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STATEMENT: MAYOR BRONIN APPLAUDS STATE SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL ATV AND DIRT-BIKE RIDING
Hartford, Conn. (May 3, 2016) — BACKGROUND: Today, the state Senate passed An Act Concerning the Penalty for Violations of a Municipal Ordinance Concerning the Operation of a Dirt Bike, All-Terrain Vehicle or Mini-Motorcycle (SB 463). Under the bill, municipalities may regulate the operation and use of mini-motorcycles on public property and impose penalties on them up to the same limits applicable to dirt bike, all-terrain vehicle (ATV), and snowmobile ordinance violations. In addition, municipal officers and employees may issue citations without first providing a written warning to individuals who violate a mini-motorcycle ordinance. By law, the same is true for citations concerning a dirt bike or ATV ordinance. The bill also authorizes municipalities with a population of 30,000 or more to enforce ordinances concerning mini-motorcycle, dirt bike, or ATV operation by confiscating and destroying any vehicle used to violate them.
In response, Mayor Luke Bronin made the following statement:
“Thanks to the state Senate for passing An Act Concerning the Penalty for Violations of a Municipal Ordinance Concerning the Operation of a Dirt Bike, All-Terrain Vehicle or Mini-Motorcycle. And thanks to state Senator John Fonfara for his leadership on this issue. In Hartford and other cities across the state, illegal ATV and dirt bike use is wreaking havoc on our streets and putting kids and families in danger. Currently, our laws are not strong enough to deter the continued illegal operation of ATVs on city streets. This bill would allow for confiscation of machines that are being illegally operated, giving police officers the ability to crack down on illegal ATV and dirt-bike use. I urge the state House of Representatives to join the State Senate in supporting this important public safety measure.”
MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES KENEY GOLF COURSE WILL RE-OPEN ON MAY 1, 2016
GRAND RE-OPENING CEREMONY FOR KENEY PARK GOLF COURSE WILL TAKE PLACE IN CONJUNCTION WITH MAYOR MIKE’S FOUNDATION FOR KIDS’ ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT ON MAY 21, 2016; INAUGURAL HARTFORD WOMEN’S OPEN TO TAKE PLACE AT KENEY PARK GOLF COURSE ON JUNE 18-19, 2016; THE 85TH CONNECTICUT PGA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE HELD AT KENEY PARK GOLF COURSE ON AUGUST 23-24, 2016
Hartford, Conn. (April 29, 2016) – Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced that Keney Park Golf Course will re-open to the public on Sunday, May 1, 2016. He also announced that the grand re-opening ceremony for the golf course will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016, in conjunction with Mayor Mike’s Foundation for Kids’ annual golf tournament.
The 18-hole, par 70 golf course occupies 6,014 yards of Hartford’shistoric 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. This weekend, the course will reopen for the first time in three years.
“On Sunday, the Keney Park Golf Course will once again be open for business,” said Mayor Luke Bronin. “This beautiful, historic, and newly-restored 18-hole course should be a destination of choice for golfers throughout Hartford, the Greater Hartford Region, and beyond. I encourage golfers of all ages — and levels of ability — to come play one of the best courses in the state.”
Mayor Bronin also noted that the official grand re-opening ceremony for the golf course will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The ceremony will be paired up with the start of Mayor Mike’s Foundation for Kids’ annual golf tournament. Founded in 2009, the foundation pays tribute to the late Hartford Mayor Mike Peters and donates its proceeds to youth programs in the state’s capital city.
In addition, Mayor Bronin stated that the inaugural Hartford Women’s Open will take place on June 18-19, 2016. And the 85th Connecticut PGA National Championship will be held at Keney Park Golf Course on August 23-24, 2016.
Beginning on Sunday, May 1, 2016, tee times are available at Keney Park Golf Course (171 Windsor Ave., Hartford, Conn. 06095) beginning at 11:30 a.m.
MAYOR BRONIN URGES BUSINESSES TO SIGN PRESIDENT OBAMA’S “FAIR CHANCE BUSINESS PLEDGE”
“I’m urging Hartford businesses to sign onto President Obama’s ‘Fair Chance Business Pledge,’ helping us build stronger, safer communities by promoting second chances for individuals with criminal records — and sending a strong message during National Reentry Week.” — Mayor Luke Bronin
Hartford, Conn. (April 29, 2016) — Today, amid the inaugural National Reentry Week, Mayor Luke Bronin is encouraging Hartford businesses to sign onto President Obama’s “Fair Chance Business Pledge.” The pledge is a call-to-action for all members of the private sector to improve their communities by eliminating barriers for those with a criminal record and create a pathway for a second chance.
“It’s important for businesses in Hartford – and across the state and country – to recognize that past mistakes should not serve as a permanent barrier to employment,” said Mayor Luke Bronin. “I’m urging Hartford businesses to sign onto President Obama’s ‘Fair Chance Business Pledge,’ helping us build stronger, safer communities by promoting second chances for individuals with criminal records — and sending a strong message during National Reentry Week.”
• Click here for more on the “Fair Chance Business Pledge”: http://1.usa.gov/26v3IE0
Right now, one-in-three American adults have some criminal record, according to the Center for American Progress. And a conviction record reduces the likelihood of a follow-up interview or job offer by nearly one-half, according to the Council of State Governments.
Research shows that fair chance employment policies are also good for business. The decreased output of goods and services from those with criminal records results in an estimated $57 to $65 billion in losses to our national economy annually, according to a Center for Economic and Policy Research study. Business owners in Hartford can attest that there is an economic benefit, too, when individuals with a criminal record are given a second chance.
“I’ve spoken to countless business owners throughout Hartford,” said Mayor Bronin. “They’ve told me that, often, returning citizens are their hardest workers, because they know how far they’ve come, how hard they’ve had to work to get there, and how much they have to lose.”
Nationwide, more than 100 cities and counties — including Hartford — as well as more than 20 states, have adopted “ban the box” policies to encourage employers to put a candidate’s qualifications first. At the federal level, President Barack Obama backed a “ban-the-box” policy in directing federal agencies to wait until later in the hiring process to look into job applicants’ records.
In Connecticut this week, the State House of Representatives passed The Fair Chance Employment Act (HB 5237). Also known as a “ban the box” measure, the bill seeks to prevent employers from requiring prospective employees to disclose any criminal history until the employer has made a conditional offer of employment.
• Click here to read Mayor Bronin’s statement on the State House of Representatives passing The Fair Chance Employment Act: http://bit.ly/1qXUWh1.
The bill awaits action by the State Senate.