Slossberg: Legislation Needed to Protect Silver Sands State Park

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From the office of State Senator Gayle Slossberg – Press Release on Silver Sands State Park and Other Environmental Asset Protection

State Senator Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford) submitted a letter to legislators leading the General Assembly’s Environment Committee requesting that the committee raise legislation that would impact projects similar to the buildout at Silver Sands State Park. The bill requested by Slossberg would give members of the public the ability to request a new environmental impact evaluation if one has not been completed in the five years preceding the start of a new state development.

“Connecticut’s natural environment is one of the greatest resources this state has, and it is vital that we ensure state construction projects do not inadvertently damage it,” said Senator Slossberg. “Milford residents have raised valid concerns about the Silver Sands buildout being done based on a 24-years-old environmental impact evaluation. I believe that residents of Milford and communities throughout Connecticut have a right to call for an evaluation so as to better protect the areas they live from damaging development projects.”

Milford City leaders and numerous local residents held meetings this past year calling for the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to complete a new environmental impact evaluation at Silver Sands State Park. DEEP is in the process of building restrooms and a concession stand, as well as expanding the parking lot where they will charge for parking.

Senator Slossberg and hundreds of Milford residents have participated in public hearings on the project. A primary point of concern is that it has been 24 years since and environmental impact evaluation was conducted at Silver Sands. In that time, Hurricanes Irene and Sandy as well as other major weather events have struck Connecticut, greatly impacting shoreline communities like Milford. Residents are concerned that the planned construction projects could damage the shoreline and surrounding wetlands, harm local wildlife and potentially make the area more prone to flooding.

State Senator Gayle Slossberg Website: http://senatedems.ct.gov/Slossberg.php

Governor Dan Malloy’s State of the State Address

capital3Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy delivered his 2016 State of the State Address earlier this week at the State capitol before the Connecticut General Assembly.

For those who did not watch the speech a full text version of the State of the State Address has been provided by the Governor’s office. You can view the speech at the Governor’s website here:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s State of the State Address (February 2016)

Milford City Hall Celebrates 100 Years

From a press release from Milford City Hall

Mayor Ben Blake is pleased to announce that Milford City Hall will celebrate its 100 year anniversary with fun-filled, community events scheduled for February 19, 2016 (date on which a fire destroyed the former Town Hall 101 years prior).

  • On Friday, February 19, 2016, residents are invited to Milford City Hall from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm for a remarkable evening that remembers the cold, winter day over a century before when “the local fire department fought desperately, but a high wind defeated all attempts to check the blaze.”
  • Following the outside fire and ice exhibitions, residents are invited into the “one-story red brick structure with a trim clock tower, in modern colonial style,” for a history lesson and a comedy hypnosis show by certified Master Hypnotist, Dan LaRosa.
    • Admission to the show (by Dan LaRosa) is free, but seating is  limited.  Please be sure to reserve seats through the Recreation Department’s website www.milfordrecreation.com.  Kindly print and bring ticket receipts to the evening’s show.

For assistance or if you have any questions please contact Julie Nash, Director of Economic and Community Development, through email at jnash@ci.milford.ct.us or by phone at 203-783-3230.

Mayor Blake encourages a visit to City Hall to discuss local matters or tour the architecturally significant building opened Monday-Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Ben Blake Serving As Chair of South Central Regional Council of Governments

920x920The South Central Regional Council of Governments unanimously elected Milford Mayor Ben Blake to be chairman of the 15-municipality regional government agency for the next year.

Blake, who had been the council’s secretary for the past year, succeeds North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda, who served for the past year.

Freda passed the gavel to Blake in a ceremony at the council’s regular monthly meeting on January 27th, 2016.

“Like Mike has done, I’ll try to make sure that these meetings are efficient as possible,” Mayor Blake said. “I appreciate the support of the 14 other towns and I look forward to being productive” and showing the leadership to “bring new businesses and new corporations into South Central Connecticut.”

In the article, published by the New Haven Register, it is noted that the South Central Regional Council of Governments includes the chief executives of 15 Greater New Haven cities and towns. They include New Haven, West Haven, Hamden, East Haven, North Haven, Milford, Meriden, Branford, North Branford, Guilford, Madison, Wallingford, Orange, Woodbridge and Bethany.

The SCRCOG region covers over 570,000 people (1/6th of the state’s population!). The council provides provides a platform for intermunicipal coordination, cooperation, and decision making.

Congratulations to our very own Mayor, Ben Blake, on this new responsibility as Chair of the South Central Regional Council of Governments!

For more information on the SCRCOG, their website can be found here.

Milford Veterans Ceremony hosted by Sen. Slossberg

On November 25th in an event that was hosted by State Senator Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford) over 100 Veterans were presented the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal. Slossberg organized the event to recognize Connecticut’s veterans for their service. She was joined by Commissioner of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Sean Connolly and the Mayor of Milford, Ben Blake.

“Our freedom is not free. It has been earned through the sacrifice of our brave veterans, many of whom we honored today,” said Slossberg. “These medals represent our gratitude to all those who heard the call and stood up for their country. It was an honor to make this small tribute to them today, but nothing we do can be enough to equal everything our veterans have done for us.”

Prior to 2005, the state of Connecticut had not honored its veterans with a wartime service medal since World War I. Slossberg helped change that in 2005 by creating the Connecticut Veterans Wartime Service Medal during her time as Senate Chair of the then-new Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

Any person who served in the armed forces during a time of war and was a Connecticut resident at the time, or currently lives in Connecticut, is eligible for the award. Many veterans from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq received the medal as part of their discharge packets, but many veterans who served prior to 2005 are unaware of the medal’s existence. Any veteran who believes they may be eligible for the medal may contact Senator Slossberg’s office at 860-240-0482.

 

Toys for Tots – Milford 2015

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Milford Professional Firefighters and a special visitor from the North Pole are spreading the holiday cheer with the 50th annual Toys for Tots in the city.

Mayor Ben Blake says any Milford family in need of a little help this holiday can call 203-874-6783 after November 30th.

However, if you would like to donate, you have two ways to do so.

You can bring a new and unwrapped toy, book or game to any Milford Fire Station, Five Below, Milford’s City Clerks’ Office, Café Atlantique, or Durham School Services. You may also mail checks to:

Toys for Tots, Station 7
55 Wheelers Farm Road
Milford, CT 06461

Nice to show support, Ben!

Election Day Information – Polling Locations for Milford

Good morning, Milford! Election Day is finally here. Polls across our great city will open at 6am and close at 8pm. To find your polling location please visit this website or you can visit this site as well.. Enter in your address and it will display your proper polling location.

Here is the list of polling locations for this year’s Election:
◾Margaret Egan Center: 35 Mathew Street
◾Orange Avenue School: 260 Orange Avenue
◾Foran High School – 80 Foran Road
◾JFK School: 404 West Avenue
◾West Shore Recreation Area: 14 Benham Avenue
◾Meadowside School: 80 Seemans Lane
◾Harborside Middle School: 175 High Street

Vote Blake, Casey and the Democrats on Row A! 

Come out and support Team Milford!

Need a ride to the polls? Call the Milford Democrats at 203-783-0287.

For more information on voting locations you may access the City of Milford Registrar of Voters website here.

See you out there at the polls! Thank you for your support!