Esty Rally At NB Headquarters Kicks Off Getting Out The Vote Weekend……Join the Row B Team…

Senator Murphy, LG Wyman At NB Rally With Congresswoman Esty Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

A final push to get out the New Britain Democratic vote will begin Saturday, Nov. 1st, at 11:30 a.m. with a rally at Democratic headquarters for first term Cong. Elizabeth Esty.

Esty will be joined at the rally by her predecessor, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman.

New Britain headquarters is located at 19 Bassett Street. All Democrats are welcome to attend.

Join Us To Get Out The Vote

In New Britain, there are six ways to join the Democratic Town Committee, volunteer and  promote turnout for the November election on GOTV weekend and Election Day:

  • Be part of a neighborhood canvass/distribute literature
  • Contact five people you know and urge them to vote
  • Call Democratic supporters on behalf of Row B
  • Do visibility and poll standing
  • Give rides to the polls
  • Provide hospitality/refreshments to campaigners

Come out and support Row B — Malloy/Wyman, Merrill, Nappier, Jepsen, Lembo, Congresswoman Esty, State Senator Gerratana (6), Rep. Boukus (22), Rep. Lopes (24), Rep. Sanchez 25) and Rep. Tercyak (26).

For more information contact NB Headquarters by calling 860-505-8901 or by email: newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com. Democratic headquarters is located at 19 Bassett Street.

NB Democrats crowded party headquarters to hear Governor Malloy. From left Francisco Cuin, unidentified volunteer, Eva Torres-Luciano, Senator Terry Gerratana, Rep. Bobby Sanchez DTC Deputy Treasurer Willie Justiniano and DTC Corresponding Secretary Mario Santos.

Join the Democratic Team in New Britain.  860-505-8901  newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com (F Gerratana photo credit)

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- Cesar Chavez, United Farm Workers

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Kevin Lembo, Denise Merrill In NB For “Bacon, Eggs and Democrats” Thursday, 10/30, At Roma

State Comptroller Kevin Lembo and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill will be among Democratic elected officials and leaders joining city Democrats at the Chairman’s  Breakfast Thursday, October 30th, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Roma Sports Bar & Grill, 382 Allen Street.

The breakfast will kick off five days of campaigning in support of the Row B slate and a strong turnout

Lembo and Merrill are seeking their second terms to state constitutional office.

The suggested donation for the NBDTC breakfast  is $20.  The breakfast will include selections from the Roma’s new breakfast menu.

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New Britain legislators are on the ballot November 4th seeking to continue their successful efforts at increased education aid, property tax relief , fair wage policies and economic development in the New Britain area. The legislative Row B slate includes:State Senator Terry Gerratana, Rep. Betty Boukus (22), Rep. Rick Lopes (24), Rep. Bobby Sanchez (25) and Rep. Peter Tercyak (26).

For voter information or  to volunteer call Democratic headquarters at 860-505-8901 or email newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com

Election Day Is November 4th… Please consider devoting an hour or more  to help get out the vote on Election Day….Drive, Canvas, Phone Bank, Poll Stand 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On the campaign trail this week

Last Sunday Governor Dan Malloy visited a crowded Roma Sport Bar & Grill filled with football fans. (Gerratana photo)

Last Sunday Governor Dan Malloy visited a crowded Roma Sport Bar & Grill receiving an enthusiastic reception from patrons watching  football. (Gerratana photo)

Governor Malloy campaigns in New Britain Sunday. (Gerratana photo)

Governor Malloy campaigns in New Britain Sunday. (Gerratana photo)

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill held a campaign event Monday at Criollisimo Restaurant on Arch Street with State Rep. Bobby Sanchez, State Rep. Peter Tercyak and Democratic supporters. (Gerratana photo)

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill held a campaign event Monday at Criollisimo Restaurant on Arch Street with State Rep. Bobby Sanchez, State Rep. Peter Tercyak and Democratic supporters. (Gerratana photo)

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Campaign 2014……Coming Events and Mobilizing for Election Day

CAMPAIGN 2014

Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote Republican. It’s Time To Get Out The Vote. Contact New Britain Democratic Headquarters at 860-505-8901 or email newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com

Congresswoman Esty Event At New Britain’s Cafe Beauregard Wednesday 10/22

Cong Elizabeth Esty at her nominating convention (F. Gerratana photo)

