MAYOR BRONIN AND CT LAWMAKERS ANNOUNCE NEARLY $1 MILLION TO HELP YOUNG ADULTS IN PROMISE ZONE REINTEGRATE INTO COMMUNITY
HARTFORD, CONN. (JUNE 29, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin joined U.S. Senators Blumenthal and Murphy, and Congressman Larson, in announcing that the City of Hartford will receive approximately $800,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor. The federal funds will help young adults in North Hartford’s Promise Zone who are exiting the correctional system find employment, reunite with their families, and reintegrate back into the community.
“This is great news for Hartford," said Mayor Bronin. "We are working hard to make sure that our Promise Zone designation really pays off, and the STRIVE grant will help us make progress on two of our top priorities: expanding youth employment and offering second chances. Thanks to Senators Blumenthal and Murphy and Congressman Larson, as well as the Obama Administration, for their support. I also want to thank the STRIVE program and other community groups who are helping us build a stronger, safer community through programs like this that provide second-chance employment opportunities.”
The City of Hartford received priority consideration for the federal grant as a result of North Hartford’s Promise Zone designation. The nearly $1 million grant will build on the city’s Promise Zone initiative and design Reentry Demonstration Projects for young adults ages 18 to 24 that apply evidence-based interventions — such as mentoring, career pathways, and registered apprenticeships — that lead to meaningful employment.
"Too often, young men and women return from the justice system without the support they need to find a job and care for themselves and their families. Instead, they face stigmas and barriers that put them at risk of returning to crime and falling into a dangerous, downward spiral,” said Blumenthal, Murphy, and Larson. “This grant will help dozens of young men and women get the second chance they deserve to be successful, law-abiding members of our community. We’re thrilled to see it bring more life-changing opportunities to the people of North Hartford.”
This grant marks the third award benefiting youth and young offenders that the North Hartford Promise Zone has received in three months. In April 2016, the Promise Zone received a $100,000 grant for the Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program and in May 2016, the Promise Zone received a Summer Jobs and Beyond Grant.
MAYOR BRONIN JOINS FELLOW ELECTED LEADERS IN DECRYING RACIST VIDEO FROM 96.5 TIC-FM
HARTFORD, CONN. (JUNE 28, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin joined fellow elected leaders from across Connecticut’s capital city in decrying a racist video that was created by radio personality Gary Craig and posted on the 96.5 TIC-FM Facebook page (link: https://youtu.be/A6eYevXbLC4). The video features Mr. Craig attending the Hartford Latino fest, a multicultural celebration in Hartford that took place last weekend, making racist comments about others in attendance.
“Gary Craig's video is repulsive and bizarre,” said Mayor Bronin. “I was at the riverfront Saturday afternoon, and the festival was everything I love about our city: people of all different backgrounds coming together at our beautiful riverfront to celebrate the dance, music and food of one of our largest and most vibrant cultural communities here in Hartford. CBS Local Media, the owner of 96.5 TIC FM, should get this trash off of their website."
In addition to the Facebook post, the radio station website — 965tic.cbslocal.com — featured the video in a post titled, “Gary Craig: Accidental Tourist at Hartford Latino Fest” (link: 965tic.cbslocal.com/2016/06/27/gary-craig-accidental-tourist-at-hartford-latino-fest/ ).
"The derogatory comments made by Mr. Craig were point blank disgusting,” said City Council President T.J. Clarke. "There is absolutely no way these comments can be justified. For anyone to mention they walked into some ‘parallel universe’ while people were celebrating their culture at last weeks, Latino Fest needs a quick reality check on how culturally diverse this city is. I expect a public apology from Mr. Craig and the management staff of the radio station to the City of Hartford and organizers and members of the Latino community.”
“His comments were completely insensitive and degrading to the Latino population in this City and State,” said City Councilman Julio A. Concepcion. "Whether made in jest or not, his racist undertones are absolutely inexcusable and should be condemned by his employer.”
“I’m appalled by this racist behavior,” said State Representative Angel Arce. “The radio station needs to apologize to the community and take this video down immediately.”
MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES $2.2 MILLION IN PRIVATE FUNDING FOR YOUTH SERVICE CORPS
Hartford Youth Creating Safe Streets, Strong Neighborhoods
Hartford, Conn. (June 23, 2016) — Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Mayor Luke Bronin announced today that his administration has secured $2.2 million in private funding to launch the first phase of the Hartford Youth Service Corps. Five organizations have donated the overwhelming share of funding to the program: The Hartford, Barbara Dalio and the Dalio Foundation, Aetna Foundation, Travelers Foundation, and Newman’s Own Foundation. Various representatives from those organizations joined the Mayor for today’s announcement.
“The single most powerful tool for building a better future for Hartford is to help give Hartford’s young people opportunities for meaningful employment,” said Mayor Bronin. “I believe that unemployment for young men and women in our cities is one of our greatest and most urgent challenges, and I’m incredibly grateful to our partners for stepping up in a huge way to meet that challenge. Giving young people a chance to earn a paycheck while contributing to their community is a powerful way to build safer, stronger neighborhoods. Coupled with the $2 million youth employment grant, we secured from the federal Department of Labor, we’ve put together nearly $5 million to support job opportunities for Hartford’s young people.”
Youth employment is a top priority of Mayor Bronin’s administration. In response to Hartford’s youth unemployment crisis, Mayor Bronin had pledged during the first year of his new administration to partner with community stakeholders in connecting Hartford’s young people to part-time, yearlong employment. Youth Service Corps, set to launch this July, will provide Hartford’s opportunity youth — defined as out-of-school, out-of-work youth ages 16 to 24 — with an opportunity to earn a paycheck while strengthening neighborhoods. Mayor Bronin aims to expand the program to five hundred youth next year.
Beginning in July 2016, the Youth Service Corps will employ two hundred of Hartford's opportunity youth. Members will have yearlong, part-time employment with flexible scheduling, and they will engage in community service-based projects designed to impact Hartford neighborhoods visibly. Projects will address unmet needs in the city, such as blight remediation, home repair, and environmental stewardship. By completing these projects, Youth Service Corps Members will restore and protect Hartford’s natural, cultural, and historic resources and build safer, stronger neighborhoods.
Youth Service Corps' donors expressed enthusiasm while reflecting on their commitment to the program.
“The Hartford is committed to building safe, strong and successful communities, and, as part of that effort, we are proud to partner with the city we’ve called home for more than 200 years,” said David Robinson, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, The Hartford. “Early on, when Mayor Luke Bronin and the City reached out to The Hartford as a potential partner of Hartford's Youth Service Corps, we were eager to be involved and committed $500,000. We are encouraged by the opportunity to help empower young adults with opportunities to earn a paycheck while providing services so that our communities can prevail.”
Bob Forrester, President, and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation, remarked, "Supporting Hartford's Youth Service Corps is a natural extension of the Newman’s Own Foundation commitment to empowering people and communities. Through our grant making, we continue Paul Newman’s legacy of giving and creating opportunities. Youth Service Corps is a very special way to engage city youth in employment, while at the same time providing experiences and support for their continued development as productive and contributing members of society. We are pleased to be a part of this special public/private partnership and are hopeful that its success will also be a model for other cities nationally.”
"The Aetna Foundation is committed to building a healthier world, and helping people achieve better health – it’s at the heart of our mission," said Garth Graham, MD., MPH, president of the Aetna Foundation. "We work with local, national and select international organizations to spark innovative ideas and programs, like Youth Service Corps, for improving health. We are proud to be a part of this program and investing in our Hartford youth to ensure a brighter tomorrow."
“We admire and support Mayor Bronin’s vision for empowering individuals to build their communities and achieve their dreams,” said Barbara Dalio of the Dalio Foundation. “We are deeply committed to Hartford's Youth Service Corps because it provides hundreds of adolescents and young adults with jobs, mentors, and opportunities to contribute to the Hartford community. We are investing in Connecticut’s future by supporting them.”
