Convention Watch Party Thursday 7/28…..Convention Journal Day 1….August 9th Primary: Vote Row A

You’re Invited: NB Convention Watch Party, Philly Cheesesteak Sliders At Roma Thursday, 7/28

The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) will host a Democratic National Convention Watch Party on July 28th from 7:30 to 11 p,m. at the Roma Sports Bar & Grill dining room, 382 Allen Street. The suggested donation for the watch party is $25 (www.newbritaindemocrat.org/contribute/). Proceeds benefit NB Democrats’ voter registration and get out the vote campaign.

The DTC event will be an opportunity to meet our candidates, volunteer to help get out the vote, enjoy Roma appetizers and beverages as Democrats’ are expected to make history 96 years after the 19th amendment to the Constitution gave women the right to vote.

Former Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton is expected to accept the nomination on the last night of the convention.

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Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (R Berriault photo)

Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia (R Berriault photo)

Convention Journal Day 1: From New Britain DTC member Bobby Berriault, a Bernie Sanders delegate at the DNC in Philadelphia:

PHILADELPHIA, July, 25; One thing that I’ve realized pretty quickly is being a delegate to a national convention is a  test of endurance and patience. The temperature neared 100 degrees yesterday. Everyone was hot, sweaty, and grumpy throughout the day. It was near impossible to move around the city due to all the road closures and heavy traffic all around the city. It took me two and a half hours to go from the Convention Center in the center of the city to the Wells Fargo Center – a trip that normally would take 20 minutes. I only ate once on the first night of the convention, and I waited in line for 45 minutes just for a soda and French fries.

Bobby Berriault (F. Gerratna)

Bobby Berriault (F. Gerratana photo)

Despite the protests and the outbursts and the heat and long lines, I had a lot of fun. In the morning I attended two workshops – one on Healthcare equality and another on the negative effects of the Pacific Trade Pact.

Bernie Sanders spoke to the delegates in the early afternoon, and he gave a speech reaffirming his support for Hillary Clinton and calling on his supporters and for the party to unite against Donald Trump. And after his speech at the convention center, I took the shuttle to the Wells Fargo Center for the main event.

Security is understandably tight and arriving at the Wells Fargo Center was like arriving at a military fort. There were so many security parameters and checkpoints we had to go through. We were checked a half-dozen times. I can personally attest to the fact that the Wells Fargo Center during this week is the most secure building on the face of the earth. Surprisingly, the security lines were nearly non-existent. The Secret Service and Homeland Security Law Enforcement personnel did an outstanding job getting everyone with credentials through as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

The day’s proceedings got underway about 20 minutes late, which is pretty impressive considering the size and scale of this event. One thing I observed early on was some Bernie Sanders supporters who were intent on disrupting the proceedings and making a scene. I am personally disappointed at that. People should not be protesting and yelling and shouting during the invocation or when people are speaking. I thought it was very rude and tasteless. However, an email was sent to all the Bernie Sanders delegates about a half hour into the convention proceedings reading in part “I would ask you as a personal courtesy to me to not engage in any kind of protest or demonstration on the convention floor.” That was enough to calm things down so that we can get through the convention proceedings.

We heard from amazing speakers like Elizabeth Warren, Michelle Obama, and Bernie Sanders. It was truly an amazing experience. I got back to my hotel around 12:30am and ended up going to bed around 1am.  I only five hours of sleep but I am ready and excited for day two of the convention!

Democratic Primary Tuesday August 9th: Vote Row A

The Democratic Primary for State Senate and Registrar of Voters is Tuesday, August 9th. Polls are open from 6 a,m. to 8 p.m.

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Backyard Fundraiser For Registrar of Voters Candidate Mike Trueworthy Is Sunday, July 24th

Supporters of endorsed Democratic Registrar of Voters candidate Mike Trueworthy will hold a backyard picnic fundraiser on Sunday July 24th from 3 to 5 p.m. at the home of Democratic Town Committee members Isabelita and Santos Cancel, 406 Stanley Street.

Trueworthy, endorsed in May by the Democratic Town Committee,  is running in the August 9th Primary to succeed Registrar Juan Verdu who did not seek re-election.

A former Alderman and Chair of the Board of Assessment Appeals,  Trueworthy is an advocate for increased canvassing and voter registration efforts and opposes Republican proposals to close polling locations in the city.

