NEW BRITAIN - Alderman Daniel Salerno is hosting his 30th Coffee for Open Government next Saturday at Roma’s Restaurant.
Salerno has been holding the events since 2014 as a way to reach out to all segments of the community.
“The budget process begins in earnest on Jan. 30, 2018, with the Board of Finance and Taxation meetings, about 14 sessions. In the meantime, people are invited to ask questions about anything they like at these Coffee sessions, register complaints or discuss the local issues of the day. The purpose of these ‘get-togethers’ is to be accessible, continue transparency and promote citizen involvement in their community and their government,” Salerno said.
Since the first in January 2014, more than 550 people have attended Salerno’s coffee sessions, he said.
“You want to honestly talk about bonding issues, restructuring debt service, water, education, North/Oak Street or NRZ issues, parks or traffic signals, the latest neighborhood walk, this is the opportunity. There will be budget proposals, charts, and materials for your review. Have you ever read or seen the City Charter? I encourage citizens to attend and present me with issues and problems. I say it always: If I don’t have an answer for you right away, I’ll educate myself and get back to you.”
The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Roma’s Restaurant, 382 Allen St.
Coffee is free.
Salerno can be contacted at 860-977-5311 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.