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Dems get a budget deal, but Republicans have to let them pass it

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, Senate President Martin Looney, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff.   (Christine Stuart photo)

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, Senate President Martin Looney, Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff. (Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Democratic legislative leaders said they’ve reached a deal to close the $960 million budget gap in 2017 with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, but the power has shifted to the Republican minority which has to decide whether it wants to defeat it.

House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said the budget deal they reached cuts about $830 million in spending, doesn’t increase taxes, and “represents true structural change.”

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Norwalk BET forges ahead with below-cap operating budget

Norwalk Finance Director Bob Barron talks 2016/17 operating budget with the Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET) on Monday in City Hall.

Norwalk Finance Director Bob Barron talks 2016/17 operating budget with the Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET) on Monday in City Hall.

 

Updated 3 p.m. May 3 with links to approved operating budget, tax rates.

 

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk’s tax board slid into home plate Monday with an operating budget set for almost $44,000 less than the cap set by the Common Council, in spite of major uncertainty concerning what is coming back from Hartford.

Approved 2016-17 operating budget

Approved tax rates

The Board of Estimate and Taxation spent about an hour in private conversation going over how it would deal with major cuts in state funding before voting to set a total 2016/17 expenditure of $337,324,141. Continue reading Norwalk BET forges ahead with below-cap operating budget

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Kimmel defends exclusion of Norwalk P&Z from charter revision

Norwalk Common Council members face a sparse audience of usual suspects at Monday's Charter Revision public hearing in City Hall.

Norwalk Common Council members face a sparse audience of usual suspects at Monday’s Charter Revision public hearing in City Hall.

 

Correction 3:12 p.m. May 3: Next public hearing is 7 p.m. Monday, May 9.

 

NORWALK, Conn. – Planning and Zoning issues continue to dominate the discussion on charter revision.

Monday’s Common Council public hearing on the results of its Charter Revision Commission began with Council President Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large) pushing back on a suggestion that has been made by Lisa Thomson and others to give the Council power over Planning and Zoning, and progressed to Thomson saying, “The mayor campaigned, as did many of you, on Planning and Zoning reform. I ask that we get on with that.” Continue reading Kimmel defends exclusion of Norwalk P&Z from charter revision

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SoNo Collection public hearing continues Wednesday at Zoning Commission

 

NORWALK, Conn. – Putting together a project as complex as The SoNo Collection mall on West Avenue takes a lot of time and deliberation, as it has many moving parts.

Many of those parts can be seen moving in the above animation video released Monday to NancyOnNorwalk by mall developer General Growth Properties (GGP).

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Opinion: Help to make sure CT lawmakers vote for superior breast exams

Liane Philpotts

Liane Philpotts

Liane Philpotts, MD, is the Chief of Breast Imaging at Yale University’s School of Medicine. She wrote this op-ed on behalf of CT4BreastHealth.org, which is included among the sponsors of this website.

Here’s a medical fact that should be uncontroversial: the better your mammogram, the more likely you are to beat breast cancer.

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Today in the state …

Malloy gives lawmakers second revised budget: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his staff weren’t available this weekend to go over changes to the state budget, but on Monday gave Democratic legislative leaders a 107-page budget revision that doesn’t increase taxes and cuts $42 million more than his April budget revision.

 

Senate tables second chance debate after midnight: The state Senate delayed debate Tuesday morning on a bill that would increase the age of youth treated as juveniles and make changes to the bail bond system.

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East Norwalk Revolutionary War monument now out of reach, Bonenfant says

A monument at Fitch's Point. (Photo by Rich Bonenfant.)

A monument at Fitch’s Point. (Photo by Rich Bonenfant.)

NORWALK, Conn. — Unintended consequences of a seemingly innocuous Common Council move last year threaten to prevent the public from visiting an East Norwalk Revolutionary War monument, Common Councilman Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large) said.

The Council, on April 14, 2015, passed the following item as part of its consent calendar, meaning there was no discussion and the vote was unanimous:

“Act on the request to unname the existing unimproved private street named ‘Seaside Place’ and to name the existing private common unnamed driveway in the Seaside Place Association as ‘Seaside Place.’” Continue reading East Norwalk Revolutionary War monument now out of reach, Bonenfant says

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Norwalk Zoning considers mall design, public plazas

Plans drawn by General Growth Properties (GGP)  for the southwest plaza of The SoNo Collection.

