Voter Registration Wednesday…..Backyard BBQ In Pictures….WF Pizza Party 9/2…..Are You Making A Decent Salary? Thank the Labor Movement…..

VOTER REGISTRATION WEDNESDAY: New sign-up drive continues in September

A Town Committee voter registration drive will resume Wednesday, September 3rd at New Britain Democratic headquarters, 19 Bassett Street, beginning at 5:30 pm.

In August more than 200 registrations were submitted through  the canvassing of neighborhoods and signing up of new voters.

Town Committee members and volunteers are invited to join the August voter registration drive. If you can volunteer please go to Democratic Headquarters, 19 Bassett Street, to get instructions, voter lists and locations.

Campaign 2014

Pizza In New Britain:  Working Families Fundraiser At Max Pizza II Tuesday, 9/2

The Working Families Party will hold a Pizza Party Fundraiser hosted by Art Perry, Senator Terry Gerratana, Rep. Rick Lopes and former House Speaker Chris Donovan on Tuesday, September 2nd, from 5 to 7 pm.  The event will be held at Max Pizza II, 79 Shuttle Meadow Avenue, New Britain.

The suggested donation is  $25 to $100, and all contributions will support the Connecticut Working Families Party’s upcoming election work.

RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1455320568066359

For more information go to  the Connecticut Working Families Party

DTC BACKYARD BBQ IN PICTURES: By Frank Gerratana

The Town Committee’s Backyard BBQ brought great food donated by DTC members, good weather and candidates to the home of 26th State Rep. Peter Tercyak Saturday August 30.

Guard dog provided security for Backyard BBQ

Providing security was the Tercyak family dog at Backyard BBQ (Gerratana)

With campaign 2014 set to begin in earnest this Labor Day weekend,  NB Democrats welcomed Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, 5th District Cong. Elizabeth Esty, Attorney General George Jepsen  and four members of the New Britain legislative delegation – Reps. Tercyak (26), Bobby Sanchez (25), Rick Lopes (24) and State Senator Terry Gerratana (6).

Leaders stressed that the turnout of voters in New Britain will be a key to winning for Governor, Congress and in legislative races in November.

Thanks to DTC members and volunteers and contributors for making the Labor Day Weekend event a success.

Alderwomen Eva Magnuszewski and Shirley Black with Lt. Governor Wyman at NB Dems' BBQ. (F. Gerratana photo)

Alderwomen Eva Magnuszewski and Shirley Black with Lt. Governor Wyman at NB Dems’ BBQ. (F. Gerratana photo)

Pat Rehmer and Peter Tercyak at the Town Committee BBQ in Rep. Tercyak's backyard. (F. Gerratana photo)

Pat Rehmer and Peter Tercyak at the Town Committee BBQ in Rep. Tercyak’s backyard. (F. Gerratana photo)

Cong. Elizabeth Esty, State Senator Terry Gerratana, DTC member  Brian Keith Albert and DTC Chair John McNamara (F. Gerratana photo)

Cong. Elizabeth Esty, State Senator Terry Gerratana, DTC member Brian Keith Albert and DTC Chair John McNamara (F. Gerratana photo)

Democrats gather at Backyard BBQ at the home of Rep. Tercyak. (F Gerratana photo).

Democrats gather at Backyard BBQ at the home of Rep. Tercyak. (F Gerratana photo).

Celebrity Sighting: John Geragosian and Rep. Rick Lopes. (F Gerratana Photo)

Celebrity Sighting: John Geragosian and Rep. Rick Lopes. (F Gerratana Photo)

CDP Treasurer and Town Committee member Emma Pierce welcomes Lt. Governor Wyman to the BBQ. (F. Gerratana photo)

CDP Treasurer and Town Committee member Emma Pierce welcomes Lt. Governor Wyman to the BBQ. (F. Gerratana photo)

The Alton F. Brooks Scholarship: Fund Drive Kick Off September 18th

A  drive to establish a permanent scholarship in honor of  DTC leader Alton Brooks has been launched and a reception is planned for September 18th at the Opportunities Industrialization Center of New Britain (OIC) annual meeting.

