Democratic Endorsements Thursday July 23rd At City Hall

 

New Britain Democrats will endorse candidates for all city offices on Thursday, July 23rd at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 27 West Main Street.

Nominations for Mayor, Tax Collector, Treasurer, Council Districts (10), Council At Large (5), Board of Education (3), Board of Assessment Appeal (2) and Constable (4) will be made by the 47-member Town Committee composed of members from the city’s 15 voting districts.

All Democrats and interested persons are invited to attend.

 
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Happy Fourth of July….Municipal Endorsements July 23rd….Setting The Record Straight On City Budget…Right To Vote Push Continues

Happy Fourth of July from New Britain Democrats

We remember….that this is the day when, 239 years ago, our founding patriots declared our independence, proclaiming that all of us are created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights including the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  A couple of centuries later, we have made ourselves into a big, bold, dynamic, and diverse country.  We are of all races, we come from all places, we practice all faiths, and believe in all sorts of different ideas.  But our allegiance to this declaration – this idea – is the creed that binds us together.  It’s what, out of many, makes us one.

President Obama’s weekly address, July 4, 2015

Campaign 2015: Democratic Slate Endorsement Is July 23rd

Headquarters Opening/Meet The Candidates July 18th

The 47-member Democratic Town Committee will make its endorsements for municipal offices on Thursday, July 23rd, at 7 p.m. at New Britain City Hall.

Candidates for Mayor, Treasurer, Tax Collector, Common Council (15), Board of Education (3), Board of Assessment Appeals (2) and Constable (4) are slated for endorsements. All offices are two-year terms except for the Board of Education’s four-year term.

Endorsement Meeting  7.23, 7 p.m.

The DTC’s Nominations Committee has been gathering information and interviewing candidates for city offices since the spring and will issue a report to the membership before the July 23rd meeting.

A headquarters opening reception and opportunity to meet candidates will be held on Saturday July 18th from 10 am to 1 pm at Democratic headquarters 19 Bassett Street. For more information about the endorsements and 2015 campaign call 860-505-8901 or email newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com

Setting the Record Straight on The Municipal Budget

In a June 24th Herald Letter to the Editor former Mayor and Senator Don DeFronzo responded to a recent partisan salvo (letter) from the GOP’s Lou Salvio against Democrats,  setting the record straight on the city’s budget problems.

“Alderman Lou Salvio’s case of selective memory is once again on full display in his recent letter concerning the city’s budget. History tells us that a financial crisis is usually created as the result of a pattern of irresponsible budgeting, and not as the result of one single budget. Mr. Salvio’s sense of history extends no further back than 2011 and, as usual, he lays total blame for the city’s financial problems on the single, two-year term of former Mayor O’Brien. Of course, by then independent auditors and others had documented that the city’s financial condition was already in critical condition. Whatever O’Brien did, or didn’t do, the truth is the Stewart dynasty has now controlled the mayor’s office and city spending for 10 out of the last 12 years and must assume its share of responsibility. The decade-long Stewart budget and tax policy has been a disaster. Every dollar of one-time revenue was spent, revenue estimates were manipulated, borrowing increased and debt service costs sky rocketed, tax and fee increases hit all residents, and no effective expenditure reduction plan was or has been implemented. And by the way, all of this was done under the watchful eye of Alderman Salvio who strongly and repeatedly supported Stewart’s irresponsible plans.

Don DeFronzo

Don DeFronzo

Furthermore, Alderman Salvio’s suggestion that City Councils “… have controlled how the city spends money” is laughable. The members of the Finance Committee, appointed by the mayor, develop the budget with substantial input from his or her commissioners and department heads. That document is then modified by the mayor before it is submitted to the council. Clearly, the dominant figure in the budget-making process is the mayor, the city’s chief executive officer. The council can influence the budget around the margins, but even after passage, it is the Mayor who is responsible for implementing the budget and controlling spending.

After arguably the largest across-the-board property tax increase in city history, 11 percent, and still failing to implement any substantial cost reduction plan, this year some Republicans, including Mr. Salvio, sought to reward office holders with large salary increases. Fortunately, council Democrats defeated that plan. We can either buy into Mr. Salvio’s pointless venom, or agree that the time for finger-pointing is long past. What beleaguered city taxpayers, including small businesses, need is a commitment to a bi-partisan budget policy that shows discipline, expenditures reductions and a well-reasoned and balanced approach to financial management. We’ve done it before, and it can be done again.”

Right To Vote Initiative Continues  To Restore “Inactive” Voters To the Voter List; Volunteers Needed To Finish This Month

A group of Democratic Town Committee members and volunteers is continuing to phone and canvass a list of more than 10,000 “inactive” voters to bring residents who still reside in the city back to the active voter rolls. In June  voter registration totals 23,927.  Voter enrollment for the last Presidential election in 2012 totaled 32,898 and the inactive list was 2,323. A re-canvass in early 2013 before the last municipal election dramatically increased the inactive list and 7,687 voters or 23% of voters became inactive

The Right to Vote initiative began in June and volunteers have contacted and confirmed more than 200 residents still living in the city who can now get back on the active list. Organizers say that approximately half of the inactive list with phone numbers has been contacted. The phoning and canvassing will continue until all names have been reached on the list.  Organizers believe the drive will result in between 500 and 800 voters of all party affiliations but primarily Democrats that have been removed from voter rolls can be restored.

