U.S. Rep Jim Himes (D-Conn.), center, and Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, right, chat near Monday near the Yankee Doodle Bridge.
NORWALK, Conn. — The nation’s infrastructure is crumbling, and Connecticut is in the forefront of the dubious movement that is threatening the nation’s global economic standing.
That was the message U.S. Rep Jim Himes (D-Conn.) and a gaggle of state and local politicians and union leaders attempted to drive home Monday while standing near Norwalk’s deteriorating Yankee Doodle Bridge.
A recent study showed Connecticut and Rhode Island have the worst roads in the country. A White House report says 41 percent of state roads are in poor condition.
Continue reading Himes calls for major, long-term infrastructure funding in Norwalk visit
This property at 0 Betts Island had a minimum bid requirement of $61,650 and sold for $150,000.
NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s biennial tax sale ran the gamut Monday, from in-demand properties that drew high bids to some apparent bargains to some properties that drew no interest at all.
Some of the properties drew bids eight to 10 times what was owed in back taxes. A property at 14 Oakledge Circle with a minimum bid of $35,345 required went for $250,000. A property at 4 Hawkins Ave. with a minimum set at $27,245 brought $254,000. A property at 234 East Ave. with a minimum bid of $28,730 went for $255,000.
Continue reading Norwalk tax sale yields $5.1 million for city coffers
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Kathleen Mary Tepper is a member of the Democratic Town Committee
To the editor:
I don’t object to paying taxes, they are a necessary part of a civilized existence. And part of that civilized existence means that I should be able to have some small say in how my tax money is spent.
Continue reading Letter: Norwalk needs state money for more important things than golf
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (Christine Stuart photo)
The primary will be held Aug. 12.
HARTFORD, Conn. – He’s the head of the Republican Governors Association and a potential 2016 presidential nominee. And controversy seems to follow New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wherever he goes.
Continue reading New Jersey’s lightning rod visits Connecticut to stump for Foley
HARTFORD, Conn. – Plans to begin collecting representation fees for a recently-formed home health care workers union have been put on ice while state officials grapple with a Supreme Court ruling that may have made those fees illegal.
“The union requested that the state not collect agency fees given the uncertainty created by the recent Supreme Court decision, Harris v. Quinn,” Andrew Doba, a spokesman for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, said Friday.
Continue reading State delays collection of health care union fees
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Penny Bacchiochi at MannKind Corporation. (Christine Stuart photo)
The primary will be held Aug. 12.
HARTFORD, Conn. – Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton had been teamed up with Heather Bond Somers, but last week he was offering state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi his full-throated support.
Continue reading Boughton gives Bacchiochi his support for lt. gov.
Valerie B. Dugan, CFP, is a senior vice president and financial advisor in the Hartford office of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management.
With a huge percentage of Connecticut’s economy dependent upon the defense and aerospace industries, all eyes turned toward England over the past week.
The international air show at Farnborough, England, concluded July 20. In 2012, $712 billion in new orders were announced at this biannual event.
Continue reading Opinion: All eyes on England
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To the editor:
We as former RTC Town Chairmen, Jeffrey Konspore and Art Scialabba, fully support the Republican nominated and endorsed candidate for the Registrar of Voters Office, John Federici, and encourage all Republicans to vote for him in the Aug. 12th primary.
Continue reading Letter: Former RTC chairmen seek change in the registrar of voters office.
Councilman David Watts (D-District A) advocates for distressed Norwalk homeowners during a discussion about a developing sidewalk ordinance.
Ordinance Committee Chairwoman Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (R-District D), left, leads last week’s meeting.
NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk council members have “grabbed something easy” while they wrestle with the can of worms inherent in revising Norwalk’s sidewalk ordinance, sending a revision related to construction permits to the full council for a vote on Tuesday.
That was after a prolonged discussion at last week’s Ordinance Committee meeting concerning the ramifications of liens and fines. Chapter 95 is still a thorn in the committee’s side – although Ordinance Committee Chairwoman Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (R-District D) said much progress had been made – and members voted unanimously to go with a suggestion made by Councilman Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large): “Can we grab something easy here to move it forward?” Meaning, separate Chapter 96 from Chapter 95 and send it for a vote on its own. Continue reading Norwalk council debates liens vs. fines in sidewalk ordinance
NORWALK, Conn. – You be the judge, Deputy Corporation Counsel Jeffry Spahr said, in reference to the latest complaint filed by John Mosby against the Norwalk Board of Education.
Spahr obtained videotapes of two BoE meetings to rebut Mosby’s latest charge of racial discrimination, to show, he said, that Mosby did not receive “disparate treatment” from that shown to white Norwalkers who spoke to the board. Continue reading Spahr: Mosby’s complaint against Norwalk BoE is clearly false
The Oak Hills Park Authority is storing hazardous material in a large warehouse that has yet to be inspected by the fire marshal. (Photo by Yvonne Lopaur)
NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk fire marshal has contradicted an impression given at Thursday’s Oak Hills Park Authority (OHPA) meeting.
As part of a conversation about chemicals and pesticides stored at the Oak Hills Golf Course, OHPA Chairman Clyde Mount said, “The fire department was there yesterday and did an inspection of the containers,” and asked superintendent Jim Shell what the result was. Continue reading Oak Hills chemicals yet to be inspected
HARTFORD – The State Bond Commission is poised to approve $1.5 million for the Oak Hills Park Master Plan, according to a press release from House Minority Leader Larry Cafero of Norwalk (R-143), but the project still has hurdles to clear before becoming a reality.
The commission, headed by Gov. Dannel Malloy, meets Friday, July 25.
According to the commission’s agenda, the money is to be used “to provide a grant-in-aid to the city of Norwalk for improvements to the Oak Hills golf course.
Continue reading State set to OK $1.5M bond for Oak Hills project
NORWALK, Conn. – You reap what you sow.
I don’t usually quote the Bible; technically, this is paraphrasing, and I am really quoting so many other people who have used this tough-love, “it’s your own damn fault” response to whining about the best laid plans going off the rails:
You reap what you sow.
Nowhere is this truer than when it comes to elected officials. OK, maybe elected officials are second to raising problem children, but aren’t the two things horribly similar?
Continue reading Opinion: Voters should educate themselves before election day