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TSA Agents Say They’re Not Discriminating Against Black Women, But Their Body Scanners Might Be

The full-body scanners at airports across the country frequently give false alarms for Afros, braids, twists and other hairstyles popular among black women.

By Brenda Medina and Thomas Frank, ProPublica

Dorian Wanzer travels frequently for work. And almost every time she steps out of an airport body scanner, security screeners pull her aside and run their fingers through her hair. It’s called a hair pat-down.

“It happens with my natural Afro, when I have braids or two-strand twists. Regardless,” said Wanzer, who lives in Washington, D.C. “At this point in my life I have come to expect it, but that doesn’t make it any less invasive and frustrating.”

Wanzer, who had her hair patted down by Transportation Security Administration officers two weeks ago while she flew home from Raleigh, North Carolina, said she feels singled out when she is asked to step aside.

“When you find yourself in that kind of situation, it makes you wonder,” Wanzer said. “Is this for security, or am I being profiled for my race?”

Black women have been raising alarms for years about being forced to undergo intrusive, degrading searches of their hair at airport security checkpoints. After a complaint five years ago, the TSA pledged to improve oversight and training for its workers on hair pat-downs.

But it turns out there’s an issue beyond the screeners: the machines themselves.

The futuristic full-body scanners that have become standard at airports across the United States are prone to false alarms for hairstyles popular among women of color.

In a request to vendors last summer, the TSA asked for ideas “to improve screening of headwear and hair in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.” That law bars federally funded agencies and programs from discriminating — even unintentionally — on the basis of race, color or national origin.

Two officers interviewed by ProPublica said the machines’ alarms are frequently triggered by certain hairstyles.

“With black females, the scanner alarms more because they have thicker hair; many times they have braids or dreadlocks,” said a TSA officer who works at an airport in Texas and asked not to be named. “Maybe, down the line, they will be redesigning the technology, so it can tell apart what’s a real threat and what is not. But, for now, we officers have to do what the machine can’t.”

A government report in 2014 found that the machines also “had a higher false alarm rate when passengers wore turbans and wigs.”

Asked about the false alarms, the TSA said in a statement to ProPublica that the agency “is reviewing additional options for the screening of hair.” (Read the agency’s full statement.)

A senior TSA official said in an interview that hair pat-downs are not discriminatory and are done when a body scanner indicates that a passenger has an object in his or her hair. “I get a hair pat-down every time I travel. I’m a white woman,” said the official, who agreed to be interviewed on the condition that she not be named.

“Procedures require that if there is an alarm on the technology, the pat-down [must] be conducted,” the official said. She added that the agency has found no evidence of discrimination in hair pat-downs or any pattern that pointed to a particular airport.

The TSA advises passengers to remove all items from their hair before going through airport security and warns on its website that “wearing a hairpiece, extensions or a wig as well as a ponytail, a hair bun or braids” may trigger an alarm.

The TSA would not say if it had ever found a weapon in a passenger’s hair. Its website says: “You’d be surprised what can be hidden in hair. The most notable things we’re looking for in hair are explosives and improvised explosives device components.”

The false alarms affect more than the passengers whose hair is searched. The government report from 2014 noted that patting down passengers slows security lines and may increase costs by requiring extra screeners.

Full-body scanners — millimeter wave machines — have become standard at airports over the past decade. The TSA accelerated their installation after failed “underwear bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarded a flight on Christmas Day 2009 from Amsterdam to Detroit with plastic explosives inside his pants.

The scanners are made by L3 Technologies. A governmentreport said they cost about $150,000 each, and that the TSA spent more than $100 million deploying the machines. An L3 spokesperson declined to comment on the machines, and pointed us to the company’s website.

Unlike metal detectors, the scanners can detect nonmetallic items. But they can’t tell what objects are — or, apparently, if it’s just thick hair. That requires humans.

Last month, ProPublica asked people to share their experience with hair searches at airports. We received 720 responses. More than 90% were from women. Of the respondents overall, 313 identified as white only, 311 as black only and 96 as other ethnicities such as Latino, Asian American, Middle Eastern, American Indian or Alaskan Native, or mixed.

Most black women and other women of color we heard from described the hair pat-downs as intrusive and disrespectful. They said they felt singled out during the process.

Wanzer, who lives in Washington, D.C. (André Chung, special to ProPublica)

“I get TSA workers have a job to do, which is to keep us safe,” said Wanzer, the Washington, D.C., resident who frequently has her hair searched. “But there needs to be a level of sensitivity about how different people perceive these kinds of searches.”

Black women have long been discriminated against for wearing their hair as it grows naturally or for sporting hairstyles mostly associated with black culture, like braids, two-strand twists, cornrows and locks. Natural black hair has been deemed unhygienic, unprofessional and radical, and it has beenpoliced for centuries.

Most white women we heard from said they didn’t mind the searches or considered them a minor annoyance.

Toni Moss, who is white, said she travels by plane about four times a month. Moss said she is occasionally flagged for a hair search. The searches happen only when she keeps her short, voluminous hair in its naturally curly state. When Moss straightens her hair before traveling, she doesn’t get a hair pat-down, she said.

“It isn’t really something that I mind. I just find it funny when it happens but, then, it doesn’t happen every time I travel,” said Moss, whose hair was searched most recently in January while going through security at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas.

“The last time it happened I was joking with TSA [officers],” Moss said. “I told them, ‘Sorry you didn’t find a pork chop in my head.’ And they laughed.”

The agency has said that even if the machines don’t sound an alarm, agents can still choose to do hair pat-downs if “an individual’s hair looks like it could contain a prohibited item or is styled in a way an officer cannot visually clear it.”

That discretion enables profiling, said Abre’ Conner, a lawyer with the ACLU of Northern California, which filed thecomplaint against the TSA in April 2014. “When that discretion comes into play, unless there is explicit- and implicit-bias training, that can play out in a way that harms people of color, black people,” Conner said.

When Jazzmen Knoderer traveled by plane for the second time in her life, in 2012, TSA officers at Dayton International Airport in Ohio asked her to step aside for a full-body pat-down. It happened again the next time she took an airplane and went through security, at an airport on the Hawaiian island of Maui in 2013. And again, for her fourth plane trip in 2014, at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The first time Knoderer’s hair was searched, it was short and styled in two-strand twists. The second time, she had an Afro. The third time, her Afro was no more than 3 inches long, she said.

Knoderer said she didn’t go through a body scanner or metal detector before she was searched.

“It doesn’t feel random when it happens three times in a row. It doesn’t feel random when you see that all the people around you, who don’t look like you, aren’t asked to step aside,” Knoderer said. “I don’t want to change the way my hair grows out of my head.”

