Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Open Forum

For all the non-Lamont chatter (which is making us obsolete)!

The Feds have stepped in to run the trash collection agencies which were involved in racketeering and price fixing in the Danbury area.

In a related story, the minor league hockey Danbury Trashers, who have as their logo a mean-looking trash can with a stick, are cancelling their season. The owner, of course, is involved in this whole trashy mess.

In other hockey/refuse news, the Carolina Hurricanes are getting closer to winning the Stanley Cup. Not that anyone is bitter about that. Especially not me. No way.

There's also an interesting article in the New Haven Independent about Hispanic support for DeStefano (or lack thereof), and why it may have cost him the convention.

Lastly, don't forget to go check out/contribute to CT Election 2006, the new Connecticut elections wiki! Go add a candidate from your area, or help us flesh out our knowledge of something. Check out the aboutpage for more info.

What else is happening today?


Anonymous said...

GC: there is a comment on they MLN link that says their traffic is even up with CLP....because the guy was using the wrong stats...dunno if that's true or not....

Genghis Conn said...

Yup, that's true. We run about even these days.

Anonymous said...

I happen to think the overall mismanagement of UCONN, of which the guv is the chair of the Board of Trustees, is an issue about the state's competitiveness but an issue that won't resonate with the voters UConn Health Center To Cut Jobs June 13, 2006 By HILARY WALDMAN, Courant Staff Writer Facing a $1.3 million budget deficit, the University of Connecticut Health Center on Monday confirmed plans to lay off 60 to 80 employees this summer.

And on the Commissioner front:Education Chief Greenwich-Bound After Spotlighting Needs Of Poorest Students, Sternberg Expected To Take Post In One Of State's Wealthiest Towns
June 13, 2006 By ROBERT A. FRAHM, Courant Staff Writer

turfgrrl said...

Don't worry about the site traffic. The self-referential traffic is just a factor of the echo chamber. The best thing that can happen to the anti-Liebermanites is for Lieberman to defeat Lamont in the primary.

CTOctaneBlue said...

While it's true that lack of Hispanic support hurt DeStefano at the convention, burning Audrey Blondin is what cost JDS the convention. Had DeStefano chosen Audrey in the week prior to the convention, he would have picked up at least 30 additional delegates from the 5th CD. Audrey had the delegates lined up for DeStefano, but without a firm commitment from JDS to Audrey for LG, those delegates instead chose to go with Malloy when it came down to the vote. There is a real chance that the choice of Scott Slifka from West Hartford as LG could cost DeStefano the primary- Audrey would have campaigned daily, creating strong support for DeStefano statewide, but especially in the 5th and 1st CDs. With the way DeStefano treated the Hartford delegation prior to the convention, in addition to burning Audrey, JDS could have a tough time winning these two CDs. Slifka has done very little so far to increase support for JDS, but that's not surprising- he was chosen as a political favor to Kevin Sullivan, under the rationale that he would be a "better fundraiser" for DeStefano. In the next month he better raise a LOT of money for DeStefano, because JDS is going to need to advertise heavily to gain the votes necessary to win the primary.

Rell is going down said...

18 days, 23 hours, and 29 minutes. That's how long we've gone without having the priviledge of reading about how critical Audrey Blondin is to the future of Connecticut's families. Octane, please don't let us go this long again. I miss hearing about how wonderful she is.

ctblogger said...


You should ignore that post on MLN, it's pretty lame. I think you started your blog a few months before me and I can tell you that there was nothing out there before you jump on the scene (with those maps :-).

You have my total respect.

As for the Trashers, since I'm from Danbury, I can tell you that the people who really lsot out in this are those faithful, drunk, roudy, and proud fans who came out night after night to cheer on their team.

I'm going to post more on this on my Hat City Blog as I'm really upset over everything surrounding this case including the people who turned a blind eye to the shady dealings of Galante and help screw the hard working taxpayer who not only lost their hockey team, but were forced to pay outrageous prices to get their trash removed because Galante owned all the trash companies.

This story is larger than Galante...just follow the monry trail and you'll see.

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cgg said...

I especially love the part about Lamont and how we hardly cover him. I know it's my personal policy to mention his campaign as little as is humanly possible!

BRubenstein said...

GC...there are many many reasons why JDS didnt win the convention...you only cited one...

