Woman whose son died in police shooting to sue city
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A lawyer for the Connecticut woman injured when police shot and killed her son has filed notice of intent to sue the city of Danbury.
College lifts shelter order after report of gunman on campus
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Authorities have lifted a shelter-in-place order at Western Connecticut State University that was triggered by a report of a man with a long gun.
There were no reports of gunshots or injuries. The university tweeted Tuesday afternoon that police were continuing to investigate but "the campus has been declared safe."
In upset, Stefanowski wins GOP nod for Connecticut governor
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Bob Stefanowski, a former GE executive who pitched himself to voters as Bob the Rebuilder, won Tuesday's Republican primary for Connecticut governor in an upset and will face a fellow wealthy businessman, Democrat Ned Lamont, in November.
GOP governor candidates doubt state will outlaw abortion
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — The five Republican candidates for Connecticut governor are talking about abortion, albeit reluctantly.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, the endorsed candidate in Tuesday's primary, said at a WBSB-TV debate Wednesday that he personally opposes abortion but believes "government should not get between a woman and her doctor."
Westport tech entrepreneur Steve Obsitnik says he shares the same view.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Obsitnik (ob-SIT-nik) has finally received public campaign financing for the Aug. 14 primary.
Connecticut's Elections Enforcement Commission on Wednesday approved a $1.35 million grant for the Westport tech entrepreneur. The funding has been delayed amid an investigation into possible campaign finance violations.
Obsitnik campaign manager Dan Debicella says he wishes the process was faster but is "pleased with the outcome."
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Republican governor candidates are pushing proposals to eliminate or scale back Connecticut's income tax.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton on Monday released a 31-page plan Monday that includes phasing out the personal income tax over 10 years. He says there will be $381 million in reductions in the first year.
Boughton, the Republican Party's endorsed candidate, faces four challengers in the Aug. 14 primary.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two more names will be on the ballot for governor when Connecticut voters turn out for the primaries in August.
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, a Democrat, and former hedge fund manager David Stemerman, a Republican, each gathered enough signatures through petition drives to compete in the primaries.
The office of the secretary of the state says both will be on ballots for the Aug. 14 primaries.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut businessman Bob Stefanowski has qualified to participate in this summer's Republican primary for governor.
The Secretary of the State's Office confirmed Monday that 10,951 primary petition signatures have been tabulated for Stefanowski. He needed 9,081 to appear on the Aug. 14 primary ballot.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Republican candidates for Connecticut governor are facing off in a primary debate.
The Connecticut Association of Realtors and WTNH News 8 are hosting the event on Monday. It will be held in the Shubert Theatre in New Haven. Approximately 1,000 Realtors and their guests will be on hand.
The event will be aired live on WCTX, which is also known as MyTV9, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Four major party candidates for Connecticut governor each showed their congenial side on Thursday night, in the early days of a highly contested election that's likely to become heated in the coming months.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Secretary of the State's office has begun tabulating signatures collected by potential Connecticut governor candidates trying to petition their way onto the August 14 primary ballot.
Late Monday, the office reported 381 signatures for Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, who hopes to challenge Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont, the Democratic Party's endorsed candidate. Ganim needs roughly 15,500 signatures from registered Democrats.
Lockdown at Danbury university lifted
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Police officials at Western Connecticut State University are giving the all clear.
The school was locked down as police investigated an unconfirmed report of a person on campus with a gun.
School officials say the report was a misunderstanding that turned out to be an employee with a microphone stand.
NEW YORK (AP) — Powerful storms pounded the Northeast on Tuesday with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least two people dead and hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses without power.
In Connecticut, a man was killed when a tree fell on his truck, according to Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton. A teenager also suffered serious injuries when he was hit by the roof of a dugout on a baseball field, Boughton said.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — Danbury Mayor Boughton, a Republican known for political success in a Democratic city, narrowly received the Connecticut GOP's endorsement for governor on Saturday.
DANBURY - Officials said Thursday that the boiling advisory may be lifted later this afternoon while crews continue repairs on the broken water main.
Mayor Mark Boughton said around 9:30 a.m. Thursday that they’ve received positive test results from the water system and are awaiting the green light from state officials to lift the boiling advisory. For the meantime, the advisory remains in effect and residents are advised not to use tap water for cooking, drinking or washing their hands.
DANBURY - Officials reported Wednesday that water service has been restored to the entire city but a boiling advisory remains in effect.
Mayor Mark Boughton tweeted early Wednesday that while service has been restored following a major water main break that impacted thousands of residents on the city’s east side, some precautions remain in effect.
Boughton advised residents to boil water before personal use. Showering with the city water is safe, however.
Weeks ahead of the Republican Convention, candidates are rolling out endorsements right and left. Here are some of the endorsements we’ve heard about:
- Connecticut PostTwo GOP sightings on Stop & Shop picket linesApril 15, 2019
- The News-TimesCampaign cash rolling in for Danbury mayoral raceApril 14, 2019
- The News-TimesDanbury’s Uncle Sam has a new homeApril 11, 2019
- The News-TimesDanbury looks for faster train to New York CityApril 10, 2019
- The News-TimesTim Smith named Danbury deputy fire marshalApril 3, 2019
DANBURY - A water main break has closed Broadview Middle School on Tuesday.
