Mollow & Ahern Seek Town’s Top Elected Posts

by marcia chambers | Jul 22, 2017 7:45 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Saying it was time for “new leadership” for Branford, Lynda Mollow, a member of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), accepted the Democratic nomination for first selectwoman Thursday night. Incumbent selectman Jack Ahern was at her side as they both pledged to work for change in Branford.

“I believe it is time for new leadership in our town,” she told the caucus of about 125 people who gathered at the Canoe Brook Senior Center Thursday night. “In addition to new leadership we need someone at the helm with a new vision,” she said. Mollow, 49 and a nurse, has served on the RTM for the past two years.

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Cosgrove Seeks Third Term; Kraus Wins Tax Collector Nomination

by marcia chambers | Jul 20, 2017 7:45 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove won the enthusiastic support of the Republican caucus Tuesday night, promising as he did four years ago to follow the words of his legendary grandfather, Dan, to “go do some good.”

In seeking his third two-year term in office in the November election, Cosgrove, 44, will be running with incumbent Republican selectman Joe Higgins, Jr., a retired New York City fire official. Cosgrove called Higgins, “my right hand man.”

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A Conversation in a Seaside Town about Tyranny

by marcia chambers | Jun 29, 2017 7:10 am | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers PhotoIt is a Friday night in the upscale seaside town of Guilford; it is a warm evening, the kind of evening when the audience gathered to hear the speaker might be on their boats or going out to dinner or fixing a barbeque at the start of the weekend.

Instead some 150 people are at the Guilford Community Center where they await a talk by Timothy Snyder, the author of “On Tyranny,” a book he wrote after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016. Snyder teaches history at Yale University.

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Dominic Rapini Declares For U.S. Senate

by marcia chambers | Jun 20, 2017 1:34 pm | Comments (4)

Marcia Chambers Photo At 3 a.m. on Nov. 9, when it was clear Donald Trump had been elected president of the United States, Dominic Rapini, a Republican businessman like Trump, said to himself, “Maybe, just maybe, if he could do it, so can I.” 

From that point on, Rapini, a Trump supporter, started thinking seriously about running for public office.

Like Trump, Rapini, 56, has never before run for elected office. And like Trump he aimed high; in this case, running for the U.S. Senate from the state of Connecticut.

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Mollow & Ahern Seek Top Town Democratic Slots

by marcia chambers | Jun 13, 2017 5:30 pm

Marcia Chambers Photo RTM member Lynda Mollow and Board of Selectmen member Jack Ahern (pictured) will seek the town’s top Democratic positons in the local Branford election this November.

Active and engaged in local education and economic issues, Mollow,49, said she grew concerned that residents did not have a voice in local issues shaping the town of Branford. She decided to run for a position on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) in 2015 and won a seat representing the 7th District on the 30-member legislative board. All members of the RTM are up for re-election in November. 

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Wins, Losses and Bills Left for OT at the General Assembly

by CT Mirror Staff | Jun 8, 2017 11:17 am

CT. Mirror Photo The 2017 session of the Connecticut General Assembly ended at midnight Wednesday, leaving the usual list of wins, losses and unfinished business.

The biggest item left on the to-do list, of course, is the matter of a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the bills that made it to the desk of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, are on hold until the budget is resolved or got sidetracked in the session that opened on Jan. 4 with a membership nearly evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.

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Ongoing Election Reflection: Teens’ Perspectives, Part 2

by Sally E. Bahner | May 10, 2017 8:50 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo The Eagle interviewed five Branford High School seniors, Spencer Mariotti, Jack Nelson, Hilliard Wolfe, Sean Williams, and Mauro Aceves, who shared their thoughts on the 2016 election and concerns moving forward.  Part 2.

Two of the five, Mariotti and Williams, were able to vote in the November election. But three others, who were not eligible to vote –  Wolfe, Nelson and Aceves – were articulate and have formed educated opinions about the outcome and the future.  Unfortunately, although we reached out to the teens in general, no young women were present due to scheduling conflicts. Click here to read Part 1.

All five are senior presidents of the 2017 Model Congress (there are 12 in all), in which students take on various political roles and debate other high school students from all over the country on topics related to democracy. Their advisor is James Petela, a social studies teacher.


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Ongoing Election Reflection: Teens’ Perspectives, Part 1

by Sally E. Bahner | May 9, 2017 7:32 am

This is the first of two parts of an interview with five Branford High School seniors, who shared their thoughts on the 2016 election and moving forward.

Sally E. Bahner Photo A conversation with several Branford High School teens about the 2016 election and events since then yielded some interesting perspectives… and surprises. In particular, there was Sean Williams, who voted for Donald Trump, but quickly experienced voter’s remorse, so much so that he will be interning for Democratic Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro this summer.

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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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