“Let’s Get It Done”

Monte Frank Speaking at Mothers’ United Against Violence March
at Capitol in Hartford

From March 9 to March 12, Mr. Monte Frank and his team of 25 other cyclists rode from Sandy Hook Elementary School to Washington DC. Named the Sandy Hook Ride on Washington, the ride was part of an urge Congress to curb gun violence by passing laws with such measures as forcing all gun buyers to pass criminal background checks, banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and making gun trafficking a federal crime.

Tom Foley: Not Ready For Prime Time

(Hartford, Connecticut) – Today, the Connecticut Democratic Party released a video entitled “Tom Foley Is Not Ready for Prime Time.” The video details candidate Foley’s testimony in front of the Connecticut General Assembly earlier this week.

“This video speaks for itself,” said Nancy DiNardo chair of the Connecticut Democratic Party.

“How can Tom Foley think he can lead Connecticut as governor when he can’t even handle testimony on a one-page bill?”

Click here to see the entire testimony.

BOARD OF ALDERMEN BUDGET HEARING SCHEDULE

Public Hearing on Budgets

Beginning on Thursday, April 4, 2013 in the City Hall Auditorium – 7:00 P.M., The Board of Aldermen will begin holding PUBLIC HEARINGS on the Proposed Budget FY July 1, 2013 -June 30, 2014

April 4th’s public hearing: City and Education

BOA Budget Hearing Schedule 2013-14

2013-14 Mayor’s Proposed Budget

2013-14 BOE Budget Materials Provided Here

2013-14 Board of Finance’s Recommended Budget

Milford’s New Recycling Contract Means New Green Revenue for the City

Milford, CT, March 26, 2013: Mayor Ben Blake today announced that the City of Milford has signed a new recycling contract. Under the terms of the new contract, Milford will, for the first time since the City’s recycling program began over 20 years ago, be compensated for each ton of recycling materials collected. This initiative is the latest in a series of measures taken-up over the past year to make Milford government “greener” and more cost effective.

“I very pleased to finalize this agreement on behalf of Milford,” Blake said. “Based upon last year’s tonnage, Milford will realize over $80,000 in new annual “green” revenue, however, I’m confident we will easily exceed that figure given the expanded list of items now able to be recycled.”

Acceptable recyclable goods now include large toys made of rigid plastic, beverage crates, laundry baskets, recycling bins, telephone directories, plastic storage containers and hard-cover books. See List

Recycle List

“With the addition of these new, eligible items and the support of Milford residents, we will easily surpass last year’s 4,000 tons of recyclables,” Blake said.

The Mayor called upon all Milford residents to join his challenge and boost their recycling efforts. “By recycling more, we not only support the environment but we also generate new revenue for the City and keep taxes low,” Blake said. “This is truly a win-win.”

The new contract goes into effect July 1st.

The NRA’s Shameless Attempt To Defeat The Sandy Hook Promise

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By Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Guest Blogger on Mar 25, 2013 at 10:00 am

Think Progress:

NRA leadership demonstrated yet again last week just how low they are willing to go in their unconscionable effort to block any and all common sense, life saving gun violence legislation. Their most recent repugnant tactic—repeated robo calls to Newtown families—mocks and betrays the courage and compassion demonstrated by the Newtown community just barely three months after one of the world’s most horrific acts of gun violence seized 26 beautiful and heroic young lives.

Less than two months ago at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, I asked NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre if he would join the tens of thousands of people around the world in taking the Sandy Hook Promise. The Promise is a very simple message. It asks its followers to honor the 26 lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School by promising to do everything possible to encourage and support common sense solutions to make our communities and country safer from similar acts of violence. “I promise this time there will be change,” the Promise concludes. Wayne LaPierre agreed to the Promise that day, yet every minute of everyday since then, he and his organization have poured countless amounts of time, money and effort into making that simple promise harder and harder to achieve.

In its relentless effort to defeat the Sandy Hook Promise and block common sense, life saving gun violence legislation, NRA leadership has shown no boundary it will not cross—including injecting its fear-based messages into the homes, the sanctuaries, of a grieving community.

What NRA leadership simply refuses to acknowledge is that, despite their hopes and efforts, the Connecticut effect is not going to fade. In fact, it is growing, and it will not go away until we get the weapons of war off our streets, provide law enforcement the tools they need to enforce the laws on the books, improve the safety of our schools (and I don’t mean vigilante dads and teachers with guns), and strengthen our mental health system. With or without the NRA, we will act.

My message to NRA leadership: Stop these invasive, unconscionable calls. Join the vast majority of Americans and Newtown residents in supporting common sense measures to stem and stop gun violence.

If you agree, join me in urging NRA leadership to cease and desist these inhumane calls by calling them at 1-800-672-3888.