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Peña, Perone officially approved for public campaign funds

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Bruce Morris and Warren Peña (top, from left) will face off in the 140th District primary Aug. 12, while Chris Perone and David Watts (bottom, from left) battle in the 137th. Peña and Perone were approved for state funding Wednesday afternoon.

NORWALK, Conn. – All of Norwalk’s primary election candidates have now officially qualified for state campaign funding from the Citizens’ Election Program.

As indicated would be the case in emails sent last week to both Warren Peña and Chris Perone, the program voted Wednesday to approve funding for both campaigns. Because both candidates are Democrats running in primaries in what are considered as primarily Democratic districts, both will receive grants for $27,850.

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Chiaramonte persists with ‘highly offensive’ racial analogy, cites reasons for BoE ‘body language’

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Norwalk Board of Education member Jack Chiaramonte said he has been called “wop, dago, everything else,” all his life, so he, too, knows about discrimination.

NORWALK, Conn. – There has still been no evidence provided to support a claim of racial discrimination on the Norwalk Board of Education, a city lawyer said Wednesday. Meanwhile, BoE Republican Jack Chiaramonte is doubling down on his comments about BoE member Shirley Mosby.

Mosby recently filed a complaint with the NAACP alleging that “African-American and Hispanic female board members are subject to continual intimidation, harassment, disrespect, exclusion, discrimination, lack of transparency and not being informed, and subject to disparate treatment,” Norwalk Branch NAACP Second Vice President Brenda Penn-Williams said at the July 1 BoE meeting. Deputy Corporation Counsel Jeffry Spahr has since had a series of emails with NAACP President Darnell Crosland, requesting evidence to support that charge. Spahr said Wednesday that he has gotten “nothing.” Continue reading Chiaramonte persists with ‘highly offensive’ racial analogy, cites reasons for BoE ‘body language’

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Perone: Oak Hills bond won’t stick if city rejects master plan

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State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137).

NORWALK, Conn. – State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137) got a surprise last weekend, and he was not amused.

The five-term legislator, who is facing a primary challenge Aug. 12 from Common Councilman David Watts (D-District A), found out through media reports that Gov. Dannel Malloy, who chairs the State Bond Commission, had agreed to slip a $1.5 million gift to the Oak Hills Park Authority onto the Friday, July 25 agenda. That gift is intended to give the OHPA’s $4.45 million master plan a kick start. The only problem with that, Perone points out, is that the plan has not received local approvals.

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Alvord, Council agree: Norwalk DPW  ‘dropped ball’ 

NORWALK, Conn. – Damning comments about Norwalk’s Department of Public Works flew  Tuesday as nine Norwalk Common Council members “bit the bullet” and voted to approve a $132,594 expenditure, saying they were doing it to ensure public safety.

The money is going to Northeastern Communications Inc. for the purchase and installation of a high band radio system, replacing a system DPW Director Hal Alvord said is more than 30 years old. Council President Doug Hempstead (R-At Large) voted with four Democrats against the purchase, saying, like others, that it should have gone through the capital budget process but had now become a “crisis.” Continue reading Alvord, Council agree: Norwalk DPW  ‘dropped ball’ 

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Landmark education funding trial pushed back to January

HARTFORD, Conn. – A landmark education funding trial was supposed to start on Sept. 9, but according to the parties involved it will be moved to January 2015 — months after the November election.

Last January, Superior Court Judge Kevin Dubay refused to push the trial past the November election as the state requested, but the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding — the group that filed the lawsuit — said Tuesday that they agreed to a trial date of Jan. 6, 2015.

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Opinion: Giving adoptees and their kids the rights they deserve

Bill Finch

Bill Finch

Bill Finch is a former state senator and currently serves as the mayor of Bridgeport..

I’m a proud father of four kids. So when the doctor asks for our family medical history, why does the government keep that information locked away? I may be the mayor of our state’s largest city, but because of outdated laws, I’m just another adoptee who is treated as a second-class citizen.

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Republican senator calls for Access Health meeting

HARTFORD, Conn. – Access Health CT, Connecticut’s health insurance exchange, canceled its meetings in July and August, but in light of several significant issues, a Republican Senator is asking it to reconsider.

Sen. Len Fasano wrote Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman Tuesday and asked her how the Access Health CT board would be informed of several ongoing issues, including the cancellation of several hundred customers from their policies.

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Cadmium task force gets off to rocky start

From left: Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-17), Rep. David Baram (D-15), and Rep. Diana Urban (D-43) (Christine Stuart photo)

From left: Sen. Kevin Witkos (R-17), Rep. David Baram (D-15), and Rep. Diana Urban (D-43) (Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A task force that was created to determine an acceptable level cadmium in children’s jewelry got off to a rocky start Wednesday when the decision to appoint two jewelry industry experts was questioned by state Rep. Diana Urban (D-43).

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Norwalk ‘witch hunt’ fails; Sumpter reappointed to Zoning Commission

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Councilman David McCarthy (R-District E), left, and Zoning Commissioner Nate Sumpter have a brief conversation Tuesday in City Hall after Sumpter’s reappointment was confirmed over McCarthy’s objection. Sumpter had come up to be sworn in by City Clerk Donna King; McCarthy then offered his hand.

NORWALK, Conn. – A charge of “less than ethical behavior” on the part of a Norwalk zoning commissioner was answered with a charge of a “witch hunt” Tuesday, as conflicts on the Norwalk Zoning Commission made their way to the Norwalk Common Council chambers.

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Downed Norwalk traffic lights totaled 435 pounds

NORWALK, Conn. – Traffic lights will hang again at the intersection of Main and Wall Streets, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling said.

The lights came down with a crash a little over a week ago when a pole collapsed for no obvious reason. Department of Public Works Director Hal Alvord, who now says the lights weighed a total of 435 pounds, said he would have a temporary pole put up as soon as possible. Continue reading Downed Norwalk traffic lights totaled 435 pounds

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