Mayor Mark Boughton tweeted early Tuesday morning, “We have a very large water main break on Tamarack Ave. The break impacts Broadview Middle School. Therefore school is canceled for Broadview Middle School for 4/24.”
Danbury public school leaders, teachers worry about mayor’s budget proposal
DANBURY — Public school officials are reevaluating after learning they likely will receive slightly less money than they requested in next year’s city budget.
Mayor Mark Boughton’s proposed $257 million budget for 2018-19, unveiled at the City Council meeting Tuesday night, includes $132.7 million for Danbury city schools.
DANBURY — Mayor Mark Boughton has proposed lowering Danbury’s property tax rate, even as city spending is expected to increase slightly in the next annual budget.
The unlikely combination follows a more than 8.5 percent increase in the city’s tax base last year after a city revaluation — completed every five years — cataloged growing property values, especially of highly sought-after apartment buildings.
In the minutes after the rejection of Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald’s bid to become chief justice, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy condemned opposition lawmakers, both Democrats and Republicans, for politicizing the normal process of judicial appointments.
Almost two weeks after Mark Boughton, the Danbury mayor and Republican candidate for governor, collapsed from an apparent seizure at a campaign event, his doctors have given him the all clear to continue with his campaign so long as he listens to their advice from here on out.
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — Two physicians who treat Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said Wednesday the Republican gubernatorial candidate is in good health, blaming a recent collapse at a political event on dehydration and his failure to take prescribed anti-seizure medication.
"He's fine," said Dr. Robert Friedlander, Boughton's neurosurgeon at the University of Pittsburgh who removed a noncancerous tumor from the politician's brain last year.
Almost two weeks after Mark Boughton, the Danbury mayor and Republican candidate for governor, collapsed from an apparent seizure at a campaign event, he’s waiving his right to privacy and bringing his doctors to the table for a press conference.
Rep. Prasad Srinivasan, R-Glastonbury, another GOP gubernatorial hopeful who is now best known for providing heart compression during Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton’s seizure and collapse last week from what his doctors said was dehydration, seems to have become inspired by the incident.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton doesn’t remember whether he took his anti-seizure medication last week, hours before he collapsed, convulsing, on the floor of a Republican Party event in Avon.
“It was a seizure brought on from dehydration,” Boughton said Monday, clarifying statements he and UConn Medical Center made Friday that attributed his collapse to dehydration alone, despite an apparent seizure witnessed and graphically described by several people.
WEST HARTFORD — Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton climbed back into the campaign saddle on Monday night, giving a hug to the opponent who helped treat him after collapsing with a seizure during another event last week.
Boughton and state Rep. Prasad Srinivasan of Glastonbury, another GOP gubernatorial hopeful, briefly embraced and exchanged a greeting at the start of a candidate forum with the local Republican Town Committee.
DANBURY — The city has hired Patch Management Inc. to fill potholes on city roads over the next two weeks after the damage to streets from almost two dozen winter storms this season.
The self-proclaimed “Pothole Killers” use a truck-mounted spraying machine to fill pothole after pothole with a temporary fix without ever leaving the truck.
The city hired the group last year to much success, Mayor Mark Boughton said.
Erin Stewart, New Britain’s Republican millennial mayor, took to Facebook live Monday to officially announce a run for Governor.
Stewart, 30, first announced she was exploring a run for governor in January, further congesting a male-dominated field that could eventually pit the mayors of Bridgeport, Hartford, Danbury, Shelton and, now New Britain, against each other.
Mayor makes first public appearance since collapse
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Republican candidate for Connecticut governor has made his first public appearance since collapsing at a meet-and-greet event.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton attended an Irish flag raising at Danbury City Hall Saturday afternoon for St. Patrick's Day. Boughton gave a short speech, saying he plans to rest Sunday and return to his campaign Monday.
DANBURY — The city’s longtime mayor and gubernatorial candidate Mark Boughton made his first public appearance Saturday at a flag raising after he was hospitalized earlier in the week for dehydration.
Boughton was present for the raising of the Irish flag at Danbury City Hall on Saturday afternoon and even gave a brief speech. The mayor, currently serving his ninth consecutive term, said Friday he plans to rest on Sunday and return to work on Monday.
HARTFORD IRDDanbury Mayor Mark Boughton’s dramatic collapse in front of 200 Republicans has thrust a giant question mark over his candidacy for governor.
Even if it was caused by a simple case of dehydration, as his campaign reported on Friday, the eight-term mayor’s health has become an election issue, seven months after the removal of a benign brain tumor.
FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) — A Republican contender for Connecticut governor who collapsed at a meet-and-greet event has been released from a hospital.
UConn Health officials say Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton was discharged from the Farmington medical center Friday after being treated for dehydration.
No additional details of his condition have been released. Representatives for Boughton declined to discuss his condition.
