Zoning commission looks to fill vacant Republican seat

Bob Cascella has resigned from the Planning and Zoning Commission, Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti announced Tuesday, March 26. “My reason for resigning had to do with conflict between what I do for a living and the large number of property owners who I represent, who also come before the commission,” Cascella told The Press. Cascella is a partner at Grove Street … read more

Democratic View: Reminder: Warranted mistrust

In December this column warned, “As Gov.-elect Lamont initiates programs to accelerate repair of Connecticut finances and economy, view Republican criticisms with the extreme mistrust they warrant.” Connecticut Republicans continue to deceive, subverting public discourse about problems and solutions into crude efforts to generate fear, instill cynicism, and misinform. Gov. Malloy was the first governor in decades to reduce state … read more

GOP Viewpoint: Important updates from Hartford

There is no doubt about it, the future of Connecticut’s prosperity is in danger. Elections have consequences and, unfortunately, we are seeing that play out every day. In just two short months, our newly-elected governor and the Democratic-controlled legislature are promoting to: 1) Force school districts to regionalize; 2) Increase or implement taxes in a number of areas and; 3) … read more

Ridgefield Voters United: New group aims to protect neighborhoods from commercial development

With the Planning and Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands Board separating in eight months, Ridgefield will have a new group of elected officials deciding on applications that impact development in town. And when that split happens, Ridgefield Voters United (RVU) will be ready to offer candidates to voters. The new citizens group, which formed in February, aims to protect residential … read more

Rep. Frey advocates for cultural districts

Always a strong supporter of the arts, State Rep. John Frey (R-111) proposed, and testified before the Planning and Development Committee in support of, legislation that would allow municipalities to create designated cultural districts to create awareness and promote economic development. “Allowing municipalities the ability to establish cultural districts will increase the visibility and awareness of the arts, especially on the local level, … read more

Letter: Reporting, not distorting

To the Editor: State Representative John Frey made several disparaging personal accusations in The Ridgefield Press (2/14/2019). All the accusations are untrue. Representative Frey’s accusations relate to five short articles published by the Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee (“DTC”) that report, refute, or question his record/actions. The articles are well-sourced, verified, and fact-checked. Contrary to Representative Frey’s accusations, the articles contain … read more

Democratic View: What’s he hiding?

On Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, mere hours after longtime Trump adviser and confidante Roger Stone was arrested and indicted on multiple federal charges, the Republican National Committee (RNC), convening for its annual winter meetings in New Mexico, unanimously pledged the party’s “undivided support” to Trump as the party’s presidential candidate in 2020. The vote was a preemptive strike to block … read more

Himes chairs technology subcommittee

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Congressman Jim Himes (D-4th) today was named chair of the Strategic Technologies and Advanced Research (STAR) Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. This subcommittee oversees the development and implementation of emerging and advanced technologies used in intelligence collection and national security. This includes cyber security, overhead systems, artificial intelligence/machine learning and computing, as well as data and … read more

Democratic View: Support victims of violence

Connecticut has numerous statutes related to domestic violence and sexual assault, in order to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable. With the new legislative session underway, the Ridgefield Democratic Town Committee supports strengthening statutes and administrative policy that assist domestic violence and sexual assault survivors to have safe, stable lives. The changes supported here are also supported by the … read more

Murdock to attend State of the Union next week

Ridgefield High School junior and activist Lane Murdock will join U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4) as his guest at the State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C., next week. Murdock organized the National School Walkout against gun violence last April and is part of the inaugural class of the year-long Giffords Courage Fellowship. President Donald Trump is scheduled to … read more

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