29th Annual Mayor’s Youth Award Ceremony – Announcement

29th Annual Mayor’s Youth Award Ceremony

Believing in Tomorrow, Today!

Milford, Connecticut – Mayor Ben Blake, in conjunction with Milford Youth and Family Services, will present the 29th Annual Mayor’s Youth Award in a ceremony scheduled on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 5:00pm at City Hall.

Each year, the Mayor and Milford Youth and Family Services recognize youth that have performed outstanding service to improve Milford or to assist its residents. Teachers, parents, and others in the community nominate youth for this award. Nominees are considered for individual awards in three age-based categories: elementary, middle, and high school. In addition, there is a fourth category to honor the accomplishments of youth groups.

Nomination forms can be obtained from Milford Youth and Family Services at 150 Gulf Street, the Mayor’s office, or from the City of Milford Youth and Family Services website:

www.ci.milford.ct.us/youth-family-services/pages/mayors-youth-award

The nomination deadline is Monday, April 3, 2017

Questions may be directed to Christie Roche, Program Coordinator, Milford Youth and Family Services at 203-783-3253 or email croche@ci.milford.ct.us

Minute With the Mayor – Happy Trails!

Milford, Connecticut – In this video, Milford Mayor Ben Blake speaks with Steve Johnson, Open Space and Natural Resource Agent about the natural beauty of Milford. The mayor would like to encourage residents to walk around Milford to appreciate its natural beauty.

Click Here to View the Milford, CT City Hall Youtube Channel

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!

Celebrate “Milford Day” at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard

Ben_Blake_Milford_BluefishMilford, Connecticut – Milford Mayor Ben Blake and the Bridgeport Bluefish announced that Milford Day at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard will take place on Wednesday, July 27.  Residents of Milford will enjoy reduced-price admission.

Admission for Milford residents will be $10 per person at the Bluefish box office with valid ID. Participants can also purchase discounted tickets online by entering the code “Milford.”

The Bluefish will will be be playing the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on “Milford Day”. Also on “Milford Day” there will be an additional promotion called “Kids Eat Cheap Wednesday”. This includes a special meal discount for kids under 12, who can get a hot dog, chips, and a drink for just $2.

Game time on Wednesday, July 27th is 7:12pm with ballpark gates opening at 6:12pm.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses, non-profit organizations, and the like to set up a table on the main concourse and distribute information. Interested organizations can contact Paul Herrmann at 203-416-1715 or pherrmann@bridgeportbluefish.com.

“Summer Jazz” for Hillary Fundraiser

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Summer Jazz For Hillary – A Fundraiser at the Beach!

When: Thursday, August 11, 5 – 7 p.m. EST

Where: 33 Shell Avenue, Milford, CT

Featuring: Rex Cadwallader and Friends, The Hon. Ben Blake, Mayor of Milford, and other dignitaries

R.S.V.P. to Patricia Behre, Anne Greenstone Blake, or Nancy Herman, patrbehre@sbcglobal.net

Suggested donation: $100

Can’t attend but want to donate?

https://www.hillaryclinton.com/events/tickets/OWYSTNJ5NRUMAV5C/

Milford Annual “Kick-Off to Summer Blast”

Milford_SummerRouteMayor Ben Blake announced yesterday that Milford’s annual “Kick-Off to Summer Blast” will be held on Friday, July 1st from 4:00-11:30pm at Lisman Landing Marina, with a fireworks extravaganza to light-up the harbor at 9:15pm.

The food trucks have been doubled this year from six to 12, the Mayor said. They will be serving-up tasty gourmet food for purchase, while Wines and More will sell beverages at two stations this year.

A shuttle bus will run from Harborside Middle School, Wasson Field and the Milford Senior Center. The bus will drop off guests at the corner of High Street and Helwig Street. Helwig Street will close beginning at 5:00pm until 11:00pm.

The public lot at Lisman’s Landing and the Milford Public Library will close to all commuters on Thursday, June 30th and Friday, July 1st. Parking will be available at the City’s newly paved parking lot parallel to the train station on High Street. Participants to asked to please do not park at the Lisman’s Landing or the Library, otherwise you will be towed.

Event sponsorships are still available and anyone interested in helping to make the event a continued success should please contact the committee chairman, Dan Worroll at dwworroll@yahoo.com or 203-464-9632.