Tuesday, December 29, 2009

2010 Inaguration

2010 Inauguration: Friday, Jan 1st at noon:

Everyone is invited to attend the inauguration ceremony, where the Board of Aldermen, City Clerk and the Mayor will be sworn in. The ceremony will begin at noon on Friday, January 1st at the Cooperative Arts High School in Downtown New Haven. Free parking will be available in the Crown Street Garage and in the ProPark lot across from the school.

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year (and tree collection)

Hope everyone is enjoying the Holidays!
And, Happy New Year to all!!

Christmas Tree pick-up begins Monday, Jan. 4th:

The Department of Public Works will begin holiday tree collection on Monday, January 4th and will continue this effort through the end of January. Residents are asked to please place their trees outside with their trash on their regularly scheduled collection day.
All decorations must be removed from the tree. If a tree becomes frozen to the ground, it will become the responsibility of the homeowner to remove the tree. For more information, please call the Department of Public Works Citizen Response Unit at 203-946-7700.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

NHPS Reform

I had promised to provide the link to the hand-out I received back in October at the School Change meeting at Edgewood....
At that meeting, several Reform Objectives were illustrated: an outline of "Why New Haven?" (they state they have "A Strong Foundation to Build On"), and a chart, "Focus and Coherence in the Management of Schools," showing what Asst. Superintendent Garth Harries described as some of the how the main goal of "Raising Student Performance" will be accomplished. It also shows four "planks," each with a "vision," having several "potential components." Here's the just posted Overview of School Reform Initiative (PDF). And here's the NHPS Foundations's official reform website.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Office Hours: Tuesdays 9:30 @ Deja Brew

Yep, I'm still available at "office hours," Tuesday mornings, 9:30-10:30 at Deja Brew (corner of Edgewood & W. Rock). Please stop by to chat if you can. I plan to expand these hours to other locations and times as needed.

for the new Alders...

Thought I'd let everyone know that the City is introducing us new Alders to City Department heads, and Alderwoman Ina Silverman is hosting "boot camp" to get us up to speed on BOA procedures.

Dec. 1st, I attended a meeting to meet folks and hear from several City Departments. NHPD Chief Lewis was there with Asst. Chief Brown. Chief Lewis presented the recently released crime data report (NHI story here) showing improvement from 2008. Mike Piscitelli, Director of Transportation, Traffic & Parking and John Prokop, Director of Public Works, both summarized their roles. Pat Wallace, the new Director for Elderly Services gave an update on what she's hearing from the 55+ community. Che Dawson introduced us to the City's Youth Department. Rafael Ramos, Dep. Dir. Housing Code Enforcement, explained his duties and the services that the Livable City Initiative Bureau (LCI) provides, including the second phase of the relatively new Rental Property Licensing & Inspection Program. NHFD Chief Grant gave an overview of the FD's organization and expressed his excitement on moving forward with much needed Lieutenant & Captain promotions.

Last night, Alderwoman Ina Silverman, BOA President Carl Goldfield, and Al Lucas, Dir. of Legislative Services, taught part-one of "New Alderman 'Boot camp'." We were all provided with lots of helpful information, as we all get set to help our neighborhoods and our City as soon as we're all sworn in to office at noon, January 1st at a ceremony at Coop High School.

Monday, November 23, 2009

W. Elm & Forest - Neighbors chat w/ TT&P Director

Several neighbors met near the "T" intersection of W. Elm St. & Forest Rd. tonight to take a look and chat with Mike Piscitelli, Director of New Haven's Transportation, Traffic & Parking Department. He also brought a rough drawing based on an on-site meeting he had with a CT DOT engineer last week. Residents of this block of W. Elm, and many Westville neighbors, know of the many accidents (including the 2008 death of a Forest Rd. neighbor) and the hazards of this particular intersection.

The City will soon get back to the neighbors with a proposal of what TT&P can do (with cooperation/permission from CT DOT) to mitigate the dangers at this intersection. The State did study and provided a recommendation (6/09) against installing a traffic light or stop signs (email me if you want a copy). Also, CT DOT advised that perhaps making the street one-way from Forest could help. This "one-way option" has largely been dismissed after the City formally surveyed the W. Elm St. neighbors. However, nothing is completely off the table as far as remedies go. Director Piscitelli will now consult further with the City's engineers (get CT DOT input and permissions if necessary) to get a plan that can be assessed by the New Haven Traffic Authority and the neighbors.

