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Mr. Jack C. Chiaramonte

Wrong Jack C. Chiaramonte?

Board Member

Norwalk Public Schools
125 East Avenue Post Office Box 6001
Norwalk , Connecticut 06852
United States

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Background

Employment History

  • Chairman
    Norwalk Public Schools
  • Chairman
    BOE
  • SoNo Business Owner and Chairman of the City's Board
    Education Finance Committee Meeting Part I

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Education Finance Committee Meeting Part I
  • Board Member
    Educatiton Finance Committee Meeting

Education

  • Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School
  • St. Johns University
  • New York University
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Web References
Board Members - Norwalk Public Schools
www.norwalkps.org, 15 Aug 2014 [cached]
Jack Chiaramonte Home phone: 203-984-7293 chiaramontej@norwalkps.org
Open Letter to Dr. Marks | Latest News (Norwalk Republican Town Committee)
www.norwalkrtc.org, 29 Nov 2010 [cached]
Jack Chiaramonte, Chairman - Norwalk Board of Education
A Shekel Here, A Shekel There | YourCT.com
www.yourct.com, 6 June 2013 [cached]
I've known BOE Chairman Jack Chiaramonte a long time. It is unfortunate that his offhand comment and usage of the world shekel is being used as a sign of anti-Semitism.
The Hour reported that; "Apparently the union doesn't care about the kids," Chiaramonte told The Hour on Tuesday. The union just cares about a few extra shekels in the pockets of its teachers."
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Of all things Jack Chiaramonte is, anti-semetic is not one of them. Jack is anti- many things. He is anti-union. He is anti-fair wage. Those are positions he should be challenged on. But to attack Jack for how he phrases issues, detracts from the issues at hand.
In 2007, here is Jack speaking against the fair-labor ordinance:
Mr. Jack Chiaramonte spoke next. He stated that he was a local Norwalk businessman and gave his address. He stated that he had read about the Living Wage that was before the Council. As a businessman, Mr. Chiaramonte stated that he was disturbed by the proposal. He stated that he did not feel it was the role of the government to impose on any business what they should be paying. Mr. Chiaramonte stated that it shouldn't be a union or organization that should dictate what someone should be paid. Mr. Chiaramonte asked if an impact study had been done on the amendment. He said he did not believe that this was the case. He commented that the last time something similar was done was during the DROP program and it has cost the City greatly. Mr. Chiaramonte said he did not understand how the administration could announce they would pass this without knowing all the facts. Mr. Chiaramonte stated that it was important to check out all the facts first before making the decision rather than the other way around. If a company that is doing business with the City is told that the wages he pays his workers must be a specific sum, then the contractor will raise his bid. Ultimately, the person who pays for this is the taxpayer. As a Norwalk taxpayer, Mr. Chiaramonte stated that this was not right. Mr. Chiaramonte then asked why it was that when the City requested bids, they chose the best bid, but at the same time require the contractor to pay a set wage. While it is a good and noble idea that everyone makes a living, no one requires someone to take a job. He stated that this was in effect another tax on the residents of Norwalk. Mr. Chiaramonte suggested that this proposal should be sent to France rather than remain in our free market.
Jack's position on fair wages is a much bigger issue, one based on economics, not anti-Semitism.
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On the other hand, if Jack has instead said something along the lines that the 'Teachers' Union was acting niggardly,' we'd all be praising his correct usage of language, right?
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Jack C. may not have intended his comment to come off the way it did, I actually take more offense at the derogatory way he treated the union and therefore the teachers of Norwalk. If I was a teacher of one of his children and they asked me to write a recommendation I'd probably do it, but kick myself twice for spending the extra uncompensated time for doing so.
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There is a lot to not like about Chiaramonte and this insensitive use of the word shekels is, or should be, a long way down on the list. That doesn't make it it less offensive, but we may be making too much of it. His excuse, that he is from New York and his use of the language is acceptable there, is not an excuse.
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Chiaramonte was angry at the union president. The union president is Jewish. Chiaramonte talked about the union putting "shekels" in their pockets rather than worrying about the kids. It's got feathers like an anti-semitic duck, it's quacking like an anti-semitic duck and so chances are . . . .
Anonymous
And I suppose if Chiaramonte said that Teachers' Union wanted to put 'cabbage' in their pockets, you would be saying that because Mellion is Jewish and of Eastern European descent that 'cabbage' was anti-Semetic too?
