Legal Writes

Deputy Chief Sworn In

by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 11, 2018 7:40 am

Sally E. Bahner PhotoJonathan R. Mulhern, six days on the job, was sworn in as Branford’s new deputy chief of police by Police Commission chair Jill Marcus at Police Headquarters Monday. The ceremony was attended by police commissioners, town officials, including First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove, police officers, and Mulhern’s family members.

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Court Asked to Reverse P&Z Denial of Parkside Redevelopment

by marcia chambers | Jun 11, 2018 7:28 am

File PhotoThe town’s Housing Authority and a developer hired to redevelop Parkside Village have asked a Superior Court judge to reverse a Planning & Zoning denial of the project, declaring a protest petition by neighbors does not apply to the Affordable Housing Act. And, they added, the town’s attorneys knew that or should have known that when they advocated on their behalf.

In January, the Parkside Village 1 affordable housing project was defeated at a special Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission meeting when one aspect of the proposal failed to gain a “super majority” vote. Although the P&Z voted 3-2 in favor of the Parkside project, one of the three applications — a zoning map change —did not get a super majority vote of 4-1. They said that meant the entire project failed.

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Youth Faces Felonies for Crashing Stolen Car into Cruiser

by marcia chambers | Apr 25, 2018 9:16 am

A 19-year-old from Bridgeport who was arrested last week along with four juveniles was driving a stolen car in Pine Orchard when it crashed into a police cruiser. He now faces eight felony charges in Superior Court in New Haven, court records show.

Patrick P. Geyer, 19, of 728 Arctic St., Bridgeport, along with four male juveniles were in a car stolen in Stamford when it crashed into a police cruiser operated by Officer John Abely at about 9:45 p.m. on April 6. Abely was subsequently placed on light duty. He was not seriously injured. The police vehicle was damaged.

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BOE Admits School District Failed to Conduct Regular Fire Drills

by Sally E. Bahner | Apr 24, 2018 8:16 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner PhotoBoard of Education (BOE) Chair Michael Krause admitted last week that the BOE failed to monitor the absence of fire and safety drills in the Branford public school system for years. This will now change.

At a meeting of the BOE’s Communications Committee earlier this month, Krause updated parents and teachers on school safety issues that have arisen in the aftermath of the shootings at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February.

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Ducks to Reside on Unbuildable River Lot

by Diana Stricker | Apr 21, 2018 8:31 am | Comments (1)

Ducks and other wildlife are apparently the only ones who can make their homes on an “unbuildable” lot along the Branford River. A settlement has been reached between the neighbors and the property owner, who filed lawsuits when his attempts to build on the half-acre lot were denied by town boards.

Patricia and Stephen Small (pictured below), who have fought development on the adjacent lot for more than two years, attended a Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission meeting Thursday night when a unanimous vote was taken in support of the settlement.

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Students, Parents Voice School Security Concerns

by Sally E. Bahner | Mar 10, 2018 9:09 am | Comments (1)

Sally E. Bahner PhotoLocal school district and state policy require that fire drills be held at least once each month in each school building and reported to the superintendent’s office. Fire drill procedure is to be used in case of a bomb threat. All students, teachers, and employees are required to leave the building.

But fire drills are not a part of life in the Branford school district.

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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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