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HARTFORD CITY HALL LIT GREEN IN SUPPORT OF PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

HARTFORD CITY HALL LIT GREEN IN SUPPORT OF PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT

 

HARTFORD, CONN (June 3, 2017) –  At the direction of Mayor Luke Bronin, Hartford City Hall was lit green last night to signal Hartford's opposition to the federal government’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and to underline Hartford’s significant efforts in the area of climate change.  Earlier today, Governor Malloy added Connecticut to a coalition of states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement.  
 
“The decision to abandon the Paris Climate Agreement is an unforgivable surrender of American leadership on one of the most important issues of our time,” said Mayor Bronin.  “In virtually every other country in the world, the debate is about how to confront climate change responsibly – not the absurd idea that it’s a ‘hoax’ created by China.  Not only do we have a moral responsibility to reduce carbon emissions, we should also be seizing the opportunity to build a robust green jobs economy by investing clean energy.”
 
The Mayor continued, saying, “I’m proud to join with cities and states around the country to commit to filling the void on environmental responsibility that this decision leaves.  In Hartford, we are on the path toward becoming a more sustainable city through the dedicated work of City employees, the business community, neighborhood leaders, and environmental activists through our Climate Stewardship Initiative.”  

 
Last year, Mayor Bronin and the Climate Stewardship Council initiated Hartford’s Climate Stewardship Initiative, an inclusive, community-wide effort that aims to improve quality of life through environmental stewardship, while advancing the economy, improving public health outcomes, and promoting social equity.  More about the Initiative is online at www.hartford.gov/climate.  Hartford has made significant progress in a variety of areas, including the area on which the Paris Climate Agreement focuses:  the reduction of greenhouse gases.  To that end, Hartford has retrofitted existing buildings with energy efficiency improvements, constructed a fuel cell microgrid in the Parkville neighborhood which will reduce carbon emissions by 40% in connected buildings, launched a 1-MW solar array atop the former landfill in North Meadows, and embarked on an ambitious conversion of all 8,400 street lights to LEDs (which will save $1.8 million in energy costs per year).  For its efforts in clean energy, the City was recognized as an inaugural Department of Energy “SolSmart” City and received an award in 2016 from the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.  In addition, the city’s new, award-winning zoning code, online at www.hartford.gov/landregs, promotes solar and wind energy, as well as electric vehicle charging stations and green roofs.  

 
The 30-member Climate Stewardship Council, which includes stakeholders from a cross-section of nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies, is in the process of finalizing a Climate Action Plan, which will chart the path towards further emissions reductions.  The City recently hired a 100% grant-funded Sustainability Coordinator to assist in those efforts.  

 

 

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MAYOR BRONIN RELEASES STATEMENT ON AETNA

MAYOR BRONIN RELEASES STATEMENT ON AETNA

 

HARTFORD, CONN (May 31, 2017) – This afternoon Mayor Luke Bronin released the following statement on Aetna:

 

“Based on multiple conversations with Aetna’s senior leadership, I think it is clear that Aetna decided a long time ago to relocate their corporate headquarters out of Connecticut.  They have said that Aetna remains committed to its Connecticut workforce, and that the Hartford campus will continue to be a substantial employment base for thousands of Aetna employees.  But losing Aetna’s flag is a hard blow for the state and for the greater Hartford region.  As a state, we need to act boldly to change the things that need to change.  Across the country, companies are locating in places where they can recruit top talent.  We don’t have to be New York or Boston to be competitive, but we have to recognize that strong, fiscally-sound, culturally-vibrant metropolitan areas are key to economic growth.  Connecticut has the opportunity to be one of those places, but we need to marshal the full strength of our region and our State to invest in a strong, vibrant Capital City – not at the expense of our suburbs and small towns, but for the sake of Connecticut’s economic future, because we’re all tied together.”  

 

 

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MAYOR BRONIN LAUNCHES “HARTFORD CITY ID” PROGRAM, ALLOWING ALL RESIDENTS TO ACCESS CITY SERVICES

MAYOR BRONIN LAUNCHES “HARTFORD CITY ID” PROGRAM, ALLOWING ALL RESIDENTS TO ACCESS CITY SERVICES

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HARTFORD, CONN (May 22, 2017) –  Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced that any Hartford resident can now obtain a municipal identification card from the City.  Hartford City ID cards can be used to access all City services, and will be accepted as proof of identification by all City departments, including the Hartford Police Department.  All costs associated with the program will be paid for by the fee required to get a City ID.

