Happy New Year from New Britain Democrats….Legislature Opens With Hopes For Property Tax Relief….BOE Schedules Budget Meetings…The Year In Pictures…

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.

Four members of the city's legislative delegation celebrate a victory at the Pulaski Club on Election night. They begin their new term this week, From left Rep. Bobby Sanchez (25), Rep Peter Tercyak (26), State Senator Terry Gerratana (6) and State Rep. Rick Lopes (24). Rep. Betty Boukus (22), representing  the DiLoreto School district in the city, celebrated her big win at Plainville Democratic headquarters. (F. Gerratana photo)

Four members of the city’s legislative delegation celebrate a victory at the Pulaski Club on Election night. They begin their new term this week, From left Rep. Bobby Sanchez (25), Rep Peter Tercyak (26), State Senator Terry Gerratana (6) and State Rep. Rick Lopes (24). Rep. Betty Boukus (22), representing the DiLoreto School district in the city, celebrated her big win at Plainville Democratic headquarters. (F. Gerratana photo)

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

NEW BRITAIN DEMOCRATS 2014

New Britain's Emma Pierce accepts the William A. O'Neill award at the JJB Dinner in September. At left is State Chairwoman Nancy Dinardo. (Gerratana photo)

New Britain’s Emma Pierce accepts the William A. O’Neill award at the JJB Dinner in September. At left is State Chairwoman Nancy Dinardo. (Gerratana photo)

 

NB Democrats crowded party headquarters to hear Governor Malloy. From left Francisco Cuin, unidentified volunteer, Eva Torres-Luciano, Senator Terry Gerratana, Rep. Bobby Sanchez DTC Deputy Treasurer Willie Justiniano and DTC Corresponding Secretary Mario Santos.

NB Democrats crowded party headquarters to hear Governor Malloy. From left Francisco Cuin, unidentified volunteer, Eva Torres-Luciano, Senator Terry Gerratana, Rep. Bobby Sanchez DTC Deputy Treasurer Willie Justiniano and DTC Corresponding Secretary Mario Santos.

 

New Britain Delegates at the May state convention: From left Bill Shortell, Ann Speyer, Donna Crockett and Ald. Shirley Black.

New Britain Delegates at the May state convention: From left Bill Shortell, Ann Speyer, Donna Crockett and Ald. Shirley Black.

 

At the August Soul Food Fest From left: Rev. John Morris, the pastor of Spottswood Church, Alton Brooks. Lt. Governor Wyman, Alderwoman Shirley Black and Cong Elizabeth Esty.

At the August Soul Food Fest From left: Rev. John Morris, the pastor of Spottswood Church, Alton Brooks. Lt. Governor Wyman, Alderwoman Shirley Black and Cong Elizabeth Esty.

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2 Responses to Happy New Year from New Britain Democrats….Legislature Opens With Hopes For Property Tax Relief….BOE Schedules Budget Meetings…The Year In Pictures…

  1. Janice C Edwards says:

    Thank you John for the shout out for the Mary McLEOD Bethune program. We will also have the lst Black History program on the lst of February. The Afro-American Oral History Program of CCSU will be our main focus.. We will feature the First Black Americans who came to New Britain and the achievements of the past and present, this is for New Britain Afro-Americans and others to see and share with knowledge and will be place in the archives of the New Britain Public Library and also in the library of Central Connecticut State College. Dr. Evelyn Newman Phillips of CCSU will be our speaker.

    Time 3:00 p.m. in the committee room of CCSU located at 182 Main St. New Britain.

    Thanks Janice C Edwards, Chairperson.

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