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¿Ausente? Indeed. The gymnasium of St. Anne / Immaculate Conception Church on Park Street was recently the venue for a true community dialogue about the history and current state of the Latino vote in Hartford. The dialogue did not dwell in the past, nor did it center on the panelists’ contributions, as audience members readily joined in. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: May 22, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/democracy/realhtfd_052213.asp

2008 Charter Reform Public Hearing Summary Report In April of 2008, the Court of Common Council voted to hold a series of public hearings to gauge public sentiment about whether the Council should empanel a charter reform commission. The resolution directed the Legislative Affairs Committee to host four (4) public hearings throughout the city between June 1 and August 1, 2008. The four formal hearings were held in various locations across the city and in total approximately 150 community members attended the public hearings. The hearings provided an opportunity to share information with the public regarding the current charter and the process by which a commission would be empanelled. This report summarizes the themes raised in these meetings and the dialogue that took place. (PDF documents, 13 pages) Published by City of Hartford, City Council Legislative Affairs Committee ; Publication Date: August 2008
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/0808_CharterReformSummary.pdf

2009 Economic Recovery Resources A collection of resources about the economic recovery package, from federal to state to business resources. Published by HartfordInfo.org
Document Link: /issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/wsd_040409.asp

2010 Census Tour Planning Hartford Stop Wednesday The 2010 Census Portrait of America Road Tour will be going to the Super Bowl and the NCAA Final Four as it travels across the country on a 150,000-mile tour. And Hartford is one of its first stops. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 04, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/people/htfd_courant_010410.asp

2011 The Year of Taxes Mike McGarry writes that Hartford and Connecticut residents are facing large tax increases in the coming year(s). Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: December 16, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_news_121610.asp

2013 Transparency Report Card: Bringing State and Local Governments To Light Sunshine Review developed and used a 10-point checklist to evaluate state, county, city, and school district websites for transparency practices. This report is the result of its first nationwide report on the proactive disclosure of government information. (PDF document, 26 pages) Published by Sunshine Review ; Publication Date: January 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/2013_Transparency_Report_Card.pdf

311 Consumer Call Center Opens Today The city of Hartford recently unveiled its "311" consumer call center, the first of its kind in Connecticut. The new system is an example of technology streamlining government. City residents who dial 311 will be forwarded to one of six call takers trained to answer questions from the public. The city representatives record the nature of calls electronically and make sure each call is forwarded to a manager in the correct department. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 12, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Government/htfd_courant_091206.asp

311 Line Considered for Non-Emergency Calls The City of Hartford is researching the viability of implementing a '311' non-emergency line. The project is not inexpensive, but cities across the country who have adopted the practice are realizing cost savings. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 31, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_013105.asp Related Link(s): 311: one year later: non-emergency system performs its duties in Baltimore ; Operators Are Standing By: With services like 311, a better, smarter city is just a phone call away.

A Better Balance Of Power For Hartford On Nov. 5, 2002, Hartford voters made an important and intelligent decision to amend the city charter, creating a "strong mayor" form of government. That vote ushered in a new era of more efficient decision-making and better-organized city services. Unfortunately, not all of the commission's recommendations were presented for voter consideration and some that were adopted are in need of refinement. It's time to establish a new charter revision commission to complete the work of establishing a better government in Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 02, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_120207.asp

A Black Mark On The City The Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that Eddie Perez was entrusted by Hartford voters with unprecedented power as the city's first strong mayor in more than half a century. That power may have gone to his head. He turned out, sadly, to be a grifter, another politician who traded his office and his city's resources for personal and political gain. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 19, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_061910_3.asp

A Champion Of The Poor John Wardlaw, who died on November 7, 2008 at 71, headed the Hartford Housing Authority for nearly three decades, a remarkable tenure in such a high-pressure, high-profile job. He hired good people and ran a tight ship. He cared deeply for the thousands of people who lived in public housing and worked every day to better their lives. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 13, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_111308.asp

A Chicken in Every Pot A not insignificant number of the 66 members of the town committee who will be choosing between incumbent chairman - and Mayor Eddie A. Perez protégé - Sean Arena are said to have some sort of financial connection to city hall's bountiful purse strings. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 10, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/democracy/cityline_031010.asp

A Constitutional Convention is a Bad Idea for Our Community The writer of this opinion piece suggested that voters should vote no on the referendum question on the ballots on November 4, 2008. Ballot question #1 asked: “Shall there be a Constitutional Convention to amend or revise the Constitution of the State?” Published by Northend Agent's ; Publication Date: October 29, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/northend_agents_102908.asp

A Contrast To New Haven's Discrimination Case Stan Simpson writes that the HFD is a model for how a department can diversify its personnel without compromising competence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 09, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_050909.asp

A Convict Hanging Around The Mayor's Office In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that Eddie Perez's immediate resignation as mayor would be in the city of Hartford's best interests. After all, "his honor" was convicted of five felony corruption charges, including bribery and extortion recently. How could his hanging around even a day longer help in any meaningful way in an orderly transition of power to city council President Pedro Segarra? Under the city charter, Mr. Segarra becomes mayor for the remainder of Mr. Perez's term — until November 2011. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 24, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_062410.asp

A Deal At Last In a dramatic finish to a disjointed day, the General Assembly recently passed critical improvements to the state's campaign finance reform law only minutes before the midnight adjournment deadline. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 4, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_050406.asp

A Dialogue with Hartford’s Mayoral Candiates – A Hartford Courant Key Issues Forum Video A video of the October 23, 2007 community program, A Dialogue with Hartford’s Mayoral Candiates – A Hartford Courant Key Issues Forum, which was held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: October 23, 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Videos/wsd_10_23_2007.asp

A Dialogue with Hartford’s Mayoral Candiates – a Hartford Courant Key Issues Forum Video A video of the September 6, 2007 community program, A Dialogue with Hartford’s Mayoral Candiates – A Hartford Courant Key Issues Forum, which was held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: September 9, 2007
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Videos/wsd_09_06_2007.asp

A Few Connecticut Municipalities Are On Financial Alert San Bernardino, Stockton, and Mammoth Lakes, California. West Haven, East Haven and Jewett City, Connecticut. What they all have in common are ugly and apparently cure-resistant financial troubles. But, Connecticut officials insist there's no indication that any city or town in our Land of Steady Habits is now teetering on the cliff edge of bankruptcy. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: July 24, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_advocate_072412.asp

A Glitch In Appointment Of MDC Commissioner Is Ron Armstrong a commissioner on the Metropolitan District Commission, or isn't he? The Hartford city council approved his appointment last month, and last week the commission swore him in. But on Monday, both the city and the MDC agreed that they had acted in error. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 10, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/environment/htfd_courant_031009_1.asp

A Good Idea, But A Costly One The recent groundbreaking of a new public safety complex will result in economic development and neighborhood renewal. And a consolidated downtown presence of police, fire and emergency medical personnel should make for more responsive departments and allay fears that the city is unsafe. But alarms should also be sounding about the cost - now projected at $77 million, almost double what voters approved at a November 2000 referendum. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Crime/htfd_courant_071807.asp

A Just Sentence For Perez No one who has followed Eddie Perez's career should take any pleasure in his being sentenced recently to serve three years in prison. Mr. Perez, an energetic community organizer, project manager at Trinity College and then mayor, did much for many people. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 15, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_091510_1.asp

A Lawyer of Their Own The possibility of a trial for Mayor Eddie Perez on corruption charges in October gave new urgency to the city council's ongoing effort to hire an attorney to look after their interests. President Calixto Torres was tasked with signing a letter of engagement with an outside law firm by the council meeting held on April 6, 2009. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: March 31, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_advocate_033109.asp

A Lucrative Legacy This Courant editorial expresses the opinion that Noel McGregor Jr. must have mixed emotions as he leaves his position as Hartford Democratic town chairman after six years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 23, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_032308.asp

A New Term Dawns For Perez With city hall's main lobby filled with the sound of bagpipes and supporters calling out his name, Mayor Eddie A. Perez took center stage and offered, in his inaugural speech, a continuation of a campaign message he had fine-tuned over the past year — Hartford is on the right path, and he's the man to keep it there. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 08, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_010808.asp

A New Way Forward? In a letter sent to the council recently, Mayor Eddie A. Perez spoke of a "spirit of cooperation" before outlining a process by which the council could request the presence of city staff at its meetings. But recently, despite assurances from Torres that the mayor's office would do better, the council voted to give itself subpoena power to compel the attendance of city staff and council meetings. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 12, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_081209_1.asp

A Point In The Storm The angry outburst by Larry Deutsch at a recent Hartford city council meeting was out of order. But he did raise one valid issue. Mr. Deutsch, a first-term council member from the Working Families Party, had proposed a resolution to provide a grant to the Immaculate Conception homeless shelter. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 19, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_051908.asp

A Political Fundraiser in Seven Parts At a group effort moneymaker, aimed at achieving public financing thresholds for state representative Kelvin Roldan and candidate for state representative Hector Robles, Ken Krayske comments on some of the conversations he had with politicians and their supporters. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 17, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_news_071708.asp

A Political Storm Brews Within City There’s a political storm brewing in the 3rd Assembly District. An opponent has risen up, to take on five-term incumbent Minnie Gonzalez in the Democratic primary for State Representative.  Francisco (“Frank”) De Jesus is on the ballot running against her. Published by The Hartford Guardian ; Publication Date: June 21, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Government/htfd_guardian_summer_2006_a.asp

A Proposed Ban on Campaign Contributions from Contractors with Business in Hartford Remains in Limbo The Hartford City Council is pushing forward with a proposal that would ban campaign contributions from contractors who have business deals with the city. The measure was proposed more than two years ago by Councilman Luis Cotto, partly in response to the corruption scandal of former Mayor Eddie Perez, and has been repeatedly delayed since. Questions about the measure's legality are the latest hurdle to be cleared. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: March 08, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_advocate_030811.asp

A Proposed Bill Authorizing The Phase-In of Property Tax Assessments and Extending the Time for Revaluations The text of the state law proposed to authorize municipalities that are implementing a revaluation to phase-in property tax assessments increases and to require the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management to establish criteria for exempting towns from revaluation for a period of five years. Raised Bill #535. Published by Connecticut General Assembly ; Publication Date: February 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/taxes/bill535.asp Related Link(s): Connecticut General Assembly Bill Status

A Proposed Bill Concerning Options to Abate Property Taxes and the Surcharge on Corporations The text of the state law proposed in regards to the establishment of abatements in qualifying municipalities and to eliminate the surcharge on corporations. Raised Bill #531 Published by Connecticut General Assembly ; Publication Date: February 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/taxes/bill531.asp Related Link(s): Connecticut General Assembly Bill Status

A Proposed Ordinance Would Put New Limits On How City Police Conduct Searches and Launch Investigations Civil rights activists rallied recently in support of the anti-racial-profiling ordinance proposed by Hartford City Council Minority Leader Luis E. Cotto that would limit the power of police to target private citizens for stops, frisks, interrogations, searches and arrests. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 22, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_advocate_112210.asp

A Rare Endorsement: Vote Urania Petit for HFD Registrar Ken Krayeske expresses the opinion that an active, passionate third-party registrar of voters in Hartford, a leader like Urania Petit, would be a boon to democracy. Unfortunately, a heck of a lot more people read the Hartford Courant editorial page than this column, and a few weeks back, the sinking ship editorialists at America's oldest daily newspaper surmised that Urania Petit's candidacy for registrar was a systemic redundancy. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: October 17, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_news_101708.asp

A Repeat Offender The Freedom of Information Commission is preparing to cite the city of Hartford yet again for not following the rules. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: February 11, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_advocate_021110.asp

A Resolution from the Hartford Court of Common Council to Grant Subpoena Powers The Hartford Court of Common Council proposes to grant subpoena powers to Operations, Management and Budget Committee to study last year and this year's budgets. Published by Hartford Court of Common Council ; Publication Date: August 10, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/SubpoenaPowers.pdf

A Road To Recovery: Let's Fast-Track Trams In this opinion piece, the author suggests that Connecticut should build trolley lines when it spends expected federal stimulus money. Modern trams would spur jobs in town centers and get cars off the roads. If we have the chance to bring back streetcars across the state, we should do so. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 14, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/transportation/htfd_courant_121408_1.asp

A Short Hearing Before Judge Mayor Eddie A. Perez, a city councilwoman, a former state representative and a city businessman appeared in Superior Court in Hartford on September 8, 2009, where their cases were transferred to another judge who will hold a hearing on Friday, September 11, 2009. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 09, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_090909_1.asp

A Surprisingly Easy Win Rumors of Eddie Perez's political weakness were greatly exaggerated, or so the results of the recent Democratic mayoral primary suggest. Hartford's first strong mayor stiff-armed three opponents, sprinting ahead of I. Charles Mathews, his closest challenger, by 20 percentage points. State Rep. Art J. Feltman and former state Sen. Frank Barrows finished well behind Mr. Mathews. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 13, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_091307.asp

A Tale of Disproportionate Burden This report for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities suggests that despite tough fiscal times, state government has a moral and economic imperative to provide increased assistance to Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, and Waterbury. These four communities bear a disproportionate burden when it comes to paying for and providing services to Connecticut’s neediest residents. (PDF document, 28 pages) Published by Connecticut Conference of Municipalities ; Publication Date: October 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/taxes/ccm-poorer-cities.pdf

A Tough Figure In City Cultivates Mellower Image His supporters and his opponents agree on one thing. The I. Charles Mathews that led Hartford's city council 20 years ago was a tough, skilled politician; a self-made man who got things done and often rubbed people the wrong way doing so. Today, as he runs for mayor, his supporters say that the Mathews who returned to Hartford two years ago, after a decade's absence during which he survived a bout with cancer, is a mellower, more mature version of the original. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 09, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_090907_2.asp

A Twinkling New Tradition Tampering with holiday tradition — any holiday tradition — is done at one's peril. But so far, turning Hartford's decades-old downtown Festival of Light into Winterfest in Bushnell Park seems to have succeeded. This year, some tweaking of the formula holds the promise for even more public approval. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 24, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/parks/htfd_courant_112411.asp

A Valuable Visit Vice President Joseph Biden couldn't have been more effusive in his praise of U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd. At a fundraiser for Dodd at the new Connecticut Science Center, Biden called the senator an honorable and courageous man. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 12, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_121209.asp

A Winner And Still A Blowhard Helen Ubiñas comments on the Connecticut state legislature’s approval of the plan to ease the impact of tax revaluation on city homeowners developed by Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 7, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_050706.asp

Abe Giles The Hartford News comments on a conversation with Abe Giles about his G & G Enterprises, Inc. and its win of the City contract for “on demand moving and storage services of personal effects of evicted tenants.” Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 07, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_news_080708_1.asp

Abe Giles Goes Back To What He Knows: Politics Abraham L. Giles is on the ballot for state representative for the first time in 20 years. He's running to represent the 5th District, which includes both ends of Hartford's economic spectrum — the moneyed downtown business district and the impoverished North End. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 06, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_080608.asp

Abe Giles, Longtime Politician and Advocate For Hartford's Poor, Dies At 84 Abraham L. Giles, an eight-term state representative and North End power broker hailed by his supporters as a tireless advocate for the city's impoverished, died Saturday, March 26, 2011. He was 84. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 27, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/history/htfd_courant_032711.asp

Abolish 2-2-2, or Maybe Make It 66-15-12-4-1-1-1 The unwritten Hartford City Council 2-2-2 system demands that the Democratic members of the Council majority must consist of two white, two black and two Latino members. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: December 02, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_news_120210_1.asp

About A Constitutional Convention Susan Campbell comments on the upcoming referendum that would approve a Constitutional Convention in the state of Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 28, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_102808_2.asp

About A Dozen Arrested As Demonstrators Block I-84 Entrance Ramp At Rush Hour A dozen protesters who sat down and blocked a normally busy I-84 entrance ramp were quietly arrested by waiting police recently, the culmination of a union-sponsored demonstration against economic inequality and high unemployment. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 18, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_courant_111811.asp

About That Lyric Theater Fund Helen Ubiñas writes that Councilman Luis Cotto clearly forgot that he asked her to stay on him about his plan to start a fund to save the remaining portion of the old Lyric Theater. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 11, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_051110.asp

Abraham Giles Case Goes to Trial Former state Rep. Abraham Giles, charged with criminal attempt to commit larceny by extortion and conspiracy to commit larceny by extortion in the investigation that ensnared former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez, decided to take his chances at a trial. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 03, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_110310.asp

Abraham Giles In Critical Condition, Family Says Former State Rep. Abraham Giles was admitted to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center recently. Giles, 84, was in critical condition in the intensive care unit at St. Francis. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 22, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_032211.asp

Abraham Giles Opts For Jury Trial Former state Rep. Abraham Giles, who was arrested in the city hall corruption investigation involving former Mayor Eddie A. Perez, has opted to take his chances at a trial. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 03, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_110310_1.asp

Absentee Ballot Allegations Still Alive Against Gonzalez The death of a witness enabled Hartford state Rep. Minnie Gonzalez to turn aside one of seven allegations that she broke absentee balloting laws in 2006. But an examination of files at the State Elections Enforcement Commission shows there's a lot more to come in the case. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 14, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_061409.asp

Absentee Ballot Fraud in 2005, Working For The Registrar in 2009 A woman fined $10,000 by state election officials in 2005 for absentee ballot fraud has obtained a one-week, pre-election temporary job in the office of the city registrars. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 26, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_102609.asp

Activists Show Support For Immigration Proposal Immigration activists gathered outside St. Augustine Church in Hartford in support of a new proposal in Congress, The Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act, revealed May 12th. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 27, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_052705.asp

Adam Cloud Named City Treasurer Adam M. Cloud has been named the new Hartford city treasurer, replacing Kathleen Palm Devine, who will retire on Feb. 1, 2011. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 25, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_012511_1.asp

After A Trim, State Finances Looking Better The huge deficit that was staring us in the face on January 1, 2011, is gone. At that time, outgoing Gov. M. Jodi Rell predicted that in the year ahead we would have $16.5 billion in revenue against $19.7 billion in spending, for a whopping deficit of $3.2 billion or 19 percent of our revenue. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy encouraged an approach of shared sacrifice. By the time the budget was finalized last summer the largest per capita deficit in the nation was closed, leaving a small surplus. This was accomplished by roughly equal measures of new taxes, spending reductions and employee give-backs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 10, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_courant_081012.asp

After Failure At State Capitol, Segarra Looks To Fill Next Year’s Deficit Mayor Pedro Segarra having failed to convince the state legislature to pass a bill that would have allowed him to bring in an additional $8 million from property taxes on apartments and residences, has put together a list of savings, adjustments to revenue estimates, and taxes that will try to fill the deficit hole. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: May 14, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/jcohen_051412.asp

After Fighting, Council Hires Attorney The city council decided recently to hire its own attorney, but not until after a nasty exchange between councilors centered on whether the council's new law firm wants to impeach Mayor Eddie A. Perez. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 14, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/legalissues/cityline_041409.asp

After Firing Official, Perez Is An Ethics Paradox Stan Simpson writes that in firing Public Works Director Clarence Corbin this week, Mayor Eddie Perez makes it plain: City employees who act unethically should be fired. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 04, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_040409.asp

After Weeks of Deliberations, the City Council Appoints Two New Members The Hartford City Council chambers will no longer feel so empty; Dr. Robert Painter and Attorney Corey Brinson were chosen recently to fill two vacancies on the nine-member body. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: January 31, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_advocate_013111.asp

AG: Perez Eligible For Pension, Will Try To Revoke It Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (there he is on election night 2007…) says former Mayor Eddie A. Perez is eligible for a city pension and that he intends to try to revoke it. In a letter to Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane, Blumenthal said that Perez’s conviction “reflects significant violations of public trust and misuse of office.” Blumenthal says Perez, 53, is eligible for a roughly $25,000 pension when he’s 55, and a roughly $31,000 pension when he turns 60. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: June 29, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/jcohen_062910.asp

Agenda For The Region: No More 169 Fiefdoms Any state or municipal leaders who look at Greater Hartford as a collection of separate cities and towns are failing their constituents. It is an interconnected region still trying to adapt 20th-century taxation, spending and government policies to problems that require 21st-century solutions — and that needs to change. Adhering to municipal boundaries while trying to develop sound economic development, transportation, land use, public safety or education policies ignores the critical importance of using shared resources to create a whole much stronger than its parts. To have a region that can pay its bills, offer first-rate services and attract good workers and modern businesses means changing the rules. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 09, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_courant_010911.asp

Aide: Mayor Got E-Mail Printouts Mayor Eddie A. Perez's reading ability and the screening of his e-mails continued to be a focus of his corruption trial. Those issues go to the heart of whether the mayor is to be believed when he told investigators in 2007 that he never saw an e-mail from a developer reminding the mayor that political ally Abraham Giles was demanding $100,000 to vacate city-owned land coveted by the developer. The e-mail is central to the state's assertion that Perez tried to help Giles get paid off in exchange for Giles' galvanizing support for the mayor in a divided North End political district. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 12, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_061210.asp

AIDS Activists Bemoan Proposed Funding Cuts Connections is a Hartford drop-in center for people with HIV and AIDS helping clients stay clean. But, Connections is among more than 30 Connecticut organizations that will be affected by a proposed $3 million cut in state funding for AIDS services. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 24, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_022409.asp

AIDS Life Worse After Cuts Helen Ubiñas writes about how the drastic cuts to federal AIDS funding may affect Hartford families. The $4 million in federal funds Hartford expected was cut in half because the number of new cases didn't meet the new guidelines. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 22, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_courant_032207.asp

Airey-Wilson Applies For AR Hartford city Councilwoman Veronica Airey-Wilson, one of several people charged in connection with the city hall corruption probe, has applied for a special form of probation. Airey-Wilson applied for accelerated rehabilitation, a type of probation that would allow her record to be expunged if successfully completed. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 28, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_092810.asp

Airey-Wilson Applies For Special Probation Hartford city Councilwoman Veronica Airey-Wilson, one of several people charged in connection with the corruption investigation into former Mayor Eddie A. Perez, has applied for a special form of probation. Airey-Wilson applied for accelerated rehabilitation, a type of probation that would allow her record to be expunged if successfully completed. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 28, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_092810_1.asp

Airey-Wilson Bows Out Councilwoman Veronica Airey-Wilson recently attended her last meeting. She has applied for a voluntary retirement incentive program, and her last day will be Dec. 31, 2010. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 14, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_121410.asp

Airey-Wilson Granted AR Hartford city Councilwoman Veronica Airey-Wilson, one of several people ensnared in the corruption investigation into former Mayor Eddie Perez, was granted a special form of probation recently. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 21, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_102110.asp

