Third session of Democracy School underway
(5/1/2006) Tuesday night, May 2, 2006, is the opening session of Democracy School, and along with Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., a host of city leaders will be on hand to begin introducing 50 students to the workings of city government.
The Mayor will welcome students to his Democracy School tomorrow, Tuesday, May 2, 2006, at 5:30 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers on the second floor of City Hall. The Mayor’s Democracy School is a series of six classes intended to provide New Haven citizens with information about their government and to open the lines of communication between City officials and residents. With the training they receive at Democracy School, students have the potential to become community leaders who help to spark constructive change throughout New Haven.
Tuesday night’s opening session will also include presentations by town committee chairs Susan Voigt and Rick Elser; Corporation Counsel Thomas Ude, Jr.; City Clerk Ron Smith; Board of Aldermen President Carl Goldfield. Democracy School Coordinate Kate McAdams notes that Democracy School “gives students unprecedented access to the people at the heart of their government.”
The Mayor said he is delighted that, including this session’s enrollees, the program has reached a total of 130 people. “For most, this is just the beginning of getting involved in meaningful ways in New Haven city government and in the community. Alums from this program go on to serve their ward committees, community management teams, block watches, the Civilian Review Board and become more active with the Board of Aldermen. The measure of a healthy society is its sense of community empowerment. This program has proven very effective in giving people the tools to create change.”
This Tuesday’s session, the first of six, will focus on the structure of City government, including the roles of the Mayor, the Board of Aldermen, and other City departments. The other sessions, which will be held from 5:30-8:00 PM every Tuesday for the next six weeks, will discuss economic development, the budget, taxes, public safety, building healthy neighborhoods, education, and more.
Mayor DeStefano’s Democracy School has also won support from the business community. The dinner for tomorrow’s opening night will be donated by BAR and other area restaurants have committed to provide dinner for future classes, including Abate’s, Café Bottega, Bangkok Garden, Geppi’s, Café Bravo and Scoozi.
Democracy School Participants are:
Victor Agran, Kara Arsenault; Beatriz Beckford, Anna Blanding, Scott Braithwaite, Martha Brogan, Carmen Brown, John Capece, Ana Cardona, Beverly T. Chevalier, Ann Cresswell, Emily R. Dow, Ciarra Ennis, Everol M. Ennis, Jr., Justine B. Ford, Benjamin Gardner, Theodore Gardner, Jr., Kathryn Gloor-Wacowska, Craig Griffin, Richard Horne, Amy Hungerford, Miles Lasater, Ilona S. Leffingwell, Rosa Luisi, Wendy A. Lundstrum, Harriet Macklin, Helen L. Martin-Dawson, Edwin A. Martinez, Anne Massaro, Sandra McKinnie, Melissa McTiernan, Julia Merk, Mary Nemerov, Sharon Neufeld, Peg Oliveira, Olga Ortiz, Michelangelo Palmieri, Helen C. Powell-King, Sandra G. Resnick, Manny Rivera, Catherine Rockwood, Beatriz Rodriguez, Simone G. Samuel, John Sawyer, David Slifka, Robert Spirito, Shirley Washington, Robert R. Williams, Stephanie Wilson.