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Connecticut’s population change during COVID is mixed, according to Census figures

(CTMirror.org)

Reports from both lawmakers and real estate agents indicated that during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and 2021, scores of wealthy New Yorkers fled the city and bought up homes in Connecticut, but numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show mixed results for Connecticut’s overall population.

The Census Bureau released state data for 2020 and 2021, showing that between April, 1 of 2020 and July 1, 2021, Connecticut saw a small net decrease of 347 in the state’s overall population.

Net migration into the state during that period was 5,222, with almost all of that coming from international migration and being offset by 6,113 more deaths than births, known as the “natural increase.”

However, when measured over a twelve-month period from July of 2020 to July of 2021, Connecticut saw a population increase of 5,337, with domestic migration outpacing international migration and the influx of new residents surpassing the net loss of 4,975 people due to deaths.

This was the first time since 2010 that the Census Bureau found more people moved into Connecticut from elsewhere in the United States than left. Net domestic migration between 2011 and 2020 averaged -21,947.

But the three months between April and July of 2020 appear to have had a big impact on Connecticut’s population numbers.

The overall net domestic migration for Connecticut during the fifteen-month period beginning in April of 2020 was 226 people, meaning that Connecticut lost almost as many residents to other states during the onset of COVID-19 as it gained throughout the twelve-month period from July 2020 to July 2021.

(CTMirror.org)

Throughout the course of the pandemic, real estate agents indicated they saw record demand for property in Connecticut with well-off individuals and families, largely from New York, offering cash for houses well above asking price.

Lawmakers also saw this as a moment when Connecticut would turn the tide of perpetual population loss, with Gov. Ned Lamont saying an influx of taxpayers would be good for state government’s bottom line during an October 2020 news conference.

But the overall result is mixed. Those moving into Connecticut likely had ample spending power, which could bring increased income tax revenue to the state, but for nearly every house sold and every new resident, Connecticut also saw someone move out resulting in an overall flat population trend during the pandemic.

Other states saw massive decreases in population during the same fifteen-month time period, with New York losing 365,336 people in total with 407,257 more people leaving New York for other states than coming from them. California and Illinois also topped the lists for total population loss.

Meanwhile, Texas saw a population increase of 382,436, and Florida saw an increase of 242,941.

Overall, the Northeast lost 449,310 residents and the Midwest declined 144,010, while the South picked up 959,222 new residents and the West 78,562.

According to the Census Bureau, the United States saw its lowest rate of population increase in the nation’s history at .1 percent, which they attributed to lower international migration, decreased fertility and increased deaths due to COVID-19.

“Population growth has been slowing for years because of lower birth rates and decreasing net international migration, all while mortality rates are rising due to the aging of the nation’s population,” said Census Bureau Demographer Katie Wilder in a press release. “Now, with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this combination has resulted in a historically slow pace of growth.”

Connecticut’s population growth stalled and began to decline starting around 2013. According to the Census Bureau, Connecticut’s population increased only .9 percent between 2010 and 2020.

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Wink, prior to arrest: Tenant ‘was after me’

The Norwalk Police ESU (Emergency Services Unit) departs the Nelson Avenue crime scene, Jan. 20. (Harold F. Cobin)

Then-Norwalk Deputy Republican Registrar Ellen Wink, as shown in her mug shot last week. She has been charged with murder and held on $1 million bond. She is scheduled to appear in court Friday and make a plea. If she makes bond, she will be in home confinement with a GPS monitor. (Norwalk Police Department)

NORWALK, Conn. – Murder suspect Ellen Wink yelled, “He was after me,” in a 911 call to Norwalk Police after allegedly shooting her tenant, Kurt Lametta, according to a synopsis of the call by a detective investigating Thursday’s incident.

Wink stated she has a gun, Det. John Sura says in his report, and that her tenant at 16 Nelson Ave. came after her because she was cleaning up a little and he was all over the place. Continue reading Wink, prior to arrest: Tenant ‘was after me’

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Norwalk Transit District defends plan to eliminate NCC shuttle

An announcement on the Norwalk Transit District’s website.

NORWALK, Conn. – A plan to eliminate a shuttle bus for Norwalk Community College students – which hasn’t operated since the start of the pandemic – has inspired a petition with 187 signatures and plans for a protest Tuesday. 

“The shuttle has been a valuable supplement to (the Norwalk Transit District’s) regular bus service since 2011 and runs from the NCC campus to the South Norwalk MetroNorth station.  Roughly a quarter of our students rely on public transportation for commuting to and from campus,” wrote Robert Emigh, NCC Professor of English as a Second Language/Interdisciplinary Studies. Continue reading Norwalk Transit District defends plan to eliminate NCC shuttle

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Milligan withdraws lawsuit stemming from unauthorized demolition

The black building at left is 20-26 Isaacs St., in July. The asphalt in the foreground marks the former location of an exterior wall.

