Wouldn’t it be nice if 333 State Street, that miserable Downtown eyesore next to Housatonic Community College, could actually be renovated into a commercial/residential tax roll project?
The firm that paid the city $500,000 to overhaul the building, First National Development, has taken on new partner Carlson Construction in an effort to expedite the $12 million project. Lack of payment for remediation and engineering work has forced a couple of mechanic’s liens on the property.
I spoke to Bob Carlson briefly about the project Wednesday afternoon. Bob’s a friend and former client. Bob and his family have deep roots in the city. His company is located on Beechwood Avenue.
Let’s hope he can make it work.
Ed Wolf, a resident of the North End, is trying to grab Sacred Heart University President Anthony Cernera’s attention about party-animal residential students messing with his neighborhood. Ed sent a letter to Cernera and now he has sent another hoping for some university action. Ed copied Mayor Bill Finch and SHU benefactor Jack Welch. See below:
Dear President Cernera:
I recently wrote you on September 23rd to make you aware of the litter that is accumulating across from the Park Ridge as well as on the corner of Park Avenue and Eckart Street and on Park Avenue in general. All you need to do to see that is not merely an empty complaint is to go look at the area. I am hoping that you will actually look at the area to see what I am talking about.
In order to deal with the problem, I think it is imperative that you see the problem first hand and then acknowledge it. I would be happy to meet you at your office and walk up Park Avenue and point out the areas which I referred to in my letter. This is the first step in working towards a solution. In my letter, I did note that I wanted to work towards a solution and offered to meet with any University officials that could assist in fixing the problem that exists.
This speaks volumes as to how you lack the skills to positively interact with the community and reinforces the “out of sight, out of mind” attitude when it comes how SHU students behave in the neighborhood. The students are guests in the community and do not have the right to mistreat it and litter. You fail to realize that the behavior of the students reflects poorly on you.
It is a sad state of affairs that you refuse to recognize the issue and take a proactive approach to remedy the problem. I have forwarded all of my correspondence with you to Mayor Finch as well as Jack Welch. I think it is very important for those that lend their name to the University be made aware of how you handle issues in the community and interact with the public.
I do hope you will take the time to reply to my letter or better yet, take the time to meet with me and look at the problem first hand.
Once again, I look forward to hearing from you.
By the way, a community forum is scheduled for tonight at 6:30 at the North End Library on Madison Avenue to discuss North End issues.
From Cougar Rodgerson
Downtown Community Council presents the second to last Thursday night free Baldwin Plaza Concert:
HALFWAY TO HAL’S BIRTHDAY SPACE BBQ
feat. Delta 9 + the Flo, Dan Tressler, 5Turns25 + an effload more. Free Orbitron rides. Come help build the downtown Monolith. Postminimalist pumpkin carving workshop by Keith Lorraine. 6-10pm on the Baldwin Plaza Green Giant chess, BBQ, + Cider Mulling. Movie: 2001 a Space Odyssey.
Bring rum and meat and cider.
Attention City Pols
News release from the state elections enforcement:
STATE ELECTIONS ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The State Elections Enforcement Commission announced today the appointment of Albert P. Lenge as its new Executive Director and General Counsel.
The appointment follows the departure of Jeffrey B. Garfield, who is retiring after more than 30 years as the Commission’s Executive Director and General Counsel. Regarding his departure, Garfield noted his desire to remain active in issues related to the integrity of the electoral process and to spend time with his family.
Albert Lenge currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director and Assistant General Counsel, a position he has held since 1995, following seven years as Director and General Counsel of the Elections Division with the Office of the Connecticut Secretary of the State.
Attorney Lenge is a committed and experienced leader who has been involved in all aspects of election and campaign finance law, including the planning and coordination of the expansion of the Commission due to the enactment of Public Act 05-5, which created the Citizens’ Election Program. “He brings continuity experience and dedication to his new role and will continue to make significant contributions to the operations of the Commission with the utmost degree of professionalism,” Garfield said.
“I am excited and welcome this new opportunity to continue to serve the Commission and the people of the State of Connecticut in ensuring fairness and impartiality in the administration of election laws. The SEEC faces a challenging year ahead,” said Lenge. “I will draw on my experience during this critical phase of the Commission’s development and continue to build and foster relationships among staff, other state agencies and our partners. I am honored to serve as Executive Director and I especially look forward to working closely with the legislature on the major reforms concerning public campaign financing.”
Commission Stephen Cashman added, “In light of the challenges we face in the area of public campaign financing and other important election issues, I have every confidence that Al Lenge possesses the knowledge and institutional experience to lead the Commission, and I welcome him to his new position.”
