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Mr. Jack C. Chiaramonte

Chairman

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Background Information

Employment History

Norwalk Republican Town Committee

Affiliations

Board Member
Norwalk Public Schools

Board Member
Education Committees

Board Member
Educatiton Finance Committee Meeting

Education

Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School

New York University

St. Johns University

Web References (67 Total References)


Board of Education members Sue Haynie ...

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Board of Education members Sue Haynie and Jack Chiaramonte, the BOE chairman covering much of the period, also routinely took it on the chin.

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The next newsletter NancyOnNorwalk has on file is from March 2011, which requests an apology from Chiaramonte for his "personal attacks" and "rude, accusatory manner.
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"Jack, instead of all the nasty outbursts, just think what would have happened if you had really fought for the operating budget for 2011-2012, as you should have but chose not to!
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"... Jack, do you really not believe that the public will remember all the unseemly notoriety you have brought to yourself, the position you hold, the Board, and the community? Oh, Jack, you are just so wrong!"
Chiaramonte won re-election that year.
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In December 2012 Mellion devotes page space to Chiaramonte and Haynie, with the headlines "Bye, Bye Jack" and "Sue, Your Day is Coming!
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The reference to Chiaramonte concerned the end of his two-year run as chairman of the BOE.
Chiaramonte "provided the worst leadership any Norwalk Board of Education chairman has ever provided," Mellion wrote.
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That was a contract that Jack Chiaramonte voted to approve.


A Shekel Here, A Shekel There | YourCT.com

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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 . . . .
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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.


In the News Archives | Page 3 of 112 | YourCT.com

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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."
...
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.


Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, Weston and Wilton Connecticut News, Sports, Business, Obituaries and Advertising - The Hour - Norwalk's Newspaper

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Did you find BOE Chairman Jack Chiaramonte's "shekels" comment offensive?[ Mar 23, 2011 ]


yourct.com – connecticut news, arts, & politics

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Jack Chiaramonte

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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."
...
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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