Thursday, November 15, 2007

Dear Eric,

The following is the range schedule for the next two weeks. This, of course, is subject to change.

November 19, 8:00am - 3:45pm
November 20, no classes scheduled
November 21, 8:00am - 3:45pm
November 22-28, no classes scheduled
November 29 & 30, 8:00am - 3:45pm

If you should have any questions please feel free to contact the academy at 203.946.6309.


Academy Staff

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Hearing Info about the Mayor's Requested Increase

Hi All:

I got a few requests for more information about the hearing on the Mayor's pay rate increase. Below please find the particulars:

Tuesday November 20th - 7pm
New Haven City Hall
165 Church Street
2nd Floor, Main Aldermainc Chamber
New Haven, CT 06510

There will be a sign up sheet for those that wish to speak on the issue. Please note there will be a time limit that the chair of the committee will set. I hope to see you there and please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Story about this blog on Yale Daily News

Hi All:

Check out this story about me and this blog from the Yale Daily News. This earns them a link on my sidebar.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Mayor's requested Pay Increase

Dear All:

I have been contacted by a number of folks commenting on the pay rate increase that the Mayor is looking for. You can read about it in the New Haven Independent, the New Haven Register, or the Yale Daily News.

As your elected official I would like to hear what you think about this. For or against or perhaps a partial raise

The Finance Committee of the BOA is having a hearing at 7pm November 20th. I understand that the WEB meets that night so I won’t be at the WEB, but if one can’t make a hearing you can always send a letter to be read into testimony.

You can post a signed comment here, call me at 772-1805 or email me at

Monday, November 12, 2007

Recycling in New Haven

Dear All:

As you may have read about in the New Haven Independent or in the New Haven Register me and a few colleagues have gotten together over the past few months and put for a new plan for recycling in the City. Below is my stump speech - I would love to know what you think about the idea.

With a special thanks to the following Alders -
Nicholas Shalek
Roland Lemar
Erin Sturgis-Pascale



Recycling in New Haven

Current Program

Currently in New Haven we have a curb side recycling program with each household having 1 18 gallon bin. The current program is defined as:

Plastics #'s 1 through 7,
Glass Food Jars,
Corrugated Cardboard,
Mixed White Paper,
Scrap Metal
Waste Oil

If there is any overflow from the bin are to be taken to the City of New Haven Recycling Center located at the City's Transfer Station at 260 Middletown Avenue.

Issues with the Current Program

We have identified a number of short comings with the current program they include but are not limited to:

18 gallon bins are too small
Our yard waste is not being composted
Our organics are not being composted

We believe that a major factor in the current program is that we have given our residents massive 96 gallon garbage bins. These bins enable people to dispose of any thing as long as it fits into a bag and the bin. The reality is that the overflow from the bins are bagged and put into the 96 gallon regular bin.

This then leads to a number of negative factors:

Material that should be recycled is instead put into the Solid Waste stream
Costing the City more money because we pay approximately $85 per ton of MSW and $35 per ton of recyclables


We propose that the City provide a larger bin for recycling. Something in the 54 gallon range with wheels. This will encourage people to put more in the bin and have less of a reason not to recycle. The fact that we will be saving around $50 per ton for every additional ton we recycle should help deflect much of the cost of the bins.

This will mean that we will have to contract with a “Single Stream Recycling Facility”, where they are able to handle any mixture of acceptable recyclables and they sort them at their facility.

To further incentivize the program we can contract with a firm such as RecycleBank of Philadelphia who rewards homes for the amount each home recycles. Each RecycleBank Recycling Container has a barcode that is identified by the recycling truck. The amount your home recycles is translated into RecycleBank Dollars that you can use to shop at participating stores.

Programs such as this have been effective in moving the recycling rate from 6% of waste removed to over 30%. This translates into real savings to the environment and City coffers.