Alan Green Changing Culture At Hartford Housing Authority When he was hired at the Hartford Housing Authority in January 2008, Alan Green inherited a mess. Before he can put his full focus on the tenants who live in the 4,000 units he oversees, Green has had to turn his attention to fixing a dysfunctional agency. Green wants to change the culture for those living in public housing. But first he's changing the culture for those working for public housing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 25, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/housing/htfd_courant_032509.asp

Alex Aponte Elected To Hartford Council The city council elected former corporation counsel Alex Aponte on Tuesday to fill the seat left vacant when Pedro Segarra became mayor in June, ending an increasingly bitter fight that had paralyzed the council for much of the month. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 24, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_082410.asp

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 A March 2009 presentation to the city council of the plans for stimulus funds that Hartford expects to receive. (PDF document, 12 pages) Published by City of Hartford
Document Link: /issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/Stimulus_Presentation_3-31-09.pdf

Amnesty Program Called A Success City officials are calling Hartford's first parking-ticket amnesty program a success. According to the Hartford Parking Authority, the month-long program, which allowed motorists with overdue parking tickets to pay their original fine and skip the penalties and fees, grossed more than $370,000. More than 5,500 people paid old tickets. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 10, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_041011.asp

An Error Of Omission Although there appears to be nothing untoward in the deal itself, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra erred in not reporting that his spouse has a Section 8 contract in the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 13, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_041311.asp

An Honest Disagreement City Councilman Larry Deutsch's campaign to take a vote of no confidence in Hartford Corporation Counsel John Rose was tabled for the second city council meeting in a row recently, as Deutsch became increasingly isolated in his attempt to impose some sort of formal sanction on Rose. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 20, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_advocate_042010.asp

An Honorable Exit In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that while some political officeholders stay too long at the fair, we should give state Rep. Art Feltman of Hartford credit for a thoughtful decision to bow out. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 15, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_051508.asp

An Independent Review: City of Hartford, Connecticut Police Department Internal Affairs Division This report, produced by Marcum LLP, is an independent review of the operations of the Hartford Police Department Internal Affairs Division. Marcum was retained by Saundra Kee Borges, Corporation Counsel of the City of Hartford. This version of the report was published in the Hartford Courant, and downloaded from the Hartford Courant website. (PDF document, 81 pages) Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 21, 2011
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Crime/CTfinalreport092111.pdf

An Old Organizer Sees Need For New Activism In City Rep. Art J. Feltman, D-Hartford, has criss-crossed Hartford as one of three challengers to Eddie A. Perez for the Democratic mayoral nomination. He has campaigned with the same fervor he displayed as a community organizer fresh out of Wesleyan University. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 09, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_090907_1.asp

An Open Letter to the Council President The other night, the City Council had a public hearing, after the Mayor's speech and before it's regular meeting. These hearings are for the public to comment on matters of public policy in discussion or awaiting action. Increasingly the hearings have become opportunities for members of the council to make points. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: March 14, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_news_031413_1.asp

And Onto Malloy's Budget.-- Mayor Pedro Segarra followed up an earlier statement on President Obama's budget with another statement on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 16, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_021611_1.asp

And the Losers Are - The Poor The governor wants the poor to pay for the state deficit. Now it's up to Democrats to broker a fair budget. When Gov. Jodi Rell presented her state budget proposal in February, she promised "shared pain" and "shared sacrifice." But, Rell would avoid hiking the income tax and cutting money for cities and towns by making the elderly pay more for prescription drugs and slashing funds for needle-exchange programs (see sidebar), just two of what turned out to be a laundry list of draconian cuts to state services. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: June 09, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/region/htfd_advocate_060909.asp

And Then There Were Two...And Counting Shawn Wooden, a city resident and attorney who was active in former Mayor Carrie Saxon Perry's administration, filed his candidate committee paperwork recently to set in motion a mayoral run of his own. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 05, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_110510.asp

And They Are Off . . .A Mayoral Race Already? Mike McGarry writes that in Hartford, there is a contest brewing for the fall 2011 election for mayor of Hartford. Several candidates are out there already and from what we hear, it won't be pretty. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 18, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_news_111810.asp

Angel Arce To Be Back On The Housing Authority You might remember Angel Arce. He’s the man who’s father was hit in a brutal hit-and-run accident that was filmed and played endlessly on national television. He’s also the man forced off the board of the Hartford Housing Authority by then Mayor Eddie A. Perez as part of a series dueling allegations of corruption. No charges were ever brought. Now, it looks like new Mayor Pedro Segarra wants him back on the authority’s board. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: October 22, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/jcohen_102210.asp

Anger, Anxiety Surface at Budget Hearing John Tornatore, owner of Gordon Bonetti Florist on Franklin Avenue, had a special delivery to make at the recent public hearing at Bulkeley High School on Mayor Eddie Perez’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. But Tornatore didn’t hand out roses or chocolates. Instead, he delivered a stinging criticism of Perez’s financial management of the city. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: April 30, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_news_043009_1.asp

Angry for the Wrong Reasons? Kerri Provost points out that Hartford’s City Council is not beginning to hold prayers at the start of their meetings; they have been doing this all along. At most meetings, the prayers have been Christian in nature. Much of the recent outrage over this issue has been about the detail that upcoming invocations will be Islamic in nature. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: September 08, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/realhtfd_090810.asp

Anguish, Anger In City Over Perez It could be said that Perez's political career started on Park Street, often called the heart of the state's Latino population. And it also could be said that his political career ended here. His months-long criminal trial was launched by his relationship with contractor Carlos Costa, who, in 2003, won the bidding for the $5 million Park Street streetscape project. But some Park Street residents - and people elsewhere in the capital city - had a more complicated reaction to the news of Perez's conviction. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 19, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_061910_1.asp

Another City School Debacle A lot of people walked away from the Hartford school superintendent debacle looking pretty pathetic. But boiled down, it points to one sad truth: Mayor Pedro Segarra failed miserably as a leader. It's not that his concerns weren't valid. Maybe, as he said during his press conference, the selection process could have been more transparent. Maybe a national search would have encouraged more competition and quieted conspiracy theorists. But it was Segarra's job to make those points in a timely way that would have been productive and useful. Instead, he waited until the 11th hour to create a mess and worse, another embarrassment for a city that's had more than its share. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 24, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_022411.asp

Another Hat in the Ring Andrea Comer has joined the growing list of candidates for city council. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 08, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_060811_1.asp

Another Look at the LSNI Assessment The Livable & Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (LSNI) has been troubled since its inception due to poor hiring decisions compounded by an absence of management. Despite its critique of various employees, the assessment seems to be handled too delicately. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: September 08, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/realhtfd_090812.asp

Another Mayoral Candidate I. Charles Mathews, a blast from Hartford's political past, recently announced his candidacy to run against Mayor Eddie A. Perez in the 2007 election. Mathews, a former deputy mayor in Hartford, joined a growing list of candidates seeking to oust Perez, who also recently made official his bid for re-election by registering as a candidate with the city clerk. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 10, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Government/htfd_courant_011007.asp

Another Referendum On Council Salaries? Just days after new Councilman Corey Brinson declined his $15,000 city salary, council members are considering putting forth an ordinance calling for a referendum to repeal the council's salary raises set to take effect in 2012. Hartford's nine council members now make $15,000 a year for their service. In 2008, they voted in favor of a referendum that let voters decide if they should get a $11,650 pay raise, bringing their annual salaries to $26,650. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 14, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_021411_1.asp

Another Social Service Agency Hit By Budget Bomb Helen Ubinas writes that a $130,000 grant for an asthma outreach and education program has been canceled. The grant, which survived a line-item veto by Gov. M. Jodi Rell, was approved by the legislature in August 2009. But, while the legislature may have approved funds for programs like these, in the same budget, they demanded $95 million in cuts in non-direct-care contracts. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 18, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_031810.asp

Appellate Court Sets Former Mayor's Appeal Hearing For January A hearing on an appeal from former Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez has been scheduled for January. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 06, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_120612.asp

Arce, Dence Seeking 4th House District Seat Democrat Angel Arce and Republican Rico Dence are vying for the 4th House District seat that is being vacated by three-term state Rep. Kelvin Roldan. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 15, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_101512.asp

Arciniegas Denies Her Vote Was Influenced Milly Arciniegas had a lot to say in a story about the superintendent search upheaval. As a parent representative on the selection committee to pick Steven Adamowski's successor, Arciniegas said she was angry about Mayor Pedro Segarra swooping in "like Superman" and forcing the board's hand three hours before a vote to appoint Christina Kishimoto. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 24, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/cityline_022411.asp

Arciniegas Joins The Ranks Of School Board Candidates Parents in the city know Milly Arciniegas as their Number One advocate in her role as president of the Hartford Parents Organization, a coalition of school PTOs. Now she's hoping to add another venue from which to champion for city kids, parents and schools. Arciniegas has joined the endorsed slate of Parents Choice party candidates for a position on the Hartford Board of Education. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 05, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/cityline_100509.asp

Are Connecticut Latinos on the Sidelines this Election Year? The failure to nominate a Latino for statewide office may have had an impact on the number of Latinos who went to the polls in November 2010 — a great loss for Connecticut, because a truly vibrant democracy needs involvement from all its citizens. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: October 07, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/democracy/htfd_news_100710.asp

Arena Says Democrats Can't Accept Republican Endorsements Former Democratic Town Committee Chairman Sean Arena, who is a member of the Democratic State Central Committee, says Democrats aren't allowed to accept Republican endorsements. He said a section of the Democrats' bylaws prohibits cross-party endorsements. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 21, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/democracy/cityline_092111.asp

Arena Says Democrats Will Meet This Weekend About Cross-Endorsements Former Democratic Town Committee Chairman Sean Arena said city Democrats met to discuss the recent cross-endorsements, following an announcement earlier this week that city Republicans would endorse a Democratic mayoral candidate, treasurer candidate and three city council candidates. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 23, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/democracy/cityline_092311_1.asp

Arena To Form Exploratory Committee For Possible Mayoral, City Council Run Sean P. Arena, chairman of the Hartford Redevelopment Agency, said that he plans to take out papers to form an exploratory committee to run for mayor of Hartford. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 10, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_011011.asp

Art Fair Gov. Jodi Rell's 2009 budget shrinks arts funding in the name of fairness. Under the Governor’s plan, the amount of money in the Connecticut budget for the arts would go down overall, but could fund smaller start-up venues at the expense of successful, established events. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: February 10, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_advocate_021009.asp

Art Feltman's Clean Sweep Mayoral candidate Art Feltman disseminated his plan to restore ethics and honesty to city government just before the Perez campaign accused his campaign of forging signatures. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 30, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_advocate_083007.asp

Arts Funding a Hit Even groups left out of Hartford's arts stimulus program support the spirit of the effort. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: July 15, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_advocate_071509.asp

Arts Money in the Works The application review process for the city's arts stimulus funding began recently, with 57 applications competing for the city and state money intended for job creation. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 01, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/cityline_060109.asp

Arts Post For Governor's Wife Raises Conflict Questions If her name were Cathy Smith or Cathy Jones, we'd be applauding her appointment as chief executive officer of the Greater Hartford Arts Council. She is an experienced and successful administrator of nonprofit organizations and a proven fundraiser, just what the council needs. But her name is Cathy Malloy, wife of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and it is possible to imagine situations where that might be a problem. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 12, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/htfd_courant_101211.asp

Arts Stimulus Funds Awarded The city has awarded more than $1 million to 23 local artists and organizations as part of its arts stimulus program. The money comes from the city, which is also awaiting another $600,000 in federal funds to be used for the program. The recipients were chosen by a 10-member panel and the money will be administered by the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 26, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/cityline_062609.asp

Arts Stimulus Part II Recently, the city announced just which organizations got a piece of the $1.1 million stimulus pie. Here, is a little more information. Included here is a spreadsheet that lists (on three separate worksheets) which organizations said they were interested, which ones applied, and which ones got funded. Dollar amounts are included. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 09, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/artsandculture/cityline_070909.asp

As A Powerful Figure In Washington, John Larson Could Have His Eyes Set On Bigger Things U.S. Rep. John B. Larson touched on all the standard talking points during a weekday visit to a Southington senior center, one of several stops on his tour to sell the health care overhaul to the denizens of his Congressional district. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 05, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_040510_1.asp

As Mayor Anticipates Victory, City Races Focus On Minority Seats Mayor Pedro Segarra faces three petitioning candidates in the Nov. 8 election, while six Democrats, three Republicans and four Working Families Party candidates will compete for nine seats on the city council. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 25, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_102511.asp

As Prosecution Rests, Question Becomes: Will Perez Testify? With the prosecution done with its case, and the defense set to begin its presentation, the question of whether Perez will testify remains open. Lawyers Hubert Santos and Hope Seeley declined to say whether the mayor will take the stand. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 09, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_060910_1.asp

As Segarra Picks Police Chief, Some Question The Process Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra says that a months-long public process has produced three finalists for police chief. But, Segarra also says he may still choose someone else. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: July 06, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/jcohen_070612.asp

As Segarra's Deadline Passes, Hartford's Rovella Still Isn't Permanent Chief Recently, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said acting Police Chief James Rovella would become permanent chief. All that was left was a background check. But, the check isn't done -- and Rovella hasn't been sworn in. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: July 18, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/jcohen_071812.asp

As Shootings Spike, City Works On A Response While mounting a campaign for his first full term, Mayor Pedro Segarra has put a strong emphasis on crime, particularly the escalating gun violence that contributed to the 21 homicides this year. The city's solution to the spike in shootings this summer has been to forge a stronger working relationship with the Hartford state's attorney, chief state's attorney and state police, among other agencies, in creating a shooting task force. The task force became active July 5, 2011 and has made at least 14 arrests in connection with shooting incidents, Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 08, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_080811.asp

Assistant Chief Is Set To Leave Hartford Assistant Police Chief Mark R. Pawlina has accepted the job of Police Chief in Chatham, Mass., on Cape Cod. While he won't resign until his hiring becomes official, he said he expects to leave by Christmas. Pawlina made his mark in Hartford by the way he reached out to people, even strangers, in different parts of the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 18, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_111805.asp

Assistant Chief To Take Charge Assistant Chief Brian Heavren has been named the city's acting police chief, replacing Daryl K. Roberts, who retired recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 30, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_123011.asp

Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association (AHNA) Strategic Plan This document is the 2009 Strategic Plan for the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association (AHNA), which serves as the Asylum Hill Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ). (PDF Document, 34 pages) Published by Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association ; Publication Date: 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/AH_Final_Plan_12_17.pdf

At Debate, Sparks Fly Between Perez, Mathews In their last face-to-face debate before the Nov. 6, 2007 election, Mayor Eddie A. Perez and leading challenger I. Charles Mathews had one of their most contentious moments since they started campaigning months ago. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 31, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_103107_1.asp

At Hearing, Hartford Residents Express Frustration Over City Budget Mayor Pedro Segarra opened a public hearing recently by saying his proposed budget for 2012-13 was the most difficult he’s had to prepare in all his years at city hall — including his roughly four years on the city council and nearly two years in the city’s top job. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 25, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_courant_042512.asp

At Least A Dozen Interested In Vacant Hartford City And Town Clerk Job At least a dozen people have submitted resumes to the city council to be considered as the replacement for Hartford City and Town Clerk Daniel Carey, who died at the beginning of September 2009. Among those interested are former Councilman and Democratic Town Chairman Noel McGregor; former council President John Bazzano; Donna Brown-Roberts, the wife of Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts; and Winston Smith, the assistant town clerk. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 26, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_092609.asp

Attack Ad Angers Mathews I. Charles Mathews reacted sharply to an ad paid for by the campaign of Mayor Eddie A. Perez that attacked Mathews' record as the city deputy mayor almost 20 years ago. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 07, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_090707_1.asp

Attorney General Blumenthal Determines Perez Is Eligible for Pension Attorney General Richard Blumenthal recently announced that his office has determined former Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez is eligible for a city pension and formally notified the Chief State’s Attorney that he will seek to revoke it. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: June 29, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/ag-seeks-perez-pension-revocation.pdf

Attorney General Blumenthal’s Letter to Chief State’s Attorney Kane About Perez Pension Revocation Attorney General Richard Blumenthal recently announced that his office has determined former Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez is eligible for a city pension. This is his letter to the Chief State’s Attorney Keven Kane stating that he will seek to revoke it. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: June 29, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/kane-re-perez.pdf

Attorney General Files Suit Seeking To Revoke Perez's Pension Attorney General Richard Blumenthal filed a lawsuit recently seeking to revoke or reduce the pension of former Mayor Eddie Perez, who resigned in June following his conviction on corruption charges. The lawsuit was filed in Superior Court in Hartford, though Blumenthal said Perez was served with the suit on Sept. 17. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 27, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_092710.asp

Attorney Says Council Has Subpoena Power Earlier this summer, some on the council were frustrated by their inability to get timely budgetary information from the staff of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. The council passed a resolution giving itself the ability to subpoena both records and people -- specifically city department heads -- to its budget committee meetings. After it did, Rose wrote an opinion saying that the council didn't have that authority, and Perez vetoed the resolution. But recently, attorney Allan Taylor said in an opinion requested by the council that Rose's "fundamental misunderstanding" of state law led him to wrongly conclude that the city council does not have subpoena power. In fact, Taylor said, state law "plainly allows" the kind of additional subpoena powers sought by the council. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 08, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_090809.asp

Attorneys For Former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez File Final Brief In Appeal Of His Convictions Attorneys for former Mayor Eddie A. Perez recently filed what is expected to be their final brief in the mayor's appeal of his criminal convictions before the case goes before a judge. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 28, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_092812.asp

Attorneys For Perez Marshal Hundreds Of Letters Of Support As former Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez prepares to face sentencing on corruption charges, his attorneys have given a judge more than 200 letters of support from friends, family and colleagues describing his civic contributions and accomplishments over the years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 13, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_091310_1.asp

Audit Reports Reveal Faults Millions in unpaid parking tickets, and uncollected fees for police services turn up in a Hartford audit. Administrators are beginning to pay attention. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: September 13
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_advocate_091307.asp

Audit Rips Hartford's Anti-Blight Initiative The city's process for cleaning up blighted private properties and billing owners "was not clearly or adequately documented" and an initiative associated with the cleanups lacked the management and expertise needed to make the program successful, according to a report completed by the city's chief auditor. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 19, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_091912.asp

Authority Has New Chief The Hartford Housing Authority has chosen a new executive director, more than a year after firing its last director amid concerns about alleged financial irregularities. The new leader is Alan Green, a resident of the city's West End. He is expected to start on Jan. 4, 2008. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 14, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_121407.asp

Baker Donelson Memorandum to Mayor Eddie Perez A memo from the firm of Baker Donelson to Mayor Eddie Perez outlining their lobbying efforts on behalf of the city aimed at securing federal funds for the ciy. Published by Baker Donelson ; Publication Date: July 13, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/BakerDonelsonMemo.pdf

Balancing Act The newly formed Hartford Charter Revision Commission is considering whether to limit the powers of the mayor. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: January 20, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_advocate_012009.asp

Balancing State's Books With Borrowing Irresponsible Two respected analysts recently said Connecticut is in terrible fiscal shape. Former U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker, now head of the Comeback America Initiative, and UConn economics professor and think-tank chief Fred V. Carstensen both warned of the dangers of failing to rein in bonded debt. Their advice ought to be taken seriously. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 10, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_courant_051013.asp

Barrows Says He Will Back Perez In Race Frank Barrows, a candidate who had been fighting to unseat Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez is now throwing his support behind the incumbent, saying that the way to help Hartford is to unite behind Perez and not continue "bashing" him. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 16, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_101607.asp

Battle For City Hall Is On Hartford’s Democratic Convention, held in July 2007, endorsed one Mayoral candidate, Eddie Perez, out of the seven vying for the nod and six people to run for Council out of the 13 Democrats who seeking the party’s endorsement. The crowded field of candidates who vied for party endorsements is the biggest election since 1993. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 18, 2007
Document Link: /Issues/Documents/Government/htfd_news_071807.asp

Battle For State's 1st House District Seat Goes To Court The fight for the Democratic nomination for the 1st House District seat ended up in court recently, where a judge will decide whether to uphold the results of the Aug. 10 primary, name a new winner, or order a new election. The Superior Court hearing before Judge A. Susan Peck is on state Rep. Kenneth Green's lawsuit alleging irregularities in both the election and the recount, which saw his two-vote victory flip to a two-vote loss to Councilman Matthew Ritter. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 27, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_082710.asp

Battle Over Budget Begins According to Mayor Eddie Perez, his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year was developed within a framework of a plan he calls “Governing for Results.” One of the results wasn’t long in coming: close to 100 Board of Education employees angrily protesting before a public hearing on the proposed budget recently at Bulkeley High School. The teachers and other school employees were protesting Hartford School Superintendent Steven Adamowski’s cutting of several positions in his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 01, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_news_050108.asp

Battle Over School Site Raged Out Of View Hartford officials' effort to build a new home for a magnet school collapsed in recent weeks after loud and public criticism by the city's representatives in the state legislature, who said heavy traffic made the location unsafe. But another force, not loud or public, has been working against the site: the combined efforts of influential Hartford lawyer-lobbyist Thomas D. Ritter and his onetime client, the landlord of a building in Windsor where the school rents space. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 28, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Education/htfd_courant_022807.asp

Battle Over State's Campaign Finance Reform Law Moves To Federal Court As an uncharacteristically active political campaign season begins in Connecticut, the landmark campaign finance reform law that was supposed to clean it up and pay for it is headed for new constitutional challenges in federal court. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 13, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/democracy/htfd_courant_011310.asp

Battling Blight By The Numbers Like a broken sidewalk, or the cloying odor of a backyard garbage dump, the large map at city hall vividly shows how the quality of life in some city neighborhoods is leaking away. Influenced by statistics-driven management tools used in New York City, Baltimore and a few dozen other cities, Hartford officials are seeking to dramatically improve the way city hall responds to neighborhood problems. These are some of the unknowns as the city embarks on HARTSTAT, its own version of New York's CompStat and Baltimore's CitiStat. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 31, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_053111.asp

Bazzano Voted Clerk The city council appointed former Council President John Bazzano to be its next city and town clerk. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 29, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_092909_1.asp

Behind On Your Taxes? Soon Your Neighbors Might Know About It A veteran Hartford City Council member thinks the city should publish names and last known addresses of tax deadbeats to help track down people before removing their accounts from the active tax rolls. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 04, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_070409.asp

Behind the Scenes at the Hartford Democratic Town Committee Convention A large room crammed full of powerful people (and those aiming to be) dressed in red, white, and blue, with buttons and signs galore. The party casts its votes, maybe some numbers don’t match up and a recount is needed, but the endorsements get made and the evening moves on. Reporters pushing their way through to get to the newly endorsed or to those left behind. That’s the image that comes to mind, and to an extent, that is what happened at the Hartford Democratic Town Committee Convention. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: July 22, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/democracy/realhtfd_072211.asp

