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    Dear Friends,

    Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed a great holiday season.

    We’re beginning the New Year with a new initiative to improve public safety. Even though we saw a drop in crime in 2006 – 7% compared to 2005 – we still have some tough issues to tackle.

    I’ll be announcing a detailed and aggressive initiative to curb gun violence, especially among youth, Thursday afternoon at the Police Headquarters. Once the strategy is announced I will be meeting with community groups across New Haven to discuss the plan and ask for help. If you’d like more information, you can check back here tomorrow to read the press release.

    Also on tap this week, the New Haven Hispanic Firefighters, with the assistance of Local 825 and the Benevolent Association, will hold a Three Kings Celebration on Friday. The party will be at the Truman School and all firefighters are cordially invited to help distribute presents to more than 600 children.

    If you’re reading this right now and think the new city website is pretty good – you’re not alone. New Haven’s website has just been ranked by Computerworld and the National Policy Research Council as being among the top E-Government sites in the nation. The National Policy Research Council, a nonprofit think tank, reviewed the web presence of 11,227 official state and local government Web sites. Each site was assessed points for 25 features in seven categories: usability, citizen responsiveness, accessibility for disabled visitors, information tools, online procurement, job opportunities, and interactive permits and payments. In total there are about 30 medium sized cities recognized having the best websites and only four in the Northeast! For more details click here:


    Finally, if you want to become finically fit in 2007, the New Haven Public Library can help. Registration has started for a free personal financial planning session called Financial Fitness for 2007. The session will be held Tuesday, Jan. 16, 5:30-6:30pm at the Main Branch, 133 Elm St.

    Have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Derek Slap

    Contact Email: dslap@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 946-7660


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