HatCityBLOG VIDEO: Board of Education discussion on DHS principal search

Saturday, July 30, 2011
Time: 3:12 PM

From this week's Board of Education special meeting, here's the discussion members of the board had regarding the recent exodus of DHS Principal Robert "I'm homesick" Rossi, the appointment of Assistant Principal Gary Bocaccio as interim principal, and moving forward with addressing various problems at the high school.

What's with the clear-cutting of trees at Kennedy Ave?

Friday, July 29, 2011
Time: 10:04 PM

View of the clear cutting on the corner of Kennedy Ave and Rose Street done by ILO.ENTERPRISES LLC. The developer plans to build condos at the location of the green abandoned building in the photo (located on Bells Lane).

07.30.11 WRITE-UP HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH NEW INFORMATION (at the end of the post).

I received a number of emails from people wanting to know more information regarding who's responsible for the horrible clear-cutting of trees on the corner of Kennedy Ave and Rose Street.

For those who are out of the loop, here's a little video of the land in question…

The name of the developer responsible for this situation is ILO.ENTERPRISES LLC. The developer is in the process of building a four unit condo on at the site of the green building in the above photograph (located on Bells Lane) and has filed an application for a "BRT-type" seven year residential tax deferral for the property. A city council ad-hoc committee was recently established to look into the matter.

June 2011 City Council Minutes:

14 - COMMUNICATION - Deferral of Assessment Increase - 64 Bells Lane
Council Member Seabury requested referral to an ad hoc with Corporation Counsel Director of Finance, Director of Planning and Tax Assessor. Mayor Boughton so ordered and appointed Council Members Trombetta, Stanley and Visconti to the committee.

The developer's property line DOES NOT include the area that was stripped; as far as I can tell, the property that was clear-cutted is owned by the city.

VISION APPRAISALS MAP: (Developer property labeled in yellow; area clear-cutted is between Bells Lane and Kennedy Ave).

To make matters worse, just as with the case with the now infamous BRT-Hospital Ave development water runoff disaster, there appears to be no proper sedimentation controls established at the location, which could result water and debris running onto Kennedy Ave and Rose Street.

Here's what happened when BRT didn't install proper sedimentation controls after they clear cutter the land on Hospital Ave…

BRT development on Hospital Ave (lack of proper sedimentation controls are labeled in blue).

Since City Hall is closed on Fridays, I'll have to wait till next week to talk to the Zoning Enforcement department about the situation but I do know that members of the city council are aware of the situation…


UPDATE 07.30.11: The rabbit hole goes deeper...

Not only is the land in question CITY OWNED PROPERTY, on July 6th ILO Enterprises, LLC wrote a letter of inquiry to the city council regarding the possible purchase of the land.

City Council August 2011 agenda; Item 10 (pdf file):

Here's lies the problem...since the land is still the ownership of the city (a.k.a. the taxpayers of the city of Danbury), the developer had no right in tampering with the PUBLIC'S LAND.

Since this item is on the August City Council agenda, an ad-hoc committee still needs to be established to look into the matter. Also (and MOST IMPORTANT), because of State House Bill No. 5729 (introduced by State Rep. Joe Taborsak back in 2007 and eventually signed into law by former Gov. Jodi Rell), any selling of public land by a municipality would require a public hearing where residents would be provided an opportunity to have their say on the matter.

2007 Statement from State Rep. Joe Taborsak on HB 5729:
May 4, 2007


State Representative Joseph Taborsak (D-Danbury), hailed passage of legislation he introduced that will require municipalities to provide notice and hearing before voting on the sale, lease or transfer of municipally-owned property. “House Bill No. 5729 provides for greater protection of publicly-owned open space, parks and playgrounds, while insuring that the public will have their voice heard on land sales that might affect their neighborhoods,” Taborsak said.

“I am very pleased to see this bill pass the House of Representatives by an overwhelming majority. This is a very important step for this legislation and I am optimistic that it will get out of Senate successfully,” Rep. Taborsak stated.

This legislation was in part a result of outcry from neighbors in the Bear Mountain area of Danbury who were unaware that the Danbury Common Council tried to sell a piece of land which would have impacted their neighborhood and another situation involving Teryville Park land.

Danbury’s lawmakers Bob Godfrey (District 110) and Jason Barlett (District 2) co-sponsored and supported the bill.

The council and the citizens of Danbury were not given their opportunity to speak in favor or in opposition in the selling of the now disturbed land. I don't know about you, but I don't think what the developer did was right and the city's zoning enforcement department should investigate this matter ASAP.

...still developing.

