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Mayor Segarra Statement on the Passing of Maya Angelou

 

(May 28, 2014) Today, Mayor Segarra made the following statement regarding the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou:

“Maya Angelou will be remembered as one of the most prominent literary figures of the Twentieth Century, and through her craft, she bore lyrical witness to sweeping changes in how the United States approached issues of race and cultural identity. Through her activism, she furthered the causes she chronicled in her work. She will be missed, and we should honor her by continuing to pursue her goals of justice and unity.”


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For Immediate Release: May 28, 2014
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Mayor Segarra Statement on Julian Castro Nomination for Housing and Urban Development Secretary

(May 23, 2014) Today, Mayor Segarra made the following statement regarding the nomination of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro for Housing and Urban Development Secretary:  

“Throughout his tenure as Mayor, Julian Castro has worked to develop San Antonio into a city in which the entire country can take pride. Fostering growth and a climate conducive to business enterprise while still protecting the city’s most vulnerable citizens is the primary challenge for every mayor, and Mayor Castro has succeeded admirably on both fronts.

San Antonio is the only US city with a population of more than a million to receive a AAA credit rating from all three credit agencies, its school system’s graduation rate of 92% already exceeds goals set for 2020, and tremendous strides have been made in public health and transportation. I look forward to seeing Mayor Castro carry this success on to the national stage.

The wide-ranging leadership opportunities provided by HUD are ideally suited to Mayor Castro's skillset, and I look forward to seeing the positive results of his housing and neighborhood revitalization efforts, both nationally and on a local level here in Hartford."

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For Immediate Release:  May 23, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz
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Mayor Segarra, Hartford City Council Announce Budget Agreement

(May 21, 2014) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, City Council President Shawn T. Wooden and the Hartford City Council today announced a budget agreement for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 that continues to fund top priorities in public safety, economic development and infrastructure improvements to streets and sidewalks. 

The budget contains no mill rate increase, funds a new police class of 20 along with an additional 10 cadets, and contains no reduction in essential city services. The new police class is scheduled to start in January of 2015.

There is no draw down to the Rainy Day Fund Balance and no transfer of city assets to the pension fund.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 “We have worked very hard to come to a realistic consensus on a budget that does not place additional burden on taxpayers, keeps our neighborhoods safe, does not strip core public services and protects the quality of life of all Hartford residents, said Mayor Segarra. “We have proven time and again that we can hold the line on our spending while still making the necessary investments to strengthen and preserve economic growth and protect our most vulnerable citizens. Like all budget seasons we were faced with some real challenges and tough decisions but in the end we did what we had to do to protect Hartford families and to keep the momentum we’ve seen in the capital city over the last few years.”

Council President Wooden said “The Council's priority has always been not to increase taxes on our residents and businesses. We were able to achieve that without compromising essential services or the safety of our neighborhoods. This was a very difficult budget and I'm proud of what we accomplished.”

The budget, which takes effect on July 1, includes a fully funded pension contribution and the creation of a Hartford Committee on the Restructuring of City Government.

Specifically, this committee will:

·        Identify long-term solutions to achieve increased revenue and cost savings

·        Track the implementation of legislative action resulting from the budget process

·        Propose ideas to make city government more efficient and effective going forward without raising real estate taxes

The Committee, which is to be confirmed by July 1, 2014, will have joint appointments from the Mayor and City Council and includes experts in City government and labor unions representatives. They will provide quarterly recommendations, the first of which are due December 30, 2014.

 “The biggest challenges we face are the rising cost of pension and medical benefits as well contractual salary increases,” said Mayor Segarra. “Our fixed costs are higher than our revenues and that model is not sustainable. As I said before, we are As we move forward, both the Mayor’s Office and City Council are committed to starting a process of strategic planning, encompassing all stakeholders, with the goal of making structural changes to our operations in order to provide long-term stability and build a sound financial future for the capital city.”

“Hartford's long-term financial stability has been an important topic of conversation between the Mayor and City Council,” said Council President Wooden. “We are committed to identifying efficiencies to ensure Hartford has a healthy financial future.”

City of Hartford’s Yearly Contribution to the MERF from FY 08-09 to Present

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For Immediate Release: May 21, 2014
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The City of Hartford Recognizes May is Mental Health Awareness Month

(May 19, 2014) Today, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra joined organizations across the country in declaring May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the City of Hartford. “Mind Your Health,” this year’s theme, draws attention to the impact of mental health on overall health and wellness.

“Our City has so many individuals and organizations devoted to this topic,” said Mayor Segarra. “Protecting everyone’s health is critical to our community’s well-being.”

Started by Mental Health America in 1949, May is Mental Health Month is an annual, nationwide observance established to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone. In addition to outreach and awareness, Mental Health America has developed a series of guides encouraging the public to improve their overall mental health.

• Alcohol Use and Abuse
• Building Social Support
• Supplements: Weighing Benefits and Risks
• Healthy Diet: Eating with Mental Health in Mind
• Getting Help (signs help is needed, types of providers, etc.)
• Stress: Coping with Everyday Problems
• Rest, Relaxation and Exercise

Materials addressing the following areas are available on Mental Health America’s website: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may

This past Saturday, the Connecticut Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) held its annual NAMI Walk in Bushnell Park. A copy of the proclamation read can be found here: http://www.hartford.gov/images/mayors/mental_health_proc.pdf. For more information visit their website, http://www.namict.org/nami-ct-annual-walk

 

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For Immediate Release: May 19, 2014
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