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Norwalk District A Dem pushes forward with ‘honest’ request for recount

Kadeem Roberts posted this photo on Facebook on Wednesday, saying, “As I campaigned I was honored to promote various values and visions that I will continue to keep. Thus, I owe it to all of you to be honest, transperant, and inclusive by not conceeding, requiring a recount of tonight’s election. Remember, ‘if you dream it, live it.’ I am not done, this is just the beginning! #HISTORYWASMADETODAY”

Correction, 2:50 p.m.: Frederick Fusci.

NORWALK, Conn. — There will indeed be a recount of the District A Democratic primary ballots.

Kadeem Roberts, who came in third in the three-way contest for Common Council, could have conceded but said Thursday that he owes it to the people who came out to vote for him to go forward with the recount. Continue reading Norwalk District A Dem pushes forward with ‘honest’ request for recount

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Fensore case reveals 2016 Norwalk City Hall tensions

From left, Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons, Mayor Harry Rilling and then-Common Council President Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large) in February 2016 listen to Norwalk Public Schools administrators explain their budget request.

Updated, 2:32 p.m.: Comment from Bruce Morris’ attorney added.

NORWALK, Conn. — Lawyers pursuing a defamation case against Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons have made a series of “private” emails public.

As part of the case they have filed in Bridgeport Superior Court, lawyers representing former Special Education Director Christina Fensore obtained email conversations held by Lyons. The emails are part of the large number of documents posted Aug. 14 on the state judicial website. Continue reading Fensore case reveals 2016 Norwalk City Hall tensions

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Hamilton touts improved Norwalk Public Schools food service

Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton talks to the Board of Education Finance Committee on Thursday. Committee Chairman Bryan Meek was the only member present, for a meeting he said he held “just to get things on the record.”

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Public Schools is making progress in revamping its food service program, NPS Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton said Thursday.

Not only is the Rowayton Elementary School cafeteria upgrade just about done, and the food at Wolfpit Elementary described as “edible” in feedback from a parent, but NPS was just awarded a grant to expand its breakfast offerings, Hamilton told the Board of Education Finance Committee. Continue reading Hamilton touts improved Norwalk Public Schools food service

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A Better South Norwalk hosts community day Saturday

Saturday’s South Norwalk Community Day is in Springwood Park.

NORWALK, Conn. – This is a press release, presented in the format in which it was sent:

A Better South Norwalk community members will be hosting the 6th Annual  South Norwalk Community Day on Saturday, September 16th from 2 PM to 6 PM. The event will take place at historic Springwood Park (behind Nathaniel Ely School) in South Norwalk. The event is aimed at bringing South Norwalk residents, community leaders, and community stakeholders together. This year’s theme will focus on engaging the youth in positive activities including Performing Arts, Team Sports, and educational activities.  There will be activities for the whole family and admission is free.   The event will feature a tournament, complimentary food, music, and the opportunity for residents to become acquainted with their neighbors and community leaders. Continue reading A Better South Norwalk hosts community day Saturday

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Waypointe discussion turns to West Avenue bike lanes

An updated rendering of Pinnacle at Waypointe is shown on the City Hall Council Chambers’ screen Wednesday night during the Zoning Commission meeting. There’s been a minor change, as the building at left has been made darker. That’s not much but the Planning and Zoning staff still needs to review it before the public hearing can close, Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin said.

Updated, 1:30 a.m., Sept. 15: Two videos added. Updated, 1:43 p.m.: Additional information to clarify which development this is.

NORWALK, Conn. — Waypointe developers expressed frustration Wednesday as the Norwalk Zoning Commission said it couldn’t move forward with a vote on the plans for the former Loehmann’s Plaza.

Attorney Jackie Kaufman called it critical that the Commission vote in October; then the conversation moved on to West Avenue bike lanes. Continue reading Waypointe discussion turns to West Avenue bike lanes

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Norwalk Council gives 100 percent approval to slew of appointments

Members of the Bike/Walk Commission are sworn in during Tuesday’s Common Council meeting in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — The Bike/Walk Commission is set to “begin” work, as one of its founders moves on to the Planning Commission.