One on one with Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker

Time: 11:54 AM

Earlier this week, I had an opportunity to speak with Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker and get his take about his first term in office as well as thoughts on running for a second term.


Thursday, July 28, 2011
Time: 7:43 PM

Since I've missed the last couple of court proceedings in the rape case against local whackjob John McGowan, today, I decided to take the drive up to the court house in Litchfield and attend the final jury selection hearing. I also took a peek at the court docket in order to update everyone on the latest series of bizarre statements from the local xenophobe.

...and lets just say that McGowan's irrational behavior continues.

I'll update everyone on what happened today, McGowan's latest strange court filings as well as the upcoming schedule for the case. After nearly two years of waiting, the trial is about to begin and McGowan should know his fate by the end of next week.

More to come...

HatCityBLOG 2007 Archive: Taborsak rips Boughton over budget

Time: 5:00 PM

One of the many themes we'll hear during the campaign (silly) season will center on Mayor Boughton's record when it comes to the budget...specifically, his out of control tax and bonding policy over the years.

To give you an insight on what's to come, from 2007 here's Lynn Taborsak taking Boughton to task for his budget proposal for the 07-08 fiscal year. Note the list of concerns from then Councilwoman Taborsak regarding several problems with the budget process, which was rushed due to the resignation of then Department of Finance Chairwoman Dena Diorio.

Take note of the silly budget items from Boughton which Taborsak highlights, which include:

* 50,000 dollars in "transition" funding Ives Center.
* 146,000 tax break for BRT dormitory on Crosby Street.
* Lack of FULL broadcasting of meetings on the government access channel
* Hispanic Center funding taken away from them (in retaliation to the center's activism towards the rights of the immigrant community) to The Bridge to Independence and Career Opportunities (TBICO).
* Underfund the school budget by 1 million dollars

Watch and learn...

Prepare for fireworks this election season as Taborsak has a history of really going after Boughton in a way not seen by previous Democratic candidates for mayor.

...in short, this is going to be UGLY.

THE CASE AGAINST JOHN MCGOWAN: Five jurors picked; case set to begin NEXT WEEK

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Time: 2:25 PM

"He who represents himself has a fool for a client." - Abraham Lincoln

Earth to McGowan: Playing time is OVER!
Five jurors have been selected so far in the state Superior Court trial of cable television talk show host and one-time Danbury mayoral candidate John McGowan, who is accused of sexually assaulting his then-girlfriend in New Milford nearly three years ago.

Three men and two women were accepted by both Senior Assistant State's Attoney David Shannon, the prosecutor, and by McGowan, who is serving as his own attorney, before the lunch recess Wednesday.

Three more jurors, one regular member and two alternates, must be chosen before testimony begins next week.


The 44-year-old defendant, who currently lives in Bethel where he runs an oil business, is accused of forcing the victim to have anal sex with him at a home he was building in New Milford in October 2008. McGowman contends the sex was consensual.


The defendant, who tried unsuccessfully to get the case dismissed using a variety of anti-government theories, got off to a rocky start in questioning the first few potential jurors, requiring the judge's assistance in properly framing his questions.

He also drew several rebukes from Ginocchio for seeking the advice of supporters in the gallery as to whether he should accept or reject some potential jurors.

"You can't communicate with anyone in the courtroom," Ginocchio said, noting he was trying to eliminate any jurors whose answers indicated they wouldn't be impartial.

For those who don't know, McGowan was the 2007 former mayoral candidate and infamous anti-immigrant whack-job who was the co-founder/former Vice President of the United States Citizens for Immigration and Law Enforcement hate-group, former treasurer of Paul Streitz's anti-immigration/hate group Connecticut Citizens for Immigration and Law Enforcement, and prominent figure in the xenophobic movement in the greater Danbury area.

From using his laughable pseudo-law defense, to his entourage of American Sovereignty goofballs, local bigots, and outcasts, McGowan's actions at various court appearances, which received national attention, have been bizarre to say the least.

...and after almost of two years of waiting, McGowan's rape trial is set to begin NEXT WEEK and should take only FIVE DAYS!

NOTE: I haven't been able to attend McGowan's last two court appearances but I plan to be there every day providing live updates of the trial once opening statements are underway.

UPDATE: Opening statements are set for NEXT WED at 9:30 AM


147,000 dollars...

Time: 1:26 PM

...for his salary and the temp at the Police Station is STILL over 80 degrees!

He can't be serious?

Time: 10:34 AM

Really? Did the part-time mayor REALLY say this?
Boughton said after his acceptance speech he expects the city will spend the next 18 months focusing on the challenge of providing quality education in crowded schools.

Issues that will need to be addressed by city leaders in coming years, he said, include an increasing enrollment in Danbury schools...

