Sunday, March 03, 2024


Malloy Recommends Layoffs, $54M Cut in Town Aid

By Keith M. Phaneuf

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has recommended almost 5,500 state employee layoffs, elimination of 1,000 other vacant positions and a $54 million cut in municipal aid to help offset the unrealized savings from the failed union concession deal.

It was unclear from limited details released late this afternoon how much savings could be achieved over the next two fiscal years from the 6,466 recommended job cuts.

Malloy spokeswoman Colleen Flanagan wrote that commissioners and other agency heads will be charged with finding the $700.7 million in savings needed to balance finances in the $20.14 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, and another $901.2 million in the $20.4 billion budget for 2012-13.

And though the governor’s budget agency, the Office of Policy and Management, “thinks the number of suggested layoffs will help them get there,” Flanagan wrote, “some commissioners might choose to lay off more people” to achieve their savings target. “Some might choose to lay off a lower number and find additional savings elsewhere.”

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Shake Shack Nearing Completion Image
Westport’s newest burger entry, Shake Shack at 1849 Post Road East on the Fairfield line, is nearing completion. Restaurant officials told the Planning and Zoning Commission they aimed to open in July, but the exact date is not known. A worker at the site would not be more specific saying, “I can’t leak any information.”  Serving hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and milkshakes, Shake Shack has six locations, five in New York and one in Miami. The first Shake Shack opened in July 2004 in New York City’s Madison Square Park. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Malloy: Legislature May Have to Force Change

By Mark Pazniokas

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said today he will explore legislative options to curtail what he called state government’s unsustainable, long-term health and pension costs, but he refused to say if he will seek a curb on collective-bargaining rights for state employees.

“We attempted to do that through negotiation. That has failed,” Malloy said. “The people of Connecticut still need systemic change and still need to have a sustainable relationship with their employee base, which is a way of saying there is more than one way to get that done.”

But exactly how he does propose to get that done?

Under repeated questioning by reporters, Malloy was unwilling or unable to be more specific, just as state union leaders failed Monday to specify how they might salvage a tentative labor savings deal rejected last week, even as they promised to try.

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Tonight’s Levitt Pavilion Concert Moves Indoors

Based on forecast of possible thunderstorms this evening, the Levitt Pavilion show featuring the Westport Community Band has been moved to the Saugatuck Elementary School at 170 Riverside Ave., the pavilion’s official rain location.

According to Freda Welsh, the pavilion’s executive director, the show will begin at 8 p.m., and admission is free. For further information, visit the Levitt Pavilion website

Katie Has a New Home

Katie. Westport Animal Control
Katie is a gorgeous husky of about 3 years of age that recently arrived at Westport Animal Control after being spotted running along Greens Farms Road.  Not only was she abandoned but she was abandoned with an eye that was in danger of rupturing due to glaucoma.  Westport Animal Shelter Advocates (WASA) arranged for Katie to have the surgery she needed with the “bad” eye removed and a prosthetic eye put in its place.  Katie is currently recuperating at Cornell Veterinary Hospital in Stamford.  She has been a sweet and very affectionate dog throughout her painful ordeal. Katie is housebroken and walks well on a leash.  Like most huskies, she is charmingly vocal and just a great girl.  For additional information about Katie, please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (203)557-0361.

Emma Got Her Second Chance

Emma. Westport Animal Control
Emma was found by a Westport resident after being tossed by a car or truck into bushes along Long Lots Road.  She is receiving ongoing care for severe puncture wounds on both sides of her face and along her body as well as abrasions from being tossed.  While she is severely under-weight, we are happy to report that she is steadily gaining weight.  Her limp from a bite to her tendon is lessening each day.  During her rehabilitation at Westport Animal Control, she will need ongoing veterinary care and evaluation.  Short walks and gentle strokes are received with sad, gentle eyes but she is beginning to wag her tail and happily welcomes all the attention she is receiving.  We are determined to give her a second chance.  For more information about Emma or to contribute to her medical care, please email wasa! or call (203)557-0361.

Bridge Beautification Shovel Ready

By James Lomuscio

Windswept and overgrown, the 20-year-old gardens on the east side of Westport’s Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge have become an Image
A groundbreaking ceremony today launched the renovation of the “Gateway Gardens” at the east end of the Ruth Steinkraus Cohen Bridge. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

But with the groundbreaking today of “Gateway Gardens,” that image is poised to improve as a makeover of the gardens commences next week on both sides of the Post Road.

With shovels in their hands, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff, Nancy Carr and Angela Trucks, co-chairs of the Westport Beautification Committee, and principals of Wilton-based The LaurelRock Company, landscape architects, held a ceremonial groundbreaking with nine others near the bridge. The project will be completed by July 17, Joseloff said.

“We’re going to have a low hedge along the border with some ornamental grasses and a lot of color, waves of color with perennials and annuals,” said Bert DeMarche, who owns LaurelRock with his father Dickson DeMarche. Their company is funding the project.

Piccolino Has Found A Home

Piccolino. Westport Animal Control
Piccolino is the newest arrival to Westport Animal Control.  He is a handsome little Shih Tzu of approximately a year and a half old.  He is affectionate and knows his basic commands.  He appears to get along well with other dogs and loves attention.  He’s just an adorable little fellow that will make a wonderful pet.  For additional information about Pic, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).