Q: Were you aware that Mr. [former Deputy Personnel Director Julio] Lopez has testified that he thought that -- or that you had said to him that you had gotten hired because the mayor was infatuated with you?
A: No, I'm not aware of that.
Q: Was that a true statement, that you had spoken to Mr. Lopez and told him you thought you were hired because the mayor was infatuated?
A: I have no recollection of making a statement like that.
-from former Personnel Director Carol DeSantie's remarkable deposition in the Wendy DaCosta lawsuit against Mark Boughton.
Dems retain control of 4th, 5th, and 6th wards, hold onto Board of Education seats
Wednesday, November 06, 2013 Time: 3:02 PM
It was not all doom and gloom for Democrats in Danbury yesterday.
Although the dishonest one cruised to a predictable victory, efforts by the Republicans to pick up city council seats in highly contested 6th ward were unsuccessful as Paul Rotello and Ben Chianese scored big wins.
Also successful in holding their seats were 4th ward Democrats Tom Saadi and Peter Nero who both beat their Republican challengers by a 2-1 margin.
Also winning their races are 6th ward Democrats Fred Visconti and Duane Perkins, which leaves the make-up of the council unchanged.
The least talk about race, with the most importance in terms of the percentage of money the city allocates to the school system, was the Board of Education with incumbent Kathleen Molinaro and converted Democrat Richard Jannelli retaining their seats...while EXTREME right wing Republican Gary Falkenthal was shown the door.
Eileen Fitzgerald breaks down the significance of the current BOE make-up and why there is a GREAT possibility that the BOE's inept chairwoman will lost her top post position.
In the fall, some newer members of the Republican-held board struggled with some veteran members about how to hold the administration accountable for student performance and move the district forward.
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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.