McNamara 2015 Kick Off Sunday, 8/30…Friday Fundraiser For A-Team BOE…Trueworthy Reception Monday

On The Way To November 3rd

McNamara 2015 Kick Off Sunday August 30th At Pulaski Club

The committee for Democratic Mayoral Nominee John McNamara will hold a Campaign Kick Off on Sunday, August 30th, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Pulaski Democratic Club, 89 Grove Street. There is a suggested donation of $20.

McNamara, a member of the Democratic Town Committee since 1986 and its Chairman since 1994, was elected Chair of the Board of Assessment Appeals in 2013 and brings 30 years of experience and community involvement. His public service has included chairing the city Building Commission and a term on the State Marshal Commission in addition to leading city Democrats.

John McNamara

John McNamara

He is a member of the Britain NAACP and a past recipient of its Connie Wilson Collins Award and an incorporator of the Hospital of Central Connecticut.   A Rotarian, McNamara is past President of the Rotary Club of Hartford and a Paul Harris Fellow in the international service organization. Professionally, McNamara has been a resource development officer in public and private higher education for more than 25 years and is a delegate and member of the Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges, SEIU, Local 1973.

In July, McNamara accepted the mayoral nomination telling DTC members that his administration will be inclusive and make local government “fair, accountable and responsible not just for some but all New Britain citizens.”

“We need a city government that reflects Democratic values, one that can take advantage of our many assets, the talent of our people, our diversity and our strategic location. We need an administration that can work more effectively with state and local officials to bring and leverage resources for economic development, downtown revitalization and healthy neighborhoods. We need a city government that is not indifferent to income inequality and the many challenges we face as an economically distressed city.”

Join The Band……..Four ways to help……..
1.  Make a contribution  Contribution Form  
 
2. Host a party 
 
3. Put up a lawn sign
 
4. Volunteer for GOTV phoning and canvassing
To Volunteer: New Britain Democratic Headquarters
19 Bassett Street, 860-505-8901
Any costs associated with the McNamara 2015 Kick Off paid for by
McNamara 2015 | Robert Berriault, Treasurer | Approved by John McNamara
63 Cottage Place New Britain, CT 06051

 

BOE Row A Slate Holds Fundraiser Friday, 8/28. 5:30-8:30 PM

A-Team BOE 2015 will hold a fundraiser for endorsed Board of Education candidates Merrill Gay, Nicole Crawford Rodriguez and Carlos Pina, Jr. on Friday, August 28th at Roma Sports Bar & Grill, 382 Allen Street. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Suggested donations are from $25 to a maximum $250.

The Democratic Primary will be held on Wednesday, September 16th from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at all city polling places.

Reception For Alderman Mike Trueworthy Monday, August 31st

At Large Alderman Mike Trueworthy re-election committee will hold a reception to benefit his campaign on Monday, August 31st at 5:30 p.m. at Max Pizza II, 79 Shuttle Meadow Avenue.

Trueworthy is a former Chairman of Assessment Appeals and Ward 2 City Councillor seeking a new term at large. Last month Trueworthy introduced and won unanimous Council approval for a property tax relief measure extending the benefits for veterans. Last year he authored  legislation setting the municipal minimum wage at $10.10 an hour for workers not covered by union contracts.

In winning endorsement to one of five at large seats, Trueworthy told the Democratic Town Committee: “I have continued to fight for our working families. I fought against closing the Human Services Division in City Hall, which provided services to those with disabilities, rental assistance programs, eviction mediation programs, and intervened on behalf of both families and the school board for expulsion mediation programs, which saved the city money. I continue to fight for an increase in the property tax exemptions for veterans, seniors and those with disabilities. These efforts, with the exception of the veterans’ exemption, cannot, by statute, be done without the consent of the Mayor. I believe strongly that we must be smarter about our economic development strategies and budgeting priorities.”

A Monroe Street homeowner, Trueworthy owns TruServe LLC and is a grant writer and consultant. He holds a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and is an OCS graduate, United States Marine Corps. He and his wife, Elena, have two daughters.

