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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I AGREE WITH MAYOR SEGARRA

Segarra: ‘For All Those Watching, They Know Who The Real Fool Is’


For one of the very few times, I have to admit I agrre with Mayor Segarra. The headline above was from a Hartford Courant story today. You can read that story here.

Mayor, most people are beginning to agree the fool is YOU. You are not a man of your word, you can not be trusted and as more layers of the Segarra onion are peeled back, you will be exposed for what you are.

It all started when you succeeded Mayor Perez. A move that many people had hoped would be the new start for Hartford. You are a huge disappointment. We also believed you when you said you were only a caretaker and would not run for a full term. Hopefully, and most likely, your first full term is going to be your last.

We also believed you at your recent State of the City Address when, to loud applause you said "I WILL NOT COMPROMISE PUBLIC SAFETY" Was that speech written before or after you made the decision to eliminate the  HPD Police recruit class that had originally been scheduled to begin in March and now has been pushed off to  July of 2015. Do you even know what the attrition rate at HPD looks like?

Maybe you can explain to the residents of the City why over 400 Police applications are sitting at City Hall untouched? And I am told that over 14% of those applications are from Hartford residents. So much for making HPD look more like the neighborhoods it serves. If you wait long enough, most of the good candidates will be hired first by other towns.

What happened to the Federal "COPS" Grants that you touted in recent press releases to hire officers. Did that money go into your caviar fund?

"I WILL NOT COMPROMISE PUBLIC SAFETY". Yeah right.

And why stop at  a two or three mill increase. Why not get it over with and go to 90 mills total. that will solve your revenue problem and give you far more abandoned properties that you can sell the tax liens on than you could ever hope  for with a mere 2.5 mills. That will put you on the map , and  will really show people who the fool is.

And that "shared sacrifice" thing you keep talking about? As long as you continue to have a "scheduler" following you everywhere at a salary of $60,00.00 holding his I-pad, I fail to see how you are sharing anything other than your delusions of grandeur.

And I hope the residents hold you accountable for the loss of their community policing programs  as part of that "shared sacrifice" . Does the "shared sacrifice" mean that you will be giving up your "Secret Service " style protection detail. I think you believe you are far more important than you are.  The Governor only went through the Saint Patrick's day parade once, you had to circle through twice with your motorcade.  Yes we know who the real fool is Mayor.

And just so you get my point Mayor, the fool is not Councilman Deutsch. Call him whatever you want but it is refreshing to see a Hartford Councilman that is actually concerned about the effects your reckless actions on his constituents. I hope 8 others fall in line behind him and show the same leadership. More people need to begin questioning every action you take and stop the incompetence. The real fools, beside the obvious choices sitting in and around the Mayor's Office, are those who say nothing and accept your reckless behavior without question.

When I have a chance I will go through the rest of your State of the City Address and see who the fool is. You for expecting us to believe your nonsense or Hartford residents who still think you are a nice guy. That will all be peeled away real soon as the onion is exposed for what it is.

And Councilman Deutsch, keep the pressure on , name calling is for cowards. Real leaders do what they know is right regardless of the shots thrown at them. Who do you think looks more like the professional now? You or the name calling Mayor?

IN THEIR OWN WORDS: AUDIT COMMISSION REVIEWS ALLEGED MAYORAL MISUSE OF CREDIT CARD



 The Audit Reports are sometimes confusing to some readers, but here is the video of the recent Audit Commission meeting where they discuss the investigation of the Segarra Administrations efforts to allegedly mislead or obstruct their investigation.

Monday, April 21, 2014

MORE MAYORAL P-CARD MISUSE

Mayor Segarra just doesn't get it. The City Purchasing Card, (p-card) is not his own personal Visa Card. The Hartford Internal Audit Commission has finished their report on another abuse by Segarra at the expense of Hartford's taxpayers.

Unlike the Caviar and New Years Eve soiree of a couple years ago, this one might make sense to a few more Hartford residents, but in the end , it is still wrong.

According to the report and other sources, Segarra  allowed a $3000.00 charge for funeral expenses to be billed to a City workers Credit Card. The charge resulted after the daughter of a City employee was the victim of a tragic triple homicide.

The Mayor was apparently instrumental in moving the payment through and reimbursing the Carmon Funeral Home of Windsor  for at least $3,000.00 at the City's expense.

However well intentioned, it was still an inappropriate use of City funds , and the method in which the purchase was made is very questionable as to the Mayor's intent.

The report below and the following video , where the matter was explained at the April Audit Commission meeting, lay out more of the "behind the scenes" activity by Segarra.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

THE CONCESSIONS THAT WERE NEVER CONCEDED

It  seems that it should be criminal to submit a municipal budget based on phony numbers, but apparently Mayor Pedro  Segarra has no problem doing that. Last year Segarra's budget included $3 million dollars in revenue apparently obtained from concessions from Hartford's Municipal  employee Unions.


