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Posted on: March 16, 2020

PUBLIC EMERGENCY DECLARATION FOR THE TOWN OF HAMDEN

WHEREAS, on March 10, 2020, the Governor of the State of Connecticut, the Honorable Ned Lamont, declared a public health emergency and a civil preparedness emergency for the State of Connecticut, pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Sections 19a-131 and 28-9, in response to the global pandemic of COVID-19 disease associated with a novel coronavirus that is currently affecting multiple countries and states; and,

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency pursuant to Section 501 (b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (“the Stafford Act”); and 

WHEREAS, Section 5-5 A. of the Charter of the Town of Hamden states: A public emergency pertaining to the Town may be declared by the Mayor; and, 

WHEREAS, Section 5-5 B. of the Charter of the Town of Hamden states: The Mayor shall exercise within the limits of the Town, all the emergency powers given to the chief executive officer of a municipality under the General Statutes with regard to the allocation of personnel. Upon the declaration of a public emergency, the Mayor may mobilize, organize and direct the forces of the Town and call upon and cooperate with the federal government or the State or its political subdivisions; and,

WEREAS, the effects the spread of COVID-19 have resulted in the spread of infections in both Connecticut, Greater New Haven and neighboring states; and 

WHEREAS, due to the significant adverse impact on public health of COVID-19, the Mayor must take action for the purpose of mitigating the adverse effects of this emergency situation upon the residents of Hamden.

NOW, THEREFORE I HEREBY DECLARE that pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Section 28-8a(a) and 28-22a and Section 5-5 A. of the Charter, a public emergency is hereby declared for the Town of Hamden.

I FURTHER DECLARE, that the public emergency shall exist until declared to be terminated.

I FURTHER DECLARE that during the existence of said emergency the Chief Executive of the Town of Hamden, Connecticut, its Mayor, Curt Balzano Leng shall assume the powers, functions a duties prescribed by law, including but not limited to Connecticut General Statutes Sections 28-8a(a) and 28-22a, and Section 5-5 of the Hamden Charter and may take such actions as necessary to protect the public health and mitigate this emergency. 

-Mayor Curt Balzano Leng

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