New Britain Democrats will honor former State Senator Theresa Bielinski Gerratana at a reception on Wednesday, June 19th at the Crystal Ballroom, 211 Farmington Avenue, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Gerratana’s service in the Legislature as a five term state representative and four-term senator from the 6th district and for her support on issues of importance to the city’s Polish American community will be recognized by Democratic and community leaders.
The Democratic Town Committee and the Polish American Foundation are co-hosting the reception and the host committee includes: Adrian Baron, Andre Blaszcynski, Lucian Pawlak, Peter Tercyak, Ron Jakubowski, Ann Speyer, Teresa Sapieha-Yanchak, Bill Shortell, Donald DeFronzo, Bobby Sanchez, Ronald Perry Davis, Lilia Kieltyka, Eva Magnuszewski, Darek Barcikowski and Larry Hermanowski.
Gerratana was re-elected to her Senate seat in 2018 and subsequently joined the administration of Governor Ned Lamont accepting an appointment as a senior advisor on health policy in the Office of Health Strategy where she works on health care access issues and health systems planning to end disparities in delivery of quality care.
In the state Senate, Gerratana co-chaired the public health committee and led efforts to create a breast and cervical cancer early detection and treatment referral program and to require 48-hour inpatient care for mothers and infants after normal child delivery. In 2016, she led the charge on a number of critical public health issues, including the passage of a strong, multi-faceted law that seeks to combat opioid addiction and save lives.
Central Connecticut State University honored Gerratana and six others with a “Women of Influence” award in 2016. Gerratana is a 1975 alumna of CCSU. Former Senator Gerratana previously received the Town Committee’s Distinguished Service Award for her 10 years in the state House of Representatives.
Gerratana was first elected to the state House in 1992 in the old 23rd Assembly District and through five terms served as Co-Chair of the Human Services Committee and Vice Chair of the Select Committee on Children. Her public and community service began in the 1980s as local President of the League of Women Voters, a member of the city ethics commission and on nonprofit boards, including the YWCA, the Junior League and New Britain Art League.
The suggested contribution for the June 19th reception is $50 per guest and $100 for sponsors. For more information or to RSVP email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-416-0665.
Proceeds will benefit the DTC and Polish American Foundation. Checks are payable to NBDTC c/o John McNamara, 56 Brighton Street, New Britain, CT 06053.
Below is a campaign announcement for release on Thursday, April 11th. Christopher Porcher will hold a press conference and rally at Central Park, facing City Hall, at 6 pm, Thursday 4/11, announcing his candidacy for Mayor. Campaign contact information is included, and Christopher’s campaign manager Jacob Pudlin can be contacted if you have any questions.
For Release Thursday, 04/11/19, 6 pm
Contact: Jacob Pudlin, Campaign Manager Phone 860-538-7074
NEW BRITAIN – Today, Christopher Porcher officially filed his candidacy for New Britain Mayor in the 2019 municipal election. Chris was joined by his
family, campaign manager and members of the Democratic Town Committee.
Porcher, a life long resident, has worked in the city for the last
seven years as an advocate and educator in service to youth, adults and
families. Christopher’s campaign, relying on his social services background and
managerial experience, will emphasize more efficient
and effective approaches to leading city government.
dedicated all of my working years to social services and assisting other
residents. I am dedicated to bringing social change and creating an
inspirational movement that we are in desperate need of. I have unique experiences of being a public
servant and an administrator who will serve the citizens of New Britain well.
As manager in a nonprofit organization, I have served as an innovative leader
who is dedicated to bringing change and hope for all people. I have the experience
of overseeing budgets and making tough decisions in the best interests of people.
“I am well aware of the increased burden of property taxes
for the average citizen of New Britain.
Mortgages and escrow payments have increased faster than income. We must
take action in order to keep New Britain an affordable place to live. New Britain has the ability to be a leader; not a
follower. I am committed to leading a forward thinking government that values
education and economic growth.
we talk with communities all over the city, I look forward to learning voter concerns
and ideas. This is not my personal agenda, but an agenda for the people of New
Britain. My commitment
is to protect taxpayers, bring innovation, and make
education a priority for New Britain once again.”