SOTS Merrill At 4/24 Meeting….$10.10 May Come A Year Early For Lowest Paid Municipal Workers…..State Delegates To Meet May 1st….

NEW BRITAIN DEMOCRATS EXTEND BEST WISHES TO ALL ON THE OCCASION OF THE EASTER AND PASSOVER HOLIDAYS………….

Secretary of the State Merrill At April 24th DTC Meeting

Secretary of the State (SOTS) Denise Merrill is scheduled as the guest speaker at the April 24th meeting of the Democratic Town Committee.

The meeting will be held at New Britain City Hall, 27 West Main Street and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

SOTS Denise Merrill

SOTS Denise Merrill

Merrill, a former House Majority Leader, is campaigning for re-election on voter accessibility measures in her first term,  including implementation of Same Day Registration law, the advent of an online voter registration system and support of a constitutional amendment that would allow early voting in Connecticut.

Merrill and other Democrats seeking state offices this year are participating in the Citizens’ Election Program that bans lobbyist and special interest contributions and qualifies candidates for public financing if a sufficient number of residents contribute from $5 to $100 to candidate committees.

Merrill’s re-election campaign and donation information is available at www.merrill2014.com

The DTC agenda will also include a discussion of the municipal budget and nominations for vacancies for Justice of the Peace.  All Democrats are welcome to attend.

Convention Delegates To Meet May 1st To Pick Central Committee Members

Democrats from Berlin, Farmington and New Britain will meet Thursday May 1st to elect a man and a woman to serve on the Democratic State Central Committee representing the 6th state senate district.

The meeting will be held at the Italian Independent Political Club, 16 Harding Street, Berlin at 7 p.m.

State Party Treasurer and New Britain DTC member Emma Pierce is seeking re-election for a new term.  Delegates selected in March by town committees will elect a replacement for Superior Court Judge Nominee Kevin Murphy of Berlin who resigned after his recent nomination to the bench. Former Berlin Mayor Adam Salina is expected to seek the seat on the 72-member state party committee.

NB Politicus: City Council Adopts $10.10 A Year Early

Four of  Five in Republican Caucus Oppose Increase

Council President Mike Trueworthy’s resolution on a $10.10 minimum wage for city employees not covered by labor agreements or other contracts won a 10-5 vote at the Common Council April 9th. It came on the heels of President Obama’s visit to CCSU to rally support for federal legislation that languishes in the GOP controlled U.S. House of Representatives.  The point of Obama’s visit was that states and localities now need to lead and pressure Speaker Boehner & company to adjust the federal minimum which hasn’t changed in a long time.

The front page of The Recorder, CCSU's student newspaper, after Obama visit

The front page of The Recorder, CCSU’s student newspaper, after Obama visit

Thinking nationally and acting locally worked.  Nine Council Democrats were joined by Ward 4 Alderman Don Naples, an unaffiliated who ran with GOP Mayor Erin Stewart last year.

Ward Five Alderman Carlo Carlozzi, Jr. led the majority’s argument for the city to go to $10.10 in 2015-2016 after a council committee exempted independent contractors from the increase.  Carlozzi, pretty much a fiscal conservative with a record of voting against municipal budgets, made the “moral’ argument. Invoking the experiences of his labor Democratic parents Carlozzi noted that the compromise measure on $10.10 won a unanimous vote in committee and he was surprised to hear opposition on the Council floor. “Are we really telling people we can’t afford paying them 50 cents more an hour?” asked Carlozzi, noting that the state minimum goes to $9.60 the year after next and won’t reach  $10.10 until 2017.  City officials estimate the impact of $10.10 for eligible employees would be somewhere north of $80,000. But Carlozzi, who delivered a budget-cutting soliloquy on ways to avoid tax hikes at the start of the meeting,  insisted that even the most austere municipal budget should find room for half a buck an hour more for entry-level wages in city jobs.  Approximately 160 employees, part and full-time, would be covered by the new minimum.

