Steve Collins (interview)

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60 min

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Side A:
0-10 min: political background of Danbury, background of Sunderland, emergence of the democrats in ’27, history of Danbury election process
10-20 min: mayoral families and involvements with Danbury, KKK involvement in Danbury, Democratic Party at turn of 20th century, Keating’s involvement in Danbury
20-30 min: conflict with traffic court and peace court, Keating’s involvement with Danbury school board, Cunningham in the election, hiring first colored member of office, Previty election, utility costs under Previty

Side B:
0-10 min: tax information for Danbury, Danbury land grabs under Sunderland, cost of water department, distribution of European families, conflicts of Prevety trying to leave mayorship
10-20 min: flood management, town politics, Sweeney elected in ’41, promotions in various town departments, lack of merit system in town politics, faults of general town meetings
20-30 min: challenging petitions failing, town legislature not honoring protests because it was under private charters, Keating against bills that challenged his power, impossible to write consolidation for new charter, news times explaining why tax payers paying 96% of town expenses, consolidation of new charter carried over, mayor endorsing consolidation, outcomes of consolidation


Janick, Herbert F. and William E., 1949- Devlin. “Steve Collins (interview).” Herb Janick Papers, MS012. WCSU Archives, 9 July 2019. Accessed on the Web: 22 Jan. 2020.



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