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MAYOR BRONIN NOMINATES NEW MEMBER TO BOARD OF EDUCATION

MAYOR BRONIN NOMINATES NEW MEMBER TO BOARD OF EDUCATION 

HARTFORD, CONN. (Jan. 26, 2017) - Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin today announced that he is nominating Harold Sparrow to serve on the Board of Education.  The nomination is subject to approval by the City Council.

“I am proud to appoint Harold Sparrow to the Board of Education.  Harold has dedicated much of his professional life to developing young minds and has thought deeply about education.  He also brings extensive experience in organizational leadership and management,” Mayor Bronin said.  "I believe that Harold will be a strong addition to the Board, and I look forward to working with him and with the other members of the Board as we look to set a new course for Hartford’s schools, under the leadership of a new superintendent.”

Mr. Sparrow has been the President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford since 2015.  Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations at the YMCA of Greater Boston and was formerly the CEO of the Black Ministerial Alliance.  He holds a BA from Tufts University and a Master of Education from Cambridge College.  While in Boston, he was actively engaged in a number of education-related activities, including serving as a Trustee of two schools and a children’s museum and as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Afterschool Programs and Funding. Since 2009, he has been a Senior Fellow at The Institute for Non Profit Leadership and Management at Boston University. As a result of his leadership, he was presented with the African-American Achievement Award by Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to be asked to serve on the Hartford Board of Education and look forward to contributing towards the success of our Capital City's children, youth and families," Harold Sparrow said.  

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MAYOR BRONIN, U.S. ATTORNEY DALY, AND HARTFORD POLICE DEPT. ANNOUNCE NEW ENHANCED LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERSHIP TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE

MAYOR BRONIN, U.S. ATTORNEY DALY, AND HARTFORD POLICE DEPT. ANNOUNCE NEW ENHANCED LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERSHIP TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE

HARTFORD, CONN. (January 12, 2017) - The Hartford Police Department, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF"), the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), the Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA") and local and state agency partners today announced the creation of the Focused Violence Reduction Team (FVRT) - an enhanced law enforcement effort targeting gun violence and illegal gun ownership in the City of Hartford.  The FVRT will include the assignment of five new federal agents, who will work alongside Hartford Police Officers day to day under the leadership of Assistant United States Attorney Michael Gustafson, who has been named as the Team's Coordinator.

"Last fall, I reached out to U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly and asked for her help in assembling and leading a larger, coordinated federal response to partner with the Hartford Police Department in combatting gun violence, and I'm deeply grateful for this enhanced federal partnership," stated Mayor Luke Bronin. "We're very appreciative of the longstanding support of the U.S. Attorney's Office, and I believe the creation of the Focused Violence Reduction Team will significantly strengthen our collective efforts to get illegal guns - and shooters - off our streets."

"This new combined effort is centered around an increased federal partnership to combine with our State and Local partners from the region. Our focus will be combating violence in Hartford and the region with data-driven intelligence-based investigations." stated Hartford Police Chief James Rovella.

"We in federal law enforcement are committed to assisting police departments in Connecticut's cities by using the full weight of federal law to remove violent individuals from our communities," said U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly.  "Working with Hartford Police to fight crime in our capital city has long been a priority of the U.S. Attorney's Office. I am confident that this strengthened partnership and the additional federal resources provided by ATF, FBI and DEA will improve the quality of life for the people of Hartford and the surrounding communities.  I thank the Hartford Police Department, the Hartford States Attorney's Office and our federal partners for their coordination and collaboration."

"The sustainability of Hartford's public safety is a priority and I am pleased that we are receiving assistance at the federal level to help our local law enforcement tackle an issue that's been plaguing our city." stated City Council President TJ Clarke, II, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.

"I appreciate the continued partnership of our local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and encourage city residents to also play an active role in combatting gun violence by sharing any and all information about illegal guns, illegal gun ownership, or criminal activity in their neighborhoods," said Councilman James Sanchez, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.

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MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES NEW SNOW EMERGENCY PARKING INITIATIVE

MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES NEW SNOW EMERGENCY PARKING INITIATIVE

HARTFORD, CONN. (January 12, 2017) – Today, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced a new snow emergency parking initiative designed to increase resident awareness of parking bans, decrease the number of tickets and tows, and facilitate access to alternative parking locations. Under the Parking Ban Blue Light Initiative, blue lights have been installed at 16 major intersections, and will be illuminated 6 hours before a parking ban takes effect. The light will remain illuminated throughout the duration of the parking ban, signaling to residents that it is necessary to move cars parked on city streets.  In addition, 7 new “Blue Light Lots” have been identified and dedicated solely for use during snow emergency parking bans. These newly designated “Blue Light Lots” will provide more parking options for residents who do not have access to off-street parking. 

