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Housing Authority Attorney Seeks to “Seize the Moment”

by Diana Stricker | Oct 6, 2017 9:30 am

With Permission The Housing Authority is hoping to “seize the moment” and have a public hearing for the new Parkside Village 1 affordable housing project before the November 1 deadline to apply for federal funding.

The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission agreed last night to set the hearing Oct. 19 — but the issue is whether the the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will have time to comment before then. Since the 5.7 acre housing site is in the coastal boundary area,  the DEEP has to be notified 35 days ahead in case they want to comment. The applications were referred to DEEP Sept 27.

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Standard & Poor’s Gives Branford Another Gold Star

by marcia chambers | Oct 3, 2017 8:36 am

Marcia Chambers Photo The Board of Finance (BOF) heaped praise on the town’s finance director at its meeting last month for helping Branford again achieve a coveted Triple A Rating, an honor that first began when Unk DaRos was first selectman in 2009.

The rating is the best a town can receive from Standard & Poor’s (S&P), the rating agency. At the time Branford was first awarded a Triple A rating, DaRos said, “We’ve been doing this a long time and the credit goes to Jim Finch, his department, and the Board of Finance.”

The current first selectman Jamie Cosgrove would agree. 

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Rep. Reed Goes Rogue

by marcia chambers | Sep 25, 2017 7:33 am | Comments (3)

The state Democratic leadership is incensed that Branford’s longtime state Rep. Lonnie Reed and four other House Dems voted to send a Republican version of a new state budget out of the House and to the office of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Three breakaway Senate Democrats also enabled the Republican version of the budget.

“Despite an abundance of bullying and threats, I refused to leave the Capitol at 5 a.m. without a budget,” Reed told the Eagle. And the Republican budget, she said, was the only option available. Plus it was much better for Branford than the failed Democratic amendment, she said. As it turned out the Democrats never got their amendments called in the Senate because they did not have the votes.

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Branford ECS Funding Climbs But Falls Short

by marcia chambers | Sep 13, 2017 8:38 am

The CT Mirror In his August state budget proposal, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave Branford zero ECS funding for its public schools. This month the governor changed that, giving the town in his latest budget proposal $1.639 million. That’s up over zero but down by $572,506 or 25.9 percent over the 2017 distribution of $2.211.8 million to the town’s school system.

Still, other towns fared worse. Guilford and Madison were still getting zero ECS funding from the state in the governor’s September redo. Click here to read an interactive CT Mirror story on the impact of Malloy’s latest budget proposal on the state’s towns and cities.

 

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First Annual Fed-Up Rally

by Sally E. Bahner | Sep 6, 2017 8:00 am | Comments (2)

“Fed Up” with the epidemic of opioid use in town and in the state a small group of concerned citizens gathered on the green last week for the first annual International Overdose Awareness Day.

The rally coincided with legislation signed on Thursday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy designed to strengthen the state’s efforts in combating the opioid crisis.

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BOE: Minimal State Budget Impact or Not?

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 22, 2017 9:00 am

Sally E. Bahner Photo Back to school preparations, the state budget, technology costs, and the renaming of school facilities were on the docket for the Board of Education (pictured) last Wednesday.

Schools Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez reported that Aug. 23 is the first school day for teachers, while students will return on Monday, Aug. 28, the second year that students are starting school on a Monday.  “It’s good to have a full week without interruption,” he said.

Hernandez said that bus routes are in place and drivers are doing dry runs. Bus routes and schedules can be accessed here.

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Walsh Project Faces Possible State Bonding Cut

by Sally E. Bahner | Aug 2, 2017 7:54 am | Comments (3)

Sally E. Bahner Photo The specter of Connecticut’s fiscal crisis in relation to the Walsh Intermediate School project was finally raised at a special meeting of the Public Building Commission Monday night.

Charles Warrington, Jr., senior project manager for Colliers International, owner’s representative, reported that the cap of the bonding used for school projects statewide through the Office of School Construction Grants and Review (OSCGR) may be halved, from $700 million-$800 million to $400 million.

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General Assembly Overrides Malloy’s Affordable Housing Veto

by Diana Stricker | Jul 25, 2017 7:44 am | Comments (2)

Rep. Larry Butler, chair of the Housing Committee. UPDATE—Without a vote to spare, the state legislature voted in special session Monday to override the governor’s veto of a bill to upgrade the state’s Affordable Housing statute. The House of Representatives needed 101 votes — and that’s what they got yesterday afternoon. The Senate needed 24 votes, and that was the outcome last night.

Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford),  has worked for many years to upgrade the state’s Affordable Housing statute 8-30g. She was one of the co-sponsors of the bill that will now become law.

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A Roundabout Emerges Near Blackstone Library

by Diana Stricker | Jul 19, 2017 9:03 am

With Permission Residents attending an information session about a proposed roundabout for Main Street seemed intrigued by the idea. The new configuration on the western side of the Town Center would eliminate confusing intersections at Main, South Main, Eades and Laurel streets and would also address traffic issues on Cedar Street near the Blackstone Library.

Diana Stricker Photo Several of the 40 people attending the meeting Thursday night at the firehouse community room asked questions or voiced support for the plans, while a few opposed the idea.

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Legislators Plan Override of Malloy’s Veto of Affordable Housing Revisions

by Diana Stricker | Jul 11, 2017 7:47 am

The CT. Mirror State legislators who overwhelmingly voted to update the state’s Affordable Housing Statute are hoping to override the recent veto by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The bill, which would have prevented exploitation of the statute, received bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives, which voted 116 - 33 in late May; and the Senate, which voted 30-6 in early June.

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