Holiday update

As we celebrate this holiday, I am thankful for meeting you, working with you, and all of the great people in our community!

Together we accomplished some great things in 2016:
  • 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
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City of Hartford Budget!

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.

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Do you know what's happening in HFD Right NOW?

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.

CLICK HERE: SEND A MESSAGE TO YOUR LEGISLATORS and tell them they don't get to control Hartford's Budget!

Bermudez Siblings Receive Maria Sanchez Award!

Wildaliz and her brother Pedro Bermudez, receive the Maria Sanchez Award! This is the first time in CT history for two siblings to simultaneously receive this recognition on behalf of the Puerto Rican Parade Connecticut Chapter. Wildaliz received the Maria Sanchez Leadership Award

Pedro received the Arts & Culture Award. Pedro recently premiered his film about a Puerto Rican family called "Hasta manana" after writing, directing and filming in Hartford's Park Street.  His work can be found at 


Other awardees included: Karla Cruz for recognition in Youth Services, Melvyn Colon for Community Service, Leslie Torres-Rodriguez for Education Award and the Hartford Boxing Center for their commitment to Youth Services.

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Wildaliz Gets the Merrilee Milstein Award!