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    Dear Friends:

    September is off to a great start with a lot of activity in our City. This is another busy week in New Haven. View this message here.


    Last Friday we graduated 30 new police officers who will be hitting the streets this week. They’ll each be partnered with a veteran new haven police officer as they transition into their new roles in our community. Look out for these new officers, get to know them and feel comfortable approaching them. Our police department is committed to community policing, which means we want these relationships to be formed throughout the city so we can all work together.


    Election Day is Tuesday. Don’t forget to make some time between 6am and 8pm to get to the polls and cast your votes in this term’s primary. The forecast calls for some rain tomorrow but don’t let that hold you back. It’s important that you come out and exercise your rights and include your voice in this decision-making process.


    The New Haven Police Department is still searching for dedicated men and women interested in serving new haven as a police officer. “You too would look good in blue.” Applications are available on line at www.cityofnewhaven.com or by calling 203-946-7636. You need to be at least 21-years-old with at least a high school diploma or GED, a U.S. citizen with no criminal background. Applications are due September 21 at 5pm. Please find all additional details on our website.


    Last week the board of aldermen voted 18-8 to approve the land disposition agreement and land development agreement for the redevelopment of the Shartenberg site. Developers Becker and Becker have now been approved to move forward on their project that will provide more than 1200 construction jobs and nearly 100 permanent jobs for it’s more than 40 story building. This building will feature 450 residential units, an urban grocery store, retail space, a children’s early learning facility and more. We’re excited about what this means for downtown and what it means for the city as it represents growth in our tax base shifting some of the tax burden from you, our residents, to the business sector.


    At the end of this week we’ll kick off Hispanic Heritage Month. This month runs from September 15th through October 15th and is an opportunity to learn more about the 21 Spanish-speaking countries of the world, their culture and their traditions. There are a number of event taking place throughout the month in the city. Stay tuned for more information on how city hall will join in this celebration.


    The fifth Democracy School will be starting this fall. Democracy school is a six session program aimed at introducing residents to their local government. Residents will have a chance to meet and speak with key administrators and decision-makers in City government and the community. These leaders will make presentations on their roles and priorities, as well as engage in structured discussions with participants. We hope this will serve as a pathway for participating residents to increase their leadership and involvement in the community. Applications are available on the city website and are due on September 20th.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week.

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.



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