The Democratic Primary is Tuesday August 9th and polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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You’re Invited: Democratic Convention Watch Party & Philly Cheesesteaks July 28th

The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) will host a Democratic National Convention Watch Party on July 28th from 7:30 to 11 p,m. at the Roma Sports Bar & Grill dining room, 382 Allen Street. The suggested donation for the watch party is $25 (www.newbritaindemocrat.org/contribute/). Proceeds benefit NB Democrats’ voter registration and get out the vote campaign.

The DTC event will be an opportunity to meet our candidates, volunteer to help get out the vote, enjoy Roma appetizers and beverages as Democrats’ are expected to make history 96 years after the 19th amendment to the Constitution gave women the right to vote.  Former Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton is expected to accept the nomination on the last night of the convention.

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Ministerial Alliance To Hold Prayer for Peace Service Tuesday….Patton Brook Well Sale On Council Agenda….Convention Watch Party July 28th….DTC Meets July 21st

New Britain Prayer For Peace Service Tuesday, July 12th

New Britain’s Black Ministerial Alliance will hold a “Community Prayer for Peace” service on Tuesday, July 12th, in response to gun violence and killings of civilians and police officers over the last week in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas, Texas.gg-540Icon-16v2

The prayer service will be held at Saint James Baptist Church, 15 Wilcox Street, at 7 p.m.

The Alliance is organizing the prayer service that is open to all. The Ministerial Alliance is an alliance of African-American ministers and pastors and ministries from several Christian denominations in the city.

Patton Brook Hearing Monday: Council To Consider First Ever Sell Off Of Water System 

The Common Council will hold a public hearing Monday, July 11th at 7 p.m. at City Hall on a Stewart Administration proposal to sell the city’s Patton Brook Well in Southington. The Planning, Zoning and Housing Subcommittee could send the proposed sale to the Wednesday July 13th Council meeting.

At issue is whether the city should sell a significant component of New Britain’s water infrastructure or continue to lease the well to Southington.  Advocates of retaining the well say that the $1 million sale price seriously undervalues the well and will shortchange New Britain.

For background information  on the issue go to THE SELLING OF PATTON BROOK WELL  at NBPoliticus.

Democratic Convention Watch Party Is Thursday, July 28th 

Join New Britain Democrats For a Philly Cheese Steak At The Roma

The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) will host a Democratic National Convention Watch Party on July 28th from 7:30 to 11 p,m. at the Roma Sports Bar & Grill dining room, 382 Allen Street. The suggested donation for the watch party is $25 (www.newbritaindemocrat.org/contribute/). Proceeds benefit NB Democrats’ voter registration and get out the vote campaign.

The DTC event will be an opportunity to meet our candidates, volunteer to help get out the vote, enjoy Roma appetizers and beverages as Democrats’ are expected to make history 96 years after the 19th amendment to the Constitution gave women the right to vote.  Former Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton is expected to accept the nomination on the last night of the convention.

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The Democratic platform draft finalized  this weekend for the July 25-28 convention is expected to include a call for a $15 federal minimum wage and a public option for universal health care coverage. In response for calls to oppose the controversial and secretive Trans Pacific Trade Agreement, the platform committee opted for language that says “all free trade deals should be held to a strict standard that protects U.S workers.”

SandersClintonMilwaukeeDebate640New Britain will be represented at the convention by DTC Member Bobby Berriault who was elected at the district level as a delegate for Bernie Sanders. Berriault was an early organizer for the Sanders campaign in the 5th Congressional District. Except for super delegates,  the Connecticut delegation is split between supporters of Clinton and Sanders. Clinton edged Sanders in the April 26th Presidential Primary.

Town Committee Meeting July 21st

The Democratic Town Committee will meet in July on Thursday, July 21st, at 7 p.m. at New Britain City Hall, 27 West Main Street. New Britain. All Democrats are welcome to attend.  On the agenda will be the August 9th Primary for Registrar of Voters and State Senate.

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There will be time later for anger and for justice — anger whose purpose is served in justice. But for now we need to learn to understand each other, to really hear one another, to learn from each other.

