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Tesei Runs For Lieutenant Governor - 04/25/18
New Britain\'s Mayor Erin Stewart has picked a running mate for her campaign for governor. Yesterday Stewart tapped Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei as her Lieutenant Governor. He\'s been involved in Greenwich politics since the age of 18. There are a lot of GOP candidates, including another Greenwich resident, David Stemmerman. Republicans will make their decision next month at a convention at Foxwoods.
source: Tony Savino


Rankings Not Kind To Local Hospitals - 04/25/18
Local hospitals did not fare so well in a new ranking. Greenwich Hospital received a grade of C and Stamford Hospital a B in an analysis of infections, accidents and other factors by the Leapfrog Group. Connecticut ranked 46th in the study. New York was 48th.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich BET Approves Funding - 04/25/18
The Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation approved a number of funding initiatives this week. The fiscal board approved 65-thousand dollars for Transportation Association of Greenwich (TAG), 30-thousand dollars for Greenwich police in their battle against distracted drivers, and 15-thousand dollars for energy efficiency for town buildings.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Committed To Later School Start Times - 04/23/18
We\'re committed to later school start times, and we\'re not turning back. Greenwich Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jill Gildea with that pronouncement at last week\'s Board of Education meeting. School Board Chairman Peter Bernstein agrees, and says it\'s now a matter of working out the issues that have come up, especially at the end of the school day.
source: Tony Savino


Tesei Comments On School Walk Out - 04/23/18
Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei was asked about last Friday\'s National Walk Out Day at schools, marking the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. Tesei says school safety is a key issue, as are gun violence and gun control. But he says they\'ve been politicized, as he believes there are additional issues such as mental health, opioid abuse, and a de-sensizitation to violence because of technology.
source: Tony Savino


Gender Equality Discussion In Greenwich - 04/23/18
A discussion Monday night on gender equality in the work place. It\'s part of a fundraiser for Fairfield-based Save The Children, and will feature Annmarie Slaughter, who was the highest ranked woman in the State Department under Hillary Clinton. The talk will be at the Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich from 6:30 to 8:30.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Democrats Support Presidential Popular Vote - 04/13/18
Scrap the Electoral College for Presidential elections, and replace it with a national popular vote. That call is coming from the Greenwich Democratic Town Committee. DTC chairman Tony Turner is urging support of state house bill 54-21, which calls for the national popular vote. Turner denies this is a \"power grab\" by democrats who have more registered votes nationwide. He says more than half of Connecticut republicans surveyed support it.
source: Tony Savino


Another Bank Is Coming To Greenwich - 04/13/18
Hartford-based United Bank has 50 branches in Connecticut, but little presence in southwestern Connecticut, with just a commercial loan branch in Westport. But that\'s about to change. They\'ve received approval from the state Department of Banking for a full-time branch in Greenwich. It will be at the bottom of Greenwich Avenue.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Lawmaker Hopes Bills Are Ready To Go - 04/13/18
State Representative Michael Bocchino of Greenwich says this legislative session has been more about talk than action, so far. Bocchino says bills on pay equity, tolls and recreational marijuana have gone through committees, but haven\'t been sent to the House floor. But he says that could be a good thing, because leadership in both parties is trying to come to consensus on the bills before bringing them to a vote.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Psychotherapist Arrested - 04/11/18
A Greenwich psychotherapist and marriage counselor is facing sexual assault charges. 62-year old Kevin Root of Riverside was arrested on April 9th after an investigation of an alleged incident last year. Police had received a complaint that a victim had been involved in an inappropriate relationship with the licensed social worker and marriage counselor. He was charged with 2nd degree sexual assault and tampering with a witness.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich P&Z With Busy Meeting - 04/11/18
The Greenwich Planning and Zoning Commission moved forward with approvals for several projects: Greenwich Academy for a new building; a Twin Lakes Lane home that was close to water with design issues; and for 24 Elm Street related to the historic overlay regulations.
source: Tony Savino


