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Milligan sues Citibank, claims ‘leverage’ over Wall Street Place

The alley behind the Fairfield County Bank buildings at 67 and 69 Wall Street. There’s an easement for a loading dock where the glass doors are, and it’s being violated by Citibank, under its entity Municipal Holdings, owner of the building at right, Jason Milligan said.

NORWALK, Conn. – A real estate broker has filed a lawsuit that he says will give him a say in how the stalled Wall Street Place phase I development proceeds.

Jason Milligan’s relentless legal onslaught against the development — commonly known as “POKO” — now includes a lawsuit against owner Citibank.

Milligan filed the lawsuit Monday, claiming that the partially-built structure at the corner of Wall and Isaacs Streets is violating an easement for a loading dock attached to a building next door, which he owns. A Milligan legal entity, IJ Group LLC, in December bought the former Fairfield County Bank properties, next door to the unfinished edifice.   Continue reading Milligan sues Citibank, claims ‘leverage’ over Wall Street Place

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Health Director praises Norwalk student vaccination rates

(Center for Disease Control and Prevention)

NORWALK, Conn. –  A large percentage of Norwalk Public Schools students are immunized against measles, a state study shows.

Nine-tenths of one percent of Norwalk High School students were not vaccinated in 2017-18, as a example. The unvaccinated set is 2% at Brookside Elementary School, 2.7% at Columbus Magnet School and 2.7% at Wolfpit Elementary School. Continue reading Health Director praises Norwalk student vaccination rates

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Duff, Dems slam Republicans, tout education funding

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25), center, holds up a copy of what he says is the Republican state budget – a blank sheet of paper – Monday at Norwalk City Hall. Listening are State Rep. Chris Perone (D-137), left, and Norwalk Federation of Teachers President Mary Yordon, right.

Updated, 5:30 p.m.: Clarification, correction due to an editing error: Press release said $1.5 million. 9:30 a.m.: Correction, funding increase relative to FY 2019 levels is $1 million over two years, not $1.5 million.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s Democratic legislators met Monday to tout an expected increase in state funding for education and slam their Republican counterparts for not offering a detailed budget of their own.

“In our appropriations budget that was voted on by the Democrats, everybody’s fingerprints are on it, people voted for it, we know where everybody stands,” State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) said, standing outside City Hall.

The two-year budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 would provide Norwalk roughly $500,000 in additional funding in its first year and an additional $1 million in its second, relative to FY 2019 funding levels, according to a Democratic press release.

Video by Harold Cobin at end of story Continue reading Duff, Dems slam Republicans, tout education funding

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Fairfield County urged to take action on climate change

Tom Swan, standing at right, on Friday speaks to attendees of the Fairfield County Climate Change Forum in the South Norwalk branch library. At left if former Norwalk Mayor Bill Collins, moderating the forum.

NORWALK, Conn. – Local votes are having statewide effects, according to a group of environmentalists.

“People’s grassroots organizing and resistance has resulted in (Fairfield County) being not just the much more blue portion of the state, but also more progressive with people willing to step online, so we’re trying to build off that,” Tom Swan, the executive director of the Connecticut Citizen Action Group, said at Friday’s Fairfield County Climate Change Forum in the South Norwalk branch library. Continue reading Fairfield County urged to take action on climate change

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Black communities will lose most from legalizing recreational pot

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If Connecticut legalizes recreational marijuana, it is the black community that will suffer most.

I understand that lawmakers are facing massive budget shortfalls, and naturally want to find a way to generate more revenue.

But when it comes to marijuana, we have to weigh the potential profit against the victimization that drugs target. Continue reading Black communities will lose most from legalizing recreational pot

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Latinos would gain from participating in Norwalk politics

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According to DataUSA, the racial mix of Norwalk’s population is 52% white, 27% Latino, and 14% Black. Sixteen percent of residents are not US citizens, making Norwalk a de facto sanctuary city. Demographers have long forecast Norwalk becoming a Latino-dominant city.
Continue reading Latinos would gain from participating in Norwalk politics

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Coppola slams Milligan after preliminary ‘POKO’ plans are revealed

A February rendering of the plan for Wall Street Place, referred to by many as “POKO.” The plan is a “train wreck,” real estate broker Jason Milligan said. Corporation Counsel Mario Coppola said, “Milligan has made it clear to all of us that the only plan for Phase I that is acceptable is a plan which involves him.”

