DTC To Hold Delegate Meeting Thursday, March 29th
The Democratic Town Committee will meet on Thursday, March 29th to elect delegate slates to May State, Congressional and legislative conventions as the party begins to ramp up for the 2012 campaign. The meeting will be held at AFSCME Council 4, 444 East Main Street at 7 p.m.
New Britain will send 34 delegates to the May 12th State Convention where a candidate will be endorsed for U.S. Senate that is being vacated by four-termer Joe Lieberman.
A Congressional slate of 34 will be sent to the May 14th 5th Congressional District convention where a candidate will be endorsed to replace three-term Cong. Chris Murphy who is seeking the U.S. Senate nomination.
First term State Senator Terry Gerratana, elected in a February 2011 special election, will be seeking delegates for the 6th District State Senate Convention to be held May 21st, including 34 from New Britain as well as delegates from Berlin and Farmington. New Britain has 11 delegates to send to the 24th State Representative Convention where freshman State Rep. Rick Lopes, elected in January to the seat held by Mayor Tim O’Brien, will be seeking delegate support in New Britain and Newington. DTC members from Voting Districts 1,2, 3 and 10 in New Britain will send 11 delegates to the 24th convention. DTC members from District 4 and 15 will send four delegates to the 22nd House District convention that includes a Plainville/New Britain district represented by Rep. Betty Boukus. The State Representative conventions will be held May 22nd.
The seats held by first-term Rep. Bobby Sanchez (D-25) and Peter Tercyak (D-26) are in districts that fall within the city’s borders and endorsements will be made at a Town Committee meeting in May.
In Memoriam: Former Tax Collector Fred Menditto
Fred J. Menditto, Sr. who passed away March 24th at the age of 87 , held the office of tax collector from the 1970s through 2007. During that extraordinary length of time in office he became the automatic choice of Democrats every two years. Term after term — 16 in all — Menditto fairly and effectively led the collector’s office. He may have been the city’s tax man but he was also a good neighbor. Before he had to publish a delinquent list, he would go out of his way to work quietly with individuals and families who may have fallen behind on payments through no fault of their own. It wasn’t a matter of being soft on delinquents, but being fair to them and, as it turned out, an effective way to get the job done . There was never a problem with the collection rate through good times and bad during the Menditto years.
Fred Menditto was an Army veteran of World War II. Before being elected tax collector Menditto served as an alderman and on many boards and commissions. He was co-owner of a small business before serving in the tax collector’s office for more than three decades.
Relatives and friends may call at the Paul A. Shaker / Farmingdale Funeral Home, 764 Farmington Avenue, New Britain, CT. Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from 4-8 p.m. The Elks Lodge #957 will hold a ritual at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services and burial with full military honors will be private. In lieu of flowers, a memorial scholarship in Fred Menditto’s name will be established. Please make checks payable to: CFGNB, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain. Mail to: 74A Vine Street, New Britain, Ct. 06052, on memo note: “In memory of Fred Menditto.”
New Britain Democrats extend condolences to Menditto’s children and grandchildren and his many friends in politics and colleagues at City Hall.
From Connecticut Democrats……
GOP Budget Plan Called “Careless” and “Dangerous”
The New York Times called it “careless.”
The Washington Post called it “dangerous” and “intentionally vague.”
The new House Republican budget plan, released by House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan, would again end Medicare as we know it – to fund tax breaks for millionaires, billionaires and corporations.
“This budget is more of the same from Congressional Republicans,” said Connecticut Democratic Party Chair Nancy DiNardo. “In their haste to pander to the far right and special interests, they put forward a budget that contains an average $150,000 tax cut for millionaires and billionaires, paid for by deep cuts that will cost jobs and hurt seniors, veterans and children.
“This budget would end Medicare, slash investments in education and job training and put our infrastructure – our crumbling roads and bridges – at greater risk. GOP need to learn that slashing health care for seniors and cutting to the bone investments in education, research, veterans’ programs and job creation while maintaining billions in subsidies for oil companies, tax loopholes for Wall Street hedge fund managers and giving even more tax breaks to the wealthy is not bold and is not right.
“A vote to send more Republicans to Washington is just a vote in favor of policies that solve nothing, that pander to the far right and that would cost trillions of dollars. Connecticut voters recognize this, which is why they have repeatedly rejected Republican values and will do so again this year.”
If the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate in the new health law, private insurers will swarm Capitol Hill demanding that the law be amended to remove the requirement that they cover people with pre-existing conditions.
When this happens, Obama and the Democrats should say they’re willing to remove that requirement – but only if Medicare is available to all, financed by payroll taxes.
If they did this the public will be behind them — as will the Supreme Court.
Economist Robert Reich www.robertreich.org
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