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MAYOR LUKE BRONIN APPOINTS ACTING BUDGET DIRECTOR

MAYOR LUKE BRONIN APPOINTS ACTING BUDGET DIRECTOR

HARTFORD, CONN (December 21, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin announced that he has appointed Jolita Lazauskas, currently Revenue Manager for the City of Hartford, as Acting Director of the Office of Management, Budget, and Grants (OMBG).  Melissa McCaw, current Director of OMBG, will be joining the Lamont administration as Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management after the new year.

“Jolita is a veteran budget manager with almost two decades of experience analyzing financial data and managing revenues and expenses, and I’m confident she will provide strong leadership to our budget team,” said Mayor Bronin.  “She has quickly become a leader on our budget team and I’m grateful for her willingness to step up and serve in this important role.  I have been working with Melissa and Jolita to ensure there’s a smooth transition, and I want to thank them both as well as the entire team at OMBG for their great work.”

“Throughout my career in financial management I have prioritized integrity and accuracy, and I know budgets aren’t just about numbers – they impact people’s lives and we have an obligation to use taxpayer dollars wisely, transparently, and in the public interest,” said Jolita Lazauskas.  “I am honored to serve as Acting Director of OMBG and I want to thank Mayor Bronin for this opportunity.  I am looking forward to continuing to build relationships with our stakeholders at the local and state level.”

Jolita Lazauskas has seventeen years of experience in finance and accounting in the private sector, and since July of 2018 she has been serving as Hartford’s Revenue Manager.  In that role she has been responsible for forecasting revenue and benchmarking analyses and she has been involved in developing the city’s capital plan.  Before coming to Hartford, Lazauskas worked as the Accounting Manager at Integra-Cast, Inc., a New Britain aerospace manufacturer where she was responsible for preparing the annual budget among many other responsibilities.  Previously, she worked for approximately five years each at All States Materials Group, a Sunderland, MA construction supply company, and Seahorse Bioscience, a Chicopee, MA medical supply manufacturer.  In both jobs she was involved in building financial models, cost analysis, and budgeting.  Lazauskas earned her Master’s in Business Administration from American International College. 

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HARTFORD TO PROVIDE FREE MEALS TO SCHOOL CHILDREN OVER WINTER RECESS, EXTEND RECREATION HOURS

HARTFORD TO PROVIDE FREE MEALS TO SCHOOL CHILDREN OVER WINTER RECESS, EXTEND RECREATION HOURS

HARTFORD, CONN (December 21, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin announced that, for the first time, the City of Hartford will be providing free lunch and dinner to Hartford school-aged children every day during Hartford Public Schools’ Winter Recess at three of the city’s recreation centers, with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s Day.  The city will also be extending hours at its recreation centers during Winter Recess.  The City is partnering with Our Piece of the Pie to provide the meals.   Please see the graphic here for details.  The meals will be first come, first served. 

These free meals are made possible by a generous donation from the family of Greg and Renata Hayes.  Greg Hayes is the Chairman and CEO of United Technologies. 

“The end of the month can be a tough time for many of our families, and it can be all the more difficult when school is out and school meals are unavailable,” said Mayor Bronin.  “We’re proud and grateful to be able to offer these free meals over the holiday winter recess, to make sure that no school-aged child in Hartford goes hungry – and to extend the recreation hours, so that every child has a warm, safe, fun place to enjoy their winter break.  Our entire city is grateful to the Hayes family for this extraordinarily generous donation.” 

“These fresh, filling meals over the holidays will mean a lot to our students,” said Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools.  “On behalf of Hartford Public Schools, I would like to thank the Hayes family for this wonderful donation. We provide meals to the vast majority of our students each school day, but food insecurity remains a serious problem and this will help alleviate that concern for so many of our students during the holiday season.”

