LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Ideas At Work and Beyond 02.03.10 broadcast

Saturday, February 06, 2010
Time: 10:32 AM

Guest: Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi

FLASHBACK: Interview with Pathways Danbury Executive Director Troy Grant

Friday, February 05, 2010
Time: 1:32 PM

The situation regarding Pathways Danbury Executive Director Troy Grant shocked many in the Greater Danbury area.

Last week, the prominent figure of the city's one on one mentoring program was arrested on several charges that involved an alleged sexual assault of minors (Grant is scheduled to be arraigned at Danbury Superior Court next Tuesday).

Over the last week, several readers who read about the Grant case emailed me and asked if I knew anything about Pathways Danbury. Well, it just happens that right before Christmas last year, I took part in a local access program where we talked about different charities in the area. Grant was one of the guests on the show and he talked about his background and the mission of the mentoring program.

Follow the money trail: Mayor Boughton Jan 10 2010 statement

Thursday, February 04, 2010
Time: 12:05 PM

"We get thousands of checks from thousands of people and we just wouldn't have any way of knowing something like that is happening."

Mayor Boughton's response to his acceptance of James Galante alleged bundled campaign contributions

Since the mayor of DANBURY announced in BETHEL that he's jumping into the gubernatorial race, there's been a HUGE spike in traffic from people looking for information on the city's last honest man. That being said I've been notified by several that my links to Boughton's campaign finance statements are dead.

I'm in the process of fixing the problem with the access to Boughton's past finance statements but until then, here's the latest campaign report from the mayor's 2009 campaign (filed Jan 10 2010).

As the Fairfield County Weekly noted, in posting Boughton's past statements, readers helped find found some rather interesting donations from April 2003 that look oddly a lot like Galante's bundled donations that were given to the mayor's PAC in October 2003.
Sources told the Hartford Courant (the Weekly's papa paper) that Galante gave $8,000 to Boughton's People over Politics PAC in eight separate thousand-dollar donations—a grand being the legal limit for an individual—through friends, family and employees in October 2003, with promises of favors or reimbursement. Boughton told the Courant, "I was absolutely unaware that there was anything wrong with any donations."

People over Politics only received a total of eight donations of $1,000 in that reporting period.

Four checks are from the family of Paul Dinardo, Galante's brother-in-law and a longtime employee of his trash business, who got 21 months in prison in September for conspiracy to inflate hauling prices through extortion and threats. He gave $1,000. So did his father Anthony Dinardo, the father-in-law of James Galante and a resident of Putnam County, N.Y., where Automated Waste's operations stretched. The other Dinardos were Paul's brother Robert, a Danbury police officer, and his wife, Jackie, a teacher and guidance counselor in the city's public schools.


If People over Politics got $8,000 from Galante, the trash magnate provided about one-third of the $24,287 the PAC raised in 2003 and half of the $15,750 from "individuals," as opposed to business or organizations. The PAC listed $9,750 as its total contributions from individuals from Oct. 24 to Dec. 31, meaning, without that $8,000, People over Politics would have collected $1,750 from actual people. Of the eight $1,000 donations, six arrived on Oct. 26 and the other two on Oct. 23 and Oct. 30.

So no one at People over Politics thought it strange that individuals bolstered their cash stash by $8,000 within eight days, with half of it coming from the heavily Galante-connected Dinardo family in a city like Danbury, where the political and business establishments are small enough that everyone knows everyone? (Boughton certainly knew Galante, who hauled the city's trash and owned its minor-league hockey team.)


And as HatCityBLOG pointed out, this was not the first time the same group of people stuffed Boughton's piggybank. Within a five-day period in January 2003, Walkovich, Seri, Paul DiNardo and his wife (Galante's sister) all gave $1,000 to his reelection fund, as did Maria Rullo, of New Fairfield, who pled guilty to tax fraud in July in a case related to United States v. Ianniello, aka Matthew "Matty the Horse" Ianniello of the Genovese family, which has alleged ties to...James Galante.

Download the report, follow the money trail, and let me know if you see anything that catches your attention.

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Ideas at Work and Beyond 01.28.10 broadcast

Time: 10:05 AM

THE JOE DASILVA CASE: Search warrant affidavit

Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Time: 10:32 PM

"According to a search warrant affidavit on file in state Superior Court in Danbury, two witnesses told police they fled the second-floor apartment at 58 Town Hill Ave., "after getting into a confrontation" with a person they believed to be the landlord, leaving Encalada alone with the man."
John Pirro: News-Times article 02.01.10

As an addition to News-Times John Pirro's write-up on the search warrant affidavit related to the death of Luis Encalada Bueno, and arrest of Joe DaSilva Jr., here's a pdf copy of the document filed at Danbury Superior Court.

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Danbury Live Jan 30 2010 broadcast

Time: 10:29 AM

Which nickname best fits Mark Boughton

Monday, February 01, 2010
Time: 8:19 PM

(--in honor of the mayor's "shocking" announcement, this post is bumped to the top)

On Sunday, Colin McEnrore wrote a hilarious piece for the Hartford Courant regarding the current crop of candidates for governor.
There are at least 15 possible candidates for governor, and getting really excited about any of these candidacies is like buying one of those pet turtles from Woolworth's, in the sense that any one may very well be dead in its little plastic dish by the time you get back from the store with the delicious shrimp flakes.

