Dorinda Keenan Borer receives a jacket embroidered with her new title, Irishwoman of the Year, from Mayor Edward M. O’Brien during the city’s 23rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration outside City Hall’s Campbell Avenue entrance Monday, March 17. Read More
From left, U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., drums up support for the Long Island Sound Stewardship Act with Audubon Connecticut President Stewart Hudson, Save the Sound Executive Director Curt Johnson and Mayor Edward M. O’Brien at a news conference Friday morning, April 11, on the beach walk behind the Savin Rock Conference Center. (City Photo/Michael P. Walsh)
Murphy, O’Brien call for passage of bill to preserve L.I. Sound
WEST HAVEN, April 14, 2014 — U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., and Mayor Edward M. O’Brien conferred with about a dozen environmental advocates on the city’s beach walk Friday morning, April 11, to urge the U.S. Senate to pass the Long Island Sound Stewardship Act.
Murphy and O’Brien drummed up support for the bill, which would authorize new funding to restore and protect the Sound, with Audubon Connecticut President Stewart Hudson and Save the Sound Executive Director Curt Johnson at a news conference behind the Savin Rock Conference Center. The officials then toured areas damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
Although decades of overdevelopment and pollution have harmed the Sound’s water quality, its economic contribution from fishing, boating, recreation and tourism is the “heart and soul” of Connecticut’s economy, netting the state an estimated $5.5 billion a year, Murphy said.
The city’s publicly accessible 3 1/2-mile shoreline comprises 25 percent of the state’s public beaches.
The stewardship act combines two separate authorizations through 2016 at $325 million over five years. The legislation includes new areas of concentration in the remediation efforts, such as adaptation and resource management to tackle threats posed by climate change.
During the conference, Johnson highlighted a joint initiative by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to open up the mouth of the West River, which flows into New Haven Harbor, for the first time in a century to allow fish to migrate upriver and spawn.
He also touted an effort led by O’Brien to improve a vital span of the city’s wastewater pipeline to prevent spills into the Sound.
PTA members are all smiles with Superintendent of Schools Neil C. Cavallaro, standing far left, and Mayor Edward M. O’Brien, standing far right, after being honored as “Unsung Heroes” for making a difference in the school district during the PTA Council’s annual Founders Day awards dinner Wednesday night, April 9, at the Westwoods Ballroom. Sitting are, from left, M. Toni Paine, Carrigan Intermediate School; PTA Council President Tracy A. Morrissey, recipient of the Marisa Matrisciano Friends of Education Award; Mary Zwack, Forest Elementary School; Darcee Lopresti, Haley Elementary School; Dina Robinson, Pagels Elementary School; and Jean Vitale, Savin Rock Community School. Standing are, from left, Stacy Sutton, Mackrille Elementary School; Garrett Owen Grant, PTA Council; Amy Warren, Washington Elementary School; Laura Mongillo, Bailey Middle School; Dana Martinez, West Haven High School; Bob Nugent, Bailey; and Hilary Brentson, Haley. (City Photo/Ralph A. Eberle)
After joining state Sen. Gayle Slossberg, D-Milford, for the introduction of a municipal liquor permit bill before the General Assembly’s Committee on General Law at the state Capitol in Hartford on Thursday, March 6, Mayor Edward M. O’Brien, second from left, pauses with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, center. Accompanying O’Brien are, from left, city police Detective Brian Reilly, Capt. Richard DiMeola and Officer David Sydnor. (City Photo/John W. Lewis)
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Mayor Edward M. O’Brien is all smiles with Vice President Joe Biden at the White House during a visit Thursday, Jan. 23, with members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. O’Brien and his executive assistant, John W. Lewis, represented West Haven at the mayors’ conference convention recently in Washington. During the weeklong assembly of mayors whose cities have 30,000 or more residents, O’Brien had productive discussions with U.S. Transportation Department Secretary Anthony Foxx, Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson, vice president of the mayors’ conference, and U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Conn. O’Brien also met with Newton, Mass., Mayor Setti Warren, chairman of the Community Development and Housing Standing Committee, of which O’Brien is a member, and Tampa, Fla., Mayor Bob Buckhorn. The committee recommends policies for the general body to evaluate for endorsement at the conference’s summer meetings. (City Photo)
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