MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES NEW SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE
HARTFORD, CONN. (March 3, 2017)- Today, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced that the city has obtained three grants totaling $350,000 to create a Sustainability Office within the Office of the Mayor, at no cost to City taxpayers. These grants will allow the City to hire a full-time sustainability coordinator for 22 months, as well as a green infrastructure specialist for 12 months. The Sustainability Office will finalize and implement a citywide climate action plan addressing energy, food, land use, transportation, waste and water. Its aim will be to advance the city’s economy, improve public health and quality of life, and promote social equity while ensuring that Hartford becomes a global leader in environmental stewardship.
“I’m incredible grateful for these generous grants from the Partners for Places Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA),” said Mayor Bronin. “We are working to position Hartford to be a model of sustainability by safeguarding our natural resources, investing in renewable energy, identifying innovative ways of dealing with waste, and improving our city’s green infrastructure.”
“As the community foundation for Greater Hartford, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is dedicated to supporting efforts that create healthier, safer and more vibrant communities.” said Linda J. Kelly, president of the Hartford Foundation. “We share the city’s commitment to ensuring that all members of Hartford’s community have access to healthier lifestyles and enjoy cleaner air and water.”
CIRCA Executive Director, James O’Donnell, echoed this sentiment, “There really is no better way to enhance the resilience of a city’s rain water management system to the effects of climate change than to invest in green infrastructure to reduce the amount of water that needs to be handled. This approach also enhances the environment in the city for its citizens and visitors. I look forward to seeing the results of the Mayor’s initiative replicated in other parts of the state.” CIRCA is a partnership of the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the University of Connecticut.
In 2016, the city kicked off a Climate Stewardship Initiative, which is a joint effort of the Office of the Mayor and the City of Hartford Climate Stewardship Council. The applications for the funding being announced today grew out of this initiative, which has unified businesses and residents in efforts to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. More information about the Climate Stewardship Initiative can be found at www.hartford.gov/climate.
MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES HARTFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR HARTFORD RESIDENTS
Hartford, Conn. (March 2, 2017) – Today, Mayor Bronin announced the Hartford Police Department will begin accepting applications for Hartford residents to apply to become Police Officers. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm on March 15, 2017.
“Building our police department up to appropriate staffing levels remains a priority of this administration, and I’m hopeful that Hartford residents will seize this opportunity to step up to be a part of the change in our community,” said Mayor Bronin. “We are recruiting on an ongoing basis, from within Hartford and from outside of Hartford, but this particular recruiting drive is focused on Hartford residents. We believe that increasing the number of Hartford residents on the force helps to strengthen the ties between our police officers and the community they serve.”
Mayor Bronin and Chief Rovella both stressed their commitment to continued recruiting efforts, as the department prepares for additional retirements of long-serving officers. Because the City of Hartford failed to recruit an adequate number of officers in prior years, Mayor Bronin said that he anticipates hiring multiple recruit classes each year for the next few years.
Chief Rovella said, “Our recruitment process is ongoing and with Mayor Bronin’s support, we’re going to keep searching for the best applicants to mitigate the shortfall of officers.”
Applicants must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application, and possess a high school diploma or GED, as well as a valid driver’s license. Applicants will face an examination process consisting of a physical ability test, a written test, and an oral test. To be appointed, candidates must also pass a drug test, a background investigation, a polygraph examination, a psychological examination, an interview with the Chief of Police, a physical examination, and a working test/probationary period of one year after graduation from the Police Academy. All parts of the examination are designed to determine the ability of applicants to learn and perform the duties of a Police Officer in a multi-culturally diverse environment.
“Despite an aggressive timeline, I am hopeful that there will be an overwhelming response from Hartford residents.” said City Council President Thomas J. Clarke, II, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee. “I am optimistic for a record response number.”
“Given our current shortage of police officers, this is a great opportunity to support the police department in their efforts to restore staffing levels.” said Councilman James Sanchez, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee. “It is my hope that we receive a great response from Hartford residents seeking to make a difference their community.”
Mayor Bronin encourages all interested in applying to submit their application and required documentation online at PoliceApp.com/HartfordCT, in person, or by mail to the City of Hartford, Human Resources Department, 550 Main Street, Room 3, Hartford, CT 06103.
MAYOR BRONIN WELCOMES 16 NEW HPD POLICE RECRUITS TO POLICE ACADEMY TRAINING
HARTFORD, CONN (Feb. 23, 2017) – Today, Mayor Luke Bronin joined Police Chief James Rovella to welcome 16 new Hartford Police recruits to the force during their first week of police academy training. This class is one of three recruiting classes planned for calendar year 2017.
“I am proud to welcome these dedicated men and women to the Hartford Police force," said Mayor Bronin. "They have made it through an extensive and rigorous selection process, and they now begin their training as guardians, protectors and public servants in the Hartford community. I look forward to swearing them in as full members of a department committed to the ethos of community policing, committed to accountability and transparency, and committed as well to the goal of building a force that better reflects the tremendous diversity of the city of Hartford."
This class of 16 includes (2) African American police recruits, (8) Hispanic police recruits and (6) female police recruits, making it one of the most diverse police classes hired by the Hartford Police Department. In addition, the class includes three Hartford Police Cadets. The cadet program was designed to serve as a pipeline for Hartford residents seeking a career in law enforcement.
“As a whole, this diverse recruit class represents a step in a positive direction as we look to restore and diversify our staffing levels.” said Chief Rovella. “Individually, we will look for each recruit to understand the importance of service to our city and acting as a guardian to our community. We wish them luck as they begin training academy.”
“I am pleased that our new class of 16 police recruits represent such a diverse group of individuals, including Hartford residents.” said City Council President Thomas J. Clarke, II, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee. “I have the utmost confidence that Chief Rovella and his team will be able to develop and train them so they can be prepared to serve and protect the people in the City of Hartford"
“I am happy to know that we are continuing to make progress towards increasing our staffing levels and I look forward to congratulating our new class of police recruits upon their successful graduation from the training academy.” said Councilman James Sanchez, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.
The Hartford Police Department is continuing to recruit officers, and currently anticipates bringing on another class in the early summer and a third class in the early fall of 2017.
MAYOR BRONIN DECLARES SNOW EMERGENCY PARKING BAN
HARTFORD, CONN. (February 11, 2017) – Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin has declared a snow emergency parking ban for the City of Hartford, beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2017 and ending at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 13, 2017.
"Right now, we are expecting between four and eight inches of snow, from midday Sunday through Sunday night. The Department of Public Works is monitoring the storm and preparing plowing operations, and they've been working throughout the day today to make sure we are ready for the next round," said Mayor Luke Bronin. “A parking ban will allow us to get the streets cleared, and it is essential that everyone respects the parking ban so that our DPW team can work safely and effectively.”
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:
for a list of snow emergency parking locations, and for information regarding towed vehicles.