Neighbors attending tonight seemed to agree that striping and/or an island to direct flow to a Right-Turn Only from W. Elm to Forest would be a welcomed first step. Signage for No Left Turn onto Forest would also accompany this design. Further addressing the many hazards at this intersection, also led to considering blocking all incoming traffic from Forest onto W. Elm. This two-part idea will also be compared to completely blocking off access, to and from, Forest Rd.; thus making W. Elm a cul-de-sac at Forest.

TT&P will be in touch with Ina and me when they have something more to share.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Roger Rd Block Watch Meeting

I was happy to be invited to and attend the Roger Rd. Block Watch Meeting last night. If any other neighborhood Block Watches are meeting in the near future and would like to invite me, I'd like to try to attend.


In-street Pedestrian Crossing Signs - removal for winter

Thought I'd make everyone aware that most (maybe all) of the popular, in-street pedestrian crossing signs will be removed for the winter. These signs - State Law, Stop for Pedestrians in crosswalks - are still just a "trial program." None (in our neighborhood) are permanently anchored and thus can't be left in place during snow removal season. Also, Transportation, Traffic & Parking (TT&P) wants to inventory and assess the signs. Many have been hit and damaged. They are also evaluating requests for more of these signs in addition to their own analysis for "how many and where" throughout the City.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

DPW Leaf removal info

Street Sweeping becomes Leaf removal in November. Deputy Director of Public Works, Howard Weissberg, who spoke & answered questions at Nov's CMT meeting, reports that DPW has finished removing leaves from Ward 25/Route 11's streets. They will probably be back for more in December, as leaves fell late this year impacting the schedule and removal efficiency and completeness. Starting in November, DPW assesses the need for leaf pick-up, route-by-route, and formulates the schedule based on need and efficiency and not on a set schedule. This year, DPW also even added a "scraping" crew with a front-end-loader to go out ahead of the sweepers to remove big batches of leaves. Leaf crews AND garbage crews take away "resident bagged Leaves" during leaf season. It is illegal for anyone to rake or blow leaves into the street. DPW will warn and ticket violators. Howard does admit that communication could improve so they can get more cooperation from residents regarding moving cars and bagging leaves. Howard says he will continue to work to improve this program.

There is also a "night crew" to spot sweep and address arterial roads. CT DOT does not help with "their" many roads like Whalley & Fountain.

Please contact Ina or me to pass on any concerns about City Sweeping & Leaf removal to Howard. The concerns I've been hearing suggest many folks would like to see: ALL cars removed prior to sweeping and especially prior to leave collection (improve efficiency), more communication of schedule (via web or robo-phone calls), more information about "the rules" (website, flyers), and more enforcement of the bagging & not-into-the-street rules. Some folks would also like more supervision & evaluation of City crews/employees to ensure proper procedures (no leaf bags in with regular garbage) and increased efficiency.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Street Sweeping - some more info

There is info on DPW's website about street sweeping -- however it's from the Spring. It (click on the map) does however show Ward 25's Street Sweeping Route as #11. Route #11 is swept monthly between April - November on the first Monday (side 1) & first Tuesday (Side 2) of those months. According to Deputy Director of Public Works, Howard Weissberg, who spoke & answered questions at Nov's CMT meeting, the City's one crew takes care of the City's 14 Routes in a 28 day cycle (2 days/2 sides of the street). This full schedule does occasionally result in routes/neighborhoods being "missed" due to holidays or bad weather. Westville/Route 11 was "missed" 2 months in a row this sweeping season due to these factors. But, unlike "posted" routes, DPW can come back to our "in & out, un-posted" route, schedule permitting.