Today our country seems capable of pulling apart in ways that have not seemed possible in many decades. Dallas, again, has been bathed in blood and grief. How we respond will help show a path forward to a divided, reeling nation.

from Dallas Morning News Editorial “This City, Our City” 9 July 2016

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Registrars Move To Re-Locate Two Polling Places For Primary, November Election

Polling Place changes possible for State Senate, Registrar Primary and Presidential Election……

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By John McNamara

New Britain’s Registrars of Voters are moving to change polling places in Districts 6 and 13 in time for an August 8th Primary and the November 8th Presidential Election.right-to-vote1

Republican Peter Gostin and Democrat Juan Verdu have identified Angelico’s Cafe restaurant on East Main Street to replace the State Armory in Voting District 6 in the 25th Assembly District. Angelico’s is a stone’s throw away from the Armory location which is located at the corner of East Main and Smalley Streets.

In Voting District 13 in the 26th Assembly District the vacant  Holy Cross School (Saint John Paul II) is the proposed site for a new polling station. Registrars have contacted  the parish to use the school property at the corner of Farmington Avenue and Boulevard to replace the HRA (formerly Ben Franklin School) on Clinton Street.

In letters to Angelico’s and Holy Cross Church the registrars…

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DTC Opposes Ordinance Targeting Homeless…Chairman’s Report….Berlin Dems’ Dinner Honors DeFronzo…”Fraudster In Chief”

RESOLUTION OPPOSING NEW ANTI-HOMELESS ORDINANCE

The DTC unanimously passed a resolution, introduced by Alton Brooks, that opposes a city ordinance that imposes a $99 fine for “aggressive panhandling.” The ordinance drew strong opposition in public testimony from residents and  advocates stating the measure “criminalizes” homelessness and was unnecessary.human-rights-every-human-has-rights

A related commentary on the resolution said the city could lose out on federal funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for  continuum of care grants because of the resolution.

Chairman’s Report:

Save the Date: Our next meeting will be June 16, Room 504, City Hall     7 PM Sharp

ENDORSEMENTS

The May endorsements are behind us and we can be very proud of the candidates endorsed for the Legislature and Registrar of Voters.

At the May 19th DTC meeting State Reps. Bobby Sanchez (25th District) and Peter Tercyak (26th District) were endorsed for re-election.

DTC members from the 26th District with State Rep. Peter Tercyak at the May 19th endorsement meeting

DTC members from the 26th District with State Rep. Peter Tercyak at the May 19th endorsement meeting

State Senator Terry Gerratana (6th), State Rep Betty Boukus (22nd) and State Rep Rick Lopes (24th) were endorsed in separate conventions because their Districts include other towns.The endorsement Registrar of Voters went to former  Alderman Mike Trueworthy.

All of our legislative candidates are participating in the Connecticut Citizens Election Program and donations are needed in support of their candidacies from $5 to $100.

The Citizens Election Program requires that state representative candidates obtain contributions from 150 residents in their towns and that state senate candidates get contributions from 300 residents.

Petitions have been filed by challengers for the State Senate seat and Registrar of Voters for an August 9 Primary.

DISTRICT LEADERS SELECTED

DTC members in each General Assembly District caucused at the May meeting and selected District Leaders. DTC rules call for district leaders in each state House district to serve as  a liaison between the executive board, the community and the state representatives. For the 22nd District Katie Breslin was elected. Chosen in the 24th district was Mike Gorzoch. In the 25th House district Jahaira Jimenez and Isabelita Cancel will served. In the 26th District Alicia Strong and Bobby Berriault will be co-leaders. The District Leaders will be setting up meetings with the state representatives and other Democrats in each district.

Bill Shortell, Town Chair

BERLIN DEMS HONOR THREE AT CHAIRMAN’S DINNER THURSDAY JUNE 9TH

Berlin Democrats will hold their Chairman’s Dinner on Thursday June 9th at Casa Mia at the Hawthorne, 2421 Berlin Turnpike in Berlin to recognize prominent Democrats with Town Committee awards.

Donald DeFronzo, a former State Senator and NB Mayor, will receive the Robert J. Dacey Outstanding Service Award. DeFronzo represented Berlin in the state senate from 2003 to 2010 before stepping down to become a state commissioner during the first term of Governor Dannel  Malloy. Berlin Voter Registrar and DTC Chair Fred Jortner will be recognized as “Democrat of the Year” and Victor Baccaro

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“‘Trump University,’ a place where his former employees call it just one big fraudulent scheme. Now, rather than investing in high-quality instructors and counselors, Donald Trump put together an army of sales people. It was like a used car dealership—except that’s not fair to used car dealerships. Trump salespeople focused on how much money someone could come up with, and they would push prospective students to max out their credit cards so they could fork over thousands, sometimes tens of thousands of dollars to Donald. Here’s a man who builds a business to profit off other peoples’ pain. He wants to be Commander in Chief, but he’s only qualified to be Fraudster-in-Chief.”

