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Sara Bronin Taking White House Appointment To Land-Use Council

Chion Wolf
Connecticut Public
Sara Bronin, a land-use expert and advocate for victims of exclusionary zoning, will chair the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation.

Local land-use expert Sara Bronin is on her way to Washington, D.C., pending confirmation.

Bronin has been chosen by the Biden administration to chair the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, which serves a regulatory function and also works with state and tribal governments when proposed federal projects potentially conflict with their resources.

“What I’m really looking forward to is helping to manage this regulatory function at the agency and also help to encourage a preservation ethic across the federal government,” Bronin said.

Preservation is part of an extensive land-use background for Bronin that includes teaching at UConn Law and advocating for victims of exclusionary zoning. She was chair of Preservation Connecticut and once served on the city of Hartford’s preservation commission.  

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut endorsed Bronin for the position to the administration.

“She has published and taught exactly this topic of historic preservation, and she will help to lead the nation in preserving our history and all of the structures and cultural institutions that help to make America great,” Blumenthal said.

Bronin is actually due to begin teaching at Cornell University on July 1. If confirmed, she’ll take leave.

Sara Bronin is the wife of Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.

Frankie Graziano is the host of The Wheelhouse, focusing on how local and national politics impact the people of Connecticut.

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