New Britain’s Bond Rating Drops From Stable To Negative: Huge Spike In Debt Through 2021 Cited By Moody’s — NB Politicus

Republican incumbent Mayor Erin Stewart, in her re-election campaign this year and throughout her second term, has touted improving municipal bond ratings for New Britain’s fiscal solvency, claiming credit for budget surpluses of $15 million and pushing spending up at City Hall with no need for an election year tax increase. Fiscal […]

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The Democratic Slate: Veronica DeLandro, Molly McGuire Seek Ward One Council Seats

Veronica T. DeLandro and Molly McGuire, the Democratic candidates for Ward 1 Common Council in the November 7th city election, are stressing their concerns about the quality of education and protecting the city’s watershed as they campaign in the district that includes three polling places — Slade, Vance and the VFW Hall (replacing New Britain High School this year).

Veronica T. DeLandr

The Ward 1 candidates are part of Mayoral Nominee Merrill Gay’s slate and are among six Democratic women running for seats on the 15-member Common Council.
DeLandro brings extensive community service and nonprofit management experience to her run for council as a past President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Hartford Chapter, an NAACP member and as a youth and family services commissioner under the administration of Mayor Timothy Stewart. Professionally, she has served as executive director of two nonprofits, the College Summit, Inc. and the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation Inc. DeLandro holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Connecticut and earned her B.A. from Hampton University.

“As a Ward 1 resident there are several issues that concern me; increase in taxes, local government spending, expansion of Tilcon and New Britain’s water supply.” Said DeLandro. “I am opposed to the expansion Tilcon mining running into the city’s watershed and feel we must everything we can to protect and defend New Britain’s water resources. I’m running for office to improve the lines of communication between residents and the city. I feel it’s important that all residents in Ward 1 are informed, engaged, and aware of the issues that directly impact them.”

Molly McGuire


McGuire, a 2016 graduate of Central Connecticut State University, works at CCSU’s art department and is part of the team that curates art shows and exhibits on the campus. She is an associate in the Visitor Experience department at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Seeking elective office for the first time, McGuire says “the issues important to my candidacy are protecting the environment in whatever ways we can, making sure we have quality education in the public schools, and developing New Britain in a responsible way that respects the cultures and people who live in the city.”


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Eva Magnuszewski Seeks Return To Common Council


Eva Magnuszewski is running for Alderwoman at large seeking a return to the city’s Common Council.

Magnuszewski is running for the city council on a platform of creating growth in economic development, improving education, and defending New Britain’s water supply.

She had previously served as an Alderwoman for eight years and has been active in campaign for 12 years.

An Account Executive at a Bristol based manufacturing company where she recently celebrated a 12th work anniversary, Eva also is active at the State Capitol on behalf of animal rights legislation.

Eva is a first generation Polish immigrant who reads and speaks fluently in Polish after attending Polish schools as a child. She got involved with the New Britain Democrats during the Jason Jakubowski campaign in 2005, door knocking, fundraising, and anything else that needed to get done.

One issue that Eva is very committed to is protecting New Britain’s water sources. She has said that while “There are alternatives to heat and electricity, there is no alternative to water.”


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DTC Chair Files Complaint On Mayor’s Use Of Car Tax Bills To Promote Candidacy

State Law Bars Incumbents From Using Public Funds Within 3 Months of Election

The State Elections Enforcement Commission received a complaint on Wednesday (September 13) alleging use of public funds by Mayor Erin Stewart to promote her candidacy for re-election.

Democratic Town Chairman Bill Shortell, citing a state law barring incumbents from using city funds to promote candidacies close to  an election, filed the complaint in response to a brochure included in motor vehicle tax bills mailed at the beginning of September by City Tax Collector Cheryl Blogoslawski.

The brochure, giving tax and revenue information on the 2017-2018 municipal budget, also included statements promoting Stewart’s candidacy under her campaign slogan “Leading the Way” with information from Stewart’s campaign literature. Blogoslawski is also cited in the complaint for sending the brochure with the tax bills.

Shortell bases the complaint on state law (9-610) that bars an incumbent from using city resources “to mail or print flyers or other promotional materials” intended to advance a candidacy within “three months of an election”  and “prohibits any individual from authorizing the use of public funds during the 12 months preceding an election for any promotional campaign or advertisement that features the name, face or voice of a candidate.

Mayor Stewart’s “Leading The Way” campaign brochure was mailed with motor vehicle tax notices.