“Our mission is to care for Hartford kids, and we are thrilled to be able to provide these meals during a time when kids can sometimes go hungry,” said Kim Oliver, Director of the Department of Children, Families, Youth, and Recreation.  “I want to thank the Hayes family for allowing us to run this program, and Our Piece of the Pie for partnering with us to make it a success. “

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HARTFORD PROPORCIONARÁ COMIDAS GRATUITAS A NIÑOS DE LA ESCUELA DURANTE EL RECESO DE INVIERNO,  HORARIO EXTENDIDO DE RECREACIÓN

HARTFORD, CONN (21 de diciembre de 2018) - Hoy, el Alcalde Luke Bronin anunció que, por primera vez, la Ciudad de Hartford ofrecerá comidas gratuitas a los niños en edad escolar de Hartford todos los días durante el receso de invierno de las Escuelas Públicas de Hartford en tres de los centros recreativos de la Ciudad, con excepción de Navidad y Año Nuevo. La Ciudad también extenderá sus horarios en sus centros de recreación durante el receso de invierno. La Ciudad se está asociando con “Our Piece of the Pie” para proporcionar las comidas. Por favor, vea el gráfico aquí para más detalles. Las comidas serán por orden de llegada.

Estas comidas gratuitas son posibles gracias a una generosa donación de la familia de Greg y Renata Hayes. Greg Hayes es el Presidente y CEO de United Technologies.

"El final del mes puede ser un momento difícil para muchas de nuestras familias, y puede ser aún más difícil cuando no hay clases y las comidas escolares no están disponibles", dijo el Alcalde Luke Bronin. "Estamos orgullosos y agradecidos de poder ofrecer estas comidas gratuitas durante el receso de invierno de los días festivos, para asegurarnos de que ningún niño en edad escolar en Hartford pase hambre, y extender las horas de recreación, para que todos los niños tengan un ambiente cálido, Un lugar seguro y divertido para disfrutar de sus vacaciones de invierno. Toda nuestra ciudad está agradecida a la familia Hayes por esta donación extraordinariamente generosa ".

“Estas comidas frescas y abundantes durante los días festivos significarán mucho para nuestros estudiantes”, dijo la Dra. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendente de las Escuelas Públicas de Hartford. “En nombre de las Escuelas Públicas de Hartford, me gustaría agradecer a la familia Hayes por esta maravillosa donación. Brindamos comidas a la gran mayoría de nuestros estudiantes cada día escolar, pero la inseguridad alimentaria sigue siendo un problema grave y esto ayudará a aliviar la preocupación de muchos de nuestros estudiantes durante la temporada de vacaciones ".

"Nuestra misión es cuidar a los niños de Hartford, y estamos encantados de poder ofrecer estas comidas en un momento en que los niños a veces pueden pasar hambre", dijo Kim Oliver, Directora del Departamento de Niños, Familias, Jóvenes y Recreación. “Quiero agradecer a la familia Hayes por permitirnos ejecutar este programa, y “Our Piece of the Pie” por asociarse con nosotros para que sea un éxito. "

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MAYOR BRONIN STATEMENT ON APPOINTMENT OF MELISSA MCCAW AS OPM SECRETARY

MAYOR BRONIN STATEMENT ON APPOINTMENT OF MELISSA MCCAW AS OPM SECRETARY

HARTFORD, CONN (December 4, 2018) – Mayor Luke Bronin issued the statement below after Melissa McCaw, Director of Management, Budget, and Grants for the City of Hartford was appointed incoming Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management by Governor-elect Ned Lamont.  McCaw will continue in her role in Hartford through the end of this month.

“Governor-elect Lamont could not have picked a better OPM Secretary than Melissa McCaw,” said Mayor Bronin.  “She has deep expertise in public sector budgeting and finance, and she leads with integrity, transparency, and skill.  She is effective, honest, wise, and tireless, and she brings both her values and her expertise to financial decisions that have a real impact on peoples’ lives.  Melissa McCaw is one of the finest public servants I’ve ever met, and as a state we are fortunate she is willing to serve in such an important role.  We will miss her dearly in Hartford, but we look forward to working with her in her new role serving the people of Connecticut.”

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