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Ansonia High School Principal Officially Resigns

by Ethan Fry | Feb 14, 2018 9:25 pm

Ansonia’s Board of Education formally accepted a letter of resignation Wednesday from high school principal Terri Goldson.

“It has been a pleasure and honor to serve the students, parents, staff and entire community as a teacher and administrator in the City of Ansonia,” Goldson wrote in the letter, his first public statement since being put on an unexplained leave in December.

“I wish Ansonia Public Schools continued success.”

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Derby Police, Citing Ex-Cop’s Request, Won’t Release Internal Affairs Report

by Eugene Driscoll | Feb 11, 2018 6:21 pm

Photo: Ethan Fry DERBY — The Derby Police Department will not release an internal affairs report about an officer who recently resigned after being arrested.

According to a letter from Derby Police Chief Gerald Narowski, the report is being kept from the public because the officer has objected to its release.

The Valley Indy has filed a complaint with the Freedom of Information Commission to compel the department and the officer to release the report.

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School Board ‘Settles’ With Ansonia High School Principal

by Ethan Fry | Feb 8, 2018 8:02 pm

When the state legislature approved the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act was 42 years ago, the following was read into the record:

“The legislature finds and declares that secrecy in government is inherently inconsistent with a true democracy, that the people have a right to be fully informed of the action taken by public agencies in order that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.”

Apparently that statement hasn’t reached 42 Grove St. in Ansonia, where the school board met Thursday.

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Ansonia Officials Revise Campaign Finance Info

by Ethan Fry | Aug 28, 2017 6:16 pm

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 8:02 pm

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 7:31 am

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 12:25 pm

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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