A Quote For The New Year…….
“The difference between Democrats and Republicans has always been measured in courage and confidence. The Republicans believe that the wagon train will not make it to the frontier unless some of the old, some of the young, some of the weak are left behind by the side of the trail….We Democrats believe that we can make it all the way with the whole family intact…….”
Mario M. Cuomo (1932-2015) from the keynote speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Governor Cuomo died January 1st at the age of 82,
Legislature Begins New Session Wednesday, January 7th: NB Delegation To Discuss Priorities, Issues At League of Women Voters Breakfast January 10th.
The Connecticut Legislature will open its 2015 session on Wednesday, January 7th, to adopt a two-year budget that will be hampered by projected budget deficits for the two-year period beginning July 1st.
The Office of Legislative Research (OLR) has released a report on key issues for 2015.
House Speaker Brendan Sharkey and Senate President Martin Looney have signalled that property tax reform to reduce burdens on municipalities will be among the key issues to be considered. Among the proposals will be legislation to revise Payments in Lieu of Taxes aid that reimburses cities and towns for non-taxable institutions and state property. The city’s legislative delegation will be focusing on property tax relief measures amid the Stewart administration’s 11 percent property tax jump, major fee increases and projections of new cuts to local services.
According to the OLR Key Issues report “rising property taxes strain many property owners’ finances.” Legislators may consider proposals geared toward supplementing municipal revenue streams, encouraging economic development, or providing tax relief to property owners. Also on the agenda may be implementing a statewide motor vehicle tax reducing the tax burden on certain populations. City Democrats are expected to call for extending income limits beyond current state levels on property tax bills to reduce new and higher property taxes.
The Berlin/New Britain League of Women Voters will host member of the New Britain delegation at a Saturday, January 10th breakfast meeting from 10 am to noon to be held at the New Britain Public Library’s Community Room on High Street.
Upcoming City Meetings
Common Council: January 14 and 28
The Common Council will hold its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, January 14th at City Hall’s Council Chambers. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.
Public participation is scheduled at 7 p.m. The regular meetings of the Common Council are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, except for the months of July, August, November and December.
Board of Education: January 14 Budget Hearing At High School
The New Britain Board of Education (BOE) will hold budget meetings this month in the first steps toward setting municipal spending for the fiscal year that begins on July 1st. Scheduled are a special meeting on Monday, January 12th and a Wednesday, January 14th 6 p.m. public hearing to be held at the Tercyak Lecture Hall at New Britain High School on Mills Street. The BOE will adopt a budget to submit to the Mayor and Council on January 20th. Mary
Rev. King Holiday Program Sponsored By Mary McCloud Bethune Club, January 19th
“Strengthening Our Youth and Children to be empowered in the 21st Century” is the theme of the Mary McCloud Bethune Club’s program on the Martin Luther King national holiday January 19th.
David Chambers, Principal of New Britain High School, will be the speaker for the annual King Day observance that will also raise funds for scholarships. The event will be held at 2 p.m. at Spottswood AME Zion Church, 25 Crestwood Lane in New Britain. The Bethune Club program will be preceded by a morning breakfast and Martin Luther King Park ceremony organized by the city’s Human Rights and Opportunities Commission.
Town Committee Meets January 22nd At City Hall
The Democratic Town Committee will hold its first meeting of the year at New Britain City Hall Room 504 on Thursday, January 22nd, at 7 p.m. The agenda includes state legislative issues, committee updates, municipal endorsement activities and Justice of the Peace appointments. All Democrats are welcome.
New Britain Democrats 2014: The Year In Pictures
The photos below highlight the year in pictures for New Britain Democrats. To view the complete 2014 Gallery go to
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