State Senate Convention: Gerratana Seeks Nomination For New Term Monday, 5/21
The 6th State Senate convention will be held Monday, May 21st, at 6 p.m. at Angelico’s Cafe, 542 East Main Street, New Britain when incumbent Terry Bielinski Gerratana will be seeking the party nomination.
Gerratana, the Senate Chair of the Legislature’s Public Health Committee and a former state representative, won a hard-fought special election in February 2011 to take the place of Don DeFronzo who joined the Malloy Administration as Commissioner of Administrative Services. She represents the Town of Berlin, New Britain and a portion of Farmington in a district that changed little as a result of redistricting this year.
State House Conventions: Boukus and Lopes Seek Nominations
22nd State Representative Betty Boukus and 24th State Representative Rick Lopes will be seeking party endorsements for a new term in separate conventions on Tuesday, May 22nd.
Plainville’s Rep. Boukus, who represents two voting districts in the city, will be seeking re-election at a convention to be held at the Plainville Public Library, 56 East Main Street, Plainville, at 6:30 p.m. Boukus, who has served the 22nd since 1995, is Deputy Majority Caucus Chair and Chair of the Bonding Subcommittee of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee.
Rep. Lopes, who won a January special election to take the place of Mayor Tim O’Brien in a district that covers parts of New Britain and Newington, will seek delegates’ endorsement at 7 p.m. at Great Taste Restaurant, 597 West Main Street, New Britain. Lopes serves on four committees in his first term: Transportation, Judiciary, Banks and Finance, Revenue and Bonding.
Common Council Meets Wednesday, 5/23
The New Britain Common Council will meet Wednesday, May 23rd, for its regular meeting following last Thursday’s public hearing on the municipal budget as the Council prepares to finalize a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st. Public participation begins at 7 p.m. at the Council Chambers, 27 West Main Street.
CCSU/Public Radio Debate: Murphy and Bysiewicz To Debate Issues Thursday in New Britain
Ned Lamont, the 2006 nominee for US Senate, and business leader Oz Griebel will moderate a debate on Thursday, May 24 from 9 to 11 am at CCSU’s Torp Theatre between Cong. Chris Murphy and former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz in the campaign for U.S. Senate.
The public debate will be broadcast live on WNPR’s “Where We Live” with its moderator, John Dankosky. The debate is another in a series of public policy forums and discussions organized by Lamont in recent years at the New Britain campus.
Town Committee: Registrar of Voters and 25th and 26th House District Nominations To Be Held Tuesday, May 29th
A month of political conventions and endorsement meetings will conclude on Tuesday, May 29th when the Democratic Town Committee will meet to endorse candidates for two state House seats and Registrar of Voters.
State Representative Bobby Sanchez, a human services and early childhood professional, is seeking his first full term in the 25th district and State Representative Peter Tercyak, the Chairman of the Human Services committee, will seek re-election to the 26th district. Tercyak, first elected in a 2003 special election, brings considerable expertise to leading the Human Services committee as a practicing home health care nurse. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and Capital Community College.
Sanchez is serving on the Education, Finance, Revenue and Bonding and Insurance and Real Estate Committees. Besides charing Human Services, Tercyak serves on the Energy and Technology and Public Health Committees.
The Town Committee nomination meeting will be held at 7 pm. The location will be announced.
Rep. Sanchez Praises Ed Reform Bill: Bill Provides For 1,000 Early Childhood Seats
Following intense negotiations between the Malloy administration and legislators Governor Malloy signed legislation that will set Connecticut on new reform efforts in K-12 education.
State Rep. Bobby Sanchez hailed passage of the education reform bill, saying it will narrow the state’s achievement gap, labeled as the nation’s worst. “With this legislation, we begin to address unprecedented changes to the existing system,” said Sanchez. “Working towards closing the achievement gap is an aggressive goal that we must keep pushing for. Our children deserve the very best environment, tools and resources to make it happen, and I believe this sweeping measure is a step in that direction.”
Sanchez said the legislation (SB 458) recognizes the value of early childhood education and creates 1,000 new pre-K School Readiness seats, focused in high need, low-performing communities. Components in the bill include the creation of intensive reading intervention programs for underperforming schools, the introduction of technology based reading assessments, which will improve the quality of assessments and the speed at which they can be given and provides resources for the addition of highly trained reading specialists in our most challenged schools. In addition to dealing with teacher and administrator evaluations, the bill establishes the Commissioner’s Network, which provides the intensive supports and interventions needed to turn around 25 of the most chronically low-performing schools in Connecticut.
“I would like to thank teachers, parents, students, union leaders, legislative leaders, commissioners and my colleagues in the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus for their valuable input and all of those who worked hard to reform education,” Sanchez said.
“These are not questions with quick and easy answers. When I was in junior high, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was running for President. I wasn’t old enough to vote, but it was the first national campaign I really remember. Some of then-Senator Kennedy’s opponents attacked him for his religion, suggesting that electing the first Catholic President would undermine the separation of Church and State, a fundamental principle of our democracy. The furor grew so loud that Kennedy chose to deliver a speech about his beliefs just seven weeks before the election….In that talk to Protestant ministers, Kennedy talked about his vision of religion and the public square, and said he believed in an America, and I quote, “where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials – and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against us all.”
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a May 18th Commencement Address at the Jesuit-affiliated Georgetown University.
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