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Hartford’s Bronin seeks ally in push for municipal finance reform

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Corporation Counsel Howard Rifkin

With surging debt costs driving huge deficits in coming years, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin urged a state advisory panel Thursday to help him convince legislators to reform the municipal finance system. He also said he may ask state officials to advance the city millions of dollars in education grants to help stem worsening cash-flow issues. Continue Reading →

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National unrest sharpens CT’s focus on police-community trust

Connecticut NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile and New Haven Police Sgt. Shafiq Abdussabar engage in dialogue during a police-community forum in New Haven on July 22. This is one of several such forums that have taken place across Connecticut in the wake of police shootings and the killing of unarmed black men.

Despite enacting some of the country’s most progressive police reforms, Connecticut still faces the same questions other states do about whether police are doing enough to enforce the law effectively without infringing on the civil rights of minorities, and if they are doing enough to build trust with their communities. Continue Reading →

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Stadium fiasco threatens novel renewal idea

Dunkin' Donuts Park on the day the Hartford Stadium Authority pulled the developer's performance bond.

The controversial delays and added costs at Hartford’s new minor league baseball stadium not only put the 2016 Hartford Yard Goats baseball season on life support, it threatens what could be the city’s boldest renewal effort since the Front Street project began in the 1990s. Continue Reading →

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A HUD secretary touts a new promise to a poor city

HUD Secretary Julián Castro talks to state Rep. Edwin Vargas.

HARTFORD — President Obama’s secretary of housing and urban development, Julián Castro, dropped in Friday on 06120, one of the poorest zip codes in the United States, a place where the latest federal anti-poverty programs go to be road-tested. So it is with the North Hartford Promise Zone, a designation granted in April to about three square miles of unrealized promise. Continue Reading →

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Malloy congratulates Bronin, pleads for time on Ganim

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy reaches behind Luke Bronin to congratulate a member of Bronin's slate.

With an appeal for Democratic unity in Hartford, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy followed a time-honored script Thursday for things to say and do after a primary. He celebrated Luke Bronin’s capture of the mayoral nomination and praised the loser, Mayor Pedro Segarra. Joe Ganim’s win in Bridgeport was another matter. Continue Reading →

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Skirting race, ethnicity in Hartford’s mayoral primary

Luke Bronin, at left, and Mayor Pedro Segarra, at right, at a arts forum with Republican Ted Cannon and independent Joel Cruz Jr.

Race and ethnicity are, not surprisingly, a subtle undercurrent in the Democratic contest for mayor in Hartford, which pits a white challenger with roots in Greenwich against a Puerto Rican incumbent in a city with the largest percentage of Latinos in the northeastern United States: 43.4 percent of its 125,000 residents. Continue Reading →

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