NORWALK, Conn. – Real estate broker Jason Milligan has withdrawn a legal action challenging a Notice of Findings of Violations issued Oct. 29 by the Building Department.

The violation notice concerned Milligan’s demolition at 20-26 Isaacs St., across from Wall Street Place and diagonal to the former Leonard Street Municipal Parking Lot. Asked about the demolition in July, Milligan said he hadn’t demolished an entire building, just a “small part” of one. Continue reading Milligan withdraws lawsuit stemming from unauthorized demolition

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Mentors supporting Norwalk students

(Norwalk Public Schools)

In recognition of National Mentoring Month, the Norwalk Board of Education is proud to recognize Norwalk mentors for their dedication and support of NPS students. In doing so, we honor all those parents and family members, teachers and coaches, employers and co- workers, community and faith leaders, and so many others who devote time, care, and energy to helping our young people thrive.

Studies have shown that children who are involved in a mentoring program experience higher levels of academic success, better peer and family relationships and are less likely to use drugs, alcohol and engage in other dangerous behaviors. Continue reading Mentors supporting Norwalk students

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Norwalk equity drive hits speed bump: Led By Us is out

Norwalk Chief of Social Services Lamond Daniels speaks to Common Council members Wednesday.

NORWALK, Conn. – Led By Us, a firm hired by Norwalk to lead an Equity and Justice for All initiative, has been let go, Norwalk Chief of Social Services Lamond Daniels said Wednesday.

“April, May, June, July of 2021, as I pointed out, there were some various differences in the approach, the strategies, and how the firm showed up in our community. And we’ve had many, many conversations over that period. But we made a very, very difficult decision to separate. And that happened in August 2021,” Daniels said to the Common Council Community Services and Personnel Committee. Continue reading Norwalk equity drive hits speed bump: Led By Us is out

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Norwalk Deputy Republican Registrar charged with murder

Norwalk Police, Thursday afternoon at the Nelson Avenue crime scene. (Harold F. Cobin)

Deputy Republican Registrar Ellen Wink. (Norwalk Police Department)

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Police are investigating a death at a home owned by Republican Deputy Registrar Ellen Wink. Police went to the residence at 11:52 a.m. Thursday on a report of a disturbance and found a deceased man with multiple gunshot wounds, a news release said.

Wink was immediately detained, a second news release said. She has since been charged with murder and held on one $1 million bond. The victim is identified as Kurt Lametta, 54, of 16 Nelson Avenue Norwalk.

Continue reading Norwalk Deputy Republican Registrar charged with murder

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Rumored Connecticut Ave. project stoppage found to be baseless

The construction at 71-75 Connecticut Avenue, at 2 p.m. Jan. 13. Work on a second building should begin next Monday, Jason Enters of EDG Properties said. (Harold F. Cobin)

NORWALK, Conn. – The developer of an apartment building on Connecticut Avenue says there’s no truth to a social media allegation that construction was ordered stopped.

No such order has been issued, said Jason Enters of Norwalk-based EDG Properties. That account was confirmed by Dean O’Brien, executive assistant to State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25).   Continue reading Rumored Connecticut Ave. project stoppage found to be baseless

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Norwalk P&Z Commission OKs plan for Cranbury Elementary

A rendering of the proposed new Cranbury Elementary School, shown to the Common Council Land Use Committee in July by Michael LoSasso of Antinozzi Associates.

NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Planning & Zoning Commission has greenlighted the plans for a new Cranbury Elementary School, although neighbors have filed an appeal on the variance issued by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Norwalk Corporation Counsel Mario Coppola called the legal challenge a “friendly appeal” and predicted it would be settled soon. The Commission’s vote was unanimous. Continue reading Norwalk P&Z Commission OKs plan for Cranbury Elementary

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Unhappy surprise for District E ‘insurgents’ – ‘insider’ Dems seek primary

A Tweet from Norwalk Democratic Town Committee member Tina Duryea.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Democrats are working toward forcing a primary to determine who will represent District E on the Democratic Town Committee.

Tina Duryea, one of eight DTC candidates who had DTC support but lost last week’s caucus, commented on Twitter that she is collecting signatures. Another person involved, speaking on condition of anonymity, said “all” of the DTC-supported candidates who didn’t win are collecting signatures. A primary would be held March 1. Continue reading Unhappy surprise for District E ‘insurgents’ – ‘insider’ Dems seek primary

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