Kennedy Won’t Seek Re-Election; To Focus on Disability Rights

by marcia chambers | Feb 28, 2018 10:28 pm | Comments (1)

File PhotoSaying his top priority must now be the fight to preserve the civil rights of the nation’s disabled, Democratic State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., announced last night he will not seek a third term this year in the Connecticut State Senate.

Earlier this year Kennedy had been seen as a potential gubernatorial candidate until he withdrew his name from that pool, as well.

Kennedy, who lives in Branford with his wife, Kiki and their two children, is a disability survivor who lost his leg to bone cancer when he was 12. He was elected chairman of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in June.  He has described his organization as the “foremost civil rights and public policy organization representing a whole cohort of people with disabilities across our country.” 

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Infantry Officer-Journalist Challenges State Rep. Lonnie Reed

by marcia chambers | Feb 26, 2018 1:51 pm | Comments (2)

Adrian H. Bonenberger (pictured), a former infantry officer deployed twice to Afghanistan, whose backers are strong believers in the liberal Working Families Party (WFP), plans to challenge incumbent state Rep Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) in the November election. 

He informed Reed this morning that he plans to announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Branford’s 102nd District tonight. “My platform is going to be on the left side of the political spectrum: higher taxes; legalization, regulation, and taxation of certain narcotics; a single-payer health care system similar to Europe’s; a reduction in military obligations overseas in those places we can afford to leave without causing damage; protection for workers’ rights; and an environment-first stance toward conservation as well as the energy industry,”  he wrote in a note.

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Lawmakers urge reversing clean-energy cuts, but lack budget fix

by Keith M. Phaneuf | Feb 14, 2018 9:33 am | Comments (2)

CT. Mirror PhotoA coalition of legislators and energy efficiency advocates pledged Tuesday to work to restore at least some of the roughly $175 million stripped from green programs in the new two-year state budget.

But none of the nearly dozen legislators who attended the bipartisan press conference identified alternative spending cuts or revenue increases to offset any restoration of funds for clean energy.

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Kennedy: “The Lock Box has Never Been Locked”

by marcia chambers | Feb 5, 2018 9:15 am | Comments (2)

Harry Droz PhotoWednesday is the “Opening Day” of the joint session of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2018 legislative session and, State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. has ready a set of environmental and health bills he says are essential to preserving Connecticut in the age of Trump.

Kennedy, co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Environment Committee, gave the broad outlines of his environmental and health priorities in a 50-minute radio interview on WNHH FM’s “Legal Eagle” program.

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Legislators to DOT: Revoke Shoreline Weekend RR Cuts

by marcia chambers | Jan 31, 2018 3:52 pm | Comments (5)

A group of 18 shoreline state legislators and top town officials, determined to preserve weekend and off-peak Shore line East commuter rail service, gathered as one this morning to condemn the cuts and to declare they would fight to restore them.

State Rep. Sean Scanlon (pictured above), (D-Guilford and Branford) organized the group and the press conference at the Guilford Railroad station. In the frigid cold the shoreline’s elected officials decried proposed cuts that as of July 1 would leave the shoreline without train service on weekends and off-peak hours.

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Women’s Marches: Power to the Polls

by Sally E. Bahner | Jan 24, 2018 9:32 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionWhatever you care about, whatever your priorities are, there was a place for you at any of the hundreds of Women’s Marches across the state… and across the country. For the second year, millions of women gathered to voice their sentiments about the current political scene and to use their power at the polls. 

The Eagle received comments and photos from marches in Hartford, East Haddam, and New York. 

Rallies last year protested Donald Trump’s inauguration. This year, the agendas grew, reflecting participants’ outrage at events over the past year: the threat to DACA recipients and immigrants, and LGBQT rights; the rise of racism; concerns about health care. The importance of voting and the drive to encourage more women to run for political office were also key. The #MeToo and pro-choice movements were supported, as well as a ban on fracking and threats to the environment. Add to the mix, the government shutdown, which took place at midnight Saturday.

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P&Z Votes on Parkside Village Thursday

by Diana Stricker | Jan 22, 2018 10:07 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker PhotoThe Parkside Village I affordable housing proposal is headed for a vote Thursday, but whatever the outcome, it may end up in court. One member of the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission said he wants to deny the project and challenge it in court because in his view the law is too restrictive. 

The 5-member commission will vote on the Parkside proposal at a special meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Fire Headquarters. A resolution to approve the project, with multiple conditions, is expected to be complete by that time.

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Scanlon Quickly Qualifies for Campaign Public Financing

by marcia chambers | Jan 20, 2018 9:19 am

Democratic State Rep. Sean Scanlon, who represents Guilford and Stony Creek and Pine Orchard in Branford, announced yesterday that within nine days of announcing his re-election campaign he had raised the necessary funds to qualify for Connecticut’s Citizens Election Program.

He didn’t quite beat his previous records (in 2016 he reached his goal within one week and in 2014 in just four days) but nine days is nothing to sneeze at.

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Parkside Village Approval Could Be Complicated

by Diana Stricker | Jan 11, 2018 3:31 pm

Beacon CommunitiesThe Parkside Village I proposal could be approved by the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission next week or in early February. However, a simple majority vote may not be enough to approve one of the three applications involved in the project.

At a special meeting Monday night, a majority of the commissioners directed the town planner to draw up resolutions in favor of the Parkside affordable housing project.

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RTM Approves Blackstone Library Project

by marcia chambers | Jan 11, 2018 1:45 pm | Comments (3)

Marcia Chambers PhotoIn a bi-partisan vote, the Blackstone Library project was adopted last night by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) after strong views were voiced by residents, virtually all of whom came to support the $5.2 million renovation. The vote was 15-11.

All the Democrats present for the two-hour meeting voted for the renovation, and so did a number of Republicans. Republican RTM member Robin Sandler, vice-president of the Blackstone Library Trustees, recused himself. Two RTM members were absent. The moderator only votes to break a tie.

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