Each year, on the third Monday of February, we celebrate President’s Day in honor of George Washington’s birthday. He would have been 276 years old this week. President’s Day is an opportunity for all of us to connect with American history and to reflect upon our civic responsibilities. President’s Day is also an opportunity for us to commemorate our veterans who have fought to uphold the security of our country. As residents of New Haven, I encourage us all to think about ways to better involve ourselves within the local community and work together to make our City a stronger place in which to live, work and raise our children every day. Our upcoming events will hopefully help us to accomplish this.
Mayor’s Night Out
This Wednesday, February 20th we will hold our quarterly Mayor’s Night Out. This meeting is a chance for all of us to speak directly to one another and to get to know each other better. We encourage you to come by and express any questions or concerns you may have concerning New Haven and City Hall. All New Haven department heads will be in attendance, and they too will be available to address any questions you would like answered. We hope to see you there: 7pm at the Fair Haven School at 164 Grand Avenue.
Downtown Crossing Community Meetings
Wednesday, February 27th marks the third of our series of community meetings. The meeting will serve as a forum for continued discussion on the future of New Haven and related economic and social issues. Please join me at:
6:30pm at the Edgewood School Library at 747 Edgewood Ave.
We also hope to see you at our fourth meeting:
Tuesday, March 18th at the Martinez School Library at 100 James St. at 6:30pm.
Looking Ahead: Summit in New York City
On Thursday, February 28th, I will participate in the Mayor’s Summit on Reentry and Employment in New York City, hosted by Public/Private Ventures, The United States Conference of Mayors, New York University Wagner School of Public Service, and the City of New York. The Summit is a day-long conference in which leaders of cities will share the experiences of the municipalities they represent and engage in dialogue about potential solutions, This Summit addresses strategies for the successful transition of reentry populations returning to their communities and the workforce. My goal, by participating in this Summit, is to gain new tools and resources to help ensure that the 25 individuals released from prison who come back to New Haven every week can become productive members of our community. Re-entry populations need to be provided with the necessary services and resources that reconnect them with their families, secure employment, and prevent repeat incarceration. The strategies discussed at this meeting will be applicable to our efforts in New Haven to prevent crime and enhance the quality of life for all residents.
Have a happy and healthy week!
Very truly yours,
John DeStefano, Jr.