House Speaker Brendan Sharkey and Senate President Martin Looney (Christine Stuart photo)
HARTFORD, Conn. – Democratic legislative leaders came up with a budget that closes a $920 million deficit, but they don’t have the votes to pass it and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said he wouldn’t sign a budget he didn’t negotiate.
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So where does that leave them?
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden, said they want to have conversations with Malloy about “creating a budget” that they can pass and which the governor will sign.
Continue reading Democrats to Malloy: We have a budget, let’s negotiate
Sherelle Harris is an at-large Norwalk Board of Education member and assistant director of the Norwalk Public Library System. Her opinion, however, is her own and is not meant to represent those organizations. Part 1 of this two-part opinion, titled The case of art in context – Part I, ran March 22.
I brought up the subject of replacing the “Steamboat Days on the Mississippi” painting in Norwalk’s City Hall to draw attention to an issue that has been overlooked locally for years. In this instance it is being played out in art that represents history. As my friend Kevin wrote in his comment to Part 1 of my opinion piece, “Some would rather protect the ‘feelings’ of the history and what it represented” rather than respect the people depicted shamefully in the picture carrying the suitcases of Whites and perhaps bags of cotton ready to be transported by ship for trade and commerce.
Continue reading Opinion: The case of art in context – Part 2
General Growth Properties (GGP) Senior Developer Doug Adams, left, narrates as a video shows simulated 3-D views of The SoNo Collection from North Water Street and West Avenue to the Norwalk Zoning Commission.
NORWALK, Conn. — To be continued…
A presentation by General Growth Properties (GGP) about its proposed SoNo Collection mall came to an abrupt halt at 10 p.m. Wednesday when Zoning Commission Chairman Adam Blank suggested that enough had been said for one evening and that GGP should continue May 4.
This, after three hours of talk that included explanations of updated traffic plans, including a new concept for Crescent Street and a promise of an “insurance policy,” an additional system to keep things moving. Continue reading GGP finally unveils The SoNo Collection to Norwalk Zoning Commission
The 11 graves under discussion are not among those marked.
NORWALK, Conn. – The Pine Island Cemetery discussion continued Wednesday night at the regular meeting of the Norwalk Historical Commission. It is a discussion that has not ended, and one that Commission Chairman David Westmoreland said is yielding solid public input.
At issue is whether to move 11 old graves – or potential graves – for a Crescent Street widening project, or simply pave over them, as was likely done in the past for other projects. The question has touched more than a few nerves in Norwalk citizens, with strong feelings on both sides of the issue.
Continue reading Historical Commission will continue dialog with public regarding graves
House approves bill to help domestic violence victims: It would require individuals who are the subject of a temporary restraining order to give up their firearms, but proponents of the legislation say it’s not about the Second Amendment, due process, or guns—it’s about domestic violence victims.
Residents push for House vote on water bill: A measure that would hinder a plan to sell discounted water to a private bottler in Bloomfield may never reach the House floor before the session ends next week.
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Common Council President Bruce Kimmel (D-At Large).
Updated Wednesday, April 27, 9:05 p.m., with responses from State Rep. Fred Wilms (R-142).
NORWALK, Conn. – A budget-slashing proposal by the state’s Republican delegation in the General Assembly, which has drawn some interest from Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, has raised eyebrows more than a bit with a couple of Norwalk’s Democratic leaders.
As reported by the Connecticut Mirror, “The Republican proposal largely shields cuts to municipal aid for public schools by restoring the cuts to wealthy communities that Malloy and the Appropriations Committee targeted. The GOP plan, however, does propose cutting Education Cost Sharing grant ‘earmarks’ to four communities; $1 million for West Hartford, $450,000 to West Haven, $750,000 to New Haven and $200,000 for Norwalk. … Another $2.6 million would be cut to the state’s 15 lowest-performing districts, known as the Priority School Districts.”
Continue reading GOP’s proposed state budget cuts would play havoc with Norwalk
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Letter from the editor:
The watchword this year is “change.”
