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Investigations All Around

By , December 14, 2014 4:43 pm

On Friday, Mayor Segarra announced that what he calls an “independent task force” has been created to review the fire department. This task force includes former fire chiefs — Charles Teale, John Stewart, Nelson Carter, and Edward Casares — and current police chief, James Rovella.

Segarra’s spokesperson said the task force exists “to examine the department’s command structure, its resources, firefighter training and recruitment” and will “review state, federal and board inquiries into the death of Firefighter Kevin Bell.” Recommendations that emerge from this will be made to Segarra and Hartford Fire Department’s Chief Huertas.

The creation of this task force follows a number of HFD problems, from the death of Kevin Bell to the accidental discharge of a firearm to lieutenants brawling at a site, and more. Lots, lots more.

The most serious of those — a firefighter’s loss of life while on the job — occurred in October. Continue reading 'Investigations All Around'»

Committee of Inquiry Formed to Investigate Election Day Problems

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By , November 12, 2014 10:14 pm

Day Pitney, LLP and Shipman & Goodwin, LLP have been named as those offering pro-bono legal counsel to the “Committee of Inquiry.” Council President Shawn Wooden, who is employed by Day Pitney, will be sitting on this committee, though a press release issued Wednesday afternoon claims he will be a non-voting member.

Others on this committee to investigate the 2014 Election Day issues: Majority Leader Alex Aponte, Minority Leader Joel Cruz, Jr, Raul de Jesus, Cynthia Jennings, and David MacDonald. All are City Council members. Continue reading 'Committee of Inquiry Formed to Investigate Election Day Problems'»

More Elections Results from Hartford

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By , November 10, 2014 8:21 am

Days after the polls closed, more election results have been filed.


Some things to notice: Continue reading 'More Elections Results from Hartford'»

State Elections Enforcement Commission Record of Registrars’ Issues

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By , November 6, 2014 11:01 am

Before Mayor Segarra and Councilperson Wooden’s vow to investigate Tuesday’s missing voter lists, there were other complaints filed with the SEEC against the Democratic Registrar of Voters.

In 2013 a complaint was filed against the Office of the Registrars of Voters for failing to record and report votes for registered write-in candidates. These write-in votes were cast at District 5 and 11 polling places. A recount showed that the complete tally of write-in votes was not originally reported.

The Hartford Registrars of Voters were told by the SEEC then to take extra care when recording and transmitting the write-in votes during future elections. That order was issued in February 2014.

A complaint in 2012 against the Democratic Registrar of Voters was dismissed. In that matter, “the Complainant alleges that Marc DiBella submitted five petition pages to the Respondent [HROV] on January 23, 2012, but that the Respondent did not validate and return those pages to the Hartford town clerk until March 6, 2012, the date of the town committee primary.”

The records show that at the time the Registrar of Voters or Town Clerk’s office was not time-stamping documents; the SEEC said that the Town Clerk’s office should begin to better track records of documents, but with insufficient evidence, could not determine if the Democratic Registrar of Voters had actually delayed returning those documents. This matter was dismissed in April 2013.

Also in 2012 Continue reading 'State Elections Enforcement Commission Record of Registrars’ Issues'»

Hartford Election Results Posted

By , November 5, 2014 9:44 pm

Write-in votes not included, the election results for Hartford have finally been posted to the Connecticut Secretary of the State site. Here they are:




Concern About Registrars, Years After Previous Complaints

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Though Mayor Segarra did not return comment about why the Registrars’ of Voters errors during past elections had not caused deep concern within City Hall, his public relations contact issued a statement today on behalf of both the mayor and Councilperson Wooden, announcing that the duo have “co-sponsored one resolution that will launch an investigation into yesterday’s voting issues and a second that will restructure the office of the Hartford Registrars of Voters.”

Last year voters had the opportunity to weigh in on the Registrars, but as we reported, there was little effort to translate the ballot questions into language accessible to the average resident.

The call for an investigation seems to replicate what is already expected to occur as a complaint is being filed with the State Elections Enforcement Commission.

You Voted…

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That is the message posted on the Secretary of the State website this morning. With the antics of missing voter lists, at least one broken machine, and who knows what else, it was not unexpected that Hartford would have nothing to report the morning after the polls closed.

Election Day 2014

By , November 4, 2014 6:54 am

With Hartford’s record for Election Day shenanigans, we will be watching what unfolds today at the polls.

Want to share your experience? Leave a comment below.

Check back here for updates throughout the day.


