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The Rowlands’ political paper trail includes Republicans and Democrats

HARTFORD, Conn. – Campaign finance records show that in the years following his incarceration, former Gov. John G. Rowland and his wife, Patricia, made several donations to both Democratic and Republican candidates and town committees.

Under some of the donations logged with the state Elections Enforcement Commission he listed himself as a radio personality and in others he was a self-employed marketing consultant with JGR Associates LLC. In one instance, he listed himself as Waterbury’s economic development director, a job he held from 2008 to 2012. Patricia Rowland lists herself as an antique dealer.

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McKinney tells Quiet Corner Tea Party Patriots he would support gun law repeal

HARTFORD, Conn. – Sen. John McKinney, who represents Newtown and supported stricter gun control measures, told the Quiet Corner Tea Party Patriots on Tuesday that if he was governor and the legislature sent him a repeal of the gun bill he would sign it.

The Connecticut Democratic Party, which captured the video of McKinney’s remarks by using a video tracker, called it “political pandering.”

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McKinney returns donations, promises change

HARTFORD, Conn. – Sen. John McKinney, who is running for governor, was recently forced to refund $500 in donations from five state contractors or prospective contractors who are banned from giving donations.

Since February, McKinney has returned $100 donations from Jonathan Gavin, president of United Concrete Products Inc. and his wife, Lorene Gavin, as well as William Valus, owner of Encon Inc. in Stratford, and Valus’ wife, Maureen. McKinney also returned a $100 donation from Anthony Scillia of Marcum LLP, an accounting company that is listed as state contractor. The companies show up on the list of state contractors banned from giving to statewide campaigns.

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Advocates mobilize against fracking waste

HARTFORD, Conn. – Advocates seeking to ban the storage in Connecticut of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing delivered petitions with thousands of signatures to policymakers Wednesday as the legislature considers two bills on the subject.

The petitions, which advocates say contained more than 5,600 signatures, urged Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and lawmakers to support a bill that would prohibit the storage and disposal in Connecticut of wastes associated with the hydraulic fracturing process used to extract natural gas.

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Norwalk getting $200K in DECD money to clean up Webster Lot

Updated 4:31 p.m. with additional information, governor’s comments.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk has been awarded a $200,000 Brownfields Assessment and Inventory Grant by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), according to a press release.

The funds will be used to conduct an environmental assessment of the Webster Lot, located at 55 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, to determine the extent and severity of environmental contamination that was found in previous studies and develop a remedial action plan, the release said. Activities will include environmental cleanup and reuse planning. The Norwalk Redevelopment Agency will develop the reuse plans with community input, in concert with environmental professionals and reuse experts, the release said. Continue reading Norwalk getting $200K in DECD money to clean up Webster Lot

HUD Choice Neighborhoods grant for Norwalk would fund more than bricks and mortar

There’s interest in the old Norwalk Community Health building because of the expected rebuilding of Washington Village, Norwalk Housing Authority Deputy Director Candace Mayer said.

NORWALK, Conn. – The $30 million that would come Norwalk’s way should the federal government award a Choice Neighborhoods implementation grant to the Norwalk Housing Authority would do a lot more than fund public housing.

The idea behind the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program is to lift the entire neighborhood, in addition to assisting public housing residents with educational opportunities, NHA Deputy Director Candace Mayer said. This is done, in part, by encouraging development in the area. There are already signs that the strategy is working, she said. Continue reading HUD Choice Neighborhoods grant for Norwalk would fund more than bricks and mortar

Duff: NEON likely to be replaced by a new Norwalk CAP agency

State Sen. Bob Duff (D-25), left, joins Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) transitional CEO and President the Rev. Tommie Jackson, right, and state Rep. Chris Perone (D-137) for an announcement in December in this file photo.

NORWALK, Conn. – The need to continue services for Norwalk’s needy is the reason it has taken so long for Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) to determine a course of action as bankruptcy looms, state Sen. Bob Duff (D-25) said.

“That’s always been very important,” Duff said. “If this has taken longer than anybody thought it might, it’s because we’re really focused on helping to ensure that the services are still here in Norwalk, however this all plays itself out, so that if they’re in bankruptcy and there’s a new CAP (Community Action Program) agency the services are all here in Norwalk and not someplace else.”

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Letter: After the Bell at SoNoCC

True partnership and collaboration produced a much needed After the Bell program in South Norwalk. On behalf of the Board of Directors at SoNoCC, I would to thank all those involved in making this after-school program become a reality.

SoNoCC is excited to be a partner with Dr. Manuel Rivera and Norwalk Public Schools in creating a learning center in the heart of South Norwalk. This was truly a joint effort not only just by the superintendent, but also Mayor Rilling, Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons, Council President Doug Hempstead, Council Majority Leader Jerry Petrini, and Council Minority Leader John Igneri along with our executive team at SoNoCC. Thank you all for your leadership as this is a model on how we can work together to accomplish great things in our community.

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Settlement would require state to hire 35 more workers

HARTFORD, Conn. – Under a settlement agreement reached last week in a federal lawsuit, the Connecticut General Assembly will be asked to add 35 positions to the Department of Social Services budget to help process Medicaid applications.

Federal law says the applications must be processed within 45 days, but many had been languishing well-beyond that time period which prompted New Haven Legal Assistance to file a lawsuit against the state back in January 2012.

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Union official rolls eyes, sparks contract debate

HARTFORD, Conn. – It wasn’t collective bargaining policy that provoked a dispute between legislative Republicans and a union official during a Tuesday hearing — it was a roll of the eyes.

Rep. Terrie Wood, R-Darien, stopped midway through a question to SEIU 1199 President David Pickus during a hearing on a collective bargaining agreement for personal care workers.

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