Why is no one offended by a Sixth Taxing District official using property of the Sixth Taxing District volunteer fire department?
This is the same guy who slandered a former school department official by revealing personal medical information about the guy (and he was dead wrong about what he said).
I'm not a huge believer that Norwalk needs its own young Chris Wallace. But I'm thankful that Dave McCarthy has the chutzpah to hold the Rowayton Untouchable accountable. View Comment
Jaconnor- you have at least one member of the Dem team who SUPPORTS SHFTING THE BURDEN OF PROOF IN SPECIAL ED CASES TO PARENTS! That's Mike Barbis, ladies and gentleman-- a guy who thinks it's ok for a parent with a special ed kid to have to hire lots of experts to fight a plan that doesn't meet a special ed child's needs.
By the by, I didn't hear a peep from any of the Dems on the Board arguing against that nonsense-- only Kassimis and Colarossi spoke to support us parents and vowed to fight any change that would make it tougher for parents to protect their kids.
And, surprise, surprise-- they're Republicans-- you know, the party that's been fighting for parents and kids since we elected them to the majority.
Tim T- the Dems gave us 10 years of Sal Corda- including a final contract renewal that was done in secret! Yeah! That's leadership.
Under the Dems leadership, we were placed under STATE SUPERVISION-- and our school administration was criticized in a large report (the Cambridge Report). Under the Dems "leadership", there was no oversight over the Superintendent.
Woo-hoo---- let's get four more years of that "leadership".
If you have such a problem with the Republican leadership on the Board of Education, tell me ONE budget choice they made that you'd disagree with (we won't trouble you to come up with one of their alternatives). I know-- it was wrong that they found the money to save high school freshman sports, or it was shortsighted when they saved aides in the elementary school classrooms?
Sweet heavens, JAconnor, but can't you come up with some better material-- seriously. You're supporting a good guy (not one that I'd vote for, but that's ok), so you really need to talk about his ideas (like letting lawyers run tabs for work done at the town clerk's office and then getting billed).
I don't see Dave throwing mud, so I don't think you should either.
As for Ms. S.-- Doesn't Dave's campaign filings list someone by the same name as one of his asst. campaign officers. Needless to say, I was shocked when you wrote that you hadn't made up your mind who you were supporing. Seriously, what's up with that?
Had to chuckle about the Board of Ed comments-- in Dist. A, an incumbent with a very long history is challenged by an upstart wtih fresh ideas. But the incumbent, Rosa Murray, is a Dem, and the fresh-idea guy is a Republican. Good to see the Dem At-Large group is breaking ranks and supporting an Republican for BoE. View Comment
Moccia has had some bonehead hires- no doubt. He's also had some good ones. I happen to think Tom Hamilton is a great finance guy and I think the Planning Dept. is top flight. I love his developing an early childhood liason program- he gets lots of goodwill credit for that one.
Revitalization has been proceeding----- Waypointe was tweaked so that it's doable, schools have been improved. I think West Main hasn't been improved fast enough however. The prob is that Andy doesn't have a plan to get those better developers here in Norwalk-- except forcing them to hire kids.
Forcing businesses to hire local kids will deter businesses from coming to Norwalk. It's an added cost- it's just that simple.
When I read insults like yours that aren't quite sophistry but could pass for being sophomoric if only they included references to bodily fluids, I figure that even a nice guy like Andy G. can have a few people like you as supporters. View Comment
Great letter- - maybe it could use a few tweaks, maybe some accurate facts, you get the point . . .
The BoE budget accounts for a little over 1/2 of the city budget. That's still a lot of moolah, but it's not 2/3.
The staff reports to the superintendent. The superintendent reports to the BoE. It's really that simple. If staff isn't held accountable, it's on the superintendent.
The superintendent has not been effective. She pushed the calendar changes WITHOUT CONSULTING WITH A SINGLE VETERANS' GROUP! She presented a budget in January that was atrocious (remember, her idea was to cut the swim team and the school to career program). She then came up with different cut lists. Then changed her mind right before the budget vote. That's not leadership, is it?
It is irrelevant what some union wag wants to complain about-- the superintendent is the boss of the staff. If they are insubordinate, there must be consequences. But, there are not.
The silliest argument is the BoE should do nothing because they hired the superintendent. Guess, no one whose ever been fired was hired in the first place. Yeah, you see the point-------
Voters can make a difference-- refuse to vote for a RedApple, vote for the people who will be loyal to the citizens first and foremost. View Comment
I guess with Andy's nationwide search for the new police chief he'll also be able to find "experts" to lead what he must think are the "amateur" planning department and Norwalk Redevelopment Authority.
Of course, the genuis of that "idea" pales in comparison to putting up more barriers to bringing in new businesses by forcing them to hire high school kids! That'll really create more job opportunities for their parents. View Comment
It's nice to see friendship is alive and well in Norwalk politics--- Andy supports his friend Dave Jaeger and Steve is out there helping his old friend Rick (friends from East Norwalk tell me that they are very close friends as well and that Rick was an usher in Steve's wedding).
I like Andy and Steve, but, no offense boys, but I think I'll be making my choice for town clerk on my own research.
Jaeger's "ideas" like letting lawyers run tabs in the town clerk's office don't seem like they'd help taxpayers and his thought about 2-day elections will only cost us money. Well intentioned, but a little naive & expensive, if you ask me.
On the other hand, I like Rick's track record- he seems to have the best interests of the whole city at heart. Any guy who can serve on the Common Council for 16 years and not make enemies has got to be doing something right.
Seligson owned that entire block for years and it was ALWAYS included in the Waypointe plan. The Hour covered the story about the different tenants at last month's groundbreaking.
When will The Daily Norwalk officially change it's name to The Daily Norwalk Democrat Newsletter? View Comment
Here's a sampling of the Best-of Lisa B. Thompson from her RedApples site. Hardly seems like the stuff you'd expect from a self-appointed "civility" expert:
"I have sat in DDDMT meetings for 3 years and listened to the non-sense about SRBI "-- calling data-driven teaching strategies "nonsense" hardly seems civil.
"There are about 10 individuals in this district that are wreaking havoc in the sandbox, throwing sand in the face of the most simple of reforms. " Vague accusations about unnamed people hardly seems civil-- after all, how can they defend themselves.
"Why is it the Superintendent the only NPS employee whose evaluation is made public? Where are the evaluations for the other 1400 employees in this district?" Asking questions for which she should know the answer (state law says that the only school district employee whose evaluation can be made public is the superintendent), which creates a FALSE IMPRESSION hardly seems civil.
For the other "Civility" Maverick, go to Jackie Lightfield's website (yourct.com). Search for the "uncivil" term of your choice-- my faves are "clowns", "stupid" and "lunancy" and the artful way Jackie "Turfgirl" Lightfield incorporates them into her critiques of many, including the common council.
The Moccia article has a 100% misleading headline- it offers no context. When you see the slant of lots of articles that clearly favor Democrat candidates, it's no wonder that an article about the Mayor would have the same taint. The Daily Norwalk, I guess, can't help itself. View Comment
I happen to like Nora and Mike Barbis. I just don't like how they are trying to use the superintendent's personal problems for political reasons.
They claim to have better information than the BoE Chairman or the Mayor.
Either a confidant of Supt. Marks betrayed her trust and blabbed to them, or they are such great students of body language that they know more than anyone else about the superintendent's future plans. Whichever way you look at it, it's not really the stuff that public officials should use for splashy press releases.
The last thing we need on the BoE is a press hound. View Comment