The fact of the matter is that  at the time that the numbers were built into Hartford's budget, not one penny was given back by any of the Union's to achieve the cost savings. The Segarra Administration didn't even seriously talk to the Unions until late last fall to even discuss concessions.


The result was pretty much predictable. A solid "NO" from the Union's. I can't say I blame them. For years, the reckless spending that goes on at Hartford City Hall has been initiated by Segarra and his predecessors and allowed by the Hartford City Council.


Going back to the Union's every year at budget time to balance the budget on the backs of City employees is wrong. It is especially a tough sell asking some of Hartford's lowest paid employees to give back when the reckless spending by Segarra is so publicly obvious. You knew it would never fly after the caviar incident and then the abuses of credit cards and City vehicles. This administration is just bleeding tax payers dollars without any regard to where those dollars come from.


If the Union's did give back the $3 million dollars, our reckless Mayor would just find a way to spend it all.


Employees in City Hall witness the reckless spending everyday. I still get phone calls about the few hundred thousand spent to move the Office of the Corporation Counsel from the third floor to the second floor. For what? So Pedro could be closer to Sandy to be able to get her excellent advice quicker?


And don't forget the Mayor's "scheduler". Almost $60,00.00 a year to follow Segarra around tracking his e-mails and appointments. If only the Unions had given back the Scheduler could get a larger I-pad and maybe a nice City car also.


Reckless, reckless, reckless, there is no other way to describe Segarra's spending. Any Union President that would take any request for concessions back to their membership ought to be impeached immediately.


I was amazed yesterday when I read in the Hartford Courant that the Mayor has decided to give $1 million dollars to the Bushnell Park Carousel. Here is Steve Goode's story from the Courant.


Now I do believe in the things that draw excitement to Hartford, but I also believe in taking care of first things first. And the first responsibility of the government of the City of Hartford is to provide the basic Municipal services required to run the City.


The article starts off by stating that the Carousel is getting a $1 million dollar gift. Too bad the Union's didn't give back, we could have at least given some of Hartford's hard working Municipal employees credit for the  million dollar gift.


Why not call on the Bushnell Park Foundation to kick in to sponsor the Carousel (they might already, but then again isn't that why the foundation is there?). Why not start the Bushnell Park Carousel Restoration fund and get others to kick in. If the year round opening and restoration of the Carousel is going to generate that much business, it shouldn't be a tough sell to get the City businesses that will benefit, to help out.


What about using the park and getting the Public  to help raise the funds? We have a beautiful bandshell that could be used for a series of Concerts for the Carousel to raise funds. And I tend to think that riders from the suburbs probably spend a lot more time on the gilded horses than Hartford children do, yet we are expected to foot the full bill?


 A quote in the article highlights one of the benefits of the restoration says that it will "enable students to learn about its ( the Carousel's) rich history" how about taking the students another block up the Hill to the Capitol and let them start learning about the rich history of our state and what Civic involvement means.


And the fact that the money comes from the Capital Improvement Budget should not put any one's mind at ease. That is money we will pay the interest on for the next 20 years. And take a look at Hartford's streets. I think that $1 million dollars could be used to repair our City's infrastructure. What good is a renovated Carousel if you ruin your car hitting potholes to get to it.


And I know budget time is coming so if Segarra is in the "gift giving" mood, maybe rather than giving a $1 million gift to the Carousel, he could show some leadership and start a fund raising effort for the Carousel. I think the people of Hartford might also appreciate a "gift" . My suggestion would be a class of police officers to give us a gift we could really use, safer streets and neighborhoods. That might actually draw more people downtown. Probably more than freshly painted horses bouncing in a circle

Sunday, March 30, 2014

AN UPDATE ON MY NEPHEW ANDREW

   
Park City , Utah
Some of you may remember me writing about my nephew Andrew. Andrew turned 18 last December and has been training for several years to compete in the Winter Paralympics. Rather than re-type all the details, Andrew was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP) at an early age and he has a very difficult time walking. Surprisingly, or maybe more appropriate Not surprisingly, if you know Andrew, he didn't let that slow him down, and a few years ago he realized he was very capable of skiing.


Through the support of many , including Mount Snow and other sponsors, Andrew has received some of the best ski training available and has become recognized as a Paralympic contender. He has travelled extensively throughout the US and Canada this past winter competing and training. Colorado, British Columbia, this past week Park City Utah, upstate New York and the US Olympic Training Facility have all been regular stops for him this past year. At the same time he is able to keep his grades up as a High School Senior and has been offered a four year $100,000.00 scholarship to Westminster College in Utah ( close to the best ski areas).

His hard work is paying off and this past week he won his first Bronze medal in a National Race. Below is my sister's take on the past week that she just spent with Andrew as a proud mother watching him in Park City Utah. Here is her take below as well as more pictures.