Cong Elizabeth Esty at her nominating convention (F. Gerratana photo)

A New Britain Reception in support of Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty will be held Wednesday, October 22nd, from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Cafe Beauregard, 2 Main Street. Attendees are invited to make a $25 contribution or sign up to volunteer to get out the vote between now and Election Day.   RSVP to HiIlary Glass at 203-699-9621 or hillary@elizabethesty.com

 

 

Chief Wardwell Will Discuss Privacy Rights and Technology In Law Enforcement At Wednesday Public Forum

On Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the New Britain Police Department Community Room there will be a discussion on law enforcement, technology, the Fourth Amendment and privacy rights with New Britain Police Chief James Wardwell and David McGuire, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut.

Police can now track your movements with license plate scanners, cellphone location data and GPS. Soon they’ll have drones, too. Privacy rights advocates and law enforcement officials are are now seeking appropriate ways to  align the new technology with our right to and expectation of privacy.

The discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of the New Britain police station, 10 Chestnut Street, New Britain. It is sponsored by the ACLU of Connecticut and its Greater Hartford chapter and is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Isa Mujahid, field organizer for the ACLU of Connecticut, imujahid@acluct.org.

October DTC Meeting Thursday 10/23

The Democratic Town Committee will hold its October meeting on Thursday, October 23rd at 7 p.m. in Room 305 at New Britain City Hall. On the agenda will be mobilization plans for November 4th and committee reports. All Democrats are welcome.

Chairman’s Breakfast: Bacon, Eggs and Democrats Thursday 10/30

A Chairman’s  Breakfast will be held Thursday, October 30th, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Roma Sports Bar & Grill, 382 Allen Street. Join New Britain Democrats five days before Election Day in support of the Row B slate and a strong turnout in 2014 with our candidates and Democratic leaders.

The suggested donation for the NBDTC breakfast  is $20.  The breakfast will include selections from the Roma’s new breakfast menu.  RSVP to newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com or Headquarters 860-505-8901.

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New Britain legislators are on the ballot November 4th seeking to continue their successful efforts at increased education aid, property tax relief , fair wage policies and economic development in the New Britain area. The legislative Row B slate includes:State Senator Terry Gerratana, Rep. Betty Boukus (22), Rep. Rick Lopes (24), Rep. Bobby Sanchez (25) and Rep. Peter Tercyak (26).

 

Election Day Is November 4th… Please consider devoting an hour or more  to help get out the vote on Election Day….Drive, Canvas, Phone Bank, Poll Stand 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Vote Yes On 1……..6 Ways To Help Get Out The Vote….Questions Linger On 2013 Campaign Against Democrats…

Campaign 2014

Time for Early Voting in Connecticut: Vote Yes On Question 1

1. Shall the Constitution of the State be amended to remove restrictions concerning absentee ballots and to permit a person to vote without appearing at a polling place on the day of an election?

Connecticut — the Constitution State — rarely amends its historic governing document. But Question 1 on November 4th ballots would create much greater opportunities for residents to vote amid steady declines in participation, particularly in off-presidential years and local elections.Vote Yes CT Low Res

And a yes vote is an  opportunity to send a message to  elements of the Republican party and right-wing extremists that their discriminatory efforts to adopt voter ID laws and reduce early voting options are undemocratic.  It’s more than appropriate that this referendum is on the ballot on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

“The state Constitution, like the federal, should not be amended willy-nilly,” editorialized The Hartford Courant on August 22nd. “Ours has been amended by voters when it made sense.. This revision makes sense. The possible changes in voting rules that would come if the amendment is approved would help commuters, busy parents, the elderly and students fine more time to vote.”

Getting Out The Vote: One Month To Go and Six Ways To Help

In New Britain, there are six ways to join the Democratic Town Committee, volunteer and  promote turnout for the November election:

  • Send post cards to your family, friends and neighbors
  • Distribute literature/phone bank voters
  • Register unregistered voters; re-register inactive voters before the October deadline
  • Sign up for lawn signs and visibility
  • Host a Meet the candidate house party with your state representative
  • Volunteer for E-Day

Come out and support Row B — Malloy/Wyman, Merrill, Nappier, Jepsen, Lembo, Congresswoman Esty, State Senator Gerratana (6), Rep. Boukus (22), Rep. Lopes (24), Rep. Sanchez 25) and Rep. Tercyak (26).