The scholarship fund will be based at the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain (CFGNB) and checks may be made to CFGNB, 74 Vine Street, New Britain, CT 06052. Write “Alton Brooks Scholarship” in the memo.

END QUOTE: For Labor Day…….

“Although it is true that only about [13 percent] of American workers are in unions, that [13 percent] sets the standards across the board in salaries, benefits and working conditions. If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions. One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts.”

-  Molly Ivins

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New Britain Democrats’ Backyard Barbeque Saturday 8/30

Join New Britain Democrats Saturday, August 30th, 3-6 pm for a backyard BBQ at the home of State Representative Peter Tercyak (26), the dean of the city’s legislative delegation.  The BBQ will be held at 150 Belridge Road and a $20 donation is requested.

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Meet the candidates and support Voter Registration and Get Out The Vote activities in support of the Democratic slate. Enjoy Rosol’s hot dogs, hamburgers and  donated dishes and desserts from DTC members.

Reservations call Headquarters 860-505-8901; E-mail: newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com. Volunteer and contribution forms are available at www.newbritaindemocrat.org/contribute

Join and support the New Britain Democratic Town Committee

Malloy Shows Commitment To Public Education; Announces New Aid At Pulaski School

Governor Malloy chose Pulaski Middle School on August 21st to announce that Alliance Districts in 30 communities are set to receive a total of $132,901,813 in additional funding for the 2014-15 academic year to help implement academic improvement plans.

New Britain Schools will receive $11, 079,553 in additional aid further demonstrating the efforts of the city’s Democratic legislative delegation to secure additional support for education. The city is receiving the fourth highest amount among the 30 communities receiving the money targeted to improve student performance.

“A central part of our effort to improve public education is to make sure that districts that need the most help are getting the extra support they need, and that’s exactly what the Alliance District programs does,” Governor Malloy said.  “With this additional funding, districts are doing everything from focusing on early literacy to adding full-day kindergarten.  It’s a huge step forward, one that is led at local level to the benefit of every child in that district.”

Districts, including New Britain, were required to add K-3 literacy as a focus in their plan amendments. Reading at grade level by the third grade is critically important for future academic success. The enhancement of resources for K-3 literacy and strengthening of early reading supports helps to ensure that Connecticut’s young readers who struggle will get the help they need.

The Alliance District aid comes in addition to increases in the Education Cost Sharing funds for New Britain that Malloy made a priority this fiscal year.  In a year when residents are absorbing an 11 percent property tax increase the state education aid prevented  taxes from going even higher.

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Soul Food and Politics Draw Steady Crowd To Black Dems’ Annual Event

Soul food and politics brought a steady stream of voters and politicians to the basement of Spottswood AME Zion Church on Saturday, August 16th for the annual Black Democratic Club Soul Food Fest.

In addition to a menu of traditional Southern cuisine Democrats also sang Happy Birthday to DTC leader and activist Alton Brooks who celebrated his 93rd birthday with a cake.  He was joined by Cong Elizabeth Esty and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman.  A community wide  drive is underway to establish a $25,000 scholarship fund at the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain in honor of Mr. Brooks.

Black Democratic Club President and Alderwoman Shirley Black and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman at Soul Food fest.

Black Democratic Club President and Alderwoman Shirley Black and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman at Soul Food fest.

From left: Rev. John Morris, the pastor of Spottswood Church, Alton Brooks. Lt. Governor Wyman, Alderwoman Shirley Black and Cong Elizabeth Esty.

From left: Rev. John Morris, the pastor of Spottswood Church, Alton Brooks. Lt. Governor Wyman, Alderwoman Shirley Black and Cong Elizabeth Esty.

Shirley Black, Attorney General George Jepsen and DTC member Bill Shortell.

Shirley Black, Attorney General George Jepsen and DTC member Bill Shortell.

Emma Pierce and Attorney General Jepsen.

Emma Pierce and Attorney General Jepsen.

