Hartford, Conn. (March 21, 2016) – Mayor Luke Bronin today announced that Brett Broesder has been named Director of Communications and New Media for the City of Hartford, Conn. In this role, Broesder will serve as the primary media contact and spokesperson for the capital city. He is replacing Samaia Hernandez, who is pursuing new opportunities.
“I’m thrilled to have Brett on our team,” said Mayor Bronin. “With his wide-ranging experience in communications and policy, he is sure to be an asset to Hartford as we right our fiscal ship and move the city toward a more prosperous future.”
Broesder joins the City of Hartford with more than a decade of communications experience. Most recently, he served as the communications director for the City of Bridgeport, Conn.
Previously, Broesder served in a vast array of senior level communications roles, including: direct mail consultant for The Baughman Company; Communications Director for the Montana Democratic Party; media relations specialist for global communications firm Hill & Knowlton, as well as Ketchum; Policy and Legislative Director for Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin; and Campaign Manager for Peter Kilmartin’s successful Rhode Island Attorney General Campaign in 2010. Broesder holds a B.A. in political science from Rhode Island College.
“I’m honored to join Mayor Bronin and his team,” said Broesder. “It’s an exciting time in the state’s capital city. I look forward to working with folks across the city to share Hartford’s story.”
(March 15, 2016) Today, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin urged city residents to take advantage of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which provides free tax preparation services to individuals and families earning up to $54,000 per year. There are 10 VITA sites in Hartford where 300 IRS-certified volunteers help eligible clients prepare and electronically file state and federal income tax forms.
“Millions in refunds are left unclaimed each year,” Mayor Bronin said. “With April deadlines around the corner, now is the time for citizens and families to take advantage of this valuable resource. I urge eligible residents to call 2-1-1 and set up an appointment with a certified VITA volunteer before April 15th.”
Approximately 58,000 taxpayers have filed returns at Hartford VITA sites since 2005. Last year, nearly 8,000 taxpayers were assisted in Hartford, resulting in $18.6 million in state and federal refunds for local individuals and families. Overall, tax filings have increased by more than 600 percent at Hartford sites since 2005.
Residents are encouraged to call 2-1-1 and press “3” to make an appointment at one of the tax centers. Filers with incomes up to $62,000 may prepare and file their own taxes for free online at: www.myfreetaxes.com. Online assistance is available.
The VITA centers are made possible through a partnership between The Village for Families & Children and the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and are supported by the City of Hartford.
Centers are open through April 18.
(March 10, 2016) On Monday, March 14 at 5 p.m., Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin will deliver the State of the City address to the Court of Common Council at Hartford’s City Hall. The event is open to the public.
Overflow seating and a live video projection will be available in the Hartford Public Library’s Center for Contemporary Culture. Hartford Public Access Television (HPATV) will broadcast live on Comcast Channel 96, Frontier Channel 99, and will stream live online here.
WHO: Mayor Bronin
WHAT: State of the City Address
WHEN: Monday, March 14; 5 p.m.
WHERE: City Hall, 550 Main Street, Hartford
**NOTE: Additional seating and live video projection will be available in the Hartford Public Library’s Center for Contemporary Culture at 500 Main Street, Hartford.