From The Chair: 23 Months of Moving New Britain Forward
Since November 2011 Mayor Tim O’Brien and the Democratic majority on the Common Council have worked to overcome structural deficits, an understaffed police force, indifference to blight issues, and the denial of needed resources for schools.
At the same time the acrimony and divisiveness of the Old Team Stewart years have given way to constructive give and take. For elected officials of any party it has been a difficult time to govern in the aftermath of the worse economic downturn since the Great Depression. But in less than two years Mayor O’Brien and Democrats have delivered:
* A balanced budget and a comprehensive approach to leaner, efficient government began;
* A responsive police force growing to levels that neighborhoods need for adequate public safety; officers are no longer leaving for other towns;
* Public schools have resources and new teachers for the first time in 12+ years to reduce the achievement gap; City Hall/BOE hostility has ended along with flat-funding policy that was driving young families out-of-town for years.
* A serious commitment to neighborhood revitalization with stronger anti-blight measures and code enforcement that protect homeowners, tenants and responsible landlords. Small wonder the out-of-town landlord lobby is pouring money and support into the Republican nominee’s campaign in exchange for her promise to gut anti-blight policies and adequate support for code enforcement.
* An acceleration of business and jobs growth with companies moving into town — witness the new companies coming to Pinnacle Business Park, the Macristy and Peter Paul sites.
On November 5th New Britain voters will decide whether to continue the progress being made by Mayor O’Brien and the Democratic majority.
Or the city can backslide with a Republican slate that, like their counterparts in Washington, misleads on taxes, spending and health care. So far the Republican Mayoral Nominee has thrown brickbats and platitudes, but has offered nothing (unless she agrees with Mayor O’Brien) about finding solutions to solve the problems citizens want their government to address.
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This Week: Common Council Candidates Hold Fundraisers For Campaign 13
MONDAY 10/7 Ward 2 Alderwoman Tonilynn Collins will hold an a 5:oo-7:00 pm “Wings & Things” fundraiser at the Pride of CT Lodge of Elks, 24 Elm Street. Suggested donation $25.
THURSDAY 10/10 State Rep. Bobby Sanchez and State Rep. Minnie Gonzalez host a reception for Ward 3 Ald. Manny Sanchez. Suggested donation $25 to be held at the Puerto Rican Society Club 152 High Street New Britain CT, 6-8 pm.
THURSDAY 10/10 Matt Dabrowski for City Council Fundraiser from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Shuttle Meadow Country Club, 51 Randecker, Lane, Kensington. Event will include presentations on New Britain’s history, live music and appetizers. A Vote Dabrowski Committee event. Suggested donation $40.
FRIDAY 10/11 Alderman At Large Rha-Sheen Brown’s Rev. Brown For New Britain Committee invites all to support his candidacy at a reception at Caribbean Corner Cafe 175 Burritt Street, New Britain . Suggested contribution $25. Rev. Brown for New Britain Committee, 214 Hart Street, New Britain, CT 06053. Information 860 839 5344
Pasta with Mayor O’Brien At Generale Ameglio Society, Sunday October 13
Among the hosts for the event are Angelo D’Alfonso, Ron Jakubowski, David DeFronzo, Jason Jakubowski, William Candelori, Jr. John McNamara and Frank Gerratana MD. Statewide Democratic leaders including Comptroller Kevin Lembo will be special guests as the campaign enters its final three weeks. Tickets are $20 (children 12 and under free). For tickets and information contact email@example.com.
Democratic Slate Gathering On October 4th
Supports and Democratic candidates gathered at Stanley Golf Course’s Whinstone Tavern on October 4th for a campaign reception.
More photos of campaign and candidates events will be posted at the town committee website (www.newbritaindemocrat.org) during the 2013 municipal campaign A special thanks to Frank Gerratana, MD for his photography.
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