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Sunday, November 20, 2016

HARTFORD POLICE MOUNTED UNIT RIDING OFF INTO THE SUNSET





One of the best, if not the Best, public relations tools available to the Hartford Police Department is on the chopping block if Mayor Luke Bronin has his way.

According to several sources familiar with the deal, , Bronin was prepared to sell off the equipment from the HPD mounted unit to the Rockland County New York Sheriff's Department for a staggering figure of $500.00. Yes, you read that right, Five Hundred dollars. That should put a huge dent in the City's deficit.

The sale includes a large horse trailer as well as at least 4 custom made saddles and two highly trained horses According to sources familiar with the equipment, the custom made saddles originally cost the City approximately $10,000.00 each  and could most likely be sold for several thousand dollars each. The tires on the trailer alone are most likely worth well more than $500.00 .

NBC Connecticut confirmed the sale Friday through Council President Thomas Clarke, you can read their web story here .http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Hartford-Selling-Police-Departments-Horses-for-Few-Hundred-Dollars-401973905.html  City Council President TJ Clarke told NBC Connecticut on Friday that the horses and equipment were sold, but the city council was not aware of the sale until Friday. Mayor Bronin now appears to be back pedaling now that the poorly conceived deal has become public. Mayor Luke Bronin said Saturday that it’s not a done deal according to NBC Connecticut.

Now I am not an expert on City procedures, but I thought that any disposal of City property had to be approved by the City Council, which apparently was not done in this case. Bronin also stated to NBC Connecticut that disbanding the mounted unit would allow him to create more CSO or Community Service Officer positions. It is interesting he used the plural, because there is currently only one officer assigned to the Mounted Unit.

And although Bronin stated that "it wasn't a done deal", according to sources, the only thing missing was Police Chief Rovella's signature on the paperwork which was waiting on his desk.

I am not sure what the plan is here. Anyone that has seen the horses at events knows that they quickly break down the barriers between police and the community. People, especially childr3en that would never approach a police officer , flock to the mounted officer, asking if they can pet the horse. How do you put a price on those relationships?

Some days I think Bronin's crash and burn scenario is intent on removing anything that has helped given Hartford its identity. Riverfest and the July fourth fireworks, Winterfest was only saved after Bronin had put it on the chopping block through private donations, and now the Mounted Unit.. I am not sure if First Night celebrations survived the Mayor's budget ax

I would venture to say that the money spent on lawyers fees for the Ballpark alone  and other legal issues would more than sustain the Mounted unit for some years to come.

I also know that there is large corporate support for the Mounted Unit , but no one is asking for it. I recently had a conversation with a high level leader of one of Hartford's Corporations, and this person said they would gladly adopt the unit or share costs  if asked, but their communications with the Mayor's Office were very limited.

The "Sky is falling" scenario from Bronin drew attention at the beginning of his term, but now we need to start seeing a plan and some solutions. Cutting and slashing everything that has made Hartford what it is is neither a plan or a solution

It is inexcusable that Council President Clarke and the rest of the City Council were caught offguard by this latest move. Communication between the Mayor , the Council and residents is extremely important to the success of our community, and it is time for Bronin to be building bridges, not barriers


25 comments:

Anonymous said...

TJ Clarke is a good man who genuinely cares about the community this lack of communication between the council and the mayor is ridiculous an disturbing I think Luke knows he not doing a second term so he just winging it and making Inspector Gadget decisions smh

Anonymous said...

Reathis could have bought the unit with his 200 k salery. Take home suv. (No front end damage) life is good for chilly these days.

Anonymous said...

Have the horses work the dennys overnite pj and get paid in food. That way the city can save on hay.

Anonymous said...