“No one questions the mayor’s responsibility to communicate with residents on matters of importance to the community throughout the term,” said Shortell. “But including an obvious campaign promotion in car tax bills within the 90-day prohibition pushes the incumbent advantage too far and is a violation. It crosses the line and creates an unfair advantage. The law expressly prohibits incumbents from doing what the Mayor and Tax Collector did.”

“We have also filed or are in the process of filing complaints about the mayor’s illegal use of City Hall and its resources, including video equipment for her sagging re-election campaign. In addition, we are filing a complaint about a large campaign billboard that has remained on Main Street for three years, with no campaign expenditure cited, an illegal campaign contribution amount to thousands of dollars,” Shortell added.


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Introducing The Democratic Slate: Lanette Spranzo Macaruso Seeks Two-Year Term For Tax Collector

Lanette Spranzo Macaruso, the Democratic nominee for Tax Collector, said her priority will be efficiency, accuracy and bringing more transparency to the city’s tax collection system in her first run for elective office on the slate led by Mayoral candidate Merrill Gay.

A lifelong New Britain Democrat, Spranzo Macaruso is a tax preparer and has extensive experience in the marketing and communication field and as a college writing instructor. She holds a master’s degree in educational media from Central CT State University.

As Tax Collector Spranzo Macaruso said her goal in city government will be “wise management of the city’s resources. We need to promote innovation and sustainability that inspire residents to work together for a safe, financially secure, educationally progressive and culturally enjoyable community.”

Spranzo Macaruso is an active volunteer in the city at the New Britain Industrial Museum.  She participates in Protect Our Watersheds CT, a new environmental group, that advocates for preservation of the city’s watershed and natural resources.

(One of a series of posts introducing the members of the Democratic slate running with Mayoral Nominee Merrill Gay)

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Charlottesville: Merrill Gay, New Britain Democrats Repudiate Racist Violence, Anti-Semitism

Democratic Mayoral Nominee Merrill Gay issued a statement on August 17th  in response to the violence perpetrated by fascists and white nationalists  in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The statement, released by Gay on behalf of the Democratic municipal slate and the Democratic Town Committee, calls upon New Britain Republicans to “repudiate” the stand taken by President Trump who blames “both sides” without a clear condemnation of  the anti-semitic, racist mobs who descended on Charlottesville.
“Last weekend’s horrific events in Charlottesville, VA were a wake-up call for our country.  We can longer ignore the fact that racism has a longstanding, deep-rooted history in our nation.  In his campaign, President Trump appealed to that racism and empowered white supremacists. What happened in Charlottesville, VA was the predictable result of that encouragement from the top of the Republican party.  The violence and racial hatred we saw in Charlottesville can happen anywhere in America.
As the Democratic slate, we will not stand idly by. We will stand up for what is right and just. Our Republican opponents, some of whom have been quite vocal in their support of the president, must do so as well. When the leader of their party refers to “Fine people” among the white supremacists marching with torches, it is time for local Republicans to repudiate their president.
We must not delude ourselves that this only a problem in the South.  Racism exists here in New Britain, from the institutional racism that leaves our children in underfunded, segregated schools, to the unconscious bias in appointing members of boards and commissions to overt incidents at the Water and Fire Departments.  The people of New Britain deserve leaders who represent them and will stand up for justice.  The New Britain Democrats wholeheartedly condemn the violent display of hate, bigotry and racism that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Together, we will stand up against racism in our country but most importantly right here in New Britain.”

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You’re Invited: Democratic Picnic at Quartette Club, Sunday August 6th


New Britain Democratic Town Committee


Vote Democratic – Row A – Tuesday November 7th

Dear Democrat:

New Britain Democrats invite you to our picnic for the Democratic municipal slate on Sunday, August 6th, from 2 to 6 p.m., rain or shine, at  The Quartette Club.

Join Mayoral Nominee Merrill Gay and a diverse, talented slate of candidates who are stepping up to serve New Britain over the next two years.


Festivities include BBQ, desserts, beverages, music, horse shoes, games and awards recognizing Democrats for service to party and community.

Your support is needed to get out the vote and help Merrill and the Democratic slate build a better New Britain for all the city’s residents.

Picnic tickets are available at $25. Children 10 and under are free. Contact or call headquarters at 860-505-8901 for tickets, reservations and more information.   All donations are welcome in accordance with state campaign finance laws.


And if you can volunteer a day or an hour of your time to encourage your family, friends and neighbors to vote Row A please sign up today.


Bill Shortell, Town Chair


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