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Indoor mask mandate ends today

Friday, October 15, 2021
Time: 6:34 AM

Press release from the City of Danbury

Effective at 12:01am on October 15, 2021, the City of Danbury hereby lifts the Indoor Mask Mandate for fully vaccinated individuals only.

BY ORDER OF THE MAYOR: AMENDED AS OF OCTOBER 15, 2021 as noted in bold below: Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 13A dated August 5, 2021 and the Declaration of State of Emergency for the City of Danbury signed and dated/issued March 16, 2020, I hereby issue a modified ORDER that all indoor public spaces, indoor public venues, indoor gathering places, and spaces, areas and locations in the City of Danbury where such gatherings occur or may occur, including businesses, offices and other public accommodations, only persons not vaccinated or unable to provide proof of vaccination and who are not exempt under said Executive Order Sec. 1.a. are required to wear proper mask coverings.

Enforcement of this ORDER shall be pursuant to Connecticut General Statute and local law as applicable under COVID and emergency issuance and regulation. This ORDER will stand until repealed or superseded by Order of the Mayor or the Governor of the State of Connecticut. Upon amending the Indoor Mask Mandate, Mayor Cavo reiterated that he supports the choice of fully vaccinated residents and visitors who may find a level of comfort wearing a mask especially while attending indoor public settings where they might feel at-risk or cannot social distance themselves, although there is no mandate to do so. Mayor Cavo also noted any Danbury establishment that wishes to continue the use of masks and facial coverings for staff and/or visitors, may implement its own policy. The Danbury Health Department will be available to assist in facilitating an implementation plan if requested.

Please be advised that Danbury Public Schools and private schools in Danbury are not subject to the Mayor’s lifting of the mask mandate. Masks are required in schools pursuant to an order from the Commissioner of the Department of Public Health outlining conditions and environments subject to the exemption provided in Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 12A. The order also requires healthcare facilities, facilities housing vulnerable populations, public and private transit, correctional facilities, and childcare settings to require face-covering .


THIRD QUARTER FINANCE REPORT: Alves 60.9k, Esposito 51.1k

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Time: 2:15 PM

The recently filed third-quarter finance reports show that mayoral candidates Roberto Alves and Dean Esposito are in good financial shape for the final stretch of the campaign season.

Alves campaign raised a total of 60923.00 for the third quarter, with 47648 coming from individuals (140,163), 4,100 from PACs (12,575), and 9.175 coming from the program ad books (16,115).

Esposito raised a total of 51110.00 for the third quarter, with 44910 coming from individuals (124,945), 0 from PACs (2,500), and 6200.00 coming from program ad books (6,200).

With Election Day around the corner, these numbers indicate that both candidates will be in an excellent position to get their message out to voters. However, Alves' burn rate is significantly higher than Esposito, who has yet to attack his Democratic counterpart.

As ALWAYS with these finance reports, the devil is in the details, and I'm in the process of providing a detailed analysis of every finance report filed in an upcoming post.


VIEW/DOWNLOAD:

Alves Oct 12th SEEC report
Esposito Oct 12th SEEC report

UPDATE The Roberto Alves campaign released the following press release

Roberto Alves Announces Third Quarter Fundraising Total

DANBURY, C.T. — Democratic candidate for Mayor Roberto Alves today announced his third-quarter fundraising total. Since announcing his campaign on January 7th Alves has raised $169,000 -- the most any candidate for Mayor of Danbury raised through their third quarter. Of this total, $61,000 was raised in the third quarter.

“I’m energized by the investment and trust that so many friends and neighbors have placed in me,” said Councilman Alves. “This is what thoughtful strategic plans, meaningful conversations, and listening to all Danbury residents look like. This kind of support shows the successes we’ve already had, and those to come – and we’re not going to stop. I’m confident that we will be successful on November 2nd, and that’s when the real work begins.” Concluded Alves.

Roberto Alves has been endorsed by the Connecticut Working Families Party, NEA Danbury, Western Connecticut AFL-CIO, AFT Connecticut, SEIU 1199 New England, CSEA SEIU Local 2001, CEUI, Carpenters Local 210 and has earned the Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate Distinction. A product of Danbury’s public schools, Roberto Alves is a City Councilman At-Large and brings nearly a decade of private sector and community-driven experience to the position. He lives on West Redding Road in Danbury with his spouse Robyn, and their two children, Julius and Catalina.


One on one with Dean Esposito

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Time: 3:25 PM

With Election Day less than a month away, there are still many questions regarding long-standing issues in the city that the two candidates for mayor have not addressed in detail.

Over the past two weeks, I sat down with Republican mayoral candidate Dean Esposito and his Democratic counterpart City Councilman Roberto Alves to get their take on general topics of concern in Danbury. I also got the two men to open up about their personal lives and explain why each feels qualified to oversee the affairs of the seventh-largest city in the state.

First up to the deck, the Republican's choice for mayor, Dean Esposito. I will post my interview with the Democratic Party's choice for mayor, Roberto Alves, tomorrow.

