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Roldan Annouces Bid For City Treasurer

HARTFORD — State Rep. Kelvin Roldán on Thursday switched plans for a mayoral bid and announced that he will run for City Treasurer’s office in November.

Roldán, a three-term State Representative and Deputy Majority Leader in the General Assembly.

In his announcement to the press, he outlined plans he would implement if elected.

“With the right leadership, the City Treasurer’s Office can be a powerful force in improving the lives of Hartford residents,” he said. “As City Treasurer, I will adopt investment policies that leverage the hundreds of millions of tax dollars the City puts into long and short term investments to create new jobs.”

As one of nine children raised in Stowe Village by a single mother, I learned early the importance of accountability, responsibility and public service.

If elected, I will take immediate steps to foster a new level of accountability in the Treasurer’s Office, to turn it into the ‘watchdog’ agency it must be in order to make sure Hartford residents come first.

Hartford City Councilman Calixto Torres and former State Rep. Kenneth Green are serving as Co-Chairs of his campaign for Treasurer. Arts executive Ken Kahn will continue to serve as his campaign treasurer.

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State Rep Calls On Mayor To Disclose Records

HARTFORD — Hartford State Rep. Kelvin Roldan today called on Mayor Pedro Segarra to release all city documents concerning the decision of his administration and the city council to authorize the payment of $485,000 to Carlos Costa and his firm USA Contractors in September of 2010.

In a statement to the press, Roldan stated that Costa was denied Accelerated Rehabilitation today in Hartford Superior Court for his alleged role in a bribery scheme involving the very contract the Segarra administration authorized additional payments for in 2010.

“Mayor Segara defended this $485,000 payment to Costa in September by stating it was in the financial interests of the city. However most citizens find it hard to understand why the Mayor and city council would  think it was in the best interests of the city to pay nearly half a million dollars to a contractor accused of bribery, who was at the center of a scandal that seriously damaged the public trust in city government. Segarra should release all documents concerning this settlement to the public as immediately. Only through full disclosure of all documents, including e-mails, letters, briefs and memos will the public have the chance to make their own judgment about the soundness of the decision by the Mayor and council to authorize this nearly half a million dollar payment.” Roldan stated

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State Rep Points To ‘Padded’ Pensions

HARTFORD — A state representative has drawn attention to Mayor Pedro Segarra’s recent offer to pad two retired politicians’ pension.

In a recent press release, state Rep. Kelvin Roldán (D-Hartford) announced  that he intended to introduce legislation to prevent municipal contractors from giving expensive gifts to town officials and prevent politicians from padding their pensions while in office.

The first piece of legislation, Roldan states in the release, will prevent town and board of education officials from receiving anything of value exceeding $100 in a calendar year from a municipal contractor, prospective contractor or individual with matters before a planning and zoning commission.

Towns with a functioning ethics commission may set a lower gift threshold.  The second piece of legislation will prevent local town councils from using taxpayer funds to enhance the pensions of elected officials during their terms in office, as has been the practice of the General Assembly.

The pension padding ban is in response to pension enhancement offered this year by the administration of Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra which will allow two elected city officials, including a city councilwoman arrested in a corruption investigation, to retire during their terms in office with pension enhancements that will cost city taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.

“It is stunning that in these difficult financial times that a city administration would make it a priority to pad the pensions of elected politicians with tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars while residents are faced with the potential for drastic cuts in city services and increased taxes. Elected officials must put the needs of the people they serve before the financial well being of their fellow politicians.” Roldán stated.

The gift ban legislation is in response to scandals in Hartford, Shelton and other communities where developers and municipal contractors have provided expensive gifts to municipal officials.

“There is no uniform rule across the state on how to deal with gifts from contractors to municipal officials that control hundreds of millions of dollars in local contracts. The fact is that expensive gifts from contractors to municipal officials can create the appearance of undue influence in awarding bids or rendering decisions. After years of debating this issue, the State of Connecticut needs to set unambiguous bright line that will provide clear guidance to local officials and the public about the acceptable standards for behavior in this area,” Roldán said.

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