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

by Keith M. Phaneuf | Feb 14, 2018 8:33 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 8:15 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 2:52 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 8:32 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 9:07 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 8:19 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 2:31 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 12:45 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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Walsh Renovation Budget Heads for Final State Review

by Sally E. Bahner | Nov 21, 2017 9:45 am

Sally E. Bahner PHotoThe Public Building Commission and the Board of Education met jointly recently to review the initial construction document budget for the $88.2 million renovation of the Walsh Intermediate School prior to submittal to the state.

Before the meeting, the Building Commission met in executive session to discuss the hiring of a “clerk of the works” for the Community House-Senior Center project and subsequently voted to recommend that the town enter into a contract with Arcadis, out of Middletown.

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