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Norwalk Council gives in to Connecticut’s ‘un-American’ tactic

Ordinance Committee Chairwoman Shannon O'Toole Giandurco (R-District D), left, introduces an ordinance to join the

Ordinance Committee Chairwoman Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (R-District D), left, introduces an ordinance to join the Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WCCOG) at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting. At right is Majority Leader Doug Hempstead (R-At Large).

NORWALK, Conn. – Concerns about a “very loose” piece of state legislation dominated discussion at Tuesday’s Norwalk Common Council meeting, as the city was dragged “kicking and screaming” into a new alliance of municipalities.

“We don’t really have that much of a choice. I also think it’s important from time to time when dissention votes need to be heard and needs to be send a message upstate,” Doug Hempstead (R-At Large) said, in voting against an ordinance that enables Norwalk to join the Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WCCOG). Also voting no were David Watts (D-District A), Sharon Stewart (D-At Large) and Travis Simms (D-District B). Phaedrel “Faye” Bowman (D-District B) abstained. Continue reading Norwalk Council gives in to Connecticut’s ‘un-American’ tactic

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Petrini elected Norwalk Common Council president

Council President Jerry Petrini (R-District D)

Council President Jerry Petrini (R-District D) gets his first taste of a new vantage point of the Norwalk Common Council chambers Tuesday, from the seat formerly occupied by Doug Hempstead (R-At Large).

Councilman David Watts (D-District A), left, nominates Councilwoman Sharon Stewart (D-At Large) to be Council president Tuesday in City Hall.

Councilman David Watts (D-District A), left, nominates Councilwoman Sharon Stewart (D-At Large) to be Council president Tuesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Doug Hempstead passed the baton to a new leader Tuesday night, as Jerry Petrini was elected Norwalk Common Council president over the desires of four Democrats.

Although David Watts said he was speaking for the Democratic caucus – Minority Leader Travis Simms was silent – only three Democrats voted with him in support of Sharon Stewart to be president. Petrini, who has been majority leader for the past year, won election with an 11 to four vote. Hempstead and Petrini promptly switched places, as Hempstead will now be majority leader. Democrats announced that Simms was staying minority leader. Continue reading Petrini elected Norwalk Common Council president

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Malloy administration personnel changes are under way

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

HARTFORD, Conn. – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday that there will be some changes in his administration as he starts his second term.

But there probably will be no more than six changes, including commissioners and deputy commissioners.

Already, Insurance Commissioner Thomas Leonardi and Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor have announced their departures. Both will leave before the end of the year and Malloy said they are actively searching for replacements.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

 

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Williams scores job with CEA

Sen. President Donald Williams (Hugh McQuaid file photo)

Sen. President Donald Williams (Hugh McQuaid file photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The state’s largest teachers union, the Connecticut Education Association, announced Monday that had it hired outgoing Sen. President Pro Tempore Donald Williams as its new deputy policy director.

Williams, who didn’t seek re-election, has been job hunting since at least last spring when he unsuccessfully sought a position as president of Quinebaug Valley Community College.

Continue reading Williams scores job with CEA

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Norwalk Council reluctantly moves to join regional planning group

Assistant Corporation Counsel Brian McCann, right, talks about the ramifications of

Norwalk Assistant Corporation Counsel Brian McCann, right, talks about the ramifications of shifting from a regional planning agency to a Council of Governments at last week’s Ordinance Committee meeting.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk is poised to enter into a Council of Governments in spite of fears that its neighboring smaller towns have the upper hand. Common Council members are doing so with the knowledge that state funding is dependent on joining the new club and that some state grant money may have already been missed by what one observer called “dragging feet.”

A months-long debate ended for the Ordinance Committee last week with a 4-3 vote to move legislation enabling Norwalk to enter a newly created Western Connecticut Council of Governments (COG), which replaces the Southwestern Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA), to the full Council for a vote Tuesday. That with Council President Doug Hempstead (R-At Large) voting for it even though he is against it.   Continue reading Norwalk Council reluctantly moves to join regional planning group

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9-1-1: We need your help!

NORWALK, Conn. – This notice is coming a bit late. I meant to write it a week ago, but I was busy being rushed to the hospital in shock caused by a raging blood infection. Near-death experiences have a way of messing with your schedule. But after four days in Norwalk Hospital (kudos for their treatment), I am back home, weakened, but not broken.

We need your support. The coffers are low, the bills are coming due, and little Timmy needs a new pair of shoes. Well, OK, that last one isn’t true. But we have just gone through the mosque story, the elections, the departure of Barnes & Noble, and now the sudden departure of Schools Superintendent Manny Rivera. That’s a lot of news. And much of it you learned here first.

