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MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES RESIDENTIAL SOLAR PROGRAM KICK-OFF WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED FOR APRIL 27TH

MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES RESIDENTIAL SOLAR PROGRAKICK-OFF WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED FOR APRIL 27TH

HARTFORD, CONN (April 5, 2017) — The City of Hartford has been selected to participate in an award-winning residential solar program that makes going solar easier and more affordable.  Solarize Hartford is part of Solarize Connecticut -- the residential solar program managed by the non-profit organization, SmartPower. Solarize Connecticut has helped thousands of Connecticut residents save money on energy bills by going solar.

Solarize Hartford is a coordinated effort across the community, supported by the City of Hartford.  Through a competitive selection process a local company, C-TEC Solar, has been selected by Hartford as the solar installer for participating households.  C-TEC Solar will provide the solar installations in Hartford at special discount pricing in exchange for outreach and education from the City. Solarize Hartford also offers residents access to financing options that make going solar more affordable, with no upfront costs.

The Solarize Hartford program will kick off with a workshop on Thursday, April 27th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Hartford High School, 55 Forest Street, Hartford, CT.  Residents can learn about the program, be introduced to their solar installer, hear about financing options, and have a chance to learn if their house is a good fit for solar. 

Homeowners who want to find out if their home is good for solar can go directly to SolarizeCT.com/Hartford.

“I am excited that the City of Hartford has partnered with Solarize Connecticut and Connecticut Green Bank to bring renewable energy to Hartford,” said Mayor Bronin.  “I encourage our residents and business owners to take advantage of this program, which can help them save money while helping us make the City a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly community.”  

Hartford’s participation in the Solarize program is part of a citywide Climate Stewardship Initiative, a community-driven effort to protect the environment while enhancing environmental justice, public health, and economic development, housed in the Office of the Mayor.  More information on this initiative can be found at www.hartford.gov/climate.

“Connecticut is truly becoming a national leader in solar through the Solarize Connecticut program,” stated Brian F. Keane, President of SmartPower. “Working in partnership with Connecticut communities, Solarize Connecticut has helped residential solar grow from less than 900 installations in 2012 to over 22,000 today.   And now we know that solar increases the property value of our homes-so it’s a win-win-win! For the homeowner, the community and the entire state of Connecticut.

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MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES $50K GRANT ALLOWING FOR PLANNING OF REENTRY SYSTEM FOR RETURNING CITIZENS

MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES $50K GRANT ALLOWING FOR PLANNING OF REENTRY SYSTEM FOR RETURNING CITIZENS

HARTFORD, CONN (March 28, 2017) – Today, Mayor Bronin announced that Community Partners in Action has received a $50,000 Innovation Planning Grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in order to create a roadmap for the establishment of a Reentry Center in Hartford. The City of Hartford was named a partner in the grant.

“When members of our community return from prison, they often face enormous obstacles – and too often, those obstacles prove insurmountable. It’s in everyone’s interest to give Returning Citizens the resources and support they need to reintegrate successfully, so they can get on a path to employment and stable housing. I’m grateful to the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for supporting this effort to help Returning Citizens live productive lives, and I look forward to working closely with Community Partners in Action,” said Mayor Bronin.

The Reentry Center will coordinate with governmental agencies, community groups, faith-based agencies, and existing reentry efforts to maximize the chance for a successful reentry by every Returning Citizen. The Center will do this by: (a) designing a process for day of release for willing participants, including the creation of a centralized drop off facility in Hartford (b) providing connections to housing, relevant health services, employment opportunities, transportation, and basic needs like food and clothing. The Center will also serve as an information hub, collecting data on what factors lead to successful and unsuccessful reentries, to inform public policy decisions.

Community Partners in Action’s Executive Director, Maureen Price-Boreland expressed gratitude for the grant, saying, “As an organization that has been providing necessary reentry services to Hartford’s Returning Citizens for over 140 years, Community Partners in Action is pleased and feels privileged to have this opportunity to lead this much needed effort in partnership with the City of Hartford.”

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MAYOR BRONIN AND CHIEF ROVELLA STATEMENTS ON ICE AGENTS’ USE OF CITY FACILITIES AND IDENTIFICATION

MAYOR BRONIN AND CHIEF ROVELLA STATEMENTS ON ICE AGENTS’ USE OF CITY FACILITIES AND IDENTIFICATION

HARTFORD, CONN (March 20, 2017) – On Sunday, March 12th, agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wearing only “Police” identification, with no visible indication of their affiliation with ICE, attempted to get an undocumented person to meet them in the lobby of the City’s Public Safety Complex, where she would have been detained. The use of apparel labeled “Police” reflects an intent to create the impression that they were, in fact, local police.

“To protect our community, our police and other public safety officers need to foster a relationship of trust with all of our residents,” said Mayor Bronin. “Our police officers have worked hard to build that trust, and for ICE agents to present themselves as local police will undermine the hard work our department has done. We follow all state and federal laws, and we will partner with anyone to help get violent criminals off our streets. But federal agents should not be creating the impression that they are local police.”

“All law enforcement officials, not acting in an undercover capacity, working in our community should be readily identified by the agencies that they represent,” said Chief Rovella. “ICE Agents should not identify as local police as it is misleading and can damage the important relationship with our local communities."

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