Mayor Harry Rilling’s latest round of appointments received unanimous support at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, with two members of the Republican minority granting former Zoning Commissioner Mike Mushak the honor of amused commentary. Continue reading Norwalk Council gives 100 percent approval to slew of appointments

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News Junkie: budget negotiations slowed, Finance meeting postponed

Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, Senate President Martin Looney, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, and House Majority Leader Matt Ritter. (Christine Stuart, CT News Junkie)

HARTFORD, Conn. — The photo of white smoke posted on House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz’s Facebook page Wednesday morning may have been a little premature.

As of Wednesday afternoon the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee meeting to adopt the revenue estimates that accompany a state budget was postponed until Thursday.

See a video.

Continue reading News Junkie: budget negotiations slowed, Finance meeting postponed

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Norwalk Council approves school architects, bus yard contract

Common Council member Michelle Maggio (R-District C), second from left, objects Tuesday to a lack of information regarding the reasons why Perkins Eastman Architects was chosen to design Ponus Ridge Middle School and JCJ Architects was chosen to design a South Norwalk school. Listening are, from left, Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large), Shannon O’Toole Giandurco (R-District D) and Doug Hempstead (R-At Large).

NORWALK, Conn. — A common thread wove through three Norwalk school issues at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, and another thread through two of them.

The first theme was the continued opposition to a South Norwalk school from Council member Faye Bowman (D-District B), who promised “real politics right now” in a threat to keep the meeting going to 1 a.m.; the second was frustrated anger from Council Republicans, who said they weren’t given information on what Council member Michelle Maggio (R-District C) called a “huge vote.” Continue reading Norwalk Council approves school architects, bus yard contract

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Norwalk loses Supreme Court appeal on eminent domain lawsuit

The Norwalk Common Council on Thursday will consider financial liabilities incurred in a lawsuit filed by Robert Barton in 2003.

NORWALK, Conn. — A 14-year-old lawsuit inspired by eminent domain is set to cost Norwalk more money than expected.

The Common Council in August 2015 agreed to settle the lawsuit filed by Robert Barton in 2003 for $1.2 million, according to documents in City Hall. However, $1.65 million has been paid due to a Connecticut Supreme Court decision, the packet for Thursday’s Finance Committee meeting states. Continue reading Norwalk loses Supreme Court appeal on eminent domain lawsuit

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Kinol asserts less crime in the Waypointe district

A view of Loehmann’s Plaza from the roof of The Berkeley, the most recently opened building in the Waypointe development on West Avenue.

NORWALK, Conn. — Crime is down in the Waypointe area, developer Paxton Kinol told the Zoning Commission last month.

A “critical mass of people makes it safe,” he said, asserting that “they took a police officer away from our neighborhood.” Continue reading Kinol asserts less crime in the Waypointe district

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Melendez, Yerinides, triumph in Norwalk primary

Tasheedah Roberts, left, and Chris Yerinides wait for voters Tuesday afternoon at St. Mary’s Church.

Updated, 4:46 a.m., expanded story.

The election is Nov. 7.

NORWALK, Conn. — Tuesday’s District A primary has resulted in no change to the Democratic slate for Common Council in district.

Incumbent Council member Eloisa Melendez and Chris Yerinides have triumphed, defeating challenger Kadeem Roberts. Continue reading Melendez, Yerinides, triumph in Norwalk primary

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News Junkie: Legislative Dems dealing directly with Malloy; Republicans to release budget today

HARTFORD, Conn. — Democratic legislative leaders made a decision Sunday to negotiate a final two-year budget deal with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy when they invited him to the state Capitol for a meeting.

Republican legislative leaders said they were not invited to the meeting and only learned about it through the news media. Continue reading News Junkie: Legislative Dems dealing directly with Malloy; Republicans to release budget today

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Last appeal of Norwalk Zoning decision on library-side apartments dropped

A chain blocks the parking lot next to the Norwalk Public Library last week.

Updated, 2:05 p.m.: Possibility of eminent domain, Tuesday email to Council.  

NORWALK, Conn. – The way is clear for construction to begin next to the Norwalk Public Library, developer Jason Milligan said Monday.

While Mayor Harry Rilling said discussions continue regarding the city’s effort to lock in an option to purchase the property, Milligan said he is “not overly optimistic.”

There have been repeated threats of eminent domain, Milligan said Tuesday, after appealing to the Common Council to give the issue more consideration. Continue reading Last appeal of Norwalk Zoning decision on library-side apartments dropped

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