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Norwalk NAACP president: Believe Rivera, ‘a bigger man than that’

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera

NORWALK, Conn. – Manny Rivera’s title is changing soon, as the New London Board of Education has unanimously appointed him its next superintendent of schools, according to The Day. Come Feb. 1, he will be Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera no longer, barring a change of heart.

Many people are blaming three Norwalk Board of Education members  – Rosa Murray, Migdalia Rivas and Shirley Mosby – for Rivera’s seemingly sudden resignation. Some focus on Mosby’s complaint to the NAACP alleging racial discrimination on the board.

NancyOnNorwalk asked NAACP President Darnell Crosland to respond to the turn of events. Continue reading Norwalk NAACP president: Believe Rivera, ‘a bigger man than that’

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Don’t buy Norwalk Democrats’ spin regarding Rivera

Send signed letters to news@nancyonnorwalk.com

Send signed letters to news@nancyonnorwalk.com

To the editor:

Norwalk Schools Superintendent Manny Rivera has left us. As of Feb. 1, 2015 he will be the New London Schools Superintendent. A truly great loss to the students, teachers and staff of the Norwalk Public Schools.  A nationally recognized and highly regarded administrator with strong convictions and vision has decided to leave for “personal reasons.”

Continue reading Don’t buy Norwalk Democrats’ spin regarding Rivera

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Republicans Call For Special Session On Budget Deficit

Lawmakers during a budget hearing.

Lawmakers during a budget hearing. (Hugh McQuaid photo.)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Republican lawmakers called on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Friday to convene a special legislative session to address a shortfall in the state budget, which Republicans believe is larger than the administration has acknowledged.

Incoming Republican leaders Rep. Themis Klarides and Sen. Len Fasano sent a letter to Malloy’s office Friday afternoon during a joint hearing of the Appropriations and Finance Committees, where fiscal analysts from two agencies were briefing lawmakers. Continue reading Republicans Call For Special Session On Budget Deficit

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Consumers File 840 Complaints Against Frontier

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Nearly one month after the conversion from AT&T to Frontier Communications, more than 840 Connecticut customers have filed written complaints with the state about the changeover.

The state Department of Consumer Protection announced Nov. 13 it is coordinating complaints lodged by consumers regarding the transition. A week later, department spokeswoman Claudette Carveth said Thursday the department has received slightly more than 840 written complaints so far. Continue reading Consumers File 840 Complaints Against Frontier

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Norwalk’s ‘silence’ is deafening

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Send signed letters to news@nancyonnorwalk.com

To the Editor:

When a nationally prominent superintendent leaves a community long saddled with dysfunctional BOE’s, hostile teacher/administrator unions active in city politics, and revolving superintendents after just 18 months, it’s time to ask questions. Especially when Dr. Rivera was hired by the first truly competent BOE leadership Norwalk has had in decades.
Continue reading Norwalk’s ‘silence’ is deafening

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Norwalk leaders hint at super’s reasons for departing, say they’ll try again

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera.

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera at a recent Board of Education budget forum in Rowayton. One mother commented that he looked tired, and hoped he’d stay in Norwalk.

NORWALK, Conn. – Hours after the news of the resignation of Norwalk’s highly touted superintendent of schools started reverberating through the city, recriminations were easy to find, as well as some notes of hope.

“I will be meeting with Manny frequently, I would hope that he will reconsider,” Mayor Harry Rilling said, of the suddenly expected departure of Manny Rivera. Continue reading Norwalk leaders hint at super’s reasons for departing, say they’ll try again

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State Adds Jobs In October

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Seasonally adjusted job growth. (Labor Department)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The state added around 3,600 jobs in October while the unemployment rate held steady at 6.4 percent, according to a report released Thursday by the Labor Department.

