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HARTFORD INSURERS MAKE $10 MILLION PAYMENT AS PART OF CITY'S FISCAL RECOVERY

HARTFORD INSURERS MAKE $10 MILLION PAYMENT AS PART OF CITY'S FISCAL RECOVERY

 

HARTFORD, CONN (July 9, 2018)– Today Mayor Luke Bronin, Alan D.Schnitzer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Travelers, Christopher J. Swift, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Hartford Financial Service Group, and Mark T.Bertolini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aetna, announced that Hartford's three major insurers have made a combined payment of $10 million toward the City of Hartford’s 2018-2019 Fiscal Year budget.

This funding was built into the budget already adopted by the city. In March of 2017, the three companies pledged $10 million a year for five years to support the Hartford Public Library, city law enforcement, and recreation. The initial $10 million recently provided by the three companies covers the first year of the commitment, with support in subsequentyearscontingent on continued fiscal discipline and progress consistent with the plan for fiscal sustainability.

"Last year, Travelers, The Hartford, and Aetna and made a strong and generous commitment to the future of our Capital City, pledging $10 million per year for five years as part of a comprehensive response to Hartford's fiscal crisis,” said Mayor Bronin. “Along with deep cuts to municipal spending, big contributions by our labor unions, and a new partnership with the State of Connecticut, the commitment of these three companies allows us to project fiscal stability for the next five years.  We nowhave touse that period of stability to focus on growth and true long-term sustainability for our Capital City.  Travelers, The Hartford, and Aetna contribute a great deal to Hartford already, and I am deeply grateful to the leadership of each company for their generosity – and even more importantly, for their belief in Hartford's future."

"Travelers has been proud to call Hartford home for more than 160 years," said AlanSchnitzer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Travelers. "We are committed to doing our part to support the community that does so much to support our company and employees. We applaud the efforts made by Mayor Bronin and state leaders to stabilize Hartford's finances for the time being, and we'll continue to work with them towards a long-term, comprehensive, and sustainable financial solution to the city's economic challenges."

"We are committed to being part of a comprehensive and sustainable plan to address the city's financial challenges and believe that supporting the city and MayorBronin'sstrategy is the right thing for The Hartford to do," said The Hartford's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Christopher Swift. "The Mayor has achieved very positive progress through a broad and balanced set of actions. We recognize that completing a comprehensive and sustainable plan to ensure the city's fiscal health will take additional time and work. We are confident in the city's ability to find a long-term solution, and we will remain in close contact with the Mayor and will continue to monitor and evaluate progress on the long-term solution."

"Aetna has been committed to the City of Hartford for 165 years," said MarkBertolini, Aetna Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are continuing this commitment and making good on our promise to support the city, providing the first year of the five-year funding commitment. We hope that this support will help make Hartford a more vibrant community forall ofits residents, including our employees. We appreciate the efforts made by Mayor Bronin, in cooperation with the state government, to stabilize Hartford's finances. We will monitor and evaluate the progress being made toward a comprehensive and sustainable financial solution on an annual basis, and will continue to work with the mayor to support these efforts."

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DETAILS ON DEATH AT KENEY PARK POOL

DETAILS ON DEATH AT KENEY PARK POOL

HARTFORD, CONN (July 4, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin, Police Chief David Rosado, and Kim Oliver, Director of the Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation (DFCYR), discussed the circumstances of the tragic death of a juvenile in Keney Park pool overnight. 

“The overnight drowning of a young man in Keney Park pool is a tragedy for our community, and our hearts and our prayers are with his family and his friends today,” said Mayor Bronin.  “While an investigation is ongoing, we are providing the public with everything we know at this point.  We are working together as a city to identify anything and everything we can do to try to prevent tragedies like this in the future, and we also ask that kids and parents please, please do not try to use city pools after hours.” 

“On behalf of the Hartford Police Department, I want to extend our condolences to this young man’s friends and family,” said Chief Rosado.  “Last year, we installed a camera system at each outdoor pool as an added measure to prevent use of the pools after hours, but in this case the modem associated with the camera at Keney Park’s pool was not working due to extreme heat conditions.  Yesterday, we had diagnostic work done on that camera, but it was not operational until earlier today.  As of this afternoon, the camera system is back up at Keney Park pool and the cameras at other outdoor city pools continue to work.”

