A vacancy on the Danbury Board of Education has been filled by Republican Emanuela Palmeras, who was appointed by Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton Tuesday. The opening was caused after a Democrat elected on November 7th was deemed ineligible.
The nomination was made in July, before Jeanne Grandieri accepted a Certified Behavioral Therapist position in October with Danbury Public Schools. The candidate didn't know she couldn't hold both positions, and didn't tell the DTC about the hiring until after the election.
The Danbury Democratic Town Committee issued a statement saying the Mayor usurped the authority of the board, and undermined the will of Danbury electors. State statute allows the remaining Board members to appoint a new member. The Democratic Caucus of the Board of Education does not officially recognize the Mayor’s authority to take this action and is exploring legal options.
DTC Chairman Gene Eriquez said in a statement to the Board at their meeting Wednesday that the mantra of 'People over Politics' rings hollow on this matter.