Name Young Adult Arrestees?

by marcia chambers | Mar 15, 2017 12:31 pm | Comments (1)

Lucy Gellman Photo Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new proposed criminal justice package provides a no-money bail stipulation for those accused of misdemeanors except in cases of violent crimes or when a judge decides otherwise. It also creates a new “young adults” category in which cases would remain confidential.

Malloy’s proposal to extend “juvenile” status for arrestees up to age 21 did not go over well in the legislature last year, so he pared it back this year. This year’s version defines young adult offenders as those ages 18 through 20 who are accused of committing all but the most serious crimes. They would fall under a hybrid setting, sitting in both the juvenile justice system and the adult system: Their criminal records would remain sealed but their court cases would be open—if you can find them. 

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Cosgrove Testifies as Town, Legislators Grapple With Proposed Education Cuts

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 3, 2017 9:00 am

First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove (pictured) testified before the state legislature’s Education Committee in Hartford Wednesday, making the case for a $30 million state grant for the renovation and expansion of the Walsh Intermediate School.

He was among a number of town officials from across the state who came before the Education Committee seeking funding for renovating or building new schools. 

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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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Reed Seeks Changes in Affordable Housing Laws

by Diana Stricker | Feb 23, 2017 8:50 am

File Photo State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) has introduced four bills to update the state’s Affordable Housing statute. The bills would prevent the statute from being exploited; and would also give Branford and similar communities credit for housing that is affordable even if it’s not on the state list.

“The support for these bills is bipartisan and building in strength,” Reed told the Eagle this week. A similar bill passed the House last year, but the legislative session ended before it could be taken up by the Senate.

However, she said there is some opposition to amending the state stature.

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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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Walsh School Renovation Makes It to Priority List

by Sally E. Bahner & Marcia Chambers | Jan 26, 2017 9:30 am

File Photo Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez reported at last week’s Board of Education meeting that he and First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove had met with state Reps. Lonnie Reed and Sean Scanlon and state Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. regarding the progress of the Walsh Intermediate School renovation project. The project has now been listed on a priority list.

The underlying issue, all understood, was the uncertainty about the state budget and possible cuts to 49 projected school project grants across the state totaling $450,469,953. The estimated project costs for all 49 projects totaled $778,306,838. 

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Solar Pause Button?

by marcia chambers | Jan 19, 2017 10:43 am

Harry Droz PhotoAre Connecticut’s farms and forests being paved over by avenues of solar panels?

State Rep. Lonnie Reed, (D-102nd) and State Sen.Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-12th) are looking into that question. They have co-introduced a proposed Green Plan Law that is designed to figure out “best practices and rational approaches” to building grid-scale renewables and other energy infrastructure throughout the state.

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“We Are All Immigration Lawyers Now”

by marcia chambers | Jan 13, 2017 9:59 am | Comments (2)

Lucy Gellman Photo As the Trump administration prepares to take office, David Rosen, a longtime New Haven civil rights attorney, and fellow lawyers are preparing to tackle new areas of law in order to protect people who may need them. 

“We are all immigration lawyers, now,” Rosen said quoting a colleague responding to comments by president-elect Trump that he plans to round up and deport undocumented immigrants and penalize “sanctuary cities” like New Haven. Trump will have broad presidential powers to crack down on those cities, USA Today wrote this week.

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Kennedy Challenges ‘E-Cert’ Use for State Budget

by marcia chambers | Dec 12, 2016 9:08 am | Comments (1)

Marcia Chambers Photo In the view of State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., Connecticut’s use of an “emergency certification” procedure to deliver the budget as the legislative session ends is creating turmoil for legislators and abusing the budgetary process. It needs to be reformed, he said. .

In an interview, Kennedy said the budget arrives under an emergency certification or “e-cert,” a process that may be invoked when the state faces a natural emergency. Think hurricane clean-up funding, for example.  The use of “e-cert” enables legislative leaders to suspend rules applicable to regular bills, including that the budget be given to legislators 48 hours before they vote. The “e-cert” designation means an immediate vote on a bill is necessary.  Forty-eight hours is not a lot of time, especially with long, complicated budget items, but it is often more than they have now.

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State Grants Awarded to Preserve Branford, Madison Woodlands

by Staff | Nov 17, 2016 9:10 am

File Photo State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-Branford) announced yesterday that Branford and Madison would receive major state grants aimed at preserving nearly 100 acres of significant forest land within their towns.

Kennedy was joined by Representatives Lonnie Reed (D-Branford), Sean Scanlon (D-Guilford), and Noreen Kokoruda (R-Madison) as he announced that the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition program had approved $91,000 for Branford’s Red Hill Road property. The Red Hill property, located off Exit 56 at I-95, was recently acquired by the Branford Land Trust (BLT). This 29.1-acre undeveloped wood lot is within the Hoadley Creek watershed and contributes to an existing greenway of forest land.

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