Funny, just two days after writing a rant that "For now, nobody wants to go to Fair Haven" I bumped into New Haven's Mayor John DeStefano in our local Fair Haven dining joint - Jenelle's Waterfront Restaurant.
I couldn't help to disturb him and took his picture and thanked him for his help in the past with silencing the sirens on the Quinnipiac River drawbridges. Several months ago, during a neighborhood meeting with the Mayor hosted by Lee Cruz I brought the problem of unbearable noise to the Mayor. A few days later the City Engineer contacted me and with some help of the 33 CFR 117.213 I manged to convince him that the sirens are not needed.
According to Jenelle Coughlin the restaurant owner, the mayor comes for lunch "once in a while", so he must enjoy a moment of quiet time on the waterfront.
Unfortunately I was unsuccessful to get some more of the Mayor's time to bring some of my concerns about New Haven waterfront. The Mayor was dining with a guest. Maybe some other time... I guess it must suck to be bothered in every public place, part of the job.
I can't help sharing a personal reflection: here I am, a relatively recent immigrant to USA. Not that long ago I was among the despised by many "illegal" ones... New Haven has become my new home. I made good friends in the neighborhood, I run this website and today I was shaking the hand of my new home city Mayor. How cool is that?