The number of complaints filed with the TSA by passengers alleging racial discrimination in hair pat-downs rose from 73 in 2017 to 105 in 2018.

It’s not clear what has caused that increase. One reason may be growing scrutiny of the issue, in particular a powerful story in Cosmopolitan last year in which the writer recounted her own experiences and those of others. Most people we heard from said they had not known they could file a complaint.

The TSA is one of the most diverse agencies in the federal government. One-quarter of the nation’s 46,000 airport screeners are black and 23% are Hispanic, according to Office of Personnel Management data.

Conner, the ACLU lawyer, said black airport screeners seem just as likely to conduct hair pat-downs as white screeners. The only difference is that a black screener “doesn’t necessarily leave my hair as messed up,” she said.

Thomas Frank is a journalist in Washington, D.C., and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2012.

Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP

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Hartford Woman Facing Deportation Continues Fight to Stay in U.S., Court Grants Reprieve

Updated Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.

By Christian Spencer, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Facing deportation, Wayzaro Walton is on a quest to stay with her family in Hartford.

Walton on Monday received a reprieve. A U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ordered a stay of deportation for her while the federal Board of Immigration Appeals considers her case. However, federal officials said Walton will remain in a detention facility in Massachusetts.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Walton, 34, is a convicted felon. So on a routine visit to check in with a private agency that works with ICE, officials arrested her on March 26 and transported her to detention.

According to ICE, the British-born immigrant was convicted of third-degree larceny and had several misdemeanor charges for shoplifting. After a judge in 2012 deemed Walton deportable, ICE moved in.

Advocates for Walton said ICE officials made the wrong move. That’s because Walton was pardoned for her past crimes on January 15. And according to a pardon waiver clause, an immigration statue, if she had a full pardon, her past conviction should no longer be used against her as they were used in her 2012 immigration case.

And there are other factors at play, said Erin O’Neil Baker, Walton’s attorney.

“We’ve been trying to reopen that case about her deportation, arguing that her crimes are not deportable crimes,” Baker said.

Walton’s is one of hundreds of individuals in Connecticut who have been detained by ICE officials. Since 2017, 436 people in Connecticut have been detained, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Nationally, the fiscal year of 2018 was considered a successful year that aligned with President Donald Trump’s agenda for stricter border control and deportation of undocumented or unlawful immigrants, according to  ICE and Enforcement and Removal Operations. There were 158,581 arrests in 2018, the greatest number of arrests over the last two fiscal years, according to an ERO report.

Since January 2017 when Trump issued his executive order to “enhance public safety,” detention facility bookings nationwide have increased more than 22 percent.

In 2017, there were 4,019 immigration cases pending in Hartford, according to the U.S. Department of Justice report.

Wayzaro Walton’s wife, Tamika Ferguson, wipes away tears after a press conference on Tuesday with Attorney General William Tong in Hartford. Photo: Ann-Marie Adams

Walton Detained

Walton is a legal resident, who is married to an American citizen, Tamika Ferguson. They both have a 15-year-old daughter.  Nevertheless, ICE arrested Walton the night before her state pardon for felony larceny and other misdemeanors became effective.

Since Walton’s arrest, her wife has been talking to her by phone every day.

“She’s just ready to come home. She misses her daughter,” Ferguson said after wiping away tears in the aftermath of a press conference on Tuesday. “She’s just ready to be home.”

Last month, supporters rallied before the federal building in Hartford to help reunite Walton with her family. Consequently, they started a petition to help keep Walton in Hartford with her family.

Hartford Deportation Defense’s community organizer Constanza Segovia said Walton’s pardon should have prevented her from being detained.

“ICE refuses to accept [Walton’s pardon]. And it’s not recognizing the power of pardon in Connecticut because of the process,” Segovia said.

Legal Question

At issue is a legal question that involves the state’s sovereignty. That’s why Attorney General William Tong has intervened. He recently filed an amicus brief with the Second Circuit Court arguing that the parole board should be viewed as a part of the state’s executive branch. And ICE should have recognized the pardon.

“We needed to step in to make clear that when we pardon someone, they are cleared. It should be recognized. ” Tong said. “The federal government needs to respect the sovereignty of Connecticut.”

The pardon process in Connecticut is different than other states in which a governor grants pardon. In Connecticut, a Parole Board approves pardons. Last month, Gov. Ned Lamont wrote to the Department of Homeland Security asking for Walton’s pardon to be recognized.

“I’m grateful to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals for recognizing the gravity of Wayzaro’s case and granting her a temporary stay of deportation. But this fight is far from over. We need to fight for permanent relief for Wayzaro,” Tong said. “This is another example of how the Trump Administration has separated children from their parents, and it doesn’t just happen at the border.”

Tong said he visited the border. And the country needs to have an honest discussion about immigration.

“The separation of children from their parents is not just happening at the border,” Tong said. “It’s happening here in Connecticut.”

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Obama Foundation to Recruit 100 Hartford Youth for Leadership Program

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — The Obama Foundation is seeking 100 youth in Hartford for its community engagement training designed to “inspire, empower, and connect” young leaders who want to tackle problems in their communities.

Applications are available online and the deadline to apply is March 24. The six-month program will kick off in June. Mandatory in-person training will be held from June 7 to 9, Aug. 16 to 18 and Nov. 8 to 10.

Applicants should be between 18 and 25 years old and live in the city. Selected individuals will become a part of the Foundation’s Community Leadership Corps and gain valuable skills in community organizing, design thinking, and project management.

Hartford is one of two cities this summer to participate in the Foundations program—selected primarily because about 40 percent of Hartford residents are under 25.

Mayor Luke Bronin said Hartford is fortunate to have so many engaged youth.

““We are thrilled that the Obama Foundation chose Hartford as one of only two cities in the country for the second year of its Community Leadership Corps, which will work hand in hand with young people to help them make an even bigger impact in our community,” Bronin said.  “The Obama Foundation’s focus on investing in and supporting diverse young leaders is a perfect fit for a city like Hartford, and we are looking forward to working with them in the months ahead.”

The other city participating this summer is Chicago, home of the foundation’s headquarters. In its first year, the program was in Chicago, Phoenix, Ariz and Columbia, S.C.

The program will include three in-person trainings in each city, online trainings in between and ongoing coaching support.

“We know our young people are eager to make a difference in their communities, so the Community Leadership Corps aims to give them skills to take their passion and put it into action,” said David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation. “Building on the successes of last year’s program, we’re excited to introduce the Community Leadership Corps to Hartford—as well as bring together a new crop of leaders in Chicago. In doing so, we’ll help young leaders acquire the skills they need to tackle the issues in their communities.”

For more information about the 2019 program, visit

Photo courtesy of Obama Foundation.

