Ann Altman reports:
Young Democrats from Zavkhan Province in western Mongolia spent some time this past summer in the archives of the Hamden Historical Society at Miller Library. They were the second group of Mongolians, hosted by Dr. Ann Altman, to come to Hamden to study local government and public participation in democratic processes.
Dr. Altman hosted the group from Zavkhan at the request of the head of the province’s Democratic Party, who is a personal friend, and she will be going to Zavkhan next summer to continue her work there.
Dr. Altman, a former member of Hamden’s Legislative Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission, has visited Mongolia four times since 2007. She works closely with Mongolian Democrats at all levels of local, municipal and national government and with the office of the President of Mongolia, advising them on issues related to the development of their young democracy.
As host of the group, Dr. Altman arranged meetings with Hamden’s Mayor, Town Clerk, Assessor, Tax Collector, and members of other Town departments. The group also visited the Police Department and attended meetings of the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Whitneyville Civic Association. They were thrilled and stimulated by everything they saw and grateful to all those in Hamden who contributed so generously to the success of their visit.