DTC Looks Ahead To 2015…..Don DeFronzo “Retires” From State Service…..USMC Care Package Donations Sought….In Memoriam: Paul Amenta

DTC December Meeting And Party: Gearing Up For 2015

The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) held its last meeting of the year at Cafe Beauregard on December 11th,  collecting food donations for the Spanish Speaking Center and discussing plans for 2015 that will include endorsements for municipal offices and a review of party rules.

The municipal nominations committee released its candidate information form for prospective candidates in next year’s city election at the meeting.

December Town Committee meeting at Cafe Beauregard.  DTC members donated food items to the Spanish Speaking Center (F Gerratana photo)

December Town Committee meeting at Cafe Beauregard. DTC members donated food items to the Spanish Speaking Center (F Gerratana photo)

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Commissioner DeFronzo Becomes Citizen DeFronzo in January

Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Commissioner Don DeFronzo will step down in January at the start of the second term of Governor Dannel Malloy.

In an announcement from the Governor’s office, DeFronzo, a two-term mayor and four-term state senator, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to oversee a DAS that took on major new responsibilities. During DeFronzo’s tenure DAS consolidated  functions of state government including the Department of Public Works (DPW) and “produced $40 million in direct savings and new revenue resulting from strengthened procurement techniques, more aggressive bidding procedures, lease consolidations and use of new technology.”

In appointing DeFronzo to DAS four years ago Malloy said “there have been a lot of rumors as to where Senator DeFronzo might end up in my administration, but there’s no where I’d rather him be – and nowhere where I have more confidence in his abilities.”

Don DeFronzo campaigning with Governor Malloy in 2010 in New Britain.

Don DeFronzo campaigning with Governor Malloy in 2010 in New Britain. (j, McNamara photo)

Last week Malloy praised DeFronzo for his service: “Don and his management team have carried out our mission to streamline state services with professionalism and dedication, Under his leadership, DAS has identified millions in savings and made state government run more efficiently so that it can better serve the public. I want to thank Don for his commitment to making government work better for our citizens, and also commend him on a remarkable career of public service.”

For DeFronzo “retiring” from state service doesn’t mean he’ll be stepping away from politics and community involvement. In 2014 DeFronzo rejoined the Democratic Town Committee  where his political career started . He was a leader of the DTC’s summer voter registration drive in the run up to the state election.

Supporting Our Troops: Donations For Marine Corps Care Packages Due By December 21st

Braithreachas, Inc. and the Marine Corps Family Foundation are seeking for donations of care package items and are raising funds to offset the cost of shipping the care packages to deployed military. The campaign, “Operation Santa Care Package”, has been organized since 2008 by Marjorie Hackett-Wallace of New Britain.  “This year we are way behind collecting items for the care packages,” said Hackett-Wallace, founder of the non-profit organization Braithreachas Inc. “We need snacks, personal care items and things like puzzle books and playing cards, items that distract the guys from where they are” said Hackett-Wallace.

“A lot of people think that the US doesn’t have any military deployed, they think that the guys will be home with their families. The US still has 10,000 military deployed to just Afghanistan that won’t be home with their families. We have 860 guys that we will send a care package to.” Said Hackett-Wallace. “It’s not too late to help out. We will be packing boxes until December 21. We need snacks like Mac & Cheese, cookies, granola bars and personal care items like shaving cream, toothbrushes and soap. We also need help packing boxes and getting those care packages to the post office.”

Hackett-Wallace’s son, Sergeant Ryan Hackett USMC was deployed to Rawah, Iraq.  “These snacks help remind these guys of home and why they are out there” said Sergeant Hackett “they can’t go down to the local store and pick up what they need and most forward operating bases don’t have a PX or a commissary.” Last year the group shipped more than 8,000 pounds of snacks and personal care items to active duty military deployed to Afghanistan. With the cost to ship these packages ever-increasing, the group is seeking monetary donations, as well as supplies. Each care package costs $15.90 to ship.

Donations may be sent or dropped off at 103 Elbridge Road, New Britain, CT 06052 up to December 21st. The campaign is also seeking volunteers to help pack the care packages and transport them to the post office. Boxes will be packed for shipment to Afghanistan right up to December 23. For more information, people may contact Marjorie & Craig at 860-224-7635 or 860-280-6686 or by email at mhackett@snet.net.

IN MEMORIAM: PAUL S. AMENTA, LABOR LEADER, STATE SENATOR

Democrat Paul S. Amenta, a New Britain labor leader, state senator and board of education member, died on December 8th, at the age of 92,

A World War II veteran,  Amenta was a longtime civic and political leader in the city, including  service of 30 years on the Board of Education and six terms in the state senate. Amenta continued his efforts on behalf of working people as the political and legislative director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME Council 4). Former Senator Amenta’s funeral was held Saturday, December 13th.