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Archdiocese of Hartford Releases Names of Clergy Members Accused of Sexual Abuse

By Rose Mendes, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — The Archdiocese of Hartford released the names of clergy members accused of sexual abuse and disclosed it paid $50.6 million to settle 142 lawsuits.

Archbishop Leonard P. Blair and the Office of Safe Environment of the Archdiocese of Hartford published the information on Tuesday.

Of the 142 settled claims, 29 clergy members were involved and three priests from other dioceses.

According to the Archdiocese, 98 percent of settlements occurred for abuse before 1990. In the last 20 years, two priests were criminally charged and prosecuted.

Since 1953, 36 archdiocesan clergy have been accused. That number includes six priests accused of sexual misconduct while they were assigned to Hartford.

Blair said the Archdiocese hired retired state Superior Court Judge Antonio Robaina to conduct an independent investigation into claims of sexual abuse from 1953 to present and to detail the Archdiocese’s response.

There are currently no priests in ministry who have been credibly accused, according to the Archdiocese.

The Archdiocese release comes amid a wave of sexual abuse allegations in the country. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced earlier that it would adopt concrete measures to address the sexual abuse crisis.

The following priests were accused of sexual abuse, according to the Archdiocese of Hartford:

Altermatt, Gregory – Ordination 3/27/1976
Assistant Pastor, Incarnation, Wethersfield
Assistant Pastor, St. Timothy, West Hartford
Assistant Pastor, St. Ann, Waterbury
Chaplain, St. Mary Hospital, Waterbury
In residence, Our Lady of Victory, West Haven
Chaplain, St. Raphael Hospital, New Haven
Removed from ministry, 2/3/2012
A civil case is pending

Buckley, Joseph – Ordination 5/21/1932
Assistant Pastor, St. Vincent, East Haven
Assistant Pastor, St. Agnes, Niantic
Pastor, St. Therese, Stony Creek (Branford)
Administrator, St. Mary, Newington
Pastor, St. Mary, Newington
Retired 5/14/1970
Died in 1975 before the single claim against him was received in 2003.

Bzdyra, Stephen – Ordination 11/10/1979
Assistant Pastor, St. Stanislaus, Meriden
Co-Pastor, St. Francis, New Haven
Co-Pastor St. George, Guilford
Temp. Administrator, St. Joseph, Suffield
Assistant, St. Mary, Milford
Assistant, St. Rita, Hamden
Pastor, SS Peter & Paul Wallingford
Chaplain, Cheshire Correctional Institute
Pastor, St. Hedwig, Union City (Residence)
Administrator, St. Stanislaus, Waterbury
Chaplain, Cheshire Correctional Institute (continued), while in residence, St. Hedwig, Union City
Temporary Administrator, St. Margaret Waterbury
Pastor, St. Augustine, Seymour
Removed from ministry, 7/8/2010
Laicized 5/4/2018

Clarkin, Herbert – Ordination 5/7/1959
Assistant Pastor, St. Michael, Beacon Falls
Assistant Pastor, St Paul, Glastonbury
Faculty, East Catholic High School, Manchester
In residence, Mt. St. Joseph Academy, West Hartford
Assistant Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Waterbury
Pastor, St. Bernard, Tariffville
Chaplain, with ministry restricted exclusively to St. Mary Home, West Hartford
Removed from ministry, subsequent to retirement, 4/29/2002
Died 12/29/2010

Crowley, Stephen – Ordination 5/19/1955
Assistant Pastor, St. Michael, Waterville
Assistant Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Hartford
Assistant Pastor, St. Bridget, Cheshire
Assistant Pastor, Our Lady of Pompeii, East Haven
Assistant Pastor, St. Mary, Derby
Temp. Assistant, St. George, Guilford
Assistant Pastor, St. George Guilford
Assistant Pastor, St. Francis, Torrington
Pastor, St. Francis, Torrington
Pastor Emeritus, and assisting in parishes
Temp. Administrator, Ascension, Hamden
Removed from ministry, 6/11/2002
Sentenced to a life of “prayer and penance” by the Holy See in Rome, 10/21/2015
Died 8/11/2016

Doyle, Robert – Ordination 5/30/1935
Assistant Pastor, St Peter, Hartford
Associate Superintendent, Diocesan Office of Schools
Superintendent of Schools
Pastor, St. Augustine, Hartford
Pastor, Sacred Heart, Wethersfield
Died 12/18/1975 before the single claim against him was received in 2009

Ferguson, Ivan – Ordination 5/6/1970
Auxiliary Priest of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles in an Apostolic Vicariate in the Diocese of St. Joseph of the Amazon, Peru
Faculty, Northwest Catholic High School
In residence, St. Bernard, Tariffville
Incardinated (became a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford), 2/9/1979
Assistant Pastor, St. Mary, Derby
Assistant Pastor, St. Matthew, Forestville
Chaplain, Hartford Hospital; in residence at St. Lawrence O’Toole, Hartford
Removed from ministry, 3/4/1993
Died 12/16/2002

Foley, Stephen – Ordination 5/4/1967
Assistant Pastor, Christ the King, Bloomfield
Assistant Pastor, St. Robert Bellarmine, Windsor Locks
Assistant Pastor, St. Timothy, West Hartford
Pastor, St. Dunstan, Glastonbury
Removed from ministry, 8/18/1993
Laicized 4/29/2016

Glynn, Thomas – Ordination 6/29/1938
Assistant Pastor, Sacred Heart, Wethersfield
Assistant Pastor, Corpus Christi, Wethersfield
Chaplain, United States Navy,
Instructor, Mt. St. Joseph Academy, West Hartford
Chaplain, House of Good Shepherd, Hartford
Pastor, St. Boniface, New Haven
Pastor, St. Matthew, Forestville
Administrator, Holy Trinity, Wallingford
Pastor, Holy Trinity, Wallingford
Administrator, St. Clare, East Haven
Pastor, St. Clare, East Haven
Pastor Emeritus, St. Joseph, Meriden
Pastor Emeritus, assisting in various parishes
Retired, 11/1/1987
Died 1/25/1993

Gotta, Paul – Ordination 5/20/2006
Temp. Assistant, St. Margaret, Madison
Assistant Pastor, St. John the Evangelist, Watertown
Part-time Chaplain, Sacred Heart High School, Waterbury
Assistant Pastor, St. Rita, Hamden
Temp. Administrator, St. Rita, Hamden
Assistant Pastor, St. Rita, Hamden
Sacramental Minister, SCSU, New Haven
Administrator, St. Catherine, Broad Brook/St. Philip E. Windsor
Pastor, St. Francis of Assisi, Naugatuck – in addition to continuing as Administrator for St. Catherine, Broad Brook/St. Philip E. Windsor
Removed from ministry, 7/12/2013
A canonical process is underway

