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Why does Meriden have to close off streets to observe code violations?

Why does the city have to close off streets to observe code violations? Do they not feel safe otherwise? Are they being partisan by not notifying those officials who are not Democrats?

There has been much talk about Meriden's Operation Clean Sweep, in which top city officials walk the streets and identify health and blight issues in select neighborhoods. Very timely doing this during a very competitive election season... don't we have whole city departments to do this throughout the year? What does the Dept. of Development & Enforcement do, especially the Housing Division? What does the Health & Human Services Department do? What does the Police Department do? Don't they all have some jurisdiction in this matter... to ensure healthy and safe neighborhoods... throughout the year?

Why does the city have to close off streets to observe code violations? Do they not feel safe otherwise? If Meriden officials who are responsible for ensuring a safe city were doing their jobs throughout the year, they wouldn't have to make a show of pretending they are serious about quality of life issues. There is no single duty of municipal government more important than ensuring the safety of their residents... They have failed at this.

As to the assertion that State Senator Len Suzio has been absent at these and other community collaborations, that's because he is not invited. City officials, including the Mayor and the Democrat Leadership, are so partisan, that they intentionally do not notify the Senator, nor for that matter, other officials without a "D" after their names. That's the dirty little secret, and now everyone knows it.

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Jason Frederick September 02, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Your blog was spot on up until you started talking about Suzio and these "bother the undesirables" walks. You think suzio really cares enough about the residents of this city to show up for one of these. HEs too busy trying to keep people in jail for a few extra months. In those 190 or so days they will be rehabilitated and wont commit any violent crimes when they get out.
Manuel A. Santos September 05, 2012 at 12:31 AM
What part of "because he is not invited" do you not understand? You bet I believe Suzio cares about this city. He's always out and about in the city and the 13th District. He spent some 14 years on the Board of Ed... an often thankless, hard volunteer position... you don't get paid for that.

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