Saturday, March 02, 2024

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Holder, Malloy Give a New Look at an Old Idea on Guns

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

New Haven —U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave a high-profile roll out today to an antigun violence strategy that targets hundreds of young minority men deemed most likely to kill or be killed in Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven.

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Attorney General Eric Holder, Gov.Dannel P. Malloy, and other dignitaries at today’s announcement in New Haven. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

In an era of tight resources and a political unwillingness to squeeze the supply of guns, “Project Longevity” is an ambitious, if politically easy new take on an old strategy: Focus existing social-services and law-enforcement resources on those most at risk.

The basics are simple: identify a pool of young men involved in gangs and street violence, then confront them with the threat of sustained police attention and the promise of help to find a trade and a job. It requires no new spending or laws.

“Project Longevity will send a powerful message to those who would harm their fellow citizens: that such acts will not be tolerated, that they will be swiftly met with clear, predictable consequences, and that help is available for all those who wish to break the cycle of violence and gang activity,” Holder said.

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FEMA to Connecticut: We’re Going to be Here for a While

By Neena Satija

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Almost a month after Superstorm Sandy hit the region, thousands of Connecticut residents are still in need of help, federal and state officials said today.

Speaking at a federally designated Disaster Recovery Center in downtown Bridgeport, FEMA administrator Craig Fugate promised, “We will not stop until everyone’s life is back to normal.”

More than 300 FEMA staff members are on the ground in Connecticut, Fugate said: “How long is FEMA going to be here? We’re going to be here a while…we’re talking years.”

Close to 10,000 residents have asked for help from the federal government in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, and about $8.5 million has been distributed to them. That does not include claims made by larger businesses or by local governments and government agencies.

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Budget Chief Won’t be Nailed Down on Taxes

By Keith M. Phaneuf

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget chief spent the better part of three-and-a-half hours today playing verbal dodge ball with state legislators about his boss’ feelings about tax increases as a possible solution to the growing gap in state finances.

But Office of Policy and Management Secretary Benjamin Barnes would only go so far as to reinforce Malloy’s already stated intention not to raise taxes—stopping well short of offering any pledge or guarantee.

Barnes also declined to commit on a myriad of other revenue-raising scenarios that some might argue are equal to a tax increase, while others might not.

“I have no intention” of raising taxes, Barnes told members of the Appropriations and Finance, Revenue & Bonding committees as fiscal analysts outlined their projections for the current fiscal year and the next two. “I will not, I shall not, I do not wish to.”

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Christmas Tree Lighting at Town Farm Saturday

Trees, wreaths and greens to deck the halls, doors and window trim will be on sale at Westport’s Wakeman Town Farm (WTF) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday followed by the farm’s first annual Christmas tree lighting.

Farm personnel say the tree lighting is a revival of a longtime Wakeman family tradition replete with a bonfire, mugs of hot chocolate and cookies.

Sal Gilbertie, owner of Gilbertie’s Herb Garden in Westport and Gilbertie’s Wholesale Farm in Easton, will be on hand throughout the day, farm officials say, to help customers choose from assorted Fraser Firs, the type of tree picked by the White House, and an array of wreaths from undecorated ones to those trimmed with pine, cedar and herbs.

For further information, contact the farm at (203)557-9195.