To read Andrews full story as well as more info on fundraisers , go to andrewraces.com. Information on supporting Andrew's efforts are also available on the website


My sisters posting on Andrew's website:


     After we landed in Salt Lake City, we went straight to Westminster College for their incoming freshman open house.  Andrew is the recipient of their Exemplary Achievement Award totaling $100,000 over the course of four years.  He is very excited about going to school there.
     We spent the first two days  skiing together which was a rare treat.  Usually he is off training and I don't get to see him ski very often.  It is truly a thing of beauty.  
     The first three days of racing, he came in fifth and sixth.  The last day he hit the jackpot.  Yesterday was a fun race to raise money for the National Ability Center.  We met Picabo Street and she was impressed with Andrew's skiing and  wanted to try his outriggers.  It was another great day.




 We would like to thank Ability



PLUS at Mount Snow for supporting Andrew this season and also to the Mount Snow Race Center.  Their coaches worked hard to get Andrew ready for these races.  A quote from the program director when we were trying to figure out training with them was, "we will work with Andrew and help him  be the best athlete he can be."  Very heartwarming!





     Special thanks  also go out to Mau and Eric at Team Summit, CO.  They have been training with Andrew for the last few years and have guided him through this crazy world of adaptive ski racing.  
 
Coach Doug at Pico, VT
Andrew and Mau after bronze finish in Park City, UT.
 




   



Figuring out he was in third.
So the big news is, after two and a half years of competing on a National Level, Andrew has earned his first bronze medal in slalom, and I was there to see it.  I can't begin to tell you how happy I am for him.  It has been a long slow process and he has worked very hard for this.  Hard to believe my child, who I watched struggle to walk for all those years in on a podium with athletes who had just competing in the Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.  
     The other amazing thing about this week was I got to meet some of Andrew's friends and their families.  These athletes have to compete against each other and then they cheer each other on and hang out together after the races are over.  You never hear them complain and the experienced athletes go out of their way to encourage the younger racers.  It is something to witness and this week has been an experience I will never forget.  They say a picture is worth a thousand words...

For more pictures of this wonderful week, click on the link.     


On the podium with Ralph Green and Ian Jansing.
Team Mau winners.



    


  
This has been a life changing experience for our family and this is just the beginning.  We are thankful for all the support on this amazing journey!
We are back to fundraising mode.  We have a new fundraiser at Red Robin coming up in a few weeks.  Hope to see you there.
  


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Thursday, March 27, 2014

MORE NONSENSE FROM A FOOL

I have tightened up on the comments I let go through, but here is one I thought I should highlight just because of the stupidity.

This was posted Monday under the name Malcolm X Lives:

Kevin Brookman your nothing but a racist and a coward and your day is coming its funny how your headline only speaks of officers of color no mention of Sergeant Kessler an his racist antics an no mention of the lawsuits that your Boy Chief Foley is involved in in which I may add all involve people of color you are not a part of the solution but a part of the problem and when the smoke clears you and the police chief are going to be swimming in lawsuits for defamation of character and finally you will never be nominated for anything in the city of Hartford because the word is out you are nothing but a bigot!!!!! PS you know damn well who typed this but im sure you wont post it 

It is interesting they start off by calling me a coward and then have to post under the name Malcolm X. The next part is that he(or she) says that my headline only speaks of "Officers of Color". Can anyone point out to me anywhere in that headline where  race or color is ever mentioned? Is "Low T" a racial term I haven't been made aware of?

The poster really shows their ignorance when they make the posting about race. I guess that is what you do though when the truth doesn't matter and you have no facts to stand on...make it about race. If they had any idea what they were talking about, they would know that the Patrol Sergeant and the Major Crimes Sergeant I mentioned are both white. I purposely didn't name all of those involved because I didn't want to make it about race or personality.


 The comment that I didn't name Sergeant Kessler is also amazing and shows the writers profound ignorance. Look back and ask yourself how anyone found out about Kessler's antics. I'll help remind you. it is because I was the first one to expose it here. Yes here, and then the media jumped on it and it became very public, but it would have probably never been exposed if I didn't do the digging first.

And if we are going to talk about being a racist and covering for racial incidents, ask yourself how the other big incident involving race came about last year. The Dispatcher using the "N" word over the radio. It was here on "We the People". Sure sounds like a cover up to me, Malcolm.

 The comments about Chief Foley are laughable. Clearly you know nothing about him or his personal life. And that is enough said, I don't need to help clarify your ignorance. The only lawsuit  I am aware of is one against the City and former Chief Daryl Roberts for homophobic comments he directed at Foley. Stupid comments made by a Supervisor which are ignorant regardless of the commenters race... black white or other.

And the "defamation of character " claim...more nonsense.The truth is not defamatory. You might not like the truth or may have a tough time dealing with it, but it is what it is. Stop hiding behind claims of racism and start dealing with the truth. If you don't like the truth being exposed, maybe you should start dealing with whoever you are trying to support and tell them to clean up their act so I have nothing to write about