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MAYOR BRONIN, MINORITY LEADER BERMUDEZ RESPOND TO SUPREME COURT DECISION ON CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS

MAYOR BRONIN, MINORITY LEADER BERMUDEZ RESPOND TO SUPREME COURT DECISION ON CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS

HARTFORD, CONN (June 26, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin and City Council Minority Leader Wildaliz Bermudez responded to the United States Supreme Court’s ruling on the legality of a California law requiring disclosure from so-called “crisis pregnancy centers.”  Last December, the City of Hartford passed an ordinance to prevent false, misleading, or deceptive advertising practices from crisis pregnancy centers in Hartford.  Today, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to strike down part of a similar law in California.  The City is still determining whether this decision will affect the ordinance.  The ordinance was scheduled to be enforced beginning July 1st, 2018, but the City will not enforce the ordinance until it evaluates this court ruling.

“Women should be told the truth when they are making healthcare decisions, and it’s very disappointing that the Supreme Court has defended deception instead of transparency,” said Mayor Bronin.  “A crisis pregnancy center in Hartford tried to ‘lure’ women – their word – away from a reproductive health center, and I’m proud that we stood up to stop their dishonest practices.  We are still reviewing whether this Supreme Court decision affects our ordinance.”

"We are saddened to hear of the Supreme Court's decision and will continue to advocate for full transparency from crisis pregnancy centers,” said Minority Leader Bermudez.  “The City of Hartford is committed to supporting the right of all women to safe and honest medical care and this decision does not change that commitment.”

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Communications Network Modifications for Traffic Management (State Project No. 63-717) and Traffic Control Signals and Intersection Improvements (State Project No. 63-718)

Communications Network Modifications for Traffic Management

(State Project No. 63-717)

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Traffic Control Signals and Intersection Improvements

(State Project No. 63-718)

The City of Hartford, Connecticut in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Transportation has proposed two projects to improve communications to all City traffic control signals as well as improve safety and traffic flow at 14 intersections in the City.   Both projects have completed Preliminary Design and may be recommended for construction by the Connecticut Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration.  Both Projects are being designed by the City of Hartford.

The Communications Network Modifications for Traffic Management (State Project No. 63-717) involves the Citywide upgrade of communications equipment at most of the City’s 230 traffic signal controller locations.  The Traffic Control Signal and Intersection Improvements (State Project No. 63-718) will replace traffic signals at the following intersections:

1. Trumbull Street at Pearl Street

2. West Boulevard at Sisson Avenue and I-84 Ramps

3. Wethersfield Avenue at Brown Street and Route 530 (Airport Road)

4. Wethersfield Avenue at Wyllys Street and Main Street

5. Park Street at Washington Street

6. Washington Street at Retreat Avenue and Vernon Street

7. Washington Street and Webster Street at New Britain Avenue and Barnard Street

8. Market Street at Pleasant Street

9. Market Street at Trumbull Street and I-91 Ramp

10. Market Street at Route 44 (North Morgan Street) and I-84 Ramps

11. Market Street at Route 44 (South Morgan Street)

12. Route 44 (Main Street) at Route 44 (South Morgan

Street) and Chapel Street

13. Columbus Boulevard at State Street and Route 2

14. Asylum Avenue and Farmington Avenue at Cogswell Street and Broad Street

Both projects are intended to improve traffic operations and safety at the 14 intersection locations and improve communications between the City’s traffic control center at 50 Jennings Road and each traffic signal intersection.

In order to allow the public the opportunity to review project information and provide input to the design, a Public Information Meeting will be held at 6:30 PM on June 28th, 2018 at Hartford City Hall, 550 Main Street, Function Room, Hartford, CT 06106.

Plans of the project will be on display and staff will be available to discuss the proposed improvements.  Based on a preliminary assessment the construction cost of these projects will be approximately $8.7 million dollars.

This project would be supported by funds from the City of Hartford, the State of Connecticut and the Federal Highway Administration.

