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#TBT #BrokeBronin A Look Back

Series about the Hartford Mayor Luke #BrokeBronin term in office.

First, stop down memory lane we’re looking back at what has happened under his leadership.

Below is an article posted in the We thePeople Hartford blog by Kevin Brookman back on 1-3-17.  The public commentary speaks volumes of the horrendous conditions that the residents of Hartford suffer.

#BrokeBronin has not been the best on upholding his promises to the residents of Hartford. Luke has grown the cost of Hartford’s mismanaged city hall to new heights with its lopsidedness.

Firing the low waged workers that deal with the public services while creating and expanding highly paid positions for friends? What is wrong with that picture? #BrokeBronin feels that hiring PR people is more important than the hiring of lifeguards for the city pools? Why should the lives of the city’s young and poor be put in jeopardy during the summer?

As a former Northend Resident of Hartford; it grieves me that the city of Hartford, as well as the state of CT, are greatly suffering under the tyranny of the democrats. The condition of both is the direct result of decades of intentional mismanagement & sadly, too often corruption of the elected officials.

The question now remains will the residents continue down the same destructive path?

I’ve highlighted in Red-Bold some of the important items that the residents of Hartford need to take into consideration. Kevin and I agree on some things and disagree on others. We both want the best for the City of Hartford and the state of CT.

What are YOUR Thoughts on how #BrokeBronin has been doing for the city of Harford?


Full article and community commentary can be found on We the People Hartford Kevin Brookman Editor & Lead Investigative Reporter

Well, the first year of the Bronin Administration has passed, and it is time to evaluate what has changed. Sadly, I think very little. We still have a city government that is broke and I don’t see any plan to restore sustainability. Some of Bronin’s attempts have failed miserably. (remember the Senate Bill 464 mess)

I am not sure if those failures are because of inexperience or attitude, or a combination of both. The “sky is falling” mantra by Bronin worked in the beginning in drawing attention to our problems as a City, but you can only play Chicken Little for so long before it becomes tiring as well as ineffective.

Although Bronin’s first move was to slash City jobs through lay-offs, many of those laid off were some of the lowest paid employees, and the ranks of high priced management positions, some of them actually residing  in the Mayor’s Office and throughout City Hall, have continued to grow.

Claims of inviting the Union’s to the table to be part of the solution seemed as though those invitations got lost in the mail, and aside from a new Fire contract, nothing much else has changed. It doesn’t appear as though Hartford has made any moves to restructure cost associated with employee benefits such as moving to HSA’s  as the City of New Britain recently did.

Although Bronin did promise hiring of Police and Fire personnel to reduce overtime costs, none of that has happened. The October Police Academy class that was promised has never happened and the January recruit class that was promised isn’t even any where near close to happening, and the attrition draws the numbers at HPD lower everyday.

Luckily, even with a thinly stretched Police Department, it is still functioning and Hartford saw one of its best years in lowering Homicide numbers in a few decades. Hartford finished the year with 14 total Homicides for 2016 compared to 31 for 2015. Those reduced numbers though had very little to do with the current Administration and more with the creative efforts of HPD and its leadership under Chief Rovella, although I am confident a press release will be out any day by the Bronin Administration taking credit for reduced crime.

Those efforts still include the results of the Shooting Task Force and the creation of C4 under Rovella’s creativity. C4 is the acronym for the Capitol City Crime Center, which has blanketed the City with technology to reduce crime, including cameras, Shot Spotter technology and license plate readers scanning for criminal activity. Imagine what could be accomplished with the additional Police Officers promised by Bronin if he only came through on his promises. The efforts of C4 have been very successful in reducing crime and identifying violent criminals on our streets

The Bronin promise of hiring 45 firefighters also appears to be a pipe dream of broken promises. Although Bronin had held a dog and pony show last fall to proclaim his plans to hire  45 fire recruits, he knew, or should have known at the time of his announcement that his request for the FEMA grant for the hiring had been rejected and no money was available for the 45 new hires.

And just as a thought, can we also push for regional cooperation and tell our neighbors that they are not eligible to apply for our Fire Department if they aren’t Hartford residents. That sounds a little hypocritical. Lets find the best candidates we can, no matter where they live, and then make it inviting for them to move into Hartford if they wish

Now I know that Bronin inherited a mess, including the baseball stadium, but after a year of failed or poor decisions, Bronin now owns all those  messes. Where are the solutions? What is the plan besides the “sky is falling”?

