Should the RTM Decide the Site of Parkside Village?

by marcia chambers | Apr 25, 2017 7:28 am

Marcia Chambers Photo A group of Democratic Representative Town Meeting (RTM) members rose as one at this month’s RTM meeting to denounce the make-up, legality and the reach of a special RTM sub-committee set up to decide if the Parkside Village affordable housing project will be built at the former site of the Branford Hills Elementary School (pictured above).

The uproar about the RTM sub-committee and its purpose came after RTM Moderator Dennis Flanagan (R-5th) appointed Ray Ingraham (R-5th), RTM Republican majority leader, as chair of the sub-committee. Both Ingraham and Flanagan represent the Fifth District where Parkside Village has been located since the 1970s. The 30-member RTM consists of 19 Republicans and 11 Democrats, representing seven districts.

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Sen.Chris Murphy Drops In on Local Biotech Firm

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 24, 2017 8:37 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Given its location along the I-95 corridor, proximity to outstanding universities, and abundant office space, Branford has become a magnet for the growing biotech industry.

Case in point is Mount Sinai Genomics Research Center, which moved three years ago into a facility previously occupied by 454 Life Sciences and employs approximately 50 people.

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Rosa In Absentia

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 27, 2017 8:30 am | Comments (2)

Sally E. Bahner Photo Rosa DeLauro (D-3rd District) was scheduled to appear at a “happy hour” at the Stony Creek Brewery on Friday. DeLauro didn’t make it, but the event was happy nonetheless since she was still in Washington, caught up in the aftermath of the Republicans’ version of the health care bill, which was pulled at the last minute; there were not enough votes to send the bill to the Senate, where it was sure to come under further fire.

DeLauro and other key Democrats had appeared at a press conference just an hour or so earlier with House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who said, “Today is a great day for our country – a victory for the American people.”

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Election Reflection: White House Calls Out Malloy: Branford Responds

by Sally E. Bahner & Diana Stricker | Feb 27, 2017 9:33 am

Diana Stricker Photo Immigration took stage center in Branford and New Haven this past week after White House press secretary Sean Spicer criticized Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, saying Connecticut’s governor “chooses not to follow the duly-passed laws of this nation.”

The governor had issued a statement last week encouraging school and police officials throughout the state to have a plan in place in case the feds want their cooperation with deportation of illegal immigrants.  It turns out each chief had one in place before Malloy’s directive arrived.

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Legislators Confront Budget Crisis with Few Answers

by marcia chambers | Feb 7, 2017 9:27 am | Comments (2)

Marcia Chambers Photo At a lively legislative breakfast Saturday lawmakers from both sides of the aisle agreed that a legacy of debt, along with diminished legislative control over the state’s budget, has created a major fiscal crisis that may well result in rising property taxes for Connecticut’s homeowners. 

More than 50 people attended the annual League of Women Voters (LWV) breakfast at the Evergreen Woods retirement community in North Branford. There they listened and questioned the men and women who represent them in Hartford. Carol Reimers, president of the LWV of the East Shore, welcomed the group.

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“The Constitution Will Definitely Hold”

by marcia chambers | Jan 31, 2017 9:07 pm

Lucy Gellman Photo Ed Marcus, a man who has watched and waged political fights for a half century, has a prediction about all the controversies surrounding early actions by President Donald Trump: In the long run, the U.S. Constitution “will definitely hold, and in the short run, it will hold as well.”

Marcus, a former Connecticut state senator and Democratic Party chairman, made that prediction Tuesday during an appearance on WNHH radio’s “Legal Eagle” program.

Marcus, the founder of the Marcus Law Firm, arrived for the radio show about 12 hours after President Trump fired his acting attorney general, Sally Yates, after she refused to enforce his executive order that closed America’s borders for 90 days to those primarily from Muslim countries. Marcus agreed with critics who call some of his initial executive orders unconstitutional.

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Election Reflection: Women Don’t Forget

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 22, 2017 1:06 pm

Maura Lane Photo They were sitting in their cars in the commuter lot at Cherry Hill Road in Branford in what for many would be the middle of the night. It was chilly and a light rain was falling.

They hoped they would make an impact in taking a bus to the nation’s capitol to attend the Women’s March. Little did they know they would be making history. As Gloria Steinem, honorary chairwoman of the march later told the demonstrators, “Sometimes we must put our bodies where our beliefs are.”  Thousands of demonstrators from Connecticut attended the Washington, D.C. rally.  Here is the CT Mirror’s report.

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Election Reflection: Rosa’s Mom, “Come on, Girls, Make Ourselves Heard”

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 18, 2017 12:45 pm | Comments (1)

Mary Johnson Photo “Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights,” said Congressional Rep Rosa DeLauro, pictured, (D-3rd District) Tuesday at Kick-Off Rally in New Haven for Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. Eighty buses are leaving from Connecticut on Saturday and a total of 1,100 buses will be heading to Washington.

Sally E. Bahner Photo To date, more than 600 “sister marches” are also planned across the country and around the world.

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Election Reflection: Branford Ponders the Future

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 23, 2016 9:00 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo It’s no secret that Branford is a diverse community, economically and socially.

How the new Trump administration’s policies will play out among the town’s immigrants – some here legally, some not – remains to be seen. Most are going about their lives, working, shepherding their kids through school, and taking care of their homes.

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Dems Kennedy, Reed & Scanlon Sweep the Shoreline

by Diana Stricker & Sally E. Bahner | Nov 9, 2016 9:54 am

Mary Johnson Photo It was a good night for Democratic incumbents in Branford Tuesday as State Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. and State Rep. Lonnie Reed both claimed victory.  State Rep. Sean Scanlon, D-Branford and Guilford, was running unopposed.

By contrast, the results of the contentious and unprecedented presidential race brought victory to Republican Donald Trump who becomes the nation’s 45th president in a stunning defeat of Democrat Hillary Clinton. Republicans kept control of the Congress as well.  Clinton carried Connecticut but Republicans made significant gains in the state senate and the house, the CT. Mirror reports. 

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