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Mayor Pedro E. Segarra

"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."

Your Mayor,

Pedro E. Segarra

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Today at 8:00pm: Mayor Segarra Declares Snow Emergency Parking Ban

(February 12, 2014) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra has declared a snow emergency parking ban for the City of Hartford, beginning at 8pm today, February 12th, until further notice. All Hartford Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, February 13th including Central Offices. City offices will be closed except for emergency personnel. The Emergency Operating Center (EOC) will be open throughout the ban to monitor the storm, and the Hartford Fire Department will have increased staff on hand.

“We’re expecting heavy snow with sleet and freezing rain likely resulting in icy conditions,” said Mayor Segarra. “I urge all Hartford residents to stay home if at all possible tomorrow. Everyone’s cooperation will increase safety and make it easier for DPW and emergency responders to do their jobs.”

During a snow emergency parking ban, all on-street parking is prohibited throughout the City of Hartford. Residents without access to off-street parking should move their vehicles to one of the following FREE parking areas before the start of the parking ban:


·        2 Holcomb Street Lot

·        Keney Park Entrance Lot—Ridgefield Street

·        KDA Center Lot—Naugatuck Street

·        Pope Park Center Lot—Park Terrace

·        Metzner Center Lot—Franklin Avenue

·        Colt Park Lot—Wawarme Avenue

·        Elizabeth Park Lots

·        Morgan Street Garage—155 Morgan Street (over 1,500 spaces available)

·        All Hartford Schools Parking Lots


Residents should remove their vehicles from these lots promptly following the end of the parking ban. All vehicles remaining in Hartford School lots past the end of the ban will be subject to ticketing and towing. Residents whose vehicles are towed during the parking ban should contact the Hartford Police Department at (860) 757-4000. The cost for retrieving a towed vehicle is $97.84. An additional $99.00 ticket will be issued which owners are responsible for paying before the answer date. Please visit for a list of snow emergency parking locations, and for information regarding towed vehicles.

Thursday, and Friday trash collection routes will be operating on a one-day delay for the remainder of the week. Bulky items and electronics for curbside pickup should be held until spring collection dates to avoid becoming buried in the snow. Residents are reminded to clear their sidewalks after DPW plowing is complete, and that it is illegal to shovel or blow snow back into the roadway.

 Anyone in need of shelter is urged to call 211. During the storm, the following shelters will be open 24 hours:

·        McKinney Shelter: 34 Huyshope Ave, (860) 722-6922

·        Immaculate Conception Shelter: 560 Park St, (860) 724-4823

·        South Park Inn: 75 Main St, (860) 724-0071




For Immediate Release: February 12, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. 860-757-9731
c. 860-539-5485
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Mayor Segarra Urges Residents to Prepare for Severe Winter Weather Later This Week

(February 11, 2014) With projections forecasting more severe winter weather later this week, Mayor Segarra is encouraging residents to plan ahead of time. 

“This will be our fifth major snow storm of the season” said Mayor Segarra. “I urge residents to make plans to move their cars for the parking ban and take all necessary precautions before the storm hits.”

Residents should take note of the following:

  • Trash collection will continue tomorrow, Wednesday, February 12th. Thursday and Friday collection routes will have a one-day delay.
  • City vehicles will plow to the curb up to eight hours after the storm has passed, and may push snow back into driveways and sidewalks. Residents should take this into account in their sidewalk and driveway snow-clearing plans, and are reminded that it is illegal to shovel snow back into the road.
  • Vehicles must be moved from all city streets prior to the beginning of a snow emergency parking ban, and removed from City and public school parking lots as soon as possible after the parking ban is lifted.

Anyone in need of shelter is urged to call 211. For the duration of any winter storms the following shelters will be open 24 hours:

  • McKinney Shelter: 34 Huyshope Ave, (860) 722-6922
  • Immaculate Conception Shelter: 560 Park St, (860) 724-4823
  • South Park Inn:  75 Main St, (860) 724-0071

Updates on further storm preparations including parking ban information and school closings will be released tomorrow afternoon.


For Immediate Release: February 11, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. 860-757-9731
c. 860-539-5485
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Mayor Segarra Responds to Governor Malloy’s Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2014/15

(February 6, 2014) Today, Mayor Segarra released the following statement regarding Governor Malloy’s budget for fiscal year 2014/15:

"I was pleased with the Governor’s proposed budget, and relieved that there are no cuts that will impact City operations. In fact, the grant opportunities this budget provides for development and manufacturing could help restore Hartford’s legacy as the economic engine in the region.