New Britain Democrats extend condolences to the Amenta family and to Senator Amenta’s many friends and colleagues in politics and the labor movement.  Memorial donations may be made to New Britain High School, 110 Mill Street New Britain CT c/o The Paul Amenta, Sr. Scholarship Fund.

Carmen Boria and DTC District Leader Jahaira Jimenez at DTC meeting (F. Gerratana photo)

Carmen Boria and DTC District Leader Jahaira Jimenez at DTC meeting (F. Gerratana photo)

Harriet Geragosian and State Central Committeewoman Emma Pierce at DTC meeting and party December 11th  (F. Gerratana photo)

Harriet Geragosian and State Central Committeewoman Emma Pierce at DTC meeting and party December 11th (F. Gerratana photo)

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“And now we’re watching as Congress passes yet another provision that was written by lobbyists for the biggest recipient of bailout money in the history of the country. And it’s attached to a bill that needs to pass or else the entire federal government will grind to a halt. Think about this kind of power. A financial institution has become so big and so powerful that it can hold the entire country hostage. That alone is a reason enough for us break them up. Enough is enough.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate last week about the “rats” contained in the Omnibus Budget legislation.

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Supporting Our Troops: Care Package Donations For Marine Corps Needed Through December 21st

Originally posted on NB Politicus:

Braithreachas, Inc. and the Marine Corps Family Foundation are seeking for donations of care package items and are raising funds to offset the cost of shipping the care packages to deployed military. The campaign, Operation Santa Care Package, is an annual holiday season effort,

“This year we are way behind collecting items for the care packages,” said Marjorie Hackett-Wallace, founder of the non-profit organization Braithreachas Inc. “We need snacks, personal care items and things like puzzle books and playing cards, items that distract the guys from where they are” said Hackett-Wallace.

Troops levels may have been scaled back but thousands of US Marines and military are still deployed in Afghanistan. (from www.militarytimes.com)

Troops levels may have been scaled back but thousands of US Marines and military are still deployed in Afghanistan. (from http://www.militarytimes.com)

“A lot of people think that the US doesn’t have any military deployed, they think that the guys will be home with their families. The US still has 10,000 military deployed to just Afghanistan that won’t be home…

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Democrats Meet At Cafe Beauregard Thursday, December 11th

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NAACP Justice March Saturday ….DTC To Meet December 11th….City Hall Watch: Council Meets December 10th…

NAACP To Hold Justice March Saturday 12/6 At King Monument

New Britain’s NAACP branch is holding a rally and march for justice Saturday, December 6th, at 1 pm at Martin Luther King Park at the corner of Smalley Street and MLK Boulevard.  Organizers want the march “to raise awareness of the continuing issues of inequality and injustice affecting African-Americans and other communities of color throughout the United States.”  Community leaders, clergy and residents will participate in cooperation with the New Britain Police Department. Because of inclement weather the march will begin at the King monument and conclude at Trinity on Main on Main Street instead of the Central Park location.

The current cover of The New Yorker magazine

The current cover of The New Yorker magazine on the strife in Missouri

“The killing of Michael Brown, and the subsequent response by authorities in Ferguson, show that the lives of African-Americans and Latinos continue to be valued less, even in 2014,” said NAACP New Britain Branch President and DTC Member Ronald P. Davis. “There continues to be unequal treatment throughout the criminal justice system, from racial profiling to greater levels of incarceration. And this injustice is a part of the persisting, systematic discriminatory inequality in education, jobs, housing, health care and so many other things that are a part of a decent life.”

“Police use of lethal force in Ferguson and Cleveland that led to the deaths of  two black youths has opened fresh wounds involving  racial divisions that persist and need to be overcome in every community,” said Democratic Town Chair John McNamara. “That these incidents and protests are occurring more than six years into the Presidency of Barack Obama and 50 years after hard-won struggles to enact civil rights laws is a reminder that racial and economic justice and equal application of laws must be addressed as much now as they were a generation ago.”

The December 6th March and rally will begin with a prayer at 1 pm at the Martin Luther King Monument at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Smalley Street.

Responding to the turmoil in Ferguson and growing protests President Obama this week called for renewed efforts on community policing including to reform the way the federal government equips local law enforcement particularly with military-style equipment; investing in the use of body-warn cameras, promoting proven community policing initiatives, and; engaging law enforcement and community leaders in devising new ways to reduce crime while building public trust.”

