to the affidavit.

After speaking with counselors at the women's shelter in Danbury, the victim went to New Milford Hospital on Oct. 22 and hospital personnel called police, according to the affidavit.

PART ONE: Self-representation

*As a side note, entering day five, as I entered the chambers at Litchfield Superior court, I noticed that McGowan’s local access show partner Kevin Gallagher joined his so-called “support” group. Sharing in McGowan’s various common “beliefs”, Gallagher has been seen with Else Marciano’s sidekick after the first day of the trail at TK’s restaurant, as well as days before his third court appearance. This is the first time I've seen Gallagher in court.

The start of the fifth day of the trial began by Judge Ginocchio asking McGowan if:
  • he would be representing himself,

  • if he was aware of the charge against him,

  • if he would be representing himself, that he would have to follow the rule of law and CT general statues

  • he understood that he had the option of hiring an attorney yet it is not his intention to seek legal counsel

  • understood what the prosecution had to prove in this case

  • he’s undergoing any mental health issues or seeing a doctor for any mental health issues

In a nutshell, the judge questioned McGowan about self-representation because, unlike the competency hearing, we’re at a stage of the trail when the prosecution is going to present evidence and basically laying out the case against him.

As he clearly demonstrated thus far in the trial in his ramblings about jurisdiction, McGowan’s bizarre behavior in the courtroom will only hurt him as the trail enters the next phase. Yet, in his answers to the judge, the anti-immigrant activist continues to insist that he’ll represent himself at this time and acknowledged that he understood the charges against him (first degree sexual assault carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison).

PART TWO: McGowan’s strange subpoenas and motions to dismiss the case

After dealing with the issue of self-representation, Judge Ginocchio moved to the next issue at hand, McGowan’s subpoenas motions to dismiss the case…and lets just say, McGowan’s request are ridiculous to say the least.

According to court records, McGowan issued a series motions to dismiss the case...get ready to shake your head:
Motion 1:
During the time in which Dawn Gallo walked away into the jury box, Judge James Ginocchio was acting as the prosecution.

Motion to dismiss

Motion 2:
I turned myself in and was not immediately brought to a magistrate with jurisdiction, but instead was set to Bantam Court on a different day and then set to Litchfield court on a different day

Motion to dismiss

Motion 3:
Prosecutor Dawn Gallo walked away during the 1st proceeding stating, "I don't want any part of this" and proceeded to walk to the juror box.

Then conspired with the judge to deny me my sue process by sending me to a psychiatric examination during a time I had to be in court in violation of 18 USC 241 & 242.

Motion to dismiss

Motion 4:
Court clerk hasn't provided to me certified copies of case file required.

Motion to dismiss

Motion 5:
Judge has asked me to set a psychiatric evaluation. I request that you provide me documented evidence that shows you have the authority to order a secured party creditor to do so.

It is not under the jurisdiction of this court, or the jurisdiction of the United States Corporation. Documents have already been provided for you that I am not a citizen of your corporation or under your jurisdiction.

I do not refuse this evaluation. I do require that you give me proof I request before I submit to it. I do not believe you have the authority to order this evaluation and I believe there is no evidence to the contrary.

Any attempt to force me against my will is denial of due process, obstruction of justice, fraud, and racketeering, by the office of the court.

McGowan also filed a series of so-called “subpoenas” against members of the police department as well as the prosecutor who’s handling the case.

After stating to McGowan that he would not deal with his the issue of his “subpoenas” at this time, the judge set a date of December 15 at 2 PM to deal with McGowan’s strange motions to dismiss.

Overall, up to this point, we're no where near the point where we'll get to the matter at hand, the details of the alleged sexual assault. At some point, this case will move forward and the prosecution will be allowed to present the case against McGowan. The only question that remains is when will McGowan take this case seriously?

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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