HatCityBLOG EXCLUSIVE: 2009 State of the City Address

Saturday, December 19, 2009
Time: 2:04 PM


From yesterday, here's the 2009 State of the City Address.

LITCHFIELD TIMES: Mark Boughton established gubernatorial exploratory committee; will make decision on running after X-MAS

Thursday, December 17, 2009
Time: 4:54 PM

Here's what the Litchfield Times had to say.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who has established an exploratory committee for a run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, said if he had been in the state's top elected office he would have enacted a "line item veto" of the $37.6 billion two-year state budget that became law in late summer. Also, he would have provided "some direction to the Legislature on where I thought the major issues were.


The governor [Rell] announced last month that she would not seek a second full term in office and would retire in January 2011.


Mr. Boughton said he plans to make a decision by Christmas on whether to seek the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

Everyone knows that Boughton is going to throw his hat into the race...and it makes sense. With candidates like Michael Fedele and Tom Foley, unlike the Democratic line-up for governor, the Republican picks are slim to say the least.

That being said, one needs to remember that there is a world of difference between running for a municipality that masquerades itself as a city and running for state-wide office. For example, the chances in an anti-immigrant mayor winning capturing votes in large voting blocs (Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, Bridgeport New London) are laughable at best. Although Boughton will try to tout himself as a moderate Republican, I'm sure there are many organizations and activists who will be VERY vocal in saying otherwise.

In any event, with the possibility of four candidates from Fairfield county going after the state's top post (Marconi, Malloy, Boughton Lamont), 2010 is shaping up to be a very interesting year.

CT SEN: Cappiello cashes in his morality for $280,000

Time: 3:11 PM

I wonder how women and children feel about David Cappiello taking money from a person who polluted kid's minds with images of sex and violence on TV?

With money to burn, the women who brought simulated rape, public sex and necrophilia to millions of television screens proved that at 280,000, anyone's sense of morality can be bought.

...for instance, take former State Sen David Cappiello.
Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (R) is paying her campaign manager, David Cappiello, a salary of about $280,000 -- possibly a record for campaigns in Connecticut.


"The Connecticut Senate race is one of the highest-profile races in the country, and he brings to this campaign an extensive network of relationships, an intimate knowledge of the state and substantial political experience," said a McMahon campaign official, who confirmed Cappiello's pre-tax salary.

I'd expect more dignity from someone of Cappiello's character but then again, this is the same man who had no problem taking dirty money.

CT-GOV: Rudy Marconi campaign launched public campaign finance ad

Time: 11:55 AM

Today, the Rudy Marconi campaign released a satirical ad that takes aim at the Connecticut Citizen Election Program.

Entitled "Governor's Mansion For Sale," Marconi pledges to enter the campaign finance program and calls on the other challengers in the gubernatorial race to do the same.

Update coming soon...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Time: 2:07 PM

The sexual assault court case against former mayoral candidate and vice president of Elise Marciano’s anti-immigrant hate-group, United States Citizens for Immigration and Law Enforcement, John McGowan continues...

I'll update everyone on what happened during yesterday's hearing soon. Lets just say that when it comes the word "bizarre," McGowan lives up to the definition.

...more to come.

Achievement gap forum TODAY

Time: 12:08 PM

Today, State Rep Jason Bartlett and the campaign learn committee will be hosting a town hall meeting on the education achievement gap.

The event will take place TODAY at the Rogers Park Middle School (21 Memorial Drive) from 6 to 8PM. If you have education concerns, now is the time to express your concerns with your state legislators.


Rogers Park Middle School, 21 Memorial Drive:

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The fight begins

Time: 11:55 AM

The fight for REAL immigration reform starts now.

Yesterday, Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP). The bill includes
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, introduced Tuesday a “historic” bill for comprehensive immigration reform that would allow millions of undocumented aliens to be legalized.

During a press conference at which supporters chanted “Yes we can!” Gutierrez repeated his message that reforming the U.S. immigration system is urgent.

“We’ve waited long enough,” he said. “Just because we’ve been patient doesn’t mean we can wait forever.”

“This bill should be the immigration policy of our country...it’s not complicated. It’s pro-family, pro-jobs and pro-security,” he said of the 700-page text.

Gutierrez expressed confidence that the bill, which will probably be debated in February or March 2010, will win Republican support. For now, all 87 of his co-sponsors are Democrats.

“There is no right or wrong time (to present the bill), there’s just a moral obligation,” said Rep. Nydia Velasquez (D-N.Y.), leader of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

This is not the only immigration bill being toss around in Congress. On the senate side, Senators Charles Schumer and Lindsey Graham are also working on an immigration reform bill and will probably unveil their plan in late January.

UPDATE: Fight delayed?
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has privately told her politically vulnerable Democratic members that they will not vote on controversial bills in 2010 unless the Senate acts first.

After a year of bruising legislative victories that some political analysts believe have done more to jeopardize her majority than to entrench it, Pelosi is shifting gears for the 2010 election.

The Speaker recently assured her freshman lawmakers and other vulnerable members of her caucus that a vote on immigration reform is not looming despite a renewed push from the White House and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The House will not move on the issue until the upper chamber passes a bill, Pelosi told the members.


“The Speaker has told members in meetings that we’ve done our jobs,” a Democratic leadership aide said. “And that next year the Senate’s going to have to prove what it can accomplish before we go sticking our necks out any further.”

Complaints on boot program on the rise

Monday, December 14, 2009
Time: 6:17 PM

Ever since the start of the city's boot program, my inbox and sources have been flooding me with complaints from outraged residents...and it's not good.

For the last 2 weeks, I've been researching on VioAlert, the company behind the boot program whose history...and lets just say that their practice is shady at best.

Here's a screen shot of one resident's message to Mayor Boughton (via twitter) about the program.


Trust me, this is not the only person who's giving Mayor Boughton an earful about the program. I'm hearing reports on boots being placed on cars on private property as well as one incident where a woman's car was booted while she was out at 11PM and was stuck without a means to get home.

I'm almost done with my write-up on VioAlert and I'll post it soon.

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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
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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