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Knopp paints portrait of ‘partisan gerrymandering’

Former Mayor Alex Knopp speaks Feb. 9 in Norwalk High School.

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk has been victimized for two decades, “chopped up left and right” in violation of the Connecticut Constitution, according to former Mayor Alex Knopp.

In 1974, Norwalk was represented in the State House by four legislators, all of whom lived in Norwalk and represented only parts of Norwalk, he said. “Now we have five, only two of them have all Norwalk districts, and three of them have districts that don’t work as either a minority part or, as I say sometimes, the Republican tail trying to wag the Democratic Norwalk dog.” Continue reading Knopp paints portrait of ‘partisan gerrymandering’

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First ‘Discuss Norwalk’ session showed challenges and progress

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Discuss Norwalk, a gathering of citizens for a civil, non-political conversations about key city issues, launched Wednesday with the topic being public education.

The first hour was devoted exclusively to the new high school and a spirited dialogue ensued. Detailed questions primarily devoted to budgeting, process, and the pilot program were asked and Sen. Bob Duff reiterated much of what he has noted thus far on the project. No major hard news was unveiled at this stage since there’s still much up in the air as the process unfolds, but no one objected to the basic premise of a new high school outright. Continue reading First ‘Discuss Norwalk’ session showed challenges and progress

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Toll money will go up in smoke

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I noted in the Jan. 15th podcast with Heather from Good Morning Wilton that State Sen. Will Haskell wants “to hear directly from constituents…not just people who agree with me..the entire point is to hear from those with the opposite opinion and learn from each other.”  With that in mind, I am writing to voice my opposition to tolls because simply put, I don’t trust Sen. Haskell and his co-workers in Hartford with a penny of my or anyone else’s money.

Why don’t I trust them?  Because the toll money will be stolen and moved to cover expenses other than transportation in the same absurd manner that is being done out of the massive Tobacco and Health Trust Fund. Continue reading Toll money will go up in smoke

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In support of Bill 5044

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As I have discussed publicly in the past as a disabled, chronically ill constituent residing in State Sen. Will Haskell’s and State Rep. Lucy Dathan’s districts, my well-being is dependent on herd immunity. While I believe in individual rights – and the right to religious freedom – the science cannot be disputed.

Save for medical fragility, it is catastrophically unwise for healthy citizens to deny immunizations. This is a public health crisis that endangers the unvaccinated person as well as the innocent, immunocompromised bystander. It is imperative the state protect its most vulnerable: the sick, the elderly, and the young.

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Norwalk BoE Committee moves NHS plan forward

Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski, left, and Jim Giuliano of Construction Solutions Group address the Board of Education Facilities Committee, Wednesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk High School “Ed Specs” will be up for a vote at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.

Although Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski said he would move them to the full Board regardless, the BoE’s Facilities Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to do it, with a caveat.

They’re up for approval provided that the Board is “assured that the rest of our capital projects will go forward as planned, especially the ones that are critical to our delivery of education and for the safety and well-being of our students, and our group, as was publicly promised,” Finance Committee Chairwoman Barbara Meyer-Mitchell said. Continue reading Norwalk BoE Committee moves NHS plan forward

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Norwalk political notes: Noise ordinance greenlighted; Bloomberg, Thomas seek votes

SoNo residents will benefit from a new Norwalk noise ordinance soon. Also, SoNo will be the site of a Mike Bloomberg event Saturday.

The 2020 election will be held Nov. 3.

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Norwalk political news:

  • Noise ordinance a go
  • Bloomberg looks to organize in Norwalk
  • Thomas seeks 143rd seat

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Noise ordinance greenlighted; Bloomberg, Thomas seek votes

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Hamilton fires back at ‘wrong, wrong, wrong’ Norwalk CFO statements

Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton speaks to the Board of Education Finance Committee, Wednesday in City Hall.

NORWALK, Conn. — Normally calm and professional Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton was animated and emotional Wednesday evening, in defending NPS from “wrong” comments made this week by Norwalk Chief Financial Officer Henry Dachowitz.

