Tag Archives: middletown politics

Mayor Drew to Speak with Students Tomorrow

To all those who are interested in learning about Middletown and the town-university relationship, a message from Michael Linden ’15:

Middletown Mayor Dan Drew will be coming to WesFest tomorrow, Friday April 13th, to talk about the Wesleyan-Middletown relationship and how Wesleyan students can become involved in both the town and university communities during their time here.

Come many and come with questions, this is a great opportunity to meet Middletown leadership!

  • What: Mayor Drew is coming
  • Where: Usdan 108
  • When: Friday, April 13, 4:30 – 5:30PM
  • Who’s invited: all members of the Wesleyan community (past, current and future!)

Former Middletown mayor’s pending appointment to oversee CT elections enforcement concerns students and state officials

Gabriela De Golia ’13 brings us some news about former Middletown mayor Sebastian N. Giuliano, and what it potentially means for Wesleyan students’ ability to vote in the 2012 elections.

As of Friday the 13th, the bi-partisan and independent Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission, whose mission is supposedly to “ensure the integrity of the state’s electoral process,” announced Giuliano’s pending appointment as its Executive Director and General Counsel.

In case you somehow missed the hoopla that was the November 2011 Middletown elections, Giuliano was the former mayor during whose time in office Wesleyan students are reported to have experienced unprecedented difficulties to get out and vote (click here, here, here, and here for more info on all of that). Gabriela states:

“If someone like Giuliano – who is already on record for making it so difficult for students to vote in Middletown – is allowed to be the senior official who oversees all elections in the state, I can’t even imagine the difficulties all Connecticut college students will have trying to vote in 2012 and beyond that.”

Giuliano’s appointment is scheduled to be formally approved on Wednesday, January 18th. This is also two days after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which celebrates civil – namely voting – rights.

Despite the short notice and being on break, Gabriela says that she, a couple other students, and some state officials are “working to prevent this from happening, and that there is more info to come very soon.” So stay tuned.

Give your input for the Middletown Bike Proposal!

Gabriela De Golia ’13 wants to see you riiide:

The upcoming grant proposal for a bikeway in Middletown is an exciting opportunity to make Middletown more bike friendly and bike safe! As of now, the proposed bikeway would connect Wesleyan with other parts of Middletown and the surrounding areas. It would include mostly “off road” trails, with helpful signage, curb cuts, street crossings, and bike storage lockers at Spear Park at the corner of Main and Williams St.

If you are interested in learning more about the bikeway proposal and giving some input, there will be a meeting tomorrow, November 29,  with Middletown’s Director of Planning, Conservation and Development, Bill Warner, who will present the proposal.. Public input on the details of the plan and support for the project is being sought.

This meeting will take place in Room 208 of City Hall, 245 DeKoven Drive, at 5:30 PM.

Ride onnnnnn!

Date:   Nov. 29
Time:   5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Place:   Room 208 of City Hall, 245 DeKoven Drive (behind the New England Emporium building)

Press Release: Wesleyan Students Denounce On-Campus Republican Voter Intimidation

This Wednesday, a group of Wesleyan students called on Middletown Mayor Sebastian Giuliano and the Middletown Republican Party to cease their campaign of intimidation and false information intended to stop Wesleyan students from voting in next Tuesday’s election.

“It’s disgusting and shameful that Middletown’s Republican Mayor and some of his supporters are doing their utmost to make it difficult for Wesleyan students to vote,” said Rebecca Casper-Johnson ’15. “Republican Seb Giuliano needs to re-read the Constitution.”

On Wednesday, Giuliano appeared at Wesleyan’s Usdan Center in person to tell students — wrongly — that they needed to provide identification in person at City Hall before they would be allowed to vote.

Earlier this week, Middletown’s Republican Registrar of Voters was quoted in the Middletown Press saying that she would try to block as many as half of the registered voters at Wesleyan from voting — before backtracking a day later.

Students who are registered to vote will still be eligible to vote in one of four polling locations, depending on where they live. Students need to check their WesBoxes in order to read a letter from the Registrar of Voters telling them where they will be voting.

“This is a disturbing pattern of behavior,” said Michael Linden ’15. “Molly Salafia, one of Giuliano’s Republican candidates, wrote a Wespeak urging students not to vote — and Tom Sebold, a Middletown cop and Giuliano volunteer — has threatened students who try to vote with bogus tax charges.”

Linden has said that he is strongly considering filing complaints with the State Elections Enforcement Commission and the United States Department of Justice.

“Wesleyan students are Middletown residents and we have every right to vote in next Tuesday’s election. We will fight to protect our Constitutional rights,” Linden said

Exercise your constitutional right to vote by voting in the mayoral election next Tuesday, November 8th. Polls will be open from 6AM to 8PM, and vans will leave from the Usdan Center on Tuesday for each location.

If you are not yet registered to vote, you may still go to the Registrar of Voters to register to vote (located at 245 Dekoven Drive, open from 8:30am to 4:30pm) and you find your polling location by calling 860-344-3485.