Hmm...the last time I checked, Boughton has been in office for the last TEN YEARS. Therefore, the increased over-crowding of the schools on the city happened under HIS watch.

Hmm...the last time I checked, it was Boughton that continuously cut funds to education...which resulted in the elimination of para-professionals while classroom sizes increases AS WELL AS art classes being taught at Stadley Rough School from a CART!

Hmm...the last time I checked, it was Boughton and his ilk on the city council that demonized the decisions made by the Board of Education.

Hmm...the last time I checked, it was Boughton who "punished" the Board of Education by taking back money that was already allocated to them simply because you didn't agree with the way the planned to use it.

Hey Markie Mark! Remember this oldie but goodie from last year?
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton has gone too far and has overstepped boundaries in his attempt to cut the already approved education budget.

Boughton wants to take back the equivalent of raises given to four non-union administrators, and a salary for another.

The mayor has called the 2.5 percent raises to four people irresponsible at a time when an intermediate school is closing in the city and other cost-saving measures are being instituted.

He has a point. Every expenditure must be carefully weighed when it comes to educating children -- no matter the frugality of the economic times.

But it is too late. The mayor and the City Council had their chance to review the proposed education budget; they took the responsibility seriously and allowed a less than 2 percent increase above the previous year.

It was up to the Board of Education to work with that amount, though the increase was only half of what was requested. Neither the mayor nor the City Council ought to have line-item veto power over the Board of Education.


Mayor Boughton's suggestion, which was referred to committee last week by the City Council, amounts to posturing.


For trying to do so, Mayor Boughton, a former teacher, should get called into the principal's office.

While I'm on the subject of the last honest man in Danbury "punishing" the Board of Education, remember this exchange the mayor had with another member of the Taborsak family over the matter...

Hmm...the last time I checked, it was Boughton who, due to his decreasing of the educational budget in 2010, forced the accelerated closing of Mill Ridge Intermediate School.

Hmm...the last time I checked, it was under Boughton's leadership when it came to educational performance, Danbury High School received a failing grade.
Yesterday, the The Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) released their 2010 School Rankings and when it comes to High School performance, the City of Danbury is an embarrassment.

Out of the 164 high schools in the state of Connecticut, ConnCAN ranks Danbury High 125 with only 30 percent of the students meeting state goals across all subjects (a drop of 2 percent from 2009).

Hmm...the last time I checked, under Boughton's leadership, when it came to educational performance, most elementary and secondary schools in the city received a average of failing grade.

...and don't get me started on the High School dropout rate in the city.

It isn't like Lynn Taborsak doesn't know these things (you know, the mayoral candidate whose husband is on the Board of Education).

I don't know what I'm more excited about:
  • Taborsak going after Boughton on his history of being dishonest with the residents of Danbury (now that's gonna to be FUN),

  • Warren Levy explaining his LONG record of criticizing the Republican Party and Boughton's mayoral record,

  • Michael Esposito explaining his Richter Park problem (which resulted in him not being placed on the Democratic city Council ticket two years ago out of concerns that the Republicans would being up the issue)...

I could go on and on but why spoil the surprises...it's only July.

One on one with Lynn Taborsak

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Time: 5:49 PM

After receiving the Democratic endorsement for mayor, I had a brief moment to Lynn Taborsak and talked to her about why she's running against Mark Boughton.

James Edmund Dyer: 1946-2011

Time: 3:59 PM

RIP to the man who transformed Danbury to the modern city of today...

It's Taborsak time

Monday, July 25, 2011
Time: 8:56 PM

Tonight, Lynn Taborsak jumps back into local politics by becoming the Democratic candidate for mayor.

I'll post my video interview with Taborsak soon...

LIVE VIDEO STREAM: Danbury Democratic Town Committee Caucus

Time: 5:24 PM

UPDATE: I had several problems establishing a stream at last night's caucus. I videotaped the entire event and will have it posted later today.

Today, members of the Danbury Democratic Town Committee will pick their candidates for the 2011 municipal elections.

I'll be providing a live video stream of the event from City Hall starting at 7PM.

Questions answered tonight

Time: 11:00 AM

Only because Dirk wrote this laughable article, I'll get to the point...

1. There is a candidate for mayor.

2. My lips are sealed.

3. I'll be providing a live video stream of the Democratic caucus TONIGHT where the candidate for mayor will be announced.

4. If the rumors are true, a candidate for mayor is the last thing Boughton should be worried about...in fact, if the rumors are true, maybe our dishonest mayor should be consulting an attorney.

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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
(Head Moderator Return Format)

11.07.23: Initial returns

Oct 10 2022
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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
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