Better Choices for Connecticut, State Budget Proposal, February 2, 2009 Better Choices for Connecticut is a broad-based community coalition working to help Connecticut make the budgetary choices that reflect the priorities and values of its citizens. While Governor Rell has promised that her upcoming biennial budget will include deep cuts affecting every agency of the Connecticut government, Better Choices believes that reliance on spending cuts is both unwise and unnecessary. (PDF document, 15 pages) Published by Better Choices for Connecticut
Document Link: /issues/wsd/region/bud09whitepaper.pdf

Better Maintenance Sought At Keney Park Recently, city officials met with residents and representatives from a community organization to address complaints that the Keney Park was being neglected. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 4, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Neighborhoods/htfd_courant_080407.asp

Bickering Trips Up Hartford Democrats Mayor Eddie A. Perez's effort to shut a political rival out of the statewide Democratic nominating convention has sparked a complex dispute that now threatens to rob Hartford of any representation at the convention. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 23, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Government/htfd_courant_032306.asp

Big Financial News, Or Not So Much Moody's investment service recently boosted Hartford’s rating from A2 to Aa3 because of a recalibration of the ratings. A quick check with some other surrounding communities found that most towns in Connecticut got an automatic upgrade as a result of the recalibration. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 05, 2010
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Big-City Mayors Blast Governor's Budget Big-city mayors blasted Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget proposal recently, saying it could lead to increased local property taxes and possible layoffs of police and firefighters. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 15, 2013
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Big-City Mayors Snub Malloy The big-city mayors of Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport have all worked with Dannel Malloy, who was mayor of Stamford for 14 years. But instead of supporting their fellow city-dwelling Democrat in the upcoming gubernatorial primary, all three mayors have turned away from Malloy to throw their support to Ned Lamont. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 10, 2010
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Bill Limiting City's Assessment-Rate Hikes Clears House City property assessments would increase by 3.5 percent next year and vary in the years afterward under legislation approved by the state House of Representatives recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 04, 2011
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Bill Proposes Making State Legislature Decide On Municipal Aid Earlier Long before they know how much they will get in state aid, cities and towns must adopt their budgets, leaving some uncertainty about their financial situations as a new fiscal year approaches. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 02, 2013
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Bill Would Cap Tax Increases For Hartford Homeowners City property assessments would increase by no more than 3 percent for each of the next five years under a bill being considered by the state legislature. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 04, 2011
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Bills Would Worsen State's Climate For Business In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that on top of higher taxes and everything else that makes Connecticut a hard place to do business, Democratic lawmakers at the state Capitol have introduced legislation to make it even harder. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 08, 2011
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Blight Club The Livable & Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative was intended to increase accountability for One City, One Plan. For this, Hartford was divided into four districts — each with a representative from constituent services and a well-compensated district captain. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: June 29, 2012
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Block Grant Cuts Feared President Bush is threatening steep cuts in his administration's Community Development Block Grants. In his fiscal 2007 budget, Bush proposed cutting about 20 percent from the popular, 31-year-old program - which already has been cut significantly this year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 28, 2006
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Blog Gains Traction With Satirical Approach To Looking At Hartford Not everyone who loves their hometown would promote it under the name "sad city." But two men living in Hartford's West end say their blog, which chronicles random events and people in the city's neighborhoods, gives others a look at the good and the bad. The goal, they said, is to paint Hartford in a realistic light through interviews, pictures and videos. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 26, 2010
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Blumenthal Files To Revoke Perez Pension Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says his office has filed court papers to revoke the pension of former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: September 27, 2010
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Blumenthal Says Rell Can't Exercise Line-Item Veto Without Signing Budget In a high-profile reversal, Gov. M. Jodi Rell allowed the state budget to take effect without line-item vetoes that would have cut $8.3 million in spending. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 09, 2009
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Blumenthal Will Move To Revoke Mayor's Pension Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said recently that he will seek to revoke the pension of former Mayor Eddie A. Perez, but the Superior Court judge who will ultimately make the decision could return all or part of it to his family. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 30, 2010
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Blumenthal, Activists Call For Pathway To Citizenship For Undocumented Immigrants U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal stood with young activists recently as they called for immigration reform that would include a path to citizenship not only for undocumented students, but for the parents who brought them to this country illegally. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 05, 2013
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Board of Education Votes are In The special Committee of the Whole meeting of City Council which considered the appointees to the Hartford Board of Education offered no surprises. Rich Wareing and Cherita McIntye received yes votes from all present council members. Matt Poland and Dr. Jose Colon-Rivas both received seven votes in favor with Councilperson MacDonald abstaining. Mayor Segarra received seven votes in favor, with only Councilperson Cotto showing objection. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: February 02, 2012
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Bond Commission Backs Financing For State Office Building Purchases The State Bond Commission approved nearly $90 million today for financing the state’s purchase and renovation of two Hartford office buildings targeted for consolidating thousands of the state employees in the next few years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 13, 2013
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Boosting Metrohartford's Economic Performance In The New Millennium The MetroHartford Millennium Project, in collaboration with the University of Connecticut’s Center for Economic Analysis, has undertaken a long-term research initiative to track the Hartford region’s economic progress over time. This report proposes a series of specific policy recommendations that would help lay the foundations for MetroHartford’s emergence as a truly effective regional, national, and global competitor. (PDF document, 9 pages) Published by MetroHartford Alliance ; Publication Date: July 13, 2008
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Borges Returns To Hartford City Hall Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced his selection of a new corporation counsel recently — someone who knows "the ins and outs of city government" — Saundra Kee Borges, the former city manager. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 16, 2010
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Borrowing Now A Prudent Step Toward Managing Deficit Even as Connecticut's elected representatives struggled in recent years to achieve the balanced budget that is required by law, cash balances have suffered — especially with the depletion of the Rainy Day Fund. We must consider the full range of fiscal tools available to address our state's fiscal dilemma, including borrowing. We have an unprecedented opportunity — aided by opportune interest rates — to address a major structural problem in a permanent way, improve liquidity and boost fiscal discipline. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 08, 2013
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Boston May Seek A Nonprofit Wi-Fi Provider Boston is considering an unusual approach to creating a citywide, low-cost wireless Internet network: putting a nonprofit organization, rather than a private service provider, in charge of building and running the system. Other cities have generally relied on a single private contractor to assume upfront costs and financial risk for a chance to expand its business. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 1, 2006
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Botched Latino Firing Raises Questions The sudden and unexplained firing of Fernando Betancourt as executive director of the state Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission by the board's commissioners on Sept. 17, 2008 set in motion the Law of Unintended Consequences. Scores of Latinos and others who have worked with the commission in programs benefiting their communities are incensed and demanding answers: Who are these commissioners? Who nominates and appoints commissioners? Are they answerable to anyone? Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 17, 2008
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Bottom Line On Hartford's Schools Chief In this editorial, the writer suggests that the superintendent of schools should be someone who doesn't need prodding, but an educational leader who understands that his primary job is enabling all students by any means necessary to get ahead academically and who doesn't allow process or protocol to bog him down. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 29, 2006
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Break With Tokenism In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that Hartford Democrats have the opportunity to throw out the usual shopworn racial formula that has nominated 2 candidates on the city council to Latinos, 2 to African-Americans and 2 to Whites. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 21, 2011
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Breathe In Funding is restored to an asthma education program, no thanks to Governor Rell . Asthma is a big problem in Connecticut's five largest cities, disproportionately affecting the poor. Rita Kornblum, health education manager for the Hartford Health and Human Services Department, says asthma is the leading cause of school absenteeism in Hartford. Yet an asthma education program for inner city residents — funded with just $150,000 annually — was cut from this year's budget by Gov. M. Jodi Rell. The asthma program was saved by a ruling by Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: September 15, 2009
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Bridge Dedicated To Late City Mayor While in office from 1993 to 2001, Mayor Mike Peters built bridges among the city, state and community. So it was fitting that the new 270-foot bridge linking the Connecticut Convention Center to the Connecticut Science Center was dedicated Tuesday as "Mayor Mike Peters Bridge." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 26, 2011
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Brief Filed by the City of Hartford in the Freedom on Information Act Appeal In this brief filed with the Superior Court, the City of Hartford and the Chief State's Attorney in support of the appeal of the FOIA decision claim that the FOIA Commission failed to conduct a proper statutory analysis, has misconstrued the grand jury statutory scheme, and has applied FOIA in a manner that leads to an irrational result. Published by Connecticut Superior Court in New Britain ; Publication Date: August 07, 2009
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Brinson Declines Council Salary New city Councilman Corey Brinson said that he would decline his $15,000 city salary for serving on the panel, adding that he instead would like it to go toward closing the city's budget deficit or to help kids in Hartford pay for college. The city is facing a $10 million shortfall this fiscal year and a projected $40 million deficit for 2011-12. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 11, 2011
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Brinson's Salary Councilman Corey Brinson's $15,000 city salary--which he declined not long after he was appointed to the panel--will remain in the council budget, said Saundra Kee Borges, Hartford's corporation counsel. If the money is not spent by the council, it will go back into the city's general fund at the end of the fiscal year, she said. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 14, 2011
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Bruce Is Back Bruce Rubenstein who has long been active in city and state Democratic circles, has a law practice in Hartford, recently purchased a condo in Hartford, and is looking to challenge the leader of the Democratic Town Committee for his position. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 18, 2009
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Budget Battle In the spring of 2007, Hartford’s small businesses joined to protest dramatic tax increases caused primarily by the property revaluation process. They formed a group known as Hartford Small Business and Taxpayer Alliance (HSBTA) and, while no long-range solution was found to the city’s tax woes, the City agreed to phase in the increase due to the revaluation over a five year period as a stop-gap measure. While the HSBTA worked with City and State leaders over the past year to develop a long-range solution, it was never found. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 08, 2008
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Budget Battles Begin The rhetorical battle over the upcoming city budget has begun, just days before Mayor Eddie A. Perez releases what could be the city's toughest budget ever. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 17, 2009
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Budget Carries Bush Stamp Mayor Eddie Perez and other state and local officials respond to President Bush's budget. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 8, 2005
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Budget Cuts That Go Too Deep Susan Campbell writes about the two-year budget for Connecticut that Gov. M. Jodi Rell recently. For the most part, she protected local public schools, but certain demographic groups — people with AIDS, for instance — will take it in the teeth if her budget is approved, as will some respected watchdog agencies whose charge is to ensure fairness for people too often left out of the loop. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 08, 2009
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Budget Deficit Uncertain, Hartford Mayor Says Hartford's budget deficit could be as low as $8.5 million and as high as about $20 million this year, depending on how well the city manages the current economic crisis, Mayor Eddie A. Perez told the city council recently. In a report on the first quarter of operations, which covers July, August and September, Perez told the council that the economic conditions affecting the state are eating into Hartford's roughly $547.6 million budget. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 15, 2008
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Budget Failure Connecticut government CT government Greater Hartford region CT economic development Connecticut economic development CT economic recesson Connecticut economic recession Greater Hartford region CT state budget Connecticut budget shortfall Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: September 07, 2009
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Budget Fix Takes Both Sides There are two critical issues for the governor and the General Assembly in 2010: Preserving jobs and balancing the state budget. To balance this year's budget, Democrats and Republicans must move out of their respective comfort zones. Democrats need to wring more cuts out of programs on top of the $3 billion that's already been cut. Republicans need to eliminate bureaucracy and overhead in executive branch agencies that are bloated with 20 years worth of political appointees by GOP governors. It's time for everyone to move beyond business as usual. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 31, 2010
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Budget Gaps Limit Police Purchases Of New Vehicles Police officers accustomed to factory-fresh cruisers will be driving older, higher-mileage cars next year when cash-strapped communities stop buying new ones. Facing huge budget gaps, officials in some towns and cities have decided to cut back or suspend their regular fleet-replacement schedules. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 25, 2008
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Budget Hearings End After two weeks of probing on Mayor Eddie A. Perez's $547.6 million proposed budget and its associated 13 percent tax increase on the average homeowner, the City Council recently finished hearing from various city departments. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 15, 2009
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Budget Lowers Mill Rate More than a week before its deadline, the city council adopted a $545.9 million budget for 2011-12 that lowers the city's tax rate by half a mill. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 24, 2011
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Budget Plan Means Layoffs, End Of Services, Say Hospital Advocates The governor's proposed state budget plan will "devastate" Connecticut hospitals and cause layoffs and elimination of services, hospital advocates and legislators told a crowd of hundreds at the state Capitol recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 11, 2013
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Budget Plan Would Close Some Parks And Courts, Legalize Keno Greater Hartford region housing affordable housing economic development economic recession stock market crash housing bubble real estate market numbers Greater Hartford area Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2009
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Budget Smackdown The Hartford City Council had two days left to pass a budget, and the rhetoric got nasty. In a press release, Mayor Eddie A. Perez and his spokeswoman Sarah Barr singled out three of the potential no votes on the council -- Larry Deutsch, Ken Kennedy and Matt Ritter -- and said the council was "paralyzed by politics.” Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2009
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Budget Vote Is Down To Deadline The Hartford city council recently decided against acting on a budget that one councilman said promised taxes so high the city would be "raping our taxpayers," and Mayor Eddie A. Perez urged the council "to put politics and posturing aside, get to work and pass a budget." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 29, 2009
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Bushnell Park Rink To Open Friday Two weeks after some people walked away from the Festival of Light feeling disappointed, city officials are hoping to impress visitors with a new attraction -- free skating in Bushnell Park. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 06, 2010
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Business Alliance Reaches Agreement With City The Hartford Small Business Alliance, a group of small business owners concerned over their rising tax bills, have reached a settlement agreement with the city over a complaint the group filed last summer with the state's Freedom of Information Commission. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 01, 2008
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Business As Usual In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that all along, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has insisted that he put together an honest budget that restores Connecticut state government to fiscal stability. For the most part, he has done so. But with the plan to bridge the final bit of the gap in next year's $19.8 billion budget, they're not so sure. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 04, 2011
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Business Development Grants for Innovation Geeks, take note. The Connecticut Science Center and the City of Hartford are partnering to offer grants up to $15,000 for projects related to the applied sciences, technology, or other innovations not connected to education or the arts. The awards can be used for capital projects, materials, or equipment. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: January 27, 2012
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Business Friendly: What Does It Mean For Connecticut? In the mid-1970s, Gov. Ella T. Grasso resisted a strong push by her economic development chief Edward J. Stockton to get on the phone once a week with business executives, just to touch base. Slowly, over the next six to eight months, she warmed to the idea. It later led to breakfasts, lunches and dinners with business executives at the governor's residence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2011
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Business Owners Protest Higher Hartford Taxes Several prominent Hartford business owners recently spoke out against Mayor Eddie A. Perez's proposed $552 million budget for next year, saying their taxes were out of control and could force them to lay off workers and consider moving. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 13, 2008
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Busway Opponents, Advocates Ramp Up Campaigns Insisting that there's still time to stop the $569 million New Britain-to-Hartford busway, three Republican state lawmakers are calling for taxpayers to rally against it in mid-August. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 31, 2011
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Busway Struggle Is In End Game After years of debate, a crucial decision about the future of mass transit in central Connecticut is coming down to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Supporters and critics of the proposed $569 million busway spent three hours recently pitching their cases to the governor in a private meeting at the Capitol. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 21, 2011
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Butt Ugly Building First To Go, Capitol West Possibly Next In Hartford, business and civic leaders held a press conference urging the city council to take the eyesore known as the Capitol West building through eminent domain. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: March 28, 2011
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Butt Ugly Building On Its Way. Could The Capitol West Building Be Next? Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has finished his first month on the job. Segarra began his time in office with at least one high-profile move. He fast-tracked the demolition of a downtown eyesore called the Butt Ugly building. And, now, he says more ugly buildings could follow. He was also working to knock down the vacant building off I-84 known as the Capitol West building. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: July 27, 2010
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Bysiewicz: Recounts Taking Place in Two Legislative Districts in Hartford Following Close Primary Votes Hartford: Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz recently announced that recounts will be conducted in two legislative districts in Hartford following Primary Elections that took place on Tuesday August 10, 2010. According to state law, automatic “close vote” recounts are triggered by election results where the margin for a particular seat is either within 0.5% of the total votes cast or within 20 votes. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: August 11, 2010
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Call In The Feds To Help On The Perez Case Stan Simpson expresses the opinon that despite a bribery charge hanging like an albatross around his neck, Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez should be thankful that it was state investigators he lied to about home renovations — not federal. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 31, 2009
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Call The Auditors When Hartford changed its charter and adopted a strong mayor system in 2002, it also created an Independent Audit Commission to provide objective reviews and assessments of the city's operations and finances. The commission and chief auditor H. Patrick Campbell are trusted and respected. City councilman Matthew Ritter thinks the auditors may be able to resolve the still-roiling controversy surrounding the closing of two library branches by the Hartford Public Library. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 25, 2008
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Calling Off The Dogs At Charter School Stan Simpson writes about the demand by the Connecticut Department of Public Health that Jumoke Academy immediately cease and desist from operating the new preschool. The department did not consider Jumoke a public school. Hence, according to the health department, the school's pre-K is considered a "day care" and would have to be licensed. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 10, 2009
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Campaign Finance Reform: Money and Politics in Connecticut and the Nation Video A video of the March 15, 2010 community program, Campaign Finance Reform: Money and Politics in Connecticut and the Nation, held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: March 15, 2010
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Campaign Finance: What A Bust The cutthroat reality of big-money politics is thinning the herd of candidates in Connecticut’s race for governor. Connecticut’s wonderful new public campaign financing was going to use taxpayer dollars to “level the playing field” and “open up the system.” Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: May 11, 2010
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Can — and Will — Pedro Segarra Save Hartford? The accolades for Hartford’s new mayor, former city council president Pedro Segarra, have been rolling in, including a recent front page profile in the Hartford Courant based on a reporter’s day spent with Segarra — access that would have been unthinkable in the Eddie Perez era. Segarra, who replaced Perez as mayor when Perez was convicted on fraud charges, is more difficult to reach now than in his days on the city council — understandable given his expanded duties and the sobering list of problems facing the city. And everyone seems to agree he has already brought a degree of openness to city hall that contrasts sharply with his predecessor. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 10, 2010
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Can We Fix City's We Can't Attitude? Helen Ubiñas expresses the opinion that what Hartford needs more than a new mayor or some leadership with a clue is a professional mediator – someone who gets paid to cut through the bureaucracy, confusion or just plain bull and actually gets things done. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 28, 2008
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Can You Hear Me Now? A Discussion on Hartford's Noise Ordinance Video A video of the February 19, 2008 community program, Can You Hear Me Now? A Discussion on Hartford's Noise Ordinance, which was held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: February 19, 2008
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Candidate Announces Lillian "Milly" Arciniegas, a member of the Hartford Democratic Town Committee in the 6th District, announced recently that she will run for city council. Arciniegas, 36, said she decided to run because she feels the city's leaders are not listening to the concerns of their constituents. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 7, 2007
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Candidate Files Complaint Over Political Fliers City council candidate Gerry Pleasent has filed a complaint with state election officials against state Rep. Minnie Gonzalez, a mayoral candidate, accusing Gonzalez of taking his campaign literature off car windshields and substituting her own. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 31, 2007
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Candidate Seeks Halt To Primary State Rep. Minnie Gonzalez recently asked the Superior Court to halt the Sept. 11, 2007 Democratic primary while she appeals last week's judicial ruling that knocked her off the ballot. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 05, 2007
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Candidates Blame Each Other For 7th House District Problems Both candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in the 7th House District agree that their constituents in the city's North End are not getting their fair share of state and federal aid. And state Rep. Douglas McCrory and his challenger, city Councilwoman rJo Winch, point the finger of blame at each other. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 30, 2010
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Candidates For 2nd Senate Focus on Incumbent's Record Longtime incumbent Democratic state Sen. Eric Coleman is running for reelection in the 2nd District on his record at the legislature. Republican challenger Malvi Garcia-Lennon is running on Coleman's record, as she sees it, too. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 15, 2012
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Candidates For Clerk Submit Resumes At least a dozen people have submitted resumes to the city council to be considered as the replacement for Town and City Clerk Daniel Carey, who died recently. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 25, 2009
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Candidates Spar at Library Debate City Councilman Matt Ritter supplied the biggest surprise at a recent debate among candidates in the upcoming Democratic Primary on August 10. A question supplied by a member of the audience had asked all challengers in the primary to explain why they thought their opponent, the incumbent, should lose his job as an elected official. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 22, 2010
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Canty Declared Winner in 5th District Race Leo Canty of Windsor has been declared the winner in the Democratic Primary for State Representative from the 5th District. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 23, 2012
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Canty Declared Winner In 5th House District By 1 Vote Leo Canty defeated political newcomer Brandon McGee by a single vote to win the Democratic nomination in the 5th House District, ending days of back-and-forth over two recounts and discussion about whether a revote would be required. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 21, 2012
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Capitol Insider Says Hartford Tax Deal Is Dead The deal Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra needs to balance his budget is probably dead. If it fails, Segarra has to find between $7 million and $9 million in next year’s budget by the end of the month. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: May 09, 2012
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Capitol West Dilemma a Cautionary Exercise In recent years, eminent domain squabbles have become more grandiose, as the government definition of “public use,” or “public benefit,” has expanded to include land-grabs designed to turn over sites to other private parties, who are much prettier and more powerful than the incumbent landowner. The city of Hartford’s initial efforts to flex its eminent domain muscles and snap up Capitol West, the less-than-lovely “office center” in Asylum Hill are in the early stages. What Capitol West represents at the moment is an embarrassment, for city planners and cheerleaders who don’t want a piece of unhappy property on a desirable piece of land, advertising the lack of enthusiasm for development in and near downtown and the Asylum Hill neighborhood. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: May 02, 2011
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Capitol West Owner Sues To Block Hartford's Acquisition The owner of the Capitol West building on Myrtle Street has filed a lawsuit to try to block the city's efforts to take the property through eminent domain. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 05, 2011
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Carlos Costa Applies For AR A city contractor who was embroiled in a corruption investigation that led to the conviction of former Mayor Eddie Perez applied for a special form of probation. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 03, 2011
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Carlos Costa Denied AR During former Mayor Eddie Perez's four-week trial in May 2010, city Contractor Carlos Costa essentially admitted his guilt on corruption charges that included two counts of bribery. He was recently denied special probation, Accelerated Rehabilitation, or AR probation. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 24, 2011
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Carlos Costa Spared Prison Sentence, Must Perform Community Service City contractor Carlos Costa, the key witness in the corruption trial of former Mayor Eddie A. Perez, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of aiding and abetting coercion and was spared a prison sentence. Judge David P. Gold accepted Costa's plea, and sentenced him to a one-year suspended prison term, meaning he won't serve time, and a one-year conditional discharge. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 10, 2011
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Cash-Strapped Municipalities Asking State For Relief From Mandates Across the state, financially bruised cities and towns are preparing to pay out money that they say they can't afford and don't want to spend. And that outflow of cash will only grow worse next year, unless the General Assembly steps in this month, according to the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 15, 2009
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Caviar? Hartford Must Clean Up Cavalier Spending Caviar? When it comes to sending the wrong message, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra will have to go some to top a lavish New Year's Eve meal at Max Downtown that was partially charged to a city credit card. Mr. Segarra and seven guests, including chief operating officer Saundra Kee Borges, dined on caviar, oysters and rack of lamb, among other succulents, and put the $700-plus food tab on mayoral chief of staff Jared Kupiec's city credit card. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 07, 2013
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CCM Analysis of Adopted State Budget for FY 06-07 An analysis of the Connecticut FY 06-07 State Budget by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), which focuses on the impact on municipalities, summary of general government aid, summary of education aid, and bonding. (PDF document, 20 pages) Published by Connecticut Conference of Municipalities ; Publication Date: May 15, 2006
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Challenger Accuses Hartford Mayor Of Unethical Behavior With less than a week left before the Sept. 13 primary, mayoral candidate Edwin Vargas has accused Mayor Pedro Segarra of exhibiting a "pattern" of unethical behavior, citing three examples over an 18-year period. Segarra's campaign dismissed the accusations, saying they lack credibility. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 07, 2011
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Challengers Must Unite To Dethrone Mayor Eddie The main event in the Greater Hartford region last week was the Democratic primary for mayor of Hartford. Despite a crowded field, a desultory city electorate mostly stayed away in droves. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 16, 2007
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Challenges To Mr. Perez Hartford voters adopted the strong-mayor form of municipal government in 2002 partly in hopes that enhanced executive power would attract a strong stable of candidates. As the first four-year term under the new charter draws to a close, that hope is being realized. So far, three challengers have emerged to Mayor Eddie A. Perez in this year's election. More are expected. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 19, 2007
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Change for City Police Organizational changes in response to the shift to community policing are described. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 4, 2005
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Change the Way We Measure Poverty In this editorial, the Hartford Courant suggests that starting in 2011, the federal government will take a few baby steps toward changing the way it measures poverty, something that is decades overdue. The income levels decide who qualifies for hundreds of state and federal programs such as food stamps. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 03, 2010
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Charter Recommendations Are In Hartford Charter Revision Commission recently agreed to a series of changes to the charter. The council would have 13 members - five district representatives, eight voted in at-large. The mayor would have the "absolute" power to appoint people to city commissions and boards, unless he neglected to. And, an ethics commission would be mandated by charter. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 08, 2009
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Charter Reform 101 In Hartford, a newly appointed charter reform commission is about to go about the business of revising the document — the town charter — that guides the way this city is governed. The changes that could be coming include the city council having its own lawyer instead of sharing one with the mayor, and a revamped board of education. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: October 02, 2008
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Charter Reform 101 Video A video of the July 24, 2008 community program, Charter Reform 101, which was held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: July 24, 2008
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Charter Revision Attrition As the city's Charter Revision Commission nears its end, two members have resigned, bringing the total number of commissioners from 13 to 11. Both Sara Bronin and Yvonne Duncan have stepped down, according to Chairman Richard Wareing. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 27, 2009
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Charter Revision Commission, Public Hearing Video, Part 1 and Part 2 A video of the December 10, 2008 community program, Charter Revision Commission, Public Hearing, in two parts, which was held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: December 10, 2008
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Charter Revision Could Be Dead Earlier this week, the city council approved some and rejected other proposed changes to the city charter, as made by the Hartford Charter Revision Commission. The approved changes were then to go to the city's residents for a vote this fall. But it now appears that the city may not have complied with state laws mandating a public hearing. No proper public hearing could mean the process wasn't followed. And if the process wasn't followed, that could mean that the process is dead. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 23, 2009
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Charter Revision Effort In Peril If city officials and several attorneys are reading state law right, a failure to hold a proper public hearing on the changes proposed by the Hartford Charter Revision Commission could mean the entire process will have to be scrapped. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 24, 2009
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Charter Revision Oopsie So there was a snafu in city council's handling of the proposed changes to the city charter. Although a city council committee officially accepted recommendations from three councilors on t he proposed changes not long ago, the whole council did not. This means that the proposed changes to the charter, as made by the Charter Revision Commission, are now official and go to the council for a full, up-or-down vote - without the benefit of still more council input. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 17, 2009
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Charter Revision Sought For City Former city Councilman John B. Kennelly thinks Hartford's new strong-mayor charter "needs some fixing." That's why Kennelly has formed Hartford Charter Reform 2007, a political action committee with one goal - to get a public commitment from every candidate in the upcoming mayoral and city council elections to create a new charter revision commission. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 29, 2007
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Charter Revision Up For Vote The city council recently rejected the Charter Revision Commission’s proposal to change its composition and expand its ranks from nine members to 13. The proposal was to have some of those 13 elected by districts. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 21, 2009
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Cheap Shots Mike McGarry was disappointed by the silly attacks on Councilwoman rJo Winch over her trip to the National League of Cities meeting. McGarry respects the several council people who have made this an issue but think they are way off base. Meetings and conferences are very important to public officials that really want to learn how to better represent the public. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 20, 2008
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Chief's Departure Leaves Void In this editorial, the Courant suggests that although Hartford Police Chief Patrick J. Harnett's appointment was greeted with skepticism two years ago, his retirement - announced last week - doesn't bode well for the city. As Mr. Harnett promised when he took the job, overall crime in Hartford fell sharply after he restructured the department's manning procedures under the internationally recognized Command Status policing system, known popularly as Comstat. Mr. Harnett's successor should not be tempted to tamper with the system and thereby ruin its effectiveness. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 3, 2006
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Child Care Grants Languish The Connecticut state Department of Social Services delayed processing six grant applications for early child care facilities across the state for more than a year, leaving at least $35 million in construction projects in limbo, state records indicate. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: June 01, 2009
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Cities Relieved That Rell's Grant Cuts Weren't Worse In any other year, school administrators and city officials would be deriding Gov. M. Jodi Rell's proposed budget as a meat-ax assault against education and local government. This year, most of them are welcoming it. Instead of the customary annual increases in state grants, nearly all of Connecticut's communities — wealthy and poor, Republican and Democratic — will suffer grant cuts under Rell's plan. But against the backdrop of a global economic crisis, Rell's offer is surprisingly generous. A promise of relatively steady state aid over the next two years has municipal leaders and educators in deficit-plagued Connecticut deeply relieved, and in some cases nearly jubilant. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 08, 2009
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City Adopts New Fee System Organizers of parades, festivals or other events in the city will now be charged flat fees to host such activities. The city has discontinued its longstanding practice of granting fee waivers in favor of collecting fees for special events up front. The new fee structure lowers costs, but enforces payment Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 12, 2011
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City Agency Misspent Funds, Audit Finds Federal auditors have found that the Hartford Housing Authority misspent millions of federal housing dollars, using the money, among other things, to outsource a pricy inspection contract and to pay private landlords for apartments infested with cockroaches and rats. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 17, 2006
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City Asks For Cash From Nonprofits The city of Hartford is asking its largest non-profit organizations to contribute what it says could be millions in extra revenue. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 23, 2012
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City Attacks Critics, Not Its Problems Helen Ubiñas comments on Hartford city politics and the current budget crisis. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 26, 2008
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City Audit of Hartford Schools Finds No Financial Irregularities An audit of the school system's spending on city-issued credit cards found no financial irregularities, according to a report released recently. The city's analysis of procurement card expenses followed recent audits of the Hartford Public Library and Hartford Parking Authority, which also revealed no issues in their p-card spending that would "warrant disclosure or management's attention," those reports stated. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 28, 2013
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City Bond Rating Holds, But One Firm Sees Negative Outlook Last week, the city announced in a press release that its "finances make the grade," pointing to an "A" bond rating by Standard & Poor's Rating Services on a recent bond sale. For various complicated reasons, that bond sale saved the city roughly $100,000 this year, and Mayor Eddie A. Perez said the rating confirmed "the confidence in Hartford's current and future financial outlook despite the country's economic downturn." Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 02, 2009
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City Budget Shortfall Looming Hartford's financial managers are forecasting a budget deficit of $2.6 million for fiscal 2007-08, based on the city's revenues and expenditures through the first quarter of the year. City staff presented a report to the council recently outlining the city's first-quarter fiscal results. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 27, 2007
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City Can't Let Others Run Parks Recent budget discussions in Hartford seem to be heading in the direction of letting friends groups run city parks. Let's hope the notion can be nipped in the bud; it would be a very bad idea. The parks budget has already been whittled to the bone, but volunteers and private funding cannot be counted on to fund or perform day-to-day maintenance. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 18, 2010
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City Commissions Face Cuts In Support Staff In an effort to eliminate what Mayor Eddie A. Perez describes as "non-essential mandates" in Hartford's municipal code, he wants to remove a requirement forcing the city to supply staff to three city commissions - the Permanent Commission on the Status of Hartford Women, the Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues and the Commission on Disability Issues. Any move that involves further reduction to the help those commissions receive would be devastating, volunteers on all three commissions say. The commissions rely heavily on city staff to take minutes at meetings, write and send official correspondence and navigate city hall's often labyrinthine structure, they said. The annual savings in staffing and supplies would total about $25,000 a year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 19, 2006
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City Committee Candidate Charges That Opponent Doesn't Live In Hartford A candidate for the Hartford Democratic Town Committee's 4th District has accused a member of an opposing slate of not living in the city. Ralph Arena, a town committee member who is seeking re-election, filed a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission alleging that Jose A. Contreras Jr., a member of a competing slate, lives in Wethersfield. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 23, 2012
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City Considers New Property Tax Option The city is running numbers to figure out whether it makes sense to delay the phase-in of this year's property revaluation. Councilman Matt Ritter said he and at least one other on the city council have asked the city to do the math and figure out if a revaluation delay would make sense. Such a move would mean the city would collect the same amount of tax revenue from its property owners, but the breakdown of who pays how much - from homeowners to commercial real estate owners - could change. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 28, 2009
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City Contract Supervisor Applies For Special Probation Edward Lazu, a former city contract compliance supervisor, applied for a special form of probation recently in Superior Court. Lazu is accused of trading favorable treatment of city contractor Carlos Costa in exchange for a new driveway at Lazu's Hartford home. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 15, 2009
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City Contractor Applies For Special Probation A city contractor who was embroiled in a corruption investigation that led to the conviction of former Mayor Eddie A. Perez applied for a special form of probation recently. Judge David Gold ordered Carlos Costa to return to Superior Court in Hartford on Feb. 24, when Judge Julia Dewey will decide whether to grant him accelerated rehabilitation, a program that would allow his record to be cleared if he successfully completes a probationary term. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 03, 2011
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City Council Adopts Budget More than a week before its deadline, the city council recently adopted a $545.9 million budget for 2011-12 that lowers the city's tax rate by half a mill. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 24, 2011
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City Council Amends Mayor's Proposed Budget The city council made amendments to Mayor Pedro Segarra's 2012-13 proposed budget and sent the $540 million spending plan back to him for approval. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 18, 2012
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City Council Calls on Courant to Rehire Cleaners Recently, City Council passed the “Resolution Restoring Good Jobs at the Hartford Courant,” on the consent calendar with only Councilperson Wooden abstaining. This resolution puts forth an official statement to the Hartford Courant, but takes no action. It asks the Courant to “do its civic duty” by rehiring the eight cleaners who lost their jobs in December 2011. If this pressure from City government does not convince the Courant to rehire the workers, local activists are hoping that City Council takes bolder steps. One such action could be for the City to stop placing its job advertisements in Tribune-owned newspapers. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: January 23, 2012
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City Council Candidates Form Challenge Slate A group of Hartford City Council candidates has formed a challenge slate to compete with the candidates endorsed by the Democratic Party and backed by Mayor Eddie A. Perez. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 31, 2007
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City Council Candidates Forum Video - October 5, 2011 A video of the October 5, 2011 community program, City Council Candidates Forum, held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: October 5, 2011
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City Council Candidates Forum Video, August 29, 2007 A video of the August 29, 2007 community program, City Council Candidates Forum, which was held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: August 29, 2007
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City Council Candidates Question A Bill When does a campaign worker become paid political consultant? That's a question being asked by perplexed members of Hartford's Democratic council slate who were billed by town committee members for thousands of dollars of campaign work during the recent city primary. A majority of the six council candidates said they never asked for the work to be done - and at least two are refusing to pay. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 22, 2007
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City Council Considering More Cuts The city council continued to chip away at Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra's $546.6 million budget proposal for 2012-13, but not in public as the meeting was recessed. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 18, 2012
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City Council Considers Retirement Age Requirement A generous provision of the city's retirement policy could be rescinded for future employees under a new proposal from the city council. Councilman Matthew Ritter, at the recommendation of a fiscal analysis task force, has proposed requiring city workers to wait at least until age 55 before retiring. Now, city employees can retire after 20 or 25 years of service, regardless of how old they are. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 05, 2010
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City Council Delays Budget Vote After more than seven hours of debate and discussion, the city council decided to postpone action on its budget. It has until May 31, 2009 to act. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 28, 2009
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City Council Doles Out Money To Hartford Organizations The city council's Democrats don't often work well as a team of six. But when it came to doling out money from its $400,000 civic and cultural affairs account earlier last week — each council Democrat got to allocate roughly $50,000 — it was all unity, all the time. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 20, 2009
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City Council Grapples With Contractor Influence With former Mayor Eddie Perez heading to jail for accepting bribes from a city contractor, and a sitting councilwoman, Veronica Airey-Wilson, facing related charges, the question of contractors’ influence on local politics isn’t exactly academic in Hartford. An ordinance that would prohibit city contractors from donating to local political campaigns has been languishing on the city council dais for more than a year. Councilman Luis Cotto first proposed the new rule in February 2009, but the item was repeatedly tabled over the past year. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: October 11, 2010
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City Council Insults North Hartford By Selling Off Park In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that the recent decision by Hartford's City Council to sell five acres of park land in north Hartford so a developer can build housing on it makes no sense. The destruction of what is known as Brackett Park robs one of the city's poorest neighborhoods of prized green space. Plans by Toraal Development to leave three of the seven-plus acres for a playground are pitifully insufficient. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 30, 2009
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City Council Members Knows When Perez Will Resign…But They’re Not Telling Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez and the man who will replace him have agreed on a date on which the mayor will resign. At a city hall press conference, council President Pedro Segarra said that the date had been agreed upon – and that the mayor would make that date known in a statement on June 25, 2010. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: June 22, 2010
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City Council Passes Anti-Discrimination Ordinances Hartford’s City Council recently voted unanimously in favor of two ordinances to ward off discrimination based on gender identity and expression. The Council’s action makes Hartford the first municipality in Connecticut to have anti-discrimination provisions on the basis of gender identity and expression. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: January 11, 2011
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City Council President Won't Run Again Hartford city council President John Bazzano confirmed recently that he does not plan to run for re-election this year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 6, 2007
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City Council Race Heats Up With Hartford’s race for Mayor in a bit of lull, the battle for City Council is starting to take shape. Several new faces are seeking election to council and at least one, Eric Crawford, is hoping to run with a full slate of candidates. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 3-11, 2007
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City Council Rejects Torres' Efforts To Change Rules City council President Calixto Torres tried to change the rules that govern the council recently, and the council fought back. In his first meeting since narrowly surviving an effort by his colleagues to oust him from the presidency last week, Torres pushed a measure to give the council's president more control over the body's agenda to ensure "orderly operations and administration." But what became clear was that even though Torres still has control of the gavel, there is now greater question as to whether he retains control of the council. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 11, 2009
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City Council Starts Out Divided Shawn Wooden, a young lawyer beginning his first term in elected office, became the city council president recently by getting the support of three minority party members and just one other Democrat. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 06, 2012
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City Council Votes To Cut $9.8 Million From Perez's Budget Plan The city council and Mayor Eddie A. Perez reached a budget agreement recently that cuts spending by $9.8 million and requires no increase in the tax rate. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2010
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City Councilman Puts Focus On Budget, Mayor City Councilman Pedro Segarra wants his colleagues to focus on the troubled budget and their role in city government. In a series of 10 resolutions he put before the city council this week, Segarra — the panel's budget chairman — wants the city to address its budget and its deficits by suspending layoffs, instituting a nearly universal hiring freeze, stopping some capital improvement projects and new vehicle purchases, and mandating compliance with the charter and the city code when it comes to financial reporting. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 13, 2008
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City Criticized On Agency Lease The management of a city-held lease at Constitution Plaza has come under fire from Hartford's internal auditor. The Department of Public Works lacked the expertise to manage the lease, and as a result the city failed to collect nearly $500,000 in rent from its pension commission and lost thousands of dollars on parking spaces at the facility, according to Chief Auditor H. Patrick Campbell. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 19, 2007
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City Democrats Elect New Chairman After weeks of heated political deal-making behind the scenes, the Hartford Democratic Town Committee elected a new chairman recently, ending the six-year leadership of outgoing chairman Noel F. McGregor Jr. Sean Arena, a real estate sales executive and a candidate widely believed to have the support of Mayor Eddie A. Perez, was elected by acclamation after his only opposition, city council aide Georgiana "Jean" Holloway, removed her name from consideration. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 12, 2008
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City Extends Nancy Johnson's Lobbying Contract Mayor Eddie A. Perez has granted a six-month extension to former U.S. Rep. Nancy Johnson's Washington, D.C. lobbying firm. The city council and Perez approved a $13,000-a-month contract with the firm known as Baker Donelson late last year. That contract expired June 30, but had an automatic six-month renewal clause which has gone into effect, the city said. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 23, 2009
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City Facing Ten Percent Budget Deficit Next Year The City of Hartford's current budget (2011-2012) is about $547 million, and it's running just a slight deficit. But next year could be much, much worse. As of right now, the city is projecting a $54 million dollar deficit. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: February 14, 2012
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City Government Working for You!, April 2010 A newsletter about city services, Census 2010, and the Plan of Conservation and Development (One City, One Plan), provided by the office of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: April 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/city_gov_working_for_you_Apr_10.pdf