A set schedule and "posted" (permanent signs on poles) routes, does not allow for as much scheduling flexibility as DPW would like to accommodate needs and efficiency. Also, efficiency comes from having cars off the streets to be swept. Our neighborhood (Route 11) is one of the "un-posted" routes. This is suppose to offer the advantage of not being bothered with moving our cars on set days nor being subjected to ticketing and towing. Our neighborhood was identified as generally having fewer cars on the street which can be worked around. It also allows DPW to vary from the set two days they can come sweep our streets. In fact, for both these reasons, the City has been changing "posted" routes to "un-posted." Back to efficiency issues with "un-posted..." Crew supervisors (which go out a couple days ahead) do however assess how free of cars streets seem to be. And, they can then decide to "paper-post" streets as no-parking, providing 24 hours notice. This posting method too has it's pros and cons as you can imagine. Balancing desires, needs, requirements, efficiency, and inconvenience is the challenge. Howard is indeed re-evaluating the Street Sweeping program and will be working to improve it. He does want to emphasize that the City exceeds Federal & State DEP requirements. Cleaning the streets is done for both aesthetic and environmental reasons.

There is also a "night crew" to spot sweep and address arterial roads. CT DOT does not help with "their" many roads like Whalley & Fountain.

Please contact Ina or me to pass on any concerns about City Sweeping & Leaf removal to Howard. The concerns I've been hearing suggest many folks would like to see: ALL cars removed prior to sweeping and especially prior to leave collection (improve efficiency), more communication of schedule (via web or robo-phone calls), more information about "the rules" (website, flyers), and more enforcement of the bagging & not-into-the-street rules. Some folks also would like more supervision & evaluation of City crews/employees to ensure proper procedures (no leaf bags in with regular garbage) and increased efficiency.

CMT meeting (11/11) - DPW & LCI representatives speak

I attended the November CMT meeting last night. Two City employees came on their day off (Veteran's Day) to share information and take questions. Attendees and the board were very appreciative that LCI's Elaine Braffman and Deputy Director of Pubic Works, Howard Weissberg came to speak and listen to Westville/West Hills neighbors.

Elaine Braffman reiterated that folks should call her at her work number with any issues and to please always leave a name and phone number. She will return your call AND will always keep complainants' names private. Please visit LCI's website for Elaine's phone number on their Neighborhood Services page and for more info about how LCI can be of assistance to residents.

Howard Weissberg joined DPW as Deputy Director about 6 months ago. He came with a background and expertise in Right of Way Management. He's currently working on improving New Haven's Right of Way Management Program including new perspectives, requirements & recommendations born out of the BOA's Complete Streets resolution and created steering committee... and henceforth legislation. Right of Way Management includes street and sidewalk management. Howard confirmed he's working to implement new methodologies for efficient repair techniques, better work-order & job tracking management, a fresh survey of roads and sidewalks, and many other related aspects to what is a very big job! This all must also interface and coordinate with several other City departments including Parks, Engineering, TT&P, and City Plan. He also mentioned, since sidewalks & trees very often should be assessed as one, that DPW is also partnering with urban tree experts, URI, to help with surveying and best practices. DPW is currently experimenting and finding success with new repair techniques that don't damage tree roots (which most often cause sidewalk problems), are quicker than old methods, and cost less.

Howard reminds folks that currently the best reporting method for issues is the City's Web311 interface.

Howard also chatted about DPW's street sweeping and leaf collection (DPW has finished removing leaves from Ward 25's streets. They'll probably be back for more in Dec. Howard reports that leaves fell late this year) - here's my Blog entry about Leaf collection and my Blog about Street Sweeping...

Also, here are the CMT minutes from last month (Oct.). I'll link to Nov's when they're posted.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Newest NHPS Board member is an Edgewood Parent

Mayor DeStefano has appointed Ferdinand Risco, Jr. to the Board of Ed. and thus fills the final vacancy on the 8 member board. I do not know Mr. Risco, but I look forward to meeting him soon as he is a fellow Edgewood parent. Hopefully his bio will join the other BOE board members on the NHPS website soon. The NHI has this story today.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Mauro-Sheridan Dedication

I briefly attended the Mauro-Sheridan Science Technology and Communications Interdistrict Magnet School dedication ceremony this past Sunday. Alderman Tom Lehtonen (Ward 27) passed along our neighborhood's (Ward 25), "congratulations and welcome back" message. The new building looks great! I've asked if there are any Ward 25 kids attending the newly merged Mauro-Sheridan. I'm sure families from our neighborhood, interested in this interdistrict magnet school and its offerings, will be checking out this new, nearby option.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Neighborhood School Reform Discussions

This week there were a couple neighborhood get-togethers of neighborhood parents to chat about school reform and Edgewood School. Current, future and prospective parents are heading to meetings, and gathering to chat about school reform. Currently, school reform is the Mayor's top priority.