Continue reading 9-1-1: We need your help!

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State official: Driving range not part of $1.5 million grant

NORWALK, Conn. – A “negotiation” with the state over $1.5 million slated for Norwalk’s Oak Hills Park has been downplayed by a state official as a technicality .

While Finance Director Thomas Hamilton said, in an email to vocal critic Paul Cantor, that the terms of the $1.5 million grant awarded by the State Bond Commission “are being negotiated,” Dave Stygar of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) said there was a discrepancy that needs to be cleared up. Continue reading State official: Driving range not part of $1.5 million grant

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Foodshare needs 1,200 more turkeys

More turkey, please...

More turkey, please…

Christine Stuart

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. – Foodshare in Bloomfield, which plans to distribute 19,896 turkeys for Thanksgiving, is running about 1,200 turkeys shy of where it needs to be to start its distribution on Tuesday.

“This is not a made up number,” Foodshare President and CEO Gloria McAdam said Monday. “These are how many families signed up to receive a turkey.”

There was a steady flow of vehicles dropping off turkeys and other non-perishable food items, but “it’s not like the cars are backed up like we’d like to see,” McAdams said.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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Lawmakers will try again top itch OT pay for those who work Thanksgiving

Rep. Matt Lesser (Hugh McQuaid photo)

Rep. Matt Lesser (Hugh McQuaid photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A group of Democrats in the House will try again in the coming months to pass a labor-backed bill designed to discourage retailers from opening stores on Thanksgiving by requiring them to pay their workers holiday overtime.

Continue reading Lawmakers will try again top itch OT pay for those who work Thanksgiving

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Watts decries ‘Fake Dem’ Kimmel

Councilman David Watts (D-District A), left;

Councilman David Watts (D-District A), left; Councilman John Igneri (D-District E), right.

NORWALK, Conn. – Games surrounding the election of the next Norwalk Common Council president on Tuesday have been occupying the time of at least one Council member, who reportedly told a “Fake Dem” the role was his if he wanted it.

“i support John Igneri and a fake dem will elect a republican council prez next week.. a damn shame,” Councilman David Watts (D-District A) wrote in a Facebook post. And, “Fake Dems claim its ok to flip control of both chambers. We need to take our party back before they do more damage.” Continue reading Watts decries ‘Fake Dem’ Kimmel

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Norwalk Council ‘report card’ wrapped up

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From left, Norwalk Council members Shannon O’Toole Giandurco, Richard Bonenfant and Glenn Iannacone attend an Ordinance Committee meeting earlier this year.

Correction, 8:21 p.m. Petrini has perfect attendance; update, 4:30 p.m., comment from Bob Barron, chart made by Barron added.

NORWALK, Conn. – A NancyOnNorwalk effort to shine a light on city government fell a little bit short last week.

The goal was to show the attendance records of Common Council members at committee meetings, where most of the work is done, away from the television camera and most members of the public. The list did not include the Ordinance Committee. While that’s bad, the omission gives us a chance to give you a different look by arranging the information in a different way. Continue reading Norwalk Council ‘report card’ wrapped up

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Three reasons why Norwalk Board of Education is three ring circus

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To the editor:

Enough is enough.

There are some far reaching problems that have led to us losing our past extremely qualified superintendents.  The main ones are:

First, they stem from how the Norwalk Democratic Party nominates their candidates.   It is never the most qualified person.    It is done like the NFL draft with a lot of haggling and vote trading.   It always comes down to a few people trading votes and manipulating the system.   The DTC only has 35 seats – which means 35 people are controlling the votes for all of the Democrats in Norwalk.  Then if it is based on districts it comes down to seven.    No wonder we end up with some of the candidates that turn the BOE and Common Council into dysfunctional bodies in the city of Norwalk.   We have a great chairman of our party but it takes time to fix things.  Plus he is up against certain members who do not want change or fairness because they like to manipulate the party.     Continue reading Three reasons why Norwalk Board of Education is three ring circus

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Change is a necessity in Norwalk

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To the editor:

There is no question that Manny Rivera’s decision to leave Norwalk Public Schools came after much thought and foresight of Norwalk’s political landscape.  After all has been said, Dr. Rivera’s interest is in our education system and closing the achievement gap for our children.  We have to ask ourselves as a community, why a man of high caliber and national recognition came to bear a decision that ultimately left Norwalk in a state of shock?  Dr. Rivera is exactly what we all craved for, a professional with integrity and the gravitas to bring our school system into the 21st century.  He had a mission, a vision that most in our community embraced with the exception of a small group that worked hard to ensure his demise.  Continue reading Change is a necessity in Norwalk

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