MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD BY ARCH INSURANCE
HARTFORD, CONN. (AUGUST 2, 2016) – Today, Mayor Luke Bronin confirmed that the surety bonding company Arch Insurance has entered into an agreement with Pendulum, an architecture firm, to return to the ballpark as early as tomorrow. In returning to the baseball stadium, Pendulum is tasked with completing a scope of work, which is necessary to re-open the project site and complete the ballpark. The costs of Pendulum’s work going forward will be paid for by Arch Insurance.
“Despite all the distractions, threats, and gamesmanship, we’ve stayed laser-focused on getting Arch Insurance to take over construction of the ballpark, because it’s the best result for Hartford and for Hartford’s taxpayers. Arch has not yet taken full responsibility, but by formally engaging the architect, they’ve taken a significant step forward in that direction.”
Following Centerplan’s failure to meet several deadlines for substantial completion of the ballpark and defaulting on the project, and subsequently, Mayor Bronin terminating Centerplan’s contract, Arch Insurance has been conducting an investigation since early this summer to determine what role they will play in completing the project.
As part of the agreement, the City of Hartford will wire $247,422.88 to Pendulum for past invoices that DoNo LLC had not paid, and the City has reserved all of its rights to seek reimbursement from Arch and from DoNo LLC for the advance of these funds.
MAYOR BRONIN NOMINATES KIM OLIVER AS DIRECTOR FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILIES, CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND RECREATION
HARTFORD, CONN. (JULY 15, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin formally nominated Kim Oliver to serve as the City of Hartford’s Director for the Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation (DFCYR). Pending approval by the City of Hartford’s Court of Common Council, Ms. Oliver will serve in an acting capacity. Ms. Oliver is replacing Jose Colon-Rivas, who has been nominated by Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez as the new Chief Operating Officer for Hartford Public Schools.
"I’m thrilled to announce the nomination of Kim Oliver,” said Mayor Bronin. “Kim brings an enormous amount of talent, experience and passion to a portfolio that's one of my administration's top priorities. Kim will be a tremendous addition to our team and will allow us to continue the great work that Jose has been doing for so many years."
In her new role, Ms. Oliver will oversee the coordination, planning, and policy related to of early childhood, youth, and recreation for the City of Hartford.
“I am excited to join the Mayor and others to help our young people and families thrive and, in turn, ensure a bright future for our city,” said Ms. Oliver.
Before joining the City of Hartford, Kim Oliver served as the Director of Youth Services at Capital Workforce Partners, providing leadership and oversight for youth workforce development. In this role, she partnered with government, employers, service providers, philanthropy, and other stakeholders to provide in-school, at risk, and out-of-school youth (ages 14 to 24) learning opportunities in career competencies, occupational skills, and work experiences.
She also served as the Director of Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative and partners with the Aspen Institute, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, employers, service providers, philanthropic organizations, and other key stakeholders to implement a comprehensive plan that integrates education, youth development, and workforce development systems. The Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative addresses the needs and challenges of 6,300 “Opportunity Youth” — young workers (ages 16-24) who do not have a high school diploma or who have a diploma but are not in school and not working — and successfully reconnect them to education and employment.
Born and raised in Hartford, Kim Oliver attended Thomas Snell Weaver High School in Hartford, graduating as a Jacob & Lewis Fox Foundation Scholar. She received a B.A. degree in Economics from Yale University and an M.A. in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a member of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.
MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES COOLING CENTER HOURS FOR JULY 14-15 AND TIPS TO BEAT THE HEAT
“The weather’s going to be very hot and humid over the next couple of days, and I urge residents to stay indoors as much as possible, stay cool, drink plenty of water, and feel free to make use of the cooling centers located across the city. Along with our libraries and outdoor pools, the cooling centers are available to any resident who needs to find some relief from the heat.” — Mayor Luke Bronin
HARTFORD, CONN. (JULY 14, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced that cooling centers throughout Hartford will be open on July 14-15, giving residents relief from the extreme summer heat.
“The weather’s going to be very hot and humid over the next couple of days, and I urge residents to stay indoors as much as possible, stay cool, drink plenty of water, and feel free to make use of the cooling centers located across the city,” said Mayor Bronin. “Along with our libraries and outdoor pools, the cooling centers are available to any resident who needs to find some relief from the heat.”
