Mayor's Monday Message|
Discount home heating oil
After several months of work, itís now official! More than 24,000 low-income Connecticut residents, including 4,000 in New Haven, can now gain access to discount heating oil, thanks to a partnership brokered by my office between the non-profit Citizens Energy Corporation of Boston and Venezuelan-owned CITGO Petroleum Corporation.
Thanks to Deputy Chief of Staff Pierrette Silverman for helping us to land this worthwhile program in Connecticut. Connecticut is the eighth and final state this winter to benefit under the initiative launched last November by CITGO.
Even while we are enjoying warmer temperatures, many families in Connecticut have exhausted their home heating oil awards, and still need a helping hand. Eligible households will receive letters directly from the Community Action Agency in their area. More information is available by calling a toll free number, 1-877-291-1-OIL. In addition, CITGO will donate 54,000 gallons of heating oil to serve the March and April heating needs of homeless shelters in Connecticut that use heating oil. Shelters interested in this program should call Citizens directly at (617) 338-6300.
Public financing for elections
I am also proud that the City of New Haven is taking the next step in becoming the first Connecticut city to publicly finance local campaigns. The City has applied to the Municipal Public Financing Pilot Program of the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) to be designated a pilot City. In December, the Connecticut General Assembly passed the campaign finance legislation that included a provision for which New Haven has been advocating the past three years. By becoming the first pilot City, New Haven is sending a powerful message to the rest of the state that we want to be the stateís leader in clean, fair and open elections.
I am pleased to note that the Police Departmentís newest unit, ID-NET (Information Driven Neighborhood Enforcement Team), has been extremely successful in its first two weeks of existence. The teams were assigned to the Fair Haven neighborhood until Wednesday, 8 March, and made a huge impact on the quality of life there. More than 100 unregistered motor vehicles were towed and officers made 368 combined motor vehicle infractions and misdemeanor arrests and gave 44 written warnings. They also made 88 on-site criminal arrests and warrant services. On Thursday, 9 March, eight teams of two officers moved to the Dwight/Chapel neighborhood, where they expect similar results.
Parking Meter Experiment
Traffic & Parking is trying out two solar-powered kiosk-style parking meters on Whitney between Audubon and Grove streets that will accept Parcxmart smart cards along with coins. These solar-powered kiosk style meters can handle more than one car at a time and replace single space meters on a block. They are a new technology the City is testing in an effort to make downtown parking easier for consumers. Check it out!
Letís look at events coming up this week:
Tuesday, March 14:
The 12th annual Olin-Yale-Bayer New Haven Public Schools Science Fair comes to the Yale campus, with students from Kindergarten through 12th grade representing 234 projects. The projects are open for public viewing Tuesday, March 14 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Woolsey Hall at Commons Hall, Yale University. The Superintendent is proud that 800 students representing forty-nine schools are taking part. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony for parents and students scheduled for Wednesday, March 15 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Woolsey Hall. NHPS has 91 projects going to the State Science Fair this year, the most from any other school system in the state.
Thurs., March 16, 5-7pm
The New Haven Free Public Library announces its Complimentary Website Evaluation (three spots still open: 6:20, 6:40, 7:00!) Back by popular demand, web consultant Jeffrey Tottenham will evaluate your existing website and offer practical and easy-to-implement ways to improve it. Call 946-7431 to reserve your free 15-minute appointment with a professional!
Thanks for reading my Monday Message. I hope you have a happy and healthy week.
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.