Change is what is driving the presidential campaign. Change is what is happening in our city – from the early days of a construction boom to the planning stages of a major infrastructure overall; from an overhaul of the schools to what may be just the start of charter revision.
Continue reading NoN: A constant amid all the change, but it needs your support
Flags dot the edge of the Pine Island Cemetery, where Crescent Street would be widened in a plan under consideration by the Norwalk Historical Commission. (March photo)
NORWALK, Conn. – Varied opinions on the possibility of moving human remains to widen a South Norwalk road will be revealed Wednesday at the Norwalk Historical Commission meeting.
Commissioners are set to discuss the proposal, which was the topic of a public informational meeting last week. No action is contemplated; two Commissioners have informed NancyOnNorwalk that they don’t know which way the Commission will go. Continue reading Norwalk Historical Commission to discuss moving hidden cemetery burials
Interim Norwalk Public Schools Chief Operating Officer Michael Cicchetti shares good news Tuesday in City Hall.
NORWALK, Conn. – Among the positive news shared Tuesday about Norwalk’s Special Education program was a sudden optimism about hiring a new director for the department.
Norwalk Public Schools has a finalist for the position, interim Chief Operating Officer Michael Cicchetti said at the Board of Education Ad Hoc Special Education Committee meeting. Continue reading Norwalk Special Education update reveals news: ‘optimism’ on potential new director
Norwalk Finance Director Bob Barron, left, chats with Joseph Messina before Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, in which Messina was appointed Norwalk purchasing agent.
NORWALK, Conn. – A key Norwalk position was filled Tuesday with just a bit of protest from Republican Common Council members.
The appointment of Joseph Messina to replace departed Purchasing Agent Gerald Foley was approved on a 12 to 1 vote, although it hadn’t been on the agenda.
“I understand that the opportunity to fill the opening came at the last minute,” said Councilman Rich Bonenfant (R-At Large), the only no vote. “I understand that, but I feel like we are sitting here wide open to the criticism of, ‘This is the textbook way of slipping something through without the public ever getting the chance to comment on this.’ It wasn’t on the agenda ahead of time. No public would get any opportunity to weigh in on this matter.” Continue reading Council surprised, but OK’s hiring purchasing agent
Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump were Norwalk’s picks.
NORWALK, Conn. – Tuesday’s presidential primary drew a record turnout in Norwalk, according to Democratic Registrar of Voters Stuart Wells.
The numbers, provided by Wells, were strong on both sides of the aisle, with 17,706 Democrats casting ballots – 42.44 percent of registered Democrats – while 41.73 percent of registered Republicans – 9.24 percent – made their preferences known.
Continue reading Norwalk sees record turnout for presidential primary
Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling leads the recent Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET) public hearing on the 2016-17 operating budget.
NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk Board of Education has tried a different tactic in its push to get $2.3 million from the city – now – for its Special Education Development Fund.
According to the BoE proposal, the city would fork over $1.15 million just before the end of the fiscal year on June 30, and $1.15 million just after the end of the fiscal year on June 30.
This spreads the hoped-for allocation over two budgets in an attempt to jump a major hurdle of resistance from city-types – concerns over the state-mandated minimum budget requirement, which prevents a city from reducing funding to its BoE from one year to another. Continue reading Norwalk BoE presses on for $2.3 from ‘rainy day fund’ to reform special education
From left, Vincent LaForte and Amar Haouri talk about their Oak Hills Restaurant on the Green on Thursday in their bar area.
NORWALK, Conn. – Tempers have cooled at Oak Hills Park, where restaurateurs Amar Haouri and Vincent LaForte say Mayor Harry Rilling worked out their concerns with the Oak Hills Park Authority.
Haouri and LaForte said last fall that OHPA was trying to break the legs of their business with a then-undefined plan to restructure the building they are renting for the Oak Hills Restaurant on the Green. Last week, they said Rilling had met with them and OHPA, and their restaurant space was not decreasing, that they could continue their business in an undisturbed way. Continue reading Oak Hills’ master plan simmers as restaurateurs’ heated ire subsides