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Michael Handler, New Canaan Republican, Takes Major Step Forward in CT Gubernatorial Bid

New Canaan resident Michael Handler is poised to take an important step forward in his bid for the Connecticut governor’s seat, as his campaign announced Monday that it has surpassed a key fundraising threshold. By exceeding $250,000 in qualifying contributions—none of which came from lobbyists or state contractors—the Republican is expected to qualify for public financing under the Citizens’ Election Program or ‘CEP.’

“I am extremely proud of the support that our campaign continues to receive,” Handler said in a press release. “Clearly, our message is resonating—the challenges we face as a state are fixable. I will address our threatening fiscal situation, reduce taxes and excessive regulations, and attract new businesses to our state. As CFO of Stamford, I fixed the mess Dan Malloy left behind after 14 years as mayor. Continue Reading →

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Did You Hear … ?

The town on Feb. 27 received an application to build Merritt Village, the 110-unit complex on the Maple and Park Streets block at the edge of downtown New Canaan, approved in November 2016 by the Planning & Zoning Commission. The application calls for four multi-family residential buildings with 167,746 gross square feet and a combination of underground and surface parking. ***

And now, a photo of Parking Enforcement Officer Mike McCargo with New Canaan’s Lummi Roscoe, a Pomeranian. ***

The Board of Finance on Thursday night voted unanimously to approve a town-wide budget for next fiscal year of $150.9 million—an overall increase of 1.89 percent—including a Board of Education operating budget of $89.7 million. Continue Reading →

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Officials: Power in Town To Be ‘Substantially’ Restored by 11 p.m. Sunday

Update 4:30 p.m. Friday

Emergency Management Director Mike Handler said in a 3 p.m. announcement Friday that through the Emergency Operations Center’s coordinated efforts of the town and Eversource, all of New Canaan now is accessible by vehicles such as fire trucks and ambulances. “We still have approximately 100 roadways with known hazards,” Handler said. “Please do not move any barricades or caution tape. Currently 1,338 homes or 16 percent of town are without power. Eversource is now able to estimate that ‘substantially’ all power will be restored by 11 p.m. on Sunday.”

Here’s an interactive map that shows problem areas:

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New Canaan Public Schools will be closed Friday, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi said, as New Canaan continues to deal with dozens of road closures and downed wires, with no firm timetable for restoration. Continue Reading →

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Power Slowly Returning in New Canaan; What’s Open & Closed

—Gallery photos by Eden Neleman

Wet, heavy snow fell rapidly on New Canaan starting Wednesday afternoon, knockng down trees and power lines, causing outages and prompting emergency responders to close roads. New Canaan Public Schools will be closed again on Thursday, with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bryan Luizzi citing very dangerous road conditions as a reason. New Canaan Library will open at 12 p.m. Metro-North Railroad service is suspended on the New Canaan branch. Emergency Management Director Mike Handler said late Wednesday that some 75 roads in town were blocked with trees and what should be assumed to be “live and dangerous” power lines. According to Eversource, outages in New Canaan jumped up to 35 percent or 2,965 homes as of 7:15 a.m. Thursday. Continue Reading →

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Emergency Management Director on AccuWeather’s False Tsunami Alert: ‘At No Time Was There Any Risk to New Canaan’

The head of emergency management in New Canaan is decrying a false mobile alert this morning from the AccuWeather app that notified users of a “Tsunami Warning.”

Advances in science mean that severe weather events can be better predicted, and technology has improved communication and preparedness, according to Emergency Management Director Mike Handler. Yet “all of these efforts are undermined when the public loses trust in the chain of communication.”

“This morning’s event involved an 8:28 am AccuWeather Severe Weather Alert that was apparently released in error. After consulting with the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, I learned that the National Weather Service conducted a proper test that included the appropriate indications that it was in fact a test. This test message was somehow picked up by Accuweather and pushed out via their notification app. At no time was there any risk to New Canaan and we continue to follow up with the State to fully understand what happened and to ensure that this type of error does not get repeated. Continue Reading →

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