Emma Pierce To Receive O’Neill Award At JJB Dinner; Dinner Is August 13th
New Britain’s Emma Pierce, the state party’s treasurer and longtime labor activist on the DTC, will receive the CT Democratic Party’s William A. O’Neill Award at the Jefferson Jackson Bailey (JJB) dinner on Wednesday, August 13th at the Connecticut Convention Center.
The 66th JJB dinner will include three Governors who will join Governor Dan Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman at the annual party dinner to be held for the first time in August. Vermont’s Peter Shumlin, New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan and Delaware’s Jack Markell will be part of the gubernatorial program as Governor Malloy ramps up his re-election campaign. Tickets to the dinner are $185 per person.
For reservation and payments online go to CDP JJB 2014. Telephone: 860-560-1775.
The O’Neill Award, named for long-serving Democratic Governor Bill O’Neill, is the latest accolade for Emma Pierce who has previously received the state Party’s Ella Grasso Women’s Leadership Award and a distinguished service award from New Britain Democrats. Active in the Democratic Party since the 1960s, Pierce is a member of the United Auto Workers (UAW) and served as financial secretary of Local 133. She has carried her union’s commitment to economic and social justice to the workplace, the community and to party politics. Her service as party treasurer was preceded as treasurer of the state Federation of Black Democrats. Married to the late Dallas Pierce, Emma worked and raised her family in New Britain. She is a grandmother and great-grandmother and renowned for her cooking at church, lodge and Democratic Party events.
New Britain Democrats congratulate Emma Pierce on her well-deserved honors.
CITY HALL WATCH
Costco Meeting Thursday at 7 p.m.: State economic aid proposed as alternative to property tax abatement
The Common Council’s hearing and meeting on a controversial $2.3 million tax abatement to Costco for development of a warehouse store at Stanley Golf Course will be held Thursday, August 7th, at 7 pm.
Last month’s sudden announcement by Mayor Stewart about a tax break that would reduce Costco’s property tax obligation over a seven-year period has prompted an alternative proposal. Until last month Costco developers consistently said that no abatement nor public funds would be needed to build on a portion of Stanley Golf Course (the red nine).
The O’Brien administration, working with the Town of Newington and the state Department of Transportation (DOT), secured new land to re-locate three holes of the highly regarded public course in what appeared to be one of the final pieces for groundbreaking to proceed until access road issues and the call for a tax abatement emerged at the 11th hour this summer. Very few if any details have been made public about why Costco has exceeded its budget to build.
Potentially, Costco could bring 200 jobs to the area and is an employer known for above average wages and benefits in the retail industry. The Hartford Road location – in proximity to the shopper rich West Farms Mall and I-84 — is the only location Costco wants in New Britain. The situation is similar to the development of the adjacent Target Store that realigned a portion of the golf course and took out Glen Carlyn Road and its single-family homes by eminent domain in the 1990s.
The request to seek state economic development aid emerged this week would negate the need for the multi-year tax break to Costco and enable the city to levy full taxes on what will be converted from park land to lucrative commercial real estate. The state Department of Economic Development (DECD) provides grants for job-creating, regional economic development projects.
The hearing and meeting will begin Thursday, August 7th at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall
August Voter Registration Drive Continues Saturday August 9th
An August Democratic voter registation drive will continue Saturday, August 9th and Town Committee members and volunteers are invited to participate in activities that include neighborhood canvassing for new and inactive voters and registration at local stores and gathering places.
Saturday’s drive will be held form 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
If you can volunteer please go to Democratic Headquarters, 19 Bassett Street, to get instructions, voter lists and locations.
New Britain Democratic Headquarters Is Open: Volunteer To Register Votes, Get Out The Vote for the Democratic Slate.
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