Weekend update: Ah yes, Labor Day weekend. In the spirit of hard work, goodwill and the laborious efforts of the Democratic Town Committee, OIB presents for your reading pleasure a listing of the 90-member DTC.
Who are these people? They’re the party regulars who do the grunt work, turn out the vote, endorse candidates for public office, beg (some demand) jobs for their sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, nieces and nephews. Some are on the city payroll, some want to be, some just like politics, many of them good people, some of them jerks, some of them your neighbors. So why have I included their addresses? Hey, they may even live next door from you. How about a favor for a neighbor? So if you ever want to get involved in politics, you can knock on their door. Cup of sugar for some advice?
During the past couple of weeks, some OIB readers have asked questions about the makeup of the DTC. Do they represent a cross-section of the community? Looking at the list I’d say yes, but some of our readers may differ. The list below is fairly current but may not be precise as a result of some recent changes. It’s not as though Town Chair Mario Testa sends out a news release every time a district leader makes a change.
DANIEL ROACH, 19 QUINLAN AVE
HECTOR A. DIAZ, 34 ARTHUR ST
JOANN MANZO, 163 SCOFIELD AVE
JOHN F. McCARTHY, 152 MOREHOUSE ST
JOHN BOHANNON, 115 BALMFORTH ST
MICHAEL MEEHAN, 113 SEASIDE AVE
THOMAS MULLIGAN, JR., 20 ARMITAGE DR
PATRICK CROSSIN, 331 LAKE AVE
FRANCINE GALLO, 50 BATTERY PARK DR
MITCHELL ROBLES, 993 STATE ST
EZEQUIEL SANTIAGO, 991 STATE ST
LETICIA COLON, 140 YALE ST., #13
MARILYN JONES, 210 WASHINGTON AVE
ERICA LABRADOR, 437 COLUMBIA ST
JOSE NEGRON, SR., 30 COLE ST
JOSE RIVERA, JR., 340 PARK AVE
DENISE TAYLOR-MOYE, 134 IRANISTAN AVE
PAUL BOUCHER, 37 FOREST CT
ROBERT BARNES, 2625 PARK AVE
CAROL COCCO, 564 BROOKLAWN AVE
MICHAEL FREDDINO, 31 RUSLING PLACE
JOHN OLSON, 574 MAPLEWOOD AVE
LISA PARZIALE, 97 BICK TERRACE
JOAN THORNTON, 85 POWELL TERRACE
ELAINE PIVIROTTO, 2625 PARK AVE. #9E
REGINALD WALKER 48 HAZELWOOD AVE
HOWARD GARDNER, 25 CARTWRIGHT ST
THOMAS McCARTHY, 135 HARLEM AVE
VINCENT DiPALMA, 137 HOLROYD ST
EDMOND McCARTHY, 130 East Eaton St
HOWARD AUSTIN, SR., 358 MCKINLEY AVE
JOSEPH HATRICK, SR., 405 MCKINLEY AVE
JEANETTE HERRON, 2649 MAIN ST. #C2
MARIA HOFFMAN, 116 HARLEM AVE
VIRGINIA KEELEY, 210 STRATFIELD PLACE
JOSEPH MOURA, 473 GARFIELD AVE
DENNIS SCINTO, 2641 MADISON AVE
MATTHEW CUMINOTTO, JR., 320 VINCELLETTE ST
JOHANNA DORGAN, 88 LANCE CIRCLE
JOHN FABRIZI, 120 DOREEN DRIVE
RUBEN FELIPE, 195 CRESTVIEW DR
GARY LECLERC, 556 RUTH ST
THOMAS LYONS, 91 JEWETT AVE
EUGENE O’NEILL, 25 SAXON DRIVE
MARILYN SANTACROCE, 650 JEWETT AVE
WARREN BLUNT, 30 NAUTILUS RD
RICHARD BONNEY, 499 PLATT ST
JEROME BOST, 1748 RESERVOIR AVE
RICHARD CRUZ, 117 CHAMBERLAIN PLACE
EDWIN GOMES, 243 SOUNDVIEW AVE
CYNTHIA JENNINGS, 178 GRIFFIN AVE
CYNTHIA KING, 40 SOUNDVIEW AVE
ALMA MAYA, 220 FUNSTON AVE
MARY MCBRIDE-LEE, 125 HILLCREST RD
MARILYN MIDDLEMASS, 119 HICKORY ST
DOROTHY GUMAN, 133 HICKORY ST
ADELAIDE ESTEVES, 115 HARREL AVE
JOYCE PURNELL, 32 OAKVIEW CIRCLE
CRUZ (MANNY) COTTO, 117 ALPINE ST
MARK TROJANOWSKI, 1149 NORTH AVE
LAWRENCE OSBORNE, 40 EDNA AVE
VIRGINIA TEXEIRA, 121 GEORGE ST
DANIEL PICCOLELLO, 193 HAWLEY AVE
GILBERTO HERNANDEZ, 225 HOUGH AVE
VIDAL AGOSTO, 1354 PEMBROKE ST
ALBERTO TITO AYALA, 773 KOSSUTH ST
