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Republican Chris Kelly Runs for State Rep

by Diana Stricker | Aug 19, 2016 6:59 am

Chris Kelly, the manager of a bagel shop, plans to challenge incumbent State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) in the November state legislative election. Kelly will hit the campaign trail running, especially since he started late in the race.

Kelly, who is also a realtor, was unanimously endorsed by the Republican Town Committee (RTC) to replace candidate Ray Ingraham, the chair of the RTC, who withdrew from the state race late last month after announcing he falsely signed donor forms when applying for state public campaign financing. 

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SEEC Sends Ingraham Election Case to Enforcement Unit; Denies Grant

by marcia chambers | Aug 4, 2016 8:18 am | Comments (2)

File Photo The State Election Enforcement Commission’s (SEEC) will conduct an inquiry into Ray Ingraham’s public financing campaign application in connection with his race for state representative on the Republican ticket. The SEEC also voted yesterday to deny Ingraham’s grant application for state public campaign funding based on the application itself.

Ingraham, the chair of Branford’s Republican Town Committee and the majority leader of the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), announced he was quitting the state rep race a week ago. The   SEEC had been questioning the authenticity of his campaign application, delaying his funding under the Citizens Election Program (CEP).  He also cited personal reasons for his withdrawal from the race. 

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Latest Train Station Delay Dubbed ‘Embarrassing’

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 18, 2016 10:07 am | Comments (5)

Sally E. Bahner Photo The delay in completion of a two-way Branford Train Station, now five years or two years beyond deadline depending on how you count, continues. And Department of Transportation Chief Inspector Mark Fullerton is not happy.

Fullerton learned last week of the latest delay in the two-way project, which was first announced in August 2008, with an expected June 2011 completion at that time.  Then came years of delay before shovels hit the ground. 

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RTM Moves Walsh School Renovation Forward

by Emily Patton | Jun 13, 2016 7:59 am

Marcia Chambers Photo The Representative Town Meeting (RTM), in a unanimous bi-partisan vote, gave final town approval for the Walsh Intermediate School renovation and expansion project last week, enabling the Board of Education (BOE) to apply for a state grant for what is the largest building project in the town’s history.

The final approval came at the monthly RTM meeting held at Fire Headquarters. During an hour-long meeting, the RTM approved a series of resolutions, the last required step before the BOE sends its grant application to the State Bonding Committee by June 30.

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Malloy Signs Opioid Abuse Bill into Law

by Sally E. Bahner | May 28, 2016 12:04 pm

With Permission It wasn’t unexpected, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed the bill increasing access to opioid-reversal drugs on Friday. The bill includes several other measures to combat the epidemic of opioid use in Connecticut, including prohibiting a prescription for opioid use for more than seven days and prohibiting pre-approval from health care providers for the use of naloxone (Narcan), a life-saving medication to treat overdoses; it also requires first responders to be trained in the administration of Narcan.

In Branford, first responders already have administered Narcan on various calls.

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State Rep. Lonnie Reed Kicks Off Campaign

by marcia chambers | May 24, 2016 6:59 am | Comments (2)

State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) kicked off her 2016 election campaign last week, saying it was time to “re-imagine Connecticut,” to bring back the economy, and to build on the town’s bio-tech, medical and manufacturing sectors to help lead the way. 

She described the difficult last days of the legislative session and the serious cuts to the state budget “because the money is just not coming in. ...It is never going to rain money the way it was when we were living in the bubble like everybody else.”

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$800K for Branford Despite State Deficit

by Staff | May 5, 2016 7:00 am

File Photo Despite the state budget deficit and its attendant layoffs and cuts, Branford has managed to obtain more than $800,000 for educational funding and property tax relief, the town’s state legislators reported yesterday.

Legislators are facing a $930 million budget deficit in the fiscal year beginning July 1. They were supposed to vote on the budget Wednesday, the final day of the legislative session, but those plans were postponed when it became obvious there was not enough time for debate.

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Opioid Use Front and Center in Branford

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 14, 2016 7:01 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoBranford resident Michelle Sember described the struggles of her oldest son, 22-year-old RJ, who went from a high school football player with good grades to a full-blown heroin addict after experimenting with pot, alcohol, and pills.  Her advice: “Be a parent and not a friend.”

The epidemic of opioid use in Connecticut has burst into the public’s consciousness over the past few months. It started with reports of overdoses in the New London area and now extends throughout the state and the country.

Branford is not immune, as Sember explained at a recent panel on the topic held in Branford. The panel, organized by State Rep. Sean Scanlon, took place at fire headquarters. 

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Kennedy Makes It Official

by marcia chambers | Apr 6, 2016 2:19 pm | Comments (1)

File Photo Ted Kennedy Jr., (D-Branford) made it official today, filing candidate papers with the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) seeking a second term in office as state senator of the 12th District.

In a formal announcement, Kennedy stated that he is “extraordinarily grateful to the residents of Branford,Guilford, Madison, North Branford, Durham and Killingworth,” the six towns that comprise the 12th District.

Kennedy told the Eagle in an interview today that he plans to seek public financing for his election campaign. 

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Ray Runs For Branford State Rep

by Diana Stricker | Apr 1, 2016 8:10 am | Comments (1)

File Photo Ray Ingraham, who chairs Branford’s Republican Town Committee (RTC), says it’s time to set his sights on the state legislature.

“It’s been a desire of mine for a while to seek a higher office,” Ingraham told the Eagle. He has been a member on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) since 2011, and has served as Republican majority leader since 2013.

“It’s time to see what else I can do,” he said.

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