Diverse Democratic Slate Endorsed With Merrill Gay As Candidate For Mayor

The Democratic Town Committee met at New Britain City Hall July 20th and endorsed a municipal slate led by the Board of Education’s Merrill Gay.

Gay, endorsed this week by the United Auto Workers and the Working Families Party, accepted Democrats’ unanimous support for Mayor after an evening of balloting for Common Council, the Board of Education and other city offices.

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Members of the Democratic slates at Democratic Town Committee endorsement meeting.At center is Mayoral Candidate Merrill Gay (Photo by F. Gerratana)

“I am humbled and honored to receive the Democratic nomination for mayor of New Britain,” said Gay. “The people of New Britain deserve to know what both mine and my opponent’s vision for New Britain are and whether or not we are here for the long haul. That is why I am challenging my opponent to four debates. This campaign promises to be an exciting one and I am confident that the team we have assembled will work as a unit to build a better New Britain.” Gay, saying the city needs a full-time mayor not pursuing political interests outside the city, said that he and other Democrats running in the municipal election are seeking local office in response to President Trump’s divisive and destructive leadership and the Republican Party’s complicity in the Trump agenda.

Democrats endorsed a common council slate of two incumbents and 13 new candidates.

The five aldermen at large candidates include Emmanuel Sanchez, the current Ward 3 representative; former Alderwoman Eva Magnuszewski, Katie Breslin, Yvonne Muniz and Richard Reyes.

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Democrats’ Alderman At Large slate: from left Yvonne Muniz, Richard Reyes, Katie Breslin and Eva Magnuszewski (F Gerratana photo)

Ward 1 candidates are Veronica DeLandro and Molly McGuire; Ward 2 Lamar Bowsky and Brian Keith Albert; Ward 3 Iris Sanchez and Aram Ayalon; Ward 4 Robert Berriault and Michael Gendron and Ward 5 incumbent Carlo Carlozzi, Jr. and Francisco Santiago.

Getting the nod for Board of Education are incumbent Daisy Sanchez, Annie Parker and Violette Sims.

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Board of Education Democrats from left Daisy Sanchez, Annie Parker and Violette Sims. (F Gerratana photo)

The Town and City Clerk endorsement went to incumbent Mark Bernacki. Lanette Spranzo Macaruso is the Democratic candidate for Tax Collector and Ron Jakubowski, longtime New Britain educator, received support for Treasurer.

For Board of Assessment Appeal Wyatt Bosworth and Georgette Cicero were endorsed. Constable candidates are Willie Justiniano, Tom Shields, Peter Spano and Patrice Smith.

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Merrill Gay confers with DTC members Suzanne Bielinski, Rep. Rick Lopes and Peter Kochol before the endorsement. (F. Gerratana photo)

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Veronica DeLandro (left) and Molly McGuire (foreground) are endorsed for Ward One Council. (F Gerratana photo)

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Lamar Bowsky Ward 2

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Keith Albert Ward 2

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Newcomer Inis Sanchez for Ward 3

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Bobby Berriault is candidate for Ward 4 Council (F Gerratana photo)

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The Ward 5 Council slate: Incumbent Carlo Carlozzi, Jr. and Francisco Santiago (F. Gerratana photo)

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DTC Officers at Democratic Endorsement Meeting  (F. Gerrratana photo)

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Gerratana Reception Is Sunday July 16th for Possible 2018 Statewide Run; City Democratic Slate Welcomed At Pre-Endorsement Reception

New Britain Reception For Senator Gerratana’s Statewide Exploratory Committee Sunday, July 16th

Terry Bielinski Gerratana, the four-term state senator representing New Britain, Berlin and part of Farmington, is exploring a statewide run for Comptroller in the run up to the 2018 election.

State Senator Terry Gerratana (F. Gerratana photo)

Her Terry for CT committee will hold a  fundraising reception at the home of Adrienne Benjamin and Steve Horowitz, 288 Steele Street, on Sunday July 16th from 1 to 4 p.m. 

In the legislature Gerratana is co-chair of the Public Health Committee and serves on the Appropriations and Judiciary committees.  A leader in the passage children’s health care laws, managed care and mental health reform, Senator Gerratana’s worked on critical public health issues in 2016 including the enactment of a multi-faceted law designed to curb opioid addiction.

The New Britain native’s extensive public service career includes 10 years in the state House of Representatives from the former 23rd assembly district where she was House Chair of Human Services. She was the 2004 Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress. Gerratana also served as a commissioner of the State Elections Enforcement Commission before being elected to the Senate in a 2011 special election and was a member of New Britain’s ethics commission during the administration of former Mayor Don DeFronzo who she succeeded in the state Senate.

To RSVP email aadriennebb@gmail.com or to contribute  visit www.terryforct.com/benjamin

Democrats Host Reception For Municipal Candidates

The Democratic Town Committee hosted a reception for candidates seeking endorsement for municipal offices on Tuesday July 11th at the Paradise Restaurant on East Street.

The DTC will meet on Thursday July 20th at New Britain City Hall to endorse a slate of candidates for city offices including Mayor, Town and City Clerk, Tax Collector, Treasurer, Common Council, Board of Education Board of Assessment Appeal and Constable. John McNamara, Democratic State Central Committeeman and DTC member, introduced candidates saying that Democrats will nominate a strong slate led by Merrill Gay for Mayor who will reflect the city’s diversity and strengths.

Frank Gerratana captured the reception in pictures

 

Looking Ahead:  Democratic Party Summer Picnic Saturday August 6th

Join the Democratic Town Committee for its summer picnic in support of the municipal slate at the Quartette Club, Quartette Club Avenue.  Rain or shine. Meet our candidates for city offices.

Festivities include music, horse shoes, outdoor games and awards program recognizing Democrats for service to party and the community. Suggested donation is $25. Children 10 and under free. Advertising opportunities available. Contact newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com for more information and to volunteer.

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“There is no good society without a good union, and there is no good union that isn’t reborn every day in the peripheries, that doesn’t transform the rejected stones of the economy into corner stones.There is no justice together if it isn’t together with today’s excluded ones.”  Pope Francis, speaking to a group of Italian union leaders on June 28th

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Democratic Momentum: Merrill for Mayor Committee Raises $26,000 In Second Quarter

 

Mayoral Candidate Merrill Gay, who seeks the Democratic Party’s endorsement later this month, announced that his campaign raised over $26,000 during the second quarter to bring his campaign total to $32,000 in his bid for the City’s top seat.

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Board of Education Member Merrill Gay is seeking the Democratic endorsement for Mayor. (F. Gerratana photo)

In a statement released July 10th the Merrill for Mayor Committee said the Democrat’s campaign has increasingly picked up momentum since an  April 23rd announcement.

“Merrill’s campaign has gained momentum every day — from knocking on over 1,500 doors to date, to talking with voters across the City, this grassroots effort is taking shape and gaining ground.”

“Our City has been through so many ups and downs, our focus on economic growth and better management of our resources is being well received. Voters are concerned about higher taxes, jobs and New Britain schools,” said Gay. “I’m humbled by the outpouring of support that’s come from across our New Britain. Residents want to see our storefronts open, they want to have good paying jobs, and they want to know that their futures, and our children’s, are secure. That’s what I’m fighting for. I’m fighting to build a better New Britain.”

“The energy around this campaign and the slate that Merrill and the team are putting together have everyone kicked into high gear” said former mayor and state senator Don DeFronzo. Community leader and activist Ron Davis said, “I am proud to be supporting Merrill for Mayor and we have a candidate that would truly be a mayor of the people”.

Gay, part of a community-wide team that brought New Britain its “All America City” status over the last two years,  has been a member of New Britain’s Board of Education since 2014, and is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance. In his advocacy work he has championed New Britain’s entry to join the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading.

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Stop Trumpcare Rally Monday 7/10; Meet & Greet Reception Tuesday, 7/11; NB Dems Get Ready To Endorse Municipal Candidates 7/20

Summer of Resistance

Stop Trumpcare Rally Monday, July 10th, at 6 p.m. at CT Access and Central Park

A rally to oppose Republican legislation repealing  the Affordable Care Act (ACA/Obamacare) will be held Monday, July 10th, at 6 p.m. at the CT Access Health office, 200 Main Street, adjacent to Central Park.