DANBURY - Mayor Mark Boughton’s collapse during a Republican gubernatorial candidates’ event Thursday was due to dehydration, and was not thought to be related to the 54-year-old’s brain surgery last year, a Danbury official said.
“They did all the tests and they felt late last night that it was a hydration issue,” said Danbury City Council President Joseph Cavo, who was with Boughton at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. “Neurologically everything seems fine.”
AVON — Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton was resting comfortably Thursday evening after he collapsed during a Republican meet-and-greet event in Avon.
Boughton “fell ill” during the event, his campaign manager Marc Dillon said in a news release. He collapsed during the Republican event and was apparently in stable condition after receiving CPR.
He’s resting comfortably in University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Dillon said around 10 p.m. Thursday.
DANBURY — The Danbury Education Foundation has awarded more than $10,000 to fund five Classroom Excellence Grants for local teachers’ projects and classroom improvements.
State Sen. Michael McLachlan presented the awards and winning projects before the school board at a recent meeting.
The third major winter storm this month dumped nearly a foot of snow in several Danbury-area towns on Tuesday, but still didn’t have quite the same impact as last week’s nor’easter.
While last Wednesday’s snowfall stuck to roads, wires and trees, leading to slippery roads and power outages throughout the region, Tuesday’s snowflakes quickly melted or were cleared away.
Towns reported few accidents and road closures and Eversource’s outage maps were not nearly as colorful as last week.
It was the perfect storm for Danbury mayor and governor hopeful Mark Boughton, who got the kind of publicity money couldn’t buy during Wednesday’s nor’easter.
His two minutes of fame came during a guest appearance alongside celebrity Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore at the time most of Connecticut, if not the nation, was tuned in to The Weather Channel to see the forecast for the second major storm in less than a week.
TORRINGTON — Susan Bysiewicz, the former three-term secretary of the state and Democratic House member from Middletown, claims that a poll she commissioned indicates she alone can defeat potential Republican gubernatorial hopefuls Tim Herbst of Trumbull and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.
DANBURY — Road and sidewalk improvements, especially in downtown, will take top billing in Danbury’s newest capital improvement plan.
The plan includes almost $10.6 million for 50 scheduled general government projects on the constantly growing to-do list for the city’s 18 departments.
The list is reviewed each year by the city’s top officials and is incorporated into the overall city budget each spring.
DANBURY — School board members lobbied their City Council counterparts at a special meeting Wednesday night to fully fund the school district’s proposed $135 million budget for next year.
But a half-dozen council members suggested the planned $7 million increase in the school budget is simply too high to fund entirely.
DANBURY — School officials and legislators are plotting new ways to exert pressure in the capital and potentially squeeze more money for public schools from the ailing state budget.
School administrators, Mayor Mark Boughton and members of the legislative delegation met last week in Hartford to hash out a plan to improve — or at least protect — the share of state funds directed to Danbury classrooms and teachers.
DANBURY — School board and City Council members will hold a special budget workshop Wednesday evening to discuss the district’s proposed $7 million cost increases for next year.
The uncommon joint meeting was proposed by school board members who want to plead their case for a $135 million budget — a 5.5 percent increase — amid their expectations the council will grant them only a fraction of the requested increase, if any.
As of the 2016-2017 school year, Danbury spends $12,742 per student, giving us the esteemed privilege of being ranked 169 out of 169 districts in Connecticut.
DANBURY — A budget battle is brewing between public school leaders and City Hall over the district's proposed $7 million budget increase for the coming year.
School board members argue that the 5.5 percent bump requested is the minimum amount necessary to maintain status quo at local schools amid repeated state funding cuts — let alone improve or expand services for students in the fastest-growing district in the state.
DANBURY — Off-track betting operator Sportech has withdrawn its application to open a parlor at Two Steps Downtown Grille in downtown Danbury, Mayor Mark Boughton announced Tuesday night.
The company and restaurant owner Tom Devine's proposal had been scheduled for a final vote of approval at the City Council's monthly meeting Tuesday night, but Boughton announced the abrupt change of plans moments before the meeting began at 7:30 p.m.
DANBURY - A former police officer fired five years ago for berating an undocumented immigrant during a traffic stop is trying to get his job back, but the city is fighting the effort.
Christopher Belair, a five-year veteran of the force, was fired in June 2013 after video surfaced showing him yelling at the driver and threatening, "If there weren't four other cops here, I'd beat the s--- out of you."
DANBURY — Mayor Mark Boughton appeared in a commercial that aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday night.
In the ad for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Boughton explains how he was connected to the center for a highly specialized surgery after doctors discovered last July that he had a benign tumor inside his brain.
Danbury City Council to consider three-year extension of fire, city staff contracts
DANBURY — The Danbury City Council is expected to vote Tuesday to extend collective bargaining agreements that provide three consecutive annual raises to city hall and fire department employees.
The agreements will extend the two contracts, which expired last summer, through July 2020 and provide 2.75 percent raises each year for those union-represented employees, according to city documents.