Updated, 6:41 p.m.: PDF added

NORWALK, Conn. —Preliminary plans to restart “POKO” became public Friday, through a Freedom of Information request.

The Garden Cinema would be demolished to make way for a parking garage, as was confirmed last month by Mayor Harry Rilling.

The plans show 100% affordable housing and “garbage” parking arrangements, real estate broker Jason Milligan said. The underground parking garage has been nixed, a loss of $3.4 million in taxpayer funds, he charged.

Corporation Counsel Mario Coppola, in return, called Milligan’s interpretations “misguided” and accused Milligan of going on a publicity campaign to smear city officials, a tactic designed to benefit him financially. The plan has not been submitted and Norwalkers can “rest assured” that it will have an appropriate mix of housing and parking, he said. Continue reading Coppola slams Milligan after preliminary ‘POKO’ plans are revealed

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Parents hear Kendall Elementary year-round schooling plan

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, right, speaks with Norwalk parents, Thursday in Kendall Elementary School.

NORWALK, Conn. — Longer school days and shorter vacations may be the future of education at Kendall Elementary School, under an experimental program unveiled to mixed reviews by parents Thursday.

The year-round model, which could debut in 2020-21, also includes an additional 300 hours of teaching per year that research has shown significantly improves student achievement. If successful, the changes could turn a historically low-performing school into the district’s highest performer, Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski said. Continue reading Parents hear Kendall Elementary year-round schooling plan

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Norwalk Council denies BoE request for new school on Chestnut Street

Columbus Magnet School.

NORWALK, Conn. — Common Council members on Wednesday denied the Norwalk Board of Education’s request to demolish the existing Columbus Magnet School and build a new one in its place.

Instead, the Council’s Land Use and Building Management Committee voted to go ahead with the planned renovation of the Chestnut Street school building, rather than appropriate an additional $1.5 million to build a new school, as requested by the BoE. Continue reading Norwalk Council denies BoE request for new school on Chestnut Street

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Beloved journalist celebrates birthday, receives ‘special’ wishes

Nancy Chapman celebrates her birthday in a dimly-lit restaurant Wednesday. (Contributed)

NORWALK, Conn. — Hyperlocal watchdog journalist Nancy Chapman celebrated her birthday Wednesday, surrounded by friends and well-wishers.

Chapman took the night off — a well-earned break from writing until 5 a.m. to deliver vital Norwalk news you won’t find elsewhere.

Please enjoy these birthday greetings she received from Norwalk newsmakers.

 

Continue reading Beloved journalist celebrates birthday, receives ‘special’ wishes

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Former Norwalk NAACP head ‘100% committed to Republican Party’

Attorney Darnell Crosland, former Norwalk Branch NAACP President, speaks to Norwalk Republicans last week in the Norwalk Inn.

The election is Nov. 5.

NORWALK, Conn. — Darnell Crosland, a lifelong Democrat, told Republicans last week that if they’d endorse him as their Mayoral candidate, he’d march right to City Hall and change his party affiliation.

On Tuesday, Crosland walked into City Hall and became a Republican. He’s filing his campaign papers by Friday and then will begin raising money, he told NancyOnNorwalk late Tuesday. Continue reading Former Norwalk NAACP head ‘100% committed to Republican Party’

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Norwalk roundup: Future of retail, a climate change forum and a tree celebration

The SoNo Collection, as seen April 13 from Oyster Shell Park. The shopping center is expected to open in October.

NORWALK, Conn. —A little roundup for you:

  • Bloomberg: Today’s youth like malls
  • Climate change forum scheduled for Friday in South Norwalk
  • Norwalk named a Tree City U.S.A.

Continue reading Norwalk roundup: Future of retail, a climate change forum and a tree celebration

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