Archive | September, 2012


Hartford Schools to Kick Off College Month

HARTFORD — Hartford Public Schools on Monday will launch a month-long series a month-long series of events designed to help students and families eliminate real or perceived barriers to a college education.

The ceremony will be the first of many activities in October as part of “College and Career Awareness Month.” and is scheduled to begin at 10: 30 a.m. in  Trinity College’s Vernon Social Center at 114 Vernon Street in Hartford.

School officials said the objective of these events is to help make parents and students mindful that being well prepared to attend college is the ultimate goal of an education at the district.

Officials of local area colleges and universities and recent graduates of Hartford Public Schools, who are now attending college, will join Superintendent Christina Kishimoto and other officials, including James F. Jones, Jr., President of Trinity College and member of the Board of Directors of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education; Mark Scheinberg, President of Goodwin College; Kathy A. Butler, Ph. D., Dean of the School of Education at St. Joseph College; Carl R. Lovitt, Ph. D., Provost of Central Connecticut State University; Hartford Public School alumni; and students from throughout the Hartford portfolio of schools.

The centerpieces of “College and Career Awareness Month” will be the district’s administration of the PSAT and SAT college entrance examinations on Oct. 17th.

The schedule of events will also include a district-wide display board contest; screenings of the film documentary “First Generation” about students who are the first in their families to attend college and a financial literacy workshop to teach parents how to access free grants and scholarships.

For a list of events, throughout  October, please click this: Schedule of Events during College and Career Awareness Month.


Posted in Business, NeighborhoodComments (0)

Over Two Campaigns, a Vagueness Trails McMahon

By Mark Pazniokas

Linda McMahon’s fuzziness on the minimum wage allowed Democrats to put her on the defensive late in her first campaign for U.S. Senate in 2010, casting the Republican millionaire as tone deaf on a poverty issue.

Democrat Chris Murphy tried a similar tack this week on a far more explosive issue, arguing to the media and voters that McMahon has made a far more significant gaffe with her ambiguous call for a “sunset” review of Social Security.

Murphy’s interpretation seems a stretch: He translated McMahon’s comments as a stunning proposal to phase out the only income many Americans can expect in retirement — in other words, an act of political suicide.

“Clearly, I am not looking in any way to phase out Social Security,” McMahon said.

But over two campaigns for U.S. Senate in 2010 and 2012, it is not always clear what McMahon means when talking about Social Security, Medicare, or other fiscal issues, including her take on Paul Ryan’s controversial approach to federal spending.

McMahon flirts with a wide range of approaches toward solvency for Medicare and Social Security, a stance she says would allow her to participate in bipartisan negotiations if elected to succeed Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman. (To be fair to McMahon, President Obama has displayed a similar flexibility.)

But she ultimately shrinks from specific plans, especially when they bring controversy. In interviews Thursday and Friday, McMahon and her communication director, Todd Abrajano, were more emphatic about what McMahon doesn’t mean than what she does.

“I think we have to put everything on the table and take a look at it,” McMahon said of GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s controversial ideas about controlling federal spending, including privatizing Medicare.

Abrajano, in a separate interview, said that doesn’t mean McMahon is open to transforming Medicare into a voucher program that would give seniors to money to buy their own health coverage. Her willingness to put them “on the table” only signified that everyone should be free to offer their ideas, he said.

Her defense of her Social Security sunset remarks make clear that she opposes killing Social Security, but they raise other questions about her grasp of the threats to the program’s solvency.

In McMahon’s view, as expressed during the candidate’s forum five months ago and again this week, one of the problems with Social Security is that the program is not subjected to a rigorous review.

“We cannot continue doing things the way we are doing with Social Security. We’re just simply going to be bankrupt,” McMahon said in April. “And I do believe that, that there are ways to look at, you know, what we’re trying to do when we put Social Security in place? We didn’t go back and review it. In other words, I believe in sunset provisions when we pass this kind of legislation, so that you take a look at it 10, 15 years down the road to make sure that it’s still going to fund itself.”

A sunset provision in legislative parlance means setting a date by which programs or laws will expire, unless a legislature acts to reauthorize them. Murphy said McMahon, in effect, was calling for a phase-out of Social Security absent a congressional reauthorization.

