The Old School Fence in November, with flags replacing signs including one that said Black Live Matter. (Posted on Twitter by Sixth Taxing District Commissioner Mike Barbis.)
A Black Lives Matter sign formerly posted on the Rowayton fence, as depicted by protesters. (Courtesy photo)
NORWALK, Conn. — Rowayton has resoundingly rejected the proposed return of a Black Live Matter sign to their community fence. Some question the integrity of that vote, accusing Sixth Taxing District Commissioners of souring Thursday’s election by putting a proposal on the ballot that turned people off.
Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton explains 2021-22 budget issues during Thursday’s joint meeting of the Common Council and Board of Education Finance Committees, shown on a television.
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Public Schools representatives began the annual attempt to persuade Common Council members to meet their funding request Thursday, making the case for $11.7 million more in the upcoming school year than was funded this fiscal year.
Two of five Council members present for the annual joint meeting of the Council and Board of Education Finance Committee indicated it might be a tough sell.
“We have a concern about where this mill rate ends up having to go based on current projections, and then based on what we all have to think about, the what-for and the wherefores of what may happen too,” Council member David Heuvelman (D-District A) said. “It’s a concern, because we also have a community that’s that has taken a hit financially and is suffering in some way, parts of our community. And if we have to raise taxes in order to do this, to a point that is unsustainable, that’s a problem.” Continue reading Norwalk Council offers first public feedback on BoE budget request
From left, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Greenwich, former State Rep. Bruce Morris (D-140) and the Rev. Carl McCluster during the 2019 Martin Luther King Day ceremony at City Hall. (File photo)
NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk political notes for you:
Editor’s note: Two new strains of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 called B.1.1.7 and B.1.351 have been found in the U.K. and South Africa and are thought to be more transmissible. In this interview, David Kennedy, a biologist who studies the evolution of infectious diseases at Penn State, explains how these new strains are different, what “more transmissible” means, what that means for the public and whether the vaccines will be effective against them.
The Connecticut state Capitol in Hartford. (CTMirror.org)
Lamont, lawmakers have enough revenue to balance next state budget without tax hikes
HARTFORD, Conn. — Gov. Ned Lamont’s prospects for balancing the next state budget without tax hikes took a big leap forward Friday as revenue projections for the coming two years skyrocketed by almost $1.7 billion.
Sen. Gary Winfield, co-chairs the Judiciary Committee. (CTNewsJunkie file photo)
HARTFORD, Conn. — The Senate chair of the Judiciary Committee says its agenda will most likely include legalizing cannabis but skip major changes to the police accountability law during the newly minted legislative session.
The curtailed 2020 session left several criminal justice initiatives on the table and appetite to address them now, said State Sen. Gary Winfield (D-New Haven).
“There’s a lot of desire to do a lot since we lost a session,” Winfield said.
Esther Schwartz, 92, of Cheshire, grimaces as she receives her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from Hartford HealthCare pharmacist Momeezah Syed on the second day of the state’s Phase 1B vaccination rollout at the Connecticut Convention Center. “Its easy to get the shot, but I’m worried about what happens after” Schwartz said, referring to possible side effects. (Cloe Poisson, CTMirror.org)
Lamont urges patience as the state receives only 46,000 doses per week
Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday that he has accepted recommendations from Connecticut’s vaccine advisory group to expand Phase 1B of the rollout to include about 715,000 more people – those ages 65 to 74 and those 16 to 64 with co-morbidities such as cancer or chronic kidney disease.