Sunday, July 25, 2010
District 01 and 04 will be voting at Tuttle School
District 02 will be voting at DC Moore School
District 03 and 05 will be voting at East Haven High School
District 1S and 5S will stay the same
So if you show up to vote and there no one there you are probably at the wrong place. Feel free to call the Registrar of Voters and complain. Joe and Donna would be happy to hear from you.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
It is bad enough that we have a set of preferred candidates. But I write here today not to condemn that practice which I will get to in a future post. I am not even here to condemn Ron DeNuzzo sitting in on the executive session where the candidacy of his son was discussed. Marilyn will get to that in a future edition of EH News.
Today what I condemn is the BOE and their lack of ethics. Not only was DeNuzzo allowed to sit in on the executive session where his son's application was talked about but NO ONE on the, ethically ignorant, BOE raised an issue with DeNuzzo being there. Inside political dealing has gotten so bad with this BOE that not one of them thought for a minute about raising his presence as an issue. It has become so commonplace with this BOE to favor the insiders that the possibility that there is an ethics problem never entered their heads.
No wonder our schools are a laughingstock, our test scores never substantially improve and our students are not being adequately served. The political sense of entitlement of the BOE and the school administration has become so ingrained that they do not recognize an ethical dilemma when it walks up and introduces itself.
Friday, July 23, 2010
The Superintendent also brought forward the name of Ron DeNuzzo's son for the principal's job at Tuttle. On a party line vote of 6-3 it was voted down.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
1. Fran does the EH website which includes posting agendas and minutes
2. I'm a cranky old geek
I started writing this posting 2 weeks ago. After reviewing the first draft I thought it was too harsh and I should put down the laptop for a bit in order to make sure I was not posting in anger. This morning I decided it was time to finally finish the posting and to publish it. After reading what I had written I modified it slightly but the tone, sarcastic and angry, seemed about right. As someone who makes extensive use of the Freedom of Information Act I view very unfavorably any attempt to weaken the FOIA. In this case not only did the legislature weaken the FOIA they, effectively, gutted an entire section of it.
During the last session that ended in June, our illustrious legislature passed something they called "Municipal Mandate Relief". Part of this relief is the removal of any sanctions for municipalities that do not post their board and commission agendas and minutes on their websites. According to Rep. Lawlor, with whom I have been having an email exchange on this matter, this provision was passed because "some very small municipalities in the state did seem to be having a very difficult time complying with the law."
There is, apparently, a surplus of 90 year old clerks in these small towns that have no ability to use the internet and type. Someone should tell them about Google Docs which would require the clerk to surf over to the Google Docs website, sign in, type in the agenda or minutes, and click SAVE. I suspect a substantial number of our legislators would be unable to do that also.
The supposed fallout from the inability of clerks to post the minutes and agendas online is the possibility that the Freedom of Information Commission ("FOIC") would order the rollback of decisions made during the meeting. For example, the ZBA allows construction of an addition to a house even though it violates the setback requirements. However, the minutes are not posted online in a timely fashion. Someone files a complaint with the FOIC. The FOIC then rules that nothing that happened in the meeting is valid. The addition then becomes illegal. The home owner then has a problem if the ZBA does not agree to approve the addition when they rehear the case.
This is a legitimate concern. So it looks like the legislature noticed a problem and chose the most ridiculous way imaginable to solve it. Suspiciously, the method chosen to fix the problem relieves municipalities of having to reveal the workings of their boards and commissions unless you want to make a trip to town hall during business hours. Rep. Lawlor argues the municipalities still have the duty to post the agendas and minutes online. However, we all know without the ability to force them to put the agendas and minutes online the local officials will be playing games whenever something controversial comes up. I can see it now, "We seem to have forgotten to post the agenda of the PZC where they were going to approve the nuclear waste dump on Main Street. Sorry but you can't do anything about it thanks to the legislature. Now go away."
I generally agree with Hanlon's Razor, "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity." In this case I will make an exception. The legislative incompetence that is required to make the choice they did is mindbogglingly huge. If they did, in fact, think this was the best way to solve the problem of the technologically incompetent clerk then there is only one thing to do. The voters must stop these people from legislating again. Go to your polls in November and vote against whoever the incumbent is. Whether it be Democrat or Republican, vote for the other candidate. I would also urge the family and friends of legislators to keep sharp instruments away from the legislator in order to keep them from hurting themselves and others.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The possible explanations range from incompetence to fraud. Was this just a horrible mistake where the taxpayer's money flowed out the door of the BOE like so much hot air? Is this part of some larger scheme that went seriously wrong? Taxes in East Haven just went up over 17% and now we find the BOE cannot even keep track of their money and where it is going. This situation needs to be investigated by the auditors and not the internal staff who let it happen in the first place.
A big hat tip to Ms. Cofrancesco for turning in the errant check. In these tough economic times I'm not sure a lot of people would have been so honest. At some point the BOE has to get some sort of controls in place so our money does not get flushed down the drain every month.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
"Further consideration of the fact that you were observed allowing a student to have access to personal and confidential student records in addition to the fact that you allowed a student access to personal information which may have included medical and/or other information I will be pursuing legal counsel in order to determine the extent to which this action was a violation of the law."
This is no evidence, to date, that the Superintendent, Central Office or the Board of Education ever did anything to address this egregious violation of student privacy. There is also no evidence that the students or their parents were ever notified that the students' personal and medical information had been compromised.
The other page was a letter from Attorney Dolan which states, "Board of Education personnel is reviewing records and legal limitations on disclosure to ensure your request is met in full while respecting all the Board's legal obligations." He did, however, thank me for my patience. Considering I originally asked for the documents in mid-June it is beginning to look more like stone-walling from the Superintendent's office than a legitimate need for more time to look through the documents. Even a very, very slow reader could have read through a pretty big stack of documents in a month and decided what (1) can be disclosed; (2) cannot be disclosed; and (3) needs to be reviewed more thoroughly. I hold out hope of receiving a better response in the near future or we may be headed up to Hartford for a hearing in front of the Freedom of Information Commission.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
On Monday night we have the Flood and Erosion meeting at 7:00 PM at the Senior Center. Listed on the agenda is the storage facility that is going to be built at 495 Short Beach Road.
On Tuesday night the Board of Education meeting is being held at the high school at 7:00 PM. The agenda seems to be packed with appointments, contracts and layoffs.
Wednesday night the Inland Wetlands Commission is scheduled for their monthly meeting. The agenda has not been posted yet. However, if you have seen the last IWC meeting on ETV you know it was long and had a fair amount of shouting. Should be exciting meeting again this month.
On Thursday the ZBA holds their July meeting. The agenda seems pretty short.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
The meeting was so long I am breaking up the video into 4 parts and will post each part as it gets uploaded.
Part 1 (318-320 Main Street-Dunkin Donuts, 32 Hemingway Avenue, 38 Hemingway Avenue):
Part 2 (641 Main Street, 495 Short Beach Road):
Part 3 (cont. 495 Short Beach Road):
Part 4 (Three Stone Pillars Road, late addons):
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Also of note, Senator Fasano and Representatives Lawlor and Candelora gave a presentation of the things going on in Hartford that might affect East Haven.
Town Council Meeting Part 1:
Town Council Meeting Part 2:
Town Council Meeting Part 3:
Town Council Meeting Part 4: