MAYOR BRONIN, U.S. ATTORNEY DALY, AND HARTFORD POLICE DEPT. ANNOUNCE NEW ENHANCED LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERSHIP TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE
HARTFORD, CONN. (January 12, 2017) - The Hartford Police Department, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF"), the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), the Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA") and local and state agency partners today announced the creation of the Focused Violence Reduction Team (FVRT) - an enhanced law enforcement effort targeting gun violence and illegal gun ownership in the City of Hartford. The FVRT will include the assignment of five new federal agents, who will work alongside Hartford Police Officers day to day under the leadership of Assistant United States Attorney Michael Gustafson, who has been named as the Team's Coordinator.
"Last fall, I reached out to U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly and asked for her help in assembling and leading a larger, coordinated federal response to partner with the Hartford Police Department in combatting gun violence, and I'm deeply grateful for this enhanced federal partnership," stated Mayor Luke Bronin. "We're very appreciative of the longstanding support of the U.S. Attorney's Office, and I believe the creation of the Focused Violence Reduction Team will significantly strengthen our collective efforts to get illegal guns - and shooters - off our streets."
"This new combined effort is centered around an increased federal partnership to combine with our State and Local partners from the region. Our focus will be combating violence in Hartford and the region with data-driven intelligence-based investigations." stated Hartford Police Chief James Rovella.
"We in federal law enforcement are committed to assisting police departments in Connecticut's cities by using the full weight of federal law to remove violent individuals from our communities," said U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly. "Working with Hartford Police to fight crime in our capital city has long been a priority of the U.S. Attorney's Office. I am confident that this strengthened partnership and the additional federal resources provided by ATF, FBI and DEA will improve the quality of life for the people of Hartford and the surrounding communities. I thank the Hartford Police Department, the Hartford States Attorney's Office and our federal partners for their coordination and collaboration."
"The sustainability of Hartford's public safety is a priority and I am pleased that we are receiving assistance at the federal level to help our local law enforcement tackle an issue that's been plaguing our city." stated City Council President TJ Clarke, II, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.
"I appreciate the continued partnership of our local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and encourage city residents to also play an active role in combatting gun violence by sharing any and all information about illegal guns, illegal gun ownership, or criminal activity in their neighborhoods," said Councilman James Sanchez, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.
MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES NEW SNOW EMERGENCY PARKING INITIATIVE
HARTFORD, CONN. (January 12, 2017) – Today, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced a new snow emergency parking initiative designed to increase resident awareness of parking bans, decrease the number of tickets and tows, and facilitate access to alternative parking locations. Under the Parking Ban Blue Light Initiative, blue lights have been installed at 16 major intersections, and will be illuminated 6 hours before a parking ban takes effect. The light will remain illuminated throughout the duration of the parking ban, signaling to residents that it is necessary to move cars parked on city streets. In addition, 7 new “Blue Light Lots” have been identified and dedicated solely for use during snow emergency parking bans. These newly designated “Blue Light Lots” will provide more parking options for residents who do not have access to off-street parking.
“Over the past year, we’ve taken many steps to improve awareness about parking bans – including text messages, emails, and automated phone calls to residents,” said Mayor Luke Bronin. “The Blue Light Initiative is the next step. The lights will be visible at a number of prominent intersections and will send a clear message: when the lights are blue, move your car. That way, our Public Works team can work quickly to clear the streets curb to curb, and residents can avoid the burden of being ticketed and towed.”
Mayor Bronin also encouraged residents to sign up to receive alerts from the City of Hartford by registering online at http://www.hartford.gov/emergency-services. “We’re not going to overuse this alert system, and you can always decide to unsubscribe. But we encourage you to sign up so that you can get timely, important information about what’s happening in the City – including parking bans.”
Snow emergency parking bans may be declared anytime there is predicted snowfall of four inches or more. During a snow emergency parking ban, all on-street parking is prohibited throughout the City of Hartford. Any vehicles not removed from City streets by the start of the parking ban will be ticketed and towed. Residents without access to off-street parking should move their vehicles to one of the following authorized parking areas before the start of the parking ban:
Blue Light Lots
• Blue Light Lot 1 130 Sisson Avenue
• Blue Light Lot 2 2404 Main Street
• Blue Light Lot 3 135 Main Street
• Blue Light Lot 4 50 Curcombe Street
• Blue Light Lot 5 20 Francis Court
• Blue Light Lot 6 60 Chadwick Street
• Blue Light Lot 7 11 Flower Street
City Parks & Centers
• Colt Park Warwarme Street Lot
• Elizabeth Park Asylum Street Lot
• Elizabeth Park Prospect Avenue Lot
• Goodwin Park Hubbard Avenue Lot
• Goodwin Park Maple Ave. Golf Course Lot
• Keney Park Woodland Street Lot
• Keney Park Ridgefield Street Lot
• Rocky Ridge Park Zion Street Lot
• Thomas J. Hyland Memorial Park Ansonia Street Lot
• Foster Heights Park Amherst Street Lot
• Holcomb Health Services Campus 2 Holcomb Street Lot
• North End Senior Center 80 Coventry Street Lot
• Parker Memorial Community Center 2621 Main Street Lot
• Metzner Recreation Center 680 Franklin Avenue Lot
• Arroyo Recreation Center 30 Pope Park Drive Lot
• All Hartford District School Parking Lots. For a complete list, visit www.hartfordschools.org/schools and select “District.”