Democrats To Meet Thursday December 11th At Cafe Beauregard

The Democratic Town Committee will hold its December meeting and holiday party at Cafe Beauregard, 2 Main Street, on Thursday, December 11th, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

There will be a regular meeting at 7:15 with committee reports and discussion of 2015 activities. Members and friends may bring non-perishable foods to donate to the Spanish Speaking Center.

City Hall Watch: Common Council Has Full Agenda For December 10th

The Common Council will hold its only regular meeting of the month on Wednesday, December 10th, at 7:30 pm at City Hall’s Council Chambers. Public participation opens at 7 pm.

The agenda includes approval of contracts with two of the city’s major bargaining units —  New Britain Federation of Teachers Local 871 (new) and a revised agreement with AFSCME Local 1186 that was tabled 11/13/13.

New resolutions include a contract with Quality Data Service, Inc. for the acquisition of a new assessor and tax collector software system and web hosting in the amount of $353,498. Resolutions returned from committee include a revision in ordinances regarding signs on public property that restricted allowable use of political signs at polling places on Election Day.  The revision deals with Republicans’ attempt to restrict campaign signs normally used by candidates and volunteers on voting days.

The Council’s standing bonding subcommittee will also meet to consider appropriating  $56 million  for the city’s general obligation variable rate pension bonds issued in 2008, to pay costs incurred from the termination of the Interest Rate Swap Agreement and to fund one or more escrow accounts. The bonding sub-committee will meet at 6 pm prior to the regular Council meeting.

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“In order to finally bring this darkness into the light of day, our nation must address the foundation of this crisis. That starts with acknowledging that the training taught in police academies across the country is not being applied in communities of color.”

New York Times Op-Ed by Eric L. Adams, Brooklyn’s Borough President and a retired New York Police Department Captain. He is co-founder of “100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care.”

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Irish Club To Remember JFK At Walnut Hill Park Memorial Saturday 11/22/14 at 11 a.m.

Members of New Britain’s Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) will honor the memory of President John F. Kennedy on the 51st anniversary of his assassination.

A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the JFK Memorial on West Main Street at Walnut Hill Park. The public is invited to attend.

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But the facts of the matter are that only a creative national party can provide a strong, creative President. The Republican Party is not a national party. It does not represent all sections, all interest groups, all voters. And that is why – historically and inevitably – the forces of inertia and reaction in the Republican Party oppose any powerful voice in the White House, Republican or Democratic that tries to speak for the nation as a whole.

John F. Kennedy speaking at the Connecticut Democratic Party’s Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Hartford, February 1960.

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NB Gets State Bonds For Schools, Treatment Center, COSTCO’s Road

The state Bond Commission approved several New Britain projects Wednesday November 19th.   Among the bonding requests were $1,191,500 for the DiLoreto, Pulaski and Slade Schools, $545,272 for renovations and improvements at the Farrell Treatment Center, $1,057,465 for a roof replacement for 10 Franklin Square, and E.C. Goodwin Technical High School is expected to receive $840,031for facility upgrades.  Additionally, a $850,000 grant-in-aid to the City of New Britain has been requested to finance road improvements along Route 71 (Hartford Road) and at the Route 9 north-bound off ramp to Route 71.

“Our technical schools are key in our efforts to continue to grow Connecticut’s manufacturing sector and prepare a workforce for 21st Century careers,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “These new funds will help ensure that students get the most out of their educational experience and graduate ready to fill real-world jobs.”

“It seems like a million years since I volunteered at the Farrell Treatment Center. I am pleased that they received the funding necessary to continue serving the New Britain Community,” said State Rep. Peter Terycak (D- New Britain).

“I am very pleased that as a result of the hard work of the delegation and the Governor, our schools will receive funding for much-needed technology improvements.   Farrell Treatment Center has a long record of quality service in the City of New Britain,” Rep. Rick Lopes said. “The delegation believes that improving their facility will help continue their important work for the next few decades.”

“Technological advances are becoming an increasingly critical component of our daily lives. I am encouraged to see us investing in school technological improvements that will allow our students to be prepared for the future,” Rep. Robert Sanchez said. “These funds will help us get there.”

“During a recent visit to Goodwin Technical High School, I had the pleasure of seeing the impressive work being done by students in electrical engineering and other high-precision fields,” said Senator Terry Gerratana. “The bonding secured this month will ensure that students at this school continue to be trained on the same cutting edge tools that they will use upon entering the workforce. This is exactly the kind of investment that Connecticut needs to make to maintain a skilled workforce that will help businesses thrive in our state.”

The bonding for E.C. Goodwin Technical High School is part of a larger package for technical high schools across the state. The $840,000 dedicated to that project will go towards facilities repairs and program upgrades.

