O’Brien For New Britain To Hold Kick Off Thursday, February 7th
The re-election campaign of Mayor Tim O’Brien begins on Thursday, 2/7 with a kick-office reception at the Pride of Connecticut Lodge of Elks, 24 Elm Street in downtown New Britain. The reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
O’Brien, elected in 2011, represented the 24th Assembly District in the Legislature and was first elected to public office as a city alderman. Volunteers and supporters are invited to attend. There is a suggested donation of $25 for the O’Brien for New Britain event.
Malloy Budget Gives Boost To School Funding: New Britain In Line For $6.6 Million More Over Two Years
Governor Malloy, joined by Lt. Governor Wyman and leaders of teachers’ unions (CEA, AFT) in a February 5th announcement, proposed a significant increase to Educational Cost Sharing (ECS) to 117 cities and towns in the two-year state budget that begins July 1.
The ECS plan, which will require approval by the General Assembly, would give New Britain’s cash-strapped school system $6.9 million more in ECS aid over the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 fiscal years. In the current year that ends June 30th city schools are receiving $76.6 million from the state.
“Last year, with strong bipartisan support, we passed an education reform package that invests in our schools and prepares our students for real-world jobs, said Malloy. “Today, we are reaffirming that commitment with additional funding so that we can build on the good work being done by our teachers and education leaders.. We have an obligation to each and every student in our schools to provide them with a quality public education so they can compete in the 21st Century economy. By recommitting these resources, we are taking a giant step forward toward achieving that goal.”
The Governor, facing deficits similar to when he took office two years ago, will submit his entire proposal for the biennial budget on Wednesday, February 6th to the General Assembly. In the current biennial Malloy, the former Mayor of Stamford, upheld a pledge not to cut school aid to cities and towns. He is renewing and enhancing the commitment now, particularly for economically distressed cities with under performing schools such as New Britain.
Education and School Funding will be the topic at February’s Democratic Town Committee meeting. The meeting is slates for Thursday, February 28th, at 7 p.m. at New Britain City Hall, 27 West Main Street.
A Party For The State Party Sunday, February 10th In West Hartford
Governor Malloy, State Chair Nancy DiNardo, Executive Director Jonathan Harris and other leaders will be on hand for a Sunday, February 10th reception to benefit the Connecticut Democratic Party
The event will be held at the home of Shari and Michael Cantor, 39 Colony Road, West Hartford from 4 to 6 p.m. There is a suggested contribution of $150 payable to the State Central Committee (“DSCC-Federal”)
New Britain NAACP Sponsors Inaugural Ball February 23rd
Tickets are $50 (before February 8th) and $60 (after February 8th). No tickets will be sold at the door. Information from Ron Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lucretia Holley (email@example.com). Reservations: 860-827-8322.
“We’re grateful the governor saw that New Britain’s number one need is education funding. If we didn’t have the complete delegation working together on this, it wouldn’t have happened.” — State Rep. Rick Lopes (D-24), reacting to Governor Malloy’s proposal for significant boost to school aid for the city in the Hartford Courant
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