Democratic Registrar of Voters Juan Verdu is cooperating with the project volunteers. Between January and April 30th Registrars of Voters in all towns are required to conduct an “annual house-to-house canvass” of voters. In New Britain, only mailings or the change of address notifications are generally used to confirm voters and establish a new inactive list each year. Door-to-door canvassing or telephoning are generally not used. Election officials cite current staffing levels and budgets as reasons the canvassing methodology is limited.  

If any New Britain voter has recently moved within the city, or has not responded to the Registrar’s mail canvass, he or she should contact the Registrar’s Office at 860-826-3310 to check on their voting status.

Volunteers are still needed to complete the drive this month. For more information on the “Right To Vote” initiative call 860-505-8901 or e-mail  newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com

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Happy Fourth of July from President Obama

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NB Democrats Launch Right To Vote Initiative To Restore Inactive Voters

 

imagesA group of Democratic Town Committee members and volunteers is phoning and canvassing a list of more than 10,000 “inactive” voters recently updated by the city’s Registrars of Voters to bring residents who still reside in the city back to the active voter rolls. Current voter registration totals 23,927.

In May Registrars completed their annual canvass by mail to update the voter list. The canvass brought the inactive list to more than 10,000 by removing 1,713 more individuals who were eligible to vote in last year’s gubernatorial election.  Voter enrollment for the last Presidential election in 2012 totaled 32,898 and the inactive list was 2,323. A re-canvass in early 2013 before the last municipal election dramatically increased the inactive list and 7,687 voters or 23% of voters became inactive

The Right to Vote initiative began in June and volunteers have contacted and confirmed more than 200 residents still living in the city who can now get back on the active list. Organizers say that approximately half of the inactive list with phone numbers has been contacted. The phoning and canvassing will continue until all names have been reached on the list. 

“We’re on a pace to restore more than 500 residents to the active list based on results so far,” says DTC member Don DeFronzo, the former Mayor and State Senator. “Ballot access is important for all residents of all affiliations whether or not they have changed addresses or somehow missed receiving the mailed communication from the registrars. We recognize the limited resources of election officials but the current canvassing method of just a post card or letter is inadvertently dropping citizens from the active rolls. Administrative actions resulting in the wholesale removal of voters should not be occurring anywhere in 2015 and in the run up to the 2016 Presidential election. Unfortunately they exist and reliance solely on the current mail canvass represents an institutionalized form of voter disenfranchisement.  More needs to be done to ensure the accuracy of the voter list and that every voter’s franchise  right to vote is protected in New Britain.” 

DeFronzo said Democratic Registrar of Voters Juan Verdu is cooperating with the project volunteers.

Between January and April 30th Registrars of Voters in all towns are required to conduct an “annual house-to-house canvass” of voters. In New Britain, only mailings or the change of address notifications are generally used to confirm voters and establish a new inactive list each year. Door-to-door canvassing or telephoning are generally not used. Election officials cite current staffing levels and budgets as reasons the canvassing methodology is limited.  

Democratic Town Chairman John McNamara said existing official canvassing to remove voters from the active list is inadequate to ensure maximum voter participation. “The volunteer Right To Vote project is identifying hundreds of voters who should still be on the active voter list and are not. It’s disturbing to see the precipitous drop in voter enrollment since President Obama’s re-election.  We  will be calling for enhanced efforts to maintain voter participation including cross-checking inactive names with property tax lists at City Hall, the state DMV and other agencies.” 

If any New Britain voter has recently moved within the city, or has not responded to the Registrar’s mail canvass, he or she should contact the Registrar’s Office at 860-826-3310 to check on their voting status.

For more information on the “Right To Vote” initiative call 860-505-8901 or e-mail  newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com

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Take A Victory Lap Mr. President: Obama On SCOTUS 6-3 Vote Upholding Of Affordable Care Act

When the Roberts’ Supreme Court upheld key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) last week tears of joy and relief most certainly rolled through hundreds of thousands of U.S. households.

A giant step toward making health care a right and not a privilege for all Americans has been taken in the face of false, destructive  partisan attacks by the leadership of the Republican Party.

President Obama  noted that three generations ago FDR’s Social Security Act ensured that millions of older Americans would not live out their days in poverty. He said that two generations ago the passage of LBJ’s Medicare brought health security to retirees. And now this generation, during the Obama years,  has made health care portable and affordable and is saving lives every day.

Take a victory lap Mr. President.

Because as Americans, we don’t go backwards, we move forwards.  We take care of each other.  We root for one another’s success.  We strive to do better, to be better, than the generation before us, and we try to build something better for the generation coming behind us.  With this behind us, let’s come together and keep building something better right now.