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Rallying against Trumpcare and Republican legislation to repeal Obamacare — which began with massive state and national demonstrations in January — will continue as the U.S. Senate returns from its July recess.  (F. Gerratana photo)

The “Stop Trumpcare, Save Our Healthcare” protest is taking place the same day the U.S. Senate gets back from its July 4th recess to take up the legislation that the Congressional Budget Office estimated would cost 22 million Americans their health coverage and raise premiums for older Americans.

Members of the New Britain Democratic Party  are supporting the rally joined by   Our Revolution – Central CT ChapterConnecticut Young DemocratsAction Together ConnecticutCCSU College Democrats and  CT Young Democrats .  Confirmed speakers include State Rep. Peter Tercyak, State Senator Terry Gerratana, and Candidate for Mayor of New Britain Merrill Gay.

The House and Senate Republican health care bills represent a massive cost shift to states and could cost Connecticut up to $2.9 billion per year,” according to Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT). “This massive erosion in federal support for Medicaid would force states like Connecticut to choose between cutting Medicaid, raising taxes on middle class families, or cutting other important state spending programs, like school funding – all to pay for a tax cut for the very wealthy.”

Organizers of the rally say the impact of ACA repeal in CT would cut as many as 200,000 individuals from Medicaid. It would repeal the employee mandate and cost-sharing provisions resulting in 30 to 35% percent increases in premiums.  Older persons will pay dramatically higher premiums, as much as 70% more than they currently pay, according to the nonpartisan analysis. The bill in its present form would double the number of uninsured in CT.

2017 Municipal Campaign

Municipal Election Meet & Greet Tuesday, July 11th at Paradise Restaurant 

The Democratic Town Committee will hold a Meet & Greet reception for Democratic candidates seeking municipal offices and share its 2017 party platform on Tuesday, July 11th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. one week ahead of a DTC endorsement meeting.imgres

The event will be held at the Paradise Restaurant, 10 East Street.  The suggested donation levels are: $10 Friend; $25 Patron $50 Sponsor.  For information call 860-416-0665.

Municipal Endorsement Meeting Is Thursday, July 20th At City Hall

New Britain Democrats will endorse candidates for all city offices at its July meeting.  The endorsement meeting will be held at New Britain City Hall, July 20th, at 7 p.m. in Room 504.

The 48-member DTC, representing the city’s 15 voting districts, will endorse a 27-candidate Democratic slate.vote-row-a On the ballot this year are candidates for Mayor, Town and City Clerk, Treasurer, Tax Collector, Common Council (15) Board of Education (3), Board of Assessment Appeal and Constable.

Looking Ahead:  Democratic Party Summer Picnic Saturday August 6th

Join the Democratic Town Committee for its summer picnic in support of the municipal slate at the Quartette Club, Quartette Club Avenue.  Rain or shine. Meet our candidates for city offices.

Festivities include music, horse shoes, outdoor games and awards program recognizing Democrats for service to party and the community. Suggested donation is $25. Children 10 and under free. Advertising opportunities available. Contact newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com for more information and to volunteer.

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Senator Murphy, Rep. Esty Back Mayoral Candidate Merrill Gay, NB Democrats in ’17 Municipal Election

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Cong. Elizabeth Esty (D-5) urged New Britain voters to support the candidacy of Democrat Merrill Gay for Mayor in the 2017 municipal election on Sunday, June 11th.

A backyard picnic of 100 supporters, candidates and friends at the home of State Rep. Peter Tercyak (D-26) and Pat Rehmer helped boost Gay, a Board of Education member, just over a month before the Democratic Town Committee makes its endorsements for city offices.

Murphy and Esty stressed the importance of supporting Gay and other Democratic municipal candidates this year to defeat the Trump-Republican agenda in Washington and Hartford in 2018.

US Senator Chris Murphy (left), Merrill Gay and US Rep. Elizabeth Esty at Sunday picnic for Gay’s mayoral candidacy . — in New Britain, Connecticut. (F. Gerratana photo)

From left Alderwoman and DTC Vice Chair Shirley Black, DTC Chair Bill Shortell and US Senator Chris Murphy. — in New Britain, Connecticut. (F. Gerratana photo)

US Senator Chris Murphy urges support for Merrill Gay’s candidacy for Mayor at the home of State Rep. Peter Tercyak. — in New Britain, Connecticut. (F. Gerratana photo)

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Mayoral Candidate Merrill Gay To Welcome Murphy, Blumenthal, Esty At Sunday, June 11th Fundraiser

