One on one with State Senator Julie Kushner

Friday, October 30, 2020
Time: 4:02 PM

Today, I had an opportunity to have a conversation with State Senator Julie Kushner and get her take on the state of her campaign for re-election in the 24th district.

Statement via State Seantor Kushner's campaign page:

I've spent my career bringing working people together to win real victories, from organizing secretaries in New York to fighting for you as your State Senator. I ran in 2018 to get big things done - and we did! I led efforts to pass paid family & medical leave and a $15 minimum wage.

I worked on district concerns like protecting Candlewood Lake from invasive species, restoring funding to keep the Western CT Mental Health Network open, funding to pay for upgrades to the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury, and funding additions to the Regional Hospice and Palliative Care in Danbury. We also passed three bills to reduce gun violence, including banning ghost guns. We made debt-free Community College a reality which will make Naugatuck Valley Community College even more accessible to our community. Most importantly, I joined with my colleagues to increase state funding for the Danbury Public Schools.

While the 2020 legislative session was cut short by the health crisis, I’ve been on daily calls working on and advocating for policies that have kept us safe and contributed to Connecticut leading the nation in dealing with the Coronavirus. When many people didn’t know where to turn with a problem, I reached out to constituents and offered help. We have helped people struggling with food insecurity and rent issues. We have helped people get their unemployment insurance. We continue to work to provide these constituent services. But there’s still much work to make sure Connecticut comes out of the pandemic, an even better place to work and raise a family.

During the conversation, State Senator Kushner provided a synopsis of her first term in the General Assembly, commented on major issues of concern in the 24th district, and offered her top priorities that she hopes to tackle in the next legislative session if elected for a second term.

One on one with 24th State Senate district GOP candidate Susan Chapman

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Time: 6:11 PM

With Election Day less than a week away, I wanted to take a differnet approach to covering races in my neck of the woods and provide candidates running for state office in Greater Danbury an oppurtunity to talk about how they would address issues of concern in the first stop is the race for State Senate in the 24th district with former New Fairfield First Selectperson Susan Chapman.

Bio via Susan Chapman for State Senate FB page:

Susan Chapman has lived in Connecticut for over 20 years. Susan and her husband Ken have been married for over thirty years. They have three children, all of whom graduated from Connecticut public schools: Blake is an Air Force officer in medical school, Ryan is a West Point graduate and a Captain in the Army and Grace is a graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design with plans to go to veterinary school. Susan holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia.

Susan has served over a decade in municipal office. Susan served as the First Selectman of New Fairfield for four and a half years and, prior to that, served as a member of the Board of Selectmen for an additional three and half years. Susan also served on the Planning Commission to include a term as Chairman.

Regionally, Susan served as the Secretary and then the Vice Chairman of the Western Connecticut Council of Governments (COG) and also as the Vice Chairman of the Housatonic Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

Susan was instrumental in in the complex merger of former Housatonic Valley Council of Elected Officials and the former South Western Regional Planning Agency into the COG, which represents eighteen member-communities.

During her decade as an elected official, Susan has:

Maintained a AAA municipal bond rating, the highest rating possible

Consistently managed within budget and even produced budget surpluses

Kept taxes low while also implementing elderly tax relief

Improved municipal infrastructure without bonding

Enhanced emergency response time and capabilities

Advocated for open space and championed creating a green belt to preserve nature for future generations.

Susan has always been an active volunteer in the community. While her husband, served on active duty with the Army for eight years, Susan was active with Family Support Groups, helping military families cope with the rigors of military life and long deployments.

Here in Connecticut, Susan has served in many community organizations including the Danbury City-Wide PTO. In New Fairfield, she served as Middle School PTO President, New Fairfield High School PTO Co-President, member of the Community Service Club, and a founding member of Preserve New Fairfield where she worked to save historically significant homes. She also managed the Town’s emergency shelters during storms Sandy, Irene and Alfred.

Earlier this week, I interviewed Chapman (and her dog Etta :-) and provided the challenger an oppurtunity to talk about her views on topics of interest in the district, as well as her advocacy for providing food for people of need.

(SIDENOTE: For more information on the food pantry at Walnut Hill Community Church, visit their website by clicking here).

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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

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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



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Dem/GOP slate/ballot position

VIDEO: DRTC convention
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(VID) DDTC nomination convention
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(VID) DRTC nomination convention
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(VID) 2021 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum

First quarter
Alves Apr 10th SEEC filing

Second quarter
Alves Jul 10th SEEC filing
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Third quarter
Alves Oct 12th SEEC report
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Alves "Jan 6th" attack mailer 10.21.21
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Danbury 2005 election results
Newstimes Dean Esposito profile (10.25.05)

Danbury 2007 election results
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(VID) BRT tax deferral presser
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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