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MAYOR BRONIN ATTENDS WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

MAYOR BRONIN ATTENDS WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT ON GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
CITES TONIGHT'S PUBLIC COMSTAT MEETING AS AN EXAMPLE OF THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT NECESSARY TO COMBAT GUN VIOLENCE IN HARTFORD
 
Hartford, Conn. (May 24, 2016) — Today, Mayor Bronin participated in a White House Summit on Gun Violence Prevention. Mayor Bronin joined state and local leaders in calling on Congress to enact common sense laws, and encouraged cities and states to take legislative and executive action. Later in the afternoon, Mayor Bronin will meet with senior Obama Administration officials to discuss collective efforts to improve public safety.
 
Today's White House Summit on Gun Violence Prevention includes a group of state and local leaders from across the country who have been active in the effort to reduce gun violence. Also in attendance were Governor Malloy, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and Gary, Indiana, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, among others.
 
“Gun violence shatters families and neighborhoods in Hartford and in cities around the country," said Mayor Bronin. “President Obama has taken executive actions to curb gun violence, and in Connecticut, Governor Malloy and state leaders have enacted some of the toughest gun laws in the country. But until we adopt comprehensive, common sense laws on the national level, we are going to continue to see illegal guns trafficked across state lines. In the meantime, we need to continue to work creatively and aggressively at the state and local level."
 
Prior to the White House Summit, Mayor Bronin participated in a session at the Center for American Progress about executive actions to combat gun violence. 
 
Citing expanded community engagement as an important part of combatting gun violence, Mayor Bronin also noted that tonight the Hartford Police Department will hold its first public Comstat meeting. Comstat meetings are weekly meetings at which the police department reviews trends in criminal activity throughout the city. At Mayor Bronin's request, the meetings have been opened to the public and once a month will be held after hours to encourage community participation.
 
 “Community engagement is an important part of making our streets safer and our neighborhoods stronger, and opening Comstat meetings to the public is one way to promote an ongoing partnership between residents and police,” said Mayor Bronin. “Residents of the city have information and insight that the officers may not have, and vice versa. That's why we are opening the doors, letting the public in, and having a real, transparent conversation about what's happening in our neighborhoods."
 
The public Comstat meeting is taking place tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Hartford Police Department (253 High St., Hartford, Conn.).

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To our media partners: This evening, Mayor Luke Bronin transmitted an amended budget to the Town Clerk

FY2017-Amended-Budget-TransmittalTo our media partners: This evening, Mayor Luke Bronin transmitted an amended budget to the Town Clerk. Mayor Bronin's amended budget vetoes four line items and reduces two expenditures included in the budget resolutions approved by the Court of Common Council on Wednesday evening. The vetoes include a veto of the additional reduction of $393,000 to the Hartford Public Library. 

For full-text Mayor Bronin’s transmittal letter to the City Council, click here:

In addition, here is an on-the-record statement from Mayor Bronin regarding today’s FY2017 budget actions:

"I want to thank all of the members of the Hartford City Council for their hard work on this budget. The City of Hartford faces huge fiscal challenges, but this budget demonstrates that we are willing to make the difficult choices needed to get our fiscal house in order. This budget still depends on achieving significant concessions in labor negotiations. And in the coming months, we have to work hard to build a regional and statewide consensus for the kind of partnership that will help us get Hartford healthy for the long-run. But the tough choices reflected in this budget get us one step closer to a stronger, more sustainable future for our Capital City."

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MAYOR BRONIN: HARTFORD NAMED ONE OF 50 INVEST HEALTH CITIES BY REINVESTMENT FUND AND ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION

MAYOR BRONIN: HARTFORD NAMED ONE OF 50 INVEST HEALTH CITIES BY REINVESTMENT FUND AND ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION
 
Hartford, Conn. (May 18, 2016) — Today, Mayor Bronin announced that the City of Hartford has been selected by the Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to take part in the new Invest Health initiative. Invest Health is aimed at transforming how leaders from mid-size American cities work together to help low-income communities thrive, with specific attention to community features that drive health such as access to safe and affordable housing, places to play and exercise, and quality jobs.
 
Hartford was selected from more than 180 teams from 170 communities that applied to the initiative. Cities with populations between 50,000 and 400,000 were asked to form five-member teams including a representative from the public sector, a community development expert and an anchor institution, preferably academic or health-related.
 
“This is great news,” said Mayor Bronin. “It’s a testament to the hard work happening in our community by civic, nonprofit, and corporate partners to improve overall health and eliminate health inequities citywide.”
 
