LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Danbury Live 06.12.10 broadcast

Saturday, June 19, 2010
Time: 10:07 AM

Mayor Boughton attacks The Good Humor Man and takes Danbury one step closer to a police state.

Without question, this is the dumbest ordinance proposal ever!

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Ideas at Work and Beyond 06.17.10

Friday, June 18, 2010
Time: 3:27 PM

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Spotlight On 06.15.10 broadcast

Time: 1:00 AM

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Progressive Soup 06.16.10 broadcast

Thursday, June 17, 2010
Time: 3:30 PM

GUEST: Jean Hislop: Immigrant Rights Activist (Danbury Alliance)

(This is part one of a two part interview on immigration).

DOT proposes rail service for Brookfield, extending Danbury Line to MA

Time: 10:56 AM

Recently, the CT Department of Transportation announced their plans for the Meter-North Danbury Line, which includes a new station in Brookfield and extending the service to New Milford and beyond.

Aaron Boyd at the Brookfield Patch has the details:
Representatives from the Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) and URS engineering consultants held an information session in Brookfield Town Hall on Wednesday night to introduce four alternatives for improving the Danbury rail line. One potential option includes extending passenger service up to New Milford, which would include a stop in Brookfield.

Two possible locations in Brookfield were considered: on Pocono Road across from the fire station and on Whisconier Road on the site of the old train station, behind the Brookfield Craft Center. The early consensus is leaning toward the latter, as it would be in walking distance of the Town Center District (TCD), a proposed pedestrian business center with residential apartments surrounding Four Corners.

A new station would be constructed behind the old station (used by the Craft Center as a wood turning and glass blowing workshop), with an elongated parking lot with space for 200 vehicles. Representatives are in talks with the Craft Center about using their entryway to the proposed lot and have assured that the old station building would not be touched.


Extending the passenger line to New Milford would require reconstructing the tracks all the way down to Danbury, as passenger cars move at a much higher speed than the commercial trains that currently run on the line. Reconstructing 14 miles of railway, including installing parallel tracks in portions, would cost approximately $200 million, according to DOT Transportation Planner Andrew Davis, who is also the project manager on the Danbury Line Improvement Program. "You could walk faster than a passenger train could go" running on unimproved rails, Davis said.

Along with improving the existing rail, the DOT and URS are also proposing switching to electric trains, rather than diesel, which are cleaner and faster, but would cost an additional $1.5 million per mile ($21 million over 14 miles). Add to that the cost of new trains and extensive bridgework to raise at least 10 overpasses (at $10 million per bridge, by Davis' estimation), and, "It's an expensive proposition, given the condition of the tracks," Davis admitted.

The other alternatives being considered in the plan are to electrify the existing passenger service on the Danbury Line to South Norwalk. "If you're going to electrify any of it, it'd be good to go all the way to South Norwalk," in Davis' opinion, though that will depend on funding.


The project is also considering extending passenger service another 38 miles north of New Milford to Pittsfield, MA.

The Housatonic Railroad Company (HRRC), who owns the railroad right-of-way and would be key to any agreement extending the Danbury Line, recently sent out a press release stating that they are studying passenger service from Pittsfield to New York City, as well.

Though HRRC currently operates commercial trains, the company is conducting ridership studies and researching the viability of combining freight and passenger service through Western Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Although the proposals are intriguing, given the history of the DOT, lets just say that I'm not very optimistic about their proposals becoming reality (within my lifetime).

When xenophobes collide

Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Time: 6:15 PM

From the land of the bigots, here's a gem of a story.
The man who owns a bounty hunting firm tracking Minuteman founder Chris Simcox is himself a former Minuteman, one who has personal beef with Simcox.

Simcox, who co-founded the Minuteman Project in 2005 to protect the U.S.-Mexico border from illegal immigrants, has been court-ordered to stay away from his ex-wife and to surrender his firearms to the Scottsdale Police Department. His ex-wife requested the order after, she says, Simcox pointed a gun at her and threatened to kill her and her children.

According to news reports, Simcox has not been officially served with the order. A spokesman for the Scottsdale PD told TPM that they have no record of Simcox turning in his weapons.

A state-licensed bounty hunting firm is now searching for Simcox. The firm, Fugitive Refugee Services, is owned by a former Minuteman himself who was booted from the group after fighting with Simcox.

Stacey O'Connell was once the director of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps' Arizona chapter. He left in 2007 after accusing the Minutemen of misusing and hiding finances, and he has called for a criminal investigation O'Connell said Simcox's ex-wife hired him.

"I'm the perfect person that could track him down," O'Connell told TPM in a phone interview. "I know what his heart's about, I know what his soul's about ... I know where he hides out on the border."


Simcox -- who is also an erstwhile Senate candidate and a former adviser to J.D. Hayworth's Senate campaign -- could not be reached for comment.

CT-04: Hermann drops out of Congressional race

Time: 4:10 PM

T_HermannAmid new problems with his petition signatures, today Republican Tom Herrmann announced that he's dropping out of the Congressional race.
Herrmann said in a press release that he decided to end his run due to "isolated problems with his campaign's signature collection process that will result in a shortfall in the number of validated signatures."


"Despite the hard work of dedicated volunteers and other staff throughout the district, it appears that we will not be able to satisfy the procedural requirements to be on the Republican primary ballot," Herrmann said.

"Although we collected well over the 1988 signatures required from qualified Republican voters, we do not believe enough will be validated to meet the threshold. As a business leader and elected official, I have always been committed to addressing issues practically. Contesting matters further would not serve the Republican Party or the citizens of the 4th Congressional District well."

"I am deeply grateful for the outpouring of support I've received from volunteers, donors, and voters,'' he added. "Although I am disappointed to have to discontinue the campaign, I am gratified by the public's positive response to our message of fiscal responsibility and small government. I look forward to continuing this work in other ways. I remain committed to seeing Jim Himes defeated this fall and bringing a new direction to Washington."

Lebanese Heritage Monument unveiled at City Hall

Monday, June 14, 2010
Time: 5:32 PM

City Council Minority Leader Tom Saadi offered remarks during the unveiling of the
Lebanese Heritage Monument at City Hall.

On Sunday afternoon, Lebanese-Americans from the area gathered at City Hall to witness the unveiling of monument dedicated to their contributions to Greater Danbury.

Here's video footage of the event:

LOCAL ACCESS VIDEO: Spotlight On 06.08.10 broadcast

Sunday, June 13, 2010
Time: 6:42 AM

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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
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
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Alves mailer 10.20.21
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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