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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends,

    Safe city

    This week, as Chief of Police Francisco Ortiz, Jr. and Chief Administrative Officer John Buturla release the latest quarterly crime statistics, you will note that our trends mirror those of many cities - our streets are safer as crime continues to dip, but violent crimes committed by young people is up. The easy availability of illegal guns is a contributing factor. For several weeks, I have led a multi-department analysis of public safety and police department staffing and I look forward to announcing a plan shortly that will refocus on the pillars of community policing - reinstituting the problem solving model led by district managers; consistent deployment in the City’s 10 policing districts; restoring walking beats; and maintaining strong community relations. While we work to put more cops on the streets, we also will also redouble our efforts to help high-risk youth. In the meantime, many are working hard. Congrats to United Illuminating and Lt. Ray Hassett on their partnership to “light up” Dwight.

    Recruitment efforts

    The City of New Haven and the New Haven Police Department will seat the next police and fire classes in the coming months. Special application packets will be available soon at police headquarters at One Union Avenue, the Division of Training and Education at 710 Sherman Parkway, and at the City’s Department of Human Resources at 200 Orange Street. Check out website, www.cityofnewhaven.com under press releases for more information.

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I urge everyone to take advantage of city resources. The City of New Haven will host the Yale-New Haven Hospital Mammography Van at City Hall between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. this coming Wednesday (October 4). The Van will be available for city employees and their family members and friends, even if they are uninsured or underinsured. Mammograms will be offered by appointment only, so please call 688-6800 to schedule one. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 200,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year in the United States, and close to 40,000 women will die from the disease. In response to this important public health issue, I have joined with Mayors across the United States through the U.S. Conference of Mayors to encourage women of all ages to obtain information about screening and mammography and to seek appropriate services. I look forward to giving opening comments at a Breast Cancer Community Forum on Wednesday with some leading local experts on breast cancer, hosted by the City and the new Yale Cancer Center. Call the Health Department at 946-5842 to find out more.

    $300,000 Grant to benefit New Haven youth

    Empower New Haven will receive a new, $300,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health Services to help strengthen capacity at youth agencies across the City as we all work together to reach out to our young people. Many thanks to Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro for the instrumental role she played in securing the grant. You will be hearing more details in the days to come.

    Ride to Work: Take the Survey and the Ride!

    Next Thursday, Oct. 12, is Ride the Bus to Work Day. The City of New Haven, CTTRANSIT and Rideworks are offering any new bus rider a free ticket for the day and will even plan your route for you. Complete the online survey at www.rideworks.com/ridethebus.htm to qualify.

    Let’s take a look at the week ahead:

    Workshop: Finding and Targeting Your Business Market

    Tuesday, October 3

    4:30-6:00 p.m., Wilson Library Branch, 303 Washington Ave.

    Simsbury business specialist Jennifer Keohane will demonstrate how to define your market and reach it, using free or low-cost resources.

    Mayor’s Night In

    5 p.m., City Hall

    Breast Cancer Community Forum: “Hope, Not Fear”

    Wednesday, October 4

    9:00 a.m. – noon, Aldermanic Chambers, City Hall

    The Yale-New Haven Breast Center of the Yale Cancer Center and the City of New Haven present a community forum on breast cancer entitled, “Hope, Not Fear” featuring breast cancer specialists; community organizations; political, business, and community leaders; healthcare providers; and breast cancer advocates in exploring ways breast cancer can be conquered in our communities.

    Community Mediation honors Pioneers

    Community Meditation celebrates its 25th anniversary and will honor several “pioneers,” including several city employees (Rosemarie Lemley, retired fire chief Martin O’Connor, former CAO Susan Whetstone, Tina Burgett). Congrats to all!

    Thanks for reading my Monday Message. I hope you have a happy week.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.

    Mayor


    [10/2/2006]


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