“What I really meant was we should have check points,” McMahon said in a recent interview with The Mirror. “If we pass major legislation, we ought to have a timeframe for review of it, to see if we are still funding it properly, to see if the assumptions that were made when you passed the bill are still there. That’s what I meant by it. It’s checkpoints along the way to make sure we don’t get in the situation where we are today.”

But McMahon’s comments betray a lack of understanding about Social Security, which already is subject to annual reviews of its solvency and demographic trends, such as the life expectancy of its present and future recipients.

“Social Security, I believe if my memory serves me correctly, was first started in 1935, when the average life expectancy was 62. Well, God bless us, we’re living longer,” McMahon said this week. “And we just haven’t made the corrections or, I think, the re-evaluation along the way. So, I think we have to look. Are the assumptions correct? Is the life expectancy the same? Is the funding mechanism correct?”

Congress does not lack for data on Social Security. It is deadlocked by a unwillingness to raise payroll taxes to better fund it, or to reduce costs by raising the age of eligibility, or a combination of both.

Abrajano said McMahon wants another level of review, one that would better focus congressional attention.

Neither he nor McMahon could explain what form that would take, though Abrajano was emphatic about what form it would not take: There would be no sunset deadline to force congressional action.

This year and in 2010, McMahon has argued that no rational debate is possible on Social Security or Medicare in the context of a campaign.

“Each issue gets demagogued,” she said. “You get locked into a particular plan, then it makes it very difficult when you get there to really talk about the issues.”

McMahon said she promises to be open to a bipartisan solution on Medicare, but she is opposed to any reduction in benefits for current recipients.

“What I’m not going to do, obviously, and I will continue to say this, cause I do not want our seniors to be frightened, and I think that’s what happens, that all these scare tactics are used,” McMahon said. “I will not support any budget that is going to reduce, you know, the funding for Medicare and impact them. But we are going to have to do some reforms, and let’s put all the issues on the table, and get them scored, and talk about them and debate them.”

This article was first published on

Posted in Featured, NationComments (1)


Hartford Occupiers to Protest Paul Ryan’s Visit

WEST HARTFORD –Paul Ryan is coming to Greater Hartford, and some residents have a problem with his visit to one of the “obscenely” large houses in New England.

Members of Occupy New England, including those from Occupy Hartford, plan to protest outside the massive house of Arnold Chase in West Hartford during a Sept. 30 fundraising luncheon for the Republican vice presidential candidate.

Protestors plan to meet at the MDC Reservoir 6 parking lot on US 44 (Albany Ave.) in West Hartford at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday to stage “a safe and legal protest” in front of Chase’s house at 3115 Albany Ave.

Rebecca Burton of Occupy Hartford said the point of this protest is to shed light on “the immoral and unethical power of big money in politics.”

“We find it disgusting that Ryan and the Republican party chose the largest single-family home in New England, an obscene 60,000 sq. ft. monument to Arnold Chase’s vanity, as the venue for their fundraising luncheon,” Burton said. “Just five miles east of Chase’s mansion, on the very same Albany Avenue, lies Hartford, one of the country’s poorest cities in one of its richest states. We believe Ryan should travel those five miles and talk to people in Hartford; real people with real issues.”
Garret Schenck of Occupy Hartford said this is not to side with either positions in the presidential race said.

“I think our position is best summed up by: A plague on both their houses, but especially THIS house. Both parties play similar fundraising games. Neither party trusts the vast number of voters, who are seen as objects to be manipulated with the money their candidates solicit from the 1 percent. Two years ago Chase gave money to Democrats. Now it’s the Republicans. Flip a coin — either way we lose and Chase and company win.”

Posted in HartfordComments (2)

Looper Engages the Future of Cinema and Delivers

By Jonathan Smalls, Film Critic

While science fiction may bring back bad memories of the 2000s Star Wars prequels, Looper proves that the genre can still be done right.

Bruce Willis, and Joseph Gordon Levitt star opposite each other as thirty year separated versions of Joe, the main character, but they antagonize each other as they have completely different goals. Old Joe travels back in time to assassinate a ruthless mob boss in his youth, while young Joe seeks only to kill old Joe, and move on with his life.

