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Photo of Senator Bob Duff.

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER

Bob Duff

Standing Up For You!

ABC to End Disparaging Portrayal of Norwalk Residents

I was very happy to receive the news that ABC has come to its senses and will end its denigrating portrayal of Norwalk residents—particularly students—on its sitcom “American Housewife.”

Last week I joined the chorus of criticism being heaped on the new ABC sitcom and sent a letter to ABC Entertainment Group President Channing Dungey asking ABC to cease its attacks on Norwalk and to issue an apology to the nearly 90,000 people who call Norwalk their home.

Disney - ABC

Various Norwalk officials have written ABC voicing their opposition to the portrayal of Norwalk residents on the show. Concerned citizens launched an online petition to encourage ABC to stop the Norwalk insults: www.stoptheinsults.com.

I’m very thankful that citizens have responded to the petition and also got the word out to ABC/Disney, and their efforts didn’t go unnoticed by network executives.
 

Upcoming Tree Lightings in Norwalk

Senator Duff at tree ligthing.

6:00 p.m. Friday, December 1 at Norwalk City Hall, Front Lawn

7:00 p.m. Friday, December 1 at the First Taxing District, Norwalk Green

5:00 p.m. Sunday, December 3 at the Third Taxing District, Roger Ludlow Triangle, East Norwalk
 

Holiday Season TV Schedule

It's a Wonderful Life

It’s time for my annual rundown of classic holiday shows.

Thursday, November 30
8:00 p.m. - A Charlie Brown Christmas (ABC)
9:00 p.m. - The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration (ABC)

Sunday, December 3
1:10 p.m. - Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (Freeform)

Friday, December 8
7:00 a.m. - The Little Drummer Boy (Freeform)
8:00 p.m. - A Christmas Carol (1951) (TCM)

Saturday, December 9
8:00 p.m. - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (CBS)
8:00 p.m. - It's A Wonderful Life (NBC)
9:00 p.m. - Frosty the Snowman (CBS)

Sunday, December 10
7:00 a.m. - Jack Frost (1979) (Freeform)

Monday, December 11
1:35 p.m. - Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (Freeform)

Saturday, December 16
7:00 a.m. - The Little Drummer Boy (Freeform)

Friday, December 22
8:00 p.m. - Christmas in Connecticut (TCM)

Sunday, December 24
8:00 p.m. - A Christmas Story (TBS)

What are your favorites?

Here's the complete list: www.christmastvschedule.com.
 

The Congressional Republican Tax Plan

Last week, I joined members of the Senate Democratic Caucus and Connecticut Realtors to highlight the Republican tax plan and its devastating impact, including tax increases on the middle class and damage to home values.

Video of Senator Duff.

This holiday season, Republicans in Congress are serving up tax increases for Connecticut’s middle class and homeowners. The Republican tax plan all but eliminates tax incentives for homeownership at a time when the market is strong and when we are seeing multiple buyers bid on a property. There is no surer way to slam the door on a hot real estate market than passing the Republican tax plan.

Additionally, Republicans in the United States Senate have included a provision in their version of the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and increase the number of uninsured Americans by 13 million.
 

Critical State Support for Norwalk and Darien

Serving lunch at Ludlow Commons.

This week, the State Bond Commission approved critical funding for area education, transportation, housing, tourism and public safety projects.

State government continues to invest in projects like senior housing, public education and our environment, because not only do these items symbolize the great quality of life that we enjoy here in Connecticut, they are also economic engines for the region, supporting jobs, educational excellence and affordable housing.

The State Bond Commission approved:

  • $3,406,784 grant to the Housing Authority of the City of Norwalk to assist with rehabilitation of the 44 unit Ludlow Commons Congregate Housing development.
  • $1,080,000 for various Norwalk “Alliance District” public school improvements, including but not limited to windows, doors, boilers, heating and ventilation systems, communications/technology systems, lockers, floors, ceilings, restrooms, lighting, energy efficiency, entryways, driveways, parking areas, play areas, athletic fields, various equipment, roof repairs and installation or upgrade of security equipment.
  • $908,250 grant for the reconstruction of Norwalk’s Visitors’ Dock. Funding for this reconstruction comes from the Small Harbor Improvement Projects Program.
  • $483,663 for the Side By Side Charter School in Norwalk for debt repayment and school ground improvements.
  • $87,142 for the Darien Police Department for the purchase body cameras and video storage devices.
  • $94,476,091 for the ongoing project to replace the Walk Bridge swing bridge on the New Haven Line in Norwalk. This project replaces of the 121 year-old Walk Bridge, which carries 39 million passengers annually on four tracks of the New Haven commuter rail line over the Norwalk River.