Gerratana Nominated for 6th State Senate; Sanchez for 25th House
Terry Bielinski Gerratana, a former state representative and former state elections enforcement commissioner, was nominated Saturday to be the Democratic nominee for state senate in a February 22nd special election.
Convention delegates representing New Britain, Berlin and a portion of Farmington, met at the Italian Fraternal Society to unanimously nominate Gerratana for the seat vacated by Don DeFronzo, the newly appointed state Commissioner of Administrative Services. Nominating Gerratana was Diane DeFronzo, a former Board of Education member, Berlin DTC Chairman Fred Jortner and state Rep. Peter Tercyak (D-26).
As a legislator, Gerratana rose to Chair the Human Services Committee. She was recognized with legislative service and Legislator of the Year honors from the Connecticut Medical Society, the Connecticut Association of Social Workers and ARC of Connecticut. She also received as Distinguished Service award from the Democratic Town Committee.
The Terry Gerratana for State Senate committee held a traditional pasta fundraiser on Sunday, January 16th, at the Generale Ameglio Society’s Bianca Hall that drew statewide leaders including Governor Malloy, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and State Comptroller Kevin Lembo. Former State Senator Joe Harper is serving as the Gerratana Committee’s treasurer.
Robert (Bobby) Sanchez, the Democratic Party’s Vice Chair and a member of the Board of Education, became his party’s nominee for the 25th state representative district in the February 22nd special election at a DTC meeting on Saturday ahead of the state Senate Convention. A New Britain native, Sanchez is seeking to become the first individual from the Latino community to serve New Britain in the Legislature.
The Sanchez for State Representative Committee will hold a fundraising reception on Friday, January 21st, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Puerto Rican Society, 152 High Street. Former BOE President and DTC member Peter Kochol is serving as the Sanchez Committee’s treasurer.
For information or to get involved in the Democratic campaign for the February 22 special election contact the DTC at firstname.lastname@example.org
David DeFronzo Gets Unanimous DTC Nod for Ward 4 Alderman
David DeFronzo, a teacher and Pendleton Road homeowner, was unanimously recommended to fill an aldermanic vacancy by Ward 4 Town Committee members at a special Saturday meeting.
DeFronzo, a member of the DTC from District 9 since 2004, has been active in Democratic politics including Governor Dannel Malloy’s successful 2010 campaign. DeFronzo also hosted a New Britain fundraiser for U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal last year.
DeFronzo said that if appointed to the Council he would focus on issues important to neighborhood residents such as improving relations with Central CT State University and the accessibility of Stanley Quarter Park.
A University of Connecticut graduate, DeFronzo is a physical education teacher at Jefferson School. A high school baseball standout at New Britain High, he has coached youth baseball since 1999, including six years as head coach of the New Britain Jaycee Courant team. DeFronzo is married to Monica Hermanowski DeFronzo and is a lifelong New Britain resident.
The DTC will urge the Common Council to appoint DeFronzo at its next meeting.
King Day Observances In New Britain
New Britain will observe the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday at morning and afternoon events on January 17th.
The city’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities will hold a breakfast at 9 a.m. at Angelico’s Restaurant, 542 East Main Street (reservations required) with Civil Rights Attorney Cynthia R. Jennings as the keynote speaker. The breakfast will be followed by ceremonies at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on the corner of MLK Drive and Stanley Street after 10:30 a.m.
The Mary McLeod Bethune Club will hold a Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 17th, at 2 p.m. . The event has been moved to the Spottswood AME Church on Crestwood Lane.. The Rev. Dale Shaw of Bethesda Apostolic Church will be the speaker.
“So let us begin anew — remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.”
from John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, 20 January 1961