Opinion: Duff’s latest updates

State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-25) serves food to elderly locals recently. (Courtesy Bob Duff)

State Sen. Bob Duff.

ABC to End Disparaging Portrayal of Norwalk Residents
I was very happy to receive the news that ABC has come to its senses and will end its denigrating portrayal of Norwalk residents—particularly students—on its sitcom “American Housewife.”

Last week I joined the chorus of criticism being heaped on the new ABC sitcom and sent a letter to ABC Entertainment Group President Channing Dungey asking ABC to cease its attacks on Norwalk and to issue an apology to the nearly 90,000 people who call Norwalk their home.
Various Norwalk officials have written ABC voicing their opposition to the portrayal of Norwalk residents on the show. Concerned citizens launched an online petition to encourage ABC to stop the Norwalk insults: www.stoptheinsults.com.

I’m very thankful that citizens have responded to the petition and also got the word out to ABC/Disney, and their efforts didn’t go unnoticed by network executives.
Holiday Season TV Schedule

Bob Duff announces that there will be a Christmas tree lighting at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Third Taxing District, Roger Ludlow Triangle, East Norwalk. (Courtesy Bob Duff)

It’s time for my annual rundown of classic holiday shows.

Sunday, December 3
1:10 p.m. – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (Freeform)

Friday, December 8
7:00 a.m. – The Little Drummer Boy (Freeform)
8:00 p.m. – A Christmas Carol (1951) (TCM)

Saturday, December 9
8:00 p.m. – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (CBS)
8:00 p.m. – It’s A Wonderful Life (NBC)
9:00 p.m. – Frosty the Snowman (CBS)

Sunday, December 10
7:00 a.m. – Jack Frost (1979) (Freeform)

Monday, December 11
1:35 p.m. – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (Freeform)

Saturday, December 16
7:00 a.m. – The Little Drummer Boy (Freeform)

Friday, December 22
8:00 p.m. – Christmas in Connecticut (TCM)

Sunday, December 24
8:00 p.m. – A Christmas Story (TBS)

What are your favorites?

Here’s the complete list: www.christmastvschedule.com.

(Courtesy Bob Duff)

The Congressional Republican Tax Plan
Last week, I joined members of the Senate Democratic Caucus and Connecticut Realtors to highlight the Republican tax plan and its devastating impact, including tax increases on the middle class and damage to home values.
This holiday season, Republicans in Congress are serving up tax increases for Connecticut’s middle class and homeowners. The Republican tax plan all but eliminates tax incentives for homeownership at a time when the market is strong and when we are seeing multiple buyers bid on a property. There is no surer way to slam the door on a hot real estate market than passing the Republican tax plan.

Additionally, Republicans in the United States Senate have included a provision in their version of the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and increase the number of uninsured Americans by 13 million.
Critical State Support for Norwalk and Darien

This week, the State Bond Commission approved critical funding for area education, transportation, housing, tourism and public safety projects.

State government continues to invest in projects like senior housing, public education and our environment, because not only do these items symbolize the great quality of life that we enjoy here in Connecticut, they are also economic engines for the region, supporting jobs, educational excellence and affordable housing.

The State Bond Commission approved:

  • $3,406,784 grant to the Housing Authority of the City of Norwalk to assist with rehabilitation of the 44 unit Ludlow Commons Congregate Housing development.
  • $1,080,000 for various Norwalk “Alliance District” public school improvements, including but not limited to windows, doors, boilers, heating and ventilation systems, communications/technology systems, lockers, floors, ceilings, restrooms, lighting, energy efficiency, entryways, driveways, parking areas, play areas, athletic fields, various equipment, roof repairs and installation or upgrade of security equipment.
  • $908,250 grant for the reconstruction of Norwalk’s Visitors’ Dock. Funding for this reconstruction comes from the Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program.
  • $483,663 for the Side By Side Charter School in Norwalk for debt repayment and school ground improvements.
  • $87,142 for the Darien Police Department for the purchase body cameras and video storage devices.
  • $94,476,091 for the ongoing project to replace the Walk Bridge swing bridge on the New Haven Line in Norwalk. This project replaces of the 121 year-old Walk Bridge, which carries 39 million passengers annually on four tracks of the New Haven commuter rail line over the Norwalk River.


Not affiliated December 3, 2017 at 8:50 am

We need jobs!!! I’ll take a job with a slight tax increase versus no job and current tax plan. Then, I’ll give more money to my church, eat out more often, do home updates, support non-profits. The Democrat party is very short-sighted and look how our Gold Coast has eroded through the years. You can only spin it so many ways.

Donna Smirniotopoulos December 3, 2017 at 6:24 pm

If standing up for us means joining a chorus of Boos for a Disney show and choosing holiday TV while Hartford burns through our cash, Senator Duff should please dit down.

Stagnating real estate prices in Norwalk predate the GOP tax bill. The threshold for mortgage interest deductions will decrease under this plan but will not be eliminated. How many middle class families buy homes with million dollar mortgages?

The State Bond Commission is like Malloy’s Master Card with no spending limit. It took the Commission 36 minutes to approve 1.2 billion in borrowing. They should all be on the naughty list.

Finally, the creepy stop-motion animation “Jack Frost” makes the cut but “Scrooged” does not? Bah humbug! Bob should have chosen the even creepier 1998 “Jack Frost” with Michael Keaton (dreadful film) or the horror comedy “Jack Frost” of 1997.

Rick December 4, 2017 at 7:16 pm

Bob Bridgeport just got over 1.5 million for its police dept, they in turn are not to follow a a sanctuary city to receive the money for new police officers Gannin is happy he agrees with the condition

Has any mayor or state office turned down Federal money by not agreeing to the sanitary city rider?

Its nice to see what Norwalk has gotten but can we make sure no money was turned down by the feds over the states stance on immigration?

News today suggests federal money has been held is some cases to States who defy the DC orders to work with ice. Fairfield county was not blessed but only in Bridgeport so its seems by the news

Bob maybe with all the real estate background you can help those on Quintard ave get back the 100,000 they lost on fire tree in fact maybe you would be a a good witness when the time comes for court.

The body cams was a great deal Hartford made why they didn’t plan on the expense to depts was not very smart, instead of funding it turns into vote gifting funds making it seem like the grant was from Santa. That has been on your watch.

The federal programs that are giving out money to police septs is doing so on with stings again is the state compensating the loss to ct by these grants?

Rick December 5, 2017 at 10:08 am

law and order has given Norwalk a bad name Bob , would you please get all over this before it becomes a Disney nightmare.show us your power bob its time to make the donuts.

Rick December 6, 2017 at 7:58 pm

Ricks update

lets talk about the bad stuff

scrap some rail services, drive up fares, suspend 40 percent of planned capital projects and defer major highway rebuilds like the Hartford viaduct, to remain solvent over the next five years, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration has warned Wall Street.

14-cents-per-gallon increase in gasoline taxes — at least until tolls could be fully implemented about six years from now.

reduction in Shoreline East rail services — might be necessary as soon as next May, Department of Transportation officials warned.

elimination of all municipal aid for transportation projects. The state distributes $60 million annually through the Town Aid Road program.

What was decided today at the statehouse , Bob can you spell out what was talked about today?

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