The mayoral election for the city of New Britain is coming up on Nov. 5 and the students of CCSU need to pay attention. The two candidates for this upcoming mayoral race are current New Britain Mayor, Tim O’Brien, and Former CCSU Graduate, Erin Stewart.
Our editorial staff feels that a fresh, new perspective on local issues is just what the student body needs, and that Erin Stewart fits the bill.
This time last year, the New Britain City Council passed some ordinances that have had a direct effect on students living on and around campus. The ordinances focused on the landlords that own properties in the Belvedere neighborhood near campus, which is home to many CCSU students. One ordinance placed an annual fee of $150 to landlords that live outside of the area, which could potentially put an increase on residents’ rent. The second ordinance, called the “hot-spot” ordinance, states that individuals who call 911 10 or more times a year will be fined $500.
By Rachael Bentley
Students on campus may have noticed a new addition to the Student Center circle this past week: an empty storage pod covered in posters that promote a new campus initiative called Competition For A Cause.
The project is only in its second year and was started by SGA Senator Simms Sonet last fall. Last year, the group of volunteers were able to raise enough donations to keep the Spanish Speaking Center in New Britain from having empty shelves during Thanksgiving.
The first time winners of Competition For A Cause were the Bimolecular Science Department, the CFO office and the Psychology Club.
By Jacqueline Stoughton
New Britain mayor Tim O’Brien presented a vision of an integrated university and city as part of his campaign to be re-elected.
The mayor’s opponent, Erin Stewart, is campaigning to help CCSU students to be more involved with the New Britain community, in the form of creating more internships and co-ops. O’Brien says he wants to do this as well, but in the form of a more advanced plan.
“CCSU could really take advantage of the busway going in right now to grow into downtown New Britain like it never has before,” says O’Brien. “There is already a CCSU presence in downtown New Britain, but it’s now going to be practical with the bus way.”
By Rachael Bentley
Residents and visitors of local New Britain apartment complex Campus View will soon be noticing some major changes to the property in the upcoming year, if they haven’t started to notice them already.
Property Manager Susan Rumill is determined to make sure that Campus View is seen in a new light. “We are under completely new ownership as of July this year,” she explained, “and the new owners are fabulous. They are so committed to making this a good place to live and they are very concerned about their residents.”
By Taylor Skirvin and Eric Stadalnik
New Britain- Republican Mayoral candidate and CCSU graduate Erin Stewart continued to sell her youth as the right answer for the city during the first debate at Trinity on Main Saturday afternoon.
Stressing that the current administration’s tax hikes and wasteful spending was not sustainable for the future, the twenty-six year old GOP nominee asserted that the city needs change and deserves better than incumbent Tim O’Brien.
“I’m different, I’m not a politician, but I’m sick of seeing our city leaders mismanage our future,” said Stewart. “With Mayor Erin Stewart, you’ll always get straight talk; I’m a New Britain girl.”
Weekly Arrest and Citation Log from the CCSU Police Department
Alyssa S. Marin, 24, of Bridgepot, Conn., was charged with failure to obey control signal on Sept. 12 shortly after 8am. Her court date is scheduled for Sept. 26.
Carolyn A. Reid, 30, of Manchester, Conn., was charged with the unauthorized display/ misuse of a handicap plate on Sept. 12 just before 6:30pm. Her court date is scheduled for Sept. 27.
Mayra Rodriguez, 54, of New Britain, Conn., was charged with operating an unregistered motor vehicle on Sept. 8 at 12:57pm.