Daniel M. Salerno
Alderman at Large/Majority Leader
To the Editor:
On Saturday, Dec. 10, I will host the No. 20 Coffee for Open Government to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Angelo’s Market and Catering, 349 West Main St., New Britain. This is a special holiday edition with some treats from Angelo’s Market.
These coffee sessions are not only a regular opportunity for New Britain citizens to meet with me as alderman but, more importantly, 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. The budget process begins in January, and this is a great time to discuss all the city activities that have taken place in 2016.
City government activities and department information can be found on the city’s website www.newbritainct.gov .
Since the very first coffee event in January 2014, some 330 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 because of the citizens who attend, and a wide range of topics are discussed
Coffee and some holiday treats are free and you can purchase a lunch or do some shopping at Angelo’s for your Christmas/holiday entertaining. There are no speeches or format. Attendees may stay for 15 minutes, a half hour or the entire time. Angelo’s Market with its owner Joe Troepa is yet another example of local successful businesses getting involved in the workings of government. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-977-5311.”