“Democrat” Daniel Salerno, a member of the Council’s Republican caucus, and Minority Leader Jamie Giantonio, led the opposition to the measure on jurisdictional and fiscal grounds.  Salerno, being a good soldier for the Stewart Administration, argued minimum and living wages are not the concern of elected officials in local government.  Giantonio, noting the precarious financial condition of the budget, indicated that the city could use the money for other things instead of upping the minimum for a limited number of city employees a year ahead of the state mandated wage policy.

The GOP Aldermen, wanting to have it both ways, quickly endorsed “living wages” that exceed $10.10 in theory but fell back on familiar arguments used whenever proposals to have minimums catch up with the cost of living: it’ll kill jobs and drive costs up for consumers (taxpayers).

Alderman Salerno makes a good point: if Congress, specifically the GOP House was doing its job to adjust the $7.25 federal wage, neither city nor state would need to debate the issue.  The $10.10 an hour would already be in the calculations for the current budget let alone next year’s or the year after that.  The Common Council, however, did the right thing in passing more than a  feel good resolution backing state and federal action after the Obama visit.  The need for constrained spending and austerity in municipal budgets is undeniable. But paying an additional 50 cents per hour for the least paid among city workers is a step toward fairness and away from the excuses and myths that always come from opponents.  Excuses and myths are holding the minimum to $7.25 nationally but not in Connecticut nor New Britain.

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From an insufficient government response to the suffering of our poor and hungry brothers and sisters in this country and throughout the world, save us, O Lord.

From the many corporations that reap huge profits from the use of sweatshop labor, that refuse to pay a living wage, that produce unsafe products, that pollute and dangerously warm our Earth, save us, O Lord.

From the military industrial complex that produces the guns used in many murders committed on our city streets, that manufactures the light arms, tanks, helicopters, fighter jets, war ships and drones that fuel the world’s wars and kill far more innocent civilians than combatants, save us, O Lord.

From the research facilities and factories that produce nuclear weapons of mass destruction, save us, O Lord.

From a government that is far more committed to astronomical military budgets and tax cuts for the wealthy than it is to funding programs for the poor and the middle class, to fixing the nation’s infrastructure, to helping family farmers, to trading fairly with poor nations, to legalizing our hard-working undocumented population, and to committing adequate funding for clean, renewable energy sources, save us, O Lord.

From a “A Holy Week Prayer….” by Tony Magliano – National Catholic Reporter

 

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DTC Voter Registration Group Forms….Amended City $10.10 Proposal Advances….Reception Honoring Tim O’Brien….Red Sox Tickets Going Fast….2014 Calendar….

Voter Registration: DTC Forms Committee To Sign Up New Democrats

The Democratic Town Committee began forming new committees in March for the new term, including a voter registration committee to enroll unregistered residents and promote membership in the Democratic Party.

The voter registration group, composed of elected and associate DTC members, seeks to maintain  strong Democratic membership reflective of the city’s diverse population.

As of March 25th voter enrollment in the city totaled 25,245 with 13,480 Democrats (53.3), 8,627 Unaffiliateds  (34), 2,803 Republicans (11.1) and 335 from other parties (1.3).

Voter registration efforts leading up to the November 4th election will include voter sign ups at community events and festivals, neighborhood canvassing and outreach and a review of the inactive list of voters  by the Registrar of Voters that stems from canvassing of voters by mail.

Committee members to date  include Isabelita Cancel, Mario Santos, Willie Justiniano, Merrill Gay, Pearl Paris, Maria Matos, Peggy Lampkin and Tom Shields.  Cancel, Justiniano and Santos have long been active in registering new Democrats.

At its March 25th meeting the DTC also elected assembly district leaders in.cluding Ron Jakubowski (22nd), Mario Santos and Tonilynn Collins (24th), Jahaira Jimenez (25th) and Bob Pleines (26th). Other DTC subcommittees include education, jobs/economic development and the municipal budget.

