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Mayor Says Budget Not Eliminating Human Services

By at May 15, 2014 | 6:00 pm |

Mayor Says Budget Not Eliminating Human Services

Mayor Erin Stewart said following the Common Council Budget Hearing Monday night that despite the large number of people who spoke to keep the Human Services Bureau, it was never planned to be removed. “The Youth and Family Services Bureau is not being eliminated in my proposal. It is being brought to a more manageable size for what services we have the money to more...

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City to Sue GSG

By at May 8, 2014 | 5:21 pm |

City to Sue GSG

After sending requests to the Global Strategy Groups (GSG) for information on what work was done for a cost of $100,000 for the City with little response, City Attorney Gennaro Bizzarro has said the City will sue the firm for Breach of Contract and Unjust Enrichment. GSG was hired in Dec. of 2012 by former Mayor Tim O’Brien at a cost of $100,000. The contract was more...

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City Out of Funds by June 1

By at May 8, 2014 | 5:17 pm |

City Out of Funds by June 1

This City will officially not be able to pay its bills as of June 1 without using Tax Anticipation Notes (TANS) or a bank loan, said Mayor Erin Stewart this week. “We will need about $15 million as we will run out of funds for payroll,” she said. “We need money for the four weeks of June just to keep the lights on.” Stewart said the City is weighing its more...

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Mayor’s 10 Year Homeless Plan to Expand

By at May 8, 2014 | 5:14 pm |

Mayor’s 10 Year Homeless Plan to Expand

Mayor Erin Stewart said she hopes to re-analyze the Mayor’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness and rename it. “It is in year 7,” she sad. “We need to look at a lot of the pieces that have not been implemented. It has done a lot of great things, but it can be harnessed a little more.” Some plans need to be worked on more such as finding landlords that more...

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New Committee to Fix $4 Million Gaffe

By at May 1, 2014 | 6:30 pm |

New Committee to Fix $4 Million Gaffe

A Blue Ribbon Committee is in the process of being formed in order to help solve the $4 million difference in the minimum budget requirement (MBR). Mayor Erin Stewart and Superintendent of Schools Kelt Cooper met on Tuesday at the Mayor’s office to come to some kind of compromise. The controversy stems from Former Mayor Tim O’Brien giving the board of more...

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Streetscape Awarded

By at May 1, 2014 | 6:15 pm |

Streetscape Awarded

Connecticut Main Street has announced that it has given the City a 2014 Award of Excellence for the Complete Streetscape Master Plan in the public space category. There were six winning entries representing initiatives and organizations from Manchester, New Britain, the Northwestern Regional Planning Collaborative, Waterbury and Seymour. The initiatives displayed a more...

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Polish Festival Overcomes Weather

By at May 1, 2014 | 6:00 pm |

Polish Festival Overcomes Weather

Clouds and cool temperatures did not stop over 6,000 people from turning out at the Little Poland Festival, presented by the Polonia Business Association, on Broad St. Sunday. “I am totally pleased with the turnout. The response from the community was terrific,” said Lucian Pawlak, event organizer. “There is nothing we can do about the weather.” Over 50 more...

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City Leaders Meet to Discuss the $4 Million Question

By at April 24, 2014 | 8:30 pm |

City Leaders Meet to Discuss the $4 Million Question

Mayor Erin Stewart met with Board of Education members Sharon Beloin Saavedra and Judy Greco Tuesday to help find a compromise in the $4 million discrepancy concerning the School Minimum Budget Requirement (MBR). Was the $4 million included in the Board of Education budget last year meant as an increase or was it part of the $4 million given by state grants? That more...

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Landlords Propose Fixing City’s East Side

By at April 24, 2014 | 6:15 pm |

Landlords Propose Fixing City’s East Side

Members of the Connecticut Property Owners Association (CTPOA) met Tuesday night at East Side Restaurant to discuss ways to fix up the properties on the east side of the City. “We can work together and make it better moving forward,” said Bob DeCosmo, CTPOA president. DeCosmo introduced a bill to the capitol that was meant to help New Britain and Waterbury more...

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Earth Day City Tree Project Begins

By at April 24, 2014 | 6:00 pm |

Earth Day City Tree Project Begins

Mayor Erin Stewart planted the first of 80 trees Tuesday that will be placed around the City following a $24,000 Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Grant. The first tree – a Princeton Elm – was placed on the island near Okay Industries on Columbus Boulevard as part of the celebration the City had for Earth Day. “We took a survey and more...

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