Or is it mooning Miami?
So who flew to Miami on Saturday? What City Council members made it back for the Columbus Day Parade today? Big Mac Tom McCarthy tooled down Madison Avenue this afternoon waving to his adoring fans. “Hey Mac, how was the trip?”
“Fantastic,” he said. Down to Miami and back on the same day.
McCarthy, the council president, led a legislative contingent to inspect a project by the Steel Point developer. Ah, who could blame them for going? The warm sun, cool breeze, a tour, and maybe a quick piña colada before heading back. I’ll have a parade report on Monday.
What could the esteemed Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa think about this council bailout on Columbus weekend?
Well truth be told, Mario’s been busy the past week fielding several mayoral prospects at his restaurant. Not that Mario is encouraging class participation. Some pols are already lining up for 2011. Why wait for the last minute?
Said one to Mario, I want you to know that I’m in.
Said another, I don’t expect a response from you but I’m going for it.
Gee, just when Mario’s getting along better with Mayor Bill Finch the line is already out the door. What’s a party monarch to do as he pounds his morning veal?
Keep smiling, don’t make waves and poise yourself for reelection in March. That’s right. While there may be an election for City Council, Board of Education, and a referendum question regarding library funding in November, perhaps the most significant election will come in March 2010 when Mario tries to set himself up for another two years. Then he can plot, conspire and wield his influential hand for the 2010 gubernatorial cycle and then the grand local prize for mayor in 2011.
Priorities. Priorities. Mario doesn’t want to make any commitments yet for 2011. No winking, no promises, nothing. Not until he’s got two more years in the bank. Meanwhile, show everyone he’s a team player with the mayor, keep the party peace, win reelection and then figure it all out.
And that’s when the headaches really begin.
Well, another council member who was back for the parade was AmyMarie Vizzo-Paniccia. AmyMarie wrote to OIB:
I did not go the last time. But to really make the right decisions, you must educate yourself on all levels as it is the only way to protect all taxpayers. We are very close to a deal that will eventually raise the Grand List and hopefully start to lower the burden to our residential taxpayers.
I consider this to be a business trip–not a pleasure trip and not a waste of time/money …
See you on the parade route. During the 134th District I will be walking. Upon reaching the end of my district, I will change gears and join The Park City Pride Combined Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps playing cymbals in the drum line with my hubby Guy who is a snare drummer.
Now that’s the spirit.
News release from Governor Rell
Governor Rell: State Begins Receiving First Shipments of H1N1 Vaccine
More than 20,000 Doses of Nasal Spray Arriving; Second Shipment Next Week to Include Injectable Vaccine
Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that an initial shipment of more than 20,000 doses of the intranasal H1N1 vaccine has begun to arrive in the state and another 20,000 doses, which will include the injectable variety, are due in Connecticut next week.
“These first doses will help us begin protecting those most at risk – our children,” Governor Rell said. “Pediatricians are among the first to receive these doses and we are very encouraged that much more of the vaccine is on the way to protect every member of the family.”
The vaccine is being distributed directly to those providers who have placed orders with the state Department of Public Health.
The state expects to receive more than 500,000 doses of both the injectable and intranasal H1N1 vaccines by mid-October and then several thousand more in weekly shipments thereafter. The Governor will receive an update on vaccine availability and distribution from federal officials later today.
The intranasal vaccine is federally approved for healthy people 2 to 49 years of age but is most effective in children. The state Department of Public Health (DPH), in accordance with the state H1N1 vaccination distribution plan, advises that the first shipments of the intranasal vaccine be used for healthy children 2-4, who are at greater risk for severe illness if they contract the H1N1 or the so-called swine flu.
The first round of vaccine is also being made available to vaccinate caregivers and household contacts of children younger than 6 months of age and hospital healthcare workers and Emergency Medical Services personnel with direct patient contact.
The state Department of Public Health says that some of the more than 1,600 providers who have registered with DPH have begun receiving their orders for the intranasal vaccines. The second round of vaccine, which will include the injectable vaccine, will expand the priority groups to include pregnant women and people under the age of 18 with high-risk medical conditions.
“People who belong to these priority groups should contact their healthcare provider to find if their provider will be getting the vaccine. If somebody does not have a healthcare provider or if their provider is not getting the vaccine they should call the H1N1 Hotline at 800-830-9426,” DPH Commissioner Dr. J. Robert Galvin said. “It is important that people understand that the vaccine is just now beginning to arrive into the state and we expect to receive more vaccine every week. People may need to be patient and persistent to get the vaccine in these early rounds of vaccine supply.”
Once the bulk of the vaccine arrives, it will first be made available to the following high risk groups: pregnant women, caregivers of children younger than age of six months, health care and emergency medical services personnel with direct patient contact, children aged six months to four years and children aged 5 to 18 with chronic medical conditions.
At the Governor’s direction, DPH has set up a number of outlets for the public and providers to get information on the vaccine:
H1N1 hotline – 800-830-9426.
Doctors and other health care providers interesting in registering with the DPH to place orders for the vaccine can get information at:
www.ct.gov/ctfluwatch/providers or call 860-509-7929.
The H1N1 vaccine is only effective against the H1N1 virus and does not protect against seasonal influenza. Public health officials also encourage Connecticut residents to get their seasonal flu vaccination, as well as the H1N1 vaccination.