The differences between Malloy and Foley and Democrats and Republicans are stark and revealing on fair and minimum wages, property tax relief, public safety, transportation and local school and municipal aid. For more information contact NB Headquarters by calling 860-505-8901 or by email: newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com. Democratic headquarters is located at 19 Bassett Street.

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League of Women Voters Legislative Candidate Forum Tuesday, October 7th

The New Britain Area League of Women Voters (LWV) will host a forum for state legislative candidates representing New Britain and Plainville on Tuesday, October 7th, at the New Britain Police Department’s Community Room at the corner of Chestnut and Main streets. The public is invited.

From The Chair

Questions Linger On Money That Fueled 2013 Campaign Against Democrats

The Waterbury-based Connecticut Property Owners Alliance, which  last year hosted campaign meetings prominently featuring former Farmington Hills Apartment Complex Owner Sam Zherka, announced the formation of a political action committee (PAC) in the final two months of the  2013 municipal campaign. “The CT Property Owners Alliance is pleased to announce the formation of its Political Action Committee and will host an event on Wednesday September 18th, 7:00 pm at the Whinstone Restaurant in New Britain to celebrate. It’s only fitting the event be held in New Britain with all the controversy created by its current Mayor Tim O’Brien and his housing policies. Michael Telesca, a longtime landlord and chairmen of the State Independent Party is heading up the committee” stated the CTPOA in a press release posted to its website.

The CTPOA, representing absentee landlord interests in New Britain and other communities, was acting appropriately by forming a political action committee to oppose policies they were against and to support candidates pledging to change those policies.    The CTPOA PAC, however,  gave  no money to any candidates in the legal, legitimate way it was set up to do. It raised $150 and spent $150 — the only reported expenditure was a $150 cash payment for bookkeeping expenses to the PAC’s treasurer, according to the committee’s termination report earlier this year.

You didn’t have to be a political junkie to know that by the time the landlord group’s PAC formed there were already tens of thousands of unreported and unaccounted for dollars in circulation on behalf of the Mayoral campaign of Erin Stewart.  Individual absentee landlords were taking out full-page ads in the New Britain City Journal.  The shadowy and now defunct website,  www.savenewbritain.com,  was promoting candidates and smearing Mayor O’Brien and City Council Democrats — its web domain registered to the CTPOA’s Bob DeCosmo.  Stewart and her slate became the darlings of the CTPOA for a promise to repeal a fee on absentee landlords used to pay for housing code enforcement — a common practice in cities across the United States that reduces burdens on the property tax.

The CTPOA political committee also escaped a complaint filed by the New Britain Democratic Chair at the height of the campaign for disseminating an email from “Allen Court Apartments” that “invites you to meet Erin Stewart….there are only 13 days left till the election. New Britain needs Erin Stewart to win this election to fix  the mess the current Mayor has created.”  The complaint was part of a tit-for-tat when the Republican Party Chair filed a frivolous complaint against a member of the Democratic slate.  Subsequently, a November 1 2013 full-page political ad supporting Stewart for Mayor  was published with a “paid for by CTPOA PAC” but no expenses were ever reported as required by the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC).

This excerpt from a full-page ad in the 11/1/13 New Britain City Journal on behalf of the Stewart Mayoral campaign says "paid for" by the CTPOA but no expenses were reported for the ad.This excerpt from a full-page ad in the 11/1/13 New Britain City Journal on behalf of the Stewart Mayoral campaign says “paid for” by the CTPOA-PAC but no expenses were reported for the ad. 

At issue in the “Allen Court Apartments” e-mail  is a prohibition in state statute that bans an independent expenditure for communication, including web-based communication, that promotes the success or defeat of any candidate  “unless such communication bears upon its face the words “paid for by.”  The State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) concluded that the CT POA PAC was just forwarding a communication from someone else and not required to do a disclaimer.  The SEEC, under-staffed and increasingly  limited in its ability to do full-scale investigations at the municipal level,  “declined to investigate the matter further.” And who can blame them? It’s hard to find anything wrong about a committee that is neither raising money nor doling out contributions nor incurring any expenses.

No one, Democrats included, during 2013 or since has really “followed the money” behind a campaign of yellow journalism, personal attacks and off the books political organizing.

