Office of Mayor Finizio Announces Public Meetings with the Mayor

Meetings start on Wednesday, Feb. 15 and continue through Wednesday, Feb. 22


The Office of Mayor Finizio has announced a schedule of five public meetings with the mayor beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 15 on the office's Facebook page.

Here's the schedule of meetings:

  • Feb. 15 at 3:30 p.m. NL Business (at Copperwoods)
  • Feb 16 10:00 a.m. NL Arts Community (at the Hygienic)
  • Feb 17 10:00 a.m. NL Non-profits (at Provenance)
  • Feb 21 5:30 p.m. NL Residents (at Bean & Leaf)
  • Feb 22 5:00 p.m. NL Commercial Property Owners (at Harbour Towers)
lion king February 02, 2012 at 07:07 PM
coperwoods, hope the mayor has his cc so he can pu the tab ,
Alan Green, Jr. February 02, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Why should the Mayor or City pay the tab, lion? If you're too cheap to pick up your own tab, bring some water and a snack. I think this is great! There's no one that can say now that the Mayor is 'tough to meet with'.
NewLondonSource February 02, 2012 at 07:29 PM
I don't think anyone has claimed he's 'tough to meet with', however, it remains to be seen whether he'll actually answer questions or deflect with his new standard phrase - "I'll refer you to my previous comments on the matter".
Lori Hopkins Cavanagh February 02, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Sounds like fun! (Psych!) I met with state and local fire personnel today regarding help with code compliance issues in vacant downtown buildings. No one seemed very fond of Daryl's Land Value Tax concept for Downtown. The folks from the state seemed downright perplexed as to why Daryl would want to hurt instead of help downtown building owners considering all of the major obstacles to improving these buildings. They pretty much all need sprinkler systems that costs lots of money! Perhaps instead of socializing Daryl may want to learn a thing or two about business and what can be done Downtown to turn it around. Sorry, Daryl, non profits filling storefronts is not the answer and neither is Land Value Tax.
Alan Green, Jr. February 02, 2012 at 09:38 PM
New London - He's never said that to me. But of course, I don't use an accusing tone when I talk with the Mayor and I tend to have an open mind. Also, I try not to annoy him when he's eating dinner with his Husband. Not that he'd ever let me know if I WAS bothering him. He has that 'open' kind of thing going.
Alec Peterson February 03, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Seems like all of the meetings are downtown. Perhaps, Finizio should be made aware of the fact that there are other districts in the City. Also, don't some of the places named have ties to his Administration - form of subsidy? Why not utilize Public facilities like Ocean beach or NLHS to spread things around the City? Oh well, I am sure that the rooms will be stacked with supporters - the Master Propagandist Allyn de Vars-Finizio will see to that.
Rick Lushay February 03, 2012 at 11:45 AM
I see a lot of peole making comments that make sense and some that do not. Monday evening there is a City Council meeting. How many of those that post here will show up and demand accountability from our city council with respect to finances and spending. That is the purpose of the public comment portion of the council meeting. You can influence the council if you show up in great numbers. One or two public speakers do not influence the council. Show up or shut up. I suspect it will be a poor showing and the results will reflect that.
Dennis Downing February 03, 2012 at 12:23 PM
To all New London residents, Mr. Rick Lushay has a point. Will you be there or will you be sitting on your butts. See you there.
Dennis Downing February 03, 2012 at 12:27 PM
I chanllage any N.L. resident to come and speak on how to save money in N.L. What better way to get ideas then from the very people it will effect. See you all Monday at 7pm. @ city hall.
John Lynch February 03, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Why don't you have your non-profit meetings at one of the veterans clubs or the Elk's so you can find out what these organizations do. They also hold more people or is it you don't want a big crowd.
Alphonse DeLachance February 03, 2012 at 02:20 PM
If these are municipal meet and greet sessions, why not at the schools and library. Or is he choosing favored business establishments that supported him in his campaign?
lion king February 03, 2012 at 03:29 PM
allen green jr , its called humor ,we all need it once in a while ,this is a great idea lets hope we see alot of people there . lori, nice to see you comment for local and state fire people
Daniel Burnett February 03, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I have a feeling that these meeting locations are to promote a more relaxed atmosphere. One of the jobs of any Mayor in any city is to support and promote local businesses, right? I think it's a great idea to have these meetings where people can potentially check out a local venue they may not have ever gone to had it not been for this meeting. After all, that's what we're all searching for, right? an actual community, where we all support each other and our businesses? As for favored businesses, I think it may just be that these are places that may have already previously offered up their venue to the mayor. I'm sure if any business ever felt 'left out' they could simply call and say that they would like the next public meeting to take place in their restaurant/venue.
Daniel Burnett February 03, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Or maybe he's just doing it in public because it is less likely that his critics will make a huge scene? Hmm...
Dennis Downing February 03, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Mr. Mayor, how about at one of the local business at Hodges Square or maybe Wings@Pies or maybe in the lobby at Crystal Ave.Apts. or maybe one of the senior housing complex. My point being that there are plenty of places that are not in the district that I'm sure would like to talk with you. I'm sure some of them voted for you. I think you owe them.
Alphonse DeLachance February 03, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Dennis, Please you are so much smarter than that. Hodges Square is a campaigning location only. Wings and Pies does he know where Colman Street is? Crystal Ave apts too dangerous for our mayor. He owes no one. He made that clear in the election. Except for the business that promoted him during the election, Bean and Leaf etc.... He has no use for NLMS or other business locations. Get on board or get shut out.
Daniel Burnett February 03, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I think Colman street would probably be a parking nightmare, but you guys bring up a good point- New London is way more than just Downtown. In the future, I would like to see some other area's get some spotlights as well.
Dennis Downing February 03, 2012 at 04:12 PM
But just to be fair I'm still waiting to be surprise
Sara Florek February 03, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I believe this is just a starting point for our Mayor. How many months has he held office??? I know that Daryl believes in promoting businesses and relationships outside of the district. It is refreshing when our previous leaders were ONLY focused on downtown for so many years. This is one of the many reasons, that I , as a business owner outside of downtown voted for him.
Thomas Cornick February 03, 2012 at 06:32 PM
So Alphonse and Dennis, if you condemn the guy before he starts he would do well to avoid you.
Donna Pearlman February 03, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I will be at Copperwoods and the Bean & Leaf as a businessowner and resident. Think this is a great idea. See you there!
Jeff Brown February 03, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I for one thinks it's a good idea but no matter what he does some people will do whatever they can to criticize. I really hope the people who have the biggest bones to pick with him are the ones who do show up, it sounds like a good oppurtunity to voice your concerns and in a more constructive way than in these posts or when he's out to dinner lol. I know i'll be there!
Max February 04, 2012 at 01:20 AM
The timing is good, and this is a great start. I do agree that the Mayor needs to reach out to neighborhoods throughout New London to get a real sense of the community pulse. Senior Center (a Neighborhood Alliance meeting would be good), OIC, and schools throughout the City are great venues.


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