Willis reprises some of that Sixth Sense / Die Hard toughness. If you want to see him do some thing more meaningful than the Expendables, this is it. For his part Gordon-Levitt does his best Bruce Willis impression, complete with permanent kissy face. It is a far cry from Third Rock from the Sun, but Gordon-Levitt has actually come into his own. The two leads work really well together in adopting many of the same mannerisms, but interestingly enough they are still not the star of the show.

Poorly executed this could have been a corny and predictable disaster with screaming plot holes all over the place, but that is just not the case here. Looper is what movies should be; it has a few celebrities in it to draw audiences, but the real star of the show is the writing. Although little known, Rian Johnson writes, and directs an engrossing experience for alert audiences. Looper stars Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Bruce Willis in a science fiction world of time travel, and telekinesis. Johnson creates a dangerous world with amusing undertones that just plain makes sense even as the fan community dissects it years from now. In general it is hard to describe without giving away plot points, but that is a good thing: that means that it introduces information that could be relevant to the story, and later ties all of those threads together. Keep that in mind as you watch ( and you will watch, right? ), because what seems unimportant initially will come back at you later on. What is important is that this film blurs morality in its own universe, the stakes feel real, and the bad guy is always in doubt right up until the very end.

Looper starts out cute. It draws a direct connection between our present reality, and the narrative of the movie to start in a relevant place. It then takes us on a journey as one man literally seeks to save the world, and keeps us guessing about which path he will take. It is suspenseful and engaging in a way that movies are not always, but should always seek to be.

Posted in A & E, FeaturedComments (1)

Connecticut Ethics Board Issues $10,000 Penalty

HARTFORD — John Tricarico, formerly of Southington and a former employee at the Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency, used his authority in violation of the Code of Ethics over a subcontractor to solicit free or discounted gifts, services and other items of value, which included lunch and dinners, tickets to Red Sox and Yankee baseball games, tickets to concerts, the use of subcontractor vehicles for personal use and job interviews for relatives, according to Connecticut Citizens Ethics Board.

At the Sept. 20, 2012 public board hearing presided over by Judge Trial Referee James G. Kenefick, Jr., the respondent, Tricarico failed to appear, even though he received and acknowledged notice of the hearing, officials said.  The Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board imposed a $10,000 civil penalty

Section 1-86(e) of the Code of Ethics prohibits a person hired by the state as a consultant or independent contractor to use the authority provided to the person under the contract “… to obtain financial gain for the person, an employee of the person or a member of the immediate family of any such person or employee…”

“State contractors and their employees must comply with the restrictions of the Code of Ethics,” said Carol Carson, Executive Director of the Office of State Ethics.  “In this case, the Board felt strongly that improperly using the state’s authority as a contractor for personal gain is egregious and blatant and warrants significant penalties.”

View:              (1)  Complaint for Docket No.:  2011-69 in the Matter of John Tricarico.

Posted in BusinessComments (0)

Report: Many Nonprofits that Help the Needy Near Fiscal Cliff

By Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

One in six nonprofit organizations that care for foster children, the elderly and those with disabilities has drained its rainy day funds, a situation that the Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services reports is worsening every year.

Additionally, 72 percent of the state’s providers that serve thousands of residents report that any unexpected costs — a large spike in energy prices, for example — would force them out of business.

The situation has forced many providers to cut their workers’ wages so much that many employees of nonprofit groups qualify for state assistance.

“Providers have seen a significant change in their financial position,” says the report, which was approved unanimously by the cabinet this week. (Read the report: Part 1 and Part 2.) The panel includesa mix of state agency commissioners and leaders of nonprofit groups.

Help from the state is unlikely, the governor’s budget director said Tuesday during an interview.

“A robust [increase in state funding] is not likely to happen in this upcoming biennium,” Ben Barnessaid, noting that the state faces its own fiscal challenges.

For Hartford-based Oak Hill, one of the state’s largest providers for those with disabilities, this will mean having to eliminate even more of the nonessential services it offers. A decision to take the disabled adults living in a group home in Hartford to a free concert in the park, said Patrick Johnson, Oak Hill president, can come down to whether he can find the gas money.

“It isn’t a huge amount of money, but when you are on the brink it could break you,” he said.

This reality has become the norm in Connecticut, with 43 percent of nonprofits reporting they closed fiscal 2010 with a deficit. The situation is even more grim for the state’s large nonprofits: 73 percent of those with budgets over $1 million closed 2009 with a deficit.

