Public vents over Rock Cats stadium deal in Hartford hearing

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–Hartford city leaders are going back to the drawing board to ink out a new deal to get the Rock Cats stadium built now that the public has expressed outrage over the details surrounding the old one.

The plan would have raised taxes and left taxpayers ponying up $60 million.

“The citizens of Hartford were grossly underestimated by this deal and the way it was done,” said Hartford resident Annie Goshdigian.

“How could a mayor and council president stand in front a crowd and deem a $60 million bond issue a done deal?” asked resident Alissa Peterson.

But as city leaders look for a new proposal to build the stadium with private investors, instead of taxpayer funding, people in Hartford had another problem with the city’s deal to get the Rock Cats.

“The council president announced that he had a conflict of interest,” Peterson said. “He announced that ahead of time. However, he continued to conduct business of the council.”

The perceived conflict of interest is due the fact that City Council President Shawn Wooden works at the same law firm that is negotiating the purchase of the land that stadium would sit on.

But Wooden told said he isn’t involved in the land deal in any way. He also added, that once he learned of it, he disclosed that information to the public and the City Council, then removed himself from the council’s dealings with the land purchase.

Monday, people in Hartford said they are keeping a close eye on the Rock Cats deal and it looks far from being over.

“We are going to be watching, we are going to be listening, and we are going to continue to be speaking out about this,” Goshdigian said .

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