Pasta/Pierogi Supper & Town Committee Meeting Slate For Friday, 1/29, at Pulaski Club
A Pasta/Pierogi Supper will be held Friday, January 29th from 5:30-7:30 to kick off the 2016 Election Year at the Pulaski Club, 89 Grove Street.
The program will include presentations from the campaigns of the three Presidential campaigns — Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders. Donations to the supper are $20 to benefit party building and voter registration activities and payable to the NBDTC. A Donation Form is available at newbritaindemocrat.org. All Democrats and friends are welcome.
The January Democratic Town Committee meeting will follow the supper at 7:30 p.m. The agenda includes Justice of the Peace appointments and the 2016 calendar of endorsements and conventions. Democrats are gearing up for a new term that begins March 1st for the 48-member town committee.
The organizational meeting of the DTC will occur during the first week of March and selection of delegates to state and district conventions will occur between March 22-29. Endorsement meetings and conventions will be held in May for the Presidential election which will include nominations for Registrar of Voters, the city’s four state representative seats and the 6th state senate district. For information call 860-505-8901; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By John McNamara
Republican Mayor Erin Stewart and Registrar of Voters Peter Gostin are moving quickly to reduce voter access to polling places for the November Presidential election.
A plan drafted by Republican Gostin will be come up for a fast-tracked feasibility study vote at the Wednesday January 27th Common Council meeting.
The feasibility study apparently has the support of Democrat Carlo Carlozzi, Jr., the council minority leader. Consideration of the plan would appear to be a done deal if the Council majority agrees to look into sudden changes in where the electorate votes in 2016 . Carlozzi, however, maintains that he will oppose sudden changes in polling places despite supporting the feasibility move by Republicans.
Democratic legislators and other Democratic leaders are expected to strongly oppose any changes so close to a primary and the general election especially for its impact on elderly and minority voters.
Facing a tight timeline, GOP leaders and the Registrars met on Monday to float the plan to reduce the number of polling places in the city from 17 to 13 on the eve of an April 26th presidential primary and the November general election.
The plan takes direct aim at two polling places in the central part of the city — the Graham and School Apartment polling places — where a minority and older population reside.
The GOP plan would eliminate those polling places and residents would apparently be offered a shuttle to the New Britain Senior Center to vote, according to Democratic Registrar Juan Verdu.
Also under consideration is the elimination of two additional polling places including the Holmes School (District 11) and the Armory (District 6). The Armory District is also in the center of New Britain where many minority residents live.
Republican Registrar Gostin has previously floated a plan to reduce polling places in the city from 17 to 10. Gostin, who lobbied heavily for a pay raise for himself in 2015, is calling for reduced voter access as a way to save the city money, but apparently not to reduce the payroll and administrative expenses in his office.
The Common Council meeting on January 27th begins at 7 p.m. with public participation.
New Britain Democrats Support MLK Celebration and Call For Action
New Britain Democrats turned out strongly for a “Celebration for Unity, Equality and Democracy” on January 16th prior to the national holiday for the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A coalition of labor, human rights and government reform groups backed the gathering at Bloomfield’s Bethel AME Church that drew more than 300 persons to hear speakers discuss income inequality, access to education, racial, gender and ethnic justice. Town Committee member Bill Shortell and the DTC issues committee organized a bus for New Britain people to attend.
According to one press report: “participants came not only to celebrate the life of Dr. King, but also to commit to building a more just and inclusive society. The diverse group of people that attended pledged to work together and hold leaders accountable on five key themes. These included good jobs and fair wages; universal access to quality public education (preschool to graduate school); a vibrant and fairly funded public sector; racial, gender, and ethnic justice; and democracy in our state and in our workplaces.”
Organizers said that the January 16th event “was intended to be a kickoff, a call to action. The real work of organizing change and crafting winning messages and strategies against well funded and well entrenched adversaries happens at the General Assembly in the next 3 months and on the campaign trail in the 6 months after that.”
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