Mark Boughton

Mayor, City of Danbury

ICE agreement makes sense for Danbury.

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Almost two years ago, the City of Danbury applied to join a federal program called ICE ACCESS that would train several police officers in immigration law. Illegal immigration has been a hot topic in Danbury over the years and this request was not without its controversy. Advocates are fearful that a program that grants local […] [Read More]
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Hospital smoke free zone draws some fire.

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Several months ago I was approached by a representative of Danbury Hospital who asked if the City of Danbury could designate the sidewalks around the hospital as a smoke free zone. Other cities and towns have set up similar zones around their hospitals. After all, who wants to exit the hospital after having surgery or […] [Read More]
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SMP will help protect Candlewood Lake.

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Since 2007 my office has been actively monitoring the development of the SMP (Shoreline Management Plan) for Candlewood Lake. The SMP is a long term plan to manage the lake and to develop a common platform that all five communities that surround the lake could use for land management decisions as well as steps that […] [Read More]
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Charter Revision faces voters this fall.

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At our last Common Council meeting, the Common Council voted to send the work of the Charter Revision Commission to the voters at the fall elections. The city Charter is similar to our U.S. Constitution. It is the foundation of the organizational structure of our local government. The charter revision process was smooth with numerous […] [Read More]
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Ives Concert Park a great place for a staycation.

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Interested in catching Shakespeare’s “A midsummer nights dream”? or how about Jackson Browne or BB King? Maybe you would like to explore a different culture and attend the Irish Festival or the Ecuadorian festival. Either way I can guarantee one thing. There is something going on at the Ives Concert Park this summer. The Ives […] [Read More]
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In memoriam.

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The Danbury Police Department and the Danbury Public Schools were shocked and saddened by the recent passing of Police Officer Robert Dinardo. Over the next several days Officer Dinardo’s family, the police department, the public schools, as well as the community at large will mourn the passing of one of our favorite sons. I knew […] [Read More]
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Main Street.

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From time to time I will be turning over this blog to someone in the community, a department head, or a community activist to share their thoughts about Danbury, or to discuss future projects or plans for our city. Todays guest is Andrea Gartner, Director of CityCenter Danbury. Andrea, the floor is yours: Thanks Mayor! […] [Read More]
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Dear Congress, fix ARRA before it’s too late.

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Dear Congress, Your most important task-  job one, is the economy. With the exception of national security, everything else must wait. We are losing jobs and people are losing their homes at a rate not seen since the Great Depression. You and President Obama have acted with great expediency in response to the Great Recession […] [Read More]
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