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Crime & Punishment: Cited For Drinking On An Elementary School Roof
Many readers were disgusted when, in February of 2012, the Hartford Courant revealed the Community Renewal Team, a Hartford anti-poverty agency, was still paying its former CEO Paul Puzzo $85,000 a year (and lending him a car belonging to the agency) even though Puzzo did little work for CRT and seemed to spend most of his time at his Florida condo (as opposed to the house he owned in East Hampton). This countered IRS filings that claimed Puzzo was working at least 35 hours a week for the CRT, whose resources for senior and veteran housing and home repairs for low-income residents were no doubt lessened by its generous payout to a manager who had left in 2005. With federal and state investigations at its back, the CRT sought to alleviate the situation: by agreeing to pay Puzzo the same rate to self-admittedly do nothing. A new Courant report shows that they reached a new pact to pay Puzzo an annual pension of $85,000 and provide his family's healthcare for life (though he has to return to the car).
By Nick Keppler
September 11, 2013