DTC December Meeting And Party: Gearing Up For 2015
The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) held its last meeting of the year at Cafe Beauregard on December 11th, collecting food donations for the Spanish Speaking Center and discussing plans for 2015 that will include endorsements for municipal offices and a review of party rules.
The municipal nominations committee released its candidate information form for prospective candidates in next year’s city election at the meeting.
More DTC meeting photos below
Commissioner DeFronzo Becomes Citizen DeFronzo in January
Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Commissioner Don DeFronzo will step down in January at the start of the second term of Governor Dannel Malloy.
In an announcement from the Governor’s office, DeFronzo, a two-term mayor and four-term state senator, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to oversee a DAS that took on major new responsibilities. During DeFronzo’s tenure DAS consolidated functions of state government including the Department of Public Works (DPW) and “produced $40 million in direct savings and new revenue resulting from strengthened procurement techniques, more aggressive bidding procedures, lease consolidations and use of new technology.”
In appointing DeFronzo to DAS four years ago Malloy said “there have been a lot of rumors as to where Senator DeFronzo might end up in my administration, but there’s no where I’d rather him be – and nowhere where I have more confidence in his abilities.”
Last week Malloy praised DeFronzo for his service: “Don and his management team have carried out our mission to streamline state services with professionalism and dedication, Under his leadership, DAS has identified millions in savings and made state government run more efficiently so that it can better serve the public. I want to thank Don for his commitment to making government work better for our citizens, and also commend him on a remarkable career of public service.”
For DeFronzo “retiring” from state service doesn’t mean he’ll be stepping away from politics and community involvement. In 2014 DeFronzo rejoined the Democratic Town Committee where his political career started . He was a leader of the DTC’s summer voter registration drive in the run up to the state election.
Supporting Our Troops: Donations For Marine Corps Care Packages Due By December 21st
Braithreachas, Inc. and the Marine Corps Family Foundation are seeking for donations of care package items and are raising funds to offset the cost of shipping the care packages to deployed military. The campaign, “Operation Santa Care Package”, has been organized since 2008 by Marjorie Hackett-Wallace of New Britain. “This year we are way behind collecting items for the care packages,” said Hackett-Wallace, founder of the non-profit organization Braithreachas Inc. “We need snacks, personal care items and things like puzzle books and playing cards, items that distract the guys from where they are” said Hackett-Wallace.
“A lot of people think that the US doesn’t have any military deployed, they think that the guys will be home with their families. The US still has 10,000 military deployed to just Afghanistan that won’t be home with their families. We have 860 guys that we will send a care package to.” Said Hackett-Wallace. “It’s not too late to help out. We will be packing boxes until December 21. We need snacks like Mac & Cheese, cookies, granola bars and personal care items like shaving cream, toothbrushes and soap. We also need help packing boxes and getting those care packages to the post office.”
Hackett-Wallace’s son, Sergeant Ryan Hackett USMC was deployed to Rawah, Iraq. “These snacks help remind these guys of home and why they are out there” said Sergeant Hackett “they can’t go down to the local store and pick up what they need and most forward operating bases don’t have a PX or a commissary.” Last year the group shipped more than 8,000 pounds of snacks and personal care items to active duty military deployed to Afghanistan. With the cost to ship these packages ever-increasing, the group is seeking monetary donations, as well as supplies. Each care package costs $15.90 to ship.
Donations may be sent or dropped off at 103 Elbridge Road, New Britain, CT 06052 up to December 21st. The campaign is also seeking volunteers to help pack the care packages and transport them to the post office. Boxes will be packed for shipment to Afghanistan right up to December 23. For more information, people may contact Marjorie & Craig at 860-224-7635 or 860-280-6686 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN MEMORIAM: PAUL S. AMENTA, LABOR LEADER, STATE SENATOR
Democrat Paul S. Amenta, a New Britain labor leader, state senator and board of education member, died on December 8th, at the age of 92,
A World War II veteran, Amenta was a longtime civic and political leader in the city, including service of 30 years on the Board of Education and six terms in the state senate. Amenta continued his efforts on behalf of working people as the political and legislative director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME Council 4). Former Senator Amenta’s funeral was held Saturday, December 13th.
New Britain Democrats extend condolences to the Amenta family and to Senator Amenta’s many friends and colleagues in politics and the labor movement. Memorial donations may be made to New Britain High School, 110 Mill Street New Britain CT c/o The Paul Amenta, Sr. Scholarship Fund.
“And now we’re watching as Congress passes yet another provision that was written by lobbyists for the biggest recipient of bailout money in the history of the country. And it’s attached to a bill that needs to pass or else the entire federal government will grind to a halt. Think about this kind of power. A financial institution has become so big and so powerful that it can hold the entire country hostage. That alone is a reason enough for us break them up. Enough is enough.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate last week about the “rats” contained in the Omnibus Budget legislation.
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