Anyone interested in obtaining further information or providing input may do so by contacting The Department of Public Works, Traffic Engineering, at 50 Jennings Road, Hartford, CT 06120.  Comments should be received by July 13, 2018 to be included in the record of the meeting.

City Hall offices are ADA accessible. Individuals needing language assistance may request services by contacting Issander Lopez at 860-757-4946 five days before the meeting. 

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HARTFORD TO HOST COMMUNITY HACKATHON FOR BLOOMBERG MAYORS CHALLENGE

HARTFORD TO HOST COMMUNITY HACKATHON FOR BLOOMBERG MAYORS CHALLENGE

HARTFORD, CONN (June 19, 2018) –  Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced that this upcoming weekend, the City will host a free community hackathon at Upward Hartford to gather ideas for its Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge application.  Residents can register at HartfordHack.com, and also see videos promoting the hackathon from community stakeholders.  The Mayors Challenge asks cities around the country to come up with innovative solutions to their most pressing challenges, and in February, Hartford was selected as one of 35 finalist Champion Cities.  Hartford’s proposal is Alleviating Child Trauma in Our Neighborhoods (ACTION).  ACTION uses the City’s ShotSpotter technology to ensure that early childhood professionals and youth support organizations are able to recognize and respond in real time when a child has been exposed to the trauma of gun violence.  Hartford is now competing for an implementation award from Bloomberg Philanthropies and will submit a final application in August. 

“We’re going after a large grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies focused on alleviating childhood trauma, and we’re committed to engaging our community in the process – not just so that we have a better chance of winning, but so that our proposal has a better chance of working to help kids in our city,” said Mayor Bronin.  “Since we were selected as a Champion City we have hosted a number of listening sessions, and this weekend’s community hackathon is another opportunity to hear directly from residents.  We don’t have all the answers, so I encourage the community to bring their ideas, comments, and criticisms to the hackathon.  I want to thank Upward Hartford for partnering with us to host the hackathon.”

No background in coding is required, and anyone in the community interested in reducing the trauma from gun violence is encouraged to participate.  Throughout the weekend, people will work in teams and with mentors to think of ways to improve the City’s proposal.  On Sunday, a team of judges will award cash prizes for the best ideas to come out of the hackathon.  As a Champion City, Hartford was awarded a $100,000 grant to refine and test its idea.  The hackathon is supported by that grant funding and it will start at 5:30 PM on Friday, June 22nd, at Upward Hartford.

“Hartford is harnessing the energy of its emerging tech community to make a difference in the lives of children traumatized by gun violence,” said U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal. “The scourge of gun violence shatters neighborhoods, destroys families and ruins communities. I applaud Hartford and all of the creative and skilled individuals coming together on June 22 to dedicate their time and talents to making a positive impact.”

“Hartford is on the leading edge of finding innovative solutions to tough problems, like gun violence,” said U.S. Senator Chris Murphy.  “Violent neighborhoods wreak havoc on kids’ developing minds. Hartford’s idea to use the ShotSpotter gunshot detection technology to identify children at risk of trauma from gun violence will make a huge difference.  I’m proud of the investment earned by the city through the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge, and I’m looking forward to seeing the new, innovative ideas at the upcoming hackathon.”

“I want to congratulate Mayor Luke Bronin and the city of Hartford for being finalists in Bloomberg’s Mayors Challenge, this is an outstanding achievement by the city of Hartford, Mayor Bronin and his team,” said Congressman John Larson.  “Their proposal, Alleviating Child Trauma in Our Neighborhoods, is vitally important for victims in Hartford, and across this nation. I hope that everyone can come to the hackathon and share their ideas on how to refine this proposal.”

“I applaud the city for thinking outside the box and providing community members the opportunity to collaborate and bring forth solutions to further refine the city’s proposal,” said City Council President Glendowlyn L.H. Thames.  “The Hartford community has the capacity to solve problems that directly impact them like gun violence and this is a great way to engage them in the process.”

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