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United Way Honors Danbury's Hometown Heroes At Benefit Dinner

DANBURY, Conn. — United Way of Western Connecticut will honor several of the heroes that the city of Danbury has to offer at the fourth annual Hometown Heroes Benefit Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Among those being honored at the dinner are Corporate Philanthropy Award winner Union Savings Bank; Small Business Hero Award winner Elmer Palma of Elmer's Diner; Hometown Heroes Celia Bacelar-Palmares, Emanuela Palmares and Angela Barbosa of Tribuna Newspaper and The New American Dream Foundation; and Emerging Hero Kendra Dascano.

“Our Hometown Hero and our Emerging Hero awardees have all made deep and unique contributions to the fabric of their local communities,” said Kimberly Morgan, CEO of United Way of Western Connecticut. “It is such a pleasure to be able to shine a light on their accomplishments and service.”

DANBURY PATCH

WATCH: State Rep. Bob Godfrey Calls Danbury 'Dumping Ground for Poor and Ethnic Minorities'

By Wendy Ann Mitchell               

DANBURY, CT — Deputy Speaker and State Representative Bob Godfrey is under fire for calling cities "dumping grounds for poor people and ethnic minorities." Emanuela Palmares, his opponent, a candidate for the 110th General Assembly District, and members of the community, reacted to his statement.

“We are offended as an entire community within the 110th that Mr. Godfrey would use such toxic and divisive language to describe the City of Danbury. It is clear how out of touch he is and why we need a change on November 8th,” said Palmares.

NEWSTIMES

Candidates spar over “dumping ground” comments

By Rob Ryser

DANBURY - A GOP statehouse challenger is circulating a web video accusing a longtime Democratic incumbent of denigrating the downtown as a “dumping ground” for poor people and ethnic minorities.

But Democratic state Rep. Bob Godfrey said the words cited in the video by GOP challenger Emanuela Palmares show that he objects to urban residents getting less attention than wealthier suburbanites.

“My whole career has been to take care of my home town,” said Godfrey, the 13-term representative of Danbury’s urban 110th District. “I got into politics to make sure the hungry get fed and homeless people find a home and people without health care get it.”

Palmares’ video begins with audio of Godfrey saying during a mid-October debate, “We need to take care of our cities and stop using them as dumping grounds for poor people and ethnic minorities.”

PRESS RELEASE

Emanuela Palmares Reacts to Representative Godfrey Calling Cities a Dumping Ground for Poor People and Ethnic Minorities

Today, Emanuela Palmares, candidate for the 110 th General Assembly District, and members of thecommunity, reacted to her opponent Deputy Speaker and State Representative Bob Godfrey calling cities “dumping grounds for poor people and ethnic minorities.”


“We are offended as an entire community within the 110th that Bob Godfrey would use such toxic and divisive language to describe the City of Danbury. It is clear how out of touch he is and why we need a change on November 8th .” Said Palmares The campaign released a 90 second Web Video to highlight the clear differences between the current
representation and the hope and optimism for the future of the 110th .


“We are not a dumping ground. We are people who are born and raised or have come from another country. Who regardless of our ethnicity or how much money we have work hard and have dreams. Dreams that drive our city forward. What keeps businesses from coming from our Downtown? It’s not us, its your actions Mr. Godfrey. We are not the problem; we are the answer.” Said Palmares


These comments were made by Mr. Godfrey at the “Meet the Candidates Night at Broadview Middle School on October 18th and was hosted by the Danbury City-Wide PTO.


For more information, please contact John Kleinhans at press@emanuela2016.com.

NEWSTIMES: Danbury House candidates clash over Latino issues

By Rob Ryser

DANBURY — Veteran lawmaker Rep. Bob Godfrey says if voters want to see what he has done for the city’s urban core in his 13 terms as a state legislator, they need only drive around Danbury.

“From Main Street to the schools to Western (Connecticut State University) to transportation and roads and bridges — everywhere you look, there has been something I have happily touched,” said Godfrey, 68, who is running for a 14th two-year term. “I would like to continue to do that service.”

But Godfrey’s challenger said she has lived and worked in the same 110th District he has represented for a generation, and she claims as many as half of its 25,000 residents do not know him.

“I am hearing a different story,” said GOP challenger Emanuela Palmares, 33, a Brazil native and editor of the city’s trilingual newspaper, Tribuna. “It is almost as if we are talking about two 110th Districts.”