MANUEL AYALA, 60 GILMORE ST
JAMES M. BROWN, 376 EAST WASHINGTON AVE
BRIGIDA DIAZ, 148 BURROUGHS ST
LYDIA MARTINEZ, 85 WILLIAM ST
CARMEN PADRON, 1161 KOSSUTH ST
PATRICK RICKETTS, 21 AUTUMN ST
MARTHA SANTIAGO, 410 KENT AVE
PAULA ANASTASI, 25 SULLIVAN PLACE
ANN BARNEY, 129 NUTMEG RD
ROBERT CURWEN, SR., 119 GREYSTONE RD
ANDREW FARDY, 200 NUTMEG RD
KEVIN MONKS, 200 HOLLAND RD
MARY OLEYNICK, 525 PALISADE AVE #413
RICHARD PAOLETTO, JR., 321 LYNN PLACE
BARBARA POWELL, 291 PEARL HARBOR ST
RALPH FORD., JR., 410 MILL HILL AVE
CHARLES COVIELLO, JR., 73 WILLOW ST
BERONICA GILL, 249 EAST AVE
JAMES HOLLOWAY, 427 WILMOT AVE
DAREN JACKSON, 518 NO. SUMMERFIELD AVE
LAWRENCE MOORE, JR., 62 DEFOREST AVE
GWENDOLYN SHAW, 49 SMITH ST
REGINALD STEWART, 914 CONNECTICUT AVE
KEITH WILLIAMS, 92 WATERMAN ST
Deep Sixx This Sucker
Speaking of the DTC, OIB friend Andy Fardy aka Town Committee, a candidate for City Council in the 138th District, received a nice plug in a Connecticut Post piece for his efforts to shut down the Sixx Restaurant for its wild nightlife and dirty neighborhood laundry on East Main Street. The owner of the building Angela Costa (my neighbor) filed a complaint in Superior Court to evict the lessee. See story www.connpost.com/ci_13270349.
This Pleasure Beach story is getting better every day. Here’s what Mayor Bill Finch told Connecticut Post reporter Mike Mayko about the phantom demolitioner (now we’re told its Burns Construction) of the carousel house. Also, for some cool images of Pleasure Beach past and present check out www.savepleasurebeach.com.
“These buildings were a public danger … a safety hazard,” Finch said Thursday. “Kids being kids … we’re just thankful nothing happened.” In the meantime, the mayor urged the public to stay off the beach.
“There are multiple hazards there … broken pavement, flotsam, jetsam … It’s a dangerous, dangerous place and we don’t want to see anyone hurt,” he said. “The size and accessibility of it make it impossible to police.”
Okay Bill, if it’s such a hazard on Pleasure Beach what the hell have you done about it for the past 21 months? The mayor issued an updated comment Friday afternoon:
Statement from Mayor Bill Finch re: Pleasure Beach Buildings
“Our Fire Department personnel were concerned that the decades-old buildings on Pleasure Beach posed a significant public safety hazard, especially after one of our deputy chiefs witnessed several kids running from one of the buildings during a routine visit to the island. At the behest of our Fire Department, Burns Construction Co., which was doing some work on the island for the Town of Stratford, used their equipment to push the two buildings over. All involved recognize that the work should have been done with a demolition permit in place. We will take appropriate action to ensure that this situation does not occur again in the future. In the meantime, the Public Facilities department is determining how best to dispose of the rubble left from the buildings on the island.”
Hennessy On The Rocks
Statement from State Rep. Jack Hennessy whose image playing solitaire during a state legislative session was beamed across media outlets. So much was made of this embarrassing moment, but peer dissing goes on all the time at City Council meetings, what former council member Tom Mulligan appropriately called the Monday Night Fights.