Lt. Governor Wyman, Alton Brooks and Cong Esty before attendees seranaded Brooks with "Happy Birthday."

Lt. Governor Wyman, Alton Brooks and Cong Esty before attendees seranaded Brooks with “Happy Birthday.”

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New Britain Goes To The JJB; Emma Pierce Toast of 66th Democratic Dinner

New Britain’s Emma Pierce, State Central Committeewoman and Party Treasurer, was the toast of the 66th Jefferson Jackson Bailey (JJB) dinner held August 13th in Hartford and the Connecticut Convention Center. Pierce was the recipient of the Governor William A. O’Neill award

Democrats heard Governor Malloy make a forceful campaign kick off speech that drew sharp contrasts on budget priorities and quality of life issues between his administration and the Republican nominee.

A photo essay on the JJB dinner from DTC member Frank Gerratana

Emma Pierce congratulated by family members at JJB dinner

Emma Pierce congratulated by family members at JJB dinner

State Party Chair Nancy DiNardo presents Governor O'Neill Award to Emma Pierce.

State Party Chair Nancy DiNardo presents Governor O’Neill Award to Emma Pierce.

DTC Leader Alton Brooks, Emma Pierce and the Rev. Thomas Mills.

DTC Leader Alton Brooks, Emma Pierce and the Rev. Thomas Mills.

Alton Brooks, Emma Pierce, Susan McKinley Perry and Art Perry

Alton Brooks, Emma Pierce, Susan McKinley Perry and Art Perry

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State Senator Terry Gerratana, DAS Commissioner Don DeFronzo, Emma Pierce and DTC Chair John McNamara

State Senator Terry Gerratana, DAS Commissioner Don DeFronzo, Emma Pierce and DTC Chair John McNamara

Pierce and John McNamara

Pierce and John McNamara

Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman introduces Governor Malloy.

Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman introduces Governor Malloy.

Governor Malloy makes a strong case for re-election at Democratic dinner.

Governor Malloy makes a strong case for re-election at Democratic dinner.

 

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Voter Registration Drive Continues…..Soul Food Fest Saturday 8/16….DTC Cookout 8/30….City Hall Watch……

DTC Voter Registration Drive Continues Thursday, Saturday

VOTE-768023The Democratic Town Committee’s voter registration drive is continuing this week after last week’s efforts netted over 100 new registrations in the canvassing of neighborhoods and signing up of new voters.

Town Committee members and volunteers are invited to join the August voter registration drive. If you can volunteer please go to Democratic Headquarters, 19 Bassett Street, to get instruction, voter list and locations.

This week’s schedule includes Thursday, August 14, 5 to 7:30 pm and Saturday, August 16, 3:30 pm after the Soulfood Fest.

Thank you  to the volunteers and the DTC voter registration committee members Isabelita Cancel, Willie Justiniano, Tom Shields and Don DeFronzo for the drive that will continue through the October deadline.

CAMPAIGN “DIET”  EVENTS

Black Dems’ Soul Food Fest, Saturday, August 16th At Spottswood Church 

The Black Democratic Club will hold its annual Soulfood Fest on Saturday, August 16th from noon to 3 pm at Spottswood AME Zion Church, 25 Crestwood Lane (off Alexander Road). 

Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and other state and local elected officials are expected to attend the event.

Soulfood Fest volunteers serving up good food at the 2013 event.

Volunteers serving up good food at the 2013 event.

The menu includes traditional Southern cuisine from the grill with Macaroni & Cheese, Collard Greens, String Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Corn Bread, cakes, pies and (if you’re lucky) Emma Pierce’s Peach Cobbler.

There is a $15 pp donation with proceeds going to the Black Democratic Club.

 

 

Backyard barbeque for Row B Democrats Is  Saturday, August 30th, 3-6

The Democratic Town Committee will hold a Backyard barbeque in support of the Democratic slate on Saturday, August 30th from 3 to 6 pm.

Backyard BBQ host Rep. Peter Tercyak

Backyard BBQ host Rep. Peter Tercyak

The event will be held at the home of State Rep. Peter Tercyak (26), 150 Belridge Road.

