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Hartford Residents Offered Same Day Registration


By Gordon Henry, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Because of the global pandemic, voters now have more options than ever to cast their ballot, state officials said on Wednesday.

Additionally, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill on Wednesday reminded eligible but unregistered voters that they can register and vote on electionb day in their towns.

“Connecticut has Election Day Registration, so it is not too late for eligible voters to register and make their voice heard on election day,” Merrill said. “Every election official in Connecticut, in my office and in each of our 169 towns, are working hard to ensure that every eligible voter can register and that every registered voter votes!”

The election day registration locations can be found at myvote.ct.gov/EDR.

Also, same day registration is available for new Connecticut voters or voters, who have moved to a new town; voters who have moved within their town do not need to reregister.

More information on Election Day Registration can be found at myvote.ct.gov/EDRInfo.

Unlike previous years, eligible voters only have to be in line by 8:00 p.m. in order to register and vote, they do not have to have registered by 8:00pm.

In order to register on Nov. 3, a potential voter must provide their birth certificate, driver’s license, passport, or social security card, or in the case of college and university students a current photo identification issued by their higher education institution.

If the potential voter’s identification does not also include proof of their residential address, he or she must also submit another form of identification showing their residential address in the municipality. The additional identification may include, but is not limited to, a motor vehicle learner’s permit, a utility bill due no later than 30 days after the election, for a college or university student a current college or university registration or fee statement, a lease, a library card with residential address, a paycheck, a property tax bill, naturalization documents, or other satisfactory proof of residence.

Eligibility requirements can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Voting-Eligibility.

Additionally, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill on Wednesday reminded eligible but unregistered voters that they can register and vote on electionb day in their towns.

“Connecticut has Election Day Registration, so it is not too late for eligible voters to register and make their voice heard on election day,” Merrill said. “Every election official in Connecticut, in my office and in each of our 169 towns, are working hard to ensure that every eligible voter can register and that every registered voter votes!”

The election day registration locations can be found at myvote.ct.gov/EDR.

Also, same day registration is available for new Connecticut voters or voters, who have moved to a new town; voters who have moved within their town do not need to reregister.

More information on Election Day Registration can be found at myvote.ct.gov/EDRInfo.

Unlike previous years, eligible voters only have to be in line by 8:00 p.m. in order to register and vote, they do not have to have registered by 8:00pm.

In order to register on Nov. 3, a potential voter must provide their birth certificate, driver’s license, passport, or social security card, or in the case of college and university students a current photo identification issued by their higher education institution.

If the potential voter’s identification does not also include proof of their residential address, he or she must also submit another form of identification showing their residential address in the municipality. The additional identification may include, but is not limited to, a motor vehicle learner’s permit, a utility bill due no later than 30 days after the election, for a college or university student a current college or university registration or fee statement, a lease, a library card with residential address, a paycheck, a property tax bill, naturalization documents, or other satisfactory proof of residence.

Eligibility requirements can be found here: https://portal.ct.gov/SOTS/Election-Services/Voter-Information/Voting-Eligibility.

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Hartford HealthCare to Do COVID-19 Tests in Hartford


HARTFORD — Hartford HealthCare is relocating and expanding their testing site to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

That’s because officials are planning for an uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases. And the garage will be used to accommodate 4,000 people a day, officials said. This new site will open Nov. 9 seven days a week.

The move by Hartford HealthCare will double the number of patients tested for COVID-19.

“Testing is absolutely crucial and it’s centers like this, as we now advance really to our first winter, where this testing capability becomes absolutely critical,” said Jeffrey Flaks, President, Hartford HealthCare.

“The more quickly we know who has the virus, the more we can support them,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.

Those choosing to get tested will get thier results in about 24 hours.

Since March, Hartford HealthCare performed 382,000 tests, officials said. Consequently, some Hartford residents are concerned about the flood of patients entering the small city.

Hartford Health spokesperson Tina Varone said that residents should not be concerned about the spread of the virus due to the move to increase capacity for tests at the Convention Center. The test site will be drive through only. No one will be required to exit cars and walk around.

Hartford HealthCare has 930 mobile testing sites.

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Four New England States to Address Climate Change


By Anthony Zepperi, Staff Writer

HARTFORD – Recognizing the critical role that New England’s regional wholesale electricity market plays in addressing climate change, Gov. Ned Lamont and the governors of four other northeast states issued a statement calling for reforms needed to achieve their states’ respective goals for clean, affordable, and reliable electricity.