The Town Committee meets on April 24th and all Democrats are welcome to attend.

Council Committee Modifies and Approves  $10.10 Per Hour Proposal 

The Common Council’s Administration, Finance and Law subcommittee has approved a proposal by Council President Mike Trueworthy to set a $10.10 an hour minimum wage for city employees who are not covered by labor or other agreements.

The measure, if adopted,  would take effect in 2015-2016, one year ahead of the state’s $10.10 an hour minimum wage to take effect in 2017. The city minimum would  impact seasonal or other workers not covered by collective bargaining. The sub-committee revised the original resolution and independent contractors are excluded from the proposal that will now go back to the full Council for a vote.

To urge support for the $10.10 an hour resolution contact the Mayor’s office and the City Council. Mayor’s Office:  Tel: (860) 826-3303

Email:  Mayor@NewBritainCT.gov       Common Council:    Link to all  Members 

 Phenomenal People Reception To Honor Tim O’Brien Saturday, April 12th

A “Phenomenal People” Reception will be held Saturday, April 12th, at 4 p.m. to honor former Mayor Tim O’Brien at the Pride of Connecticut Lodge of Elks, 24 Elm Street.

The Lodge’s  Anna Warmsley Temple has organized the reception where O’Brien and the Lodge’s Nathaniel Bryant (PGER) will be recognized.  The donation for the reception is $15 per person.

Major League Baseball: LAST CALL FOR TICKETS

5716_houston_astros-jersey-2013Fenway Trip Sunday, August 17th To See Astros 

A limited number of tickets remain for a trip to Fenway Park on  Sunday, August 17th for a game between the World Champion Red Sox and the Houston Astros. Game time is 1:35 pm.  The deadline is Thursday, April 10th.boston-redsox-logo1

Reserved tickets are $34 pp. Transportation at an additional cost will be provided.  For information e-mail: newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com or call John McNamara – 860-416-0665.

 2014 Democratic Town Committee Calender

  • April 24 – April Town Committee Meeting
  • April 25-  Friday Night Out Bowling
  • May 14 – 5th District Congressional Convention
  • May 16 – Democratic State Convention
  • May 19 – 6th State Senate District Convention
  • May 20 – 22nd and 24th State Representative Conventions
  • May 20 – May DTC Meeting (Endorsements for 25th and 26th State Representative)
  • May 21 – Judge of Probate Convention
  • May 29 – Town Committee Spring Reception
  • June 26 – June Town Committee Meeting
  • June 27 – Backyard Cookout
  • July 24 – July Town Committee Meeting
  • August 12 – Primary Day (if necessary)
  • August 17 – Red Sox vs. Astros at Fenway Park
  • August 23-  Town Committee Cookout
  • August 28 – August Town Committee Meeting
  • September 18 – September Town Committee Meeting
  • October 23 – October Town Committee Meeting
  • November 2 – Pre-Election Get Out The Vote event
  • November 4 – Election Day (Governor, State Offices and US Congress)
  • November 20 – November Town Committee Meeting
  • December 18 – December Town Committee Meeting/Holiday Party

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“…..it’s clear that the law [Affordable Care Act]  is helping a lot of Americans. Three million young people remain on their parents’ health-care plans; more than eight million uninsured people are eligible for Medicaid; and, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than a hundred million people have received preventive-care services, like mammograms and flu shots, at no cost.”

from The New Yorker Talk of the Town April 7th  by Jeffrey Toobin

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Remembering Rev. King and 4/4/68 at MLK Park Monument

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERANew Britain’s Mary McLeod Bethune Club (MMBC) observed the anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 5th — a memorial  event  club members have organized for most of the 46 years since the civil rights leader was killed in Memphis on April 4, 1968.

