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Monday, August 29, 2016

ANOTHER KICK IN THE TEETH FOR HARTFORD CITY HALL

A long running lawsuit has been decided against the City of Hartford, and it may just push the City one step closer to bankruptcy. . In the case ,Serrano Vs. Gaitor, decided last week, a judgement of $6.25 million dollars was awarded against the City of Hartford. Although no one is commenting on the record for the City, it is believed the City of Hartford intends to appeal the verdict
Here is a 2014 document that outlines some of the issues in the case:

"The City of Hartford has signed a legal agreement to provide relocation assistance to tenants displaced by its code enforcement activity. The agreement is the result of a contempt action filed by Greater Hartford Legal Aid, Inc. (GHLA), which charged that the City was not fulfilling its responsibilities under state law and a previous class action settlement reached 30 years ago.


Under the agreement, tenants who are ordered by the City to leave their apartments due to unfit conditions will receive a notice from the City of their right to apply for relocation assistance under the Connecticut Uniform Relocation Assistance Act. The assistance may include help finding replacement housing, reasonable moving expenses, temporary housing, and some rental assistance to secure a comparable new apartment. The City has agreed to accept retroactive applications from tenants who have been displaced by City code enforcement activities since April 10, 2012. Tenants who have been ordered to leave their apartments as a result of City of Hartford code enforcement activities should contact the City of Hartford Department of Health and Human Services, at (860) 757-4700.

GHLA attorneys Thamar Esperance, David A. Pels, and Cecil J. Thomas represent the class of affected tenants. Tenants’ attorney Cecil J. Thomas said, "We are pleased that tenants who are ordered by the City to leave their apartments will now get the help they need during a stressful and disruptive time in their lives."

Several hundred Hartford families are displaced by the City’s code enforcement activities every year. Landlords are responsible for reimbursing the City for relocation expenditures paid to tenants ordered to leave the landlords’ unfit building. Under the terms of the agreement, GHLA and the City of

Hartford will continue to work together to develop policies and procedures that will ensure the provision of relocation assistance to displaced tenants in accordance with state law.
The parties will return to court on April 7, 2014 so that a judge can decide two remaining issues in the case: whether the City must pay tenants who were not offered relocation assistance the value of their lost and damaged property; and what reports are required to ensure compliance with the Relocation Assistance Act. The case is called Serrano v. Gaitor. "


 




 

WHAT HAPPENED?

 
 
The Ebony Horsewomen had promised the City of Hartford and its residents a major event to take place in Keney Park in a couple weeks. They had promised it to be a huge economic benefit to the City.

Now according to the Ebony Horsewomen's Facebook page, the Connecticut Classic Horse Show has gone the way of Riverfest.

Is this becoming a Hartford tradition to cancel events two weeks before the event?

According to their Facebook page today:

"Dear friends,

Connecticut Classic Horse Show and Ebony Horsewomen, Inc regret to inform you that, due to unforeseen circumstances, we have cancelled the 2016 Connecticut Classic Horse Show. We are disheartened because we know many people were looking forward to this event. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone for their enthusiasm, support, and help advocating for this event.
We hope to be able to bring the Connecticut Classic Horse Show to Hartford in 2017."

It is unclear at this point what City resources and if any city dollars had been put into the event yet.

Maybe next year.

Friday, August 26, 2016

HARTFORD'S FIELD OF DREAMS: THE REAL COST.. $103 MILLION PLUS...SO FAR

Hartford's albatross on its taxpayers is sitting empty and may be sitting empty and unused for some time. Even though it is sitting empty, the costs continue to add up, and according to a report released today by Hartford's Internal Audit Commission,. And the amount is far greater than the 63 or 64 Million that keeps getting quoted by the mainstream media,

According to auditors, the figure is  currently at $102million and rising. That number does not include approximately $5 Million dollars that the city owes for unpaid invoices from May

In the meantime we are still waiting to see the report from Arch Insurance that the Hartford Stadium Authority Chairman I. Charles Matthews promised us would be completed in two weeks... that was on June 6, 2016.

That figure also does not include litigation expenses and potential settlements or judgments as this mess moves forward, unsettled and unresolved.

HARTFORD'S FIELD OF DREAMS: THE REAL COST.. $103 MILLION PLUS.SO FAR

Hartford's albatross on its taxpayers is sitting empty and may be sitting empty and unused for some time. Even though it is sitting empty, the costs continue to add up, and according to a report released today by Hartford's Internal Audit Commission,. And the amount is far greater than the 63 or 64 Million that keeps getting quoted by the mainstream media,

According to auditors, the figure is  currently at $102million and rising. That number does not include approximately $5 Million dollars that the city owes for unpaid invoices from May

In the meantime we are still waiting to see the report from Arch Insurance that the Hartford Stadium Authority Chairman I. Charles Matthews promised us would be completed in two weeks... that was on June 6, 2016.

That figure also does not include litigation expenses and potential settlements or judgments as this mess moves forward, unsettled and unresolved.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

FREE ADMISSION TO WADSWORTH FOR HARTFORD RESIDENTS


Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art to Offer
Free Admission to Hartford Residents
Hartford, Conn. (Aug. 23, 2016) -In an unprecedented move, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art will offer free admission to all Hartford city residents, effective immediately.
 
Through this new initiative-called Wadsworth Welcome-Hartford residents are encouraged to enjoy the experience of art in the company of friends and family without the barrier of paid admission. Currently, regular admission to the museum is $15 for adults and free to those under the age of 18.
 