By now, readers of the Connecticut Post are very familiar with the Associated Press photos that show me playing computer solitaire during the most recent session of the General Assembly.
It was certainly bad judgment for me to play a computer game during the final House session on the budget. As a result, I am embarrassed and I apologize to each and every person in my legislative district.
Although my actions were inexcusable, I want to assure Bridgporters that my poor judgment in this instance in no way indicates that I ignored your interests on this very serious matter.
Over the past seven months, as a member of the General Assembly’s Finance Committee, I participated fully in the budget process and played an active role in crafting and passing a State budget that provides the necessary services to our communities and minimizes any negative impact on the City of Bridgeport and its people.
Again, I sincerely apologize to each of you and look forward to having the continued privilege of representing you and your interests in Hartford. I thank you in advance for your understanding and have been humbled by those of you who have already expressed your understanding and forgiveness.
Very truly yours,
Rep. Jack Hennessy (D-Bridgeport)
Mayor’s Labor Day Message
Labor Day is a celebration of our workers, a time for us to acknowledge the invaluable contributions they make every day, and affirm our commitment to ensuring their rights, both to a safe work environment and to gainful employment.
Bridgeport has a long history of hard-working people. In the days of World War II, we were known as the “Arsenal of Democracy,” for our immense manufacturing contributions to the war effort. While many of those factories have long been silent, today’s economic environment makes it all the more important that we support our workers. We also must continue to help our unions to ensure their workers safety and well-being on the job, and we must work with the federal government to guarantee that Bridgeport will continue to be a place where hard-working people can find decent, well-paying job opportunities.
My administration is working to ensure that the federal stimulus package creates gainful employment in Bridgeport , that our post offices remain open, that our industries are protected, and that our community thrives with safe and responsible work environments.
I wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day holiday, and ask that everyone take a moment to thank the hard-working men and women of our labor force who are the real reason why we celebrate this day.
News release from SuBy
Bysiewicz: Voter Registration Deadline for Municipal Primaries One Week Away
Primary Elections September 15, 2009; Secretary of the State Reminding Voters of Mail-in Registration Deadline Thursday September 10th
Hartford: Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz today is reminding Connecticut voters to register to vote for municipal primaries scheduled for September 15, 2009. Eligible voters in communities holding September elections can register to vote by mail as long as their registration cards are postmarked no later than Thursday September 10th. Voters can still register to vote for the September elections in person at their Registrar of Voters office after the mail-in deadline until 12:00 noon on Monday September 14th.
“Crucial budget and educational issues are facing many towns in Connecticut as voters go to the polls to choose municipal leaders this year, so it is imperative to register to vote!” said Secretary Bysiewicz. “Anyone who wants a say in the future direction of their community in these tough times should make sure they mail registration materials to their Registrar of Voters office by Thursday September 10th or else go to town hall and fill out the registration card in person by 12:00 noon on September 14th.”
News release from State Senator Anthony Musto
SEN. MUSTO ENCOURAGES AREA RESIDENTS TO DONATE BLOOD IN BRIDGEPORT ON SEPTEMBER 16
Red Cross will hold blood drive at Jewish Center for Community Services
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, which is why state Senator Anthony Musto (D-Trumbull) is encouraging eligible area residents to join him in volunteering to give blood at the Jewish Center for Community Services, located at 4200 Park Avenue in Bridgeport, on September 16.
“Every day, the American Red Cross has to collect 650 units of blood to meet the needs of patients in Connecticut hospitals,” said Senator Musto. “I am a regular donor, and I can tell you that it doesn’t take a lot of time, it costs nothing and it saves lives. I’ll be donating blood in Bridgeport on September 16, and I hope that any area resident that is able to donate will consider joining me to help meet the need in our state.”
To donate blood and platelets through the American Red Cross, individuals must be at least 17 years of age to be eligible in Connecticut, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. All blood types are needed.
Blood can be used for many surgical procedures, bone marrow transplants and trauma patients. Hospital patients often need blood when they undergo chemotherapy or during difficult childbirth. Blood products have a limited shelf life, and there are no synthetic alternatives for blood.
For more information to about blood donation or to sign up to give blood with the American Red Cross on September 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. visit the Connecticut Blood Services Region online at www.bloodct.org or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (448-9400). You can also make an appointment online at www.givelife.org.