MAYOR BRONIN URGES CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION AND PASS AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN
“We don’t need moments of silence in Congress, we need votes, and we need action.” — Mayor Bronin
HARTFORD, CONN. (JUNE 14, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin called on Congress to take action by passing a common-sense ban on assault weapons in the wake of a massacre in Orlando — targeting the LGBT community — the largest mass shooting in U.S. History.
“It should not be possible for an individual filled with hate to walk into a gun store and walk out with a military-style assault weapon,” said Mayor Bronin. "As a nation, we’ve seen tragedies mount as military-style assault weapons allow a sick and evil individual to inflict more pain than one individual should be capable of inflicting. Enough is enough.”
In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed the Assault Weapons Ban, prohibiting the manufacture, transfer, and possession of 19 specific semi-automatic assault weapons, including AK-47s, AR15s, Uzis, and MAC-10s — ammunition devices that could fire 10 or more rounds.
The Assault Weapons Ban expired in September 2004. Since then, several mass shootings have occurred that involved weapons that were previously illegal under the Assault Weapons Ban, including: Virginia Tech, VA (2007); Fort Hood, TX (2009); Tucson, AZ (2011); Newtown, CT (2012); and Orlando, FL (2016).
Following one of the worst mass shootings in American history that involved the killing of 20 children and six teachers in Newtown, CT, Gov. Malloy signed common-sense gun legislation expanding Connecticut’s assault weapons ban.
In December of last year, Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) introduced The Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 (H.R. 4269), which would renew the Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2004. The bill has 125 co-sponsors, including: Rep. John Larson (D-CT); Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT); Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT); and Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT). The last action on the bill was referring it to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations on January 15, 2016.
“In Connecticut, Governor Malloy and legislators have enacted some of the toughest gun laws in the country, including an expanded assault weapons ban,” said Mayor Bronin “Connecticut is grateful for the leadership of Senators Blumenthal and Murphy and the rest of our congressional delegation who have been strong, consistent advocates for common-sense gun reform, and it’s time their colleagues step forward. We don’t need moments of silence in Congress, we need votes, and we need action.”
STATEMENT: MAYOR BRONIN ON THE ORLANDO SHOOTING
Hartford, Conn. (June 12, 2016) — BACKGROUND: Early Sunday morning, a gunman killed 50 people and wounded 53 at a crowded nightclub in Orlando, making it the deadliest mass shooting in American history (Click here for more information: http://nyti.ms/1XhqxIi). In response, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin made the following statement:
"We grieve today for all of the victims of the horrific attack in Orlando: for the dozens of innocents killed and wounded, for their loved ones and their families, for the LGBT community, for the City of Orlando and for our country. The City of Hartford extends our deepest condolences, our prayers, and our commitment to stand united in the face of terror.
"Almost exactly a year ago, crowds gathered joyfully in Hartford and around the country to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality. In the face of this terrorist attack targeting the LGBT community, we gathered together again tonight — in sadness, but with the same spirit of unity and love. Let us condemn the hatred that motivated this attack. Let us condemn the demagoguery that exploits this tragedy to divide us from our fellow Americans. And let us celebrate the aspiration for equality and freedom that makes our nation the target of those who subscribe to a twisted ideology.
"Let us also rededicate ourselves to the effort to enact common-sense gun laws to protect innocent Americans from tragedies like this. There will always be viciousness in the world. There will always be violence. But the pain that can be inflicted by one sick individual, infected with so many vicious strains of hatred and armed with a legally-bought military-style assault weapon, is shocking and unacceptable. This latest tragedy should be a clear call to action.”
MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAM MAKING SOLAR ENERGY AVAILABLE FOR ALL HARTFORD HOMEOWNERS
Hartford, Conn. (June 9, 2016) — This week, Mayor Luke Bronin announced a new and innovative program, Solar for All, that offers solar power and energy efficiency measures to all Hartford homeowners, financed through a public-private partnership between PosiGen Solar Solutions and the Connecticut Green Bank.
“We’re thrilled that more families in Hartford will have access to solar energy,” said Mayor Bronin. “Posigen has done tremendous work in other communities. Bringing this program to Hartford gives families in our city the chance to do the right thing for the environment, the right thing for household budgets, and it puts Hartford at the forefront of smart, creative, clean energy financing.”
The Solar for All financing program combines a solar lease with energy efficiency upgrades to lower the energy burden of participating households.
In announcing this new program, Mayor Bronin was joined by State Representative Matt Ritter; Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank; T.J. Clarke, President of the Hartford Common Council; and Beth Galante, Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations for PosiGen Solar Solutions.
PosiGen, a New Orleans solar company with a footprint in Hartford, aims to close what many see as a clean energy affordability gap by making solar available to all homeowners regardless of income.
“We’re changing the misconception that solar is for the rich,” states Beth Galante, Vice President of Business Development and Government Relations for PosiGen. “Low-to-moderate income families are most susceptible to rising energy costs, and this program puts those homeowners in control of their energy costs.”
Solar For All is the only solar energy program with no minimum credit score or minimum income requirement. PosiGen’s lease program covers the full cost of installing, maintaining and insuring the solar system, and also provides energy efficiency upgrades. The Connecticut Green Bank is happy to provide the financial support for the program.
“The partnership we have with PosiGen gives limited income households the opportunity to lower their energy costs through financing,” states Bryan Garcia, President and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. “Not only does Solar For All give more residents access to affordable, clean energy, it is also helping to create healthier homes and communities across the state.”
Applications for the Solar For All program in Hartford are being taken now, so homeowners are encouraged to contact PosiGen today at 203-416-6518 or 1-866-PosiGen.
STATEMENT: MAYOR BRONIN CALLS THE PERFORMANCE BOND ON DONO BASEBALL STADIUM DEVELOPER CENTERPLAN CONSTRUCTION CO.
“At this point, the developers have repeatedly missed deadlines and, we believe, continue to run over-budget. We have no choice but to bring the surety to the table to manage and finance completion of the ballpark.” — Mayor Luke Bronin
Hartford, Conn. (May 27, 2016) — BACKGROUND: Today, Mayor Luke Bronin officially called the $47,050,000 performance bond on DoNo baseball stadium developer Centerplan Construction Company, asserting that they have defaulted on the Design Build Agreement they have with the City: (Click here) to read the official letter sent to the surety. Mayor Bronin also made the following on-the-record statement regarding today’s action:
“This afternoon, the City formally notified the surety, Arch Insurance Company, that the developer has failed to perform their obligations, and that the surety has a duty to make sure the project is completed at no further cost to the taxpayer of Hartford. Back in January, when it became clear that the developers were far behind schedule and millions over budget, we brought all parties to the table to finance the gap. That was the right thing to do to keep things moving. At this point, however, the developers have repeatedly missed deadlines and, we believe, continue to run over-budget. We have no choice but to bring the surety to the table to manage and finance completion of the ballpark. The developer has threatened to abandon the job if we call the bond, but to do that would be another breach of contract. They have a clear obligation to keep working, and if they believe that calling the bond wash¹t necessary, they can prove it by finishing the job as soon as possible with the resources they’ve been given.”