MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF DIRECTOR OF DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
HARTFORD, CONN. (Jan. 27, 2017) - Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin today announced that Marilynn Cruz-Aponte will retire from her service as Director of Public Works, effective March 10. Mayor Bronin appointed Ms. Cruz-Aponte as the Director of Public Works upon taking office last year.
“Marilynn’s expertise, commitment, creativity and dedication to the City of Hartford and to the DPW team will be deeply missed, and we wish her and her family the very best. Marilynn has led our Department of Public Works through a challenging time, overseeing a dramatic reduction in the workforce while at the same time making dramatic improvements in morale and performance. She has been a leader on environmental issues, has quarterbacked the overhaul of our snow plowing operation, has implemented new initiatives like the traffic signalization improvement program and the new blue light program, along with many others. Marilynn will be hard to replace, but I am confident that our DPW team will remain strong – in large part thanks to Marilynn’s tremendous work.”
Ms. Cruz-Aponte has been the first Latina to serve as Director of the Department of Public Works in Hartford and one of very few female DPW directors in the nation. Prior to Mayor Bronin’s nomination of Ms. Cruz-Aponte, she served as Deputy Director of Public Works. She has also held public works leadership positions in New Britain over the course of her career, specializing in solid waste, fleet and streets operations planning including policy, procedure and program development, review and implementation. Her earlier career was spent working for nearly ten years as an Environmental Aide to Connecticut Governor William A. O’Neill. She prepared and successfully advocated for the United States’ first mattress recycling law, and she drove the implementation of Hartford’s single-stream recycling program in 2008, which increased recycling by 111% that year and has resulted in waste disposal savings of more the $3.2 million over the past seven years.
“The role and responsibilities of the Director of Public Works requires every ounce of my energy and given my personal obligations, I've made the very difficult decision to take a step back and focus my attention on achieving a better work life balance. I thank Mayor Bronin and the Common Council for the opportunity to lead many noble and hard-working Public Works employees. Over the past year we have faced many challenges head-on and the Department is well prepared to continue its service to the City at a level of excellence," Marilynn Cruz-Aponte said. “It's been an honor to be a member of Mayor Bronin's cabinet and to promote his clear vision for a financially stable and vibrant Capital City.”
MAYOR BRONIN NOMINATES NEW MEMBER TO BOARD OF EDUCATION
HARTFORD, CONN. (Jan. 26, 2017) - Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin today announced that he is nominating Harold Sparrow to serve on the Board of Education. The nomination is subject to approval by the City Council.
“I am proud to appoint Harold Sparrow to the Board of Education. Harold has dedicated much of his professional life to developing young minds and has thought deeply about education. He also brings extensive experience in organizational leadership and management,” Mayor Bronin said. "I believe that Harold will be a strong addition to the Board, and I look forward to working with him and with the other members of the Board as we look to set a new course for Hartford’s schools, under the leadership of a new superintendent.”
Mr. Sparrow has been the President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford since 2015. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations at the YMCA of Greater Boston and was formerly the CEO of the Black Ministerial Alliance. He holds a BA from Tufts University and a Master of Education from Cambridge College. While in Boston, he was actively engaged in a number of education-related activities, including serving as a Trustee of two schools and a children’s museum and as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Afterschool Programs and Funding. Since 2009, he has been a Senior Fellow at The Institute for Non Profit Leadership and Management at Boston University. As a result of his leadership, he was presented with the African-American Achievement Award by Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to be asked to serve on the Hartford Board of Education and look forward to contributing towards the success of our Capital City's children, youth and families," Harold Sparrow said.
MAYOR BRONIN, U.S. ATTORNEY DALY, AND HARTFORD POLICE DEPT. ANNOUNCE NEW ENHANCED LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERSHIP TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE
HARTFORD, CONN. (January 12, 2017) - The Hartford Police Department, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF"), the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), the Drug Enforcement Administration ("DEA") and local and state agency partners today announced the creation of the Focused Violence Reduction Team (FVRT) - an enhanced law enforcement effort targeting gun violence and illegal gun ownership in the City of Hartford. The FVRT will include the assignment of five new federal agents, who will work alongside Hartford Police Officers day to day under the leadership of Assistant United States Attorney Michael Gustafson, who has been named as the Team's Coordinator.
