"I am excited to have found bi-partisan support for improving our clearly broken commission system to empower more Hartford Residents to get involved in our local decision making. The unanimous decision showed how committed City Council is to ensuring accountability, and using the best available practices. Our city is filled with so many brilliant minds, and I'm very eager to get more of them involved in helping to build Hartford's future." Minority Leader Wildaliz BermudezRead more
As we culminate Women's History Month in Hartford we would like to highlight an inspiring woman: Aiti Rai
"We are facing an economic war. That's the war that we all live in. It doesn't matter what your background is, your culture or ethnicity. Working class people are facing an economic war where the very wealthy are trying to amass as much as possible."Read more
"As your Hartford City Councilwoman I fought for Hartford's Sanctuary City Status, and I will keep fighting for all our vulnerable communities. Join us!"Read more
- Introduced and passed a Resolution affirming that Hartford is and will remain a Sanctuary City
- Organized directly with residents & union members to successfully defeat a state take over of our Hartford jobs and pensions
- Held a Women's Economic Summit, led by four student interns working in my office, attended by over 80 CT Women
- Published a Booklet for Hartford Women's Economic Agenda
- Organized a Hispanic Heritage Month Awards gathering
- Introduced and Passed a Resolution against the Trans Pacific Partnership
- Introduced and Passed a Resolution calling for granting clemency to Oscar Lopez Rivera
The month of May was filled with many meetings and presentations from various departments heads as part of reviewing Hartford's City Budget expenditures.
What was the budget process like?
The Mayor introduced a budget and Council members reviewed it and provided recommendations to assist in the budget process. Council heard from residents about suggestions of where money should be reallocated. Council then introduced a series of Resolutions (both financial and non-financial) to assist with the budget deficit.
Overall, the most emails and phone calls that Council received from constituents were about the funding for our library branches, the Animal Control Officer, Tree Trimmers, BOE and MECA. Thankfully, some of these cuts did not reach fruition, as was the case for the library branches. Other cuts were beyond City Council's ability to intervene because they had to do with direct union contracts.Read more
Last week Senator Fonfarra introduced a bill (SB 464) that would create a select commission with a handful of city and state appointees to control Hartford's budget.
This proposed commission is an end run around the City Charter and gives authoritarian power to the Mayor and the Commission. It would disenfranchise elected officials like City Council members. It would have the power to change the way Hartford spends its money, affect school funding, and take away the right to collective bargaining agreements for unions.
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