Mayor Ben Blake Announces Milford’s Triple AAA Bond Rating

Milford, Connecticut – Triple AAA Bond Rating Announcement

PREMIER RATING AGENCY, FITCH, AWARDS HIGHEST CREDIT GRADE

Milford, Connecticut [Press Release] – Mayor Ben Blake announced that the nation’s premier rating agency, Fitch, upgraded Milford’s bond rating to ‘AAA,’ the highest possible credit grade a City can receive.

As a result of smart financial decisions and responsible management, Milford joins an elite group of municipalities, which includes Greenwich, Darien, and New Canaan in receiving the top-credit rating. This credit score demonstrates the City’s fiscal health and reveals how markets view Milford’s creditworthiness. More importantly, this notable evaluation exposes the City’s strong and growing economy.

Fitch’s rating recognizes that through strategic decisions and purposeful planning, Milford has cultivated its economic development and is now benefiting from a renaissance that’s unique in the State of Connecticut. “We’ve seen a 26% increase in companies moving to Milford over the past two years,” said Mayor Blake. “This explosion of new business growth has expanded our Grand List and helped us deliver this year’s historic tax cut which reduced taxes for all City residents and businesses.”

“This top credit rating is a testament to our conservative approach to budgets,” said Finance Director Peter Erodici. “I am very pleased with the progress the City has made to reach this superior level of fiscal responsibility.”

In assigning its highest level of credit quality, Fitch cited Milford’s strong management under Mayor Blake’s leadership and the City’s “sound financial cushion on the basis of its superior level of budgetary flexibility and history of careful financial management.” Moreover, the agency noted Milford’s “continued solid economic and revenue growth prospects, a low long-term liability burden and strong operating performance.” According to Fitch, the AAA rating was based on superior financial management, healthy reserves, low debt levels, well-funded retiree costs, and a history of successful access to the municipal bond market. Fitch also commended the City for its careful management of other post employment benefit liabilities.

“The AAA rating reflects Milford’s strong government, rocketing economy and remarkable community,” said Mayor Blake. “We will continue to exercise careful planning and prudent financial management to allow our City to thrive.”


Nice work, Ben!

Milford Election 2016 – Polling Locations

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

Milford Demcorats are located on ROW A! Make sure to support our candidates Gayle Slossberg, Kim Rose/Ben Gettinger/Sean Ronan and Kerri Rowland! Our Democratic Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, is on Row A as well!

See you out there at the polls!

Local Election Profiles – Milford Democrats 2016

Gayle Slossberg – State Senate

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Many issues come before the state Senate, and as a six-term representative of the 14th District, Gayle Slossberg has dealt with many of them. Her priorities, she said, include anything that is important to her constituents, from getting the economy back on track to education, to seniors and veterans, all the way to invasive bamboo.

Some issues, like families struggling to get appropriate education for developmentally disabled children, have brought her into the thick of things, sometimes to PPT meetings at schools to advocate for a child.

She’s not afraid to go against the wishes of her party if her conscience directs her otherwise. “I’m a proud Democrat, but that doesn’t mean I don’t look at each issue on its own merits,” Slossberg said.

She’s proud of her position as Senate Chairman of the General Assembly’s education committee and plans to focus on education issues, such as college affordability.

Before going to Hartford in 2004, Slossberg served as Democratic minority leader for the Milford Board of Aldermen from 2001.

“We have a lot going for us in the state,” Slossberg said, “but we have a lot of work to do.”

Full Article here: Gayle Slossberg says constituents drive priorities

Sean Ronan – State Representative

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Democrat Sean Ronan, a Bridgeport police detective and a four-term city councilman in West Haven, is running against incumbent Republican Charles Ferraro to represent the 117th District.

Ronan said he wants to focus on bringing more businesses to the state: He noted that there have been some good moves in the past few months, such as the deal to keep Sikorsky in Connecticut and news that the Henkel Corp. is moving to Stamford.

An Army veteran, serving from 1988 to 1992, Ronan said he also plans to focus on the Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant. Referring to a Superior Court judge’s recent ruling that Connecticut’s ECS formula shortchanges poor children in urban communities, Ronan said he believes more funds may be directed to West Haven.

Ronan said he supports all-day kindergarten and believes “we must support and develop an education system that encourages parents, teachers, administrators, civic leaders, and business leaders to work together to develop curricula that prepare our students for today’s global economy and enhanced technology.”

He said he would support working families by backing state investment in economic infrastructure, like roads, highways, light rail, broadband Internet, worker training, and education.

Full Article here: Ronan, West Haven councilman, challenging Ferraro in 117th

Kim Rose – State Representative

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Democrat Kim Rose is running for her fourth term as representative of Milford’s 118th District. Earlier this month, Kim was busy in her district, working with a group of Scouts to clean a stretch of road in Devon.

She said she was responding to residents who said the area was showing signs of neglect, so she called Troop 1 and asked if they could help out. About 20 Scouts, plus their leaders, heeded the call, and with shovels, rakes, gloves and bags, they picked up trash and landscaped to give the stretch more visual appeal.

Angelo Ferrente, a troop leader, said the group was more than happy to help. “Kim has been a big supporter of Troop 1, and if she asks for something, we’re there,” he said.

Rose has lived in Milford 32 years. She got into politics as a member of a grassroots fight to prevent the construction of an affordable housing project in an area many people viewed as too dense. From there, she got involved in other local issues, was elected to the city’s Planning & Zoning Board, and then elected state representative for the 118th District.

