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Danbury residents cut off from public speaking during City Council meeting

Danbury Mayor Dean Espositio has presided over his City Council meeting.  Usually 30 minutes are set aside for members of the public to address items on the agenda.  One man started speaking about the Public Works Department report and the flooding issue at West Street, but Esposito stopped him noting that speaking is only allowed on specific items and not the reports. 

The resident called that a vast departure from prior administrations. 

Another resident then tried to talk about the Public Health Department report and homelessness, but again was cut off. 

No one else stood up to talk. 

Councilman Joe Cavo was presented with a plaque last night in recognition of his service as Mayor.  He stepped up into the position when former Mayor Mark Boughton left for a state job.  Cavo was elected as City Councilman at large last month. 

The Council also appointed a new chief of staff in the Mayor's office, a position previously held by Mayor Dean Esposito.  Roger Palanzo was confirmed to the role.  He was serving as Economic Development Director for the City.

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