CCSU Anthropology Professor, Dr Evelyn Harris, the featured speaker at the King Monument Memorial held at the MLK city park at the corner of Stanley Street and MLK Boulevard, told a small gathering that New Britain’s King monument was one of the first memorials of its kind in the country. Participating in the program were MMBC President Chery Niccolls, NBPD Officer Marcus Burris, Master of Ceremonies; Music Soloist Linda Vickers with Marzell Jackson laying the wreath at the monument. Ward 3 Alderwoman Shirley Black and NAACP President Ron Davis shared remarks at the monument.

Other speakers, including longtime Club President Janice Edwards, recalled that the city’s King monument was originally located at East Main and MLK Boulevard on a traffic island, a target of frequent vandalism and even visits from local KKK adherents.  The Bethune Club organized residents to stare down the Klan nonviolently when they showed up and began the effort for a better site.

Alton Brooks, a leader in the effort to establish MLK Park, with New Britain’s finest.

With leaders such as Edwards, Alton Brooks and the late former Alderwoman Connie Wilson Collins pushing city government, the little corner park for the King monument was established further up the road. Today inlaid bricks recognize donors from the community who contributed to make MLK Park possible.

Police Officer Marcus Burris and MMBC President Chery Niccolls
 Democratic District Leader Mario Santos and Board of Education member Merrill Gay participated.
Duane Hinkson with sons Dillon and Devon and MMB Club Member Janice Edwards

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Rev. King Memorial Celebration At Monument Saturday….”We Are Not Wisconsin” Forum….Remembering April 4, 1968……

King Monument Celebration Is Saturday, April 5th

New Britain’s Mary McLeod Bethune Club will hold the “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Monument Celebration” on Saturday April 5th at 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King Park at the corner of Stanley Street and MLK Boulevard.images-1

Dr. Evelyn Phillips, Professor of Anthropology from Central Connecticut State University, will be the guest speaker. April 4th is the anniversary of the assassination of Rev. King who was not yet 40 years old when he died 46 years ago.

SEE “Remembering Again April 4, 1968″ Below

Labor Holds “We Are Not Wisconsin” Forum

A coalition of state employee union has organized a “We Are Not Wisconsin” forum on Saturday, April 5th from 9 a.m. to noon at Middletown High School.

“This forum will help us understand how puppet politicians like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker succeeded in stealing wages, pensions and healthcare rights and benefits from public sector workers; and it will show us the devastating impact Walker and his extremists super-rich backers have had on all of Wisconsin’s working families and communities,” according to a statement from the Coalition.

Organizers say the forum will include speakers from Wisconsin’s labor unions who will discuss the aftermath of bitterly fought recall elections in Wisconsin and the negative impacts on communities and the public sector since state government rolled back basic rights of collective bargaining.

More information is available from the American Federation of Teachers at http://aftct.org/node/29022

City Deadline For Elderly Property Tax Relief Is May 15th

Older homeowners may apply for property tax relief if they meet income and other requirements and must do so before the May 15th deadline, according to the Assessor’s Office.

To be eligible for such a grant:

  • You, or your spouse must have been at least 65 years of age as of December 31, 2013; or you must be over 18 and permanently disabled.
  • You must be a permanent resident of the State of Connecticut. The property must be the applicant’s primary residence.
  • Your 2013 income cannot exceed $41,600 if you’re married or $34,100 if you’re single/widowed.
    • Income definition: Qualifying income is defined as adjusted gross income for IRS purposes plus any income not included in such adjusted gross income plus the amount received from Social Security
  • You must provide the Assessors office or the Senior Center with a copy of your federal income tax return if you file one, and a copy of your Social Security 1099 form. The Assessors office or the Senior Center may require all other proofs of income that may be necessary for the certification of the claim (55 Pearl Street 860 826-3553).

If approved, credits are applied as a percentage of taxes based on valuations as of October 1, 2013.