The report revises last month’s estimates to 10,500 jobs gained, 1,000 less than the department reported last month. The September report was released just prior to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s re-election and boasted the largest monthly gain since April 1994. Continue reading State Adds Jobs In October

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Norwalk Schools Superintendent Manny Rivera has resigned

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera.

Update, 5 p.m.: Confirmation from Rivera that he is leaving.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Manny Rivera has resigned, effective Jan. 31.

Rivera, in a letter that was sent to Norwalk teachers and administrators Thursday afternoon, called it the most difficult decision of his personal and professional career. Continue reading Norwalk Schools Superintendent Manny Rivera has resigned

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GGP wants to build hotel, NCC space into its SoNo mall

State Rep. Larry Cafero, an attorney representing General Growth Properties (GGP), explains the "mixed use" components of the latest concept for a mall on the 95/7 site

State Rep. Larry Cafero, an attorney representing General Growth Properties (GGP), explains the “mixed use” components of the latest concept for a mall on the 95/7 site as he speaks to a combined meeting of the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency and the Common Council Planning Committee Wednesday in City Hall.

Updated 1:30 a.m., complete story.

NORWALK, Conn. – The developers of a hoped for-mall in SoNo said Wednesday that they have listened to the public in their one year’s worth of community outreach and have come up with a plan they think will meet the requirements of the contract the company has with Norwalk for the land usage.

General Growth Properties’ current concept for a mall at the long-vacant 95/7 site includes a small boutique hotel, community space and classrooms for use as a Norwalk Community College satellite site, state Rep. Larry Cafero said at a joint meeting of the Planning Committee and Redevelopment Agency. This news was part of a pitch to change the current specifications of the Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) between Norwalk and GGP – the old ones will not work in the current marketplace, GGP reps said, as they urged that speed is of the essence for a “modification” of the existing agreement in order to “not miss the market” as has been done in the past at the site.   Continue reading GGP wants to build hotel, NCC space into its SoNo mall

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Norwalk BoE, NFT agree on arbitration terms

NORWALK, Conn. – Another “win-win” negotiation has been announced by the Norwalk Board of Education, in conjunction with the Norwalk Federation of Teachers (NFT).

The terms of the stipulated Binding Arbitration Award for the final year of the current teachers’ contract (from Sept. 1, 2015 to Aug. 31, 2016) were released Wednesday: Continue reading Norwalk BoE, NFT agree on arbitration terms

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State’s Cash Position Deteriorates

State Treasurer Denise Nappier. (CTNJ file photo.)

State Treasurer Denise Nappier. (CTNJ file photo.)

HARTFORD, Conn. –  State Treasurer Denise Nappier wrote to legislative leaders Tuesday to let them know the state’s cash position had declined and late last week she transferred money from bond proceeds to help cover operating expenses.

“The common cash pool, which covers operating expenses, has declined to levels which prompted my office to commence temporary transfers from bond proceeds investment accounts,” Nappier wrote in her Nov. 18 letter. “These transfers are consistent with the state’s long-standing and sanctioned process for managing fluctuations in the flow of cash to and from separate funds. Since November 13th to date, such transfers total $160 million, and more such transfers over the next month are likely until revenues increase in late December.” Continue reading State’s Cash Position Deteriorates

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Malloy Mum On Future Tax Breaks

Ben Barnes, Malloy budget director.

Ben Barnes, Malloy budget director. (Hugh McQuaid photo.)

HARTFORD, Conn. –  Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday that he hasn’t taken a position on several tax breaks he proposed last year, but which aren’t scheduled to go into effect next fiscal year.

When Malloy and the Democrat-controlled legislature finished last year’s budget they had included about $220 million in future tax breaks after declining revenue figures prevented them from being included in the 2015 pre-election budget. The tax breaks Malloy and lawmakers pushed into the future included an end to the corporation tax surcharge, sales tax exemption on clothing and over-the-counter medication, an income tax credit for retired teachers, and an increase in a tax credit for the working poor. Continue reading Malloy Mum On Future Tax Breaks

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