In 1987, the early Democratic presidential field was called "the seven dwarfs," which was both a reflection on their unimpressive sameness and a reminder that the extremely tall Bill Bradley was not running.

Here in 2010, the sheer number of candidates would be less daunting if we gave them catchy dwarf names. Henceforth then, they are Crazy Eyes, Big Stupid, Robot Man, Overbite, Rich Uncle Pennybags, M-Fed, Oz, Jar-Jar the Mango Man, Grampa D, Puppetmaster, The Anti-DiBella, The Bald Avenger, Universal Man and Nobody Could Possibly Think of a Catchy Nickname For Gary LeBeau. Collect them! Trade them!

Now that I've listed them, I have to admit they seem less like dwarfs and more like a coalition of third-rate comic book characters. The Legion of Run-Down Superheroes. I'm also refusing to provide any key that would identify all of them, just to cut down on libel actions. I also acknowledge that at least one of those appellations is deeply unfair. Boo-Boo would be a perfectly acceptable catchy dwarf nickname for Gary LeBeau.

Although his entire post should be required reading, his post got me to thinking, since McEnroe won't identify the identity of his nicknames, although I have my choice, I thought it would be good if you the reader pick which name you think McEnroe gave our mayor?

Based on Colin Enroe's post, which nickname best describes Mark Boughton
Crazy Eyes
Big Stupid
Robot Man
Rich Uncle Pennybags
Jar-Jar the Mango Man
Grampa D
The Anti-DiBella
The Bald Avenger
Universal Man
Nobody Could Possibly Think of a Catchy Nickname For Gary LeBeau
I still like "the last honest man in Danbury"
Free polls from Pollhost.com


Time: 1:48 PM

  • ...the Republican members of the City Council already held their caucus, which is normally scheduled a day before the City Council meeting, AND

  • multiple sources say that Registrar of Voters Mary Ann Doran has been working the phones people making sure that people attend the mayor of DANBURY'S "surprise" gubernatorial announcement...which by the way is being held in BETHEL, THEN

What's the odds that Danbury's last honest man is NOT running for governor?

...you guessed it, ZERO.

The question the media should ask Boughton is quite simple AND should be the first thing out of the mouths of reporters tonight.
If you stated in the media IN JANUARY that you've made a decision regarding whether you were running for governor, why did you wait a month to tell the public and make such a hissy fit when the purchase of your web domain and gubernatorial website became public?

Plain and simple.

The whole denial from Boughton regarding his obvious running for governor was juvenile and completely unnecessary.

If his campaign for governor is anything like his public denials over the last two weeks, then I can tell you that Boughton is going to have an extremely hard time dealing with the statewide reporters who aren't known for holding back when it comes to hard questions.

...and trust me, he will receive some very hard questions regarding his role as mayor of Danbury.

CT-GOV: Rudy Marconi releases new web ad

Time: 1:45 PM

Yesterday, the Rudy Marconi campaign released a new web ad focusing on the need for bi-partisanship in Hartford.

Entitled: Capitol Combat

FLASHBACK: News-Times reports on the death of Luis Encalada Bueno

Sunday, January 31, 2010
Time: 8:02 AM

As news of the arrest of Joe DaSilva Jr starts to spread across the AP wire, I thought it would be good to be back through the News-Times archives and take a look at what's been reported thus far in the death of Luis Encalada Bueno.

November 9 2009:
Police on Monday were still trying to determine who or what killed a man who died at Danbury Hospital after he was found in a Town Hill Avenue driveway Friday afternoon.

Investigators on Monday hadn't released the name or the age of the dead man.

"The detective bureau is actively investigating the circumstances of this death," Detective Sgt. Randy Salazar said Monday.

Police and EMS personnel were summoned just before 1 p.m. Friday to an apartment building at 66 Town Hill Ave., where an injured man was lying in the driveway.

The man, described only as a Hispanic male, died at the hospital about 6 p.m.

Police then returned to the scene and cordoned off the area with crime scene tape, said Elias Illesca, who owns the apartment house.

"One of my tenants called and said the police were here, so I came right over," he said.

The man had been lying in a corner of the parking area on the south side of the building, between a chain link fence and a dumpster, Illesca said.

"I'm asking everybody, but nobody knows who he was," he said.

November 13 2009:
Police have identified a man who died last week after being found injured in front of a Town Hill Avenue apartment building. But they say little is known about the man or exactly how he died.

Capt. Thomas Wendel said a thumbprint was used to identify 42-year-old Luis Gerardo Encalada Bueno.

Police do not know where Bueno lived at the time of his death. He was found injured Nov. 6 in the apartment-building driveway and died later that day at Danbury Hospital.

Wendel said an autopsy determined what injuries killed Bueno, and an investigation is ongoing.

"He died of some sort of internal injuries," Wendel said. "They could have been caused by a natural event, such as a fall ... or by an act of violence."

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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
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11.07.23: Initial returns

Oct 10 2022
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Apr 10 2023
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Dem/GOP slate/ballot position

VIDEO: DRTC convention
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(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