“As a Department, our first mission is to do everything we can to keep our young people safe, and we are heartbroken by the death of this young man,” said Kim Oliver.  “Every night, including last night, our staff closes our pool complexes and locks them.  Keney Park’s pool complex is surrounded by a ten-foot fence.  I urge everyone in the community to remember that it’s unsafe to be in any of our pools after hours, and to especially remind our children of how dangerous it is to swim after hours.”

The Keney Park pool complex will be closed until at least Friday.  The indoor pool at Parker Memorial Community Center will be open tomorrow, Thursday, July 5th, from noon until 7 PM.

Background information on last night’s incident:

  • At approximately 12:44 AM today, dispatch received a call about a person who had been missing since approximately 1:30 PM in the afternoon on Tuesday, July 3rd.  Officers were sent to 1450 Main Street, which is in the Clay Arsenal neighborhood, where the caller said they were.  A patrol responded to the area but was not able to make contact with the individual who made the call.

  • At approximately 2:02 AM this morning, dispatch received a second call from the original caller about what they thought was a body in Keney Park pool.  Officers responded to Keney Park pool where they met a group of young people.  The Hartford Fire Department and American Medical Response were called to the scene.

  • Once inside the pool area, a body was observed in the deep end of one of Keney Park’s pools.  Hartford Fire Department personnel retrieved the victim and began CPR.  The victim was transported to St. Francis Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  

  • In interviews with police officers, the victim’s friends said they had been swimming in the pool after it had closed when one member of the group said they believed police were coming.  The group then fled the pool and Keney Park.  Officers were not on their way to the pool at that time.  After leaving Keney Park, friends said they realized the victim was missing, and began searching for him.  The initial location at 1450 Main Street was the home of the victim. 

  • Keney Park’s pool hours are between noon and 7 PM, and it is staffed by lifeguards.  After 7 PM, the entrance to the pool complex is locked.  The complex is surrounded by a ten-foot fence. 

  • Last year as an added precaution, the City installed cameras at its outdoor public pools, including technology to alert dispatchers when the perimeter of the pool complexes are breached after hours.  The camera was not working at Keney Park pool last night; Keney Park pool opened this past Monday, July 2nd.  Yesterday, the City had a vendor perform off-site diagnostic work to try and fix that camera and a handful of others that were not operating properly in the city.  They were able to fix some cameras, but not the camera at Keney Park pool.

  • This morning there was work done on site at Keney Park pool, and it was determined that the camera failed because its modem was in a room that was extremely hot, causing it to malfunction.  The camera system at Keney Park pool is now operational.  The cameras at the other outdoor pools are also operational. 

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MAYOR BRONIN STATEMENT ON PROTEST AGAINST FAMILY SEPARATION

MAYOR BRONIN STATEMENT ON PROTEST AGAINST FAMILY SEPARATION

HARTFORD, CONN (July 2, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin released the statement below in support of the protest this morning calling on the Trump administration to reunite the children and parents it separated.

“Children should never have been separated from their parents, and every day they stay separated is a moral stain on our country,” said Mayor Bronin.  “The Trump administration had no plan and no process for reuniting these families, and they’re showing no sense of urgency to right this wrong.  This morning, hundreds of people gathered at the federal building in Hartford to protest this inhumane, unjustifiable, and un-American policy.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement has become President Trump's deportation force, criminalizing asylum seekers and tearing families apart, including families here in Connecticut.  I hope that we continue to see our community and people across the country speak out until families are reunited and until this administration abandons its anti-immigrant agenda across the board.”  

“We will always work to facilitate and support the right to peacefully demonstrate and protest,” said Police Chief David Rosado.  “The Hartford Police Department closed part of Main Street today to allow for the demonstration to occur safely.  Organizers of the demonstration told our officers that one of their objectives today was to be arrested, and we did make arrests of thirty-five people who were blocking the doors of the Ribicoff Federal Building, which houses a variety of offices including Citizenship and Immigration Services, the District Court, and the Probation Office, among others.”

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