Cynthia Jennings has served as a Councilwoman in the City of Hartford since January 20, 2012. She is a Civil Rights Attorney and an Environmental Attorney-licensed to practice in Connecticut State and Federal Courts. Jennings chairs the Hartford City Council Parks, Public Works and Environment Committee, is a member of the School Building Committee, the Budget, Public Safety, Health and Human Services Committees, and she has introduced resolutions, policies and program support in the following areas:
- Conducted a Town Hall Meeting to address the issue of exclusion of Hartford residents from jobs in the city of Hartford.
- Established the Hartford Hires Task Force to investigate and make recommendations to the City Council, as to why Hartford residents have double digit unemployment rates, while surrounding towns have less than half of the amount of unemployment than the Capitol City.
- Obtained funding for an employment data base (jobsforhartford.com) that allows Hartford residents to register for employment. Hartford residents can also register to vote on this website without leaving their homes.
- Developed a pilot summer program that placed 30 Hartford youth in city departments to train our youth how to run the city of Hartford.
- Introduced a resolution requiring unions, non-profit organizations and companies receiving tax abatements or other services from the City to register their job openings on thejobsforhartford.com website.
6. Introduced a resolution requiring the City of Hartford and the Hartford Public Schools to post all of their job openings on the jobsforhartford.com website.
- Established a Task Force to investigate ways to provide tax relief to Hartford Residents and Hartford based businesses who must currently pay 100% of the cost of snow removal, street maintenance, fire protection and police protection for commuters coming into the City to work.
- Introduced a resolution requiring Hartford Police Officers to wear body cameras.
- Introduced a resolution for parents, whose children receive Medicaid services, to have the right to choose whether or not their children have a choice as to whether they have mercury (a nerve poison) fillings in their teeth, or fillings that do not contain mercury.
- Supported a resolution calling for legislation to address the issue of dangerous toxic (poison) chemicals in children’s products
- Introduced a resolution in support of the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to clarify protection of streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. This resolution protects the drinking water for more than two million Connecticut residents.
- Currently working with local environmental groups and the State to rebuild and redevelop theMunicipal Solid Waste (MSW) trash incinerator in Hartford. A cleaner trash incinerator will clean up the air and reduce the high rate of asthma among Black and Latino children in Hartford.
- Created a 59% drop in Juvenile Arrests in the City of Hartford by working with the Chief of Police to remove police officers from the elementary schools in Hartford. Children as young as nine years old were being arrested and subjected to court hearings and police records.
- Developed a resolution to oppose the gas pipeline slated to be constructed under the West Hartford reservoir. This gas pipeline will threaten our drinking water.
- Established a task force to investigate ways that the City of Hartford can ensure that the State of Connecticut pays the property taxes that they owe to the City of Hartford for State buildings in Hartford Under the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program, Requiring the State pay taxes they owe to Hartford will help reduce property taxes on Hartford residents and Hartford businesses.
- Established a task force to address the high automobile insurance rates that Hartford residents pay because thousands of commuters drive into Hartford every day and have accidents here. Because of the accidents that commuters have in Hartford, Hartford residents pay higher car insurance rates. These same commuters go home to the suburbs and pay lower car insurance rates.
- Headed up the movement to pass legislation to obtain $100 million dollars in State monies to renovate Weaver High School. Assisted in getting this legislation marshalled through community groups, the School Building Committee, and the legislature.
- Wrote a resolution to address the Inequitable funding of programs for HIV infected individuals and their partners, to ensure that Black and Latinos infected with the AIDS virus, and their partners have equal access to a drug called “Prep,” that will prevent the partners of individuals infected with HIV from contracting the disease. This resolution also calls for quarterly reporting to the Hartford City Council, of all non-profit organizations that the Council votes on, that are funded to provide services to Hartford residents. Reporting must include 1) the type of services they are funded to provide 2) Who they currently serve 3) how much money they receive 4) how many staff they have, and 5) how many staff are Hartford residents. Every one of these non-profit organizations is required to post their job openings on the jobsforhartford.com website.