Democratic Town Committee to hold caucus

The Easton Democratic Town Committee will hold a caucus on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the community room at the Easton Public Library. The purpose of the caucus is to select party-endorsed candidates for the town committee. Nominations will be accepted between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Voting, if necessary, will begin at 8 p.m. Residents interested in serving on the Easton Democratic Town Committee may attend the caucus or send an application with a proxy. Applications may be obtained by emailing Adam Halberg, [email protected] The primary date for the election of town committee members is March 6.

Easton legislators confront new state budget deficit

State Sen. Tony Hwang, R-28, and state Rep. Adam Dunsby, R-135, addressed a new state budget deficit at a forum at the Easton Public Library community room. — Nancy Doniger photo

Underfunded teacher pensions, lucrative state union contracts, declining population, regionalization, and attracting young people to stay in Connecticut were among the subjects raised at a budget forum held by Easton’s delegation to the Connecticut General Assembly. State Sen. Tony Hwang, R-28, and state Rep. Adam Dunsby, R-135, invited residents to the Easton Public Library community room on Monday, Dec. 18, to discuss the contents of the recently adopted state budget and the implications for the local community. Residents in attendance expressed their worries about the state’s continuing budget woes and the impact on local taxes. The fact that state lawmakers … Read more

Resident asks Dunsby to address sexual misconduct claims against Roy Moore

Easton resident Ann Hughes, far right, near door, shined the national spotlight on sexual harassment and abuse to the local level at the Dec. 7 Board of Selectmen meeting. — Nancy Doniger photo

In politics, “everything is local” is a popular phrase that is often articulated as fact. The current conversation on sexual misconduct by powerful male leaders transcends boundaries and has brought what’s local into national perspective, and vice versa. Easton resident Ann Hughes shined the national spotlight on sexual harassment and abuse to the local level at the Dec. 7 Board of Selectmen meeting. She stood up and addressed First Selectman Adam Dunsby, a Republican, who is also state representative of Connecticut’s 135th Congressional District, during the public comment portion of the meeting. Hughes asked Dunsby, as a state and local … Read more

Herbst calls for infrastructure improvements, capital punishment at first GOP candidate debate

Casino gambling, gun laws. marijuana and the immigration status of the participants took center stage in Windsor Wednesday night as Republican candidates for governor squared off in their first debate. The event, hosted by Fox 61’s Jenn Bernstein and the Hartford Courant’s Chris Keating, was held at Windsor High School and streamed live on Facebook. Watch the debate here. The next debate is scheduled for January. Six candidates attended the debate, former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, Stamford Director of Administration Mike Handler, State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan, former U.S. Comptroller General Dave Walker, attorney Peter Lumaj, and tech consultant Steve … Read more

State comptroller projects $207.8-million deficit

State Comptroller Kevin Lembo at the Betty Hill Forum in Weston. — Margaret Wirtenberg photo

The state of Connecticut’s comptroller, Kevin Lembo, has projected that the state is headed for a $207.8-million deficit for fiscal year 2018 — an amount that triggers a state requirement that the governor submit a deficit mitigation plan to the legislature because it exceeds 1% of the state’s total net general fund appropriations. In a letter to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lembo reported a deficit that is close to, but slightly higher than, a deficit reported last month by the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) because Lembo said he expects a larger $20-million deficiency in the state’s adjudicated claims … Read more

Protecting the environment in the Trump era

Dan Esty, former state environmental protection commissioner and a Yale professor, speaks to the Aspetuck Land Trust about the Trump administration’s impact on environmental policies. — Brad Durrell photo

Local organizations and activists must play “a much bigger role” in protecting the environment because of policy changes in Washington and the financial limitations of federal, state and local governments. “You must do more. It is time to step up,” former state Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty told an Aspetuck Land Trust (ALT) gathering on Nov. 15. Describing it as “an incredibly challenging moment” for environmentalists, Esty said people volunteering their time and donating money at the local level “does make a difference.” Esty spoke on “Environmental Protection in the Trump Era: What’s Next?” as part of ALT’s … Read more

Himes to address District 4 constituents on Nov. 7 election results

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4, will speak with constituents about the political environment in Washington, D.C., results of the Nov. 7 election and issues of importance to the 4th District. The Congressman will speak at Indivisible Connecticut’s (ICT4’s) general meeting on Tues., Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church of Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport. This will be Himes’ first public speaking engagement in his home district since the Nov. 7 election. He will draw on his nine years of experience representing Connecticut’s 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives to share his views on the … Read more

LETTER: Election was good for democracy in Easton

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: Thank you to those voters who turned out on Nov. 7 for Easton’s municipal elections. The weather was poor, and there was only one contested race, yet over 1,200 people exercised their franchise and took the time to vote. I am looking forward to serving my tenth term on the Board of Selectmen. Thank you for the opportunity and privilege to serve. Congratulations to everyone who ran and thank you for your service to our town. I offer special congratulations to Maureen Williams, our new Region 9 Board of Education representative, who won the contested race running … Read more

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