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MAYOR BRONIN RELEASES STATEMENT ON AETNA

MAYOR BRONIN RELEASES STATEMENT ON AETNA

 

HARTFORD, CONN (May 31, 2017) – This afternoon Mayor Luke Bronin released the following statement on Aetna:

 

“Based on multiple conversations with Aetna’s senior leadership, I think it is clear that Aetna decided a long time ago to relocate their corporate headquarters out of Connecticut.  They have said that Aetna remains committed to its Connecticut workforce, and that the Hartford campus will continue to be a substantial employment base for thousands of Aetna employees.  But losing Aetna’s flag is a hard blow for the state and for the greater Hartford region.  As a state, we need to act boldly to change the things that need to change.  Across the country, companies are locating in places where they can recruit top talent.  We don’t have to be New York or Boston to be competitive, but we have to recognize that strong, fiscally-sound, culturally-vibrant metropolitan areas are key to economic growth.  Connecticut has the opportunity to be one of those places, but we need to marshal the full strength of our region and our State to invest in a strong, vibrant Capital City – not at the expense of our suburbs and small towns, but for the sake of Connecticut’s economic future, because we’re all tied together.”  

 

 

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MAYOR BRONIN LAUNCHES “HARTFORD CITY ID” PROGRAM, ALLOWING ALL RESIDENTS TO ACCESS CITY SERVICES

MAYOR BRONIN LAUNCHES “HARTFORD CITY ID” PROGRAM, ALLOWING ALL RESIDENTS TO ACCESS CITY SERVICES

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HARTFORD, CONN (May 22, 2017) –  Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced that any Hartford resident can now obtain a municipal identification card from the City.  Hartford City ID cards can be used to access all City services, and will be accepted as proof of identification by all City departments, including the Hartford Police Department.  All costs associated with the program will be paid for by the fee required to get a City ID.

 

“The Hartford City ID program ensures that every Hartford resident can access all City services and interact with their government, regardless of their immigration or housing status,” said Mayor Bronin. “But it’s about much more than accessing services.  It’s about making sure no one in our community feels as if they have to live in the shadows.  We will be a safer and stronger community when every resident knows they can be heard.  I’m glad we were able to get this long-needed program up and running, at no cost to the City, with the overwhelming support of the City Council and residents throughout Hartford.”

 

No documents used to establish identity and residency during the application process will be retained by either the City or the vendor issuing cards.  The vendor issuing cards will keep the name of the cardholder and the card number, but will not retain any other information on the card, including the photo, address, and date of birth.  The City of Hartford will protect the confidentiality of all City ID card applicants to the maximum extent allowable by applicable federal and State law, in accordance with local Municipal Code Article XXIL Sec 2-395

 

“We have built in strong protections so that no resident is exposed to greater legal risk if they choose to get a City ID,” added Mayor Bronin.

 

Mayor Bronin was joined at the press conference launching Hartford City ID by City Council President T.J. Clarke, State Representatives Angel Arce and Edwin Vargas, Hartford Public Library CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey, as well as representatives from SEIU 32BJ and Journey Home.

 

“Hartford Public Library is proud to partner with the City of Hartford in the launch of the Hartford City ID program, ensuring that all residents will have access to all City services,” said Bridget Quinn-Carey, CEO of Hartford Public Library.  “This program, along with the many valuable services and programs provided by HPL, provides people from all walks of life the resources with which to build successful futures.”

 

Mui Mui Hin-McCormick, co-chair of Hartford’s Commission on Refugee and Immigrant Affairs, was not able to attend the press conference but praised City ID, saying, “The Hartford Commission on Refugee and Immigrant Affairs (CRIA) thanks Mayor Bronin and his office for ensuring the implementation of the municipal ID program, which many residents have been waiting for since Mayor Segarra proposed the program in 2015.  The municipal ID program allows residents access to important benefits and services, provides employment, housing, and basic opportunities for residents to be productive members of the community.  CRIA supports the Mayor's efforts in making Hartford a welcoming and safe city for all of its diverse residents.  This program helps us work towards achieving that goal.” 

 

Hartford City ID is available to all City of Hartford residents who can establish identity and residency using documents described in City ordinance and will be valid for two years from the date of issuance.  The card costs $15 dollars for adults, and $10 dollars for children under 18 or seniors 65 and over; all costs will go towards operation of the City ID program. 

 

Information about the program and how to apply is available at http://www.hartford.gov/HartfordCityID.  Residents can get Hartford City IDs at the downtown branch of the Hartford Public Library and by appointment at the Town and City Clerk’s office.  They must bring the required proof of identification and Hartford residency, as described on the website.  City ID cards will include a resident’s photo, name, date of birth, address, and the card’s expiration date. 

 

Please note that Hartford City ID cards do not authorize cardholders to drive, purchase alcohol or tobacco products, travel on an airplane, or assert immigration or work authorization status.  U.S. citizens can use City ID as proof of identity at a Hartford polling place.

 

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MAYOR BRONIN RESPONDS TO CITY COUNCIL BUDGET AMENDMENTS

MAYOR BRONIN RESPONDS TO CITY COUNCIL BUDGET AMENDMENTS

HARTFORD, CONN (May 19, 2017) – Mayor Luke Bronin released the following statement after he transmitted an amended budget to the Town Clerk, in response to the City Council’s amendments to his Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2018.

“With my response to the City Council’s amendments, we are nearing a budget agreement, and I expect that the City Council will vote on a final budget on Monday.  The budget we will adopt represents a serious, responsible approach to our deep fiscal crisis.  It makes reductions on top of last year’s nearly $20 million in difficult cuts, but it continues to fund essential services, including public safety.  Over the last year we have confronted Hartford’s longstanding budget problems directly and honestly.  We will continue to govern with discipline and with a willingness to make tough changes, because taxpayer dollars should be treated with respect.  I appreciate the diligence and care with which the City Council has approached the budget process, and look forward to our continued work to put Hartford on a sustainable fiscal path.”

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