The Democratic Aldermanic Slate At A Glance

At Large Council:

Keith Albert, Suzanne Bielinski, Duane Hinkson, Jahaira Jimenez, Mike Trueworthy

Ward One:  Abby Chamberlain, Mike Gorzoch

Ward Two: Tonilynn Collins, Adam Platosz

Ward Three: Shirley Black, Manny Sanchez

Ward Four: Wyatt Bosworth, Larry Hermanowski

Ward Five: Carlo Carlozzi,  Katy Breslin

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

Cesar Chavez  “In His Own Words”  www.ufw.org

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McNamara Says Stewart Administration Not Protecting Local Jobs, Fair Labor Practices At Costco Construction Site

Citing a $2 million tax assistance agreement with the developers of the Costco Wholesale store on Hartford Road,  endorsed Democratic Mayoral  candidate John McNamara called on the Stewart administration to ensure that construction jobs at the building site be reserved for Connecticut construction workers and that construction on the site be in full compliance with Connecticut labor law.

“New Britain taxpayer assistance is subsidizing dozens of out-of-state workers in often unsafe circumstances, while Connecticut trades laborers are left out,” said McNamara in the wake of action by the Connecticut Department of Labor and ongoing trade union protests at the site.

Recently the Department of Labor  (DOL) issued a stop work order at Costco because one of the prime contractors failed to provide required Workers Compensation Insurance coverage for its non-union employees. Other employees were being denied salary protections required by Connecticut law. The Iron Workers Union and other trade unions are protesting the use of low-cost, poorly trained out-of-state workers who are on the job in unsafe conditions at the site.

Local iron workers' protest near Costco store construction site. Fair wages and local job opportunities have been lost

Local iron workers’ protest near Costco store construction site. Despite a $2 million property tax break the Stewart administration failed to push for  fair wages and local job opportunities. 

“New Britain taxpayers were told Costco would create jobs for Connecticut workers, but here we are, deep into the construction phase, and the parking lots are full of cars with out-of-state plates. Even Tilcon, a local major supplier of concrete, was not selected for inclusion on this project,”  McNamara said. “Bringing jobs and good wages to New Britain must be a priority with our unemployment rate well above the state as a whole.”

“I am disappointed that the developers building the store for Costco are ignoring fair wage and labor standards under the Stewart administration’s nose and no one at City Hall is paying attention. Tax assistance does not mean they’re allowed to do whatever they want.”

In an open letter, David Roche, President of the CT State Building and Construction Trades said that he has sat outside the Costco site with out of work residents and watched out-of-state workers drive onto the site and take dollars that should have been earned by members of local communities. Roche said “… local elected officials failed to demand the residents of their communities be hired during construction…” – something that should have been done in view of the tax abatements benefiting these companies.

Roche said, “I guess for some of the elected officials this is too much to ask; it seems like the only part of the construction phase of these projects they really care about is when the cameras are around. The times when they all get a gold shovel to break ground, or when the big red ribbon is up and they have the big scissors ready to open up.”

In August 2014, assurances were made by a representative of Northwest Atlantic, the real estate consultant for Costco, that fair wages would be part of the project when an 11th hour, $2 million abatement was rushed through at a special meeting of the City Council.

“Mayor Stewart should have pushed Costco developers to use local labor on this project – something a McNamara administration would guarantee on future projects..” said McNamara.  “The Stewart Administration dropped the ball on this, costing a hundred or more New Britain and Connecticut workers an opportunity to earn a good salary.”

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Black Democratic Club’s Soulfood Festival Is Saturday 12 to 3……Council Unanimously Adopts Tax Relief For Veterans.. ..Endorsed BOE Slate Sets 8/28 Fundraiser

Soulfood Festival Saturday 12-3 at Spottswood Church

The Black Democratic Club will hold its annual Soulfood Festival Saturday August 15th from 12 to 3 pm at Spottswood AME Zion Church, 25 Crestwood Lane.

At last year's Soul Food Fest From left: Rev. John Morris, the pastor of Spottswood Church, Alton Brooks. Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Alderwoman Shirley Black and Cong Elizabeth Esty.

At last year’s Soul Food Fest From left: Rev. John Morris, the pastor of Spottswood Church, Alton Brooks. Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, Alderwoman Shirley Black and Cong Elizabeth Esty.

A summer highlight for New Britain Democrats, the festival features traditional Southern cuisine including fried chicken, BBQ ribs, macaroni & cheese, collard greens, corn bread, sweet potato, cakes, pies and cobblers.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the door.  Ward 3 Alderwoman Shirley Black is President of the Club

 

 

Trueworthy’s Proposal To Extend Tax Relief To Vets Gets Unanimous Support

With many moderate and fix income residents reeling from 2014’s double digit property tax increase Alderman at Large Michael Trueworthy’s resolution to increase relief for city veterans  won veto proof, unanimous approval of the Common Council on Wednesday.

