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Kennedy Jabs Malloy On Medicaid Cuts

by marcia chambers | Sep 25, 2015 7:44 am | Comments (5)

Marcia Chambers Photo Democratic State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. (pictured) Thursday criticized Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s decision to make $103 million in emergency health cuts to avoid a deficit in this year’s fiscal budget, saying Medicaid was “the last program” the governor should have touched.
Responding to a question posed at a morning legislative breakfast in Branford, Kennedy, a longtime health care lawyer who speaks often about health care economics, did not mince words. 

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Rabinowitz, Ahern Go Door-to-Door Seeking Votes

by marcia chambers | Aug 31, 2015 6:50 am

Marcia Chambers Photo Under breezy, sunny skies Democrats Mark Rabinowitz and Jack Ahern kicked off their first major campaign event for first selectman and selectman yesterday as the Dems went door-to-door introducing themselves to potential voters.

Rabinowitz, a longtime former elementary school principal, and Ahern, the town’s recently retired fire chief, are each running for public office for the first time. They were joined on the campaign trail by more than 35 Democrats who fanned out across the seven electoral districts.

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Cosgrove Wins Republican Nomination

by marcia chambers | Jul 22, 2015 8:12 am

Marcia Chambers Photo It came as no surprise that First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove won the enthusiastic support of the Republican caucus last night as he told his supporters he wants to continue to do the kind of work that has “turned Branford around.”

In seeking his second two-year term in office in the November election, Cosgrove, 42, selected incumbent Republican selectman Joe Higgins, a retired New York City fire official who headed the dispatch unit during 9-11, to run with him again.

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Rabinowitz & Ahern Seek Top Town Democratic Slots

by marcia chambers | Jul 9, 2015 12:02 pm | Comments (1)

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A former school principal and a former fire chief will seek the town’s top government posts on the Democratic ticket this fall.

Mark Rabinowitz (at left in photo), 63, former principal of the Mary R. Tisko Elementary School, and Jack Ahern (at right), who was 54 when he retired as fire chief in December. are expected to run for first selectman and selectman respectively. Both men will go before the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) caucus July 28, where candidates will be officially nominated. The Republican caucus is slated for July 21, when incumbent First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove plans to seek the nomination for a second term with Selectman Joseph E. Higgins, Jr., as his running mate..


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Malloy Signs, Then Promotes, Newly Tweaked Budget

by Mark Pazniokas and Keith M. Phaneuf | Jul 1, 2015 12:43 pm

CT Mirror Photo The rocky path to a fiscal plan for the next two years ended Tuesday with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signing the budget adopted June 3 in the closing minutes of the 2015 session — and tax rollbacks passed earlier Tuesday in special session to quell an outcry from business interests.

“Massachusetts doesn’t have a budget. Maine doesn’t have a budget. Illinois doesn’t have a budget. New Hampshire doesn’t have a budget,” Malloy said after signing the documents at a ceremony attended by the legislature’s top leaders and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. “We got a budget.”

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Moderator Rejects Plea to Explore Town-Costco Costs

by marcia chambers | Mar 16, 2015 12:10 pm | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers Rep. Douglas Hanlon (D-3rd), the former chair of the Representative Town Meeting’s (RTM) Public Works Committee, has long been concerned about potential town costs for police and fire budgets if a major development comes to town.

So he asked RTM Moderator Dennis Flanagan at last week’s RTM meeting if his concerns might be explored in committee as they have been informally over the years, ever since Costco knocked on Branford’s doors years ago. At issue, Hanlon said, are the town’s potential costs if commissions approve a major development that would bring Costco and seven other stores to 44 acres of land at Exit 56.

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BOS Approves New Senior Home

by Diana Stricker | Mar 5, 2015 2:57 pm | Comments (2)

With Permission “This is the new home for the senior community,” said architect Sandra Vlock as she displayed sketches of how the Community House can be transformed into a blended center for recreation programs and senior citizens. 

The top photo shows the current Church Street entrance, and the conceptual sketch of the new entrance that eliminates the steps and adds a driveway and covered drop-off. Walkways will connect to the proposed patio, gardens and bocce court. The sidewalk will continue around to a new ground-floor entrance and the parking lot along Prospect Street. 

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Community House May Merge With Senior Center

by Marcia Chambers & Diana Stricker | Mar 3, 2015 8:00 pm

If the town’s proposal for a new senior facility is approved Wednesday night at the Board of Selectmen (BOS), seniors will find their new senior “center” will be an expansion to the Community House at 46 Church Street, a place they once called home. 

Before the Canoe Brook Senior Center was opened in 1975, senior activities were held at the Community House from 1962 to 1975. “So this is in a sense returning home, but returning to a new home” said Alex Palluzzi, Jr., the director of the town’s recreation department. Palluzzi oversees the Community House.

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Banca Elected Chairman Of Building Commission

by Diana Stricker | Feb 26, 2015 12:43 pm

Diana Stricker Photo Branford took a significant step forward Wednesday as five members of the newly created Public Building Commission held their organizational meeting at the Community House.

Peter Banca was elected chairman and was heartily congratulated by First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove. (See photo above.) Banca, a Democrat, is a former town treasurer who has had a long career in the banking and finance industry.

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Taking Office, Kennedy Vows To Help Seniors, The Disabled

by marcia chambers | Jan 7, 2015 10:54 am

With Permission As he begins his first term as a state legislator, Ted Kennedy Jr. vowed to help more seniors and disabled people live at home instead of in institutions—and to support changes in campaign-finance laws that helped him get into office.

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