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WestportNow Teardown of the Day: 23 Sterling Drive

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An application for a permit to demolish the house at Westport’s 23 Sterling Drive, in the Old Mill Beach section, is in process. Built in 1949, the 1-3/4 story cape has 2,099-square feet, is situated on a .29-acre property and, according to assessor records, last changed ownership in August 2011 for $1,475,000. 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

Frustrated Malloy on Budget Deadlock: ‘This is a Failure of the Legislature’

By Mark Pazniokas and Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today excoriated the General Assembly for failing to vote on even a provisional budget, saving his greatest scorn for the House leadership and any rank-and-file member who was absent from Connecticut as the fiscal year neared its end on Friday.

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A frustrated Gov. Dannel P. Malloy discusses the status of the state budget and budget negotiations today. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Mark Pazniokas for CtMirror.org

Malloy, a Democrat not seeking re-election in 2018, thanked the Senate leaders of both parties for being ready to vote. He pressed reporters to seek a list of the missing in the House, suggesting they failed their state and the responsibilities of their office.

“This is a failure of the legislature to pass a budget,” Malloy said.

The Senate was ready today to vote on a “mini-budget” that would provide a spending plan for the first three months of the fiscal year and buy time for a closely divided legislature to find a compromise on how to resolve a $2.3 billion shortfall in the coming year and $2.8 billion the next. The House was not.

Steinberg Among Moderate Democrats With Doubts on Concessions

By Keith M. Phaneuf

www.ctmirror.org

Several moderate Democrats in the General Assembly, including Westport’s Jonathan Steinberg, have told their leadership they agree with Republicans that labor concessions negotiated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy are insufficient, a potential complication in the intertwined efforts to pass a budget and win ratification by state employees.

Sources say a majority of Democrats in the House and Senate back the tentative deal, but strong Republican opposition in the closely divided legislature means the budget debate could be prolonged by even a small number of Democrats questioning whether the concessions are a sufficient step toward addressing Connecticut’s massive retirement benefits debt.

The concerns about the concessions deal, whose savings are a pivotal piece of every budget proposal under consideration, were confirmed in a series of interviews with CT Mirror.

Kelly Donnelly, a spokeswoman for the Malloy administration, said lawmakers who undermine the concessions deal will bear a heavy responsibility: “Any legislator, who believes that this agreement doesn’t achieve enough savings, should be prepared to lay out their ideas for getting to balance. Simply stating ‘it’s not enough’ is not going to cut it at this stage.”

Westport Morgan Stanley Employees Volunteer in Bridgeport

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A group of volunteers from the Westport Branch of Morgan Stanley today improved the playground at a shelter run by Alpha Community Services YMCA in Bridgeport. The project was part of the firm’s Global Volunteer Month. The Westport Branch of Morgan Stanley will relocate to 500 Post Road East on July 17. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Melissa Kane Taps Simmelkjaer as Second Selectman Running Mate

Melissa Kane, Westport Democratic Town Committee (DTC) chair who plans to run for first selectman, announced today that she has chosen Rob Simmelkjaer, a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), as her running mate.

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Melissa Kane with running mate Rob Simmelkjaer. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

“I am very excited to team up with Rob to bring a strategic vision and fresh perspective to Town Hall. Rob’s tremendous energy, deep intellect and impressive commitment to Westport will have an immediate and positive impact on the town we both love,” said Kane

Kane, who serves on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM), said that she has worked closely with Simmelkjaer on the DTC, as well as community initiatives.

“Together I know we will hit the ground running to ensure the integrity of Westport’s unique character and to build its economic vitality well into the future,” she said.