Migdalia Rivas was the lone abstention in a 7-0-1 vote to approve hiring Dr. Susan Marks as new Norwalk Public Schools Superintendent. Rivas, who has been on the BOE since 2007, objected to the process, in that hypocritical way, since she was on the BOE when the process was set in place. Can we say petty political pandering here? Yes, we can.
The end of Welfare. Ah, fiscal conservatives might mistakenly believe that the much maligned social safety net program has met its match. Alas, the link takes you to the Hour story on the death of one Shaquan Welfare, otherwise known as a player by the Norwalk Police Department. Police Chief Harry Rilling said not too long ago, that 90% of the crime in South Norwalk could be attributed to a handful of people, Welfare being one of them. Welfare died in a youth correctional facility, in what can only be described as unusual circumstances. Meanwhile, the Hour wraps the coverage of the alleged gun dealers in the usual “i’m pleading not guilty” story in court.
Don’t they know copper prices have fallen? Two guys got nabbed attempting to steal copper wiring from the old police station. Good work NPD.
Despite pleas for extra security at the Library, and the usual requests for more money in the education fund, the BET holds firm, and doesn’t change the operating budget from the $281 million presented a couple of weeks ago. The Common Council will get that final recommended BET approved operating budget next Tuesday, along with the final recomendations from the planning committee of the capital budget next Tuesday. Carvin Hilliard will attempt to raise the Cap to accommodate more money for the BOE. Perhaps Hilliard should take a look at any of the Stacey Lore stories and ask for the BOE to do a little forensic auditing of the Opdhal years of boondoggle-a-go-go, before asking to shovel more money their way.
Stamford meanwhile has cut $1.5 million from their operating budget, putting the knife to police overtime. They leave the Stamford BOE budget untouched. And what do all those office towers, luxury condos, mega retailopolises get you? $223.4 million for the Stamford BOE and $228 million for Stamford operating budget. Must be nice to have such a large grand list, and I point this out to the nattering nabobs of Norwalk negativity. The proposed Stamford tax increase? 2.6%. And for everyone who is afraid of eminent domain threats, tax abatements, and municipal bonds for infrastructure … Stamford invests in its downtown and succeeds in keeping its taxes low. Are you happy now?