Stamford

Stamford activist group Save Our Boatyard celebrated this past weekend Bridgewater Associates' decision to back out of a state economic development incentive package to relocate to a 14-acre waterfront parcel in the city's South End. That property, formerly known as Brewer's Yacht Haven had served as the city's boatyard for 100 years until its owner, developer Building and Land Technology, decided to tear down the boatyard in late 2011 and not renew the operator's lease. Maureen Boylan of the activist group says they're now focused on getting a boatyard rebuilt at the site.

Now that the Martin administration has gotten the necessary approvals to apply for a state funding grant for an interdistrict magnet PreK-5 school, it will be up to lawmakers to ultimately decide if they'll lift a state moratorium or allow the application to be processed as an expansion of an existing school. Legislative members of Stamford's own state delegation say they haven't yet taken a position. 

The Stamford Board of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday night among the 27 members in attendance to appropriate and authorize bonding of up to $10M to purchase the Sacred Heart Academy, but lost three votes when it came to an up to $55M bond authorization request. That request still passed with a majority and Mayor David Martin assured the body's fiscal committee before the vote that the move only assists them in applying for a state grant and does not automatically mean the city will sell the bonds.

The Stamford Board of Finance voted 5-1 Tuesday night to approve an 11th-hour appropriation for $2.1M for a projected shortfall in several departments including police and fire. That's not before board members chastised the Martin Administration and this year's budgetary process for not keeping the body better informed of the projections.

Stamford boards of finance and education made necessary approvals Tuesday night to allow the city to meet a grant application to the state by a June 30, 2014 deadline. The final vote by the Board of Representatives is Wednesday night, but essentially the same body already approved the measure last week indicating its support. 

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