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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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Thanksgiving Traditions at Our Home

What family traditions do you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with? Below is a clip of some of ours.

Some Traditions in our home watching Christmas Specials & Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

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Election Night Parties?

Cross posted item from another Tillett4CT project

Many of the Republican Town Committees &/or Candidates across the state are having Election Night Parties at their Head Quarters or at one of the local restaurants in the area

If you do not live in an are where there is going to be an election night party consider having one for your family & friends to watch the results come in together

Filed under: #TeamTillett, Elections, Family, Internet, Life in CT, Spending, Taxes, Uncategorized Tagged: 2016, Party

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Author: TillettForCT

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Senator Tony Hwang Interviews Champagne Joy

This is a blast from the past – back in 2016 I posted this & with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month I’m reposting this positive video again

Cross posted item from another Tillett4CT project

Senator Tony Hwang spent some time interviewing “Champagne Joy” about surviving cancer earlier this year.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month & I thought that this video was a positive message to end the month of September with a positive note from a survivor as we head into October. 

Will I see you wearing Pink this coming month? 


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Author: Tillett for Connecticut

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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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Nullification_vs_Constitutional_Convention

Do you have questions about what Nullification is or a Constitutional Convention which is also called a Con-Con or an Article 5 Convention?

The short video below explains what they are and their important differences…

 

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Nullification_vs_Constitutional_Convention from The John Birch Society on Vimeo.

 

What’s the best way to rein in our out-of-control federal government?

Watch this 4-minute video for a comparison of two solutions: (1) nullification; and (2) a constitutional convention.

For more information read “Nullification vs. Constitutional Convention: How to Save Our Republic” at: thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/17892-nullification-vs-constitutional-convention-how-to-save-our-republic

To learn more and then take action, go to:
jbs.org/issues-pages/no-con-con

Cast: The John Birch Society

Tags: constitutional convention, Convention of States, Article V convention, nullification, federal government, Constitution, amendments convention, Con-Con and con con

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Title: Nullification_vs_Constitutional_Convention

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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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