“They face a Sophie’s choice,” the cabinet’s report says, acknowledging that these nonprofits must either cut salaries or the extra nonessential services and field trips in order to balance their budgets and stay open.

The Urban Institute reports that two-thirds of Connecticut’s nonprofits froze or reduced salaries in 2009.

“You are talking about reducing the quality of life for both our clients and employees,” said Peter S. DeBiasi, co-chairman of the cabinet and president of Access Community Action Agency, which provides services for thousands of children and disabled residents in the northeast region of the state. “It becomes a justice issue.”

The state’s nonpartisan Office of Legislative Research earlier this year reported that thousands of people working at nonprofit groups throughout the state earn so little that they qualify for the state’s health insurance plan for low-income individuals. The cabinet report also says the group is researching how many employees, and their children, qualify for other public assistance programs such as food stamps.

Terrence Macy, commissioner of the state’s Department of Developmental Services (DDS), said fiscal instability among providers is making it difficult for his agency to find providers to offer the complex services clients often require.

“They are constrained to participate because they don’t have the capital,” he said. “There are many providers who are in no positions to provide the service now and get payment later.”

The cabinet report shows that the “vast majority” of providers — 67 percent — have no ability to expand.

They “are not in a position to engage in long range planning and opportunities, but rather are concerned with the current stability of the organization.”

States across the country face this issue. The 2012 State of the Sector Survey, which is paid for by Bank of America’s Charitable Foundation, reports that 31 percent of the 4,601 group surveyed closed 2011 with a deficit, and 25 percent broke even.

How did nonprofits get here?

Nonprofit leaders in Connecticut say the state is starving them financially. While the state has increased the rates paid to nonprofits by 33 percent over the past 25 years, their costs for food, rent, gas and heating oil have doubled, reports the Community Providers Association.

“They are at the tipping point,” said Terry Edelstein, the president of the providers association, who will become Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s nonprofit liaison to the private nonprofit agencies that the state pays $1.4 billion annually for a wide range of services to 500,000 residents. “Something has to change.”



Nonprofit cost chart


But, with the state’s fiscal cushion now gone, the current state budget could be as much as $27 million in deficit. Contracts with nonprofits, which represent about 7 percentof the budget, stand out as targets for potential emergency budget cuts. The reasons go beyond math; they’re among the largest pools of state spending that the governor has the authority to unilaterally rescind.

The Urban Institute ranks Connecticut as the seventh worst state in reimbursing its providers for the actual cost of providing services.

Expecting private fundraising to fill the gap is also not a feasible alternative.

“Philanthropy can only go so far,” said Johnson, noting that his supporters are reluctant to pay to close deficits.

“It is neither reasonable nor possible for private charity to supplant the state’s responsibility with respect to caring for its most vulnerable citizens,” the cabinet report reads.

After four years of flat funding, state lawmakers did approve a budget that will provide a 1 percent increase in reimbursement rates. This increase will cost the state $8.5 million this fiscal year.


The cabinet’s report offers several recommendations for Malloy to consider, and most come with either a price tag or a reduction in services.

One recommendation calls for agency leaders to routinely review existing contracts and adjust rates to respond to increased costs or review and modify their “service capacity.”


nonprofitsPatrick Johnson, at right, of Oak Hill talks about deficits and field trips. Terry Edelstein and Peter DeBiasi listen.


Another recommendation would allow nonprofits to keep any surpluses they manage to achieve in good years to fall back on in tough years. Providers who contract with DDS to provide services for those with developmental disabilities used to be able to keep half of their surpluses, but lawmakers reversed that policy last year.

“There’s a lot of pressure when the budget gets tight to look at every penny,” said Edelstein. She said DDS providers were able to retain about $4 million a year before lawmakers decided the full savings would be returned to the state.

The cabinet also recommended that the state step up and help them with building repairs and the other renovations their buildings need.

“We are struggling. Where exactly is the money going to come from for this?… Good luck getting it from the state,” Johnson said about the lengthy process of getting state funding.

Barnes said the condition of the facilities is on his radar, and the administration is open to taking on debt to renovate facilities. “We have supported quite a number of those projects… We are prepared to support even more of them,” he said.

