"As Mayor, I will always advocate for Hartford, the city that opened its doors to me and provided opportunities that shaped my success.
My mission is simple: To make Hartford a national model for urban reinvention by leveraging existing resources to attain economic security and create a nurturing, inspiring environment for all residents.
I am committed to modernizing the way our local government works and to running an administration that is efficient, responsive, and open. It is truly a privilege to serve the people of Hartford. I look forward to working together to make Connecticut’s Capital City the best it can be."
Pedro E. Segarra
(January 27, 2015) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra has announced that the City of Hartford parking ban will be lifted at 8:00pm tonight, January 27, 2015. Residents are asked to retrieve their vehicles from school parking lots no later than 8:00a.m. on Wednesday, January 28. Hartford Public Schools will remain closed through Wednesday to allow crews to clear snow from school lots and sidewalks. City offices will open Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Trash and recycling pickup will resume Wednesday and residents are asked to place their trash bins at their driveways. Winterfest at Bushnell Park will resume Wednesday. The Emergency Operations Center will close at 8:00 p.m. tonight.
“Our City is slowly getting back to normal. Tomorrow businesses will open, Winterfest will be back on and non-essential City services are resuming," said Mayor Segarra. “We need schools to remain closed to ensure our sidewalks are cleared. We want to make sure our children and teachers can return safely. Again, I want to thank all our residents for complying with the parking ban and allowing our crews to clear the streets. I want to thank DPW, Hartford Fire and Hartford Police for all their hard work overnight, ensuring our city streets were clear and safe during the storm."
Snow removal will begin Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. and will continue over the next few days. Any questions regarding the parking ban or vehicle retrieval should be directed to Hartford Police at: (860)757-4000.
(January 27, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra made the following statement regarding snow clean up efforts in the City of Hartford:
“The response from our residents has helped our clean up efforts tremendously, said Mayor Segarra. “As of 1:00am we had full compliance with our parking ban, which allowed us to keep all major arteries cleared and streets passable. That said, the storm is not over and we still have a lot more work to do to connect our road network. We have sidewalks and other areas to tend to and are asking folks not to throw snow back onto the streets. We want to get things back to normal as quickly as possible but need everyone to stay in and off the roads a little longer.”
The parking ban is still in effect. For more information: http://www.hartford.gov/snow-parking
(January 22, 2015) During an award presentation at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra today accepted a $50,000 grant from the Miracle-Gro Garden and Green Spaces Program. The funds will be used to advance The Hartford Grown Project, a collaboration between KNOX, the City and Hartford Blooms to create a 38,000 square foot beginner farm on Laurel Street for Hartford's community gardeners. The farm will be called the Hartford Grown Headquarters. Additionally, the funding will launch a clean up and beautification project in the spring and construct raised floral beds along the 30 block on Franklin Avenue which will be featured on the 2015 Hartford Blooms Tour scheduled for June.
The goal of The Hartford Grown Project is to increase diverse representation in the urban agriculture movement, and provide means to financial empowerment for Hartford residents. The farm will also provide teaching space for KNOX to grow its educational programming, Urban Roots, educating residents about local horticulture, sustainability and agriculture. These funds will match a $50,000 investment in the Hartford Grown Headquarters made by Aetna last week.
“This grant will further our on-going efforts to create a livable, walkable capital city with as many green areas as possible, said Mayor Segarra. “I also look forward to seeing more produce from Hartford residents at our local farmers markets. I applaud the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Miracle-Gro for championing locally grown and environmental movements and for continuing to invest in the sustainability of urban areas.”
"KNOX is honored to see so many come together for this dream project. We thank Mayor Segarra for finding the support to make this project a reality,” said Camielle Griffiths, Board President, KNOX "This investment shows that there is national recognition for Hartford's leadership in green community building. Sometimes, it's more about creativity and follow-through than a huge sum of money. This is a project that does more than feed the community, it empowers Hartford residents, especially immigrants, to take their knowledge of gardening and farming and earn for themselves. I look forward to buying the first tomatillo."
(January 26, 2015) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra has announced that Hartford Public Schools and City offices will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, January 26, 2015. A citywide parking will remain in effect through Wednesday, January 27 at 8:00pm. The Emergency Operating Center (EOC) has been activated for the duration of the storm.
“We’re taking every necessary precaution and are asking the public to do the same," said Mayor Segarra. "It’s really important that folks adhere to the parking ban so we can clear the streets as quickly and as safely as possible.”
For more information: http://www.hartford.gov/snow-parking
(January 22, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra was selected by the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Kevin Johnson, to co-chair the Immigration Reform Task Force and lead the national discussion on the implementation of President Obama’s Executive Action on immigration reform, which would provide deportation relief and work authorization to millions of undocumented immigrants across the country. As co-chair of the Immigration Reform Task Force, Mayor Segarra and fellow Co-Chair, Mayor Tom Tait of Anaheim, CA, will help the U.S. Conference of Mayors develop a strategic agenda for implementation and convene a coalition of stakeholders who will advocate for permanent federal action on immigration issues. Several initiatives are being developed this year.
Mayor Segarra is also encouraging other mayors to sign an amicus brief drafted by the Office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the National Immigration Law Center in support of the President’s action. The brief that has already been signed by 12 states and 27 Police Chiefs, argues against a federal lawsuit seeking to block or delay the President’s action.
“I congratulate Mayor Segarra on his selection as co-chair of the USCM Immigration Task Force,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “As an exemplary leader on immigration reform, and a partner in the mayoral coalition we launched at Gracie Mansion in December, he has shown singular vision and resolve for integrating our country’s immigrants into our communities.”
“Most immigrants live in America’s cities which drive economic growth in our country. To oppose this executive order is to oppose growing our economy, enriching our national culture and keeping families together,” Mayor Segarra said.
“We applaud Mayor Pedro Segarra for providing leadership during this critical time in our history as a country of immigrants,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “As the mayor of Hartford, he knows firsthand how our cities prosper because of hardworking immigrants. Yet, our outdated immigration system is undermining our economy, stretching law enforcement resources, and tearing families apart. We look forward to Mayor Segarra's efforts to turn this executive action into a better reality for immigrants in his city and cities across America. And we stand with USCOC as they urge Congress to enact comprehensive reform so immigrants gain the opportunities, skills and status to reach their fullest potential.”
As of 2014, 23 percent of Hartford residents were foreign-born and 48 percent ages 5 and older spoke a language other than English. Citing an estimate by the Council of Economic Advisors, Mayor Segarra said that the executive action would increase greater Hartford’s gross domestic product by more than $1 billion over the next 10 years, which would translate to additional revenue for municipalities in the area.
“As the mayor of a diverse city, I have witnessed the benefits of integrating immigrants into the community. They bring businesses to our city streets; they bring a hard work ethic, culture and vitality. I support the President’s action because it would bring undocumented immigrants out of the shadows and into the mainstream where they can reach their potential and participate more fully in our communities. This kind of reform will boost local economies, increase wages, keep families together and improve relationships between immigrant communities and law enforcement. This can only make Hartford and other cities around the country stronger,” Mayor Segarra said.
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