Regionalism? Good idea but we need partners to buy in on that. Bronin may actually have the right idea moving in that direction, “as goes Hartford, so goes the region” .  The problem being, I would expect more from an attorney who should know he needs to make his case first. Bronin seems to be going around asking for the Jury’s verdict before he even has laid out his case as to why the Jury needs to rule in his favor. It isn’t working and the script never changes.

Walk out to the podium , take off the suit jacket roll up the sleeves and start proclaiming “Hartford is broke” . Where is the leadership by example? Build the case that the tough decisions are being made and Hartford is on a path to tightening its belt and becoming financially responsible and we want our suburban neighbors to buy in as equal partners. We haven’t done that yet and shoving our MDC responsibilities down the throats of our suburban neighbors isn’t going to help.

The cutting needs to continue in every corner of City Hall and nothing should be off limits, if that means bankruptcy to get at Union contracts and benefits , then do it, and shut up. Stop leaving our employees in a state of suspended animation as they await their future. They will get out of here at the first chance they have if they are kept in the dark and we can’t afford to lose any more good employees.

I personally don’t think bankruptcy is the solution as business as usual  remains the same at City Hall and it would take us years to recover from a bankruptcy filing. I think we now have half the members of the Hartford County Bar collecting paychecks from their jobs at City Hall and I have to ask if that is money well spent?

We all know the State of Connecticut is probably in worse shape than Hartford, and we can’t count on any financial help from the Capitol. We also know that City hall didn’t campaign for our next President, so that might be a tough sell to get Washington to open their wallet for us. ( Elections have consequences)

We elected a Mayor to bring leadership to City Hall during what we knew were going to be difficult times, now it is your time to come through with a plan and some workable solutions and put aside the Chicken Little act, it is wearing thin.

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Title: ONE YEAR LATER, WHAT HAS CHANGED?
Author: KEVIN BROOKMAN

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Happy First Day of Winter

Welcome Winter…. or not 

Yes it’s the First Day of Winter some are celebrating…

others of us are not so we’re already counting down to spring (just a mere 90 days away?)

W Htfd mtg 2016 – Bronin Pushing Regionalism – Ed Peruta Off the Cuff – TBT

ThrowBack Thursday –

Reminder post of when #BrokeBronin started on his #BeggingForBailOuts tour back in Dec 2016 –

So what are you going to do about it, keep on allowing these wasteful corrupt cities in CT to steal more & more from your family or is it time for a #FreshNewStart ?

Had Enough Yet?

 

Cross posted item from another Tillett4CT project

Have you been following what is happening over in Hartford’s city hall? 
 
Well if you’re a taxpaying property owner; 
you need to wake up & 
start asking some questions 
of your mayor & town council 
(especially if they are democrats) 
because many have already gone on record volunteering YOU & Your Family
to pay higher taxes 
so that you can pay for 
HARTFORD’s money mismanagement, & decades of corruption… 
 
YES That’s Right …
 
You Don’t get to VOTE in Hartford 
but YOUR TAXES will be going up 
so that YOU can Pay 
“Your Fair Share” 
of Hartford’s Mismanaged “Bills”! 
 
You won’t have a voice in how that money is misspent (that’s what they do there) 
BUT each year 
Your Family will have Less & Less 
while #BrokeBronin & his cohorts 
get to Spend More & More
 
If you Do Not Speak Up Now
Then YOU subject your family forever
to the whims of the corruption going on down in Hartford’s city halls…
More backroom failed stadium deals
More tax increases to pay higher salaries
More tax increases to pay for more scandals
 
The choice is yours 
Speak Up NOW…
 or 
Forever be subjected 
to the continued mismanagement & 
added tax increases circle
 
Can YOUR Family Afford to Pay More Taxes for Hartford’s Money Mismanagement? 
 
7pm West Hartford Town Hall
 


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Author: Tillett for Connecticut

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#TBT Another Budget What Has Changed in 2018?

This is another year of crazy budget talks for the cities and the state.

So this #TBT (even if it is off for days) is a reminder of what last year looked like here in CT.