U.S Senator Elizabeth Warren speaking to the MA Democratic Party convention this weekend.

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Clinton, Sanders Delegate Caucuses, Charter Hearing On Tap Wednesday June 1st, Council Set To Rubber Stamp City Budget

 

Presidential Delegate Caucus:

DTC Member Bobby Berriault Endorsed For Sanders Slate

Democrats in the 5th Congressional District will caucus on Tuesday, May 31st, to select district delegates to the Democratic National Convention to be held July 25-28 in Philadelphia.DNC-2016-Logo

At its May meeting the New Britain Democratic Town Committee unanimously endorsed DTC Member Bobby Berriault, an early organizer for the Bernie Sanders campaign, to be one of four 5th CD delegates pledged to Sanders at the national convention.  Berriault is running on a four-person slate. A CCSU graduate and currently a law student at Western New England University School of Law, Berriault is a district leader on the town committee and has served as an officer of Greater Hartford Young Democrats. He is currently an intern at the CT Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. A contingent of New Britain Democrats will be going to the Sanders caucus in support of Berriault and his slate.

All Democrats in the congressional district are eligible to vote at the caucuses that begin at 7:30 p.m.

DTC Member Bobby Berriault

DTC Member Bobby Berriault

The Sanders Caucus will be held at Torrington City Hall, 140 Main Street, in Torrington.

The caucus for Hillary Clinton will be held at the Meriden Public Library’s Griffin Room, 150, Miller Street.

Democrats who filed a candidacy for national convention delegate stating their candidate preference prior to May 3rd are eligible to be delegates to the national convention.

While all Connecticut super delegates have endorsed Hillary Clinton, the district delegates are nearly even in support of Sanders and Clinton.  Senator Sanders edged Clinton in the 5th CD but narrowly lost New Britain in the April 26th Primary. Ms. Clinton won the statewide primary by five points.

City Charter Referendum: Commission Recommends Three Questions

Final Hearing Is June 1st Before Going To Common Council

A five-member charter commission is recommending three questions to amend the city’s governing document to be put before voters in November.  The public will be able to comment on the May 26th  Draft Report  at a final hearing this week before they are sent to the Common Council.

The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m., Room 201, City Hall, 27 West Main St  on Wednesday June 1st.

Questions recommended for the November ballot are:

  • Share the term of office of the Mayor be changed from a two-year to a four-year term commencing in the election of 2017?
  • Shall the term of office of the Tax Collector be changed from a two-year term to a four-year term commencing in the election of 2017?
  • Shall the remainder of the changes to the Charter as recommended by the Charter Revision Commission be approved?

Rejected by the commission were changing the method of electing the common council to a minority representation system, a compensation plan for Mayor and non-union positions and the establishment of a separate golf authority to oversee Stanley Municipal Golf Course.  Changing the current ward and at-large system of electing the council drew strong opposition from both Democrats and Republicans. Conversely, the idea of a four-year mayoral term won broad support in public testimony. The commission indicated the charter was not appropriate for changing the compensation of the Mayor and other City Hall officials.

The Common Council will take up the commission report with the option of accepting the proposed questions or adding others to the ballot.

Council Expected To Rubber Stamp Stewart Budget At June 2nd Meeting

3% Tax Hike, 5.6% Spending Increase In Plan For New Fiscal Year

The Common Council will hold a special meeting to adopt the 2016-17 budget on Thursday June 2nd at 6:30 p.m. The Common Council is expected to rubber stamp the administration’s budget that was revised from the FY 17 Budget  proposed by the Board of Finance earlier in the year.

The Administration’s $239 million plan for the year that begins on July 1 is a 5.6 increase in spending over this year and would hike the property tax rate from 49 to 50.5 mills or 3 percent.

Tax relief this coming year will come in the form of reduced automobile property taxes as the result of the Democrats in the Legislature reducing the property levy on cars that hits urban residents the hardest. A portion of sales tax revenues will be used to bring tax relief after Republican efforts to kill relief from regressive tax on cars failed.

 

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