She fought against a Naugatuck Avenue recycling plant plant, worked to ensure that residents’ voices and concerns were taken into account in the DEEP’s Silver Sands Beach restoration plan, and spoke out against the closing of St. Gabriel’s School.

“I am committed to the city I love, and I am definitely not finished yet in Hartford,” she said. “There is still much work ahead and, without a doubt, the relationships I have built and the experience I have gained will be valuable assets as I continue my work in the legislature.”

Full Article here: Kim Rose, running for 4th term, keeps tabs on the 118th District

Ben Gettinger – State Representative

ben_gettinger_mm_photo119th House District – Milford, Orange

When Ben Gettinger served on the Milford Planning and Zoning Board, he learned a lot about the 8-30g affordable housing law that he hopes to change if he’s elected to represent the 119th district.

Gettinger, a Democrat, is challenging Republican incumbent Pam Staneski for the seat. Milford’s representatives in Hartford have been trying for years to tweak the affordable housing law that has led to numerous housing applications in Milford and a number of approvals for developments that residents often view as too dense for the area.

During his time on the Planning and Zoning Board, Gettinger said he voted against most of the 8-30g proposals that went before the board.

“We always thought that we were doing the right thing and that a judge would agree,” he said. He argues that opposition to affordable housing from neighbors and other residents wasn’t based on income levels but rather on density. “It’s always the density,” Gettinger said.

He said being a good representative is about getting people to vote with you, convincing them to come around to your thinking. Ben noted that his background as a lawyer, specifically a divorce attorney, gives him the skills he will need to get work done in Hartford.

Gettinger said that if he’s elected, he will pursue matters that affect people’s everyday lives, primarily taxes. He said it’s too late to repeal the state income tax, but he said responsibly growing businesses should put the state in a position to lower taxes.

Full Article here: Race for 119th: Gettinger focuses on prioritized spending, fixing 8-30g


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Phone Banking For Hillary Out Of Milford Office

hillary_clinton_campaign_logoHillary for America has partnered with CT National Organization of Women president Cindy Wolfe Boynton to conduct phone banks every Tuesday and Thursday in October at an office space in Downtown Milford.

There are two shifts: 6pm-7pm or 7pm to 8pm.

Go to www.hillaryclinton.com/events/ for details and signup form. Just put in your zip code to see all listed events. Make sure to put a check mark in the box for “Yes, I’d like to receive periodic text messages from HFA.”

Cindy can also arrange for you to make calls from home.
You can reach her directly at president@now-ct.org

Yale/Greater New Haven Dems Head to New Hampshire

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Join Us as We Take on a Battleground State for Hillary!

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is sponsoring a Bus to New Hampshire for those who would like to knock on doors for Hillary Clinton.

Register Here:
www.hillaryclinton.com/events/view/FWBSD7JODRVCEUJJ/

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The bus will be leaving from Yale Campus at 8:30am (Sign up for shift 1)

The other bus will leave from the New Haven Field office, 50 Fitch Street at 9 am  (Sign up for shift 2)

Expect to be back in New Haven by 6:00pm.

RSVP to Jacqueline Kozin, CT4Hillary@gmail.com , if you prefer to drive on your own — either directly to the New Hampshire campaign office or carpool with others from this location.

Also email Jacqueline if you want to be on a list for other upcoming trips.

Milford DTC HQ Grand Opening

Grand Opening of Democratic Headquarters 

Support Your Local Candidates!

Gayle Slossberg | Kim Rose | Sean Ronan | Ben Gettinger

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Time: 7:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.

Milford Shopping Plaza – Cherry Street

pizza, snacks and beverages

Slossberg Named “Children’s Champion” by Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance

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WEST HAVEN, CT— Every year, the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance recognizes legislators for their leadership on issues that impact the well-being of Connecticut’s young children in the areas of healthy development, early care and education, nutrition, and safety. Senator Gayle Slossberg (D-Milford, Orange, West Haven & Woodbridge) was presented with the “Children’s Champion” award for supporting the passage of legislation that improves the lives of children throughout Connecticut.

“My career in public service began when I attended my first PTA meeting years ago to advocate for the education of my children and their classmates. The same priorities that I brought to that meeting guide my work in the State Senate today,” said Senator Slossberg, Senate Chair of the Education Committee. “Much has been done to ensure that children in Connecticut are afforded every opportunity to succeed. We couldn’t have done so much without our partners at the CT Early Childhood Alliance, and I’m thrilled to have their support as we continue making this state an even better place for children and families.”

“Although much of the focus during the session was on filling holes in the state budget, a number of early childhood issues received attention,” said Merill Gay, Executive Director of the CT Early Childhood Alliance. “Some very important early childhood bills were raised, and some good legislation did pass.”

Senator Slossberg supported the passage of numerous pieces of legislation endorsed by the CT Early Childhood Alliance this year, including bills to eliminate the tax on diapers, require criminal background checks for employees of a child care home or group child care home. Slossberg also supported efforts to prevent childhood obesity and increase access to early childhood programs.

Founded in 2002, the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance is a statewide organization committed to improving outcomes for children ages birth to eight years old in the areas of learning, health, safety, and economic security.


Official Website of State Senator Gayle Slossberg: http://www.senatedems.ct.gov/slossberg.php

Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance: http://www.earlychildhoodalliance.com/