Ringing in the New Year at Hartford First Night

via @LtFoley

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — All across the country, people are waiting for 2016 to make its entrance. Here in Connecticut, Hartford will be starting the new year with a new mayor.

10,000 to 20,000 people showed up to Hartford First Night; a lot of families, and also a lot of police officers.

Hartford Deputy Chief Brian J. Foley says they also have detectives embedded with a Federal Task Force, Homeland Security and FBI to monitor any potential terror threats.

“We have been preparing for this for months. It has been an institution in downtown Hartford and, as always, it’s always a safe bet it’s a family event. Safe enough for me to bring our family and friends down here, as well,” said Foley.

While the police have been working hard, so have the crew at the ice rink at Bushnell Park. Leading the way through the nasty cold, worker Denmar Daley. They have been scraping off the crusty snow for ice skaters, but it was smiles all around as couples held hands and kids darted in and out of traffic with the mascot from the Hartford Wolfpack.

“All the hard work, staying up late chipping up the ice to get it ready for tonight, it was all worth it to see all the people here happy,” said Daley.

If you drive by downtown Hartford, you pass the arch all the time, but have you ever wondered what’s inside? Well, New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to climb the stairs and check out the view. Bob Hannon from Mystic brought his whole family to the top of the arch.

“It is a beautiful city view. I am from Boston and it reminds me of the view of the City of Boston a little bit,” said Hannon.

Someone else is looking at the view of the city, but from a different angle, the new Mayor Luke Bronin will be sworn in at one minute past midnight. Even though it’s a holiday, he says he’ll be in the office tomorrow with his sleeves rolled up.

“The baseball stadium is in a difficult state right now. We’ve got a lot of work to do to make sure that we are moving things forward and we have a lot of work to do to get our arms around the budget,” said Bronin.

The new mayor’s ceremony will take place with the midnight fireworks overhead at Bushnell Park.

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