A veritable bureaucratic mixup threatened the livelihood of somewhere between 35 and 45 Puerto Rican families sent to Connecticut after being displaced by Hurricane Maria.
And now, state and local political leaders are urging federal authorities to correct their error.
“We’re here because FEMA, the federal emergency management agency, has fallen down on the job,” Mayor Luke Bronin said Friday inside downtown Hartford’s Red Roof Inn, where some of the affected families have been staying. “It has failed its mission to provide aid in times of desperate need.”
In what Bronin called a “cold-hearted, callous way,” FEMA reversed a decision to extend a transitional housing...