The Milford Democratic Municipal Candidates

Ben Blake

Jill Dion @ MilfordMirror.com:

With new efficiencies created, new sources of revenue bringing in additional tax dollars and with lessons learned from several major storms since he took office, Mayor Ben Blake said he is ready to start moving the city forward even more.

“I can say Milford is even better than it was two years ago,” Blake said. “Two years from now, I hope to say our community is even sturdier.”

The Democratic Town Committee approved its slate of candidates for the November elections Thursday in a City Hall ceremony highlighted by red carnations on the lapel of every candidate, and patriotic tunes sung by the Coastal Chordsmen.

Charles Montalbano

Charles Montalbano accepted his party’s nomination to run for City Clerk. Montalbano said he wants to bring the same efficiencies to the city clerk’s office that Blake brought to the mayor’s office.

“I will continue to ask ‘how can we improve, how can we do the job better,” Montalbano said.

The rest of the Democratic slate is as follows:

Running for BOARD OF ALDERMEN:

First District:
Greta Stanford and James Patterson

Second District:
Nick Veccharelli and Janet Golden

Third District:
Frank Smith and Robbie Long

Fourth District:
Susan Shaw and Phil Vetro

Fifth District:
Bryan Anderson and Dora Kubek

Running for the BOARD OF EDUCATION:

First District:
Mark Ahrens and Laura Fetter

Second District:
Tracy Casey and Susan Glennon

Third District:
Chris Saley and George Gensure

Fourth District:
Earl Whiskeyman and Heidi Gold-Dworkin

Fifth District:
Laura Fucci and Sarah Ferrante

Running for PLANNING AND ZONING:

First District:
Raymond Arnold

Second District:
Mike Dolan

Third District:
Jim Quish

Fourth District:
Carl Moore

Fifth District:
Terrence Copeland

Running for CONSTABLE:
Linda Hardiman, Joan Rousseau, Scott Barnett and Dennis Slavin.

21st Century Glass-Steagall Act

UPDATE:
CNBC made YouTube take down the original video. Below is a version of the same video.

The original Glass-Steagall Act stopped investment banks from gambling away people’s life savings for decades — until Wall Street successfully lobbied the regulators to chip away at the rules in the 1980s and Congress to repeal it entirely in 1999.

Elizabeth Warren introduced a new Glass-Steagall bill to stop Wall Street banks from gambling with the life savings of regular families. Co-sponsors of the bill are Republican John McCain, Independent Angus King, and Democrat Maria Cantwell.

The 21st Glass-Steagll Act will also help prevent future bailouts.

Help pass the new Glass-Steagall Act

And Justice For All

color of change

FROM ColorofChange.org:

Dear friend,

George Zimmerman stalked and killed Trayvon Martin in late February of last year. It took 45 days for Sanford, Florida police to arrest 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s admitted killer — and only 16 hours for jurors to acquit him of second-degree murder and manslaughter last night.1

We are angry. We are sad. And we are in pain.

We send our love and support to Trayvon’s parents — Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin — and we grieve with them and the countless other families of Black children who have been killed just for being Black.2

In this time of national sorrow, let’s turn our rightful frustration into action and grow a movement to hold the criminal justice system that fails Black Americans every day3 accountable.

Since the beginning, the Department of Justice has closely monitored the state’s case against George Zimmerman, and the DOJ can still bring charges against Trayvon’s killer. Please join us in calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to bring federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman, and help us strengthen our efforts to end racial profiling and the violence it creates.

What does it say about our society when a civilian can shoot and kill a Black child who is just walking home from the store, and what can it mean when the killer is set free? What does this say about the value our society places on the lives of young Black children? It tells us that a Black life has little worth. It tells us that Black youth are seen as nothing more than violent criminals.4 And it tells us how much more work we must do to achieve a just society.

The police department in Sanford botched the investigation from start to finish.5 But we did not stay silent. Had it not been for the dedicated activism and work of Trayvon’s family, ColorOfChange members and countless others, Zimmerman may have never been arrested — let alone gone to trial. Our collective commitment to fight for justice for Trayvon was overwhelming. We responded. We organized. We forced authorities to make an arrest in a case that easily could have been forgotten, just like so many before. The US Department of Justice was forced to intervene, and although it took 45 days, Zimmerman was eventually arrested and charged with murder.6

Thousands of ColorOfChange members spoke out against Florida’s “Shoot First” law, which initially shielded George Zimmerman from arrest and prosecution.7 The shadowy lobbying organization the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — and its deep-pocketed supporters at the National Rifle Association (NRA) — proliferated these laws around the country. Since ColorOfChange began drawing attention to ALEC’s role in crafting these deadly Shoot First laws, 52 corporations and nonprofits and at least 70 state legislators have publicly disavowed any relationship with the group.8

Working together, our movement is a powerful force for change. Please join us in calling for an end to impunity. Demand that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman. And when you take action, please ask your family and friends to do the same.

Thanks.

References

1. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/zimmerman-trial-jurors-request-clarification-on-manslaughter-instructions/2013/07/13/3a26dbbe-ec0c-11e2-aa9f-c03a72e2d342_story.html
2. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/02/1166032/-Hey-America-Can-you-please-stop-killing-our-usually-innocent-Black-male-children-now#
3. http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/10629-truthout-interviews-michelle-alexander-on-the-irrational-race-bias-of-the-criminal-justice-and-prison-systems
4. http://www.theroot.com/buzz/zimmerman-walks-black-life-not-valued
5. http://miami.cbslocal.com/2012/04/03/trayvon-death-case-botched-says-former-miami-dade-top-cop/
6. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/13/19441838-jury-finds-george-zimmerman-not-guilty
7. http://www.thenation.com/blog/167425/alec-disbands-task-force-responsible-voter-id-stand-your-ground-laws#ixzz2Z0oWAPYP
8. http://www.prwatch.org/news/2012/12/11907/running-scared-alec-anticipating-irs-audit

Hatred Doesn’t Belong in Milford

Anti-Hate Photo

CTPost:

Local clegy and parishioners display signs protesting the recent neighborhood watch leaflets left by the United Klans of America, in front of Milford Town Hall in downtown Milford, Conn. on Wednesday July 10, 2013. From left to right is Rev. Gary Witte, Rev. Adam Eckhart, Frank Lyons and his with Lynn Lyons. Gov. Dannel Malloy was on hand to denouce the hate group saying it has no place in the community. Photo: Christian Abraham

GOV. MALLOY, MAYOR BLAKE HOLD NEWS CONFERENCE TO DENOUNCE KLAN FLIERS IN MILFORD

Today, July 10, 2013, at 2:30 p.m., Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Milford Mayor Benjamin G. Blake will hold a news conference in Milford to denounce the distribution of “Neighborhood Watch” fliers from the white supremacist group United Klans of America.

WHO: Governor Malloy, Mayor Blake
WHAT: News conference on the distribution of Klan fliers in Milford
WHEN: TODAY – Wednesday, July 10, 2013; 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Front steps of Milford City Hall; 110 River Street, Milford