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MAYOR BRONIN KICKS OFF SECOND YEAR OF HARTFORD’S YOUTH SERVICE CORPS

MAYOR BRONIN KICKS OFF SECOND YEAR OF HARTFORD’S YOUTH SERVICE CORPS

HARTFORD, CONN (October 12, 2017) – Today, the City of Hartford, the Hartford Youth Service Corps (YSC), and its community partners kicked off the second year of the YSC.  The kickoff was held at a playground on Bellevue Street currently being constructed by YSC members, one of more than 400 community-based service learning projects YSC members have participated in during the program’s first year.  Overall, more than 200 Corps members have participated in more than 85,000 hours of paid service projects in the Hartford community.  Our Piece of the Pie is the City’s implementing partner and organizes YSC programming.

“Creating the Hartford Youth Service Corps was a personal priority for me from day one, and through the Youth Service Corps we’ve been able to give more than two hundred young people the chance to earn a paycheck, contribute to their community, and put themselves on a path to education or employment, no matter what mistakes they’ve made in the past,” said Mayor Bronin.  “We’ve been able to fund this program entirely with private contributions, and I’m so grateful to the funders who stepped up last year and again this year to make the Youth Service Corps possible.  We should all be proud of the hundreds of young men and women who’ve made the choice and the commitment to work with the Youth Service Corps, to improve their City, and to set their personal aspirations higher.”

The YSC creates a part-time, year-round employment opportunity for young people ages 16 – 24.  It is designed to give structure, coaching, and paid work experience to young people who face significant challenges including involvement with the criminal justice system, chronic absenteeism or failure to obtain a high school diploma, involvement in gangs, homelessness, and foster care.  During the first year of the YSC, members have done a variety of projects including shoveling snow for seniors and disabled residents, cleaning up many of Hartford’s parks, working with young students in after-school programs, and supporting a variety of non-profits in their work.

Last year, Mayor Bronin raised $2.2 million and this year he raised $2.5 million for the YSC.  Funders include: Barbara Dalio and the Dalio Foundation, the Travelers Foundation, the Newman’s Own Foundation, United Technologies Corporation, The Hartford, the Aetna Foundation, and Key Bank.

“OPP is excited to officially kick off the Youth Service Corps’ second year, which is backed by the vision and support of Mayor Bronin and our many generous partners,” said Hector Rivera, Chief Operating Officer at Our Piece of the Pie.  “We’ll continue to engage more than 200 of Hartford’s most in-need youth, helping them develop a good work ethic and aiming them towards long-term success, all while building up their ownership and pride in our community.”

“We are thrilled by the Hartford Youth Service Corps’ accomplishments realized through teamwork,” said Barbara Dalio of the Dalio Foundation.  “Young people have worked hard to make a difference for their community while gaining valuable experience and skills in pursuit of their goals.  They are inspirational examples for us all.  We are proud to support them.”    

“The Hartford Youth Service Corps is a unique program, providing opportunities not only for those involved but also for the city, and we’re proud to be part of it,” said Erin Haberman, Senior Program Officer of the Travelers Foundation.  “The initiative is contributing to the vitality of our neighborhoods and helping participants build necessary skills for full-time employment.” 

“Supporting the Hartford Youth Service Corps is a natural extension of the Newman’s Own Foundation’s commitment to empower people and communities, as we continue Paul Newman’s legacy of giving and creating opportunities,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation. “The Hartford Youth Service Corps is a very special way to engage city youth in employment, while at the same time providing experiences and support for their continued development as productive and contributing members of society. We’re pleased to see the success of the program so far, and we’re hopeful that it will be a model for other cities nationally."

“We are excited by the positive influence Hartford's Youth Services Corps has had in empowering young adults through service opportunities that benefit our neighborhoods,” said Diane Cantello, vice president of corporate sustainability at The Hartford. “The Hartford is committed to building safe, strong, and successful communities, and having members of the Hartford Youth Services Corps prevail is important to that mission.”

 

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MAYOR BRONIN EXPECTS TO NOMINATE HARTFORD NATIVE LT. COLONEL DAVID ROSADO TO BE NEXT HARTFORD POLICE CHIEF, ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY FORUMS

MAYOR BRONIN EXPECTS TO NOMINATE HARTFORD NATIVE LT. COLONEL DAVID ROSADO TO BE NEXT HARTFORD POLICE CHIEF, ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY FORUMS

 

HARTFORD, CONN (October 3, 2017) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin announced that he expects to nominate Hartford native Lt. Colonel David Rosado of the Connecticut State Police to be the Hartford Police Department’s next Chief of Police. This announcement comes ahead of a number of community forums in the coming weeks where residents will have the chance to meet and interact with Lt. Colonel Rosado.  His nomination would be subject to City Council confirmation.  

