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Derby Election 2017

DiCenso: Derby Mayor Is Not Transparent

by Carmen DiCenso | Guest Column | Aug 15, 2017 3:26 pm | Comments (0)

As an elected official, nothing is more important to the taxpayers and voters of Derby than transparency. Saying that you are transparent and actually being transparent are two very different things. While the mayor likes to use the word “transparency,” City Hall could not be operating any further from its definition.

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Guest Column: Mayor Dugatto On The Right Track

by Samantha Burgan | GUEST COLUMN | Aug 15, 2017 3:12 pm | Comments (0)

As a relative newcomer to Derby (2010), I am not “in” the local politics. I don’t personally know any Aldermen. Like every homeowner, though, I do have an interest in improving the economics, the safety, and the beauty of this city.

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DiCenso: Mayor Dugatto Is Not Following The Rules

by Carmen DiCenso | GUEST COLUMN | Aug 4, 2017 4:25 pm | Comments (0)

Rich Dziekan and Sam Pollastro have been attempting to tie me to Anita Dugatto’s record as mayor over the past four years, but Mayor Dugatto’s record is exactly why I have chosen to run for mayor and get Derby City Hall back on track.

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Carmen DiCenso Qualifies For Democratic Primary In Derby

by STAFF | Aug 4, 2017 1:47 pm | Comments (0)

Carmen DiCenso has collected enough signatures to qualify for the September Democratic primary, according to a post on his campaign’s Facebook page.

DiCenso, the president of the Derby Board of Aldermen, is challenging two-term incumbent Mayor Anita Dugatto for the Democratic line on the November ballot.

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Dugatto, Dziekan Carve Out Different Takes On Route 34 Widening Project

by Eugene Driscoll | Jul 31, 2017 7:58 pm | Comments (0)

Google Map The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments published a 7-page memo July 25 updating the status of the long-planned Route 34/Main Street widening project through Derby.

The project previously had a start date of early 2018, but the start date was pushed back because of changes to the road’s design plan requested by Derby City Hall.

Right now there is no solid start date for the road work, according to Mark Nielsen, NVCOG’s director of planning and assistant director.

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Dziekan: I’m Not Hard To Find

by Rich Dziekan | Jul 25, 2017 4:38 pm | Comments (0)

I resent the implication that I took a job in Ansonia for the money. I took the job because it was an opportunity for me to gain experience in a functional city hall setting.

I plan to use that experience to my advantage moving forward. I have always had the best interest of Derby in mind.

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Dugatto Qualifies For September’s Democratic Primary

by Eugene Driscoll | Jul 25, 2017 4:03 pm | Comments (0)

Mayor Anita Dugatto’s re-election campaign announced Tuesday they had collected more than enough signatures to qualify for the Democratic Party’s primary in September.

Dugatto’s supporters collected 160 signatures by 9 a.m. Monday, according to Andrew McIndoo, her campaign manager. She needed 117 signatures to qualify for the primary, which is scheduled for Sept. 12.

“It took us only the weekend to get it done,” he said.

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by STAFF | Jul 24, 2017 5:36 pm | Comments (0)

Today, on a very special episode of “Navel Gazing: The Valley Indy Podcast,” two bleary-eyed reporters, Eugene Driscoll and Ethan Fry, give you a behind-the-scenes look at political nominating conventions in Ansonia and Derby.

Press play below to listen!

The music in this episode is courtesy of The Bad Slugs, a bunch of Connecticut journalists who started a band.


Where Have You Been Rich Dziekan?

by Carmen DiCenso | GUEST COLUMN | Jul 24, 2017 3:50 pm | Comments (0)

After narrowly losing his bid to become Derby’s mayor in 2015 to Anita Dugatto, as president of the Board of Aldermen, I personally suggested to Rich Dziekan to consider filling a vacant seat to serve Derby’s WPCA. Surprisingly, Rich declined this opportunity to serve the city he was hoping to lead.

Instead, Rich Dziekan crossed Division Street and accepted a position to work in Ansonia City Hall only two weeks after losing the 2015 election. When accepting Mayor Cassetti’s offer to work in Ansonia, Dziekan said, “I’m going to be working side by side with the mayor of Ansonia.”

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Actually, Members Of Both Political Parties In Derby Voted To Approve 2016 Tax Hike

by Eugene Driscoll | Jul 24, 2017 3:48 pm | Comments (0)

Less than 24 hours after nominating a slate of candidates for this year’s municipal election, the Derby Republicans went on the attack Thursday in form of a 429-word letter from town committee chairman Sam Pollastro.

In the letter Pollastro points to a “whopping” 10 percent increase to the Derby the tax rate in 2016, saying high taxes in the city are a real impediment to business development.

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