Connecticut diesel tax to rise 9 cents per gallon on July 1June 15, 2022 GMT
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's diesel tax will increase by 9 cents per gallon on July 1 after a scheduled rate adjustment released Wednesday by the state's tax office.
The tax, which is currently 40.1 cents per gallon, will increase to 49.2 cents per gallon, according to a letter from Revenue Services Commissioner Mark Boughton to top Democrats and Republicans on the General Assembly’s tax-writing committee and to his budget director.
John Oliver now has a sewage plant named after himOctober 19, 2020 GMT
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Comedian John Oliver made a secret trip to Connecticut last week to help cut the ribbon on a sign naming a sewage treatment plant in his honor...
Connecticut city OKs renaming sewage plant for John OliverOctober 9, 2020 GMT
It's official. Every time residents of Danbury, Connecticut, flush, they will be sending their special deliveries to the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant...
City won’t waste John Oliver’s donation, on 1 conditionSeptember 6, 2020 GMT
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut city won't waste an opportunity to get a sizeable donation from comedian John Oliver about a weeks-long joke pertaining to the name of a sewage plant in the area...
John Oliver: Name sewage plant for me, I’ll give to charityAugust 31, 2020 GMT
City naming sewage plant after John OliverAugust 23, 2020 GMT
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town's officials are showing comedian John Oliver what they think about his expletive-filled rant about their city — they're naming the local sewage treatment plant after him...
Former candidates detail the high cost of the governor’s primarySeptember 14, 2018 GMT
Greenwich hedge fund mogul David Stemerman ended his bid for governor with a hefty cushion — and a big check to himself.
He repaid himself $6.3 million of the $10 million loan he made to his campaign in June, the latest campaign finance reports show and receiving roughly half of the total $13 million he invested in his attempt to become governor.
Republican gubernatorial candidates assemble for debateAugust 7, 2018 GMT
FAIRFIELD — In one of their final head-to-head confrontations before next week’s primary, Republican candidates for governor on Monday night hit the stage before a packed auditorium at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts to make their penultimate pitches about the state’s economy.
DANBURY Storm cleanup to wrap upJuly 2, 2018 GMT
DANBURY — AshBritt contractors will descend on northern Danbury later this week to help clean up the trees and debris still leftover from the severe storms that tore through the area in mid May.
The much-needed cleanup help comes seven weeks after a macroburst killed two, damaged hundreds of homes and caused tens of millions of dollars in damage across Danbury, New Fairfield and Brookfield.
Convention cost Boughton $21KJune 5, 2018 GMT
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton put the “P” in party last month, spending a cool $21,000 for event rooms, food services and lodging at Foxwoods Resort & Casino, according to a supplementary filing with the State Elections Enforcement Commission.
DANBURY - Police had a person in custody after a report that someone with a long gun had walked into White Hall on the downtown campus of Western Connecticut State University.
White Hall had been evacuated and police were still arriving at the campus on White Street shortly before 12:30 p.m.
GOP candidates battle over debatesMay 30, 2018 GMT
The top three GOP candidates for governor spent Tuesday sparring over how they want to spend their summer.
Tim Herbst, the former Trumbull first selectman who picked up enough delegate votes to force a primary with Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, doubled down on his challenge of 10 debates in 10-ish weeks.
Water service restored in DanburyApril 25, 2018 GMT
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.
Malloy calls out senator as homophobeMarch 29, 2018 GMT
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.
Boughton’s doctors: Another seizure unlikelyMarch 28, 2018 GMT
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.
Boughton, his physicians, to meet with the press over his healthMarch 27, 2018 GMT
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.
Danbury hires ‘Pothole Killers’ to help patch roadsMarch 19, 2018 GMT
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.
Danbury mayor resting comfortably after collapse at eventMarch 16, 2018 GMT
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.
DANBURY — The Danbury Music Centre plans to take over the rest of the old Danbury Library on Main Street this spring to expand its office and rehearsal space in its historic downtown location.
The library is already home to the Marian Anderson Recital Hall upstairs and the music center used to share the first floor with the city’s social services departments.
Danbury school, city leaders to lobby legislature for more fundingFebruary 19, 2018 GMT
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.
Angered by mayor appointing a Republican to BOE seatJanuary 23, 2018 GMT
Full disclosure here, I’m a Democrat, but that fact has not spurred the writing of this letter. I wasn’t affiliated with any party when I was given the ability to vote back in 1984. As a matter of fact, despite my identifying with the Democratic Party and affiliating with it, I’ve always had the inclination to vote based on the person who I thought was best suited to hold the role I was voting for.
Danbury completes $300K renovation of Rogers ParkNovember 3, 2017 GMT
DANBURY - The city’s central park at the foot of downtown’s Main Street has been refreshed with a cleaned pond, trimmed trees, refinished bridges and new park furniture, among other improvements, according to a release.
Danbury mayoral candidates differ on immigration, acculturationOctober 28, 2017 GMT
DANBURY - A key difference between longtime GOP Mayor Mark Boughton and Democratic challenger Al Almeida is the degree of unity they believe they can create in the city one decade after immigration tensions pulled it apart.
Danbury Democrats tout ‘mosaic’ slateOctober 5, 2017 GMT
DANBURY - The city’s Democratic Party is hosting a Columbus Day meet-the-candidates event.
The Oct. 9 event, planned for 7:30 p.m. at Democratic headquarters, 161 Main St., will give voters a chance to meet a slate of candidates “that represent the mosaic that makes up our city.”
