Each week on the Ethan and Lou Show we invite on the candidates for Mayor in the Hat City. Democratic Candidate Roberto Alves joined us Friday and asked his opponent: "If Danbury is so great and it's been so great, why did you leave?"
Danbury Democratic candidate for Mayor Roberto Alves responds to comment from opponent: "I've made it clear to anybody who has asked, I'm not about defunding the police. In fact, as a member of the City Council, there's also a record on that too, right? And, the comical part is that the only person talking about defunding the police is Dean Esposito."
Republican Danbury Mayoral candidate Dean Esposito fired a shot across that bow at his opponent Roberto Alves saying: "You know my opponent calls for defunding the police. He's taken a position to defund the police by accepting his nomination from the Working Families Party."
We spoke to Danbury Mayoral Candidate Roberto Alves about critics saying he wants to raise taxes. Alves had this to say: "Just like my promise is to be responsible with our city's money, we have a great team around us, of people, not just with me, with private sector experience but with public experience too whose full goal is to not price anybody out of Danbury, we can do this responsibly."
We spoke to Republican candidate for Danbury Mayor, Dean Esposito about CT's financial contributions to Danbury schools. Esposito said: "I think New Britain gets double the money that we get from the state and our share is just the reverse. We pay almost nine thousand per student, they get nine thousand from the state per student."
The Danbury Teachers have officially announced they are endorsing Democrat Roberto Alves for Mayor. This is the first time in over ten years they've officially given their support to a Mayoral candidate. The NEA (National Education Association) of Danbury recently made the announcement which was distributed in a press release on Monday (9/27/21).
We spoke to Danbury Republican Dean Esposito, a candidate for Mayor and he highlighted some of what he believes makes the Hat City great, saying: "we kept taxes so low that people are flowing into the city everyday to live here because it's a quality of life issue. You know, we have jobs, we've had over I think last year alone a thousand new businesses open in Danbury and that is from corporations with worldwide headquarters to restaurants and small stores so that's a huge issue."
The first interview of this series with Democratic candidate Roberto Alves was this morning (9/24/21) and we wanted to get a baseline of what he believes the issues are, Alves responded: "I think what you'll hear over and over is education. You've seen pictures on social media of crowded hallways, you hear everyday about school overcrowding. Our kids couldn't go back to school full-time last year during COVID because we didn't have the space to be able to safely, obviously COVID was a unique scenario and we recognize that."