I also want to acknowledge and thank the Governor for his continued commitment to improving public education, especially early-childhood education. Governor Malloy has consistently increased state education funding, with 92 percent of those resources being directed to the lowest performing schools. For a city like Hartford, making sure kids are prepared for the future is the most important economic investment we can make. Without a world-class education for all our students, progress will never be achieved.”


For Immediate Release: February 6, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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c. 860-539-5485
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Mayor Segarra and Hartford City Council Statement On The Passing of Walter “Doc” Hurley

(February 10, 2014) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and Hartford City Council President Shawn Wooden released the following statement today on the passing of Walter “Doc” Hurley, a stand-out figure in athletics and education in the City of Hartford for nearly half a century. Hurley, a year-round athlete at Weaver High School, went on to attend Virginia State University, before returning to Hartford and creating the Doc Hurley Scholarship Foundation.

“I am deeply saddened by the news,” Mayor Segarra said. “Mr. Hurley was a committed contributor to the community for many decades. By taking the time to make a difference in the lives of individual youth, he created a legacy that will last for generations. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and loved ones.”

“There will never be another Doc Hurley,” said Council President Shawn Wooden, speaking on behalf of the Council. “While the funds he raised made a college education possible for hundreds of local youth, his contributions to the Hartford community go beyond what can be quantified in dollars and cents. He was an extraordinary athlete, educator, coach, mentor and role model to so many in our community. Our City will be forever grateful for his many contributions.”

Mayor Segarra has requested that flags in the City be lowered to half-staff in his honor.


For Immediate Release: February 10, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. 860-757-9731
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City of Hartford Marketing, Events & Cultural Affairs Division (MECA) Announces 2nd Annual Creative Youth Essay Award

(February 6, 2014) The City of Hartford, Marketing, Events & Cultural Affairs Division (MECA) announces the 2nd Annual “Creative Youth Essay Award,” which supports creative energy among city youth by encouraging Hartford students Grades 7-12 to submit original essays exploring art, culture, and their impact in the community.


Participants will submit a one-page essay elaborating on the following questions:

  • How does art make a difference in your life?
  • Describe at least one example of art you see in Hartford.
  • Describe the art form that is most special to you.
  • If you could, how would you give back to the community and impact others through art?

Judging Criteria:

Entries will be evaluated on the basis of content and creativity.  Please note that each of the above questions must be answered.  

Categories and Awards:

  • Grades: 7th – 8th (1st place - $100, 2nd place - $75, 3rd place - $50)
  • Grades: 9th – 10th  (1st place - $100, 2nd place - $75, 3rd place - $50)
  • Grades: 11th – 12th (1st place - $100, 2nd place - $75, 3rd place - $50)
  • All participating students will be acknowledged with a certificate


  • Open to all Hartford residents currently enrolled in Grades 7 through 12.
  • Hartford residents at public, private, or magnet schools outside Hartford are eligible.
  • Non-residents who attend a Hartford-based school are also eligible


  • All entries must be typed on standard 8 1/2” X 11” paper. Entries submitted on smaller or larger paper than specified size will be eliminated.   
  • If emailing your essay, please save it as a Microsoft word document with your last name and name of the school as the file name. Example: Thomas Hartford Academy of the Arts
  • All entries must have complete information at the top of the paper: student’s name, complete home mailing address, school, teacher’s name, grade, and age.
  • Essays should be a minimum of 300 words and should not exceed 800 words.
  • Essay must be the entrant’s original work.   
  • Essays that have won other contests or that have appeared in any print or online publications are not eligible.


  • Two MECA staff members
  • One Commission on Cultural Affairs member
  • One member of a Hartford arts organization


  • Applications Release Date: February 6, 2014
  • Deadline: Monday, March 10, 2014, 5:00 P.M.
  • Winners Announced: Friday, April 11, 2014

To apply:

Please contact Andres Chaparro.  Interested applicants may request an application to be emailed or mailed.

c/o Andres Chaparro
City of Hartford
Department of Development Services, MECA Division
250 Constitution Plaza– 4th floor
Hartford, CT 06103
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MECA will hold a reception for the winners on Friday, April 25, 2014, at Hartford City Hall, 550 Main St. Pizza and refreshments will be served, and all participants and family members are invited to attend.


For Immediate Release: February 6, 2014
Contact: Andres Chaparro
p. 860-757-4895
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