“Over the past year, we’ve taken many steps to improve awareness about parking bans – including text messages, emails, and automated phone calls to residents,” said Mayor Luke Bronin. “The Blue Light Initiative is the next step. The lights will be visible at a number of prominent intersections and will send a clear message: when the lights are blue, move your car.  That way, our Public Works team can work quickly to clear the streets curb to curb, and residents can avoid the burden of being ticketed and towed.”

Mayor Bronin also encouraged residents to sign up to receive alerts from the City of Hartford by registering online at http://www.hartford.gov/emergency-services.   “We’re not going to overuse this alert system, and you can always decide to unsubscribe.  But we encourage you to sign up so that you can get timely, important information about what’s happening in the City – including parking bans.” 

Snow emergency parking bans may be declared anytime there is predicted snowfall of four inches or more.  During a snow emergency parking ban, all on-street parking is prohibited throughout the City of Hartford. Any vehicles not removed from City streets by the start of the parking ban will be ticketed and towed. Residents without access to off-street parking should move their vehicles to one of the following authorized parking areas before the start of the parking ban:


Blue Light Lots

• Blue Light Lot 1                                         130 Sisson Avenue

• Blue Light Lot 2                                         2404 Main Street

• Blue Light Lot 3                                         135 Main Street

• Blue Light Lot 4                                         50 Curcombe Street

• Blue Light Lot 5                                         20 Francis Court                                                     

• Blue Light Lot 6                                         60 Chadwick Street

• Blue Light Lot 7                                         11 Flower Street                                               

 
City Parks & Centers

• Colt Park                                                   Warwarme Street Lot                

• Elizabeth Park                                           Asylum Street Lot                 

• Elizabeth Park                                           Prospect Avenue Lot          

• Goodwin Park                                           Hubbard Avenue Lot          

• Goodwin Park                                           Maple Ave. Golf Course Lot                    

• Keney Park                                                Woodland Street Lot 

• Keney Park                                                Ridgefield Street Lot

• Rocky Ridge Park                                      Zion Street Lot

• Thomas J. Hyland Memorial Park            Ansonia Street Lot

• Foster Heights Park                                 Amherst Street Lot

• Holcomb Health Services Campus         2 Holcomb Street Lot

• North End Senior Center                        80 Coventry Street Lot

• Parker Memorial Community Center    2621 Main Street Lot

• Metzner Recreation Center                   680 Franklin Avenue Lot

• Arroyo Recreation Center                     30 Pope Park Drive Lot

• All Hartford District School Parking Lots. For a complete list, visit www.hartfordschools.org/schools and select “District.”

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MAYOR BRONIN REACHES AGREEMENT WITH HARTFORD FIREFIGHTER’S UNION

MAYOR BRONIN REACHES AGREEMENT WITH HARTFORD FIREFIGHTER’S UNION
 
HARTFORD, CONN. (DECEMBER 19, 2016) – Mayor Luke Bronin today announced the details of a four-year agreement with Hartford Fire Fighters Association, Local 706 that will save the City of Hartford more than $3.5 million in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 and larger amounts in the years that follow.   The agreement, which was ratified by union membership on Friday, December 16, 2016 and which will now be submitted to City Council for approval, will replace the current contract, which expired on June 30, 2016, and will extend until June 30, 2020.
 
“I commend the Hartford Fire Union for recognizing the severity and the urgency of our fiscal crisis, and for doing their part to help put Hartford on the path to fiscal health. This agreement will save the City of Hartford millions of dollars in each of the next four years, and makes some very significant structural changes to reduce long-term liabilities.   At a time when Hartford faces intense fiscal pressure, I’m proud that we were able to work together to sign a serious, responsible agreement for Hartford and its taxpayers,” said Mayor Bronin.
 
Key provisions of the four-year agreement include:
• No wage increases for four years
• A 70% increase in annual employee contributions into the pension fund
• Substantial changes to health care plan design, shifting from a costly Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan to a high-deductible plan with health savings account
• For current employees with less than ten years of service, an increase in the years of service required for retirement from 20 years to 25 years
• Substantial increases in employee share of health care premium costs
• Dramatic reduction in City’s exposure for funding retiree healthcare after age 65
 
In addition, for new hires the agreement:
• Caps future pensions at 70 percent of employees’ base pay (overtime pay is not factored into earnings for pension)
• Reduces salaries by approximately 10% across the board
• Effectively eliminates the city’s liability for funding retiree health care
 
"We reached a settlement that protects the safety of our members and the citizens and visitors of Hartford, but delivers a savings to the city. In the economic times that we're in, we've always done our part," said Vincent Fusco.
 
The City of Hartford remains in negotiation or arbitration with all of its other municipal employee unions.  If Hartford’s other municipal employee unions were to agree to changes similar to those agreed upon with the Hartford Fire Fighters Association, the City of Hartford would save nearly $12 million in the upcoming Fiscal Year, with savings increasing in each subsequent year. 

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