  • 0700: Voters are reporting no voter books at the Hartford Seminary (#4)
  •  0700: Voters say they have been turned away from United Methodist (#5)
  • 0700: Batchelder School (#15)  polling spot has no voter books. Voter turned away. Poll workers not sure how to handle situation; did not have voter sign affidavit. She returned later in day to vote.
  • 0720: Tabulation machine not working at Dutch Point (#21) polling place.
  • 0730: Missing voting books apparently citywide, being delivered now…90 minutes after polls were officially supposed to open.
  • 0800: Woman handing out doughnuts by the entrance of Burns Elementary (#12) saying that Malloy thanks people for their votes.
  • 2:30 p.m.: Mayor Segarra says “What happened this morning is inexcusable. While today is about providing everyone the opportunity to cast his or her vote, in the coming days we will be reviewing exactly what happened. Those who are responsible will be held accountable. In the meantime, I support Governor Malloy’s actions in bringing forth a lawsuit to keep our polls open for an additional hour.” When we asked his press contact what Segarra had to say about past issues with the Hartford Registrars of Voters, we received an automated Out of Office reply.
  • 3:30 p.m.: There’s testifying happening right now to determine if the polls will remain open an extra hour in Hartford to compensate for 10+ polling places not having voter lists on hand and some not having volunteers offering to have voters sign affidavits so that they could proceed with voting.
  • 5:00 p.m.: Still no comment from Mayor Segarra about why he did not declare the Hartford Registrars of Voters’ past actions to be “inexcusable.”
  • 5:30 p.m.: Batchelder and United Methodist polling places ordered to remain open until 8:30 p.m. because election officials failed.
  • 5:35 p.m.: Judge Carl Schuman asks Secretary of State to investigate fully why these materials were not available on time, noting that “people fought and died” for the “right to vote.” Makes gentle request of media to not report poll results pertaining to these locations until after 8:30 p.m.
  • 7:04 p.m.: Complaint to be filed with the SEEC regarding the Hartford Registrar of Voters’ alleged misconduct:  

Real Hartford Endorses:

By , November 3, 2014 8:10 am

Nobody. Continue reading 'Real Hartford Endorses:'»

November 2014 Events

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By , October 26, 2014 7:09 pm

November 1

  • Free admission to the Connecticut Historical Society today, 9-5. If you have not checked out Pablo Delano’s Hartford Seen exhibit, there’s no time like now. Hartford Prints! will be running a family arts & crafts program from 10-1. CHS is located at One Elizabeth Street.
  • That squealing off in the distance? That’s another person finding out about the The Cats-in-Residence-Program, which opens today at Real Art Ways. Art. Cats. Cats you can adopt and take home with you. The reception is from 5-7 p.m.
  • Dia de los Muertos fiesta at The Dirt Salon: Day of the Dead costume contest, burlesque by Beat City Beauties, live music from Carlos Hernandez Chavez, and more. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. You must be 18+ to enter, 21+ to drink. Starts at 9p.m., goes into the wee hours of morn. The Dirt Salon is at 50 Bartholomew Avenue.

November 2

  • Connecticut Veterans Parade starts at 12:30, at the corner of Buckingham and Washington Streets.  This year’s grand marshals include Retired Master Sergeant Frank Alvarado of East Haven, Major Linda Cunha of Newington, Retired Staff Sergeant Chandler J. Howard of Farmington, Retired Sergeant Samuel Jacobellis of Danbury, and Retired Brigadier General (CT) Daniel J. McHale of Avon. The parade route includes Trinity Street through the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, Ford Street, Pearl Street, Main Street, Capitol Avenue, and ending on Hudson Street. Before the parade, there is a wreath-laying ceremony at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, beginning at 11:30.
  • The Hartt Trombone Ensemble presents its first concert of the 2014-2015 Season, “Hartt Trombone Philharmonic: Symphonic Works for Trombones.” This begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Millard Auditorium at the University of Hartford.

November 3

  • CSS/CON (Coalition to Strengthen the Sheldon/Charter Oak Neighborhood) meets at CREC, 111 Charter Oak Avenue at 5:30 p.m.
  • The Upper Albany Revitalization Zone Organization meets in the Albany Branch Library at 6 p.m.
  • Do you live or work in Asylum Hill, or just care about it? Come to an Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association meeting today, 6:15 p.m. The group meets at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue.
  • Learn to Solder class is offered by MakeHartford. Participants will learn to solder electronic components to a printed circuit board while assembling and testing a small electronic project kit. The finished project is useful for the further study of electronics and is the participant’s to keep. Instruction will include workbench safety. All tools and materials will be provided. Eye protection is required; if you do not have safety glasses, they may be purchased for an additional $4.00. $35 per class. MakeHartford is located at 30 Arbor Street, #B7. Ages: Teen/Adult.
  • Sea Tea Improv’s 2-Prov Performance class students will perform two-person improv comedy based on audience suggestions. Tickets are $5 for this event which starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Carriage House Theater, 360 Farmington Avenue.
  • Hartford Jazz Orchestra plays every Monday at the Arch Street Tavern, starting at 8 p.m. No cover.
  • Spend Mondays enjoying live jazz at Black-eyed Sally’s from 8-11 p.m. $5 cover. 350 Asylum Street Continue reading 'November 2014 Events'»
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