The amendment increases the tax exemption from $5,000 to $10,000 on assessed property belonging to an eligible veteran or surviving spouse. Eligibility is based on income and exemptions will take effect on October 1st for tax bills due in 2016.

Trueworthy indicated that the Council has provided included the increases tax relief benefit in the municipal budget that began July 1st. Speaking in favor of the resolution during public participation were Mario Santos, Board of Assessment Appeal member and DTC Corresponding Secretary, and Associate DTC Member Robert Berriault of the Greater Hartford Young Democrats.

Campaign 2015:

Endorsed BOE Candidates Set 8/28 Fundraiser; Primary Is September 16th

“A-Team BOE 2015” Committee will hold a fundraiser for endorsed Board of  Education candidates Merrill Gay, Carlos Pina and Nicole Rodriguez on Friday, August 28th, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The event will be held at Roma Sports Bar & Grill, 382 Allen Street. The suggested contribution for the BOE endorsed slate is $25 to a maximum individual donation of $250.

A Wednesday, September 16th Primary is now set for the Board of Education seats with the endorsed three-member slate and two challengers who filed petitions this week to qualify for the primary.

Trueworthy Committee To Hold Fundraiser August 31st

“Trueworthy for Common Council” is holding a fundraiser on Monday, August 31st from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Max Pizza II, 79 Shuttle Meadow Avenue. Maximum individual contribution is $250.

Join The Band: McNamara For Mayor Vote Row A Democrats November 3rd

Four ways to help……..
1. Make a donation images
 
2. Host a party 
 
3. Put up a lawn sign
 
4. Volunteer for GOTV phoning and canvassing
To Volunteer: New Britain Democratic Headquarters
19 Bassett Street, 860-505-8901

“We need a city government that reflects Democratic values. We need an administration that can take advantage of our many assets, the talents of our people, our diversity and our strategic location. We need city leadership  that can work more effectively with state and federal officials to bring and leverage resources for economic development, downtown revitalization and healthy neighborhoods. We need a city government that is not indifferent to income inequality and the many challenges we face as an economically distressed city.”

— John McNamara, 7/23 Endorsement Meeting

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McNamara Condemns Racially Divisive Social Media Posts By Member Of Stewart’s Aldermanic Slate

John McNamara, the endorsed Democratic candidate for Mayor, has condemned  a series of “divisive, racially charged” social media posts attributed to a member of Republican Mayor Erin Stewart’s Alderman at Large slate.

At issue are recent Facebook posts by Republican candidate Peter Ceglarz in which Ceglarz shares and agrees with messages from right-wing groups defending the Confederate flag and referring to such organizations as the NAACP, United Negro College Fund and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund as “racist.”  In another post President Obama is linked with Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin over gun ownership rights.  Ceglarz also disparages low-income workers in disseminating his views over a Facebook page.

McNamara, the Democratic Town Chairman, said he and members of the Democratic slate are appalled at this “display of racial and ethnic intolerance” from a member of Stewart’s slate. “Mr. Ceglarz “has every right to express his opinions but it’s incumbent on city leaders to show respect for all the people they seek to represent.”

A Facebook post from Team Stewart's Aldermanic Candidate Peter Ceglarz

A Facebook post from Team Stewart’s Aldermanic Candidate Peter Ceglarz

“Mayor Stewart proudly touted her slate of aldermanic candidates including Mr. Ceglarz before Republicans nominated their candidates in July,” stated McNamara. “but divisive messages in social media or anywhere in our community that are antagonistic to the city’s 36,400 Latino and African American residents is an affront to all citizens.”

McNamara questioned the judgment of Mayor Stewart in selecting Ceglarz for the at large council post and called upon the Mayor to condemn Ceglarz’ views just as she did several weeks ago when a member of the Republican State Central Committee from Berlin hung a Confederate flag outside his home.

“When the Republican Governor of South Carolina can order the removal of the Confederate flag from her state capitol it is hard to believe that any major party in a city as diverse as New Britain could select a candidate whose views are so inflammatory and divisive,” McNamara said.

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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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