“When Connecticut deregulated our electricity sector, we were promised competition, lower risk for ratepayers, more affordable electricity, and a system that respects and accommodates our clean energy mandates,” Lamont said. “What we got is a system that has actively hindered our efforts to decarbonize the grid, and imposed burdensome costs on Connecticut ratepayers to fix market design failures…working together with our neighboring states, I’m committed to achieving a regional electricity grid that provides the affordable, clean, and reliable electricity that Connecticut families and businesses deserve.”

Lamont, Maine Gov. Janet Mills, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, and Vermont Gov. Phil Scott are calling for reform of the regional electricity market design, transmission planning process, and the governance of the ISO-New England, the independent system operator for the New England power system.

A vision document outlining specific areas for reform will be released later through the New England States Committee on Electricity (NESCOE), a nonprofit entity that represents the collective perspective of the New England states in regional electricity matters.

Governor Mills said that electricity usage must be changed to fit the current policies put in place by lawmakers.

“It is far past time that New England reforms how its electric grid is managed,” Mills said. “The wholesale electricity markets must advance and support clean energy laws and policies, as the states demand decarbonization and markets and consumers support more renewables.”

Governor Baker said that it is paramount that New England states have a working power system.

“To meet to our administration’s goal of net zero emissions in Massachusetts by 2050, the Commonwealth needs a regional electricity system that can support the delivery of clean, affordable, and reliable energy to residents and businesses,” Baker said. “My administration looks forward to working with our partner states, ISO-New England and stakeholders to build a more transparent, modern and cost-effective power system that will allow New England states to meet our ambitious climate change and clean energy goals while creating a better future for our residents.”

In the coming months, the states will convene open and accessible forums to ensure that all interested stakeholders have an opportunity to participate in further refinement of the principles of the shared vision.

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Naturalization Becoming Financially Prohibitive


By Dr Juan Andrade, Jr.

The Trump administration is not only fighting immigration at our border with Mexico, it’s trying to make it more expensive for immigrants who have met the legal requirements for citizenship to become citizens. 

How? The administration is proposing to raise the application fee by 82%, from $640 to $1,170! Studies have found that 32% of immigrants who are not yet citizens are living at 150% below the federal poverty level, and can ill afford this outrageous increase. 

Why? The official line is  “[t]he rule accounts for increased costs to adjudicate immigration benefit requests, detect and deter immigration fraud, and thoroughly vet applicants, petitioners and beneficiaries.” In short, BS.

Why else? The administration believes there are too many naturalized citizens already. What’s worse, it’s believed, naturalized citizens take their rights too seriously, especially the right to vote. A 2020 Pew study found a 93% increase in the number of naturalized citizens eligible to vote since 2000, comprising 10% of the electorate (23 million). Trump also knows that voter turnout among naturalized citizens runs 7% higher than that of native born citizens.

What’s worse, politically, is that 56% reside in the battleground states of California, New York, Texas, and Florida. That’s 12.8 million voters! These four states account for 151 of the 270 electoral votes needed to be elected president. 

Americans should see the outrageous increase in the naturalization application fee for what it is. It’s a blatant attempt to impose a poll tax on the right to vote. A federal judge has ruled against it, but it will soon be heard by one of Trump’s many appellate courts that could uphold this 21st century poll tax, contrary to the 24th Amendment. 

A new president, of course, could repeal the increase and take one more step toward restoring democracy for all Americans, native born and naturalized.

Dr Juan Andrade, Jr. is the 4th Latino in history to be honored by both a President of the United States and the Government of Mexico.

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Gov. Ned Lamont Signs Property Revitalization Bill


Anthony Zepperi, Staff Writer

HARTFORD – Gov. Ned Lamont recently announced that he has signed into law a property revitalization bill that will promote the revitalization of environmentally contaminated, blighted parcels of land and put them back into good use in a way that will benefit the local economy of towns throughout Connecticut while at the same time ensuring environmental integrity.

Approved with bipartisan, unanimous support during the recent special session of the Connecticut General Assembly, the legislation sunsets the Connecticut Property Transfer Act of 1985, which both environmentalists and economic development officials agree was obsolete and ineffective and authorizes the development of a more flexible, predictable, environmentally sustainable, and socially just, release-based regulatory program commonly used in most other states.

Under this new system, rather than singling out certain properties with onerous requirements, it focuses compliance on contamination that poses the greatest risk to the environment, and creates a uniform, predictable set of standards to guide cleanups of low-risk spills without a lot of red tape.