From The Chair: Remembering Again April 4, 1968

This week’s anniversary of Rev. King’s assassination on April 4th —being observed by the Mary McCloud Bethune Club on Saturday — is a sad, irrefutable reminder that King gave his life for both civil and economic rights, especially the right of public employees to bargain collectively.  From the extremist elements of the Republican Party (as well as the U.S. Supreme Court majority) there are fresh attacks against voting and labor rights in 2014 to remind us that the struggle for civil rights and against income inequality is far from over.

A Remembrance From That Day 46 Years Ago:

I remember exactly where I was on April 4, 1968.

That week day, like many others in my senior year in high school, I drove to  Bradlee’s  Department store on the Lynnway in Lynn, Massachusetts to punch in for the evening shift, earning some money before entering and commuting to Boston University in the fall.

The news spread quickly that Thursday evening that King was dead. It didn’t take long to realize that my shift as a retail clerk would be different from all the others. The store quickly emptied out. Not a customer in sight all night. No need for Mr. Silverman, the shaken and somber store manager, to send me out on outside carriage control. The bullets in Memphis were enough to bring a normal business day to a halt in Lynn and most of the nation. Just five short years before I had come home from junior high on a late summer day to watch King deliver his “I Have A Dream” speech.

There are many good remembrances of what King said and stood for on his national holiday in January every year, but not so much or enough is ever said on this anniversary of the day he died.

For people like me 4/4/68 is indelible. And it’s worth recalling – especially now why King was in Memphis. By 1968, Rev. King was widening the concerns of his movement. In “Where Do We Go From Here?” King opposed a Vietnam policy that had begun to break the nation further apart. The lunchroom sit-ins and battles over accommodations and voting rights were giving way to a broader agenda. He was planning a new march on Washington – “the Poor People’s Campaign” — when he decided to take up the cause of 1,300 black sanitation workers in Memphis, a city of southern segregation, where the white power structure opposed the right to unionize and the Mayor vowed never to bargain in good faith in a way that would give the sanitation workers their dignity. The strike and a citywide economic boycott were a cause King knew he could not ignore.

King’s  “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top” speech on the eve of the assassination is his best known from Memphis. But two weeks earlier, on March 18th, King galvanized support for strikers by saying: “So often we overlook the worth and significance of those who are not in professional jobs, or those who are not in the so-called big jobs…..One day our society will come to respect the sanitation worker if it is to survive.”

Following King’s assassination, the Memphis power structure gave up its intransigence – recognizing the union, awarding pay raises and instituting merit promotions.

King’s campaign for striking sanitation workers reaffirmed his greatness at the hour of his death and resonates today in the cause of social and economic justice. That is worth remembering most from the day he died.

originally posted by NB Politicus  http://nbpoliticus.blogspot.com/2007/04/39-years-ago-today.html

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DTC Recommends Merrill Gay for BOE Vacancy

The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) Tuesday unanimously recommended Merrill Gay, the executive director of the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance,  to fill the Board of Education seat being vacated by Dr. Aram Ayalon.

Merrill Gay nbdiscovery.org

Merrill Gay
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Meeting at City Hall to choose delegates to May nominating conventions,  members of the DTC favored  Gay who is a DTC member long active in campaigns and advocacy for school funding equity and children in the city. The City Charter requires the Common Council to fill vacancies on the 10-member Board of Education.

“From his grassroots work in New Britain and advocacy for funding equity for urban schools, Merrill Gay will be a strong and effective Democrat on the BOE, exercising oversight and independent judgment to address the many challenges the district faces in improving student achievement with scarce resources,” said DTC Chair John McNamara.

Gay previously worked for 10 years as director of the New Britain Early Childhood Collaborative. In that position he coordinated community planning that led to the creation of the Blueprint for New Britain’s Young Children.

Gay is married to Mary Richardson and is the father of two children, including a son at New Britain High School.  He holds a master’s degree in community economic development from the University of Southern New Hampshire and earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Clark University.