 

“As we’ve prepared for Chief Rovella’s retirement early next year, I’ve gathered input about potential successors from across Connecticut, and one name that kept coming up was Lt. Colonel David Rosado of the Connecticut State Police,” said Mayor Bronin.  “A Hartford native who grew up in Charter Oak Terrace and graduated from Bulkeley High School as well as the UConn School of Law, Lt. Colonel Rosado currently oversees field operations for approximately seven hundred State Troopers.  Beyond his distinguished career in law enforcement, Lt. Colonel Rosado brings a deep love and knowledge of our City and a commitment to maintaining our Police Department’s strong partnership with the Hartford community.  In the coming weeks, there will be a number of opportunities for the community at large to meet and hear directly from Lt. Colonel Rosado about his vision for the Hartford Police Department.  In the coming months, I expect to nominate Lt. Colonel Rosado for the City Council’s consideration as Hartford’s next Chief of Police, and I’m proud that, rather than conduct a lengthy and expensive national search, we have been able to identify and raise up one of Hartford’s own.”

 

Lt. Colonel Rosado currently serves as the Commanding Officer of the Office of Field Operations, an arm of the State Police in the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.

 

“It is an honor to be considered as a potential Police Chief for the city where I was born and raised,” said Lt. Colonel David Rosado.  “I’m looking forward to meeting as many City leaders as I can and engaging directly with residents in the coming weeks.” 

 

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CITY OF HARTFORD TERMINATES CENTERPLAN AS DOWNTOWN NORTH DEVELOPER, FILES COUNTERCLAIMS IN WRONGFUL TERMINATION LAWSUIT

CITY OF HARTFORD TERMINATES CENTERPLAN AS DOWNTOWN NORTH DEVELOPER, FILES COUNTERCLAIMS IN WRONGFUL TERMINATION LAWSUIT

HARTFORD, CONN (October 2, 2017) – Today the City of Hartford terminated Centerplan, DoNo Hartford LLC, and the associated entities created to develop the land in and around Dunkin’ Donuts Park.  The City now intends to find developers with the interest and capital to invest in the Downtown North neighborhood.  

“Centerplan should never have been chosen to build the ballpark, and their lack of capacity and experience was compounded by a lack of honesty and transparency,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “In failing to deliver the ballpark on time, failing to do the work well, and failing to pay numerous subcontractors, Centerplan violated the development agreement that covers the surrounding parcels.  By terminating the Master Development Agreement with Centerplan today, we hope that we can begin to move forward with finding a strong and capable partner for the next phase of development that is so essential to the City of Hartford.”

The City also filed counterclaims to Centerplan’s lawsuit alleging wrongful termination from the stadium project.  The City alleges that Centerplan engaged in fraud, both in its inducement of the City to begin the stadium project and its conduct after the project got underway, and civil theft during the course of construction of the stadium.  The City alleges that overall, Centerplan’s fraudulent actions constitute a violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act.

For example, the City alleges that Centerplan falsely certified that it had paid approximately $8 million to subcontractors in order to collect reimbursement from the Hartford Stadium Authority.  In fact, Centerplan never paid the contractors and vendors – instead paying for its own debt on other projects were unrelated to the City.  Centerplan has maintained that using money that was supposed to pay for the ballpark to pay for other debts is "done all the time" and normal construction practice.  The City alleges that’s fraud, especially when public funds are involved.

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MAYOR BRONIN NOMINATES DIRECTORS FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, EMERGENCY SERVICES AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENTS

MAYOR BRONIN NOMINATES DIRECTORS FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, EMERGENCY SERVICES AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENTS

 

HARTFORD, CONN (September 29, 2017) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin announced that he is nominating Liany Arroyo, MPH, CPH to serve as Director of Health and Human Services and Susan Webster, ENP, RPL, to serve as Director of Emergency Services and Telecommunications.  Both nominations are subject to City Council confirmation.

 

“I am very pleased to announce Liany and Susan’s nominations,” said Mayor Bronin.  “A Bridgeport native, Liany has more than 16 years of experience working on health equity, health policy analysis, and multicultural health education.  Her most recent work on teen pregnancy prevention at a national level is highly relevant to some of our ongoing work in Hartford, and I am thrilled to have her leading our Health and Human Services team.”

 

For the last four years, Liany Arroyo has been a Director at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy in Washington, D.C.  Before that, she worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of Minority Health, and spent more than a decade at the National Council of La Raza, working on a range of public policy issues and managing a wide variety of projects.

 

“Susan brings a wealth of experience in public safety management to her role with the City, and she will be a key member of our public safety team,” said Mayor Bronin.  “We are very fortunate to have found someone with such a strong track record here in Connecticut, and I am proud to welcome her to Hartford.”

 

Susan Webster has spent a decade as Executive Director of the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communications Center, a regional 9-1-1 communications center that has served municipalities throughout Connecticut for nearly 40 years and is now the largest emergency communications center in the State.   Before that, she spent nearly a decade in various public safety management and operations roles in New Britain and Waterbury.

 

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