Graham, John – Ordination 12/8/1931
Assistant Pastor, St. Augustine, South Glastonbury
Assistant Pastor, St. Anthony, Hartford
Assistant Pastor, St. Joseph, Danbury
On Leave, One Year
Assistant Pastor, St. Patrick, Thompsonville
Assistant Pastor, St. Ann, Hamden
Pastor, St. Augustine, South Glastonbury
Administrator, St. Bernadette, New Haven, in residence at SS. Peter and Paul, Waterbury
Resigned Pastorate
Assistant Pastor, Ss. Peter and Paul, Waterbury
Retired, 1974
Died 12/11/1983 before the single claim against him was received in 2003

Hussey, Philip – Ordination 5/26/1938
Assistant Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Waterbury
Assistant Pastor, St. Lawrence O’Toole, Hartford
Pastor, St. Bartholomew, Manchester
Died 1/17/1978 before the claims against him were received

Hyland, Edward – Ordination 5/4/1967
Temp. Chaplain, Hartford, Hospital
Assistant Pastor, St. Joseph, Bristol
Assistant Pastor, St. Therese, North Haven
Chaplain, Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven
Appointed Coordinator of the Hospital Apostolate
Co-Pastor, St, Francis, Naugatuck
Temp. Assistant Pastor Holy Trinity, Wallingford
Temp. Assistant Pastor St. Joseph, Bristol
Co-Pastor, St. Gabriel, Windsor
Pastor, SS. Peter & Paul, Waterbury
Removed from ministry, 7/26/2002
Laicized 4/29/2016

Lacy, Joseph – Ordination 3/19/1938
Assistant Pastor, St. Ann, New Britain
Chaplain, United States Army
Student in Rome
Chaplain, St. Agnes Home, West Hartford
Pastor, St. Michael, Hartford
Administrator, St. Luke, Hartford
Pastor, St. Luke, Hartford
Pastor Emeritus, St. Luke, Hartford
Retired, 11/1/1987
Died 5/18/1990 before any claims against him were received

Ladamus, Robert – Ordination 5/23/1970
Assistant Pastor, St. Francis Xavier, Waterbury
Assistant Pastor, Our Lady of Victory, West Haven
Assistant Pastor, St. John Vianney, West Haven
Assistant Pastor, St. Mary, Milford
Temp. Administrator, Christ the Redeemer, Milford
Pastor, Christ the Redeemer, Milford
Resigned Pastorate, Christ the Redeemer, Milford
Unassigned for health reasons
Retired 7/1/1998 before any claims against him were received
Died 11/8/2012

Maguire, Felix – Ordination 5/18/1950
Assistant, St. Augustine, North Branford
Assistant Pastor, St. Patrick, Mystic
Temp. Assistant, St. Thomas, Goshen
Assistant Pastor, St. Mary Magdalen, Oakville
Assistant Pastor, St. Lawrence, West Haven
Assistant Pastor, St. Pius X, Wolcott
Assistant Pastor, St. Augustine, South Glastonbury
Pastor, St. John Fisher, Marlborough
On Leave, Three Months
Pastor, St. Mary Derby
Pastor, St. Theresa, North Haven
Retired, 1992
Removed from ministry, 1992
Died 7/13/2008

Manspeaker, Terry – Ordination 11/24/1990
(Transitional Deacon – en route to priestly ordination)
Released as a seminarian from the Archdiocese of Washington, 1989
Granted candidacy for Holy Orders in the Archdiocese of Hartford, 1990
Seminarian assignment, St. Augustine, Seymour
Deacon, St. Lucy Parish, Waterbury
Removed from ministry in the Archdiocese of Hartford, 5/15/1992

McGann, Richard – Ordination 5/23/1970
Assistant Pastor, St. Gregory, Bristol
Chaplain, Hartford Hospital
Director Pastoral Ministry, St. Paul High School, Bristol
Pastor, Our Lady of Mercy, Plainville
Removed from ministry, 6/14/2005
Sentenced to a life of “prayer and penance” by the Holy See in Rome, 5/24/2016

McSheffery, Daniel – Ordination 5/10/1956
Temp. Assistant, St. Ann, Avon
Assistant Pastor, St. Mary, Branford
Assistant Pastor, St. Augustine, Hartford
Pastor, St George, Guilford
Pastor, St. Augustine, North Branford
Removed from ministry, 5/10/2002
Died 6/15/2014

Mitchell, Peter – Ordination 5/3/1951
Assistant Pastor, St. Patrick, Mystic
Assistant Pastor, St. Mary, Derby
Leave of Absence for work in Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Assistant Pastor, St. John the Evangelist, West Hartford
Assistant Pastor, St. Aedan, New Haven
Assistant Pastor, Assumption, Woodbridge
Pastor, St. Clare, East Haven
Residence, St. Mary, Branford
Assistant Pastor, St. Mary, Branford
Chaplain, St. Francis Hospital, Hartford
Pastor Emeritus, St. Mary, Derby
Removed from ministry subsequent to retirement, 12/31/2001
Died 5/20/2016

Muha, Edward – Ordination 12/22/1945
Assistant Pastor, St. Mary, Newington
Assistant Pastor, SS Cyril and Methodius, Bridgeport
Assistant Pastor, Our Lady of Mercy, Plainville
Assistant Pastor, St. Michael, Waterville
Assistant Pastor, St. Francis, New Haven
Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Terryville
Pastor Emeritus, Immaculate Conception, Terryville
Died 2/11/2002 before the single claim against him was received in 2004

Nash, Howard – Ordination 1/15/1961
Assistant Pastor, Holy Infant, Orange
Temp Co-Pastor, St. Michael, Hartford
Assistant Pastor, St. Agnes, Woodmont
Co-Pastor, St. Bernadette, New Haven
Temp Administrator, St. Casimir, New Haven
Administrator, St. Bernadette, New Haven
Pastor, St. Bernadette, New Haven
Died 10/28/2001 before the single claim against him was received in 2003

O’Connor, John T. – Ordination 6/29/1946
Assistant Pastor, St. Thomas, Southington
Assistant Pastor, St. Francis, Torrington
Assistant Pastor, St. Mary, Newington
Pastor, Holy Spirit, Newington
Pastor Emeritus, St. Dominic, Southington
Died 12/1/2003 before any claims against him were received

Paul, Raymond – Ordination 5/19/1955
Assistant Pastor, St. Paul, Kensington
Assistant Pastor, St. Thomas, Waterbury
Assistant Pastor, St. Barnabas, North Haven
Temp. Chaplain, St. Mary Hospital, Waterbury
Chaplain, St. Mary Hospital, Waterbury
Assistant Pastor, St. Augustine, North Branford
Assistant Pastor, St. George, Guilford
Assistant Pastor, St. Augustine, Seymour
Assistant Pastor, Holy Rosary, Ansonia
Removed from ministry, 2/21/1996
Died, 7/4/2008