Donations are $20 pp in support of voter registration and Get Out The Vote Activities.

Thanks to Rep. Tercyak and his family for hosting the event. For reservations and information call 860-505-8901.

CITY HALL WATCH: Council Meets Wednesday, August 13th

Controversial Sale of Watershed on Common Council Agenda Wednesday

The proposed sale of watershed property to the Town of Southington — opposed by residents who testified at a July hearing —  is on the New Britain City Council agenda at  Wednesday August 13th meeting of the Common Council.

Mayor Erin Stewart and Republicans, who last year falsely charged that the O’Brien Administration was planning to sell off New Britain’s watershed,  are pushing strongly for a $1.2 million sale of the Patton Brook Well to Southington.

The move would break with the city’s longstanding policy of retaining valuable watershed assets in exchange for a one-time shot of revenue proposed at $1.2 million and may open the gates to similar sales of public assets as the city remains mired in borrowing and deficits and a property tax increase of 11% this year.

The Board of Water Commissioners reportedly approved the deal but the Stewart appointed board was not unanimous with only three members present and one of those Stewart-appointed members abstaining.  Public testimony at the Council committee hearing was unanimously against the sale.

In July the Democratic Town Committee adopted a unanimous resolution opposing the sale of watershed to Southington.

Stated Rep. Rick Lopes (24) in a recent letter to the editor: “The idea that Southington refuses to renew the lease for the well because they no longer need it does not hold water when it is followed up by their offer to buy and renovate it for millions of dollars. If the town really does not need the well, then why would they buy it from us? Obviously the well is part of their long-term water sustainability plan and they see great financial savings though purchasing the asset instead of leasing it indefinitely. Water and access to water will always remain a valuable asset. The city of New Britain had the foresight to purchase property with access to water all over the state and these water rights remain among our most valuable assets. Giving up wells and reservoirs are short-term fixes that will only cost the city in the long run.”

Public participation begins at 7 p.m. for the regular Common Council meeting in the Council chambers at City Hall.

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Emma Pierce To Receive O’Neill Award at JJB….Costco Meeting Thursday, 8/7…August Voter Registration Drive Continues Saturday…

Emma Pierce To Receive O’Neill Award At JJB Dinner; Dinner Is August 13th

New Britain’s Emma Pierce, the state party’s treasurer and longtime labor activist on the DTC, will receive the CT Democratic Party’s William A. O’Neill Award at the Jefferson Jackson Bailey (JJB) dinner on Wednesday, August 13th at the Connecticut  Convention Center.

Honors for Emma.  (Photo courtesy of Frank Gerratana)

Honors for Emma. (Photo courtesy of Frank Gerratana)

The 66th JJB dinner will include three Governors who will join Governor Dan Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman at the annual party dinner to be held for the first time in August.  Vermont’s Peter Shumlin, New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan and Delaware’s Jack Markell will be part of the gubernatorial program as Governor Malloy ramps up his re-election campaign. Tickets to the dinner are $185 per person.

For reservation and payments online go to  CDP JJB 2014.  Telephone: 860-560-1775.

The O’Neill Award, named for long-serving Democratic Governor Bill O’Neill, is the latest accolade for Emma Pierce who has previously received the state Party’s Ella Grasso Women’s Leadership Award and a distinguished service award from New Britain Democrats.    Active in the Democratic Party since the 1960s, Pierce is a member of the United Auto Workers (UAW) and  served as financial secretary of Local 133. She has carried her union’s commitment to economic and social justice to the workplace, the community and to party politics. Her service as party treasurer was preceded as treasurer of the state Federation of Black Democrats. Married to the late Dallas Pierce, Emma worked and raised her family in New Britain. She is a grandmother and great-grandmother and renowned for her cooking at church, lodge and Democratic Party events.

New Britain Democrats congratulate Emma Pierce on her well-deserved honors.

CITY HALL WATCH

Costco Meeting Thursday at 7 p.m.: State economic aid proposed as alternative to property tax abatement 

The Common Council’s hearing and meeting on a controversial $2.3 million tax abatement to Costco for development of a warehouse store at Stanley Golf Course will be held Thursday, August 7th, at 7 pm.