"The Wadsworth Atheneum was founded as a place for bringing art and people together in the center of downtown Hartford," said Thomas J. Loughman, Director and CEO. "As stewards of a dynamic and significant collection of global cultural property, we strive to connect everyone with exceptional art experiences. With this initiative, we are shifting the dialogue and stating loud and clear: the Wadsworth is Connecticut's flagship visual arts organization, and it belongs to you."
 
Museum leadership considered ways to connect with its most immediate neighbors more effectively. With this program, the Wadsworth Atheneum is building upon its already successful, multi-year Community Engagement Initiative, begun in 2009, but at radical scale-expanding the opportunities for free admission from once a month to every day the museum is open. The museum intends for Wadsworth Welcome to restate its relationship with city residents specifically and in bold terms. The program will run through June 2017, at which point it will be evaluated.
 
The move comes as the iQuilt vision for a revitalized downtown is becoming visible, and amid the fundamental reinvigoration of the Hartford cultural landscape marked by the construction of the UCONN Hartford campus and the recent renovation of the museum itself. Engaging civic leadership, foremost with the City of Hartford, is vital to this project:
 
"The Wadsworth Atheneum is a truly world class art museum, and I'm so proud of this partnership with Aetna to open to the museum's doors for free to Hartford residents," said Mayor Luke Bronin. "This is exactly the kind of partnership we want to promote-a partnership between a pillar of our corporate community and an incredible Hartford cultural institution to ensure that every resident of Hartford is able to share in the cultural richness of our city."
 
Through a generous contribution from its long-time corporate supporter Aetna, lead funder of Second Saturdays for Families, the Wadsworth Atheneum will be spreading news of this initiative to city residents through a comprehensive marketing campaign.
 
"The Wadsworth has been a cornerstone of our community for nearly 175 years, and to see the museum evolve under new leadership is truly inspiring," said Mark T. Bertolini, Chairman and CEO at Aetna. "Expanding free admission will bring cultural enrichment to even more Hartford residents."
 
Loughman will join Mayor Bronin at the following events to share news of the free access program with Hartford residents:
  • Hartford Public Schools Convocation; Monday, Aug. 29, 8-10 a.m.; Bulkeley H.S.
  • First Day of School Bus Tour; Tuesday, Aug. 30, 7:30-11:30 a.m.; 960 Main St.
Wadsworth Welcome Cards
Residents who wish to register for the program will receive a Wadsworth Welcome card. To obtain a Wadsworth Welcome card, residents must show one form of identification and proof of residency. Registration may be done in person at the museum starting Wednesday, Aug. 24.
 
Opportunities for Free Museum Admission for Non-Residents
While Wadsworth Welcome is open to those with proof of residence in the City of Hartford, there are a number of programs for non-residents to enjoy similar benefits. A list of free admission opportunities can be found at thewadsworth.org/visit. Among them are:
  • Happy Hour, with free admission for all from 4 - 5 p.m. every day the museum is open;
  • Second Saturdays family programming, with free admission for all from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month;
  • Active-duty military and their immediate family members are admitted free at all times; 
  • Bank of America Museums on Us, with free admission the first weekend of every month to Bank of America credit and debit cardholders; and
  • Free admission at all times for those under the age of 18.
Additionally, ARTpasses-which can be used for free admission for two adults anytime-are available for check out from more than 200 Connecticut public libraries.
 
Questions regarding general museum information, including free admission opportunities, can be directed to (860) 278-2670 during museum hours.
 
About the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Founded in 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continuously operating public art museum in the United States. The museum's nearly 50,000 works of art span 5,000 years, from Greek and Roman antiquities to the first museum collection of American contemporary art. The Wadsworth Atheneum's five connected buildings-representing architectural styles from Gothic Revival to modern International Style-are located at 600 Main Street in Hartford, Conn. Hours: Wednesday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission: $5 - 15; discounts for members, students and seniors. Free for Hartford residents with ID. Free "happy hour" admission for all visitors 4 - 5 p.m. Public phone: (860) 278-2670; website: thewadsworth.org.

Monday, August 22, 2016

IT MUST RUN IN THE FAMILY

 
Or maybe it is something in the water at Hartford City Hall.

 According to numerous sources, former Hartford City Councilman Corey Brinson is allegedly the subject of a federal criminal investigation. Brinson is the nephew of disgraced former Hartford City Councilwoman Veronica Airey-Wilson who was indicted by a State Grand Jury on criminal charges  during the Perez investigation while she was a Hartford City Councilwoman.

According to sources, Federal Agents served a search warrant on Brinson's law office last Thursday at 4:45PM. Brinson shares office space with former Hartford City Council member Alexander Aponte at 750 Main St.. Brinson's home had reportedly been searched by Fed's earlier

According to the sources, numerous records and computer data was removed from the office, relevant to the ongoing Federal Investigation
A call to Brinson's Office for comment was unsuccessful.

According to Brinson's webpage: "In 2013, he served as a member of Hartford's Charter Review Commission. In 2011, Brinson served as a member of the Hartford City Council in 2010, Attorney Brinson was a statewide candidate for Connecticut Secretary of the State"

Much more on this to come, but at least Brinson is carrying on his family tradition of keeping the Connecticut Law Enforcement community busy.

Quite possibly another name to add to the Hartford politics "Wall of Shame" in the future