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.