Paturzo, Louis – Ordination 5/26/1973
Assistant Pastor, Sacred Heart, Waterbury
Assistant Pastor, Blessed Sacrament, Hamden
Assistant Pastor, Sacred Heart, Hartford
Temp. Administrator, Sacred Heart, Hartford
Assistant Pastor, St. Augustine, Hartford
Temp. Administrator, St. John Evangelist, West Hartford
On Leave, Two Months
Assistant Pastor, St Lawrence O’Toole, Hartford
Assistant Pastor, St. Ann, New Britain
Assistant Pastor, St. Joseph & St. Anthony, Bristol
Chaplain, State of CT Department of Corrections
Removed from ministry in 2002
Laicized in 2008

Perrault, Arthur – Ordination 5/7/1964
Assistant Pastor, St. Bernard, Sharon
Assistant Pastor, Blessed Sacrament, East Hartford
On Leave, Two Weeks;
Assistant Pastor, St. Joseph, New Haven
Assistant Pastor, St. Francis, Naugatuck;
On Leave, Via Coeli, New Mexico
Removed from ministry in 1965, and sent for evaluation and treatment at a facility in New Mexico.

In 1967, following treatment in New Mexico, Perrault, at his request, was excardinated (ceased to be a priest) from the Archdiocese of Hartford and, at the request of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, was incardinated (became a priest) of that Archdiocese.

Przybylo, William – Ordination 5/23/1968
Temp. Assistant, St. Bernard, Sharon
Assistant Pastor, SS. Peter & Paul, Wallingford
Assistant Pastor, St. Mary, Derby
Assistant Pastor, Holy Cross, New Britain
Spiritual Director, St. Paul High School, Bristol
Vice principal, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, New Britain
Principal, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, New Britain
Pastor, SS. Cyril & Methodius, Hartford
Removed from ministry, 9/22/2008
Sentenced to a life of “prayer and penance” by the Holy See in Rome, 10/21/2015

Raffaeta, George – Ordination 5/10/1956
Temp. Administrator, Immaculate Conception, New Hartford
Assistant Pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes, Waterbury
Assistant Pastor, St. Bernard, Hazardville
Assistant Pastor, St. Mary, Derby
Chaplain, Hartford Hospital, Hartford
Temp. Administrator, St. Monica, Northford
Assistant Pastor, St. George, Guilford
Assistant Pastor, St. Augustine, Seymour
Pastor, Holy Infant, Orange
Pastor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Meriden
Pastor, St. Clare, East Haven
Pastor Emeritus, St. Francis, New Britain
Pastor Emeritus, St. Paul, West Haven
Pastor Emeritus, St. Agnes, Woodmont
Retired, 1/1/2001
Removed from ministry, 5/23/2002
Died 5/26/2010

Reardon, Edward – Ordination 5/14/1931
Assistant Pastor, St. Anthony, Hartford
Sick Leave
Assistant Pastor, St. Joseph, Canaan
Assistant Pastor, St. Mary, Greenwich
Assistant Pastor, St. Joseph, New London
Assistant Pastor, St. Mary, New London
Assistant Pastor, St. Thomas the Apostle, West Hartford
Administrator, St. Bernard, Hazardville
Pastor, St. Bernard, Hazardville
Pastor, St. James, Manchester
Pastor Emeritus, St. James, Manchester
Retired, 6/11/1979
Died 5/23/1991 before the single claim was received in 2004

Renkiewicz, Adolph – Ordination 5/10/1956
Assistant Pastor, Sacred Heart, New Britain
Assistant Pastor, St. Ann, Devon
Assistant Pastor, St. Casimir, Terryville
Assistant Pastor, Immaculate Conception, Southington
Assistant Pastor, Holy Cross, New Britain
Pastor, St. Adalbert, Enfield
Pastor, St. Stanislaus, Meriden
On Leave, Holy Family Monastery
Chaplain, with ministry restricted exclusively to the Felician Sisters Motherhouse, Enfield
Died 8/17/2015

Rozint, Joseph – Ordination 5/4/1967
Temp. Assistant, St. Mary, Milford
Assistant Pastor, St. Mary, Milford
Assistant Pastor, St. Paul, Glastonbury
Co-Pastor, St. Thomas, Waterbury
Co-Pastor, St. Gertrude, Windsor
Co-Pastor/Administrator, St. Rita, Hamden
Pastor, Ascension, Hamden
Abandoned the ministry in 1993 before any claims against him were received
Died 4/30/2009

Shea, Robert E. – Ordination 5/22/1941
Assistant, St. Mary, Portland
Assistant, St. Patrick, Thompsonville
Assistant, St. Mary, New Britain
Assistant, St. Patrick, Waterbury
Pastor, St. Patrick, Waterbury
Retired 7/1/1992
Died 6/21/1995 before any claims against him were received

Shiner, Kenneth – Ordination 5/22/1971
Assistant, Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford
Assistant Pastor, St. Brigid, Elmwood
Assistant Pastor, Our Lady of Fatima, Yalesville
Co-Pastor, St. Francis of Assisi, New Britain
Pastor, St. Elizabeth, Branford
Pastor, St. Mary, Unionville
Resigned Pastorate 10/30/2000
Removed from ministry, 6/25/2001
Laicized 4/29/2016

Tissera, (Wamakulasuriya) Edward – Ordination 1/22/1989
Priest of the Diocese of Chilaw, Sri Lanka
Assistant Pastor, St. Peter Claver, West Hartford
Assistant Pastor, St. Martha, Enfield
Assistant Pastor, St. Joseph, New Britain
Assistant Pastor, St. Joseph/St. Maurice, New Britain
Assistant Pastor, St. Patrick/St. Joseph, Waterbury
Administrator, St. Bernard, Tariffville
Incardinated (became a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford) 9/29/2010
Removed from ministry, 7/21/2011
Laicized, 5/29/2018

Werpechowski, Felix – Ordination 5/25/1929
Assistant Pastor, St. Augustine, South Glastonbury
Assistant Pastor, St. Mary Church, Middletown
Assistant Pastor, Holy Cross, New Britain
Assistant Pastor, Holy Name, Stamford
Assistant Pastor, St. Hedwig, Union City
Chaplain, US Army
Assistant Pastor, Holy Name, Stamford
Assistant Pastor, St. Thomas, Thomaston
Pastor, St. Paul, Greenwich
Pastor, Holy Name, Stamford
Retired, 5/31/1971
Died 1/22/1972 before any claims against him were received

