Roland Lemar

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Roland Lemar

Roland Lemar was first elected in 2010 to represent the 96th Assembly District of Hamden and New Haven, as a Connecticut State Rep. After State-wide Redistricting in 2012, Lemar was re-elected to the General Assembly serving New Haven and East Haven.

Political career

Lemar serves as an Assistant Majority Whip for House Democrats and as the Vice Chair of the powerful Finance, Revenue, & Bonding Committee. He also serves on the Finance Sub-Committee for Transportation Bonding, as a member to the Government Administrations & Elections Committee, and the Transportation Committee. In his first term in the General Assembly, Roland played a key role in securing the State’s new Earned Income Tax Credit for working families, developing a Jobs Bill that has led to the hiring of 1,000 of Connecticut residents.[1]


After growing up in Rhode Island and graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Roland Lemar settled down in New Haven’s East Rock neighborhood. Before becoming a State Representative, he served as a member of the Board of Aldermen, chairing the New Haven Board of Aldermen’s Legislation Committee, and as a member of the City Plan Commission. Recognizing that small businesses are the job growth engine for the region, he has supported local businesses by providing resources to merchants’ associations and passing legislation to make commercial districts vibrant.

Lemar co–authored New Haven’s “Complete Streets” ordinance to improve transportation infrastructure and make it safer for all users. In the wake of the foreclosure crisis, he co-authored the City’s anti-blight legislation, intended to ensure that vacant and underutilized properties do not become eyesores in our neighborhoods. A committed environmentalist, Roland fought for and won new energy efficiency programs for residents, the creation of an Office of Sustainability, a new recycling initiative that kicked off in 2010, and the use of green cleaning supplies in all municipal buildings.[2]

Alfred L. Marder 90th Birthday Celebration

New Haven People's Center blog

The March 2012 Host Committee, in honor of Connecticut Communist Party USA member Alfred Marder's 90th Birthday Celebration, held at the New Haven People's Center consisted of;

Hon. Rosa DeLauro, Sen. Toni Harp, Sen. Martin Looney, Rep. Juan Candelaria, Rep. Patricia Dillon, Rep. Toni Edmonds Walker, Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield, Rep. Roland Lemar, Ald. Jorge Perez, President, New Haven Board of Aldermen, Ambassador Sylvester Rowe, Mohammed Barrie, Vinie Burrows, Mary Compton, Joelle Fishman, Craig Gauthier, Emanuel Gomez, Hilda Kilpatrick, Henry Lowendorf, Kenneth Marder, Rev. Scott Marks, William Morico, John Olsen, Quentin Snediker, Jarvis Tyner, Andrea van den Heever, Susan Yolen

A statement issued on the committee's behalf read;[3]

Dear Friends and Family of Al Marder,
We are excited to invite you to celebrate the 90th birthday of Al Marder and to recognize his many contributions, international and local, toward world peace, justice and equality.
Please join us in this joyous occasion on Sunday, March 18, at 3:00 pm at the New Haven Peoples Center, 37 Howe Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511.

Supporting Chris Murphy

New Haven Democrats gave Chris Murphy a rousing show of support for his U.S. Senate campaign—even as his opponent claimed some of them as her own backers.

The event took place Sunday, late january 2012, at the East Rock home of U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro. It marked the launching of Murphy’s campaign organizing drive in the third U.S. Congressional District. He was running for the 2012 Democratic nomination of the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Joe Lieberman.

Some 80 Democrats, many of them elected officials and influential activists, crammed the downstairs of the home DeLauro shares with Democratic strategist Stanley Greenberg. As Dannel Malloy learned in the 2010 gubernatorial elections, New Haven Democrats, the state’s largest and best organized bloc of urban votes, are the big prize in statewide elections. Both Murphy and his leading opponent for the Democratic nomination, Susan Bysiewicz, had been calling and calling ward-level Democrats for months seeking their support.

Murphy drew an impressive turnout at DeLauro’s home Sunday. Leading state legislators like state Sen. Majority Leader Martin M. Looney and Reps. Toni Walker, Roland Lemar, and Gary Holder-Winfield all spoke in support of his campaign. And 16 members of the city’s 30-member (all-Democratic) Board of Aldermen showed up, including many of the newly elected labor-backed activists who represent a formidable vote-pulling force.

“I think we have the entire Board of Aldermen here!” DeLauro proclaimed while introducing Murphy to the crowd from a perch on a stairway.

“I think the overflow crowd at Congresswoman DeLauro’s house spoke for itself as to who New Haven Democrats think the best candidate is to stand up for the middle class,” Murphy campaign manager Kenny Curran said.[4]