Last month’s sudden announcement by Mayor Stewart about a  tax break that would reduce Costco’s property tax obligation over a seven-year period has prompted an alternative proposal.  Until last month Costco developers consistently said that no abatement nor public funds would be needed to build on a portion of Stanley Golf Course (the red nine).

The O’Brien administration, working with the Town of Newington and the state Department of Transportation (DOT), secured new land to re-locate three holes of the highly regarded public course in what appeared to be one of the final pieces for groundbreaking to proceed until access road issues and the call for a tax abatement emerged at the 11th hour this summer.  Very few  if any details have been made public about why Costco has exceeded its budget to build.

Potentially, Costco could bring 200 jobs to the area and is an employer known for above average wages and benefits in the retail industry.  The Hartford Road location – in proximity to the shopper rich West Farms Mall and I-84 — is the only location Costco wants in New Britain.  The situation is similar to the development of the adjacent Target Store that realigned a portion of the golf course and took out Glen Carlyn Road and its single-family homes by eminent domain in the 1990s.

The request to seek  state economic development aid emerged this week would negate the need for the multi-year tax break to Costco and enable the city to levy full taxes on what will be converted from park land to lucrative commercial real estate. The state Department of Economic Development (DECD) provides grants for job-creating, regional economic development projects.

The hearing and meeting will begin Thursday, August 7th  at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall

 August Voter Registration Drive Continues Saturday August 9th

An August Democratic voter registation drive will continue Saturday, August 9th and Town Committee members and volunteers are invited to participate in activities that include neighborhood canvassing for new and inactive voters and registration at local stores and gathering places. vote

Saturday’s drive will be held form 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

If you can volunteer please go to Democratic Headquarters, 19 Bassett Street,  to get instructions, voter lists and locations.

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Malloy At Avery’s………Costco Tax Abatement Goes To Council 8/7….African American Political Forum July 31st…..65th Infantry Regiment Park Fundraiser….Join the 2014 Campaign for the Democratic Slate

A Gubernatorial Endorsement…….for Avery’s Soda of New Britain

Governor Dan Malloy made a campaign stop at Avery's Soda in New Britain last week. From left Avery's owner Rob Metz, State Rep, Betty Boukus (22), State Senator Terry Gerratana and Governor Malloy. (F Gerratana photo)

Governor Dan Malloy, boosting tourism in Connecticut stopped at Avery’s Soda in New Britain last week. From left Avery’s owner Rob Metz, State Rep, Betty Boukus (22), State Senator Terry Gerratana and Governor Malloy. (F Gerratana photo)

African American Political Forum Thursday, July 31st, At Trinity On Main

New Britain’s African-American elected and appointed officials and other city leaders have been invited to participate in the African-American Political Forum scheduled for Thursday July 31st from 6-8 p.m. at Trinity On Main, 69 Main Street.

Sponsoring organizations include the New Britain branch of the NAACP, Spottswood AME Zion Church and the New Britain Black Democratic Club.us-afro

The forum was started last year when speakers and participants discussed a wide range of community issues from youth development to quality of schools to jobs and economic development.  Appointed commissioners, elected officials and political party leaders were provided with an opportunity to share their views and perspectives at the open forum. Organizers are hoping for a similar dialogue this year.

An organizer of the event said that African-American participation on city boards and commissions  has gone from more than 30 individuals appointed during the O’Brien Administration to 15 or 16 during the first year of the Stewart Administration.

Voter registration will be available at the event and attendees will receive the African-American flag, according to Ron Davis, NAACP President.

CITY HALL WATCH………..