City Government Working for You!, February 2010 A newsletter about city services, public safety, the city budget, and help for Haiti, provided by the office of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. (PDF document, 3 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: February 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/city_gov_working_for_you_Feb_10.pdf

City Government Working for You!, June 2010 A newsletter about city services, tax rate and city budget, and city farmers' markets, provided by the office of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: June 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/city_gov_working_for_you_Jun_10.pdf

City Government Working for You!, March 2010 A newsletter about city services, health inequities, and youth/police initiatives, provided by the office of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: March 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/city_gov_working_for_you_Mar_10.pdf

City Government Working for You!, May 2010 A newsletter about city services, summer programs, the city budget, youth initiatives, provided by the office of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: May 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/city_gov_working_for_you_May_10.pdf

City Government Working for You, December 2009 A newsletter about city services and Hartford Public Schools from the office of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: December 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/city_gov_working_for_you_Dec_09.pdf

City Government Working for You, January 2010 A newsletter about city services and Hartford Public Schools from the office of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: January 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/city_gov_working_for_you_Jan_10.pdf

City Government Working for You, May 2012 A newsletter about city services, family health services and Hartford parks from the office of Mayor Pedro Segarra. (PDF document, 3 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: May 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/city_gov_working_for_you_Mar_12.pdf

City Government Working for You, November 2009 A newsletter about city services and Hartford Public Schools from the office of Mayor Eddie A. Perez. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: November 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/city_gov_working_for_you_Nov_09.pdf

City Government Working for You, October 2010 A newsletter about Mayor Pedro Segarra's accomplishments in his First 100 Days, including the Week of the Parks, and the opening of the Parker Memorial Community Center. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: October 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/CityGovWorkingForYou_Oct_10.pdf

City Government Working for You, Spring 2012 A newsletter about city services, the city budget and taxes, and public safety and crime from the office of Mayor Pedro Segarra. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford, Office of the Mayor ; Publication Date: April 4, 2012
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/city_gov_working_for_you_Apr_12.pdf

City Government, Working for You July/August 2010 A newsletter about city services from the office of Mayor Pedro Segarra. (PDF document, 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: July 2010
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City Hall Hammer Quits In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that the recent resignation of Matt Hennessy, the strong-arm chief of staff to Hartford strong-mayor Eddie Perez these past eight years, has caused a metaphorical sigh of relief from many of the denizens of Hartford city hall who were intimidated by his presence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 19, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_081909.asp

City Hall Probe Takes New Turn, Into Driveway The same contractor whose home-repair work caught the attention of state investigators looking into allegations of corruption at Hartford City Hall also started building a new driveway for a city official — an official who managed the oversight of the contractor's minority-hiring practices on a city construction project. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 31, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_083108.asp

City Hall's Bad Attitude Earlier this year, a Seattle-based organization, Prison Legal News, requested copies of a lawsuit and verdict involving the city of Hartford, and requested that the city waive the $27.50 fee for the copies. The city refused to waive the fee, and the news organization filed a complaint with the state Freedom of Information Commission. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 01, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_120109.asp

City Hires Firm For $50,000 To Plan Move To New Public Safety Complex The city has hired a Farmington-based project management firm to help plan its move to the new public safety complex on High Street in fall of 2012. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_071812.asp

City Holds Budget Public Hearing Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez introduced next year’s proposed budget recently, and it came with a five percent increase in the city’s tax rate. And recently, the mayor and the city council held a public hearing on the budget at Bulkeley High School. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: June 27, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/jcohen_062710.asp

City Is The Biggest Loser In Perez Case Helen Ubiñas writes that supporters poured into a Hartford courthouse for the closing arguments in Mayor Eddie A. Perez's corruption trial. Friends and family hugged El Jefe tight and wished him luck. Loyal city employees — on a day off? personal time? a take-your-employees-to-court day? — offered him firm handshakes, and a little playful ribbing. Inside the packed courtroom, lawyers made the most of their last chance to make their cases, revisiting just about every point made during the mayor's monthlong trial. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 17, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_061710.asp

City Issues 498 Tickets, 91 Tows During Parking Ban Signaling that the city is serious about parking ban violations, police issued 498 tickets and authorized the towing of 91 cars during a recent snowstorm. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 24, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/transportation/htfd_courant_012412.asp

City Layoffs Loom The city has warned its department heads that layoffs and a possible early retirement incentive program could be in the immediate future if deals are not reached in budget talks with various city unions. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 27, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_052709.asp

