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LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Progressive Soup Jan. 13 2010 broadcast

Friday, January 15, 2010
Time: 7:03 PM

TOPIC: Wooster School


LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Community Forum Jan. 13 2010 broadcast


Time: 1:58 PM

TOPIC: Danbury Land Trust


IRRESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT: The BRT / Hospital Ave development update

Thursday, January 14, 2010
Time: 6:02 PM

Here's an update on the latest episode on one of the most irresponsible development projects currently underway in Danbury.

As you know, I'm not the biggest fan of the BRT Corporation and their latest project on Hospital Ave only reinforces my dislike for the developer.



Back on November 30th, after hearing complaints from neighbors, I documented the water runoff and debris problem caused by the lack of proper sedimentation controls at the site on Hospital Ave.

Here's what I wrote on the subject:
As someone who lives in the area, I know a thing or two about the runoff that comes from Hospital Ave onto Osborne. That being said, yesterday, while there was a minor rain shower in the area, I decided to take a look at the BRT site and see if there was a difference in runoff....and lets just say that I was surprised with what I saw.

I have never, EVER seen so much runoff coming off Hospital Ave after such a minor rain shower, and one look at the reddish color of the water and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know where the runoff was coming from.

Watch it for yourself...


After posting the video, and continued complaints from the neighbors, the Democratic caucus of the city council, along with State Rep. Joe Taborsak held a press conference in front of the irresponsible development. At the presser, the residents were able to further express their frustration with BRT and City Hall (NOTE: The Republican city council members of represent the Hospital Ave (2nd ward council members Mike Halas and Charles Trombetta and 3rd ward members Jack Knapp and Joe Cavo) were NOT present at the presser and have yet to issue a comment on BRT's activities.


After the press conference, I took more pictures and video of the property to show BRT's complete incompetence in terms of maintaining proper sediment controls. When you look at the footage below, please take in mind that children have walked that sidewalk (in that condition) to and from Broadview Middle School...







After being exposed to the general public, it seems like the exposure of BRT's negligence has finally sounded alarm bells at City Hall (funny how a front page article and online coverage changes things). On Dec 29, one day after the press conference and at least one month since my post regarding the water run off problem, upon reading about the press conference on the front page of the News-Times (complete with pictures of the property), all hell broke loose at City Hall, which resulted in the Health, Housing, and Welfare department issuing BRT a long overdue cease and desist order.



Once faced with a order to get their act together, BRT took notice and fixed the retaining walls on the property.

The following photograph and video of the repairs on the site was taken last week.





In an effort to further defuse the situation, on Sunday Jan 24th at 1 PM Saturday January 30th at 1:00 PM at Broadview Middle School, a public meeting will be held where city officials and representatives from BRT will have a discussion with residents on Hospital Ave and parents of children who walk along the street to the middle school.

Does this mean all is forgiven with BRT…hardly so! The bitterness between the residents and neighbors go back to at least 2005 when the neighborhood rallied against the developer's first housing proposal. With all the efforts to took for BRT to do the right thing in terms of properly maintaining their sediment controls, it's fair to say that the neighbors will be on good terms with the developer any time soon.




RELATED POSTS:

A historical look at the opposition towards BRT’s attempt to develop land on Hospital Ave

VIDEO: Water runoff from BRT project on Hospital Ave

IRRESPONSIBLE DEVELOPMENT: BRT/Jeffery Court update

News-Times picks up on BRT/Jeffery Court fiasco

BRT Dan Bertram's dishonest quote of the day

Danbury Democrats endorse Richard Blumenthal for senate


Time: 4:08 PM



With Senator Chris Dodd announcing that he will not seek re-election, the town committee voted in favor of endorsing the candidacy of Richard Blumenthal for Senate.



After the meeting, I talked to DTC chairman Joe DaSilva about the committee endorsing Blumenthal and what did it mean in terms of what the Danbury delegates would do at the convention later this year.



You can read (and view) more highlights from this month's DTC committee meeting by clicking here.

House Majority Leader Denise Merrill makes her case for Secretary of State

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Time: 1:20 PM


State House Majority Leader Denise Merrill addresses the Danbury Democratic Town Committee about her desire to run for Secretary of State


As we enter the 2010 campaign season, with the Democratic and Republican State conventions approaching, candidates are busy introducing themselves to the various town committees across the state.

On Monday night, State House Majority Leader Denise Merrill paid a visit to the Danbury Democratic Town Committee to talk about why she's contemplating a run for the position of Secretary of State.


LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Ideas At Work and Beyond 01.07.10 broadcast

Monday, January 11, 2010
Time: 11:16 AM

GUEST HOST: Yours truly
TOPICS: Chris Dodd retirement speech, John McGowan court trial, Jim Himes Stamford Town Hall Meeting, BRT Jeffery Court fiasco



NOTE: You can read ConnCAN's report on the Danbury School system by clicking here.

CT GOV: Rudy Marconi releases new web ad


Time: 10:26 AM

Today, the Rudy Marconi campaign released a new web ad.

Entitled "Who's pulling the strings," the video highlights why the state needs the campaign public finance system.



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01.25.23 (OP-ED/PATCH):
"Letter: 'Danbury Is Not Immune To Gerrymandering'"

01.24.23 (NEWSTIMIES-TENSA):
"Is proposed Danbury ward map 'gerrymandered' or does it better represent downtown? Plan sparks debate"

02.17.22 (NEWSTIMES-PERKINS): "Danbury is redrawing its ward maps. Here’s what it means for voters."

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10.06.23: (VID) R.A.C. final report
09.29.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting
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03.03.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting
02.17.22: (VID) R.A.C. meeting

02.01.22: (VID) Establishment of R.A.C. (02.22 City Council)

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)
"SENATOR KUSHNER DISCUSSES POINTS OF OPTIMISM FOR DANBURY PUBLIC SCHOOLS"

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"

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JULIE KUSHNER
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Campaign website

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Nomination speech
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TOWN COMMITTEES
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2007 (BOUGHTON/ABRANTES)
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(VID) Helana Abrantes TV ad
(VID) BRT tax deferral presser
(VID) Helena Abrantes "Community Forum" interview

2009 (BOUGHTON/GONCALVES)
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

2011 (BOUGHTON/TABORSAK)
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(VID) Saadi/Nero campaign kickoff

2013 (BOUGHTON/NO DTC ENDORSED CANDIDATE/MCALLISTER)
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(VID) 2013 DDTC nominaiton convention

2015 (BOUGHTON UNCHALLENGED)
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2017 (BOUGHTON/ALMEIDA)
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(VID) 2019 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
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