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PAU COLA Letter November 2022

Carmen I. Sierra
City Treasurer
November 10, 2022

Dear City of Hartford Pensioners,

My office has received many inquiries asking when retirees might receive a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA). I appreciate hearing from you, and I would like to take this opportunity to explain the technical process behind implementing a COLA.

First, you should know that my office does not have the legal ability to authorize a COLA. Under state statute1, the authority to create a COLA rests with the legislative body of a municipality. Therefore, the Hartford City Council must adopt an ordinance to create a COLA, which then needs to be approved by the Mayor. This has not occurred since 2007. There is no provision for an automatic COLA funded by the City's pension plan.

Earlier this year, my office proposed a COLA ordinance and submitted it to City Council for consideration. As part of the City Council process, the Operations, Management, Budget and Government Accountability Committee met on September 19, 2022 to discuss our proposed COLA. The City Council Committee postponed action on the COLA pending further discussions with Mayor Luke Bronin.

It is my hope that, after these discussions, the City Council will revisit our proposal and grant a COLA, given the retirees are those with the greatest need. _ I hope you will join me in encouraging the City Council to approve the proposed COLA - as the decision is in their hands, as well as the Mayor's.

Additional information, including the proposed COLA, as well as copies of the Hartford City Council Committee meeting minutes from September 19, 2022 and a Hartford Courant article relating to the COLA can be found on our website: www.hartfordcitytreasurer.org

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STATEMENT FROM HARTFORD CITY TREASURER ADAM M. CLOUD

HARTFORD, CONN (July 29, 2022) - Today, Adam M. Cloud, Treasurer of the City of Hartford and the Secretary of the City of Hartford Pension Commission, issued the following statement regarding his retirement.

“Today, with mixed emotions, I am announcing my retirement from the Office of the City Treasurer, so I may pursue other opportunities.  It has been the highest honor of my life, and a privilege to have served the great people of the City of Hartford for these many years.  I am proud of the many accomplishments of the Office of the City Treasurer under my stewardship and remain confident the good work of the office will continue.”

The Children’s Museum receives $1.6 million grant for a novel collaborative in Hartford

[West Hartford, CT, Oct 4, 2022] The Children’s Museum has received a four-year, $1.6 million U.S. Department of Education grant for the novel Center for STEAM Advancement Collaborative, which will deliver educational enrichment programs to Hartford children and their caregivers.

The Collaborative includes the Hartford Parent University, the Hartford Youth Scholars, the YMCA of Greater Hartford, the Legacy Foundation of Hartford, and The Children’s Museum with organizational oversight by the City of Hartford Treasurer’s Office. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) based programs will be provided to Hartford children from kindergarten through college with the goal of significantly enhancing their personal and career development opportunities.

This program award is the result of a two year planning effort funded by Voya Foundation and CT Department of Economic and Community Development. It was greatly facilitated by the offices of Senators Blumenthal and Murphy. This Collaborative came about because of the vision and hard work of Adam Cloud, City of Hartford’s recently retired Treasurer, and Peter Stevens, the Museum’s Board Chair.
They brought the collaborators together to pursue this innovative program structured to focus on assisting youth and their families from under-resourced Hartford communities in strengthening their STEAM-based skills from kindergarten through college. The current City of Hartford’s Treasurer, Carmen I. Sierra, will continue the collaboration to pursue this new program.

About The Children’s Museum Group

The Children’s Museum Group includes the Museum and Preschool on its West Hartford campus and the Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton, CT. Founded in Hartford in 1927, it is the fifth oldest Children’s Museum in the country. Its mission is to inspire life-long learning among children and their caregivers by providing experiential learning programs covering STEAM, health, nature and the environment.

The Children’s Museum Group offers live virtual and in-person school and summer vacation science camps, field trips, birthday parties, traveling classroom programs (outreach), behind-the-scenes sanctuary tours, library programs and animal demonstrations. The Children’s Museum Group is the largest third-party supplier of NGSS-aligned (Next Generation Science Standard) STEM/STEAM-based educational programs in Connecticut. The Children’s Museum Preschool offers a year round and full day, play-based preschool curriculum with an emphasis on both social development and STEAM enrichment. Roaring Brook Nature Center offers school and summer vacation nature camps, field trips, birthday parties, animal demonstrations, and a regular schedule of concerts and seasonal nature programs designed to increase awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of the natural world, and the interrelationships that exist between people and the changing environment.

The Children’s Museum is part of The Children’s Museum Group, a registered 501 (c)(3) Its mission is to inspire life-long learning among children and their caregivers by providing experiential learning programs covering STEAM, health, nature and the environment.

For more information about the museum’s hours and admission fees, please visit www.thechildrensmuseumct.org.
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NOTICE TO MERF RETIREES

Mr. George Camarco, the president of Hartford Fire Fighters Retirees Association, has asked our office to give him a list of the name and current address of all members that come under MERF as retirees.

When someone requests personal information from our office about retirees, our practice is to provide you, the retiree, with the requesting person's contact information.  If you are interested in hearing from the Hartford Fire Fighters Retirees Association regarding the topic of a cost of living adjustment (“COLA”) pension, please contact the following:

Mr. Charles Peterson
Chairman of COLA Committee, Hartford Fire Fighters Retirees Association
48 Garfield Road
Rocky Hill, CT  06067
Telephone:  (860) 839-0246
Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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