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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends:

    Police Chief Dean Esserman announced today the appointment of four assistant chiefs, completing the leadership team of the department tasked with delivering a strategic vision to increase the sworn strength of the department, build trust and relationships between officers and citizens, and ensure the effectiveness, efficiency, and excellence of the NHPD.

    Chief Esserman had this to say today about the appointments:

    "All four appointees grew up in New Haven, built their careers in the New Haven Police Department and are well-respected both inside the department and in the communities where they have served. The selection of these four individuals reflects the desire of the New Haven Police Department to grow the next generation of leadership from within the department and community, enabling department leadership to build and maintain the strong and trusting relationships with residents that are vital to the success of community policing. I have every confidence that these four individuals, in collaboration with the community and with the support of the men and women of this department, can deliver what this city wants and deserves-- safe neighborhoods for all our families."

    The appointees are:

    • Lt. Luiz Casanova will be responsible for overseeing the patrol division of the department. Casanova grew up in the Hill neighborhood. He is currently the patrol commander, and has previously served as the district manager for downtown and the Hill.

    • Lt. Thaddeus Reddish will be responsible for internal affairs and professional standards. Reddish grew up in Newhallville. He has previously served as an internal affairs investigator, executive training officer, and SWAT commander. He is currently the district manager for the Newhallville/East Rock district.

    • Capt. Denise Blanchard will be responsible for overseeing administrative functions of the department. Blanchard grew up in Fair Haven. She has previously served as officer-in-charge of patrol, officer-in-charge of internal affairs, and district manager for the East Shore. She is currently officer-in-charge of the training academy.

    • Achilles "Archie" Generoso will head the investigative services of the department. Generoso grew up in the Hill neighborhood. Generoso served as the first district manager for the Dwight/Kensington neighborhood, and as commander of the narcotics and firearms divisions. He currently serves as an investigator in the State's Attorney's Office.

    These four officers are proven leaders, with strong skill sets and long time relationships with New Haven's neighborhoods. Under Chief Esserman's leadership and in partnership with the men and women of the Department and the community, this is a good step forward in reducing violence, preventing crime and building trust with residents.

    Restaurant Week Returns

    Restaurant Week returns Sunday, April 15 – Friday, April 20, featuring 34 options for delectable dining! Participating restaurants will offer a three-course, prix fixe menu consisting of an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Prix fixe menus are priced at $18.00 for lunch and $32.00 for dinner. For complete details, please visit www.infonewhaven.com/restaurantweek.

    Here are a few tips from Market New Haven to ensure you have the best possible experience during New Haven Restaurant Week.

    • Early Bird Gets the Deal -- Make reservations for NEW HAVEN RESTAURANT WEEK as early as possible. Don’t wait another minute, as restaurants are sure to book fast.

    • Don’t Be a Table Hog -- If you need to cancel or change your reservation, please do so with as much notice as possible, so restaurants have the opportunity to rebook the table.

    • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights are the new Friday -- Try a new night. If you can’t secure a reservation on a popular night such as Thursday or Friday, dine out on a different night. Plus, it’s a nice way to break up the work week.

    • Don’t Forget About Lunch -- If you are set on dining for dinner at a particular restaurant but reservations are not available, don’t be discouraged. 24 of the 34 participating restaurants are also offering prix fixe lunch menus.

    • Be Adventurous -- If you are unable to secure a reservation at the restaurant of your choice, New Haven Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to try something new. With 34 restaurants participating this season, you have countless options to choose from.

    • Show Your Servers Some Love -- Tax and gratuity are not included in the prix fixe price. Please be sure to show your appreciation for good service by tipping generously. It’s good karma.

    City Lands Lead Abatement Funds

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded New Haven $2.3 million in Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control funds. These funds will enable the City to rid 180 housing units of lead-based paint.

    While lead-based paint was banned from residential use in 1978, HUD estimates approximately 24 million homes nationwide still have lead-based paint. Lead-contaminated dust can cause a variety of health problems in young children, including reduced IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays, reduced height, and impaired hearing. At higher levels, lead can damage a child’s kidneys and central nervous system and can cause anemia, coma, convulsions, and even death.

    This is New Haven’s fifth HUD award for lead abatement since 1995, enabling the City to abate lead in 1,117 housing units. As a result, the City experienced a 68 percent decline in reported cases of lead-poisoned children between 2002 and 2011.

    Unfortunately, New Haven continues to experience more reported cases of childhood lead poisoning than any other city statewide, in part due to our older, rental housing stock. To take advantage of this program contact Paul Kowalski at 203-946-8174 at the Health Department’s Bureau of Environmental Health. Special thanks to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro who continues to fight on behalf of New Haven families to fund important programs such as this.

    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-8200


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