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News Junkie: Connecticut joins lawsuit to save Obamacare subsidy

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has teamed up with attorney generals from California, Massachusetts, and Kentucky in challenging President Donald Trump’s elimination of the cost sharing reduction payments.

The complaint which will be filed in federal court in California claims Trump did not follow the law when he announced late Thursday night that the payments would stop. Continue reading News Junkie: Connecticut joins lawsuit to save Obamacare subsidy

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NPS offers open houses for specialized high school programs

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Information Sessions Scheduled For Specialized High School Programs

 

Norwalk’s Robust Choice Programs Meet Diverse Needs & Interests

Norwalk, Conn. (October 13, 2017) –The Center for Global Studies (CGS) at Brien McMahon High School, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program at Brien McMahon High School, and Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) at Norwalk High School will each hold separate open houses for prospective students and families interested in learning more about available NPS programs. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet currently enrolled students and ask them questions, listen to an overview, learn about each program’s unique curriculum and take a tour. Continue reading NPS offers open houses for specialized high school programs

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Norwalk Police: Store clerk robbed at knifepoint

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Armed Robbery

Norwalk Detectives are investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the Shell Gas Station located at 94 West Avenue at 9:25 am today. Two male suspects entered the store and robbed the clerk at knifepoint. The suspects fled the scene in a silver Honda Civic with right front-end damage and a missing hubcap. Anyone who can identify the suspects or has any information is asked to contact Detective Podgorski at 203-854- 3192. Anonymous tips can be left at any of the below contacts. Continue reading Norwalk Police: Store clerk robbed at knifepoint

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Norwalk angst expressed over lack of state budget

Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton talks about the state budget Thursday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — Confusing perspectives on state budget talks continue to cause anxiety in Norwalk.

“It doesn’t seem like we’re in panic mode yet,” Board of Education Finance Committee Chairman Bryan Meek said Thursday evening, querying Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton about the status of state funding. Continue reading Norwalk angst expressed over lack of state budget

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Brinton Thomson, two GOP Council candidates trade praise

The election is Nov. 7.

NORWALK, Conn. – Lisa Brinton Thomson, unaffiliated candidate for Norwalk mayor, issued a press release Thursday praising Republican Common Council at large candidates Rich Bonenfant and Mark Suda.

“Norwalk police officer and council candidate Mark Suda shares a ‘getting things done’ philosophy with Brinton, citing his successful career in undercover work and his dedication to eradicating drugs and the criminals who deal them,” the press release said, quoting Brinton Thomson as saying, “Mark possesses a thoughtful and determined approach to problem solving, attributes that will undoubtedly serve him well on the council.” Continue reading Brinton Thomson, two GOP Council candidates trade praise

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Conroy announces meet and greet

The election is Nov. 7.

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Mayoral candidate Andrew Conroy (R) will meet with Norwalk voters on Saturday morning and listen to their concerns with city government. He will be at Diamond Deli on Main St. in Norwalk from 11am until 12pm on Saturday, October 14th. His goal is to find out more about what issues Norwalk voters are concerned about and talk about what he would do differently as mayor. Continue reading Conroy announces meet and greet

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Norwalkers’ preferred path for Manresa Island would be costly

A page from a PowerPoint prepared by Fitzgerald & Halliday to show the pros and cons of open space on Manresa Island.

An illustration of the Manresa Island power plant, prepared as part of an economic impact analysis.

NORWALK, Conn. — Most people who offered an opinion on Manresa Island would prefer a passive reuse of the property, with open pathways through marshland and forests.

Problem is, that use would generate no property tax revenue from a property that currently provides Norwalk with $565,000 a year.

That’s the word from Fitzgerald & Halliday, a firm hired by Norwalk and the Manresa Association to do an economic impact analysis of the island and its mothballed power plant, at a $150,000 cost that was split by the city and the Association. The idea of the analysis is to get ahead of the game and be ready with information should NRG, the current owner of the 155-acre island and its closed power plant, decide to sell the property. Continue reading Norwalkers’ preferred path for Manresa Island would be costly

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Hal Alvord, former DPW director, dies at 73

The late Hal Alvord, former Norwalk Department of Public Works Director.

NORWALK, Conn. — Hal Alvord, former Norwalk Director of the Department of Public Works, died Sept. 30. His funeral is Saturday, in Danbury.

“You had to love him because of what a contributor he was,” Norwalk Tree Alliance Board member Andrew Strauss said Saturday, crediting Alvord with the reforestation of Norwalk. Continue reading Hal Alvord, former DPW director, dies at 73

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Charter Revision: Why Norwalk needs Lisa Brinton

 

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Norwalk needs Municipal reform.  We may not realize it, but we can see it every time we drive on our public roads, open a property tax bill, start a home improvement project or wave the kids off to school.  And Norwalk cannot have true municipal reform without Charter Revision. Among the four candidates for mayor, only Lisa Brinton is committed to Charter Revision in order to improve the way government works for its most valuable resources—its people.

Didn’t we just vote on Charter Revision?  We did and we didn’t.  In January of 2016, the Common Council empaneled a Charter Revision Commission, and gave them a very narrow timeline for making recommendations.  A few months later, the CRC presented four ballot initiatives, including one to extend Harry Rilling’s third term—if he gets one.  The CRC also urged the Common Council to let them continue their work—or to impanel a new commission—to address public concerns about Planning and Zoning—concerns the CRC didn’t have time to explore—not if the four year mayoral term was to make it onto the ballots in November. Continue reading Charter Revision: Why Norwalk needs Lisa Brinton

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Norwalk mayoral candidates report fundraising totals

The 2017 Norwalk mayoral candidate lineup: From left, Mayor Harry Rilling, Republican Andy Conroy, Lisa Brinton Thomson and State Rep. Bruce Morris.

The election is Nov. 7.

Correction, Oct. 12: Although the Rilling campaign form listed a David Obuchowski as a contributor, NancyOnNorwalk is confident that it was Daniel Obuchowski. 

NORWALK, Conn. — Nearly $190,000 has been raised by Norwalk mayoral candidates in this election cycle, with more than 76 percent of it raised by the incumbent.

As of Oct. 1, Mayor Harry Rilling’s reelection campaign had raised more than $144,055; State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140) had raised nearly $22,000, unaffiliated candidate Lisa Brinton Thomson had raised $15,866.15 and Republican candidate Andy Conroy has raised $6,682.95.  All of the challengers’ totals reflect money from their own funds. Continue reading Norwalk mayoral candidates report fundraising totals

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Retired Norwalk firefighters protest new contract

Retired Norwalk firefighter Michael Shanahan, shown on a City Hall screen over Council member Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (R-District D), left, and Council member Doug Hempstead (R-At Large), decries changes to his health benefits on Tuesday.

NORWALK, Conn. — A small group of retired Norwalk firefighters made their presence known Tuesday as the Common Council worked to approve a new contract negotiated by the firefighters’ union.

“I am just wondering why the rules changed, to change our benefits now? Why couldn’t you just wait until we all die?” Michael Shannahan said at the beginning of the meeting. “…Nobody’s thinking about us, the retirees. It’s an election year, I hope you all remember that.” Continue reading Retired Norwalk firefighters protest new contract

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News Junkie: Close, but large issues still linger in budget talks

HARTFORD, Conn. — Legislative leaders say they’ve made progress on the definition of a spending cap and the Education Cost Sharing formula, but they still have yet to tackle things like teacher retirement costs.

Following another four hours of closed-door meetings Tuesday, legislative leaders said they’re making progress and don’t plan to have a conversation with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy until they work out a few more issues. Continue reading News Junkie: Close, but large issues still linger in budget talks

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