"Last fall, I reached out to U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly and asked for her help in assembling and leading a larger, coordinated federal response to partner with the Hartford Police Department in combatting gun violence, and I'm deeply grateful for this enhanced federal partnership," stated Mayor Luke Bronin. "We're very appreciative of the longstanding support of the U.S. Attorney's Office, and I believe the creation of the Focused Violence Reduction Team will significantly strengthen our collective efforts to get illegal guns - and shooters - off our streets."
"This new combined effort is centered around an increased federal partnership to combine with our State and Local partners from the region. Our focus will be combating violence in Hartford and the region with data-driven intelligence-based investigations." stated Hartford Police Chief James Rovella.
"We in federal law enforcement are committed to assisting police departments in Connecticut's cities by using the full weight of federal law to remove violent individuals from our communities," said U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly. "Working with Hartford Police to fight crime in our capital city has long been a priority of the U.S. Attorney's Office. I am confident that this strengthened partnership and the additional federal resources provided by ATF, FBI and DEA will improve the quality of life for the people of Hartford and the surrounding communities. I thank the Hartford Police Department, the Hartford States Attorney's Office and our federal partners for their coordination and collaboration."
"The sustainability of Hartford's public safety is a priority and I am pleased that we are receiving assistance at the federal level to help our local law enforcement tackle an issue that's been plaguing our city." stated City Council President TJ Clarke, II, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.
"I appreciate the continued partnership of our local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and encourage city residents to also play an active role in combatting gun violence by sharing any and all information about illegal guns, illegal gun ownership, or criminal activity in their neighborhoods," said Councilman James Sanchez, Co-Chair of the Quality of Life and Public Safety Committee.
MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES NEW SNOW EMERGENCY PARKING INITIATIVE
HARTFORD, CONN. (January 12, 2017) – Today, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced a new snow emergency parking initiative designed to increase resident awareness of parking bans, decrease the number of tickets and tows, and facilitate access to alternative parking locations. Under the Parking Ban Blue Light Initiative, blue lights have been installed at 16 major intersections, and will be illuminated 6 hours before a parking ban takes effect. The light will remain illuminated throughout the duration of the parking ban, signaling to residents that it is necessary to move cars parked on city streets. In addition, 7 new “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.
“Over the past year, we’ve taken many steps to improve awareness about parking bans – including text messages, emails, and automated phone calls to residents,” said Mayor Luke Bronin. “The Blue Light Initiative is the next step. The lights will be visible at a number of prominent intersections and will send a clear message: when the lights are blue, move your car. That way, our Public Works team can work quickly to clear the streets curb to curb, and residents can avoid the burden of being ticketed and towed.”
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.”
Snow emergency parking bans may be declared anytime there is predicted snowfall of four inches or more. During a snow emergency 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 should move their vehicles to one of the following authorized parking areas before the start of the parking ban:
Blue Light Lots
• Blue Light Lot 1 130 Sisson Avenue
• Blue Light Lot 2 2404 Main Street
• Blue Light Lot 3 135 Main Street
• Blue Light Lot 4 50 Curcombe Street
• Blue Light Lot 5 20 Francis Court
• Blue Light Lot 6 60 Chadwick Street
• Blue Light Lot 7 11 Flower Street
City Parks & Centers
• Colt Park Warwarme Street Lot
• Elizabeth Park Asylum Street Lot
• Elizabeth Park Prospect Avenue Lot
• Goodwin Park Hubbard Avenue Lot
• Goodwin Park Maple Ave. Golf Course Lot
• Keney Park Woodland Street Lot
• Keney Park Ridgefield Street Lot
• Rocky Ridge Park Zion Street Lot
• Thomas J. Hyland Memorial Park Ansonia Street Lot
• Foster Heights Park Amherst Street Lot
• Holcomb Health Services Campus 2 Holcomb Street Lot
• North End Senior Center 80 Coventry Street Lot
• Parker Memorial Community Center 2621 Main Street Lot
• Metzner Recreation Center 680 Franklin Avenue Lot
• Arroyo Recreation Center 30 Pope Park Drive Lot
• All Hartford District School Parking Lots. For a complete list, visit www.hartfordschools.org/schools and select “District.”