The federal COVID relief money flowing into municipalities such as Colchester can bring with it an increased level of scrutiny.
The state’s Municipal Accountability Review Board will have more power to control West Haven’s budgets, its purchasing department and more.
Erick Russell got the Democratic endorsement for state treasurer, and Rep. Stephanie Thomas got the endorsement for secretary of the state.
Democrats positioned Sen. Richard Blumenthal — and the party as a whole — as a bulwark against GOP efforts to strip Americans of their rights.
The reforms come as a federal investigation of the program under its former director, Kosta Diamantis, is underway.
The state treasurer had hoped to return smaller sums to individuals even if they didn’t file a claim, but the new bill would complicate that.
State ethics officials in 1999 ruled the ownership structure for the group homes was a “direct conflict of interest” under Connecticut law.
The Senate voted 23-11 to pass the bill, which would make Connecticut the second state in the country to ban such meetings, alongside Oregon.
Kosta Diamantis showed a special interest in his daughter’s quest for state employment on a number of occasions in early 2020, emails show.
The Municipal Accountability Review Board voted to tighten its grip over West Haven’s spending even as the city’s leaders objected.
The auditors found officials mismanaged audits and failed to enforce price caps meant to hold down costs for local school building projects.
A review of 80 audits reveals a dysfunctional system for examining and managing billions of dollars in school construction projects.
Officials are considering a takeover of West Haven’s finances after an audit found the city misspent federal pandemic relief funding.
The state treasurer’s office is advocating for legislation to automatically return unclaimed money to Connecticut residents.
The subpoena ordered local officials in Enfield to turn over seven years of records related to school building projects and Kosta Diamantis.