Kevin, don't take this the wrong way, but according to Luke, Hartford is broke, on the verge of bankruptcy. Horses are a luxury, not a necessity. Luke doesn't care about bridges mended etc. Horses are an un-needed cost and luxury that have no place in a bankrupt city. There's many other things that should also be eliminated, other than a chief and one assistant chief, there is absolutely no reason for all these deputy chiefs. Constant new cars and specialty trucks, no reason for it. Recruitment unit, for a bankrupt city......why Kevin? Apparently also, Luke has said as of Dec 1, 2016, the city will no longer be contributing to the pension fund. A city this broke needs to go bare bones, no specialty units or divisions, everyone back to patrol to service Hartford citizens. Bring the minimum sworn to 250-300 sworn. Desperate measures for desperate times. Time for action.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 9:00 PM: Sorry, but the goodwill spread to the city through having the horse unit is worth a hell of a lot more than some of the ridiculous mayoral-appointed city positions that are created specifically to give someone the gift of a high pay and benefits bogus job title. Most such positions are pointless, needless, and useless. There's plenty of fat at the top that could be slashed, and the upshot would be that no one would even notice or care that those do-nothing people were gone. $500 for the horses and all the "accessories"? That's what most of those "figurehead" employees earn in just one day--some even more than that! You know what's a luxury and not a necessity? Darrell Hill. Glenn Geathers. Linda Bayer. Adam Cloud. Thea Montanez. Brett, the mayor's communications guy, who leaves classified documents in public places. And at least half of the council assistants. That's well over $1 million dollars yearly in salary and benefits right there. Keep the horses; put the others out to pasture.

Anonymous said...

REATHIS MAKING $200K SALARY?

Anonymous said...

@ 9pm: Time for action indeed. These are desperate times for Hartford. Let's start with all the police officers bringing home almost $200,000 a year. That's the very first step.

Anonymous said...

Hartford is so broke, huh? A "blight director" for Hartford at $105k per year! Amazing how Bronin finds money for friends and pet projects. Have you ever heard the saying "you can polish a turd, but it is still a turd"? Apparently Bronin hasn't heard that one. He's making it hard to show insolvency when he is hiring high paid people for insignificant jobs. Shit on cops, fireman, teachers, and anyone who belongs to a union but cater to your high society friends.

Alyssa said...

Kevin you're absolutely right -- the answer is corporate sponsorship. Perhaps you could put that executive in touch with Jackie Mandyck. She is the head of iQuilt and formerly with Trinity College. Jackie spearheaded fundraising for the Bushnell park skating rink. Because the iQuilt's mission is to "help connect the exceptional assets of downtown Hartford: museums, performance spaces, historic landmarks, modern architecture, and public art" then it would be a natural for her and others Downtown to coordinate this task as well, as no area in Hartford benefits more from the Mounted Police.

At a CRDA meeting two months ago, Development Services Director Sean Fitzpatrick proudly bragged about Ms. Mandyck's achievement and claimed his department was going to try and apply the concept to other needs. This is just such a need. Perhaps a group effort could get this quickly accomplished (Corp Exec, Mandyck, Fitzpatrick, Chief Rovella and others). Hartford should never lose such an asset as the Mounted Police again. Rather, we should find a way to TRIPLE its ridership by possibly using auxiliary or retired officers going forward.

The Mayor's office should have pulled this bid LONG ago, when the Council President took on the initiative with the police union to raise funds. The Mayor sorely needs to repair the poor or non-existent relationships he has with EVERYONE -- Council, unions, city staff, city management, neighborhood groups, the Legislature.... the list goes on. It's impossible this attempt is still an example of "Rookiedom". Enough is enough.

Anonymous said...

City Council approval is not required for this kind of sale. Council only needs to approve transactions for real property.

Nevertheless, it's hard to swallow the disbanding of this unit while lots of other wasteful decisions continue unabated. Yes, in the scheme of things a mounted unit is not necessary but is a $105k blight czar or full time council staff necessary? Until Bronin gets his own house in order and shows some fiscal restraint instead of focusing on additional revenue, surrounding towns and the state will turn a deaf ear.

Anonymous said...

@1120PM.....
Did you forget Bronin is your typical democratic politician, that's exactly what he does. He could care less about police or fire department. This is exactly why Trump won the election. It's time a republican was voted in as mayor to "drain the swamp" in Hartford. You all constantly cry but continue to vote blue in CT.

Anonymous said...