Zizka, Peter – Ordination 5/24/1975
Assistant Pastor, Holy Spirit, Newington
Chaplain, Connecticut National Guard
Assistant Pastor, St. Paul, Glastonbury
Assistant Pastor, St. Margaret Mary, South Windsor
Co-Pastor, St. Margaret Mary, South Windsor
Assistant Pastor, St. Joseph, Suffield
Pastor, St. Isaac Jogues, East Hartford
Temporary Assistant, St. Bridget, Cheshire
Temporary Assistant, St. Jude, Derby
Pastor, St. Bartholomew, Manchester
Removed from ministry, 3/19/1999
Laicized in 2001

Kramek, Roman
Priest of the Archdiocese of Warmia, Poland
“Visiting priest” helping out at Sacred Heart, New Britain, 12/2002, without any record of having been granted the faculties required for priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Hartford
Arrested, removed from ministry, 12/2002
Returned to Poland after incarceration, 2005

Meunier, Lucien – Ordination 8/27/1939
(a/k/a Luke Meunier de la Pierre; a/k/a Maurice Meunier)

Priest of the Diocese of Amos in the Province of Quebec, Canada
“Visiting priest” helping out at St. Francis Xavier Parish in New Milford from 1981 to 1982, without any record of having been granted the faculties required for priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Hartford
Left the Archdiocese of Hartford many years before any claims against him were received

Franklin, Edward – Ordination 1962
Priest of the Diocese of Ogdensberg, New York
Study Leave at Trinity College, Hartford, while residing at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Plainville, without any record of having been granted the faculties required for priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Hartford
Removed from ministry by the Diocese of Ogdensberg, 1996
Died, 4-16-2005

Primavera, Bruno – Ordination 3/5/1973
A Priest of the Archdiocese of Toronto, Canada, who ministered in the Archdiocese of Hartford
Faculty, Northwest Catholic High School, and removed after two months, 1981
Resided and helped out at St. Adalbert, Enfield, without any record of having been granted the faculties required for priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Hartford, 1981– 1983
Left the Archdiocese of Hartford, 6/1983
Removed from ministry by Archdiocese of Toronto,1990
Died, 1/17/2006

Ramsay, John B.
Priest of the Diocese of Norwich
Volunteered & taught religious instruction classes at St. Adalbert, Enfield, 1978-1979
Died 7/26/94 before the single claim against him was received

Rivera, Jose
Priest of the Archdiocese of Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Chaplain, Saint Raphael Hospital, New Haven 1993 – 1994
Removed from ministry in the Archdiocese of Hartford, 9/9/1994

Izquierdo, William LC – Ordination 1958
Priest of the Legionaries of Christ, Cheshire
Served as novice instructor from 1982-1995
Reassigned by the Legionaries of Christ outside the Archdiocese of Hartford, 1995

Miller, Michael OFM Conv.
Priest of the Franciscan Friars Conventual, St. Anthony of Padua Province
Parochial Vicar, St. Paul, Kensington/Berlin 2006 – 2011
Removed from ministry on 7/4/2011 by his Franciscan Superior

Pelkington, Robert Leo OP – Ordination 1968
Priest of the Dominican Friars, Province of St. Joseph
St. Mary, New Haven 1994-1995
Reassigned by his Dominican Superior outside of the Archdiocese of Hartford in 1995
Removed from ministry by his Dominican Superior in 1999
Laicized, 2011
Died, 2015

Pryor, John OAR
Priest of the Order of Augustinian Recollects
“Visiting priest” helping out at St. Bernard, Tariffville in 1967, without any record of having been granted the faculties required for priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Hartford

Rudy, John OFM
Priest of the Holy Name Province of Franciscans
Parochial Vicar, St. Joseph, Winsted 1993 – 1998
Removed from ministry by his Franciscan Superior in 1998

Szantyr, John – Ordination 6/8/1957
Priest of the Congregation of Marian Fathers,
Dismissed from the Congregation of Marian Fathers, 1972
Assisted in the early seventies at Sacred Heart High School in his hometown of Waterbury, without any record of having been granted the faculties required for priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Hartford
Treatment at a facility in Massachusetts, 1975
Prohibited in 1978 from priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Hartford after a claim against him was received
Died 5/16/2014

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Ned Lamont Finally is ‘in the Room Where it Happens’

By Mark Pazniokas 

Connecticut’s new governor showed himself Wednesday to be affable, straightforward, optimistic, playful — and even slightly goofy — in his first address to the General Assembly, promising a collaborative approach to rebranding a state down on itself.

Less than two hours after taking office, Gov. Ned Lamont matter-of-factly warned lawmakers that the financially struggling state was teetering “on a knife’s edge,” then assured them he would deliver a budget in six weeks that would bring elusive fiscal stability.

“Let’s fix the damn budget, once and for all!” Lamont said. “You with me?”

Legislators stood, applauding.

Lamont chuckled.

“That’s it,” he said, his voice barely louder than a stage whisper. “Put the pressure on you.”

Exactly how that damn budget will be fixed, well, that is a matter that will wait until some time in February. On this day, the new governor was clearly reveling in the moment.

Lamont, 65, is a Greenwich businessman, a product of Phillips Exeter, Harvard and Yale, and an avowed fan of America’s most ebullient president, Teddy Roosevelt.

Over 23 minutes, Lamont had a bully good time.

He also is a fan of Hamilton, the musical. Lamont grew up in privilege, a man with a family tree in the U.S. that goes back to the time of Alexander Hamilton. But he made repeated references to Hamilton’s scrappiness and his burning hunger to be at the table where history is made, the “room where it happens.”

The line reflected Lamont’s losses in his two previous statewide campaigns for U.S. Senate in 2006 and the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2010.

“Thank you for welcoming me to the room where it happens,” Lamont told the legislators.

A prepared line on voluntarism turned into an impromptu riff on JFK’s inaugural, with Lamont leaning forward and offering a passable Kennedy imitation: Ask not what Connecticut can do for you, ask what you can do for Connecticut. As it turns out, Lamont thinks there’s plenty — from business, labor, politicians, pretty much everyone.

“More on that to come,” he said.

He assured the unions that supported him in the election that he remains committed to collective bargaining, then suggested he might be ready for some bargaining over pension liabilities. “As our liabilities continue to grow faster than our assets, together we have to make the changes necessary to ensure that retirement security is a reality for our younger, as well as our older, state employees, and we’ve got to do that without breaking the bank,” he said.

No hint at how, however.

His task Wednesday was to restate core principles, his approach to Connecticut’s various constituencies, and his expectation for how they all will come together. He warned of difficulties to come, changes he sees necessary in the delivery of government services by the state and municipalities.

“Mayors and first selectmen: Nothing will compromise your feisty independence,” Lamont said, smiling. “But so many services and back-office functions can be delivered at a much lower cost and much more efficiently if they are operated on a shared or regional basis.”

