MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAM MAKING SOLAR ENERGY AVAILABLE FOR ALL HARTFORD HOMEOWNERS
Hartford, Conn. (June 9, 2016) — This week, Mayor Luke Bronin announced a new and innovative program, Solar for All, that offers solar power and energy efficiency measures to all Hartford homeowners, financed through a public-private partnership between PosiGen Solar Solutions and the Connecticut Green Bank.
“We’re thrilled that more families in Hartford will have access to solar energy,” said Mayor Bronin. “Posigen has done tremendous work in other communities. Bringing this program to Hartford gives families in our city the chance to do the right thing for the environment, the right thing for household budgets, and it puts Hartford at the forefront of smart, creative, clean energy financing.”
The Solar for All financing program combines a solar lease with energy efficiency upgrades to lower the energy burden of participating households.
In announcing this new program, Mayor Bronin was joined by State Representative Matt Ritter; Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank; T.J. Clarke, President of the Hartford Common Council; and Beth Galante, Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations for PosiGen Solar Solutions.
PosiGen, a New Orleans solar company with a footprint in Hartford, aims to close what many see as a clean energy affordability gap by making solar available to all homeowners regardless of income.
“We’re changing the misconception that solar is for the rich,” states Beth Galante, Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations for PosiGen. “Low-to-moderate income families are most susceptible to rising energy costs, and this program puts those homeowners in control of their energy costs.”
Solar For All is the only solar energy program with no minimum credit score or minimum income requirement. PosiGen’s lease program covers the full cost of installing, maintaining and insuring the solar system, and also provides energy efficiency upgrades. The Connecticut Green Bank is happy to provide the financial support for the program.
“The partnership we have with PosiGen gives limited income households the opportunity to lower their energy costs through financing,” states Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “Not only does Solar For All give more residents access to affordable, clean energy, it is also helping to create healthier homes and communities across the state.”
Applications for the Solar For All program in Hartford are being taken now, so homeowners are encouraged to contact PosiGen today at 203-416-6518 or 1-866-PosiGen.
STATEMENT: MAYOR BRONIN CALLS THE PERFORMANCE BOND ON DONO BASEBALL STADIUM DEVELOPER CENTERPLAN CONSTRUCTION CO.
“At this point, the developers have repeatedly missed deadlines and, we believe, continue to run over-budget. We have no choice but to bring the surety to the table to manage and finance completion of the ballpark.” — Mayor Luke Bronin
Hartford, Conn. (May 27, 2016) — BACKGROUND: Today, Mayor Luke Bronin officially called the $47,050,000 performance bond on DoNo baseball stadium developer Centerplan Construction Company, asserting that they have defaulted on the Design Build Agreement they have with the City: (Click here) to read the official letter sent to the surety. Mayor Bronin also made the following on-the-record statement regarding today’s action:
“This afternoon, the City formally notified the surety, Arch Insurance Company, that the developer has failed to perform their obligations, and that the surety has a duty to make sure the project is completed at no further cost to the taxpayer of Hartford. Back in January, when it became clear that the developers were far behind schedule and millions over budget, we brought all parties to the table to finance the gap. That was the right thing to do to keep things moving. At this point, however, the developers have repeatedly missed deadlines and, we believe, continue to run over-budget. We have no choice but to bring the surety to the table to manage and finance completion of the ballpark. The developer has threatened to abandon the job if we call the bond, but to do that would be another breach of contract. They have a clear obligation to keep working, and if they believe that calling the bond wash¹t necessary, they can prove it by finishing the job as soon as possible with the resources they’ve been given.”
MAYOR BRONIN: KENEY PARK GOLF COURSE AWARDED RENOVATION OF THE YEAR BY GOLF INC. MAGAZINE
Hartford, Conn. (May 26, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced that Hartford’s Keney Park Golf Course has been awarded “Renovation of the Year 2016” by Golf Inc. magazine.
