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42 Hartford employees receive layoff notices today

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The mayor announced that 42 employees were laid off on Wednesday. (WFSB file photo) The mayor announced that 42 employees were laid off on Wednesday. (WFSB file photo)

Dozens of employees for the city of Hartford received layoff notices as part of the mayor's 2017 budget proposal on Wednesday.

Brett Broesder from Mayor Luke Bronin's office confirmed that 42 employees were laid off on Wednesday morning. Broesder said the cuts were from various departments within Hartford.  

"It is by far the most difficult part of this is to tell someone they no longer have a job," Bronin said. "It's something that weighs on me and weighs on the team."

On April 18, Bronin stated that cuts were needed since the city was facing a $48.5 million deficit. In his previous proposal, the mayor called for slashing 90 positions. Those positions would be eliminated through attrition, job elimination and layoffs.

The 42 employee layoffs equals about $15.5 million. The layoffs affect departments across the board including seven non-uniformed layoffs at the police department, seven at the finance department and seven at the department of public works.

Bronin defended the cuts on Wednesday. 

"We have a city that's in real financial crisis and we have to make some tough decisions so we can make this city back on track," Bronin said.

"There's no other way around it. I'm not going to sugar coat it. It's bad," Hartford Firefighters Union President Vincent Fusco said. 

Inside the $557 million budget package, the mayor is looking to get at least another $15.5 million back in concessions from the labor unions. If that doesn't happen, Bronin said that could mean more cuts and more layoffs. 

Fusco said the cuts could put lives in jeopardy. 

"And this mayor wants to come in and make more drastic cuts that affect the health and safety of our members and which will negatively correlate to impacting the safety of the citizens," Fusco said. 

In the next few weeks, the Mayor will be negotiating with the labor unions.

The deadline to adopt a budget is May 31. 

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