A main reason was his over-confidence..( being in a room working on his acceptance speech, while there was a re-count) and the terrible quality of staff and operatives like Tony Avalone,Borges et all...who frankly ran the JDS operation right into the ground.

Octane has a point....both really were sub-standard LG choices.

Mr X said...

CT Octane I like your thoughts about DeStefano.I agree he would of won the convention had the delegates knew he was with Blondin But he had the deal with West Hartford(Kevin Sullivan)

Scott Slifka will not attract the Money and supporters that Audrey Blondin would have.At Best DeStefano may win West Hartford in addition to New Haven.

But the bigger places want to keep Litchfield County out of the game It is their loss and on August 8th It will cost DeStefano.

Mmmm Jodi Rell said...

Rell is going down.

That may the funniest thing I've ever read on this blog.

Mr X said...

The 2006 CT Election Page is great I really enjoy it and I would like to thank the people who put this together So we are better informed about who the candidates are!!

A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

This is not so funny: Turns out Stamford is not so safe after all.

Guess maybe DeStefano is on to something with that whole not-reporting-crime-stats-to-the-FBI thing ...

Darien Republican said...

this is a test

Patricia Rice said...

I find it amazing that nobody is interested in knowing what polical campaigns that the Mob may have been funding.

Chris MC said...

Patricia, what are you talking about? I am sure that I am not alone in my interest in these allegations or rumors you (and CTBlogger?) have referred to.

Patricia Rice said...

Chris MC: I will repost what I previously stated. True or not, somebody should look into it.

Trash and Politics: This could be big.

Last night I met a guy at a club who appeared to be somewhat sober. He claimed that there is an even bigger element to the trash mobster story.

At this point I'm thinking he is just trying to impress me or he had one too many. He gave me no proof and did not give any names but he claimed one of the big mobs guys from the Danbury/Fairfield area was making a number of good size political contributions to some well connected State politicians.

I asked him why and he said..."What do you think?"

IF THIS IS TRUE....these gangsters who were recorded by the feds making threats of taking out peoples eyes and beating people up don't just throw money around for no reason.

I know this kind of sounds like a Soprano's episode but if true, it would be nice to know who it was and why.

7:31 AM, June 11, 2006

Mr X said...

This Garbage Issue has shut down a Race Car team here in Connecticut that competes mostly at Stafford Motor Speedway.Galante owns a race car team and they have impounded the race cars,haulers everything.

There has been rumors about Galante and the mob for years so I am sure there is much more to dig up so to speak.

CTOctaneBlue said...

RIGD- I'm honestly flattered that you pay that much attention to my comments on this blog! I've enjoyed being a part of CLP for the past few months, and plan to continue posting in the comments for the forseeable future.

Aldon Hynes said...

To the extent that alleged political contributions are illegal, there isn't a way that I can go out and easily search for information about such donations.

However, to the extent that they are properly registered, they will show up in sites like the FEC and CFIS.

Doing a quick search, I find that James Galante from 10 Weldon Woods Road, New Fairfield, CT contributed $1,000 to Brad Carson for Senate, $1,000 to Jim Sullivan for Congress, and $2,000 to Joe Lieberman for President back in 2003-2004.

In 2002, Ms. Roseanne Galante, of the same address, contributed $250 to Raymond Lubus for Probate Judge.

Doing a little more searching on Galante's company, 'AUTOMATED WASTE DISPOSAL', I found a reference to Ciro Viento.

Political MoneyLine shows one contribution from Viento of $1,000 to Lieberman for President. CFIS shows that Viento also contribued $250 to 'Friends of Susan 2006'.

None of the other names that I came up with were listed as publicly making political contributions.

So, while it could be that there are some 'good size political contributions to some well connected State politicians', there isn't much of a trail.

ctblogger said...


Simple internet searches won't going to do the trick.

Galante was in the trash business. You have to look at this from a local level therefore you have to do some hardcore hard news research (on a local level).

The rabbit hole is deep...you just need to know where to look.

Again, I live in Danbury. I just came back from hanging out with two bar owners...TRUST ME this story is far from over.

That's all I'm saying. I'm keeping my mouth shut until I gather all the info and verify everything but everything will come out in time...

ctblogger said...


Simple internet searches won't going to do the trick.

I meant to say

Doing simple internet searches isn't going to do the trick.

I'm getting very sleepy...