If you have not been in the area for awhile, you might have missed the bulldozing of Minuteman Park. The spot near the State Armory and Legislative Office Building has had benches removed and planters leveled. Continue reading 'Facelift for Minuteman Park'»
The highly visible green lanes on Broad Street have just gotten more paint, this time to identify how they should be used.
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'»
Days after the polls closed, more election results have been filed.
Some things to notice: Continue reading 'More Elections Results from Hartford'»
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The western side of Colt Park became a course for the Veterans Memorial Cyclocross Race on Saturday. Continue reading 'Bicycle Race Transforms Colt Park'»
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We know that there is now something called “Giving Tuesday,” but this is scheduled for after Black Friday. Strange for charity to be conceived of as something we do with the remainder of our money. Hartford offers many opportunities for charitable giving. Here are a few ideas:
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'»
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:
We began looking at the speed of various projects in Hartford as we noticed a serious slow down of work at the same time that we were hearing rumors out of City Hall that money was being creatively redistributed. Others can look into the latter, but as we took a peek at various projects, it was undeniable that movement stalled in the season when the weather is actually cooperative for much of the work. Now, we look again to see what has changed since early September.
iQuilt and the Intermodal Triangle
When the iQuilt was developing and the public was invited to various meetings, the impression given was that this was meant to invigorate the environment, making a more pedestrian-friendly connection from the area of Bushnell Park and The Bushnell, to the Connecticut River. Wayfinding signs have been installed and Envisionfest has finally begun attracting a respectable number of visitors, but what else?
The Intermodal Triangle Project is responsible for the sidewalk along the north side of Bushnell Park getting ripped out. Those who use the park as part of their commute have found themselves re-routed. Continue reading 'Speed of Capital Improvement Projects: November 2014 Update'»