Malloy Approves Land Swap Plan

The governor today signed the bill that contains the swap proposal.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed the bill that contains the controversial “Haddam land swap” measure, a move that will see the state give 17.4 acres of land it owns near the Connecticut River to a private developer in exchange for 87 acres the developer owns in the Higganum section of town.

Senate bill 1196, the so-called “omnibus” conveyance bill, was signed into law by Malloy this morning, despite strong opposition from environmental groups from around the state and strong grassroots opposition in Haddam and beyond.

Both residents and environmental organizations had said the land swap would set a dangerous precedent of trading away state conservation lands for development and discourage future land sales or donations to the state.

Under the trade the owners of the Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station would get the 17.4 acres and will seek to build a retial development at the site, as well as a boutique hotel and other commercial projects that would complement their banquet facility. The land abuts the banquet hall business in the Tylerville section of town.

While Malloy’s approval of the measure comes as no surprise to opponents and proponents alike – he was widely expected to sign it – it represents a major blow to grassroots activists who had fought the swap.

Jennifer Senechal Rau July 08, 2011 at 04:31 PM
Pat Kabara July 08, 2011 at 04:35 PM
Swap Malloy and Daily!!!
Marianne Corona July 08, 2011 at 04:36 PM
Marianne Corona Our State is "DEEP" in trouble!
Ellen Waff July 08, 2011 at 05:18 PM
What a bad precedent......so sad. Who will leave land to the state for preservation after this...?
David Cassenti July 08, 2011 at 05:24 PM
All I can say is I knew Malloy would be bad news. First, the largest tax increase in state history on top of increased spending, now this. I'm glad I voted for Foley!
Keep the river front for all of us July 08, 2011 at 05:49 PM
Is their anyway to push to change things back to the way it was when all the "bills" weren't all bunched together under ONE signature ??????? This might be the last photo you see of Danel with that big smile on his face. Another building right in Higganum center (3 units) will be empty soon.........yesterday the Anthony verdict and now this.
Jacquelyn July 08, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Jacquelyn July 08, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Anyone up for my idea?... Let's stop paying our property taxes and use the money to fight "The Organization".
Keep the river front for all of us July 08, 2011 at 06:15 PM
I WILL NOT FREQUENT ANY "BOUTIQUE" ANYTHING THERE......I may be biting off my nose to spite my face BUT I do have some scruples.......unlike our elected officials.
Lauren July 08, 2011 at 06:20 PM
NBC just pulled in to the land... Funny how it gets tv coverage after the fact...
Keep the river front for all of us July 08, 2011 at 06:23 PM
The more coverage the better !!!!!!!!!!
Keep the river front for all of us July 08, 2011 at 06:35 PM
The only thing I have seen at Goodspeed station is a gift shop ????
Michael Hayes (Editor) July 08, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Lauren You're right, it is funny... sad actually. As a former TV news producer important issues like this one are ignored all the time because they're too difficult to translate in :30 seconds. Not making excuses, but I wonder if any of the local issue talk shows spent time discussing?
Curious July 08, 2011 at 06:42 PM
This is a travesty!!!!!!
Janet July 08, 2011 at 07:01 PM
I knew it was too much to expect our Govenor to do the right thing! Will our elected officials ever change the corrupt way they do business - taking care of their big money friends and colleagues instead of doing what the average citizens wants and elected them to do. I am sure this fight is not over yet - but it just adds to the climate of divide between our elected officials and the voting public - the feeling that we are not respected or heard. This decision is wrong on SO many levels.
Diane Parker July 08, 2011 at 07:12 PM
Surely, no one is surprised at Dannel's lack of interest in what the people of CT want or need...so far he has penalized the working man ONLY for this tax mess.
Jen Rice July 08, 2011 at 08:30 PM
You are clearly on your own self serving mission not what you were elected to do !
Jacquelyn July 08, 2011 at 08:36 PM
In the past few years, I've exercised my voting rights with this keen thought in the back of my head... "MAY THE BEST LOSERS WIN". IF I decide to vote in the future, will my thoughts be "MAY THE LEAST CORRUPT LOSERS WIN"??? Hum...
Jacquelyn July 08, 2011 at 09:04 PM
Oh - one more thought... I wonder how quickly Michael Price is going to suddenly "decide" to relocate the Goodspeed Theater; after vehemently denying that Goodspeed is not part of this travesty.
Diana V. Link July 08, 2011 at 09:08 PM
I'm with you! I will not visit any of their businesses ! And I will inform my family and friends and hope that they will follow suit! Again I say, "it stinks!". Dee
Lauren Pizzle July 08, 2011 at 09:42 PM
and the Goodspeed won't pay taxes because they are nonprofit, and the River House will get a tax abatement AGAIN... AND guess who WILL pay??? but it's great for the area...
Sharon Facey-Truglio July 09, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Marcia Hess July 09, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Thanks for articulating my thoughts better than I have been able to, despite many tries. Marcia Walsh Hess
Gene Bartholomew July 09, 2011 at 02:53 PM
Call and tell everyone you know to stop giving money to The Nature Conservancy, the Ct Fund for the Environment, and any other like organization. They failed us when we needed them most, beyond making a very lame public statement opposing the swap. What in the hell was that?? Well dear readers google Nature Conservancy scams/ scandals and you may be enlightened. What's even more hysterical is Rowland calling Malloy a pathological liar. Lets face it, Daily controlled Malloy because she runs the Finance Committee, nothing could get by her if he wanted anything, he in turn controlled Esty. See this article and the parts about the emails the Courant obtained through the FOI act, very very enlightening. Now perhaps we can have a corruption investigation. http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-malloy-signs-land-swap-0709-20110708,0,3428494.story
Gene Bartholomew July 09, 2011 at 02:58 PM
from the article: Two of the previously withheld e-mails included a draft of possible legislative testimony against the swap by Esty — a position that would have been consistent with the agency's stance in the past. The unused draft concluded: "The Department opposes [the swap] because it is inconsistent with our policy on the exchange of preserved open space, discussions have yet to include lands in exchange that are of great value to the Department, and this conveyance may be premature given the on-going discussions at the local level that could further refine this proposal." The other two e-mails that Esty released Friday were exchanged on March 23 between Graham Stevens, the environmental agency's director of constituent affairs and land management, and the agency's legal director, Melinda M. Decker. Stevens and Decker e-mailed each other after another agency official, supervising coastal planner David Blatt, wrote an e-mail to Stevens at 1:55 p.m. that day, saying: "It has come to my attention, via our colleagues at DOT, that a strong case can be made that the proposed Haddam land swap may violate the state Constitution."
Gene Bartholomew July 09, 2011 at 03:00 PM
the last part really peaked my interest: "It has come to my attention, via our colleagues at DOT, that a strong case can be made that the proposed Haddam land swap may violate the state Constitution." hmmmm, and they did it anyway?? Malloy, Esty, Daily may have violated OUR Constitution, if so, THEY SHOULD RESIGN IMMEDIATELY!


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