City Leaders Look To Ban Trans Fat The City of Hartford could soon dictate how its restaurants and bakeries prepare their food, and owners of many local establishments say they don't have a problem with the idea. The city council is considering banning the use of trans fats wherever food is prepared for the public, from expensive restaurants to fast-food outlets to bakeries. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 05, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/health/htfd_courant_020511.asp

City Listening To All Ideas On Cutting Spending Faced with a budget deficit projected to be more than $40 million, Mayor Eddie A. Perez and the city council have entertained novel ways to raise more money, such as imposing a commuter tax or charging for entrance to Elizabeth Park. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 06, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_courant_020610.asp

City Looking For More Revenue To Make Up $40 Million Shortfall The city could sell power from wind turbines installed on top of the old landfill. Or maybe charge admission to Elizabeth Park. It might sell unused school buildings, or tax hospital beds. Those ideas and others were discussed by Mayor Eddie A. Perez, the city council and department heads at a budget workshop recently. With a projected $40 million revenue shortfall to make up next year, city officials are considering suggestions for raising revenue, including the tried-and true method of giving residents a tax increase. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 29, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_012910_1.asp

City Looks At Parking Garages For Cash The city needs money. It's looking to its parking garages. Finance Director Christopher Wolf told the Hartford Parking Authority in a letter that it is considering "an alternative revenue stream from the city's parking assets." One way to make more money could be to sell or lease those assets, according to Chief Operating Officer David Panagore. The city is now beginning a months-long process to evaluate its options. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 26, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_102609_1.asp

City Loses FOI Appeal A state court judge upheld a recent Freedom of Information Commission decision against the city recently, saying Mayor Eddie A. Perez broke the law when he convened closed-door meetings in 2008 to discuss corporate support for a new arena in Hartford. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 05, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_060509_2.asp

City May Sell Off Parking With limited prospects for filling its estimated $30 million budget hole, the City of Hartford is turning to one of its most reliable revenue generators for a potential solution — parking. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 15, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/hbj_031510.asp

City May Settle Lawsuit With Perez Home Contractor The city of Hartford may settle a lawsuit brought by contractor Carlos Costa – the man who did deeply discounted renovations on the home of former Mayor Eddie Perez while falling behind on a multi-million dollar contract with the city. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: September 24, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/jcohen_092410.asp

City Mayors Plead For State Help In Tough Times Connecticut's big-city mayors released a report recently reminding policy makers that their cities have greater costs in serving the poor, and have large swaths of tax exempt property, like not-for-profit hospitals, universities and state offices. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 21, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_102110.asp

City Misses Target In Hiring The city is far short of meeting its goal for city residents working on the $1 billion public school renovation project - and many of those claiming to live in Hartford may not even be residents at all. Records show that 21.8 percent of the work is going to Hartford residents - far short of the city's goal of setting aside 30 percent. The targets are goals, not mandates. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 5, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_050506.asp

City Native Named New Police Chief In a move which surprised many city residents, Hartford Police Chief Patrick Harnett has resigned from his post recently. Mayor Eddie Perez lost no time in appointing a successor, naming Assistant Police Chief Daryl Roberts as Hartford’s top cop at the same press conference at which it was announced that Harnett was resigning. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: July 6, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/Government/htfd_news_070606.asp

City Needs Charter Fix This Hartford Courant editorial expresses the opinion that the recent adoption of the Hartford budget revealed a flaw in the city charter that must be corrected. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 16, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_061609.asp

City of Hartford Adopted Budget '09 - '10 The 2009 - 2010 Adopted Budget of the City of Hartford. It is presented in parts for easier viewing. Published by City of Hartford
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/wsd_adopted_budget_09-10.asp

City of Hartford Auditor's Report on Purchasing Cards At the request of the City of Hartford Court of Common Council, the city auditor completed an examination in April 2013 of the Procurement Card Program of the City of Hartford. The purpose of the examination was to evaluate and test internal accounting and operating controls, the accuracy and propriety of transactions processed, the degree of compliance with established operating policy and procedures, and to recommend improvements where required. (PDF document, 11 pages) Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: May 3, 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/final-report-_city_-pcard_audit_april-2013_1314.pdf

City of Hartford Capital Improvement Plan 2009/2010 - 2018/2019 The proposed the ten-year City of Hartford Capital Improvement Plan is presented in to parts: a budget and a description. Published by City of Hartford
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/wsd_032309.asp

City of Hartford Elected Officials Contact Information A map which shows the elected officials of Hartford, the neighborhoods they represent and their contact information. Published by Hartford Public Library ; Publication Date: March 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/elected_officials_map.asp

City of Hartford Opposes Flower Street Closure — Partially In late July, a letter from the City of Hartford’s Deputy Corporation Counsel — on behalf of Mayor Segarra — was submitted to the Connecticut Department of Transportation petitioning “to postpone or condition the closure of the Flower Street crossing until adequate and effective measures can be devised and implemented to mitigate the impact the proposed closure will have on north-south traffic flow within the City.” Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: August 15, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/neighborhoods/realhtfd_081512.asp

City of Hartford Overview of the Mayor's Recommended Budget, Fiscal Year 2006-2007 Mayor Perez outlines his 2005-06 budget in this document handed out at community meetings. (PDF document, 17 pages). Published by Office of the Mayor, City of Hartford ; Publication Date: April 27, 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/MayorBudgetRec06-07.pdf

City of Hartford Police Department Neighborhood Policing Plan Describes elements of new Neighborhood District Policing. District Maps (PowerPoint). (PDF file; 2 pages) Published by City of Hartford
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Crime/neighd_policing.asp Related Link(s): Neighborhood Policing Plan (Spanish) ; District Map (PowerPoint) ; New Community Policing Model is Tough on Crime

City of Hartford Recommended Budget 2009 - 2010 The City of Hartford”s Recommended Budget for 2009 to 2010, as proposed by Mayor Eddie A. Perez, is presented here in parts for easy viewing. Published by City of Hartford
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/wsd_proposed_budget_09.asp

City of Hartford Recommended Budget 2010 -2011 The City of Hartford”s Recommended Budget for 2010 to 2011, as proposed by Mayor Eddie A. Perez, is presented here in parts for easy viewing. Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: April 19, 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/wsd_proposed_budget_10.asp

City of Hartford Voting Places This website includes a street-by-street directory of voting districts in the city of Hartford, the locations of polling places including maps, and a map of the city of Hartford voting districts in pdf format. Published by City of Hartford
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/wsd_2006.asp

City of Hartford Web Site The City of Hartford is a comprehensive resource for the public. Published by City of Hartford
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/Government/hartfordcity_site.asp

City of Hartford Year-End Budget Presentation, FY 08-09 A final report on the FY 08-09 city budget. Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: July 27, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/FY08-09_Year_End_Presentation.pdf

City of Hartford, 311 Open and Closed Cases An interactive map that shows open and closed cases from the 3-1-1 system in the City of Hartford. Published by City of Hartford
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Neighborhoods/wsd_11_2010.asp

City of Hartford, Committee of the Whole, FY 10-11 Budget Workshop, January 28, 2010 The recent meeting of the Hartford Committee of the Whole (i.e., the Hartford City Council) with Mayor Eddie A. Perez focused on incoming monies to help build a framework for the upcoming budget. In recent years, revenues have lagged compared to expenditures and the challenge for the FY 2010-2011 budget is an approximate $40 million gap. This cooperative effort--- facilitated by Leadership Greater Hartford--- is a continuation of a 90-day process to build a consensus budget to be presented at public hearings. (PDF Document, 18 pages) Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: January 28, 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/COW_FY_10-11_Budget_Workshop.pdf

City of Hartford, Governing for Results A presentation made at a Community Program at the Hartford Public Library on February 26, 2009 by representatives of the city of Hartford. Published by City of Hartford
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/CityBudgetPresentation.pdf

City of Hartford, Senatorial, Assembly and Voting Districts A map showing the City of Hartford Senatorial, Assembly and Voting Districts and polling locations. (PDF document, 1 page) Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: July 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Democracy/District_map.pdf

City of Hartford: Proposed Parking Concession The City of Hartford is considering putting the operation of parking facilities and on-street parking out to bid. This presentation is one of a series as public input on such a plan is sought. (PDF document, 40 pages) Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: November 16, 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/ParkingConcession_11_16_10_presentation.pdf

City of Hartford: The Neighborhood Conditions Report This document is a report from the City of Hartford on its efforts to fight blight in the City. It includes descriptions and summaries of the activities to rehabilitate or clear blighted properties as of June 30, 2011. (PDF document, 75 pages) Published by City of Hartford ; Publication Date: June 30, 1011
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Neighborhoods/antiblightpropertyupdate063011.pdf

City Offers Parking Discount to Fuel-Efficient Car Owners Monthly parkers who own a fuel-efficient car receive a 50 percent discount on parking in Hartford's three public garages. The new program is designed to support conservation minded drivers. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 15, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_071505.asp

City Ordinance About Mayoral Absence Being Drafted The city charter is clear about what would happen if Mayor Eddie A. Perez were to be convicted or resign from his post amid his trial on corruption. But the question of what would happen if the trial keeps Perez from fulfilling his duties as mayor — or if any future mayor were to be debilitated in some fashion — is less clear. Some council members said the charter doesn't adequately address what is considered to be an absence. The panel is now working to draft such an ordinance. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 25, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_052510.asp

City Paid Giles' Bills The city paid nearly $10,000 to cart away tons of trash from the privately owned warehouse of a political power broker who has been at the center of several questionable deals involving the administration of Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 28, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_082807.asp

City Parking Deal Uses 1993 Rates A no-bid deal Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez gave a political power broker to run a city-owned parking lot may be sweeter than previously thought. The $1,000 monthly rent that Abraham L. Giles is paying to manage a downtown parking lot is based on 14-year-old rates, according to the city corporation counsel's office and Giles. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 2, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Government/htfd_courant_030207.asp

City Passes Flat Fee System For Parades And Festivals Organizers of parades, festivals and other events are now to be charged flat fees to cover the cost of police, permits and other city services. The city has discontinued a longstanding practice of granting fee waivers in favor of collecting fees up front for special events. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 12, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_071211.asp

City Passes Gender Equity Ordinances The city council has passed two ordinances that ban discrimination based on gender identity and expression. The ordinances prohibit discrimination on those grounds in housing and employment, and include gender identity and gender expression as a protected class in Hartford's affirmative action laws. They also ban discrimination by companies or individuals who contract with the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 14, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_011411.asp

City Pays Legal Fees, But Not For Eddie Perez Now that the corruption trial of former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez is over, the city still has some legal bills to pay. The city has been paying the legal bills of its employees involved in the probe of Perez since the investigation began. As of this week, the city says that total is roughly $160,000 -- and it is likely to get bigger. One bill not in the city's files is the one from the firm of Santos and Seeley -- Perez's attorneys. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: June 30, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/jcohen_063010.asp

City Pays Tribute to Mayor Mike Recently, politicians, police officers, firefighters, community activists, state officials, governors, mayors, friends and family filled the St. Augustine Church in Hartford for the funeral of Mayor Mike Peters. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 09, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_010909.asp

City Plans Free Internet Access Hartford purchasing agents published a formal request recently for contractors who could create a wireless network citywide. The network, which would allow all residents free, high-speed access to the Web, could be up and running on a test basis as early as next summer. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 8, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/education/htfd_courant_110805.asp

City Plays Favorites When a consultant representing big business interests in Hartford asked the city in February 2007 for property tax data, he got it virtually overnight. But, when an attorney representing small businesses in Hartford made the same request in June 2007, he got a runaround that lasted six months, and only ended after the Freedom of Information Commission got involved. The city ended up agreeing it had violated the Freedom of Information Act, and pledged to cooperate with the Small Business Alliance in the future in return for the alliance dropping its complaint to the commission. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: January 17, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_advocate_011708.asp

City Poised To Enter Agreement To Sell Morgan Street Garage To State City officials are expected to sign a deal in the next few weeks to sell the Morgan Street parking garage to the state. At the same time, the city will enter into a long-term lease with the state for the land beneath the garage and rights to future development above the eight-level structure. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 06, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/transportation/htfd_courant_060613.asp

City Police Accuse Officer In Double-Billing Scheme Concluding a nearly yearlong investigation into one of its own, the Hartford Police Department has accused Officer Hector Robles of running a double-billing scheme, saying Robles fabricated documents to give the appearance that he was on duty while working private jobs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 12, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_081210_1.asp

City Police Chief Out Hartford Police Chief Patrick J. Harnett is leaving his job after two years, city and police sources say, and his successor could be named very soon. Deputy Chief Daryl K. Roberts is the front-runner for the job, the sources said. Roberts, 47, is a 20-year veteran of the force. He has worked as a supervisor in most of the department's divisions and now heads the investigative bureau. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 30, 2006
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_063006.asp

City Police Officer Accused of Faking Time Cards The Hartford Police Department has charged one of its own with double dipping and working private duty jobs while getting paid for his regular assignment. Hector Robles, the police officer, is also a state representative who just won a Democratic primary. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: August 13, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/jcohen_081310_2.asp

City Republicans Seek Alliance with Democrats Hartford’s Republican Party, in an apparent attempt to curb the growing power of Hartford’s Working Families Party, have endorsed five Democrats: Pedro Segarra for Mayor, Adam Cloud for Treasurer and Alexander Aponte, Kyle Anderson and Ken Kennedy for City Council. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: September 22, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_news_092211.asp

City Residents Plead For Council To Reduce Proposed 5% Tax Increase Carolyn Murray worries what would happen to her neighborhood if a proposed 5 percent tax increase takes effect in July. She was one of dozens who spoke before Mayor Eddie A. Perez and the city council on Tuesday. City residents and workers offered their perspective on Perez's 2010-11 budget, which calls for a 5 percent property tax increase and a $19 million, or 3.5 percent, boost in spending, during a public hearing at Bulkeley High School. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 28, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_042810.asp

City Seeks Volunteers For Clean-up Hartford recently sought volunteers for its citywide clean-up efforts. Hartford's "Week of the Parks" was a community effort to rake, clean, green, and beautify public spaces during the Citywide Community Clean-up. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 03, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/parks/cityline_080310.asp

City Settles Suit With Carlos Costa The city will pay contractor Carlos Costa $485,000 to settle a lawsuit that Costa filed alleging the city owed him money for work he did on a stalled Park Street reconstruction project. Costa, the man at the center of the bribery case against former Mayor Eddie A. Perez, sued the city for $2.2 million last year, citing a breach of contract, unpaid change orders and unpaid work on what began as a $5.3 million job to reconstruct Park Street. Costa, of USA Contractors, is accused of trading discounted home repairs for Perez's help in holding onto the Park Street contract -- a job mired in problems. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 28, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_092810_1.asp

City Stalls Six months after the Hartford Small Business Alliance requested information concerning the 2006 revaluation that sent property taxes for small business owners skyrocketing, the City of Hartford has admitted it stonewalled the Alliance, withholding the electronic data and e-mail correspondence they were seeking. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: December 28, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_advocate_122807.asp

City Still Needs Union Concessions To Balance Budget The current budget of the city of Hartford is a tight one, and it includes a million dollars in labor concessions that haven't yet been agreed to. Mayor Pedro Segarra has offered either furlough days or layoffs. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: August 29, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/jcohen_082912.asp

City Streets, Sidewalks: New Turf For Skateboarders Skateboarders are now legally able to roll along the city's streets and sidewalks. The city council voted recently in favor of a proposal by Councilman Luis Cotto to repeal a 33-year-old ordinance that banned skateboarding in those areas. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 30, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_063010_1.asp

City Takes Lenient Stance On Occupy Hartford Protest Police have told the "Occupy Hartford" protesters that they couldn't keep staying in tents on a city-owned parcel at Farmington Avenue and Broad Street. But the protesters — and the tents —were still there, winning a reprieve from city officials, who said negotiations are ongoing about whether they can continue sleeping in tents and whether they'd have to apply for permits. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 12, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/democracy/htfd_courant_101211.asp

City Takes on Diesel The Hartford City Council last week passed a resolution to enforce the state ordinance that limits idling time of school buses and other vehicles with diesel engines to three minutes, and to require an annual tune-up of all city-owned vehicles. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: March 22, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Health/htfd_advocate_032207.asp

City Tax Plan Resolves Nothing The City Council recently passed a resolution forming a task force to study Hartford's property tax mess and fix it. Small business leaders have already rejected the plan. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: August 30, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_advocate_083007.asp

City To Hire More Inspectors, DPW Workers The city recently approved the allocation of $1.25 million to hire more inspectors, more public works employees, a lawyer and two interns to address blighted buildings and related issues. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_071811_1.asp

City To Lose Several Employees Through Retirement Incentive Program Yesterday was the deadline for eligible city employees to file paperwork for the voluntary retirement incentive program (passed by city council in October). Some 30 city employees -- including Treasurer Kathleen Palm Devine, Councilwoman Veronica Airey-Wilson and John McGrane, assistant director of the Department of Public Works -- have applied for it. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 30, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_113010.asp

City To Seek Up To $3K From Ex-Chief Of Staff For Using Car The city will seek as much as $3,000 in restitution from former chief of staff Jared Kupiec for damages to a city vehicle found parked in front of his home, officials said. Kupiec, who left his city post two weeks ago, is under investigation by the Hartford Police Department's internal affairs division for using a city vehicle after he had left his job. Kupiec initially told investigating officers that he did not know how the city vehicle ended up in front of his building, but later admitted to police that he had used it. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 09, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_070913_1.asp

City To Step Up Snow Removal Efforts City officials stepped up efforts to remove the snow that's been clogging streets and causing traffic backups, Mayor Pedro Segarra said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 22, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_012211.asp

City Treasurer Speaks Out Talk of the tone of the rhetoric surrounding the Hartford budget debate continued, as City Treasurer Kathleen Palm Devine called the words of a spokeswoman for Mayor Eddie A. Perez "completely inappropriate." Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 30, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_053009.asp

City Treasurer, Mayor Reach Agreement On Personnel Issue In Hartford, city officials have been wrestling with a possible ethical issue: whether the city treasurer should be allowed to supervise his wife. Now, city officials say an agreement is near. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: October 12, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/jcohen_101211.asp

City Unions To Present Savings Plan The city cut $3.2 million out of the salaries and benefits of the city's workers when it approved its budget on recently. The coalition's six unions have offered a mix of wage deferrals, furlough days, and increased health costs in exchange for contract guarantees and a pledge of no layoffs. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 04, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_060409_2.asp

City Voters Back 6 Democrats Hartford voters recently elected six endorsed Democrats, one incumbent Republican and two new Working Families Party candidates to the city's Court of Common Council. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 07, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_110707_1.asp

City's $511 Million Budget Advances Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez returned the city's budget to the city council recently, making no additional changes to its $511 million spending plan. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 24, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Government/htfd_courant_052407.asp

City's Budget Shortfall Expected To Grow To $54M In 2012-13 The city is facing a roughly $3.8 million shortfall for the current fiscal year, and a projected $54.4 million deficit for 2012-13, David Panagore, the city's chief operating officer, said during a special meeting at city hall. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 08, 2012
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_020812.asp

City's Grand List drops 1.2 Percent When tax season comes around this year, Hartford will be relying on $43 million less in taxable property than it did last year, according to the recently released 2004 grand list. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 8, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_courant_020805.asp

City's Grand List Grows By 4 percent The city's grand list of taxable property grew to $3.74 billion in 2010, a nearly 4 percent increase over the previous year, though most of it was attributable to a phase-in of property revaluation. City Assessor Lawrence LaBarbera said the $139.6 million rise was mostly due to the phase-in of a citywide property revaluation that began in 2006 and ended in 2010. The result was the value of real property in the city grew $110.3 million. Without the revaluation, LaBarbera said, the taxable value of real property would have probably grown by only about 0.5 percent, consistent with what other municipalities have been reporting. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 03, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_courant_020311_1.asp

City's Republican Party Looks To Rebuild During the next four years, the city's Republican Party will work to rebuild itself and streamline its message, which has become "a broad stroke," Town Chairman Michael T. McGarry said. For the first time since 1991, no Republicans were elected to the city council this year. Instead, Working Families Party candidates won the three minority seats on the council. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 11, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_111111.asp

City, CRRA Near Deal On Landfill Dispute The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority and the city are close to resolving a longstanding dispute about who will pay the $35.5 million needed to close and then monitor the agency's landfill in Hartford's North Meadows. The agreement - details of which have not been disclosed as it is still being finalized - would unify the city and CRRA in efforts to secure state permits to keep the landfill open until 2008 and state money to close it. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 24, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/Landfill/htfd_courant_012407.asp

City, Marathon Foundation Reach Deal Over Division Of Costs In 2011, the city discontinued its longstanding practice of granting fee waivers for special events held in Hartford, opting instead to collect flat fees up front for police, permits and other city services. But while the new system covered fees for parades, festivals and other activities, marathons and other races weren't included in the plan. Recently, the city reached an agreement with the Hartford Marathon Foundation that calls for both parties to share in the cost of city services for the ING Hartford Marathon. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 15, 2013
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_011513.asp

