"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 15, 2015) – Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced that he has signed an Executive Order establishing a plan to enhance the City’s security protocol against potential cyber threats. The executive order creates a Cyber Intrusion Command Center (CICC) that is charged with identifying any threats or successful cyberattacks, coordinating a response and ensuring that incidents are investigated by the appropriate law enforcement agency. The order also outlines responsibilities for each department in the City, employees and contractors, including limiting data and network access to authorized individuals and protecting the City’s systems, networks, e-mails and hand-held devices with passwords.
“Given an increase of cyberattacks in our country, it is only prudent for the City to take precautions and safeguard sensitive information pertaining to City business and personal employee information,” Mayor Segarra said. “This order is not intended to interfere with any individual’s privacy. It is meant to keep the City and its employees safe.”
A group of key City departments will propose a detailed organizational structure for the CICC within 10 days of the order. The group will present its proposed structure to the Mayor for approval within 30 days. The CICC shall be chaired by Mayor Segarra and shall consist of all City departments. Members of the CICC will report to the Mayor and the City Council regarding any issues that are being addressed.
In addition to participating in the CICC, each department in the City must contribute personnel, resources and data to the CICC. Servers, laptops, desktops and other devices must have anti-virus software installed and updated and departments must remind employees and contractors of cybersecurity policies. Departments must also plan for continuity of operations and for disaster recovery in the event of a successful cyberattack. The executive order also outlines responsibilities for employees and contractors, including changing passwords every 90 days, protecting all devices used for City business with passwords, being vigilant when using the Internet and e-mail, avoiding the use of personal or unauthorized devices on work computers and limiting the use of City computers to City business.
The City’s information technology department, MetroHartford Information Services, will oversee the City’s technology security strategy. MHIS is responsible for all firewalls, intrusion detection systems, application control engines, annual security audits and penetration tests. It is also responsible for validating, to the Cyber Intrusion Command Center, that departments are diligent in their security practices. MHIS is responsible for ensuring that all cyber technology policies are up to date, City employees receive annual training on cybersecurity, software is maintained and that all City departments have the proper technology to ensure that they can comply with this order.
Contact: Hilda Muñoz
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(January 12, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra joined James Morton, CEO of the YMCA, Patricia Kelly CEO of the Ebony Horsewomen, Reverend Henry Brown and Police Chief James C. Rovella to release the City’s 2014 year end crime stats, which show a steady reduction in crime in Hartford, particularly violent crime, when compared to previous years. Certain parts of the city particularly in the North Policing District that includes Clay Arsenal, North Meadows, North East, Blue Hills and Upper Albany showed steep declines.
“Maintaining a safe city takes leadership, collaboration, innovation and resources. Access to resources is a constant challenge, but this hasn’t deterred us from achieving results. In 2014, homicide was down by 17 percent compared to the previous year and 30 percent since 2011. All serious crime, especially gun violence, was significantly down in the capital city. I credit this accomplishment to our focus and to collaboration between the city, the police department and the community. I’m proud of our work together,” Mayor Segarra said.
“Certainly, the city and the police department’s efforts are to be commended, as well as community based organizations that have been doing a better job of reaching out to young people, keeping them occupied and giving them hope. This has been an all-hands-on-deck situation with everybody working to make the City of Hartford a safer community for all of us,” said James Morton, President and CEO at the YMCA of Greater Hartford.
Contact: Hilda Muñoz
(January 12, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra applauded USA Cycling’s decision to hold the 2017 Cyclo-cross National Championships in the City of Hartford.
“I am thrilled that USA Cycling has recognized Hartford as a destination for this popular, national sporting event, one of several drawn to Hartford this year and in the coming years,” Mayor Segarra said. “An event like this will shine a light on the many things Hartford has to offer, as well as the City’s legacy of bicycle manufacturing. I want to thank the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program, Riverfront Recapture and the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau for pulling together to make this happen.”
The CCAP mission is to better the lives of youth and young adults through the sport of cycling. Their goal is to provide opportunities in cycling both in and out of schools, through high school cycling clubs, parks and recreation programs, and youth travel teams. The 2017 USA Cyclo-cross National Championships are to take place in January 2017 at Riverside Park. It is one of several national sporting events taking place in the capital city, including the American Athletic Conference Championships happening in March at the XL Center and the 2016 USA Gymnastics Championships.
Contact: Hilda Muñoz
(January 8, 2015) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced the soft launch of the “Hello Parkville” campaign promoting businesses, restaurants and events in the Parkville neighborhood. Part of a larger business and community development strategy and funded by a Community Development Block Grant, the campaign includes a new app for iPhones and Androids, the use of colorful banners and new smart phone technology known as beacons. In addition to restaurants and retail, the app will list events, entertainment and a “Deal of the Day,” a daily discount to local stores and restaurants.
“The diversity of our city, where 68 languages are spoken, is visible in Parkville and is part of what makes Hartford special, said Mayor Segarra. “From pizza to Brazilian food to hand-stitched shoes to art exhibits, Parkville has a lot concentrated in one area that you don’t often come across in our state. The idea is to make it easier for people to discover our neighborhoods, support our local businesses, and enjoy more of what the capital city has to offer.”
The campaign includes new smartphone technology, or beacons, that detect when smartphones are nearby in order to send push notifications to phones that have downloaded the app. The city will manage 30 beacons and 70 will be given to those who purchase banners. For $250 business owners, and nonprofits can have their names printed on a banner and use of a beacon for a year. Banners will be hung along the neighborhood’s major arteries starting in January and will remain year round through the lifespan of the banner. One hundred beacons will be deployed around Parkville by the end of January.
A demonstration of the new beacon technology will take place, tomorrow, Friday, January 9, 2014 at 5 p.m. at Real Artways, 56 Arbor Street. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact: Stephen Cole at (860) 757-9071.
“Using the beacons and the app, small businesses can receive and transmit messages, deals, limited-time offers in real-time to their customers,” said Thomas Deller, Director of Development Services.
The Hello Parkville app is still in development stages but will grow as users increase. It can be downloaded on iTunes and Google Play. For more information, click here.
The city is considering ways to implement a similar program in other neighborhoods.
Contact: Hilda Muñoz
To participate Hello Parkville:
Contact: Stephen Cole
p. 860 -757-9071
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