Why is that such an issue for you. There's constant overtime and private duty jobs available because of the city not hiring. If an officer wants to sacrifice time away from family and work on his / her time off.....what's the issue. You jealous?

Anonymous said...

Life is good for many these days....not just Rethis.

Anonymous said...

I don't have a problem with the OT for PD and FD. Its the mayor and council's fault.
Many retirements from both departments were because the mayor threatening to take everything away and trying to get his "Supreme Ruler" designation last spring. Shame on him. How much is OT from both departments costing the city? Bronin drove people out but was too stupid to realize they need to be replaced. Now he pays insane OT due to his napoleon complex. He can cry poverty all he wants, but PD and Fire are necessities. You want to save money, put just 2 cruisers and 2 fire engines on the road and sell the rest. if you cut pay and pensions, most guys will leave. There is no incentive to stay. Busiest city for both emergency services and you think guys will do that for peanuts? Cut everything and watch what happens.....idiot

Patriot said...

The horse trailer is on the Police inventory at $18,500

Anonymous said...

Oops, THE COURANT DID IT AGAIN.
The Courant is reporting on the Hartford horses sale after reading it first on www.WeThePeopleHartford.com

Anonymous said...

The Courant had to get Bronin's permission first to publish the article, hence the delay. Bronin is manipulating the media to his agendas in how he wants things reported. Haven't you noticed all his op-eds and constant discussion about past administration wrongdoings (i.e. ballpark, Dillon, etc.). Don't you find it quite ironic how the Courant is late on all Hartford news reporting ever since Mayor Leprechaun has taken over? Coincidence, I think not!

Toilet Paper said...

Of course, Vinny Vella and Jenna Carleso, two bottom feeders. Two absolute trash reporters that lie......exactly what Donald Trump regularly refers to.

Anonymous said...

@ 11:36am, I find it ironic that Mayor Bronin complains at all about the "wrongdoing" of past administrations when he appointed one of the very persons that had his hand in ALL those "wrong" decisions. All smoke and mirrors. Watch what Bronin says versus what he does. You will see the story unfold.

Hartford Has It said...

Wah, wah, wah, all you cry babies were the same ones that supported and endorsed him and voted for him. How none of you saw right through his rhetoric and agenda is beyond me. Stop crying and deal with it. Bronin could care less about any of you. Now that Trump is in, Malloy is on the outs, which means Bronin's master plan hit a road block. I'm surprised Bronin hasn't tried to make Hartford a sanctuary city. He's already made it a sanctuary city for gun toting felons.

Anonymous said...

Bronin and Malloy assumed they would be on their way to Washington with the Clinton Administration; now we are stuck with two people who don't want their jobs. Bronin is still a partner at his law firm, and Malloy will almost certainly become a lobbyist I the near future. What incentives do they have to their current jobs?

Anonymous said...

@Nov 20 7:13 PM. Never mind Reathis......at least he shows up to work. Capt. Thody is a million times worse!!! He rarely shows up to work his regular and all he does is work leftover PJ's like Walmart in his brand new 2017 city owned Tahoe. He's good for well over 200k this year, definitely more than Reathis. It's as if nobody monitors the "good ole boys".

Anonymous said...

Budget crisis?? Check out the salary of the soon to be announced Super at the BOE,over $300k.

Anonymous said...

Jason thody is even lucky to have a job. Remember that house party with shots fired. Several state trooper buddies of his lost their jobs for the coverup. Yet thody still has his job. He is a lucky dog that i was not his neighbor when he was leting rounds go at his house party. But its who you know these days. Oh and im forgetting the downtown special bar fight where thody and his pals decided to mess with the wrong marine and otto almost split thosy with his baton. All slaps on the wrist. Now thody and his keeper daigle run this dept!!
The problem is the sub standard investigations that happen when "certain" folks get in trouble.
My only salvation is that thody and several other good ole boys will be gone soon ....

Anonymous said...

Hey, Toilet Paper.

I'll be the first to admit that the Courant stinks, but even I have to say they did a decent job with the horse story--even got Bronin to admit it was a bad deal.

But, yeah, Kevin beat them, as usual.