I attended a neighborhood chat last Sunday evening hosted by Tim Holahan. Several current, future, and prospective parents were there to discuss what they've heard about school reform and to chat about Edgewood School. Also, a newly formed parent group, Friends of Edgewood School (FES), was represented by neighbors Erica Holahan & Michael Slattery. This group is meeting with Edgewood's School Planning & Management Team (SPMT) this Monday (11/9) [This meeting was postponed - Meet FES at Enrichment Night @ Edgewood: Jan 27th @ 6:30pm] to finalize a proposed survey, to go out to Edgewood parents and neighbors, looking to hone in on needs for additional academic enrichment at Edgewood School that could be funded by grants and/or donations.

Neighbor and future Edgewood parent, Rebecca Weiner, would like to introduce the new group:

Dear Fellow Parents:

I am writing to introduce Friends of Edgewood School (FES), and invite you to a meeting to discuss FES at 3:30 PM this coming Monday, November 9th, at the Edgewood School Library. [This meeting was postponed - Meet FES at Enrichment Night @ Edgewood: Jan 27th @ 6:30pm]Please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone you think may be interested.

FES is a new all-volunteer group of Edgewood School parents (current and future). Our mission is to support Edgewood in developing in-school academic enrichment for all students at Edgewood School.

We plan to do this via grant-writing, fund-raising, and organizing volunteers to bring resources not currently available to the school, in order to support both current and new academic enrichment initiatives. We do and will work in cooperation with the PTA, SPMT, and other existing groups.

All Best--

Friday, November 6, 2009

New City Recycling/Trash Program - UPDATED 3/26/10

This will NOT be rolling out with Recycle Bank as a partner, but the City is working on "plan B."  Read more in this  updated post...

OLD Post below:

I've been hearing about this for awhile now from Ina, Rob Smuts (City's CAO), folks at DPW, and others. A citizens group is helping with PR - New Haven Master Recyclers. The BOA approved the new measures last night. Here's the NHI story. The City has contracted with Recycle Bank to provide the infrastructure.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

MORE THANKS & Election Returns

Thanks again to everyone that came out to vote yesterday! Thanks to all the ward 25 neighbors, supporters, and friends! I truly appreciate your demonstration of support. I indeed look forward to helping!

Thanks also to everyone that supported the Edgewood PTO bakesale! They raised over $1300!

741 Votes cast (voting machine total)

Counting absentee, I received 638 votes. Link to the NHI story with more results & numbers. Machine results: 625 votes, there were 110 blanks, 6 write ins (no info for those).

In our Ward, Mayor DeStefano received 553 votes, Ferrucci 110, Sumner 9, Watley 21
For Town Clerk: Ron Smith 502 & Leonard Nixon 119
The Development Act question received 585 YES, 84 No & 72 blanks
(the above are the voting machine totals)

As usual, the voter turn out and participation for our Ward was strong (third highest behind the contested races in Wards 10 & 18). Thanks!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Thanks to everyone that voted today!


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Election Day TODAY!

Election Day is TODAY, Nov. 3rd. Ward 25 votes at Edgewood School. 6am - 8pm.

The annual Edgewood PTO bake sale will go on all day too!

I made one more trip around the neighborhood on foot delivering an info card to make sure most everyone in the Ward has heard about me and the election. Hope to see you on TODAY!

Please come out and vote to demonstrate your support!

(10/27 was the last day to register to vote -- 7 days before the election.)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Voters by Age in Ward 25

Last Tuesday a couple ladies from the neighborhood stopped by to chat at Deja Brew during my "office hours." One of them asked if I had any demographic data for the ward, specifically a breakdown by age. Here's a look at Ward 25 by age ranges from voter registration data (2561 registered voters) as of 10/5/09.