“I am very troubled and disturbed by the divisive, needlessly adversarial, and blatantly inaccurate tone and tenor and substance of the comments of the City Finance Director. I believe that he has taken an approach that is essentially devolved into a personal attack on me and on my integrity, and on the members of the Board (of Education) and on the entire Norwalk Public Schools community,” Hamilton said. Continue reading Hamilton fires back at ‘wrong, wrong, wrong’ Norwalk CFO statements

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Duff defends ‘backing in’ new NHS as ‘political heat’ burns

NORWALK, Conn. — Political games are being played with the proposal to build a new Norwalk High School, Mayor Harry Rilling and Chief Financial Officer Henry Dachowitz said Monday.

Norwalk Public Schools’ refusal to put the request into their capital budget proposal was “very upsetting to us,” Dachowitz said to the Board of Estimate and Taxation. This, after Norwalk Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hamilton told the Planning Commission last week that he expected Mayor Harry Rilling to add the school to the budget at the end of the process. Continue reading Duff defends ‘backing in’ new NHS as ‘political heat’ burns

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New Norwalk CFO details ‘grave’ concerns with NPS

Norwalk Chief Financial Officer Henry Dachowitz, shown in the screen at upper right, speaks to Common Council members Tuesday in City Hall. Studying print outs are, from left, Kadeem Roberts (D-District A), David Heuvelman (D-District A) and Thomas Keegan (R-District D).

Updated, 4:30 a.m. Thursday: Information about scaffolding added.

NORWALK, Conn. – In public meetings on back-to-back days, Norwalk Chief Financial Officer Henry Dachowitz has presented a PowerPoint that connects the word “fraud” to Norwalk Public Schools’ finances.

NPS wasted money on gift cards for teachers and refuses to divulge the results of trips to Puerto Rico, Las Vegas and Detroit, Dachowitz said. He also questioned priorities and allocation of resources, alleging that NPS was unconcerned about unsafe scaffolding being used by the Norwalk High School Marching Band. Continue reading New Norwalk CFO details ‘grave’ concerns with NPS

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Dachowitz slams ‘sneaky’ NPS, proposes $8 million Rainy Day drawdown

Norwalk Chief Financial Officer Henry Dachowitz presents the 2020-21 recommended operating budget, Monday in City Hall.

Updated, 1:55 p.m.: Statement from Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski.

NORWALK, Conn. — Mayor Harry Rilling and his Chief Financial Officer say they are offering Norwalk Public Schools its largest budget increase in six years, possibly ever.

Yet the offer of $9.9 million increase – made possible by using $8 million of Rainy Day Funds – is still short of the $17.8 million they say Norwalk Public Schools requested for an increase. Continue reading Dachowitz slams ‘sneaky’ NPS, proposes $8 million Rainy Day drawdown

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Norwalk political notes: Recycling, ECS and election bids

The Norwalk Common Council Public Works Committee listens to Diane Lauricella, Tuesday in City Hall.

The 2020 election will be held Nov. 3.

Updated, 4:21 p.m., 1:40 p.m.:More information.

NORWALK, Conn. – Some Norwalk political developments:

  • Help for Norwalk’s part of the ‘American recycling system in crisis’
  • Norwalk set for $608K ECS school funding increase, instead of $543K
  • Running for election

Continue reading Norwalk political notes: Recycling, ECS and election bids

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Dickens looks to lead Norwalk Republicans

Carl Dickens, right, attends Sunday’s League of Women Voters presentation Sunday in Norwalk High School, along with Lisa Brinton, center, and Common Council member Thomas Keegan (R-District D), left.

NORWALK, Conn. – Jason Christopher has backed out, leaving Carl Dickens as the only known candidate to lead the Norwalk Republican Town Committee for the next two years.

“There’s nobody else that I know of has thrown their hat in the ring,” said Dickens, who ran unsuccessfully for Common Council last fall. Continue reading Dickens looks to lead Norwalk Republicans

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