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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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City of Hartford Accepts Grant from U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to Address Gun Violence

(October 18, 2013) – The City of Hartford will receive $1,794,000 to address gun violence through the funding of ten additional police officer positions, as part of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant program. The funding will allow the Hartford Police Department to increase next year’s recruit class to 40.

“This is a great step forward for our City,” said Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra. “Increased officer presence in our neighborhoods builds trust, and lays the groundwork for the community as a whole to stand up against gun violence.”

The COPS Hiring Program offers grants to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to hire or rehire community policing officers. The program provides the salary and benefits for officer and deputy hires for three years.

“Communicating with the public is critical to all our efforts, from the smallest issues to the most serious crimes,” said Hartford Police Chief James Rovella. “These ten positions will focus on our continued effort to improve the quality of life in our City”.

For additional information about the 2013 COPS Hiring Program, visit the COPS website at www.cops.usdoj.gov

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For Immediate Release: October 18, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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Mayor Segarra and City Council President Wooden Announce Formation of a Special Task Force to Address Tax Structure in Hartford

(October 18, 2013) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra and City Council President Shawn T. Wooden announced the members of a newly formed task force, charged with examining and analyzing the City’s property tax structure to address historic inequalities. The task force held its first meeting to establish goals, nominate a chair, and identify areas of study. Their primary responsibility is to make recommendations for legislation to present to Hartford’s State Legislative delegation by February 1, 2014.

"This has been a long time coming," said Mayor Segarra, "We need feedback from everyone to find a solution that encourages business development without unfairly burdening taxpayers." Council President Wooden agreed, saying "This is an important step towards creating a tax structure that supports Hartford's long-term sustainability and economic growth."

Currently 51% of Hartford’s properties are tax-exempt, significantly impacting the City’s revenue. A different valuation for residences and businesses also creates an imbalanced assessment, negatively impacting business development.

“The work of the task force is an important first step toward accomplishing the critical goal of growing Hartford¹s grand list and driving economic growth in the city,” said Oz Griebel, CEO of MetroHartford Alliance.

The task force will be assisted by City Assessor John Phillip, and by the professors, staff, and students of the University of Connecticut (UConn) Charter Oak Sustainable Communities Initiative (COSCI), including the School of Social Work, the Law School, and other departments.

The task force consists of seven members; two chosen by Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, two chosen by Council President Shawn Wooden, one by Council Minority leader Larry Deutsch, one by Council Majority Leader Alex Aponte, and one by the MetroHartford Alliance. The full committee is as follows:

Denise Best, Community Leader from the Christian Activities Council, President of the Upper Albany NRZ
Rex Fowler- Executive Director of Hartford Community Loan Fund
Oz Griebel, CEO of MetroHartford Alliance
Matt O’Connor, American Federation of Teachers
Migdalia Rivera, Hartford Resident
Gordon Scott, Owner of Scott’s Jamaican Bakery
Timothy Sullivan, Managing Director and Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo Advisors

Gordon Scott, owner of Scott’s Jamaican Bakery was selected as the task force Chair. “As an owner of a family business for over 30 years in Hartford, I know the pressure the current tax structure can place on businesses. I’m happy that the City is addressing these issues and I look forward to being a part of the process.”

The task force will submit their recommendations to the Mayor and City Council by January 15, 2014 and will then help draft legislation to present to State legislators early next year. 

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For Immediate Release: October 18, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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iConnect Storefront Revitalization Program Kicks Off in Downtown Hartford

(October 9, 2013) - On Friday, October 11 the City of Hartford will host the grand opening of its storefront revitalization program, iConnect, in Downtown Hartford. Along with the opening of Hartford Prints! first retail store, Naturally Dogs and Cats will be showcasing and selling some of their products, WNPR's Catie Talarski will host *The Ear Cave* along with a silent auction of John Lennon prints curated by National Exhibitions and Archives. There will be a street fashion show by Urban Natured Clothing, pop-up shopping with Hartford Denim, Vaz, Blaze and Bloom, street performers, a light installation by artist Dustin DeMillio of CreateHereNow Light Artists Making Places (L.A.M.P.) and lots more.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, Tamara Dimitri, DECD
WHAT: Grand Opening of iConnect, storefront revitalization program
WHEN: Friday, October 11, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
WHERE: 421/2 Pratt Street and Trumbull Street, Hartford

The iConnect program is partially funded through a grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Office of the Arts for the purpose of converting empty storefronts into mixed use spaces. The City’s Marketing Events and Cultural Affairs Department, who administers the project, received over 40 applications from which a total of 5 businesses were selected. Selected businesses receive up to $2,000 for build-out and set up assistance and free rent in a Downtown storefront for 6 months. iConnect has received commitments from two property owners including Northland Investment Corporation and Lexington Partners for approximately 6,000 square feet of retail space. Hartford Prints!, a letterpress studio owned by three sisters born and raised in Hartford will be located on 42 1/2 Pratt Street. WNPR will broadcast both The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live with John Dankosky from their satellite space at 231 Trumbull Street at least once a month. National Exhibitions & Archives and State of Makers stores will open in early winter.

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For Immediate Release: October 9, 2013
Contact: Kristina Newman-Scott
p. (860) 757-9016
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Hartford Police Department Reminds Citizens of Marathon Street Closures This Weekend

(October 10, 2013) In preparation for the ING Hartford Marathon this Saturday, October 12th, Hartford Police Department officials are reminding residents of extensive street closings along the event route. The marathon begins at 6am, and is expected to draw some 40,000 spectators into the City. To accommodate this, towing operations will begin at 5am, and residents in affected areas are encouraged to move their cars on Friday evening to avoid violating the parking restrictions.

For a full list of affected streets and neighborhoods see http://www.hartford.gov/meca/events/1045-hartford-ing-marathon-parking-restrictions, or visit http://www.hartfordmarathon.com. Streets will re-open as normal at 2pm on Saturday.

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For Immediate Release: October 9, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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Thursday: Mayor Segarra Travels to Washington D.C. to Participate in Discussion on President Obama’s Summer Youth Employment Initiative

(September 25, 2013) - Tomorrow, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will travel to Washington D.C. where he will join President and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners (CWP), Thomas Phillips for a discussion on President Obama’s Youth Jobs+ Champions initiative. This summer, over 1,600 Hartford young people ages 14-18 were hired through CWP’s Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, President and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners, Thomas Phillips
WHAT: Discussion on Youth Jobs+ Champions Initiative
WHEN: Thursday, September 26, 1:30pm – 5:00pm
WHERE: Eisenhower Executive Office Building, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington D.C.

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For Immediate Release: September 25, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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