Mayor's Monday Message|
March is shaping up to be a busy month already.
Friday, I joined Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo and Stephanie Barnes of Youth@Work to appeal for support of jobs for teens. The City aspires to double the number of summer jobs available to teens this year, to 1,000 jobs. Last summer, Youth @ Work was able to employ 470 youth between the ages of 13 and 18 for five weeks. But we had to turn 1,300 deserving students away because of a lack of appropriate funding support. Federal and state funding has steadily diminished, but the need and the value of teens at work remains acute. Our goal this summer is to double the number of youth employed. We can’t do it without the help of the entire community and that’s what Friday’s appeal is all about. We are urging businesses and organizations to donate funds, or pledge to hire teens¸ by calling Stephanie Barnes, Project Coordinator of Youth @ Work for the City of New Haven, at 946-7582. Information about the program is available at www.youthatwork.biz.
Also last week, I was pleased to have a chance to speak to unionized workers at U.S. Repeating Arms during a rally outside the plant gates and to assure workers that the City of New Haven is working hard to make sure that when the Herstal Group, owners of U.S. Repeating Arms, pull out of the City, that we have control of the plant, the assets and the license. We have enlisted help at the highest levels, including our Congressional delegation, in communicating to the Olin Corp. the importance of keeping the Olin name local. The City cares out these workers and these 186 jobs. U.S. Repeating Arms may be pulling out, but the City’s support is ongoing and will not end.
Mayor's Night In takes place on Tuesday, 5-7 p.m. at New Haven City Hall.
This week, I also look forward to joining Joseph Kennedy of Citizens Energy Corporation, Felix Rodriguez, the chief executive officer of Citgo and others in officially signing onto a plan to make 4.8 million gallons of Citgo oil available to low-income families across the State. This program has helped families in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and other states heat their homes and is a worthy initiative for our State.
Here are some other events coming up this week:
Monday, March 6
Magnet school art show opening
Shubert Theatre’s Capa Community Art Gallery
247 College St..
Come by for the opening of a new exhibit in the Shubert’s Capa Community Art Gallery, featuring the artwork of the middle-school students of our own Besty Ross Arts Magnet School. The show will be on display for the rest of the month, and I hope you come by to see the work of these talented young citizens.
Tuesday, March 7
Tax information workshop
Meeting Rooms 1 & 2 (On the Second Floor)
165 Church St.
The City of New Haven’s Department of Services for Persons with Disabilities will present a free tax information workshop for individuals with disabilities and their families. The workshop will be taught by Armand Legault, a former audit supervisor of the Connecticut Department of Revenue. I encourage anyone who files taxes as a dependent or with disabilities to attend and learn how to claim all the tax deductions they deserve. Registration is required, so please call (203) 946-7833 or TTY (203) 946-8582.
Thursday, March 9
Resume Q & A
New Haven Main Library
133 Elm St.
Scott Bennett, author of “The Elements of Resume Style: Essential Rules & Eye-Opening Advice for Writing Resumes & Cover Letters That Work,” will offer pointers on creating a successful resume. If you would like to register for this free workshop, please call 946-7431.
Contracts made Simple
New Haven Main Library
133 Elm St.
An attorney from the New Haven County Bar Association will help you understand the elements of one of the most essential organizational documents: the basic contract. To register for this free workshop, please call 946-7431.
Thanks for reading my Monday Message. I hope you have a happy and healthy week.
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.