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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CITY HALL WATCH………..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Campaign 2014’s Weekend Of Action…..CCAG BBQ & POOL PARTY…..NB RECEPTION FOR DENISE NAPPIER

Campaign 2014 Update

July 19-20: Weekend Of Action For Malloy-Wyman and the Row B Slate

Voter  outreach on behalf of Malloy-Wyman and Row B will ramp up this weekend for New Britain Democrats from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on both Saturday, July 19th and Sunday July 20th.

All Democrats and interested persons are welcome to visit Democratic headquarters at 19 Bassett Street for candidate and issues information.  Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman is scheduled to visit New Britain headquarters at noon on Sunday.

The State Democratic Slate: from left Treasurer Denise Nappier, Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Governor Malloy, Lt. Governor Wyman, Attorney General Jepsen and SOTS Denise Merrill. (F. Gerratana photo)

The State Democratic Slate: from left Treasurer Denise Nappier, Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Governor Malloy, Lt. Governor Wyman, Attorney General Jepsen and SOTS Denise Merrill. (F. Gerratana photo)

In New Britain, there are six ways to join the Democratic Town Committee, volunteer and  promote turnout for the November election: 1. Make phone calls 2. Register unregistered voters; re-register inactive voters before the October deadline 3. Canvas, distribute literature in your neighborhood 4.  Sign up for lawn signs and visibility 5.  Host a Meet the candidate house party with your state representative  with your neighbors and friends 6. Volunteer at headquarters

To reach NB Democratic headquarters call 860-505-8901 or e-mail  newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com

Citizen Action Group Barbeque & Pool Party Saturday, July 19th

The Connecticut Citizen Action Group will hold its 7th annual BBQ & A Pool Party on Saturday, July 19th, from 3 to 6 pm at the Unionville  home of Ned Statchen  and Liz Fitzsimmons, 6 Bella Lane. New Britain food and support will be prominent on the menu  as Duste Dunn and organizers are promising Martin Rosol’s hot dogs, Urban Oaks Organic Farm sweet corn and Terry Gerratana’s baked beans

CCAG, founded  in 1970 by politician and consumer advocate Ralph Nader of Winsted and future Congressman Toby Moffett, continues its public policy work and grassroots organizing work for clean elections, consumer protection, universal health care and environmental protection.

The suggested minimum donation for the BBQ is $35. Donations or gifts to CCAG are not tax-deductible.  To donate online or for more information visit CCAG’s Facebook page.

Cafe Reception Supports Re-Election Of Treasurer Denise Nappier

New Britain Democrats turned out at a July 17th reception in support of the re-election of State Treasurer Denise Nappier at the Cafe Beauregard.

Nappier, the first African-American woman elected to serve as a State Treasurer in the nation, was first elected in 1998 and is seeking a fifth term as the state’s chief elected financial officer.   Introduced by Ward 3 Ald. Shirley Black, Nappier shared recent accomplishments and work in the Treasurer’s office including a $3 billion gain in state health and pension assets, the success of the CHET college savings program and using the state’s power to promote socially responsible investing and diversity in corporate board rooms.

Treasurer Nappier’s Committee is participating in the Citizens’ Election Program and individuals may contribute up to $100 in qualifying donations.  More information is available at www.denisenappier2014.com

State Treasurer Denise Nappier tours Cafe Beauregard kitchen in Chef/Owner Rob Chiovoloni and Alice Bruno

State Treasurer Denise Nappier tours Cafe Beauregard kitchen in Chef/Owner Rob Chiovoloni and Alice Bruno (Frank Gerratana photo)

 

Ward 3 Alderwoman Shirley Black (left), Denise Nappier and Gerry Brown-Springer

Ward 3 Alderwoman Shirley Black (left), Denise Nappier and Gerry Brown-Springer  (Frank Gerratana photo)

Attending New Britain reception for Denise Nappier were Gillan Bromfield of CT Democratic Party, Bertha Burkes and NAACP President Ron Davis.

Attending New Britain reception for Denise Nappier were Gillan Bromfield of CT Democratic Party, Bertha Burkes and NAACP President Ron Davis. Photo courtesy of Frank Gerratana

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“Broadband is a more advanced technology than phone service, but in the 21st century it performs the same essential function. Consumers and businesses cannot live without this vital connection to each other and to the world around them. Accordingly, it would be appropriate for the FCC to reclassify broadband to reflect the vital role the Internet plays in carrying our most important information and our greatest ideas.”

U.S Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) in a July 15th letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) calling for net neutrality and classifying Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as “common carriers”.  Net neutrality will  protect consumers from prohibitively high rates for high-speed internet service

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Campaign 2014: Re-elect Malloy-Wyman

 

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The Road Not Taken: Could City Take Back Land From Target’s Landlord?

