Dan Schwartz

Dan Schwartz

Dan Schwartz has worked as a staff reporter at daily newspapers in Alaska, the Four Corners area and Santa Fe, New Mexico, for half his 20s. He has received numerous awards for his investigative reporting on corruption. In 2015, for instance, he revealed that the New Mexico secretary of state had virtually stopped enforcing campaign finance violations, prompting officials to organize a task force. She later went to jail on charges of embezzlement and money laundering of campaign contributions. Dan lives in Jeffersonville. When not working, he’s often skiing or ice climbing. He can be reached at daniel.james.schwartz@gmail.com.

Email: daniel.james.schwartz@gmail.com

    Coventry sees ex-official ‘putting her finger in your eye’ with new bank account

    Selectboard members say they’ve learned from a bank that Cynthia Diaz opened an account and deposited three checks that represent proceeds from a tax sale.

    Pattern of money woes in Coventry hit school district, too

    Teachers were not paid on time and the IRS froze the Coventry Village school’s assets. Cynthia Diaz, who is accused of stealing $1M from the town of Coventry, was the school’s bookkeeper at the time.

    Revision gets $98 million military helmet contract

    The Newport-based company will manufacture up to 293,870 Army combat helmets through 2022.

    State investigated Coventry town clerk over missing DMV money

    Two state agencies investigated allegations that Cynthia Diaz stole money from people who gave her cash to register snowmobiles.

    Condos calls in attorney general to help find way to block Trump data grab

    The secretary of state’s office says it is working with the AG’s office to find an exception in the Public Records Act that would let the state refuse the Election Integrity Commission’s request.

    Vermont Country Store won’t be coming to Stowe after all

    The Orton family that owns the business has withdrawn its permit to build a nearly 17,000-square-foot retail site. It would be the company’s third location.

    Councilors accuse Barre mayor of violating conflict of interest policy

    Councilor Sue Higby said the mayor violated the city’s conflict of interest policy in his vote to enter an executive session.

    Sanders warns: Trump leading nation toward authoritarianism

    Bernie Sanders says U.S. efforts to promote democracy abroad could be hurt by the Trump administration’s authoritarian tendencies.

    Barre mayor pulls back proposal for downtown redevelopment

    Thomas Lauzon said he was disappointed that information about the project he is spearheading leaked to the press. But he said he plans to bring the proposal back to the City Council “with a vengeance.”

    Montpelier-Roxbury district merger goes to voters next week

    Proponents say it will ease tax burdens for residents of both towns, but especially tiny Roxbury. Voters in Montpelier also will decide on an unrelated tax stabilization question.

    Scott calls new ethics law a step to restore trust in government

    He signed the law, which creates a state ethics code and panel to hear complaints about public officials’ conduct.

    Trespass charge dropped against Vermont Yankee activist

    Clay Turnbull says he wasn’t doing anything wrong. “If I was trying to pull one over on them, would I have brought my Chihuahua-corgi with me to run around chasing mice?” he says.

    Town officials outraged that former Coventry attorney handed over tax sale money to Diaz

    Several properties were sold last year to pay for back taxes owed to the town. Officials say former town clerk Cynthia Diaz, who is under investigation for embezzling $1.4 million from taxpayers, now has the money.

    Coventry forces out town clerk

    Cynthia Diaz is suing the town selectboard for violating open meeting laws.