According to sources, layoffs have begun for City of Hartford employees. At least four and possibly as many as seven employees in the Development Services Department were given layoff notices yesterday.
Another source this afternoon said that supervisors were telling employees at the Department of Public Works that their paychecks were late being delivered Friday afternoon because layoff notices were being attached to some of them. No further information or possible number of layoffs in DPW are available at this time.
These staff cuts appear to be cost cutting measures by Mayor Luke Bronin to deal with Hartford's impending budget deficit Earlier this week, Senator John Fonfara was reportedly introducing a bill in the Legislature to establish a Financial Sustainability Commission to deal with Hartford's finances. A public hearing before the Legislature's Finance Committee is scheduled for Monday at 11:00am at the Legislative Office Building.
According to numerous legislators I spoke with Friday passage of the legislation in its current form and with its current wording and makeup seems unlikely at this time.