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Derby Police Officer Resigns

by Ethan Fry | Jan 30, 2018 4:37 am | Comments (0)

ethan fry photo A Derby police officer resigned from the force Monday after a three-hour, closed-door hearing before the city’s Police Commission.

Officer Jordan Gochros had been suspended without pay since last August, when New Haven police charged him with three misdemeanors in connection to a domestic incident during which he allegedly hit a woman.

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Open Government Pop Quiz!

by STAFF | Dec 13, 2017 4:23 pm | Comments (0)

On this very special episode of “Navel Gazing: The Valley Indy Podcast,” reporters Ethan Fry and Eugene Driscoll quiz Thomas Hennick on the ins and outs of the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

Click play to listen!

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Ansonia Officials Revise Campaign Finance Info

by Ethan Fry | Aug 28, 2017 7:16 pm | Comments (0)

Officials with both major political parties in Ansonia re-filed campaign financing reports after the Valley Indy pointed out they had submitted incomplete documents.

Mayor David Cassetti’s campaign did not include some information about two fundraisers it held in its latest round of disclosures. And Democrats didn’t submit some of their donors’ employment information, a violation of state law.

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Derby Police Commission Wants Lawyer’s Report On Chief Kept Under Wraps

by Ethan Fry | Jul 26, 2017 9:02 pm | Comments (0)

Derby’s Police Commission will go to court to keep the public from seeing a lawyer’s report detailing an investigation of a citizen’s complaint made against the police chief.

The state’s Freedom of Information Commission voted unanimously last month to order the city to release the document after determining it was a public document.

But the police commission — a three-member civilian oversight board — voted at a meeting July 10 to appeal the FOI Commission’s ruling, which could put the issue in front of a judge.

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Update: Derby Housing Authority Weighs Options

by Eugene Driscoll | Jun 30, 2017 8:31 am | Comments (0)

The Derby Housing Authority commission formally accepted the resignation of its executive director during a meeting in Derby City Hall Thursday.

The commission then voted to put executive director Steven Nakano on paid administrative leave until Aug. 28.

Nakano has already accepted a job offer to become the executive director of the Ansonia Housing Authority.

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CHFA Breaks Its Silence On Derby Housing Authority Money Problems

by Eugene Driscoll | Jun 29, 2017 1:25 pm | Comments (0)

A spokeswoman for the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority said her agency is working with the Derby Housing Authority to come up with a plan that will see the authority pay back more than $430,000.

It’s the first time anyone from the CHFA has publicly commented on the issue and clarified its role in the situation.

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Update: Former Derby Housing Honcho Hired In Ansonia

by STAFF | Jun 29, 2017 10:43 am | Comments (0)

PHOTO: Eugene Driscoll Steven Nakano, the executive director of the Derby Housing Authority, resigned his position to take the same job in Ansonia, according to a press release issued Thursday.

The press release from the Ansonia Housing Authority did not include Nakano’s salary information.

The Ansonia Housing Authority’s interim executive director would not release the information. The Valley Indy was referred to the Ansonia housing commission’s chairman for salary info, who said Friday that Nakano will not start work in Ansonia until the end of August and that his salary is still being negotiated.

“When we know the exact amount I’ll certainly pass that long,” the chairman, James Prestiano, said.

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Ansonia Mayor’s Campaign Corrects Disclosure Blunder

by Ethan Fry | Jun 26, 2017 6:48 am | Comments (0)

Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti’s re-election campaign failed to disclose that $4,000 in contributions to the mayor’s run came from people affiliated with a company that does business with the city.

The donations themselves are not prohibited, but the campaign didn’t check the correct box on election forms disclosing that the donors are connected to one of the city’s contractors — Prime AE, an engineering and architectural firm.

Corrected paperwork was submitted less than 24 hours after the Valley Indy asked the mayor about the donations.

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Derby Housing Authority Is In Terrible Financial Shape

by Eugene Driscoll | Jun 22, 2017 9:56 pm | Comments (0)

Photo: Eugene Driscoll The Derby Housing Authority’s financial house is a mess and a state agency is threatening legal action if something is not done to address the matter.

The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA), which helps finance affordable housing in the state, is demanding the city’s housing authority pay back $432,120 in CHFA assistance.

UPDATE: The Valley Indy was able to interview a spokeswoman from the CHFA June 29. She said the money is actually owed to the “state elderly housing program replacement reserves.” Essentially, the Derby Housing Authority is required to pay the money back to its own greatly depleted reserves.

As it stands, the housing authority simply does not have enough money to pay the bill money.

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Reminder: Local Government Can’t Vote In Private

by Ethan Fry | Jun 21, 2017 6:35 am | Comments (0)

Photo: Ethan Fry Ansonia’s Police Commission violated an open meeting law by taking a vote behind closed doors Thursday (June 15).

State law says public entities are only supposed vote in public, so the public can see what’s happening.

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