Monday, April 15, 2024


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At its annual Pass the Gavel ceremony at Compo Beach tonight, the Westport Rotary Club swore in Irwin Lebish as its new president succeeding Todd Mauerman. Both posed with board members for the coming year: (front row, kneeling l-r) Todd Mauerman, Tony Riggio, and Hans Kilbourn; (standing l-r) Robin Hammond, Jim Pendry, Viveka Kjellgren, Jim Marpe, Stan Glick, Irwin Lebish, Dave Matlow, Ann Matlow, Sandra Urist, John Shuck, Julia Broder, and Rick Benson. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for

Malloy Calls Special Session on Budget for Next Week

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today issued a call for a Special Session of the legislature for Thursday, June 30 at 10 a.m. to deal with the state’s budget deficit.

In a statement, his office said Malloy issued the call “to expand his rescission authority and enact legislation to close the budget deficit for the biennium ending June 30, 2013.”

“It was always my hope that the SEBAC agreement would be ratified and we could move forward with the process of getting our state’s fiscal house in order and creating new jobs,” said Malloy. SEBAC is short for the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition.

“But that looks increasingly unlikely,” the governor said. “Calling both chambers into session next week is necessary to close the budget deficit that we will be facing.

Flash Flood Watch in Effect Through Late Friday Night

The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y. has expanded a Flash Flood Watch area to include a portion of southern Connecticut including Westport through late Friday night.

It said heavy showers and scattered thunderstorms will continue to develop through Friday evening as a frontal boundary slowly approaches from the west.

Although it will not rain through the entire period and all areas will not be affected, any thunderstorms that do form will be capable of producing rainfall rates in excess of one to two inches per hour, the National Weather Service said.

Rainfall rates of this intensity will be capable of producing urban and stream flooding, it said. In addition, river flooding will be possible if thunderstorms develop over favorable basins or redevelop over basin multiple times, the Weather Service said.

Malloy: Layoffs Will be ‘Large Scale’ and Quick

By Mark Pazniokas

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today he will outline spending reductions and mass layoffs next week in response to the apparent collapse of his $1.6 billion concessions deal with state employees.

“We’re talking about large-scale position reductions pretty quickly,” Malloy said after speaking at an economic development event at the University of Hartford.

With notice requirements, most of the affected employees will lose their jobs by Sept. 1, he said. Speaking publicly for the first time since it became clear Wednesday that the concession deal was faltering, Malloy was restrained and even rueful in his response.

Voting on the deal continues through Friday, but he offered little optimism that the concessions can be saved.

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UPDATE Westport firefighters make their way to a rollover accident southbound on the Merritt Parkway near Exit 42 shortly before 1 p.m. today as heavy rains pelted the area. There was no word on injuries. Meanwhile, a 74-year-old Westport, Mass. man was killed on the Merritt in Stamford at about the same time when a tree fell on his car, state police said. Two other persons had to be extricated from the vehicle. Southbound lanes were closed for six hours. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for