Floren Decries Legislative Initiatives On Tolls, Marijuana - 04/11/18
Greenwich Republican State Representative Livvy Floren expressed concerns with proposals coming out of the Finance Committee in the legislature - including the legalization of recreational marijuana and a casino in Bridgeport. Also, placing electronic tolls in Connecticut may come up for a vote in the session - with Floren calling it \"another money grab\".
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich BET Member Under Elections Investigation - 03/29/18
The State Elections Enforcement Commission has launched an investigation into last November\'s elections in Greenwich, after a complaint filed by the state Republican party claimed that Democratic Board of Estimate and Taxation member Tony Turner violated election law by taking money from his re-election committee and using it to help other democratic candidates in town. Turner called the complaint \"politically motivated.\"
source: Tony Savino


State Transportation Commissioner In Greenwich - 03/29/18
Greenwich residents had no shortage of transportation-related questions for State Transportation Commissioner James Redeker at a forum in the Town Hall Meeting Room. Questions included such issues as the transportation fund, electronic tolls, high-speed railway, and the Greenwich weigh station. The forum was organized by the Greenwich legislative delegation.
source: Tony Savino


Democrats Want McDonald Renominated - 03/29/18
The leaders of the state Senate are calling on Governor Dan Malloy to renominate Andrew McDonald as state Supreme Court chief justice. Senate President Martin Looney says to make sure partisan politics do not invade the judiciary, McDonald\'s nomination should be reconsidered. The Senate rejected McDonald as chief justice Tuesday, with all 18 Republicans voting in a bloc against him. Malloy says he believes Republicans opposed the nomination because McDonald is gay, a claim Republicans deny saying the real reason for McDonald\'s rejection is his \"judicial activism\".
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich BET Passes Budget - 03/27/18
The Greenwich town and education budgets are now in the hands of the Representative Town Meeting, after the Board of Estimate and Taxation approved a 426 million dollar budget. The package includes funding for two projects that have garnered neighborhood opposition: 300-thousand dollars for a feasibility study for turf fields at Central Middle School and conditioned funding for a bridge replacement and roundabout on Sound Beach Avenue near Perot Library in Old Greenwich. Republicans tried to cut 166-thousand dollars from the 160-million dollar education budget that had come in above BET guidelines. However, majority democrats stymied those efforts.
source: Tony Savino


AG Jepsen Endores Lamont - 03/27/18
Democratic Attorney General George Jepsen is endorsing Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont for governor. Jepsen says of all the Democratic candidates, he feels Lamont is the only one that can win in the general election. Jepsen was elected as state attorney general in 2010 and is not seeking another term this fall. Lamont says Jepsen has served the state with honor and distinction, and he\'s honored to accept the endorsement.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Police Show Restraint -- Again - 03/27/18
For the third time in a three week span, Greenwich police say they ramped down a potentially deadly situation. Greenwich police chief James Heavey says on Saturday morning, a woman was in a car, threatening to stab herself in the chest. But Heavey says an officer was able to talk to the woman out of stabbing herself, and get the woman to the hospital for treatment. Police say two weeks ago, there were two cases of young men threatening to stab themselves and trying to get police to shoot them. In both cases, police diffused a tense situation and got the men medical help.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich BET Set To Approve Budget - 03/26/18
It\'s \"Budget Decision Day\" in Greenwich today. The Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation will meet at 4:00 pm to pass town and education budgets on to the Representative Town Meeting. School board chairman Peter Bernstein says their budget is slightly above the BET guidelines, but those guidelines didn\'t take into account rising enrollment.
source: Tony Savino


