HARTFORD CITY HALL CLOSED DUE TO SNOW
HARTFORD, CONN. (Feb 8, 2017) – Hartford Mayor Bronin announced that tomorrow, Thursday February 9th, Hartford City Hall will be closed due to heavy snowfall. It will reopen on Friday, February 10th at 8:00 a.m. “In preparation for tomorrow’s storm, we will be closing City Hall to ensure the safety of our employees,” said Mayor Bronin. “Our DPW team, public safety, fire, and other emergency employees will be on duty, but City Hall will not be open." In addition, Mayor Bronin announced that the Arroyo Center at Pope Park and Parker Memorial Recreation Center will be open for residents needing a warm, dry place during the day.
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TONIGHT AT 8:00 PM: MAYOR BRONIN DECLARES SNOW EMERGENCY PARKING BAN
HARTFORD, CONN. (February 8, 2017) – Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin has declared a snow emergency parking ban for the City of Hartford, beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 and ending at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 10, 2017.
“The Department of Public Works is carefully monitoring the storm, pre-treating roads, and preparing plowing operations," said Mayor Luke Bronin. “A parking ban will allow us to get the streets cleared, and it is essential that all residents respect the parking ban so that our DPW team can work quickly and safely.”
During a snow 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 may move their vehicles to one of the authorized parking areas including Blue Light Lots, City Parks, Recreation and Senior Centers, and Hartford District School Parking Lots before the start of the parking ban.
Blue lights have been installed at 16 major intersections. The lights will be illuminated 6 hours before a parking ban takes effect and will remain illuminated throughout the duration of the parking ban. Seven “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.
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.”
To avoid being ticketed and towed, please move all on street cars to the following list of authorized parking areas:
Blue Light Lots
• 130 Sisson Ave
• 2404 Main St
• 135 Main St
• 50 Curcombe St
• 20 Francis Ct
• 60 Chadwick St
• 11 Flower St
City Parks, Recreation and Senior Centers
• Colt Park – Warwarme St Lot
• Elizabeth Park – Asylum St Lot
• Elizabeth Park – Prospect Ave Lot
• Goodwin Park – Hubbard Ave Lot
• Goodwin Park – Maple Ave Golf Course Lot
• Keney Park – Woodland St Lot
• Keney Park – Ridgefield St Lot
• Rocky Ridge Park – Zion St Lot
• Thomas J. Hyland Memorial Park – Ansonia St Lot
• Foster Heights Park – Amherst St Lot
• Holcomb Health and Human Services Campus - 2 Holcomb St Lot
• North End Senior Center - 80 Coventry St Lot
• Parker Memorial Community Center - 2621 Main St
• Metzner Recreation Center – 680 Franklin Av
• Samuel Valentin Arroyo Recreation Center – 30 Pope Park Dr
All Hartford District School Parking Lots.
• For a complete list click HERE
Residents should remove their vehicles from the lots promptly following the end of the parking ban, and cars parked in Hartford District Public School lots must be moved no later than 11:00 am Friday. Residents whose vehicles are towed during the parking ban should contact the Hartford Police Department at (860) 757-4000. Please visit http://www.hartford.gov/snow-parking for a list of snow emergency parking locations, and for information regarding towed vehicles.
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MAYOR BRONIN APPLAUDS BOND COMMISSION AND SENATOR FONFARA FOR SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES
HARTFORD, CONN. (Feb. 2, 2017) – On Wednesday, the State Bond Commission authorized $5M to provide grants to the Hartford Economic Development Corporation (HEDCO) to establish a revolving loan fund for minority-owned small businesses. The funds, which will be administered by both HEDCO and the Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA), can be used by minority business owners for acquisition or purchase of machinery and equipment, construction or leasehold improvements, relocation expenses, working capital or other business related expenses.
