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Pension Transfers Nixed

5/8/2019
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Sam Gurwitt

The Hamden Legislative Council rejected most of a series of transfers that would have diverted almost $2.5 million budgeted for the town’s pension fund to pay other bills. Council members Lauren Garrett, Harry Gagliardi, and Cory O’Brien opposed the transfers.

“If you keep coming to the cookie jar, at some point you’re going to get your hand slapped,” said Garrett.

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Garrett’s Announcement Theme: No More “Business As Usual”

5/1/2019
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Sam Gurwitt

Standing in front of her kids, their friends, and Hamden Memorial Town Hall’s thick Ionic columns, Hamden Councilwoman Lauren Garrett announced Wednesday afternoon that she hopes to “chart a new course” as the town’s next mayor. Garrett told the assembled supporters that she wants “to shut the door on ‘business as usual’ and open the door to innovations.

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Mayoral Challenges Set

04/30/2019
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Sam Gurwitt

Hamden Councilwoman Lauren Garrett is launching a Democratic primary challenge to Mayor Curt Leng. Garrett plans to announce her candidacy Wednesday on the steps of Hamden Memorial Town Hall at 5 p.m.

“I want to make sure that we have a long-term plan for Hamden,” she told the Independent. She said that she will run on a platform of financial responsibility.

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Hamden overdue on utilities, underfunding fire service

4/18/2019
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Claire Dignan

“ The town faces a fiscal crisis that has put services at risk if the Legislative Council doesn’t take immediate action.”

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Optimistic Revenue Projections Questioned

4/5/2019
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Sam Gurwitt

Garrett said that she went through the budget and calculated $6 million in revenues that she does not believe the town will actually receive. That is around a mill and two-thirds. District 2 Rep. Harry Gagliardi came up with a similar figure.

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Petition Drive Targets Cops In Schools

3/29/2019
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Sam Gurwitt

...said At-Large Rep. Lauren Garrett, who serves as chair of the council’s Education Committee. “It results in more harsh and more frequent cases of discipline for students of color and students with disabilities.”

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Hamden OKs Mayor’s Office Reshuffle

3/1/2019
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Sam Gurwitt

Rep. Garrett, another council member who voted against the changes, said that “tonight I’m going to be standing in solidarity with the unions.”

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Hamden Panel Calls For Teacher, Curriculum Diversity

1/30/2019
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Sam Gurwitt

The meeting, which was organized by Legislative Council Rep. Lauren Garrett, convened a line-up of educators and activists to discuss the need for teachers of color and a more culturally inclusive curriculum

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Hamden Weighs Where To Grow, & How

1/3/2019
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Paul Bass

“The big challenge is...tackling challenges like the need for more affordable housing and updated infrastructure amid tight fiscal times, said Garrett.

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$9M Problem Solved? Or Pushed Back?

12/17/2018
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Sam Gurwitt

According to at-large Council Rep. Lauren Garrett, the reason the budget has had shortfalls for years is that the town keeps making budgets that have inflated revenue projections. She said the the town could have prevented the budget shortfall by not relying on inflated projections. (Garrett wasn’t yet on the Council for that budget year.)

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