Plans drawn by General Growth Properties (GGP) for the southwest plaza of The SoNo Collection.

NORWALK, Conn. — A splashpad for children would be available all summer on the corner of West Avenue and Pine Street, as part of The SoNo Collection, if the current plan is approved.

The fun for kids was part of the plans for the mall’s southwest plaza that were detailed last week at the Zoning Commission’s first public hearing on the application put in by General Growth Properties (GGP). Also detailed was the northwest corner’s sculpture garden, while questions were asked about the mall’s box-like look along Interstate 95. Continue reading Norwalk Zoning considers mall design, public plazas

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Once Around the City: Klein’s all in, ACT up on May 5, big doings at LMMM

LMMM Executive Director Susan Gilgore, left,  and Chairman of the Board Patsy Brescia received a major grant donation from Xerox Foundation President Mark Conlin in the Museum’s Library on April 28. (Sarah Grote Photography)

LMMM Executive Director Susan Gilgore, left, and Chairman of the Board Patsy Brescia received a major grant donation from Xerox Foundation President Mark Conlin in the Museum’s Library on April 28. (Sarah Grote Photography)

NORWALK, Conn.The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is getting its third annual young writers competition under way, and it is able to do so in part because of support from people and businesses, including Xerox, which just kicked in $20,000 for LMMM programs.

Xerox isn’t the only high tech business being generous this week. Oracle made a big donation to Person-to-Person to support that group’s educational efforts.

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Opinion: No offense? Yes, offense

Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman is NancyOnNorwalk’s editor.

What’s black and white and “red” all over?

That’s an old joke, better said than written, because “red” is really “read,” and the answer was “a newspaper.”

Times change. Newspapers have not been black and white for many years, and they are certainly no longer read all over. And it is getting so the color references themselves are considered “micro-aggressions,” words that might offend someone who believes the term is being applied to someone or some group in a derogatory fashion.

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Opinion: Dems punt on budget, again

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.

It’s been a pretty intense week all around, what with the primary and the looming end of the legislative session, so Democrats can almost be forgiven for turning in a budget that was late and poorly thought out. Almost.

We’re at a weird point right now. Republicans, up until Thursday afternoon, were the only party actually negotiating with the governor over the budget, and they’ve put forward several of their own proposals to that effect.

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Opinion: A starting point to discuss improving Connecticut’s competitiveness

Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman

Sarah Darer Littman is an award-winning columnist and novelist of books for teens. A former securities analyst, she’s now an adjunct in the MFA program at WCSU, and enjoys helping young people discover the power of finding their voice as an instructor at the Writopia Lab.

Earlier this month, the Business Council of Fairfield County Foundation presented a Connecticut Economic Competitiveness Diagnostic, prepared by McKinsey and Company, to the state’s Commission on Economic Competitiveness.

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Opinion: Protecting the rich means short-changing mental health

Immacula Cann and Jacqueline Brunelle

Immacula Cann and Jacqueline Brunelle

Jacqueline Brunelle of Council 4 AFSCME was a vocational rehabilitation counselor at Southeastern Mental Health Authority and Immacula Cann of SEIU District 1199 was a nurse educator at Southwest Connecticut Mental Health and Addiction System. Both recently lost their jobs because of the budget cuts.

In January, President Obama challenged Republican lawmakers to “put your money where your mouth is” on the importance of mental health spending and reforms. We hope this might serve as a friendly reminder to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to reconsider the layoffs he’s announced for mental health workers like us at already short-staffed facilities that provide essential care to patients whose illnesses unfortunately make them a danger to themselves and others.

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NancyOnNorwwalk.com was conceived as the place to go for Norwalk residents to get the real, unvarnished story about what is going on in and around their city. NancyOnNorwalk does not intend to be a print newspaper online; rather, it exists to pull the curtain back and shine a spotlight on how Norwalk is run and what is happening regarding issues that have an impact on taxpayers’ pocketbooks and safety. As an independent site, NancyOnNorwalk’s first and only allegiance is to the reader.

About Nancy

Nancy came to Norwalk in September 2010 and, after reporting on Norwalk for two years for another company, resigned to begin Nancy On Norwalk so she engage in journalism the way it was meant to be done. She is married to career journalist Mark Chapman, has a son, Eric (the artist and web designer who built this website), and two cats – a middle-aged lady and a young hottie who are learning how to peacefully co-exist.