City, Occupy Hartford Demonstrators Negotiate After a day of maneuvering on ground rules, not much was settled about how Occupy Hartford could proceed with its demonstration on a small plot of land at Broad Street and Farmington Avenue that the group has christened "Turning Point Park." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 11, 2011
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City, UConn Mending Rift The city is forging a stronger partnership with the University of Connecticut. That was the message that came out of a private meeting Wednesday among city officials and UConn leaders. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 15, 2013
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City’s Chief of Early Childhood Education Wins National Award Jose Colon-Rivas is Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office For Young Children. His work in that role was recently given national recognition when he was presented with the Lewis Hine Award for Service to Young Children. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: April 24, 2008
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City’s Residency Rules a Sign of Desperation The rhetorical gamesmanship, the message massaging, the political posturing used to justify residency requirements for municipal workers is often more exhausting than the jobs being done by the workers. The Hartford City Council has roused itself to require enforcement of a six-month residency deadline for newly hired managers and department heads. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: July 25, 2011
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Civic Center's Fate In Focus The effort to build a new sports and entertainment arena in Hartford took a small step forward recently, as a bill to study the matter made its way to a legislative public hearing of the state's commerce committee. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 14, 2007
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Claiming Dyslexia Is A Poor Defense Tactic For Eddie Perez If Mayor Eddie Perez is dyslexic or has other reading problems, as claimed by staff members in testimony at his corruption trial, the disability certainly hasn't kept him from performing the duties of his office. Whether or not you admire his leadership style or agree with his policies and decisions, you must admit Mr. Perez has been a hands-on executive, a strong, engaged mayor. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 15, 2010
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Clean Up Hartford Parking Mess Mark McGovern, just named executive director of the Hartford Parking Authority, seems a good choice for that job. A city hall veteran with a background in economic development, Mr. McGovern knows the issues and can quickly get up to speed on how the parking piece theoretically fits in the puzzle. He and the authority's board will also develop a strategic plan with long-term goals — a process already underway. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 11, 2010
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Cleaning Up Hartford, One Park At A Time Helen Ubiñas writes that Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra couldn't have chosen a more fitting spot than Colt Park to announce a citywide cleanup initiative. Starting Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, the "Week of the Parks" kicks off at Keney Park. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 29, 2010
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Climb Every Mountain: Hartford's Budget Challenge Part II: The Local Picture This program, held on February 26, 2009, was the second in a series of workshops designed to help Hartford residents and businesses understand how the current financial crisis is affecting Hartford's budget planning process. In this session, members of Mayor Perez's staff gave a powerpoint presentation about critical issues related to the budget, the expected revenue picture, guidelines for decision-making, and anticipated impacts on City services. A video of the program may also be accessed through this page. Published by HartfordInfo.org
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Climb Every Mountain: Hartford's Budget Challenge, Part I: The Big Picture Video A video of the February 4, 2009 community program, Climb Every Mountain: Hartford's Budget Challenge, Part I: The Big Picture, which was held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: February 4, 2009
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Climb Every Mountain: Hartford's Budget Challenge, Part I: The Big Picture Video A video of the February 4, 2009 community program, Climb Every Mountain: Hartford's Budget Challenge, Part I: The Big Picture, held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: February 4, 2009
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Climb Every Mountain: Hartford's Budget Challenge, Part II: The Local Picture Video A video of the February 26, 2009 community program, Climb Every Mountain: Hartford's Budget Challenge, Part II: The Local Picture , which was held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org
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Climb Every Mountain: Hartford's Budget Challenge, Part III: A Complicated Picture Video A video of the March 11, 2009 community program, Climb Every Mountain: Hartford's Budget Challenge, Part III: A Complicated Picture , which was held at the Hartford Public Library. Published by HartfordInfo.org ; Publication Date: March 11, 2009
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Close The Deal: Governor, Democrats Not So Far Apart On Budget In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that the Republican governor and her budget office have come closer than ever to the mostly Democratic legislature on a key figure: the projected deficit for the next two-year budget. Mrs. Rell and the majority party really aren't that far apart on how to bridge the $1 billion gap between revenue and expenses in the budget for this fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2009. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2009
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Cloud Wins Treasurer Endorsement Adam Cloud, who replaced Kathleen Palm Devine as city treasurer in February, was endorsed by the Democratic Town Committee at its convention recently. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 22, 2011
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Colleagues Remember Abraham Giles; Dead At 84 Abraham Giles was a Hartford politician and former state representative known for his personality and for his ability to survive in the game when others had long ago lost, or moved on. Giles died recently at the age of 84. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: March 28, 2011
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Coming Home to Hartford: Interim Report of the Mayor's Homeownership Task Force The Hartford Homeownership Task Force identifies numerous specific recommendations and six major goals in this interim report. The Task Force was formed in March of 2002 by Mayor Eddie Perez to develop a strategy and recommendations to increase the homeownership rate in Hartford from 25% to 30% over the next five years. Hartford has the lowest homeownership rate in Connecticut, and the lowest rate in the nation for a city of its size. The Mayor's homeownership initiative has evolved into the Rising Star Block Initiative; Published by City of Hartford; Office of Grants Management ; Publication Date: September 2002
Document Link: /Issues/wsd/HomeOwnership/wsd_09_2002.asp Related Link(s): City of Hartford ; Neighborhoods of Hartford ; Hartford Public Library: Hartford is Home

Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System Annual Report African-Americans and Hispanics / Latinos in Connecticut are disproportionably involved in the criminal justice system. In 2003 the Commission undertook four studies to garner further knowledge regarding how actions taken in the pre-arrest, pre-trial, trial and sentencing phases contribute to the proportion of African Americans and Latinos/Hispanics comprising the pretrial and sentenced population of correctional facilities. These four studies -- a survey of police departments regarding use of alternatives to arrest, an analysis of pretrial data, an analysis of juries, and an analysis of sentencing data -- provide insight into points in the system where disparity can occur. Recommendations include encouraging an increase in the numbers of minority employees visible at all levels of the criminal justice system. Published by Justice Education Center ; Publication Date: 2004
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Commission: Hartford Retirees Illegally Employed By City The city's internal audit commission has found that six city employees — including the chief operating officer and chief of police — are unlawfully employed because they are retirees who have been back on the city payroll for more than six months, in violation of a city ordinance, according to a source familiar with the investigation. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 09, 2013
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Commissioners Appoint New CEO Eric M. Boone will head the Hartford Parking Authority, replacing Mark McGovern, the authority has announced. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 21, 2013
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Committee To Discuss How Connecticut Missed Out On Federal Transportation Money Lawmakers who have been frustrated by Connecticut's weak showing in the race for federal transportation money will have an opportunity to ask what's been going wrong. A General Assembly committee recently convened its annual hearing on the Department of Transportation's major projects, and several legislators asked about Connecticut's miserable showing in the competition for $1.5 billion in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 01, 2010
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Community Colleges Leader, Legislator Say Plan First For Higher Education The state's chancellor of the community college system and a co-chairwoman of the higher education committee say that the state should develop a strategic plan before trying to restructure higher education. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 03, 2011
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Community Court To Be a Mentor Good news for Hartford's Community Court. The decade-old court system -- which uses restitution and rehabilitation to fight prostitution, public drinking, drug use, vandalism and other quality-of-life crimes -- has been selected by the U.S. Department of Justice as one of three nationwide "community court mentor" sites. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 25, 2009
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Community Development Block Grant Community Meetings, Fiscal Year 2011-2012 A pdf version of the PowerPoint presentation made at the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) community meeting held at the Hartford Public Library on December 15, 2010. (PDF document 21 pages) Published by City of Hartford Department of Development Services Division of Grants Management ; Publication Date: December 15, 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/CDBG_Community_Meeting_Presentation.pdf

Community Reaction on Perez Following former Mayor Eddie Perez's sentencing recently, Steve Goode went out in the community to get people's thoughts on Perez's legacy, his downfall and the judge's decision to impose a 3-year prison term. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 15, 2010
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_091510.asp

Comparison of Existing Anti-Blight Ordinance with Amendments Adopted by Council March 24, 2008 & June 9, 2008 A table which compares the existing Hartford anti-blight ordinance with the amended version, and which includes an explanation of the rationale for the changes. (PDF document, 9 pages) Published by Hartford 2000 ; Publication Date: June 09, 2008
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/anti-blight_chart.pdf

Complaint: Hartford Mayor Perez Blocked Petition Effort Mayor Eddie A. Perez and a city police officer working under orders from Chief Daryl K. Roberts used their authority to prevent four members of a town Democratic committee challenge slate from collecting petition signatures, according to a complaint filed recently with the State Elections Enforcement Commission. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 19, 2010
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Completing The Transition In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that Pedro Segarra Hartford's mayor doesn't have to be a school board member, too. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 06, 2010
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Compromise Allows Pickup Games At Hartford's Bushnell Park The pickup games are back at Bushnell Park after city officials agreed to a compromise with Ultimate Frisbee and soccer players who were recently kicked off the turf. The groups have filed city permits to use the park regularly for sports, said Jared Kupiec, Mayor Pedro Segarra's chief of staff. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 04, 2012
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Conflict in South Hartford Both major parties in Hartford are in for an interesting spring. First district, Democratic Senator John Fonfara, may be challenged by Edwin Vargas, the 6th district (deep South End. Republicans have a three-way race for the Republican town committee (see ballot below) and the Democrats are at it again in the same district! Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: February 21, 2008
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Conflicts of Interest on Board of Education The Hartford City Council recently discussed replacing those appointed to the Board of Education. Israel Flores, Ada Miranda, Pamela Richmond, and David MacDonald — all appointed by former Mayor Perez — were up for replacement, as is Sharon Patterson-Stallings, who was appointed by Segarra. Before this could be passed through, City Council had to weigh in on a matter for which former Mayor Perez received much criticism: conflicts of interest, especially those that present themselves by one individual holding two or more positions in City government. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: January 19, 2012
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Confronting the Cap: Modeling the Impact of Two Changes to Connecticut's Spending Cap As Connecticut lawmakers continue to formulate the FY 2014-2015 biennial budget, the state’s statutory expenditure cap looms large. The flawed and highly restrictive rules under which the spending cap currently operates continue to create problems for responsible planning, the stability of the state budget, and maintaining investments that are crucial to families and the state’s quality of life. This report discusses the cap and its consequences. (PDF document, 7 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: May 2013
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/bud13spendcapreform1.pdf

Congressmen: Connecticut High-Speed Rail Still On Track New Republican-driven federal budget cuts have severely damaged the Obama administration's high-speed rail plan, but Congressional leaders still say the Northeast Corridor project — including Connecticut's line — is viable. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 15, 2011
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Conn. Communities' 2010 Financial Outlook Is Grim The economic nose dive is driving Connecticut communities this year to slash services, lay off employees and raise taxes. By next spring, could these look like the good old days? While they struggle to balance their books through the worst year in memory, municipal and school leaders are also looking ahead to 2010 — and their projections are grim. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 15, 2009
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Conn. Lawmakers Remain In Stare-Down Over Tax Increase For Wealthy State Sen. Andrew McDonald sits right in the middle of the fierce, monthslong struggle over raising the state income tax. Lawmakers are locked in a philosophical stare-down as McDonald's fellow Democrats say the tax hike is crucial to close the state's massive budget deficit and Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell says it's bad policy to raise taxes during the state's worst fiscal crisis in decades. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 14, 2009
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Connecticut Economic Strategic Plan In this document, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has formulated an economic plan to promote Connecticut’s industries and help workers successfully innovate and compete in the global economy. Published by Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development ; Publication Date: September 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/EconomicDevelopment/wsd_102809.asp

Connecticut Fiscal Facts This brief finds that sufficient revenues are essential to Connecticut's economic future, that Connecticut's revenues are low to average and have room to grow, that tax cuts funded by a temporary surplus should be rejected, and that tax changes should be evaluated in accordance with National Conference of State Legislature principles for a high quality revenue system. (PDF file, 2 pages) Published by Connecticut Voices for Children ; Publication Date: February 8, 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/taxes/fiscal_facts_06.pdf

Connecticut For Lieberman Spotlight: John Mertens Sen. Joe Lieberman lost the Democratic nomination, he created his own party. After the election, the party was taken over by liberals angry with Lieberman. The party is now devoted to unseating the senator. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: October 26, 2010
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Connecticut Has A Budget, Minus Rell's Signature Ending the longest budget battle in state history, Gov. M. Jodi Rell said recently that she will allow a budget plan written by the legislature's Democratic majority to become law without her signature. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 02, 2009
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Connecticut In An Economic Headlock Connecticut’s economy is in trouble according to a report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis which showed that the state was dead last in economic growth in 2012. This was the only state in the nation where the combined value of goods and services produced shrank compared with 2011. Investments in education and transportation will help in the long term. But the state needs creative. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 07, 2013
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Connecticut Joins The Hunt For Florida's Fast-Train Money With Florida abandoning its high-speed rail plans, Connecticut is looking to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for $100 million of the money set aside for that project. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 19, 2011
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Connecticut NAACP Considering Legal Action Against State Redistricting Panel Over Its All-White Membership The head of the Connecticut NAACP calls it “astonishing and heart breaking” that the legislative committee deciding on how this state’s political boundaries should be redrawn doesn’t have a single minority member. The absence of any African American or Latino lawmaker on the redistricting panel could trigger legal action by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, according to Scott X. Esdaile. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: December 14, 2011
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Connecticut Special Commissions Fight For Survival Gov. M. Jodi Rell has called for the elimination of the five commissions in her budget proposal, a move that would save the state about $4 million annually. The dollar amount is relatively small in the face of Rell's $18.84 billion budget proposal, but the commissions have become important symbolic targets as lawmakers ponder the role and reach of state government. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 13, 2009
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Connecticut State Post-Employment Benefits Commission Final Report, October 2010 This report evaluated the unfunded mandates for the various Connecticut state retirement systems, and suggests short- and long-term approaches to solving the problem of adequately funding them. (PDF document, 58 pages) Published by Connecticut State Post-Employment Benefits Commission ; Publication Date: October 28, 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Government/CT_Pension_Commission_Rpt.pdf

Connecticut Suburbs, Rural Towns Relieved Democrats' Budget Is Going Through Ready to settle for relatively small financial losses, leaders of most suburbs and rural towns were happy to learn Gov. M. Jodi Rell will let stand Democrats' proposed state budget, municipal lobbyists said. Communities across the state had braced for potentially deep cuts in aid, but it appears that Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport will bear most of the burden, the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities said recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 02, 2009
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Connecticut Summer Could Be Gloomy For Taxpayers After dodging and weaving through financial threats for years, officials in many Connecticut municipalities predict that this summer is when taxpayers will have to face an unpopular new reality: It's time to pay more and get less. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 09, 2010
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Connecticut Sunlight Project CT Sunlight Project is an electronic tool constructed by the Yankee Institute for Public Policy – so that the citizens of Connecticut can look at every line item of state government spending and discover how tax dollars are being spent. Published by Connecticut Sunlight Project
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Connecticut Towns And Cities Cut Back On Spending Tough times are here, and communities throughout the state are trying to hoard money as they hunker down for worse to come. Many local governments have reduced hiring, frozen overtime and pushed off big construction jobs as the effects of the late-summer national financial crisis hit their budgets. Chronically troubled big cities with meager fiscal reserves have declared layoffs — 56 in Hartford, 34 in New Haven and 28 in Bridgeport. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 30, 2008
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Connecticut's Cash Crunch: Will Towns And Cities Take The Hit? When Jim Finley reviews Connecticut's fiscal projections for the next two years, his conclusion is brief but not reassuring: "This is a public-policy time bomb." Finley, executive director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, worries that huge state deficits projected for the next two years could create further reductions in revenue sharing with local governments, meaning bad times for local governments and taxpayers alike. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 07, 2010
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Connecticut's Open Season On Business In this opinion piece, the author suggests that those of us in the business community can still hear January's echoes as the new administration declared, "Connecticut, open for business." Well here we are just about to enter June and somewhere along the way that message has faded away. You have to wonder whether that grand proclamation was sincere or just a veiled cover for what has become our reality. Because the message we're living now is, "Connecticut, open season on business." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 28, 2011
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Connecticut: Dems Propose Tax Hikes, Spending Cuts; GOP Sees Gimmicks Democratic legislators recently proposed increasing taxes in a budget they say cuts deeper than Gov. M. Jodi Rell's proposal over the next two fiscal years as the state faces a deepening economic downturn. Rell's spokesman, though, responded that the Democratic plan is balanced partially with "accounting gimmicks" and proposals for savings that may never be realized. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 02, 2009
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Consider Mr. Bonafonte Hartford Republicans, thought by some to be on the political endangered species list, may be stirring to life. The city council asked the GOP town committee to suggest names of possible replacements for Republican councilwoman Veronica Airey-Wilson, who has taken an early retirement offer and is leaving at the end of 2010. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 04, 2010
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Constituents Sold Out in “Agreement” on Flower Street Kerri Provost asks: How could anyone have been prepared to respond to the City of Hartford’s 180° pulled minutes before the beginning of the recent hearing on the closure of Flower Street? This reversal, issued by Mayor Segarra, has been viewed by some in the community as a betrayal to residents and businesses, as a show of spinelessness, and one more poor decision in a stream of recent questionable choices. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: May 09, 2013
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Constitutional Convention Rejected Voters recently rejected the Connecticut’s first constitutional convention in more than 40 years — after a short, fierce battle of television ads by both sides. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 05, 2008
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Contract Negotiations Stall Hartford Chief's Swearing In Contract negotiations have stalled the formal swearing in of James Rovella as Hartford's new police chief. Rovella says he won’t take the job without a guarantee of lifetime health benefits for him and his family paid for by the city. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: July 30, 2012
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Contractor Charged With Bribery Says City Owes Him $2.2 Million The city contractor who alleges that he did discounted work on the home of Mayor Eddie A. Perez in return for favorable consideration now says the city owes him nearly $2.2 million. Carlos Costa of USA Contractors filed suit last week against the city at Superior Court in Hartford, citing breach of contract, unpaid change orders and unpaid work on what began as a $5.3 million Park Street streetscape job. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 10, 2009
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Contractor Denied Bid For Special Probation City contractor Carlos Costa, who is facing bribery and other charges in connection with former Mayor Eddie Perez's corruption scandal, apologized to a Superior Court judge recently in a bid for a special form of probation. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 25, 2011
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Contractors For Perez Fined A builder, a plumber and an unlicensed electrician who did illegal home improvement work for Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez have been fined thousands of dollars by the state for their roles in the renovation. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 10, 2007
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Convicted Ex-Mayor Wins $70,947 For Unused Vacation, Sick Time An arbitrator has awarded former Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez $70,947 for unused vacation and sick time during his 8 1/2-year tenure, but he will receive nothing for the time he was on trial for corruption in 2010. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 02, 2011
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Convicted Former Hartford Mayor Perez Gets January Appeal More than two years after he resigned his office, former Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez had his second day in court. Perez is appealed his corruption convictions. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: December 06, 2012
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COO Lee Erdmann Retires; Panagore To Replace Him Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez announced recently that he has named Development Services Director David Panagore as acting chief operating officer. He replaces Chief Operating Officer Lee Erdmann, who announced recently that he will retire July 31, 2009 after 20 years of city service. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 12, 2009
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Corbin Talk At City Council The Hartford City Council recently passed a resolution, introduced by Councilman Luis Cotto recently which is an "appreciation" of Public Works Director Clarence Corbin and his work. It's been four months since Mayor Eddie A. Perez fired Corbin because he disobeyed a city directive, hired political lobbyists when the city already had them, and "attempted to conceal the payments to a lobbying firm by routing them through an engineering firm." Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 10, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/cityline_081009_2.asp

Corbin Talk at Council The city council got an earful recently from some members of the public and a union leader about the recent firing of Public Works Director Clarence Corbin. During the public hearing portion of the council's meeting, Donna Thompson-Daniel, president of the Blue Hills Civic Association, said that Corbin was a capable director and his firing was unfair. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 13, 2009
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Corruption Or Incompetence In Perez Case? Helen Ubiñas writes that if the first day of testimony in Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez's corruption trial proved one thing, it's that nothing comes easy in city government — least of all getting someone to do the right thing. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 13, 2010
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Costa Spared Prison Carlos Costa, the key witness in the corruption trial of former Mayor Eddie A. Perez, agreed to a plea deal recently that will allow him to avoid prison. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 10, 2011
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Cotto To Resign From Hartford City Council City Councilman Luis Cotto, a member of the Working Families Party who is serving his second term on council, said recently he would resign effective July 31, 2012. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 15, 2012
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Council Approves $497 Million Budget Plan The Hartford city council recently approved with little change the budget proposal submitted by Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez for 2006-07, adding only $5.4 million more in state funding than called for in Perez's spending plan. Perez indicated that he intends to accept the $496.9 million budget, representing a 7 percent increase in spending over the current year. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 18, 2006
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Council Approves Proposal That Halts Overtime, Hiring Without Special Approval The Hartford city council recently approved a proposal calling for a freeze on all new hiring and overtime spending that is not already budgeted, unless approved by the council. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 26, 2013
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Council Backs Funding Commissions Recently, the city council unanimously rejected the mayor's request to allow the city to stop providing administrative support to three city commissions - the Permanent Commission on the Status of Hartford Women, the Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues and the Commission on Disability Issues. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 11, 2006
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Council Candidates Sound Off Hartford's city council candidates met in a forum recently and offered their views on far-ranging topics - from trash to taxes, education to economic development and public safety to producing jobs. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 30, 2007
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Council Cautious On Parking Lot The Hartford city council postponed a decision recently over the fate of a downtown parking lot that has become the center of a political tempest for Mayor Eddie A. Perez. Perez had asked the council to consider a proposal from the city's parking authority to take over and re-bid the management contract for the city-owned lot. But the council shied away from a quick decision, instead asking the city's parking officials to clarify cost and revenue estimates included in the authority's proposal. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 7, 2007
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Council Could Wait on Budget Saying that the city council may need more time to reach consensus, and that Mayor Eddie A. Perez may need more time to reach a deal with city unions, Democratic Majority Leader rJo Winch said that the council could take up some, but not all, budget-related matters in the May 26, 2009 meeting.. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 26, 2009
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Council Cuts $1.75 Million From Mayor's Proposed Budget Hoping to ease the burden for local taxpayers, the city council cut $1.75 million from Mayor Pedro Segarra's proposed $547.7 million budget, effectively lowering the city's tax rate by half a mill. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 17, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/cityline_051711.asp

