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On Air News Read for November 15, 2017

Senate Bill 1 9 3, the bill that allows parents to establish Education Savings Accounts for their kids, is one step closer to becoming law after receiving an “Ought to Pass” recommendation from the House Education Committee yesterday.  That was a bi-partisan vote with two Republicans voting against the bill and two Democrats, including Manchester Ward Nine State Rep. Barbara Shaw, voting in favor.  Under the bill, parents who want to send their children to any school other than the government run one mandated by their school district, would enter into a contract with an eligible scholarship organization which...

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On Air News Read for September 28, 2017

Girard at Large has obtained a list of aldermen in the city of Manchester who take taxpayer provided health and dental benefits using the state’s Right to Know law.  Ward Ten Alderman Bill Barry, Ward Eight Alderman Tom Katsiantonis and at-Large aldermen Dan O’Neil and Joe Kelly Levasseur are taking family health and dental plans.  Ward Seven Alderman Bill Shea and Ward Nine Alderman Barbara Shaw each take two person plans.  The total taxpayer tab for the premium costs are just under one hundred twenty thousand dollars. Last week, Girard at Large published the names of school board members...

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Gravel: Watching the aldermen with complete disgust

Publisher’s Note:  We post this testimony given by Ward 7 resident Lisa Gravel to the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 My name is Lisa Gravel and I have been a property owner in Ward 7 for almost 18 years. I have watched many of these Board meeting and been filled with complete disgust.  I watch as you vote on unsustainable contract after unsustainable contract.  Giving city employees getting perks I can only dream of.  I mean “Fast Day”??  This is a holiday that has not been on the books since the 90’s.  So...

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Mayor Ted Gatsas on Panhandling, Street Closing, Road Degradation, Etc.

(Hours 3a,b,c) Rich was met by Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas for their weekly interview.  The discussion tackled the following topics:  City Solicitor’s opposition towards panhandling enforcement  Lowell Street closing Complaints leveled towards the benefiting business Suggestion regarding closing Elm Street for businesses  (Hour 3b) Rich and Mayor Gatsas continued with: Crime being down in the Queen City Farmer’s Market started last week Neighborhood watch The road degradation suit State budget issues Click here to view General Stark playing the piano! (Hour 3c) Rich and the Mayor ended the show by talking about: Concerns with the budget Manchester School redistricting Veto...

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Ed Sapienza and Manchester’s Tax Cap Override

(Hour 2b) Rich took a call from Ed Sapienza in Manchester, who discussed the recent budget that was passed, wondering how upset fiscal conservatives have a right to be.  He shared his opinion on the budget and they tackled the override of the tax cap.  They spoke about the effects of last year’s tax cap override and Rich explained what Manchester residents should expect as a result of this year’s budget.  Tune in to get all of the...

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Mayor Ted Gatsas: Budgets and Conflicts of Interest

(Hours 3b,c) Rich was joined by Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas to continue talking about the recent budget battles at city hall. Included in the conversation was the discussion about how the budget will effect the opioid crisis Manchester is going through, specifically city funding to recovery places and the safe station program. They then talked about the controversy surrounding funding for improvements to a park on the West Side, and the political games being played with its renovation despite its increase in popularity.     (Hour 3c) After the break, Rich was again joined by the Mayor to talk...

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Unions Hurting the Workers

(Hour 3a) The hour started with the breaking news of a shooting at a congressional baseball practice where Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) was shot in the hip, and other people at the practice were also shot in Alexandria, VA. Rich was then joined by Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas to talk about last night’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, and how Mayor Gatsas let vetoes fly. The Mayor then talked about how he has previously vetoed contracts, and how the contracts that the unions are seeking can actually result in layoffs and be worse for the members of those...

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Contracts Galore in the Queen City

(Hour 2b) Rich continued by talking about the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting that happened last night. Rich discussed what he blogged at the meeting, which you can read here. Rich then talked about how the board is using money from the state, which isn’t actually here yet and may never be, to offset costs in the school district. Eddie from Manchester then called in to talk about Alderman Herbert’s comments about firefighters being paid less, and why Eddie thinks that what the Alderman had to say was a degrading and disrespectful comment towards firefighters in the Queen...

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Budget Showdown and Shoddy Numbers

(Hour 2a) Rich started off the second hour by talking about last night’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, which included some weird errors when it came to the tax rate set by Hillsborough County in the proposed budget. It was explained away as possibly a rounding error, but there may be something more at play. He then went over the tax cap override, and how even if tax rates don’t change, the citizens of Manchester end up paying more via property values increasing. That led Ed Naile to talk about a time that he sued a town over...

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Breaches of Office in Manchester

(Hour 1a) Rich started the show by talking about last night’s Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting. The discussion focused on the fire contract and possible conflicts of interest by aldermen Ron Ludwig and Normand Gamache, saying that they violated their oathes of office, and should possibly be removed for violating the city charter in that way. He then went on to talk about more conflicts of interest that have happened in the city revolving around the teachers’ contract by other members of the boards, and around the creation and the purpose of the tax...

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