NEW BRITAIN – Merrill Gay, Democratic candidate for Mayor, will get the backing of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation — US Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Cong. Elizabeth Esty (D-5) — at a backyard picnic on  Sunday, June 11th, from noon to 2 p.m. at the home of State Rep. Peter Tercyak (D-26), 150 Belridge Road.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (left) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal in an earlier campaign appearance at New Britain Democratic  headquarters. Both are participating in the Sunday, June 11th backyard picnic for Democratic candidate Merrill Gay.  (photo by F. Gerratana)

“Our Connecticut representatives in Congress are fighting hard each and every day to fight for us. They also recognize that change begins from the ground up. That’s why they’re are banding together to hold a special event in support of my campaign,” said Gay, who is currently serving a second term on the Board of Education.

Gay is a longtime advocate for children and the parent of two children who attended city schools. He is the executive director of the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance and formerly led the Coalition for New Britain’s Children.  A graduate of Clark University in Worcester in government studies, Gay went on to earn a master’s degree in community economic development from New Hampshire College, now known as the University of Southern New Hampshire.

Merrill Gay, Democratic candidate for Mayor

Having announced his candidacy in April, Gay, a 28-year resident of the city,  is campaigning with other Democratic candidates in the municipal election to strengthen public schools, enact a “good job” ordinance to bring good-paying jobs to the city and to keep older residents in their homes by implementing property tax relief.

There is a suggested “supporter level” donation of $50 to the Merrill for Mayor 2017 Committee event.  More information on the Merrill for Mayor campaign visit www.merrill4nb.org

2017 Municipal Election – Key Dates

Party endorsements: July 18-25, 2017

Certification of endorsements: July 26, 2017 (4:00 p.m.)

Nominating petitions filed by: August 9, 2017 (4:00 p.m.)

Primary petitions filed by: August 9, 2017 (4:00 p.m.)

Primary (6:00 a.m. — 8:00 p.m.): September 12, 2017

ELECTION DAY — November 7, 2017

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NB Democrats Adopt State Budget Resolution: Tax Fairness Supported, Harmful Cuts Opposed

NEW BRITAIN – The Democratic Town Committee (DTC) unanimously adopted a resolution at its May 18th meeting for a “fair and just budget for all of Connecticut” as the Governor and Legislature deal with deficits and deliberate on state spending and taxes for the biennium that begins on July 1st.state capitol dome

The DTC resolution “rejects a Trump-style (austerity) state budget in Connecticut — a budget that guts essential services, scapegoats public sector workers, and places a greater burden on our towns and cities, while continuing to let wealthy individuals and the largest corporations avoid paying their fair share.”

New Britain Democrats urge “our state legislative delegation to pass a state budget the invests in Connecticut’s future — a budget that supports all working families, provides high quality human services for children, families and communities, and places a fair share of taxes on those who are able to pay.”

Democratic Town Chair Bill Shortell said New Britain Democrats adopted the resolution because the 48-member committee “favors a solution to the state budget crisis that gets the necessary funds from companies and people who can afford it without hurting workers and cities.”

Other groups in the statewide Democracy, Unity & Equity (DUE) coalition of labor, advocacy and religious organizations are also calling for alternatives.  Opposed are both Democratic and Republican leadership plans under consideration now that call for draconian cuts to education, social services and local aid.

“Connecticut faces a structural deficit that requires a structural response. Working together we can reach a balanced budget that invests strategically and builds opportunity over the long-term,” states a Connecticut Voices for Children May policy brief “Three Austerity Budgets.”

“The Governor’s budget proposal offered a cuts-focused austerity budget that raises revenue by asking for more from those with less,” according to the policy brief. “Compared with the current fiscal year’s (FY 2017) appropriated spending, the Governor’s budget cuts $1.36 billion from government services, assumes $1.56 billion in public sector concessions, and raises $600 million in new revenue, largely by raising taxes on low to middle-income families.”

“A structural deficit requires that the Governor and Legislature look at both the way the state spends and the way it raises taxes,” said John McNamara, 6th District Democratic State Central Committeeman and a member of the DTC.

Pointing to the Voices For Children analysis, McNamara said “leaving current tax inequities and loopholes off the table is not in the best interests of taxpayers nor vulnerable citizens in need of state services.”

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