In a statement on Thursday, Mayor Bronin thanked Senator John Fonfara for his leadership in securing these funds, as well as the Governor’s office and the State Bond Commission for their support. “I want to thank Senator Fonfara for his tremendous leadership in fighting so hard for these funds, and the Governor’s Office and State Bond Commission for recognizing how important it is to support our small, minority-owned businesses,” said Bronin. "When local small and minority-owned businesses succeed, it helps create opportunities for residents throughout our city. We all know that there’s nothing more important than growing jobs and expanding opportunity, and this is one of the best ways to do it.”
Bronin noted that both HEDCO and SAMA have a strong track record of supporting small, minority-owned businesses. “HEDCO and SAMA have been working with our small, minority-owned businesses for decades, and they are both dedicated and effective in helping small businesses get access to much-needed capital so they can grow and reach their full potential.”
MAYOR BRONIN AND METROHARTFORD ALLIANCE PROMOTE EX-OFFENDER EMPLOYMENT
HARTFORD, CONN. (Jan. 31, 2017) – On Monday, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin joined Oz Griebel, President and CEO of the MetroHartford Alliance, for a forum on hiring returning citizens and promoting second chances. The meeting was presented in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Correction, Connecticut Business and Industry Association, Greater Hartford Reentry Council, and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
“I want to thank the MetroHartford Alliance and all of the employers who are a part of this important effort to eliminate barriers and give people a second chance,” said Mayor Bronin. “The most important message from this forum is that giving someone a second chance and looking beyond their past can actually be good for business. Employers tell me all the time that, when they hire individuals with criminal records, they often turn out to be among the most loyal, dedicated, hardworking employees – because they know how hard it was to get that chance.”
Bronin noted that, with the end of the Obama Administration, it’s even more important that we promote second chance initiatives at the local level and work directly with private employers. “We’ve been very lucky that the Obama Administration made re-entry and second chances a priority, promoting the Fair Chance Business Pledge and legislation to ban the box,” said Bronin. “We may not have that same perspective or vision in Washington with this new administration, and that makes the work being done here today by private employers and local organizations all the more important.”
Cheryl McDonald, one of the owners of Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, spoke about her experience hiring individuals who have previously been incarcerated. Opening their first location in Windsor three years ago, Cheryl and Jamie McDonald’s first two hires were justice involved. Bear’s has since grown quickly and has established relationships with community providers in Hartford, and now approximately half of all Bear’s employees were formerly incarcerated. Bear’s has also been an exemplary employer by raising the minimum wage for all employees to $15 per hour. Ms. McDonald, coming from a background in human resources, said that she “goes with her gut” when interviewing people with a criminal record and discussed a mutual respect she has formed with her employees. Mayor Bronin praised Bear’s as the perfect example of a company that is “doing well by doing good.”
Oz Griebel, President of the MetroHartford Alliance, discussed the wide range of benefits in hiring formerly incarcerated individuals. “While we need to discuss the challenges people face in making the transition back to their communities and society at large, we want to promote the training and support available to help these individuals secure employment, an absolutely critical component to that transition, and to help employers that can benefit from this additional source of talent. The Mayor’s leadership and that of Commissioner Semple, the dedication of numerous service providers, the enthusiasm of employers who have already made successful hires, and, most of all, the stories of those who have been hired inspire all of us to commit to the sustained success of this important civic, economic, and social initiative.”
Two returning citizens shared their stories about completing education and working with Community Partners in Action to find employment after being incarcerated. A panel comprised of Commissioner Scott Semple from the Department of Corrections, Maureen Price Boreland from Community Partners in Action, Cheryl McDonald from Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, and Brian Delude from the Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch also shared their first hand experiences in working with returning citizens.
Commissioner Semple, among other things, established dedicated reentry units inside prisons and is committed to reengaging employers. Under Governor Malloy, Connecticut has emerged as a leader for the nation in decreasing the prison population. “We have seen a 6.2% decrease in the prison population, and a 12% increase in the community supervision model. The Department of Corrections acts as an experimental site implementing creative new programs to get people educated and back to work,” said Commissioner Semple.