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    Office Of The Mayor
    Weekly Message

    Dear friends,

    What’s cooking this week in New Haven? It seems there’s a lot of buzz about hamburgers.

    It all started when it was reported last week that a lawmaker in Texas had submitted a bill that would make Athens, Texas the official birthplace of the hamburger. Of course those of us in New Haven know that Louis’ Lunch is the home of the hamburger. It’s even documented in the Library of Congress – thanks to U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro – that the Lassen family first served the first hamburger in 1895. In order to stand-up for New Haven, I issued the following statement

    "It's a well known and established fact that New Haven is the home of the hamburger. In fact New Haven's claim to the hamburger is even supported and documented in the Library of Congress. Of course New Haven is also the birthplace of the cotton gin, the first rubber tires, the corkscrew, the Firsbee, lollipops, Erector Sets, and pizza. We are even the birthplace of George Bush - who wants people to think he's from Texas. So yes, the hamburger is as much a New Haven original as President Bush - get over it Texas."

    Well, the ‘hamburger battle” has been making headlines for days now. Newspapers from across the country have been running stories and Wednesday morning I had the chance to make New Haven’s case on national television. Does all this fuss over a hamburger make sense? Well, it’s a good chance to teach people from across Connecticut and the U.S. about New Haven’s history and character.

    Also this week – it’s finally time for the New Haven Coliseum to be demolished. The implosion is set for 7:30 a.m. this Saturday. If you’re planning on watching it in person, make sure to read the news release on this website which has more details. In short, the public viewing area is on top of the Temple St. garage and parking is free.

    In other news, the City of New Haven is lending a hand to the Pop Warner League, increasing its funding by about 40%. The league serves more than 230 kids - many of them are 12-15 year-olds who are well served by being part of a supportive environment with caring adults. Wednesday in my office – with the children by my side - I had the pleasure of signing the order that allocated the additional funds. As many of you know, helping youth make smart choices is a top priority for this administration and supporting this league is part of that effort.

    Finally this week, there’s a community meeting scheduled for Thursday the 18th at the Fair Haven Public Library to discuss the new General Order for the Police Department that states victims of crime will not be asked about their immigration status when reporting crimes. The meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. and I will attend, along with Police Chief Francisco Ortiz, in order to help spread the word. If you need more details on the General Order, you can find them in the news release section of this website.

    That’s it for this week’s message. Have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor



    Contact Name: Derek Slap

    Contact Email: dslap@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 946-7660

    [1/17/2007]


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