SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE

STATE SENATE PRESIDENT CALLS ON ESTY TO RESIGN

Martin Looney

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – One of the biggest names in the Connecticut Democrat Party, State Senate President Martin Looney called for Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty’s resignation following the backlash of her failure to remove her chief of staff. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty has come under fire after it was revealed that her former Chief of Staff, Tony Baker allegedly became physical and harassed a member of her staff, Anna Kain.   Congresswoman Esty issued an apology, and Baker was eventually fired.

Connecticut State Senate President Marin M. Looney issued a statement on Saturday afternoon on his stance on the allegations:

“Congresswoman Esty has long been a conscientious leader in the fight against harassment and abuse in the workplace. However, I agree with Senator Flexer that if the facts of this matter involving former staff of the congresswoman’s office are as they are alleged to be in recent news articles then Congresswoman Esty should do the right thing and resign.”Senate President Looney followed that statement with remarks on the current political climate regarding sexual harassment and assault.”

To state Rep. Diana Urban of North Stonington, another Democrat who has demanded Esty resign, the congresswoman’s role in helping Baker obtain a job at Sandy Hook Promise was especially galling:    

“You know what really gets to me as chairman of the Committee on Children, he got a job with Sandy Hook Promise. Someone with a history of sexual violence ended up there.   There is no question in my mind that she has let women down.   I am also disappointed in fellow legislators who have not stepped up.   This is a watershed moment in history for women,” Urban said. “You need to treat women with respect.” 

STATE SEEKS PRIVATE DEVELOPER FOR SHORELINE PARK

Former site of Seaside Regional Center in Waterford. (WTNH)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state of Connecticut wants a private developer to help transform a former tuberculosis sanatorium into a high-end lodge and spa, similar to those found inside national parks.   This outreach to developers marks the latest plan for the state-owned, 32-acre parcel, which overlooks Long Island Sound in the coastal community of Waterford. The site came close to becoming an upscale condominium development until Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy stepped in and suddenly halted the property sale in 2014.   State leaders say it makes sense for a private developer to cover the expense of renovating the aging historic buildings on the property, while keeping the site open to the public.   But a Waterford First Selectman Daniel Steward is skeptical if developers could make money on the concept.

NORWICH CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER $1.4M IN SCHOOL, STADIUM UPGRADES

City Hall Norwich

NORWICH – The Bulletin reports the Norwich City Council on Monday will vote on a series of resolutions that would appropriate more than $1.4 million for improvements at the school district and stadium.   A resolution appropriating $675,000 for “integrating” some administrative services at Norwich Public Schools will be used to purchase a new software program, district Business Administrator Athena Nagel said.   Currently, the school uses a human resources, payroll and accounting software called Phoenix, and the city uses Munis.  Nagel said getting the district on the same page as the city will aid future collaborations.

VETERANS JOB FAIR

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than 50 companies and other organizations are expected to participate in Connecticut’s annual the Heroes 4 Hire Career Fair for veterans.The event, sponsored by the state Department of Labor, takes place Wednesday inside the Pratt & Whitney football stadium and Rentschler Field in East Hartford.   The department says the event typically attracts more than 600 veterans each year.   They will be able to meet with representatives from companies like Travelers, Eversource, Liberty Mutual, Mohegan and the University of Connecticut.

SENATOR MURPHY TO HOST NORTHERN IRELAND DISCUSSION

Sen. Chris Murphy

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy is hosting a discussion of the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, which brought an end to the sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland.   George Mitchell, the former U.S. special envoy for Northern Ireland, and Ireland’s ambassador to the U.S., Daniel Mulhall, are scheduled to appear Tuesday at the Quinnipiac University School of Law to talk about the historic agreement and the state of peace today.   Members of the public are invited to attend, however space is limited. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and the doors open at 6 p.m. Reserve seats by sending an email to rsvp_Connecticut@murphy.senate.gov.   Murphy, a Democrat, is a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

STUDENT MEDIA SCHOLARSHIP

(WSBE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Students interested in pursuing a career in media could be getting a leg up on the cost of college.   Rhode Island Public Broadcasting Service (WSBE-TV) is offering a new $15,000 scholarship to high school seniors considering a career in broadcasting, communications or journalism.   High school seniors from the station’s broadcast area in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts who plan to attend a four-year college are eligible to apply. Scholarships will be renewable for up to four years, and is not restricted to Rhode Island universities.   Rhode Island PBS created the scholarship fund with proceeds from a one-time revenue boost. The deadline to apply is April 6.

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