YOUR VIEW: Coffee for Open Gov't planned for April 22

Published on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 19:08
Written by Daniel M. Salerno

Alderman New Britain

To the Editor:

On Saturday, April 22, I will hold the 23rd Coffee for Open Government from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the newly opened Cracovia Restaurant, 994 West Main Street, New Britain. This is an opportunity for West Main Street area business owners and residents to welcome Cracovia to the neighborhood and discuss local city issues from the budget to Bees baseball. The New Britain Bees happen to hold Opening Day the day before, April 21st.

April and May will continue to be as busy as bees can be for New Britain. There is the budget locally, and the state budget impacts to consider. The council will be holding public hearings on CDBG funds and the budget itself. Lots of talk has occurred about the salaries and stipends of elected officials. The Back Nine Tavern has opened at Stanley Golf Course. The Smalley School project is moving forward. The list is endless and everyone seems to have an opinion.

These coffee sessions are not only a regular opportunity for New Britain citizens to meet with me, ask questions about any municipal issue, but more important a chance to meet other elected and appointed officials and other citizens invested in New Britain’s present and future. So, as I always do, it is an open invitation to my fellow Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voting residents to meet with each other.

Since the very first coffee event, some 375 people have attended. And every time there are new faces I had never met before. These coffee events are a great opportunity to meet New Britain citizens of all backgrounds casually. The conversation is always interesting, and a wide range of topics are discussed.

Coffee is free and a breakfast menu with a Polish flair is available at Cracovia. There are no speeches or format. Attendees may stay for 15 minutes, a half hour or the entire time. Cracovia is another example of local successful businesses getting involved in the workings of government. Since 2014, I have held the coffees at 10 different establishments, and plan on at least five new locations through 2017, with some new themes and surprises. The purpose of these “get togethers” is to be accessible, continue transparency and promote citizen involvement in their community and their government.

“I encourage all residents to contact me with problems or issues on my Facebook page, Daniel Salerno for New Britain Common Council at Large, at dannysalerno2013@gmail.com or call 860-977-5311”.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Editorials, Letters on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 19:08. Updated: Thursday, 13 April 2017 08:56.