— John McNamara, Town Chairman

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President’s Statement On Charleston Tragedy: “I’ve had to make statements like this too many times.”

 

Mother Emanuel is, in fact, more than a church.  This is a place of worship that was founded by African-Americans seeking liberty.  This is a church that was burned to the ground because its worshipers worked to end slavery.  When there were laws banning all-black church gatherings, they conducted services in secret.  When there was a nonviolent movement to bring our country closer in line with our highest ideals, some of our brightest leaders spoke and led marches from this church’s steps.  This is a sacred place in the history of Charleston and in the history of America.

 

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8th Annual BBQ For Citizen Action Sunday In NB….Mayor In Denial Over State Aid Amounts…..McNamara 2015 Reception… DTC Meeting Schedule

CCAG BBQ Sunday, June 14, In New Britain

State Senator Terry Gerratana and Dr. Frank Gerratana Host Annual Event

The Connecticut Citizen Action Group (CCAG), the 44-year-old citizen advocacy organization founded by Ralph Nader of Winsted, will hold its annual Backyard BBQ on Sunday at 2 pm at the home of State Senator Terry Gerratana (D-6) and Dr. Frank Gerratana, 674 Lincoln Street.

The Host Committee includes a score of  labor and citizen activists in Connecticut including New Britain’s Alderwoman Shirley Black, John McNamara, Max Medina, Art Perry, David Pudlin,  John Valengavich and the Gerratanas. State constitutional officers and elected officials will be among the attendees.

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CCAG focuses on legislative and policy action on consumer protections, campaign finance reform, the environment, student aid and corporate accountability.   (Link to 2015 Legislative Agenda) .

The suggested minimum donation for the 8th annual BBQ is $35. You can make a donation online by visiting http://www.ccag.net/annual-bbq.html

CCAG is a statewide membership organization dedicated to involving the residents of Connecticut in altering the relations of power in order to bring about a more just society. For more information CT Citizen Action Group (CCAG), 860-233-2181, ext 321.

New Britain State Aid By The Numbers

GOP Mayor Stays Partisan, Pans State Budget That Helps City and Reduces Auto Tax

Rumblings from the State Capitol and Governor Malloy’s office indicate that a special session of the Legislature later this month may consider a rollback on some businesses taxes adopted in the biennial budget enacted on June 3rd.

Major property tax relief and a $1.7 increased in educational cost sharing (ECS) aid, however, remain intact for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and for the following fiscal year.

After adoption Mayor Erin Stewart voiced strong skepticism of the state aid package and was critical of the plan to reduce car taxes with use of state sales tax revenue.  In 2013, Stewart campaigned heavily against the state-imposed car tax.

“This is more than a 200-page document, and no one seems to have the hard facts on the effects to the city,” Stewart told the New Britain Herald. “We’ll be down on what we can collect in car taxes, and the state is telling us in this budget that it will be made up in the form of a PILOT [payment in lieu of taxes]. But how can I trust that when the state has never given us our fair share to begin with? It all comes down to who do you trust with your money.”  Stewart has also falsely claimed that members of the New Britain legislative failed to return her calls. State Senator Terry Gerratana, State Rep. Rick Lopes and State Rep. Peter Tercyak said the Mayor never made any calls on behalf of the city to them.

The “hard facts” that escaped  Mayor Stewart have been widely reported including amounts of state aid for all cities and towns.   The CT Mirror broke down the numbers for all cities and towns in a June 3rd article.

For the fiscal year that begins on July 1 the city is due to receive a record $100,968,527 including an increase in educational cost sharing to $86,678,662.  In adopting a municipal budget still steeped in borrowing and faulty City Hall revenue estimates,  the administration and Common Council was given the following: state property payment in lieu of taxes, $3,939,191; Pequot grants, $2,230,347; public school transportation, $1,223,028; non-Public School Transportation, $194,390; adult education, $601,280; LOCIP (roads), $991,377, and; municipal projects, $1,383,881.

McNamara 2015 Reception Is Thursday, 6/18, At Cafe Beauregard

The McNamara 2015 Committee will hold a reception on Thursday, June 18th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cafe Beauregard, 2 Main street in New Britain.

John McNamara

John McNamara

DTC Chairman John McNamara has formed an exploratory committee in pursuit of municipal office this year. “Our city faces challenges to maintain the services that residents need, to reduce the burdens of a regressive property tax and to build a sustainable community not just for some, but all its citizens,” McNamara said. “One year after residents were hit with an 11% tax hike, higher fees and cuts to services a vigorous  debate on City Hall budget priorities and policies is needed.”

Donations of choice are welcome to the McNamara 2015 Committee. The maximum allowable donation is $375.  A McNamara 2015 event For more information johnhmcnamara@gmail.com. Tel 860-416-0665

Upcoming Town Committee Meetings:
 
Thursday, June 25th 7:30 pm   Meet the Candidate Night (Location will be announced)
 
Thursday, July 23rd, 7:00 p.m.  Municipal Endorsements to be held at New Britain City Hall, Room 504

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