To the Editor:
On Saturday, June 3, I will hold the No. 24 Coffee for Open Government from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the newly renovated Back Nine Tavern at Stanley Golf Course, 245 Hartford Road, New Britain. This is the last Coffee session before summer, just days before the Common Council votes on the proposed city budget, and though no one really cares, the 50th anniversary of my graduation from high school! I am showing my age indeed.
The Common Council has held its public hearings. Residents have had the opportunity to express their views on the budget. As usual, activity has been constant with the development of Columbus Commons, two new restaurants, Hardware City Café, and MoFongo, opening for business downtown. The Tax Increment Financing District or TIF has moved forward as another economic development tool. The two city pools and splash parks will be opening soon. The Rose Garden Festival June 17th, the Bees are playing, summer Concerts in Walnut Hill Park. The energy and excitement in New Britain continues.
Let me invite you to attend the No. 24 Coffee and experience the incredible new restaurant and outdoor patio at Stanley Golf Course. These sessions are not only a regular opportunity for New Britain citizens to meet with me, ask questions about any municipal issue, my “office hours for residents,” 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 400 people have attended. And every time there are new faces I had never met before. These 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 with some pastries and the Back Nine Tavern has a full bar and serves a great lunch menu too. There are no speeches or format. Attendees may stay for 15 minutes, a half hour or the entire time. The Back Nine Tavern and Calvanese family are tremendous examples of investment in New Britain and another local successful business getting involved in the workings of government. Since 2014, I have held the coffees at 12 different establishments, and have options at five new locations through 2017, with some new themes and surprises. Number 25 Coffee will be held in September, the location to be announced. 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.