Back in the fall of 2012, at the same Whinstone Tavern where CTPOA celebrated its short-lived “PAC”,  Sam Zherka,  charged last month with witness tampering and multiple fraud charges amounting to more than $150 million, told his CTPOA audience that a group of  “seven landlords”  had already raised $100,000 to “wipe out” Mayor Tim O’Brien and Common Council Democrats in the next election. Former Mayor Tim Stewart warmly introduced Zherka at that meeting,  saying  Zherka “is the driving force behind the steering committee to fight this issue” after which Zherka announced a $100,000 fund against Democratic elected officials.

All of which brings us back to the question: what did the CTPOA PAC do and when did it do it? Aside from a pre-election, full-page ad in the New Britain City Journal for which no expenses were reported,  the CTPOA PAC, according to SEEC reports, opened and shut without doing much of anything.

Instead, the out-of-town landlord group and the Stewart campaign, both with “plausible deniability”, hitched their wagons to Sam Zherka, the New Britain City Journal and a model of political mayhem imported from Zherka’s Westchester Guardian newspaper in New York to reach their goals and attain public office.

Questions will continue to linger on the assault on civility and democracy in New Britain last year.

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LWV Potluck & Pols…..Dem Women’s Caucus….Gaffney Voters Sent To DiLoreto….Zherka and The 2013 Campaign….

League of Women Voter Forum: “Pasta, Pot Luck & Politicians” Monday 9/29

The New Britain Area League of Women Voters (LWV) will get political (in a non-partisan way) when it hosts a “Pasta, Pot Luck & Politicians” dinner and discussion on Monday September 29th. Invited guests include the Mayor, Common Council and Board of Education.

The dinner and dialogue  will be held at Trinity On Main Rotunda, 69 Main Street. Dinner begins at 6:30 and the discussion will start at 7:15. Attendees are asked to bring a salad or dessert or pay $5. The LWV will provide the pasta and sauce.

Democratic Women’s Caucus In New Britain Thursday, October 2nd

A New Britain house party with the CT Democratic Party Women’s Caucus will be held Thursday, October 2nd from 6 to 8 p.m. at the home of State Senator Terry Gerratana, 674 Lincoln Street

Participants will share their views on current issues and discuss ways to expand the participation of women in the political process.  Senator Gerratana, representing Berlin, New Britain and a portion of Farmington,  is seeking a new term in the State Senate. She is Senate Chair of the Public Health Committee.

To participate reply tocdpwomencaucus@gmail.com or call or text Deb Hauser at 2039969713

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24th District: New Polling Place For Gaffney School Voters On November 4th

The Registrars of Voters sent notification Thursday to voters in Voting District 4 that their polling place will be at DiLoreto School this year because of construction at Gaffney Elementary School.

DiLoreto School lies in the 22nd Assembly District represented by State Rep. Betty Boukus of Plainville. Gaffney School voters are represented by State Rep. Rick Lopes of the 24th Assembly District. Registrars reportedly plan to have “two separate check in lines” at DiLoreto to direct voters from two different state representative districts at DiLoreto.

The Democratic Town Committee has requested a meeting with the Registrar to review the notification process and the Election Day plan to handle voters from two different legislative districts at the same polling place.

From the Chair

Zherka Arrest A Fresh Reminder Of Who Was Behind City Journal’s Yellow Journalism, Unreported 6-Figure Campaign Money In 2013 Municipal Election.

The arrest and jailing of former Farmington Hills Apartment Complex owner Sam Zherka earlier this month  was a fresh reminder of the collusion between and among New Britain Republicans, the New Britain City Journal and a small group of out-of-town landlords throughout  2013.

Zherka faces a long indictment for alleged bank loan fraud, income tax fraud and witness tampering .  Two of the bank fraud charges relate to his ownership of Farmington Hills complex in the Ledgecrest Avenue area.

In New Britain, Zherka was a ring leader  for out-of-town landlords who, in Zherka’s own words, put together $100,000 last year to “wipe out” Mayor O’Brien and Democrats on the Common Council.

The political spending began at a raucous November 2012 City Hall hearing on proposed fees for absentee landlords to pay for housing and code enforcement.  Zherka admitted to transporting tenants and paying them to go to City Hall to oppose the policy. Thereafter the assault on the truth in the pages of the City Journal began.