Tesei Supports Budget, Third School Resource Officer At GHS - 03/26/18
Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei says the town budget flat lines the mill rate increase in town, but still provides necessary services. The first selectman also came out in support of a second school resource officer at Greenwich High School.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Police Youth Citizens Police Academy Accepting Applications - 03/26/18
Greenwich police chief James Heavey says the Youth Citizen\'s Police Academy for \"rising\" 7th, 8th and 9th graders is not until June, but now\'s the time to sign up. Chief Heavey says the police camp is co-ed, and includes team building, lots of exercise and information about how the police department works. Go to the town website \"GreenwichCT.org\" to sign up.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Residents Speak Out On Budget - 03/23/18
The Greenwich Board of Estimate and Taxation will vote Monday on a budget to send to the Representative Town Meeting after a final public hearing Thursday night. Residents came out to talk about the education budget, capital spending, and plans for a turf field at Central Middle School, among other issues. The RTM will approve a final budget on May 14.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich School Board Sets GHS Graduation, Last Day Of School - 03/23/18
The Greenwich Board of Education, apparently confident that there will be no more Nor\'easters this season, has set the date for Greenwich High School graduation and for the last day of the school year. The class of 2018 will graduate from GHS on Wednesday, June 20, while the final day of school will be the following day. The lone exception will be Old Greenwich School, whose students will get out on June 22. They had taken a day off during the school year to mourn the death of a teacher.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Hospital Hires COO - 03/23/18
Greenwich Hospital has filled its vacant position of Chief Operating Officer. Diane Kelly, who has worked at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts for the past 34 years, will begin at Greenwich Hospital on April 30. Kelly began her career as a nurse, and eventually moved up to administrative positions at Berkshire. The COO position at Greenwich Hospital has been open since Sue Brown retired in February.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich P&Z Takes Up Separation Of Liquor Establishments - 03/20/18
The Greenwich Planning and Zoning Commission has a chock-full agenda tonight. Director of Planning and Zoning Katie DeLuca says they\'ll take up a proposal to remove the separation requirements from liquor permits. A proposal for 176 Hamilton Avenue has been postponed to the April 21st meeting.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Police Tout Restraint In Potential \"Suicide By Cop\" Cases - 03/20/18
Greenwich police say sometimes words are better than action. They say that was the case in two separate cases earlier this month, where they say young men wielding knives threatened themselves and police, and called on police to shoot them in what\'s known as \'suicide by cop\'. Greenwich police Captain Kraig Gray says the officers involved in the incidents on March 8 and March 13 used restraint, and got the young men help, rather than arresting them.
source: Tony Savino


Abilis Of Greenwich Head Retiring - 03/20/18
After three years heading the non-profit, Dennis Perry will retire as President and CEO of Abilis of Greenwich at the end of June. Perry says he\'s achieved his goals of expanding their donor base in the face of state budget cuts, and the expanding their programs. His 26-year old son Ross is an Abilis client, and Perry says Ross\' success in their programs was a key consideration in being able to step aside. The search is underway for a successor.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich RTM Approves Bag Ban; Holds Off On Fracking Waste Ban - 03/14/18
The Greenwich Representative Town Meeting has referred to committee a proposal to prohibit fracking waste from coming to Greenwich. They want to first address concerns about the language of the proposal and a need for more information. This is now the third time the proposed ordinance has been sent back to committee. The other big action taken by the RTM was the approval of the plastic bag ban initiative after punitive fees were eliminated from the ordinance.
source: Tony Savino


Greenwich Students Take Part In Parkland Tribute - 03/14/18
As students around the country plan to stage walkouts in support of the victims of the Parkland shootings and opposition to gun violence - Greenwich High School will not hold a walkout. Instead students will hold an assembly Wednesday morning. Generating some controversy, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jill Gildea is banning the media and the public from the assembly, citing security concerns. The GHS event will be 17 minutes in length - one minute for each life lost in Parkland.
source: Tony Savino


Latimer Blasts Utilities Over Storm Response - 03/14/18
Westchester County Executive George Latimer is putting the heat on the utilities for their performance handling the Nor\'easter power outages - in the aftermath of the storm - calling for the leaders of the two utilities to resign. Latimer says the structure of the utilities\' organizations need to change.
source: Tony Savino