Attorney Lenge’s appointment is effective October 23, 2009.
News release from SuBy
Bysiewicz: 3rd Quarter of 2009 Sets New Record High for Number of Businesses Shutting Down in Connecticut
Secretary of the State Says Economy Slowly Recovering as New Business Start-ups Increase Slightly from 3rd Quarter of 2008
Hartford: Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz reported today that in the 3rd quarter of 2009 another 2,601 Connecticut Businesses filed papers to dissolve, a record high for third quarter shut-downs. The number of business closings from July 1st through September 30th brings this year’s total to 9,545 and sets a new record for the first nine months of any year since such statistics were first recorded in 2000. The third quarter of 2009 saw a 24.9% decrease in the number of business failures from the 2nd quarter of 2009. Meanwhile, 6,624 new businesses incorporated between July 1st and September 30th of 2009, an increase of 2.4% over new business start-ups from the 3rd quarter of 2008. Overall, Connecticut has seen 20,494 new business starts for the first nine months of this year, a decrease of 5.8% from 2008 figures.
“I see some reason for optimism in the fact that we had more new businesses starting up in Connecticut last quarter than we did a year ago and the number of business shut downs dropped sharply from the 2nd quarter to the 3rd quarter of this year,” said Secretary Bysiewicz, Connecticut’s Chief Business Registrar. “Our economy is recovering slowly but this is obviously still a very challenging climate for any business trying to succeed. Unfortunately we are still on pace to have a record year for business shut downs in Connecticut. What these figures and our unemployment numbers tells me is that we must embark on an aggressive agenda to attract new businesses to Connecticut, make our business climate as hospitable as possible, and train our workforce for the new economy. There is no time to waste.”
The monthly figures contained in the Business Starts Index released by the Secretary of the State’s Office are available online at www.sots.ct.gov. The statistics show that in July 2009, 815 businesses filed paperwork to dissolve their company, followed by another 794 in August and 987 in September. Connecticut experienced a 6.9% increase in the number of business failures in the third quarter of 2009 as compared to the same period in 2008.
The number of new business starts grew slightly in comparison to last year. In the third quarter of 2009, 2.4% more businesses filed incorporation papers than in the third quarter of 2008, when 6,468 businesses opened their doors. A month-by-month look at new business starts shows that in July 2009, some 2,161 companies filed incorporation papers in Connecticut, followed by 2,159 in August and 2,304 in September.
After reviewing Secretary of the State Bysiewicz’s report, Don Klepper-Smith, Chief Economist and Director of Research for DataCore Partners LLC and Chairman of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors said, “The 3Q data on business starts and failures underscores the dynamic nature of this recession. Although business failures have hit record levels for the first nine months of 2009, there are indications that the bulk of these closings may be behind us and that future losses are apt to be smaller. Moreover, when looking at business starts, I see some encouraging signs! The CT job losses of roughly 80,000 thus far represent embryonic business growth elsewhere as some dislocated workers start new businesses and opt for self-employment. Net, the effects from this recession have been profound, but I think better days lie ahead with the pending economic recovery.”
In her assessment of the report Secretary Bysiewicz said, “we must strengthen the growth areas of our economy, particularly for small businesses which drive the economic engine in Connecticut. This includes expanding exports, green technologies, life sciences, and alternative energy sources. We must also reduce costs such as health care and energy that continually represent a significant drag on profitability.”
Secretary Bysiewicz has been a strong advocate for opening up the state employee health care plan to small businesses and non-profit organizations, an effort which would save millions for businesses. Secretary Bysiewicz has also lead a series of roundtable discussions with business leaders statewide focusing on reducing health care and energy costs. A recent health care reform bill, the Connecticut Health Care Partnership was passed overwhelmingly by the Connecticut General Assembly but vetoed by Governor M. Jodi Rell.
In addition, Secretary Bysiewicz has assisted thousands of businesses over the last decade by hosting annual business showcases that help Connecticut entrepreneurs network with potential clients and gain access to state and federal agencies who can aid with paperwork and regulations. In addition, Bysiewicz has led the Latino Small Business Roundtable to connect Latino entrepreneurs with federal and state resources, business tools, and information on how to get stimulus funds. Secretary Bysiewicz has also been working with the U.S. Department of Commerce to conduct the Connecticut Exporter Forum to assist businesses expand the marketplace for their products or services overseas and answer questions on federal and international trade regulations. To help level the playing field for Connecticut businesses, Bysiewicz led a successful drive in 2009 to enact tougher fines on unregistered out of state companies to $300/month from $165/month.