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Diageo, Pfizer Pay to Settle 2012 DNC Ethics Violation

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

The pep talk for the Connecticut delegation to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., came from the host, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. But the drinks were on the worldwide beverage company, Diageo North America.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was guest at the 2012 Diageo reception. So was Westport’s Martha Aasen (r). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Ctmirror.org photo

Nearly two years later, Diageo and Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company that hosted a separate reception, are each paying $5,000 to the Office of State Ethics, conceding they failed to report the receptions as a lobbying expense.

In settlements released today, both companies said they failure was inadvertent, based on an erroneous belief that neither function exceeded the reporting threshold of $10 per person. Each has filed supplemental expense reports.

“Lobbyist reports must fully disclose all expenses as required by the Code of Ethics,” said Carol Carson, executive director of the Office of State Ethics.  “It is worth noting that the public officials and employees that attended did not violate the Code, because the total cost per person did not exceed the $50 limit.”

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BLT Confirms It Purchased Nyala Farms Complex for $130 Million

Stamford-based Building and Land Technology (BLT), a firm with close ties to Westport’s Bridgewater Associates hedge fund, today confirmed a WestportNow report Saturday that it is behind the $130 million purchase of the Nyala Farms Corporate Center in Westport. (See WestportNow June 28, 2014)

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Sale of the 53-acre Nyala Farms Corporate Center was recorded just as Bridgewater Associates announced it was not moving to Stamford. File photo

As reported, the sale is the largest transaction in Westport’s history, and In a statement, the firm said it is the largest real estate transaction in Connecticut this year. Westport reaped $325,000 from the sale while the state got $1,625,000 in conveyance fees.

The sale, to a Stamford-based LLC sharing an address with BLT, was recorded in the Town Clerk’s Office as Bridgewater was announcing it had dropped its plans to move to Stamford where BLT was involved in developing a $750 million waterfront project to house the company. Bridgewater has a large presence in the Nyala Farms faciity, including a trading floor which has recently been renovated at a cost of millions, according to town officials.

Purchase of the 372,207-square foot office park on 53 acres in Westport was announced by Carl R. Kuehner III, CEO of BLT, a privately held real estate private equity, development and property management firm.

Draft of Compo Master Plan Goes to the Public

UPDATE A draft of the master plan for Westport’s Compo Beach is available for review online at www.compobeach2.com, and residents will have an opportunity to comment on it at a Parks and Recreation Commission public meeting Monday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall auditorium, Charles Haberstroh, commission chairman, announced today.

“The commission looks forward to an opportunity to discuss the plan and to receive public input regarding the recommendations” said Haberstroh.

“Compo Beach is one of the Town of Westport’s crown jewels, and the future plans for Compo Beach are important to all Westporters,” he added.

The master plan, devised by Lothrop Associates. and AKRF, both White Plains, N.Y.-based architectural consultants, and fashioned by public fedback at Compo Beach Site Improvement Committee meetings, includes two options.

WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 19 Hillspoint Road

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 19 Hillspoint Road, near the intersection of Hillandale Road, is in process. Built in 1955, the two-story split has 2,439 square feet, is situated on a 1.05-acre property and changed ownership this month for $920,000. Because the house was built more than 50 years ago, the application will be reviewed by the Westport Historic District Commission. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Monday, June 30, 2014


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “Scents & Soles”
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “Cover Story: The New Yorker in Westport” & “Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover … “
3 p.m. – Westport Library – Teen: Maker Mondays
7 p.m. – Westport Library – Downtown Steering Committee Visioning Workshop

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

A NYT Boost for Westport’s Bartaco

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Westport Bartaco wait staff get ready for the evening crowd, bolstered by an upbeat review this weekend in The New York Times. “As a neighborhood drop-in place for lunch, a casual supper or anything in between, Bartaco is hard to beat,” said reviewer Patricia Brooks. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Helen Klisser During for WestportNow.com

Staples Class of 1984 Sets 30th Reunion

The Staples High School Class of 1984 will celebrate its 30th reunion on Saturday, July 19 at the Saugatuck Rowing Club.

The 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. event features hors d’oeuvres, salad, light pasta dinner, dessert and open bar, and cost is $100 per person prior to July 13, according to Kathleen Shea O’Connell, one of the organizers. If still available, tickets will be sold at the door for $110, she said.

Registration can be done here.  And there is also a Facebook page here.

Those wishing to pay by check may email Kathleen O’Connell at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).