Council Meets On $2.1 Million Tax Break For Costco August 7th; Alderman DeFronzo Opposes 11th Hour Request For Abatement

A Stewart administration proposal to grant Costco warehouse store at the Stanley Golf Course  a $2.1  million, seven-year  tax abatement will go to a special Common Council hearing and meeting on August 7th at City Hall

Debate over the 11th hour tax break is growing with opposition from both opponents of the store’s development and supporters who want a Costco in New Britain with its promise of 220 jobs.  In a further complication  Costco would not agree to the asking price of the firm controlling the adjacent Target Store for sharing of an access road. Target’s land owner is now requesting a tax abatement of its own in a snag involving the two retailers and not the city.

The proximity of  the shopper-rich West Farms Mall and I-84 lured Costco developers to the public golf course site more than three years ago during the administration of former Mayor Tim Stewart.

Mayor  Erin Stewart,  in a statement released to the New Britain Herald July 10th, said an abatement is needed to break ground this summer because “delays” have increased development costs of Costco beyond its “maximum allowable budget.”

“The years of delay, due primarily to 1) the sheer complexity of the deal, 2) protracted negotiations among Costco, the city and third parties and 3) government red tape, the project is now $2.1 million over Costco’s maximum allowable budget,” said Stewart in calling for approval of the tax break

Alderman At Large David DeFronzo, however, at a Democratic Town Committee meeting July 24th and in a July 23rd Letter to the Editor strongly opposed the abatement stating “none of the problems that have surfaced since 2011 are the city’s fault or responsibility. In fact, representatives of the company, the public and members of the council identified virtually all of these issues at the time the proposal was put forward.  At that time, former Mayor Stewart and Costco officials ruled out the need for any city financial assistance. For Costco to now demand a tax break from the city is a classic “bait and switch” move. They lured the city in with promises and then just as the deal was about to be completed, they announced the need for a tax break.

“Let’s be clear, DeFronzo continued, “the issue before the council and the mayor is not whether the Costco deal should go forward.  That has already been decided. Council members and the mayor can whole-heartedly support the plan to build Costco while opposing a tax abatement.  The question now is whether to give a multi-billion-dollar international corporation tax breaks at the same time city residents are being hit with an 11-percent increase in their tax bills.”

Paul Zagorsky, in a July 11th letter to the Herald, raised additional concerns about traffic and road issues related to building Costco on Hartford Road.

“The first (not the last) thing that should have been addressed is access,” wrote Zagorsky. “Did they (Costco) assume Target would cooperate and provide access, at a cost Costco (and not Target) felt would be appropriate? If they did, any costs and expenses incurred since 2011, without having first secured access and/or addressing the Route 71 traffic concerns were at its peril and cannot be the basis for tax relief.

“Second, it is unclear whether all the required approvals have been obtained from the Department of Transportation to widen the road and install a traffic light to provide site access.  Traffic concerns have been an issue from the outset.” Zagorsky cited a May 2011 Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency report “which was not made available to the City Plan Commission when it decided the Costco zoning matter in June of 2011.”  The report states in part: “Route 71 near the parcel is nearing capacity according to DOT figures. The state’s latest Traffic Accident Surveillance Report (TASR) identifies Route 71 north of the parcel as the most dangerous segment in the region.”

In his opposition to the project  Zagorsky stated “consideration of any tax abatement must take into account the life span of a proposed development. This is a big box store which has a shelf life I estimate to be approximately 25 to 30 years. A seven-year tax abatement amounts to  25 percent of its lifespan. That is unacceptable.”

 First Fundraiser Held For 65th Infantry Regiment (Borinqueneers)  Memorial Park 

Joined by veterans and members of the 25th Borinqueneers (front row) State Senator Terry Gerratana (back left) and State Rep. Bobby Sanchez supported the first fundraiser to establish a Memorial Park for the famed 65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rican soldiers. The event was held at the Frosty Mug near the monument site at Beaver Street and Farmington Avenue. (F. Gerratana photo)

Joined by veterans and members of the 65th Borinqueneers (front row) State Senator Terry Gerratana (back left) and State Rep. Bobby Sanchez supported the first fundraiser to establish a Memorial Park for the famed 65th Infantry Regiment of Puerto Rican soldiers. The event was held at the Frosty Mug near the monument site at Beaver Street and Farmington Avenue. (F. Gerratana photo)

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