Youth Service Corps, funded entirely by private donations, will be led by the City of Hartford’s Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation. Our Piece of the Pie (OPP) will serve as the implementation partner, providing full-time staff to develop and implement projects and manage Youth Service Corps member teams. OPP will provide members with mentorship, assistance in building life skills, and support and employment services. The City and OPP will work to ensure that Youth Service Corps boosts access to economic opportunity by serving as an on-ramp to workforce development programming, career-level professional placements, and permanent employment.
"Hartford’s Youth Service Corps is a unique and exciting opportunity for the youth of Hartford to create opportunity for both their communities and for themselves," said Bob Rath, CEO of Our Piece of the Pie, Inc.
In addition to the $2.2 million raised in philanthropic donations, the Connecticut Department of Housing has approved the use of $1 million in funds from the Urban Revitalization Pilot Program grant, authorized by the State in 2012, for Youth Service Corps projects. Youth Service Corps members, in collaboration with Rebuilding Together Hartford, will renovate between 10 and 20 properties within a designated neighborhood of the North Hartford Promise Zone.
"The Department of Housing is excited to support the City's revitalization of these neighborhoods as part of its Urban Revitalization Pilot Program, which envisions a comprehensive and collaborative approach to strong, vibrant, and inclusive communities,” said Nick Lundgren, Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Housing.
On top of the philanthropic donations announced today, the City recently highlighted that Hartford secured a $2 million a federal grant for youth jobs. The grant will help provide 275 youth with summer and year-round job opportunities and exposure to career pathways for in-demand job sectors as part of Promise Zone Youth Employment for Success (Promise Zone YES!).
Read more about Youth Service Corps on the Mayor’s website: www.hartford.gov/youth-service-corps.
MAYOR BRONIN NOMINATES MALLEY AS COO AND HILL AS CFO
HARTFORD, CONN. (JUNE 22, 2016) - Today, Mayor Luke Bronin formally nominated Bonnie Malley to serve as the City of Hartford’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Darrell Hill, to take on a new role as the City’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Pending approval by the Court of Common Council, both Malley and Hill will serve in acting capacities beginning July 5th.
“I’m thrilled to make these announcements today,” said Mayor Bronin. “Bonnie and Darrell both bring tremendous talent and experience and have already been important members of our team, and I will be asking a lot from both of them as we work to get Hartford’s house in order. I know that they both believe deeply in Hartford and in Hartford's future, and share my commitment to addressing our challenges openly and directly."
Before being nominated by Mayor Bronin to become the City’s new COO, Ms. Malley served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of The Phoenix Companies, Inc. In this position. Ms. Malley was responsible for all financial management and oversight as well as investor relations.
Before serving as the CFO for The Phoenix, Ms. Malley served as the company’s Chief Administrative Officer and was responsible for Human Resources, IT, and other administrative functions. A proud resident of Hartford, Ms. Malley is a member of the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts’ board of trustees and serves on the board of directors for the MetroHartford Alliance, the Connecticut Forum and the iQuilt Partnership, among others. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Western New England College.
"I am excited to begin officially working with Mayor Bronin and his team," said Ms. Malley. “I will be partnering with all areas of city government to ensure we are focused on addressing our challenges and executing on our priorities."
Mr. Hill, who serves as the COO for the City, is being nominated to take on a new CFO role. As CFO, he will be the head of finance for the City. Also, he will oversee both the Finance Department and the Office of Management, Budget & Grants (OMB). The OMB Director will report to the CFO rather than to the Chief Operating Officer.
Before joining the City of Hartford, Mr. Hill served the City of Norfolk, VA for five years. His positions in Norfolk included Director of Finance & Business Services and, subsequently, Assistant City Manager.
Mr. Hill was also a Senior Vice President with BB&T Capital Markets’ Public Finance Group and Executive Director of the Virginia Resources Authority, the state’s funding source for local government infrastructure financing. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Hampton University and is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
"I look forward to the opportunity to work with Mayor Bronin, City Council, Treasurer Cloud and the residents and businesses of our Capital City with a focus on developing strategies and plans for implementation to address the systemic and institutional issues, problems and situations facing Hartford’s financial future,” said Mr. Hill.
Each respective nomination requires Common Council approval.