More applause for that line.

Lamont’s wife is Annie Huntress Lamont, a venture capitalist. At times, the governor sounded like a man making a pitch to investors — not expecting to close the deal, but drawing them in, suggesting there was something wonderful to come.

His vision for rebooting the Connecticut economy rests on four legs.

“First, I will take the lead by investing in the first all-digital government, and reverse engineer every transaction from the taxpayer’s shoes. The entry point to Connecticut will be through its digital front door, a one-stop-shop for everything our citizens need. We will be online, not in line,” Lamont said. “It won’t be done overnight, but let’s start today.”

“To attract millennials, top talent and leading companies, Connecticut will need to invest wisely in its urban centers, making them affordable and lively, where families want to live, work and play,” he said.

Third, Lamont signed on to a long-held dream of transportation planners and economic-development advocates, calling for a 30/30/30 rail system. That means 30 minutes fromm Hartford to New Haven, 30 minutes from New Haven to Stamford, and 30 minutes from Stamford to Grand Central in Manhattan.

He was interrupted with a sustained standing ovation.

The fourth leg is workforce development, ensurring that everyone in Connecticut is equipped to come along for the ride if Lamont ever upgrades his railroad. “It’s going to be an economy that works for everyone.”

The bipartisan applause stopped when Lamont turned to his campaign promises to establish a paid family and medical leave program and to raise the minimum wage in steps to $15, catching up to Massachusetts and New York.

“We’re going to do it responsibly, and we’re going to do it over time,” Lamont said.

Democrats applauded. Republicans sat quietly.

“OK, as one of the first governors who comes from the business world, I know how to get this done,” Lamont said. “My primary objective is to get this economy growing again. How do we extend opportunity for those being left behind?


“What’s the long-term fix to our budget?


“How do we attract the next generation of talent to Connecticut?


He heard a particularly enthusiastic cheer to his right.

“Somebody liked that,” he said, chuckling again.

Lamont took a breath.

“All right, I’m a new governor. You’re a new legislature,” Lamont said. “What can you expect from me? I’m a straight shooter, an honest broker, and I think I’m a good listener. I know what I know, and what I don’t know. I do have a strong sense of where we need to go and what the people of Connecticut expect from us.”

Democrats, who hold comfortable majorities in both chambers, left happy. Republicans said they want to hear more.

Ned Lamont is finally in the room where it happens. Connecticut will find out in the coming weeks who is ready to sing along.

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If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave a Job Won’t be Yours

A new data analysis by ProPublica and the Urban Institute shows more than half of older U.S. workers are pushed out of longtime jobs before they choose to retire, suffering financial damage that is often irreversible.

By Peter Gosselin

Tom Steckel hunched over a laptop in the overheated basement of the state Capitol building in Pierre, South Dakota, early last week, trying to figure out how a newly awarded benefit claims contract will make it easier for him do his job.

Steckel is South Dakota’s director of employee benefits. His department administers programs that help the state’s 13,500 public employees pay for health care and prepare for retirement.

It’s steady work and, for that, Steckel, 62, is grateful. After turning 50, he was laid off three times before landing his current position in 2014, weathering unemployment stints of up to eight months.

When he started, his $90,000-a-year salary was only 60 percent of what he made at his highest-paying job. Even with a subsequent raise, he’s nowhere close to matching his peak earnings.

Money is hardly the only trade-off Steckel has made to hang onto the South Dakota post.

He spends three weeks of every four away from his wife, Mary, and the couple’s three children, who live 700 miles away in Plymouth, Wisconsin, in a house the family was unable to sell for most of the last decade.

Steckel keeps photos of his wife, Mary, and their three children on the mantel at his rented place in Pierre. (Ackerman + Gruber, special to ProPublica)

With Christmas approaching, he set off late on Dec. 18 for the 11-hour drive home. When the holiday is over, he’ll drive back to Pierre.

“I’m glad to be employed,” he said, “but this isn’t what I would have planned for this point in my life.”

Many Americans assume that by the time they reach their 50s they’ll have steady work, time to save and the right to make their own decisions about when to retire.

But as Steckel’s situation suggests, that’s no longer the reality for many — indeed, most — people.

ProPublica and the Urban Institute, a Washington think tank, analyzed data from the Health and Retirement Study, or HRS, the premier source of quantitative information about aging in America. Since 1992, the study has followed a nationally representative sample of about 20,000 people from the time they turn 50 through the rest of their lives.

Through 2016, our analysis found that between the time older workers enter the study and when they leave paid employment, 56 percent are laid off at least once or leave jobs under such financially damaging circumstances that it’s likely they were pushed out rather than choosing to go voluntarily.

Only one in 10 of these workers ever again earns as much as they did before their employment setbacks, our analysis showed. Even years afterward, the household incomes of over half of those who experience such work disruptions remain substantially below those of workers who don’t.

“This isn’t how most people think they’re going to finish out their work lives,” said Richard Johnson, an Urban Institute economist and veteran scholar of the older labor force who worked on the analysis. “For the majority of older Americans, working after 50 is considerably riskier and more turbulent than we previously thought.”

The HRS is based on employee surveys, not employer records, so it can’t definitively identify what’s behind every setback, but it includes detailed information about the circumstances under which workers leave jobs and the consequences of these departures.

We focused on workers who enter their 50s with stable, full-time jobs and who’ve been with the same employer for at least five years — those who HRS data and other economic studies show are least likely to encounter employment problems. We considered only separations that result in at least six months of unemployment or at least a 50 percent drop in earnings from pre-separation levels.

Then, we sorted job departures into voluntary and involuntary and, among involuntary departures, distinguished between those likely driven by employers and those resulting from personal issues, such as poor health or family problems. (See the full analysis here.)

We found that 28 percent of stable, longtime employees sustain at least one damaging layoff by their employers between turning 50 and leaving work for retirement.

“We’ve known that some workers get a nudge from their employers to exit the work force and some get a great big kick,” said Gary Burtless, a prominent labor economist with the Brookings Institution in Washington. “What these results suggest is that a whole lot more are getting the great big kick.”


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Hartford Delta Sigma Theta Announces MLK Breakfast Speaker

HARTFORD — The Hartford Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has announced its keynote speaker for its annual Martin Luther King Breakfast to be held Jan. 21.

The event will feature Shavon Arline-Bradley, a founding principal of R.E.A.C.H.  Beyond Solutions LLC, a public health policy and faith advocate. She is also the co-founder of The Health Equity Cypher Group, a collaborative of nationally recognized health equity experts designed to expand the work of health, equity, diversity and inclusion in all sectors.

Bradley also held the position of Director of External Engagement and senior advisor in the Office of the United States Surgeon General and served as the Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning & Partnership for the national NAACP.

