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Saturday, November 7, 2015


We covered a variety of topics on the radio today, so take a listen and let me know what you think. Just click on the play button below to hear the audio.

Friday, November 6, 2015


I will be on WDRC, 1360Am with Tony Terzi tomorrow morning for the 9:00am hour.

Tune in if you can and I think Tony will be taking calls , so call in if you have a question.

And if you haven't already done it, please take a second and "like" Tony's Fox 61 Facebook page.


I don't often do this, but I feel compelled to respond to a posting and some of the related comments. Many of you that are calling me and posted comments feel that I am "going easy" on our new Mayor-elect, Luke Bronin,.after I posted the interview with him from Monday, the day before the election. Watch the interview here

Maybe I am, but I also know that I am being fair. Anyone that knows me, I can dig dirt with the best of them. With that being said it is kind of hard to dig dirt when there isn't any there. Many of the comments claim that I didn't go hard enough at Bronin over his campaign finances and the fact that he raised donations from developers and particularly contractors associated with the Yard Goats stadium.

First off, my decisions are usually based on trust and what I know about the people I choose to trust. To the best of my knowledge, Luke Bronin has not violated mine , or for that matter the public trust, in any form. Until we change our campaign finance laws, donations are a way of life. In a city that is ripe with corruption, some of it I have exposed personally, it eventually does come down to trust.

I think any politician that is upset with Bronin's fundraising is upset over their own inability to raise the money Bronin has. If they tell you they aren't, I would say they are most likely lying to you.

Hartford is on the verge of a new beginning when it comes to leadership. That is going to involve a lot of trust on our part. Many of our new "leaders" are not proven to us yet. I have high hopes for most of them, Julio Concepcion, Thomas Clarke, Jimmy Sanchez, Wildalez Bermudez and most importantly Luke Bronin.

Trust me, my eyes are wide open as we begin on this new journey. No free passes, but I am also not going to jump on board with others trying to create issues because of their deep seated hatred or petty differences for whatever reason. Once my trust is violated, watch out.  But I don't think we can start tearing some one's character down before they even really launch out of the gate ..

Campaign donations are legal from just about anyone and within certain dollar limits. I also don't think we can categorically define every politician as corrupt. Anyone that is willing to donate a thousand dollars to a campaign and then think they own that candidate has probably just made a very poor investment.

Does it happen? Sure, just look at Dillon Stadium. Won't it be nice when we can feel comfortable that our politicians are conducting business in  a legal and ethical manner and our leaders are looking out for us, and not lining their own pockets or getting scholarships for their kids?.

I think we have that opportunity with Luke Bronin. I usually consider myself a fairly good judge of character. I never trusted  our last couple of Mayors or several of our Council people. I think a Federal Grand Jury and a State Grand Jury have proven my judgement to be justified.

Right now, Luke Bronin has my trust and confidence and I expect that to continue. As City we can no longer accept poor leadership. We can not be afraid to hold people accountable, but we can not doom everything to immediate failure because of past indiscretion by some.

Let's keep an open mind and see where this journey takes us. Hartford's best days may just be on the horizon with our support and trust. Give it a chance. We all need to keep our minds open but also keep our eyes wide open also.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


It took a while to finally get this formatted so that You Tube would accept this video. Luke Bronin took an hour out of his campaign schedule  to sit down with me for a  while on Monday.


I am still shaking my head after reading this "so called" investigation and the conclusions Chief Huertas came to in handing out suspensions..

 The investigation by Acting Assistant Chief  Scott Brady should turn some heads as this proceeds most likely to the Labor Board and possibly Superior Court.  I guess there is a reason we leave investigations to trained investigators who know what they are doing and actually  know how to write a report.

By just about every account detailed, Lt. Michael Patterson was the aggressor. Even by his own admission , he started the incident, jumped out of his apparatus and approached Captain Dalton and used harsh words. Patterson also admits that two other firefighters had to "step in between us".

Another firefighter, Domingo Delgado details his observations claiming that Patterson "charged out of the Ladder 4 towards the Captain in an aggressive manner yelling obscenities" Delgado goes on to say "crew members from ladder 4 attempted to physically  restrain Lt. Patterson, who broke from their grasp". FF Delgado claims he "ran up to Captain Dalton and asked "Please ignore him (Patterson) and walk away".

Patterson was clearly the aggressor, yet Huertas only gave him a 2 week suspension but chose to give Dalton 89 days off. The 89 days is important, because after 90 days, Dalton would lose his health benefit coverage..

Keep the checkbook open, I have a feeling we will be paying on this one


Hartford Fire Captain Thomas Dalton has been suspended for 89 days after he reported an alleged on duty assault in which he was the reported victim. The alleged aggressor, Lt Michael Patterson skated with just a 2 week suspension.

How does that work in a City that claims to have a "Zero Tolerance Policy" for workplace violence

In a letter sent from HFD Chief Carlos Huertas to Dalton  detailing the suspension, Huertas claims that he found Dalton's claim of the assault to be "inconsistent and not credible" .Huertas does not detail how he arrived at that conclusion. Apparently Huertas's view is much different than HPD, a State prosecutor and a Superior Court judge who all determined probable cause for Patterson's arrest after the incident.

The letter is below. I have FOI'd all of the documents as well as Huertas's internal investigations and the HPD investigations to see how Huertas arrived at his conclusion. . Much more on this to come.


Sunday, November 1, 2015


In May, I posted about parking permits being issued by Hartford's Fire Chief that appeared to be granting immunity for anyone using one to park anywhere they wished.You can read that posting here

Now, in this day and age of I-phones and video cameras catching shots of anything and everything, it seems that it can also be used to document the improprieties of Hartford's Fire Chief Carlos Huertas an his illegal parking antics.
The pictures below are of Huertas's illegal parking job Sunday afternoon in downtown Hartford. The pictures were taken and sent to me by a concerned citizen.  Huertas not only was parked improperly in his City vehicle, he was parked facing the wrong way on a one way street (Market Street) and to avoid a ticket, he apparently thought putting his fire Chief Uniform Cap on the dash would cover his stunt.
I always understood that "leaders" were supposed to l-e-a-d by example, maybe this explains a lot when it comes down to the "leadership" of Huertas and his beleaguered Hartford Fire Department. The sense of entitlement is appalling.
Maybe if that vehicle was clearly marked as a Fire Department vehicle it wouldn't need a white hat on the dash, because maybe it wouldn't be parked like that in the first place if the Chief chose to follow the rules to avoid embarrassment
Hopefully change is coming soon.
Chief  Huertas's City vehicle parked illegally with his white hat on the dash, I guess that makes it all OK