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GOP Seeks Lower Fines For Blight……Nappier Reception Is July 17th…CCAG BBQ July 19th…Join Us For Campaign 2014…..

City Hall Watch:

GOP Seeks Lower Fines For Blighted Buildings; Council Hearing Tuesday, 7/8

The Common Council’s Planning, Zoning and Housing Sub Committee will hold a public hearing Tuesday, 7/8, at 7 p.m. at New Britain City Hall on a proposal from four Republican caucus aldermen that would revise the city’s anti-blight policy and reduce the fine for violators from $250 per day to $90.

At issue is how tough the city will be on absentee owners responsible for significant and recurring blight and the extent to which anti-blight policies can be enforced effectively to preserve housing stock.

The current ordinance states that blighted properties will be subject to a fine of $250 per blighted condition per day after a 30-day grace period. The fine doubles if not paid within 10 days of issuance.  A check of the City Hall website as of July 6th shows that the anti-blight ordinance currently on the books has been removed or is no longer available to the public.

The new resolution filed by  Ald. Willie Pabon, Don Naples, Jamie Giantonio and Lou Salvio would lower the penalties by issuing a ticket for $90 per violation. If fines are not paid within 15 days the fine would triple on top of the original fine.

The revision and lower penalty amounts, however, appear to cap the economic liability of violators at several hundred dollars, replacing the heftier $250 per day penalty.  The revised ordinance has been presented as a way to “strengthen” the city’s anti-blight enforcement at the same time it lowers the fines that can be imposed for the most serious blight conditions.

The anti-blight ordinance is over and above other ordinances that provide the city with the ability to impose fines at $90 for violations of various building and health codes and is separate from the “Clean and Lien” policy introduced by the former Stewart administration that continued to be enforced in the O’Brien administration.  These other forms of enforcement are effective at addressing many violations involving short-term issues, but they do not provide the city with the economic clout  to address major problems of blighted blocks and properties in neighborhoods.  The bad actors in the city’s housing market can game the system with the $90 fines and enforcement that is little more than a slap in the wrist.

The anti-blight policy also includes a requirement that the city implement  a database system that tracks blighting conditions for more effective enforcement.

In its deliberations the Common Council should review current enforcement data.

Ways to strengthen anti-blight policy should be identified instead of lowering the penalty for those responsible for blighted properties — a move that reduces the ability of the city to fight blight.

The 2014 Campaign……..

New Britain Dems To Host Reception For State Treasurer Nappier July 17th

New Britain Democrats will host a July 17th  fund-raising reception in support of the re-election of State Treasurer Denise Nappier. The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. at Cafe Beauregard, 2 Main Street.

State Treasurer  Denise Nappier

State Treasurer
Denise Nappier  (F Gerratana photo)

Nappier, the first African-American woman elected to serve as a State Treasurer in the nation, was first elected in 1998 and is seeking a fifth term as the state’s chief elected financial officer.

Treasurer Nappier’s Committee is participating in the Citizens’ Election Program and individuals may contribute up to $100 in qualifying donations.  More information is available at www.denisenappier2014.com

Citizen Action Group Barbeque July 19th

The Connecticut Citizen Action Group will hold its 7th annual BBQ on Saturday, July 19th, from 3 to 6 pm at the Unionville  home of Ned Statchen and Liz Fitzsimmons, 6 Bella Lane.

The Host Committee (to date)  includes: Shirley Black, Bill Bloss, Isabel Carrasquillo, Steve Derby, Ted Feng, Fletcher Fischer, Frank Gerratana M.D., Susan Goldman, Anne Hulick, Steve Karp, David McCluskey, Bernie McKinnon, Amy McLean Salls, John McNamara, Max Medina, Art Perry, David Pudlin, Pat Rehmer, Terri Reid, Beverley Brakeman, UAW Region 9A CAP Council, John Valengavich

There is a $35 suggested minimum donation. Please be as generous as possible and don’t forget to invite a friend!  Donations or gifts to CCAG are not tax-deductible.  For more information visit CCAG’s Facebook page

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Our objective must be to assure that all Americans play by the same rules, and all Americans play against the same odds. Who among us would claim thimagesat that is true today? We have proved that great progress is possible. We know how much still remains to be done. And if our efforts continue, and if our will is strong, and if our hearts are right, and if courage remains our constant companion, then my fellow Americans, I am confident, we shall overcome  –  President Lyndon Johnson at a 1972 symposium on the 1964 Passage of the Civil Rights Act.

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Happy July 4th From NB Democrats……Clear skies and fireworks at Stanley Quarter Saturday……

 

- Ray Charles sings on Cavett Show

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President Obama on the 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act Signing

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