DTC Meets Thursday (2/20) For Last Meeting Of Term; Primary in District 11 Is Set For March 3rd

The Democratic Town Committee will hold its last meeting of the 2018-2020 term on Thursday February 20th at New Britain City Hall, 27 West Main Street.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in Room 504. In addition to reports from elected officials, information will be available on delegate slates to be endorsed in March for conventions for Congress, state senate and the 22nd and 24th State Representative districts to be held separately in May. The Town Committee will also meet in May to endorse for the 25th and 26th State Representative districts, Registrar of Voters and Justices of the Peace. Delegate selection information for the April 28th Presidential Primary will also be shared at this week’s meeting.

Town Committee slates from the city’s 15 voting districts petitioned in January to form the DTC for the 2020-2022 term that will begin after March 3rd at an organizational meeting.

Only one DTC district is contested and voters from District 11 will participate in the March 3rd Primary to elect three members. Robert Berriault is challenging a slate composed of Larry Hermanowski, John Tully and Lisa Wisniewski. The polling place at Holmes School will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

2020 Political Calendar

  • Town Committee Primary, March 3 (Holmes School, District 11 Only)
  • Town Committee Organizational Meeting will follow the Primary
  • Selection of Delegate slates to state and district (multi-town) conventions to be held between March 24-31.
  • Presidential Preference Primary April 28
  • Conventions for Congress and Multi-Town Legislative Districts between May 5-26
  • Town Committee Endorsements (Single Town legislative districts) May 19-26
  • Primary Day August 11
  • General Election November 3

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Services For Emma Pierce Saturday, February 8th, at Saint James Missionary Baptist Church

Services for Emma Pierce, longtime leader of the New Britain Democratic Town Committee, the Pride of CT Lodge of Elks Anna Warmsley Temple and United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 133 retiree, will be held Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Saint James Missionary Baptist Church, 45 Daly Avenue in New Britain.

Visitation hours will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the service will be at 12 p.m. with the Rev. Thomas A. Mills, Jr. officiating.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Paul A. Shaker Funeral Home .

Emma Pierce, the first recipient of the CT Democratic Party’s Ella Grasso Award, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 29th at the age of 91.

New Britain Democrats extend condolences to Emma’s family. Your loss is our loss.

This photo collage is in remembrance of Emma and her Democratic family courtesy of DTC member Frank Gerratana.

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Lt. Governor Bysiewicz To Appear At Public Library Tuesday Morning For “Complete Count” Census In New Britain

Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz will appear at the New Britain Public Library, 20 High Street, on Tuesday, January 28th, at 10:30 a.m. on behalf of the “Complete Count” 2020 U.S. Census campaign in Connecticut.

Bysiewicz leads the 2020 Census Connecticut Complete Count Committee in the effort to count every resident in the state this year and will share information on the Census drive in Connecticut including available jobs and ways to make sure you are counted.

Lt. Governor Bysiewicz (center) at a New Britain Democratic Town Committee event in 2019. Bysiewicz, a frequent visitor to New Britain, is crisscrossing the state to boost participation in the U.S. Census this year. (F. Gerratana photo)

“An accurate census count is critically important to our state as it is the foundation to determine federal funding allocations. The data collected by the 2020 census affects all of us, not just in government, but also private businesses, schools, hospitals, non-profits, and other public and private entities, said Bysiewicz when the CT Committee was launched last year. “Currently, Connecticut is ranked first in the nation for paying the most in federal income taxes and we are amongst the lowest in getting federal dollars in return.”

Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a population count of everyone in the United States. Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. They also are used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The census will begin in earnest in March via a massive mail, online and outreach campaign to obtain an accurate and complete count of residents in the U.S.

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