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DTC Meets Thursday Nov. 20th……Winning On The Democratic Record…..Election Wrap In Pictures

Town Committee Meets Thursday, November 20th

The November meeting of the Democratic Town Committee will be held  Thursday, November 20th, at 7 p.m at New Britain City Hall, Room 504. On the agenda will be reports on rules, the municipal nominations process, property tax relief and plans for an Inauguration Party in January. All Democrats are welcome to attend.

2014 Election Wrap: New Britain Voters Say Yes To Progress On Key Issues 

Turnout: 52% Of 25,640 Eligible Voters

New Britain voters responded affirmatively on Election Day 2014 to Democratic incumbents who pushed the $10.10 minimum, new state support for education in city schools, accessible health care and preserving local aid and services through state legislative action and the policies of Governor Malloy in his first term.

Four members of the city's legislative delegation celebrate a victory at the Pulaski Club on Election night. From left Rep. Bobby Sanchez (25), Rep Peter Tercyak (26), State Senator Terry Gerratana (6) and State Rep. Rick Lopes (24). Rep. Betty Boukus (22), representing  the DiLoreto School district in the city, celebrated her big win at Plainville Democratic headquarters. (F. Gerratana photo)

Four members of the city’s legislative delegation celebrate a victory at the Pulaski Club on Election night. From left Rep. Bobby Sanchez (25), Rep Peter Tercyak (26), State Senator Terry Gerratana (6) and State Rep. Rick Lopes (24). Rep. Betty Boukus (22), representing the DiLoreto School district in the city, celebrated her big win at Plainville Democratic headquarters. (F. Gerratana photo)

The Malloy/Wyman ticket and Democratic legislative incumbents ran on “continuing our progress” in these key areas while still dealing with the state’s own fiscal problems stemming from the worst economic downturn and financial collapse since the Depression. 

In endorsing Malloy The Day of London, one of many CT dailies favoring the incumbent, put the circumstances  that made Malloy vulnerable in 2014 into perspective: “No Connecticut governor, and perhaps few governors anywhere, ever faced the fiscal calamity that confronted Gov. Malloy after his 2010 election. The $3.5 billion black hole was the largest deficit in proportion to the budget in the country. He had to fix it while the state was still trying to recover from the job and tax revenue losses caused by the Great Recession.”

With New Britain residents now facing an 11% property tax increase, hikes in municipal fees and cuts to services by a Republican City Hall administration,  the increases in local aid delivered by Malloy and legislators averted even more hardships and cuts in the city.  Democrats talked not only campaign promises but pointed to a record that delivered on wages, property tax relief, education, gun safety and access to health care.  That record contrasted with Tom Foley’s and New Britain Republicans’ “generalities”, slogans and the usual grandstanding on tax cuts and spending.

Of 25,640 registered voters on the active list, 52% turned out this year to produce another  Democratic landslide. Malloy’s New Britain vote doubled up on Foley, 8,631 to 4,356. Similarly, Cong Elizabeth Esty prevailed 9,004 to Mark Greenberg’s 3,531. The results were similar up and down Row B. The official results for all offices and by voting district may be found at 2014 New Britain Results  at the Town and City Clerk’s web site.

Scenes from Election Day And Democratic Headquarters……

Governor Malloy outside the C-Town grocery store in  downtown New Britain on Election Day. (F. Gerratana photo)

Governor Malloy outside the C-Town grocery store in downtown New Britain on Election Day.  He stopped in New Britain to encourage Election Day Registration to push turnout. (F. Gerratana photo)

Malloy stops for selfie with shopper at C-Town November 4th (F. Gerratana photo)

Malloy stops for selfie with shopper at C-Town November 4th (F. Gerratana photo)

Senator Richard Blumenthal joined Governor Malloy on campaign trail in New Britain.  Blumenthal meets Cafe Beauregard's Rob   (F Gerratana photo)

Senator Richard Blumenthal joined Governor Malloy on campaign trail in New Britain. Blumenthal meets Cafe Beauregard’s Rob  Chiovoloni. Malloy stopped for lunch at the Cafe where President Obama visited last March before a rally for the minimum wage at CCSU (F Gerratana photo)

Governor Malloy greets shopper on Election Day in downtown New Britain. Ward 3 Ald. Manny Sanchez (center) looks on (F. Gerratana photo)

Governor Malloy greets shopper on Election Day in downtown New Britain. Ward 3 Ald. Manny Sanchez (center) looks on (F. Gerratana photo)

The Democratic sweep in New Britain was celebrated by candidates and volunteers on Election Night at the Pulaski Club. (F. Gerratana photo)

The Democratic sweep in New Britain was celebrated by candidates and volunteers on Election Night at the Pulaski Club. (F. Gerratana photo)

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