Patricia Wallace, Director of the City's Dept. of Elderly Services, stopped by the last CMT meeting to ask what services are most needed by the 55+ community. Please contact her with your concerns and ideas.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Referendum question on ballot Tuesday, Nov. 3rd

The 2009 ballot for the regular election for the City of New Haven will contain one referendum question regarding the reenactment of the City and Town Development Act.

I recently had a meeting at the City's Economic Development office and got an explanation of why the Board of Alderman approved this and why the City would like to see it ratified by voters. Please call or email me if you would like more information. Also, I also have a 6 page explanation I can forward to those interested.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

NHPS News (updated 10/19)

The Teachers Union overwhelmingly approved the new contract. Administrators are next for contract negotiations according to the Mayor's office.

Two new appointments made to the Board of Ed. -- read the press release here. You can find bios for the Board of Ed mebers here, including Ward 25 resident, Michael Nast.

Again, here's the recently updated but still a bit "under construction" NHPS website: www.nhps.net

And here's the School Reform Website for "official" updates on this initiative.

Community Management Team (CMT)

I was able to attend most of this month's Community Management Team meeting yesterday evening. The CMT meeting for our Police District 10 is held at the Valley St. police substation monthly. Please check the CMT's website for more info. This is truly a valuable resource and I recommend you attend a meeting or at least communicate with the CMT board members.
Minutes from these meetings will soon appear on the website.

This month's agenda featured a presentation by the "master recyclers" who are city residents working to help the city with information and pr for the city's new trash and recycling program that's coming soon!

Also, the director of the City's Elderly Services department, Patricia Wallace, came to ask what do residents 55+ need from the city? She reported that she is hearing a lot of requests for help making city streets more pedestrian friendly.

Also as always, Lt. Martin (Marty) Tchakirides, Westville-West Hills District Manager, gave his crime report and hot-spots. He reminds everyone to lock cars and garages! Please don't leave anything that looks valuable even in a locked car. He wants to hear from folks. (find his and other useful email links here) Please call stuff in!! He can only respond to things that are reported either to him, 911 or non-emergency: 946-6316.

Met with Christy Hass

Yesterday I met with Christy Hass. She is the head of maintenance for the City's department of Parks, Recreation & Trees and is also the City's Tree Warden. I now feel like I have a much better understanding of the "how, who, & why" regarding city trees. In fact, Christy's role as Tree Warden is defined by State statute! Thus, stewardship of trees comes from a policy usually putting a tree's best interest first. I also have a more clear understanding of current man-power, equipment, and how tree work is prioritized and scheduled. It is not "high tech" -- yet. Christy and her tree-crew foreman, Fernado Lage have a crew of 5 guys (3 certified to cut) - and 2 trucks with chippers, 1 old truck w/o chipper, and one stump grinder. There is no actual database or master to-do list. Tree work is tasked from mostly complaints or through observations by Fernando. No matter how the request is received, a work-order is generated/printed using the city's Web311 system. These are then prioritized (1, 2 or 3) by Christy and/or Fernando. In addition to the city crews and equipment, money is also allocated annually to supplement and augment the city's capabilities by hiring subcontractors like Asplundh. This year the city had $95,000 budgeted (which was put out to low bid) and indeed added to the city's ability to handle more tree jobs (however many hrs, at bid hourly rate, until money is used up).

As you can imagine, trees alone are a huge job for the Parks department and require a lot of resources and money. However, there is at least one important partner the city has to help with trees: Urban Resources Initiative has been the city's partner for planting and re-planting for the past few years. They are also currently helping convert (a city contracted, now defunct, company's database that was done for the city several years ago yet is unusable in a proprietary/never completely implemented system) and complete a thorough inventory/database of all the city's trees. Paper will hopefully give way to a computerized GIS system (Christy's applying for grant $ for some of the necessary equipment) in the near future to better manage all aspects of the stewardship of our city's trees...

I know there are many tree issues city wide. My advice for now is to either call in your issues to the Tree Line @ 203-946-6971 or use Web 311. (I know you have to register for Web311; but it really helps as work orders are generated from this system so it saves Parks some time. www.seeclickfix.com is great too, but not YET intertwined with any of the city's IT systems... stay tuned)

I also chatted and got more background on athletic fields -- soccer fields specifically. A new "master plan" is currently in development. Also I found out that Parks does all the athletic field maintenance for the Board of Ed!