“Keney Park Golf Course is one of Hartford’s many treasures,” said Mayor Bronin. “The award brings national attention to this beautiful, historic, and newly restored 18-hole course that is already proving to be a destination of choice for golfers throughout Hartford and the Greater Hartford Region. I encourage golfers of all ages — and levels of ability — to come play a round at one of the best courses in the state.”
The 18-hole, par 70 golf course occupies 6,014 yards of Hartford’s historic 700-acre Keney Park, located in the city’s North End. The first nine holes of the Keney Park Golf Course were finished in 1927, and the remaining nine were completed in 1930.
In 2013, the City closed the course after a contractor that had been operating it since 2009 allowed the course to deteriorate, failing to make required capital improvements. The contractor also cut down hundreds of trees without proper permission.
Two judges for Golf Inc., in awarding Keney Park Golf Course this honor, specifically noted that the renovation was grounded in history.
“So much great golf course design has been erased under the guise of ‘renovation improvements,’” said Forrest Richardson, owner of a golf course architecture firm and former winner of a Renovation of the Year project. “The work here is not only grounded in history, but it brings golfers face to face with an era of design that has all but vanished.”
“Excellent restoration and modernization of the infrastructure of this course,” said Oscar Rodriguez, Vice President of Heritage Links, who has a distinguished background in golf construction. “All while embracing the history of the site.”
On May 1, 2016, Keney Park Golf Course officially re-opened to the public for the first time in three years. Currently, the course is open from 6:00 am to 6:30 pm, seven days a week.
Click here to read the story in Golf Inc. magazine: http://bit.ly/1VjNzwX.
Click here for photos of Keney Park Golf Course: http://bit.ly/1TC482p.
MAYOR BRONIN ATTENDS WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
CITES TONIGHT'S PUBLIC COMSTAT MEETING AS AN EXAMPLE OF THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT NECESSARY TO COMBAT GUN VIOLENCE IN HARTFORD
Hartford, Conn. (May 24, 2016) — Today, Mayor Bronin participated in a White House Summit on Gun Violence Prevention. Mayor Bronin joined state and local leaders in calling on Congress to enact common sense laws, and encouraged cities and states to take legislative and executive action. Later in the afternoon, Mayor Bronin will meet with senior Obama Administration officials to discuss collective efforts to improve public safety.
Today's White House Summit on Gun Violence Prevention includes a group of state and local leaders from across the country who have been active in the effort to reduce gun violence. Also in attendance were Governor Malloy, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and Gary, Indiana, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, among others.
“Gun violence shatters families and neighborhoods in Hartford and in cities around the country," said Mayor Bronin. “President Obama has taken executive actions to curb gun violence, and in Connecticut, Governor Malloy and state leaders have enacted some of the toughest gun laws in the country. But until we adopt comprehensive, common sense laws on the national level, we are going to continue to see illegal guns trafficked across state lines. In the meantime, we need to continue to work creatively and aggressively at the state and local level."
Prior to the White House Summit, Mayor Bronin participated in a session at the Center for American Progress about executive actions to combat gun violence.
Citing expanded community engagement as an important part of combatting gun violence, Mayor Bronin also noted that tonight the Hartford Police Department will hold its first public Comstat meeting. Comstat meetings are weekly meetings at which the police department reviews trends in criminal activity throughout the city. At Mayor Bronin's request, the meetings have been opened to the public and once a month will be held after hours to encourage community participation.
“Community engagement is an important part of making our streets safer and our neighborhoods stronger, and opening Comstat meetings to the public is one way to promote an ongoing partnership between residents and police,” said Mayor Bronin. “Residents of the city have information and insight that the officers may not have, and vice versa. That's why we are opening the doors, letting the public in, and having a real, transparent conversation about what's happening in our neighborhoods."
The public Comstat meeting is taking place tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Hartford Police Department (253 High St., Hartford, Conn.).