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Christopher McDermott

Christopher McDermott has 99 articles published.

Christopher McDermott covers regional business and local government for the Connecticut Examiner. He previously worked as a staff reporter for the Journal Inquirer covering education, economic development, and policing in Manchester and several small towns. He graduated in 2017 with a degree in English from the University of Connecticut, where he was news editor at the student-run The Daily Campus.
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Courtney Talks Business and Worker Relief, Protecting Medical Staff, and Potential Next Steps for Congress amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Congress passed three major relief efforts in March in response to the coronavirus, the largest totaled approximately $2 trillion. In a Thursday morning teleconference hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, Rep. Joe Courtney said he thinks the crisis will push Congress to act further and that the country’s shortage of personal protective… Keep Reading

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Passero recommends 4.48% Mill Rate Reduction for New London in 2020-21 Budget Presentation

NEW LONDON — Mayor Michael Passero’s budget recommendation for fiscal year 2020-21 calls for a 4.48 percent decrease in the city’s property tax rates, made possible by growth in overall taxable property and the retirement of some city debt. Passero presented his budget recommendation to the City Council by teleconference Wednesday night. “Despite the remarkable… Keep Reading

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With Big Implications for Connecticut, the Census Moves Forward Even as Field Operations Suspended by Coronavirus

Over a third of Connecticut households have already been counted, but federal, state, and local officials acknowledge that the coronavirus and social distancing are adding extra challenges to the decennial count of every person in the United States. You can still respond by phone, and this is the first year that the U.S. Census Bureau… Keep Reading

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Groton Town Council Sends RTM $130.4 million Budget, Preparing for Coronavirus Uncertainty

GROTON — The Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to send a $130,453,984 budget for fiscal year 2020-21 to the Representative Town Meeting.  With a budget increase of 1.1 percent over fiscal year 2019-20, Mayor Patrice Granatosky said the council had streamlined the budget process and cut expenses to prepare for the economic uncertainty and likely… Keep Reading

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Food Pantries Seek Donations and Volunteers as Social Services adapt to Coronavirus

As the coronavirus spreads and the state sets stricter guidelines for social distancing, food pantries and other nonprofits around southeastern Connecticut have to find new ways of serving their populations while also meeting a sudden rise in needs. Many of the area’s senior centers, nonprofit childcare centers, and other face-to-face services have been suspended amid… Keep Reading

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Fear, Stigma, Blame — UConn Prof Considers the Novel Virus

There are human tendencies in times of a epidemic that drive people to fear, bogus medical advice, and casting blame on society’s most vulnerable, said University of Connecticut Professor of English Thomas Long, who studies social reactions to epidemics in culture and literature. “Epidemics have often, not always, but often been described as having a… Keep Reading

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Calling Impact Worse than 2008-9, Lamont Outlines Aid and Possible Further Steps

Gov. Ned Lamont outlined measures that his administration is taking to soften the economic impact of the Coronavirus outbreak in a Thursday afternoon conference call with business leaders. These steps include loans, an expansion of unemployment benefits and delayed payment deadlines. “I came out of running a small business,” said Lamont. “I went through the… Keep Reading

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States Adapt Governance and Public Access to Telecommuting in Wake of Coronavirus

Facing an outbreak of Coronavirus, Gov. Ned Lamont suspended parts of state statute to give local government and public agencies the ability to hold meetings entirely by teleconference in an effort to limit spread of the virus. Transparency advocates caution that public access depends on state and local officials using that technology properly, but experts… Keep Reading

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