 

 

 

 

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Bobby Sanchez for the 25th…..Delegate Selection is March 25th…..Municipal Budget Belt Tightening?…..Guv Taps Berlin’s Murphy For Judgeship….Red Sox Game Sign Up…

Rep. Sanchez  Kicks Off Campaign in the 25th District Thursday, March 27th

State Rep. Bobby Sanchez of the city’s 25th Assembly District will launch his campaign for re-election at a Criollisimo Restaurant reception on Thursday, March 27th from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Criollisimo is located at 340 Arch Street.

Rep. Bobby Sanchez

Rep. Bobby Sanchez

Sanchez, elected in February 2011 and re-elected in 2012, is seeking a second full term representing the 25th that includes the Senior Center and Graham and School Apartments, Generale Ameglio Society, the Armory, Chamberlain School and Smalley Academy voting districts. At the Legislature,  Sanchez is vice chair of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. He also serves on the Education and Higher Education and Employment Advancement committees.

Sanchez and other members of the city’s legislative delegation are participating in the Citizens’ Election Program — the campaign finance reform that requires state representative candidates to obtain 150 contributions (between $5 and $100) from residents in their communities.

The suggested contribution for the Criollisimo reception is $10.  A Sanchez 2014 event. Claudette Talmadge is treasurer for Rep. Sanchez’ committee.

DTC Picks Delegates Tuesday, March 25th

The Democratic Town Committee will endorse delegate slates to May political conventions on Tuesday, March 25th.

The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at New Britain City Hall. The meeting is being held in accordance with state law requiring delegate selection between March 25th and April 1st.

Conventions include May 14th the 5th District Congressional (Elizabeth Esty), May 16th State Convention (Governor and Constitutional Offices), May 19th 6th State Senate (Terry Gerratana), May 20th State Representative Conventions (22nd Rep Betty Boukus and 24th Rep Rick Lopes) and May 21st Judge of Probate (Walter Clebowicz). Endorsements for the 25th (Bobby Sanchez) and 26th (Peter Tercyak) will be made at a Town Committee meeting between May 20th and May 27th.

New Britain sends 30 delegates to the state, state senate, congressional and judge of probate conventions.  There are nine delegates to the 24th State Representative convention and three delegates to the 22nd State Representative convention.  Only members of the Town Committee from the 25th and 26th state representative districts will be the endorsing group for those legislative seats.

Municipal Budget Watch: Do As I Say But Not As I Do?

Structural budget deficits — dating back more than a decade and identified more than two years ago by former Mayor O’Brien’s administration — will hang over deliberations by the Stewart Administration and the Common Council over the next two months in adopting a municipal budget for the next fiscal year.

In a state of the city address this month Mayor Stewart delivered a stern austerity message hinting at layoffs, privatization and cuts to municipal services. “We are well beyond mere belt-tightening here. The financial crisis that the city is now facing is the defining challenge of our time together. How we deal with this crisis — and mark my words, it is a crisis — will be the legacy we leave behind.”

Just like her predecessor, Mayor Stewart is confronting the sins of past administrations. Blindly holding the line on tax rates, one-time fixes and gimmicks and “kicking the can down the road” — the fiscal legacy of eight years of former Mayor Tim Stewart — now require tough fiscal medicine that needs to be prescribed with fairness and budget priorities that address essential needs. The Mayor will present the proposed 2014-2015 municipal budget to the Council in April.  The Council will deliberate and schedule a public hearing on the budget in May with a June deadline for adoption.

According to the Stewart administration the “belt-tightening” will need to cut across all city departments before the city will turn to what could be called the “nuclear option” of borrowing millions of dollars via short term notes to pay for operating expenses.

Less than six months into the term, however, the Stewart administration shows no sign that “belt tightening” extends into her own office.  Mayoral appointees, in fact, have been given hefty pay hikes compared to her predecessor.  In addition to a chief of staff position at nearly $100,000, Stewart quietly installed Republican Town Chair Peter Steele into a $45,000 “part-time” patronage job that supposedly involves housing enforcement — a redundancy better left to the building department.  And now Stewart reportedly is giving $10,000 pay raises to two other mayoral aides  after just after five months and a self-imposed spending freeze.

