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    Dear Friends:

    This past week I joined with the members of the state delegation, members of the Board of Alderman, local business-owners, community leaders and the New Haven Police Department to hail the passage of a law that will give the Chief of Police a direct say in the issuance of liquor permit renewals.

    On the final day of the recently concluded session, the State Legislature approved a bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven), with the support of the New Haven Police Department, New Haven delegation, and myself that will require anyone filing for a liquor permit renewal application to give written notice to the local chief law enforcement official. The State Liquor Commission will then have to take into consideration these comments before awarding a renewal. This is a common sense bill that gives the New Haven Police Department a direct say, where the public's safety is concerned, in the liquor permitting process.

    Under current law, liquor permit renewals require sign-off from the city fire marshal; however, the chief of police has no ability to comment on a renewal and may not even know that a renewal application has been filed. The new law, which will go into effect January 1, 2012 will require Department of Consumer Protection to take the police’s comments into consideration before issuing any decision on a liquor permit renewal.

    Allowing the NHPD to officially identify problem bars and clubs will improve the quality of life and the public's safety. Getting this law passed was a team effort that would not have been possible without the hard work of Senator Looney and the New Haven delegation. I would like to express my thanks for all of their hard work.

    Health Matters!:

    A recent study at Kent State University found that patients who had gastric bypass surgery scored better on cognitive and memory tests after losing about 50 pounds following their operations. The study suggests that weight plays an important role mental ability. According to scientists, a healthy lifestyle and diet plan can lower ones risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia and stroke.

    Green Tip of the Week:

    Protect air quality on hot summer days by avoiding idling your vehicle. Idling for more than three minutes is unlawful in the State of Connecticut. This is especially important near sensitive populations such as children and the elderly.

    Here’s what else is happening in the Elm City:

    June 30. Thesbian Thursdays at Fair Haven Branch Library. Open reading of Our Town by Thornton Wilder. 5:30-7:30 pm 203-946-8115.

    July 1. Yale Summer Cabaret Shakespeare Festival. As You Like It. Thru Aug. 12. http://summercabaret.org

    July 2. Exhibition: X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out. Peabody Museum. Exhibit thru January 8, 2012. http://peabody.yale.edu

    July 4. New Haven Fireworks at East Rock Park. 6-10pm. Fireworks display at 9pm.

    Sponsors to be announced soon!

    Contact Name: Adam Joseph

    Contact Email: AJoseph@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-8200


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