NOTE:
1. For the exceptions of added b-roll material, the following interview is in its entirety.
2. There were no restrictions on topics with either candidate.
3. There was no time restriction with Esposito (interview lasted one hour). There was a time restriction of thirty minutes by the Alves campaign.
4. There were PLENTY of topics that we failed to discuss in the interview. Plrease rememebr that this was more of a general interview into their backgrounds and their take on a number of old standing issues that neithe candidate has addressed in detail. I hope to get Alves and Esposito on issues that I was unable to get to in the interview in a future update.
5. My apologizes in advance for the sound quality...curse that the annoying beeping noise in the background :-)


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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)
"SENATOR KUSHNER DISCUSSES POINTS OF OPTIMISM FOR DANBURY PUBLIC SCHOOLS"

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"

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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.

CLICK HERE TO READ/DOWNLOAD MAYOR BOUGHTON'S DEPOSITION

CLICK HERE TO READ/DOWNLOAD MIKE McLACHLAN (then MAYOR CHIEF OF STAFF) DEPOSITION

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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CITY OF DANBURY VIDEO ARCHIVE (Dec 2012-present)

The Mercurial (RIP)
Danbury News Times
Danbury Patch
Danbury Hamlet Hub
Danbury Daily Voice
Tribuna Newspaper
CT News Junkie
CT Capitol Report

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2022 STATE ELECTIONS
24th STATE SENATE

KUSHNER (D) | COEHLO (R)

JULIE KUSHNER
Info

Video
04.11.22: Town Hall Meeting
09.30.22: Boceto Media interview with Julie Kushner
10.06.22: Somos Latinos VIP interview

MICHELLE COEHLO
Info
Campaign website

Video
Nomination speech
09.22.22: Boceto Media interview with Michelle Coehlo

2nd STATE REP. DISTRICT

ALLIE-BRENNAN (D) | LEWIS (R)

Dem. State Rep. Raghib Allie-Brennan

GOP candidate Jenn Lewis

107th STATE REP. DISTRICT

HOLMES (D) | FONCELLO (R)

PHOBE HOLMES
Campaign website

(VID) Remarks at Newtown DTC picnic

MARTIN FONCELLO

108th STATE REP. DISTRICT

CALLAHAN (R) | GINSBURG (D)

JEFF GINSBURG

PAT CALLAHAN

109th STATE REP. DISTRICT

SANTOS (D) | FERNANDEZ (R)

FARLEY SANTOS
Campaign website

(VID) Nomination speech

JESY FERNANDEZ
Campaign website
(VID) Nomination speech

110th STATE REP. DISTRICT

GODFREY | GLEISSNER

ROBERT GODFREY

(VID) Nomination speech

ERIC GLEISSNER
(VID) Nomination speech

138th STATE REP. DISTRICT

GUCKER (D) | CHALESKI (R)

KEN GUCKER
02.21.22 (NEWSTIMES):
"A lawmaker wants to build a school on Danbury’s most blighted site; GOP leaders say ‘absolutely not’"
(VID) Nomination speech

RACHEL CHALESKI
Info
Campaign website

Video
(VID) Nomination speech

News
03.31.22 (NEWSTIMES):
"With two Danbury school board candidates seeking state office, education emerges as major issue"

OFFICE OF PROBATE

DASILVA (D) | CHIEFFALO (R)

JOE DASILVA JR.
(VID): Nominaiton speech
10.20.22 (VID): Danbury Dems (local access TV)

DOM CHIEFFALO
(VID): Nomination speech


2021 (ALVES/ESPOSITO)


TOWN COMMITTEES
(VID) DDTC nomination convention
(PDF) DDTC campaign slate flyer

(VID) DRTC nomination convention
(PDF) DRTC campaign slate flyer

FORUMS/DEBATES
(VID) 2021 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum

CAMPAIGN FINANCE
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

CAMPAIGN MAILERS
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


PAST CAMPAIGN COVERAGE

2005 (BOUGHTON/ESPOSITO)
Danbury 2005 election results
Newstimes Dean Esposito profile (10.25.05)

2007 (BOUGHTON/ABRANTES)
Danbury 2007 election results
(VID) Helana Abrantes TV ad
(VID) BRT tax deferral presser
(VID) Helena Abrantes "Community Forum" interview

2009 (BOUGHTON/GONCALVES)
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

2011 (BOUGHTON/TABORSAK)
Danbury 2011 election results
(VID) Saadi/Nero campaign kickoff

2013 (BOUGHTON/NO DTC ENDORSED CANDIDATE/MCALLISTER)
Danbury 2013 election results
(VID) 2013 DDTC nominaiton convention

2015 (BOUGHTON UNCHALLENGED)
Danbury 2015 election results

2017 (BOUGHTON/ALMEIDA)
Danbury 2017 election results
(VID) Al Almeida concession speech
(VID) 2017 Danbury City-Wide PTO educational forum
(VID) Al Almeida nomination acceptance speech

2019 (BOUGHTON/SETARO)
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