Those actions deserve the same scrutiny that other offices at City Hall are now about to get. Exempting the Mayor’s office from belt tightening will surely hurt Stewart’s credibility moving into the budget season.

Berlin State Central Committeeman Kevin Murphy Nominated for Superior Court Judgeship

New Britain Democrats congratulate State Central Committeeman Kevin Murphy of Berlin who was nominated last week by Governor Malloy for a Superior Court Judge nomination.  Since 2010 Murphy has served as a Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney with the State’s Attorney’s Office in Bristol.  He previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and as an attorney for the Department of the Navy.  He was also a member of the Hartford State’s Attorney’s Gang Unit.  He received his B.A. from Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences and his J.D. from Catholic University School of Law.

Murphy has served on the state Central Committee with State Party Treasurer and New Britain DTC leader Emma Pierce over the last two years.  New Britain Democrats congratulate Kevin Murphy for his nomination to the bench.

Berlin and New Britain Democratic delegates will meet prior to the May conventions to elect a man and a woman to serve on the State Central Committee for a new term.

KEEP YOUR SOX ON: Fenway Trip Sunday, August 17th To See Astros 

A trip to Fenway Park is planned for Sunday, August 17th for a game between the World Champion Red Sox and the Houston Astros. Game time is 1:35 pm.RedSox_hat

A limited number of tickets is available to New Britain Democrats and friends. Reserved tickets are $34 pp. payable by April 1st. Transportation at additional cost will be provided.  For information e-mail: newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com.

 

DTC Calendar  At A Glance

Tuesday, March 25th Town Committee Delegate Selection Meeting
Thursday, April 24, Town Committee Meeting
Wednesday, May 14  Congressional convention
Friday, May 16, State convention
Monday, May 19  State Senate convention
Tuesday, May 20  22nd and 24th State Rep conventions
Tuesday, May  20 — Tuesday for state rep endorsements
May 21  Judge of Probate convention
May 29  Town Committee Reception  (Recognition awards)
June 26 Town Committee Meeting

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Delegate Selection Is March 25th….New Term and New Officers for DTC…..Minimum Wage Proposals Advance….

New Britain Democrats To Pick Delegate Slates  Tuesday, March 25th

The Democratic Town Committee will endorse delegate slates to May political conventions on Tuesday, March 25th.

The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at New Britain City Hall. The meeting is being held in accordance with state law requiring delegate selection between March 25th and April 1st.

Conventions include May 14th the 5th District Congressional (Elizabeth Esty), May 16th State Convention (Governor and Constitutional Offices), May 19th 6th State Senate (Terry Gerratana), May 20th State Representative Conventions (22nd Rep Betty Boukus and 24th Rep Rick Lopes) and May 21st Judge of Probate (Walter Clebowicz). Endorsements for the 25th (Bobby Sanchez) and 26th (Peter Tercyak) will be made at a Town Committee meeting between May 20th and May 27th.

New Britain sends 30 delegates to the state, state senate, congressional and judge of probate conventions.  There are nine delegates to the 24th State Representative convention and three delegates to the 22nd State Representative convention.  Only members of the Town Committee from the 25th and 26th state representative districts will be the endorsing group for those legislative seats.

In addition to delegate selection, the DTC will also choose district leaders for the town committee and adopt a calendar for the year.

New Term Begins: DTC Elects Three New Officers

The Democratic Town Committee elected three new members to its six-member executive committee at a March 10th organizational meeting at New Britain City Hall.

Shirley Black, a Ward 3 Alderperson and President of the Black Democratic Club, becomes the Vice Chair succeeding State Representative Bobby Sanchez, a DTC member from the Generale Ameglio Society district who is seeking a second full term as state representative from the 25th Assembly District.  Sanchez nominated  Black for the Vice Chair post. Also nominated unanimously were Mario Santos who will serve as the Corresponding Secretary and Wilfredo Justiniano,  the Assistant Treasurer.