To all of those that came out last week and voted for me -


Monday, November 5, 2007


Hi All:

Tomorrow November 6th is Election Day in New Haven, I strongly urge every one to vote and I hope that you will support me and the entire Democratic ticket.


Public Service Message - Bridge Work


Two New Haven Bridges will be closed next weekend for standard maintenance work.

The Chapel Street Bridge (also known as the Carr Bridge) will be closed on Saturday, November 10 from 8am until 2pm

On Sunday, November 11 from 8am until 2pm, the Grand Avenue Bridge will be closed

The Department of Public Works urges drivers to identify alternate routes in advance so as to avoid traffic congestion during the maintenance work.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Range schedule

The latest range schedule...

Dear Eric,

The following is the range schedule for the next two weeks. This, of course, is subject to change.

November 5 & 6, no classes scheduled
November 7, 8:00am - 3:45pm
November 8, no classes scheduled
November 9, 8:00am - 3:45pm
November 12-14, no classes scheduled
November 15 & 16 , 8:00am - 3:45pm

If you should have any questions please feel free to contact the academy at 203.946.6309.


Academy Staff

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Recent issues in the Ward

Dear All:

I would like to update the ward regarding reported gunfire on Moreland Road & Ellsworth Avenue and High School Students wandering through the neighborhood. I have been working with the Mayor’s Office, the Police Department and the Board of Education to try to come up with a proactive, viable solution.

The issues as I see them are as follows:

Teenagers stashing their bikes in the backyards of our neighbors on Norton Parkway.
This is a trespass and a violation of ones right to not have your home invaded.
The trespassers’ are now targeting the homes where they are hiding their bikes for further criminal activity.
The gunfire that happened over the past week on Moreland and Ellsworth.

With regard to issue 1; there was a meeting on Tuesday 10/30/07 attended by Asst. Chief Redding; Sergeant Steve Shea (our District Manager); Principal of Hillhouse, Dr. Lonnie Garris and a Resource Officer from Hillhouse (similar to a in house police officer). The result of the meeting is that the students will be able to park their bikes at the school now and the BOE will be providing two additional outdoor bike racks along with indoor space for bikes. No student will have the excuse that they don’t have a safe place to park their bike. An announcement was made over the Hillhouse PA system that there will be patrols in the streets, alleys and backyards surrounding the school and that any bikes found will be confiscated by the police.
I am working with the above group to get a contact name and number at the school for residents to call directly if there is a student going through the yards or roaming the streets during school hours. When I get that name and number I will inform the neighborhood.

With regard to issue number 2; in my conversations with the police it became apparent that this is a much more difficult problem to solve. Shell casings were removed from the scene and we don’t know if they match any gun on record. I know that this is not the answer we want and I feel that a proactive approach will help us. I would like to outline a few ideas that can assist in this regard:

I have asked for more patrols in the area and a greater police presences in general.
It is of the utmost importance to make sure that each time there is a crime; you file a report and ask for the case number so you know that it has been filed.
Each time you hear gunfire immediately inform the police, regardless if you think it is from the range or not.

Please note that our police are a data driven force and they will respond only when we can show them that we are in need of greater police service.

As always I may be contacted via
Email –
Voicemail – 203-772-1805
Snail Mail – 195 Colony Road, New Haven, CT 06511

Yours truly,

131 Colony Road Update 11/1/07

Hi All:

I would like to give the group an update on what is happening with 131 Colony. Andy Rizzo - the head of the building department went down and personally checked out the property and found the following:

Height of house - well within regulation
Front porch - illegal must be modified or removed. The builder has a right to apply for a variance or must cut back the porch.
Setback from 123 Colony (the old Ginsburg house) - close at this stage - because construction is ongoing there is going to be what is know as a "As Build" inspection prior to the CoO being issued to ensure that the house is within the proper set back.
Construction debris - builder said that the debris would be cleared prior to the weekend.

If there are any other questions or concerns about a particular facet of the construction or home please contact me and I will look after it. I may be reached at or 772-1805 (voice mail).

Yours truly,