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Thursday: Mayor Segarra Makes Major Development Announcement at the Colt Gateway

(October 23, 2013) Tomorrow at 1pm, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra will make a major development announcement at Colt Gateway South Armory. He will be joined U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Hartford community leaders.

WHO: Mayor Segarra, U.S. Senator Blumenthal, Community Leaders
WHAT: News conference to make major development announcement
WHEN: Thursday, October 24th, 1pm
WHERE: Colt Gateway South Armory, 140 Huyshope Avenue

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For Immediate Release: October 23, 2013
Contact: Maribel La Luz
p. (860) 757-9731
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ICYMI: Hooker Day Parade Marches Through Downtown Hartford with Record Number of Marchers

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Parade:  2:00 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
After Party:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Black-eyed Sally’s, 350 Asylum Street, Hartford CT

PARADE ROUTE:

The parade steps off at the intersection of Asylum Street and High Street (by Black Eyed Sally’s). Marchers go east on Asylum, north on Trumbull, west on Church Street, south on Ann Uccello Street, west on Asylum, concluding in Awards and Block Party on Asylum at Black-eyed Sally’s.

Annual Hooker Day Parade celebrates Thomas Hooker; founder of Hartford, lover of parades.

Family-oriented extravaganza filled with puppets, costumes, candy and live bands. Hands down the weirdest, most made-up, DIY, rag-tag, high-spirited, Mardi Gras bead and candy filled parade in Hartford.

Purpose is to celebrate Hartford; the city, the creativity and the people.

Parade steps off at 2:00 p.m. sharp and lasts 40 minutes.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Nightfall (Anne Cubberly’s large scale puppets and wearable art)
  • The Cone Street Coneheads (Hooker Day Parade Originals)
  • Hartford’s Classical Magnet School Marching Band
  • Awards for Participants: $500 to best group, $100 to best solo participant
  • 2012 Master Hooker, Kris Schmolze, will officiate.

AFTER PARTY INCLUDES:

  • Awards Ceremony including $500 and $100 prizes for best group and individual participant
  • Live performance by West End Blend
  • Shag Frenzy DJs
  • Free Cotton Candy
  • Free Face Painting

MARCHERS INCLUDE:

Master of Ceremonies/Master Hooker, Kris Schmolze
Nightfall
Mayor Mike’s Foundation for Kids
More Cowbell
Hartford Area Roller Derby
Spectrum in Motion Dance Theater Ensemble
Funky Dawgz Brass Band
Great Path Academy
Central CT Babywearers
Classical Magnet School Marching Band
Cultural Dance Troupe of the West Indies, Inc.
Caribbean American Dance Company
Beat of the Street
Generation Y
Hartford Area Roller Derby
Hartford Bike Polo
Hartford Couch Surfers
Pleasure Barons Scooter Club
Space Captains United
Al Gary’s Triumph (Driven in the very first Hooker Day Parade)
AHNA (Asylum Hill Neighborhood Association)
Frog Hollow Peepers
Max and Lily’s Closet
Hartford Baking Company
Cone Street Coneheads
West End Blend
YWCA Hartford RegionTrue Colors, Inc.
The Lone Drummer

PARADE HISTORY:
In October of 1635, Thomas Hooker left Cambridge, MA and traveled through the wilderness with The Adventurers in search of a new settlement for his congregation. They found this place, and in June of 1636 Hooker led a procession of one hundred men, women and children back to Hartford to settle here for good.  You could say that march was the original Hooker Parade...

“Mayor Mike” Peters organized the modern day Hooker Day Parade in the early 90s to bring some excitement and a little goofiness to Downtown Hartford. The parade grew over the next several years from a small, extremely wacky procession with more marchers than watchers, to a significant and highly anticipated event in the city of Hartford. The Hooker Day Parade went on hiatus in 2001, but remained in the hearts and memories of anyone who participated.

The Hartford Business Improvement District and HARTFORD.COM brought the Parade back in 2008 to rave reviews. Each year we continue to honor the memory of Mike Peters. He will forever be our Grand Marshall.

PARADE SPONSOR AND PARTNERS:
Hartford Business Improvement District
Greater Hartford Arts Council
LAZ Parking
Black-eyed Sally’s
City of Hartford

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For Immediate Release: October 18, 2013
Contact: Jordan Polon, Hartford Business Improvement District
Cell: (860) 985-8806
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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
p. (860) 757-9731
c. (860) 539-5485
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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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