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    Last week, state legislators passed, and Governor Rell signed, legislation that will allow municipalities that, under current law, revalued or must revalue real property in the 2008, 2009, or 2010 assessment year to delay revaluation to the 2011 assessment year. In addition, municipalities phasing-in assessment increases from earlier revaluations and scheduled to implement a phase-in step for the 2008 assessment year may suspend the phase-ins until 2011. Pending approval from the New Haven Board of Aldermen, this measure, along with the mill rate freeze I included in my proposed 2009-2010 budget, would translate to no increases in residential tax bills for New Haven home owners. During these difficult economic times, freezing the revaluation assessments and phase-ins is the right thing to do for our residents. Special thanks to the New Haven Delegation and other State Legislators for their hard work in crafting and passing this legislation.

    Here’s what’s happening in New Haven this week:

    First CERT Class Graduating

    The City of New Haven’s first Community Emergency Response Team will be sworn in at graduation ceremony on May 20th at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall. Please join us in congratulating this team for their dedication, hard work, and their willingness to help strengthen the City’s community disaster preparedness program.

    Temple Street Bridge Re-Opening

    On Thursday, May 21st at 2:30 p.m., there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the official re-opening of the bridge to pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle traffic.

    Memorial Day Celebrations

    The City of New Haven will commemorate Memorial Day on Sunday, May 24th with a series of three events. A ceremony will be held at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Long wharf at 1p.m. where Air Force Veteran Paul Stetson will serve as guest speaker. The War Memorial on the New Haven Green will be the site of the second event beginning at 3 p.m. where I will give an address. In the event of inclement weather this ceremony will be moved to the Center Church on the Green. The third event will be our 12th annual free Memorial Day Concert at the Shubert Theater at 5 p.m. This concert will feature Orchestra New England with music conductor James Sinclair, the singing group Moxie and a reading by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. For more information on Memorial Day events, please contact Bob Fodero at 795-6948.

    Parks and Recreation Summer Programs

    As summer approaches, I encourage residents to look at the City’s Parks and Recreation’s Summer 2009 Camp Guide. To view a list of the many programs that the City is offering this summer and how to register, please visit: http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/Parks/news/media


    Green Tip

    Save up to 25% on your electric bill by choosing a different electricity supplier, and consider signing up for 100% renewable energy with some of those savings. The electricity still comes from your local distribution company with the same reliability and service. You just pay less and can reduce your environmental footprint! To learn more go to www.ctenergyinfo.com and www.ctcleanenergyoptions.com.

    Is someone you know interested in receiving the Mayor's Monday Message? To join this list, please send your name and email address to: jmayorga@newhavenct.net An opportunity may exist down the line to receive messages specific to your neighborhood. For this purpose, In your email, please tell us what ward you live in.

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    I hope you have a safe and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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