This was first published at

Posted in Business, Featured, NationComments (1)

Should Media Outlets Drop the Term ‘Illegal Immigrant’? Ask Someone Without Papers

By ABC Univision, News Report

After a speech by undocumented journalist Jose Antonio Vargas last week, media outlets like The New York Times and the Associated Press are being forced to consider that question.

Case in point: On Monday, the public editor at the Times decided to gather reader comments on the subject, amassing more than 280 replies, many of which called for the paper to continue describing people as “illegal.”

But reading through the comments, one voice was largely missing: that of the people who will actually be described by the term.

Yesterday, ABC/Univision released an informal survey to ask undocumented immigrants which designation they believe media outlets should use. The question posed: “Which term do you prefer be used to describe immigration status: illegal immigrant, undocumented immigrant, or something else? Why?”

This wasn’t a scientific study, but the response was tremendous. In less than 24 hours, 325 individuals replied via the survey form, and dozens more sent emails.

Of the 325 respondents — who skewed young, Latino and Internet savvy — 277 chose some variation of “undocumented.” We encourage you to join the discussion by filling out the form here, and to visit the Univision News Tumblr, where we’ll post a stream of comments throughout the week.

Here are some of the people who responded, and why they want to end the era of “illegal.”

Read more on ABC/Univision.

Posted in Featured, NationComments (0)


Agency to Unveil Findings on Mental Health Services

HARTFORD — Although many young boys experience emotional and behavioral problems that often result in school and social issues, African American and Latino males are half as likely to receive mental health services compared to non-Hispanic white youth.

In Connecticut, state officials and local health agencies will address that issue by first releasing a report at Connecticut State Capitol,  Judiciary Room from 3: 30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The Connecticut Association of School Based Health  staff, supporters, advocates, educators, legislators, funders, students and parents will review  key findings and recommendations from their 18-month research study, which investigated the use of mental health services among adolescent African American and Latino males in school-based health center settings.

Researchers will also share findings to help inform decisions of state and federal policy-makers who may struggle with questions around shrinking state resources, improving health outcomes and reducing incarceration rates for males of color. They also will share findings about barriers, such as access, perceptions and stigma, etc. that get in the way of the males’ use of mental health services, and will share policy recomm

The Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers partnered with the University of Connecticut School of Nursing and the Institute for Community Research to conduct the research with funding from the Connecticut Health Foundation and the Perrin Family Foundation.  The study found that:

  • SBHCs remove or mitigate barriers to mental health treatment for African-
  • American and Latino adolescent males including lack of transportation, lack of insurance, and stigma


  • SBHCs provide an atmosphere of safety, confidentiality and trust; characteristics that are of paramount importance to adolescent males
  • SBHCs have proven to be a valuable resource which allows easy access to comprehensive physical and mental health care for African-American and Latino adolescent males, a group of young men who are otherwise reluctant to engage in mental health services.

“School Based Health Centers provide a safe, confidential environment for students to express their concerns and learn to cope with stressors.  This access to mental health care in their school creates a connection that can improve their health and academic achievement”, said Jesse White-Fresé, Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of School Based Health Centers.


Posted in Nation, NeighborhoodComments (1)

Tags: , , , ,

Hartford Group Honors Women Who ‘Walk Worthy’

HARTFORD —  In an effort to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women, who impact the Greater Hartford community,  Walk Worthy Brands will award four “walk worthy” awards at the Passing the Torch Brunch on Saturday at Central Connecticut State University.

The awardees are Dr. Ann Marie Adams, a historian and founder of  the first nonprofit, nonpartisan, hyper-local news site, The Hartford Guardian, in Connecticut in 2002. Adams is also a race and education contributor at The Washington Post blogs: The and The RootDC. Marilyn Calderon, Executive Director of Connecticut Parent Power, Tracey “Mind Evolution” Caldwell, a spoken word artist, and Nicole Locario, a folk dancer with Island Reflections Dance Troupe. The event is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 29 at CCSU’s Institute for Techonology and Business, 185 Main St., New Britain.

The Passing the Torch Brunch was founded by Hartford native, Daemond Benjamin, who use as his guide a biblical phrase from Ephesian 4 verse 1: “I therefore the prisoner of the Lord beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation with which you are called.”