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If Chiaramonte looked at the facts before shooting off his mouth, he might find the DROP program was started as a money saving device and has accomplished the goal nicely.
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While there are many times I agree with Jack, this does not happen to be one of them.
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I don't think Jack is antisemitic or a bigot (I've only talked to him a couple of times, but I don't think he's a tough read). Sure, his comment was picked up by the AP and ran in lots of newspapers, which kind of suggets that it was probably odd for a school board to something so potentially offsensive. But, let's not worry what people in Denver or LA or Boston are reading in their papers about our schools. So let's say we cut off the argument as to whether or not his comment was intemperate, inarticulate or just insensitive. We can cut off the bluster about being angry at union leadership and the bluster by the union leadership that they are angry at the BOE chair. What do you have? You still have a flawed school department (the COO said the accounting system was broken), a BOE that typically votes 7-2 for most everything this superintendent wants (so far, only two members challenge her on anything) and a bunch of do-nothing third administrators making over $100 grand. Plus, you have one guy that Jack voted to give LIFETIME life insurance to and who got a nice raise (which added to his pension even though he got to take furlough days). Now, look at the "hard zero" that Jack wants to give to the teachers- no lifetime life insurance, no raises (not even on paper) and no furlough days even for giving up contract rights- basically, the deal that was good enough for his friend isn't good enough for the folks teaching our kids.
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Right on, Jack!
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I don't know, Jack.
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I still agree with Jack on other issues.
By Robert Koch - NORWALK - ...
www.dariendemocrats.com, 10 Jan 2013 [cached]
By Robert Koch - NORWALK - Democrat Bob Duff beat Republican challenger Jack Chiaramonte to secure a fifth term representing the 25th District in the state Senate in Hartford.
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With 62 percent of the votes reported, Duff had 13,266 votes to Chiaramonte's 7,602.
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Chiaramonte said it looked like he won in Darien and lost in Norwalk. The 25th District includes both communities.
"I'll have to congratulate (Duff) and let's hope we can see Norwalk move forward and now that the election's over that we come together again, and we work together for the betterment of the city," Chiaramonte said.
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Chiaramonte, a SoNo business owner and chairman of the city's Board of Education, identified changing the state's Education Cost Sharing formula to Norwalk's favor, repealing early release for violent criminals and cutting spending as his top priorities if he is elected to Hartford.
In his recent candidate profile to The Hour, Chiaramonte said, "I am not a polished politician."
"I am everyman that has had enough of what is wrong with our State and I certainly have a passion to want a better Connecticut," Chiaramonte said.
Norwalk Public Schools
www.norwalkpublicschools.org, 27 Dec 2009 [cached]
ATTENDANCE: Jody Bishop-Pullan, Chair; Amy Jimenez, Glenn Iannaccone, Jack Chiaramonte
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** THE MOTION PASSED WITH THREE IN FAVOR (BISHOP-PULLAN, IANNACCONE, AND JIMENEZ) AND ONE ABSTENTION (CHIARAMONTE)
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Chiaramonte then said that the Committee had discussed the fact that when there is a snow day, the Central Office does not need to come in and this costs the District $22,000 a day.
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Mr. Chiaramonte said that Dr. Cook had given him that number.
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Mr. Chiaramonte asked if the Board could forbid the underclassmen from participating in activities like school trips.
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Mr. Chiaramonte asked if all the Bargaining groups would have to agree to the proposal.
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Mr. Chiaramonte asked about the Human Relations officer.
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Mr. Chiaramonte said that the City has a Human Relations officer and perhaps the Joint Study Group could investigate combining this.
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Mr. Chiaramonte said that he could not support the hockey team, but understood that having sports teams in high school was very important. He said that if there was a creative way of the families finding funds, he would like to see that happen.
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Mr. Chiaramonte asked about the amount that the District paid for transportation.
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Mr. Chiaramonte said that he could not support the reduction of the dance program.
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