Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New Businesses remotely welcomed in New Britain

Mayor Timothy Stewart shuns new business!

In these challenging economic times, it is an occasion worth celebrating when an entrepreneur selects New Britain in which to establish a new business. One such business, the owner of an internet cafĂ©, located at 14 Washington Street, invited dignitaries to attend the grand opening on July 21, 2008. The owner, Mr. Angel Delgado, was promised the attendance of the chamber of commerce, the mayor’s office and others.

When this day arrived, the chamber’s representatives were there in support of this new business but the Mayor, who had someone from his office call Mr. Delgado, to advise him that the mayor wouldn't be coming because he decided at the last minute to take the day off—to enjoy his birthday.

Congratulations should be extended to The American Foundation, Papa’s Dodge, The New Britain Chamber of Commerce and of course, Congressman Chris Murphy, who all cared enough to send representatives to celebrate the opening of a new business in our city.

While we understand the mayor’s desire to enjoy a day off for his birthday, he could have found a few minutes to welcome a new business to town, or at the very least sent a representative, especially after committing to do just that. Mr. Delgado understandably felt slighted by the lack of a response from the city’s government.

I strongly urge The City Council members to study this complacent attitude that has surfaced and find a solution to welcoming new businesses to our city. Perhaps there could be a liaison to the council for new businesses who would be able to assure that anyone willing to make an investment in developing a business in our city receives the welcome they deserve. This person might be in a perfect position to not only welcome them, but help make available whatever city services or programs these businesses might be able to benefit from.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Alderman Salvio Uses Profanity Towards Constituent

In response to a posting on this site, the editor, a New Britain resident, received an e-mail message from Mr. Salvio containing language which we feel is too offensive to post for publication.

We believe that issuing such a vicious attack against a constituent who exercises his First Amendment right to free speech is conduct unbecoming of an elected official and certainly inappropriate for a retired school teacher. It is one of the most basic principles of our society to be able to publicly criticize our government and elected officials and it is that openness that makes America the great place it is, and when a citizen exercises those rights, he shouldn’t have to worry about being the victim of vulgar obscenities from the very officials he was critical of—especially when they are his elected representatives.

In this particular case, Mr. Salvio accuses this editor of reporting false information regarding an ongoing investigation of certain matters within the New Britain Housing Authority. This editor has been in direct contact with Secretary Steve Preston of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and has been assured that his department has been conducting a “series of reviews” and continues to “monitor” the activities of NBHA.

Perhaps Mr. Salvio should check his facts before issuing a vulgar and obscene attack on one of his constituents. The people of New Britain deserve better from their elected representatives.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

New Britain's Republican Boomerang

Alderman Louis Salvio’s attempt to tarnish the democratic council members with a conflict of interest charge, when in reality two of the council members abstained from voting with the third democrat being absent, certainly has boomeranged right back into his lap. Because two of his fellow Republican Commissioners are in the hot seat of conflict along with the exposure of the administration’s failure to file the necessary notice to HUD requesting a waiver for the democratic council member’s abstention action. Through this Alderman’s efforts, the City stands to lose enormous amounts of funding from the HUD Agency, approximating a sum of $264,248, for the cities under privileged as reported in our local newspapers.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The New Britain Scene

Congratulations for the New Britain City council members with their approval of the proposed sale of the Pinnacle Heights Project. It will not only bring in new income for our city but will rid the city of its eye sore.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Pinnacle Heights business project

In order to entice new businesses to locate at New Britain’s new prime business tract of sixty three acres, commonly known as the Pinnacle Heights project. I strongly urge the city’s residents, taxpayers and City Alderman to contact their local State Representatives, and Senator, in order to obtain the appropriate legislation in providing these new businesses with the State of Connecticut enterprise zoning status including the tax benefits.

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