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MAYOR BRONIN APPLAUDS “STATES FOR GUN SAFETY” COALITION, HIGHLIGHTS DANGER OF OUT-OF-STATE FIREARMS

MAYOR BRONIN APPLAUDS “STATES FOR GUN SAFETY” COALITION, HIGHLIGHTS DANGER OF OUT-OF-STATE FIREARMS 

  

HARTFORD, CONN (February 22, 2018) – Mayor Luke Bronin released the following statement in response to the announcement this morning by the Governors of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island that they are forming a multi-state coalition to reduce gun violence. 

“Connecticut has some of the strongest gun safety laws in the country, but Hartford police officers often see guns from states with looser gun laws used in crimes in our City,” said Mayor Bronin.  “I’m proud that Governors in our region are stepping up to curb the flow of out-of-state guns and to do long-needed research on gun violence.”

 

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HARTFORD NAMED AS FINALIST IN BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES’ 2018 MAYORS CHALLENGE

HARTFORD NAMED AS FINALIST IN BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES’ 2018 MAYORS CHALLENGE

 

HARTFORD, CONN (February 21, 2018) – The City of Hartford was one of 35 Champion Cities selected today as a finalist in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition by Bloomberg Philanthropies that encourages city leaders to pursue bold, inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems cities face.  Hartford’s proposal, Alleviating Child Trauma in Our Neighborhoods (ACTION), uses the City’s ShotSpotter technology to ensure that educators, early childhood professionals, and youth support organizations are able to recognize and respond in real time when a child has been exposed to the trauma of gun violence.

“In too many communities around the country, young people who are exposed to the trauma of gun violence in their neighborhoods never get the support, treatment, or even the acknowledgement that they need,” said Mayor Luke Bronin.  “Our proposal was designed to help provide timely support and assistance to kids exposed to gun violence in our own community.  I’m proud of our team’s innovative proposal, and I’m thankful to Bloomberg Philanthropies for selecting Hartford as a Champion City.  Our team is looking forward to developing the proposal further, in partnership with all of our stakeholders, including Hartford Public Schools, the Hartford Police Department, and the Village for Families and Children.”

Research shows that more than 76% of youth who are exposed to gun violence nationally are never referred to care, and traumatic stress from that exposure can result in persistent emotional and cognitive damage. 

The City’s proposal was selected from a pool of more than 320 applications.  Hartford now advances to the six-month “Test, Learn, and Adapt” phase of the competition. Cities will refine their ideas during this process with up to $100,000, as well as personalized support from innovation experts, to test and begin building support for their urban innovations and submit a new application in August 2018.  In October, four cities will receive $1 million awards and one will receive a grand prize of $5 million to bring their ideas to life.

"We received hundreds of bold and creative ideas from cities around the country in response to the 2018 Mayors Challenge, and these 35 really stood out for their potential to improve people’s lives.  The next six months are a great opportunity for the cities to test their ideas and make them even more innovative and effective,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term Mayor of New York City.

The 35 Champion Cities performed the best against four key criteria: vision, potential for impact, implementation plan, and potential to spread to other cities.  A selection committee Co-Chaired by Former Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Former Xerox Chairman & CEO Ursula Burns and comprising distinguished policy experts, artists, academics, business executives and social innovation leaders assessed the applications.

“Gun violence and mental health go hand in hand,” said City Council President Glendowlyn L.H. Thames.  “The Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2018 Mayor’s Challenge grant provides the City of Hartford with an opportunity to develop creative approaches to better identify and deploy resources in order to support residents who are experiencing trauma from gun violence.  I am thankful for grant making organizations like Bloomberg Philanthropies who help build capacity within communities and support problem solving to their unique challenges.”

“Meeting the needs of the whole child is a focus area at Hartford Public Schools,” said Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools.  “This generous grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies will support our efforts to address social, emotional, and trauma-based needs as we continue to remove learning barriers.  Many thanks to Bloomberg Philanthropies and the City of Hartford for partnering with us in the public school district to further develop this important work”.

"Hartford police officers see the damage gun violence does in our City almost every day," said Hartford Police Chief David Rosado. "We are glad to be part of this City-wide effort to develop a plan to address the often-unseen trauma innocent children experience long after shootings.  Our Capital City Command Center is primarily used to prevent or respond to crime, and I'm proud of our team for finding a way to leverage ShotSpotter technology to help identify young people who need the support that our partners at Hartford Public Schools and so many community groups provide."

The 2018 Mayors Challenge returns to the U.S. as the first investment in the American Cities Initiative, a $200 million suite of new and expanded programs that will empower cities to generate innovation and advance policy that moves the nation forward.  The Challenge builds on the success of previous Bloomberg-sponsored Challenges in the U.S. (2013), Europe (2014), and Latin America and the Caribbean (2016). For more information, visit mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org and @BloombergCities on Twitter and Instagram.

 

About Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies works in over 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $600 million. For more information, please visit www.bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.

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MAYOR BRONIN TO CONVENE REGIONAL MEETING ON CAR THEFTS AND FATAL ACCIDENTS

MAYOR BRONIN TO CONVENE REGIONAL MEETING ON CAR THEFTS AND FATAL ACCIDENTS

HARTFORD, CONN (February 20, 2018)Today Mayor Luke Bronin announced that next Thursday, March 1st, 2018 he will convene a meeting with regional and State leaders to discuss the recent spike in vehicle fatalities and to call for a coordinated strategy to reduce car thefts by juveniles and young adults, which have been a factor in a number of fatal or serious crashes.

“There’s been a disturbing spike in vehicle crashes with fatalities or serious injuries, even as we’ve had fewer accidents overall in Hartford.  We’re particularly concerned about the role that both drugs and stolen vehicles are playing in these tragic incidents,” said Mayor Bronin.  “Our Police Department is working hard to make our streets safer through increased speed and DUI enforcement, but we need to work together as a region and as a State to crack down on car thefts.  As we saw again this morning when cars stolen from West Hartford and New Britain were involved in crashes in Hartford, car theft is a regional problem that demands close coordination between towns, as well as with the State Police and with State and federal prosecutors.”

According to the most recent City data, the number of accidents in Hartford is lower than it was at this point last year, but there have been eight traffic-related fatalities after there were ten traffic-related fatalities in 2017.  The Hartford Police Department (HPD) believes that alcohol or other drugs played a role in at least half of the fatal accidents this year, and in two cases the vehicles involved were stolen.

In response to fatalities in January, the City increased its traffic enforcement this month, adding an additional roving DUI patrol and an additional speed enforcement patrol each weekend.  The State Department of Transportation has also agreed to accelerate three $50,000 traffic-related grants the City was expecting this year, which will pay for additional details focused on speed enforcement, distracted driving, and “Click It or Ticket.”  The City will receive the first of those grants, for speed enforcement, in March.

This month the City will install 23 Traffic Data Boxes around Hartford to gather and analyze various traffic data, including average speed and car counts, to help the HPD better allocate its resources. 

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