Hartford and New Haven were among the top cities for LGBT people to live and work.
That’s according to a new report by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay civil rights group.
HRC’s Municipal Equality Index looked at a number of criteria when determining a city’s rating. New Haven achieved a perfect 100 percent score, based on its non-discrimination laws, relationship with the LGBT community and the strength of municipal services (it has both a human rights commission and a LGBT liaison in the mayor’s office.)
Hartford earned a 92 percent score, though the city was awarded seven “bonus points” for its openly gay municipal leaders (including Mayor Pedro Segarra) and the services it provides to vulnerable parts of the LGBT community.
Hartford’s weak point was law-enforcement, according to the survey. The city lost points because the police department does not have an LGBT liaison or task force.
Still, both Hartford and New Haven outpolled the two other Connecticut municipalities on the list: Bridgeport and Storrs (Mansfield.) Bridgeport received a score of 61, and Storrs received a 58.
h/t Meghan Freed and the Connecticut LGBT Law Project
The Hartford Courant’s Don Stacom is reporting that the city of Hartford has switched positions on the closing of Flower Street, a once-heavily traveled cut-through that connects Asylum Avenue and Capitol Avenue.
Merchants along Capitol Avenue have expressed concern for months that the blockage – designed to make way for the controversial New Britain-to-Hartford busway – would cut off access for many workers at Aetna and other corporations to walk or drive to coffee shops and other outlets.
Stacom reports as follows:
Mayor Pedro Segarra’s decision came after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations between city officials and aides to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is committed to drive the busway to completion by early 2015. Continue reading
The Greater Hartford region is expected to return largely to normal Wednesday as most state employees head back to work after a five-day hiatus and the state courts reopen.
The Metro-North Commuter Railroad is scheduled to be back in full service starting Wednesday, and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said that 95 percent of the state’s main roads are now largely free of snow.
“It’s going to take us a little longer to get back to normal, but we are rapidly getting there,” Malloy said, adding that “some level of normalcy” should return by mid-day Wednesday.
Tuesday was a holiday for state employees to mark President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, which extended the days off that stretched back to the start of the Blizzard of 2013 that dumped 27 inches of snow on Hartford and 40 inches on Hamden in a record-setting storm.
The state broke snow records in seven of the eight counties – with the exception of Litchfield County in the state’s northwest corner.
As the cleanup operations continued, Malloy issued his final storm briefing to reporters at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the state armory in Hartford.
“No matter how you add it up, it’s a lot of snow,” Malloy told reporters. “The National Guard has done an outstanding job in helping municipalities, particularly in getting people to hospitals with Humvees, as well as moving dialysis patients from many of the most stricken areas to get them where they needed to be.”
At least 120 agricultural buildings have collapsed statewide, including chicken coops, greenhouses, and barns, Malloy said. Some cows and chickens have died in the collapses, but no totals were available. Continue reading