MAYOR BRONIN REACHES AGREEMENT WITH HARTFORD FIREFIGHTER’S UNION
HARTFORD, CONN. (DECEMBER 19, 2016) – Mayor Luke Bronin today announced the details of a four-year agreement with Hartford Fire Fighters Association, Local 706 that will save the City of Hartford more than $3.5 million in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 and larger amounts in the years that follow. The agreement, which was ratified by union membership on Friday, December 16, 2016 and which will now be submitted to City Council for approval, will replace the current contract, which expired on June 30, 2016, and will extend until June 30, 2020.
“I commend the Hartford Fire Union for recognizing the severity and the urgency of our fiscal crisis, and for doing their part to help put Hartford on the path to fiscal health. This agreement will save the City of Hartford millions of dollars in each of the next four years, and makes some very significant structural changes to reduce long-term liabilities. At a time when Hartford faces intense fiscal pressure, I’m proud that we were able to work together to sign a serious, responsible agreement for Hartford and its taxpayers,” said Mayor Bronin.
Key provisions of the four-year agreement include:
• No wage increases for four years
• A 70% increase in annual employee contributions into the pension fund
• Substantial changes to health care plan design, shifting from a costly Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan to a high-deductible plan with health savings account
• For current employees with less than ten years of service, an increase in the years of service required for retirement from 20 years to 25 years
• Substantial increases in employee share of health care premium costs
• Dramatic reduction in City’s exposure for funding retiree healthcare after age 65
In addition, for new hires the agreement:
• Caps future pensions at 70 percent of employees’ base pay (overtime pay is not factored into earnings for pension)
• Reduces salaries by approximately 10% across the board
• Effectively eliminates the city’s liability for funding retiree health care
"We reached a settlement that protects the safety of our members and the citizens and visitors of Hartford, but delivers a savings to the city. In the economic times that we're in, we've always done our part," said Vincent Fusco.
The City of Hartford remains in negotiation or arbitration with all of its other municipal employee unions. If Hartford’s other municipal employee unions were to agree to changes similar to those agreed upon with the Hartford Fire Fighters Association, the City of Hartford would save nearly $12 million in the upcoming Fiscal Year, with savings increasing in each subsequent year.
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MAYOR BRONIN: HARTFORD ZONING CODE WINS 5 MAJOR AWARDS FOR PRIORITIZING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
HARTFORD, CONN. (DECEMBER 8, 2016) – Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced that Hartford’s recently re-drafted zoning code has received five major awards in recognition of its innovative provisions that prioritize both economic development and environmental sustainability.
“Our new zoning code makes Hartford a true leader in smart, sustainable growth, where developers can count on a clear, predictable and forward-looking code that makes it easy to invest here in Hartford," said Mayor Bronin. "We're proud that Hartford's new commitment to being a development-friendly, smart, sustainable city has been recognized through these five major awards."
In January 2016, for the first time in fifty years, the zoning regulations of Hartford were comprehensively revised by the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission. The Commission passed the code unanimously, after receiving input from hundreds of residents and stakeholders over a period of three years. The new code targets economic growth, prioritizes environmental sustainability, improves transportation access and mobility, and enhances food security.
“It is so exciting for our community to be recognized for our hard work,” said Sara C. Bronin, Chair of the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission. “We know that economic development and environmental stewardship can go hand in hand, and I hope that Hartford residents and businesses will benefit from this code for years to come.”
The Capital Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) awarded the City of Hartford its 2016 Sustainability Award. Lyle Wray, executive director of CRCOG, praised the new code as “a model for other cities prioritizing sustainability, carbon footprint reduction, and resilience to improve energy use, and air and water quality.”
The zoning code also earned three statewide awards:
Finally, the Boston-based New England Chapter of the Congress of New Urbanism – representing six states – honored the City of Hartford as one of five recipients of its 2016 Urbanism Award, stating: “The sheer amount of work that went into this project is mind-boggling—and the result is a plan that allows for mixed-use developments that would have been impossible under conventional zoning.”
“These awards recognize that Hartford is open for business,” said Sean Fitzpatrick, Director of the City Department of Development Services. “The real reward will be sustained, long-term growth for Hartford, which is now possible with this code.”
This announcement comes on the heels of Hartford’s recognition as a Bike-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists – a designation secured in part by the zoning code’s innovative provisions on bicycle-related amenities.