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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Cancer center agreement good for the City

    As you may have heard, last week the City reached a watershed agreement with Yale-New Haven Hospital and the SEIU that clears the way for the construction of a new cancer center in New Haven. This agreement provides our community with a state-of-the-art center for cancer patients and will move us to the forefront of cancer research, as one of only 39 comprehensive cancer centers recognized by the National Cancer Institute. It will also bring new stable jobs into the community. The hospital has promised to dedicate $1.2 million in housing and development to adjacent neighborhoods, funding for the Mayor’s Youth Initiative, as well as create 100 entry-level jobs and 50 career ladder jobs for residents.

    Early care

    As many of you know, I am a firm believer in the importance of high-quality early education. Here in New Haven, 73% of children now entering New Haven Public Schools have had some preschool education, which represents a wonderful investment in our children’s future. As you may know, during my term as president of the National League of Cities (NLC), I chose early childhood education as my most important national priority. So I was delighted to learn that the National League of Cities has received the 2006 Parents as Teachers Child and Family Advocacy Award. NLC was honored for its City Challenge for Early Childhood Success program, an initiative I began during my presidency, in which more than 100 cities and towns across the country developed multi-year strategies to support early childhood development. Next week, New Haven will celebrate the Week of the Young Child and we have much to be proud of as we join the nation in honoring the families, teachers and other adults who help children make the most of their most formative years.

    Police and Fire

    Congratulations to the New Haven Fire and Police, who faced off in the annual Police-Firefighter hockey match on Saturday. That started a busy weekend which culminated Sunday when the Police Department held its annual awards event at Anthony’s. I was delighted to join the police department in recognizing the heroism of New Haven police officers in a job that is never easy. Thanks to all of our emergency services professionals, who help make our city a safe enjoyable place to live.

    Let's take a look at the week ahead:

    Tuesday, March 28

    Tuesday, I look forward to joining Livable City Director Andrew Rizzo and alders in rolling out a new ordinance that should improve living conditions for city renters. This week, the Livable City Initiative will begin notifying landlords of a new rental licensing process, in which LCI inspectors will inspect multi-family non-owner occupied rental properties of two units or more and issue licenses to those whose properties are in compliance with city housing codes. New Haven is one of a growing number of municipalities striving to improve quality of life, property values and rental conditions through this new ordinance.

    Friday, March 31

    School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

    10:00 a.m.

    Hearing Room

    Hall of Records, Ground Floor

    200 Orange St..

    Please help us in celebrating the work of our city’s crossing guards who brave weather, and limb to make sure our City’s children arrive at school safely. You are warmly invited to join our morning celebration, or send along, drawings, poems, or stories about your crossing guard’s work. For more details, please contact Sue Gibson at sgibson@newhavenct.net or 936-8078.

    Coming up next week…

    On Tuesday, the library will offer a workshop on food stamps, followed the next day by a tutorial on letter writing. Next week is Week of the Young child, where we honor our children under the age of 8 and those adults to help them realize their potential.

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

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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