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Hartford Mayor vetoes budget cuts which would have impacted library branches

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Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin amended the city budget on Friday, which was originally set to close three Hartford Public Library branches. 

Bronin vetoed the reduction of the $393,000 that would have closed the Mark Twain, Blue Hills and Camp Field library branches. 

These proposed cuts would have taken effect on July 1. According to the library's CEO, 10 positions have already been cut from the and the proposed budget cuts would have forced her to cut another 10 to 15 positions. 

"It's difficult choices especially dealing with service that the public need and especially now," said Bridget Quinn-Carey, CEO of Hartford Public Library. 

The resolution also vetoed $485,628 expenditures for the Hartford Arts and Heritage Job Grants, Special Events and Hartford Pro-Am Basketball Tournament. 

Bronin also vetoed the reduction of $1,000,000 to the police department, which would have eliminated crossing guards.

"I want to thank all of the members of the Hartford City Council for their hard work on this budget. The City of Hartford faces huge fiscal challenges, but this budget demonstrates that we are willing to make the difficult choices needed to get our fiscal house in order. This budget still depends on achieving significant concessions in labor negotiations. And in the coming months, we have to work hard to build a regional and statewide consensus for the kind of partnership that will help us get Hartford healthy for the long-run. But the tough choices reflected in this budget get us one step closer to a stronger, more sustainable future for our Capital City," Bronin said. 

The amended budget also approved $35,000 for the CT Coalition on Environmental Justice. 

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