At a CT Property Owners Association meeting at Stanley Golf Course at the height of the 2013 municipal campaign former Mayor Tim Stewart  gave a glowing introduction to  Zherka who then announced the raising of $100,000 to “wipe out” elected officials in New Britain.

At the same meeting, current Corporation Counsel Gennaro Bizzarro ( this year’s 24th District Republican for state representative), addressed the CTPOA group. Bizzarro, in addition to his City Hall duties, has represented the CTPOA through his law practice. Mayor Stewart and other members of the Republican slate addressed CTPOA meetings pledging to repeal absentee landlord fees.

Following Zherka’s arrest this month,  the New Britain Republican Town Committee  blocked the video of Stewart, Zherka and Bizzarro speaking together; covering up the off the books financial help and gutter political action carried out by Zherka on their behalf last year.  Last year’s cash cow and friendly political provocateur is this year’s liability.

The Waterbury-based Connecticut Property Owners Association (CTPOA), led by Bob DeCosmo , later established a political action committee to finance a campaign against Democrats. But the CTPOA PAC was merely a front group. Very little campaign money was raised in legitimate and legal ways by the out-of-town landlord PAC for Stewart or any other candidates.

The  “$100,000″ announced by Zherka  almost certainly was poured into the New Britain City Journal to enable it editor and publisher, Robin Vinci, to mail her publication into households week after week. Postage costs alone run into the thousands of dollars for one mailing to New Britain households. Zherka’s largesse to Vinci also included the services of a “reporter” from his New York newspaper, to write a laudatory piece on Zherka

Scurrilous is too kind a word to describe the numerous editions of the City Journal throughout 2013 and into 2014 which contained misrepresentations and inflammatory language against O’Brien and members of the Common Council.

Perhaps the most damning example of spreading falsehoods and Vinci’s vitriol is found in January 24, 2013  story in the City Journal offering a $10,000 reward for Mayor O’Brien’s arrest and conviction “to clean up a corrupt and dirty administration.”

After extensively quoting Zherka attacking the O’Brien administration, Vinci took leave of her questionable status as a journalist to write: “Anyone who has any information  is asked to send it to: The New Britain City Journal, PO Box 2111, New Britain, CT 06050 and it will be forwarded to Taxpayers and Associates affiliated with Farmington Hills.”

Zherka and the CTPOA also created a now defunct website, http://www.savenewbritain.com,  that spread the City Journal’s false and inflammatory information on the city administration and council Democrats last year.

Don’t count on Sam Zherka’s name appearing in the pages of the City Journal nor at the GOP town committee site anymore. It’s an open question, however, whether Zherka’s  ill-gotten money and publishing resources may still be underwriting the City Journal that has morphed into a newsletter for Mayor Erin Stewart in the first year of her administration.

Residents of all political stripes committed to the rule of law and civility in local politics can only hope that dark campaign money,  voter intimidation and yellow journalism masquerading as community journalism will not be repeated in our city.

What occurred during the  2013 municipal election was an assault on democracy for which many questions remain to be answered.

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Senator Murphy, Opposing New Involvement in Syria, To Discuss ISIL Crisis, War Powers On Meet The Press

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy says the Congress should have stayed in session this week to provide new Congressional authorization against ISIL terrorists in Iraq and the Mideast.

Murphy will appear on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday to elaborate on his position. He was one of 22 Senators opposing further involvement in the Syrian civil war asserting  that Congress needs to grant a full and new authorization for President Obama to wage a “war” against ISIL.Chris Murphy

Murphy’s stance raises longstanding constitutional issues between the executive branch and Congress over war powers. Presidents dating back to Korea have skirted the issue by contending that the executive with the President as Commander In Chief could act militarily for “police actions” or conflicts not defined as full-fledged wars.

Here is Senator Murphy’s statement:

“I continue to believe that President Obama has laid out a strong case for taking the fight to ISIL. I agree with his decision to launch airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq, to compel new leadership in Iraq to achieve political reconciliation with moderate Sunnis, and to put together a broad, international military coalition. The president has shown true, decisive leadership in the fight against ISIL and I applaud him for his strength and resolve.

