Rep. Sanchez Kicks Off Campaign in the 25th District Thursday, March 27th
State Rep. Bobby Sanchez of the city’s 25th Assembly District will launch his campaign for re-election at a Criollisimo Restaurant reception on Thursday, March 27th from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Criollisimo is located at 340 Arch Street.
Sanchez, elected in February 2011 and re-elected in 2012, is seeking a second full term representing the 25th that includes the Senior Center and Graham and School Apartments, Generale Ameglio Society, the Armory, Chamberlain School and Smalley Academy voting districts. At the Legislature, Sanchez is vice chair of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. He also serves on the Education and Higher Education and Employment Advancement committees.
Sanchez and other members of the city’s legislative delegation are participating in the Citizens’ Election Program — the campaign finance reform that requires state representative candidates to obtain 150 contributions (between $5 and $100) from residents in their communities.
The suggested contribution for the Criollisimo reception is $10. A Sanchez 2014 event. Claudette Talmadge is treasurer for Rep. Sanchez’ committee.
DTC Picks Delegates Tuesday, March 25th
The Democratic Town Committee will endorse delegate slates to May political conventions on Tuesday, March 25th.
The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at New Britain City Hall. The meeting is being held in accordance with state law requiring delegate selection between March 25th and April 1st.
Conventions include May 14th the 5th District Congressional (Elizabeth Esty), May 16th State Convention (Governor and Constitutional Offices), May 19th 6th State Senate (Terry Gerratana), May 20th State Representative Conventions (22nd Rep Betty Boukus and 24th Rep Rick Lopes) and May 21st Judge of Probate (Walter Clebowicz). Endorsements for the 25th (Bobby Sanchez) and 26th (Peter Tercyak) will be made at a Town Committee meeting between May 20th and May 27th.
New Britain sends 30 delegates to the state, state senate, congressional and judge of probate conventions. There are nine delegates to the 24th State Representative convention and three delegates to the 22nd State Representative convention. Only members of the Town Committee from the 25th and 26th state representative districts will be the endorsing group for those legislative seats.
Municipal Budget Watch: Do As I Say But Not As I Do?
Structural budget deficits — dating back more than a decade and identified more than two years ago by former Mayor O’Brien’s administration — will hang over deliberations by the Stewart Administration and the Common Council over the next two months in adopting a municipal budget for the next fiscal year.
In a state of the city address this month Mayor Stewart delivered a stern austerity message hinting at layoffs, privatization and cuts to municipal services. “We are well beyond mere belt-tightening here. The financial crisis that the city is now facing is the defining challenge of our time together. How we deal with this crisis — and mark my words, it is a crisis — will be the legacy we leave behind.”
Just like her predecessor, Mayor Stewart is confronting the sins of past administrations. Blindly holding the line on tax rates, one-time fixes and gimmicks and “kicking the can down the road” — the fiscal legacy of eight years of former Mayor Tim Stewart — now require tough fiscal medicine that needs to be prescribed with fairness and budget priorities that address essential needs. The Mayor will present the proposed 2014-2015 municipal budget to the Council in April. The Council will deliberate and schedule a public hearing on the budget in May with a June deadline for adoption.
According to the Stewart administration the “belt-tightening” will need to cut across all city departments before the city will turn to what could be called the “nuclear option” of borrowing millions of dollars via short term notes to pay for operating expenses.
Less than six months into the term, however, the Stewart administration shows no sign that “belt tightening” extends into her own office. Mayoral appointees, in fact, have been given hefty pay hikes compared to her predecessor. In addition to a chief of staff position at nearly $100,000, Stewart quietly installed Republican Town Chair Peter Steele into a $45,000 “part-time” patronage job that supposedly involves housing enforcement — a redundancy better left to the building department. And now Stewart reportedly is giving $10,000 pay raises to two other mayoral aides after just after five months and a self-imposed spending freeze.
Those actions deserve the same scrutiny that other offices at City Hall are now about to get. Exempting the Mayor’s office from belt tightening will surely hurt Stewart’s credibility moving into the budget season.
Berlin State Central Committeeman Kevin Murphy Nominated for Superior Court Judgeship
New Britain Democrats congratulate State Central Committeeman Kevin Murphy of Berlin who was nominated last week by Governor Malloy for a Superior Court Judge nomination. Since 2010 Murphy has served as a Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney with the State’s Attorney’s Office in Bristol. He previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and as an attorney for the Department of the Navy. He was also a member of the Hartford State’s Attorney’s Gang Unit. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences and his J.D. from Catholic University School of Law.
Murphy has served on the state Central Committee with State Party Treasurer and New Britain DTC leader Emma Pierce over the last two years. New Britain Democrats congratulate Kevin Murphy for his nomination to the bench.
Berlin and New Britain Democratic delegates will meet prior to the May conventions to elect a man and a woman to serve on the State Central Committee for a new term.
KEEP YOUR SOX ON: Fenway Trip Sunday, August 17th To See Astros
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