Council Cuts $8.6 Million From Segarra's Proposed Budget After hours of backroom deliberations and deal making, the city council recently voted to cut $8.6 million from Mayor Pedro Segarra's $543.9 million budget proposal. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 20, 2013
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Council Cuts Hartford Mayor's Budget Hoping to ease the burden for taxpayers, if only slightly, the city council cut $1.75 million from Mayor Pedro Segarra's proposed $547.7 million budget. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 18, 2011
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Council Cuts More Than $9 Million The city council recently met for about an hour as it began its deliberations on Mayor Eddie A. Perez's $547.6 million budget. While it postponed some high-profile items -- whether or not to cut $6.4 million in salaries and fringe benefits, whether to cut $1.1 million from the mayor's arts stimulus program -- it took some action to close what has been called a $30 million gap. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 19, 2009
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Council Discusses Charter Revision A committee of the city council met recently to present its thoughts on changes to the city charter. In the end, only three of the council's nine members submitted any recommendations - Matt Ritter, Jim Boucher, and Larry Deutsch. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 08, 2009
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Council Gets More Say In Residency Requirement A new ordinance gives the city council more voice in requiring department heads and other administrators to move to Hartford within six months of being hired. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 12, 2011
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Council Gets Short Shrift In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that when Hartford voters approved a strong-mayor form of government, they didn't intend for the city council to become the mayor's doormat. Unfortunately, council members' ineffectiveness was exposed recently when they approved a four-year labor contract that was handed to them by the mayor's office moments before their regular meeting. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 24, 2006
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Council Gives Itself Subpoena Powers The city council voted recently to give itself and a soon-to-be-retained attorney the ability to subpoena city documents that Mayor Eddie A. Perez has turned over to state investigators looking into allegations of corruption at city hall. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 11, 2009
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Council Has No Conscience In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that faced with the prospect of major deficits and layoffs in the face of a recessionary economy, the members of the Hartford city council took a bold step: They asked for a big raise. The council voted to put a nearly 80 percent salary increase — from $15,000 a year to $26,650 — for themselves on the November ballot. Astonishingly, it passed. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 17, 2008
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Council Hears from Schools Representatives of the city's schools spoke at length about their $96.29 million request from the city's taxpayers at the council's budget hearing recently. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 14, 2009
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Council May Vote Monday On Filling Vacancies At least four people were considered recently to fill two vacancies on the city council. The council will take up four resolutions, each with a different candidate's name, to fill the vacancies left by the departures of Matthew Ritter, a Democrat, and Veronica Airey-Wilson, a Republican. Sean P. Arena, chairman of the Hartford Redevelopment Agency, and Robert Painter, a former city council member, are named as candidates for Ritter's seat. Corey Brinson, a lawyer who is Airey-Wilson's nephew, and Gerald Pleasent, a former Hartford deputy police chief, are listed as candidates to fill Airey-Wilson's seat. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 10, 2011
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Council Member Sends Flowers Hartford's youngest newly elected city council member has followed through on his first campaign promise. Matthew D. Ritter, son of former House Speaker Thomas D. Ritter, sent a dozen roses to Gov. M. Jodi Rell in an effort to improve the city's sometimes testy relationship with the state of Connecticut. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 08, 2007
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Council OKs Changes To Retirement Plan Newly hired non-union city employees will have to wait until at least age 55 to retire under a new plan approved by the city council. Employees hired on or after Jan. 1 also won't be able to collect a full pension until they turn 62. Those 55 through 61 who choose to begin drawing a pension would get a reduced benefit. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 12, 2011
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Council Oks Tax Rate Decrease The city's tax rate will drop from 72.29 mills to 71.79 mills, the second decrease since the new fiscal year began July 1, 2011. The city had adopted a $545.9 million budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year that already lowered the tax rate by half a mill. The new adjustment makes the total decrease 1 mill. Mayor Pedro Segarra said the city was able to lower the tax rate by using part of an additional $3 million the city is expected to receive under the new state budget. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 09, 2011
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Council Passes Bonus Resolution A month or so after Cityline reported that Matt Hennessy was getting a nice, $11,450 bonus just before he retired from city government, the issue continues. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 23, 2009
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Council Pay Raises Will Go To Referendum Voters will decide in November whether the city council should get pay raises next year that would increase their salaries by nearly 80 percent. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 28, 2011
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Council Rejects Some Vetoes, But Not All It was quite an evening at the city council, as city legislators took up the budgetary vetoes of Mayor Eddie A. Perez one by one recently. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 26, 2009
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Council Says It Will Cut $1.75 Million From Budget City council members said they want to lower the city's tax rate for the 2011-12 fiscal year by cutting as much as $1.75 million from Mayor Pedro Segarra's budget. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 16, 2011
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Council Seeks to Fill Empty Positions Four years is a long time in Hartford politics. And so it is not all that surprising that one third of the candidates who were elected to Hartford City Council in 2007 will not be finishing out their terms. Most recently, Veronica Airey-Wilson announced she was accepting the City’s retirement package offer, effective December 31, 2011. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: December 02, 2010
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Council To Pick New President City council majority leader John V. Bazzano is expected to become city council president, replacing Hernan LaFontaine, a close ally of the mayor's, according to several council members. The move would put Bazzano, who was chief of staff to former Mayor Michael P. Peters, in a prominent leadership role that some believe could be a stepping stone to a run for mayor. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 6, 2006
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Council Upholds Mayor's Vetoes The Hartford city council on Monday upheld the first vetoes Mayor Eddie A. Perez has ever issued. The vetoes were a refusal of the council's request that the mayor investigate the circumstances of two cases of alleged police brutality. By a vote of 7-1, the council declined to override the vetoes -- thereby supporting the mayor's position. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 27, 2005
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Council Vote On Equestrian Center A Mystery To Proponent A bewildered Patricia Kelly is trying to figure what to do next, now that the Hartford City Council has effectively killed a plan to build an equestrian center on land in Keney Park. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 03, 2009
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Council Wants a Second Opinion Does Mayor Eddie A. Perez have the authority to spend millions from the city's rainy day fund without the approval of the city council? City Corporation Counsel John Rose says he does. Some on the city council want a second opinion on this and other budget matters generally. So, the council recently voted to ask its newly-retained attorneys at Day Pitney to give it some legal advice. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 28, 2009
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Council's Next President Up For Discussion Monday Councilman Larry Deutsch introduced a resolution calling for a council president to be selected at the meeting held Monday, July 12, 2010. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 08, 2010
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Council, Unions, and Others to Meet Despite warnings from the mayor that council negotiations with the city's unions could run afoul of the law, the city council has set up a meeting with the unions and others to discuss the budget. The meeting will allow representatives from the Hartford Public Services Coalition and other interested groups to discuss ways to save more and spend less city money with the council, said Councilman Pedro Segarra. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 08, 2009
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Councilman Adamowski? Hartford Republican Town Committee Chairman Mike McGarry says that someone has approached outgoing Superintendent of Schools Steven Adamowski about running for city council on the GOP ticket Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 13, 2011
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Councilman Larry Deutsch's Budget Statement: Council's Improved Budget Vetoed by the Mayor; Now We Need a Real People's Budget Hartford Councilman Larry Deutsch's May 28, 2009 statement on the Mayor's vetoes of the City Council's revised budget. (PDF document, 1 page) Published by Hartford City Council ; Publication Date: May 28, 2009
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Councilman Larry Deutsch's People's State of the City, 2009 A "People's State of the City" address presented by Hartford Councilman Larry Deutsch on March 9, 2009. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by Councilman Larry Deutsch ; Publication Date: March 2009
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Councilman Luis Cotto Will Run For Reelection Luis E. Cotto announced reëlection campaign for Hartford City Council recently. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 23, 2011
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Councilman Ritter's Hartford Happenings, January/February 2009 A newsletter from Councilman Matthew Ritter, highlighting his activities in Hartford, and including his own "State of the City" statement. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by Councilman Matthew Ritter
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Councilman Ritter's Hartford Happenings, November/December 2008 A newsletter from Councilman Matthew Ritter, highlighting his activities in Hartford. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by Councilman Matthew Ritter
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Councilman Ritter's Hartford Happenings, September/October 2009 A newsletter from Councilman Matthew Ritter, highlighting his activities in Hartford. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 2009
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Councilman Ritter's Hartford Happenings, Summer 2009 A newsletter from Councilman Matthew Ritter, highlighting his activities in Hartford. (PDF document, 4 pages) Published by Councilman Matthew Ritter ; Publication Date: Summer 2009
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Councilman Will Be Missed This Hartford Courant editorial discusses the fact that Dr. Robert Painter has declined to seek a fourth term on the Hartford city council because he believes he has reached the limit for how long he can serve effectively. His presence on the council will be missed nevertheless Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 15, 2007
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Councilocracy or Democracy? Mike McGarry expresses the opinion that with the demise of any real governing coalition - a mayor with five or six council votes - we look forward to a couple of tough years for the citizens of Hartford and its business community. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: June 06, 2013
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Councilwoman, City Businessman Plead Not Guilty A Republican city councilwoman and a city businessman both arrested in relation to the state's investigation of corruption at city hall pleaded not guilty in Superior Court recently. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 18, 2009
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Count Us In Hartford City Councilman Pedro Segarra means business. The chair of the budget committee agreed last week to delay a vote on 10 resolutions he advanced in response to the city's financial crisis until the next council meeting on Nov. 24. But Segarra made it clear he's not prepared to wait beyond that meeting. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 20, 2008
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Courant's Disgraceful Attack On Saundra Kee Borges Mike McGarry comments on the editorial and a column in the Hartford Courant that cast aspersions on the work of Saundra Kee Borges. Political leadership of the city sets policy, selects personnel and is ultimately responsible for outcomes. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 23, 2013
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Court Rules Against City In Airport Tax Case The city of Hartford cannot tax the right to park a plane at state-owned Brainard Airport, the state Supreme Court has ruled. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 29, 2007
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Court Won't Dismiss Perez Case The state Supreme Court has dismissed a motion by attorneys for Mayor Eddie A. Perez to dismiss the charges against him and hold state prosecutors in contempt of court. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 23, 2009
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Crack Penalty Bill May Return Legislators work quickly to re-tool a bill that equalizes penalties for possessing crack and powder cocaine before the session ends. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 4, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_060405.asp Related Link(s): House Tackles Drug Law Disparities ; Rell Vetoes Crack Change: Opposes Balancing Cocaine Sentencing

Crawford Pulls Out Of Council Campaign Eric Crawford, a candidate for Hartford city council, decided to withdraw from the race to spend more time with his family and because he has become disillusioned with the divisiveness of Hartford politics, he said. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 05, 2007
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Creating a City-Owned Internet Service Provider Hartford needs to create a municipal internet service provider, much like the City of Wallingford owns an electric company. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: October 10, 2013
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Crime Beware, Comstat is Here Comstat, short for Command Status, is explained in this opinion that details some aspects of Hartford's transition to a community policing model. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 27, 2005
Document Link: /issues/documents/crime/htfd_courant_012705.asp Related Link(s): Police Reorganizing Two Major Divisions: City Plan Recalls Community Policing Of 1990s ; Police Report for the City of Hartford (PDF file)

Critics See Liabilities In Malloy's Session Victories Gov. Dannel P. Malloy scored some key victories during the just-completed legislative session, but critics said they came at a price. The state budget was passed, but Republicans charge that it is a porous, gimmick-filled document that will be springing holes soon. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 09, 2013
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Critics: Health Care Changes Would Burden State's Poor Governor M. Rell has proposed changes in health insurance provided by the state of Connecticut to the state’s poorest residents. The changes, which include implementing premiums and co-payments for many HUSKY recipients and other cuts in coverage and services for state health insurance programs, are disputed by the state’s Medicaid recipients and health care advocates. They say Rell's plan unfairly burdens some of Connecticut's low-income residents, while asking little of the wealthy. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 17, 2009
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Crossed Signals Over High-Speed Rail Money Connecticut is on track to authorize more than $200 million in bonds this month for a pivotal stage of the Springfield-to-New Haven high-speed rail project, Gov. M. Jodi Rell and House Speaker Chris Donovan said. But, some key legislators aren't so sure. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 13, 2010
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Crowd Grieves and Complains at City Council Public Hearing, But Poverty Still Remains Ken Krayske comments on a public hearing held before a Hartford City Council meeting. Person after person paraded to the microphone to air an angry laundry list of the failures of self-governance. The problems in Hartford seem intractable, so embedded and deeply ingrained that this kind of public venting and self-expression – more than 50 speakers at a pre-council meeting hearing – may be the only way to hang onto some semblance of city pride. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 14, 2008
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CT Business Lobby Pushes Regionalism Reforms Regionalism has been the buzzword at the State Capitol for years. But efforts to create a more efficient and coordinated system for local delivery of municipal and education services have largely gone nowhere as political interests have fought to protect a system in which 169 municipalities maintain independent governance. Now, business leaders are stepping up pressure on lawmakers to change that system. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 12, 2012
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CT Interfaith Gathering Aims to Raise Voices of the Least An interfaith gathering and conversation regarding a "moral" and "more just" Connecticut budget was recently held at Faith Congregational Church. Faith leaders representing Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Unitarian Universalist congregations participated in "...a time to urge our elected officials, lobbyists and community leaders to remember the least, and the often left out people and parts of our communities in the budget discussions and decisions," according to the program for the gathering. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 15, 2010
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Current and Former Politicians Want More Women in Power Recently, Evelyn Mantilla, former State Representative, and Marilyn Rossetti, former Hartford City Councilwoman, and others were part of the "Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History" panel which primarily discussed women in elected public service. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: March 20, 2013
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Damage Control Hartford's Public Works Director has been fired, and two crucial federal deadlines for work on the city's flood-control system are looming. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: April 28, 2009
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Data Shows 2011-12 As First Tax Rate Drop Since 2005-06 The last time city officials passed a budget that cut Hartford's tax rate was in the fiscal year 2005-06. The city council adopted a budget that lowers the tax rate by half a mill, from 72.79 to 72.29 mills. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 24, 2011
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Dawn Of A New Age In Voting Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz announced on Aug. 4, 2006 that her office had entered into contracts to replace Connecticut's lever-style voting machine with two technologies that are well-established, user-friendly, affordable and pretty secure. It's a happy ending to a story that's had some harrowing twists and turns. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 14, 2006
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DCF Must Place Young Children In Family Care In Connecticut, young children placed in group homes may stay for months before being placed with a family that can provide stability and comfort. Fortunately, a bill before the General Assembly would prevent the use of group home placements for children under 5, unless the child needs complicated health care that cannot be given in a family setting. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 06, 2011
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Dead Heat In 4th District: A Wakeup Call? Helen Ubiñas writes that you know voters aren't happy when you find yourself in a too-close-to-call race against a convicted felon who doesn't even have a driver's license. In Hartford, the shocker was the dead heat in the city's 4th House District Democratic primary between incumbent Kelvin Roldan and petitioning challenger Angel Morales. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 12, 2010
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Deadline Extended For Invalidation Of Puerto Rican Birth Certificates The date that all old birth certificates issued by Puerto Rico become invalid has been extended from this Friday to Oct. 30, 2010, the second extension of a process intended to improve the security of the documents. Puerto Rico has been issuing new birth certificates since July 1, the original date the old ones were to be rendered invalid. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 29, 2010
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Deadline For Puerto Rican Birth Certificates Nears With the Sept. 30, 2010 invalidation deadline for all old birth certificates issued by Puerto Rico, community leaders have started a final push to educate island-born residents of Connecticut about how to get new ones. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 15, 2010
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Deal on City Budget Close Mayor Eddie A. Perez reduced his budget's proposed tax rate increase by one mill, and the opposition to the budget on the city council waned. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 31, 2009
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Deal With Unions Beats The Status Quo, But Should Have Done Much More In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that given how powerful state employee unions are, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's negotiators may have done the best they could to wring $1.6 billion in concessions to balance the state budget over the next two years. Unions would be wise to say yes to the deal reached late last week. They risk a public backlash and thousands of layoffs if they insist on sticking with the unaffordable benefits they've got. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 18, 2011
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Debate Offers History-Making Moments The author expresses his opinion that as we watch this debate, we should reflect on the progress we have made as a country, remind ourselves as a nation how far we have come since 1962, and take a moment to recommit ourselves to the vital issues we face now and in the years ahead. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 26, 2008
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Decision Time and More Finger Pointing The judge in the 5th district town committee law suit is expected to issue a ruling on February 26, 2010. It might not sound like a big deal since only 12 seats on the town committee are in play. But this is ground level politics at its best...or worst...depending on whose side you are on. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 25, 2010
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Deep State Cuts: Wrong Move In Tough Times The author, Andy Fleischmann, has introduced legislation requiring state government to balance its budget over the course of the 10-year business cycle — not in a single fiscal year. It is his opinion that this simple change will allow our state to pursue policies that reinforce — rather than undermine — the recently enacted federal stimulus plan. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 01, 2009
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Defense In Perez Case Rests Without Mayor's Testimony Mayor Eddie A. Perez walked with his wife, Maria, out of the courthouse after four weeks of evidence in his bribery and larceny trial had ended, and was questioned by reporters about his decision not to take the stand and testify. "Will it hurt you in the eyes of the voters, mayor?" a TV news reporter asked. "My story has been told in court,'' the mayor said as the cameras pushed in close.”I've had my day in court.'' Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 15, 2010
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Defense Offers Reason Why Perez Lied About Payment Mayor Eddie A. Perez lied to an investigator at a tape-recorded meeting in June 2007 about when he paid for remodeling work done by a city contractor because he didn't want the city's lawyer, who was also in the room, to know what had happened. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 21, 2010
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Defense: Giles Was On His Own; Perez Trial The prosecution in Mayor Eddie A. Perez's corruption case says that Abraham Giles, the mayor's erstwhile political ally, had no legal right to run a parking lot at 1143 Main St., and therefore had no business subleasing the land for four times what he was paying the city. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 04, 2010
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Defense: Perez's Dyslexia Is Reason He Didn't See E-Mail The defense in the Mayor Eddie A. Perez trial offered a reason why he may not have seen a March 5, 2007, e-mail from a developer indicating North End politician Abraham Giles was, with the mayor's knowledge, demanding $100,000 to vacate a parking lot that the developer wanted to buy. "The mayor's dyslexia creates a problem,'' Susan McMullen, the mayor's chief of staff, testified at Perez's corruption trial. She said the city hall staff tries "to keep reading to a minimum." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 10, 2010
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Delegates Chosen Despite Challenge Hartford's Democratic town committee finally selected its group of delegates to the state nominating convention. Despite a legal maneuver aimed at forcing the delegation to be more inclusive, the delegates chosen recently - with the blessing and choreography of Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez - excluded all members of the 3rd District Democratic town committee, which is led by a Perez nemesis, state Rep. Minnie Gonzalez. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 24, 2006
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Democracy Thwarted The Hartford anti-blight ordinance, vetoed by Mayor Perez in March, never came back to the council for an override vote. No one could explain why the original ordinance (passed 9-0) never came back for an override vote, as required by the city charter Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: June 05, 2008
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Democracy, Yes. Charter Change, No! No! No! Mike McGarry expresses the opinion that tThe charter changes on the ballot in Hartford in November 2013 only involved a few voters. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: September 26, 2013
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Democratic And Republican Primaries August 12 This article provides short summaries about each candidate in the primary election held on August 12, 2008. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: August 07, 2008
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Democratic Budget Is At Least A Sound Starting Point In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that the budget blueprints drawn by the Appropriations Committee and the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee are based on realistic projected deficit figures for the next two fiscal years, providing a baseline from which, it is hoped, honest negotiations for a final budget between lawmakers and the governor can begin soon, and in earnest. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 05, 2009
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Democratic Plan Calls For $1.8 Billion In New Taxes In another attempt to solve the state budget crisis, two key legislative committees approved a new Democratic budget proposal that would raise taxes by $1.8 billion and hike spending by more than $700 million over two years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 31, 2009
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Democratic Primary Has Many Ifs A slate of candidates for the town committee's fifth district whose petitions weren't completed properly should be removed from the ballot for the Democratic primary, Judge Susan Peck ruled recently. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 02, 2010
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Democratic Soap Opera Aside from the fact that Ramon Arroyo voted twice for Jean Holloway and may or may not have violated Roberts Rules of Order and/or Democratic Party rules,and the whole ideal of one person, one vote, the Democratic town committee convention was definitely full of drama. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 12, 2010
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Democratic State Central Committee Ruling on the Election of Hartford Town Committee Chairperson The Democratic State Central Committee was asked to adjudicate a tie in the election of the new chairperson of the Hartford Town Committee. This is their ruling, requiring the vote to be taken again. (PDF document, 3 pages) Published by Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee ; Publication Date: March 28, 2010
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Democratic Town Chairman In Hartford Owes More Than $3,000 In Motor Vehicle Taxes Democratic Town Committee Chairman Sean Arena is on the hook for more than $3,000 in motor vehicle taxes owed to the city dating back to 2006. The taxes on two cars registered in Arena's name were retroactively placed on Hartford's tax rolls last week by city Assessor Lawrence LaBarbera. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 18, 2010
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Democratic Town Committee's 6th District Still Backing Robles Janet Appellof, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Town Committee's 6th District (South Hartford) said recently that eight of the 13 members of her district came to a meeting on Saturday, July 17, 2010, in which they questioned Hartford Police Officer and State Rep. Hector Robles about his pending internal investigation. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 19, 2010
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Democratic Unity The city council's Democrats don't often work well as a team of six. But when it came to doling out money from its $400,000 civic and cultural affairs account earlier this week -- each council Democrat got to allocate over $50,000 -- it was all unity, all the time. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 17, 2009
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Democrats Change Candidate Formula, But Criticized For Not Including A Woman On Slate For the first time in years, the city's Democratic Town Committee broke its tradition of endorsing two African-Americans, two Latinos and two white candidates for city council. Instead, the party endorsed three African-Americans, two Latinos and one white candidate. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 22, 2011
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Democrats Easily Win Hartford Seats Democrats dominated in the city's state House and Senate races, winning all of the seats by wide margins in the 2012 election. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 07, 2012
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Democrats Endorse Candidates: No Girls Allowed! Recently the Hartford Democratic Town Committee cast nominations and then votes for endorsements of candidates for mayor, city council, and treasurer. While they appeared to move away from the antiquated 2-2-2 model of endorsement regarding City Council, they also moved away from women. Out of the eight candidates endorsed — one mayor, six city council, and one treasurer — not a single one is a woman. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: July 22, 2011
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Democrats Fight, Smaller Parties Seek To Gain In Hartford, Pedro Segarra is running for mayor, and his name is on the ballot twice. One of the Segarra's Democratic opponents says the mayor's dual endorsement violates local party rules and he wants the state party to intervene. But, the dispute is also about who gets to play second political fiddle. Published by Capital Region Report, Jeff Cohen @ WNPR ; Publication Date: October 24, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/democracy/jcohen_102411.asp