Please email me or call with more questions and issues. It was great that Christy took the time to meet with me! Our conversation will help me dispel many rumors and understand more about "what, how & why" which will provide much needed background for the inevitable $ component that Alders deal with.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

School Reform Meeting at Edgewood

It was indeed nice to see 75+ neighbors (those with and w/o school age kids) at tonight's meeting. The Mayor, Dr. Mayo and Asst. Sup. for reform, Garth Harries spoke and answered questions for 2 hours. More than a few questioned what look to be truly ambitious objectives. Harries accepted that observation and stated that these reform objectives are "possible" [to attain] and they are "aggressive." He and the Mayor also backed that up by both saying that they "believe this can be done."

A new (Oct 2009) hand-out listing these Reform Objectives, an outline of "Why New Haven?" (they state they have "A Strong Foundation to Build On"), and a chart, "Focus and Coherence in the Management of Schools," of what Harries described as some of the how the main goal of "Raising Student Performance" will be accomplished. It shows four "planks," each with a "vision," having several "potential components." Here's the link to these documents & here's the official reform website.

While the "achievement gap" appears to be the measurement, school reform as the Mayor, Mayo & Harries propose does seem to tackle much, much more. Harries specifically mentioned that reform goals include "push[ing] high performers" as well as achieving "double jumps" in performance at the lower-end of the performance continuum. "Resources will be allocated" to attain upward improvements from all performance levels they assured. They did admit that money and resources will not be allocated uniformly or equally to each of the 47 schools (as they are now), but allocated so as to achieve these new goals district wide - measured on "upward movement/progress;" not just hitting a targeted average - and "not just in pockets." The Board of Ed will hopefully define "performance" criteria to include state tests, post-secondary readiness, student engagement, etc. by spring 2010. They'd also like NHPS to be measured overall (not solely on "achievement gap") and thus reach their stated ultimate goal, "[to] be recognized as the best urban district in the country."

There seemed to be a lot more listening than questioning. (I too only listened tonight.) About 10 people did most of the questioning. Alderwoman Silverman started off the questioning with the tough one, "How will this be paid for?" The Mayor's blunt answer was that taxes could indeed go up. It does seem to the Mayor that education is central to just about everything and thus can justify its costs. Obviously money is a component. However, I know as important as these reform initiatives are, fiscal responsibility will be vital. Oversight, transparency, measurable return on investment, and accountability will all be very important. Parents, teachers, administrators, city residents, the Board of Alderman should all be collaborators in this huge undertaking of school reform. Additional venues and forums for further discussion seem necessary. More specifics addressing many cost issues will come to light next week as the Teachers Union votes on a new contract.

Please contact me with your thoughts, questions, ideas, etc., so as many of us as possible can play a role in taking advantage of what the Mayor sees as a "window" in economic & political times for "aggressive" public education reform here in New Haven. I will most certainly be engaged, with vested interest (child at Edgewood), in this process as a parent and neighborhood representative.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Election Day A Month Away - Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Hello neighbors. Election Day is one month from today.

I would hope that everyone heads to the polls to demonstrate your support for me and for whomever you cast your vote. This neighborhood, Ward 25, has traditionally demonstrated, in large numbers with impressive voter turn out, its support for the candidates its residents hope will work hard and faithfully represent them. I will indeed represent your voice and will work hard on behalf of all of our neighbors in Ward 25.

Thanks in advance for taking the time to head to Edgewood Magnet School to vote, Tuesday, November 3rd. Also, please plan to stop by the Edgewood PTO bake sale after you vote!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Primary Day

Tuesday (9/15) was Primary Day. There were primaries in 7 of the 30 Wards.
Click here for a NHI story with the results. I had no primary challenge and... I am unopposed in the general election to be held November 3rd. I look forward however to meeting many more neighbors between now and then, and I hope my supporters will head to the polls to demonstrate your support for me. The Mayor and the Town Clerk will also be on the ballot, as well as at least one referendum question (more info to come on that). Thanks again to everyone who has taken the time to chat, and please contact me via the email link on my website anytime!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

registered voters numbers

I have not verified these registered voters numbers, but they're from a recent NHI story.