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    Mayor's Monday Message

    Dear Friends:

    Today I joined our Police Department, members of the Board of Aldermen, state representatives, and community leaders in opposing the federal Secure Communities program.

    Secure Communities is a federal program that compels local law enforcement agencies to assist in the detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants. The program automatically forwards to the Department of Homeland Security the fingerprints sent through the Federal Bureau of Investigation databases during routine local law enforcement criminal history checks. If DHS identifies the individual as “deportable,” DHS will issue a “detainer” that allows authorities to hold the individual until federal officials can take custody. When implemented in other states and in parts of Connecticut, this program has not distinguished between non-violent, largely law abiding residents and those involved in violent illegal activities. Since Fairfield County joined the program in June 2010, the majority of those deported had no criminal record or were minor offenders.

    Today, I made it clear that the priority of my administration is the safety and well-being of the residents of this City, not the arbitrary enforcement of failed federal immigration policies. We need residents to trust our police, not fear them, which is why the New Haven Police Department does not question residents about immigration status during routine encounters. The Secure Communities program creates harmful divides between residents and police, and poses a significant threat to the success of community policing. I hope you can join me, members of the Board of Aldermen, and members of our state delegation in opposing the implementation of this misguided program, and in calling on Governor Malloy not to honor the federal administrative “detainers” issued under this program.

    In other news, I have been hosting public information meetings on property revaluation to help explain the process and to answer questions from residents on individual property values. So far, meetings at Hillhouse High School, St. Bernadette’s Church, and Edgewood School have been well attended and I hope residents found the information helpful. During those meetings, residents asked for more information to determine how their individual tax bills might be affected. It became apparent that it would be useful to homeowners to have their 2010 property value, the value the most recent tax bills were based on. Property owners should receive a new letter from me later this week with this additional information.

    In order to accommodate questions that may arise from the new mailing, I have scheduled to additional public meetings. Here is the schedule for upcoming public meetings:

    • 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 13th at Bishop Woods School, 1481 Quinnipiac Ave.

    • 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 14th at Celentano School, 400 Canner St.

    • 7 p.m., Thursday, December 15th at Career High School, 140 Legion Avenue

    • 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 20th at Troup School, 259 Edgewood Avenue.

    • 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 21st at Wilbur Cross School, 181 Mitchell Drive.

    On Monday, I joined Fair Rent Commissioner Kampton Singh at his Kimberly Avenue property to announce the arrival of new refuse toters for the Wednesday collection route. This route covers parts of Downtown, Dwight, Edgewood, the Hill, and Westville, and has historically experienced the lowest recycling rates in the city at 4.5 percent. The arrival of the new smaller brown garbage toters means that residents can use their large blue bins for recycling. Since recycling is now single stream, you no longer have to separate plastics and paper. All your recyclables can go into the large blue bin.

    This program has been very successful so far. In Fair Haven, we saw a quadrupling of recycling immediately after the new toters arrived. The city saves $104 per ton of trash that is recycled and not put in the garbage. That’s $104 per ton that we can spend on other services here in the city. Recycling is the right thing to do for our environment, and it is also the right thing to do for our budget.

    Green Tip of the Week

    In addition to our new curbside recycling program, you can recycle used electronics at the New Haven Recycling Center (260 Middletown Ave) from 9-12 Mon-Sat. See our website for more details: www.cityofnewhaven.com/recycling

    Health Matters!

    According to the American Cancer Society, sitting for longer than six hours a day can shorten your life. Their study found that women who sat for six hours a day were 37 percent more likely to die during the 14-year study period than those who sat for less than three hours a day. Stand up, talk a walk, and improve your health!

    Here’s what else is going on in the Elm City…

    Thru Dec. 24. Holiday Pop Up Shop. Project Storefronts. 100 Crown St. Wed-Fri. 4-8pm/Sat. 12-8pm/Sun. 12-5pm.

    Dec. 13. Exhibition Reception Kerry O’Grady & Rob Cook: 195 Church St. 5-7pm. www.newhavenarts.org.

    Dec. 13-14. Winterfest Choir Concert. Co-op High School. $6. 6:30pm. $6. http://tinyurl.com/7vtorrf

    Dec 13. Scottish Country Dancing. Whitney Arts Center. Enjoy the social dances of Scotland. All dances taught. Come alone or with a partner. Wear soft-soled, nonstreet shoes. 7:45-10pm. $8. 203-281-6591.

    Dec. 14 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Bird Walk at East Rock Park. Meet at the Trowbridge Environmental Center. To pre-register call 946-6086.

    Dec. 14 1 p.m. Lunchtime yoga at the New Haven Public Library. $5 fee. 133 Elm Street.

    Dec. 14 5 p.m. Line Dancing at Wilson Library, 303 Washington Avenue.

    Dec. 14 6 p.m. Wii Wednesday with XBOX Kinect at the New Haven Free Public Librar, 133 Elm Street.

    Dec. 15 4 p.m. Liquid in Motion. Learn the science behind creating your own lava lamp! New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street.

    Dec 15. Concert: The Quodlibet Ensemble. Yale Center for British Art. 5:30-6:30pm. www.britishart.yale.edu

    Dec. 15. Elm Street Book Group: Holiday Biblio. 6-7:30pm.

    Dec. 15. Craft Demonstrations-43rd Annual Celebration of American Crafts. 6 pm. www.creativeartsworkshop.org

    Dec. 15. Third Thursday Open Mic Featuring David Leff. The Institute Library. Doors Open at 6:30pm. Reading starts at 7pm. http://thepoetryinstitute.com

    Dec. 15 &16. ACES ECA Theatre Department Presents David & Lisa. Arts Hall. $12. 7pm (Snow Date Dec. 17)

    December 16 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Climb the Lighthouse at Lighthouse Point Park. $3 per person.

    Dec. 16-18 Free Pictures with Santa. Barnes & Noble Bookstore at Yale. Fri: 5-9 p.m./ Sat & Sun: 2-5 p.m.

    Dec. 16-18. It's a Wonderful Life. Criterion Cinemas. www.bowtiecinemas.com/

    Dec. 16-18. New Haven Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Shubert Theater. Times and tickets www.shubert.com

    Dec. 16. Russ Johnson’s Out To Lunch. Firehouse 12. 8:30pm & 10pm. $18/$12.firehouse12.com.

    Dec 16. Elm City Girls’ Choir Holiday Classics Concert. United Church on the Green. $15. 7:30pm.

    Dec 17. Season of Hope. Greater New Haven Community Chorus Battell Chapel.8pm. $15 advance/$20 door. www.gnhcc.org

    Dec. 17 Noon - 3:30 p.m. Celebrate National Cocoa Day at the Trowbridge Environmental Center. Contact 946-6086 for more information.

    Dec. 20 10 a.m. Unemployment workshop. Resume and job search session hosted by the library and Jewish Family Services. New Haven Free Public Library, 133 Elm Street.

    Dec. 20 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Senior Nature Walk at Edgewood Ranger Station.

    Dec. 20 3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Sea Life of the Long Island Sound at the Barnard Nature Center. Call 691-3539 for more information.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Elizabeth Benton

    Contact Email: ebenton@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 946-8200


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