The below is the link to the We the People blog post. That post had the notice about the budget talks from #BrokeBronin with his attached letter.

After a year what positive changes are you seeing after they gouged us last year? Have you seen any improvement in your family’s lives or budget?

#TaxationIsTheft and the democrat officials seem to have that theft down to a science. They know how to hide the costs when it comes to hiding the true costs in the budget from us who are paying the bills for these bad budgets.

If your family is being hurt by the rising costs of energy, food, and gas, etc, etc, you only have to thank the democrats. Democrats have been in power for over 40 years in the general assembly. If you voted for the democrats then you have only yourself to blame for the pain your family is feeling.

This is an election year… YOU can correct Your Mistakes

YOU need to start now researching and asking questions. Learn about how the people that you have voted for, have in fact hurt your family in their votes for the budgets and laws of the past.

Then make certain that you tell your family and friends who NOT to Vote For… Any Democrat that has voted to increase your taxes or put forth a bill that was intended to increase the cost of the government! Those are bills which raised the costs for your family to live in CT!

Your Vote is Your Voice, You have a Choice so Choose Wisely


Full article and community commentary can be found on We the People Hartford news site Kevin Brookman Editor & Lead Investigative Reporter

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Title: HAVE A SAY IN HOW YOUR MONEY IS SQUANDERED
Author: KEVIN BROOKMAN

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Keynesian Theory in 5 min

The elected officials are unable to quit their spending addiction because they do not plan to have to pay for any of the debt that they are creating…

#TaxationIsTheft

Plain and simple they feel they are entitled to steal our families money to spend it any way that they feel that they want to. They are without concern about the pain that it creates to our families or the actual damage that it does to our state. 

 

Cross posted item from another Tillett4CT project

After watching this short video do you want to continue on the current path which we are on or do you want to start on a new path which cuts out the wasteful spending and starts us down a path of sanity so that children and grandchildren can have better lives?

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Author: Tillett for Connecticut

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Poll – 1st Congressional Gov Candidates Debate

There was supposed to be a poll for the CT GOP 1st Congressional Debate that was held on Wed Dec 6th 2017 in Windsor CT at the Windsor Public High School

The poll was not widely accessible nor was it available for everyone that watched the debate in person or via livestream to be able to vote because it was a vote by texting to a tele-code which is not available (accessible) on all cellphones nor does it take into consideration the many people who do not wish to get text messages from the CT GOP or it’s candidates which that type of polling opens up anyone voting to

Below is a proper poll which lists all of the currently known candidates on the CT GOP possible Convention ticket in May some are still in the Exploratory phase & others are Declared but did not attend the debate because they had not met the fundraising requirement that the chairman had set of $75,000.00 so they had their own events either prior or during via fabcebook live.

Cast your vote for any of the candidates or write in your own CT GOP candidate

Be sure to share the poll on your social media networks

The poll will close on Jan 9th since the next CT GOP Debate will be held on Jan 10th

1st Congressional CT GOP Governor Candidate Debate Video

The CT GOP is trying something new this election season with the governorship at stake…

For the first time they had on Facebook Live streaming on both the Fox61 & CT GOP pages the video streaming of some of their candidates debating.

 First Congressional District Governor Candidate Debate at the Windsor Public High School 6pm to 9pm .

Only a few of the candidates were up on stage because they met the fundraising qualifications set by the party chairman. My understanding is that $75,000.00 minimum had to have been raised to be invited to the debate. There is a combination of both Declared as well as those who only have Exploratory Committees.

Declared Governor Candidate Joe Visconti who did not meet the fundraising qualifications was doing a competing Live Stream on his facebook page so that his critique of the candidates, their answers and some rebuttal to the debate questions – this is similar to what Jill Stein did back in 2016 when she was excluded from the debates.

Below is the video of the debate so that you can watch.

The CT GOP Chairman had a private poll after the debate which the results are being touted on the CT GOP facebook page but sadly the wider republican voting body was not privy to that poll which is quite disappointing. I hope that a better for CT GOP members poll will be emailed out for a true measure of who are the debate winners.

 

  • – The hashtag for the debates and 2018 will be #VoteDemOut – 
    • – Additional hashtags for 2018 #FixCT #AFreshNewStart –
    • – #WinningByWorkingTogether –