Mayor Ben Blake’s 2017 Mayoral Re-Election Kick Off – “Blake for Milford”

Mayor Ben Blake’s 2017 Mayoral Re-Election Kick Off
“Blake for Milford”

Stonebridge Restaurant
50 Daniel Street
Milford, Connecticut
Thursday, May 11, 2017
5:30pm – 8:00pm

 Please Make Personal Checks Payable to:  Blake for Milford
(Maximum Contribution $1000)
To RSVP or for more information, please contact:  203.824.7696

PDF Copy of Notice: Blake 2017 Mayoral Re-Election Kick Off

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

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.

Bond Refunding To Help Budget Savings in Milford

Ben_Blake_MD1Bond Refunding Saves Milford $893,536

Milford Mayor Ben Blake has announced that the City will capture $893,536 in taxpayer savings by refinancing $16 million in bonds on a day when interest rates for municipal bonds were at record low levels, and subscriber demand for Milford bonds was high.

This initiative continues a series of cost cutting measures which help to make Milford government more cost effective. In addition to the tax relief found in the present bond refunding, the city realized savings of approximately $3.9 million in the last few years from four prior refunding issues.

“I am pleased to announce today the city will be refinancing $16 million in bonds, securing a very favorable 1.96 percent net interest rate on bonds which were originally financed at an average rate of 3.7 percent. The sale will yielded a total savings of $893,536, or 5.07 percent of the initial obligation. We were able to take advantage of existing market conditions to seize the opportunity and return $893,536to the taxpayers of Milford,” Blake said.

“This announcement is the result of outstanding planning, management and timing…” Blake said. “This is outstanding news for Milford. We will be able to use the savings to provide tax relief for upcoming budgets.”

Blake pointed out that in other parts of the country, agencies have downgraded bond ratings for cities or states that struggle to maintain obligations to retirees. Milford’s pension fund is fully funded, and the city has kept pace with requirements to fund retiree health care that is not seen everywhere.

Nice work, Ben!

Check out Ben’s office page on the City of Milford website here.

Bond Refunding Press Release 2-24-16