Hartford Fire Department (HFD) Chief Reggie Freeman stated that the HFD Special Services Unit is giving out cold water to people at bus stops citywide while at peak times today. HFD Chief Freeman also warned residents that opening fire hydrants without spray caps is wasteful and dangerous. Illegally opened fire hydrants can put children at serious risk, because the powerful force of an open hydrant without a spray cap can push them into oncoming traffic.
List of Cooling Centers:
• North End Senior Center, 80 Coventry Street, Time: 8:30am-5:00pm
• South End Wellness Center, 830 Maple Avenue, Time: 8:30am-5:00pm
• Parkville Senior Center, 11 New Park Avenue, Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
Public Pools will be open to families at the following locations:
• Colt Park Pool, 106 Wethersfield Avenue, Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm
• Goodwin Pool, 1130 Maple Avenue, Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm
• Keney Park Pool, Woodland Street entrance, Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm
The Hartford Public Library is available for residents and visitors. Below are hours of operation:
• Hartford Downtown Public Library, 500 Main Street, Time: Wed-Thurs 10:00am-8:00pm, Fri 10:00am-5:00pm
• Albany Library Branch, 1250 Albany Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:30pm-5:00pm
• Barbour Branch, 281 Barbour Street, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
• Camp Field Branch, 30 Campfield Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
• Dwight Branch, 7 New Park Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
• Mark Twain Branch, 55 Forest Street, Time: Wed-Fri 1:00pm-5:00pm
• Park Branch, 744 Park Street, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
• SANDS/Ropkins, 1750 Main Street, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:30pm-5:00pm
• Goodwin, 460 New Britain Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
• Blue Hills Branch, 649 Blue Hills Avenue, Time: Wed-Thurs 11:00am-6:00pm, Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm
Helpful tips to beat the heat include:
• Drink water regularly and often, avoid large amounts of caffeine and alcohol as it causes dehydration.
• Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
• Stay indoors as much as possible. Avoid the sun and use an SPF of 30 or more if you have to be outdoors.
• Go somewhere to get relief from the heat such as libraries, malls, movie theaters, or places with air conditioning during the hottest parts of the day.
• Never leave children or pets inside a closed vehicle. Do not leave pets outside for long periods of time.
• Cover windows that get direct sunlight.
• Take time to check on neighbors and friends who may be homebound.
MAYOR BRONIN URGES CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION TO ADDRESS GUN VIOLENCE AND ZIKA VIRUS BEFORE TWO-MONTH SUMMER RECESS
HARTFORD, CONN. (JULY 14, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin urged Congress to take action to address two critical public health threats facing the nation — gun violence and the Zika virus — before leaving for a seven-week summer recess. Mayor Bronin also thanked Connecticut's Congressional delegation for leading the charge on these two issues.
“If members of Congress fail to approve much-needed funds for combatting the Zika virus and the epidemic of gun violence, they will have failed in their most basic responsibility -- protecting public safety,” said Mayor Bronin. “Senators Blumenthal and Murphy, Representative Larson, and Connecticut’s entire Congressional delegation have been leading the charge to pass common-sense gun laws and funding to combat the spread of the Zika virus. I’m urging Congress to follow the lead of the Connecticut's Congressional delegation and to take action on these two critical issues before leaving Washington."
Congress has yet to approve funding necessary for anti-Zika vaccine development, despite President Obama's request in February for $1.9 billion to prevent, detect, and respond to the Zika virus and its associated health effects. Nationwide, more 935 people — including over 287 pregnant women — have been infected by the Zika disease to date. In the Constitution State alone, 25 people have tested positive for the Zika virus to date, according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Mayor Bronin also expressed concern that the burden of a Zika outbreak will fall disproportionately on vulnerable populations. He stated that this is due to disparities in exposure to environmental and health hazards — such as abandoned buildings, lack of screens and air-conditioning, vacant lots, and standing water — that serve as breeding grounds for the types of mosquitos that can transmit diseases.
“Given the profound health effects of the Zika virus, and the obvious threat to citizens across the country — especially pregnant women and their babies — it would be unconscionable for Congress to ignore this chance to combat Zika."
Mayor Bronin also urged Congress to take action to enact common sense gun laws. Despite mass shootings in recent weeks, Congress is preparing to go on a two-month recess without passing common-sense gun measures.
“How many more tragedies do we have to see, how many more moments of silence and flags at half mast, before Congress takes action?” said Mayor Bronin. “Congress needs to take action on common-sense gun measures, and I commend our Connecticut delegation for pressing their colleagues to do their job."