Returning for a two-year term will be Chairman John McNamara, Recording Secretary Ann Speyer and Treasurer John Valengavich.

The 47-member committee, representing the city’s 15 voting districts, began organizing committees focusing on voter registration, education, jobs and economic development and the municipal budget. In a statement DTC Chair McNamara said “we seek to build a community of engaged citizens” working toward:

  • Healthy neighborhoods with strong code and public safety enforcement in housing;
  • Educational opportunity that does not hold public education back because of the regressive property tax.
  • Transparency and a fair allocation of resources in the municipal budget.
  • Job creation and economic development accompanied by living wages for residents
  • Preservation and a greater awareness of the city’s historic and cultural assets.
  • Responsible stewardship of the environment and natural resources.

In addition to the 47 elected members the DTC welcomes associate members. Interested Democrats may apply at http://newbritaindemocrat.org/who-we-are/

Income Inequality: Minimum Wage Proposals Advance

New Britain legislators helped advance legislation to increase CT’s minimum wage as the bill was approved by the Labor and Public Employees Committee on a vote of 8 to 3. State Rep. Peter Tercyak (26) is House Chair of the committee and State Senator Terry Gerratana (6) is Senate Vice Chair.

The  proposal, backed by Governor Malloy, will bring the minimum wage to $9.15 on January 1, 2015, and then to $9.60 on January 1, 2016, before finally raising it to $10.10 on January 1, 2017.

“Too many of our neighbors are working long hours and multiple jobs but are still unable to make enough money to support their families,” said Senator Gerratana. “Most of the thousands of people working minimum wage jobs are above the age of 20, with nearly half having some college education and many struggling to support a family. Passage of this bill will help ensure that Connecticut’s hard working people can make ends meet, allowing them to support their families, advance themselves, and better contribute to the state economy.”

A Quinnipiac Poll released today found that 71 percent of those polled supported raising Connecticut’s minimum wage. It is estimated that there are currently 70,000 to 90,000 people in Connecticut working for the minimum wage. Contrary to the common belief, over 80 percent of minimum wage earners are above the age of twenty, 42 percent have at least some college education, and many are struggling to support a family. The average minimum wage worker earns about half of his or her family’s total income. Over a quarter of these families have children they are trying to provide for.

In addition to the boost it provides to working families, an increase to the minimum wage has been repeatedly shown to increase economic activity. Minimum wage workers spend their new earnings immediately, generating a positive impact on their local economies. A recent study from the Economic Policy institute estimated the minimum wage increase in Connecticut will create a positive GDP impact of more than $140 million. The costs for this increase on the businesses that employ minimum wage earners are usually less than two-tenths of one percent of that business’s sales revenue.

At New Britain City Hall, the Common Council referred a proposal by Council President Mike Trueworthy to the council’s Administration, Finance & Law Subcommittee that would increase the minimum wage to all city employees to $10.10 an hour by July 1, 2016. In addition, the resolution states that the city “shall not enter into contracts with contractors whose employees, independent contractors, regardless of full-time or part-time status, receive payments of less than $10.10 per hour.”  The city already has a “living wage” ordinance that provides for fair wages by contractors who do business with the city. The $10.10 measure would impact seasonal or other employees not covered by other agreements and would take effect a year earlier than that proposed state law now moving through the General Assembly.

The Democratic Town Committee, in addition to supporting the state legislation, passed a resolution in support of the Trueworthy proposal at its meeting on March 10th.

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“Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, who has been turning his employees over to the Government relief rolls in order to preserve his company’s undistributed reserves, tell you – using his stockholders’ money to pay the postage for his personal opinions — tell you that a wage of $11.00 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry.”

- President Roosevelt from a 1938, Fireside Chat, the night before signing the Fair Labor Standards Act that instituted the federal minimum wage. from FDR Make The Case For The Minimum Wage.

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