Democrats Head To Polls Tuesday To Select Town Committee Candidates Democrats chose members of the town committee recently, with hotly contested races in several districts. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 06, 2012
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Democrats Offer State Budget Plan Heavy On Tax Increases Wealthy executives, small businesses, middle-class homeowners and college students buying textbooks would all pay higher taxes under a budget proposal by the legislature's Democratic majority that would increase taxes by more than $3 billion over the next two years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 03, 2009
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Democrats Proposing To Eliminate State DMV In a dramatic move to help restart the stalled Connecticut budget negotiations, Democratic legislators are calling for eliminating the state Department of Motor Vehicles and moving its functions into other agencies. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 29, 2009
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Democrats Seek Change Of Venue As a simmering labor dispute at the state's new convention center heated up, Democratic Party officials, who have vowed not to cross a picket line, prepared to cross town instead. Instead of holding their state convention at Hartford's new jewel, Democrats are close to finalizing a deal to hold the May 20 event at the University of Hartford. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 31, 2006
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Democrats To Endorse Mayoral, City Council Candidates Mayor Pedro Segarra recently garnered the Democratic Town Committee's endorsement during its nominating committee. Segarra, who took over after former Mayor Eddie Perez resigned last year, is seeking his own term. Perez left office a week after he was convicted on felony corruption charges. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 19, 2011
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Democrats Vote to Strip BoE Funding The city's Democratic Town Committee finished with a bang recently. First, 15 of the 27 people at the monthly meeting voted to remove funding for two positions at the board of education - the superintendent and the labor relations manager. And second, 26 of the 27 present said they were against the "unfair increase" in the costs of health insurance for retired employees of the board of education. But do the votes of the city's Democratic leadership have any meaning? Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 18, 2009
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Democrats' Budget Vote Nears; Rell Likely To Veto After months of deliberations, Connecticut Democratic legislators are set to vote on a budget that raises taxes by an estimated $2.8 billion over two years. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 23, 2009
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Democrats' Response To Rell: Budget With $373 Million Spending Increase Democratic legislators, in their first official response to Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell's budget, voted narrowly recently to increase spending by $373 million in the fiscal year that starts July 1, 2010. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 26, 2010
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Demolition Plan Part of the Lyric Theater on Park Street came down recently, despite protests. Hartford building official Michael Fuschi did not like what he saw nearly recently when he inspected the Lyric Theater on Broad Street. The city official believed the situation called for emergency measures. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: March 29, 2010
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Dems Dominate City President Barack Obama pull off a convincing win over his Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the recent election, and took a lot of local Democrats over the top with him. Both of Hartford’s Democratic State Senators, incumbents John Fonfara (1st District) and Eric Coleman (2nd District), easily defeated their Republican opponents, as did the Democratic candidates for all six of Hartford State Representatives seats. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: November 08, 2012
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Dems Say It's No Good The Senate Democrats called for a wholesale rewriting of Gov. M. Jodi Rell's $17.5 billion budget proposal recently, saying they oppose virtually all of her tax proposals and significant parts of her spending plan. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 8, 2007
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Dentro de Hartford: Una Guia del Gobierno Municipal Spanish language version of a guide to the government of the city of Hartford, which covers the elected officials, departments and services. Includes a list of frequently asked questions, and maps of city neighborhoods and NRZs. (PDF document, 26 pages) Published by Citizen's Research Education Network ; Publication Date: 2006
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/InsHtfdSpan.pdf

Derail Hartford's Pension Gravy Train In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that facing dire fiscal prospects for next year and beyond, the Hartford city council is poised to take a small first step in getting its extravagant pension costs under control. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 14, 2010
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Despite Public Financing, More State Races Unopposed Gov. M. Jodi Rell and legislative leaders have squeezed special-interest money from Connecticut politics. But a keystone of the sweeping campaign reforms that take effect this year — public financing of legislative races — is doing little to increase competition for the General Assembly. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 03, 2008
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Deutsch Don't Pay That Faced with crushing budget deficits late last year, the city council agreed that each of its members would give back $1,000 of their $15,000 stipends to help the city balance its books. All of them did but one - Minority Leader Larry Deutsch, of the Working Families Party. Deutsch said it's not that he forgot to pay or couldn't pay. He didn't pay, he said, because he didn't think it fair to ask for a roughly seven percent reduction in salary when, in his view, the city's highly-paid staff hasn't been asked to do the same. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 15, 2009
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Developer Citino Testifies In Perez Trial The prosecution in Mayor Eddie A. Perez's corruption case says the mayor wanted North End politician Abraham Giles to be paid off to vacate a parking lot that was on a sliver of land crucial to a developer's plans for a condo and shopping center. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 27, 2010
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Did Former Corporation Counsel John Rose Behave Inappropriately When He Accepted A Position At A Local Law Firm? The Hartford Ethics Commission is reviewing a formal complaint filed against former Corporation Counsel John Rose, alleging that the city’s former top attorney behaved inappropriately when he accepted a position at a local law firm, Crumbie Law Groups Llc., after leaving office. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: January 03, 2011
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Direct Democracy Would Mean Sheer Chaos Rick Green opposes the Connecticut ballot question asking whether we should hold a constitutional convention, which could lead to an amendment allowing "citizen initiatives," or referendums. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 21, 2008
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Disarm Campaign Finance Bomb In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that Connecticut's landmark campaign finance law contains a ticking time bomb that threatens to blow it up, returning the state to a time when political corruption made it a national joke. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 23, 2010
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Disenfranchising the Voters Mike McGarry comments that the efforts by the City Council, and to lesser degree the Mayor, to cut the budget of the Registrars' office will lead to poor service at our polling places, less outreach to potential voters and a lessening of democracy in a city that needs it badly. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: May 30, 2013
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Dismissed! If you recall, earlier this month Hartford Corporation Counsel John Rose filed an appeal to the state Supreme Court over Judge Susan Peck's decision to remove a slate of candidates, including Democratic Registrar of Voters Olga Vazquez, from the ballot in the 5th district Democratic town committee primary. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 19, 2010
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Dispatches from the Belly of the Budget In seeking to balance the budget, Hartford City Council members asked recently if there were any departments that could be combined to save money. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 05, 2009
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Distraction, Dyslexia: Desperate Defense For Perez Helen Ubiñas writes that a funny thing happened on the way to Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez's defense in his month-long corruption trial. Throughout the state's presentation of their case, El Jefe's defense was absolute innocence. Oh, his attorneys hinted that his wife Maria's serious illness may have made him forgetful of a few details, like paying for some deeply discounted home repairs a little later than he had admitted to inspectors. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 13, 2010
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Ditching Car Tax Looks Terrible For Towns Of the many ideas in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's budget message recently, the one that has most underwhelmed mayors and first selectmen is the proposed property-tax exemption on motor vehicles. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 08, 2013
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Do Hartford Residents Care About the City? Do Hartford residents care about the City? This has been the question posed by the Hartford Courant, but the definition of caring is one that Kerri Provost rejects. The Courant has framed the issue as follows: Hartford residents do or do not care about the city based on political corruption and/or low voter turnout. But those are not the only indicators of caring. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: May 27, 2010
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Do Malloy's Union Deal Numbers Add Up? Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has another sales job to do. He has to convince Connecticut taxpayers that the tentative concessions agreement he struck this past week with state employees' unions will result in real savings and isn't, as skeptics fear, partly built of the kind of smoke-and-mirrors wishful thinking that he's decried in the past. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 22, 2011
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Do We Always Need Courts? This Hartford Courant editorial suggests that the current school funding system, called Education Cost Sharing, isn't doing the job when it comes to fairly parceling out state funds to subsidize local schools. Rather than another lawsuit, the governor and legislature ought to attack the problem, do their own research and reach their own solution to develop a fair funding formula. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: December 25, 2005
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Do We Know All In The Perez Matter? Doubt It Helen Ubiñas writes that while we've yet to learn the extent of the rot in the current scandal involving Mayor Eddie Perez, it's already seeped out of city hall and onto what was supposed to be El Jefe's own crown jewel — Park Street. Perez says he never cut Costa any breaks, but the feds say lax oversight on Costa's problem-plagued Park Street job is going to cost Hartford $767,000 in reimbursements. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 01, 2009
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Doctor Groups Blast Removal Of Malpractice Protection From SustiNet Bill Doctors' groups strenuously objected recently to the removal of a provision in the SustiNet health reform legislation that protected them from malpractice suits. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 08, 2011
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Document Shows How To Spread Perez Gospel "Spreading the Gospel of Perez," a seven-page media strategy outlined in an e-mail last year spells out how the administration of Mayor Eddie A. Perez should cast the city and the mayor in its most favorable light. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 10, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_071008.asp

Documents Related to the Hartford Charter Revision Commission The Hartford Charter Revision Commission failed to hold a public hearing. This document is a compilation of correspondence from the Secretary of the State, and the Hartford City Council considering how the Charter Revision should proceed. Published by Hartford Corporation Counsel ; Publication Date: August 04, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/Charter_Letter_080409.pdf

Does Hartford Primary Need An Election Monitor? In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that Democratic Town Committee electioneering in Hartford often pushes too hard against the boundaries of the law — so much so that the secretary of the state's office may send a team to monitor the upcoming primary. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 26, 2010
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Does Mayor Eddie Perez Have Too Much Power? Even as Mayor Eddie Perez spends his days in Hartford’s Superior Court, on trial for corruption with perhaps five weeks to go, the struggle to sort out his powers as the city’s first strong mayor beginning in 2004 continues. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: May 18, 2010
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Does The Council Have Subpoena Powers? So, put aside for a minute whether the city council should or shouldn't subpoena city officials and documents as it deliberates over various city budgets. Because the question now, apparently, is - does it even have the power to do so? Corporation Counsel John Rose has weighed in. And he says nope. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 10, 2009
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Does The I Have It? To the surprise of virtually no one, former Deputy Mayor I. Charles Matthews has officially declared he is running for Mayor. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: January 10 - 17, 2007
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Doing No Favors In this opinion piece, the author suggests that eighteen months ago, Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez admitted that doing personal business with a city contractor was wrong, and yet nothing was done about it. Instead, there has been a long criminal investigation ending in an arrest warrant. Had the matter gone before the ethics commission, it is likely that the mayor would have been found to have violated the city's ethics code. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 01, 2009
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Dollar Per Hour Parking, But Don't Be Late Doing business in downtown Hartford may cost less if the Hartford Parking Authority gets its way. The HPA unanimously approved a dramatic reduction in parking rates recently. If Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez and the Hartford City Council agree, the HPA will lower on-street meter parking rates from $1.50 to $1 per hour, and drop parking rates at the city-owned Church Street and MAT garages from $7 to $3 for the first two hours. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: March 15, 2007
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Don't Burden Tenants With Tax Hike Hartford's Property Tax Reform Task Force recently completed its work with some proposals that deserve serious consideration by the General Assembly, and two that should be rejected outright as detrimental to the city. The problem is that these tax increases will almost assuredly be passed on to the tenants. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 27, 2008
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Don't Charge For City Parks In this editorial, the Courant suggests Hartford has a projected $40 million shortfall to make up next year, so it is incumbent on city leaders to consider an array of options for new revenues and spending cuts. But once the ideas are on the table, it's imperative that the bad ones be discarded. Into that heap of chaff should go the idea of charging admission to Elizabeth Park. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 05, 2010
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Don't Limit The Spending Of Any Of Our Millionaire Candidates For Governor Rick Green comments that campaign finance reform is dead. Millionaire Republicans are preparing to carpet-bomb the state with campaign ads. This is no time for Democrats to proudly go down with the ship. Yet the reform-minded want gubernatorial candidate and wealthy businessman Ned Lamont to abide by some kind of spending limit? How noble. How stupid. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 26, 2010
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Don't Undercut Latino Commission's Vital Efforts The proposed merger of effective, independent, nonpartisan legislative commissions including Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs and the elimination of the Commission on Aging would cost Connecticut more than it would save — 0.005 percent of the state budget. More important is what would be lost. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 01, 2013
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Doomsday 2009 Mike McGarry writes that in Bloomfield, West Hartford, Wethersfield and especially the city of Hartford, the day of dread in municipal government may well be July 15, 2009. Without any true action by the state legislature on the state deficit, towns (and school boards) are going to have to guess as to what really comes down from the capitol. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: March 19, 2009
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DOT Pays Extravagant Prices For Land On Busway Route In this opinion piece, the author suggests that even though the New Britain-Hartford busway has not been built, taxpayers have already been taken for a pricey ride. The $569 million, 9.4-mile project has been years in the planning. It has boondoggle written on every milepost. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 22, 2011
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Downtown No Freeze Shelter Concerns Residents, Business Owners The city plans to open a men's "no freeze" shelter for the homeless in an annex of Center Church in the heart of downtown, but the idea has raised concerns of nearby residents and business owners. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 17, 2009
Document Link: /issues/documents/homelessness/cityline_111709.asp

Draft of Report of the Charter Revision Commission A draft of the revisions that the Charter Revision Commission proposes to the existing Charter. Published by City of Hartford, Charter Revision Commission ; Publication Date: May 7, 2009
Document Link: /issues/wsd/government/2009CHARTER.02-00REDLINE.7MAY2009.pdf

Drug Distribution Ordinance Councilperson Luis Cotto has introduced an ordinance to restrict the sale of items that would not typically be used for anything except illegal drug use. Blunts and rolling papers would not likely be affected, as people do not use these exclusively for illegal drug use, but items like glass vials, cutting agents, and scales would be restricted. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: December 20, 2010
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Early Retirement Details Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 5 p.m. was the deadline for city employees to say if they wanted to take an early retirement incentive offer. And, just over 23 hours later, Cityline published list of the 37 people who said yes. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 09, 2009
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Earth To Eddie: Big Tax Hikes Wrong Medicine For Hartford In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that Mayor Eddie Perez should cut the city budget rather than raise taxes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 23, 2009
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Ease Cities' Plight In this editorial, the Courant expresses the opinion that for next year and thereafter, the state should fully fund the state's statutorily promised payments in lieu of taxes, known as PILOT, to municipalities. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 04, 2008
Document Link: /issues/documents/taxes/htfd_courant_050408.asp

Easy For Eddie Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez won a four-way Democratic primary, brushing aside questions about his ethics and a bruising style as the city's strongest mayor. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 12, 2007
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Eating Our Seed Corn The Mayor and his staff deserve credit for listening to the public and not increasing taxes. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: April 18, 2013
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Economists, Executives, Officials Share Ideas On Connecticut Economy Some of the state's top economists, business executives and state officials, met recently to search for ideas on how to heal the state's ailing economy, had some broad-stroke replies: Regionalize some town services, like schools and police. Bring back county government to accomplish it. Cut state employees' benefits. Postpone new road construction and "nonessential" projects. Those and other ideas flowed at the annual policy conference of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center Inc. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 22, 2008
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Eddie Perez Got His Due In this opinion piece, the author suggests that the jury in Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez's corruption trial restored our faith in common sense. The jurors arrived at a verdict with dispatch. Any way you spell it, backward or forward: guilty. The Perez saga provided a view of life at the intersection of law enforcement and politics from the defendant's beleaguered corner. Perez claimed city contractor Carlos Costa performed valuable renovations at the mayor's home because they were friends. That Costa needed Perez's help with the mess he made at a city construction project had nothing to do with those home renovations, according to Perez. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 20, 2010
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Eddie Perez Out, Pedro Segarra In City Council President Pedro Segarra found himself at the center of the political and media storm that washed over the city in the wake of Mayor Eddie Perez’s conviction on bribery and extortion charges. Segarra succeeded Perez as mayor. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: June 22, 2010
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Eddie Perez Trial Focuses On Park Street Contractor Jurors in Mayor Eddie A. Perez's bribery and larceny trial got their first taste recently of the kind of decision they're going to have to make in the jury room about six weeks from now. Opening day in the mayor's felony corruption trial centered on how the mayor and other city departments dealt with Perez confidant Carlos Costa as the contractor struggled to complete the troubled Park Street restoration project — a $5.3 million job whose cost has potentially ballooned to more than $8 million and is still tied up in court. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 12, 2010
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Eddie Perez Wrongfully Convicted In this opinion piece, the author says he was stunned, shocked by the verdict brought in by the jury in the case of Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 27, 2010
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Eddie Perez's Lawyer Says Disclosed Information Prejudiced Jury One of Connecticut's most notorious — and in many minds, still unsettling — criminal cases resurfaced Friday when embattled Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez tried and failed to have the charges against him dismissed by arguing that prosecutors intentionally prejudiced his prospective jury with the disclosure of secret and sensational allegations. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: September 05, 2009
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Eddie Perez's Supporters Must Forge Ahead The author suggests that when the citizens of Hartford supported and elected Eddie Perez, the first Puerto Rican mayor of a New England capital city, their sense of pride and achievement overflowed. His conviction for bribery and other crimes gave them a blow. But they are ready to fight the good fight and ready to overcome. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 19, 2010
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Eddie's Lapse Under Criminal Spotlight Stan Simpson writes about the arrest of Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez on charges of bribery, falsifying evidence and conspiring to falsify evidence. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 28, 2009
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Edith Prague: They're Out Of Their Minds To Reject Union Deal Among the many in Connecticut dumbfounded by state workers' apparent refusal this week to approve a concessions agreement that would save thousands of jobs is Sen. Edith Prague of Columbia, who aptly called labor's failure to do its share "a nightmare" and "a disaster." Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 24, 2011
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Education Funds Finding Other Uses State aid sent to cities and towns for education does not always find its way to schools. Municipal officials have been able to divert portions of ECS grants to pay for roads, heavy equipment and other expenses. A bill passed last month gives school officials the leverage they need to claim the money. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: July 18, 2005
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Education Reform Talks Continue Behind Closed Doors While Democratic legislative leaders and the Malloy administration continued hashing out their strong differences on education reform legislation, Republican leaders said recently that they hoped an agreement might be reached soon. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 20, 2012
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Edwin Vargas To Run For Mayor Edwin Vargas, a former Hartford Democratic Town Committee chairman who serves on the city's planning and zoning commission, said that he will run for mayor in the upcoming November election. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: January 28, 2011
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Efficiency vs. Common Sense An ordinance coming in front of the Hartford City Council “Amending Chapter 2, article 11 of the municipal code of common council staff” is a step toward weakening party power and the powers of our elected councilpersons. Published by The Hartford News ; Publication Date: March 07, 2013
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El Jefe Steps Aside, But He Still Grips The Reins Helen Ubiñas writes that with few words, fewer signatures and a weirdly enthusiastic relinquishing of the gavel, Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez formally turned over chairmanship of the board of education to Ada Miranda. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 19, 2009
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Election Allegations Target Perez Camp Allegations of political shenanigans leveled by operatives of Hartford Mayor Eddie A.Perez against a bitter rival have sparked a criminal probe, but there are also allegations that it was the mayor and his staff who were up to no good. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: April 7, 2006
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Election Day In the November 2012 election, at Burns School polling place, some citizens found they could not get inside because all of the heavy doors were completely shut and no poll workers were nearby to hear knocks. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: November 06, 2012
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Election Hangover Elections raise as many questions as they answer. Case in point: the line of voters at Hartford’s City Hall at the November 2012 election. The silver lining is that people were fired up enough to wait for hours to cast a vote, knowing they could not weigh in on the ballot question or any of the candidates running for a position other than President. But, walking alongside the line that ran the length of the atrium, down the stairs, and into the basement, it was hard not to wonder: what is going on in Hartford that this many residents have not registered, moved and not updated their information with the Registrar of Voters, or have encountered some other difficulty that would require them to go downtown and spend hours to vote. Published by Real Hartford ; Publication Date: November 07, 2012
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Election of Members of the Democratic and Republican Town Committees These documents, developed by Hartford Votes ~ Hartford Vota Coalition, provide information about the election of members of Democratic and Republican Town Committees in the state of Connecticut. The document is presented in English and Spanish. Published by Hartford Votes~Hartford Vota Coalition ; Publication Date: February 2010
Document Link: /issues/wsd/Democracy/wsd_election_to_town_committees.asp

Election Officials Fault Perez State election officials found recently that Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez in his re-election bid illegally spent city money to distribute newspaper advertisements and inserts that contained his picture and name. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: November 15, 2007
Document Link: /issues/documents/government/htfd_courant_111507.asp

Eminent Domain Is The Right Move On Blighted Capitol West In this editorial, the Hartford Courant expresses the opinion that another of those chronic headaches that afflict Hartford is closer to being cured with the city council's decision to take a landmark eyesore by eminent domain. Bravo, council members. The long-vacant Capitol West building, with an ugly gash in its side, is a billboard for Hartford's troubles. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: May 01, 2011
Document Link: /issues/documents/downtowndevelopment/htfd_courant_050111.asp

Empty Seats Remain in the Hartford City Council Despite some optimism in the days leading up to the vote, the Hartford City Council failed to fill two vacant seats recently, voting down all three candidates who had been nominated. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: January 11, 2011
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Empty Spaces May Have Saved MetLife As do many real estate decisions in the city of Hartford, the question of whether MetLife would stay downtown may simply have come down to the issue of parking. Published by The Hartford Business Journal ; Publication Date: March 29, 2007
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End City, State Feud In this op ed, Thomas Ritter, former House Speaker, expresses the opinion that state and the city officials should cooperate in resolving issues in Hartford – from preventing violent crime to mediating labor disputes. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: June 6, 2006
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End of the First Act The scene at the former Breakthrough Magnet School was festive as neighborhood residents picked up refurbished computers that the city is selling for $150 as part of the rollout of its newly launched wireless network. Mayor Eddie Perez made the wireless project a highlight of his agenda. The city is spending a million dollars to put up wireless antennas on lampposts around Blue Hills and downtown and to subsidize the sale of 900 refurbished computers. Perez wants to eventually extend the system citywide, paying for it with revenue from wireless access fees and an estimated additional $3.4 million in city funds. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 9, 2006
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End To No-Bid Parking Lot Deal In the wake of a controversial no-bid parking contract given by Mayor Eddie A. Perez to a political powerbroker in Hartford's North End, the city council recently sent to committee two proposals from the mayor that would put an end to the deal. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 27, 2007
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Endorsed BOE Candidates Will Have Company on the Ballot The Democratic and Republican party-endorsed candidates vying for four seats on the Hartford Board of Education will have some company on the ballot in November 2009, including Elizabeth Brad Noel, a current Democratic school board member who was not re-endorsed. Published by Hartford Cityline, The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 10, 2009
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Endorsed Candidates Outline Their Plans Twenty-three candidates are competing for nine seats on the Hartford city council. The 12 endorsed Democrat and Republican candidates give a summary of their plans. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 26, 2007
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Endorsement Of Ritter Never Mentions Payments Democratic legislative candidate Matt Ritter of Hartford sent out a campaign e-mail on April 30, 2010 touting a community group's endorsement of him in his Aug. 10, 2010 primary contest with incumbent state Rep. Ken Green, D-Hartford — but it turns out that the group is a for-profit corporation that Ritter is paying $4,000 to help him get elected. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: August 07, 2010
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Endorsements For Hartford City Council Four years ago, the Hartford city council was figuring out its role in a new strong-mayor form of government. Then came the tumult surrounding the criminal conviction and resignation of Mayor Eddie Perez. Despite the upheaval, the council established itself as the policy arm and a full partner in city government. Now it needs some ideas. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: October 30, 2011
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Energy Bill Vote Left Out In Cold Neither a snowstorm, nor bitter cold, nor even a promise from the U.S. Senate majority leader could get Congress to approve extra money to help people with low incomes pay their energy bills this winter. Members of Congress, in the middle of a "Presidents' Day recess" did not act on a proposal to add $1 billion to the low-income energy assistance program. As a result, Connecticut is likely to run out of federal money for its program in about a month, and 12 other states have already exhausted their funds. Published by The Hartford Courant ; Publication Date: February 21, 2006
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Engineered to Fail City layoffs are putting a lot of pressure on Hartford's building engineers. Monir Ighani, a mechanical engineer in Hartford's Licenses and Inspections department, is having some sleepless nights. He worries that building plans are sometimes being approved by unqualified personnel and that the city is losing money on projects that are being undervalued by contractors who fudge on their building permits. Ighani worries the latest round of layoffs in the city will make things worse. Published by The Hartford Advocate ; Publication Date: November 27