 

“The Hartford City ID program ensures that every Hartford resident can access all City services and interact with their government, regardless of their immigration or housing status,” said Mayor Bronin. “But it’s about much more than accessing services.  It’s about making sure no one in our community feels as if they have to live in the shadows.  We will be a safer and stronger community when every resident knows they can be heard.  I’m glad we were able to get this long-needed program up and running, at no cost to the City, with the overwhelming support of the City Council and residents throughout Hartford.”

 

No documents used to establish identity and residency during the application process will be retained by either the City or the vendor issuing cards.  The vendor issuing cards will keep the name of the cardholder and the card number, but will not retain any other information on the card, including the photo, address, and date of birth.  The City of Hartford will protect the confidentiality of all City ID card applicants to the maximum extent allowable by applicable federal and State law, in accordance with local Municipal Code Article XXIL Sec 2-395

 

“We have built in strong protections so that no resident is exposed to greater legal risk if they choose to get a City ID,” added Mayor Bronin.

 

Mayor Bronin was joined at the press conference launching Hartford City ID by City Council President T.J. Clarke, State Representatives Angel Arce and Edwin Vargas, Hartford Public Library CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey, as well as representatives from SEIU 32BJ and Journey Home.

 

“Hartford Public Library is proud to partner with the City of Hartford in the launch of the Hartford City ID program, ensuring that all residents will have access to all City services,” said Bridget Quinn-Carey, CEO of Hartford Public Library.  “This program, along with the many valuable services and programs provided by HPL, provides people from all walks of life the resources with which to build successful futures.”

 

Mui Mui Hin-McCormick, co-chair of Hartford’s Commission on Refugee and Immigrant Affairs, was not able to attend the press conference but praised City ID, saying, “The Hartford Commission on Refugee and Immigrant Affairs (CRIA) thanks Mayor Bronin and his office for ensuring the implementation of the municipal ID program, which many residents have been waiting for since Mayor Segarra proposed the program in 2015.  The municipal ID program allows residents access to important benefits and services, provides employment, housing, and basic opportunities for residents to be productive members of the community.  CRIA supports the Mayor's efforts in making Hartford a welcoming and safe city for all of its diverse residents.  This program helps us work towards achieving that goal.” 

 

Hartford City ID is available to all City of Hartford residents who can establish identity and residency using documents described in City ordinance and will be valid for two years from the date of issuance.  The card costs $15 dollars for adults, and $10 dollars for children under 18 or seniors 65 and over; all costs will go towards operation of the City ID program. 

 

Information about the program and how to apply is available at http://www.hartford.gov/HartfordCityID.  Residents can get Hartford City IDs at the downtown branch of the Hartford Public Library and by appointment at the Town and City Clerk’s office.  They must bring the required proof of identification and Hartford residency, as described on the website.  City ID cards will include a resident’s photo, name, date of birth, address, and the card’s expiration date. 

 

Please note that Hartford City ID cards do not authorize cardholders to drive, purchase alcohol or tobacco products, travel on an airplane, or assert immigration or work authorization status.  U.S. citizens can use City ID as proof of identity at a Hartford polling place.

 

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MAYOR BRONIN RESPONDS TO CITY COUNCIL BUDGET AMENDMENTS

MAYOR BRONIN RESPONDS TO CITY COUNCIL BUDGET AMENDMENTS

HARTFORD, CONN (May 19, 2017) – Mayor Luke Bronin released the following statement after he transmitted an amended budget to the Town Clerk, in response to the City Council’s amendments to his Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2018.

“With my response to the City Council’s amendments, we are nearing a budget agreement, and I expect that the City Council will vote on a final budget on Monday.  The budget we will adopt represents a serious, responsible approach to our deep fiscal crisis.  It makes reductions on top of last year’s nearly $20 million in difficult cuts, but it continues to fund essential services, including public safety.  Over the last year we have confronted Hartford’s longstanding budget problems directly and honestly.  We will continue to govern with discipline and with a willingness to make tough changes, because taxpayer dollars should be treated with respect.  I appreciate the diligence and care with which the City Council has approached the budget process, and look forward to our continued work to put Hartford on a sustainable fiscal path.”

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