The governor said this renewed approach will take parcels that have gone unused for generations and make them more attractive to private investors, benefiting both the environment and economic development. It is estimated that there are about 4,200 properties in Connecticut that fall under the Transfer Act, and only about a quarter of them have been cleaned up since the program began 35 years ago.

“In today’s challenging times, we are doing everything we can to build a stronger Connecticut economy that is safer and healthier environment for our children,” Lamont said. “This new law will streamline cleanups of contaminated properties, bring properties back to life and there’s never been a more important time to fix regulations that aren’t working, and adopt solutions for the greater good and benefit of our great state.”

The legislation was built through the robust participation of a diverse multitude of stakeholders and with the technical inputs of the professional staff at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).

In particular, Lamont thanked the co-chairs of the legislature’s Environment Committee, State Senator Christine Cohen (D-Guilford) and State Representative Mike Demicco (D-Farmington) as well as the co-chairs of the Commerce Committee State Senator Joan Hartley (D-Waterbury) and State Representative Caroline Simmons (D-Stamford) for their advocacy in getting the bill approved by both chambers of the General Assembly.

Connecticut Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Katie Dykes said that she is working hard with business people to help create a more efficient clean-up system.

“This year, with strong legislative leadership and bipartisan support, we are responding to that call, and will finally move to a more effective release-based cleanup framework that matches the rest of the country,” Dykes said. “This new approach will protect our environment and our communities while incentivizing smart, sustainable, and environmentally informed development. DEEP looks forward to working collaboratively with stakeholders on the regulatory framework in the months ahead.”

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One Million Lives Lost in the Covid-19 Pandemic


HARTFORDThe Hartford Editor and Publisher Ann Marie Adams thanks God, family and friends for blessing us with our lives to carry on during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We pray for world peace and health, our staff, our freelancers, our support staff and volunteers to endure this coronavirus epidemic that’s taking the lives of our loved ones. Therefore, we will resume publishing on Oct. 24, 2020.

We also call for a hearing to learn about the underlying theological causes of this recent phenomenon that affects all of us, not just some of us. We want all who are concerned about the current calamatiy to contact us at editor@thehartfordguardian.com to discuss this sobering reality in these times.

Here’s a letter from the United Nations to address this sobering milestone in the pandemic.

Remarks by H.E. Mr. Volkan Bozkir,

PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

5th MICs MINISTERIAL MEETING OF THE LIKE-MINDED GROUP OF COUNTRIES, SUPPORTERS OF MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES

Excellencies,

Thank you for the opportunity to address today’s Ministerial Meeting.

I only wish we could be together, in the same room.

The loss of contact, however, is only one of the many casualties of the global pandemic, which this week hit the sobering mark of one million lives lost.

COVID-19 has shaken our world. In addition to the many who have suffered and suffer, many countries are now facing severe challenges to their economies and social systems. 

Even the finest of healthcare systems and social safety nets have been tried and tested by this pandemic. Where does this leave those who were already behind?

Unfortunately, as is so often the case, it is the most vulnerable that are hit hardest.

Middle-income countries are no exception and have the unique challenge of being caught somewhere in the middle – excuse the pun. They are both economic powerhouses and struggling with inequality; they are home to abundant resources and innovation, and yet must fight their way through global financial and economic systems that are not always designed in their favor.

MICs made remarkable progress against the Sustainable Development Goals. COVID-19, however, is setting back these gains.

In addition to health and well-being, the pandemic is exacerbating poverty, limiting economic growth, elevating debt levels, and limiting access to education, to name but a few.

Coupled with multidimensional poverty, vulnerability to shocks, and significant debt burdens, COVID has reinforced the prospect of a ‘middle-income trap’, exacerbating already formidable development challenges.

In this context, I encourage the IFIs to consider factors other than GDP per capita for assessing access to finance.

I am confident that we can seize this moment to convert crisis into opportunity; to accelerate progress on the SDGs throughout the Decade of Action; and to adopt innovative policies and strategies that properly and adequately address the needs of MICs.

I am confident that together, at the High-Level Meeting on Middle-Income Countries, which I am mandated to host during the session, you will present practical proposals to this effect.

Excellencies, there is no linear path to sustainable development – no one size fits all – we must endeavor to make flexible and adaptable the international systems and tools that support countries in their development goals. Particularly now, in their time of need.

I look forward to working with you on this and I thank you very much for having me in this meeting.

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