I simply don’t believe an effective strategy to combat ISIL requires America to get more deeply involved in the Syrian civil war. First, the moderate Syrian rebels have shown a disturbing willingness to join forces with Islamic extremists like the Al Nusra Front, a wing of Al Qaeda, and it will be nearly impossible to stop the rebels we train from joining forces with groups that pose a real threat to the United States. Second, it will be hard to thread the needle of supporting a majority Shiite regime against Sunni extremists in Iraq while, at the same time, supporting a largely Sunni insurgency against a Shiite leader in Syria. Third, I believe we are too optimistic that the American trained rebels will target ISIL when their true enemy inside Syria is Bashar al-Assad. Asking a minimally trained army to take on two barbaric foes at once seems unrealistic.

Aside from today’s vote, I remain disappointed that Congress is going to recess for the election without taking up an explicit authorization of the Administration’s full strategy. I still firmly maintain that Congress needs to authorize this new war against ISIL as I do not believe the Authorization for the Use of Military Force passed in the days following September 11th grants the president the power to conduct an open-ended, long-term war against ISIL. As the mouthpiece of the American people, Congress has an obligation to fulfill its Constitutional duty and debate the president’s proposal for military action, and my only solace is the growing bipartisan commitment, supported by the president, to have this debate later this year.”

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Governor Malloy Campaigns In New Britain, Visits Democratic Headquarters

[Photos courtesy of Frank Gerratana]

Governor Dan Malloy and his wife Cathy brought his campaign for re-election to New Britain and Democratic headquarters Saturday,  thanking volunteers at a crowded Democratic headquarters and heading over to the downtown Oktoberfest festival.

Governor Malloy greets campaign volunteers at Democratic headquarters.

Governor Malloy greets campaign volunteers at Democratic headquarters.

Malloy, drawing sharp differences with the Republican gubernatorial nominee, Tom Foley, cited his administration’s accomplishments over the last three and a half years in a pep talk to local Democrats. He pointed to the new minimum wage law, student achievement gains and higher graduation rates,  steady progress on creating jobs since 2010 and successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Connecticut, he said, has become a model for  the nation in insuring the uninsured and making access to health care a right.

Governor Malloy with Wyatt Bosworth of Danbury, the Treasurer of the CCSU College Democrats.

Governor Malloy with Wyatt Bosworth of Danbury, the Treasurer of the CCSU College Democrats.

On the transportation issue — important to New Britain with the opening of CT Fastraks early next year —  Malloy skewered Foley’s statement that too much is being spent on transportation infrastructure. “This is a guy (Foley) who doesn’t want to tell you what he’s going to do,  but every once in a while it slips out,” Malloy said. The Governor pointed to  growing demand for more public transit in Greater Hartford, citing heavy use of CT Transit busses by employees for major companies such as Travelers.  Chided Malloy of Foley: “He gets to choose between a Maserati and a BMW and doesn’t want people to be able to take the bus.”

Ward 3 Alderman Manny Sanchez, 6th District State Central Committee member Emma Pierce and DTC Chair John McNamara at Democratic Headquarters

Ward 3 Alderman Manny Sanchez, 6th District State Central Committee member Emma Pierce and DTC Chair John McNamara at Democratic Headquarters

Malloy urged volunteers and local leaders to get out the vote on November 4th before moving on to the downtown Oktoberfest Festival with State Senator Terry Gerratana and State Rep. Bobby Sanchez.

NB Democrats crowded party headquarters to hear Governor Malloy. From left Francisco Cuin, unidentified volunteer, Eva Torres-Luciano, Senator Terry Gerratana, Rep. Bobby Sanchez DTC Deputy Treasurer Willie Justiniano and DTC Corresponding Secretary Mario Santos.

NB Democrats crowded party headquarters to hear Governor Malloy. From left Francisco Cuin, unidentified volunteer, Eva Torres-Luciano, Senator Terry Gerratana, Rep. Bobby Sanchez DTC Deputy Treasurer Willie Justiniano and DTC Corresponding Secretary Mario Santos.

 

Democratic Headquarters on Saturday, September 13th

Democratic Headquarters on Saturday, September 13th

Cathy Malloy and Jason Jakubowski

Cathy Malloy and Jason Jakubowski

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“The name of the game is to talk to people. If you don’t talk to people, you can’t get started…You knock on twenty doors or so, and twenty guys tell you to go to hell, or that they haven’t got time. But maybe at the fortieth or sixtieth house you find the one guy who is all you need. You’re not going to organize everything; you’re just going to get it started”

Cesar Chavez, President United Farm Workers (UFW) 1927-1993

 

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