Governor Malloy Featured In Time Magazine: “Ready to Rumble”

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Governor Dan Malloy, following his successful bid for re-election last November, was recently featured in Time Magazine where he was interviewed and candidly expressed his views on his counterparts, Democratic ideals and upcoming elections.

Governor Malloy definitely did not hold back any punches and urged fellow Democrats running for State office across the country to stop running on “Republican-lite” platforms, reiterating his statement during a speech at the Association of State Democratic Chairs this past month.

“Malloy is rising to the occasion, positioning himself as one of the party’s top attack dogs as the 2016 cycle approaches” says Time Magazine. Malloy was recently selected as the Chairman of the Democratic Governor’s Association in 2016. In the interview Malloy made it clear he will be focusing on helping out fellow Democratic candidates get elected to their respective Governorships.

“There are not a lot of Democratic governors, and we need to go our and fight the fight” he said,”We need to take some of those states back and lay the groundwork for taking others back four years from now”.

The Governor also shared some thoughts on upcoming Congressional races, saying “We’ve got to begin the process of changing the Congress….each election we need to pick up seats and we need to be on the offensive”.

To get more insight on Malloy’s thoughts on the upcoming budget, elections, and strategy go check out Time’s online version of the article here.

Featured Letter to the Editor: Maroney Praises Grants for Downtown Milford

JamesMaroneyNot lacking a spring in his step, former State Representative James Maroney (D-119th) has put out a letter to the editor that was recently published at the Milford Mirror praising Mayor Ben Blake, Governor Dan Malloy and the Milford state delegation for securing a $150,000 grant for the downtown Milford area.

James knows that investing and planning for a vibrant downtown Milford will greatly benefit the community as a whole. Downtown is home not only to numerous amounts of small businesses but also to Milford’s Legacy Arboretum, City Hall and others. James, when serving as a State Representative, helped secure a $300,000 grant to pay for the significant and historic “Founders’ Walk” memorial in downtown Milford.

With our local elected officials like Mayor Blake, fellow neighbors, advocates and the Founders’ Walk Committee, he is working towards building a stronger downtown Milford and I thank him for that.

An excerpt from the letter;

While we have a beautiful 17 miles of shoreline, downtown is the heart of our community. The increased parking in a thoughtful way, as well as projects like Founders’ Walk, the beautification of the railroad trestle, and the MilfordViews project will ensure that our downtown is enjoyed by our community and visitors for years to come.

To view the entire letter to the editor on the Milford Mirror please click on this link.

Blizzard Update From Mayor Blake at City Hall

Milford, CT, January 26, 2015: Mayor Ben Blake and the City of Milford, and Governor Dannel Malloy and the State of Connecticut, have each declared a state of civil preparedness in preparation for Winter Storm Juno. A travel ban on all roads is in effect beginning at 9:00 p.m. tonight.
All meetings and recreation events are cancelled and all City buildings are ordered closed to the public as of 5:00 p.m.

All City Departments have been taking action to guard and protect the citizens of Milford against the impact of the storm, but the help of all residents is needed throughout this event. If you live near elderly or infirmed neighbors, please check in on them as often as it safe to do so.

Additional storm information may be obtained on the City’s website at http://www.ci.milford.ct.us or the City’s facebook page at “Milford CT City Hall.” Anyone in need of sheltering or social services may obtain additional information by calling the 211 Infoline. In the event of an emergency please call 911.
Thank you and be safe.

To view the complete post from the Facebook page of Milford City Hall, check out this link. Look out for regular updates on their page. To view more information on the upcoming storm be sure to check out the City of Milford’s website and their dedicated page for this storm.

End Corporate Access to the First Amendment

Start of the New YeaWrong Streetr with signing some petitions, particularly this one! The description below for the petition is from the link’s main page on “CREDO Mobilize”, which can be found here:

End Corporate Access to the First Amendment

Uphold the fact that ‘commercial speech’ is not protected by the first amendment. Disallow corporate entities from having free-speech and freedom of religion. Only humans have these rights. Corporations are abstract entities created by law, i.e. not human.

Why is this important?

Corporations and their allies have used the First Amendment to subvert the government’s right to limit and regulate their actions, and have allowed corporations to garnered rights that were previously reserved for human beings. Corporate entities have significantly more power in the courts than individuals. This imbalance of power has greatly diminished the vox populi.

To sign this petition head over to the link above, or here, and look towards the left hand side of the screen to fill out necessary information to add your name.

Press Release: Holiday Open House at Governor’s Residence

First I want to thank everyone who participated and volunteered during campaign season this year. Results from this year didn’t go in our favor completely on a local level but we held firm State wide and were able to re-elect real good people to represent us in Hartford and Washington D.C. Our State Senator Gayle Slossberg and State Representative Kim Rose I know will represent Milford dutifully. It is unfortunate that our State Reps James Maroney and Paul Davis won’t be joining the legislature next year but I know they will remain close to their communities and continue to work on behalf of their neighbors, with a legislative title or not.
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From a press release:

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and First Lady Cathy Malloy are inviting Connecticut residents to attend the annual holiday open house of the Governor’s Residence, located at 990 Prospect Avenue in Hartford, which will be decorated for the season and open to the public for tours.

This year’s holiday open house will be held:

 

  • Friday, December 5, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

There is no admittance fee and tickets are not needed.

To view the full press release click on this link.

Election Day: Milford 2014

Election Day in Milford is finally here. Polls open at 6am and close at 8pm. To find your polling location please visit this website. 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

You may also click this link to the Milford Mirror which lists the polling places and the corresponding streets. Simply search and enter your address (press and hold your “Ctrl” key then press “F”) and you will be directed to your correct area.

Milford Demcorats are located on ROW B! Make sure to support our candidates Gayle Slossberg, Kim Rose/James Maroney/Paul Davis, Judge Beverly and Kerri Rowland! All of Connecticut’s State Constitutional Officers and Governor’s office are located on ROW B as well.

See you out there at the polls!

Candidate Profile: James Maroney

Maroney119thTo view the full candidate profile on State Representative James Maroney of the 119th House District please click on this link to be redirected to the Milford Mirror.

James Maroney has been serving as the 119th’s State Representative since 2012. Prior to his election James served on the Milford Board of Education from Milford’s 1st District. I came to know James during his first run for the BOE and I’m proud to have him as a member of the Milford delegation. He is one of the most sincere and friendliest people I know. While I can’t personally cast my vote for James during the November 4th election I hope that the constituents inthe 119th will honor their vote for James Maroney in this upcoming election.

I am privileged to represent Milford and Orange, and I’ve worked hard to justify the trust that was placed in me. Over the last several months I have reintroduced myself to constituents and listened to their concerns. Jobs, the economy, quality education, and support for our seniors are concerns that everyone seems to share. Being a small business owner, spending my lifetime here, and graduating from Yale have prepared me to address these issues…

We need to stop over regulating businesses. Connecticut must be more business freindly. We started on that path last session. Over 1,000 pages of regulations were eliminated and more services are being provided online.

We need to do more, but there are few clear or easy answers. We know we can’t continue to deliver programs in the same way and expect different results. Last session I introduced legislation called “Pay For Success.” It will require more rigorous data tracking of preventative social programs, and only pay for the programs that are successful. These programs are funded by foundations and other private sources. The state only pays if they generate a savings for Connecticut. This is an innovative new way of delivering services that will help put our state back on top.

The full version of the candidate profile is on the Milford Mirror. To keep up with James and his re-election campaign make sure to throw a “Like” to his Facebook page and follow all the campaign updates during this last push towards Election Day.