Many of the awardees, he said, are walking worthy daily and empowering the community.

“We felt it was important to acknowledge the many unsung SheRoes in our community. The honorees embody the best our tradition and their works cover the span of journalism, activism, and performing arts,” Benjamin said.

The event will include performances by local artist, a keynote address by Rahael Tesfamariam of Urban Cusps and the Washington Post’s RootDC, as well as West Indian and Southern style cuisine.

Tickets are $25. For more information, visit, email, or call 860.881.8594.

View Larger Map

Posted in Hartford, Nation, NeighborhoodComments (1)


Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Forms Mailed

HARTFORD — Attorney General George Jepsen said on Monday that payment claim forms are going out to thousands of Connecticut borrowers whose homes were lost to foreclosure between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2011, and who may be eligible for payment under the $25 billion National Mortgage Foreclosure settlement.

Eligible borrowers were foreclosed upon during that period and had mortgages with Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers who agreed to the settlement with the federal government and attorneys general for 49 states and the District of Columbia.

The settlement, which took effect in April, earmarked $1.5 billion in payments for 1.75 million borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure during that period. The payments will be at least $840, and will very likely be higher, depending upon the number of borrowers who decide to participate.

“This payment is intended as partial compensation for the illegal conduct of the mortgage servicers,” said Attorney General Jepsen, who helped to negotiate the settlement agreement. “Unfortunately it will not help everyone, nor restore homes that were lost to foreclosure. But it represents help that otherwise would not have been available to borrowers, who can still pursue any legal claims they have against the servicers,” Jepsen said.

Nearly 9,000 notices are going out in Connecticut based on 7,600 eligible loans. Co-borrowers with different addresses will each be sent a notice package.  If both return forms, they will split the payment amount.

Attorney General Jepsen said the one-page claim forms are simple to complete.  Connecticut borrowers should  fill out and return them as soon as possible in the envelope provided, or file their claims online at

The deadline for all claims is Jan. 18, 2013. Payment checks are expected to be mailed in 2013.

Last week, the national settlement administrator mailed notification postcards to the eligible borrowers nationwide. Beginning today and continuing through Oct. 12, packets containing a letter from the Attorney General, claim forms, instructions and other explanatory information are being mailed to eligible borrowers in Connecticut.

Borrowers who believe they are eligible, but did not receive notification should e-mail or call a toll-free number: 1-866-430-8358. The same contacts may be used by borrowers who have questions or need help filing their claim. The information line is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

Eligible borrowers do not need to prove financial harm, or pay anyone, to file their claim, Jepsen said. Nor do they give up their rights to pursue a lawsuit against their mortgage servicer, or to participate in a separate program called the Independent Foreclosure Review Process being conducted by federal bank regulators.

That separate program is available to borrowers of more than two dozen lenders who were part of a foreclosure action on their primary residence between Jan. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2010. If the review finds that the borrower suffered financial injury because of errors or other problems during their home foreclosure process, the borrower may receive compensation or another remedy. The review is being conducted by the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. (OCC) A review form request and other information about that program is available at

Jepsen said the settlement claim payment is available to eligible borrowers even if they participate in another foreclosure claims process. However, any amount they receive may be credited against a future payment that may result from another foreclosure claim process or legal proceeding.

The national settlement followed state and federal investigations, which claimed that the five companies routinely signed foreclosure-related documents outside the presence of a notary public and without personal knowledge that the facts contained in the documents were correct. They also claimed that the mortgage servicers committed various errors and abuses in their mortgage processes.

Broad reform of the mortgage servicing process resulted from the settlement, as well as financial relief for borrowers still in their homes through direct loan modification relief, including principal reduction.

Jepsen is a member of the executive committee monitoring the banks’ compliance with the settlement terms. Assistant Attorneys General Joseph Chambers and Matthew Budzik, Finance department head, are assisting the Attorney General in this effort.

For more information about eligibility and filing a claim:


Call toll-free: 1-866-430-8358; (hearing impaired: 1-866-494-8281)

More information about the national settlement is available on the Attorney General’s website:

Posted in Bloomfield, Business, Hartford, Nation, NeighborhoodComments (3)

  • Latest News
  • Tags
  • Subscribe
Advertise Here