LIVE VIDEO BLOG STREAM: Westboro Baptist Church counter protest rally

Saturday, March 13, 2010
Time: 5:46 PM

I'll be video streaming LIVE from the Westboro Baptist Chruch counter-protest rally in Brookfield CT today STARTING AT 6:45 TONIGHT!

For those who don't know who anything about these anti-gay assholes or why these bigots decided to come to Brookfield today, click here for all the details.

UPDATE 8:15PM: The live video stream is over.

Well, it seems like the anti-gay hate-group morons were too scared to come out tonight...but over 100 people brave the inclement weather to show their support for the production of The Laramie Project, a play based on the murder of Matthew Shepard.

I'm FREEZING so I'll post my wrap-up on the event tomorrow. A BIG THANKS to those who came out in the rain to show their disapproval to the disgusting hate-group.

...and Vinti, next time wear gloves :-)

To give you a better idea of these fucking assholes, take a look at this videoclip.

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Progressive Soup 03.10.10 broadcast

Friday, March 12, 2010
Time: 6:50 PM

Gov. Rell wants to spend Danbury's fund balance?!?

Time: 1:20 PM

It seems like the governor's budget chief wants to empty out Danbury's financial reserves in order to take care of the state's crisis.
State government has emptied its savings to reduce the budget deficit, and Gov. M. Jodi Rell's budget chief said this week it's time for cities and towns to do the same.

But municipal officials said their budget reserves already have been reduced to compensate for shrinking state aid. More importantly, they added, communities can't exhaust their reserves the way the state has without risking a dramatic increase in financing costs.

"Should the state borrow money so municipalities can preserve their fund balances?" Office of Policy and Management Secretary Robert L. Genuario asked Wednesday as he testified before the legislature's Appropriations Committee.

Connecticut amassed a record $1.38 billion in its emergency reserve, commonly known as the "Rainy Day Fund," between 2004 and 2008. That savings, equal to roughly 8 percent of state government's annual operating costs, now is gone. Rell and the legislature agreed last fall to use the entire reserve to shore up declining tax revenues both this fiscal year and next.

Rell's latest plan to close out this year's $518.4 million deficit relies on moving into the current budget nearly $220 million in Rainy Day Funds originally assigned to 2010-11. To help offset that switch, the governor has suggested reducing town grants by $45 million next fiscal year.

Genuario said the administration believes several non-education programs could be cut, adding that towns could cover the lost by looking within their savings accounts.

For those who are not keeping score, so far, here's the update.

As Mayor Boughton parades across the state selling his gubernatorial stump speech to any Republican Town Committee that will hear him, and with weeks until the the city council tackles the 2010-2011 budget proposal:

  • Gov Rell has NOT propose an extension to the higher real estate conveyance tax rates cities are desperately replying on while they draft their budgets (NOTE: if not extended, the rates will go back to their original levels after June 30).

  • Lawmakers are doing their best to make border tolls in Connecticut a reality.

  • and now...

  • Gov. Rowland-Rell's is proposing to shift the state's deficit burden to cites and town.

Mark my words, Danbury's 2010-2011 budget will be one of the most difficult to date...and these outrageous proposals from the State Capitol are going to have a detrimental impact on everyone.

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Community Forum 03.10.10

Time: 12:59 PM

Students help Haitian earthquake victims one care package at a time

Thursday, March 11, 2010
Time: 5:40 PM

Teacher Mara Perfido and the students at the Western Connecticut Regional Adult Education program (WERACE) prepare care packages for earthquake victims in Haiti.
Photo by ctblogger 03.05.10

As the earthquake in Haiti is slowly disappearing from our TV screens, students at the Western Connecticut Regional Adult Education program (WERACE) are doing their part in reminding people that those who were effected by the natural disaster continue to need our assistance.

Last week, I met with WERACE teacher Mara Perifdo and her students who are spearheading a care package relief effort for the victims of the earthquake.

It's important to remember that people in Haiti will continue to need our help long after their images vanish from our television screens. For more information on the WERACE's Help for Haiti program, pleace contact their office at 203.797.4731 or email at

Democratic Town Committee members elect Lynn Taborsak as their new leader

Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Time: 5:10 PM

Lynn Taborsak calls for unity in her opening remarks as new chairperson of the Democratic Town Committee.
Photo by ctblogger, 03.08.10

Yesterday, inside a packed Democratic headquarters, the newly elected members of the DTC committee elected Lynn Taborsak as their chairperson.

Since the outcome of the primary, the biggest concern among area Democrats centered around whether or not former chairman Joe DaSilva would seek another term. With Warren Levy and Taborsak both indicating interest in leading the committee, DaSilva's attempt at re-election could have created a very interesting three-way race scenario.

By opting not to seek another term, DaSilva's decision allowed the members of the committee the opportunity to contemplate which of the remaining two individuals were best suited to lead the party for the next two years...and both candidates are more than qualified for the position.

As a former State Representative, and member of the Common Council, Taborsak's activism in the community is well known as well as her extensive political resume. Not to be outdone, as a former Common Council President under Gene Eriquez term as mayor, and vocal member of the council during in his last term in office (2007-2009), Levy's activism and political credentials are equally as impressive and well known to many in the area.

With Tom Saadi nominating Levy and Glenda Armstrong nominating Taborsak, and after members of the committee made comments in support of their candidates, after a close 15-13 vote, Taborsak took the helm of the committee.

From last night, here's video footage of the vote:

Noting the obvious division among area Democrats, Taborsak's opening remarks centered around the need for unity in the party and an end to the conflict that has plagued the town committee for the last decade.

After the meeting, I had a chance to interview the new chairperson and talk to her about her goals in moving the committee forward.

With Taborsak as the new leader, will area Democrats finally put their bitterness behind them? Personally, I think the jury is still deliberating on that topic. Although Taborsak stuck a good tone with her opening remarks, it remains to be seen if her comments translates to people putting their differences aside for the common good of the party.

...only time will tell.

RELATED INFO: Town committee vote count

LIVE VIDEO BLOG: Danbury Democatic Town Committee election

Monday, March 08, 2010
Time: 11:47 AM

Tonight marks the start of the 2010-2012 Danbury Democratic Town Committee.

Due to the results of last week's primary, there is a good chance that there will be a more than one individual seeking the chairmanship so tonight's meeting should be rather interesting. (The stream will end after the election of officers is concluded).

If you can't make it to DTC headquarters tonight, make sure to check out HatCityBLOG as I'll be providing a live video stream of the election starting at 7:30 PM. If you've never seen the inner workings of a town committee, then I HIGHLY suggest that you tune in tonight.

(NOTE: I'll be testing the live video stream for everyone at 2:30 PM today for about 5 to 10 minutes. Feel free to test the stream and make sure you can get the video feed. If you have problems MAKE SURE TO UPGRADE YOUR VERSION OF ADOBE FLASH BY CLICKING HERE.


UPDATE: 8:00 PM The live video stream has ended and by a vote of 15 to 13, Lynn Taborsak has been elected the new chairperson of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee.

I'll have a recap on tonight's meeting (including an re-airing of the video footage of the committee vote) later tonight and tomorrow.

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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