The breakfast, which helps to keep King’s legacy alive, is the premier scholarship fundraising event for the Deltas and one of the largest Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations in Connecticut.

More than 140 Greater Hartford high school girls have been awarded more than $355,000 in scholarship funds.

The Hartford Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded in 1947 and is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide services and programs to promote human welfare. Since its inception, the chapter has placed a priority on providing monetary contributions to deserving young girls to further their education.

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Frontier Airlines Returns to Bradley International Airport

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Greater Hartford residents will now have access to more discount flights out of Bradley International Airport.

That’s because the discount airline Frontier will return to the region March 28.

Fares will be as low as $59.

Frontier will offer direct flights from Denver to Bradley. It will be one of three airlines offering flights from Denver to Bradley. Southwest and United airlines also offer service to Denver.

The news was announced on Tuesday at Bradley Airport by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut Airport Authority Executive Director Kevin Dillon, Frontier’s Vice President of Network Josh Flyr and other airport officials.

Airline officials said the Denver flight will be the starting point to add more destinations from Bradley.

“An indication of a strong route network is the continuous diversification of routes and airlines,” Dillon said. “With the addition of this new service, we’re pleased to introduce a renowned low-cost carrier to Bradley and to continue solidifying the airport’s strong reputation in the industry and its pivotal role as New England’s second largest airport.”

“It’s another step forward for our transportation system and its another step forward for our ability to be connected to the rest of the world,” Malloy said.

Airport officials said they look forward to Frontier’s return to Bradley.  The Denver-based previously offered flights from Bradley to Denver from 2007 to 2008.

“An indication of a strong route network is the continuous diversification of routes and airlines,” Dillon said. “With the addition of this new service, we’re pleased to introduce a renowned low-cost carrier to Bradley and to continue solidifying the airport’s strong reputation in the industry and its pivotal role as New England’s second largest airport.”

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Latinas and Power Picks Keynote Speaker

HARTFORD — Latinas and Power, New England’s largest and most influential networking and professional development symposium for Latinas, recently announced its 2019 keynote speaker: Dr. Betty Uribe.

Uribe is a banking industry veteran, celebrated author, and nationally-renowned speaker. She will address the 16th Annual Latinas and Power Symposium, which will be held on May 16 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown at 200 Columbus Boulevard.

As an Executive Vice President for California Bank & Trust, a division of Zions Bancorp, Uribe runs the Greater Southern California Division, which is a $3.5 billion business line covering retail and business banking.
During Uribe’s tenure as Executive Vice President at CB&T, the financial institution has been named “Best Bank in Orange County,” for three consecutive years by the voting readers of The Orange County Register.
“I selected Dr. Betty, because when I met her at a Latina event in Mexico recently, I was immediately taken by her authenticity and ability to connect with people,” said Latinas and Power Symposium Founder Marilyn Alverio. “The Latinas & Power Symposium is all about identifying Latinas that are out here representing and articulating the important issue we face in today’s world. Her optimism is contagious. After reading her book #Value, I knew she was the right person to bring to Hartford, CT for our 16th annual symposium.”
As a significant thought leader in the financial and banking industry, Uribe is a recognized authority on the psychology of leadership, turnarounds, organizational structure, and peak performance. Her work is regularly featured on all forms of international, national and local media.
As an author, Uribe wrote #Values: The Secrets to Top Level Performance in Business and Life, which was selected by Inc. Magazine as one of the Top 60 Books on Leadership and also received an endorsement from the Vatican.
She has been honored consistently for her strategic intellect and humanitarian endeavors. Among the many honors bestowed upon Uribe are: First Woman in History to join the Rose Bowl Foundation Board; Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Business (2017 & 2018); and Pepperdine University’s 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Registration and other speakers for Latinas and Power Symposium 2019 will be announced in the coming months.
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Ned Lamont Pledges More Diversity and Inclusion

By Ann-Marie Adams, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Gov. elect Ned Lamont on Saturday reaffirmed his commitment to bring change to the state with diversity and inclusion, saying to a group of African Americans that he will “make sure everybody gets the same opportunity.”

Lamont spoke at the Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches’ meeting at the Hartford Hilton Hotel to more than 200 people, including black elected officials, students, clergies, fraternities and sororities.

African Americans voted overwhelmingly for Lamont in the 2018 election. Election results showed that 94 percent of African Americans supported the Greenwich businessman, who pledged to promote diversity in state jobs and to usher in more access to state contracts.

During his campaign, Lamont telegraphed his commitment to diversity and inclusion and followed through with the selection of two African Americans for high level positions in his administration. He recently hired Paul Mounds as his chief operation officer. Mounds, 33, will oversee commissioners and report to Lamont’s chief of staff, Ryan Drajewicz. Lamont also hired Melissa McCaw, 39, as his secretary for the Office of Policy and Management. She is the first African American to hold that job.

Moreover, he appointed State Sen. Marilyn Moore, D-Bridgeport and State Rep. Toni Walker, D-New Haven to his transition team. Both women are African Americans.

“I think that’s a good move. He’s showing that he’s trying to be diverse and inclusive,” said Greater Hartford NAACP President Abdul-Shahid Muhammed Ansari. “It really was the Democrats’ vote from the inner cities that got him over the hump.”

After Emancipation in 1865, African Americans voted for Republicans. But ever since the 1928 election, they have mostly voted for Democrats. Their allegiance to the Democratic Party was cemented in 1936.

NAACP President Scot X. Esdaile said he wants more return on that investment, calling for more inclusion in all branches of government.

“We want to make sure our people are included at all levels, the commissions, boards and throughout,” Esdaile said.

The meeting was titled “The 94% Black Leadership Summit” because election results showed 94 percent of black voters supported Lamont and the Democratic Party.

Lamont was joined by his running mate, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, who invited attendees to send resumes and ideas.

“Send us your best. Go to our website,” Bysiewicz said. “We’re taking all good ideas because it’s for the benefit of our state.”

Lamont and Bysiewicz were coming from another meeting earlier in the day with the General Assembly’s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, where they talked about ways to increase the number of black and Hispanic teachers.

He also talked about steering opportunities to the cities, training people for technology jobs, opening up contract bidding to ensure that more minorities have access to those jobs.

“I’m going to make sure everybody gets the same opportunity,” he said. ”Too many of those business opportunities, too many of those contracts seem to go to the same old gang, –and that’s not right.”

Lamont, who defeated Republican Candidate Bob Stefanowski after vote tallies came in from the urban centers the day after the election, said he believes in Connecticut’s cities. He vowed to also direct resources to cities.

“I’m a believer in our cities,’ he said. “Our state will never be great unless our cities are great and I’m going to commit every day to that.”

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