Danbury mayor praises volunteers, FD for relief response to storm-damaged Danbury, TexasSeptember 22, 2017 GMT
DANBURY - Ever since a tractor-trailer loaded with 36,000 pounds of good will from the Hat City rolled into flood-damaged Danbury, Texas, Mayor Mark Boughton has been getting notes of gratitude.
Danburians contributed 18 tons of food, bottled water and baby items to Danbury, Texas, a coastal city of 1,700 that was devastated by Hurricane Harvey.
Hundreds in Danbury without waterJuly 5, 2017 GMT
DANBURY - A water main break Wednesday near Lake Avenue has left hundreds of residents without water as crews with the city’s public works department works to resolve the problem.
Mayor Mark Boughton said several hundred customers are without water Wednesday morning as a result of the break, which officials conservatively estimate could take as much as six hours to repair.
DANBURY - City leaders will discuss next year’s municipal budget on Tuesday before voting on the $250 million spending plan.
The Republican-controlled City Council is expected to pass the 2017-18 budget, which carries a modest tax rate increase of 0.27 percent.
Conn. politicians: to block or not to block “mean Tweets”April 29, 2017 GMT
With the tap of a finger, Jim Himes banished the Twitter troll — her avatar being a Confederate flag — to purgatory.
The congressman blocked her; but not all “mean Tweets” are created equal.
Pull a George Carlin’s “seven dirty words,” that’ll get you blocked.
Boughton fundraiser gets $1 for every $4 donatedApril 12, 2017 GMT
The old adage goes, you have to spend money to make money — and Republican gubernatorial contender Mark Boughton seems to be a textbook case.
For every $4 the Danbury mayor has raised for his exploratory committee for statewide office in 2018, he has paid $1 to his fundraising consultant, a premium for a hired hand with no prior campaign experience in Connecticut.
Governor hopefuls scramble to meet fundraising quotasApril 6, 2017 GMT
The chase to $250,000 — the magic number for qualifying for millions in public election funds — is already testing the fundraising chops of a pack of gubernatorial hopefuls.
Name recognition isn’t necessarily an indicator of success.
Democrat to challenge Boughton for mayorMarch 22, 2017 GMT
DANBURY — An immigrant and decorated combat veteran announced plans Tuesday to lead the Democratic ticket in November and challenge GOP Mayor Mark Boughton for a ninth term.
Al Almeida, a veteran and investigator in the public defender’s office who has run twice for City Council, said he has spent his adult life serving the public.
Volunteer to give away moneyMarch 16, 2017 GMT
DANBURY — When the city distributes its $400,000 block grant to local social service groups, it wants to be sure that organizations get money based on merit, not lobbying.
So the city has turned over the bi-annual distribution of its block grant to the United Way of Western Connecticut, which in turn is recruiting volunteers to decide which groups receive grant money.
St. Joseph School in Brookfield to host auction galaMarch 7, 2017 GMT
BROOKFIELD - St. Joseph School hopes to raise $50,000 at its 26th annual auction gala Saturday evening.
Organizers expect a record number of nearly 300 guests, including Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, at the event, scheduled for 6 p.m.
Danbury mayor nominates insider to head city health departmentMarch 7, 2017 GMT
DANBURY - The City Council was expected to confirm an insider to be the next Director of Health.
Lisa-Michelle Morrissey, who has been acting health director since former health department head Scott LeRoy left for a position in Maryland in January, was expected to be confirmed Tuesday.
WEDDING: Nejame-MachadoFebruary 10, 2017 GMT
Brittany Nejame and Justin Machado of Danbury were married on Sept. 3, 2016, at The Waterview in Monroe.
Mayor Mark Boughton officiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Tom and Jacqueline Nejame.
Major crimes fall againFebruary 6, 2017 GMT
DANBURY - Major crime in the city dropped 9.6 percent in 2016 over the previous year, according to police department records.
The statistics reinforced Danbury’s reputation for low crime rates, which have helped it win the ranking as safest city in Connecticut three times since 2009.
Decrepit Danbury apartments finally razedFebruary 4, 2017 GMT
DANBURY - A block of dilapidated apartment buildings known to residents as “The Barracks” has been torn down.
Mayor Mark Boughton said Friday that eventual replacement of the boxy wooden buildings on Town Hill Avenue could have profound impacts on the neighborhood.
Danbury’s Mark Boughton writes in dog’s name for presidentNovember 8, 2016 GMT
DANBURY - A likely 2018 Connecticut gubernatorial candidate who has expressed unease about his party’s nomination of Donald Trump took to Instagram Tuesday morning to say that he’d written in the name of his dog, Ellie Mae, for president.
A good day to go the extra mile in DanburyNovember 1, 2016 GMT
DANBURY - It’s always a good day to be engaged in volunteer service, but Tuesday is a day to go all out for the common good, the mayor says.
“I...do hereby recognize Nov. 1, 2016, as Extra Mile Day, and encourage our citizens to be active, committed and engaged in volunteerism and service,” Mayor Mark Boughton wrote in a proclamation.
WCSU dispatches students, staff for annual day of service in DanburySeptember 23, 2016 GMT
DANBURY - Students, faculty and staff at Western Connecticut State University were dispatched for a day of volunteering Friday during for the school’s third annual day of service.
Volunteers partner with a community organization and sign up for work ranging from weeding trails and serving food to tagging books and picking up trash, the university said.