Mid-size American cities face some of the nation’s deepest challenges with entrenched poverty, poor health and a lack of investment. But they also offer fertile ground for strategies that improve health and have the potential to boost local economies. The program has the potential to fundamentally transform the way Hartford improves opportunities to live healthy lives by addressing the drivers of health including jobs, housing, education, community safety, and environmental conditions.
 
“With a long history in community development finance, we are excited to help create a pipeline to channel capital into low-income communities through public and private investments,” said Amanda High, Chief of Strategic Initiatives at Reinvestment Fund. “Our goal is to transform how cities approach tough challenges, share lessons learned and spur creative collaboration.”
 
Over the next 18 months, Invest Health teams will take part in a vibrant learning community, have access to highly skilled faculty advisors and coaches who will guide their efforts toward improved health, and receive a $60,000 grant. Hartford will also engage a broader group of local stakeholders to encourage local knowledge sharing. Learning from the program will be synthesized and disseminated through the project website.
 
“Public officials, community developers, and many others have been working in low-income neighborhoods for years, but they haven’t always worked together,” said Donald Schwarz, MD, MPH, MBA, RWJF Vice President, Program. “Invest Health aims to align their work and help neighborhoods thrive by intentionally incorporating health into community development.”
 
Hartford’s projects will explore a broad range of ideas. Project teams will travel to Philadelphia for a kick-off meeting on June 7th and will meet regularly to share lessons learned throughout the 18-month project. A full list of awardees and more information is available at www.investhealth.org.

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MAYOR BRONIN: HARTFORD SECURES FEDERAL GRANT TO FUND 275 YOUTH SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAMS AND JOBS

MAYOR BRONIN: HARTFORD SECURES FEDERAL GRANT TO FUND 275 YOUTH SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAMS AND JOBS
 
Hartford, Conn. (May 17, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin joined Capital Workforce Partners (CWP) in announcing that Hartford has secured a federal grant to provide 275 youth with summer and year-round job opportunities and exposure to career pathways for in-demand job sectors.
 
“Connecting Hartford’s young men and women to jobs is the single most important thing we can do to build a stronger Hartford,” said Mayor Bronin. “The Promise Zone Youth Employment for Success is a critical part of our effort to expand youth employment opportunities in Hartford, and I’m incredibly grateful to Senator Blumenthal, Senator Murphy, Congressman Larson and the Obama Administration for their support. I also want to thank Capital Workforce Partners and other community groups who are working hard to prepare to launch this program for Hartford’s young people.”
 
These opportunities are part of Promise Zone Youth Employment for Success (Promise Zone YES!). The project serves as a way to transform youth-serving systems and engage the Promise Zone in partnership with Blue Hills Civic Association, unlocking the untapped talent of North Hartford as an engine for economic prosperity and investment in the future of the youth.
 
“It’s even more than just giving youth something meaningful to do,” says Thomas Phillips, President, and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners. “By providing these employment and skill-credentialing opportunities, we are working toward closing achievement gaps, and our future workforce is better prepared to meet the business needs of the region today and tomorrow. It is an economic competitiveness imperative.”
 
The 275 youth served will be a mix of in-school and out-of-school youth, with 190 placed in unsubsidized employment, 85 placed in post-secondary education or training, and 204 gaining industry-recognized credentials. CWP, the local workforce development board for North Central Connecticut, will partner with the City of Hartford, Hartford Public Schools, Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, and two employer partnerships.
 
News of Hartford receiving these federal funds today is part of a larger U.S. Department of Labor announcement of $21 million in Grants to Connect Young Americans to Jobs. Connecticut’s capital city is one of 11 communities across the country will receive a portion of the $21 million to launch and expand innovative approaches that provide young people with summer and year-round jobs.
  
About Capital Workforce Partners - Capital Workforce Partners is a regional workforce development board serving 37 municipalities in North Central Connecticut. The board coordinates comprehensive programs for job seekers and employers, and its mission is to leverage public and private resources to produce skilled workers for a competitive regional economy. For more information about Capital Workforce Partners, visit www.capitalworkforce.org
 
About the Hartford Promise Zone - The Hartford Promise Zone is a 3-mile area, which begins near Homestead Avenue and extends north to Keney Park. City and federal officials announced the federal designation for the Clay Arsenal, Northeast and Upper Albany neighborhoods on April 28, 2015, hoping to result in an infusion of manpower and money to one of the capital city's neediest areas.

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