Democrat Sal DeCola is the first candidate out of the box in filing papers to run for a Board of Alders seat this year, seeking a fifth two-year term representing Morris Cove’s Ward 18.
DeCola, a retired postal carrier, won his first term in the 2011 election. As chair of the Community Services & Environmental Policy Committee, he has carved out a leading role on the board as a green guardian.
He said Thursday that he plans to continue fighting against the plans by a local company, Murphy Road Recycling, to build a transfer station in the port district that would process domestic garbage from suburban towns within a 30-mile radius from New Haven. (Click here and here to read more about that.)
“They can do it in other cities,” DeCola suggested, noting already high asthma rates due to the concentration of polluting facilities near the I-95/I-95 junction.
DeCola has also helped organize an annual fundraiser at the Shubert to support scholarships for kids to participate in after-school arts programs.
posted by: JoshuaVanHoesen on February 7, 2019 12:33pm
As the individual who ran against him previously I have a few comments.
1. I am glad to see that he is becoming more in touch with the Residents, he has started coming to the ESMT meetings on a regular basis which had been a major complaint of mine when he did not.
2. He does not need to be an Alder to sit on committees though I do applaud his participation in them.
3. What I feel we currently need from our Alders are individuals who will make the tough decisions in regards to budgets and projects and to stop kicking the can down the road and footing property owners with the Bill, his voting history does not reflect that.
4. I will not be running against him again as I will be moving to the 26th ward in 12 days (In which I will most likely be running in an effort to try and resolve some of the Systemic issues the city faces).
posted by: wendy1 on February 7, 2019 3:17pm
So far the BOA is an echo chamber for the mayor.
posted by: New Haven Taxpayer on February 7, 2019 6:50pm
The big question is:
Will the Republican Party field a candidate to run against Mr. Decola?
-Perhaps even the former Ward 18 Alder…?
The rumor mill’s been turning for months…..time will tell.
posted by: public defense on February 8, 2019 11:31am
I’m glad to see Alder DeCola be a champion of our ward and for New Haven. We especially applaud his relentless opposition to Murphy Road “Recycling” attempts to import garbage into New Haven from Hamden, North Haven, Cheshire, and the all these suburbs, into our beautiful port area and polluting the Quinnipiac River, and poisoning the air for those poor kids and our neighbors. If Harp did her job and protected New Haven against her friends at Murphy Road, DeCola wouldn’t have to defend the home turf.